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Thanksgiving meals for Head Start families
Huntsville Head Start is looking for community members to sponsor families for Thanksgiving. Families in need of help this Thanksgiving holiday have been identified and those interested in sponsoring can view the list of families at Brookshire Brothers. Folks can ask for Patsy, deli manager, to view the list. Large meals for families are $69.95 and small meals are $35.95. For more information, contact social services coordinator Virginia Lou Danford at (936) 291-9190 or [email protected]
Donations sought for Christmas shoebox gifts
First Baptist Church of Huntsville will be the relay center for Operation Christmas Child/Samaritans Purse to send shoebox gifts to children around the world. They will accept these gifts and start them on their journey this week. Donations will be accepted today through Friday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ or call FBC local coordinator Ruby at (936) 293-8053 or (936) 662-0816.
Walker County A&M Club Happy Hour
The Walker County A&M Club will host Happy Hour on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at The Attic Bar at 1836 Steakhouse, located at 2641 11th St. in Huntsville. Come and go from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reply to [email protected] with with name, class year and number attending.
Thursday, November 16
Christian Women’s fall bazaar luncheon
The Huntsville Christian Women’s Connection invites all ladies to its fall bazaar luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Elkins Lake Clubhouse, 632 Cherry Hills Drive, Huntsville, TX. Visiting and shopping start at 11 a.m. The lunch and program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a good time to do some Christmas shopping. There will be handmade items, jewelry, cookies, candy, cakes, breads, jams, jellies, etc., for sale. Come early for the best shopping. The program will feature Jeanine Dooley who will give her testimony of how she came to know Jesus, overcame two difficult situations in her life and show how God has brought to pass her life in light of Romans 8:28. The cost of the luncheon is $15. For reservations, call Carol at (936) 295-6178.
Red Hat Ladies monthly luncheon
The Huntsville Red Hat Ladies will enjoy their November luncheon at the Woodbine Hotel dining room in Madisonville. The date of the luncheon is Thursday, Nov. 16, at 11:30 a.m. Members will meet at JC Penney parking lot here in Huntsville at 10:40 a.m. so they can depart at 11 sharp. Carpooling from JC Penney parking lot will be available. Call (936) 295-6238 so reservations can be made. Wear Red Hat attire.
Huntsville Audubon meeting change
Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., the Huntsville Audubon will feature guest speaker Alan Byboth, manager for the Center of Biological Fields Studies at Sam Houston State University. Byboth will be speaking to us on climate change and its potential impact on biology, wildlife and our environment. The new meeting location is the SHSU Center for Biological Field Studies new classroom facility, located at 1866 Fish Hatchery Road in Huntsville. They will have some snacks, but feel free to bring a snack or side dish to share with everyone. For additional information contact, Sharyn Pezant at (936) 662-5925 or [email protected]
Huntsville Dance Club to hold dance
The Huntsville Dance Club will host its monthly dance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Magnolia Lake wedding venue, located at 2001 Highway 30 East. All area couples are invited. The featured band for this month is Johann. For more information, call David at (281) 734-2684.
“The Ground I Walk On” exhibition
The Satellite Gallery of the Department of Art at Sam Houston State University presents “The Ground I Walk On,” an exhibition by Chelsea Taylor on view from Nov. 16-18. This series of photographic work explores the personal relationships between women as mothers, daughters and the undeniable effects they have on each others lives. Taylor is an up-and-coming artist from Houston, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in photography and minor in sculpture in December. Chelsea’s work has been recognized with a Peoples Choice Award in the 17th Annual Juried Student Exhibition as well as a first-place award in the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition at SHSU. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Satellite Gallery is located in Downtown Huntsville at 1216 University. Ave. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Rebecca Finley at [email protected] or (936) 294-3418.
Friday, November 17
Walker County retired teachers meeting
Retired educators and school employees are invited to the Friday, Nov. 17 meeting of the Walker County Retired Teachers Association. Meetings are held at the Huntsville Independent School District transportation facility at 95 Martin Luther King Dr. in Huntsville. Refreshment time is 9:30 a.m. Meeting starts at 10. The program this month will be presented by the Texas Thyme Herb Society. New members are welcome to attend. For more information, call (936) 295-6752. Leave a message for a return call.
Saturday, November 18
The Walker County Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of the Huntsville Public Library. WCGS member Janet Miller will present the program, “On the Distaff Side: Women and DNA Testing.” The public is invited to attend.
Rita B. Huff online auction
The Rita B. Huff Humane Society will be hosting an online auction on Saturday, Nov. 18, for an autographed SHSU Bearkats football helmet and ball. Bidding is done online www.facebook.com/ritabhuffonlineauction. Bidding ends at the conclusion of the football season. If you would like to put in a bid offline, please contact Rita B. Huff at (936) 295-4666 and your bid will be applied.
Granny’s Kitchen and Bazaar at FUMC
Granny’s Kitchen and Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, at First United Methodist Church, 1016 Sam Houston Ave. Available for purchase will be cakes, cookies, pies, breads, candies, jellies, jams, salsa, pickles, cocoa mix, take-home frozen casseroles, fresh pecans, jewelry, arts and crafts and more. Soup, sandwich and drink lunches will also be available from 10:30 a.m. until sold out.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will host collodion artist Cody Mobley for a 19th century photography demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Woodland Home. Mobley manages Fort McKavett State Historic Site in Menard County and has had a lifetime interest in the early-mid 19th century and has spent hours studying the photographs of the period. Using Frederick Archer’s method of photography (ca. 1851), Mobley travels across the nation demonstrating the process using the original chemicals and lenses to produce images of silver on glass. The demonstration is free. Mobley will take photos for the visitors if they would like, but there is a charge for that. For more information, contact Megan Buro, museum marketing coordinator, at (936) 294-3839.
