BALLINGER - The churches in Ballinger will be hosting Lenten Lunches at noon each Wednesday through March 28. On Wednesday March 7, Kingdom Stream and Jesus Christ Church will host the lunch at the Kingdom Stream building at 2019 Hutchins Ave. On March 14 the lunch will be held at 7th Street Baptist Church at 1200 N. 7th St. On March 21, the lunch will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church and Glory Road Cowboy Church and held at First Presbyterian at 301 N. Broadway Ave. On March 28, the lunch will be hosted by First Baptist Church at 400 N. 8th St. and held at the Family Life Center.

Lenten lunches slated

BALLINGER - The churches in Ballinger will be hosting Lenten Lunches at noon each Wednesday through March 28. On Wednesday March 7, Kingdom Stream and Jesus Christ Church will host the lunch at the Kingdom Stream building at 2019 Hutchins Ave. On March 14 the lunch will be held at 7th Street Baptist Church at 1200 N. 7th St. On March 21, the lunch will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church and Glory Road Cowboy Church and held at First Presbyterian at 301 N. Broadway Ave. On March 28, the lunch will be hosted by First Baptist Church at 400 N. 8th St. and held at the Family Life Center.

Ballinger Noon Lions Flag Project

Ballinger Noon Lions Club wants to thank all Businesses who participate in the Flag Project. The club would like to invite new businesses to join our Flag Project. On all major holidays members place flags out and pick them up. The annual cost for this service is $24. Anyone interested please contact Lanada Driskell at 325-234-7842. We would be proud to put you on our list. These funds are used for scholarships and many community services.

Bike Fest coming

The Ballinger Noon Lions Club Annual Bike fest is coming up during the Ethnic Festival in April and sponsors are needed for the event. sponsored. Each year the Lions Club gives every entrant a T-Shirt which includes the sponsor's Logo on the back. Those who would like to sponsor this event contact Lanada Driskell at 325-234-7842, or contact any Lion member. The Bike Fest supports Texas Lions Camp, eye glass recycling, leader dogs, journey for sight and now diabetes, and many other service projects. Lions Clubs are worldwide and the largest non-profit organization in the world. The International Lions Foundation supports all disasters. The Lions are one of the first in and last to leave, this is not advertised, but so true. The Lions Club is proud to serve this community.

Baby boomers wanted

Baby Boomers 55 years or older are needed for a special project. Local nonprofit organizations need your help. Do you need to increase your income? Are you unemployed, having trouble making ends meet? Let SCSEP/MET INC. pay you while you provide support to local NON profit Agencies. For more information go to www.seniorserviceamerica.org or email Tiffany Marcum@metinc.org.

Barbecue Chicken Sale March 18

OLFEN - The Olfen Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters will hold a drive through Barbecue chicken sale on Sunday, March 18 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. Homemade potato salad and beans will also be sold. Whole chickens are $8, a pint of potato salad is $4 and pint of beans is $2. Please pre-order by Wednesday, March 14 by calling Marty Frey at 325-365-6618 or David Rohmfeld 325-442-3331. Orders may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the parish hall.

Ballinger Chamber Banquet Feb. 22

BALLINGER - The annual Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Tuesday, February 22 at the Carnegie Library at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be $15 each and tables will be $200 (8 tickets per table). The meal will be prepared by Beefmaster Steakhouse. Outgoing directors and incoming directors, will be presented and Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Junior Chamber Citizen of the Year will be named. Nominations are being accepted for Citizen of the Year.

Diabetes and blood pressure screenings

WINTERS - There will be a Diabetes and Blood Pressure Screening given by the North Runnels EMS at the Winters Public Library on from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, February 21. Please do not eat before testing and use the back entrance to the Library.

Winters Tai Chi

The Winters Tai Chi group meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the First Baptist Church Jones Hall. Slow stretches and breathing exercises are suitable for senior citizens. Benefits include improved balance and agility. Cost is free. Participants should bring along water.

Carnegie Library Story Time

BALLINGER - The Carnegie Library of Ballinger will host Story Time at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday for preschool children and home schooled children. The chlldren will read books and do a craft. The children can use the new Awe computers as well. Parents are expected to accompany the children.

