Saturday, Oct. 19

•Second Annual Parent Conference to take place at the Alice High School on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact Dr. Yolanda Sanchez at 664-0981 ext. 78 for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

•76th Jim Wells County fair kicks off with fair parade through downtown Alice, Wednesday, Oct. 23 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 26, with carnival, animal showings, vendors and lots of fun.

Friday, Oct. 25

•The 31st annual Six Points Kiwanis Club Apple Sale will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s north parking lot, 3533 S. Alameda St. Cost: $40 per case of apples. Each case contains 88 to 100 Red or Golden Delicious apples. Tickets can be purchased at Driscoll’s Carousel Gift Shop and Cottage Shop or online at www.driscollchildrens.org/giving. Proceeds benefit summer camp programs for Driscoll patients.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Merchant Mash Halloween Bash will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Alice. Main Street downtown will be closed from Adams to King streets so the children can trick-or-treat along the street and enjoy activities. Free food and drinks. To participate, contact Ofelia Hunter at 664-6588 or Marissa Utley at 960-9090.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Share Your Christmas during the Christmas campaign that begins around mid-October. Alice Volunteer Services/The Food Pantry partnered with H-E-B and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. The campaign continues through Dec. 6.

The $1, $3 and $5 donation slips are available at the check-out counters at Alice H-E-B. For every $1 donated, the pantry is able to distribute $16 worth of food. One dollar equals 7 meals for residents of Jim Wells County.

•The Robstown Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at Los Altos de Jalisco at 829 Industrial Boulevard in Robstown. For more information, contact President Jimmy Wilson at 361-947-3428.

•San Diego High School Class of 1973 is celebrating their 40th year class reunion on Oct. 11, 2013 and Oct. 12, 2013, looking for classmates. Contact Gloria Stella Garcia 361-701-6106 for details.

•Join the Job Corps

The program pays you money while you earn a GED or high school diploma and also to learn a career skill. It also finds you a job after training and can connect you to future career. Ages 16 to 24. Call 361-765-4305.

•Are you troubled by someone else's drinking?

Join us as we learn about the disease of alcoholism. Gain experience, strength and hope from the sharing of other people who have been there like you!

Our Al-Anon Alice Group meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent 200 N. Wright St. (Entrance on Second St.)

Call 361-986-0799 or visit www.texas-al-anon.org for others meeting near you.

•Looking for Vietnam veterans who served with A, B, C and D troops, ľ CAV 25th Infantry Division. Cu-Chi Vietnam (any year). We are having a reunion in San Antonio, Texas in 2014. Call Jose Vera at 361-853-3263 for more information.

•Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor located at 291 FM Road 1554, holds food closet and clothing ministry every first and third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Free food, non-perishable items, free clothes in all sizes. For more information contact Sister Diaz at 361-389-4481.

•Sea City work camp begins accepting “Homeowner Applications” for June 2013 repairs.Sea City Work Camp is a housing rehabilitation project offering FREE repairs to homeowners that qualify in the Corpus Christi area. Using teenagers for labor and dozens of dedicated and trained adults, Sea City Work Camp has been repairing homes since 1993. Homeowner applications are available on our web site at www. seacityworkcamp.com or call 361-946-WORK (9675).

•The City of Alice continues to implement Stage 3 of the recently revised and approved Drought Contingency Plan due to the drop in the Lake Corpus Christi reservoir storage, placing the current elevation level at 77.2 feet. as of April 19, 2013.

•The Community Action Corporation of South Texas is now taking applications for children infant to five years of age for the Alice and Ben Bolt area. For more information please call (361)396-0025

•West Main Baptist Church

Be Fit every Wednesday at 10 a.m. This exercise program is free to all. For more information call: West Main Baptist Church at 664 5351 or LaJuan Fischer at 664 0800 or Rechea Roberson at 227 7142.   Every one is welcome.

•Freer Chamber of Commerce is looking for new chamber members. For more information call 394-6891 or 246-7894.

•The Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library invites children ages 3 to 5 to experience the joy of reading in this year's “Storybook Friends.” Registration is ongoing with the program continuing every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room. For more information call Melissa Hinojosa at 664-9506.

