Vendor Applications Being Taken

For Prairie Days Festival

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is currently accepting vendor applications for Prairie Days Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Alamo Park. Food and craft vendors, along with childrens activities, are welcome to sign up. Vendor applications can be picked up at the Chamber office at 01 N. Mechanic. For information, call the chamger at 543-2713.

Referrals Accepted

For Gifted/Talented Program

El Campo ISD is beginning the referral process for Gifted/Talented services. The district focuses on providing challenging learning experiences for students with exceptional intellectual and creative thinking abilities. A meeting on services and the characteristics of gifted and talented students will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Hutchins Elementary Cafeteria for students kindergarten to 11th grade. Referral forms available at the meeting. Anyone wishing to refer a student may pick up or request a form at their school office after Oct. 1. Those unable to go by the school office should call or download it from the district’s website. Form must be returned to the school campus counselor by Friday, Nov. 1.

Register Now for Museum’s

5K Color Fun Run

Register now for the Museum’s Run Wild 5K Fun Run/Walk that will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 with a start time of 8:30 a.m. This is a great way to start your day and support the museum. Early registration is open now and get an event t-shirt if you register before Friday, Sept. 20. Call 543-6885 for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Health Fair Coming To El Campo

Take advantage of health screenings and other valuable information at the annual Wharton County Health Fair taking place Thursday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the El Campo Civic Center. New this year will be a Medicare specialist who can assist with making decisions about coverage. There will be bingo starting at 11 a.m. and door prizes given away. Proceeds will benefit two local community projects, Wharton County Cares and Team Rubicon. This event is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

Coffee with the Cops

El Campo and Wharton are joining up for a fun come and go event at the Wharton County Health Fair on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the El Campo Civic Center. Come meet El Campo and Wharton Police Officers, El Campo and Wharton EMS, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol), Texas Game Wardens and staff from 9-11 a.m. There will be complimentary coffee and snacks.

County Democrats To Meet

The Wharton County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at 9er’s Grill, 112 W. Boling Hwy. in Wharton at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. For information, contact Jeff Dixon, 281-795-6485.

Friday, Sept. 20

Derby Dolls Reunion Registration Due

Former El Campo High School Derby Dolls have until Friday, Sept. 20 to register for the Dolls 50th year reunion which will include activities on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. For information on how to register, contact Stephanie Jensen at sjensen@ecisd.org. Friday will include a half time performance and Saturday there will be a reunion brunch at the ECHS cafeteria.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Library Celebrates 80 Years

The Wharton County Library system will observe its 80th anniversary with an open house Tuesday, Sept. 24 starting with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend the event which will be held at the Wharton Library at 1920 N. Fulton in Wharton. The Wharton County Library system was the 25th county library to be established in the state of Texas.

Mosaic Session To Be Held

The El Campo Art Center is hosting a program on mosaic stepping stones presented by Karen Holub, owner of Karen’s Mosaics. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Art Center is located at 201 W. Monseratte. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

KCs Host Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus Councl No. 2490 is having a blood drive from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Columbus Hall on Amory Road in El Campo. Contact Richard Raun at 541-3775 or go to giveblood.org to schedule your appointment. Sponsor code is 5911.

Saturday, Sept. 28

Dinner Benefit To Help Cancer Patient

A benefit dinner of barbecue chicken and sausage with sides is being held for Dee Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Plates, $10 each, will be to-go only from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Laura’s Cafe, 1616 S. Mechanic. Tickets are available at Laura’s or First State Bank in El Campo.

Ongoing

EC Class Searching For Grads

The El Campo High School Class of 1984 is looking for fellow graduates to invite to a 35th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12. For information, contact Kim Novak Socha at kimsocha@att.net, or Melissa Brandt Lester at mel@lestercontracting.com. Information can also be found on the El Campo High School Class of 1984 Facebook page.

Club Selling Nuts

Members of the Bluebonnet Extension Education Club are currently selling pecans and other assorted nuts. The last day to place an order is Monday, Sept. 30 by calling one of these members: Norma Korenek, 979-541-6356; Donna Shimek, 979-320-7850; Cynthia Priesmeyer, 979-578-1867 or Genevieve Hicks, 979-240-9700. All proceeds will be used for various projects the club supports, such as scholarships and making donations to 4-H events.

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. Veterans Service Office Open

Veterans Office Hours

The Wharton County Veteran’s Service Officer will be in the reference room of the El Campo library, 200 W. Church, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday and in the Frank Shannon building, 1017 North Alabama Road, Wharton, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m. Call 532-1311 before you come.

Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo

The Heritage Center, 803 Fahrenthold, a non-profit organization, is open to men and women 50 and older for a $50 fee collected every January. The center, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., offers use of exercise machines, “Silver Sneakers” chair exercise sessions, pool table, dominoes, lending library, lap top computers, games, bingo and opportunities to volunteer. Covered dish luncheons are held once a month.

Free English Classes At The Library

Classes de ingles gratis para personas que estan comenzando a aprender y practicar ingles. El enfoque sera en el desarrollo del vocabulario, construccion de oraciones y conversacion oral. Cada Sabado a las, 10 a.m. La Biblioteca de El Campo 200 W. Church. Free English classes for individuals who are beginning to learn and practice the English language. Focus will be on vocabulary development, sentence construction and oral conversation. Meet Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the El Campo Branch Library.

CASA Seeks Volunteers

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is looking for volunteers ready to assist children in the El Campo area. Contact Judy Peter for more information at 578-1600 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.

Free Services Offered

The Mainstream Connection, a 501 c3 organization offers help with pantry assistance, counseling (domestic violence, marriage, family, child-youth, general), immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference letters, extreme and unusual hardship letters, residency applications/renewals, citizenship applications, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. To set up an appointment, call 832-831-1688.

Bingo Held At American Legion

El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. Legion Hosts Friday Night Bingo American Legion Post 251 host bingo games every 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.Legal Services At No Cost

Free Legal Help Provided

Texas Legal Services Center is a nonprofit legal aid in the El Campo Branch of the Wharton County Library. The clinic is every third -Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit www.tlsc.org/familylawclinics to register in advance.

Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. The church is located at 810 Palacios in El Campo. For more information, call 541-7493.

Have Questions About Medicare?

State Health Insurance Assistance Program Counselor Alex Rischan will be at the El Campo Branch Library every third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to offer advice and aid in making sense of Medicare. One-on-one counseling will be given at no cost to you.

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