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 Saturday, 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Charles Goodnight Topic Of Presentation

Learn about “Charles Goodnight: The Greatest of Texas Cowmen” as Joe Tom Davis presents a program on the Texas legend at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the El Campo Heritage Center. Members and their guests are invited to attend.

Baptists To Host Fall Festival

First Baptist Church, El Campo is having their Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 1. There will be free food, games, bounce houses, candy and more. The church is located at 206 Depot.

Wharton County Retired Teachers To Meet

Wharton County retired teachers are invited to a meeting at 10:30 a.m Wednesday, Nov. 1, at First United Methodist Church, 421 Pietzsch, in East Bernard. The program on healthy living tips will be presented by R.J. Hendricks. An $8 catered turkey and dressing lunch is by reservation only by calling by Oct. 27: Wharton, 532-2366; East Bernard, 335-6675; El Campo, 543-4434. New retirees are welcome.

Turkey Dinners For Sale

New Life Assembly, 707 Earl, is hosting a turkey and dressing dinner. Serving begins at 11 a.m. Plates are $10 and can be delivered with three or more plate orders. For tickets call Dora, 541-7118 or Juana, 956-999-6495.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Hospice Helps Those Dealing With Loss

Houston Hospice of El Campo is offering a free two-hour seminar on coping with loss of a loved one during the holidays. “Empty Place at the Table” will take place from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hospice office in El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic. Those attending will hear suggestions on coping with family traditions, participate in time of sharing their feelings and fears about the holidays and connect with others also experiencing loss this holiday season. To register (required), call 713-677-7155.

Roast Beef Dinner Coming Nov. 2

Ricebird Cheer Booster Club is having a roast beef dinner 4:30 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 at the ECHS cafeteria, drive-thru only at $10 per plate. Tickets are presale only by calling Dobie at 543-2871.

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. 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. 9th 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!

Friday, Nov. 10

Louise Veteran’s Day Program

Louise High School Student Council will be hosting a Veterans Day program Friday, November 10th at 8:30 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.

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, 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.

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.

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