Senior Citizen lunch

BALLINGER - The First United Methodist Church in Ballinger will provide a free lunch to Ballinger senior citizens on the second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center. The meal will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make time for seniors attending to have time for visiting and fellowship. Anyone who needs a ride to the lunch, please call 365-2323. Wheelchairs cannot be transported.

Visit the local art gallery

BALLINGER - Make plans to come by the Art Gallery located in the lobby of the Cook Professional Building at 804 Hutchins Ave. in downtown Ballinger. Visitors will see a variety of paintings on display by a featured artist of the month plus other art from members of the Mid-West Texas Artist Guild at the Do-Art Studio. The exhibit and sale times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and varied times on Friday.

Meals on Wheels volunteers needed

RUNNELS COUNTY - Do you want to do something to help your fellow community members? Volunteers are needed as new clients have been added to the Meals on Wheels Plus program in Runnels County. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To volunteer call Gene Roggenkamp in Ballinger at 325-280-0042 or Lupe Vasquez in Winters at 325-665-9341.

Winters Library news

WINTERS - The Winters Public Library has public access Internet computers and free WiFi. The library is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Screenings offered

WINTERS - Runnels County residents may obtain diabetes and blood pressure screenings at the Winters Public Library from 9 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of each month. Do not eat before the screening for the best results. The library is closed at that time, so those wishing to obtain a screening must enter through the back door of the library o Grant Street. For the best results for this test, do not eat two hours before screening.

RCHC books available

The latest book titled "Volume III Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County" is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; The Attic, Bee's Quilting, and the Z. I. Hale Museum Gift Shop in Winters; Beverly Teplicek in Rowena or from members of the Runnels County Historical Commission. The book can be ordered from Ballinger Printing& Graphics at ballingerprinting.com, Amazon.com, or by mailing payment to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters 79567. "Volume I The Organization of Runnels County" is also available for $25 or $31 if shipped, and "Volume II Schools of Runnels County" is available for $30 or $37 if shipped.

A Time for Freedom

WINTERS - The addiction class called "A Time for Freedom," is held at 7 p.m. every Thursday the Pioneer Church of God in Winters at 158 North Main St. For more information call 903-474-4740.

CASA volunteers wanted

The Children's Advocacy Center of Tom Green County, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers. Currently CASA serves 60 percent of the children in foster care. To sign up, call 325-653-4673 or emailmblue@cactomgreen.org. CASA serves Tom Green, Runnels, Concho, Crockett, Coke, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Sterling and Schleicher counties.

Visit Friendly Neighbors

The Texas Extension Education Agency “Friendly Neighbors” invites everybody in the Runnels County area who is interested in learning about cooking, gardening, arts and crafts and other useful subjects to meetings at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except during the summer). Meetings will alternate between the Runnels County Extension Office on the corner of south 7th Street and Sealy Ave. in Ballinger and the Winters Public Library at 120 N. Main St. in Winters. If you are interested and would like to find out more about this group, call Martha at 365-3890 or Judy at 754-5386.

Masonic Lodge meeting

The Ballinger Masonic Lodge #643 meets on the first Monday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 500 North Broadway. A meal will be served following each meeting. All District 105 Masons and those in the area, are encouraged to attend and meet for fellowship.

Carnegie Library hours

BALLINGER - The Carnegie Library in Ballinger is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The library is currently closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children's Story Hour will be held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Recycling Center Hours

The City of Ballinger’s Recycling Center, located at South 7th Street and Sealy Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday. The recycling center is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Saturday, the recycling center is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

WIC open to many incomes and families

Women Infants and Children, (WIC) located at 706 Strong Ave. in Ballinger is open from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. WIC is closed every third and fourth Monday of each month. Phone 325-365-5925.

Wingate Masonic Lodge meetings

The Wingate Masonic Lodge 1042 A.F. & A.M., meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, at the Wilmeth Lodge.

Paint Rock Masonic Lodge meetings

The Paint Rock Masonic Lodge No. 613 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Supper will be provided after the meeting held at the Masonic Lodge building located at 360 South Roberts on Highway 83 South.