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Court-Appointed Special Advocates

Did you know?

In 2017 in Texas:

• More than 50,000 children were in legal care of the state?

• 1,200 children aged out of the system without finding a home?

• 54 children a day are removed from their home and enter the foster care system?

• More than 150 of these children were from your county?

The CASA community in Texas is made up of 71 local CASA programs with over 10,000 volunteers serving nearly 30,000 foster children in 213 counties. CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates – are just like you and me, and are volunteers trained to speak up for these children who are in care due to no fault of their own.

Your local CASA program serves Austin, Colorado, Waller and Washington counties. They currently need about five to 10 advocates to be the “voice” of a child and the “eyes and ears” for the court. The next training class starts July 14. Visit wespeak4kids.org or contact at 979-277-0088. There are other volunteer opportunities available as well as the advocate role.

Arts and Crafts Show

The 15th Annual Arts & Craft Show sponsored by the Wallis American Legion Post 200 is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 and 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15. Chopped barbecue on buns, hamburgers, desserts and drinks will be served. More than 30 vendors will be on site selling home décor items, jewelry, clothing and makeup.

Preserving Family Heritage

An Estate and Legal Planning Seminar will be hosted by Washington, Austin, and Fayette County Extension. The program topics will include: Overview of Estate and Transition Planning; Business Entities and Trusts; Understanding Probate and Alternatives. The program will be held at the Cat Spring Ag Hall, 13035 Hall Road, Cat Spring, on July 16. You can pre-register by July 10 or register on site beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Austin County, (979-865-2072), Fayette County (979-968-5831) or Washington County (979-277-6212).

Blood Drive

A blood drive is set for 4 to 8 p.m. July 19 at the St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Cat Spring. Free beach towels will be provided. Contact Chris Beckendorff at 979-818-6969 or chrisbeckendorff@gmail.com for more information. The church can be reached Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at 979-865-5444.

Austin County Sports Banquet

The second annual Austin County Sports Night Banquet will feature Sealy, Bellville and Brazos coaches giving the inside scoop for the upcoming fall seasons of football, volleyball and cross country. Tickets include a chicken fried chicken meal and a night of fun. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. July 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sealy.

Student Physicals

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land is offering annual student physicals from 9 a.m. to noon on July 28 for Fort Bend ISD, Stafford MSD and any other student athlete needing a physical.

Church Festival

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Frelsburg will hold its annual festival on Sunday, Aug. 5. The church is located 10 miles north of Columbus off F.M. 109, at 1031 Church Lane. The day will begin with Holy Mass at 8.45 a.m. A meal of fried fish, buttered potatoes, hush puppies, coleslaw, pinto beans, bread, pickles and tea will be served at 11 a.m. Meal tickets will be $11.00 for a large plate and $7.00 for a small plate. There will be music by Larry Sodek & Friends 10am to 1pm for your listening pleasure. Hamburgers, nachos and snacks will available starting at 3 p.m. The day will conclude with a free dance after the auction with music by The Lost Cause Band.

Sealy High School Class Reunion

The SHS 50-year class reunion for the Class of 1968 will be at noon Sept. 29 at Ermis Encore Double E Grocery, 10108 F.M. 1458, Frydek. No deposit needed. All class attendees, spouses and guests may order from the menu. Call 512-689-8703 or email drp707@yahoo.com for more information. RSVPs are encouraged. For accommodations and city information, www.visitsealy.com.

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.

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