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Ashland Lions Club — Feast of Will

About the Ashland Lions: The Ashland Lions Club was founded in 1938 and has been serving Ashland and the Rogue Valley ever since. We raise money to fund our support of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation in Portland and the Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center in Medford. Lions also support Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, scholarship for Ashland High School graduates, Middle & High School bands, Ashland Parks & Recreation and many other worthy causes.

Ashland Lions Service to the Parks & Recreation Department: Lori Ainsworth, Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Ashland Parks and Recreation (APRC) reports: “The Ashland Lions Club has a lengthy history of community service with Ashland Parks & Recreation. Throughout the years APRC has greatly benefited from the Ashland Lions generous support, both manually and monetarily. The Lions assist with yearly Lithia Park trail maintenance and restoration of Lithia Park benches and picnic tables. In 2015, they also ‘adopted’ Ashland Creek Park, supplementing staff maintenance with semi-monthly work parties. In addition, the Ashland Lions Club donates yearly scholarship funds to our North Mountain Park Nature Center’s education program. Words cannot express how thankful Ashland Parks & Recreation is to the Ashland Lions for their continued friendship, assistance and community support.”

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers to help in Lions community projects are always welcome. The project could be landscape improvements in a city park, selling ice cream at the Ashland band concerts or helping out at the Feast of Will dinner in Lithia Park. If you are interested please call at 541-324-1515 or email info@ashlandoregonlions.org

Feast of Will — June 7, 2019, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.: The Feast of Will has been a tradition at Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 1956, celebrating the Beginning of Summer and the Opening of the Elizabethan Stage of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

The Feast of Will is hosted by the Ashland Lions Club and is a festive affair of food, flowers and music. On the menu is the Lions’ delectable barbecued chicken or vegetarian lasagna, both served with salad, vegetable rolls and beverage.

Tickets are $16.00 and available at www.osfashland.org or at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival box office at 15 S Pioneer Street in Ashland. Box office phone is 800-219-8161. Tickets are also available in limited quantities at Paddington Station.

Entertainment is provided by the Siskiyou Singers and the Southern Jefferson Pipe Band.

Special thanks to the Ashland Parks & Recreation, Scout Troup 12 and the Ashland Garden Club for their help and support.

Ashland July 4th Parade: This celebration — now over 100 years old, is one of the things that makes Ashland a “great small town to live in.” For more information please visit ashlandchamber.com/Page.asp?NavID=1350

While enjoying the festivities visit the Ashland Lions trailer for an ice-cold delight on a hot summer day: the Lions “great” Root Beer Float.

Sights & Sounds in the Valley — June 28th 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.: A benefit for the Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center. The vision of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is to help more children and adults see and hear.

A strong and energetic partnership between the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) and the Lions Clubs of Oregon and Northern California allows those in need in your community to access OLSHF’s many programs.

Join us at the Walkabout Brewery, 921 Mason Way, Medford. Includes live music, food truck, silent auction, wheel of fortune, grab bags and a raffle. Beer and wine available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Sight & Hearing Center. Call 541-779-3653 or email solshc@riousa.com for more information.

Ashland City Band Concerts in the Park — Late June – August: Since 2008 the Ashland Lions Club has sold ice cream bars and frozen fruit bars from its yellow trailer during the Lithia Park Ashland City Band concerts. The net proceeds from this event support the Ashland High School and Middle School bands. In 2019 the donations totaled about $1,000 to each school.

You can be a Lion! Become a Lion — Make a difference! Call the Ashland Lions Club at 541-324-1515. A visit to the Ashland Lions website www.ashlandoregonlions.org or Facebook facebook.com/Lions97520 will provide information on the Club as well as an online membership application. Please join us at our regular meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. at La Casa Del Pueblo, 1209 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The Ashland Lions Club column appears on the fourth week of February, May, August and November.

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