The ninth annual Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at the Fest Building in Spring Grove.

Events of the evening include dinner, ceremony, entertainment, displays, photo portraits and more.

Hosted under the umbrella of the Houston County Council of the American Legion, a non-profit organization that has membership from each of the five Legion Posts in the county, the event honors all area military personnel who have served this country, past and current, and from every aspect of the military.

The invitation is extended to all military service members and veterans, as well as spouses, families and any others who support those who serve.

Michelle Miller, a family medicine physician's assistant from La Crescent, will be the guest speaker.

The La Crosse, Wis., native joined the U.S. Army after high school graduation and spent 20 years providing healthcare in several different capacities to active duty service members.

The Cheers Swingin' Big Band, from La Crosse will be returning by popular demand. The nine-piece group of teachers and music teachers performs music including a variety of swing, jump (jive) swing, Latin, Polkas, waltzes, fox trots, rock 'n' roll and lush ballads.

Attire for the military ball is Sunday best, semi-formal or formal, with many wearing their military or veteran's organization uniform. The meal menu offers a choice of beef or pork. Cost for the evening is $25 per person. Cocktails and photos begin at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. Following the program, dancing will be from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Invitations have been sent to those who attended the ball in past years and others who had already signed up.

For those who would like to attend or for more information, call (507) 206-6701 or email houstonmilitaryball@yahoo.com.

Attendance is by RSVP only. Reservations must be made by April 10.