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Band Boosters set bake sale Dec. 8th
Rockdale Band Boosters will hold their annual bake sale fund-raiser Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through the 6 p.m. Christmas parade.
The sale will be held in the Antique Queens parking lot. Needed are baked goods donations from all Rockdale ISD band musicians, grades 6 through 12. Donors are asked to decorate and package their baked goods with a “Musical Blue & Gold Christmas theme.”
Cookies, cakes, breads, breakfast tacos, candied nuts, pies and more are needed. They should be dropped off at the Antique Queens parking lot by 7:30 a.m. Boosters will price the items as they arrive. Volunteers are also needed to man the booth.
Contact: Rhonda Wagner, 512-760- 5410, or Monette Schweitzer, 512- 760-6118 or visit the Rockdale Band Booster Facebook page for details.
Historical society to decorate depot
Members of the Rockdale Historical Society will decorate the restored I&GN Railroad depot for Christmas beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
“All interested persons, please feel free to come by and add your talents to our decorating efforts,” said Gerry Offield, spokesperson.
Christmas Bazaar set Saturday at St. Joseph’s
The Ladies Society of St Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the church’s educational building on San Gabriel Street in Rockdale.
The bazaar will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with a raffle drawing and door prizes. The bazaar will offer baked goods, arts and crafts and a silent auction.
The kitchen will have chicken stew, chili and sandwiches for sale with free coffee for visitors while they are shopping the bazaar.
Place of Hope open house Saturday, Sunday
Place of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, 231 E. Cameron Ave., in downtown Rockdale, will hold open house and tours from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.
The new facility is located in the former Masonic Building, next door to The Rockdale Reporter.
Donated to Place of Hope by its former owner, the building has undergone extensive remodeling and renovations.
Special Needs Christmas Party set for Dec. 7th
All family and friends of a special needs person are invited to the Special Needs Support Group 3rd Annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 7 at 6 to 8 p.m. at Rockdale Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1406 Sager Road in Rockdale.
There will be a special performance by Whitlee Casey and also holiday refreshments, door prizes, games and more.
Please RSVP to Denitra Lewis- Rideaux at firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-446-4910-Home or 512-626- 6583-Cell or Teresa Mireles at 512- 446-5408.
Yours Truly to meet Monday at FBC Rockdale
Yours Truly, a monthly time out for women, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Rockdale. This month’s topic is organization and the guest speaker is set to be Pidge Yeager of Austin.
There will be door prizes and each person will get to take home two dozen cookies.
Dress is casual and child care is provided. Enjoy this kickoff to the Christmas season.
The next event will be held in February.
For more information, call 512- 446-5375.
Hospital Auxiliary’s yule luncheon Dec. 14
Richards Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at St. John’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Tickets are on sale for $10, may be purchased from Auxiliary members or at the front desk at Richards Memorial.
Saturday music at Chriesman center
CHRIESMAN—Jimmie Maze and the Milano Play Boys will perform from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Chriesman Community Center, spokesperson Royce Barker said.
Admission is free and the evening will also include special guest Ronnie Mann, who has performed in Mountain View, Arkansas and Bandera, Texas.
This week’s music will include country, Christmas and gospel tunes. Food will be available. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Linwood Acres Garden Club holds Nov. meeting
The November meeting of Linwood Acres Garden Club was at the home of Joy Reagan. Joy, Belinda Hillhouse and Lucile Estell were co-hostesses for the meeting. There were 14 members, two associate members and five visitors present.
The meeting was highlighted with a decorating demonstration by Amanda Nueman of Cedar Park. Amanda has decorated many homes for special occasions in the Austin area as well as some in Rockdale. At our meeting, she demonstrated how to decorate your mantel and create a wreath using deco mesh and artificial flowers. We all came away with great ideas on how to spruce up our homes for Christmas.
GARDEN ING TIP OF THE MONTH— December is a good month to take cuttings of rhododendrons, azaleas, and other evergreen shrubs. The cutting should be taken from new tip growth, and kept in bright light, at about 70 degrees F. Provide your houseplants with extra humidity by grouping plants together, or by setting the pots on leak proof trays filled with moistened pebbles. Take care of our feathered friends, keep your bird feeder filled.—Janice King, spokesperson
Crown Garden’s yule meeting set Dec. 20
Members of Crown Garden Club will hold their Christmas luncheon and gift exchange on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the home of Patricia McKee.—Peggy Cooke, reporter
Music Club welcomes new member at meeting
The Matinee Musical Club held its November meeting in the home of Gloria Thrasher with Pat Owen as co-hostess. After refreshments, President Lisa Loewe led the business meeting. Dixie Whitmore accompanied the singing of the song of the month.
Karen Cast was welcomed as a new member and was presented her music club pin by Gloria Thrasher and Lisa Loewe.
Lisa reported on the District 4 meeting held at the historic Waco Women’s Federation Clubhouse on Nov. 3. Five Matinee Club members attended the meeting.
The program, The Life and Music of Stephen Foster, was presented by Judy Hudson who was dressed in period attire and spoke in first person as Stephen’s wife Jane.
Performers of the songs by Foster included: Karen Cast, pianist, “Holiday Schottische”; vocalist Denise Starnes, “Oh! Susanna,” accompanied by Dixie Whitmore; vocalist Pat Owen, “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” accompanied by Mary Jane Boyd. Two of Foster’s songs became state songs. With Dixie at the piano, all members sang the Florida song, “Old Folks at Home” and Annette Griesbach and Donnie Rinn sang “My Old Kentucky Home,” accompanied by Mary Jane Boyd. Flutist Leah Thomason and pianist Gloria Thrasher played one of Foster’s most beloved tunes, “Beautiful Dreamer”.
Sadly, Stephen Foster died impoverished in New York City in 1864 at age 37. Thankfully, his music has endured.
The meeting was closed with the singing of the NFMC Benediction Song accompanied by Dixie Whitmore.
Matinee Musical Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.—Pat Owen, reporter
Sunshine quilters to meet Thursday
Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. New member and visitors are welcome, according to Eddie Davidson, spokesperson. FMI: 446-6316.
Teen grief support group to met Dec. 6
A grief support group for teens ages 12-18 will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Rockdale High School Library. The support group is for those who are coping with the loss of a family member or close friend. All teens are welcome, including those who are just beginning the grief journey and those who have been on it awhile.
The goal is to find healing through an opportunity to ask questions and share with peers who are going through the same experience. The group meets the first Thursday of the month. There is no charge and light refreshments will be served.
FMI, contact group facilitators Deborah L. Bland, LCSW at 512-760-5922, Lynnette Guerra, LPC at 713-806- 1433, or Karen Muston at 512-760- 8543.
Genealogy society plans Christmas party Dec. 10
Milam County Genealogical Society met will hold its Christmas party at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at the home of Eugene and Patricia McKee, 2009 Skyles. For directions or a ride, call 512-446-5102.
Members and spouses or “significant others” are invited, as well as guests interested in family research. Those interested in a gift exchange are asked to bring a $20-or-less gift related to genealogy or history.
Food assignments for the Christmas party were made by those attending an October meeting. Anyone unable to attend that meeting but wishing to bring a dish may call Patricia McKee.— Linda Whorton, publicity
Grief support meetings held monthly, Cameron
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.