Retired Research Animal Adoption & Benefit, Best Dam Bike Ride, Nsumba Orphanage Fundraiser 

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This summer weekend offers unique events for the active citizen. Take part in a benefit for an organization helping to get retired research cats adopted, and maybe bring home a furry new pal. Also, don’t miss a bicycling event to pedal against MS, or check out a beer-fueled fundraiser for an orphanage in Uganda at Squatters Brewery.

Retired Research Animal Adoption and Benefit
Thursday, June 24
Your backyard or home could become the Florida for retired research animals, as there are a number of cats and dogs looking for loving homes after doing their part for science. Adopt a pet or show up to learn more. Get henna tattoos, buy baked goods or other gifts and help support homes for retired research animals.
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, University of Utah, 15 N. 2030 East, June 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 801-267- 3539. For more information contact Linda.Schmidt@hsc.utah.edu.

Best Dam Bike Ride
Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27
Harmon’s Best Dam Bike Ride is calling upon all cyclists with calves of steel and hearts of gold to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis. With 40-, 75- or 100mile route options, the Best Dam Bike Ride offers cyclists of all skills the opportunity to test their grit against the road and help fight MS. Get a team together, join an existing team, or even simply volunteer to help this massive charity event that annually brings more than 3,000 cyclists to Utah from across the country. $50 registration, $250 for teams.
Cache Valley Fairgrounds, 400 S. 500 West, Logan, 801-424-0113, June 26-27, registration both days at 7 a.m. BikeMSUtah.org

Be the Change: Nsumba Orphanage Fundraiser
Sunday, June 27
Help globally by drinking at a local watering hole—Squatters Brewery—during a fundraiser for the 400-plus orphans of the Nsmumba orphanage in Uganda. A $10 donation will get you two free drinks, appetizers and raffle tickets, with a musical performance by Marinade.
Squatters Pub Brewery, 147 W. 300 South, 801-363-2739, June 27, 5-8 p.m. BetheChangeAfrica.net

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