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Submit your entries by email in Microsoft Word or rich text format — no PDFs or Word Perfect, please — to firstname.lastname@example.org. Typewritten submissions also are accepted at The Item, 1409 10th St. Submissions are accepted for events happening in Huntsville, Walker County communities and the city of Trinity. For more information or to submit corrections, email email@example.com.
Breast Cancer Workshop
First New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will host a breast cancer awareness workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 911 Old Madisonville Road, Huntsville. Admission is a $10 “love” donation. Keynote speaker will be Ginger Freeze of the American Cancer Society in Bryan. Survivor speakers will be Marjorie Archie, Gwen Grigsby, Vickey McGinty, Leroy Bryant, Eula English Dozier, Reneda Saulsberry and Annette Nash O’Neal. Rev. Timothy O’Bryant and Demitria Dickey will sing.
Thessalonia Senior Citizen Day
Thessalonia Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating its annual Senior Citizen Day service beginning 7 p.m. Saturday with a pre-Gospel Musical featuring several local and surrounding talents followed by worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Speaker will be E.J. Edgley of True Light COGIC in Houston. Clenard Hightower is pastor.
Dodge VFD Celebration
The Dodge Volunteer Fire Department will host its 20-year celebration and hamburger supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. A cake auction will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Matt Dobbins at 294-0144.
Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse
The Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse will feature singer-songwriter Steve Brooks with John Guedry opening at 7 p.m. Saturday at 144 E. Mosley Lane, Huntsville. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, go to www.huntsvilletxunitarianfellowship.org or call (936) 661-4313.
Local Author Book Signing
Local author Pam Gray will appear at a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Bookstore in Huntsville. She will sell and sign her book, "When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong" about keeping one’s faith through adversities. For more information, call (936) 295-6535. Hastings is located at 1710 11th St.
Huntsville Police Team Roping
The first Huntsville Police Officers Association Team Roping event is scheduled at noon Saturday at the Cowboy Country Outdoor Arena, 643 FM 247 in Huntsville. Proceeds go to the officers association for youth scholarships and purchases of freezer sale livestock at the Walker County Fair. For more information, contact Eric Scott at (936) 438-7324 or Dan Brown at (936) 661-5705.
Marsha Van Horn Benefit
A benefit lunch for Marsha Van Horn will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church on Prospect Drive in Trinity. Brisket, potato salad, beans, coleslaw and dessert with all the trimmings will be served for a donation. Proceeds will go toward Marsha’s hospitalization and final expenses. Live entertainment will be provided from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by the Huntsville Men’s Chorus, Lyle Stubbs, Mary Keith Trio, Sarah Brock, The Old Spice Girls, Ray Whitney, Jim and Melinda McConnell, Richard King and Leeland Strack. Marsha contributed to the community by volunteering at Avalon Place Nursing and Rehab Center, the East Texas Medical Center Trinity, and she sang in the community.
Pine Prairie School Reunion
There will be a reunion of the Pine Prairie School at 10 a.m. Saturday. Former students will meet at the Free Will Baptist Church. Participants are asked to bring school photos to share as well as a covered dish for lunch. For more information, contact Ed Duke at (936) 291-9229.
Walker County Genealogical Society
The Walker County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the fire station on the corner of Veteran’s Memorial Drive and Daisy. Johnnie Jo Dickenson will present a program titled, “Lineage Societies.” This program will show you what societies — DAR, Walker County Pioneers, or Polish Families— exist and how to join one of these groups. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sissy Johnson at (936) 435-1932 or visit the society’s website: www.wcgen.com.
‘Simulcra’ Exhibit and Gallery Tour
The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery will host “Simulcra,” an exhibit by artists Ted Kincaid, Laura Lark and Shawn Smith, Oct. 3 through Oct. 27. A curator talk and gallery tour is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the gallery in Art Building F, 1028 21st St., Room 101.
Singer to Speak at Thoreau Woods
Singer-songwriter Steve Brooks will be the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Thoreau Woods Unitarian Universalist Church, 144 East Mosley Lane. The title of his presentation Sunday will be “For the Sake of the Song: Songwriting as a Spiritual Path.”
