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Genealogy seminar Saturday in Rockdale

An genealogy seminar featuring Lynna Kay Shuffield will be held from 9 a. m. until 3 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in the Genealogy Center in the Lucy Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale. Registration will begin at 8: 30 a. m. with a fee of $5 per person. Those wishing to attend, including MCGS members, should call Marie Hubert at 446- 3937, or email Wi- Fi connections are available at the library but limited to the first 15 to register with the request to bring a laptop. Visual aids and handouts will be used, so laptops are not necessary— Linda Whorton, publicity

Milano Opry to hit stage Saturday at high school

MILANO— The Milano Opry will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20. Doors open at 6 p. m. and show starts at 7 p. m. Cost is $7 with children 10 and under being free, spokesperson Lynn Martin said. Special guests this month are Larry Rochelle, sisters Minnie and Ella Jordan, sisters Courtney and Lyndsey Cole and Jus C Leroy. Band members are Billy Barnett on steel, Ab Woods on bass, Michael Wall on drums, Michael Herod on guitar, Gary Beard on fiddle, Burt Graham on keyboards and Lynn Martin with vocals.

Concessions will be open with finger food items, homemade pies and drinks. Don’t miss this “Big Show In A Small Town,” Martin said.

Democratic Women slate Saturday meeting

CAME RON— Lastmont h’s meeting of the Milam County chapter of the Texas Democratic Women featured a discussion regarding dues and new bylaws. The next meeting, which will be Saturday, Aug. 20, should see an adoption of the organizational charter. “Every meeting, we get closer and closer to having a self- sufficient group,” said Mary Ridgway, provisional president of the group. “More than 30 people have attended our meetings and about that many more have expressed genuine interest in the group.” The purpose of the group is to network and to launch a grassroots effort to support state and local Democrats in the 2012 elections. The next meeting will be held 10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Peggy Lanford’s Photography Studio, 104 W 1st Street in Cameron. For more information about the organization, contact Ridgway at 512- 773- 1765.

Sunshine N’ Shadows quilt group to meet

Sunshine N’ Shadows quilt guild will meet at 9: 30 a. m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale, spokesperson Eddie Davidson announced. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Davidson at 446- 6316.

MOPS registration slated for Sept. 3

Mo thers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is for women (with children ages birth through kindergarten) who desire fellowship, encouragement and friendship with other moms. MOPS will hold a drive- through sign- up at 8 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at the First Baptist Church parking lot. First meeting is Friday, Sept. 9. The Milam County chapter meets from 9: 30 to 11: 30 a. m. the second Friday of each month (September- May) at First Baptist Church in Rockdale, according to coordinator Mary McIntosh. Meetings include refreshments and speakers on topics of interest to mothers, group discussion and time to complete a craft to take home. MOPPETS is a children’s program, designed for preschoolers to enjoy during the MOPS meeting. Children are well cared for by MOPPET leaders and volunteers, McIntosh said. For more information, contact McIntosh at 254- 931- 6758 or, or go to http:// rockdalemops.

Planners slate Suicide Prevention Week event

The Milam County Suicide Prevention Council is working on ideas, plans and information for the upcoming Suicide Prevention

Week campaign Sept. 4- 10, spokesperson Pamela Kaufmann said. As part of the event two ASK Gatekeeper Training sessions will be held. One on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the Rockdale High School library and on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Cameron High School cafeteria, Kaufmann said. Both programs will begin at 6 p. m. and will last about two hours. Light refreshments will be served. Baby sitting will be available for all children fifth grade and under. For more information, go to

Relay For Life needs committee members

Relay For Life of Milam County committee members are looking to recruit new members that can bring new and fresh ideas to the table, chairperson Kim Jeter announced. They will hold a pot- luck dinner/ committee meeting at 6 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Peace Lutheran Church, 303 Meadow Drive, in Rockdale. “We invite those who are interested in helping with the planning of the 2012 Milam County Relay For Life,” Jeter said. Those who can, are asked to RSVP no later than Sept. 4 by email to or by calling Jeter at 512- 760- 7194. Relay For Life is signature event for the American Cancer Society.

Kountry Squares meet every Thursday

Members of Kountry Squares Square Dancing Club dances at 7: 30 p. m. every Thursday (except the fifth Thursday of the month) at the Salty Church. Visitors are welcome. Call 512- 365- 1997 or email for additional information.— Jeanne Sparlin, club reporter

‘Afternoon of Music’ planned here Sept. 25

Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club is planning a public music event, “An Afternoon of Music,” on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3 until 4: 30 p. m. in the Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall. The afternoon w ill feature “ OA SIS,” a women’s quar tet singing barbershop four- part harmony. “This group qualified for international competition in Seattle, Washington last October,” said Annette Griesbach, Matinee spokesperson. Entertainment will also include Matinee Musical Club members Leah Thomason on the flute, accompanied by pianist Nancy Anton. Refreshments of tea and punch, finger sandwiches and sweets will be served, with time provided to mingle with the artists. Tickets will be $10 with proceeds going toward the Louise Hale Sessions Memorial Scholarship, awarded each May to an RHS senior who plans to continue using his/ her musical abilities following graduation. Tickets w ill go on sale mid- August and may be purchased from any Matinee Musical Club member.

Thorndale boosters selling fleece blankets

THOR NDA LE—Thor ndale Athletic Booster Club has a new fleece blanket fund- raiser. Full- size fleece blankets, displaying “ Thorndale Bulldogs” and the mascot are available for $50 each. Cont actany booster club of f icer to order, Lori Fisher (velf ish@ ya hoo. c om), C a rol Marr (, Becky Elms (becky_, Christie Hafley (christie. hafley@ gmail. c om) or Stepha n ie Gu zma n (

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