Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20

The Alice High School Class of 1987 will hold its 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 19 through 21

Primera Iglesia Bautista, W. Hwy. 44 in San Diego invites everyone to a three-day praise and worship event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pastor Manuel Casso will preach.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Coastal Bend College - Alice will hold a Halloween Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 in the parking lot. Free admission, fun, food, games and prizes. The public is invited. A burger benefit for Bryan McDonough, grandson of Frank and Deenie Hoelscher of Alice, who was diagnosed with MS about four years ago and whose illness has progressed rapidly, will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Speegleville Park III pavilion in China Spring, Texas. There will be a grand prize drawing at 3 p.m. for a Snap-on Toolbox ($3695 value). Donations may be made to Friends of Bryan, P.O. Box 344, China Spring, Texas, 76633; or call 723-8086 or 644-3694 for information. Hwy. 44 Church of Christ, 301 West Avenue J in Robstown, is hosting Musicfest 2007, a free event featuring gospel singing groups and quartets from all over the Corpus Christi area from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Call 361-387-1841 for information. "Spooktacular Bowl-a-Thon," a bowling tournament to benefit the JohnCarlo Memorial Scholarship (grandson of Ramiro and Mary Saenz) fund, will be held at Paladium Bowl beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Entry fee is $100 per team, four-person teams. A raffle, silent auction and best original Halloween costume contest also will be held. The public is invited. Call 664-4027 for information. CHRISTUS Spohn Healthwise VIP will host a flu clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at CHRISTUS Spohn Laviana Plaza HealthWise VIP Event Room, first floor. VIP members will be free; non-VIP members will be $25 per person, includes free VIP membership. No appointment necessary. Receipts provided for you to file with Medicare or any other insurance provider.

Sunday, Oct. 21

All area Mutualista centers are encouraged to attend the pre-convention for La Mesa Central to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at the San Jose Catholic Church, 1102 E. Kleberg in Kingsville.

Monday, Oct. 22

The Alice National Little League will have its Board of Directors and election of new officers meeting Monday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CHRISTUS Spohn third floor conference room.

Monday, Oct. 22 to Nov. 12

"Beyond Grief," a community support program offered by CHRISTUS Hospice and Palliative Care, meets at the American Cancer Society office at 4101 S. Alameda in Corpus Christi from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For information, call Joyce Knolle or Carrie Zirbes at 1-800-371-0115.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

The AISD bilingual/ESL program wll hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Saenz Elementary School. Registration begins at 8 a.m., meeting follows at 8:30 a.m. to gather input on the effective operation and performance of the program. Call Felma Garcia at 664-0981, ext. 60 for information. A Technology Parent Meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Learn about the Salazar website, VSI (View Student Information) and AR. Parents can attend at any of the following times: noon, 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Alice ISD Special Education Director Thelma Gallimore announces a districtwide individual transition plan meeting for all students receiving special education and related services. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Guest speaker is Joel Trudeau of the Education Service Center, Region II. He will provide an overview on transition planning. The meeting will be at the former Nayer Elementary cafeteria at 501 Cactus from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For information, call Heather Bunch-Smith at 660-2130. The CHRISTUS Spohn Alice Auxiliary is holding a one day jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front lobby of the hospital. All items are tax free.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

CHRISTUS Spohn Healthwise VIP will host a Fall Festival Potluck Birthday Luncheon and Costume Contest with prizes for best costumes (nothing ghoulish) from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the HealthWise VIP Event Room at CHRISTUS Spohn Laviana Plaza. Bring a dish and a friend. October birthdays also will be celebrated.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 - Nov. 14

"Beyond Grief," a community support program offered by CHRISTUS Hospice and Palliative Care, meets at the American Cancer Society office at 4101 S. Alameda in Corpus Christi from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information, call Ruie Slinger-Carroll at 1-800-371-0115.

Friday, Oct. 26

A Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center located on Hwy. 44, 2.5 miles west of Corpus Christi airport. Registration is at 8:15 a.m., training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. For additional information about the training contact Jeff Stapper, County Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources at (361) 364-6234, Coastal Bend Blood Center, the City of Alice and Hospitality House will hold blood drives on Friday, Oct. 26 as follows: City of Alice, 500 E. Main, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hospitality House, 219 N. King, 2 to 5 p.m.

