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.
Toys From Heaven
Be the Light is teaming up with New Life Assembly of God and local businesses to collect toys this holiday season. Toys will be dispersed with the help of our local schools. Donations can be dropped off at any one of the following locations Monday - Friday: Revolution Fitness, 903 S. Mechanic from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Ai United, 121 W. Jackson St. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Danes Country Store, 11433 Hwy 71 South from 8 a.m. - 8p.m., Comet Cleaners, 1703 N. Mechanic from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., New Life AG, 705 Earl St. from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., and Dollar General, 1501 N. Mechanic St. from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. For more information please contact Jennifer at 616-7102.
SUNDAY, DEC. 10
Outdoor Live Nativity
There will be an outdoor live nativity program at Faith Lutheran Church, 2103 N Mechanic, EC on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to come and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.. JESUS, God’s gift to us all!
TUESDAY, DEC. 12
Coffee With A Cop
Meet the El Campo Police Officers, EMS, Wharton County Sherrif’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Texas Game Wardens and staff Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at The Coffee Bar at Paint Perfection, 109 N. Washington Street. Come and Go! Complimentary coffee and snacks. Contact Donna Mikeska for more information at 578-5261.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13
American Legion Executive Meeting
Craig-Harris, American Legion Post & Auxiliary #251 will hold their Executive Meetings Wednesday, Dec.13 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.
TUESDAY, DEC. 12
Knights of Columbus Annual Raffle
The Knights of Columbus Council 2490 will host their Annual Sportsman Raffle and Stew Supper on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Columbus Clue on Armory Rd. The door will open at 6 p.m. and the stew will be served at 7 p.m. Admission is the purchase of a drawing ticket. A second chance drawing will also be held. Everyone is welcome to help support all of the community activities the Knights are involved with. Contact Richard Raun, Chairman, at 541-3775 or Greg Witcher at 543-1884.
THURSDAY, DEC. 14
Members are invited to a special December meeting Thursday, Dec 14, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 207 Bob-O-Link Ln. in Wharton. Bring a covered dish and a wrapped garden gift as we celebrate the season.
El Campo Library Customer Appreciation
The El Campo Branch of the Wharton County Library will be holding its annual Christmas Open House Customer Appreciation on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The library staff invites all patrons to stop by and enjoy a cup of punch and light refreshments throughout the day. The staff also invites patrons to wish Aileen Terry, Branch Manager for the past 20 years, a happy retirement. Terry, will be retiring, effective Dec. 31st.
SATURDAY, DEC. 16
Remember A Veteran This Christmas
In an effort to remember veterans this Christmas, Wreaths Across America will be held locally at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4609 N. State Hwy. 71 starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. The event is being hosted by Comfort Wood Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Arts & Crafts Fair Coming To Garwood
Eastman Gallery is hosting the Garwood Country Christmas Marketplace from noon to 6 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 16 in downtown Garwood. The event will showcase over 30 artists and vendors in Downtown Garwood including painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, doll-makers and garden art. There will be face-painting, a bouncy room and a painting tent for the kids and a chili cook-off, baking contest and a washer pitching tournament for the adults.
TUESDAY, DEC. 19
American Legion Christmas Gathering
Craig-Harris, American Legion Post & Auxiliary #251 will have their Member’s Christmas Gathering in lieu of their General Meeting on Tuesday Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 7 p.m. All members are strongly encouraged to attend.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20
Knights of Columbus Community Blood Drive
Knights of Columbus Council 2490 will sponsor a Community Blood Drive on Wednesday Dec. 20 at the Columbus Club on Armory Rd (1458 Co Rd 406) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.. This is the last blood drive for 2017. It is a great Christmas gift to give . One pint of blood will save 3 people’s lives. All donors will receive a meal and t-shirt.
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. There is another drop off box located at Wireless Zone, 3703 FM 2765 Rd, Suite A. For more information on how you can help, call Steve Lyford, 320-9841 or visit http://el-campo-tx.toysfortots.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.
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.
Little League Registration Taken Now
El Campo Little League is now registering athletes for Youth Baseball until Jan. 18, 2018. For information, please visit www.elcampolittleleague.com
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/.
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.
Leader-News Bulletin Board Listings
Bulletin Board is a community service to promote one-time events for nonprofit organizations. The Leader-News requests only one representative submit items with contact information. Items will be edited. Event 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. All items submitted 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 and pasted (no pdfs or fliers). Drop off or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. No voice mail submissions.