Festival, Cook-off To Be Held In Louise

Louise - Hillje Chamber of Commerce is set to host it’s 13th annual fall festival and barbecue cook-off Saturday, Sept. 28 at Rice Mill Property located in downtown Louise.

Lunch Helps Defray Medical Expenses

A brisket sandwich meal benefiting medical expenses for Francisco Garcia will be to-go only, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at 406 August in El Campo. Contact Francisco Garcia for more information at 635-0169.

Dinner Benefit To Help Cancer Patient

A benefit dinner of barbecue chicken and sausage with sides is being held for Dee Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Plates, $10 each, will be to-go only from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Laura’s Cafe, 1616 S. Mechanic. Tickets are available at Laura’s or First State Bank in El Campo.

Fall Kidfish To Be Held At Legacy Park

The City of El Campo presents it’s Fall Kidfish Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. - noon at Legacy Park. Kids ages 2 - 15 are welcome to cast their lines and catch memories. Prizes will be given for biggest fish by weight, most fish, and youngest fisherman.


St. Philip To Host Picnic Sept. 29

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church hosts its annual picnic at the Columbus Club (formerly the KC Hall) on Sunday, Sept. 29 until 7 p.m. A barbecue dinner ($10 per plate) will be served starting at 11 a.m., auction starts at 12:30 p.m. Live music by Joe Zetka and Friends will be from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There will be games for kids and bingo for the adults.


GT Meeting To Be Held Oct. 1

El Campo ISD is taking referrals for Gifted/Talented students. What are the characteristics of a gifted and talented student? Those interested are asked to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Hutchins Elementary Cafeteria for students kindergarten to the age of a high school junior. Referral forms will be available at the meeting. Anyone wishing to refer a student may pick up or request a form at their school office after Oct. 1. Those unable to go by the school office should call or download it from the district’s website. A form must be returned to the school campus counselor by Friday, Nov. 1.


Festival To Be Held In Alamo Park

The Annual El Campo Prairie Days Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at Alamo Park in El Campo. Festivities beginning at 10 a.m. will include live music throughout the day with various booths offering children’s activities, crafts, food, games and more. For a vendor application or for additional information about the event, call the El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 543-2713. The chamber office is located at 01 N. Mechanic.

Run Wild 5K Set For Oct. 5

The El Campo Museum’s Run Wild 5K Fun Run is set for Saturday, Oct. 5. with a start time of 8:30 a.m. Participants can register now at the museum, online or the morning of race day. The Fun Run raises funds for the museum’s operations and activities. For information, call 543-6885.

Class of 1999 To Hold 20 Year Reunion

The El Campo High School Class of 1999 will host its 20 year reunion Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7 - 11 p.m. at the 409 Club in El Campo. Appetizers will be served and setups available. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information visit or contact Amy Klatt at


Locals Gather To Support Life

Life Chain Sunday will be observed Sunday, Oct. 6 at Evans Park. Those participating should arrive at 1:40 p.m., event is from 2 - 3 p.m. This event is held to publicly acknowledge all life to be important.


Pumpkin Contest Open To Youth

El Campo Branch Library is calling all library patrons ages 3 to 14 to participate in the Great Pumpkin Bash and pumpkin decorating contest. Entry forms are available at the library. Decorated entries must be delivered either Monday, Oct. 7 or Tuesday, Oct. 8 during regular library hours. For information call 543-2362.


All Welcome To Christian Event

Fields of Faith event is set to take place Oct. 9 at Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium in Wharton. Gates open at 6 p.m., event is from 6:30 - 8 p.m. For more information contact Alice or Jerrell Barron at,


Garden Club Trip Open To All

Wharton Garden Club invites members and community friends for an Oct. 10 garden day trip by chartered bus. The trip will include a stroll through Helen’s Garden in League City, a garden talk and shopping at Maas Nursery in Seabrook and visiting Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena. There is a $60 fee, lunch not included. To sign up, call Patti at 453-0138.

2019 Prom Fundraiser

The El Campo High School is selling meal tickets to raise funds for this years prom. The drive-thru will begin at 4:30 p.m. by the cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased by a junior student or by contacting Alicia Aguilar at or call 543-6341 ext. 422.


Sneak Peek At The Patch

Theta Delta will be having their annual pumpkin patch sneak peek Friday Oct. 11 opening at 5:30 p.m. at Evans Park. Activities include a moon bounce, temporary tattoos, face and pumpkin painting for the kids. VIP tickets are still available.


Pumpkin Patch Offers Fun For All

Theta Delta’s Annual Pumpkin Patch will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. until noon at Evans Park. There will be activities for kids and plenty of photo opportunities. There is a $10 admission fee for families. Fees apply for additional fun activities.


El Campo Class Searching For Grads

The El Campo High School Class of 1984 is looking for fellow graduates to invite to a 35th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12. For information, contact Kim Novak Socha at, or Melissa Brandt Lester at Information can also be found on the El Campo High School Class of 1984 Facebook page.

Club Selling Nuts, Pecan Selections

Members of the Bluebonnet Extension Education Club are currently selling pecans and other assorted nuts. The last day to place an order is Monday, Sept. 30 by calling one of these members: Norma Korenek, 979-541-6356; Donna Shimek, 979-320-7850; Cynthia Priesmeyer, 979-578-1867 or Genevieve Hicks, 979-240-9700. All proceeds will be used for various projects the club supports, such as scholarships and making donations to 4-H events.

Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. The church is located at 810 Palacios in El Campo. For more information, call 541-7493.

Leader-News Bulletin Board Listings

Bulletin Board is a community service to promote one-time events for nonprofit organizations. The Leader-News requests only one representative submit items with contact information. Items will be edited. Event submissions will run no more than four editions immediately prior to the event as space permits. Garage sale fund-raisers and raffles do not qualify. All items submitted must arrive no later than 3 p.m. Mondays for the Wednesday edition and 3 p.m. Thursdays for the Saturday edition. Digital submissions must be text that can be edited and pasted (no pdfs or fliers). Drop off or send to No voice mail submissions.

Bingo Held At American Legion

El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo American Legion Post 251 host bingo games every Fridays with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.

Veterans Office Hours

The Wharton County Veteran’s Service Officer will be in the reference room of the El Campo library, 200 W. Church, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday and in the Frank Shannon building, 1017 North Alabama Road, Wharton, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Call 532-1311 before you come.

Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo

The Heritage Center, 803 Fahrenthold, a non-profit organization, is open to men and women 50 and older for a $50 fee collected every January. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month.

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 to you.

Free English Classes At The Library

Classes 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 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling (domestic violence, marriage, family, child-youth, general), immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. To set up an appointment, call 832-831-1688.

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

Free Legal Help Provided

Texas Legal Services Center is a nonprofit legal aid in the El Campo Branch of the Wharton County Library. The clinic is every third -Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit to register in advance.

Manna Meals Offers Food, Fellowship

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 more information on this dine-in for all program, please call 505-9362 or Veterans Service Office Open

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