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Water landscape tour to raise money for area charity

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David Brazy
July 13, 2011
— A local animal rescue is hoping to raise money by showing off some water landscape features at several Rock County homes.

Friends of Noah, Janesville, and Aqua Innovators, 4321 E. Maple Lane Road, Janesville, are offering two pond and water feature tours Saturday, July 23. The first will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a "midnight tour" from 8 to 10 p.m. will feature ponds with lights.


The tours will be self-guided, said Aqua Innovators owner Shawn Wenzel. Each event ticket also serves as a map, guiding participants to all tour locations and water features.


All told, the tour will showcase 11 water landscapes in Clinton, Edgerton, Evansville, Janesville and Milton.


"This is our first year," Wenzel said. "I've actually wanted to do something like this for several years now, but we wanted to tie it in with a nonprofit organization. Friends of Noah is a perfect match for us."


Homeowners at each tour location will be available to speak with visitors, Wenzel said. The group also hopes to have Friends of Noah volunteers and dogs up for adoption at several locations.


Tour tickets cost $5 per person, and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at Dave's Ace Hardware in Milton and Evansville, Wild Birds Unlimited in Janesville, at Aquatic Innovators and through Friends of Noah volunteers.


Proceeds benefit Friends of Noah's educational programs aimed at helping reduce the number of animals held in shelters. The event will run rain or shine.


"It's a great way to introduce people to water features and let them know more about us," Wenzel said.


"My goal is to help grow the company more and hopefully hire some more people."



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