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.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
Hutchins Elementary Veterans Day Program
Hutchins Elementary third grade Veterans Day program will be Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:45 p.m. in the Hutchins Gym. All Veterans are invited to attend.
KCs To Hold Community Blood Drive
Knights of Columbus No. 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 Program Honors Veterans
Myatt Elementary will have their Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8:45 a.m. Coffee and pastries will be served to veterans and their guests. There will be 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 To Host 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. Bookmarks are 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 Welcomes All
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 High To Hold Veterans 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.
Saturday, Nov. 11
American Legion Veterans Day Celebration
American Legion Post 251, Highway 71 South, is having a Veteran’s Day Celebration Saturday, Nov. 11. Barbecue chicken plates dine-in or to-go are $10. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited, need not be a member to attend.
Louise Project Graduation Bake Sale
The Louise Project Graduation for the class of 2018 is having a bake sale Saturday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sablatura’s Grocery in Louise and United Ag in El Campo.
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 Sunday, Nov. 12. beginning at 11 a.m. 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 shoot 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 Takes Place At Paint Perfection
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.
Thursday, Nov. 16
ECISD Holiday Bazaar Taking Place Two Days
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.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Prairie Switch Riders To Hold Toy Run
Prairie Switch Riders annual toy run will start at 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. John’s Parish Hall, 1843 CR 469. Registration is $10, $25 rider, $15 passenger. All bikes and vehicles welcome. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call Mike Jonson, 979-541-7083
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.
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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