What’s Happening in the Towns Around?
Free Christian Women’s Conference
First Assembly of God Church in Caldwell,Texas will host their second annual Christian Women’s Conference on Saturday,April 10, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Several well known speakers and performances are scheduled. Melissa Hall is the founder of New Creation Ministries which ministers healing and restoration. Jean Warner Ministries specializes in empowering womento walk in victory. There will be special performances by the Covenant Players, an interdenominational professional drama ministry. Talented singers will lead an uplifting praise and worship time. Door prizes will be awarded aswell. The public is invited to attend for an opportunity to fellowship with sisters in Christ, receive the Word of God, and be blessed. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is going on now. To register, or for additional information about the conference, please contact the church at 1stAG@cebridge.netor call (979) 567-3712. The First Assembly of God church is located at 12th& Temple Street in Caldwell, Texas . Visit our web site at wwwFirstAssemblyOfCaldwell.org for a map or to print a flyer.
Down Home Ranch Round Up
Our annual charitable Golf Tournament is on Friday, April 9, at Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock. 1:30 pm tee time. Excellent golf course, range balls, cart, prizes, competition and more. Having to take off Friday afternoon to play golf, have a beer, eat fajitas and win a prize, all to support a good cause. It’s a sacrifice but, hey, it’s the Texas way.
Then on Saturday night, April 10, the Annual Gala: 6:00 to 10:00 at the beautiful, new Parish Hall at St. William Church in Round Rock. Catered dinner by South Side Market, wine tasting, terrific silent and live auctions, with Auctioneer Extraordinaire Gayle Stallings, followed by the outstanding Quebe Sisters Band.
This is our big, annual fundraiser so we want to fill the house with 350 out-of-control spenders. Plus, we’ll miss you if you aren’t there. Y’all come, hear?
Volunteer Fire Depertment BBQ Cookoff
The 22nd annual Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue Cookoff has been set for the weekend of April 9-10 in Elgin Memorial Park.
Western Days Festival
The 41st Annual Western Days Festival hits historic Elgin, Texas the week of June 21 - June 26, 2010. The week is packed full with activities for all ages, culminating on the grand finale day of Saturday June 26th with one of the longest parades in Texas. The fun includes a week-long carnival; Queen and Tiny Tot Revues; dances; softball, horseshoe, video and volleyball tournaments; awesome music, delicious food, and superb vendors. Admission is free.
Fayette County- CooperFarm
Wildlife Practices and Activities Workshop
A Wildlife Practices and Activities Workshop will be held at the S.P.J.S.T Education and Nature Center at Cooper Farm on Friday, April 30th, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The workshop is designed for landowners interested in using wildlife management as a qualifying agricultural practice for property tax purposes. Presentations will cover rules for qualifying for wildlife tax valuation and tips on writing the wildlife management plan, as well as management practices that are commonly used for qualification.
The workshop is free but a $12 catered lunch will be provided. To register, call the Fayette County Appraisal District at 979-968-8383. Reservations are requested before April 23rd.
Palestine & Rusk
Peanuts- The Easter Beagle Express.
Snoopy will visit the Texas State Railroad on April 1, 2, and 3, 2010 for Peanuts- The Easter Beagle Express.
During the train ride listen to a live reading of the book, “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” and meet Snoopy as he walks through the train.
At the Rusk Depot enjoy Easter Egg Crafts, watch “It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” in the theatre, take pictures with Snoopy, and listen to live musical entertainment.
Thursday, April 1, enjoy the event during the Maydelle Turntable Special Diesel Excursion departing the Rusk Depot to the Maydelle Turntable. The train departs at 11:00am and returns to the Rusk Depot at 12:30pm. Lunch and special event activities will take place at the depot after the train ride.
Friday, April 2, enjoy the event during the Maydelle Turntable Steam Excursion departing the Rusk Depot to the Maydelle Turntable. The train departs at 11:00am and returns to the Rusk Depot at 12:30pm. Lunch and the special event activities will take place at the depot after the train ride.