Trinity Church Homecoming
The Trinity Church of God will celebrate 93 years of ministry with a homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church on Highway 94, Trinity. A meal will follow the service.
Identity Theft Workshop
Everyone is invited to hear how to avoid identity theft at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, Sumac Road and Highway 30. A Huntsville Police Department detective and a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans representative will be presenting the workshop. You may also bring papers for shredding at no charge.
Martha Chapel Cemetery Annual Day
The Martha Chapel Memorial Cemetery will celebrate its Annual Day at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel AME Church on Didlake Road.
Pleasant Grove UMC Anniversary
The pastor and members of Pleasant Grove United Methodist are hosting a 121st annual Church Anniversary Homecoming at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Guest church will be Prairie View First United Methodist Church, Wilmer Bonner, pastor. Pastor of Pleasant Grove is Elizabeth Palmer.
Wesley Blessing of the Animals
Wesley United Methodist Church will host its second blessing of the animals at 5 p.m. Sunday on the front lawn of the church, 700 Highway 30 East. Last year the worship service included dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and other animals. For more information, visit the church’s website at www.wesleyhuntsville.org or call the church office at 295-7459.
Gulf Coast Musician’s Reunion
The 38th Annual Texas Gulf Coast Musician’s Reunion will be held from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday, at VFW Post 6899, 400 W. Caroline St., Trinity. The event is dedicated to the preservation of country and western and western swing music. For more information, contact James House at (936) 594-9932.
Region 6 Blood Drive
The Region 6 Education Service Center, 3332 Montgomery Road, will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds or 16 years of age, weigh 122 pounds and have parental consent. Photo identification is required for all donors. More than 1,000 units of blood are needed daily; each unit donated can help as many as three people. To make an appointment, please register at http://www.giveblood.org or call 295-0278 or 661-5867.
Candidate Meet and Greet
The Sam Houston Tea Party will host a meet and greet for candidates for Huntsville City Council and mayor’s offices from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Alpha Omega Academy, 3891 Highway 30 West. U.S. Senate candidate Glen Addison will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Doors open to the public at 5:45 p.m. For more information, visit the Tea Party’s website, www.samhoustonteaparty.com.
Historical Commission Meeting
The Walker County Historical Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the Joshua Houston Junior Home, 1403 13th St., Huntsville. Mac Woodward will speak on the renovation of this historic property. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Project After Prom Meeting
There will be a 2012 Project After Prom parent meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Huntsville High School Commons. More information regarding project after prom will be distributed at the meeting.
‘Darwin and the Sin of Slavery’ Symposium
Dr. James Moore, author of “Darwin’s Sacred Cause” and professor of the history of science, will present “Darwin and the ‘Sin’ of Slavery” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Olson Auditorium, Academic Building 4, Room 220, at SHSU. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Chicken-Fried Steak Dinner
The Huntsville Knights of Columbus will serve a chicken-fried steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Church Hall of Saint Thomas Catholic Church, 16th Street and Avenue M. Menu includes chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, Texas toast, green beans, salad and iced tea. Price is $8 per plate for adults and $5 per plate for and children under 12. All you can eat is $11 per person. For more information, call Ed Jacobs at 661-4014.
HHS Homecoming Parade
The Huntsville High School homecoming parade will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Hornets.” The parade will begin at 19th Street and Sam Houston Avenue and end at the Tractor Supply/Hasting’s parking lot. For more information, call Jerrilyn Bulloch at (936) 435-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry form deadline is noon Monday, Oct. 17.
Pistols and Pearls Benefit
The Junior Service League of Huntsville will host the third annual Pistols and Pearls Barbecue Benefit at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Cavender’s and at the door. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner catered by Colt Christian and music by the Guzzlers. Proceeds go to Project Sunshine and the Junior Service League’s scholarship fund.
Christian Women’s Luncheon
The Huntsville Christian Women’s Connection will host a “couples and friends” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Elkins Lake Clubhouse, 632 Cherry Hills Drive, Huntsville. The luncheon is open to women of all ages and nationalities. Husbands and friends are invited, too. Admission is $13 inclusive. Terry and Debbie Jo Holland of Carthage will be guest speakers. Margaret Kessler from the Tall Pines Quilt Group will be the special feature. Ray Whitney of Riverside will be the guest singer. Complimentary child care is provided for mothers with young children. For reservations and complimentary child care, call Terri at (936) 295-2030 on or before Oct. 17. Please honor your reservations.
