Primera Iglesia Bautista San Diego will provide school supplies and backpacks for children in primary and Archie Parr Elementary at Plaza Alcala beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Call Pastor Ray Ornelas at 279-3408 for information.

Sunday, Aug. 26

The Alice Youth Soccer Assoc. is accepting player registrations at Lacks and at the Parks and Rec. Dept. office until Sunday, Aug. 26. Registration is $50 per player. Late registrations are $60 and will be accepted from Aug. 27 through 31 only. Also, the board and coaches will meet every Tuesday in August at 6 p.m. at the Alice Parks and Recreation office.

Aug. 27 and Sept. 10

The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD will hold mandatory orientation meetings for all parents and students to review the policy on drug testing from participants in grades seven through 12 at 6 p.m. at the BB-PB High School Cafetorium. No student shall be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity unless the student and their parent or guardian have attended a meeting and returned the properly signed Student Drug Testing Consent forms. Meetings will be Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.

Through Aug. 30

Open Door Community Baptist Church, 1200 Seabreeze, is hosting a course, "Marriage on the Rock," at 7 p.m. every Thursday in August. Child care is available, call Art at 701-9087 or Pastor Franco at 664-9375 for information.

Through Friday, Aug. 31

The Hispanic Heritage Festival most photogenic contest is accepting entries for children from birth to age six through Friday, Aug. 31. No late entries. Entry fee is $10 per photo (8x10 inches maximum). Applications available at the Alice Chamber of Commerce and Alice 1/2 Hour Photo. Winners will be presented at the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

Friday, Aug. 31

The Alice Parks and Recreation Youth Flag Football program is currently registering children for the 2007 season which begins Monday, Sept. 17 at the Mora baseball field. Games will be held on Mondays. Registration is $25 per child and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 31. Call Elizabeth Montemayor at 668-7260 or go by the Parks and Recreation Department at 607 E. Seventh Street for information. The Fiesta Amistad Talent Show will take place Friday, Aug. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Garcia in Ben Bolt. Preregistration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 30, applications available at 809 E. Main in Alice. On-site registration will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Aug. 31 through Sept. 2

The Amistad Community Council is now accepting booth rental applications for the annual Fiesta Amistad in Ben Bolt, scheduled for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Interested vendors or individuals may call 664-1884 for information.

Saturday, Sept. 1

The Agua Dulce High School graduating class of 1987 will hold its 20th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 1. Email your address to Lisa (Diaz) Black at black1221@sbcglobal.net or Lora (Lopez) Martinez at ltmart@sbcglobal.net for information. The Fiesta Amistad Parade will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. Call 664-1884 for more information.

Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1 through 3

Cross Trails Cowboy Church in Orange Grove will hold an Extravaganza Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1 through 3. A cookoff, games, concessions, play day, roping and dance are among the scheduled activities. Call 227-9828 for information.

Sunday, Sept. 2

The Fiesta Amistad state championship cook-off for tripas and/or baby back ribs will be Sunday, Sept. 2. Call 664-1884 for information.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8

The annual Alice Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8 in downtown Alice. The event will feature a wild hog, brisket and fajita cook-off, jack pot beans, a kids' pork chop cook-off, live entertainment and music. Call Rojelio at 361-701-6865 for event or entry information.

Monday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1

The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospice and Palliative Care program will hold "Beyond Grief," a free support programfor grieving individuals in the area. Meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1 at 1311 E. General Cavazos Boulevard in the Education Center behind CHRISTUS Spohn-Kleberg in Kingsville. Call Joyce Knolle or Carrie Zirbes at 1-800-371-0115 for information or to register for the program.

