Christmas in July, Save the Vaquita Day planned for weekend of July 8-9

01-12-14/Sunday__Canine Angels therapy dog candidate Lady Bug watches dog owner Dick Nixon, during a training session Sunday at Nixon's home in Murrells Inlet. Nixon, 87, who lost his wife in July, plans to use Lady Bug as a therapy dog for visits to local nursing homes. All Canine Angels service dogs are volunteers. Lady Bug will go through her final exam for certification as a therapy dog on January 25th.__For The Sun News / Randall Hill

“Save the Vaquita Day” – highlighting a tiny, endangered porpoise for which an estimated 30 survive worldwide – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach – also with “Souls of the Vermillion Sea: Searching for Vaquita” movie at 2 and 4 p.m., and question-and-answer session with marine mammal professor, 11:30 a.m. All free with admission: $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 seniors and military, $8.95 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-772-0500 or N.C. Aquarium, and www.nmmf.org/vaquitacpr.html.

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Second annual “Christmas in July” benefit for Canine Angels – which rescues, trains and places dogs as service companions with veterans who have disabilities – 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 9 at Drifters Saloon, 2905 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach (843-626-4464), with 50/50 raffle at 5 p.m. ($5 per ticket, or three for $10, or 10 for $20. 917-575-6235 or Canine Angels.

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