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Dedication, work set for Monarch Garden

MILANO—The El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist invites the public to take part in the dedication ceremony of the Milano Junction Memorial Garden site at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, located at 300 W. Ave E in Milano (open lot next to the post office).

One section of this future garden site will be dedicated to “Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas,” a community project.

Following the dedication ceremony, volunteers will begin preparing the grounds with mushroom compost and everyone is encouraged to bring gloves, shovels and garden rakes.

“Our efforts are the first step for creating a Monarch Garden and Waystation,” said Martha Newman, spokesperson.

For more information call 512-455- 6281 or e-mail

Milano Jamboree Saturday

MILANO—The monthly Milano Junction Country Jamboree will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Milano Civic Center. All musicians and listeners are invited, according to Tena Galbreath, publicist. Admission is free and refreshments will be available, she said.

Music benefit Saturday

CHRIESMAN—Chriesman Community Center will host a country/gospel music program at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 to benefit the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department and CrimeStoppers.

Musicians Roy Pilgrim, Jerry Williams and Mike Holt, plus others, will perform. Food will be available.

Chriesman is on FM 1363 off SH 36 between Milano and Caldwell. FMI: Don Cook,, or Bettye Perry, 979-255-5507.

4-H CF steak meal Sunday

Rockdale 4-H Club will hold its annual chicken fried steak meal and silent auction fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the New Salem Clubhouse in Fair Park, according to Paul Luckey, spokesperson.

Dine-in or to-go plates available. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any Rockdale 4-H member.

Plant sale/exchange

Linwood Acres Garden Club will hold its annual plant exchange and sale during the Tejas Festival on March 2 in the former Henry’s Garage building (northeast corner of Main and Bell downtown).

A special feature will be 500 free trees donated by Alcoa.

Yard art and decorated pots made by garden club members will be for sale. There will be an area for children to plant a seed to take with them and watch mature.

The club’s fund-raising item is a cement garden bench. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.—Janice King, reporter

Masons fish fry Saturday

CAMERON—San Andres Masonic Lodge 170 in Cameron will hold its ninth annual fish fry luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Bea’s Kitchen.

Tickets are $8 each (dine-in or carry out). Plates will include hand-breaded catfish, pinto beans, hush puppies, coleslaw and a homemade dessert.

A silent auction will also be held. Proceeds from the event will benefit the lodge and cleanup of the historic Port Sullivan Cemetery.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Milam Retired Teachers

GAUSE— Milam County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Gause Baptist Church.

A program “ Texercise— Hear t Healthy,” will be provided by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. FMI: 254-697-1672.

Woodman lodge meeting

MILANO—Woodmen of the World Milam County Pecan Lodge 237 will hold meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Milano Community Center.

A covered dish meal will be served. FMI: Jane Yoakum, lodge secretary, 446-5110 or

Genealogy society

Milam County Genealogical Society’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank, Rockdale.

Rummage sale March 2

CAMERON—Cameron Arts & Service League will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in Methodist Church fellowship hall on West Third Street. Proceeds will be used for local service and scholarships. FMI: Lynne Hornung, 254-697-4173.

Alcoa Retirees meeting

First meeting of 2013 for the Alcoa Retirees Club will be held Thursday, March 14 at the Rockdale KC Hall, according to Doug Williams, spokesman.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and there will be an election of officers and a gift exchange, Williams said. The meal will follow the brief business meeting.

Members whose last names start M-Z are asked to bring a dessert. FMI:

Salty Cemetery Assn.

Salty Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Salty Church Annex.

Thursday Reading Club

Thursday Reading Club met Feb. 14 in the home of Barbara Thompson with 16 members present for refreshments and a program given by Dr. Lucile Estell. She spoke on the book “I Still Dream About You,” written by Fannie Flagg.

Joan Ratliff, club president, led the business meeting.

Next meeting will be March 14 at the home of Lois Lantz with Leanna Applegate in charge of the program.—Dana Caffey, reporter

BBQ chicken meal

Rockdale Project Graduation will hold a BBQ chicken meal fund-raiser Sunday, April 21 at the Rockdale KC Hall, according to Debbie Brinkley, spokesperson. Serving will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., dine-in or carry-out.

Tickets are $8 per plate and are on sale now from any Rockdale Project Graduation Senior.

FMI: 512-446-5884.

Locklin Cemetery Assn.

THORNDALE— Locklin Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2 in the Thorndale Senior Citizens Center at Thorndale.

Grief support meetings

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays. Greg Nichols is bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis in Cameron. FMI: 254-284-0045, extension 2013.

Grief support for teens

A grief support group for teens ages 12-18 meets each first Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockdale High School library. The group is for those who are coping with the loss of a family member or close friend.

FMI: facilitators Deborah Bland, 512-760-5922; Lynnette Guerra, LPC, 713-806-1433; or Karen Muston, 512- 760-8543.


‘Denim & Diamonds’ dance set Saturday

THORNDALE—Relay for Life of Thorndale will host a family friendly dance from 6 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Fireman’s Hall. The “Denim & Diamonds” dance admission will be $5 per person at the door.

“Dads bring your daughters, moms bring your sons, come as a family, couple, or a group,” said Deana Caffey, publicist. “Refreshments will be provided and there will be dance contests.”

Photos will be available for $5 each. FMI: 512-898-5189 or 512-468- 3500.

Golf tourney March 16 to benefit Milam Relay

CAMERON—Relay For Life of Milam County will hold a golf tournament on March 16 at Cameron Country Club.

The two-person scramble event will start with an 8 a.m. tee time. Skins are optional, and entry fee is $70 per person (includes cart) or $60 (without cart). Awards ceremony will follow.

FMI: cheyenne. or call 512- 919-1888.

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