Thanksgiving Dinner

The 19th annual preschool-congregational Thanksgiving dinner fundraiser will be held at Trinity Lutheran Preschool from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Contact Ruth Szymanski or Margie Ashorn at Citizens State Bank or the church or school offices at 402 Atchison Street for more information.

Veterans Day Assembly and Luncheon

The Sealy High School Student Council will be hosting a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the high school gym. Immediately following there will be a luncheon for all veterans, active duty military and their families in the band hall.

Veterans Day Service

A Veterans Day service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park, 998 F.M. 529 next to the American Legion Hall.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

In honor of Veterans Day, Texas ChalleNGe Academy will host a flag retirement ceremony Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held in front of the Academy, at 600 Highway 3013W, Eagle Lake. The event is open to the community with VIP seating provided to veterans starting at 3:30 p.m.

Austin County Civic Chorale

The Austin County Civic Chorale will be presenting their first concert of their 33rd season on Nov. 12, titled "Thankful." The performance will include music of thanksgiving and renewal. The concert will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bellville at 4 p.m.

Texas German Society

A German-style meal will be the main feature of the next meeting of the Bluebonnet Chapter of the Texas German Society. Also, Karl Micklitz will describe Christmas traditions in Germany while other members will tell about the traditions in their homes and communities in Texas. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Hill Center. The chapter will provide pork roast and sausage. Members with last names beginning from A-L should bring sides and those with last names beginning from M-Z should bring desserts. Anyone interested in German history and culture is invited to join the Bluebonnet Chapter and may contact chapter president Herbert Schumann at 979-865-3804.

Courthouse cleanup

The Bellville Young Professionals are seeking volunteers to help with landscaping and cleanup at the Austin County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the courthouse, 1 East Main St., Bellville.

Chicken Stew Dinner

A boneless chicken stew dinner will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Nelsonville Brethren Church Educational Building. To-go plates are available, along with a country store, raffle, refreshments and baked goods. The church invites the public to attend worship services at 10:15 a.m.

Fantasy of Lights

The 2017 Fantasy of Lights Parade is Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The parade Deadline is Nov. 29, and this year’s theme is Christmas Around the World. The entry deadline for the 2017 Fantasy of Lights Pageant is Nov. 9, and the contest is Nov. 11 at the American Legion Hall.

Visit for forms and information.

Election filing

The time to file for a place on the ballot for the March 6, 2018, Republican general primary election ends Dec. 11, 2017, at 6pm. Applications are to be filed with County Chair H W “Buddy” Koenig, 7902 Hoppe Sister Rd, New Ulm, TX 78950. For information call 979-357-2716 or 713-582-8384.

Focusing Families

Save the date of Friday, January 26, 2018, for the annual Focusing Families fundraising dinner and auction. It will again be held at the Austin County Convention and Expo Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 979-826-3290 for ticket information, reservations, and to donate to the auction. Focusing Families provides shelter and crisis support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the counties of Austin, Waller, Washington, Grimes and Northwest Harris.

Texas German Society

Americans of German descent constitute the largest ethnic group in the United States with more than 58 million Americans proudly proclaiming their German heritage. Austin County and the surrounding areas contain a large number of inhabitants with German backgrounds.

The Bluebonnet Chapter of Texas German Society strives to preserve and promote the German language, culture and traditions. This group meets bi-monthly at the Hill Center in Sealy. Anyone, including non-German speaking individuals, is encouraged to join. They may contact chapter president Herbert Schumann at 979-865-3804.

Clasa de Ingles

Clasa de Ingles – gratis – cada martes y viernes a las 6:30 p.m.

Donde: La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santo de los Ultimos Dias

600 West St., Sealy

Telefono: Elder Wilding, 208-534-8071

State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site shares the stories of Stephen F. Austin and his colonists who came to Mexican Texas in the 1820s and 1830s. The historic site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers frequent special-content programming on weekends. Construction on a new museum is ongoing (anticipated opening is spring 2018). For more information or to plan a visit, call 979-885-2181 or go to

Today’s Word Ministries

Today’s Word Ministries is starting a nondenominational Bible study at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month at 7 p.m. Come as you are and if you want to, enjoy your supper at 6 p.m. and study from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call Stew Williford at 979-661-0242 (cell), or email

Updated property tax information available

The Austin County Appraisal District has updated property tax information available to assist taxpayers. Information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons who are who are age 65 or older. For more information about these programs, contact the Austin County Appraisal District at 906 E. Amelia St., Bellville, or at 979-865-9124. Information is also available on the Comptroller's Property Tax Assistance Division's website.

Free Genealogy Class

The Gordon Memorial Library invites you to attend a free Genealogy class, each Wednesday at 11 a.m. until noon at the Gordon Memorial Library – 917 N. Circle Drive.

Please bring the following:

1. Information about you, your parents, and your grandparents;

2. An email address and corresponding username, password and/or cell phone;

3. A laptop computer (optional).

For further information call: the Gordon Memorial Library - 979-885-7469 or Elder Wilding – 208-534-8071.


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