Walker County Retired Teachers
Walker County Retired Teachers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the HISD Transportation Facility, 95 MLK Blvd. HISD Superintendent Dr. Steve Johnson will speak. All retired school personnel are invited to attend. Yearly dues will be accepted. For more information, call Gene Jolly at 291-3413 or B. Coleman at 295-4447.
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
There will be a monarch butterfly migration workshop at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the HEARTS Veterans Museum Conference Center, 455 Highway 75 N. Speaker will be Carol Cullar from Rio Bravo Nature Center. Cost is $12 for adults; children under 14 will be admitted free.
Mayoral Candidate Debate
The Sam Houston Tea Party will host a debate for Huntsville mayoral candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Walker County Education Center, 1402 19th St. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. There will also be a cake silent auction. Residents are asked to submit questions for the candidates at the Tea Party’s secure website, www.samhoustonteaparty.com.
Chili and Gumbo Fundraiser
Forrest Masonic Lodge will have a chili and gumbo fundraiser at the Masonic Temple, 1030 12th St., from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $7. Carry-out will be available. Deliveries within the city limits will be available for orders of five or more. To place an order, call (936) 295-2833. Funds raised from this event go to support the Lodge Scholarship Fund.
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
The NMS and J2 Memorial Scholarship Fund will host the second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Paul Bohan gym at Huntsville High School. The tournament is open to children and adults with divisions specified by age. Anyone interested in playing or signing up a team can visit www.nmsj2.com to download a registration form. Admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults. Proceeds from the event will help fund $1,000 college scholarships for Huntsville High School seniors.For more information, contact Jerry Shorten at (936) 661-1315 or Yvette Shorten at (936) 661-9332.
New Walking Group Meeting
A planning meeting for a new walking group is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Those interested are asked to send an email to email@example.com for location and details.
Master Gardeners Plant Sale
The Walker County Master Gardeners will hold a fall plant sale and second annual butterfly festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The event includes free seminars, garden
tours, face painting, children activities and a Monarch tag and release event at 2 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be available for $5. The plant sale will include annuals, bulbs, natives, fall veggies, herbs and butterfly merchandise. The Master Gardeners office is at 102 Tam Road off Highway 75 North. For more information, call (936) 435-2426.
Kickwheel Pottery and Blacksmithing
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be hosting free demonstrations of kickwheel pottery and blacksmithing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the museum grounds.
Disabilities Resource Fair and Carnival
University Heights Baptist Church Joy Ministry is hosting a free resource fair for people with disabilities and their families, supporters and educators from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22, at the church, 2400 Sycamore, Huntsville. There will be resource exhibits, entertainment for the children, and presentations by professionals. Registration for these speakers would be appreciated at (936) 295-2996.
Charity Golf Tournament
A Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting MRC CreekSide Geriatric Center, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Raven Nest. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; shotgun start is at 8 a.m. Register in advance at First United Methodist Church, or get form at www.huntsvillefumc.org. Admission is $75 per person, which includes prizes and lunch. For additional information, contact First United Methodist Church at (936) 295-5441 or Paul Harbison at (936) 435-1778.
ChristLife Center High School Night
The ChristLife Center will host a High School Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Wayne Barrett will lead a Bible study at 7 p.m. on the topic, “Walking with Christ even when those around you don’t.” All Huntsville area high school students are invited. The center is located off the square, two doors down from the Old Town Theatre.
Fall Pet Photos
Tractor Supply will host a fall picture photo session for families and their friends and pets from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, at Tractor Supply on 11th St.
Evening of Prayer
The Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce will host a communitywide Evening of Prayer from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Walker County Courthouse Gazebo. All Walker County churches and residents are invited to attend. For more information, call (936) 295-8113.
Service of Healing
A Service of Healing will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the First United Methodist Church. This service includes music, meditation and Holy Communion. There will be the anointing of oil and the laying on of hands for those with special requests. The service and communion table are open to all.
