The Jim Wells County Project Broadway BBQ cookoff committee is looking for craft and fashion vendors for the event. Space rental is $30 per spot. Call Bertha at 664-1625 or 396-2283. Deadline for rentals is Thursday, June 14. A blood drive will be held for Lynsey Reyna from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Alice Police Department. Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco ISD will be offering Credit by Exam for all grade levels from July 9 through 13. Deadline to apply for the exam is Friday, June 15. Call the principal's office at the high school at 664-9822 to register.

Saturday, June 16

The Alice Kiwanis Club will host its 13th annual Kiwanis golf tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Alice Country Club. Three flights, two-man scramble format, $150 per team includes green fees, cart and a buffet lunch. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund. Call Rick Mumme at 664-0951 or Tom Turner at 664-9272 for information. The Brush Country Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is hosting the 14th annual free Kids' Fishing Day from sunup until noon on Saturday, June 16 at Kaufer-Hubert Park on Baffin Bay. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Numerous categories and trophy awards, prizes and plenty of food will be available. Food is being provided this year by the Alice Optimist Club. Lunch, drinks and an award ceremony will be held after fishing at the REC Hall inside the SeaWind RV Park. Call event chairman Fred Hornsby at 522-4174 or 219-8784, Blaine Wise at 592-0282, or Cory Matula at 664-6794 or 668-3729 for information or to register. Jim Wells County 4-H will have a barbecue cook-off, a kids' barbecue cookoff, and a bake-off to benefit the "Project Broadway" fund to send local 4-H students to New York City and Washington, D.C. in June. Cash prizes will be awarded to adult entrants for brisket, fajitas, pork spare ribs and chicken during the event which will take place Saturday, June 16, at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds. The kids' pork loin chop barbecue cookoff will be $20 per entry, limited to the first 20 kids, entry deadline June 4, with prizes awarded to each participant. The bake-off is for youth groups, civic organizations, church groups and businesses, categories are cakes, pies and cookies, entry fee is $10, entry deadline June 4 with prizes in each category. Bake-off check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m. with judging beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call the Jim Wells County Extension Office at 668-5705 or Barbie Wymore at 664-6224 for information, or visit http://jimwells-co.tamu.edu for information about the bakeoff. The Jim Wells County 4-H Broadway Project will host a talent show and contest at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the JWC Fairgrounds Pavilion. Entry fee is $5, first, second and third place trophies will be awarded to ages 1 to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 17 and 18-plus for individual and group entries. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Call Maria Valverde at 227-0297 for information.

Sunday, June 17

Angel Food Ministries' June food distribution will be Saturday, June 30. The last day to place and pay for an order is Sunday, June 17. Food Stamps (EBT) are accepted, contact Agape House directly; however, there are no income requirements, everyone is invited to order. Orders may be placed with Agape House Fellowship Church, 3526 N. Hwy. 281; Joe and Anita Trevino at 661-0002 or Richard and Dorcas Musser at 664-0051; Open Door Community Church at 664-9375, contact Rich Vinson or the church office; King of Kings Church at 668-0294, contact Rachel Joslin; West Main Baptist Church at 664-1583, contact C.B. Burgan; El Mesias Methodist Church at 664-1330, contact Mike Saldivar; or Immanuel Lutheran Church at 396-0305, contact Donna Startz (dstartz@geocities.com). For more information, see www.angelfoodministries.com or call any of the above listed contact numbers.

June 18 through 22

Open Door Community Church, 1200 Seabreeze, invites children ages 4 through 17 to its Vacation Bible School, "Superheroes of the Bible" from 6 to 8 p.m. June 18 through 22. Free registration, call 664-9375 for information. The First Christian Church, 1325 Josephine Street, will hold Vacation Bible School for children ages 6 to 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. June 18 through 22. Call the church at 664-4171 for information. First Baptist Church, 501 E. 2nd Street, will host "Game Day Central: Where Heroes Are MadeŠ" for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 through 22 (supper provided). This one-week "season" will teach children what it's like to be a part of God's team through Bible stories, crafts, music and training. Call the church at 664-7318 for information.

Wednesday, June 20

The DSHS Better Living for Texans program and HEB will sponsor a program on "Healthy Choices" - learning about hidden salt, sugar and fats in your food - for the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 at the Cameron Village Apartments community room. Call Guadalupe Holdiness or Irma Garcia at 668-1954 or Belinda Juarez at 664-7100 for information.

Thursday, June 21

La Paloma Healthcare and Coastal Bend Blood Center will hold a blood drive on Thursday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 138 S FM 1329 in San Diego. The Diabetic Support and Education Group will meet at the First United Methodist Church of Alice on Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Tracy Kneiszel, RN Wesley Nurse at 664-5211. The Alice Public Library presents Bernadette Nason - storyteller, actress, comedienne and writer who appeared in the feature film, "Miss Congeniality" during "Sail Away With Stories" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

Saturday, June 23

The City of Mathis E.M.S. will hold its annual benefit 5 on 5 basketball tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Mathis High School. Call Thomas McGee at 701-0721 for information.

June 25 through 29

True Light Missionary Baptist Church, 610 Dr. M.L. King Boulevard., will hold Vacation Bible School with the theme "God's Wonderful World," from 6 to 8 p.m. June 25 through 29. There will be classes for all ages from 3 years and up to adults. Everyone is invited to attend and bring the children. For more information call 664-6661. Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1200 N. Stadium, will hold Vacation Bible School with the theme "Make a Splash for Jesus" June 25 through 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for children ages kindergarten through sixth grade. Pre-registraton kick-off rally at 6 p.m. June 24 with the biggest banana split in South Texas and "J. P. the Penguin." Call 668-6618 for information.

Saturday, June 30

The Jim Wells County Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for its sixth Habitat home. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2008. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Call 701-3648 (leave a message) or write Jim Wells County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1103, Alice, Texas, 78333 for information. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30. The final planning meeting for the Class of 1962 reunion will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Jean's Steakhouse.

The reunion is scheduled for July 13 and 14. Those interested are urged to attend.

The City of Mathis Festival and events committee is currently accepting food and crafts booth applicatons for its fourth annual Big Wheel-Little Wheel Fourth of July festival to be held Saturday, June 30. Call Melissa Gutierrez at 683-9813 for information. Templo Sinai will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 30. Plates may be picked up at B and F Truck Accessories, 700 N. Johnson. Call Marta at 562-9454 for information.

July

The Class of 1983 is seeking classmates for its 25th class reunion, scheduled for July 2008. Send information to The Class of 1983, Debbie McKenzie-Trevino, 1113 Arcadia Dr., Alice, Texas, 78332, phone 361-701-4122 or email at debbie.trevino@stsrental.com.

July 13 and 14

The William Adams High School Class of 1962 will hold a reunion the weekend of July 13 and 14. All graduates of WAHS are invited to the mixer July 13 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Evening Lions Hall. Cost is $15 per person. Saturday, July 14, the Class of 1962 will meet at the Alice Country Club from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call Annette Starr at 664-6176 for information.

Saturday, July 21

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.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 come by our office located at 416 E. Main Street in Alice. Open enrollment for Head Start 3 to 5 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. and 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 for information. 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 class of 1971 is planning their 35th class reunion and needs updated addresses. Contact Roel Santos at 664-9877, email gafasr@yahoo.com or call Kathy Hinojosa at 664-8808. 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 and 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.