OXFORD — The Anderson-Staples American Legion will hold a block party July 3 to raise funds for building updates.

The event will be held in the baseball field at the Legion Hall, 169 King St., from 1 to 9 p.m.

Organizers say there will be a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., followed by a barbecue chicken dinner at noon and a bean supper in the evening.

During the day, there will be ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken fingers and other foods. Dad’s Place will offer steak wraps, and Daddy O’s will serve desserts. There will also be a dessert wagon from Tim Hortons in the field with coffee and donuts.

Activities include vendors with products to sell, a raffle for area emergency services, with a portion of the proceeds from Tim Hortons being donated to the winner’s chosen service.

“We are faced with upgrading both the kitchen and the electric system, as well as eventually installing a new sprinkler system,” Commander Robert Lavertu said. “It will not be cheap, and any funds we raise will got toward the building improvements.”

Work on the projects is expected to be done this summer and fall.

The Post will hold events this summer, including preteen dances for ages 9 through 13 and Texas Hold ’em on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. There will also be car washes and yard sales for people to sell their merchandise, Lavertu said.

“All in all, we plan to be as active as we possibly can,” he said. “Add to all this, we are now renting the hall when available. We hope to either meet our goals or come close.” 

During the July 3 block party, children can enjoy the free coloring contest held in the hall.

Sons of the American Legion 1st Vice Chairman Timothy Tuttle said, “We’ll have a coloring contest all day long. The ages will be from 3 to 12 years of age, and every hour or two, we will pick a winner and the child will receive a prize. We know some will be there all day, and they can participate all day long. We hope to have other child-oriented activities to keep the kids busy while the parents enjoy the day.”

Lavertu said he hopes to be able to raise enough to start with the kitchen, which will include a new hood and the fire suppression equipment needed to satisfy the state requirements.

“We will have event schedules posted all over and available to be picked up at the post within a couple of weeks in order to let as many people interested to be able to attend,” he said.


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