The Friends of the Center Point Library annual Book Sale is Friday, June 11, from 3 to 7, and Saturday, June 12, from 9 to 1:30. Hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents and children's books are 25 cents. There will be a special sale of collectibles and books from late Library benefactor Marilyn Andersen.
The Center Point Historical Society's Depot Museum/Strait Log Cabin will be open Sundays 2 to 4 beginning June 6. Museum admission is free. This year's theme is "School: Town and Country."
The Vinton American Legion will be holding a Memorial Day Program at the Legion Hall, 105 North R Ave, at 11:00 AM. The primary speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Constance M. Arens (Retired). She served in the Army Nurse Corp for 21 year at various US Army hospitals, in the states and abroad.Light refreshments will be served.
The Ray & Virginia Boyer Post 166 will host a Memorial Day service at Oakwood Cemetery on Monday, May 31 at 11:00 am.The American Legion 3rd District Tomb of the Unknown float will be on display and will be honoring the 100 year anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington VA. Monte Railsback will be the guest speaker. Also on hand will be the Benton County community band.
The Kiwanis Park will welcome families to the park on Saturday, May 29 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening ceremony which will begin at 11:00 a.m.The Kiwanis Park Splash Pad and Playground has been a project of the Vinton Parks and Recreations Department for the last several months. Following the ceremony at Kiwanis Park, there will be a party following until 1:00 PM featuring DJ Tyler Sean with free burgers and hot dogs prepared by Merchant’s Grilling.
Commander Dale Henry of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post Smith-Geater Post 8884 and Auxiliary announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. Studets must write and record a three-to-five-minute essay on the [sel]ed theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by October 31.
Friends of the Center Point Library secretary Carolyn Roseberry has been working on bunches and boxes of used books for the upcoming Book Sale. At its May meeting, the Library Friends made final plans for the sale to be held on Friday, June 11, from 3 to 7, and on Saturday, June 12, from 9 to 1:30 in the Library Community Room. The Book Sale was canceled last year because of the pandemic so the supply and [sel]ion of books this year could modestly be called humongous.
Vinton Lions Club also invites the community to help us celebrate our 100 Years of Service on July 6, 2021, from 5-8 PM at Celebration Park. The Vinton Lion’s concessions trailer will have their first Tenderloin Tuesday with half-priced menu items and FREE SNO-CONES and CAKE. The Vinton Community Band will provide entertainment. Children’s activities are being planned which include Tom Pingenot’s amazing “Bubbler” skills! If you have an interest in joining Vinton Lions Club please message us through Facebook for more information.
Commander Dale Henry of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Smith-Geater Post 8884 and Auxiliary, announced the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards. The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay.
On Saturday, May 15, the VFW Post #8884 will hold a grand opening at 5999 25th Ave. Trail, Vinton. Doors will open at 08:00 for a freewill donation breakfast of: biscuits and sausage gravy, plain scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs with onions and peppers, sausage/egg/cheese on an English muffin, coffee, milk, juice.Following a Ribbon Cutting at 11:00 there will be an Open House as well as a lunch which includes: maid rites, baked beans, soda, water or coffee for a freewill donation.