LIBRARY GRAND OPENING – The grand opening of the new location of the Alvord Public Library at 104 Franklin is 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Refreshments will be served.
MANAGING DIABETES – Persons 60 years and older with type 2 diabetes and/or their caregivers are invited to a free, one-hour program, “Managing Diabetes through Nutrition and Healthy Eating” at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller. The program will focus on providing individuals with guidelines for good nutrition, how to utilize information provided on food labels for menu planning and a cooking demonstration. The program is being put on by Texas AgriLife Extension – Wise County and the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging. To reserve your spot, call the Extension Office at (940) 627-3341.
PTO OFFICERS NEEDED - Anyone interested in serving as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Decatur High School Parent-Teacher Organization is asked to attend a meeting at noon Wednesday, July 11, in the lecture hall on the second floor of the high school.
TREE CARE PROGRAM - Texas AgriLife Extension is hosting a free tree care program 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds Women’s Building. Courtney Blevins with the Texas Forest Service will discuss tree problems, insect damage and diseases. Bring pictures of your tree problems.
OPEN ENROLLMENT – Open enrollment for Boyd Head Start and Early Head Start is 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the old competition gym, 600 Knox Ave. The programs provide free educational services to low-income children age birth to 4 years old and children with disabilities. For information, call (940) 626-4787 or (940) 627-6418.
THURSDAY NIGHT FLICKS – This month’s Thursday Night Flicks movie on the Decatur Square event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, with live entertainment followed by the movie “Spy Kids” at approximately 9 p.m. For information, call (940) 627-6158.
RODEO ROYALTY MEETING – Girls between 3 and 18 years old, as of Jan. 1, interested in competing in the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Annual Rodeo Queen, Sweetheart and Little Miss contests should attend a sign-up meeting 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Girls must be a legal resident of Wise County or attend Wise County schools. For information, call Carla Tackett at (940) 390-9104.
GOSPEL OPRY – Ellen Kennedy Marsh, former pianist for comedian Phyllis Diller and the Dixie Melody Boys of Little Rock, Ark., will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the museum. For information, call the museum at (940) 627-5586.
BRIDGEPORT YOUTH FOOTBALL – Registration for the Bridgeport Youth Football Association fall season for third through sixth graders is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 and July 21, at the Bridgeport Stage. Cost is $125. For information, call Billy Young at (940) 389-5311.
LAST CHANCE SIGN-UPS – Alvord Youth Football is having its last sign-up for Pee Wee and Midget football and uniform fittings 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at the old middle school gym. Call Larry Hickey at (940) 399-9846 for information.
CHURCH FESTIVAL – July Jamboree is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico. The free event includes music and food. For information, call (940) 627-4312.
DEMOCRAT MEETING – Wise County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the second floor courtroom at the Wise County Courthouse.
DIY CAMP - Texas AgriLife Extension is hosting a “Do It Yourself” Day Camp on Mondays this summer. Each Monday is a different theme. Create new treasures by recycling old relics. Gear up for Water Camp by learning about water. Get your hands dirty while gardening. Learn how to build and launch rockets. Create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. The D.I.Y. Monday Day Camp is open to all youth ages 8 to 12 and will be held at the Extension office 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays July 16, 23 and 30. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 for information.
BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Sagebrush, 1020 Halsell St., in Bridgeport. The program will be DFW Ozone Nonattainment Area expansion into Wise County. Cost is $10. RSVP by calling (940) 683-2076 or email email@example.com.
WATER CAMP – Texas AgriLife Extension’s Wise County office is planning a youth water camp (WCH2O Camp) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The camp is offered to youth ages 8 to 13. Participants are asked to bring a towel and sunscreen. Lunch and a snack will be provided. WCH2O Camp will make youth aware of current water issues and assist them with developing an appreciation of how water use impacts water quality and quantity. For information and to sign up, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Chico Public Library needs volunteers for its renovation project July 18-23. Library Board President Michelle Slonaker said they need people who can tape and bed drywall and texture walls, and they will also need a volunteer with a truck or trailer to haul items to the dump and to storage. Volunteers are also needed to paint and help move furniture, plus complete other odd jobs. If you can help, call the library at (940) 644-2330.
HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St. Those interested in building and owning a home through the organization are welcome to attend the meetings. For information, visit www.trinityhabitat.org or call (817) 926-9219, ext. 116.
REUNION – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion is July 23 through 28 at the Wise County Reunion Grounds in Decatur.
WASHER TOURNEY – The 3rd annual “Put Yo’ Money Where Yo’ Mouth Is” Washer Tournament is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Wise County Reunion Grounds Pavilion. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the tournament begins at 7. Cost is $40 for a two-person team. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at (940) 627-3107 or come by the office at 308 W. Main St. to enter.
WARM CLOSING – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur will be closed Tuesday, July 24, for an out-of-town conference. If you normally pick up food on that day, make arrangements to come the previous week.
RHOME LIBRARY ACTIVITIES - The Summer Blitz Reading Program has begun for youth of all ages at the Rhome Library. Prizes will be awarded to top readers in each age division. Contest will end at the close of the summer. The library is also holding a poster contest for all ages. Posters will be displayed in the library and must be turned in by July 31 with name and phone number on the back. A book sale is also going on all summer. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
TRANSFER APPLICATIONS – Boyd School District is currently accepting applications for inter-district transfer students for the 2012-13 school year. Applications are available at the BISD administrative offices and online at www.boydisd.net. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 1.
FOOD SAFETY TRAINING – Food service managers can register for a food safety training program 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1-2 at Texas AgriLife Extension’s Wise County office in Decatur. The training includes materials and the Department of State Health Services approved ServSafe exam. To register, call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.
ALVORD FESTIVAL - The annual Alvord Watermelon Festival and Barbecue Cook-off is now registering vendors. Vendors can set up booths on Saturday, Aug. 11. Call Debra McKelvain at (940) 389-1656 for information.
GET YOUR GOGO – Two of three seatings for the Decatur Lions Club’s benefit pasta dinner at Gogo Gumbo in Boyd Sunday, Aug. 19, are almost sold out. Proceeds will benefit the South Wise Food Services Pantry. Tickets are $20 each and on sale at First Financial Banks in Boyd and Decatur and iCopy stores in Decatur and Bridgeport. There are three seatings of 50 each at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Most remaining tickets are for the 4 p.m. slot.