LONG BEACH - For many Peninsula retirees this past May was the end of an era when the Long Beach Grange closed down their bingo hall due to dwindling attendance and financial challenges. But the disappointment will be short-lived, as the Long Beach Elks has purchased the Grange's bingo equipment to bring the game back.
For the past two years or so, the fraternal organization has offered bingo on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lately Elks members and volunteers have been working hard to alter the lodge's ballroom in order to accommodate the new activity.
Starting this summer the lodge will offer bingo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as doubles on Sundays. Elks Gambling Manager Jan Edwards says they're open to suggestions when it comes to game days and which games are offered.
Bingo games are also held at the Ocean Park Eagles on Tuesdays. Both organizations welcome the public to participate.
Edwards says that with the bingo staff being volunteer-based, the games will be priced at an affordable rate and the prizes will be much bigger. Part of the proceeds will go to charities, such as disabled veterans, the Tall Elks program and the Elks National Foundation.
Watch upcoming issues of the Chinook Observer for more information about their grand opening event, complete with several blackout games and donated prizes.
Edwards praised all the time and effort that volunteers have put in to making the bingo program possible. Additional volunteers are still needed to help sustain a successful program. For more information on helping out, contact Jan Edwards at 642-2651 or 360-590-0994.