American Legion Post 84 is holding a “Coats for Kids” drive. Please help the kids in our community by donating gently used or new coats for school-aged kids, 5 to 18. Drop-off boxes will be at all schools, the Legion, the Meteor and Wal-Mart. They will be delivered to kids the last day of school before Thanksgiving break.
There is a coat drive underway in the City of Midway. Coats and jackets and sweaters can be dropped off at Midway City Hall through Thursday, Nov. 17. Coats will be distributed Monday, Nov. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 23. For more information please contact Tatum Barker at 936-348-0841.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Nov. 16 at All-Tech Plumbing, 1300 North May St. Lunch will be served.
Country Store Luncheon
The Huntsville Christian Women's Connection invites all ladies to a Fall Country Store luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17 , at Elkins Lake Clubhouse, 632 Cherry Hills Drive, Huntsville. Shopping is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Come buy homemade jams, jellies, salsas, cakes, pies, cookies and so much more ... just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The lunch and program are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Michelle Spencer, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Walker County, will be the guest speaker. Cost: $15. or reservations, call Carol at 936-295-6178.
A country market featuring guns, ammunition, barbecue sauces, rubs and seasonings, handmade wood and leather pieces including swings, purses and jewelry, jams, cheeses, gourmet coffee antiques, soaps and more will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17. The event, held at Bedias Civic Center, 3652 Main St., Bedias, also will offer a boxed supper including a baked potato with all the trimmings and dessert. Proceeds will help defray costs of the annual Veteran’s Day dinner and go toward Madisonville and Iola ISD scholarships.
Madisonville Holiday Market
The Madisonville holiday market will be Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Country Club. There will be baked goods, ladies apparel, wreaths, handmade jewelry, soaps, honey products and more. Booth spaces are available. For additional information, contact Babs Blair at (936) 825-1470.
Journey Through Bethlehem
On Dec. 2 and 3, many of the churches in Huntsville will again come together for their presentation of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. There will be many shops to explore such as the bread shop, the bricklayer's shop, the basket weaving shop and fish market. There will be a wedding feast with dancing. Before you enter the city, there will be a heavenly host of angels supplied by local choirs. Bring your family to enjoy this event Friday night and Saturday night at the Walker County Fairgrounds from 6 to 9 p.m., admission will be $1. Both nights Spanish translators and ASL signers will be available.
Saturday's performance will be after the parade and other festivities of the Huntsville for the Holidays. For more info, call 936-291-9726.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
The Capt. John McAdams Chapter will honor all military veterans at the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 in the Madison County Courthouse Annex on the south side of the Madisonville Square. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony honoring all veterans on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan.
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Chili Contest is set for Dec. 8 at the Truman Kimbro Center. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and the event is open to the public at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for a bowl of chili. Entry form and fee deadline is Nov. 30; teams can enter for $20 which includes a table and electricity. Cash awards will be given for first, second and third places. Contact the Chamber at 936-348-3591 or email@example.com for additional information.
The Texas-themed holiday park just outside of College Station will be open through Jan. 1. Visit www.santas-wonderland.com for more information.
Traditions Hospice is recruiting volunteers. Opportunities include office assistance, bereavement program and patient companionship. Volunteers may choose the time and dates that best fit their personal schedule. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-245-7433.
Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is looking for caring and enthusiastic volunteers to help in the gift shop and the volunteer desk four hours a week. The Auxiliary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds and support the goals and activities of Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Anyone interested, please contact Karen Bilsing at 936-291-4599 or email@example.com.
Adult Education Class
An adult education family history class will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through December at the Madisonville Intermediate School Library. No experience is necessary, and participants are asked to bring a laptop computer or tablet if possible. For more information, contact Debbie Murders at (936) 730-9052 or Elder Wilding at (208) 534-8071.
GED, ESL and Citizenship Classes
GED, ESL and citizenship classes are being held at Madisonville Adult Learning Center, 714 Bacon St., Madisonville. GED class hours are Monday-Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. ESL and citizenship classes are on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (936) 349-8003 for more information. Childcare assistance is available. Mention it when you register.
Brazos Valley Community Action Agency is accepting applications for its Head Start program for the current school year.
Head Start is a preschool program that provides comprehensive educational social services to eligible children. It provides appropriate educational curriculum and other services to help with everyday needs.
Head Start, located at 901B Trinity, is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the center is open for children from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
To register, parents/ guardians must provide proof of income for the past 12 months, the child’s birth certificate, an immunization record, insurance cards and a photo ID for the parent.
Contact the center at (936) 348-3915 for an appointment.
The Madisonville Order of Eastern Star meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Madisonville Masonic Lodge.
The American Legion Family Post 84 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.
The Visual Arts group meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rancho Viejo. Good fellowship, a potluck meal and a sharing time are scheduled for each meeting. A wide variety of art forms are enjoyed and encouraged, such as needlework, bead art, soap making, painting, leatherwork and building miniature houses.
The Woodmen Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Madisonville Volunteer Fire Station.
The Kruzin’ Eagles Riding Group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Madisonville Fire Station, then goes for a ride. There is a monthly potluck supper.
For information, call Ron at (936) 348-1496 or Tim at (936) 245-0997.
Session office hours
State Rep. Trent Ashby’s district director, Linda Parker, will hold mobile office hours in the district.
A Madisonville prayer group will hold weekly sessions at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the House of Hope, 901 W. Trinity.
All concerned residents are welcome.
For information, call Ferney Lord at (936) 662-7856.
The Madison County NAACP Chapter 6193 meets every third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Madisonville Senior Community Center, located on Amos Street.
For information, contact President Steven Green, (936)-348-4602
The Rock Hounds Etc. meet the second Thursday of each month.
Time is 6:30 p.m. in the old fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church located at 102 South McIver is the place.
If you are interested in knowing more about things like fossils, rocks, Native American artifacts and history and metal detecting, you are welcome to attend the meeting, which includes a potluck meal.
For information, contact Betty Strawther at (936) 399-2219.
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Wednesday of each month.
For information, call (936) 348-3591.
Madisonville Christian Fellowship is hosting a monthly veterans coffee and fellowship at the church, 3973 Highway 21 East.
The event runs from 7-9 a.m., with a guest speaker at 8 a.m.
For information, contact Wade Phillips at (936) 348-3923 or Jim Vance at (936) 348-1126.