Guidelines for Best Bets

Best Bets items may be submitted up to two weeks in advance and are subject to editing. Items must be received by 1 p.m. to run the following day. Items must be submitted via e-mail or U.S. Postal Service. All submissions must be typed and may be e-mailed to newsroom@itemonline.com. Handwritten submissions will seldom be accepted.

Best Bets announcements are for non-profit and community groups wishing to announce a specific event. We will not run submissions which do not fit the guidelines of Best Bets not mentioned here. Best Bets is based on space availability. We do not guarantee that any announcement will run every day, or on any specific day. Questions regarding Best Bets should be directed to Lindsey Vaculin at (936) 295-5407 ext. 3052, or Jay Ermis at (936) 295-5407 ext. 3025.

MONDAY

Book Review Club

The Huntsville Book Review Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 22, at the Old Town Theatre, located at 1023 12th St. in Huntsville. Rose Mary Rumbley of Dallas will present a review of “Emily Post and the Guilded Ages” by Tara Claridge. For membership information, contact Peggy Van Hess at (936) 295-5178.

Celebration Women’s Ministry

The Huntsville Chapter of Celebration Women’s Ministry will meet from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 22, in the First United Methodist Church social hall. Following a light meal, local pastor and speaker Ellen Willett will present the evening’s message, “Wilderness Wonderings.” Child care is provided for preschool-age children. There is no charge for the meeting or child care. All women are welcome.

HHS Basketball Boosters

The Huntsville Hornet Basketball Booster Club have a banquet planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, in the Huntsville High School commons area. All parents are encouraged to attend.

TUESDAY

Obedience Classes

Huntsville Pets Helping People (HPHP) will be conducting obedience classes for dogs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 30 through May 4 at the SHSU Ag Barn, located just off the I-45 feeder road and Avenue M. Registration will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. Cost is $60, due at registration. Do not bring your dog to the registration. Dogs must be at least 3 months old and a current vaccination certificate from a veterinarian must be presented. The AKC Canine Good Citizen test will be administered at the last class. For more information, contact HPHP by e-mail at huntsvillephp@yahoo.com or by phone at (936) 291-8029.

Lupus Seminar

The Huntsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will sponsor a Lupus Seminar at 7 p.m. on March at the Katy and E. Don Walker Senior Education Center, located at 1402 19th St. in Huntsville. Linda Hudson Smith, the National Spokesperson for The Lupus Foundation of America, will be the presenter. For more information, contact Paula Davis (936) 435-0772 or Terry Murray (936) 294-9051.

WEDNESDAY

Piney Woods Gem and Mineral Society

The Piney Woods Gem and Mineral Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, at the Carriage Inn, located at 2805 Lake Rd. in Huntsville. All who are interested in the earth sciences, rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, and the lapidary arts are invited to attend. Presentations, discussions, and activities for family members of all ages will be offered. Education, show-and-tell, door prizes, raffles, and refreshments will be at every meeting. For more information, e-mail KDF@TexasRockhound.net, call Kevin at (936) 594-9876 or visit the website at www.pwgms.org.

THURSDAY

Newcomers Coffee

A Newcomer Coffee will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 25, at the home of E.J. Gerhold, located at 1928 East Lake in Elkins Lake. Reservations are not required.

Business After Hours

The next Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, sponsored by American Bank, is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at American Bank, located at 1718 11th Street. Business After Hours provides an opportunity to network with other Chamber members, learn more about the host’s business and win door prizes.

Preschool Story Hour

The Huntsville Public Library hosts Story Hour every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This complimentary program promotes emergent reading skills for preschool aged children. Story Hour includes stories, songs, dance and finger plays and concludes with a craft activity. The theme for March 25 will be “Let’s go Camping.” For more information visit the Library’s Web site at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the library at (936) 291-5472.

UPCOMING

Fish Fry fundraiser

The Waterwood Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fish fry from noon to 3:30 p.m. on March 27. Fish, fries, hush puppies and coleslaw will be served. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Weavers and Spinners Guild of Huntsville

The Sam Houston Weavers and Spinners Guild will conduct a round table discussion following a demonstration of rug weaving on a loom during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Carriage Inn, located at 2805 Lake Rd. in Huntsville. The Guild welcomes all who share a love of weaving, spinning or all things fiber-related. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact B.J. Mathes at (936) 874-2825 or e-mail redbirdranch@hughes.net.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Black Saints Motorcycle Club will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. March 27 at David Branch Rodeo Pen in Huntsville. There will be lots of eggs, gifts, cash prizes, food and fun. Please call ahead with the number of children attending. Call Fearless at (936) 537-1124 or First Lady at (936) 577-9334.

Country Music Star

The Walker County Fair will feature the third annual Country Music Star Contest, with semifinals at 6 p.m. on March 27 and finals at 7 p.m. April 3, each night on the main stage at the fairgrounds. First place is $750 cash and prizes, second place is $500 cash and prizes, third place is $250 cash and prizes. For more information, call Joe Leggett at (936) 662-3995 or Steve Fox at (936) 661-2254.

Car Wash

The Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ will sponsor a car wash from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 27 in the church parking lot, located at 515 Ave. M in Huntsville. Cost is $5 per car. Funds will benefit the Brotherhood Department.

‘Huntsville: Then and Now’

The Political Science Junior Fellows will host an opening reception for the third annual “Huntsville: Then and Now” photographic display. This year’s gallery features over 300 photographs depicting 150 years of history along Sam Houston Avenue. The exhibit and reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, at the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Mike Yawn at (936) 294-1456 or mike.yawn@shsu.edu.

