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 Center Changes 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 offer assistance and help persons through the application process.
SATURDAY, OCT. 14
Pumpkin Patch To Be In Evans Park
Theta Delta is having their annual Pumpkin Patch from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 14 in Evans Park. There is a $5 family fee to enter the park, pumpkins are $5 each and children can get a patch pass for $5 to enjoy all the games and activities. Proceeds benefit many non-profit organizations, student scholarships, Crisis Center and more.
Public Rosary Celebrates Fatima Anniversary
The public is invited to a rosary for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima when three shepherd children reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Oct. 13, 1917. A time of praise will begin 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.
Women’s Conference Set For Oct. 14
The public is invited to a women’s conference sponsored by Christian Life Center. Guest speaker is E. Wheeler. The event will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the El Campo Civic Center.
Wine Fair Takes Place On Monterey Square
The ninth annual Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair is set for Saturday, Oct. 14 in historic downtown Wharton and hosted by the Monterey Square Merchants.
Spot Trot 5K To Be Held In Wharton
The 9th Annual SPOT Trot/5K Race, in memory of Amber Hensarling, D.V.M., will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at Riverfront Park in Wharton. Registration is on-site only starting at 8 a.m. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and Trot and activities get under way at 10 a.m.
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. Barbecue brisket and sausage plates, $9, will be available at 11 a.m. Festivities include refreshments, games, auction and a raffle for a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. Call 637-6638 for more information.
TUESDAY, OCT. 17
Candlelight Vigil Remembers Lost Lives
A community candlelight vigil will take place in Evans Park starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The event, sponsored by the Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties, will remember each victim by name who lost their life to domestic and/or sexual violence last year. The public is invited to attend.
Legion Post, Auxiliary To Discuss Veterans Day
A general meeting will be held for members of Craig-Harriss American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 251 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. A meal will be served at 7 p.m. Auxiliary members are asked to bring a dessert and all members are strongly encouraged to attend. The upcoming Veterans Day celebration will be the topic of discussion.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Preschoolers To Host Hamburger Supper
Presbyterian Preschool hamburger supper fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 203 W. Calhoun. Plates are $7.50 and drive-thru only. Tickets may be purchased from any student or by calling the office at 543-7474.
SATURDAY, OCT. 21
ECHS Gradautes Celebrate 40 Years
The El Campo High graduating class of 1977 will celebrate it’s 40 year reunion Saturday, Oct. 21 at The 409 Club, located in downtown El Campo across from the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture office. The meal will be provided by Jack’s and music by DJ Barney Douglas. It’s BYOB and ther is a $40 fee. For information and to make reservations, contact Mary W. Johnson at 543-1664.
SUNDAY, OCT. 22
Lutherans To Serve Sausage Dinner
Christ Lutheran Church will host its annual Sausage Fest, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (dine-in or drive-thru), Sunday, Oct. 22. Dinner tickets are $9 each and available by calling the church office at 543-5450. There will also be a bake sale inside the fellowship hall. The church is located at 1401 Ave. I.
First Lutheran Hosting BBQ Dinner
First Lutheran Church, 304 Oscar, is hosting a barbecue chicken dinner at noon, Sunday, Oct. 22 at the church. Raffle tickets are available at the event. For questions, call Sharon at 543-8476.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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