Guidelines for Best Bets

Best Bets may be submitted through e-mail at newsroom@itemonline.com. Items must be received by 1 p.m. to run the following day. Best Bets will run no less than five days in advance of the event because of space constraints. Questions regarding Best Bets should be directed to Lindsey Vaculin at (936) 295-5407 ext. 3052.

TODAY

Preschool Story

The Huntsville Public Library hosts Story Hour every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The theme for today will be “Dora and Diego.” For more information visit the Library’s website at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the Library at (936) 291-5472.

Resume Workshop

Workforce Solutions will host a resume workshop today from 9-10 a.m. at 901 Normal Park Drive, Suite 7. Call (936) 291-3336.

Huntsville Christian Women’s Luncheon

The Huntsville Christian Women’s Club invite women of all ages to our luncheon today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse in Huntsville. We provide complimentary child care for mothers with young children. Nancy Briggs will bring a message of hope as she speaks on the “Search for Happiness.” Sherry Woodruff will bless us with her talented singing and playing as she performs a mini-concert. The cost of the luncheon is $13 inclusive. For reservations and complimentary childcare call Terri at (936) 295-2030 on or before Sept. 13. Please honor your reservations. We are sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.

Chicken Fried Steak Dinner

The Huntsville Knights of Columbus will host its September Chicken Fried Steak Dinner from 5-7 p.m. today at the St. Thomas Catholic Church Hall, 16th and M St. Menu will include chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, Texas toast, salad and iced tea. Price for the meal is $7 for adults, and $5 for children under 12. College students with school ID receive a $1 discount. Carry-out dinners are welcomed. For further info please contact Ed Jacobs at (936) 661-4014.

Winners Circle Fundraiser

The Winner’s Circle will hold a fundraiser today from 6-8:30 p.m. at Magnolia Lake, 2001 Hwy. 30 East. Jackie Sherrill, former Texas A&M football coach, will be our keynote speaker. Limited seating is available; tickets are $25 per person. Please call Winners Circle at (936) 436-9437 to reserve your seat(s) or visit the website  www.winnerscilclejmp.org. If you RSVP, we can match your ticket purchase to your RSVP and will mail you the ticket(s). Also, donations to assist the WC can be made here, as well.

Huntsville Audubon Society

The Huntsville Audubon Society meets on the third Thursday of each month, September through May (no meeting in December). Join them today at Fire Station No. 2, located at 2019 Sam Houston Avenue. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a light supper, followed by a brief meeting and program. Please join us for a very interesting program by Mallory Brodrick as she shares with us her research on how bird communities in the Sam Houston National Forest respond to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker habitat regimen of prescribed burns. Mallory recently completed a Masters degree in biology from Sam Houston State University.

Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group meets today from 7-8 p.m. at 1117 10th St, which is the corner of Sam Houston Ave. and 10th St. Please call 295-5441 for more information.  

FRIDAY

Retired School Employees

The Retired School Personnel’s first meeting of 2010-11 will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the HISD Transportation Facility on Ave. F. All retired school personnel are eligible for membership in the Walker County Retired Teachers Association. For further information, call Gene Jolly, president, at (936) 291-3413 or Bernice Coleman, second vice president, at (936) 295-4447.

WWII POW Recognition

The Lexington Center invites you to honor WWII POWs on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at 679 I-45 South. Members of the SHSU ROTC will erve as special guests alongside the WWII POWs from Huntsville. Space is limited. Contact Kasie Kroll at (936) 295-4488.

SATURDAY

Kick-Wheel Pottery Demonstration

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be having a kick-wheel pottery demonstration on the museum grounds Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Come learn about the history of ceramics through this demonstration. For more information, please contact the Museum Education Department at (936) 294-4895.

American Legion       Cook Off

American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 618 past presidents will hold its annual cook off on Friday and Saturday. The post is located 1 mile east of Willis on Highway 1097. For information, please call (936) 856-5224.

Hand Embroidery Group

The Huntsville Hand Embroidery Group will meet at the Wynne Art Home on Saturday at 10 a.m. The focus of this group is to enjoy the embroidery  skills of others, share your ideas, and learn unusual  stitches that you can add to your bank of embroidery skills. There is no charge for these classes. Bring your own embroidery materials plus fabric to be used. Be ready to stitch. For more information, please call E.J. Williams at (936) 291-6821.

West Sandy Community Association

The West Sandy Community Association will host a community game night on Saturday, Sept. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at the old San Jacinto school located at the corner of FM 1791 and FM 3179 in the West Sandy Community. Bring a snack to share and come join the fun. For more info, please call (936) 295-4467.

