A sale of donated items will be held May 29-30 to raise money for renovating two tennis courts and adding a basketball court at Lake Panorama National. The sale will take place in the LPN Inn conference room on Karen Drive, south of the LPN conference center.

Friends of Lake Panorama is organizing the sale. The nonprofit charity is focused on improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Donations of quality items are needed. Since all donations to Friends of Lake Panorama are tax-deductible, those who would like documentation for tax purposes can request it at the time they drop off their items at the sale site.

Some of the items already committed are water skis and other water sport items, art pieces and frames, home decorating pieces, Christmas and other seasonal items, golf equipment, kitchenware, and much more.

Volunteers are needed to help throughout the two-day event. Items can be taken to the LPN Inn beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 29. The sale will open that day at 1 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 30, the sale will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To volunteer, or with questions, contact Susan Thompson at 641-755-4382 or

Details on the LPN sports courts project will be on display throughout the sale. The courts are open to the public at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. While usable, the courts are in serious need of repair.

The Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors has accepted a proposal from Sport Construction Midwest to renovate the current tennis courts, plus add an adjacent basketball court when funds become available.

The first step involves repairing cracks and leveling the overall surface of the existing tennis courts. A crack repair product that has been proven 300 percent more successful than traditional methods will be used.

Next, a PowerGame two-tiered surface will be placed over the existing court, and marked for both tennis and pickle ball. The modular flooring features a locking system, so no glues or anchors are needed.

The five-eighths inch high, self-draining surface stays clean by allowing water, dirt and debris to drain through. The cushioned design also provides shock absorption to help reduce joint stress and fatigue.

New concrete will be poured for the basketball court, which will be 50 feet wide by nearly 79 feet in length. There will be a basketball hoop system at each end of the court, and fencing will be added to at least two sides. The current proposal includes topping the basketball court with matching modular flooring used on the tennis courts.

Two similar sales benefiting a destination playground at Sunset Beach raised $3,500, with $1,700 from a sale last November, and $1,800 raised at a second sale in late April.

Fundraising is ongoing for these two priority projects. Donations for these and other recreational amenities are welcome at any time of the year. A donation form and more details are available on the Friends website, which is