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Help for the Homeless

THORNDALE—Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4009 of Thorndale is holding a clothing and personal hygiene drive to benefit the homeless veterans of Travis, Milam and Williamson counties.

“This is being done to commemorate the signing of the Vietnam Peace Treaty,” said Post Commander Gerhardt Korn.

Donations of clothing and personal hygiene products will be received at the VFW post home in Thorndale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27.

For more information, call Korn at 254-718- 6811 or Quartermaster Kenneth Menzel, 898-2830.

Band spaghetti supper

The annual Rockdale High School Band Boosters Spaghetti Supper is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 in the junior-high commons.

To-go plates will be available at the commons starting at 4:30 p.m. that day.

Tickets are priced at $7 each.

The evening will feature performances by all RISD bands, ranging from the sixth-grade beginners band to the RHS varsity band.

The annual event is the year’s major fund raiser for the Band Boosters organization.

Milano Jamboree

MILANO—The monthly Milano Junction Country & Gospel Jamboree will be begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 29 at Milano Civic Center.

“All listeners and musicians are invited,” said Tena Galbreath, publicist. “Refreshments will be available. Come and enjoy country and gospel music.”

Milano VFD chili meal

MILANO–Milano’s Volunteer Fire Department has set its annual chili supper and auction for Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Milano Civic Center, according to MVFD president Gary Vinton.

Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until sold out. Prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and are available for eat in or carry out. The evening will also include silent and live auctions, live entertainment and winners will be announced in the group’s other fund-raiser.

For a $5 donation there is a chance to win prizes including: a Henry Golden Boy 22 caliber. LR; Weatherby VG1 B.A.; Remington 770 Combo; Remington 870 12 gauge or 20 gauge; Mossberg Crown Bantam 20 gauge; Marlin 17V B.A.; Brinkman five burner gas grill; Garmin 135 OT Nubi Auto GPS; $125 gift certificate and $100 gift certificate.

Contact any Milano VFD member or call Vinton at 512-429- 0364 for more information.

Crown Garden Club

The January meeting of the Crown Garden Club was held at the home of Euteva Talley. Dues were paid and the following officers were elected for 2011:

President, Judy Matherne; vice-president, Barbara Valek; secretary-treasurer, Martha Newman; assistant secretary-treasurer, Nancy Marburger; reporter, Peggy Cooke.

A program on “Super Foods” was given by Carolyn Burford who displayed and described foods needed for good health.

Foods good for the brain are salmon canned, fresh or fresh frozen, caught in the wild (or at least grown in the USA). They contain a large amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Blueberries are the super fruit. Also recommended were locally grown vegetables. Ginger is good to include in a lot of dishes as are several other herbs and spices. Also listed were whole wheat or whole grain foods, nuts, brown rice, other grains, green tea, tomatoes and tomato products.

Refreshments were served to 12 members and a guest, Carol Talley, daughter-in-law of the hostess who assisted with the serving. Door prizes were won by Patricia McKee and Barbara Valek. February’s meeting will be at the home of Peggy Cooke.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

Matinee Musical Club

Matinee Musical Club met Jan. 17 in the home of Barkley Alford with Carol Talley and Barkley Alford as co-hostesses. Refreshments were served and tours of the home were provided.

President Leah Thomason gave roll call. Thirteen members were present, plus several guests including guest of honor Gerry Selden-Janik, a former member of Matinee Musical Club. Another former member, Gloria Walker, also attended.

The collect was recited, followed by the singing of the song of the month, Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster, led and accompanied by Lisa Loewe.

Joann Bradford will host the club's February meeting and Mona Butala will host the April meeting.

President Thomason turned the program over to program leader Annette Griesbach. The club's January program is always on Founder's Day. This particular program was appropriate as the club was meeting in the former home of our guest of honor and former member Gerry Selden-Janik. (See story and photos, page 1B).

The meeting was closed with members singing the NFMC benediction, accompanied by Lisa Loewe. Matinee Musical Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.—Marie Gest (substituting for Dixie Whitmore, reporter)

Thursday Reading Club

Next meeting of the Thursday Reading Club will be hosted by Carole Simank on Feb. 10. The program will be presented by Geri Burnett.

Milam Retired Teachers

Milam County Retired Teachers Association’s next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Rockdale General Store, according to Bram Younts, co-secretary.

‘Hee-Haw’ fund-raiser

BUCKHOLTS—The Buckholts Volunteer Fire Department will stage “Buckholts Cotton Pickin’ Hee-Haw Show” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in the Buckholts SPJST Hall. “This is to raise funds to offset ongoing expenses for the BVFD, said Gary Klepas, spokesman. FMI, call Kleypas at 254-593-2314.

Sunshine quilters

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church. Visitors are welcome. FMI call Eddie Davidson at 446- 6316.

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