Editor's Note: These normally scheduled events may be cancelled at the time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Runnels County Historical Commission
A Driving Tour of Fall Foliage, Wildlife, and Historical Sites
Friday, October 30, 2020.
Meet at Runnels County Courthouse at 8:00 am, or join us in Winters and leave from Z. I. Hale Museum at 8:30 am.
Please invite friends and combine together in vehicles. Tour is 75+ miles and will end at Lowake Steak House in Rowena for lunch. Bring your camera. Make sure you have plenty of gas. You may want to bring your RCHC books—Historical Markers and Schools.
Public Square Rosary
Praying for Our Nation on October 10, 2020, at 12 noon. The local Public Square Rosary rally will take place at Runnels County Courthouse lawn. Please contact Fran at 432-349-6852 for more information.
Saint Boniface Church Fall Festival at Olfen, Texas
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. There will be a drive through only. Only entrance is County Road 234 off of FM 1678.
Drive through plates to go have homemade sausage, turkey and dressing meal. All plates cost $10 each and will available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no dine in or no walk-ups. Prepaid raw sausage drive through and no walk-ups is $5.00 per pound, sold in five pound packages. Order from email@example.com or 365-647-6086.
Homemade quilt "Queen" by Ladies of St. Boniface Church will be available by bids through silent auction on Facebook "St. Boniface Fall Festival-Olfen, TX, 575-631-3017. Raffle tickets for a Polaris Ranger Crew 571-4 cost $20.00. Contact parishioners at 325-442-2893. Raffle tickets are available in drive through line.
Silent auction for quilt and raffle drawing will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.
Fast Food with Small Kitchen Appliances
Instantpot, Air Fryer, Slow Cooker
Instantpot, November 2nd.
Air Fryer, November 9th
Slow Cooker, November 16th.
$15 per person or $35 for the series
Programs begin at 6 p.m. at Ballinger Community Center
Register at Runnels.Agrilife.Org by Oct 28.
For more information, contact Kandice Everett at 325-365-2219
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.
Ballinger Recycling Center
Recycling Center Hours
The City of Ballinger's Recycling center, located at South 7th Street and Sealy Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
We are open now with our regular hours.
Regular hours are 10-5 Monday, Wed., Thursday, and Friday. Open 10-6 on Tuesday. We also have a librarian who is a Notary Public. It costs $5 per document notarized.
We have had a very profitable book sale so far, and want to thank you for your support.
Carnegie Library Golf Tournament
Saturday, October 24th, 9 a.m.
Ballinger Country Club
Two-person, 18-hole scramble, includes Mulligans
$100 entry fee per team
$10 additional entry fee per person for Hole in One contest.
Tournament limited to 33 paid teams.
Library Menu Board:
Breakfast burritos - $2.50
Sausage wraps - $2.50
Hamburger Meal Deal - $6
Contact: Melvin Lee (432) 889-6060 or Carolyn Slaughter, (325) 718-9996.
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.
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.
Cornerstone Action Agency offers Economic Impact Payment filing help
Not sure if you are getting an Economic Impact Payment and need help getting your banking information to the IRS? Just don't understand what you need to do?
Visit link or give us a call and let us help you! https://www.irs.go/coronavirus/economic-impact payments. Please contact 325-399-1222 or 325-625-4167.
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.
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.
No hero left behind
Did you know there are resources available for Veterans, Dependents and Surviving Spouses that are struggling to make ends meet during this unpredictable time. Don't allow yourself to struggle any longer. There is hope for you and your family. Now you have resources. It's your choice. You may qualify for assistance during these hard times for a family of four that makes less than $4,366 per month.
To learn more about how to qualify for these resources, contact Cornerstone Community Action Agency, 114 Needham Street, Coleman, Texas offices at 325-625-4167 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballinger Noon Lions Club
The 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.
Paint Rock Masonic Lodge meeting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winters Food Bank & Thrift Store
The Winters Food Bank and remodeled Thrift Store located at the Samaritan House is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Winters ISD students may pick up a bag of assorted food items once a week.
Winters Public Library
Winters Public Library is now offering curbside service Monday - Thursday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Our catalog may be viewed online at http://www.winterspubliclibrary.org. Please call (325) 754-4251 for more information or to place an order for pickup.
The library is also providing SUMMER READING PROGRAM kits for children ages birth-5th grade. These may be picked up at the Library and completed at home. New kits are available each Tuesday in June, and may be picked up anytime during the week. Participants are encouraged to read at least 12 books during the summer. Special prizes will be given for those who complete twelve books by mid-August
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.
Ballinger ISD School Board elections will be held November 3, 2020 with the general election.
The following positions will be open:
SMD1-Manuel Galvan (unopposed)
We encourage everyone to utilize the early voting option. It will begin in October and will have special extended dates and hours this year due to Covid and social distancing. Early voting will take place at the Elections Office (600 Strong Ave. Ballinger, Tx.)
The scheduled dates are:
October 13th: 7am-7pm
October 14th: 8:30am-5pm
October 15th: 8:30am-5pm
October 16th: 8:30am-5pm
October 17th: 8am-2pm
October 19th: 8:30am-5pm
October 20th: 7am-7pm
October 21st-23rd: 8:30am-5pm
October 22nd: 8:30am-5pm
October 23rd: 8:30am-5pm
October 24th: 8am-2pm
October 26th: 8:30am-5pm
October 27th: 7am-7pm
October 28th: 8:30am-5pm
October 29th: 8:30am-5pm
October 30th: 8:30am-5pm
October 31st: 8am-2pm
**EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO GET OUT AND VOTE EARLY TO AVOID CROWDS!