•Freedom House Ministries a faith-based, Christ centered counseling center is now providing services to the citizens of Alice and the surrounding communities. Programs included in our services cover areas dealing with drugs and alcohol, anger management, family, marriage, criminal recovery and relapse prevention, prisoner re-entry, grief, parenting, and many others. The ministry is located at 101 W. 7th St. in Alice, Texas. Hours of operations are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening session and Saturday morning sessions are also available. For more information or any questions concerning programs offered by FHM, please call Rev. Hector Perez at 480-8827 and Josie Juarez 361-219-8944.

• A non profit organization has been established to raise funds for the proposed Colton Wesley Rusk Memorial Park. A bank account has been created at ValueBank of Texas and donations can be made directly to the bank to the Rusk Memorial Park account or donations can be made by mail to Rusk Memorial Park, P.O. Box 1862, Orange Grove, Texas, 78372.

• Brush Country CASA holds free CASA Volunteer training classes to train advocates for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Kleberg counties at the Brush Country CASA office inside the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce 635 E. King St. Suite 110. Contact the CASA office at 595-7233, email: casarecruiter3853@sbcglobal.net or visit: www.brushcountrycasa.org.

• GED classes are available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 501 Cactus St. in Alice for adults seeking to obtain their GED. Night classes also available. Call Yvette DeLeon at 660-2138 for information. The Alice ISD GED Testing Center located at Alice High School is now accepting registration for testing this year. The center is a part-time test site open only on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

•Esperanza Baptist Church in the Tecolote area is asking for donations of clothing in all sizes to help their mission?“W.W.J.D.” They are in need of children clothing and blankets. They will pick up donations, call Janie Garcia at 562-5115 or Pastor Jesus Garcia at 562-7739 for information.

• NOAH, Neighbors Offering Animals Hope, meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the First United Methodist Church meeting room, 111 N. Adams. (Enter meeting room through First Street entrance.) Everyone interested in volunteering to humanely help reduce the stray pet overpopulation and animal abandonment issues in our community is invited. Contact Aravela Hernandez at aravela@sbcglobal.net for information.

• The Community Action Corporation of South Texas, Head Start 0-5 program, a non-profit organization, is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The program provides services to low-income prenatal women and families from children from birth to age 5. Center-based services are provided to children from 6 weeks to 36 months and children 3 to 5 years. Head Start 0-5 Program offers services to children with disabilities and special needs. For more information, contact Tracy Blanco at 396-0025 ext. 302 or go by the office located at 2041 East Main Street, Suite 500 in Alice.

• Fire of the Holy Spirit Ministry invites everyone to tune into their radio Christian program on KOPY 1070AM every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Brother Rios at 492-9659 for information.

• Habriendo Caminos Para Jesucristo Church, located at the intersection of Highway 359 and CR 2044, seeks donations of new and gently used items of all kinds to help both locally and with its ministry in Mexico. Call Pastor Isaias and Maria Herrera at 956-456-6648 or 664-6370 for information.

• The Church on Wheels Ministry and Esperanza Baptist Church reach out to the streets of Corpus Christi every second Saturday of the month to provide clothing, food, necessary items and the gospel message. Contact Lupita Silva at 227-7248 to donate or for information.

• REAL, Inc. 301 Lucero St., sponsors the Child and Adult Food Care Program, which provides free or reduced-price meals to households which qualify. Call 668-3158 for information.

• The Teaching and Mentoring Communities (Migrant Head Start) services children 18 months to pre-school, providing educational, special-needs, health, nutrition, social, transportation and parental involvement services. Contact the Alice office at 1200 S. Texas Blvd., 668-0462 or toll-free at 1-888-838-5151 for information.

• Stonegate Baptist Church, 1604 S. Texas Blvd., has Men’s Fellowship every other Friday and small group Bible studies on Tuesdays and Fridays. Call 668-4514.

• Familia Unida En Cristo Church sisters in Christ meet every Tuesday at noon for Bible study and a covered dish. All ladies wishing to study the Bible are welcome. Call Pastor Gloria Diaz at 668-1453 for information.

