Students Can Test Out Of Classes
The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) will allow El Campo public school students to obtain credit in a course or grade level by passing tests approved by school district trustees. Texas law, 19 TAC Chapter 74, allows students to “test out of a course” by taking a “Credit by Examination” without prior instruction in the course(s) being tested. To earn credit for a grade or a subject the student must answer 80 percent of the questions correctly. In accordance with local school district policy, a student in Grades 6-12 may be given credit for an academic subject in which he or she had some prior instruction if the student scores 70 percent on the test. Tests will be given in Victoria through Region 3 Education Service Center on Wednesday, June 19; Thursday, June 20, Friday; June 21, Wednesday, July 10; Thursday, July 11 and Friday; July 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration applications may be picked up in El Campo High School Counselors’ Office, 600 W. Norris. Deadline is May 17. There are no fees. For information, call Robin Crowell at 543-6341 or Dolores A. Treviño at 543-8255.
Sunday, March 17
Knights Of Columbus Sells Barbecue
The Knights of Columbus Council 9393 will be selling whole cooked barbecue chickens for $10 after 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses Sunday, March 17 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 512 Tegner.
Tuesday, March 19
American Legion Holds Meeting
American Legion will hold their regular meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the American Legion Hall.
Thursday, March 21
100 Club Hosts Spaghetti Cook Off
The 100 Club of Wharton County Law Enforcement Spaghetti Cook-off will be Thursday, March 21 at Crescent Fairgrounds, CR 960 and CR 961. Doors open at 4 p.m. and meal at 5 p.m. Plates are $8, dine-in or to-go. Raffle tickets and meal tickets will be available at the door or at Briggs & Veselka, 123 N. Washington or from any 100 Club board member. There will also be a cake silent auction and a live cake auction. For information, contact Susie Priesmeyer at 332-1915.
Meeting Held For Wharton County Democrats
The Wharton County Democrats will meet at Los Cucos, 211 W. Elm, Wharton at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Additional officers will be elected Electoral activities will be discussed.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop Set
This workshop will provide a general overview of the wildlife tax valuation guidelines and qualifications, wildlife management plan development and applicable management practices at 8 a.m. Friday, March 22 at the Wharton Central Appraisal District, 303 E. Milam, Wharton, with presentations until noon. Biologists will be available to assist landowners with management recommendations and developing management plans. For questions, contact Clinton Faas at email@example.com or 832-595-8999. Register for this event at tpwd.texas.gov/forms/wildlife/wildlife-tax-valuation-workshop-registration. Event details are on the Form.
Fish Fry To Be Held
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church’s After School Activities Program, 810 Palacios St. is hosting a fish fry from noon - 5 p.m. Friday, March 22. Plates are $10. For questions call 541-7493 or 320-6578.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Strike Out Parkinson’s
The Strike Out Parkinson’s Ricebird Baseball Alumni Game will be played at Legacy Field, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23. There will be food, a silent auction, a homerun derby and activities planned for younger fans. All proceeds go to the Michael J Fox Foundation.
Thursday, March 28
FESCO Hosts Blood Drive
FESCO will be hosting a blood drive 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in the parking lot at 711 E. Jackson. All presenting blood donors will receive a $10 gift card. For information or to schedule an appointment, Contact Jennifer Kollaja at 543-9451.
Saturday, March 30
Ladies Auxiliary Hosts Cook-off
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary No. 649, 589 CR 482 in Blessing, will host their annual cook-off at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Other events include raffles and an auction. Call 244-6428 for camper sites available on the grounds. Auction information: 578-1618, cook-off information: 361-649-8536, raffle information: 240-1728. Money raised goes to scholarships, veterans programs, girls state attendees and several local charities.
Easter Egg Hunt Hosted By The Crisis Center
The Easter egg hunt party for child abuse awareness will be held at Friendship Park 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30. First hunt begins at 2 p.m. The hunts will be organized by age: first hunt for under age 5, second hunt is for ages 5 - 9 and third hunt is for those ages 10 and up. There will be food, EMS and fire truck demos, moonwalks, music and prizes. Volunteers are needed to help with the Easter egg hunt, set up and clean up. Volunteers need to be there by noon to sign off on volunteer hours. For information about the event or to find out how you can help, call 245-2713 or 282-9223.
Danevang Lutheran’s Lenten Fish Fry
A fish fry will be held 5 - 8 p.m. each Friday through April 19 at the Danevang Lutheran Church hall, 357 CR 426.
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 non-profit, offers help with pantry assistance, counseling, immigration cases, waivers, translations, evaluations, reference and hardship letters, residency and citizenship applications/renewals, notary services and DACA applications/renewals. Call 832-831-1688.
Pilgrim Rest Distributes Commodities
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Labor of Love, 810 Palacios, distributes commodities at 7 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 541-7493.
Library Introduces New Program
The El Campo Branch Library is starting a new reading group which is free and open to everyone. Short stories will be read and discussed in Spanish. The discussion group will meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the El Campo Branch Library’s Mayor’s Room. If you are learning Spanish and need the practice or if you speak Spanish fluently and like to read, this group is for you. For information, call 979-543-2362. La Libreria de El Campo está comenzando un nuevo grupo de lectura para personas que hablan español / leen. Leerás un cuento en español y La discusión será en español. Todos están invitados a participar. Si estás aprendiendo español y necesitas la práctica o si hablas español con fluidez y te gusta leer, este grupo es para ti. El grupo utilizará los recursos de la biblioteca sin costo para el lector. El grupo de lectura se reunirá el segundo sábado de cada mes a las 9:15 am en la Sala de la Alcaldía de la Libreria de El Campo. Llame al 979-543-2362 para preguntas o información.
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.
Heritage Center Offers Exercise, Bingo
The Heritage Center, 803 Fahrenthold, 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.
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.
Free Legal Services Offered
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.
Bulletin Board Listings
Bulletin Board is a community service to promote one-time events for nonprofits. The Leader-News requests only one representative submit items with contact information. Items will be edited. Submissions will run no more than four editions immediately prior to the event as space permits. Garage sale fundraisers, church auctions (not part of a larger event) and raffles do not qualify. Submissions must arrive no later than 3 p.m. Mondays for the Wednesday edition and 3 p.m. Thursdays for the Saturday edition. Digital submissions must be text that can be edited (no pdfs or fliers). Drop off or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. No voice mail submissions.