St. Francis of Assisi Mission Altar and Rosary Society will hold a rummage and bake sale Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at the St. Francis Parish Hall located at FM 534 and CR 185 at Lagarto near Sandia, Texas. Call Mar Cross at 547-2932 for information. The Class of 1962 will have a meeting at Jean's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19. There will be a benefit rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at 5656 E. Highway 44 in Bentonville. Proceeds will benefit Natalie Juranek, who is running for Miss Pageant - Preteen in Houston.

May 19 and 20

The fifth annual Palito Blanco Streetball Classic and Spring Bash will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 at the Palito Blanco Community Park. Events will feature 5 on 5 basketball, seven-man team, men's (18 and up) and teenage (13 through 17) divisions, entry fee $100, prizes for first and second place; a men's softball tournament, 14-man team, entry fee $150, prizes for first through third places; and horseshoe tournaments Sunday only, entry fees are one entry - $20 per team and two entries - $35 per team. Contact Leo Charles Jr. at 756-9546 or 668-1757 for information.

Sunday, May 20

Monte Horeb Church will hold a special service dedicated to youth at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at 300 S. Trevino Street in San Diego. Call 389-4157 for information.

Tuesday, May 22

The Diabetic Education and Support Group will meet at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Kneiszel, RN, Wesley Nurse at 664-5211. Monte Horeb Church will have Bible study beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at 300 S. Trevino Street in San Diego.

Wednesday, May 23

Halliburton Energy Services and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, May 23 from 8 to11 a.m. in the front parking lot at 850 Commerce Road. First Presbyterian Church and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot across from the church at 77 N. Adams. A $25 Wal-Mart gift card will be given to those who present to give blood twice this summer between now and Sept. 30. The gift card will be mailed out after the second donation. For more information contact Tracy Sommer at 361-576-3651.

Friday, May 25

Monte Horeb Church, 300 S. Trevino Street in San Diego, will have an all Men's Fellowship beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25. Everyone is invited.

Saturday, May 26

Wal-Mart Super Center and Coastal Bend Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at 2701 E. Main (Wal-Mart).

May 29 through June 29

AISD and ARAMARK will provide summer meals from May 29 through June 29 at Alice High School, Dubose Elementary, Schallert Elementary, William Adams Middle School, Memorial Intermediate, Saenz Elementary and lunch only at Mary R. Garcia Elementary. Children ages one through 18 may receive free breakfast and lunch at these locations. Breakfast service will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch service is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; ala carte is available at all locations. Adult breakfast is $1.50 and adult lunch is $2.50. Alice Independent School District will have a bilingual summer school program from May 29 through June 29 at Saenz Elementary School for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students who qualify for the program. Contact any elementary school principal or the school district's bilingual office for more information at 664-0981 ext. 60.

Wednesday, May 30

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, May 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the front parking lot at 2500 E. Main. A $25 Wal-Mart gift card will be given to those who present to give blood twice this summer between now and Sept. 30. The gift card will be mailed out after the second donation. For more information contact Tracy Sommer at 361-576-3651.

Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer

Get Fit Club! Just for kids - a kids workout, strength training and healthy eating program. Free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. this summer at the First United Methodist Church; beginning June 12. For more information contact Tracy Kneiszel, RN, Wesley Nurse at 664-5211.

Saturday, June 9

The Falfurrias Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 42nd annual Watermelon Round-Up event on Saturday, June 9 beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. from FHS Jersey Boulevard to the Falfurrias Volunteer Fire Station. Call trailboss Rolando Ramirez for trailride information at 325-3651. There will be a watermelon auction immediately following the parade and a benefit barbecue plate sale will begin at 11:30 a.m. Call Lourdes Trevino-Cantu at 325-2777, 227-4996 or email for information.

Saturday, June 16

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 for information about the bakeoff.


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

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.


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 presents CASA (Christians Against Substance Abuse) specifically reaching out to the addicted, parolees and probationers, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Belief and Behavior Recovery Group, which will meet on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Both groups meet at the Church of Christ Family Center, 1396 Morningside Drive. Call 664-7220 for information or to arrange a meeting. 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 Alcoholics Anonymous "New Friends of Bill W" meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Agua Dulce Baptist Church in Agua Dulce. Call 361-215-5740 for information. The Holy Ghost SWAT Team ministry, led by Rev. Joe N. Ferrell and Evangelist Sandra Reyna, offers faith-based assistance, prayer and healing touch for anyone requesting it. To join the team or for information, call Ferrell at 396-0081 or Reyna at 455-9734. The class of 1971 is planning their 35th class reunion and needs updated addresses. Contact Roel Santos at 664-9877, email 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 aged 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 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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