Saturday, Nov. 3

The Cub Scouts Pack #93 will deliver bags to your front door for the food drive on Saturday, Nov. 3 in the morning and picking them up that afternoon. They would appreciate everyone's help in donating to this very important cause. True Light Missionary Baptist Church, 610 Dr. ML King Blvd., will hold an enchilada plate lunch sale fundraiser for $6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 664-6661 for information. Hidalgo Park Baptist Church in Premont will hold its seventh annual Harvest Festival from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Hidalgo Park, 200 block S.E. 4th Street in Premont. The event will include many games and activities as well as food, and is free to children high school age and under. A cakewalk and menudo feast also will be available, adults are asked to participate on a donation basis for these two items. For information or to donate, call Pastor Nick Lopez Jr. or Sister Irma Lopez at 348-3486, 219-8851 or 219-0386. 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. Belinda Flores, in conjunction with her senior project on wildlife conservation, invites the public to a presentation in connection with the Alice Parks and Recreation Department's "Paws for Pets" event. The presentation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Veteran's Plaza on Alto Street between Cameron and South Reynolds.

Sunday, Nov. 4

The residents of Hospitality House and at Retama Manor Nursing Homes, along with their family and friends are invited to a beauty fair. Church on Wheels will provide church, live music for praise and worship at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. then afterwards the residents will receive manicures, hair cuts, and makeup if interested. Drinks and snacks will be available to visitors during the beauty fair. The event will be at 10 a.m. at Hospitality House and 2 p.m. at Retama Manor. Angel Food Ministries' September food distribution will be Saturday, Nov. 17. The last day to place and pay for an order is Sunday, Nov. 4. 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; First Lutheran Church, 600 Dibrell in Orange Grove, contact the office at 384-2712 orTauny Harlien at 384-2775; or First United Methodist Church, 111 N. Adams, contact Toni Boyd at 664-3801. For more information, see www.angelfoodministries.com or call any of the above listed contact numbers.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Brush Country Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will hold their 21st annual Fall Fish Fry beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the KC Hall in Alice. Adult tickets are $20 and children under 12 are $5. Ticket prices include a $25 adult and $10 youth membership to the CCA. Tickets are available at the door. Call Blaine Wise at 592-0202, Fred Hornsby at 325-3158 or Ken Wallgren at 664-3226 for information.

Friday, Nov. 9

AISD will hold a free screening to identify children ages 3 through 5 who are suspected to have learning problems, slow in developing speech or language, or other concerns about walking, talking, hearing and/or vision. The screening will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the AISD Instructional Support Center Annex, 501 Cactus. Call Thelma Gallimore, Debbie Richardson or Lesvia Garcia at 660-2130 for information.

Saturday, Nov. 10

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 St. John of the Cross Altar Society will sponsor its annual turkey dinner with all the trimmings including dessert on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Catholic center next to the church at 200 S. Metz Street in Orange Grove. Plates are $6.50, dine-in or take-out. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., tickets sold at the door. Esveryone is welcome. The Alice VFW Post 8621 will hold a chicken barbecue plate sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the VFW Patio. Donation is $5 per plate. Proceeds to benefit Veteran projects for the year. For more information, contact the Post at 664-5011. 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 279-7903

Wednesday, Nov. 14

CHRISTUS Spohn Living Well Center invites the public to a National Diabetes Alert Day Health Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the first floor cafeteria at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice. 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.

Through Nov. 14

Del Mar College is sponsoring a clothing drive through Wednesday, Nov. 14. Donation boxes are located in CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital - Alice on the second and third floors; and at the Alice Public Library. Call 562-1006 for pickup or more information.

Sunday, Nov. 18

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 361-701-6028 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, 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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