The annual Alice Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8 in downtown Alice. The event will feature a wild hog, brisket and fajita cook-off, jack pot beans, a kids' pork chop cook-off, live entertainment and music. Call Rojelio at 361-701-6865 for event or entry information.
Saturday, Sept. 8
The Hispanic Heritage Festival, which will hold its talent showcase on Saturday, Sept. 8, invites anyone who wishes to perform in the no-fee event to call Irma Cuellar at 664-3453 or 460-0148 for information.
Sunday, Sept. 9
The Alice JR. F.F.A. will meet Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Ag Farm located next to the JWC Fair Grounds at 5 p.m. Pre-paid T-Shirts will be ordered. Contact Ag Teacher Mr. Garza at 701-5401 for any questions or 701-2528.
Monday, Sept. 10
The Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD will hold a 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.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Coastal Bend Blood Center and sponsors will hold blood drives as follows on Tuesday, Sept. 11: Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FM 2508 and Hwy. 281 and Coastal Bend College Alice from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 704 Coyote Trail.
Monday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1
The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospice and Palliative Care program will hold "Beyond Grief," a free support program for grieving individuals in the area. Meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1 at 1311 E. General Cavazos Boulevard in the Education Center behind CHRISTUS Spohn-Kleberg in Kingsville. Call Joyce Knolle or Carrie Zirbes at 1-800-371-0115 for information or to register for the program.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
The class of 1980 will begin class reunion meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at 803 N. King Street. Persons wishing to attend should call Rachel Rodriguez at 396-5623 or Elsa V. Contreras at 389-3536.
Thursday, Sept. 13
T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the First Christian Church, 1325 Josephine Drive.
Friday, Sept. 14
Fair Entry Forms are now available at the Jim Wells County Extension Office located in the courthouse basement for persons wishing to exhibit arts and crafts, food items, clothing or photography during this year's Jim Wells County Fair. The deadline for entry forms is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. There is no fee for entry; however all youth entries must be a member of an organized club such as 4-H, F.C.C.L.A. or F.F.A. and must sell one Fair Membership. Adults aged 19 through 59 must be a member of the Jim Wells County Fair Association. The Senior Citizens Division is open and is free of charge to all county residents 60 years of age and older. Contact the Extension Office at 668-5705 for information.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Angel Food Ministries' September food distribution will be Saturday, Sept. 29. The last day to place and pay for an order is Sunday, Sept. 16. 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 (email@example.com). For more information, see www.angelfoodministries.com or call any of the above listed contact numbers.
Monday, Sept. 17
Coastal Bend Blood Center and Benavides High School will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the high school.
Sept. 18 through Nov. 8
The first session of the free "Walking With Jesus" exercise program will begin Sept. 18 and continue through Nov. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sagewood Mall to encourage individuals and small groups to exercise their bodies as well as minds and spirits. The goal is to walk 10 miles per week either alone or in teams, with weekly Bible readings, descriptions of the locations and events related to the scripture readings and a seasonal prayer for the journey. Must be registered to begin session by Sept. 14. Sessions are limited to 10 participants. Call Tracy Kneiszel, RN Wesley Nurse at 664-5211.
Friday, Sept. 21
A "Got Faith" crusade will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Students are also being sought for home Bible study. Call United Pentecostal minister Pastor Ingram at 389-1013 for information.
Saturday, Sept. 22
S.B. Mosser Lodge #912 is selling tickets for their Annual Dove Hunt which will be Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to sunset. Tickets cost $40 and may be purchased from any Lodge member or by contacting Committee Chairman Mike MacMahon at 361-664-7712. Food, drinks and good hunting will be provided; along with raffle prizes from local sponsors.
Monday, Sept. 24
Coastal Bend Blood Center and San Diego High School will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 at 609 Labbe Ave.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Coastal Bend College in Alice is sponsoring a new, free business seminar to help local small businesses. The Small Business Development Center will present the seminar on "Business Taxes Made Easy" at Coastal Bend College, 704 Coyote Trail, Room 103, Alice, Texas, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. This seminar will provide a user-friendly approach to doing the federal taxes for your business. It will guide you through the confusing array of IRS rules and requirements. It will provide you with an excellent tax guide for your small business. To make a reservation call Larry at 361-215-6920 or 1-888-698-6111.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29
The Alice High School Class of 1997 will hold its 10-year reunion the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.myspace.com/ahsseniors97 for information.
Sunday, Sept. 30
Coastal Bend Blood Center andSt. Joseph's Church will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 801 S. Reynolds.
Oct. 6 and 7
The Street Rods of Alice present their 12th annual Hub City Rod Run Oct. 6 and 7 at the Jim Wells County Fair Grounds. Saturday will include a show and shine, dinner and dance; Sunday will feature awards and many door prizes including a $400 cash prize. Car must be present to win. Call Felix Ramirez at 664-0477 or Mariano Ramos at 668-9333 for information.
Friday, Oct. 12
The deadline for all entries into the Jim Wells County Fair Little Photogenic Contest is Friday, Oct. 12. No exceptions. The entry fee is $5 per picture with no limit to the number of pictures that may be entered. Entry forms are available at Alice Newspapers, Inc., the Alice Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Smith Gallery, Kids Kloset and the J.W.C. Fair Office.
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 email@example.com for information.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20
The Alice High School Class of 1987 will hold their 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.alicecoyote.com/reunions for updates.
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 T.V. 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. Open Door Community Baptist Church, 1200 Seabreeze, hosts 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. 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. 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: email@example.com.