CANNED FOOD DRIVE – The “Battle of Big Sandy” food drive is now through Oct. 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.
MONTHLY LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Bridgeport Community Center. The program is on health and fitness. Pronto’s will cater, and cost is $10. RSVP to (940) 683-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOOKTACULAR – Spooktacular Fall Fest, sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department, is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The free event includes candy, games, inflatables, face painting, goody bags and balloon animals.
FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER – A barbecue cookoff fundraiser benefiting 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.
FALL FESTIVAL AT CARE – The 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) is Oct. 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.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – A candlelight vigil in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. The event is hosted by Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. Candles will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to wear purple. For more information, call (940) 626-4585.
COSTUME PARADE – Suit Up and Say Boo costume parade and trick or treating is Wednesday, Oct. 31, down Halsell Street. Participants will meet at the Duckwall’s parking lot at 5 p.m. For more information, call (940) 683-3400.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – North Texas Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar is Thursday, Nov. 15. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Merchants interested in a booth should call Marti Hines at (940) 626-9455.
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.
LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE – Chico Library is hosting an open house 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, to showcase recent renovations. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
CHICO FEST – Chico Fest on the square is Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at 9 a.m. A barbecue lunch is at 11 a.m. and bingo at 1 p.m. To register for a booth, call Fletta at (940) 644-2515.
CHICO FEST PAGEANT – The Lil’ Miss and Mister Chico Fest Patriotic Pageant is open to kids that are newborn through age 10. The categories are Baby Best, 0 to 12 months; American Duke and Duchess, 1 to 2 years; Patriotic Prince and Princess, 3 to 4 years; and American king and queen, 5 to 10. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Chico Square, with the pageant beginning at 11 a.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 19. Call Mercy Stanfield at (940) 210-9694.
BOOK AND GAME DRIVE – The Chico 4-H club will collect new books and games for Cook Children’s Hospital at Chico Fest, Saturday, Oct. 20. The club is collecting these items as part of Wise County’s One Day 4-H project, a day where 4-H members statewide conduct a community service. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 16, and the items will be delivered during the week of Thanksgiving. The items must be new because so many children have illnesses that make them more susceptible to germs. Also, in respect of the various beliefs of families, items may not have a religious theme. The Chico 4-H club will also sponsor the Stick Horse Rodeo and a petting zoo at Chico Fest.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Chico Spirit of Christmas applications are available 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.
FAREWELL RECEPTION – The city of Decatur is hosting a going away reception for Librarian Cecilia Barham 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Decatur Civic Center. Her last day at the Decatur Public Library is Oct. 26.
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 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.
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 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, visit the FaceBook page at Decatur High School Class of 1992 Texas or call Amber at 940-393-0773.
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.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Decatur Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend. Call the Chamber office to RSVP at (940) 627-3107.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 3rd Annual DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Resort Golf Club at Eagle Mountain Lake. It benefits the Decatur High School boys and girls golf teams. For more information, call Andrew Rottner at (817) 980-8131 or Steve Jones at (940) 399-9465.
FOOD DRIVE – South Wise Spirit of Christmas volunteers are collecting canned goods for needy families. Canned goods can be dropped off at the Rhome City Hall and the Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications are now available at 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 program buys Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in the Rhome, Aurora and New Fairview areas along with the entire 76078 zip code.
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.
OFFICE CLOSED – U.S. Forest Service District Office of the Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 17, for staff development. The office will resume normal operations Thursday, Oct. 18.
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.
VETERANS YARD SALE – The Wise County Veterans Council and the North Texas Honor Guard will have its annual yard sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily until Thursday, Oct. 18, at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Call (940) 389-5399 for more information.
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.
HORSE CLINIC – The Wise County Stock Horse Extravaganza is 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. For more information, call the Extension at (940) 627-3341 or visit wise.agrilife.org/events.
COLONIAL DRESS – The John B. Denton chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution invite the public to their next meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The speaker will be Carolyn Schwiewe, who makes authentic colonial clothing. She will tell how she adheres to the processes and design used by colonial seamstresses, and some of her dresses will be modeled.
MARY’S GIFT DAY – Free mammogram screening, fully funded by Mary’s Gift, for eligible women and men is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Women’s Health Services Center at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Make an appointment by calling (940) 626-1384. Space is limited.
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.
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.