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La Escuelita to meet Saturday, plan cookoff

La Escuelita will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at the La Escuelita grounds to start planning the annual fall cookoff which will be held Oct. 12.

There will be menudo, chili, and barbecue beef, chicken and pork cookoff categories, plus horseshoe and washer pitching tournaments. Breakfast tacos will be available in the morning, plus vendor booths.

FMI: Dee Leerma, 512-446-6833.

Local historical society seeks quilts for exhibit

Members of the Rockdale Historical Society are seeking loan of antique quilts or quilts with a history for an exhibit during the fall and winter.

They would also exhibit any pictures that area residents might have of quilt making.

The exhibit will be in the I& GN Depot Museum from September through February. FMI: Pat Jackson, 512-446-2956, or Mary Phillips, 512- 446-7118.

VFW chicken fried steak meal fund-raiser Sunday

THORNDALE—Thorndale VFW Post 4009 and its Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a chicken fried steak lunch on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the VFW Post Home on FM 486 North in Thorndale.

“All proceeds will go to a new roof for the VFW Hall and repairs to the building,” said Marjorie Menzel, publicist. “Many families and community members rent and use the hall for parties, reunions and meetings,” she noted.

The meal will include chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, white gravy, and “ the trimmings,” Menzel said. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Desserts will be available for a free will offering.

“Please come enjoy the food and assist in our goal of repairs for the building,” Menzel said.

Garden club invites new members to start year

Anyone interested in gardening is invited to join Linwood Acres Garden Club members are they start their 2013-14 year with the theme “Make a Difference.”

“We have many new adventures in store as we endeavor to bring beauty to our city, our yards, our homes, our lives, and our many friends,” said Mary Phillips, club publicist.

First meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the conference room of Place of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, next door to The Rockdale Reporter downtown. Members and visitors are asked to use the parking lot behind the building and the rear entrance (green door).

“What You Don’t Know About Me” is the theme for the first meeting. “Come join us and share some fun as we all tell something that others would not know about us. We look forward to welcoming visitors and new members,” Phillips said.

Thorndale Masons set fish fry on October 6

THORNDALE—Thorndale Masonic Lodge No. 978 will have a fish fry scholarship fund-raiser on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Thorndale Fireman’s Hall Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until sold out.

Cost is $9 a plate, dessert is included. “You can eat at the hall or get your plates to go. The lodge encourages everyone to come out to support the local Masonic lodge and get yourself a delicious plate of fried catfish,” said Barton Felton, spokesman.

Voter ID topic Thursday for Milano Lions Club

MILANO—Members of the Milano Evening Lions Club invite the public to attend its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. County Clerk Barbara Vansa will discuss new voter ID requirements. A free meal will be served.

FMI: James Walker, 512- 636- 9520, or email

Milano VFD Auxiliary to hold fall garage sale

MILANO— Milano Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual fall garage sale Oct. 3-5 at the Milano Civic Center/Fire Station, spokesperson Jane Yoakum said.

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

The building will be open starting Monday, Sept. 30 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.

Kristi’s Krusaders plan 4th MS Rally Sept. 14

MILANO— Kristi’s Krusaders will hold their fourth annual MS Rally on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Nat’s in Milano, according to Kristi Bode, publicist.

Registration will open at 9 a.m. with first bike out at 11 a.m. and last bike in at 4 p.m. Ride fee is $20 ($25 with passenger) and includes a barbecue meal when ride is over.

Stops will include Burnouts in Somerville, Cyndi’s Hawg Hang Out in Hogg, The Ranch in Rockdale and Nat’s in Milano. Barbecue plates will be sold to the public for $8 each starting at noon. A live auction will begin at 5 p.m.

Shirts for the event will also be sold that day. Other activities will include a silent auction, door prizes and a bike show. After the live auction, the Full House Blues Band will play.

FMI: Ray Ditto, 512-760- 0143, Kristi Bode, 254-813-2194, or Amber Ditto, 254-214-3042.

Cub Scouts holding annual popcorn sales

Cub Scout Pack 789 has begun its annual popcorn sales fund-raiser, according to Pete Rubio III, leader. Sales will continue through Oct. 7 and to order contact any Pack member.

Cub Scouts will also hold a roundup for new scouts at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at Rockdale Intermediate School.

Rockdale Noon Lions set scholarship golf event

Rockdale Noon Lions Club’s annual Lions Scholarship Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at Rockdale Country Club, with Ron Montgomery tourney chairman.

Nex t board meet ing wi ll be Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Gatti’s Pizza. Rockdale Noon Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays at noon at Rockdale VFD Fire Station, corner of Bell and Wilcox.

“The Club cordially invites anyone interested in helping the community to join us as our guest for a catered lunch and meet the members,” said Lions President Terri York Sandoval.

Murray Cemetery Assn. to meet September 21

The annual meeting of the Murray Cemetery Association will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Rockdale General Store.

This year, five families who have ancestors buried at Murray Cemetery will be honored. Those families are Timmerman, Dungan, Strube, Seelke and Pieper.

A potluck lunch will follow the business meeting. Anyone with interest in the cemetery is invited to attend the meeting.—Shirley McIrvin

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 Street in Cameron. FMI: 254-284- 0045, extension 2013.

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