Gifted and talented nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted at Freer ISD by parents or guardians of children in grades one through 12 that would like him/her to be tested for the Gifted and Talented program. Nominations may be turned in to the counselor at your child's campus by Friday, Feb. 1.

Reunion Planned

The Benavides High School Class of 1996 will hold its class reunion on Feb. 9. Contact Javier Gutierrez for details at 361-664-7377.

Thursday, Jan 31

The Maxine Flournoy 3rd Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will host a special Fundraising Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi. The Patriotic Speaker Series will continue with "Dinner With Two Spies," featuring Retired CIA Field Officers James Olson and his wife, Meredith Olson, who will share stories of their experiences at counter intelligence during the Cold War. Tables of 10 are available for $1,000; individual seats are available for $75.

Friday, Feb. 1

Praise Fellowship Center Church, 3376 W. Hwy. 44 across from Benavides Brothers Trucking Co., will begin Bible classes on how to break-up the language of the Bible in order to better understand it from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in February beginning Feb. 1. Materials needed are a KJV Bible, Bible concordance, a spiral notebook and red and black pens. Jose Martinez and Pastor George Franco will teach the classes.

Saturday, Feb. 2

St. Elizabeth School will host a Casino night to benefit the school and its programs on Saturday, Feb. 2. Donation is $50 per person, age 21 and up, general seating, casual dress. The event will include an all-night buffet and bar and thousands of dollars in prizes, grand prize is a 50" plasma HDTV. Call 664-6271, ext. 31 for information. The 2nd Annual "Riders For Head Start" sponsored by the Community Action Corp. of South Texas and Nueces County Community Action Agency will run from Nueces County through Jim Wells County on Saturday, Feb. 2, to spread Head Start Awareness to the community, an non-profit program for children and families. The bikers, who will be escorted by police and fire department officers, should arrive about 12:30 p.m., traveling on East Main Street to South Texas Boulevard and end at the K.C. Hall for a celebration. Everyone is invited to help welcome the bikers and join the fun at the K.C. Hall. Riders are encouraged to sign up, $25 registration fee includes: t-shirt, bandana, patch, snack and meal. Door prizes will be given at each stop. For more info, call Tracy Blanco at 361-396-0025 ext. 302.

Monday, Feb. 4

The Alice National Little League will hold a board of directors meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the third floor conference room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available for startup or existing small businesses in Alice, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to explain SBA's loan eligibility, popular business loans, and free business counseling from SCORE and SBDC. Individual appointments will be seen from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Alice Chamber of Commerce, 612 East Main Street, 78333. Please call Debbie Fernandez at 361-879-0017, Ext. 16 for an appointment.

Thursday, Feb. 7

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available for startup or existing small businesses in Kingsville, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 7, to explain SBA's loan guaranty, loan eligibilities, popular business loans, and free technical assistance from SCORE and SBDC. Individual appointments will be seen from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, 635 E. King, 78363. Please call Debbie Fernandez at 361-879-0017, Ext. 16 for an appointment.

Friday, Feb. 8

St. John of the Cross Catholic Church located on Metz Street in Orange Grove, will hold its annual Fish Fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Dine-in or take-out, tickets are $7. Call 384-2795 for information. St. Elizabeth Altar Society will hold its annual Fish Fry from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, located at 602 N. Almond Street. Take-out only, tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available from any Altar Society member or from the church office. Call 664-6481 for information.

Saturday, Feb. 9

The Alice Black History Month Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Brazzell Park in Alice, located off Hwy. 44 and Dr. M.L. King Boulevard. Free food and fun family activities including games, a space jump, educational and informational activities for all ages. The public is invited. The Benavides High School Class of 1996 will hold its class reunion on Feb. 9. Contact Javier Gutierrez for details at 361-664-7377.

Saturday, Feb. 16

We challenge any former Vaquero to "Play Ball" against "US" the 2007 - 2008 San Diego Vaquero Baseball team in an "Old Timer's Game" at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Vaquero Baseball Field. Entry fee is $25 (includes jersey and cap). Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 14. Contact coach Michael Chaves at 279-2040 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 361-290-3502 after 1 p.m.

March 7 and 8

Coastal Bend College-Alice presents its Sixth Annual Dia Del Mariachi Vocal and Group Competition on March 7. Dia Del Mariachi also presents the world's best mariachi "Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan" in concert on March 8 at Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5

The Alice High School Class of 1983 reunion committee is still looking for 1983 classmates for the 25th class reunion which will take place July 4 and 5. Contact Debbie McKenzie-Trevino at 1113 Arcadia Dr., Alice, Texas, 78332 or 361-701-4122 your address information.

Oct. 11

The Alice High School Class of 1973 will hold its 35th reunion Oct. 11. Anyone with any addresses or current info on classmates, please contact Cheri Snelling: or call 668-8522 to help find as many classmates as possible for the event. All help with addresses will be greatly appreciated.


The Alice High School Class of 1978 is planning their 30-year class reunion. Send information on classmates to Nori Cuellar Mora, 1286 FM 665, Alice, Texas, 78332, e-mail, or call 361-562-9410. Odyssey HealthCare of Corpus Christi, a hospice, is seeking volunteers in the Alice area. All training will be done in Alice. Call Lynn Gonzalez at 361-992-2700 for information. St. John of the Cross Catholic Church located on Metz Street in Orange Grove, holds Bingo games every Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall. The Orange Grove Public Library holds Little Bulldog Story Time for children aged 6 months to 4 years at 10 a.m. on the first and third Monday of the month. Activities include stories, flannelboard games, songs, and fingerplays to develop listening and language skills. Take home activities will be provided and parents/caregivers and toddlers will be able to check out books. For more information, contact Georgia Witt at 361-384-2495, ext. 616. The St. Joseph Church Mutualistas hold its meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the youth center. All members are encouraged to attend. 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. 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. Families 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 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. 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. 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. 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 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 Tuesday 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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