For Qualifying Flood Victims
The Galveston County Community Action Council (GCCAC), through the Texas Department of Housing & Community Services, has been providing money to assist persons in Brazoria, Galveston, Fort Bend and Wharton counties who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Residents currently habitating in one of the four counties served by GCCAC must be income eligible, i.e., meet certain income guidelines as established by the federal government. Persons living in Wharton County seeking assistance should call 409-765-7878, which will be routed through the Galveston office until service is returned to the office, which was destroyed by Harvey. Their office is located at 1506 N. Alabama Road in Wharton.
Disaster Recovery Centers
Change Hours Of Operation
State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have changed their hours of operation. The center in Wharton County, located at the Wharton Civic Center, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. All 40 centers will offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.
Blue Ribbons Show Support for Law Enforcement
The El Campo Leader-News has blue ribbon for those wishing to show support of local law enforcement. The Wharton County 100 Club is sponsoring the effort. Come by the office, 203 E. Jackson, and pick up free ribbon today.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Para-Professionals Having CFS Fundraiser
El Campo Clerical Para-Professional Association, ECISD school secretaries are having a chicken fried steak fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 4. Plates, drive through only at Northside Elementary will be 5 - 6:30 p.m. Funds benefit scholarships and community service projects. To pick up plates, enter Blossom Meyer from Pecan St. For tickets, call Ane Marie Farthing, 541-6132 or Terri Beltran, 543-7067.
Texas Legends Topic Of Davis’ Program
Joe Tom Davis will present a program entitled “Brit Bailey and Strap Buckner: Legendary Characters of Early Texas,” at the El Campo Heritage Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The presenation will start at 2 p.m. Members and their guests are invited to attend.
Thursday, Oct. 5
Tough Country To Host Blender
Tough Country, 112 E. Jackson, will be hosting a Chamber Blender and 19th anniversary celebration 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The public is invited to join this event for an evening of live music, refreshments and door prizes.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Prairie Days Fest Set For Oct. 7
Alamo Park will be the site of this year’s Prairie Days Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7. Festivities start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11 p.m. There will be a car show, entertainment, children’s activities, crafts, food, games, a motorcycle fun run and 5K Color Run. Sign-in for the car show is 9 a.m., judging will be 2 p.m. For information call TK Treme, 541-7210 or Jeff Allgayer, 578-2612. For all other information, call the El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 543-2713.
Baseball Tourney Helps With Medical Costs
A baseball tournament for Jolee’s fight against Chiari Malformation will be held at the Rotary Park, Saturday, Oct. 7. Both men’s USSSA and coed teams are invited to participate. There will be a $200 entry fee and $10 umpire fee. All balls will be provided. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Prizes include a wooden bench and wooden cooler. Baked goods and T-shirts will also be for sale and barbecue brisket sandwiches will be $8. Contact Emilio Estrada at 832-230-9193 for more information. Proceeds will be used to offset Jolee’s medical expenses.
Sunday, Oct. 8
St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival Coming
The St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival and Homecoming in the new St. Mary’s Nada Community Center will be Sunday, Oct. 8. Barbecue beef and sausage dinner will be served from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. Adults $10 per plate and children under 12 are $5. Plates-to-go will be available through 1 p.m. Keith Kallina will perform music during the meal period. Auction starts at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served all day and evening. Activities include Bingo, plant and cake walk, kids games, train ride, water slides and clown. A dance will be 2 - 6 p.m. with music by South Texas Czechs with a drawing at 8:30 p.m.
Meeting Announced For Lakeview Cemetery
Lakeview Cemetery annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Commercial State Bank Gold Room. For information, call A.J. Kresta, 541-3140.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Merchants Meeting Set For Oct. 10
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a merchants committee meeting 5:30 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Chamber Office, 01 N. Mechanic. Agenda will be plans for the annual Shop Hop and Small Business Saturday. For information call the chamber, 543-2713.
Coffee With A Cop Returns
Coffee With a Cop will be 7:30 - 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at The Coffee Bar @ Paint Perfection, 109 N. Washington in downtown El Campo. Come show your support of local law enforcement officers, Texas Game Wardens and EMS and enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Book Fair Taking Place At Hospital
El Campo Memorial Hospital, 304 Sandy Corner Road, is hosting a book fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
Garden Club Trip Open To Guests
Members and guests may sign up for Wharton Garden Club’s Oct. 12 field trip by chartered bus to the Cockrell Butterfly Center located at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The $25 fee includes the bus ride and an hour and a half guided tour by a horticulturalist to the 7th floor greenhouse and the rainforest conservatory. Lunch will be at Sweet Tomatoes or a similar venue (lunch on your own). Departure will be 7:45 a.m. from the Wharton Civic Center with a return around 2 p.m. For information and to sign up, call Barbara, 532-3238. Seats are limited.
Saturday, Oct. 14
Public Rosary Celebrates Fatima Anniversary
The public is invited to a public rosary to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima when three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Oct. 13, 1917. The event will begin with a time of praise at 11:30 p.m. followed by praying the rosary at noon Saturday, Oct. 14 at the gazebo of St.Robert’s Catholic Church on Tegner.
SUNDAY, OCT. 15
Church Honors Pastor With Celebration
The congregation of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 1010 Grace, is hosting an appreciation celebration for Pastor J.C. Williams at 3 p.m., Oct. 15. Guest speaker will be the Rev. C. W. Gaines, pastor at New Spirit of Life Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. All are invited to attend.
St. Robert’s Presents Fall Festival
St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church will host its annual parish festival at the Columbus Hall (KC Hall) on Sunday, Oct. 15 starting at 11 a.m. with the serving of barbecue brisket and sausage plates at $9 each. Festivities include refreshments, games and live auction. There will also be a raffle for a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Call 637-6638 for more information.
Free Items To Flood Victims Available
The El Campo Crisis Center Resale Store has clothes, shoes, bedding and towels to give away to any hurricane victims. All of this has been donated from the community for this reason.
Quilt Exhibit Open At Museum
The El Campo Museum of Natural History hosts a quilt show featuring quilts from the El Campo Casual Quilters. The exhibit opened Tuesday, Sept. 13. Drop by to see beautiful handwork done by local quilters. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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.
Chamber Accepting Vendors For Prairie Days
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for Prairie Days Festival Saturday, Oct. 7 at Alamo Park. The festival welcomes food and craft vendors, along with vendors offering children’s activities. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 01 N. Mechanic. For information, call 543-2713.
CASA Seeks Volunteers
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to help. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600.
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.
Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo
American Legion Post 251 hosts bingo on 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.
Local Library Offers Free Programs
The El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is open six days a week: Monday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Programs include story time for children ages 3 - 5 at 10:15 a.m. each Tuesday and toddler time for those ages 6 months to age 3 at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. For more information about activities, call 543-2362.
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, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions for those 63 years and older, 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.
Bulletin Board Listings
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