TRANSITION HOME OPEN HOUSE – HopeInnChrist, a transition home for boys coming out of the juvenile justice system, will host an open house, “Gathering of Hope”, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The home is located at 17983 North County Line Road in Ponder, off U.S. 380 between Decatur and Denton. Exit south onto North County Line Road and follow the signs about 2.5 miles. The event features food, fellowship, a bounce house, horseshoes, washers, volleyball, jungle pong and door prizes, as well as praise and worship fro 5-6 p.m. Houseparents are Donald and Cindy Willis. For more information call 940-399-3333.
CLASS OF 1992 TO GATHER – The Decatur High School class of 1992 will hold its 20th reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 19-20. After meeting at the football game Friday, Oct. 19, they will get together from 10:30 a.m to noon the next day at Black Creek Pumpkin Patch, 2324 Old Decatur Road, then have dinner that evening at 7 at Reunion on the Square. For more information, check out the FaceBook page at Decatur High School Classof 1992 Texas or call Amber at 940-393-0773.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and lunch on the grounds is 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655, seven miles west of Alvord.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE – The “Battle of Big Sandy” food drive runs Oct. 8-23 in Bridgeport to benefit Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). There are collection boxes at each school to collect non-perishable items. Signs for each campus will be posted at Brookshire’s for donations, and the PTOs will accept cash donations and use the money to purchase food at local stores. The results will be announced Oct. 26 when Bridgeport hosts Decatur in the annual “Battle of the Big Sandy” football game.
FALL FESTIVAL AT CARE – The 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. Tours will start at noon and 3 p.m. each day. Visitors are invited to come out an hour earlier to participate in games, arts and crafts, refreshments and treats and a raffle. During the tour, visitors will be able to give presents and treats to the animals. The center asks for a $20 donation for adults and $10 for children under 12. Raffle tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit www.bigcatcare.org.
GED TEST – The GED Test will be given Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, at Bridgeport ALC. You must pre-register before noon Thursday, Oct. 11. To register, go to 1101 17th St. in Bridgeport, the north end of the building. Information about the test can be found at www.bridgeportisd.net, then click on “Community,” then click on “GED Information.” Prep classes are offered 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Weatherford College, room 220.
FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER – A barbecue cookoff fundraiser benefitting the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, Oct. 20, at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport. Entry fee is $100 for all three meats – brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken – or $35 each meat. There is one 60 percent payback for first, second and third place, and a $10 jackpot for best beans. For more information, call Terry Long at (940) 210-9495 or Kyle Bloodworth at (940) 372-0134.
BENEFIT ACCOUNT – Donations to a benefit account for Kayla Morrow Nichols, 41, of Bridgeport can be made at any First Financial Bank. Nichols has been in a coma since Aug. 5.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Chico Spirit of Christmas applications will be available starting tomorrow at Chico Elementary and First State Bank in Chico. They must be returned by Nov. 2.
NEW HOURS – Chico Public Library is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is having a fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will include music by Rocking B 4 to 7 p.m., a barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. and a live and silent auction 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be a bounce house and a jail. Raffle tickets for a gun are being sold for $5 each at Cottondale Store and Deli, Raymond’s Barbecue in Bridgeport, Elliott Electric Supply in Bridgeport or at the fundraiser. Donations can also be made to the fire department via PayPal. Visit paypal.com and enter: email@example.com.
WATCH D.O.G.S. – McCarroll Middle School Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) pizza night is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Multipurpose Building. This will be an opportunity for the dads and father figures of students to learn about the program and turn in participation forms.
DECATUR HOMECOMING – The Decatur Homecoming parade will be Friday, Oct. 19, through the downtown area. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a pep rally at 3 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. Entry forms are found on the Decatur High School website. Community members and organizations can participate. Entry deadline is Oct. 12. For more information, call the high school at (940) 393-7200.
NOMINATE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for 2012 Citizen of the Year. The award will be given to a citizen in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions directly to the city of Decatur during the past year. Supportive materials should include specific information on how the nominee displayed exemplary commitment, support, outreach to other citizens, desire to make a positive impact in the city, leadership and skills. All nominations must be received in the chamber office by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Nominations may be delivered, mailed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (940) 627-3771.
MANGA ART CONTEST – The Decatur Public Library is holding a Manga Art Contest, with entries being accepted through Friday, Oct. 12. Artists must be 13 or older; categories are original and fan art, and no entries containing nudity or excessive violence will be accepted. All entries must include the artist’s name, phone number and category. A grand prize winner will be announced at the monthly Otaku Club meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.
SHOW CLINIC – The second annual Cattle Fitting and Showing Clinic hosted by Protocol Feeds is 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. The free clinic will feature Chuck McCullough of Allerton, Iowa, and it’s open to everyone. A hamburger lunch will be provided. Call (940) 683-8123 to RSVP for lunch.
