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Candidate Forums

Austin County GOP will host its first Candidate Forum for the five Republican candidates for State Representative House District 13 at the regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 4, starting at 7 p.m. at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy. Candidates are: Jill Wolfskill and Marc S. Young of Austin County; David K. Stall of Fayette County; Ben Leman of Grimes County and Daniel McCarthy of Washington County.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., ACGOP will host a candidate forum in Bellville at the historic Turnverein at the Austin County Fairgrounds. All five HD13 Republican candidates have confirmed. Invitations have also been sent to 4 Commissioner of the General Land Office Republican candidates. Jerry Patterson has confirmed.

Meetings are open to all but only Republican candidates are invited to participate in the forums primary to the March 6, 2018 Primary Election.

Aggie Moms

Austin County Aggie Moms will have their first meeting of 2018 Monday, Jan. 8, at Sens Activity Center in Bellville. They will begin with a chili supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short meeting at 6 p.m. Guest speakers will be 2017 scholarship recipients and our members’ current students. All mothers of current and former Texas A&M students are invited. For more information, contact Anne Davis or visit austincountymoms.aggienetwork.com.

Master Gardener Training Program

For anyone interested in participating in the Master Gardener training program, the deadline for signing up is Jan. 17. Class size is limited. The classes will be held on Wednesday mornings beginning on January 17, 2018 and continuing through April 18, 2018.

The Master Gardener program is a unique opportunity for individuals who are interested in horticulture and serving their community. Master Gardeners are trained in all facets of horticulture such as plant and soil science, entomology, plant pathology, landscape design, vegetable gardening and much more. An open house will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Bellville on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact the Extension office at (979) 865-2072 or visit the Bluebonnet Master Gardener Website at http://bluebonnetmastergardener.org.

Marines Meeting

Local members of the U.S. Marine Corps are invited to a monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at China Buffet in Sealy.

Focusing Families

Save the date of Friday, Jan. 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.

Becoming Media Savvy

The Texas Master Naturalists, Coastal Prairie Chapter, will hold their monthly program on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. The February program features Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy, who has been recognized by Texas Children in Nature for leadership in the children and nature movement in the Greater Houston Region. The Texas Master Naturalists program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information call 281.633.7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu

Texas Master Naturalists announce spring training schedule

As a Master Naturalist, you will join a corps of volunteers dedicated to the beneficial management of our natural resources and natural areas. Are you interested in our natural habitat –learning more about native plants and grasses; local geology; natural water systems; native birds, insects and mammals; hummingbirds or butterflies; our overall ecosystem? If so, you can enhance your knowledge of these areas and more by becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist.

The classes are scheduled to begin March 24 and complete on Saturday, May 26 and will include four evening classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and eight Saturday classes from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday classes are held at nearby parks and preserves to provide additional educational opportunities for new trainees in the field.

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 stewandmickey@earthlink.net.

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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