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  • Ivy Christoffers

Spring Happenings at Post and Unit #217

Taking in what is happening in our world today with all the precautions put in place to protect our health as much as possible and the many events that have been canceled, let us hope the restrictions will soon be lifted and the following planned events will be able to be held. I feel so sad for our veterans that the Maryland Veterans Creative Arts Festival had to be postponed until later in the year. Not canceled, just postponed. It will still occur, just as in the past nine years.

On April 5, we have a scheduled big shotgun bingo planned to be held at College Park Post # 217 from 4 to 7 pm. This is a fundraiser for Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, the costliest of all the American Legion family programs. There will be fun activities filling up the three hours such as 50/50 board sales, pull off tickets sales, a cakewalk with delicious baked goods as prizes, and, of course, the several games of shotgun bingo with big cash prizes. This is a fun way to raise needed funds to help our veterans. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all of our events.

The next scheduled happening is the flea market/bazaar/craft sale on April 25 beginning at 8 am. Tables are available for $10.00 for venders. Call Margaret at 301.794.6309. Following this event, we start with a spring fling with Johnny Seaton and the Bad Behavior Band on May 2. This is going to be a fantastic show with all kinds of great music: rock and roll, great oldies, newbies, Elvis, Johnny Cash, etc. Italian dinner for $10.00. Big raffle, 50/50 drawing, terrific dance floor. All for $22.00 admission prepaid. Call Tina at 301.935.5308 for tickets.

Several of the Legion family were scheduled to leave Baltimore on a cruise to the Caribbean on April 19 on a fundraiser for J. R. Hall’s campaign fund as he aspires for National Commander of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL). We are holding our breath because the Port of Baltimore is presently closed until further notice. This is a fun time as I enjoyed this cruise two years ago.

For all our loyal bingo players, we apologize for the inconvenience of being closed during this scary time. We appreciate you and look forward to serving you in the future. As soon as the ban is lifted, our doors will once again be open and welcoming. Stat healthy and happy. Enjoy your Easter holiday.

God bless our military, and may God continue to bless America.

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