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A night at the Lorane Grange bingo

With the approach of fall, the Lorane and Crow granges are reinstating their monthly fun and game nights. Both will be hosting their popular bingo games and refreshments in the coming week. The Creswell Grange started theirs earlier and will continue on into the winter months. Here are the schedules:

    The Lorane Grange will get back into the swing of things on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Along with the family bingo (all ages welcome), they will offer a table of desserts, coffee and punch for those who can’t resist. 

    The Crow Grange is changing things up a bit this year. They are going to experiment with afternoon sessions instead of evenings, as it has been in the past. According to Connie Suing, “We start again next Saturday, September 17, from 3:00  to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $15 for 15 games and the progressive Blackout is up to $600 right now.”

    The Creswell Grange has been hosting their bingo nights every third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., so their next session will be held on Sept. 21.

    For those of you who have not attended any of these, they are family events. Children are welcome if they are accompanied by at least one parent. It’s not about gambling. Unless you get to yell “Bingo!” on the blackout jackpot at the end of each session, you probably won’t win back all of what your buy-in costs and sometimes you’ll be able to select a gift from the prize table instead of a cash prize. It’s more about getting together to visit and share some laughs for an evening (or afternoon) of fun and “community.” It’s about supporting the many community projects that these granges sponsor each year, and to help them maintain their buildings and expenses. 

    In these days of stress and uncertainty about what’s going to be happening tomorrow on national and international levels, the future is going to be much brighter and our lives are going to be much less stressful if we choose to concentrate on those people and those happenings that involve family and community. We have some direct control over the outcomes of local events and situations and the positives are much more evident among family and friends. 

    Our voices can be heard on the national level by voting – which is vital – but they can be heard strongest and be most effective by how active we are within our own communities. It’s something that I’ve always believed. 

    Besides attending local events, consider joining the groups that work within each community. In Lorane, we have the Lorane Grange, the Lorane Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, the Lorane Community Assn., the Lorane Fire Department, the Rural Arts Center, Theta Rho, 4-H clubs, a yoga group and, of course, the school district’s Booster Club/parents’ group, among others. Each one will benefit by having more active members who are willing to do whatever they can to establish and strengthen the lives of each of us who share the same concerns, goals and hopes for the future … our community family.

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