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The 15th annual Southwest Area Killifish Event (or SAKE) is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013. We expect to have three 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 and aquatic plants for the auctions to help us defray our expenses. Although technically a "killifish event," all types of fishes suitable for aquaria can be donated to the auctions. To be successful, we rely upon both your contributions of aquarium fishes, aquatic plants, and live foods, and your participation in the raffle and auctions. Also, we expect another excellent selection of aquatic plants to be available again this year.

LOCATION: SAKE will be held at a new location:

La Quinta Inns & Suites
2510 W Greenway Rd (NE corner of I-17 at Greenway)
Phoenix, AZ 85023

For room reservations (2 double beds) at La Quinta for Saturday night, we have a group rate of $103.50 + tax. Call 1-866-527-1498 no later than 02/15/2013. Use Confirmation Code: 0908GRRMLA

See the photos of the La Quinta Inn below. Pictures show the front entrance, lobby, meeting room, and breakfast area.

PROGRAMS: We expect to have three presentations on different topics; AKA Board member and noted killifish breeder Chris Weatherford will discuss west African killifishes; Scott Jacobson will be returning in early 2013 from another fish collecting trip to Peru, and will talk about his experiences; and Larry Vires, author and fish breeder, will review plecostomuses and possibly some catfishes.

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 10, 2013, 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

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 on the ARK website. To be eligible for possible incentives, early registration requests must be sent before 6 p.m. Arizona time on Friday, March 8, 2013.

For more information about 2013 SAKE, go to the website for the Arizona Rivulin Keepers at: On the home page, select the link to the ARK Forum, and then go to "Meetings & Events," and then look for the topic "2013 Southwest Area Killifish Event."
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