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The 20th annual Southwest Aquarium Keeper Event (or SAKE) is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018. We will have several programs, a giant raffle, and both a silent and a regular auction. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome. We do encourage you to donate fish, aquatic plants, live food cultures, and aquarium items for the auctions to help us defray our expenses.

LOCATION: SAKE will be held at:
La Quinta Inns & Suites
2510 W Greenway Rd (NE corner of I-17 at Greenway)
Phoenix, AZ 85023

John Willmon will review the "Aquatic Aroids: Plants of the Family Araceae" which includes genera such as Cryptocoryne, Anubias, Bucephalandra, and Lagenandra.
Gabe Skidmore will relate his experiences "Collecting fish in Florida."
Nick Saint-Erne DVM, an aquarium hobbyist for 50 years and a veterinarian working with fishes for 33 years, will discuss "Fish diseases and treatments."
Sarah Walker will talk about "Tips and Tricks from the First Year of Killifish."
Dr. Ron Harlan describes "How fish get their sometimes strange and even funny names."

REGISTER NOW: There is no registration fee to attend SAKE. You can register at the door; however, we encourage you to "register" before the event. There may be some incentives offered at the event for those who register early. To register early, on or after January 8, 2018, please send an e-mail to [email protected]. The e-mail to register must include:

1. Your name
2. Any current aquarium club affiliation(s)
3. Current hometown (and state)

If you are registering a spouse, children, or a friend, please include the same information for each attendee. When your registration has been processed, you will see your name listed below. The deadline for early registration is March 16.

9:00 a.m. Set up begins (log in and sort mailed in fish shipments; set up Silent Auction and raffle tables; etc.)
9:30 Doors open for attendees
11:30 Silent Auction begins - the Silent Auction closes at 3:00 and items will be distributed starting at 5:00 (if you can’t stay until then, please do NOT bid on items in the Silent Auction)
11:45-12:45 First program: John Willmon
12:45-1:15 1st Raffle Drawing session
1:15-2:00 Second program: Gabe Skidmore
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45 Regular Auction – first session (you can pay for your items during either the next break, when the Silent Auction items are distributed, or after the evening auction)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00 Silent Auction ends
3:00-3:45 Third program: Sarah Walker
3:45 2nd (final) Raffle Drawing session
4:00-5:00 Fourth program: Nick Saint-Erne DVM
5:00 Silent Auction distribution begins
5:00 Dinner break starts
5:45-6:45 Fifth program: Dr. Ron Harlan
6:45 Break
7:00 Regular Auction - second session - until completed

For more info, or to read speaker bios please visit 2018 Southwest Aquarium Keepers Event (SAKE) - 20th anniversary
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