Oct. 26 through 28 and 31

The Alice Evening Leos and Lions Club present their annual "Nightmare on King Street" haunted house and Halloween festival beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 through 28 and at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Lions Hall Patio, 1005 S. King Street. Admission is $5 per person. Visit www.myspace.com/nightmareonkingstreet 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. The San Patricio Restoration Society will host "Halloween Haunt 2007" featuring haunted hay rides and a haunted house Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the San Patricio Museum on FM 666 in Old San Patricio. Admission, which includes both the hay ride and haunted house, is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 5.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Alice Independent School District Migrant Program Publlic Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at AISD Central Office, located at No. 2 Coyote Trail. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m. This meeting is to gather input on the effective operation and performance of the District's Migrant Program.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Salazar Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 12 to 5 p.m. Music, food, games and the popular Prize Bingo are just some of the activities for families.

Saturday, Nov. 10

A fall dance benefitting St. Elizabeth School is set for Nov. 10. The dance will feature Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz. Tickets are $50 a person; general seating; casual dress. The event will feature an all-night buffet with heavy hors d'oeuvres. There will be late night menudo. The bar will be serving margaritas and beer. Call 664-6271, ext. 31, for information. The Lagarto Community Club, FM 534 in Lagarto, will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Lagarto School. Items in this year's raffle are a handmade quilt; two cases of 12-gauge and two cases of 20-gauge shotgun shells; a hand-crafted patio cooler, hand-crocheted afghan and a hand-embroidered table cloth. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Many crafts, baked goods and other food items will be for sale; as will several books and cookbooks by Lagarto residents.

Sunday, Nov. 11

The San Diego Catholic Daughters are holding its annual Turkey Bingo on Sunday Nov. 11, between 2 and 4 p.m. All money raised goes back to the community in charitable contributions. Contact a Catholic Daughter to get pre-sale tickets or pay at the door same price. Twenty-five turkeys will be given away and other specials. The event is at the St Francis De Paula Parish Hall in San Diego. Contact Tina Saenz for more information at 361-279-7903

Wednesday, Nov. 14

CHRISTUS Spohn HealthWise VIP will have a "Let's Give Thanks" potluck birthday luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at CHRISTUS Spohn Laviana Plaza, HealthWise VIP event room on the first floor. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Turkey is sponsored by Del Cielo Home Care Services, L.L.C.; prayer by Sister Carmen Avila, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Alice. November birthdays also will be celebrated.

Sunday, Nov. 18

St. Elizabeth Church will hold a "country picnic" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds. The event will feature Jerome Podest's barbecue plates for $6 a plate, bingo, a live auction, carnival rides, a cake walk, steer roping contest, turkey legs, sausage, sweets booth, beer booth, soft drinks and a live band with music by J. R. Castillo and Unwound. Call the church office at 664-6481 for information. The St. Francis of Assisi Altar Society will hold a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at FM 534 and CR 185 at Lagarto. Call Margo Blair at 664-6541 for information.

March 7 and 8, 2008

Coastal Bend College-Alice presents its Sixth Annual Dia Del Mariachi Vocal and Group Competition on March 7, 2008. Dia Del Mariachi also presents the world's best mariachi "Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan" in concert on March 8, 2008 at Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, Texas.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CrossBar Coffeehouse, located upstairs in the "old" building at First United Methodist Church on the corner of First and Reynolds, is open from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday; offering a positive and encouraging place for youth in grades eight through 12 to gather. Enter through the breezeway. Praise Fellowship Church is conducting a series of studies on the "Book of Revelation" taught on DVD by Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio every Sunday at 6 p.m. and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 3376 W. Hwy. 44. Call 701-4759 or 668-4177 for information. The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD is attempting to identify eligible migrant children residing within the school district who may be eligible for additional after school tutorial. Familes which have searched for or performed temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, farming, forestry or dairy may have eligible children. Call Lupita Vera at 664-9904 for information. The Boys & Girls Club of Alice is currently holding their final Campaign Building Fund Drive. Please contact a Boys & Girls Club board member to purchase raffle tickets. First prize is a Sanyo High Definition LCD TV donated by Alice Wal-Mart and second prize is a BBQ pit, crafted and donated by Jorge Aguilar of Aguilar Welding. All funds raised will go toward the new natatorium and club house. Call 664-2282 or 701-2455. Donation is $10 per ticket. 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. 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 River of Life Assembly of God Church, 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. 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.

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