Lord's Acre Festival Oct. 20 at Ballinger FUMC
First United Methodist Church of Ballinger will have The Lord's Acre Festival Sunday, Oct. 20. A barbecue dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dine-in/drive-thru for adults is $10 and children (under 10) is $5 dine-in only. The Country Store and Silent Auction open at 10 a.m. Live Auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Nursery available for pre-K and under. For tickets and information, please contact First United Methodist Church at (325) 365-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be Heart Strong with Dinner Tonight Oct. 20
Be Heart Strong with Dinner Tonight, a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Runnels County cooking school, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Ballinger Community Center. Join us for an evening filled with healthy food demonstrations, free food samples, shopping and free blood pressure checks. Register by Oct. 16 by calling 325-365-2219 or go online to https://runnels.agrilife.org/program.
Meet the Candidates Oct. 22 in Winters
Winters Area Chamber of Commerce has set the date for “Meet the Candidate” Oct. 22. It is important that the voting public be informed so they may make the best choice in 2019. This November election will have competitive contests for City Council, North Runnels Hospital and Winters Independent School Board of Directors. At “Meet the Candidate” candidates from each contest will be allowed to expound on their ideas for the future of Winters. At the end of the presentations the public will be allowed to engage the candidates in one-to-one. For more information; Winters Area Chamber of Commerce, 325-754-5210, email@example.com or Facebook Winters Chamber of Commerce.
Ballinger school board elections Nov. 5
Ballinger ISD will hold school board elections on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for the upcoming term.
Elections for two positions will be held — Single Member District 2: Cheryl Buchanan and Michelle Aguilera; Single Member District 7: Scott King and Eloyed Fuentes. Voting locations for Nov. 5 elections will be: Pct. 1-Runnels County Elections Office; Pct. 2-Elm Creek Grain; Pct. 7-Community Center; Pct. 8-City Hall. Early voting will be held from Oct. 21-Nov. 1 at the Runnels County Elections Office (600 Strong, Ballinger).
Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon Nov. 5
Chicken Spaghetti Luncheon sponsored by the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Dine in, drive thru and delivery available. Cost is $10. For more information call, 325-365-6030 or 325-365-1692.
Veterans Day activities planned for Nov. 11
The American Legion Post 8, VFW Post 9196 and the Runnels County Veterans Service Office are having the Veteran’s Day Activities on Monday, Nov. 11. The ceremony will be at the memorial at the courthouse square at 10 a.m. and the Parade will be at 11am. Everyone is invited to attend. If you would like to be in the Parade, call Sandra at 325-365-3612.
Winters Public Library raffle drawing Nov. 21
Winters Public Library is hosting a fundraising raffle. Prizes are a barbecue/tailgating package or technology package. The barbecue package includes a George Foreman Stainless Gas Grill, a $100 gift card to Spring Market, and many accessories. The technology prize package includes a Fire TV Stick, a movie projector, and an echo dot, as well as other electronics. Tickets are $10 each, and may be purchased at the Winters Public Library or from any board member. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Winters Public Library. Call 754-4251 for more information.
BMHD Foundation Board raffle Nov. 30
The Ballinger Memorial Hospital District Health Foundation has elected to hold on Nov. 30 a raffle with proceeds designated to the Mammography Unit purchase. Here’s a list of prizes and ticket cost:
• 1st: 2020 John Deere Gator XUV560E S4 AND Tandom Axel Utility Trailer 6'10" x 16' - South Plains Implement & Hog Creek Trailers (Value $14,000)
• 2nd: GreenGo 400 lb Corn Feeder - Johnson Feed Barn (Value $540)
• 3rd: 1 Ton of Deer Corn - Ballinger Feed and Seed (Value $280)
• 4th: Steel Pistol Shooting Target - Double Barrel Fabrication (Value $275)
• 5th: Gorilla Utility Cart - Higginbotham Brothers (Value $85)
• 6th: $50 Lowake Steak House Gift Card - Lowake Steak House (Value $50)
Tickets - $25 Each or 5 for $100 (Total of 2,000 Tickets Available. Order of prize drawing is 1st to 6th. Need not be present to win.)
Story Time and Crafts at Carnegie Library
Story Time and Crafts at the Carnegie Library have resumed on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. All children are welcome to attend with a parent present.
Ballinger Food Pantry open Monday-Friday
The Community Food Pantry, located at 508 Strong Avenue, Ballinger, Texas, invites you to come shop for clothing and household items. Monthly food provided to eligible households with identification and proof of address. A CTO representative is here each Wednesday to provide utility assistance, case management and housing for Texas Heroes, a veteran’s program. Open 9 a.m. to 12 noon Monday to Friday.
Friends of Seniors of Winters Friday Night Games
Senior citizens are welcome to join us for “Pot Luck” and Friends of Seniors of Winters Friday Night Games starting at 5:50 p.m. at 601 Wood Street Winters Senior Activity Center.
Remodeled Winters Food Bank, Thrift Store now open
The Winters Food Bank and remodeled Thrift Store located at the Samaritan House is now open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Super Sale Saturday is the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. until noon.
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 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Senior Citizen Lunch
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.
Participate in the 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.
Carnegie Library Hours
The Carnegie Library in Ballinger is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Storytime will resume at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4.
WIC open to many families, incomes
Women Infants and Children, (WIC) is located in the First United Methodist Church on 1501 N. Broadway Street, phone number is 325-365-5925. WIC is open Monday and Wednesday only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
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.
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.
Meals on Wheels volunteers needed
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.
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.
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.
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 email mblue@ cactomgreen.org. CASA serves Tom Green, Runnels, Concho, Crockett, Coke, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Sterling and Schleicher counties.
Ballinger Masonic Lodge meetings
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.
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.