CLASS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1977 is meeting for dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Los Vaqueros restaurant across from the old stockyards at 2629 N. Main Street in Fort Worth. For more information or to RSVP, email DHS_77@yahoo.com or visit the DHS77 Facebook page.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, on the Square in Decatur. Lunch will be available with special prices for those wearing pink. There will be a bake sale, silent auction, pink line ceremony and special promotions with local businesses. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional, which provides mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to underserved women in Wise County. For more information, call (940) 627-6158. The event is hosted by Decatur Main Street and the Wise Regional Health Foundation.
CLASS OF ’72 REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1972 is having its 40-year class reunion on Friday and Saturday Oct. 19 and 20. There will be a gathering at Reunion on The Square after the football game on the 19th, and on Saturday, the 20th, the reunion will be hosted at the home of Nathan Horner at 609 S. Hubbard St. in Alvord at 3 p.m. Call Horner at (940) 395-4957 or Shrea Chapman at (940) 627-3979 for more information. RSVP if you plan to attend the after-game gathering.
CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce 21st annual auction “Eighter from Decatur Downs” is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tables are on sale now for $320 or individual tickets are $40 (includes dinner, entertainment, open bar and funny money). Dress in Kentucky Derby attire. Donations are being accepted for the live and silent auctions, and those items can be dropped off at the Chamber office. For more information, call the Chamber at (940) 627-3107.
FLU VACCINE – Movax will offer flu vaccines 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Paradise ISD Training Center. The clinic is open to the public. Adult vaccines are $22, and the cost for children is $10 for the injection or mist. A parent or guardian must accompany the child.
FOOD DRIVE – South Wise Spirit of Christmas volunteers are collecting canned goods for needy families. Canned goods can be dropped off at Rhome City Hall and Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications are now available at the Rhome City Hall, 105 W. First St., for South Wise Spirit of Christmas donations. The applications are due Nov. 12. The South Wise Spirit of Christmas program buys Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in the Rhome, Aurora and New Fairview areas along with the entire 76078 zip code.
BOOK FAIR – The Slidell ISD Library is hosting a fall book fair this week. It will be open during elementary parent conferences and stay open til 7:30 p.m. during a special family event Wednesday, Oct. 10. Book fair hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day except for that Wednesday.
HORSE CLINIC – The Wise County Stock Horse Extravaganza is Saturday and Sunday Oct. 20-21 at the NRS Arena in Decatur. The clinic is sanctioned by the American Stock Horse Association, and it starts at 9 a.m. on the 20th. Speakers include Brian Sumrall, Dr. Dennis Sigler and Dr. Clay Cavender. They will discuss developing and improving horsemanship skills in trail, stock horse, pleasure, reining and working cow horse. On Sunday, cowboy church is at 7:30 a.m., and the stock horse competition begins at 8:30. Entries for the clinic and show are due Wednesday, Oct. 10. For more information, call the Extension at (940) 627-3341 or visit wise.agrilife.org/events.
DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats meet 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the second floor courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. They plan a lively discussion.
WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT – Texas AgriLife Extension-Wise County and the Friend to Friend Coalition is hosting a Friend to Friend – Staying Healthy Together event 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Weatherford College Wise County. The event is free, and attendees will learn the importance of mammograms and pap tests. They will also find out how to access financial resources and fully funded area services, and they will be able to visit retail and educational exhibits. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Call the Extension office to register for the event at (940) 627-3341.
COLLEGE TO HOST HEALTH FAIR – Weatherford College Wise County will host its first Health Fair 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the campus on U.S. 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport. Nursing students will check blood pressure, vision and glucose levels and determine Body Mass Index (BMI). There will also be hearing tests, flu shots for $10 and displays by various area hospitals, nursing homes, rehab facilities and other health-related agencies.
FALL FEST – Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers of Wise County will have a Fall Fest 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Decatur Civic Center. Visitors will enjoy food, music and games, plus they’ll get to meet local emergency personnel.
BREAST HEALTH SUBJECT OF TALK – Ellen Kilgore from the North Texas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will speak at Weatherford College Wise County 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, as part of the “Aging Wisely” speaker series. The talk is titled “Breast Health 101″ and will take place in room 105. The campus is located at 5180 U.S. 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport.
HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 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.
CALENDARS FOR SALE – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is selling 16-month calendars for $10 each. The calendars feature artwork from local special needs individuals, and proceeds go toward building a special needs baseball field equipped for persons of all disabilities. To get your calendar, call Jeri Kay at (940) 577-1848 or Cheryl at (940) 683-4234.
PERFORMING ARTS – The Northwest High School theatre department presents “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets will be on sale each night in the lobby of the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center, 2201 Texan Dr., in Justin.
IMPACT MEETING – A meeting to discuss building success for all children through collaboration and education between the school and family is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Northwest ISD Administration Building Board Room. For more information, visit www.nisdtx.org.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION – The Northwest ISD Education Foundation (NEF) 17th Annual Golf Classic is Thursday, Oct. 18, at the DFW Marriot Hotel and Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth. All proceeds will support the NEF Encouraging Excellence Scholarship for Northwest ISD seniors. To register, go to www.nisdtx.org/nef.
CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School Baseball Booster Club is holding a Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Northwest High School cafeteria, 2301 Texan Dr., in Justin. Admission is one canned food item to benefit Communities in Schools.