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Annual La Escuelita cookoff cancelled

The eighth annual La Escuelitabenefi t Menudo, Chili and Beans Cookoff which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 has been cancelled because of a family illness that has impacted much of the planning committee, according to Johnnie Diaz, publicist.

Alcoa retirees will meet September 10

Alcoa retirees and spouses will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Rockdale KC Hall, according to LaNell Spence, publicist.

A catered fish and chicken meal will be served, priced at $7 per plate.

"Members whose last names start with M through Z are asked to bring a dessert. All members are asked to bring an item for the silent auction (not a gift item)," Spence said.

New Al-anon group to meet Thursdays

There will be a new Al-anon group meeting at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Rockdale Christian Church, located on the corner of Sager and Rockdale Road.

For more than 55 years, Al-Anon has been offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people.

"Alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else's drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon fellowship," a spokesman said.

For more information call 512- 429-0079 or 512/446-3150.

Masons to sell fish fry plates on September 12

THORNDALE—Masonic Lodge 978 A.F. & A.M. will serve fried fish plates with all the trimmings Saturday, Sept. 12. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until sold out. Location is Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch on US 79 in Thorndale.

Cost is $ 8. Plates will be to-go, with limited seating for dine-in. Homemade desserts will also be available.

Milam Retired Teachers to meet here Thursday

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.

Murray Cemetery Assn. to meet September 19

Murray Cemetery Association will hold its sixth annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the fellowship hall of Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive in Rockdale.

A covered dish luncheon will follow the business meeting. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite dish. Ice tea, coffee, bread and utensils will be provided.

Persons unable to attend but wishing to send a donation are asked to mail it to Murray Cemetery Association, PO Box 3, Rockdale TX 76567.

"In the last six years, much has been accomplished to restore and beautify the cemetery," said Shirley McIrvin, secretary. "Several more projects are planned and new members are sought to help facilitate these."

All persons having relatives interred in the cemetery or those with an interest in the cemetery are urged to attend the meeting.

For more information call Floyd Brockenbush, president, at 446- 6284; John Elbert Fischer, VP, 446- 3308; or McIrvin, 446-5261.

MOPS to meet here Sept. 9 morning

Milam County MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is enrolling members now for the 2009-10 school year, according to an announcement by Sarah Batten.

First meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 9. Meetings are held September through May at 9:30 a.m. each second Wednesday at First Baptist Church and last for two hours.

"There is an annual fee of $50," Batten said, "and it can be paid all at once or in two installments of $25. Scholarships and payment plans are available, and any mom unable to attend meetings may join for the initial fee of $25 and receive all benefits provided by MOPS International." Those include: subscription to MomSense magazine; "Life on Planet Mom" book; weekly MOM-Email; local MOPS meetings and events; free childcare during meetings; free breakfast.

Any mother interested in registering may contact Batten, 455-9177, or For additional information about Milam County MOPS visit www.rockdalemops.

Minerva Center annual meeting September 14

Minerva Community Center will hold its annual business meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. In addition to the regular business meeting, a new trustee will be elected. "All members of the Minerva community are encouraged to attend," said Deborah Dean, spokesperson. For more information call her at 446-3111.

Linwood Garden Club to meet Wednesday

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 and Lorraine Drake 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. —Dr. Ann Dyer, publicity

VFW Auxiliary seeking members

Rockdale VFW Post 6525 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. each first Tuesday of the month at the VFW post home.

"Anyone interested in learning more about the activities of the Auxiliary are invited to attend," said Barbara Walko, spokesperson.

For more information call Walko at 446-6035.

Youth FB cheerleader signup under way

Rockdale Youth Football cheerleaders are signing up for the 2009-2010 season. A $60 registration fee covers the cost of the uniform. Registration is for girls K-6th grade. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 7. For more information call 512-269-8713 or 512-760-0559


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 open to any mother with children ages birth-kindergarten. Meetings are held September through May at First Baptist Church in Rockdale, 9:30 a.m. each second Wednesday. Breakfast, guest speakers, crafts, fellowship. Childcare provided for 5 and under. Call Sarah Batten, 455-9177, or visit 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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