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 are at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.

Volunteers Needed

For Hurricane Victims

Many houses have been flooded in Wharton County. If it is on your heart to help in the cleanup process of these flooded homes, or to provide meals for those working on the cleanup, contact Kim or Michael Beard at 533-3966. Many people are needed to help in this endeavor.

Friday, Sept. 29

ECMH Hosts Blood Drive

A blood drive is being hosted by El Campo Memorial Hospital from 2:45 - 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in the front parking lot. Every donor will receive a well check-up and t-shirt. Anyone who is 16 years old an weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form) or at least 17 years of age and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health can donate blood. Donors must print a photo ID, last four digits of their social security number and their birth date. For information, call Donna Mikeska, 543-6251.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Baseball Tourney Helps With Medical Costs

A baseball tournament for Jolee’s fight against Chiari Malformation will be held at the Rotary Park, Saturday, Sept. 30. 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. 1

Life Chain Sunday A Time For Prayer

The National Life Chain Sunday will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 in Evans Park. All participants are asked to meet the park pavilion at 1:30 p.m. to select a sign and join in a prayer before proceeding to the street as a witness for pro-life beliefs from 2 - 3 p.m. Everyone is urged to participate.

Taiton Fall Festival Set For Sunday, Oct. 1

The Taiton Community Center’s Fall Festival will be Sunday, Oct. 1 at the hall. Turkey and dressing plates, $10 each, will be sold starting at 11 a.m. Activities include live auction starting at 12:30 p.m., bingo at 1 p.m., turkey shoot at 1:30 p.m., country store and games. For information, call A.J. Kresta, 541-3140.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

An Informational GT Meeting To Be Held

El Campo ISD parents who would like to have their child formally assessed for the G/T Program are encouraged to attend one of two parent informational meetings. Kindergarten parents are invited to Myatt Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. and first through 11th grade parents are invited to Hutchins Elementary on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Texas Legends Topic Of Davis’ Program

Joe Tom Davis will present a program entitled “Brit Bailey and Strap Buckner: Legendary Characters of Early Texas,” at the El Campo Heritage Center on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The presenation will start at 2 p.m. Members and their guests are invited to attend.

Thursday, Oct. 5

Tough Country To Host Blender

Tough Country, 112 E. Jackson, will be hosting a Chamber Blender and 19th anniversary celebration 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The public is invited.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Prairie Days Fest Set For Oct. 7

Prairie Days Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 7 at Alamo Park from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a car show, live bands, crafts, food, games, a motorcycle fun run and 5K Color Run. For information, call the El Campo Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture, 543-2713.

Sunday, Oct. 8

St. Mary’s Parish Annual Festival Coming

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.

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.


Free Items To Flood Victims Available

The El Campo Crisis Center Resale Store has clothes, shoes, bedding and towels to give away to any hurricane victims. All of this has been donated from the community for this reason.

Quilt Exhibit Open At Museum

The El Campo Museum of Natural History hosts a quilt show featuring quilts from the El Campo Casual Quilters. The exhibit opened Tuesday, Sept. 13. Drop by to see beautiful handwork done by local quilters. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Chamber Accepting Vendors For Prairie Days

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is accepting vendor applications for Prairie Days Festival Saturday, Oct. 7 at Alamo Park. The festival welcomes food and craft vendors, along with vendors offering children’s activities. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office, 01 N. Mechanic. For information, call 543-2713.

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 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.

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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