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'Polka for Pets' Sunday in Lehighton

Published June 16. 2012 09:01AM

It will be a polka party and a lot more tomorrow when the fifth annual "Polkas for Pets" is held at the Lehighton Community Grove.

The free event is from noon to 6 p.m., with music from the Pennsylvania Villagers being played from 2-5 p.m.

It is part of Animal Awareness and Rescue Day.

Besides polkas, those attending can adopt a pet dog or cat. There are refreshments available for purchase. A pet photographer will be on the premises. K9 message demonstrations will be held.

Polkas for Pets is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, Mahoning Valley Lions Club, and the Amazing Grace Spay/Neuter Program.

Tom Zimmerman IV, coordinator, said 12 animal rescue/shelter organizations have indicated they will be attending, providing a large selection of options to individuals who are considering adopting a pet.

They are:

Great Pry Rescue, Carbon County K-9, Carbon County Friends of Animals, Friends of Pep, Camp Papillion, The Sanctuary at Haafsville.

Free Spirit Aussie Rescue, Linda Ann's Greys, Absolutely Perfect, Ruth Steinart SPCA, Safe Haven Rescue, and Cats Peek Rescue.

The Pennsylvania Villagers are headed by Joe Spack who does trumpets and vocals. Other members are Joe Ogozalek, Carol Hunadi, Fred Kitchen, Ed Kozel, and Andrzej Chwestik.

Walter Spack, who founded the band nearly 40 years ago, serves as manager.

The band has produced five recordings to date which include many of their own original recordings. Some of these original recordings which have become quite popular with their fans include: Polka Fiddles, Never Ever Polka, Happy Andrew Polka, Polka Carousel, and Let's Go To The Dance Polka, to name a few.

Their ability to play such a wide variety of music have led them to become known as one of the top dance bands in the area, not with just polka fans, but with music lovers from country to your favorite oldies

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