City Office And Trash Schedule
City Hall will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 in observance of New Years Day. Holiday waste schedule is as such, residential routes will remain the same with no delays through the holidays. Commercial routes will be delayed by one day, so Thursday commercial routes will be serviced on Friday and Friday commercial routes on Saturday.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
Retired Teachers Meeting
Wharton County Retired Teachers will meet on Wednesday Jan. 8 at the El Campo Heritage Center located at 803 Fahrenthold at 10:30 a.m. There will be an $8 soup and chicken salad lunch. Call for reservations by Friday, Jan. 3: Wharton, 533-2905, East Bernard, 335-6675; El Campo, 541-9072. Carol Wootton, Senior Trek will be providing the program. All retirees are welcome.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
Wharton Garden Club Meeting
Wharton Garden Club, including members from other towns in the county will be holding its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall located at 207 Bob-o-Link Lane in Wharton. Lauren Simpson will present “How and why to garden for wildlife in your own backyard.” Lauren is the creator of the facebook page for Julian’s Crossing Wildlife Habitat featured in the Houston Chronicle. Visitors are welcome, membership is $10. For more information contact 533-7339.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Youth Development Theatre Classes
The Plaza Theatre in Wharton located at 120 S. Houston St. will be holding Spring 2020 Youth Development Theatre Classes. The first class starts Saturday, January 11. Classes are from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The semester is a total of 10 classes and limited to 20 students on a first come, first serve basis. To get more information about signing up please contact The Plaza at 979-282-2226 or visit www.whartonplazatheatre.org
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
Coffee With The Cops
Come out and meet the El Campo Police Officers, EMS, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol); Wharton County Constables, Texas Game Wardens and staff on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. at Mollie B’s located at 1602 N. Mechanic. Come and go complimentary coffee and snacks will be available. For more information call 578-5261.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
100 Club Annual Membership
Mark your calender for The 100 Club of Wharton County’s Annual Membership Meeting to be held Thursday, January 16 at the El Campo Civic Center. Social hour is at 6 p.m., dinner will be prepared by the Wharton County Sheriff’s Association at 7 p.m. followed by guest speaker Dawn Allison District Attorney, and a short meeting with election of officers and directors for 2020. Membership dues can be paid the night of the banquet and new members are welcome. For more information call 332-1915.
Blanket Drive Being Held For Elderly
Angel Home Health agency in Wharton is heading up a blanket drive for elderly clients in the Wharton County area. They are accepting any size, color or type of blanket at Mid Coast Medical Clinic, 305 Sandy Corner Road; Professional Pharmacy, 1264 N. Mechanic, and Meridian Assisted Living, 3515 W. Loop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
Bingo Held At American Legion
El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.
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.
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 www.tlsc.org/familylawclinics to register in advance.
Proper Disposal Of Flags
When a flag becomes worn or faded it is important to take it down and properly dispose of them. Flags can be brought into the American Legion, 2241 Hwy. 71 South, in El Campo 3 - 7 p.m. Fridays during bingo sessions.
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 email email@example.com.
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau will be at Workforce Solutions on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. located at 1506 N. Alabama Rd. #C in Wharton. If you are interested in the U.S. Census or have any questions and would like more information come by or contact the Workforce at 979-531-0730.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No voice mail submissions.