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Residents were in high spirits July 2 for the monthly Saloon Night With Friends event.

Residents were in high spirits July 2 for the monthly Saloon Night With Friends event.

On July 11 a half-dozen Friends volunteers went to the Soldiers’ Home for another great Jingo game. This was the second game in the new Scott Building Community Center since we adopted the event in early 2012. About 20-25 veterans played, 10 from assisted living. Our veteran friends left saying they enjoyed Jingo more than Bingo. We expect to have even more when we return for our next game Aug. 8th!

Jingo was a great followup to our previous volunteer event, Saloon Night With Friends, on July 2 at the Scott Building’s Defenders Inn. Acoustic guitarist Alan Bjerga performed on behalf of the Friends, who brought along six volunteers and provided drinks and snacks. Alan had song sheets to share, and the highlight was his rendition of the anthems from each branch of the Armed Forces. Many of the 50 veterans in attendance sang along, and some stood proudly when the song from their branch was played. Our next Saloon Night is Aug. 6.

Don’t forget, our third regular monthly volunteer event, called Happy Hour, will be held July 30.

To get on our volunteer e-mail list write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com

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