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Organized for Farmington: May news and notes

Farmington Food Shelf

Saturday, May 10th marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving: the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many, hunger.

So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to the local Farmington Food Shelf, who needs our help.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non- perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10th and your letter carrier will do the rest. Farmington’s Letter Carriers invite you to join in America’s great day of

giving and help us in our fight to end hunger.

Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network

Our April Military Mother/Grandmother Luncheon was a huge success! Over 110 mothers and grandmothers of currently serving service members were treated to a spring- themed lunch, pampering and prizes. Thank you to event Chairperson Paulette Olson for hosting a fabulous event! Special thank you to St Michael’s Church for giving us their space and providing wonderful volunteers!

The last Veteran Dinner of the season will be Monday, June 2 at the Farmington VFW. Dakota County Veteran Service Officers will be available at the June dinner for benefit assistance.

Monthly Veteran Dinners will start up again on Sept. 8. Call 651-460-2248 to RSVP.

Farming Yellow Ribbon Network meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM, Farmington City Hall.

Farmington VFW

There will be a steak fry Saturday, May 17, for the Farmington Rotary Club. You get a Von Hansen steak, baked potato, salad, vegetables, bread, dessert and coffee or water. for a donation of $10.

On Thursday, May 22, members of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 will make wreathes to lay on the graves of area veterans. All members of both organizations are encouraged to participate.

On Sunday, May 25, marchers from the VFW and American Legion will take part in the traditional ceremony at the Farmington Lutheran Church Cemtery at noon; and then at thge Castle Rock Cemetery at 2 p.m.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday, May 26, 10 a.m., at the Corinthian Cemetery. Marchers are sought for that ceremony, as well. All three ceremonies are open to the public.

If you have any tattered or torn flags, please bring them to the VFW Club for correct disposal. of the flags. American-made flags can be purchased at the VFW.

The back room of the VFW Club is available for wedding receptions and other events. Call the VFW Club at 651-460-6888 to make reservations.

Farmington Royal Ambassadors

The Farmington Royal Ambassador Program hold a Meet the Candidates event Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Lecture Hall at Farmington High School. The 2014 Ambassador Candidates will be giving a 90 second speech introducing themselves and improving their public speaking skills. This event is open to the public.

Farmington Lions Club

The Farmington Lions will hosting a picnic for the Members of the LIONS, MASONS, and KCs. This is an annual event for these groups. It will be held at Evergreen Knolls Picnic Pavilion. (Municipal swimming pool) on May 20. If you are a member of these groups please respond to your group for RSVP.

On this night the Lions will be picking the winners of the 200Club weekly drawings for $25.

Farmington Rotary

Plans are coming together well for the 2014 edition of Ramble Jam, Farmington Rotary’s annual two-day country music festival. The club, in partnership with K102, announced the first batch of artists for this year’s event. The lineup so far includes national recording artists Sam Hunt, who will play Sept. 12, and Blackjack Billy, who takes the stage Sept. 13. Also on the bill so far are local favorites Todd Hurst, Chris Hawkey Band and Lost Highway.

The announcement of three more national acts, including both nights’ headliners, is yet to come. For more information visit

The Farmington Rotary will hold a steak fry fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Farmington VFW. For full details see the VFW section on this page.

American Legion Post 189 Family

The Farmington Sons of the American Legion and VFW Men’s Auxiliary will hold their monthly Veterans Omelet Breakfast Sunday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the VFW. The cost is $10, with special pricing for veterans, seniors and kids 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit SAL and the Men’s Auxiliary and their projects.

Please consider participating in the 2014 Memorial Day ceremonies around the Farmington community, on May 25-26. Details of the ceremonies are listed in the VFW’s notice on this page.

The next meeting of American Legion Auxiliary Farmington Unit 189 will be held Monday, May 19, 6 p.m., at Sypal Lundgren VFW Post 7662. Please join us if you are available!

Congratulations to Farmington High School juniors Kylie Wharton and Kayli McGee, who will represent Farmington at the 2014 Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary Girls State progrram. Girls State is a weeklong education program that teaches participants the different facets of government. It will be held June 15-20 at the University of St. Thomas.

American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189, Farmington has endorsed past unit president Michelle Leonard as candidate for the office of President of the Third District, Department of Minnesota for the 2014-15 year. Elections will be held during the Third District Convention, May 16-18, at American Legion Faribault Post 43. All members of the American Legion family are welcome to attend the convention.

For God and Country.