Little Stinger Cheer Camp

Huntsville High School Cheerleaders are hosting the Little Stinger Cheer Clinic for grades kindergarten through sixth.  The clinic will be this Saturday, Sept. 18, in the HHS Small Gym (enter from South parking lot) from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with registration starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 and will include a Little Stinger T-shirt, instruction by the HHS cheerleaders, and an opportunity to perform at the Hornet football game at Bowers Stadium on Sept. 24. There will be a $5 discount for additional siblings. For more information, contact Tiffany Harris at tharris@huntsville-isd.org or call 293-2626.

Save and Give Event

Sears Hometown Store is hosting a save and give event on Saturday. Come to Sears and save and they will give 3 percent of the days proceeds to Alpha Omega Academy.  There will be an extra 5 percent off everything  and 3 percent will be donated to Alpha Omega Academy. Free lunch from 11-1. There will be a DJ spinning music and giving away prizes like Craftsman tools, gift cards ... and much more.  Free snowcones for all the kids ... animal adoptions by Rita B. Huff. If you need more information or have any questions, contact Laurie Willin at (936) 520-1468.

GG Boosters

The GG Boosters will meet Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

MONDAY

WCFA Jamboree

The Walker County Fair Association will hold its annual Jamboree at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at the Walker County Fairgrounds. The event allows 2011 Walker County Fair participants and their families to learn about the upcoming fair and rodeo, exhibitor rules and regulations, local 4-H programs and deadlines and eligibility for youth projects. Each exhibitor will receive one hour of work credit for attendance. For more information, call (936) 291-8763 or visit www.walkercountyfair.com.

Safe Driving Course

The AARP Certified Safe Driving Course sponsored by the Huntsville Lions Club is scheduled for Monday, Sept 20, from 8 a.m. until noon. The course will be held at University Heights Baptist Church 2400 Sycamore. Class sizes are limited. Most insurance companies allow good discounts on your auto insurance good for up to three years.For more information, call Edith or Don Shirley at (936) 291-0288.

Square Dance Lessons

The Huntsville Promenaders Square Dance Club will hold a Community Fun Night on Sept. 20. The public is invited to the event which will be held at the Tri-County Services Building, 7045 TX 75 South, at 7 p.m. If you have ever watched square dancing and thought you might like to try this great activity, now is your chance. This Introduction to Square Dancing event is free of charge, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Just join us and experience an evening as a square dancer. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call Margaret Sicola at (936) 435-0985 or Jerry and Theta Upton at (936) 856-5287.

Spanish Classes

The Literacy Program of the Huntsville Public Library will offer a Spanish class for  beginners. The class will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and the first class will meet Sept. 20. The Spanish class will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, and class size is limited to 15 students. The class will be led by Beth Williamson, and the class emphasis will be on oral language development. Williamson holds a Masters in English and Spanish and has taught Spanish at Lee College and Sam Houston State University. Contact Richard Lane at the Huntsville Public Library to register. Call (936) 291-5912 between the hours of 2-5 p.m. or e-mail rlane@huntsvilletx.gov.

Aggie Moms

Walker County Aggie Moms will hold its first general meeting of the 2010-2011year open to all Moms of past, present or future Texas A&M students. Please join us at the Wesley United Methodist Church back meeting room on Monday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. Dues for the year can also be paid at this time. Contact Diane Cushman at (936) 291-6839.

SAVE THE DATE

SEPTEMBER

HMH Grief Talk

Huntsville Memorial Hospital invites local ministers to a presentation by Tim P. VanDuivendyk, DMin, on “The Unwanted Gift of Grief: A Ministry Approach” on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 9-11 a.m., in the HMH Conference Rooms. A light lunch will follow the presentation. This seminar is for clergy and ministers who walk with others through their wilderness of loss and grief. Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk will address the importance of grieving in the healing process and how grief becomes an unwanted gift, an unwanted expression of gratitude and an unwanted vehicle for transformation. He will address the different pathways taken by individuals as they transform through this grief journey and the pastoral skills needed to care for them. Dr. VanDuivendyk is System Executive and Chaplain for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. RSVP’s required to (936) 291-4599.

 

County U

The Political Science Junior Fellows are hosting County U, a free, five-week program providing a crash course in County government.  The program will feature weekly (interactive) presentations led by the County Judge, District Attorney, County Planner, and many others.  Participants will also tour county venues such as the Courthouse, Jail, Emergency Storm Shelter and local landmarks such as the Gibbs-Powell Home.  County U will be held Wednesday nights from 6-8:15 p.m. beginning Sept. 22 and ending Oct. 20.  This program is great for newcomers, students, people who would like to serve the community, and all interested citizens. Registration is free and open to the public. Spots are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register or for more information, please call Mike Yawn at (936) 294-1456.

