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Retirement village celebrates  4th with fireworks and dunk tanks

ChicagolChristian Village resident Eileen Penders takes shot 'dunking' AarHerrerduring village's July 4th celebration. | Phoprovided

Chicagoland Christian Village resident Eileen Penders takes a shot at "dunking" Aaron Herrera during the village's July 4th celebration. | Photo provided

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Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM



WINFIELD — The party started the day before the 4th of July with fireworks at dusk. The party continued on Independence Day with John Trimmel entertaining the residents with music.

In the Dunk Tank sat Aaron Herrera. He was treated to a cold bath, which the residents enjoyed giving him. Eileen Penders aimed to get the victim wet. She was joined by onlookers who were having fun watching her pitch the ball at the target.

All in all it was a fun day for residents, family and staff of Chicagoland Christian Village and a whole lot of volunteers.

The rest of the day was taken up with games and food and fun. There was lots of fun holiday stuff to eat, just the same as they had at picnics of long ago.

There were hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and watermelon. Margaret Wrasman, senior living advisor said, “Everyone had tons of fun.”

She added, “Thanks to all the volunteers for all their help.”

Carol Blythe applauded as John Trimmel entertained the residents playing his horn. He was a real hit with the staff and volunteers as well as the residents. He sang and plaid various instruments for about one and one-half hours.

Shirley Benson had a good time playing Hillbilly Golf -- at least that is what they call the game there. That was just one of the games available to residents. All the games were supervised by a group of volunteers.

Upcoming events at Christian Village include: $5 Italian Style lunch to take-out or dine-in and is from 11 o’clock in the morning to 1 o’clock in the afternoon July 18 and Aug. 15. All proceeds and donations go to the families involved in the Oklahoma tornadoes. On Aug. 18 there is a blood drive. Dracula is waiting for you. Seriously, give a pint and save a life.



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