Thursday, Sept. 13

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the First Christian Church, 1325 Josephine Drive,

Friday, Sept. 14

Fair Entry Forms are now available at the Jim Wells County Extension Office located in the courthouse basement for persons wishing to exhibit arts and crafts, food items, clothing or photography during this year's Jim Wells County Fair. The deadline for entry forms is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. There is no fee for entry; however all youth entries must be a member of an organized club such as 4-H, F.C.C.L.A. or F.F.A. and must sell one Fair Membership. Adults aged 19 through 59 must be a member of the Jim Wells County Fair Association. The Senior Citizens Division is open and is free of charge to all county residents 60 years of age and older. Contact the Extension Office at 668-5705 for information.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29

The Alice High School Class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29. Email alicehs97@yahoo.com or visit www.myspace.com/ahsseniors97 for information.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13

The Alice High School Class of 1995 will hold a 12.5 year reunion on Oct. 12 and 13 in Alice. All graduates are welcome. Email Melissa Vela-Martinez or Carla Medina-Zambrano at ahs95reunion@gmail.com for information.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20

The Alice High School Class of 1987 will hold their 20-year class reunion the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. Contact Martin Perez at 281-923-8204 or visit www.alicehighschool1987.com for information.

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26 through 28

The Class of '57 will hold its 50th Class Reunion Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26 through 28 in Alice at the Alice Country Club. Contact Carolyn Waters Reed at 940-365-2355 or oclancyr@sbcglobal.net or go to www.alicecoyote.com/reunions for updates.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospice and Palliative Care program is seeking volunteers to visit terminally ill patients, provide respite for the caregiver and run errands for the families in the area. Call volunteer coordinator Carrie Zirbes at 361-994-3450 or 800-371-0115 for information. The date for the Alice High School Class of 1983 reunion has changed to July 4 and 5, 2008. Open Door Community Baptist Church, 1200 Seabreeze, hosts a course, "Marriage on the Rock" at 7 p.m. every Thursday in July. Child care is available, call Art at 701-9087 or Pastor Franco at 664-9375 for information. The Work Source of the Coastal Bend offers "just right" training and employment information for persons 55 and older with limited income. Call 800-388-5813 or 668-0167 and ask for Mary Lozano or Grace Silguero at 800-864-3520 for information. The Community Action Corporation of South Texas, Head Start 0 to 5 Program, a nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. The Head Start 0 to 5 Program provides services to low-income pregnant women and families with children from birth to age five. Center-based services are provided to children from 6 weeks to 36 months and children 3 to 5 years. Head Start 0 to 5 Program offers services to children with disabilities and special needs. For more information contact Tracy Blanco at (361) 396-0025 ext. 302.

or go by the office located at 416 E. Main Street in Alice. Open enrollment for Head Start 3 to 5 years will be held at Alfredo Arriola Head Start Center located at 602 S. King St. Alice, Texas on July 1 to 6.

The River of Life Assembly of God Chruch, 1721 E. Triangle Drive, holds prayer night every other Monday at 6 p.m. The public is invited to bring their prayer requests.

Call 664-2010 for information.

Masonic meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at the S. B. Mosser Lodge 912 A.F. & A.M., located at 206 Mariposa Drive (across from Dr. Lopez's office). The St. Joseph Catholic School Advisory Council hosts a family breakfast in the school cafeteria every third Sunday of the month, also known as "St. Joseph Sunday" after 9 a.m. Mass. Proceeds collected benefit the school. It is open to all parishioners and community members. Contact the school for more information. Doing for the Least Ministries holds CASA (Christians Against Substance Abuse) and Belief and Behavior 12-step support groups which work with Christian principles to address addictive behavior on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at 1396 Morningside Drive. Call 664-7220. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Cooperative Extension Service and the March of Dimes holds prenatal classes for anyone who is expecting a child in their family, including pregnant women and teens, mothers, fathers and grandparents, every Thursday. Lessons are from from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the San Diego Creek Apartments Community Meeting Room, 1499 Easterling Drive. Contact Guadalupe Holdiness or Irma Garcia at 408 N. Flournoy Rd., Suite C, or phone 668-1954 or fax 668-3202 for information. The Alice class of 1977 seeks classmates for its 30-year reunion. Submit contact information and updated pictures at http://classof77.jvteditorials.com/index.htm. Alcoholics Anonymous "New Friends of Bill W" meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Agua Dulce Baptist Church in Agua Dulce. Call 215-5740 for information. The Area Agency on Aging is seeking outgoing volunteers to advocate and recruit for advocates for nursing home residents. Call 1-800-817-5743 for information. Need to talk to a licensed professional counselor about your problems but you don't have the money to pay the fees? The First United Methodist Church offers church-based counseling services for the entire family, addressing many areas of concern. To make an appointment, contact George Phillips at 361-442-3670. The American Legion holds a flea market at 300 Kempe Avenue the first and second weekend of every month. OverEaters Anonymous meetings are every Monday at 6 p.m. at 3001 Old Kingsville Rd., the Boys and Girls Club building. Everyone is welcome. The Alice Rainbow Girls meet on the second and fourth Saturday at 10 a.m. at 206 Mariposa. Girls ages 11 to 21 are invited to join this international organization, which will teach them poise, grace, public speaking and many other virtues of life. The cost is $20 per year to help defray the cost of the materials. Hope to see you at the Masonic Lodge on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. AL-ANON holds meetings every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 200 N. Wright. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts a seminar every Friday of the month, for startup or existing small businesses, explaining SBA loan eligibility, popular SBA loans, and free technical assistance from SCORE & SBDC. Seminars will start at 9 a.m. at the SBA office, 3649 Leopard St., Suite 411, Corpus Christi, Texas. Seating is limited and seminar is subject to change.

