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, call Steve Lyford, 320-9841 or visit

Boy Scouts Need Your Help

In Lighting Parade Route

The Boy Scouts of Troop 368 need the community’s help and are asking for donations of empty, clean gallon size milk or water jugs to be used as luminaries for the upcoming Chamber Christmas parade. Please drop off at the recycle center located at the Annex Building in El Campo.

Vendors Needed For Event

The El Campo Chamber of Commerce is accepting food and holiday-themed vendors for the Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train visit 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 25. For information, call 543-2713.

Saturday, Nov. 11

American Legion Veterans Day Celebration

American Legion Post 251, Hwy. 71 South, is having a Veteran’s Day Celebration Saturday, Nov. 11. Barbecue chicken plates dine-in or to-go are $10. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Louise Project Graduation Bake Sale

The Louise Project Graduation for the Class of 2018 is having a bake sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 11 at Sablatura’s Grocery in Louise and United Ag in El Campo.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Knights of Columbus Chicken Dinner

Knights of Columbus Council 2490, Columbus Club Hall on Armory Road (CR 1458 CR 406), will hold a fried chicken dinner Sunday, Nov. 12. at 11 a.m. Plates are $10 and are to-go only. Proceeds will benefit St. Philip School Teachers’ Supply Fund. Tickets given away in August from the local radio station will still be honored since the event was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.

St. Mary’s Fall Festival Set For Nov. 12

St. Mary’s Youth of Nada will hold their annual Variety Shoot and Youth Fall Festival Sunday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary’s Community Center. The variety shoot will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and the festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Hamburgers, chili, pastries and refreshments will be available. Activities include bingo, cake walk, silent auction, kid’s games and a raffle drawing at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Coffee With A Cop Takes Place At Paint Perfection

Meet the El Campo Police Officers, EMS, Wharton County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety (highway patrol), Texas Game Wardens and staff 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at The Coffee Bar at Paint Perfection, 109 N. Washington. Complimentary coffee and snacks.

College Choir To Present Concert

Wharton County Junior College Choir’s upcoming fall concert, “From Classical to Classics” will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. Concert, which will feature classical pieces as well as jazz, pop and classic rock, is free of admission and open to the public.

Thursday, Nov. 16

ECISD Holiday Bazaar Taking Place Two Days

ECISD’s Life Skills Classes Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Lutheran Church, 1401 Ave. I. There will be holiday crafts, baked goods, decorations and gift items.

Friday, Nov. 17

ECHS Drama Students To Present Play

El Campo High School STARS (Speech and Drama) is presenting the Broadway musical, The Addams Family Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 in the ECHS Auditorium. Monday, Nov. 20 is an alternate showing pending the ECHS football play off date. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Monday through Friday, Nov. 13-17 for $8. Tickets may be purchase from a cast or crew member or from the ECHS principal’s office, or they may be purchased at the door an hour before show time for $10 each.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Prairie Switch Riders To Hold Toy Run

Prairie Switch Riders annual toy run will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. John’s Parish Hall, 1843 CR 469. Registration is $10, $25 rider, $15 passenger. All bikes and vehicles welcome. All proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, call Mike Jonson, 979-541-7083

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Church Service Set For Nov. 21

The Community Wide Thanksgiving Church Service will be held this year at the First Baptist Church in El Campo, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Thursday, Nov. 23

Free El Campo City Wide Thanksgiving Dinner

El Campo’s city wide Thanksgiving Dinner will be at the El Campo Civic Center 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. Everyone is welcome. Those wishing to have plates delivered or for more information, call Shawn Ferguson at 637-1459. If you would like to make a donation for this event, you can mail your donation to El Campo Community Events, P.O. Box 443, El Campo, TX 77437, go by First State Bank and deposit a check, or call Shawn Ferguson.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Order Veteran Christmas Wreath Before Nov. 21

In an effort to remember veterans this Christmas, Wreaths Across America will be held locally at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4609 Hwy. 71 North at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16. To place a wreath order, $15 each, call chair Glenell Wenglar, 543-0374. The deadline to order is Tuesday, Nov. 21. The event is being hosted by Comfort Wood Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.


 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 or at the club, 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 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

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

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.

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, 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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