4-H Club collecting soldier care packages

Rockdale 4-H Club is collecting items for care packages for soldiers. They are working with other 4-Hers from across the county, according to publicist Yvette McCoy.

The group will be in front of Walmart in Rockdale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12 collecting items, including snacks, toiletries, books and more. A full list can be found at files/2011/07/Military-Community Service-May-2013.pdf.

“We will also be collecting new and gently used stuffed animals for Operation Huggables, which are donated to children of military parents when they are deployed,” McCoy said.

FMI: McCoy, 512-446-2842, or Susan Dean, 512-446-2845.

“All community support is greatly appreciated and if you are unable to drop off, please contact us and we will pick up donations,” McCoy said.

Milano VFD Auxiliary garage sale this week

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.

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

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.

‘Yours Truly’ program Monday at First Baptist

“Yours Truly,” a ministry for all women, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Pidge Yeager of Crusade Austin will be guest speaker. A program on accessioning and maximizing the wardrobe will be a feature.

Food and a nursery are provided, plus door prizes.

Bushdale Cemetery meeting Saturday

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.

Rice Cemetery annual meeting set October 12

CAMERON—Rice Cemetery Foundation’s annual meeting will be held at 11 am. Saturday, Oct. 12, according to David Angell, spokesman. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for lunch and lawn chairs for seating.

Donations for cemetery upkeep can be mailed to Rice Cemetery Foundation Inc., 3965 South Hwy 77, Cameron TX 76520.

FMI: 254-697-1095.

Thorndale Masons’ fish fry coming up Sunday

THORNDALE—Thorndale Masonic Lodge No. 978 will hold a fish fry s cholarship f und-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.

El Camino trails program Thursday

MILANO—Milam County historian and Salty resident Joy Graham will present the first part of a twopart program on El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Milano Senior Citizens Center.

The program is open to the public and will be hosted by the Milano Evening Lions Club. The Lions will serve dinner and there is no charge for the program or the dinner.

Graham will present the second segment on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the same place and time.

Black Bridge festival, mini-marathon Saturday

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

Deanville FVD’s 36th fund-raiser October 13

DEANVILLE—The Deanville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 36th annual fund-raiser Sunday, Oct. 13 at the fire station, corner of FM 1112 and Hwy 60.

Barbecue pork, beef, chicken, sausage and red-ring sausage will be ready at 7 a.m. Plate lunches of fried chicken and all the trimmings will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Other events: Country store and sweet shop, games and train rides for kids, auction at 2 p.m., washer tournament and drawing for prizes. FMI: R.J. Smith, 979- 324-2930, or Vinelda Schwartz, 979-567-0419.

MCRTA to meet Oct. 10 at Rising Star Baptist

Milam County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Thursday, Oct. 10, secretary Lue Wenzel announced.

A short meeting at 5:45 p.m. will be followed by refreshments at 6 p.m. and joint program with TRIAD on crime prevention presented by Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon.

Location of the meeting is Rising Star Baptist Church in Rockdale.

Alpha Tau Delta selling ‘cow chip’ tickets

It’s time again for the Alpha Tau Delta cow chip fund-raiser. For $10 your name will be placed on a board for the chance to win $1,000, said Brooksy Fisher.

“On Sunday after the Fair (Oct. 20), a cow will be released into the rodeo arena; there will be spots marked off and wherever she decides to do her business, the name on that spot will win $1,000,” Fisher said.

Alpha Tau Delta is a service sorority where its members strive to better the community of Rockdale.

FMI: Fisher at 512-619-9575 or

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