Pilgrim Rest Missionary

Celebrates 100 Years

Everyone is invited to join the congregation of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 810 Palacios, for their 100th anniversary at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. The Rev. B. Lacey of Greater Mt. Olive, Houston, is guest speaker. For information, call 543-3588 and leave a voice message.

Assistance Available

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 offer assistance and help persons through the application process.

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.

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 Festival Set For Oct. 8

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.

Church To Hold Annual Bazaar

Holy Cross Parish Bazaar will be held at Riverside Hall in East Bernard Sunday, Oct. 8. Meal starts at 11 a.m. Day includes games, refreshments, country store, auction and music by the Dujka Brothers and Al Sulak and the Country Sounds. Mass will be 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The $25 fee includes the bus ride and guided tour. 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. To sign up, call Barbara, 532-3238. Seats are limited.

Friday, Oct. 13

Historian Presents Program On Parkers

Joe Tom Davis, local author and historian, will speak on the “Saga of Cynthia Ann Parker and Quanah Parker” at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13 at the El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church.

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 eventwill 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.

Women’s Conference Set For Oct. 14

The public is invited to a women’s conference sponsored by Christian Life Center. Guest speaker is Profet E. Wheeler. The event will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the El Campo Civic Center.

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.

Ongoing

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.

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.

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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