Monday, November 20
Historical Commission meeting
The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, Nov. 20, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 11th St. (corner of Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call (936) 435-2497.
Tuesday, November 21
DAR meeting in November
The Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Huntsville Public Library. The program “Insider’s View of the Pentagon on 9/11” will be presented by Richard Morton. Visitors are welcome.
Thursday, November 23
Union Grove Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to join them for their first Community Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All are welcome. People can bring the lunch they had planned on cooking, or whatever they can bring or just bring yourself. Spread the word.
Sunday, November 26
Unity of Faith fruit fundraiser
Unity of Faith Missionary Baptist Church will be accepting fruit orders until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. People may purchase oranges, grapefruit, the trio pack (apples, oranges and grapefruit) and/or pecans. Scheduled delivery date is Thursday, Dec. 7. For more information, call Katie at (936) 714-2106 or Judy at (936) 650-9500. Sponsored by the Pastor’s Aide Committee.
Wednesday, November 29
Wynne Home gingerbread house contest
The Wynne Home Arts Center will be hosting a gingerbread house decorating contest this holiday season. Get into the holiday spirit by crafting a gingerbread home with family and friends. Enter you festive home in the contest for a chance to win a special prize, as well as be on display for the community to see. Rules and suggested recipes will be available online at www.thewynnehome.com. All entries must be turned in on Wednesday, Nov. 29 before 6 p.m. For more information, call (936) 291-5424.
Coming in December
Journey through Bethlehem
Journey through Bethlehem will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walker County Fairgrounds on State Highway 30 West in Huntsville. Journey is a multi-denominational presentation of the busy little town on the night Jesus was born. Learn of the many shops and people in the town, pay taxes ($1 per person), taste the food, make baskets and pottery, and see the lowly stable. This is a family-oriented event with many hands-on activities for the kids. On Saturday, Journey is part of the “Huntsville for the Holidays,” which also includes a downtown fair, a lighted parade and other activities. For more information, call (936) 291-5920 or (936) 295-7459.
Huntsville Lions Club 2017 Christmas Parade
This year’s annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Huntsville Lions Club will be Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in entering the parade can obtain an entry form at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/huntsvilletx/, the Huntsville Lions Club Facebook page or the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce office located at 1327 11th St. in Huntsville. For more information, contact Huntsville Lions Club members John Cole at (936) 662-6440 or Todd Armstrong at (936) 355-1042.
Open house at Sam Houston Statue
The Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center & Gift Shop will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gift shop will offer a 25 percent off sale during open house, excluding consignment items. There will be a wide variety of Texas-themed items to choose from, including ornaments, clothing, purses, jewelry, cookbooks, toys, stocking stuffers, wall decor and more. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. The Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center is located at 7600 Highway 75 South in Huntsville. For more information, call (936) 291-9726.
Newcomers of Huntsville Christmas Dinner
This gala event will take place at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Spouses are invited. A scrumptious menu is planned — surf and turf. Cost is $25 a person. There will be entertainment by pianist Eduard Gavril. Reservations need to be made before Monday, Nov. 27. For more information, call Sandy Wooten at (936) 734-3000.
Support Groups at Huntsville Memorial Hospital
Huntsville Memorial Hospital will be hosting various support groups including Diabetes Support group every first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room A/B and a Diabetes Nutrition class every third Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m. in Conference Room C. Mended Hearts support group will meet every second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Conference Room A/B. A light lunch will be served. Amputee Support Group will meet every third Thursday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. in Conference Room C. The Bariatric Support Group will meet every second Thursday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. in Conference Room A/B. A Bariatric Seminar will meet directly after the support from 6 to 7 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group will meet the last Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Conference Room A/B. The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet quarterly off-site. Call Christy Garza at (936) 435-7929 or [email protected] for more information.
Fitness classes at Huntsville Memorial Hospital
Huntsville Memorial Hospital will be hosting a series of different Fitness classes including Zumba (Mondays in Conference Room C), Yoga (Tuesdays in Conference A/B), Pilates (Wednesdays in The Rehabilitation Center) and TaiChi (Thursdays in Conference Room C). Each class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. TaiChi classes will be split into beginner and advanced classes, with the beginner class being held at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Christy Garza at (936) 435-7929 or [email protected]
Free reading club at New Waverly Library
The Teen After-School Reading Club, which is free to all sixth through 12th-graders, will meet at the New Waverly Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the following Mondays: Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The club will continue into 2018. Students do not have to be from New Waverly ISD to participate. A form must be completed for all children who plan to attend. Forms can be picked up from the library Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students must have a valid library card to check out materials at the end of the class.
Huntsville Community Choir rehearsals
The Huntsville Community Choir is seeking new members. This mixed adult choir, under the direction of Cynthia Cross, has been in existence for several years; and it rehearses every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at University Heights Baptist Church on Sycamore Avenue. The choir performs several times a year at assisted living residences in Huntsville and the Senior Center, and also makes a couple of short trips out of town to choir festivals. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. Interested individuals may call Ron Johnson at (936) 295-2947 for further information. Parking in back of the church and using that entrance is the shortest distance to the choir room.
Celebrate Recovery meeting
Celebrate Recovery meets at Good Shepherd Mission every Tuesday night and is open to everyone in the community (18 and up) seeking help, hope and freedom. The purpose of the Celebrate Recovery is to provide fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles” and “12 Steps.” By working and applying these Biblical principles, people begin to grow spiritually. The general Meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Scott McKinley by email at [email protected] or by phone at (936) 291-8156.
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