Newspaper Office Closing
4 p.m. This Thursday
The El Campo Leader-News office will close at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 18. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Any inquires made during this time will be responded to in a timely fashion. We appreciate the public’s patience with this one-day only change in office hours.
Sign Up Now For Chamber Events
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is accepting vendor applications for the 30th Annual Christmas Mall to be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 at the El Campo Civic Center. Call 543-2713 for more information or visit their the Chamber of Commerce website at: www.elcampochamber.com.
wednesday, oct. 17
Pilgrim Rest Hosts Fall Revival
Fall Revival at the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 810 Palacios St. will be Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct 18 starting at 7 p.m. Rev. D. Emerson will be the guest speaker.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
Presbyterian Preschool Hosts Fundraiser
Presbyterian Preschool will have a Hamburger Supper Fundraiser at the church drive-through at 203 W. Calhoun on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from students or call the office at 543-7474.”
Lobby Sale at ECMH
Pink Zebra will host a lobby sale at El Campo Memorial Hospital, 303 Sandy Corner Road. Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Sunshine Ladies.
Monday, Oct. 22
Flu Shots Available At ECMH
Drive by flu shots will be given from your car Monday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. outside of El Campo Memorial Hospital, 303 Sandy Corner Road. Look for directional signs. Flu shots are $25, and high dose flu shots for ages 65 and older are $50. No charge for traditional Medicare patients.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
St. Peter’s Hosts Turkey Dinner
St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing will hold their annual Barbecue Turkey Dinner Sunday, Oct. 28 starting at 11 a.m. at the parish center, dine in or drive through available. Plates are $10 each. There will be a live auction at noon, a raffle and a country store. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Everyone is invited.
Cheese Ball Orders Going In
The El Campo Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be making and selling cheese balls for $7 per ball. The deadline for placing your order will be Sunday, Oct. 28. They will be delivered the week of Nov. 13. Contact any fireman, auxiliary member, Chairman Helen Hlavaty at 543-0173 or the El Campo Chamber of Commerce at 543-2713.
St. Andrew’s Hosts Turkey Dinner
St. Andrew Altar Society Turkey Dinner will be Sunday, Oct. 28 at the St. Andrew Parish Hall in Hillje beginning at 11 a.m. Plates are $10 and are to go. There will be a raffle, country store, and a bake sale.
Kaluza Medical Expense Fundraiser
Tickets are on sale for a Basket Fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for the Kaluza family. The basket will be on display at the El Campo Leader-News and you may buy tickets from there or call/text Kristie at 936-355-2174. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
Coats for Kids
If you need help buying coats for your children, sizes 5-13, call Pastor Beverly at St. Paul United Methodist Church: 543-4520, cell: 578-3380, or leave a message including name, phone number, and children’s sizes. Free, new children’s coats will be given away while supplies lasts. Call for an appointment before Thursday, Nov. 16. If you would like to help buy coats, send a check to St. Paul UMC at 211 E. Third, El Campo, TX 77437.
Have Questions About Medicare?
State Health Insurance Assistance Program Counselor, Alex Rischan will be at the El Campo Branch Library every third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to offer advice and aid in making sense of Medicare. One-on-one counseling will be given at no cost.
ECHS Program ‘Jocks, Cops’
El Campo High School athletes and coaches and all local law enforcement and first responders are teaming up for the “Jocks with the Cops” during the pep rallies this year. Pep rallies are from 8:41 - 9:10 a.m. in the high school gym.
Identify Special Needs Kids
El Campo ISD helps identify students up to age 21 with special needs not in school or not receiving special education services. Children may be eligible if health impaired, intellectually or learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, speech impaired, autistic, visually impaired, deaf-blind, have an auditory impairment or traumatic brain injury. To refer a child or questions, call the Special Education Office 543-9051. For information on children from birth to 3, call the Early Childhood Intervention Office at 361-573-0731. Screenings held monthly at Myatt Elementary.
Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 541-7493.
Museum Has Twilight Tuesdays
The El Campo Museum of Natural History will host Twilight Tuesdays the first Tuesday of each month as the facility stays open until 7:30 p.m. For information about Twilight Tuesdays or other programs at the museum, call Director Cheri McGuirk at 543-6885.
Bingo Held At American Legion
El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. Doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.
Resale Store Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed at the Crisis Center Resale Store, located at 116 E. First in El Campo. If you would be willing to volunteer a few hours a week, call 541-5797 or go by the store.
CASA Seeks Volunteers
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to assist children in the El Campo area. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.
Library Books For Sale
All branches of the Wharton County Library System have started updating their children’s collections. Most books that are removed from the collection are given to our Friends of the Library Bookstore, which sells them for 10 cents to the public. The bookstore is located at the Main Library in Wharton, and is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They sell children’s books, as well as adult hardback and paperbacks.
Library Open Six Days Per Week
El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is open six days a week: Monday from 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Some programs include story time for children ages 3-5 at 10:15 a.m. each Tuesday and toddler time for those ages 6 months to 3 at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. For more information about activities, call 543-2362.
Manna Meals Offers Food Monday, Thursday
Manna Meals is offered at no cost every Monday and Thursday from 5 - 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Meals are prepared then served by local congregations at 500 Foerster (between Fourth and Fifth Streets in El Campo). For information, call 505-9362; email@example.com.
Genealogy Group Meets Monthly
Genealogy group meets at 2 p.m. third Wednesday each month (except December) at the El Campo Branch Library located at 200 W. Church.
Veteran’s Service Officer Hours
Wharton County Veteran’s service officer hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday in Wharton from 8 - 11:30 a.m. and noon - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday will be at the El Campo Library, 200 W. Church from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday will be in Wharton from 8 - 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. For information, call 532-1311.
Apply For Free, Reduced Price Meals
El Campo ISD will provide breakfast free of charge for all students. Reduced-price and free meals for lunch are available to those who qualify. Applications sent home (only one application per household) and dropped off or mailed to Cassie Clark, 2610 Meadow Lane, El Campo, TX 77437. For questions, call Clark at 543-4262.
Free English Classes At The Library
Clases de ingles gratis para personas que estan comenzando a aprender y practicar ingles. El enfoque sera en el desarrollo del vocabulario, construccion de oraciones y conversacion oral. Cada Sabado a las, 10 a.m. La Biblioteca de El Campo 200 W. Church. Free English classes for individuals who are beginning to learn and practice the English language. Focus will be on vocabulary development, sentence construction, and oral conversation. Meet Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the El Campo Branch Library.
Free Services Offered
The Mainstream Connection, a non-profit, offers help with pantry assistance, counseling, immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference and hardship letters, residency and citizenship applications/renewals, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. Call 832-831-1688.
Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo
The Heritage Center, a non-profit organization at 803 Fahrenthold with a $50 membership fee, is open to men and women 50 and older. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., it offers use of exercise machines, chair exercise sessions, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons held once a month.
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