By Anne Holzman
Attendees at a Falcon Heights ice cream social or Lauderdale’s Day in the Park may have noticed tents where volunteers from the Lions Club catch some shade and help run the event.
Those tents were recently replaced by one larger tent, which the club has now donated to the city for storage, with a promise that club volunteers will continue to help put it up and take it down as needed.
The Falcon Heights- Lauderdale Lions Club only needs the tent for those city events, club secretary Ken Crea said. Having heard concerns from the fire marshal, he said, the club replaced the older tents with a more robust one. It cost about $3,000, weighs 600 pounds and takes up more storage space than the old ones.
Since the Lions have no garage of their own, they donated the tent so that the city can store it. The Falcon Heights city council accepted the donation at their Sept. 13 meeting. Staff reported that the gift saves the cities a rental expense of about $500 per event.
The next Lions Club activity will be their Christmas tree sale, starting the day after Thanksgiving in Falcon Heights Community Park.
Anne Holzman is a Twin Cities freelance writer covering Falcon Heights and Lauderdale government news.