RAFFLE BENEFITING BASEBALL – The Boyd High School baseball team is holding a raffle to win a chance to experience a NASCAR ride at Texas Motor Speedway. The ride is four laps at speeds in excess of 160 mph in one of the Nextel Cup Race Cars. Winners will have through September 2013 to book the event. Tickets are $5 or five for $20. Tickets can be purchased through Friday, Oct. 5, at Boyd High School and Boyd Middle School offices. Winners will be announced Oct. 5 at the Boyd High School football game.
GOLF TOURNEY – Bridgeport Project Graduation is having a golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 6, at Runaway Bay Country Club to benefit the Class of 2013. For team or sponsorship information or to volunteer, call Alice Coffman at (940) 389-7203.
CHILI COOKERS WANTED – Entries are being taken for the first Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off and Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Bridgeport Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival. Entry fee is $50 per team and due to the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Sept. 28. Proceeds will benefit the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, visit www.bridgeportchamber.org or call (940) 683-2076.
HOMECOMING PARADE – Chico homecoming parade is 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, around the downtown square. The theme is Chico Goes Wild: A Homecoming Carnival, and floats are encouraged to be decorated with anything related to carnivals, circuses, animals, clowns, ringmasters and games. Dirt bikes and four-wheelers are not allowed. School will dismiss at noon that day. To enter, contact J.D. Clark at email@example.com or by calling Chico City Hall at (940) 644-2435.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The public is invited to a come-and-go retirement reception honoring bookkeeper Karen Franks Hardee 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at McMaster New Holland, 3365 U.S. 287 South, in Decatur.
DONATE SPORTS EQUIPMENT – Pass It On, a community service organization, is having a donation drive to collect used sports equipment and apparel 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at McCarroll Middle School football field parking lot, 1201 W. Thompson, in Decatur. Organizer Rhonda DuBois seeks equipment for all ages (K-12) and for all sports. The items will be passed along to other young athletes as needed and will be available to anyone who is interested. Call or text DuBois for more information at (940) 231-6075.
STEAK CHALLENGE – The second annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Reunion Grounds in Decatur. Almost 30 teams have committed to compete, and the event opens to the public at 10 a.m. with a wide selection of vendor booths, a washer tournament and a car and bike show. Dinner will be served 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $25 for a tasting bracelet, which includes a steak prepared by the team of your choice, a baked potato, salad and “all the fixin’s,” as well as samples of the cook teams’ hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Proceeds benefit Outside Four Walls, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to Decatur students.
CLASS REUNION – A class reunion will be held 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, for Decatur High School classes 1926-29 through 1950 at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Others are invited to visit from 1 to 2 p.m. A sing-along will include songs from the period of the 1930s and 1940s. To make a reservation for lunch, call (940) 627-3397.
BIKING FOR BREAST CANCER – The third annual Biking for Breast Cancer fun run and benefit concert is Saturday, Sept. 29. Registration is 10 a.m. at Decatur Power Sports with live music following at Bono’s Saloon featuring Jeremy Martin Band, Brandon Gentry, Jamie Richards, Hollow Point, Dusty Baker, Fezzent, Terry Razor, Colt West and Brandon Jenkins. Cost is $25 per bike entry (includes entrance to concerts), $5 for extra poker hand and draw cards and $10 for concert admission for public. There will be cash prizes and a silent auction. For more information, call (940) 627-8804.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 104 S. Miller, in Decatur. Payment is on a sliding scale, and a parent must be present. Bring shot records.
CLASS REUNION – The 30th reunion for Decatur High School Class of ’82 is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Reunion on the Square in Decatur. The class is hosting a multi-class reunion 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Decatur Civic Center for classes ’79-’85. Cost is $30 per person, payable at the door, and it includes dinner. There will be a cash bar, dancing and photos on display. RSVP by calling Nola at (940) 393-6152.
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 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the cemetery.
GRAND OPENING – The public is invited to a grand opening celebration Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Weatherford College Wise County, 502 Big Sandy Ct., Bridgeport. Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m., but guests may come early for lunch at the Coyote Cafe, beginning at 11:30.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Members are encouraged to bring their own sack lunch and drink. Matt Joiner from Weatherford College Wise County will speak.
SIGN UP FOR MILC BENEFITS – The deadline to sign up for Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) benefits is Sunday, Sept. 30. Legislation has not been enacted to extend the MILC program past Sept. 30, 2012, through the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. MILC compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. “It is important that dairy producers provide final production evidence and any supporting documentation for eligible months that MILC was in effect by Nov. 1, 2012,” said Tracy Meadows, Wise County USDA Farm Service Agency executive director. For more information, call the Wise County FSA office at (940) 627-2268, ext. 2, or go to www.fsa.usda.gov/tx.
WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT – Texas AgriLife Extension-Wise County and the Friend to Friend Coalition is hosting a Friend to Friend – Staying Healthy Together event0 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.
MELODRAMA POSTPONED – The Wise County Historical Society has postponed its rendition of the melodrama “The Shagwood Secret” until Oct. 13, due to not being able to obtain two male actors. If interested in the roles, call Lou Ramos at (817) 638-2022 or the Wise County Heritage Museum at (940) 627-5586.
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.