‘Crimes of the Heart’ auditions

Huntsville Community Theatre will hold auditions for the last show of the season, “Crimes of the Heart,” by Beth Henley. Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, and Wednesday, March 31, at the Old Towne Theatre, located at 1023 12th St. For more information, call (936) 291-7933.

Newcomers meeting

The April meeting and luncheon of the Huntsville Area Newcomers will be held at 11:30 a.m. on April 1 in the Elkins Lake Clubhouse dining room. The program will be presented by James Patton, who will speak about Walker County citizens who have left their mark on Texas and the nation. The reservation deadline is March 24. Applications to join the Huntsville Area Newcomers for the 2010-11 year will be accepted at the luncheon. Dues are $20 per year. For more information, contact Billie Neely at (936) 291-1296.

Garbage pick up

The City of Huntsville Solid Waste Division will not be collecting residential or commercial garbage on Friday, April 2. The solid waste disposal and recycling facility will be closed on April 2, but will be open April 5.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Wynne Home Arts Center will host a community Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and join in the search. Each egg will have a special surprise and there will even be “golden eggs” with an extra special prize inside. There will be real Easter bunnies, candy, hot dogs and even a silent auction of Huntsville artist-decorated eggs. For more information call (936) 291- 5424 or stop by the Wynne Home at 1428 11th St. in Huntsville.

Book Signing

Author Suzannea Carr will be signing her book “Flowers in the Closet” on April 3 at Hastings in Huntsville. Call Dianne Carson at (903) 244-5335 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt

Fellowship of Huntsville Church, Highway 30 next to the fairgrounds, will host a Family Easter Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 3. Activities include an Easter Egg Hunt, music, an Easter devotion, moon walk, crafts, games and refreshments. Children should bring one dozen plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candy or a small treat. The event begins in the fellowship hall, behind the church. Activities will occur rain or shine. Call (936) 291-2570 for more information.

Green Acres Community Easter

Green Acres of Huntsville will host a Community Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on April 3. All ages are invited to participate, with youngest age groups starting at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance and will pose for pictures with kids for a small fee. Green Acres is located at 1302 Nottingham Road, right off of Lake Road and Sam Houston Avenue. For more information, contact Cynthia Thomas at (936) 295-6313.

‘Big Love’

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Big Love” by Charles L. Mee in the University Theatre Center Showcase Theatre. Show dates are 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, through Saturday, April 10. There is also a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $8 for general admission. “Big Love” contains adult content and language. Children under the age of three will not be admitted. For more information, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at (936) 294-1339.

Herb Festival

The Huntsville Garden Club will host its annual Herb Festival on April 10. The club is seeking vendors this event. If you are a vendor with plants, plant-related products, or garden-related items and are interested in having a booth, please contact Gloria at (936) 295-1450. The festival will be held in conjunction with the Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of Texas, and will be located in Town Creek Park, 1212 Avenue M.

Pancake Breakfast

The Willis Eastern Star No. 1017 will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. on April 10 at the Willis Community Center, 109 Mink St. Donations of $6 for adults and $3 for children are requested.

Tutor Training

The Huntsville Public Library’s Literacy Program is seeking volunteer tutors for Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language. Tutor training will be conducted April 10. For more information, contact Richard Lane at (936) 291-5912 or rlane@huntsvilletx.gov.

NAACP Banquet

The Walker/Trinity Counties Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual scholarship and recognition banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center. The 2010 graduating seniors will be recognized along with other persons from the community who have distinguished themselves through service to the community. Banquet tickets are $20 presale and $25 at the door. Tickets also may be purchased from Hazel Wyatt at (936) 295-9171 or (936) 295-5356, and from Helen’s Beauty Salon at (936) 291-8369.

Little GG’s Dance Clinic

The Huntsville High School Grenadier Guard will host Little GG’s Dance Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on April 17 at the HHS Dance Studio. The clinic is open to children ages 5-13. Cost is $25 for advanced registration, and $30 at the door. For more information, call (936) 291-3673. Registration forms will be sent home from schools the week after Spring Break.

Souls of Faith

The Souls of Faith of Huntsville will perform at 5 p.m. on April 18 at the Scott Johnson Elementary School auditorium. The performance will feature The Souls of Faith, In His Will of Spring, The Spiritualettes of Bryan and Chuck and the Guiding Clouds of Huntsville. Donation of $10 will be taken at the door. For more information, contact James Murray at (936) 438-4191.

Coping With Grief     seminar

A coping with grief seminar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in April and May at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The seminar will be lead by Kay Sevick, LMSW, Hospice chaplain, and Jeannie Dupree, LMSW, Hospice social worker. To RSVP or with questions, call (936) 788-5900.

Amateur Photo Contest

Sam Houston Memorial Museum is accepting submissions until April 23 for the 2010 Amateur Photo Contest. Best in Show will receive $200 and Reserve Best in Show will receive $100. Each contestant may enter up to two photos per category, in either black and white or color, 8x10 glossy prints. The nine categories include: Huntsville, Texas; Sam Houston Memorial Museum; SHSU; floral; people; architecture; animals; landscape; and an open category. For more information, call Casey Roon at (936) 294-3292 or visit the Web site www.samhouston.memorial.museum.

CASA training

CASA of Walker and San Jacinto Counties is currently looking for new volunteers that are willing to train to become Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Training will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six sessions beginning April 27. Any interested advocates should contact the CASA office at (936) 291-6363 or visit www.CASAofWalkerCounty.org for more information.

 

Class of ‘75 reunion

Celebrating 35 years, Class of ‘75 – A Season for Change will be held at the Goree Club House from 5-10 p.m. on May 29. Contact Archie and Gwen Grigsby (Gwenzella Kittrell) at (936) 295-0763 or (936) 662-1092 or e-mail ggrigsby@hotmail.com.