You’re supposed to be over 60 to enjoy the Howard Area Lions Club’s upcoming valentine-themed hospitality.
But if you’re not, club members will take heart.
Club secretary Fred Kellerman said sometimes guests to the annual Sweetheart Dinner arrive with younger family members. Everyone gets in the door.
“We have not turned anyone away,” Kellerman said.
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Since the 1980s, the club has thrown a community bash in honor of Cupid. This year’s meal starts at noon on Feb. 8 at the J.K. Yearick Center in Howard.
Club members will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including home-baked pies and other desserts — all for free.
“Usually, we fill the place,” Kellerman said. “That’s usually almost 300 people.”
Once the club pays the $500 rental fee for the banquet hall, anything extra from donations and the proceeds from 50/50 games of chance will benefit the Howard Area Food Bank in the basement of the old Beech Creek Elementary School in Beech Creek.
Preparations for the feast will start the night before, when club members pop enough turkeys for everyone into ovens to cook overnight. Some members, including Kellerman, have a special duty. They’re responsible for bringing two pies each so that nobody goes without dessert.
Reservations aren’t required, but anyone wishing to help or donate can call Kellerman at 355-7749.
Kellerman said the dinner has earned enough of a reputation in the Lions Club community that the governor and vice governor of the club’s district helped serve last year.
People often ask how the club manages the event every year, Kellerman said. But unlike with love, the day’s theme, there’s no mystery.
“We just do it,” he said.
Getting the picture
The Marsh Creek Brethren In Christ Church wants its families to get the picture.
For a new family pictorial directory, the church would like all families who have ties to it to make appointments for photos. Sessions will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18-19 at the church at 417 Summit Hill Road.
Anyone photographed will receive a free 8-by-10 inch photo.
Volunteers are also needed for either of each day’s two shifts. To schedule an appointment or volunteer to help, call Donna Corl at 625-3544.