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
Coming Nov. 25
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.
Life Skills Holiday Bazzar
At Christ Lutheran
ECISD’s Life Skills Classes Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Lutheran Church, 1401 Ave. I. There will be holiday crafts, baked goods, decorations and gift items.
Thursday, Nov. 17
ECHS Addams Family
El Campo High School’s STARS (drama department) will present Addams Family 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 in the high school auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are $8 and available at the ECHS principal’s office or from any cast or crew member. Tickets can also be purchased 45 minutes prior to the start time at the auditorium ticket booth for $10.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Prairie Switch Riders To Hold Toy Run
Prairie Switch Riders annual Wharton Co. Toy Run will be Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. John’s Parish Hall, 1843 CR 469, El Campo. Registration at 10 a.m., kick stands up at 11 a.m., all bikes and vehicles welcome. $25 rider, $15 passenger, all proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call Mike Johnson, 541-7083.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Thanksgiving Church Service Set For Nov. 21
The Community Wide Thanksgiving Church Service will be held this year at the First Baptist Church, in El Campo, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. Our Community choir rehearsal will be at 6 p.m. Anyone can come and sing with us.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Holiday Express Train Coming To El Campo
Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train visits downtown El Campo. Saturday. Nov. 25, 4 – 8 p.m. Call the Chamber at 543-2713 for more information.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Project Graduation Fundraiser
Project Graduation will have a meal fundraiser catered by Slade Stary Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Columbus Club on Armory Rd. from 4:30 to 6 p.m.. Plates are $10. For tickets call: Kim Wishert at 332-1619, Kim Raun at 637-0678, or Kelli Cook at 541-7437.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Remember A Veteran This Christmas
In an effort to remember veterans this Christmas, Wreaths Across America will be held locally at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4609 N. State Hwy. 71 starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. To place a wreath order, $15 each, please call chair Glenell Wenglar, 543-0374. The deadline to order is Tuesday, Nov. 21. The event is being hosted by Comfort Wood Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Toys For Tots Taking Collection 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.
Register For Boys & Girls Club Basketball League
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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