Call Robert Martinez at 361-879-0017, Ext. 10 for reservations.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at 8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club building, 2001 Old Kingsville Road. Call 668-1336 for information. Stonegate Baptist Church conducts a "Prayer for Our Troops" service every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Call 668-4514 for information. A support group is available for family members and friends of troops in combat zones. The group meets every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Covenant, 7001 Williams Dr. in Corpus Christi. Call 361-985-2244. West Main Baptist Church is conducting an ongoing effort to honor and support the men and women of our area who are serving in the armed forces. Committee chairpersons LaJuan Fischer and Pearl Gann ask the community to provide the name, rank, branch of service and address of local individuals who are currently serving. Fischer may be reached at 664-0800 and Gann at 664-8358. Spaulding for Children, a no-fee adoption agency, seeks loving families to adopt special needs children. For more information call 361-850-8200, or visit www.spauldingforchildren.org. The Third Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Museum at 1309 Airport Road is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are available upon request. Call Col. Dan Stim at 664-7268. The Women's Shelter of South Texas Alice Outreach Office sponsors domestic violence support groups every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 664-8598 for more information. All services are free. T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church at 1325 Josephine Drive. Men and women are both welcome. The group encourages weight loss and behavior modification. Call 664-8124 for more information. The Alice 50-plus Golf Association holds monthly tournaments the second Saturday of every month. Call 664-7033. Praise Fellowship Church, 901 Cecilia St. (next to Danny's Wrecker Service) will have special days of prayer asking for growth, healing, renewal and revival for the City of Alice and the surrounding area every Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call 668-4466 or 668-4177. Help for Victims is a program under the Duval County Attorney's Office designed to help families and victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available and is located at the Duval Courthouse in San Diego, Texas. Call 279-6223.

All services are confidential.

The Alice Alzheimer's group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the First Lutheran Church on Texas Blvd. Call Nettie Cornelius at 664-6123. Survivors after Suicide is a support group for anyone whose family member or friend has died through suicide. The group meets at Family Counseling Service, 3833 S. Staples, Suite 34, at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. Meetings are free of charge. Contact Madelyn Olson at 853-1964 or Margaret Hutchins at 852-9665 for more information. The St. Joseph Church Mutualistas hold their meetings at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the youth center. All members are encouraged to attend. Come and drink coffee with us. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays (Spanish), Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Boys and Girls Club, at 3001 Old Kingsville Road. Call 668-1336 or 661-0415 for more information. American Legion Post 186, 300 Kempe, has meetings every second Monday of the month, a flea market every first and second weekend at the Legion Hall, and Bingo every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. For hall rentals, contact Earl Carpenter at 664-2206. Post Commander Joe Soliz may be reached at 668-9448. The South Texas Museum invites everyone to stop by the museum at 66 South Wright. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Free G.E.D. classes are available Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Coastal Bend College. Call 664-2981 for more information. They are also available at the Alice Housing Authority Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 664-3453 for information. Domestic Violence Support Groups are now forming. For information call the Women's Shelter outreach office in Alice, Texas at 664-8598.

Editor's Note: To submit a calendar item, call 664-6588, ext. 25, mail it to Alice Echo-News Journal, 405 E. Main St., Alice, TX 78332, or email to: communitycalendar@aliceechonews.com.