Westway Church Anniversary
The Westway Baptist Church will host its 30th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the church, 12 FM 3179 just off Highway 30 West. The morning worship service begins at 11. Music by the LeFevre Quartet will precede the sermon, to be delivered by former pastor Rev. Roger Hoogterp. Dinner will be served immediately after the service, and the LeFevre Quartet, a well-known Southern Gospel Group popular since the 1920s, will perform in concert at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 661-2344.
Huntsville Book Review Club
The Huntsville Book Review Club will host a review by Carol Williams of the book, “The Ten Best Days of My Life” by Adena Halpern at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Old Town Theater, 1023 12th St. All are welcome to join the club. For more information, contact Kathleen Kreiner at 295-4381.
Chamber Business After Hours
The Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Green Acres of Huntsville, 1302 Nottingham. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and the chance to win the $950 cash pot. You must be present to win the cash pot.
Learning Institute Fall Festival
The Roxie Douglas Learning Institute will sponsor an open house and fall festival from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the facility, 719 10th St. The event will feature a face painting booth, bobbing for apples, a cake walk, sack races and other events. For more information, please call Carmen Irving at (936) 668-0340.
Midway Barbecue Cook-Off
The Midway Volunteer Fire Department will host its sixth annual IBCA championship Barbecue Cook-Off and Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, on the grounds of the Midway Community Center. The cook-off will feature serious cooks from the Walker County region and around the state. The event will kick off with at 7 p.m. Friday and resume early Saturday morning with the gates opening at 9 a.m. There will be vendors selling wares from jewelry, arts and crafts, purses, koozies, woodwork and much more. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for ages 5 and under. Admission includes a barbecue plate lunch with brisket and all the trimmings, entrance to cook-off and vendors booths, costume contest, live and silent auctions and awards presentation. Vendor spots are still open. For more information on the festivities call Sherry at (936) 348-7378 or Linda at (936) 349-1991.
Black Saints Turkey Run Ride
The Black Saints MC of Huntsville will have its third annual Turkey Run Ride to the Hill Country in Kerrville Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30. The ride will leave from Huntsville. A $20 donation is requested for Thanksgiving turkey giveaways. For more information, call Fearless at (936) 537-1124.
Puppet Wise Productions will be performing the puppet show, “Pumpkin Pandemonium,” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Old Town Theatre, 1023 12th St. The puppet show is free and appropriate for trick or treaters age 3 and up. Family-oriented costumes are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. No registration required. For more information, call the library at (936) 291-5472.
Hallelujah Fashion Extravaganza
New Life Church will host a Hallelujah Fashion Extravaganza at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the church, 512 11th St., Huntsville. Admission is a $5 donation at the door. For more information, call LeTedra Wiley at (936) 581-3210.
Cultural Center Costume Party
The Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center in Huntsville will be the site of a Halloween costume party for adults from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is $5. The event will offer games, food, adult beverages, door prizes and a costume contest.
Great Muddy Escape
General Sam’s Off-Road Park is hosting the Great Muddy Escape from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The 5K obstacle course is designed to test resilience, strength, stamina and decision-making skills. Huntsville Memorial Hospital and other organizations have organized the event with proceeds benefiting the Huntsville Family YMCA. For more information, call (936) 291-4599 or visit www.thegreatmuddyescape.com. For more information on representing your organization, contact SandraC@ymcahouston.org.
Empower Women’s Ministry Seminar
Empower Women’s Ministry presents the workshop “Taming the Tongue, It Can Heal, It Can Hurt.” The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Goree Club House on Highway 75 South. Women and men are invited. There is a $10 registration fee, which includes lunch and workshop packet information. For more information, call Sophia Willis at (936) 355-8965 or Byrdia Scott at (936) 355-4298.
Scare on the Square
The Eighth Annual Scare on the Square will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on University Avenue in downtown Huntsville.There will be free Pizza Hut pizza, Nestle Nesquik chocolate milk, information about Historical Huntsville Ghost Tours, moonwalks, games, Oakwood Cemetery tours, a costume contest and more. There will be lots of booths full of fun activities for children of all ages. For more information visit our website, www.HuntsvilleMainStreet.com or call 295-2150.
