Christmas Decoration Drive
Due to weather events this past year, many are without Christmas decorations. So, for the remainder of this week, Sealy High School Interact Club is having a Christmas decoration drive. Bring any Christmas decorations to the front office at Sealy High School to provide families in need with some added holiday cheer. If you or someone you know can benefit from these donations, they will be available- first-come, first-serve- at the Sealy High School Community Art Night on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.
San Felipe Festival and Parade
The San Felipe Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and the event also includes a cook-off. For more information, call Wendy Fuller at 832-654-2317.
Salvation Army Outside Christmas Concert
The Salvation Army Christmas Concert is set for 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 on the south side of Walmart in Sealy. It is free to the public and features live music. Bring lawn chairs. For more information call Pastor Frank Lucas at 713-859-8193.
Bellville VFW Post 6522 will hold a variety shoot Dec. 10 at the post four miles north of Bellville. Shotguns only, shells will be provided, drinks are available. Shooting starts at 1 p.m. or when first 10 rounds are full. Prizes are gift cards from local merchants: Bellville Meat Market, Brookshire Brothers, Bills Country Market and Walmart.
The time to file for a place on the ballot for the March 6, 2018, Republican general primary election ends Dec. 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. 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.
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 www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.