Holiday Trash Schedule

The 2019 Memorial Day Holiday Solid Waste Collection Schedule for Waste Connections, Inc. will be as follows: Wednesday, May 29: Tuesday, May 28 routes will be collected. Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31: routes will be collected as scheduled.

Register For Summer Reading

Program

Registration for the El Campo Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program starts Saturday, June 1. The theme is “A Universe of Stories” and is open to all library patrons’ ages 6 months to age 99+. Patrons can earn prizes by checking out and reading library books. Summer flyers for events are available at the front desk. The library is located at 200 W. Church. For information call 543-2362 or visit www.whartonco.lib.tx.us.

Wednesday, May 29

United Ag Hosts Blood Drive

The United Ag blood drive will be 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. Contact Sally Andel at 543-6284 or go to giveblood.org to schedule an appointment, sponsor code: C037. Enjoy a coupon for an 8 ounce shaved ice when you donate during May.

Saturday, June 1

Elks Lodge Hosts Fajita Cookoff

El Campo Elks Lodge 1749 Fajita Cookoff is Saturday, June 1 at 1749 N. Mechanic. Check in is at 8 a.m. and first turn in is at 11 a.m. The public is welcome and spaces are available. Funds raised from this event will go to Elks Lodge charities.

Bowling League Hosts Tournaments

El Campo Youth Bowling League presents bowling tournaments Saturday, June 1. Adult/child tournament includes three games for $30. Age divisions: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-17 years (Ages as of May 1). Doubles tournament registration is at 1 p.m. and is $50 per team. The tournament starts at 2 p.m. Cash prizes. Forms may be picked up at EC Bowling Center or ecbowl.com Money raised for these events support the Youth Bowling League and upcoming out-of -town tournaments. For questions, contact Jill Mach at 541-9404 or Julie Pfeil at 541-7067.

Sunday, June 2

Fundraiser Held for Cancer Survivor Day

Wharton County Cares will host a Pork Steak Dinner Fundraiser 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Taiton Community Hall, drive through only, for Cancer Survivor Day. Plates will be $10. Tickets are available at Superior Motor: 214 N. Mechanic, Mid Coast Medical Clinic Lab: 303 Sandy Corner Lane or any Wharton County Cares member.

Appreciation Services Held For Pastor

Appreciation services honoring Pastor Michael Moore and family will be held 3 p.m. June, 2 at 810 Palacios.

Monday, June 3 - Thursday, June 7

Summer Vacation Bible School

El Campo Mennonite Church will host summer vacation Bible school at 2605 W. Loop from 6 - 8:45 p.m. Monday, June 3 - Thursday, June 7 for ages 6 - 14. For information call Denver Penner at 578-1100 or 320-4999.

Monday, June 3

Registration for Golf Tournament Ends

Register for the 28th annual Ricebird Booster Club golf tournament - four-man scramble will be held at the El Campo County Club, 1788 CR 351. Cost is $65 per person/ $260 per team. Get two putts and three monster drives for $100 per team. Mail entries or donations to Wayne Condra before Monday, June 3. Make checks payable to the Ricebird Booster Club. The 28th annual Ricebird Booster Club golf tournament is Saturday, June 8. For information contact Wayne Condra at 543-1867 or wcondra@ecisd.org or Tim Supak at 543-6592.

Volunteer for SPOT

Help Wharton County’s homeless dogs by joining SPOT 6 - 7 p.m. Monday, June 3 at the Wharton County Library, 1920 N. Fulton, Wharton. There will be temporary kennels and the dogs housed there need volunteers to spend 30 minutes or so once a day to provide socialization and enrichment. SPOT provides all the materials. Meet other volunteers, learn how to help, and enjoy some refreshments. Email wcspot@hotmail.com with any questions.

Wharton County Speakers Meeting Held

Visit the Wharton County Speakers 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3 at the Wharton County Library Main Branch, 1920 N. Fulton, Wharton to improve your speaking and leadership skills. There is no charge and visitors do not need to bring anything. Contact Jeff Dixon at 281-795-6485 with any questions.

Wednesday, June 5

Wharton County Retired Teachers

All retired teachers in Wharton County are invited to a meeting 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at El Campo Heritage Center, 803 Fahrenthold. There will be an $8 Fajita catered lunch by reservation only. Call by Friday, May 31, to reserve your lunch - Wharton, 533-2905; East Bernard, 335-6675; El Campo, 543-4434. New retirees are welcome.

Knights Of Columbus Hosts Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus - 2490 will host a community blood drive 3 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Columbus Hall in El Campo. Contact Richard Raun at 541-3775 or go to giveblood.org to schedule your appointment, sponsor code: 5911. There will be T-shirts for all donors.

Saturday, June 8

Annual Czech Festival Coming

The 29th annual Czech Kolache Klobase Festival will be 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Riverside Hall, East Bernard. Admission is $8 per person, children 12 and under are free. Sausage/barbecue chicken plate lunch will be available at 11 a.m. There will be music, dancing, arts and crafts, cake walk, raffle and kiddie games. For booth information contact 531-9747 or srdujka@gmail.com. For general information, contact 335-7907.

Wednesday, June 12

Benefit Drawing Held for Skate Park

There will be a benefit drawing for the Legends Skateboard Park Improvements 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Legends Skateboard Park. $10,000 is needed to be raised. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. Need not be present to win. There will be a his and hers Beretta A400 Xplor action wood, a drone package, and a Sunday afternoon skeet shoot for 50 with food and refreshments provided. Get your tickets at City Hall, 315 E. Jackson or the Chamber of Commerce, 1 N. Mechanic.

Thursday, June 13

Tomato Competition Coming

Wharton garden club members throughout the county will complete the year with a friendly tomato competition 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 207 Bob O Link, Wharton. Ribbons will be awarded for the tastiest and largest tomatoes grown by members. A pot luck brunch will complete the celebration. The new garden club year will begin the second Thursday in September. For those choosing to join, dues are $10 for the year.

Ongoing

Bingo Held At American Legion

American Legion Post 251 hosts bingo games every Friday with doors opening at 5 p.m., card sales at 6 p.m. and games at 7 p.m. Snack bar will be open.

Join Wharton’s Walkabouts

The Wharton Downtown Business Association is launching Third Thursday Walkabouts. Visitors can engage in a game of checkers or 42, Scrabble or Yahtzee, take in a yoga class, read a book, shop a little, enjoy complimentary wine at select merchant shops or grab a bite to eat. Third Thursday Walkabouts are the third Thursday of each month in downtown Wharton from 4 - 7 p.m. The public is invited, parking is free.

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.

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.

Resale Store Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at the Crisis Center Resale Store, located at 116 E. First in El Campo. If you would be willing to volunteer a few hours a week please call 541-5797 or go by the store.

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.

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 fee. 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.

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.

Library Books For Sale

All branches of the Wharton County Library System have started updating their children’s collections. Most books that are removed from the collection are given to our Friends of the Library Bookstore, which sells them for 10 cents to the public. The bookstore is located at the Main Library in Wharton, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They sell children’s books, as well as adult hardback and paperbacks.

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/

Museum Has Twilight Tuesdays

The El Campo Museum of Natural History will host Twilight Tuesdays the first Tuesday of each month as the facility stays open until 7:30 p.m. For information about Twilight Tuesdays or other programs at the museum, call Director Cheri McGuirk at 543-6885.

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 Services Offered

The Mainstream Connection, a non-profit, offers 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.

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