Boy Scouts Need Your Help
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 Should 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
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, book markers 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.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Dinner Raising Funds For Local Family
Danevang Lutheran Church and Danevang Fire Department are holding a hamburger dinner for the family of Marcus Balderas of Boling who are flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. Plates-to-go will be served from 5 - 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. For tickets, call 541-6584.
Bake Sale Helps Flood Victim
A bake sale for flood victim Michelle Jansky of Wharton will be held at Palais Royal in El Campo Saturday, Oct. 28 starting at 9 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Altar Society Serving Turkey Dinner
St. Andrew’s Altar Society will have their turkey dinner and festival Sunday, Oct. 29 at the church in Hillje. Tickets, $10 each, are dine-in or to-go. Serving starts at 11 a.m. There will be a country store, bake sale, cake walk and raffle.
Catholics Selling Traditional Meal
St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing will hold their annual barbecue turkey with dressing dinner on Sunday, Oct. 29. Serving begins at 11 a.m. at the parish hall with dine-in or drive-thru available. Plates are $10 each. There will be a live auction at noon and country store. Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 the church.
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 email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 27.
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 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.
Leader-News Bulletin Board Listings
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