Bible Character Quest
The Fellowship of Huntsville Church will host the Seventh Annual Character Quest from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the church, located on Highway 30 next to the Walker County Fairgrounds. Participants are asked to dress in a friendly costume and go door to door within the church to collect candy from characters in the Bible. The event also will include games, food, drinks and a costume contest in the Fellowship Hall. Go to www.fohc.org or call (936) 291-3103 for more information.
Kids’ Halloween Party
A communitywide children’s Halloween Party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 501 Smith Hill Road, Huntsville. The event, hosted by Jessie Johnson and Laura Walker, will offer food and games. Prizes of $10 for first and $5 for second place in a costume contest will be awarded. For more information, call Johnson at (936) 662-9083.
Trunk or Treat
Huntsville Church of Christ will host its second annual Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the church, 3737 Highway 30 West. There will be candy, outdoor activities, and a cake walk to offer families a safe and fun evening. For more information, call (936) 295-3884.
Halloween Carnival and Haunted House
The Walker County Fair Association is hosting a Halloween carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. There will be hayrides, confetti eggs, a fortune teller, cupcake walk, bean bag toss and much more. There is no gate admission and tickets are two for $1. Delta Tau Alpha is hosting a haunted house during the same time. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Both events take place at the Walker County Fairgrounds.
READ With The Dogs
The Huntsville Public Library will host the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Council Chambers at Huntsville City Hall, 1212 Ave. M. The READ program improves children’s reading skills by reading to a registered therapy dog in a relaxed environment. This program will be held every last Monday of the month. Registration is recommended. To register call the library at (936) 291-5472.
Family Faith Church will host a Halloween Extravaganza from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the church, 2407 South Sam Houston Ave. The event is designed to provide a safe alternative for children to enjoy the holiday. There will be candy, games, booths, rides, bounce houses, live entertainment, and food booths. Admission is free.
November Save the Date
Wynne Home Holiday Fundraiser
There will be a holiday fundraiser dinner benefitting the Wynne Home Arts Center and the Gibbs-Powell House at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at both locations. Tickets for dinner are $30 each or $50 per pair. Dinner will be a choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian entrees with salad, beverages and dessert. For more information, call (936) 291-5424 or (936) 661-1779.
Huntsville Handmade Holiday
Huntsville Handmade Holiday will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Wynne Home Arts Center and the Gibbs Powell House. Free demonstrations and workshops will be held in crocheting, Indian bead weaving, folded star pot-holders, mosaic tile trivets, screen printing, kumihimo, rope making, dragon boat ornaments, cinnamon clay ornaments, suet (wild bird food cakes) making and cookies/soup in a jar. There will be food and arts and crafts sales to raise funds for the Wynne Home Arts Center and the Gibbs-Powell House.
St. Paul Annual Workshop
The St. Paul United Methodist Women will host its annual workshop, “I Surrender to God,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church, 322 Horace Smith Road, Huntsville. Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Guest speakers will be Bobbie Parker, Susie Gregs and Shirley Wallace. For information, call Mary Parker, church president, at (936) 577-9394.
St. Paul Annual Women Day
The St. Paul United Methodist Women will host its annual Women Day program, “I Surrender to God,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the church, 322 Horace Smith Road, Huntsville. Guest speaker will be Tori Butler from Bellaire United Methodist Church in Houston. For information, call Mary Parker, church president, at (936) 577-9394.
Hospitality House Golf Tournament
The Hospitality House is sponsoring its first benefit golf tournament at Raven Nest Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 12. The four-person teams will have a shotgun start at noon with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, snacks and a meal. Registration is $65 per golfer until Oct. 24 when it becomes $80. Hole sponsorships are available and donations are welcome. Prizes will be given and an auction will follow. For more information, call the Hospitality House at (936) 291-6196.
Dodge Relay for Life Garage Sale
First Baptist Church of Dodge will host its second annual Relay for Life Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the fellowship hall of the church, located off of FM 405 and Dodge Oakhurst Road. Items for sale will include books, household items, jewelry and much more. All proceeds will benefit the FBC Dodge Relay for Life Team in conjunction with Walker County Relay for Life. For more information, call Becky Murphey at 713-819-5371.
