BARBECUE COOK-OFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 13, at Northwest OHV Park. Cook-off entries are currently being taken. This year’s event will include a Local Bragging Rights section and a Kid’s Porkchop Cook-off. Raffle tickets are also available for several items. Call Chief Terry Long, 940-210-9495.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-798-3471.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Bridgeport Community Center. Lunch, catered by Subway, is $10. Door prize donations are welcome. RSVP to email@example.com or 940-683-2076.
COAL MINERS’ – The Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, on Halsell Street. There will be a chili cook-off, pumpkin patch pageant, pet parade, photography contest, live performances, washer tournament, jump house, pumpkin activities, merchant sales, college football viewing area and food and craft vendors.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – Sponsors are needed for the Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival. Levels are $550 for title sponsor; $350 for festival sponsor; and $150 for chili cook-off sponsor. Contact Donna Mann, 940-683-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 17, at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or email@example.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or email@example.com.
EARLY LITERACY – The fall session of early literacy classes at Decatur Public Library begins this week. When you read, talk or play with your child, you’re stimulating the growth of your child’s brain and creating the connections that will become the building blocks for reading. The library’s literacy classes incorporate age-appropriate books, songs and activities. Programs include the following: Preschool Time (ages 3 to 5), 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays; Family Time (all ages) 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; and Toddler Time (15 to 36 months), 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call, 940-393-0290.
GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur girls fall softball signups are underway through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.
COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 13, location to be determined. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $15 for the Fun Run, and $35 for the 5K by Sept. 8. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 12, at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost increases by $5. To register, visit www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com/5k-color-run.html.
BOOTHS AND SPONSORSHIPS – Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and and Fun Run. They include platinum for $250, business name on event T-shirt and sponsorship banner; gold for $100, business name on gold level of banner; silver for $50, business name on silver level of banner. Sponsors are also welcome to submit items for goodie bags distributed to every participant. There will be booth space available at the event for $50. Call Amy Wilson, 817-841-4471.
GUN RAFFLE – Decatur Buyers Association is hosting a dinner and gun raffle 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. One $50 tickets buys dinner and the chance to win one of 25 guns. Only 500 tickets will be sold. There will also be live music, a silent and live auction, cow chip bingo and more. Tickets can be purchased from any buyers association member, 2-K Pawn, North Texas Bank, Wise County Messenger, Sam’s Hair Quarters or Chalet of Jewelry.
SCHOOL CARNIVAL – Carson Elementary School is hosting its annual carnival 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the school. There will be free games and prizes, bounce houses, food, a cake walk and more. All community members are welcome. Interested vendors should email Mac Lowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Auction is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Decatur Civic Center. Cost is $40 per person and includes dinner, open bar and entertainment, provided by Pete’s Piano Bar. Theme is “boots, chaps and cowboy hats.” Contact Misty Hudson, 940-627-3107.
DOMINO NIGHT – A 42 group plays 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber membership luncheon is noon Monday, Sept. 8, at Paradise City Hall. Deborah King will speak on civility in the workplace.
FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. In keeping with the theme, “Pioneer Paradise,” Bob and Jennifer Jackson will offer a hands-on experience with authentic period dress, a tent and artifacts. The featured exhibit will demonstrate fire-making techniques, hide-tanning and flint-lock firearms. There will also be a car show, chili cook-off, talent show and quilt show. Contact Donna Weeden, email@example.com.
VENDOR BOOTHS – Vendors are sought for the Paradise Main Street Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. Cost is $50 for professional food, $20 for food and other items. Electrical hookups are an additional $10. For a form, visit www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/upcoming_events.
CHILI COOKOFF – The 2nd Annual Black Kettle Chili Cook-off is Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Main Street Festival. One winner in each Judge’s Pick and People’s Choice will receive $250 cash. Entry fee is $50. For a form, visit www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/upcoming_events. Contact Adrienne Faulhaber, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAR SHOW – The 8th Annual Car Show at the Paradise Main Street Festival is Saturday, Sept. 27. Registration is at 8 a.m., with judging at 10 a.m. and awards at noon. Winners in choice and class awards will be recognized. Cost is $15 by Sept. 15 (which includes a T-shirt) or $20 at the event. Additional shirts are $15 each. Contact Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434, email@example.com.
TALENT SHOW – The Paradise Historical Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Paradise Has Talent contest Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Main Street Festival. There will be two age divisions and up to a dozen entries per division. Division 1 will include children up to eighth grade, and Division 2 will feature high school students and adults. Cash prizes of $150 and $100 will be awarded in each division. Entry forms can be downloaded at paradisehistoricalsociety.com or from the Paradise Main Street Festival Facebook page. Entry fee is $10. Turn forms in to Karen Bohmfalk by Saturday, Sept. 20. Call 940-210-3181 or 940-969-2131.
FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or email@example.com.
TASTE OF WISE – The 4th Annual Taste of Wise County is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.
REGISTRATION STARTS – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration is going on now at the main campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offerings, go to www.wc.edu. Contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried, 940-626-3263, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL BALL – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will host a Meet-N-Greet 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13 through Nov. 1.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. Immunizations are $10 per child or $20 per familiy, and children must be VFC eligible. A parent must be present and should bring the child’s shot record.
TOWN HALL – State Rep. Phil King will hold a town hall forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Weatherford College Wise County. He, along with Kathleen Jackson of the Texas Water Development Board and Victor Vandergriff with the Texas Department of Transportation, will discuss water and transportation issues facing Texas.
DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $20 before Sept. 25 or $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.
FLIP-FLOPS NEEDED – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is in need of flip-flops of all sizes for men, women and children who have been affected by family violence/sexual abuse and are residing in the shelter. Donations may be dropped off at the outreach office at 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.
FIRE DEPARTMENT RAFFLE – Runaway Bay volunteer firefighters are selling raffle tickets for a gun. Cost is $20 a ticket, and only 300 will be sold. Tickets are available at Bridgeport Guns and Ammo, where the drawing will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. Contact Brian, 940-391-9158; Alex, 940-440-0382; or J.D., 940-577-7101. Proceeds will be used to purchase fire department jackets.
CRAFT VENDORS – Vendors are needed for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. Booths – which include one chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi – are $75 for 10×10 or $140 for 10×20. Additional items are $10 for electricity, $10 for tables and $5 for chairs. Applications are due Oct. 10. Contact Casci Land, 817-336-6565; Tanda Dovel, 817-996-1790; Suzanne May, 817-897-5303; or Deborah Christenson, 817-726-1075.
CRAFT SHOW – The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, artisan soaps and lotions, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.
CHICKEN AND BREAD DAYS – Vendors are needed for the 19th Annual Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Fee is $20 for arts and crafts booths and $35 for food. There is an additional $10 fee for electricity. All vendor spaces are 10×10, outdoor lots. For an application, contact Main Street Bowie, 940-872-6246.