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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Appreciation Day a fun outing

The posts are all doing a fine job of making sure to provide activities for everyone. The weather has not been cooperative this year, yet the calendars are full of golf outings, bike runs, picnics and more.
One coming event that I always look forward to is the Veterans Appreciation Day that takes place in September at American Legion Post 336 in Painesville.
The joint effort between the post home and the Veterans Affairs Painesville Outpatient Clinic is a fun afternoon.
This afternoon event is a place to meet old friends and make some new ones. Information about veterans’ benefits and businesses that offer specials for veterans is available for the asking.
These are benefits that are earned and must be applied for. Take advantage of that, sign up and use what you have earned.

VFW at Party in the Park
Painesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595 will host a booth at Painesville Party in the Park from July 17-19.
Information about the VFW programs and Ladies Auxiliary programs will be available. Sign up for a free drawing for a flag set.
Membership for any active duty eligible service person will be free. This year, the second year’s membership will be free for any eligible veterans or Ladies Auxiliary member joining at the Party in the Park. For details, call Jill or George Householder at 440-352-9522.

Painesville Legion serves lasagna
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will serve a lasagna dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the post home. Dinners are $8 and include salad, roll and dessert. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Fifth annual Red Eye Run
American Legion Riders Chapter 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host its fifth annual poker run, titled the “336 Red Eye Run.”
The event, slated for July 18, begins and ends at the post, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike in by 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for riders and $10 for passengers. Buyers of the first 100 tickets receive a free run patch.
The run will be rain or shine and motorcycles are not required. For details, call Steve Anderson at 440-209-8724 or Mike Bodnar at 440-346-2141.

Euclid Vets Classic Car Cruise
Euclid Vets Association will host its Third Annual Classic Car Cruise In and Motorcycle Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. The event will be at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 E. 260th St. in Euclid.
Music of the ’50s and ’60s will be playing and the event will be held rain or shine. There is no admission to the show, but donations to the Gary Sinese Foundation for Wounded Vets will be gratefully accepted. Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to owners of the first 100 cars.

Catholic War Vets welcome new members
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at St. Justin Martyr Parish Festival, 35781 Stevens Blvd. in Eastlake, on July 24-26 having a membership and poppy drive. Donations are welcome.
Tickets for the reverse raffle also will be on sale. The raffle will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake. For information and tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Madison post hosts reverse raffle
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host a reverse raffle with a $1,000 main board beginning at 4 p.m. July 25 at the post home. Tickets are $40 per person.
For more information, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Painesville Youth host car wash and bake sale
The Youth Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at the post home.
Funds raised will be used in support of veterans, active duty military, their families and the community.
The unit is open to young people ages 5 through 16 who desire to learn volunteerism, leadership, patriotism and teamwork. Call Jill Householder for more information at 440-352-9522.

Veterans Appreciation Day in September
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will again host the Veterans Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the post home.
This is a free event for all veterans and their spouses. There will be food, music and veteran-oriented vendors.
To keep this event free, the post will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9. The cost is $5.

Golf Outing rescheduled
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled the annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The golf outing will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison. Tickets are $80 for the players and $20 for the dinner only.
Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury post hosts Farmers Market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 12.
Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day. For information, email, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

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