Lions club hosts open house and free pig roast at park

The Coon Rapids Lions Club hosts its Lions at The Park open house and free pig roast at Lions Coon Creek Park Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be games and information booths manned by club members.

This open house is not only to educate about the club, but is also an opportunity for the public to enjoy the park that the club has donated to financially and volunteered at for many years, according to Lyle Goff, Coon Rapids Lions Club first vice president.

Each booth will highlight an activity or event that the club performs, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about what the volunteer organization is all about, Goff said.

While visiting the booths, participants can earn pride bucks for a free meal prepared by UP NORTh BBQ, he said. “There are approximately 250 free meals being prepared and everyone is encouraged to bring their appetites,” Goff said.

In addition there will be other exhibits for attendees to visit. Representatives from Alexandra House, Camp Friendship and Cub Scout Pack 419, long-supported causes by the club, will be on-hand with information.

Also appearing will be representatives from Loaves and Fishes, a new program in Coon Rapids that serves meals twice a week to those in need, the Coon Rapids Fire Department with their kitchen fire demonstration trailer, Coon Rapids K-9 Officer Mark McDonough with his partner Buddy and author Monique Hammond, who will be talking about and selling her book “What Did You Say, An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing.”

Games and activities will include a memorial garden tour, Rockin’ Rocco’s Scavenger Hunt, Treat Wheel of Knowledge, Fishing for Fun and Chipping in for Service.  Some are tied into some club projects and activities such as Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs, an annual kids’ fishing clinic, and the Lions annual golf tournament held at Bunker Hills, according to Goff.

There will also be an exhibit showing some of the work done by club member Tim Beckwith, who has traveled on many mission trips around the world bringing the gift of sight to people in need by providing them eyeglasses collected by the Lions, Goff said.

The club will be collecting used eyeglasses and used hearing aids as part of its ongoing service project to help those in need of such items around the world.

The Lions are also collecting non-perishable food items and clean gently-used winter coats to be donated to the ACBC Food Shelf.

“In addition, the Lions are asking attendees to bring any bridesmaid dresses, sport coats, hats, suits, Halloween costumes, costume jewelry, party dresses or other similar items to be donated to Camp Friendship, a camp for those with mental and physical challenges,” Goff said.

“Everyone planning on attending this open house is encouraged to bring something to donate.

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