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Kay Theater Foundation needs your memories of the old venue

Kay Theater Foundation, restoring Rockdale’s 1947 downtown movie theater into a community events center and performing arts venue, needs your memories.

The Kay operated from 1947 into the 1960s when it closed.

“The Foundation is preparing an application for a fund grant and needs to hear from people with their memories of the Kay,” said Leanna Applegate, Foundation board member. “There are plenty of people around who have those memories,” she said.

If you have any information or special remembrances— humorous or interesting—about the Kay, email them to Geri Burnett at

Milam retired teachers to meet Thursday at museum in Cameron

CAMERON—Milam County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Milam County Historical Museum in Cameron, according to co-secretary Bram Younts.

Retired District Judge Ed Magre will be guest speaker. Also on the agenda is a legislative update dealing with pensions and TRS-Care.

All school personnel are invited to attend, Younts said.

Milano Masons to host sale this weekend at Community Center

MILANO—Milano Masonic Lodge will hold a garage sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 at the Milam Community Center, located downtown across from the post office, spokesperson Jesse Love announced.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Kay Theater’s ‘5-Kay’ fund-raiser coming up Saturday, Sept. 29

Kay Theater Foundation’s annual “5-Kay” run/ walk and “un-run” will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, starting and ending at the historic Kay Theater, 350 North Main Street.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Foundation’s ongoing restoration of the 1947 downtown theater into a performing arts venue and community events center.

Events include kids fun run, and the “5-Kay” (3.2-mile) run/walk on a scenic and certified course through Rockdale.

“Un-runners can support the cause by pulling up a lawn chair, grabbing some food and watching the action,” said Les Davenport, Foundation president.

Entry fees are: Kids’ Kay, $8 pre-registration, 410 on race day; “5-Kay” run/walk and “un-run,” $15 pre-registration, $20 on race day.

Cash prizes of $100 will go to the first-place overall male and female finishers. All other awards will be trophies in a variety of age divisions.

Entry blanks with full details can be downloaded from this newspaper’s web site,

La Escuelita to hold 10th annual fall cookoff here on October 6

La Escuelita (the little school) will hold its 10th annual fall cookoff fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 6 at the La Escuelita grounds off US 79, just east of the Rockdale KC Hall.

Cookoff categories are menudo, chili, beef, chicken and pork. Entry fee is $15 per category. The cookoff will begin at 8 a.m. but cookers can set up the night before or by 7:30 a.m. Oct. 6.

There will be horseshoe and washer tournaments at noon, with entry fees for both events $10 per team.

A variety of music will be presented throughout the day by Fred Silva. Breakfast tacos will be sold from 8 until 10:30 a.m. Other food for sale beginning at 11 a.m. will be brisket, sausage, fideo, beans, cheese nachos with jalapeƱo peppers, pickles, and water. Sodas will not be sold but attendees are welcome to bring their own (no glass containers allowed).

Vendor booths will be available for $10 per space, but no food vendors will be allowed.

FMI: Dee Lerma, 446-6833.

Milano VFD Aux sets annual fall garage sale for October 4-5-6

MILANO—Milano Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual fall garage sale Oct. 4-6 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, spokesperson Jane Yoakum said.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

The building will be open starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. to accept donations for the sale.

FMI: Jane Yoakum, 446-5110; Lois Love, 455- 7915; or Carolyn Vinton, 979-224-0227.

T’dale VFW sets chicken fried steak fund-raiser September 30

THORNDALE—Thorndale VFW post and the VFW Auxiliary will hold a fund-raiser for VFW and Auxiliary scholarships and projects. The event will be a chicken fried steak meal on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the VFW Hall on FM 486 north.

Serving will start at 11 a.m. The menu will include chicken fried steak with gravy, potatoes and green beans. Desserts will be available for a free-will offering. “Come enjoy a delicious meal and support the VFW and Auxiliary,” said Marjorie Menzel, spokesperson. “Plates will be $8 and you may eat at the VFW Hall or get plates to-go.”

Genealogy society’s next meeting Sept. 25 at CNB community room

Milam County Genealogical Society met Aug. 28 with 15 members present. Sara Proctor presented the program in place of Eugenia Newton who will present the program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the conference room at the rear entrance of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale.

Members whose surnames begin with the letters A through P will be in charge of refreshments at the Sept. 25 meeting. Charles and Marie Hubert will provide drinks, ice, plastic and paper goods.

Visitors are welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Sunshine quilters to meet Sept. 27 in Meadowbrook fellowship hall

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the fellowship hall of Meadowbrook Baptist Church. Eddie Davidson, spokesperson, said members will continue working on baby quilts. “New members and visitors are welcome,” she said. FMI: 446-6316.

Series for Women to be held on first Mondays at First Baptist

A special event for women called “Yours Truly” is planned for Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. “This is an event for women for fun, food and interactive demos including handcrafting, gardening, beauty, cooking and more,” said Dolores Sonntag, spokesperson.

The event will be held on the first Monday of each month at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church. Dress is casual and childcare will be provided. FMI: 446-5375.

52nd Minerva Homecoming scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7

The 52nd Annual Minerva Homecoming will be

held on Sunday, October 7. The event will be held at the Minerva Community Center at 378 CR 232 Loop. “Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of visiting and a covered dish lunch” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson. There will be a brief update from the Minerva Cemetery Association before lunch which will be served shortly after noon. Remember to bring your old photographs to share. For more information contact Susan Dean ( 512-446-2845), Deborah Dean (512-446-3111), or email Hope to see you there!

Minerva Community Center annual meeting set for Oct. 2

The annual meeting of the Minerva Community Center will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the center.

Agenda items will include planning for the annual Minerva Homecoming, elections, as well as updates from the past year. “All Minerva residents are encouraged to attend to help plan upcoming events,” said Deborah Dean, spokesperson. FMI: Dean, 446-3111.

Bushdale Cemetery meeting, luncheon Oct. 6, Peace Lutheran

The annual Bushdale Cemetery meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Peach Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Rockdale, according to Velmalene Williams, publicist.

“You are invited to attend if you have loved ones buried in the cemetery,” she said. “A covered dish luncheon will follow the business meeting, so please bring your favorite dish.”

FMI: Williams, 361-293-5662.

Dime Box Black Bridge Festival, Mini-Marathon set for Oct. 5-6

DIME BOX—The annual Black Bridge Festival sponsored by the Dime Box Lions Club will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, highlighted by the 35th annual Dime Box Mini Marathon 10K (6.2-mile run), plus a two-mile walk and a barbecue cookoff.

Other events: parade, craft and swap booths, classic cars, quilt display, tractor show, 42 tournament, live music and rodeo play day. A stew supper and street dance will be held Friday.

The Mini Marathon will start at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by food and games. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club and Black Bridge Park.

FMI: 979-884-3227.

Cameron Arts & Crafts Fair, 5K Fun Run/Walk coming up Oct. 6

CAMERON—The Cameron Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 39th Annual Arts/Crafts Fair and Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cameron Park. The fair will include arts and crafts vendors and food vendors. The park is located on Highways 36/190/77 in downtown Cameron.

The 18th annual Fun Run, supporting Milam County CrimeStoppers, will be held at the Courthouse Square with registration at 7:15 a.m. The children’s 1/2 mile run starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30. Entry fee is $15 before Sept. 28 and $18 after. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female overall finishers.

FMI: Chamber office, 254-697-4979 or go to and click on Tourism/Arts & Crafts.

Grief support meetings

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays, according to Greg Nichols, bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 115 N. Central, Cameron. FMI: 254-284-0045, extension 2013.

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