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Animal Ark walk is Saturday; annual walk raises money for shelter

The annual Animal Ark Animal Walk is this Saturday, Aug. 1, in Hastings. The event raises money for Animal Ark, a no-kill shelter located in Hastings.

Teams and individuals have been collecting pledges over the past couple months in preparation for the walk, which is Animal Ark's biggest fundraiser of the year. It's hoping to raise $30,000 from this year's walk.

Registration for walkers begins at 10 a.m. at Animal Ark, located at 2600 Industrial Court in the industrial park. For those who haven't been collecting pledges but still want to participate in the walk, they can register the day of the event and give a donation to Animal Ark.

The walk will begin at 11 a.m., and will take people on a walk of about one mile near the Vermillion River and back to the shelter.

After the walk, the Minnesota Disc Dogs, who were in town during Rivertown Days, will put on a competition and demonstration. There will be food and drinks provided to walkers.

Also in attendance at the event will be a pit bull named Hector who is among the dogs that were rescued from former-NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dog fighting operation.

Hastings boxers are competing

in Red Wing

Three Hastings boxers, Levi "Tiburon" Cortes, Daniel "Tornado" Figueroa and Armando Estrada, will compete in their first professional fight, Rumble in Red Wing, Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Red Wing Armory, 885 E. Seventh St.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the fights starting at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $20 each, with ringside tickets $45.

For more information, call 438-5200.

Library book sale is Aug. 21-22

The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library will host its annual summer used book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Thousands of used books, as well as a wide range of entertainment material, will be available for purchase. The sale will be held in the meeting room of the Pleasant Hill Library.

A wide range of material will be available for sale, including adult hardcover books, adult paperback books, children's books, video and audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs, magazines, puzzles and games, and Romance Series books.

Prices for material ranges from 10 cents (magazines) to $2 (adult hardcover books). On Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., material may be purchased at half price.

The library will accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, video/audio cassettes, puzzles and games for the sale until Saturday, Aug. 15. Textbooks are not accepted.

The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library uses the proceeds from the sale to fund a variety of projects, including new library materials, special items for the library, and seasonal decorations. Funds are also used to pay for special programs and library services for both adults and children.

For more information regarding the FOL summer book sale, or to find out how to join the Pleasant Hill Friends of the Library, call the library information line at 438-0200.