Editor's Note: These normally scheduled events may be canceled at the time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Christmas in Olde Ballinger
Saturday, November 27th, @ 10 a.m.
Sidewalk Showcase - Vendors on the sidewalk! Handcrafted items, jewelry, baked goods, gift items, children's activities, family fun, shopping! For more information, contact Carolyn Slaughter @325-365-5470.
Night Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. Contact the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-365-2333 for more information.
Carnegie Library Presents Christmas Traditions
Carnegie Library Board present Christmas Traditions. Christmas Tea will be at at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Mary Skyes Auditorium, upstairs Carnegie Library, 204 North 8th Street, Ballinger. Tickets are $10. There will be dessert appetizers and beverages. Entertainment will be by Texas Serenade Trio. Advance tickets available for purchase at The Carnegie, Curiosities or from any board member.
Miles Cobblestone Christmas
Cobblestone Christmas will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 4 in Miles. Downtown businesses will be open and vendors will be on the sidewalk. Vendor booths are free, but please call Debbie at 325-227-0013 if you plan to attend.
A shop crawl will be held for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to be spent at participating businesses. The Miles Public Library also will have a free book give-away. For more information, call 325-227-0013.
Winters Main Street Market Days
Winters Market Days will be Saturday, December 11, in downtown Winters. Come out for a day of shopping at local merchants and sidewalk vendors. Unique items abound! You can find more information at the Main Street Market Days Facebook page.
Runnels County Film Festival
The first annual Runnels County Film Festival will be held at the Winters Community Center in Winters, TX on April 29 and 30. The festival has a short film competition where filmmakers submit a 15-20 minute film for judging.
Sponsors and vendors will be out there both days.
Plans currently involve having drama and theater clubs perform various plays throughout the day on Saturday.
For more information on the festival go to www.RunnelsCountyFilmFestival.com or email info@RunnelsCountyFilmFestival.com.
Runnels County Historical Commission to publish book on military history and veterans of Runnels County
Military History and Veterans of Runnels County Volume VI will be a compilation of military involvement in the county and of those who have served in the military during both war-time and peace-time. Submissions should be sent as soon as possible, but must be received by March 31, 2022. Family members may submit information on deceased veterans. Please submit stories in Microsoft Word and pictures as a jpg file (no pdf’s).
Any veteran who was ever a resident of Runnels County and served at any time in any branch of the United States military or National or State Guard, is encourage to submit information about their service, not to exceed 250 words. Please include name, highest rank, branch of service, training, where stationed, war-time experience, parents and/or spouse, and awards received. Please include one picture of the veteran.
Additional interesting stories of serving in the military (including war-time) are also requested and will be published as room allows in the book.
Please submit these veteran stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or mail to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters, Texas 79567.
Please pass this information to any veteran in the county or any veteran who ever lived in Runnels County.
Our hours are 8 am-5pm Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Friday. Tuesdays 10-6. We have free WIFI, 5 patron computers, 3 brand new AWE learning computers for the children, as well as printing, faxing, and scanning services for a small fee. A notary is on the premises 4 days a week. We have Storytime and Crafts for preschoolers on Wednesdays at 10:30. We buy new books every week. The library is open! Come by and see us.
Ballinger Cares Inc., a nonprofit, has opened a Resale Center at 627 Strong Ave. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.