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Join Happy Tails in Sterling for "Raise the Woof" on Friday, May 3 at the Days Inn.  This stand-up comedy tour raises money specifically for animal rescue work in the towns.  Many of the tour's members have performed on HBO, Comedy Central, and TBS.  Doors open at 6:30 for the pre-show event, in which guests can enjoy a drink and a dessert auction and meet some of Happy Tails' adoptable pets. The show beings at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $20 at all Freedom Bank and Sauk Valley Bank locations, and at the door if any are left. Only 300 tickets will be sold, and they're going fast, organizers say.

Bring your jammies!  One lucky ticketholder will win an overnight stay at the hotel.

Call Happy Tails at 815-626-2994 for more information on the benefit; go to or for more information on the organization.  The Days Inn is at 2501 First Ave. in Sterling.