by Chris Cornwall
Now that the arctic has finally loosened its grip on Hendricks County, residents can look forward to three great events this weekend. The only cold you should feel are the noses of happy dogs, drafts of craft beer and icy-veined buzzer beaters on the basketball court.
Dogtona!: Winter weather already pushed this family-favorite event back once, but with temps expected to near a high of 60 degrees on Sunday, local pooches should brace for nothing less than a warm reception from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The 4-H Fairgrounds will transform into puppy paradise with tons of vendors, games and competitions. Organized by the Hendricks County Humane Society, this is the 17th year for the event. The price of admission is $5 per dog, humans are free. For more information, call the Hendricks County Humane Society at 317-745-3338.
Indiana Lyons VS Akron Aviators: These hot-handed ball players might be just the ticket to help speed up the thawing process. On Feb. 2, the Lyons will host the Akron Aviators for an ABA showdown at historic Bosstick Gym in Danville. The Lyons have won their last six games as they near the end of their first regular season. So far, the team has played 16 games total and has an 8-8 record. The next game starts at 5 p.m. at Bosstick Gym, 49 N. Wayne St, Danville. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit indianalyons.com.
Cheers to Lakeland Beer and Wine Tasting: What better way to celebrate the end of subzero temps than music and beer? On Feb. 2, the Lakeland Center for Therapeutic Riding will hold its fourth annual Cheers to Lakeland Center Beer and Wine Tasting from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville. The evening will feature a variety of craft beers donated by area brewers such as Rock Bottom, Metazoa, Chilly Waters and Brew Link in Plainfield. There will also be a good selection of wine, a silent auction, food from Dizzy’s Food Truck and four hours of live music from the band, Southern Bridges, based out of Clayton. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. Online tickets can be purchased on the website at lakelandctr.org. All proceeds will go to fund scholarships for patients unable to afford the program.