The Orange Grove PTC will have their annual Fall Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Intermediate campus. Food, games, raffles and GIGS inflatables will be at the festival. Presale bracelets for the GIGS inflatables are $8 until Wednesday, Nov. 14 and are available from any OGISD campus office or PTC officer. Bracelets are $10 after Nov. 14.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Retama Manor Nursing Home, 606 Coyote Trail, will have a fall festival from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Food, games, music and lots of fun.

Sunday, Nov. 18

A chicken barbecue plate benefit will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the V.F.W. patio to help raise money for burial expenses for Ruben Torres Soliz. Plates are $5; tickets available at the door or call Sal or Diana at 664-5011 or 361-207-2909 for information. All area Mutualista centers are encouraged to attend the convention for La Mesa Central; registration is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 at the San Martin Catholic Church, Ella and 9th streets in Kingsville. This is the last meeting of the year. The Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame has vendor spaces available for the 8th Annual Tejano Jam in the Square for Sunday, Nov. 18. Spaces are available for food vendors, novelty vendors and specialty vendors. For information on space availability contact 701-6028 or email to jv@tejanorootshalloffame.org. 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, 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. The prize bingo will be held between 1:30 and 5 p.m. in the Merchant's Building. Cost per bingo card is $3; tickets will be sold at the fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. 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.

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20

The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Auxiliary will host a book fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20 in the main hospital lobby. Payroll deduction, cash, checks and all credit cards will be accepted. Call Gloria Adami at 664-0274 or Liz at 664-2234 for information.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

The Annual Aggie/Longhorn Pregame Pachanga will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Alice Country Club. A Mexican food buffet will be served for $14 per person. RSVP by November 19 to Janet Galindo, 668-9300 or Anna Holmgreen, 664-1973.

Thursday, Nov. 22

West Shore Baptist Church, 150 FM 534, invites the public to join them for a free Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Call 351-547-6153 for information.

Saturday, Nov. 24

The Duval County Sheriff's Department will hold a softball tournament to benefit this year's Toys for Tots campaign. Featured teams will include the Sheriff's Department, Border Patrol, the San Diego School Board, Guardian EMS, the San Diego Fire Department and other teams at the San Diego Softball field on Hwy. 359 by the high school. Admission is $5 at the door or a new toy. Call Esmeralda Carrillo at 279-3351 to enter or for more information.

Monday, Nov. 26

Coastal Bend College TRiO-ETS invites everyone to its annual TRiO open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the CBC Alice Campus, Room 130. Come join in for some fun and educational information. Do you know someone who is a ninth, 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade student in the surrounding area, please invite them. Topics to be discussed include: What is TRiO-ETS and who can qualify? 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.; How can I help my child have better grades? 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.; When can my child take the ACT or SAT, etc.? 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.; Visit with an ETS Staff and/or office 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Please contact the TRiO-ETS Alice office at 361-664-2981 ext 3081 or 3087. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

Applications are now available at the Duval County Sheriff's Office, J.P.'s offices and at the Duval County Judge's offices for Toys for Tots. Call Esmeralda C. Carrillo at 279-3351 for information. 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 to 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 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.

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.