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Save the Date! Fall Fun Fest Scheduled for September 30th

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Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer gardeners recently had an opportunity to share the bounty of the gardens with residents of the Home. They brightened up the AFRH canteen and cafeteria with bouquets of fresh flowers grown by the volunteers. There are more flowers yet to bloom and more bouquets will be coming to the Home later this summer. Pictured below with some of the bouquets is volunteer gardener Susan Minnemeyer.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Clinehens.

Soldiers Home July 4th Draws Thousands For Music, Fun and Fireworks

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More than 2,600 people came to the green open space of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington for a gala July 4th celebration. The seventh annual gathering hosted by Friends of the Soldiers Home featured entertainment by the Hortonville, Wisconsin marching band and two Soldiers Home residents, DJ Billy White and singer/guitarist Waymon Lucas Jr. There was facepainting, a bounce house and pond fishing for kids, who mostly enjoyed running amok on the green expanse of the Home’s grounds. There were many food and drink choices, and of course the highlight was viewing fireworks from the National Mall and the neighborhoods surrounding the Soldiers Home. We can’t wait for July 4, 2019!

Photos courtesy of Betsy Eves, Lauren Kessler, Mike Madden and Drew Schneider.

Your July 4th Event Guide

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Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC, July 4, 4pm-9:30pm

Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:
4pm: Waymon Lucas Jr. aka Kool (Guitar Hand) Luke
5pm: DJ Billy White aka The Music Man
7:30pm: Hortonville, Wis., High School Marching Band
9:09pm: National Mall Fireworks

Attractions:
4pm-8:30pm: bounce house, corn hole, tug o’ war, ring toss, water games
4pm-6:30pm: facepainting
4pm-7pm: catch-and-release pond fishing (bring your own bait, gear)
6pm: patriotic bike decoration contest judging

Food/Drink: Rosie’s Pizza & Subs, Ooo Dat Chicken, Quick Bite, Hardy’s BBQ, Dog Tag Bakery, Captain Cookie, Sly’s Sucker Punch, Anheuser Busch
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers

Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event: http://signup.com/go/KrxYHUy

Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this event possible, and to the Capital Chapter of the Nam Knights of America for volunteer support

FOSH’s June 19 Bowling Night Has Veteran Friendship to Spare

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Thank you volunteers who came out to FOSH Bowling Night at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on Tuesday! Volunteers maybe had more fun than residents did … or at least as much. We aren’t keeping score, but remember that bowling night happens the third Tuesday of each month. To become part of FOSH Bowling Night — and have fun while giving back to veterans — contact Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos courtesy of Rocelia Johnson. 

May’s Jingo Night Connects Veterans, FOSH Volunteers in Fun Service

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Thank you to the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers who came out for this month’s Jingo Night. This event is our flagship volunteer activity. It is near and dear to our hearts because several residents would be unable to partake if not for volunteers who transport them and help them play. The next Jingo will be June 14, mark your calenders! If you can come and help, contact Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

We thank Lori for sharing these great photos!

Herwig Recognized in May as Friends of the Soldiers Home Volunteer

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Volunteers are the Heart of FOSH! For the month of May, we’re sending out special thanks to FOSH garden volunteer, Carol Herwig. Carol puts her gardening know-how to use in many ways for residents of Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. She’s growing flowers for beautiful bouquets in the residents’ cafeteria and will be leading horticultural tours for residents around the campus. Carol also volunteers for Casey Trees and has organized tree plantings resulting in 300 young trees on the campus. Thank you Carol!

Friends of the Soldiers Home Builds Community at 2018 Spring Fling

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The sixth annual Spring Fling brought 500 people to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington campus on Saturday, May 5, for food, games, music and fun. A large number of Soldiers Home residents mingled with numerous families from the community in this annual ritual that kicks off the warm-weather season at the Home. Rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits, as attendees moved beneath the big tent when the weather worsened and listened to the rocking blues of Nobody’s Business. We are grateful to all the volunteers who helped with this event, and we thank the residents and staff of the Soldiers Home for once again opening the gates to the community. We can’t wait until next time!

Photos courtesy of Lauri Hafvenstein.

Your guide for enjoying Friends of the Soldiers Home Spring Fling this Saturday, May 5, noon to 5pm!

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Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, CollEDGEucation, DCCX, Music Celebrations

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:
12:30-1:30: Julia Kasdorf
2-5: Nobody’s Business

Attractions:
Games: Bounce House, Jumbo Connect Four, Face Painting
Food: Captain Cookie, Ooh Dat Chicken, Quize Quzeen, Dog Tag
Beer: Delightful draft choices courtesy of Anheuser Busch

Weather: High of 77, partly cloudy. Event happens rain or shine, with a big tent to keep you dry!

Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers
Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer for part of the event, go here: http://signup.com/go/TkupVCf

Pets: Please leave them at home