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Special Needs Family Fun Day here Saturday

The fifth annual Special Needs Family Fun Day will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Rockdale Fair Park pavilion, 200 Walnut Street.

“This is a time for families, friends and teachers of children with varied disabilities to all come together for food, fun and fellowship,” said Denitra Rideaux, spokesperson. “Everything is free so bring friends and family and join us,” she added.

Activities will include clowns, a zoo show, bounce house, ice cream floats, arts and crafts, hay rides, games, snow cones and food and drinks.

FMI: Rideaux, 512-446-4910 or 512-626-6583; Rita Schupp, 254- 931-4745; or Teresa Mireles, 512- 446-5408.

Milano Opry set Saturday at MHS

MILANO— Country music and fellowship will be featured at the Milano Opry Saturday, Sept. 21 at Milano High School, Lynn Martin, publicist, announced. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show to start at 7.

“ We’ll have barbecue sandwiches and hamburgers along with our homemade pies,” Martin said. “Come early to eat, visit and grab you a good seat.”

Guests performers will be Chick Herrin, Jeremy Wade and Mossimo Gerrosa. House band members are Michael Herod, Ab Woods, Billy Barnett, Michael Wall, Gerrosa, Martin and emcee Donny White.

Load up the car and come see “A big show in a small town,” Martin said.

Thorndale Jamboree coming up Monday

THORNDALE— VFW Post 4009 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host the monthly Thorndale Country & Gospel Music Jamboree on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at the VFW Hall on FM 486 North.

“Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for those who want to come early for the good food from the kitchen,” said Marjorie Menzel, spokesperson.

Music will start at 7 p.m. with the House Band and special guests. The Jamboree is held each fourth Monday of the month except in December.

“The kitchen will be serving sausage wraps, chicken salad sandwiches, homemade pies and drinks,” Menzel said. “Come enjoy an evening of good music.”

Genealogy society to meet here Tuesday

Milam County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank-Rockdale (rear entrance). Barbara Wright will provide a program.

Members whose surnames begin with A-P will bring refreshments. Paper goods, drinks and ice will be provided by Charles and Marie Hubert. Visitors are welcome.

Vogel history—The society met Aug. 27 with 15 members and 3 guests attending. Patricia McKee presented a program on her Vogel family. Emigrants from Germany, Patricia’s great-grandparents, Herman and Wilhemina Vogel, came to the U.S., eventually settling in the Talbot Ridge community east of Rockdale.

Their two oldest children, Gustaf and Martha (Patricia’s grandmother), were born in Dresden, Germany, with the younger 4 children born in Texas.

Herman Vogel discovered lignite coal on his land in 1890 and became the first to mine lignite in Texas. He established the Black Diamond Mine Co. in 1895. Vogel died in 1905 from a fall down a mine shaft.—Linda Whorton, publicity

La Escuelita’s annual cookoff set for Oct. 12

La Escuelita will hold its annual fall cookoff on Saturday, 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 Lerma, 512-446-6833.

Milam Retired Teachers to meet on Thursday

Milam County Retired Teachers Association’s first meeting of the school year will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Gause Elementary/Junior High School Library.

“All Milam County retired school personnel are invited,” Jamie Larson, president, said. “We will meet and greet new members, discuss member benefits and be entertained by Gause Elementary School students.”

FMI: 512-455-9591.

Murray Cemetery Assn. to meet here Saturday

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.— Shirley McIrvin

Bushdale Cemetery meeting set October 5

Bushdale Cemetery Association will hold their annual business meeting at Peace Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

“If you have loved ones buried there, we would encourage you to meet with us,” said Velmalene Williams, spokesperson. “A covered dish luncheon will be served following the meeting.

FMI: call 361-293-5662.

Cub Scouts holding annual popcorn sales

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

Milano Alumni fall scholarships available

MILANO—Milano Alumni Scholarship committee is offering mini scholarships for the 2013 fall semester, according to Carolyn Hafley. Any Milano graduate who has completed one year or two semesters at a college or trade school is eligible to apply. For applications call Hafley at 512-455-2473.

Thorndale Masons set fish fry on October 6

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

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

Milano VFD Auxiliary fall garage sale Oct. 3-5

MILANO— Milano Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual fall garage sale Oct. 3-5 at the new Milano VFD/Shelter building, 305 E. Avenue C (US79/ TX36), 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.

Rockdale Noon Lions set scholarship golf Oct. 12

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.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to the club’s scholarship fund that benefits RHS seniors each spring.

Sunshine quilters to meet on Sept. 26

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. Members will be working on individual projects and also continue making medicine bags for the VA Hospital. Visitors are welcome. FMI: Eddie Davidson, 512-446-6316.

Grief support meetings

CAMERON— Standards Hospice sponsors 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, Cameron. FMI: 254-284-0045, extension 2013.

Dime Box Lions set festival, mini-marathon

DIME BOX—The annual Dime Box Black Bridge Festival Oct. 4-5, a Lions Club-sponsored event, will feature a barbecue cookoff, parade, craft and swap booths, and the 36th annual Mini Marathon (10K and 2 mile runs and a 2-mile walk).

Other events will be a chili/soup/hot dog supper, Dime Box ISD Choir, street dance, and a 42 tournament.

The Mini Marathon will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, followed by food, music, the parade and games.

Festival theme is “ Welcome to Paradise.” A Hawaiian luau will be hosted by the Lions. Proceeds benefit Lions projects and Black Bridge Park. FMI: Rhonda Pharis, 979-777-8682, or

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