WoodmenLife Coat Drive

WoodmenLife Chapter 105 of Sealy is sponsoring a coat drive in conjunction with the First Baptist Church. All sizes of coats are welcomed and may be dropped off at the church, 707 Eighth Street, Sealy. There is a rack on which to hang the coats. If you are in need of a coat, you may take it off the rack.

Austin County Civic Chorale

The Austin County Civic Chorale is looking for interested singers to participate in their upcoming pops concert on April 15, 2018. Rehearsals begin Jan. 18 in Bellville at the Sens Activity Center at 200 Briar Ridge Drive. A 6:30 p.m. meal will precede this first rehearsal. The Chorale is a volunteer, non-audition group which began in 1985 for area singers to have opportunity to perform quality choral literature for the benefit of the community. This will be the second of the two performances for this, their 32nd season. For more information, contact director Janet Allphin at 979-877-5643.

Focusing Families

Tickets are now available 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. on Friday, Jan. 26. This year's theme is "Healing Hearts" and our evening includes a scrumptious Italian-style meal, a live and silent auction, and the acoustic country sounds of Jon Fritzching. Call 979-826-3290 for 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.

Sealy High School College Night

The annual Sealy High School College Night is set for Monday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sealy High School Cafeteria. Please make plans to attend this College Night to gather information to help plan your future after high school graduation. This event is open to all eighth grade and high school students. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

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

Candidate Forum

On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., Austin County GOP 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.

Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference

The 33rd Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference is scheduled Feb. 8 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. The program will be in Buildings C and D with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. According to organizers, the conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. Waller, Wharton, Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Colorado and Austin counties join with Fort Bend to put on this event focusing on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiencies and profitability. Five continuing education credits for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders will be given. To register, go to or call AgriLife Conference Services at 979-845-2604. There will be no in-office registrations. For general questions, contact Brandy Rader at 281-342-3034.

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The annual Sealy Chamber of Commerce banquet and silent auction is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Contact Tammy at 979-885-3222 or for more information.

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

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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