The Benavides Class of 1987 will hold its 20 year class reunion on July 21 in Benavides, Texas. They are still looking for classmates. For more information, contact Belinda Gamez 389-1214 or Lucy Ramos 522-0718.

July 23 through 25

A DWI education program will be offered at the Alice Counseling Center from 6 to 10 p.m. July 23 through 25; cost is $75 to be paid at registration, attendees must attend all three sessions to be certified. First-come, first-serve registration is at the Alice Counseling Center, 63 S. Wright in Alice; must be completed before classes start; and will be ongoing until the class is filled. Call 664-8829 for information.

July 23 through 27

West Shore Baptist Church, located at 150 FM 534 in Sandia, will hold a "Water Works Park" outdoor Vacation Bible School from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 23 through 27 for children who have completed pre-k through 10th grades. Bring a beach towel, no swimsuits, to enjoy a giant inflatable water slide. Call the church at 547-6153 for information.

July 23 and 30, 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 July 16, 23 and 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.

Wednesday, July 25

Please join in for a Red, White and Blue Potluck Birthday Luncheon hosted by CHRISTUS Spohn HealthWise VIP senior wellness program on Wednesday, July 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at CHRISTUS Spohn Laviana Plaza, 700 N. Flournoy Road. Call 1-800-451-3631 for more information.

Friday, July 27

The Stroke Club of Alice will meet at Paladium Bowl from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 27 for the monthly meeting. No charge for Senior Citizens' bowling courtesy of Paladium Bowl. Meetings are open to the public. Call Nena Pitts or Amy Smith at 661-8201 for information. Jerry Thompson, regents professor at TAMIU-Laredo, will give a brief lecture and will sign copies of his book, "Cortina - Defending the Mexican Name in Texas," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Carriage House, Kenedy Ranch Musuem, 200 E. La Parra Ave., in Sarita, Texas.

July 25 through 27

Jesus Is The Answer Ministries Monte Horeb Church invites everyone to their 18th annual Believer's Convention beginning nightly at 7:15 p.m. July 25 through 27 at the San Diego Civic Center on Hwy. 44. Speakers, live music and more.

Thursday, July 26

Coastal Bend Blood Center and the City of Alice will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at 500 E. Main. Coastal Bend Blood Center and the TDCJ-Glossbrenner Unit will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at 623 S. FM 1329 in San Diego. Coastal Bend Blood Center and the Hospitality House will hold a replacement blood drive for Jon Paul Medina-Zambrano from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at 219 King Street.

Saturday, July 28

Templo De Liberacion, 104 Schley, will hold a fund raiser carpet and tile for sale rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

July 30 through Aug. 3

Tabernacle of Praise, 107 W. Seventh St., is sponsoring a vacation Bible school program from July 30 to Aug. 3 for children ages 4 to 12. The school will run from 2 to 5 p.m. each day. To register, call 664-8788 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Aug. 1

The Farm Service Agency is currently conducting the 2006 County Committee Election for Local Administrative Area (LAA) -2. This area covers voters whose farming operation is located in the area west of 339 past Hwy. 16 and west of Hwy. 44 from Freer toward Encinal. Nominations began June 15 and will continue through Aug. 1. Ballots will be sent to eligible voters on Nov. 2 and must be returned by Dec. 3. Call Martin Garcia at 256-3342 for information.

Friday, Aug. 3

The South Texas Scorpions will hold a fundraiser Back to School Family Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at Del Cielo Adult Daycare, 411 King Street. Snacks will be sold, donation $7 pre-sale, $10 at the door. Call Rosa at 701-9649 for information.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Fiesta Amistad Beautiful Baby Contest will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Categories are birth to 6 months, 7 to 11 months, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years old. Entry fee is $10 per photo up to 8x10, absolute deadline is Friday, Aug. 17, judging Aug. 19. Call Mari Pena at 664-4673 or 664-8061 for information. Applications available at N&S A/C, Homer Sure Shots, 1/2 Hour Photo, Ben Bolt High School or the JWC Fresh Water District in Ben Bolt.

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 Fiesta Amistad grounds will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 with the trailride. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at San Jose Church in Palito Blanco, fee is $15 which includes lunch. Coggins certificate is mandatory. The trailride parade will be at 4 p.m. in Ben Bolt. Call 664-1884 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.

Saturday, Sept. 2

The Agua Dulce High School graduating class of 1987 will hold its 20th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 2. Email your address to Lisa (Diaz) Black at black1221@sbcglobal.net or Lora (Lopez) Martinez at ltmart@sbcglobal.net 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Door Community Baptist Church, 1200 Seabreeze, is hosting 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. If you are 55 or older with limited income, training and employment opportunities may be available to you at the Work Source of the Coastal Bend. Call Mary Lozano at 668-0167 or 1-800-388-5813 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.