Editor's Note: These normally scheduled events may be canceled at the time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Winters Main Street Market Days this Saturday, June 12!!!
In addition to the usual vendors from Abilene, Lubbock, San Angelo, Midland, etc., there will be food vendors who will offer pies, cookies, brisket sandwiches, baked goods, BBQ, fruit cups, snow cones and more. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cottage will also be out there serving up sweet treats.
The 2nd Saturday of each month in downtown Winters. Come out for a day of shopping at local merchants and sidewalk vendors. Unique items abound from the merchants to the vendors! You can find more information at the Welcome to Winters Facebook page. The next event will be on June 12.
Lake Ivie Bass Tournament
Lake Ivie Volunteer Fire Department's First Annual Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021. The tournament is hosted by the Concho Park Marina. Registration will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 9 and beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 10.
Friday night events for teams and community includes live music, silent auction and more. This tournament is a fundraiser for equipment to help the volunteer fire department serve the community.
Runnels County Gardeners
The Runnels County Gardeners Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Depot at Top Tier in Miles. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. Each meeting has a guest speaker.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 9, at The Depot. Everyone is welcome.
An open forum Q&A session will follow the presentations.
Gardeners from all over the area are welcome. You don't have to be in Runnels County to join or attend the meetings.
Refreshments will be provided.
You can keep up with gardening events at the Runnels County Gardeners Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/runnelscountygardeners. You can also type Runnels County Gardeners into the Facebook search bar and it will take you to the page.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Fort Concho Post 1815 will host "Family Fun Jamboree" Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Craft vendors and handcrafted items will be available inside and outside. A Silent Auction will be located inside the building starting at 12 p.m. Brisket plates will be sold for $10.00 and hamburgers or hot dogs and chips for $5.00. There will be entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children acts and pageants, horseshoes, cornhole and washer tournaments.
At 5 p.m. the VFW is conducting a Commemorative Masters of the current VFW command with a Color Guard Ceremony and local distinguished dignitaries to inaugurate the event. The purpose of this event is to reach out to local veterans and invite them to a fun day with their families. Monies raised at this event will be used to serve veterans and to recognize them for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great nation.
The public is invited to the Ballinger ISD Annual Federal Program Consultation Meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 10 AM. The Local Advisory Council will be meeting to help assess the 2020-21 school year and plan for the federal funds for 2021-22 school year. Funds include: Title I, A (Improving Basic Programs), Title I, C (Migrant), Title II, A (Teacher & Principal Training and Recruitment) Title IV, A (Supporting Effective Instruction) and Title VI, B (Rural and Low Income) as well as the new ESSER Funds. Safe and Drug Free Schools will also be discussed. The meeting hosted in the BISD Administration Board Room and will also be posted Live on our Ballinger ISD Facebook page. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Toliver at 365-3588."
Thanking you in advance and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Caroline Toliver, Ballinger ISD, Assistant Superintendent, 325-365-3588.
Carnegie Library - Ballinger
Join us for the FREE Children's Programs this summer at the Carnegie Library. The programs are held in the Mary Sykes Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the library.
Tuesday, June 8, 11 a.m. - The Balloon Man by Robb Holiday
Tuesday, June 15, 11 a.m. - Magic Tails Show by Daniel Lusk
Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. - Puppet Show by Margaret Clouder
Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. - Strike, Scrape, and Shake Show by Mark Shelton.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a trusted caregiver.
Winters Head Start
Winters Head Start 2021-2022 early registration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3, 2021 and July 8, 2021. Child must be 3 years by September 1, 2021. Registration will be held at the Winters Elementary School, 603 N. Heights. For more information, contact Ashley Gonzales at 325-358-6571.
For registration, please be prepared to provide the following: Proof of income (W-2), tax return, child support payment record, SSI or TANF letter, proof of residency (utility bill), birth certificate, shot record, social security card, driver's license, insurance or Medicaid/Chip card, foster care documents if applicable, IEP for disability if applicable. Children with disabilities welcome!
School hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Miles Trade Days
MILES - Miles Trade Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5. Downtown businesses will be open and vendors will be on the sidewalks. Free 10' x 15' booths are available. The Miles Public Library also will have a free book give-away on the sidewalk. For more information, call 325-227-0013.
Winters Public Library Reading Program
Winters Public Library is excited to announce our Summer Reading Program for 2021, "Tails and Tales." All children are invited to attend. We will have groups for preschool children from age two to entering Kindergarten, and for school age children entering 1st grade to completing 5th grade. This will be something that you won't want to miss! Make plans now to join us on Tuesday mornings, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Everyone needs to bring a lawn chair or beach towel for sitting on the ground or carpet. For more information, call Winters Public Library at (325) 754-4251.
