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Photo by Don JohnsonIn April the Ashland Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary members gathered for some highway cleanup. It was another great community service to keep Ashland looking beautiful. Pictured are Jerry Gomez, Lions and Russ Chandler, Kiwanis.

Ashland Lions readying for a busy summer events season

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, scholarships for Ashland High School graduates and many other worthy causes.

In addition to charitable donations, the Lions do many service projects in the community, such as assisting with vision screening in Ashland elementary schools, restoring tables and benches in the Lithia Park Madrone Group Picnic area, benches in Lithia Park concert arena, building handicapped ramps, assisting the Boy Scouts with their annual Christmas tree recycling, Ashland parks cleanup and barbecue services for charitable groups events.

As a recent example of “We Serve” (the Lions’ motto), Lions just finished building a handicapped ramp for an Ashland family.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Oregon provides year-around sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, youth and adults living with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, gain experience, feel joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympians, athletes and the community.

The Ashland Lions, in partnership with the Ashland Kiwanis, will provide their barbecue expertise, preparing great food for the Jackson County Special Olympics Summer Regional Games at Southern Oregon University on June 9. For event information, go to bit.ly/2x1tyqW.

Feast of Will

The Feast of Will has been a tradition at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 1956. It celebrates the beginning of summer and the opening of the outdoor stage. 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. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, in Lithia Park.

Tickets ($15) may be purchased online (bit.ly/2s2yaHj) or at the OSF box office on 15 South Pioneer Street in Ashland. The box office phone number is 800-219-8161.Tickets are also available in limited quantities at Paddington Station.

Family Summerfest BBQ

The Ashland Lions will fire up their barbecue to cook chicken, burgers and hot dogs in support of the Peace House-sponsored Uncle Food’s Diner “Family Summerfest BBQ.” Since beginning in 1993, Uncle Food’s Diner has become the major feeding program for Ashland’s very poor and homeless residents.

The fundraiser is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, outside the 1st Baptist Church at the corner of Laurel and North Main streets, Ashland. There will be lots of entertainment for the kids and a big raffle. Tickets can be purchased online at www.peacehouse.net/tickets or at the office (call 541-482-9625). Join the Ashland Lions Club and support this worthy charity.

July 4th Parade

The Ashland July 4th 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 www.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.

City Band Concerts

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 from late June through mid-August. The net proceeds from this event support the Ashland High and Middle school bands.

You can be a Lion!

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

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

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