For Christmas Mall
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is now scheduling entertainment for the 30th Annual Christmas Mall Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3. Call 543-2713.
For Thanksgiving Feast
Volunteers are needed to help with the Community Wide Thanksgiving Dinner at the Civic Center. There is a need for desserts. They can be bought desserts if there is not time to bake one. Desserts need to be brought to the Civic Center early on Thanksgiving Day. If you will furnish a dessert please call 637-1459 or 543-1147 so we can get an accurate count. Thank you for your help.
Nominations Being Accepted
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is accepting nominations for the 2017 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is a lifetime achievement award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 29. Nomination letters can be delivered to the Chamber Office at 01 N. Mechanic or by mail to P.O. Box 1400 El Campo, TX 77437. Nominations can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have submitted a candidate in the past that was not selected, please resubmit or call the Chamber to update candidate information to be reconsidered. For any questions or more details, please call 543-2713.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Community Wide Thanksgiving Feast
The Community Wide Thanksgiving Feast will be Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 at the El Campo Civic Center starting at 11 a.m. Volunteers are still needed that day. Meal is free and for the entire community. Those wishing to make a donation towards the cost of the meal may do so by making a check payable to El Campo Community Events, Mail check to First State Bank, El Campo Community Events, P.O. Box 443, El Campo, TX 77437.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
The American Legion will have no bingo Friday, Nov. 24. Bingo will resume on Friday, Dec. 1. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Holiday Express Train Coming To El Campo
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train’s visit to El Campo, Saturday, Nov. 25 from 4 - 8 p.m. Visitors are invited to climb about the 6-car train and also visit Santa Claus. Please call the Chamber at 979-543-2713 for more information.
MONDAY, NOV. 27
There is an Arc meeting on Monday Nov. 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall - 304 Oscar in El Campo.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Project Graduation Fundraiser
Project Graduation will have a meal fundraiser catered by Slade Stary Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Columbus Club on Armory Rd. from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Plates are $10. For tickets call: Kim Wishert at 332-1619, Kim Raun at 637-0678, or Kelli Cook at 541-7437.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Danevang Museum Hosts Santa Lucia Celebration
The Santa Lucia Christmas celebration will be held from 2 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Danevang Heritage Preservation Building in Danevang. There will be singing, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus. Everyone is welcome. For information, call Patty Jensen, 543-3009.
Santa Lucia Celebration Coming
The Santa Lucia Christmas Celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Danevang Heritage Preservation Building in Danevang. There will be singing, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Patty Jensen at 543-3009.
31st Annual Christmas Mall
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 31st Annual Christmas Mall to be held Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 at the El Campo Civic Center. The indoor show will have craft and food booths both days. Limited space is still available. Applications can be found on the Chamber website- www.elcampochamber.com.
There will be a BBQ benefit at New Covenant Church, 111 W. Monseratte St, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Judy Montoya to defray medical expenses Saturday Dec. 2. Plates cost $10 and are to go only. For tickets, contact Lori Galvan at 578-1704, Anthony Ruiz at 616-7701 or Lindsey Flores at 320-7601.
SUNDAY, DEC. 3
8th Annual Jingle Bell Run
The Presbyterian Preschool PTO hosts their 8th Annual Jingle Bell Run, a 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race benefiting the Preschool, on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per adult, $10 per child. Early registration deadline is Nov. 27, forms are available in the school office or online at http://www.presbyterianpreschoolec.org/jingle-bell-run.html. Call 543-7474 or email email@example.com for more information.
St. John’s Scholarship Games Party
St. John’s Scholarship Games Party will be Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Taiton Community Center at 6 p.m. There will be games, door prizes, drawings, auctions, and a visit from Santa Claus from 4 - 6 p.m. There will be plenty of refreshments and proceeds will benefit the youth of St. John’s.
Tuesday, DEC. 5
Hometown Holiday Shop Hop
The El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is hosting the 9th annual Hometown Holiday Shop Hop Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Participating merchants will have refreshments, There will be holiday specials and chances to win! Shop local this holiday season!
Toys For Tots Taking Collection For Kids
Wharton County Toys for Tots is collecting new toys for children now through mid-December. The El Campo Leader-News is just one of the drop off locations in El Campo. For more information on how you can help, see Page 3-B this issue, call Steve Lyford, 320-9841 or visit http://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.org.
Register For Boys & Girls Club Basketball League
The Boys & Girls Club is accepting registration for the upcoming basketball league, for ages 6 - 12 (age on 08/31/17). Registration fee of $80 for the program will be accepted until Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Late registration fee of $20 on Nov. 20 and 21. Forms are available online at www.bgcelcampo.org or at the club office, 713 Fahrenthold. Correct change only and no refunds. Practices and games will be held at the club’s gym. If interested in sponsoring a team for $150, call 543-8320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With a team sponsorship, company’s name will be printed on the back of the team jersey. Referees and coaches are also needed.
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 or visit https://casa-mw.org/.
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@example.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.
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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