• Praise Fellowship Center Church invites the public to come and study God’s Word every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at 3376 W. Hwy. 44 across from Benavides Brothers Trucking. If you need a ride, call 701-4759 or 701-4750 after 5 p.m.

• The Alice Chapter 61, Order of the Eastern Star, meets on the third Monday of each month at the S.B. Mosser Masonic Lodge Hall. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

• The Church on Wheels holds missionary church services at the Meridian nursing home, 219 N. King St. in Alice at 10:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month. Call 664-4366.

• St. John of the Cross Catholic Church located on Metz Street in Orange Grove, holds Bingo games every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.

• Odyssey HealthCare of Corpus Christi, a hospice, is seeking volunteers in the Alice area. All training will be done in Alice. Call Sandra Brown at 361-992-2700 for information.

• The Alice ISD Migrant Program serves eligible migrant students during the school year. For more information, contact the migrant program office at 361-664-0981 ext. 20.

• CrossBar coffeehouse, located upstairs in the old building at First United Methodist Church on the corner of First and Reynolds, is open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday offering a positive and encouraging place for youth in grades eight through 12 to gather. Enter through the breezeway.

• The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospice and Palliative Care program is seeking volunteers to visit terminally ill patients, provide respite for the caregiver and run errands for the families in the area. Call volunteer coordinator Susana Beltran at 361-994-3450 or 800-371-0115 for information.

• The Work Force Solutions of the Coastal Bend offers just right training and employment information for persons 55 and older with limited income. Call 800-388-5813 or 668-0167 and ask for Ilse Galvan at 800-864-3520 for information only on Mondays.

• The River of Life Assembly of God Church, 1721 E. Triangle Drive, holds prayer night every other Monday at 6 p.m. The public is invited to bring their prayer requests. Call 664-2010.

• The Area Agency on Aging is seeking outgoing volunteers to advocate and recruit for advocates for nursing home residents. Call 1-800-817-5743 for information.

• Need to talk to a licensed professional counselor about your problems but you don’t have the money to pay the fees? The First United Methodist Church offers church-based counseling services for the entire family, addressing many areas of concern. To make an appointment, contact Richard Sanchez at 361-442-3670.

• The Alice Rainbow Girls meet on the second and fourth Saturday at 10 a.m. at 206 Mariposa. Girls ages 11 to 21 are invited to join this international organization, which will teach them poise, grace, public speaking and many other virtues of life. The cost is $20 per year to help defray the cost of the materials. Hope to see you at the Masonic Lodge on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

• The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts a seminar every Friday of the month, for startup or existing small businesses, explaining SBA loan eligibility, popular SBA loans, and free assistance from SCORE & SBDC. Seminars will start at 9 a.m. at the SBA office, 3649 Leopard St., Suite 411, Corpus Christi, Texas. Seating is limited and seminar is subject to change. Call Robert Martinez at 361-879-0017, Ext. 10 for reservations.

• Spaulding for Children, a no-fee adoption agency, seeks loving families to adopt special needs children. For more information call 361-850-8200, or visit www.spauldingforchildren.org.

• The Third Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Museum at 1309 Airport Road is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are available upon request. Call Paul Emmons at 361-726-6155.

• The Alice 50-plus Golf Association holds monthly tournaments the second Tuesday of every month. Call 664-7033.

• Help for Victims is a program under the Duval County Attorney's Office designed to help families and victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available and is located at the Duval Courthouse in San Diego, Texas. Call 279-6223. All services are confidential.

• The St. Joseph Church Mutualistas hold their meetings at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the youth center. All members are encouraged to attend. Come and drink coffee with us.

• American Legion Post 186, 300 Kempe, has meetings every second Monday of the month, a flea market every first and second weekend at the Legion Hall, and Bingo every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. For hall rentals, contact Earl Carpenter at 664-2206. Post Cmdr. Joe Soliz may be reached at 668-9448.

• Domestic Violence Support Groups are now forming. For information call the Women’s Shelter outreach office in Alice, Texas at 664-8598.