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By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: January 7, 2013

Cabin Fever Reliever — The Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave., will offer a cure for the winter blues from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays in January starting today. Each Saturday, the zoo will have a free craft station for kids and free hot chocolate for all. The events will be themed around the construction of the Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit, opening in late summer 2013. All activities will be indoors at the Barnhardt Family Welcome Center. Winter hours for the zoo are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $6, free for children under 2. Parking fee is $2.

 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals — 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12 on NBC. Show is one-of-a-kind canine competition showcasing the world’s most athletic dogs and their trainers. See Vhoebe, a Belgian Malinois from San Diego reclaim her crown at this year’s dog diving competition at an astounding 32 feet 3 inches, a full 2 feet 7½ inches farther than any human has ever jumped. “Olympic-style” events featured in the competition include agility, freestyle flying disc, Jack Russell hurdle races, speed and catch, 30-weave pole racing and dog diving.

Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or send an email to

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