Saturday, April 3, enjoy the event during a Pineywoods Steam Excursion departing the Palestine Depot. The train departs at 11:00am and returns to the Palestine Depot at 3:30pm. Enjoy lunch and the special event activities during the layover at the Rusk Depot.
Tickets for April 1 are $19 for Children ages 2-11 and $36.50 for Adults in Coach and Open Air Seating and $21 for Children ages 2-11 and $39.50 for Adults in Climate Controlled Seating. Infants under 2 ride free.
Lunch is included in ticket price. Tickets on April 2 & 3 are $23 for Children ages 2-11 and $40.50 for Adults in Coach and Open Air Seating and $25 for Children ages 2-11 and $43.50 for Adults in Climate Controlled Seating. Infants under 2 ride free.
Advanced reservations are recommended. For reservations, call 1- 888-987-2461 or visit www.TexasStateRR.com for more information.
Herds of horns are headed to Rockdale for one of their largest registered Texas Longhorn shows. The public is invited to see some of the best of the breed in the region and experience a little bit of Texas history.
The South Texas Longhorn Association (STLA) and Heart of Texas Longhorn Association (HOT) team up to present the fourth annual Rockdale Registered Texas Longhorn Show on April 9-11 at Fair Park Arena.
Relay for Life Events
Schwann’s Truckload Fundraiser
On April 30th, Thorndale will host its Annual Relay for Life event. The Celebration Soldiers Relay team is partnering with Schwan’s Home Service to hold a “Truckload” fundraising event at the Thorndale St. Paul Church parking lot on Saturday April 17th from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. Schwan’s catalogs for the event can be picked up at local merchants in Thorndale or you can contact Deana Caffey @ 512-898-5189 or 512-898-0421 to request one. Pre-orders can be called in until April 12th to Deana Caffey or any of the team members listed in the front of the catalogs or Greg Garcia (Schwan’s coordinator) at 512-739-0653. Gift certificates can be purchased from Schwan’s by calling 1- 888-724-9267 option 4 and using campaign #27273. Of course you can also come by on Saturday the 17th and purchase your items straight off the truck. For individuals who place pre-orders your items will be all together and ready to purchase that day so all you have to do is come by and get them. Credit cards, EBT cards, cash or checks are all accepted. This is a great way to support your local Relay for Life while also filling your freezers with some great food!! If you have any questions please contact Deana Caffey at the above numbers. Let’s come out and help support Relay for Life and find a cure for Cancer!!!
“Field of Hope”
The Thorndale Relay for Life is setting up a “Field of Hope” on the corner of Hwy 79 and 1st Street in Thorndale. Since most of the times, people who purchase Luminarias for loved ones may not be able to come to the Relay and see them, we are going to place a “Fight Back” flag with the person’s name on it on the lot for every Luminaria purchased. This will allow us to Honor those who are still fighting the fight as well as those who have lost their battle in a longer and more visual way. The “Hope” is that family and friends will have the opportunity to see this memorial stand all month and possibly for a little bit after the Relay. Luminarias will still be placed around the track the night of the Relay on April 30th at the City Park but we wanted to honor these folks more than just that night. If you are interested in purchasing a Luminaria in Honor of or “in Memory of” a friend or family member the suggested purchase price is $5.00 but you can purchase them for more or less. The purchase of the Luminaria would include the placement of the flag on the “Field of Hope”. If you are interested in buying a Luminaria you can contact any Thorndale Relay for Life team member. For information about the “Field of Hope” or to purchase a Luminaria you can contact Kim Richter @ 512-760-6997 or 898-2758 or Deana Caffey at 898-5189 or 898-0421.
Bussing Tables for Tips
Thorndale Relay for Life team Celebration Soldiers will have members of their team bussing tables for tips every Saturday evening from 5 to close in April at Downtown Café on Main Street in Thorndale. So be sure to come out and enjoy a great meal and support Relay for Life!! All tips placed in the tip jars on the tables will go to the team while tips for the waitress/waiter need to be left on the table. So spread the word and invite your friends and family to dirty up some plates and help us fight the battle against cancer!! For additional information abut this event, please contact Deana Caffey at (512) 898-5189 or (512) 468-3500.