Who Let the Dogs Out?... of School Early!

The Huntsville Public Library will host the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22 in conjunction with the first HISD early release day. The READ program improves children’s reading skills by employing a powerful method, reading to a registered therapy dog in a relaxed, safe, non-judgmental environment. This program will continue each time HISD has an early release day. If your child would like the opportunity to participate in this program, please call Kim Mason at (936) 291-5910 to sign up for time slot.

Adult Singles Group

Adult Singles Group meets alternating Wednesdays. Singles are welcome to attend for comradery, support and fellowship. The next meeting date is Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Huntsville. Childcare will be provided. For more information call (936) 295-2440.

Gem and Mineral Society

The Piney Woods Gem and Mineral Society will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Carriage Inn, located at 2805 Lake Road 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.

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 Sept. 23 will be “All About Me.” For more information visit the Library’s website at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the Library at (936) 291-5472.

Resume Workshop

Workforce Solutions will host a resume workshop on Sept. 23 from 9-10 a.m. at 901 Normal Park Drive, Suite 7. Call (936) 291-3336.

Tropical Blast Benefit

The Senior Center/Meals on Wheels will host a Tropical Blast Benefit on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Fairgrounds. For information, contact Debbie or Sandy at 295-7401.

Retired Teachers

Herb Norris, president of Texas Retired Teachers Association, will address members of District VI retired school personnel at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the Region VI Service Center, 3332 Montgomery Road. For information, call Walker County Retired Teachers President Jean Jolly at (936) 295-3413.

Golf Tournament

The Huntsville High School Grenadier Guard Drill Team is hosting a Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Sept. 25 at Raven Nest. The four-man scramble will begin at 9 a.m. Participants can register at Raven Nest. For more information, call the GG office at (936) 293-2998 or e-mail rcalabretta@huntsville-isd.org.

Butterfly Festival Open House

The Walker County Master Gardeners present Butterfly Festival Open House from 10 a.m.. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 25. Tour the gardens, enjoy projects for the kids, face painting and a “Butterflies in Your Garden” presentation. Keynote speaker will be Zachary Stayton, Master Gardener and horticulturist at Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He will talk on “How to Set up a Home Butterfly Garden.” Located at Highway 75 North and 102 Tam Road approximately 2 miles north of the Pilot Truck Stop at the Walker County Master Gardener Facility. Call (936) 435-2426 for additional information.

Celebration Women’s Ministry

Celebration Women's Ministry meets Monday, Sept. 27, from 6-8 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church social hall. Following a light meal and praise and worship, local speaker and author Louise Looney will present the evening's message, "Hope for the Golden Years."  Child care is provided for preschool-age children. There is no charge for the meeting or child care and all women are welcome.

Prostate Blood Tests and Exams

Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Dr. Paul Kenworthy will offer free Prostate Blood Tests and Exams on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the HMH Surgery Department. This screening is offered to men age 40 or older, who have not had a prostate screening in the last 3 years. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Please call (936) 291-4599 for a reservation or more information.

 

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 Sept. 30 will be “Airplanes.” For more information visit the Library’s website at myhuntsvillelibrary.com or call the Library at (936) 291-5472.

Brady’s Office

Rep. Kevin Brady’s office will meet with constituents on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9–10 a.m. at Riverside City Hall, 2352 FM 980, Riverside.

OCTOBER

Fair on the Square

The 36th annual Fair on the Square will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

Car Show

The Huntsville Cruisers will hold its Fair on the Square Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 2, during the 15th Annual Fair on the Square. The show will take place at the corner of 14th Street and University Avenue in Huntsville, just two block south of the downtown square. Registration – $20 per entry – will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, with awards presented at 3 p.m. For more information, call Shellie (936) 295-7052 or visit www.huntsvillecruisers.net.

Newcomers Meeting

THe Huntsville Newcomers meeting will be on Oct. 7 at the SHSU Alumni Center at 9:30 a.m. Park in front of the SHSU football stadium press box, arrive by 9 a.m. for shuttle ride to Alumni Center. Breakfast will be continental style in the lobby from 9-10 a.m. Cost is $7 due before Oct. 3 with reservations to Ann Harbison. The program will be about SHSU and a tour of the campus.

Fall Plant Sale

The Walker County Master Gardeners invite you to their annual Fall Plant Sale. Located at 102 Tam Road (Highway 75 north, 2 miles north of Pilot Truck Stop) in Huntsville on Oct. 9. Sale begins at 8 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. Featuring bulbs, perennials, natives, grasses, shrubs, herbs, house plants, roses. blueberries, blackberries, fruit trees and more. Don't forget to bring your wagon. Call (936) 435-2426 for additional information.