Ballinger Memorial Hospital COVID update
Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Ballinger EMS, Ballinger Hospital Clinic, and Keel Drug continue to operate fully with modifications in place to protect patients, visitors, staff, and the general public. With health and safety in mind, masks continue to be required for all persons upon entering and while remaining inside all BMHD facilities. We appreciate the understanding of our patients, their families and the public as we continue to navigate through the ongoing pandemic.
Ballinger Cares Inc., a nonprofit, has opened a Resale Center at 627 Strong Ave. Monday, May 3, 2021. It will be opened from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Clothing and household items will be available for sale.
1925 Runnels County Jail, Inc.
The 1925 Runnels County Jail is a 501(c)(3) formed to restore the 1925. The project is accepting donations. Contact Runnels County Clerk Julia Miller or Jail Administrator Kimberly Dunn for more information. Clerk's office: 325-365-2720
Runnels County Historical Commission
The Runnels County Historical Commission’s latest book Stories from Runnels County Volume IV will make a great gift for someone special. The 388-page book is divided into five sections—County History, Communities, County Businesses, General Stories and Early Families. Learn about the saloons, stagecoaches, railroads, and an 1840 Indian fight in Runnels County.
Stories from Runnels County is available for $48, and shipping is an additional $7. The book is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; the Attic, Bee's Quilting, and Heidenheimer’s in Winters; Touch of Class Beauty Shop 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.
A set of all five Runnels County Historical Commission books is available for $140 plus $15 if shipped.
Humane Society of Ballinger
The Humane Society of Ballinger promotes responsible pet guardianship and the humane care and treatment of animals. The Humane Society takes in strays and places them in cities around the country. All donations are used for the care and placement of stray animals.
To donate, contact the Humane Society of Ballinger at 325-374-9546 or email HSBallinger14@WIX.com/HSofBallinger or HSBallinger14@yahoo.com.
Humane Society of Ballinger 8908 US Highway 67 Ballinger, TX 76821
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 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Open from 8 a.m. to noon 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, Wednesday, 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 can be seen on Facebook at Carnegie Ballinger. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our book titles are online at: ballinger.biblionix.com. We have many new titles from easy readers to adult. We have audio books and movies available for check out. We have free Wifi and 5 patron computers available. For children, we have an updated area with a coloring table, puzzles, books and AWE computers.
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
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. www.loc8nearme.com/texas/winters/bluff-creek-cowboy-church/6101334
Cornerstone Action Agency offers Economic Impact Payment filing help
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 email@example.com.
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 U.S. Highway 83 South.
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 325-365-2323. 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 325-365-3890 or Judy at 325-754-5386.
WIC open to many families
(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 Public Library
Open Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m. to serve our patrons. We always have new arrivals, so come check out what's new! For more information, call 325-754-4251, or visit our website at http://www.winterspubliclibrary.org We can also be found on Facebook.
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.
Z.I. Hales Museum
Fascinated by old tractors? How about feeding that fascination and visiting the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit. The exhibit is open Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Or, better yet plan to join the 'Friends of Gus' group on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They meet at the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit which is located at 217 W. Dale, Winters, TX.
The notice for Z. I. Hale Museum dues for the coming year is now done through Winters Gives. The annual family membership is $25, business is $50, and lifetime membership is $200. Please send in your dues for 2021, either through a Winters Gives envelope or mail directly to P.O. Box 211, Winters, TX 79567. It takes about $1,800 per month to operate the Museum — insurance, utilities, yard maintenance, repairs, etc. The ladies are doing less meals this year for fundraising, but we were fortunate enough to receive a $10,000 grant from Humanities Texas to help take up the slack during this difficult year. Any extra donations are also much appreciated and you may want to support some of the other organizations as well. Thank you.
The Season of Giving in Winters resulted in over $20,000 being donated through the Winters Area Foundation to benefit several local charities. Receiving funds were the Winters Child Development Center, Winters Ministerial Alliance, Winters Public Library, Winters Sports and Recreation and Z.I. Hale Museum. All of these are 501 C (3) organizations which are entitled to receive charitable donations.
Many of the donations came from former residents who still celebrate their Winters roots and want good things to continue in our city. Donations are still being accepted. Memorials are also welcomed. Donations may be made to Winters Gives, Box 211, Winters, TX 79567.