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Kountry Squares dancing monthly
Kountry Squares Square Dancing Club dances every Thursday (except the 5th Thursday of the month) at the Salty Church (between Thorndale and Rockdale) at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 512-898-5192 or email email@example.com for additional directions.— Jeanne Sparlin, reporter
Black Jack VFD business, training
Black Jack Volunteer Fire Depar tment President Jesse Smith said the department’s business meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. each second Tuesday and its training meeting is held at 7 p.m. each fourth Monday.
Relay For Life sets meeting Jan. 17
The next committee for Relay For Life of Milam County has been set, according to event chair Kim Jeter.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 at Gatti’s Pizza in Rockdale. Items to be discussed are Relay University and the group’s booth at the annual Tejas Arts Festival.
For more information about the meeting or the Relay For Life event, contact Jeter at 760-7194.
Town & Country Club extends homes tour
THORNDALE—Thorndale Town and Country Club extended its 2010 tour of homes on Dec. 30 to view a Christmas stocking collections at the home of Alice Schneider in Thorndale and the home of Melba Caffey in the Salty community.
Alice gave an overview of her 500 Christmas stockings of all sizes and an advent stocking set that counts down to Christmas Day. Her tree is decorated with smaller stockings and the rest of the collection covers the walls in the dining room and den.
Several years ago, when she only had 200 stockings, Alice was interviewed for an article in Country Woman magazine. Her collection includes sequins and beads, stuffed, patchwork, needlepoint and embroidered stockings.
Alice served cookies and tea. Members also visited with Alice and husband Kelton about how many children she had taught while a kindergarten teacher.
Next, members v isited the home of Melba Caffey, an artist who has decorated her home with southwestern paintings and touches of Christmas. A tree decorated with copper colored ornaments and fall leaves was the den centerpiece.
The living room tree was decorated with red and gold ornaments and shared center stage with antiques. An organ Melba restored and a hand- painted stocking were also featured.
The sun room contained a deep, rich purple tree and other decor. One of the bedrooms was transformed into an elf room.
Melba served tea, cheesecake, cheese and crackers and southwestern jalapeño casserole.
Next club meeting will be in the home of Ethel Seelig in Thorndale on Thursday, Jan. 13, where dues will be collected and activities for 2011 planned.—Darleen Tucker, secretary
MARC Run committee to meet January 16th
The MARC Run Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at The Ranch.
The meeting will discuss the organization of the 10th annual MARC Run that will be held April 2 at The Ranch. This fund-raiser is to assist The MARC Center (Milam Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.).
The MARC Center is a 501C3 non- prof it organization that serves Milam County adult residents with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
“These are some very special people in our hearts and we want to make the 10th annual run the biggest and best yet,” said spokesman Charles Starr.
Anyone that would like to help w ith this fund- raiser is asked to attend this meeting. If you want to help and are unable to attend, please call or email Charles Starr at 512-540-2561 or cr_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not have to own a motorcycle to help with this fundraiser.