Nonprofits offer meals to raise funds

As I mentioned in my last column, our local Covington non-profits and organizations are tasked with finding new and different ways to raise funds to support their organizations here in 2020. Many non-profits have struggled this year, with the inability to raise funds in their typical manners, or even at all. But one service club in particular is doing what they can to help our village in 2020.

The Covington Noon Optimist Club is putting on a barbeque chicken dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7, with serving times from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The dinner includes a half-chicken, potato chips, roll, applesauce and cookie. The cost of the dinner is only $9, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the new School House Park project. Due to COVID-19, all dinners will be curbside pick-up only. A Noon Optimist member will bring your dinners to your vehicle. Location for chicken dinner pickup is the corner of Grant and Maple streets, which is the site of the new park.

Tickets are pre-sale only and are available at the Covington Government Center, Joanie’s Floral Design, or from any Noon Optimist Club member. Tickets must be presented in order to pick up your dinners. Anyone writing a check for dinners may make them payable to Covington Noon Optimist Club. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 30. The Noon Optimist Club is a “Friend of Youth” in the Covington community, dedicated to making our village a better place for youth to grow up. The Optimists thank you in advance for your support of the School House Park. It will provide a central location in our village for you, your family and future generations to make cherished memories.

J.R. Clarke’s Developmental StoryTime will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6. J.R. Clarke is blessed to have retired teacher Laurie Deubner as their StoryTime teacher. It is held every Tuesday morning, and there are two classes, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Registration for each class will be different this year. The Library is asking each parent to sign up their child for a specific period of time for the length of a four-week class. For example, Johnny Doe is signed up for the 9 a.m. time slot for a period of four weeks. After the four weeks, Johnny may stay in that specific time period, or change to the 10 a.m. time slot for the four-week November classes. Signing up for a specific period of time will assist in decreasing preparation and activity waste, and increase weekly attendance. There is normally a theme and activities planned for a month’s period of time. October’s theme is “Pets!” Each class will be limited to 10 children, so that social distancing can easily take place. Masks are also recommended, and Mrs. Deubner will be wearing a mask during the classes. Sign-ups will only be taken in advance by contacting the library at 473-2226.

The Covington Christian Church’s final Women’s Fellowship Salad Luncheon Drive-Thru will happen on Friday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., or until everything is gone. Please enter the drive-through in the alley off Pearl Street next to Covington Christian Church, and the ladies of the CCC will deliver two containers full of their more popular salads, including their signature Hot Chicken Salad, as well as delicious desserts, all for a donation, right to your car window. All meals will be pre-packaged and ready for pickup. The Women’s Fellowship will not be taking special requests at this time.

Also on Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., stop by their Country Store tent on to check out their homemade treats and crafts. They’ll have it all: cookies, cakes, pies, candies and more! The Country Store tent will be located in the church’s back parking lot, so be sure to stop by after you pick up your salad lunch. Supplies for the luncheon will be limited, so please come early, or stop by the church office to pre-order and leave your donation, to guarantee you don’t miss this last chance for 2020. Office hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Questions may be directed to the church office at 473-3443.