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Girl Scouts set signup rallies across county

Milam County Girl Scouts will be holding rallies for any girls who would like to sign up to take part in Scouting.

The only requirement is that girls need to be in grades K-12.

Rally dates and locations will be as follows:

• Rockdale Girl Scout House, Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Milano Community Center, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Cameron City Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Contact Heather Bartley, 512- 269-8713, for more information.

Thorndale Jamboree coming up Monday

THORNDALE—The monthly Thorndale Country & Gospel Music Jamboree will be held on Monday, Aug 24 at the Thorndale VFW Hall on FM 486 North. The music, featuring guest musicians and member of the Jamboree House Band, begins at 7 p.m.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the kitchen serving sausage wraps, chicken salad sandwiches, chips, drinks and homemade desserts.

"Come enjoy the entertainment and the good food," said Marjorie Menzel, publicist. The monthly jamboree is sponsored by the Thorndale VFW post and its Auxiliary.

Hospital auxiliary to meet September 2

After taking the summer off, Richards Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will once again hold monthly meetings beginning at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the hospital cafeteria.

"This will be a brown bag luncheon meeting," said Sue Ohlswager, president. "Agenda items include an update to members on projects completed during the summer, fall and Christmas fundraisers, and introduction of new members.

"The Auxiliary welcomes those out in the community who would like to join us by having interested persons stop by the hospital and fill out an application and return it to Melissa Tackett, marketing manager at the hospital," Ohlswager said.

The Auxiliary is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving patients and their families and hospital staff, she added.

Missing cannons topic for genealogy society

Next meeting of the Milam County Genealogical Society will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 in the Rockdale Citizens National Bank conference room (rear entrance).

Florene McDaniel has asked Randy Billingsley to speak on the missing "Twin Sisters" cannons from the Texas war for independence. Visitors are welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Annual La Escuelita cookoff set Sept. 12

The eighth annual La Escuelitabenefi t Menudo, Chili and Beans Cookoff has been scheduled Saturday, Sept. 12 at the La Escuelita grounds, east of the Rockdale KC Hall just off US 79.

Cookers can set up at 7 a.m. and the cookoff will start at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per category.

Horseshoe and washer tournaments will start at noon with $10 entry fees per team. DJ music will be by Manuel Garcia.

Food sale will start at 11 a.m.: brisket tacos, sausage wraps, nachos, Frito pie, Fedio, $2 each; pickles, sodas and water, $1 each. Arts, crafts and vendor booths will be $10 per space (no food vendors and no glass containers allowed).

For more information, call Johnnie Diaz, 446-3217, or go to www.

Kountry Squares invites new dancers

THORNDALE—Fifteen members of Kountry Squares square-dancing group from Thorndale recently entertained residents of The Villas Nursing Home in Granger, presenting their dances in colorful costumes.

"The best part of square dancing is sharing the fun and fellowship with others," said Jeanne K. Sparlin, club publicist.

Kountry Squares dance every Thursday night at the VFW Hall in Thorndale and has members from Taylor, Thorndale, Thrall, Elgin, Rockdale and Lexington. Caller is Al Frazier from Austin. For more information, go to "Lessons are now starting so stop by and visit," Sparlin said.

Milam Retired Teachers to meet September 3

Milam County Retired Teachers Association will hold its first meeting of the school year at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Citizens National Bank in downtown Rockdale.

Flu shots will be administered at the meeting, rather than at the October meeting, according to Carolyn Hafley, secretary. There is no charge for Medicare card holders. Otherwise, the fee is $20, she said.

Sharon Wishnew, association member benefits advisor, will present the program. "All members are encouraged to attend and bring prospective members," Hafley said.

Linwood Garden Club next meeting set Sept. 9

Linwood Acres Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the historic home of Carole Simank in San Gabriel. Co-hostesses will be Johnnilyn Brown and Marie Freiling. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10.

Melba Caffey will present a program on "The History of LAGC." The business meeting will commence at 10:30 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend as yearbooks will be distributed and reviewed.

Yard-of-the-month judges for September are Jeanette Hudson and Joy Reagan. Linwood Acres Garden Club recognizes outstanding residential yards or commercial landscaping in the Rockdale area on the basis of plantings, maintenance, eye appeal, and use of color or yard sculpture. Yards may be nominated by calling the Chamber of Commerce, 446-2030. Any home or business in the Rockdale area is eligible to be nominated.—Dr. Ann Dyer, publicity

Sunshine quilters to meet August 27

Sunshine n' Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall.

"Program will be 'ladies choice' and everyone is invited to bring a lunch and join us," said Eddie Davidson, spokesperson. For more information call 446-6316.

Harmony Cemetery cautions about rules

Harmony Cemetery Association has rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of the cemetery.

Anyone interested in being buried there or anyone who has a family member or friend with interest in the cemetery should contact Kittie Schneebeli, 765 CR 324, Rockdale, or telephone 446-3678, to obtain a copy of the cemetery constitution and by-laws, including Change No. 1.


Rockdale Rotary Club

Rockdale Rotary Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the New Salem Clubhouse at Fair Park.

Noon Lions Club

Rockdale Noon Lions Club meets each first and third Wednesday at the Rockdale VFD fire station.

Historical Society

Rockdale Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. each second Tuesday at the I&GN Railroad depot museum downtown. All persons with an interest in local history are invited.

Milam County MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is enrolling members for the 2009- 2010 year. MOPS is open to any mother with children ages bir thkindergarten. Fees $25. Meetings will begin in September at First Baptist Church in Rockdale at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Breakfast, guest speakers, crafts, fellowship. Childcare provided for 5 and under. Call Sarah Batten, 455-9177, or visit www.mops. org for additional information.

Downtown Association

Rockdale Downtown Association meets at 5:30 p.m. each first Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron Avenue. For more information, call Chris Dyess, 446-6680.

Kay Theater Foundation

Kay Theater Foundation meets at 5:30 p.m. each third Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron.

Alzheimer's support

Alzheimer's Family Support Group meets in the conference room at Renaissance Villa each first Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m.

VistaCare volunteers

VistaCare Hospice volunteers meet at 11:30 a.m. each third Thursday at Murray Street Church of Christ.

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