West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Chris Comer, Teresa Clayton Bryan, Katie Blankenship, Randal Peters, Debbie Moore, Chad Ehler, Lance Mowell, Kelly Spitler, Rylee Sagester, Irene Graham, Tim Bassler, Todd Baker, Carter Fletcher, Madelyn Fischer, Judy Bassler, Katie Paek, Mabel Kruszynski, Audrey Suchland, Lex Woodard, Chandler Napier, Zach Rossman, Eileen Washington.

Anniversaries this week: Scott and Ruth Worley, Jerry and Ann Cooper, Gary and Kathryn Baker, Richard and Sarah Pickerell, Randy and Karen Ehler,

Ole Fashioned Jamboree

The Jamboree dates have been changed to Friday, June 23, from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, June 24, from 2-11 p.m. Come to the Jamboree in Peace Park for rides, food, games and more. Wrist Band Special Vouchers will be pre-sold for $10 at the Farmers Markets on Thursday afternoons, The Pin Up Shoppe on Second Street, or from any Celebration Committee member.

Wrist bands will be $15 during the Jamboree and are good from 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 3-10 p.m. on Saturday. All your festival favorites will be there, such as funnel cakes, fresh cut fries, Cotton Candy, Candied or Caramel Apples, Lemon Shake-ups, snow cones, popcorn, walking tacos, nachos, pulled-pork, ribs and smoked chops. Come enjoy the day and support your community. Funds raised will contribute to the July 4 Fireworks and provide for new toys and repairs at Santa Villa, sponsored by the West Alexandria Celebration Committee.

Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Markets have begun. Come and support the WA Celebration Committee’s weekly Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., through the end of August in Peace Park. We showcase local food and produce vendors, local entertainment and independent consultants, including but not limited to Avon and Tupperware, and many local crafters who offer incredible deals. Space is still available if you wish to be a vendor. We offer live music, hot food, cold beverages, free parking and have public restrooms. Community Cookbooks are available for sale at the Farmers’ Market. They lie flat while open for your convenience and contain 600 recipes submitted by our residents. All funds raised are used by the Celebration Committee to provide the community with fireworks for July 4, and new toys for Santa Villa in December. Funds also will be used for needed repairs at Santa Villa. Contact Carol Lunsford at 937-839-4085 for additional information or to reserve your space.

American Legion

Steak Fry Saturday, June 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. with 50/50 raffle.

The Senior Fun Bunch meets every Thursday from 1-4 p.m. for music and dancing.

Rock the Juke Box Friday, June 16, from 7-11:45 p.m.

Euchre and Ladies Night every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., with a 50/50 raffle.

Family Fun Day is Sunday, Aug. 6; more details to come.

July 4 Celebration in the Park

The WA Celebration Committee is sponsoring their annual July 4 Celebration in the Park at Peace Park, beginning at 2 p.m., with food vendors, music, games, contests and prizes. The Big Bang Boom Car Show runs from 4-7 p.m. Anyone who would like to participate in the parade, simply add some lights to your bike, golf cart or any vehicle and line up for the lighted parade at 9 p.m., in the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot. The parade route will end at the TVS school parking lot at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m., at the Twin Valley South school parking lot. Pull up to the football practice field with folding chairs or blankets, bring some friends and enjoy the show!

Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show

The July 4 Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show runs from 4-7 p.m., as part of the WA Celebration Committee July 4 Celebration in the Park, held in Peace Park. Registration fee is $10. Prize money to be awarded. Entries are available on site, at The Pin Up Shoppe or at the Farmers’ Market in Peace Park each Thursday evening. For additional information, contact Carol Lunsford at 937-839-4085, or Michelle Laughlin at the WA Library.

Community VBS

WACOCA Vacation Bible School will run June 19-23 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the First Brethren Church on W. Third Street. The theme will be Follywood and will help children to discern what they watch, listen to or play in their daily lives.

Community Worship Service

Sunday, July 2, there will be a Community Worship Service at 10 a.m. in Peace Park, sponsored by WACOCA . Pastor Dan Mershon of Salem Lutheran Church, will deliver the message. There will be a combined community choir which will rehearse before the service, directed by Kris Baker. Marilyn Bassler will provide accompaniment for the hymns. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside of the Salem Lutheran Church Sanctuary. After the service, a free luncheon will be provided by the Salem Lutheran Church in celebration of its 200 year anniversary. The meal will be held in the Fellowship Hall and is open to all attending the service.

Salem Lutheran Church

Peace Park After Dark: Enjoy an All-American Family Movie Night in Peace Park on Saturday, June 17, in celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of Salem Lutheran Church. Bring your own chairs and snacks and dress in USA colors.

Salem members will provide a free luncheon on July 2, after the 10 a.m., Community Service in celebration of its 200 year anniversary. The meal will be held in the Fellowship Hall and is open to all attending the service.

Middle School Ministry meets Sunday evenings from 7-8:15 p.m. in the Church Lounge for any Middle School-aged students.

The Men’s Bible Study and Prayer Breakfast will meet Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Coups for Troops is accepting your unwanted coupons, up to two months expired, to send to our Troops overseas where the commissaries accept them. There is a designated basket in the Church Library.

St. John Church

Sunday, June 18, at 10 a.m., Worship is our Father’s Day Celebration and Ice Cream Fellowship Hour.

The Annual Church Picnic will be June 25, at 11 a.m. at the First Brethren Church Shelter on Ohio 503 S.

We will be providing a meal to the Homeless Shelter on June 29.

St. John donated $265 to Holy Joe’s Cafe in May.

We are accepting empty pill bottles with labels removed for the Matthew 25 Project. We are accepting clean, used shoes for Well of Hope, and new or used Christian devotionals for our Prison Ministry.

Youth meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Church, 20 South St.

By Mary Lunsford