Spay-ghetti, country fried steak, Turtle Derby racing with the Lions spice up the fall fundraising season

Sue Guinn Legg • Oct 18, 2018 at 10:25 PM

The arrival of cool weather brought new flavor to the fall fundraising season.

Tonight in Erwin, the flavor is Italian and will come compliments of Olive Garden in “Spay-ghetti Dinner” to benefit the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.

The menu includes Olive Garden’s Spaghetti Marinara, salad, breadsticks, dessert and a beverage — all for $10 in advance or $12 at the door from 5-7 p.m. in the community room at Erwin Town Hall.

Masterpiece Mixers, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Hands On! Museum and local crafters will also have a hand in the benefit and in a gift basket raffle available for $1 per entry.

Takeout orders will be available. Advance tickets may be purchased at the animal shelter on North Industrial Drive or online at www.ucasfriends.com.

For more information about the dinner, call the animal shelter at 423-743-3071.

On Sunday afternoon, Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church will host a country fried steak dinner to benefit the Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee.

The cost of the meal is a donation to help stock the Help Center’s pantry for local families and individuals in need.

The dinner starts at 12:30 p.m and will run through 2 at the church at 1432 Gray/Sulphur Springs Road.

For more information, call Sally Williams at 423 788-0050

Fall is also Turtle Derby season and Johnson City Lions and the electronic racing turtles are geared up to go Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Johnson City Boys & Girls Club on West Market Street.

The turtle races start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. And racing turtles are a $50 sponsorship donation to put a kid in the race for prizes and help the Lions “sight conservation” programs, including recycling eyeglasses for people in need, free vision screenings for children, support for Lions Volunteer Industries manufacturing operations for blind and sight-impaired workers and other community projects supported by the club.

More Information about the work of the Johnson City Lions and their 70-plus years of turtle derby racing visit johnsoncity.tnlions.org or contact Don Raines at 423-791-9191 or [email protected]ainescompany.com.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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