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Thorndale Jamboree coming up Monday
THORNDALE—The monthly Thorndale Country & Gospel Music Jamboree, sponsored by VFW Post 4009 and Auxiliary, will be held on Monday, Oct. 26 at the Thorndale VFW Hall on FM 486 North.
This monthly show is held every fourth Monday except in December. The music, featuring house band and guest entertainers, begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen serves sausage wraps, chicken salad sandwiches, popcorn, chips, drinks and homemade desserts.
Eastern Star cancels Nov. 7 chili supper
Rockda le Chapter No. 25 , Order of the Eastern Star, has cancelled its chili supper scholarship fund-raiser which was to have been held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Masonic Lodge, according to an announcement this week by Betty Alford.
Final free clothing give-away October 31
The third and final free clothing give-away of 2009 in Rockdale will be held from 8 until 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Lodge Hall building on Third Street in Rockdale, sponsored by Billy Ray and Laura Locklin and Lisa's Hope Chest of Austin.
New and gently-new majorbrand clothing is offered. For more imformation call Coleman Douglas at 446-7232.
Hospital Auxiliary cookie sale Oct. 30
Richards Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be having a cookie sale on Friday, Oct. 30 as their fall fund-raiser. Auxiliary members will be selling their homemade cookies for $2 per bag at the hospital, at the downtown Citizens National Bank, and out in the community from 10 a.m. until noon. All monies made will go towards future hospital projects, said Sue Ohlswager, Auxiliary president. Hospital Auxiliary sets luncheon/auction event
Richards Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Christmas luncheon and silent auction from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at St. John's United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
This will be the Auxiliary's main fund-raiser for the year, according to Sue Ohlswager, president. Tickets for the hot lunch are $10 each and can be purchased at the hospital's front desk or from any Auxiliary member.
Donations of gently used and new items for the silent auction will be welcomed. To make a donation, call Ohlswager, 446- 2282.
The RMH Auxiliary welcomes new members. If interested, fill out an application that can be found by the time clock at the hospital and return it to Melissa Tackett, the hospital's public relations manager.
Fish fry fund-raiser Sunday at Thorndale
THORNDALE—Thorndale 4-H Club Prince and Princess Lane Niemtschk and Kelbi Kovar will hold a fish fry fund-raiser at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at Fireman's Hall. To-go plates only, along with a drive-through line, will be available. The side entrance will be used for drive-through customers, the back of the building for those wanting to walk up and order.
Plates are $8 and will include fried fish, noodles, cole slaw and beans. Desserts will be available for free-will donations.
Girl Scouts list dates for meetings
It's not too late to fill out an application for Rockdale's Girl Scouts. The Scouts meet at the Rockdale Girl Scout House, located at 412 Murray, according to service unit director Heather Bartley.
Daisy meetings for girls in kindergarten and first grade are 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays with leader Donna Craig.
Brownie meetings for second and third-grade girls are 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Mondays with leader Dominique Garza.
Junior meetings for fourth, fifth and sixth-grade girls are from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays with leader Laura Zoeller.
The group is accepting applications all year for Girl Scouts and those interested in being adult leaders. Registration fee is $12.
For more information, contact Bartley at 254-295-6801.
KCs to host Fall Festival October 30
The Rockdale Knights of Columbus will host a free community Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the KC Hall.
Any church, organization or group interested in sponsoring a booth to hand candy and treats to the children, please call Rodney Barcak at 446-6948.
Milam retired teachers set Thanksgiving meal
Next Milam County Retired Teachers Association meeting will be Nov. 5 at Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Rockdale for the annual Thanksgiving covered dish luncheon, according to Carolyn Haf ley, secretary.
Musical Club sets handbell concert
On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, the Matinee Musical Club of Rockdale will sponsor a concert for the public, Annette Griesbach, president, has announced.
"A r ra ngement s have been made for the East Texas Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Arnold Sherman, to perform at the Rockdale Junior-High School Commons at 4 p.m.," she said.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased from a music club member in advance or at the door. Proceeds will go the Louise Hale Sessions Memorial Scholarship which goes to a graduating senior planning to pursue music beyond high school.
East Texas Handbell Ensemble (ETHE) is a professional group of 15 members from the Tyler area dedicated to advancing the art of English handbell ringing. The group performs on 7 octaves of Malmark Choir chimes and often incorporates percussive and woodwind instruments which help create the group's unique, dynamic style of musical interpretation.
Their director, Arnold Sherman, was the music and youth director at St. John's United Methodist Church in Rockdale from 1969 to 1976, as well as director of both the Regeneration Singers and the Rockdale Adult Community Choir.
Refreshments will be served during intermission.
Sunshine quilters to meet Thursday
Sunshine 'n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall, according to Eddie Davidson, spokesperson. "Members will work on their own projects and visitors are welcome," she said.
Republican women to meet here Tuesday
Milam Count y Republican Women w ill meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the Citizens National Bank meeting room in Rockdale, Gaye Bland, publicist, has announced.
"We will have several speakers including Jon McClellan, representing Governor Rick Perry, and state representative candidates Stephen Thomas and Milton Rister," Bland said.
She reminded that $25 dues for 2010 are now due.
Thorndale Relay sets kickoff event Monday
THORNDALE—The Relay for Life of Thorndale will kick off the 2010 Relay planning with a committee meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 at the Thorndale City Pavilion.
"This meeting is open to everyone, especially those interested in joining the committee or helping with Relay in any way," said Millette Fisher, publicity chair.
A 6 p.m. kickoff party will follow the meeting. "Please come out and join us in the fight against cancer," Fisher said.
Wheelock Pioneer Days event Saturday
WHEELOCK—The Wheelock Civic Association will sponsor the 8th annual Wheelock Pioneer Days from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Bloodworth Center on Hwy 46 in Wheelock.
More than 40 vendors will display arts and crafts. A drawing for prizes will be offered. Entertainment will include the Aggie Wranglers, Lil' Wranglers, mock old-west gunfights by the Brazos Valley Desperados every hour, commercial exhibits, an antique and muscle car show, and an auction.
Food booths will offer barbecue plates, sandwiches, hot dogs and more.—Wayne Verret, publicity
REGULAR MEETINGS 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.
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. Rockdale 4-H Club
Rockdale 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the New Salem Clubhouse at Rockdale Fair Park. For more information call Rebecca Luckey, club manager, at 760-5775 or e-mail email@example.com
Milam County MOPS
MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) invite all mothers with children birth-kindergarten to join us for breakfast, guest speakers, crafts and fellowship. Meetings are held at First Baptist Church in Rockdale from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. each second Wednesday from September through May. Childcare is available for children 5 and under, but space is limited. Contact Sarah Batten at 455- 9177 or rockdalemops @ gmail.com. For additional information, visit www. rockdalemops.blogspot.com.
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.
Al-anon group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Rockdale Christian Church, corner of Sager and Rockdale Road. For more information call 512-429-0079 or 512/446-3150.
Kay Theater Foundation
Kay Theater Foundation meets at 5:30 p.m. each third Monday at Bit of History, 114 E. Cameron.
Alzheimer's Family Suppor t Group meets in the conference room at Renaissance Villa each first Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m.
VistaCare Hospice volunteers meet at 11:30 a.m. each fourth Thursday at Murray Street Church of Christ.
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.