wednesday, june 12
American Legion Holds Meeting
American Legion’s executive meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the American Legion Hall.
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
The 409 Club Hosts Blender
The 409 Club is hosting a Chamber Blender 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at 107 N. Mechanic to celebrate the 409 Club! This is a great opportunity to network, socialize and share business ideas. Open to the public!
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.
saturday, june 15
Tractor Pull & Show To Be Held
The Ricebelt 15th Annual Tractor Pull and Show will start 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the American Legion, 2241 Hwy 71 South. There will be $20 hook fees. Truck pulls are scheduled after tractor pulls are complete. There will also be kiddie pedal pulls. Admission is $5, children 8 and under are free. Food and refreshments provided by El Campo Lion’s Club. Contact Morgan Chappell at 543-4215 or 541-7786 or Donnie Roddy at 637-1540 for details. Proceeds for this event benefit the Everyday Heroes Transportation Fund. This helps provide transportation for area veterans to the Houston VA hospital.
Wharton Hosts Juneteenth Celebration
Enjoy a day of good food and live music at this year’s James Simmons Jr. 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival in downtown Wharton on Saturday, June 15. Event starts at noon and will feature the recognition of Hometown Heroes at 4 p.m. followed by a lineup of entertainment from gospel, R&B, a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and more.
Flag Day Ceremony Held
El Campo Elks Lodge will hold a Flag Day ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the American Legion, 2241 Hwy. 71 South. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Golf Tournament Held
The annual Ricebird Booster Club Golf Tournament and Raffle will be held Saturday, June 15 at the El Campo Country Club. The morning team will start at 8 a.m. Call Wayne Condra at 543-1867 or Tim Supak at 543-6592 for the afternoon team start time or with any questions. All proceeds go toward the scholarship fund.
monday, june 17 - thursday, june 20
Attend Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School Day Camp hosted by Christ Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches will take place Monday, June 17 - Thursday, June 20 at 1401 Ave I. Children entering Kindergarten - 5th grade can attend all day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 4 year olds can stay from 9 a.m. - noon. Lunch will be provided. Registration forms are available at Christ Lutheran. You can also download forms at www.christlutheranec.org or register online at www.firstpresbyterianelcampo.org.
Monday, june 17
EC Booster Club Holds Meeting
El Campo Athletic Booster Club will have a meeting 6 p.m. Monday, June 17 at 600 W. Norris in the athletic facility in Coach Wayne Condra’s office.
Tuesday, june 18
American Legion Holds Meeting
American Legion’s regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the American Legion Hall.
Sunday, June 23
106 Years Celebrated
Everyone is invited to join the last worship service at St. Paul UMC, 211 E. Third, 10 a.m. Sunday, June 23 to help celebrate 106 years of ministry. During worship, stories and memories of being part of St. Paul United Methodist Church will be shared. Afterwards, join the regular “Lunch Bunch” at Mikeska’s, 22730 US-59.
Free Summer Meals For Kids
El Campo Independent School District will provide healthy summer meals for kids ages 18 and younger at Hutchins Elementary, 1006 Roberts. Breakfast will be from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 - Wednesday, July 3 and Monday, July 15 - Thursday, Aug. 1. For information call 543-4262.
All Ages Can Register
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 has reading group which is free and open to everyone. Short stories will be read and discussed in Spanish. The group meets 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.
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.
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