FAN DRIVE—Rockdale Knights of Columbus donated $200 to the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce summer fan drive this week. Pictured are Jody Darby, representing the KCs, and Chamber president Deedra Jacob. FAN DRIVE—Rockdale Knights of Columbus donated $200 to the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce summer fan drive this week. Pictured are Jody Darby, representing the KCs, and Chamber president Deedra Jacob. The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to or fax to 446-5317.

Sunshine N’ Shadows group meeting Thursday

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.

Milano Jamboree slated for Saturday

MIL A NO— Milano Countr y Junction Jamboree will be held at the Milano Civic Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

“Musicians and listeners are invited to enjoy good country and gospel music,” Tena Galbreath, spokesperson, said.

Cub scouts selling popcorn Saturday

Cub Scouts Pack 789 is holding a popcorn sales fund-raiser from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Rockdale Walmart. Proceeds will help fund trips and activities for the cub scouts. For more information, contact Lisa Oertli at 512-810-0487.

Country music set for Saturday in Chriesman

Chriesman Community Center will be having a free special country and gospel program Saturday August 27. Roy4.75

Pilgrimin. and Jerry Williams (Rimshot) will be playing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Gabe Matcek as the special headliner, according to Bettye Perry.

Super chef Don will be there doing his special barbecue plates for $7 and sandwiches for $5. Plates include beans, potato salad and the fixins. This is a family setting with dancing available.

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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.

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MOPS registration planned on Sept. 3

Mothers 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

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 a signature event for the American Cancer Society.

Alcoa retirees to meet September 8

Retirees from Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations will hold a meeting Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Rockdale KC Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a fish dinner served at 6. The “M-Z” group is to bring dessert.

Presentations will be given by Mark Stiffler, director of asset management, and Theresa Card with Alcoa corporate affairs.

Linwood Acres Garden Club to start new year

If you are interested in gardening, you are invited to join the Linwood Acres Garden Club as they start the 2011-12 year.

President Margo Gilless has announced the theme for the year is “Hope for the Flowers”. Their first meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the I&GN Depot in downtown Rockdale.

“We will be sharing the events planned for the upcoming year. A skit will be presented highlighting our club and civic interaction,” spokesperson Janice King said.

The “Yard of the Month” program will be reinstated. Judges from the garden club will be looking for landscapes that are attractive. The chosen yard will be published in The Reporter with the owner and a judge. You can be a part of this by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 446- 2030 with a recommendation.

If you would like more information about joining the club, please contact Margo Gilless at 446-4757 or Janice King at 446-4262.

Kountry Squares meet every Thursday at Salty

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 “Oasis,” a women’s quartet singing barbershop four-part harmony. “ They are members of Sweet Adelines International and are winners of regional competitions. Collectively, they have over 100 years of barbershop experience,” said Judy Hudson, Matinee spokesperson.

Entertainment will also include Matinee Musical Club members Leah Thomason on the f lute, 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 will go on sale mid-August and may be purchased from any Matinee Musical Club member or from Marie Gest, 446-2872.

Thorndale boosters selling fleece blankets

THORNDALE—Thorndale 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.

Contact any 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 (

Dime Box Lions set fund-raiser Oct. 1

Dime Box Lions Club will sponsor the Black Bridge Festival and Mini Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 1, spokesperson Carol Dismukes announced.

The fund-raiser is to help the Lions’ community projects and a planned Black Bridge Park.

For more information, call Dismukes at 979-884-3227.

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