Third annual Coon Rapids Lions at the Park open house

The Coon Rapids Lions Club will be hosting its third annual Lions at The Park open house at Lions Coon Creek Park Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

This event will feature games, guests and a free meal for over 200 people being prepared by award-winning UP NORTh BBQ.

It is open to anyone interested in stopping by Lions Coon Creek Park and there will be lots to see and do at the open house.

“This event is a way for the Coon Rapids Lions to say thank you for all the support the community has provided the club for nearly 60 years,” said Beth and Dan Janish, event chairpersons.

“The event also provides the club an opportunity to show to the public what it has been doing in our community in the form of projects and activities, as well as donating time and money to many worthwhile groups and individuals.

“The Lions encourage everyone to bring their family and friends, play some games, learn about the many organizations that we do service work with and for, plus earn some ‘Pride Bucks’ in exchange for a free meal.”

“The Coon Rapids Lions will be collecting used eyeglasses and used hearing aids at the Lions at The Park open house to be distributed to those persons in need of them throughout the world.

“We will also be collecting non-perishable foods and winter coats to be donated to the ACBC Food Shelf.

“In addition, the Lions have worked for many years with Camp Friendship, a camp for teens and adults with physical and mental challenges.

“We are helping the camp restock their ‘costume/dress up’ closet, which the campers use for dances and other fun events.

“The Lions are asking everyone to check their closets and to please donate any bridesmaid dresses, sport coats, hats, suits, Halloween costumes, costume jewelry, party dresses or anything that is fun and even frivolous that they would like to part with.

“We would love to send a van load of items out to Camp Friendship, located near Annandale.”

According to the Janishes, besides the Lions booths at the event, exhibitors at the Lions at The Park open house will include some long-supported groups such as Alexandra House and Camp Friendship.

New to the event this year will be Loaves and Fishes, the Coon Rapids Fire Department and their kitchen fire trailer, plus Officer Mark McDonough from the Coon Rapids Police Department with police dog Buddy.

In addition, Monique Hammond, author of “What Did You Say, An Unexpected Journey Into The World Of Hearing” will also be on hand to discuss her book and her experience with hearing loss.

There will be activities for all like face painting, games for all ages, a photo opportunity for attendees to be a Lion and a garden tour.

“We really hope that people will come out to have some fun, learn a little bit about the Coon Rapids Lions and maybe even consider becoming one,” the Janishes said.

The Coon Rapids Lions Club has been serving since 1954 by providing volunteers and donations through various service projects to the community and beyond.

Contact Dan Janish, membership chairperson, at 612-558-2851 or through the club’s website at

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