Boy Scouts Need Your Help

In Lighting Parade Route

Boy Scouts of Troop 368 need the community’s help and is asking for donations of empty, clean gallon size milk or water jugs to be used as luminaries for the upcoming Chamber Christmas parade. Please drop off at the recycle center located at the Annex Building in El Campo.

Vendors Can Apply Now

For Holiday Train Event

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is accepting food and holiday themed vendors for the Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train visit Saturday Nov. 25, 4 - 8 p.m. For information, call 543-2713.

Library Hosts Book Fair

Through Today, Nov. 4

The El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair now through Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be a wide selection of new books for all ages, as well as posters, bookmarkers and more. The library will receive 70 percent of sales in free books for the children’s area. For information, call the library at 543-2362 or visit www.whartonco.lib.tx.us.

SATURDAY, NOV. 4

Reunion Set For Former GCMC Employees

All former Gulf Coast Medical Center employees are invited to a reunion to reacquaint and share memories. The reunion will be held at Hungerford Hall from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m, Nov. 4. Enjoy a social hour, catered meal and DJ for $20 per person. RSVP to Carol Wootton, 533-2390, or carol.wootton@yahoo.com by Friday, Oct. 27.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8

Community Blood Drive

Knights of Columbus-2490 is hosting a community blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 3 - 8 p.m. at Columbus Hall, formerly the KC Hall, on Armory Road in El Campo. Contact Richard Raun 541-3775, sponsor code 5911.

THURSDAY, NOV. 9

Myatt Veterans Day Program

Myatt Elementary will have their Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8:45 a.m. Coffee and pastries for veterans and their guests. Special seating for veterans and reserved parking for veterans in the front of the school (parking lot and road). We welcome veterans to attend this very special day.

Library Hosts Fall Garden Program

The El Campo Branch Library invites Debra Peterson, DSG Nursery, to share her knowledge of colorful flowers to incorporate in one’s garden in the fall and spring. The program is free and starts at 10 a.m. There are bookmarks available at the library to serve as a reminder of the upcoming program. If signed on the back, one can be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to DSG Nursery.

Chamber Business Blender

Cristal Malek Photography is hosting a Chamber Business Blender Thursday Nov. 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 108 W. Monserrate St. Join us in celebrating Cristal Malek Photography’s opening! This is a great opportunity to come network, socialize and share business ideas. Open to the public!

FRIDAY, NOV. 10

Louise Veteran’s Day Program

Louise High School Student Council will be hosting a Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m. in the High School Gym. All current military and veterans are invited to attend.

SUNDAY, NOV. 12

Knights of Columbus Chicken Dinner

Knights of Columbus Council 2490, Columbus Club Hall on Armory Rd. (CR 1458 CR 406), will hold a fried chicken dinner on Sunday, Nov. 12. beginning at 11am. Plates are $10 and are to go only. Proceeds will benefit St. Philip School Teachers Supply Fund. Tickets given away in August from the local radio station will still be honored since the event was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.

St. Mary’s Fall Festival Set For Nov. 12

St. Mary’s Youth of Nada will hold their annual Variety Shoot and Youth Fall Festival Sunday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary’s Community Center. The variety ahoot will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and the festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Hamburgers, chili, pastries and refreshments will be available. Activities include bingo, cake walk, silent auction, kid’s games and a raffle drawing at 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, NOV. 14

Coffee With A Cop

Meet the El Campo Police Officers, EMS, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety (highway patrol); Texas Game Wardens and staff Tuesday Nov. 14 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at The Coffee Bar at Paint Perfection, 109 N. Washington St. Complimentary coffee and snacks.

ONGOING

Toys For Tots Taking Collection Now For Kids

Wharton County Toys for Tots is collecting new toys for children now through mid-December. The El Campo Leader-News is just one of the drop off locations in El Campo. For more information on how you can help, see Page 3-B this issue, call Steve Lyford, 320-9841 or visit http://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.org.

Boys & Girls Club Basketball League Registration

The Boys & Girls Club is accepting registration for the upcoming basketball league, for ages 6 - 12 (age on 08/31/17). Registration fee of $80 for the program will be accepted until Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Late registration fee of $20 on Nov. 20 and 21. Forms are available online at www.bgcelcampo.org or at the club office, 713 Fahrenthold. Correct change only and no refunds. Practices and games will be held at the club’s gym. If interested in sponsoring a team for $150, call 543-8320 or email programspecialist@bgcelcampo.org. With a team sponsorship, company’s name will be printed on the back of the team jersey. Referees and coaches are also needed.

TOPS Meeting On Weekly Basis

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) will have a weekly chapter meeting from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Northside Education Center, Room 105. Meetings focus on nutrition, exercise, motivation and wellness education. Those who are interested are welcome to attend.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to help. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.

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 mannamealsec@gmail.com.

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.

Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo

The Heritage Center, a non-profit organization with a $50 membership fee, is open to men and women 50 and older. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month. The center is located at 803 Fahrenthold.

Free Services Offered

The Mainstream Connection, a 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling, immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. Call 832-831-1688.

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