Disaster Center Changes 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 offer assistance and help persons through the application process.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Candlelight Vigil Remembers Lost Lives

A community candlelight vigil will take place in Evans Park starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The event, sponsored by the Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties, will remember each victim by name who lost their life to domestic and/or sexual violence last year. The public is invited to attend.

Legion Post, Auxiliary To Discuss Veterans Day

A general meeting will be held for members of Craig-Harriss American Legion Post and Auxiliary No. 251 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. A meal will be served at 7 p.m. Auxiliary members are asked to bring a dessert and all members are strongly encouraged to attend. The upcoming Veterans Day celebration will be the topic of discussion.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Preschoolers To Host Hamburger Supper

Presbyterian Preschool hamburger supper fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 203 W. Calhoun. Plates are $7.50 and drive-thru only. Tickets may be purchased from any student or by calling the office at 543-7474. 

Saturday, Oct. 21

ECHS Graduates Celebrate 40 Years

The El Campo High graduating class of 1977 will celebrate it’s 40 year reunion Saturday, Oct. 21 at The 409 Club, located in downtown El Campo across from the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture office. The meal will be provided by Jack’s and music by DJ Barney Douglas. It’s BYOB and ther is a $40 fee. For information and to make reservations, contact Mary W. Johnson at 543-1664.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Danevang Church Songfest Set For Oct. 22

Danevang Lutheran Church will host a songfest on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. Following special music presentations and congregational singing will be a sandwich meal in the community hall. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Linda Alderson, 543-7342.

Lutherans To Serve Sausage Dinner

Christ Lutheran Church will host its annual Sausage Fest, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (dine-in or drive-thru), Sunday, Oct. 22. Dinner tickets are $9 each and available by calling the church office at 543-5450. There will also be a bake sale inside the fellowship hall. The church is located at 1401 Ave. I.

First Lutheran Hosting BBQ Dinner

First Lutheran Church, 304 Oscar, is hosting a barbecue chicken dinner at noon, Sunday, Oct. 22 at the church. Raffle tickets are available at the event. For questions, call Sharon at 543-8476.

Friday, Oct. 27

Silver Coffee Hosted By Sunshine Ladies

El Campo Memorial Hospital’s auxiliary, the Sunshine Ladies, are hosting their annual fundraiser, the Silver Coffee. It will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 at Commercial State Bank, 401 N. Mechanic. Contributions are tax-deductible. Guests will be Dr. Gene Burns, family physician; Dr. Robert Ogdee, gynecologist and Kathy Enright, physician assistant. Funds will benefit the hospital.

Sunday, Oct. 29

Catholics Selling Turkey Dinners

St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing will hold their annual barbecue turkey with dressing dinner on Sunday, Oct. 29. Serving begins at 11 a.m. at the parish hall with dine-in or drive-thru available. Plates are $10 each. There will be a live auction at noon and country store. Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 the church.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Wharton County Retired Teachers To Meet

All retired teachers in Wharton County are invited to attend a meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 1, at First United Methodist Church, 421 Pietzsch St. in East Bernard at 10:30 a.m. The program on healthy living tips will be presented by R.J. Hendricks. There will be an $8 catered turkey and dressing lunch by reservation only. Call one of the following numbers by Friday, Oct 27, to reserve your lunch: Wharton, 532-2366; East Bernard, 335-6675; El Campo, 543-4434. New retirees are welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Hospice Helps Those Dealing With Loss

Houston Hospice of El Campo is offering a free two-hour seminar on coping with loss of a loved one during the holidays. “Empty Place at the Table” will take place from 10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hospice office in El Campo, 1102 N. Mechanic. Those attending will hear suggestions on coping with family traditions, participate in time of sharing their feelings and fears about the holidays and connect with others also experiencing loss this holiday season. To register (required), call 713-677-7155.

Ongoing

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.

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.

Local Library Offers Free Programs

The El Campo Branch Library, 200 W. Church, is open six days a week: Monday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Programs include story time for children ages 3 - 5 at 10:15 a.m. each Tuesday and toddler time for those ages 6 months to age 3 at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. For more information about activities, call 543-2362.

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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