Here is your guide for enjoying Spring Fling this Saturday, May 6, noon to 5pm. What an event!

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Marine Color Guard (March on the Colors)

Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX, Annie’s Hardware and Capital Park Realty

Performance Times:
12:15: St. Michael’s High School Concert Band/Chamber Choir
1:15: Marine Color Guard (March on the Colors)
1:30: Daka 2 Martial Arts Academy Karate Demonstration
2:00: Ari Jacobson
3:00: Suspicious Package

Attractions:
Old Line Garrison, 501st Legion, Darth Vader’s Army!
Games: Double Hoops, Soccer, Ring Toss, Alien Pinball
Food Trucks: Tender Rib, OooDatChicken, DC Ballers
Beer: Delightful draft choices courtesy of Anheuser Busch

St. Michael’s High School Concert Band/Chamber Choir

Weather: Breezy, cloudy, chance of scattered showers, highs in the low- to mid-60s. Event happens rain or shine, with a tent to keep you dry!

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.

Ari Jacobson

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

Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer for part of the event, go here: http://signup.com/go/QK3n1t

See you at the Fling!

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Daka 2 Martial Arts Academy Karate Demonstration

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Announcing…. Suspicious Package to headline Spring Fling May 6!

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Suspicious Package

Announcing…. Suspicious Package to headline Spring Fling May 6!
With:
Ari Jacobson
DAKA 2 Martial Arts Academy
St. Michael CHS Concert Band and Chamber Choir

About Suspicious Package:
Long-rumored in existence but kept tightly shrouded in the secrecy of Tom Toles’ basement, Suspicious Package finally exploded onto the Washington, D.C. music scene in May 2008 with their sell-out premiere performance at the Red and the Black in DC’s Atlas District. They’ve since performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel, the National Press Club, the Hard Rock Café, the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Poland, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium, the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City harbor, and other venues.  The band plays frequently for charity benefits.  In 2010 they performed for over a thousand people at Arena Beniamino Gigli in Porto Recanati, Italy, and appeared on national television.  In 2015 Suspicious Package had the honor of performing for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden.  Suspicious Package has been mentioned in SPIN magazine and Rolling Stone (Italian edition) magazine.  They are a three-time winner of the Journopalooza battle of the media bands for the title of DC’s best media band, and may also be Washington’s only band containing three Pulitzer prizes.  In 2017, the Washington Post dubbed “Suspicious Package… practically the house band of Official Washington.”

Suspicious Package plays a mix of rock, blues, punk, funk, pop, alternative and originals. Pulitzer prize-winning Washington Post political cartoonist Toles drives the rhythm of Suspicious Package on drums and vocals, VICE contributor and former TIME Magazine reporter Tim Burger plays bass, with POLITICO senior investigative reporter and two-time team Pulitzer prize-winning Josh Meyer on lead guitar and vocals. Senior government officials Bryan Greene and Christina Sevilla also sing and play rhythm guitar and keyboard, respectively. Suspiciously, none of the members had ever played in a rock band prior to their 2008 debut. www.facebook.com/SusPackage

Seeking Volunteers for the May 6 Fling — Now Is Your Chance!

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The Spring Fling celebration at the DC Soldiers’ Home is getting closer — Saturday, May 6, noon to 5pm. Many of you have asked how you can volunteer to help with this wonderful event. Here is your chance! 😀

Use this link http://signup.com/go/QK3n1t and you will see opportunities to sign up for set up, takedown, games and other activities. It’s easy — you will not need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Hurry, sign up today, before your favorite jobs are taken! Questions? Contact Terence Bennett at terence.bennett(at)gmail(dot)com

Gardens Plots Available This Season at the Soldiers’ Home

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Gardening at the old Soldiers’ Home.

Love to garden and volunteer?

The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.

Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).

Come join us!

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com

March Saloon Night Tempo Matched the Outside Weather — Cool

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It wasn’t just ‘cool’ outside for this month’s version of Saloon Night at Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC. The incredible singer Elin, accompanied by Leo Garcia on piano, showcased cool tunes for the packed crowd. Both residents and volunteers soaked in the multi-lingual music, stories and drink. Friends of the Soldiers Home is proud to put on this monthly event, and FOSH volunteers always have a great time. Join us next month! The next Saloon Night will be April 4. Write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com to be part of the fun.

Story and photos by Lou Avenilla


FOSH, Nam Knights Partner to Make February Happy Hour Special

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happy2The monthly Happy Hour was extra special on Feb. 28. Friends of the Soldiers Home was honored to participate in a special presentation by the Nam Knights Capital Chapter. The Knights presented an iron works display to the Armed Forces Retirement Home that has become a permanent decoration in the Defender’s Inn on campus. Friends of the Soldiers Home, Nam Knights and AFRH staff have been long-time collaborators on the monthly Happy Hour event, which features food, drink, trivia, joke telling and plenty of volunteers who socialize and mix in with the residents. FOSH is grateful to the Nam Knights for making us part of the special presentation!

Photos by Ellen Hughes.

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Will You Be My Valentine? Friends Volunteers Say, ‘Yes!’

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happy4Friends of the Soldiers Home was proud to send 10 volunteers to help with the very special Chocolate Lovers’ Social at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC on Valentine’s Day evening. The enormous warmth and great fun in the room that evening can’t be overstated. The Home staff put together a wonderful party for residents, and we were honored to be part of such a special evening on Valentine’s Day!

Photos by Lauri Hafvenstein.

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FOSH’s February Saloon Night Brings Laughter, Singing and Dancing

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saloon1February’s Friends of the Soldiers Home Saloon Night was not just about serving beer and pizza, but it was also great fun and had an impressive showcase of talent! Crowd favorite Geneva Renee sang a variety of tunes that got folks singing as well as dancing. “Midnight Train To Georgia” really brought folks out to the dance floor! Friends provided gift bags with notes written by children thanking residents of the Soldiers Home for their service. Friends also handed out Travis Manion Foundation t-shirts. The items came to FOSH courtesy of Points of Light. There were volunteers a-plenty — 18 in all! — and resident bar tender Sheldon ensured that the drinks kept flowing. Looking forward to see you next month! FOSH’s Saloon Night is always the first Tuesday of the month. Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com to participate.

Story and photos by Lou Avenilla.

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First Happy Hour of 2017 Has FOSH, Residents Celebrating Together

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happy2Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly at Happy Hour this week. There was more conversation with residents, volunteers for Friends of the Soldiers Home, and telling of jokes. The better jokes came from the residents – not from the traditional emcee! It was wonderful to see so much conversation and enjoyment. Thank you to the FOSH volunteers who came out and to our good friends, the Nam Knights Capital Chapter. Come and join us at next month’s Happy Hour – the days will be getting longer and the laughter louder!

Photos and story by Liz Cocke.

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