AARP Safe Driver Class
Carriage Inn will be hosting an AARP Safe Driver Course from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Carriage Inn, 2805 Lake Road, Huntsville. Registration for the class began Oct. 11. Early registration is recommended, as class size is limited to 30 participants. Cost for the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call Diana Barnes at 295-2686.
December Save The Date
Lions Club Christmas Parade
This year’s Huntsville Lions Club Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Those interested in entering the parade can get an entry form at www.huntsvilletxlions.org or by stopping by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce or Cole Insurance on Highway 75 N. For more information, contact Huntsville Lions Club member John Cole at (936) 662-6440.
Mended Hearts Christmas Party
Mended Hearts will host a Christmas Party at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8. Participants are asked to bring a wrapped ornament for a game. A light lunch will be provided, and if you would like to bring a low-fat dessert, feel free to do so. RSVP to (936) 291-4594 by Dec. 6.
Special December Museum Exhibit
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will sponsor a new exhibit available only during December because of its delicate nature. The exhibit will feature a lock of Sam Houston's hair as well as a necklace woven from Margaret Houston’s hair. In this case, you will find ambrotypes of Nancy Elizabeth Houston, Margaret Lea Houston and Sam Jr. For more information, call (936) 294-1832.
Silent Auction of Holiday Wreaths
Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is having a silent auction of holiday wreaths from Oct. 24 to noon Oct. 28. Come by the hospital any time to place your bid. All proceeds will go toward this year’s special project of awarding a scholarship to a LVN student at the Joe E Davis School of Nursing.
‘Simulcra’ Exhibit at 3G
The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery will host “Simulcra,” an exhibit by artists Ted Kincaid, Laura Lark and Shawn Smith, Oct. 3 through Oct. 27 in Art Building F, 1028 21st St., Room 101.
Huntsville Community Theatre presents “Nunsense” written by Dan Goggin. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11,12,18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 at Old Town Theatre, 1023 12th St., Huntsville. For tickets call (936) 291-7933 or visit www.HuntsvilleCommunityTheatre.org.
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The wait is almost over for folks in Walker County to see for themselves the inside of the brand-new jail which has been under construction for more than a year.
City, state team up on highway project
The City of Huntsville and Texas Department of Transportation teamed up to give citizens a heads-up on what’s going on with the construction at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Highway 75 North.
City doing some strategic planning
Huntsville may be in for a makeover in the next few years.
City Council members approved a strategic plan Tuesday that prioritizes improvements to the city and initiates economic development plans as part of actual and future growth of the city.
WALKER COUNTY TRADE EXPO: Businesses on display
Businesses from all over Walker County showcased their products, services and friendliness at the 27th annual Trade Expo hosted by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.
More than 100 businesses and organizations came to the Walker County Fairgrounds to take advantage of the opportunity to let the community know what they are all about.
How Sweet it is: Huntsville woman turns life around, prepares for release of new rap record
The Bible teaches that God is love. Some translations of Holy Scripture read in I Corinthians 13:4-6, “Love suffers long and is kind; love vaunted not it itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. Rejoice not in iniquity, but rejoice in the truth.”
Given the current state of rap music and its hip-hop culture, God, love, and scripture appear totally incompatible.
Parolee indicted for string of aggravated robberies in Huntsville
A Huntsville man on parole for aggravated robbery is facing three similar charges stemming from a two-week crime spree six months ago.
Researchers work to produce forensics tool
Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne envision a time when crime-scene investigators look to bacteria to bring them a step closer to solving their cases.
Local schools participate in mock tornado drill
People are not always in the ideal place to seek safe shelter when the weather turns from bad to worse.
Library encourages reading with monthly Kids’ Book Club
Despite all the bad weather days Walker County has experienced lately, there is a place where the sun always shines, even on cloudy days.
ELECTION 2014: Hal, the victor
Attorney Hal Ridley walked around the Walker County Annex on Tuesday night fielding questions about his race against Thomas Leeper for 278th Judicial District Court judge.
Despite trailing in Walker County when early results began trickling in, Ridley was well ahead of Leeper in Madison and Leon counties. A long day of waiting finally came to an end when Walker County’s unofficial results were posted about 9:30 p.m.
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