‘Beautification’ topic for March 17 summit

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an economic summit on beautification beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Patterson Civic Center, according to Denice Doss, Chamber president.

“Those attending are asked to bring their ideas on beautification projects in Rockdale and express what they want to see.”

For more information, call the Chamber at 446-2030.

Regional planning session set March 28th

The seven- county Regional Economic Revitalization and Utilization Planning Council (rev- Up) will host a strategy session from 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 in the Patterson Center.

Milam is one of the counties in the partnership, along with Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Robertson and Williamson.

Rev-Up used a federal planning grant to contract with TIP Strategies, a third-party consultant, which conducted a cross-regional assets assessment to understand area strengths and weaknesses.

Results of that analysis will be presented at the meeting, one of four to be held during the next two months in Rockdale, Bryan, Giddings and Taylor.

Suicide prevention walk ahead March 26 at RHS

“Out of the Darkness,” a walk to help prevent teen suicide, will be held at 10 a.m. to 12-noon Saturday, March 26, at the Tiger Field track.

The walk is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Participants may register online at or at Tiger Field at 9 a.m. before the event March 26.

The walk features a balloon release, entertainment and speakers with water and snacks to be provided.

MARC Center BBQ auction to aid project

A barbecue fund raiser and auction, to benefit the Milam Association for Retarded Citizens Center building expansion, is set for April 2 at The Ranch.

“The MARC Center is planning a 1,500-square-foot expansion to the current activity center on Pecos Street,” Ann King, MARC volunteer, said.

Barbecue plates, with all the trimmings, priced at $8 each, will be sold from 11:30 a.m. until they are sold out, King said.

“Plates will be available for dine in or to go,” she said.

The auction begins at 4:30 p.m., with special items including a handmade quilt, she said.

For more information contact King at 446-3773 or e-mail

Area aging council sets March 22 visit to center

The Area Agency Council on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT) will visit the Rockdale Senior Citizens Center from 9 a. m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, according to Sue Farrell, benefits counselor.

“Purpose is to assist individuals in applying for Low-Income Subsidy and the Medicare Savings Program,” she said.

For more information, contact Farrell at 1-800-447-7169, extension 2341.

MCT sets auditions for ‘Blithe Spirit’ play

CA MERON—The nex t play Milam Community Theater will produce is Noel Coward’s highlyacclaimed, improbable farce “Blithe Spirit,” which will open on the Williams Civic Center stage Saturday May 14.

The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

Auditions for the show are 7 p. m. Monday March 21 at the civic center with rehearsals beginning later that week.

Richard Stone, director, said the script calls for a company of two men and five women.

“Age ranges of the actors is immaterial as long as the three main characters are of a similar age,” he said

In general, he said rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday, begin at about 7 p.m. and held at the civic center.

For more information about auditions, contact Stone, at or at 512-760-5748.

Stone said “Blithe Spirit” ran for nearly 2,000 performances in London’s West End.

Water line flushing ahead in Rockdale

Rockdale’s monthly water line flushing is set for March 16 and 17, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

He said lines on the east side of Rockdale will be flushed after midnight Wednesday, March 16, and lines on the west side will be flushed after midnight Thursday, March 17.

“Upon arising the next morning, please run your cold taps until the stream runs clear,” he said.

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