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Aiken Mid-Day Lions install Born Learning trail at Odell Weeks

April 24, 2017 GMT

Visitors to H. Odell Weeks Activities Center’s playground might notice painted lion paw prints dotting the sidewalk.

Before you panic, a lion didn’t escape into Aiken, getting his feet dipped in paint along the way.

Instead the lion paw prints are part of Aiken’s new Born Learning Trail, which Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club chose as its project in celebration of the Lions Clubs International’s 100th anniversary year.

The project was done in partnership with United Way of Aiken County, the City of Aiken and Art Nook Studio and School.

In addition to the paw prints, images such as a horse and lion and a hopscotch board are painted on the path, and various signs are installed along the edges.

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“This is how the Aiken Mid-Day Lions is going to give back to the community, by keeping this maintained and giving some life to the park,” said Christina Holsomback, the Mid-Day Lions’ centennial project chair and environmental committee chair. “It enhanced the beautification of Odell Weeks park.”

The painting was done by Mid-Day Lions members and Art Nook’s owner Cindra McCoy and her students. They used asphalt and concrete paint donated by Sherwin Williams, ensuring the creations’ longevity despite the weather.

On Thursday , a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new trail was held. During the ceremony, Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon read a proclamation that declared the day as “Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration Day.”

The Aiken Mid-Day Lions was founded in 1995 and is one of the Lions Clubs International’s Aiken County chapters.

The Aiken Mid-Day Lions will host its 22nd annual Luncheon, Fashion Show & Silent Auction on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Newberry Hall.

Tickets are $35.

This event supports Aiken Mid-Day Lions for the upcoming year to provide eye exams, eye surgeries and hearing aids. The organization also supports The Salvation Army, Nurture Home, Cumbee Center, ACTS and Helping Hands and conducts vision screenings in day cares, private schools, Head Start and public schools.

For more information, email Ellen Heim at eheim803@gmail.com or call her at 803-617-8470.

For more information on the Aiken Mid-Day Lions, visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/aikenmiddaysc.