La Escuelita annual cookoff here Saturday

La Escuelita Association will hold its annual Spring Cookoff on Saturday, April 14 on the La Escuelita grounds just east of the KC Hall off US 79.

“This is the annual spring cookoff and fund-raiser for La Escuelita Association,” said Olivia A. Parker, publicist.

Cookoff categories are brisket, pork, chicken and beans. Entry fee is $15 per category. Cookers may set up at 7 a.m. and cooking will begin at 8 a.m.

A horseshoe tournament will start at noon, with a $10 entry fee. Music by Play List, organized by Fred Silva, will offer a wide variety during the day.

Plates for sale beginning at 11:30 a.m. will include $ 8 meat plates (brisket or picadillo taco or sausage wrap), fideo, beans and a drink. Individual items will be brisket or picadillo taco, $ 3 each; sausage wrap, $2.50; fideo $1 a bowl; beans $1 a bowl; pickles $1 each; water or tea $1. No soft drinks will be sold but attendees are welcome to bring their own. A variety of baked goods will also be for sale.

In addition, there will be arts and crafts vendor booths available for $10 per space (contact Dee Lerman, 446-6833 or Julie Smith, 760-5927). No food vendors or glass containers will be allowed.

For more information call 446- 6833.

“All donations of supplies or funds will be appreciated,” Parker said.

‘Spring Happening’ coming up Wednesday

The annual “Spring Happening” sponsored by Linwood Acres Garden Club is just around the corner.

“Make plans to join us on Wednesday, April 18 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for our fabulous salad luncheon,” said Janice King, publicist.

Theme for this year’s event is “Friendships in Bloom.”

“There will drawings for door prizes at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30,” King said. “Many unique items donated by members of the club will be available at our silent auction.”

Tickets are $7 again this year. For tickets, call Johnnielyn Brown at 446- 4292 or Janice King at 446-4262.

Buckholts Lions Club gets Achievement award

BUCKHOLTS—The Buckholts Lions Club met on April 5 and received the International President’s Membership Achievement Award for community work and membership growth. The club is selling tickets for a quilt and the winner will be drawn at May Fete. Guests at the meeting were Buckholts Mayor Hal Senkel and wife Carolyn, County Judge David Barkemeyer, Buckholts Police Chief James Blackman, Officer Frank Alvarado and Cameron Officer Sheila Sager. Next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 3.

Crown gardeners plan trip to view gardens

Crown Garden Club’s April meeting will be a field trip to the Bryan/College Station area with a visit to the gardens of Mike Vidrine, former Rockdalian and now a Master Gardener. He will also accompany them to the Master Gardeners’ plantings at Texas A&M.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

VFD Auxiliary annual garage sale this week

MILANO—Members of the Milano VFD Ladies Auxiliary will hold their spring garage sale Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14 at the Civic Center/Fire Station.

Members are accepting donations. Call Lois Love, 455-7915; Carolyn Vinton, 512- 429- 0364 or 979-224- 0227; or Jane Yoakum, 446-5110.

Thorndale Cheerleaders holding fund-raiser

THORNDALE—Thorndale’s varsity cheerleaders are holding a ticket sales fund-raiser, according to Lori Fisher, spokesperson. Drawing will be held during the Thorndale Athletic Banquet May 9. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Prizes are: 1st, Mossberg 100 ATR .30-06; 2nd, Mossberg Maverick 88 12 Gauge; 3rd, $ 50 Walmart Gift Card; 4th, Sunday lunch for two with drinks at Downtown Cafe; 5th, Sassy Up gift basket.

Aggie Muster April 21 at 44 Farms, Cameron

Former students of Texas A& M University will assemble at 44 Farms, 945 CR 227, Cameron, on April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster honoring all Texas Aggies who have died during the past year, announced Muster Chair Dr. Dee Ellis.

Activities, including dinner and speaker, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 44 Farms main show building. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M are invited. Guest speaker will be Jack Pardee (Class of `57, Junction Boy, former NFL player and Houston Oilers coach). Tickets are $12.

The Aggie Muster tradition spans more than a century and will be obser ved in over 300 locations around the world. Muster gatherings are held in unique places ranging from battleships and foxholes during World War II to ballrooms and steakhouses today.

Muster honors the memories of A&M men and women whose deaths prevent them from answering Roll Call. As each name is called, a friend or family member will answer “Here!” symbolizing that their memory lives on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere.

For more information regarding the Muster, call Dr. Dee Ellis at 512-560- 9741, or Doug Calame at 512-429- 1962. Additional information about Texas Aggie Muster and other Texas A&M Traditions and Programs can be obtained by contacting The Association of Former Students at 979-845- 7514 or by visiting their website at

Cameron Dewberry Fest set for Saturday, May 19

CAMERON— Cameron will hold its annual Dewberry Festival on Saturday, May 19, according to P.J. Jennings, Cameron Chamber manager. Events include a cobbler and cake bake-off, bicycle decorating contest/ parade, pet parade, Dewberry Dash 5K fun run/walk, classic car show, food booths, arts and crafts show, youth fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, farmer’s market, entertainment and more. For more information visit or call 254- 697-4979.

MCRTA can help May college grads

If you are a graduate of a Milam County high school and will graduate from college in May with a degree in education, the Milam County Retired Teachers Association can help you.

Future teachers must take exit exams in their fields at a cost of $125 per subject. Add to that the cost to get the results and graduation becomes even more expensive.

MCRTA would like to help with these expenses. FMI: Carolyn Hafley, 455-2473, email for more information.

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Thursdays, according to Greg Nichols, bereavement coordinator.

Location is the All-Tex Building, 115 N. Central in Cameron. For more information call 254-284-0045, extension 2013.

Rockdale Historical Society meets monthly

Rockdale Historical Society meets each second Tuesday at the I&GN Railroad Depot. The meeting time has been changed to 6 p.m.

“Anyone interested in Rockdale history is invited to attend,” said Gerry Offield, spokesperson.

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