Editor's Note: These normally scheduled events may be canceled at the time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

CARR public meetings canceled

The public meetings for CARR (City and Rural Rides) have been canceled. These meetings were scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Brown County Multimodal, 1031 Early Blvd, Early, Texas, 76802 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Abilene TXDOT/DMV Building, 4210 Clack, Abilene, TX 76904.

Auxin Training upcoming in Runnels County

Producers are getting used to the annual Auxin Training that must be completed in order to apply 2,4-D or Dicamba on the Auxin tolerant cotton varieties. Keep in mind that producers who are applying one of the Dicamba formulations (Engenia, Fexapan, Tavium, Xtendimax) must be a licensed pesticide applicator and have their own license. If you are applying 2,4-D (Enlist One or Enlist Duo) you may still apply under the supervision of a licensed applicator. This year’s training has been reduced back to a one hour training instead of two. Below is a list of training dates being hosted in Runnels County. Training dates are April 2 at Runnels County Ag Day; and April 8 at the Ballinger Senior Citizens Center from 8 to 9 a.m. Please RSVP to the Runnels County Extension office by calling 325-365-2219.

45th Annual Colorado River Bikefest April 25

The 45th Annual Colorado River Bikefest will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Runnels County Courthouse. The fee is $15 for a 5K ride, run, or walk and $25 for the 30K and 60K tours. The first 100 entries will receive a T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit the Ballinger Lions Club Journey for Sight eyeglass recycling, scholarship, and Texas Lions Camp and Civic Projects. For more information, contact Lanada Driskell at 325-234-7842 or visit ballingernoonlions.org.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. Super Sale Saturday is the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. until noon.

New books available at Carnegie Library

Several new books are available at the Carnegie Library in Ballinger. New adult fiction books and children's books are arriving weekly. Some of the new adult books include: Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich; Clock Dance by Anne Tyler; Cemetery Road by Greg Iles; and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. We are accepting book donations for a book sale later in the Spring. The libary's Facebook page is: Carnegie Ballinger.

Celebrate Recovery Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Bluff Creek Cowboy Church, located at 3802 FM 2405 in Drasco. Call Bobby at (325) 214-0304 or Beverly at (325) 214-0611 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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.

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. The library is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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.