2013 Trunk or Treat

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The Cedar Rapids  community enjoyed a second successful Trunk or Treat event this year! More than 160 kids came to the spooktacular event at the wfla parking lot in Cedar Rapids – 40 more than last year.  Sponsored by Western Fraternal Life Association, planned by YELL! CR, and assisted by members from Lodges 13, 262, and 500, the group provided candy and fun from 18 car trunks. Lodge 7 members also treated everyone to apple cider and hot chocolate. The kids were also able to decorate delicious cookies and not one kid passed up the opportunity!

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Dressed as scarecrows, witches, M & M candy, Coca-Cola cans, zombies, and more, wfla members and Home Office employee’s car trunks showed spookiness galore, to the children’s delight. Visitors passing by Sandy and Russ’s (of Lodge 7) car were nearly scared out of their wits by a zombie in a casket  and voices crying for help coming from their car. As kids tried to grab the candy in the casket, a moving head chattered at them. sandi and russ

Spider webs were draped the front of the tree in the circle drive, along with a flying ghost draped from a tree branch. Tombstones were propped against bales of hay in the driveway or shown in member’s trunks. Bats, spiders and ghosts, and orange Halloween lights danced from the raised trunks. Members play their part in making sure the event was fun for the kids.Even pets made the event in thier best costumes.

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Participating kids came as skeletons, ghosts, jesters, princesses, darth vader, spiderman and many other assorted characters.

 

More neighbors decided to venture out close to home, as well as people from around town. Each family lined up at a start table at the circle drive, received goodie bags with wfla literature and toys for kids, proceeded to the refreshment table, and then circulated to each trunk for their treats. Parents commented that they had seen the event advertised on the street signs in front of the building, in the online calendar, or received the postcard invitation. We explained to them that wfla sells life insurance and annuities and does community service, giving its profits back to members and community groups.

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Talking with neighbors and other lodge members was the treat for the employees, in addition to the smiles on the children’s faces. With the second successful year behind us, we are already planning an even better Trunk or Treat next year. Plan now to come next year for another safe and “fright-tastic” time.

Summer Crafts Project

Summer is full swing! While most of us are busy everyday with events, some days-like the rainy and stormy ones recently- are perfect for some fun summer crafts.

clip_image002These simple pinwheels can be made for decorations, party favors, or just for fun. We made ours with colored card stock, but you might try cereal boxes, or you could use plain paper and let the kids draw or paint a design. You could put them on skewers and decorate a cake with them, plant them in your garden, or make a garland of pinwheels. You could use sticks from your yard instead of the dowel rods for a natural look. And you could draw faces on the circle to make flower people.

 

clip_image002Supplies:
-Card stock
-Jumbo paper clips
-Scissors
-Pliers (helpful, but not necessary)
-Dowel rods, approximately 12″ long
-Beads

1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut card stock according to template: Download file
3. Fold down corners along one side of each flower petal.
4. Unbend a paper clip and slip a bead on it. Bend at the end to secure the bead.
5. Assemble the pinwheel with the circle next, then the pinwheel flower, and finally another bead.
6. Wrap the end of the paper clip tightly around the top of the dowel rod, making sure to bend in sharp points.
Spin and enjoy!

clip_image002DIY Metal Can Lanterns

Set your yard aglow with DIY metal can lanterns!

This is a great project to upcycle metal cans! For this project we used tomato cans, a hammer and a nail. If you want to hang the can lanterns you will also need a coat hanger or piece of wire. Just make clip_image003a hole at the top on each side for hanging, and fasten on the wire.

Instructions for Metal Can Lantern Tutorial

First, fill the cans with water and freeze. This will keep the cans from collapsing when hammering.

If you are worried about fingers getting smashed, a pair of vice grips or pliers can hold the nail. (obviously, adult supervision and common sense judgment should be used here.)

clip_image001USA Banner Instructions

http://www.easy-kids-crafts.com/usa-banner-instructions.html

Items Needed:

-Red, White and Blue Construction Paper
-Ribbon
-Scissors
-Glue or tape or stapler

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a star using the blue construction paper
  2. Cut out a slightly smaller star using the red construction paper
  3. Cut out an even smaller star using the white construction paper
  4. Paste the white star on the red one and paste the red one on the blue on. Set aside for now
  5. Cut out the letter “U” using the blue construction paper
  6. Cut out the letter “S” using the red construction paper
  7. Cut out the letter “A” using the white construction paper
  8. Cut the ribbon roughly 5 feet. Fold it in half and make a bow in the middle of the 5 feet, so that the tails on either side are roughly 2 1/2 feet.
  9. Using a stapler, tape, or glue (I found the stapler holds it better but the glue looks better) attach the star about 6 inches from the bow. Attaching one of the tails to the outsides of the star.
  10. Then proceed to attach the “U” below the star in the same way, then the “S” and then the “A”. If you have to much ribbon hanging down, cut it.