Letters To Santa

Due Now


Letters to Santa are due by Friday, Nov. 22. Come by the El Campo Leader News, located at 203 E. Jackson and drop them off or send them in via email/mail to production@leader-news.com or P.O. Box 1180 El Campo, TX 77437. Letters will be published in an upcoming special section before being sent to Santa Claus at the North Pole.


Honor Military Persons 

With A Holiday Wreath


Wreaths Across America, a program that honors deceased military veterans, are currently taking orders to sponsor a wreath. The mission of this is to remember the fallen and honor those who serve. To order a wreath to be placed on a Veteran’s grave at any cemetery contact Glenell Wenglar at 543-0374 or email wenglar@sbcglobal.net. Order forms must be filled out and mailed to P.O. Box 1085 El Campo, Tx 77437. Deadline to place an order is Tuesday, Nov. 26.


FUMC Hosts Symbolic 

Prayer Walk


First United Methodist Church, El Campo, is hosting a labyrinth. Everyone is invited to participate this form of prayer walk now through Nov. 22 at the church’s fellowship hall. The labyrinth will be open to everyone from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday through Thursday and from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays. The labyrinth is a path, not a maze, that symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination, such as a pilgrimage to a holy site or the journey through life. For information, call 543-6426.





Community Blood Drive

Knights of Columbus No. 2490 will be hosting a community blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Columbus Hall in El Campo. For more information contact Richard Raun at 541-3775 or to schedule an appointment go to giveblood.org, sponsor code: 5911.


Wharton Business Meeting Open To All

Wharton Downtown Business Association invites the public to a meeting of downtown stakeholders at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Plaza Theatre. Agenda includes reports on the wine fair and upcoming holiday events.




Meadow Lane Holiday Bazaar

Life Skills classes of El Campo ISD and Rice Consolidated make products year-round to sell at the annual holiday bazaar, including homemade food, Christmas goods, teacher gifts, holiday decorations and more. Proceeds go towards fun and educational activities. The bazaar will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - noon at the Christ Lutheran Church, 1401 Ave. I. 


Wharton County Democrats Meeting

The Wharton County Democrats will have their final 2019 monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6;30 in Wharton at 9ers Grill, located at 112 W. Boling Highway in their meeting room. The meeting will discuss 2020 events and goals. For information call 281-795-6485.


Peter Pen Premiers At ECHS

The El Campo High School will be showcasing Peter Pan in the auditorium Thursday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. There will be a drop off available for patrons who need to be dropped off by the auditorium. 




Community-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner

Everyone is invited to join in this year’s festivities at the Annual Community-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will be held Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the El Campo Civic Center. Desserts are always welcome. To request a meal to be delivered call 543-5073. Donations can be made at First State Bank or mail donations to P.O. Box 443 El Campo, Tx 77437.


Holiday Solid Waste Schedule

Waste Connections Inc. will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday and Friday routes will be collected as scheduled. If any questions contact Waste Connections at 979-221-1259.




Annual Women In Red Day

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting guest speaker Rev. A.C. Gardner Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at Sandridge Baptist Church in Egypt, Tx.




Proper Disposal Of Flags

When a flag becomes worn or faded it is important to take it down and properly dispose of them. Flags can be brought into the American Legion, 2241 S 71 Hwy.,  in El Campo  3 - 7 p.m. Fridays during bingo sessions.


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. 


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. 


Bingo Held At American Legion 

El Campo American Legion hosts bingo games every Friday at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.


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.


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.


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.


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 mannamealsec@gmail.com. 


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 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.


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