WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Aug. 8-9. Vendors are needed and cookoff participants are being registered. Friday night’s festivities will include a washer tournament and the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship fish fry, as well as Phil Hamilton on stage. A pageant is 10 a.m. Saturday. Theme is “summertime fun,” and cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281.
POOL PARTY – A back-to-school pool party for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bridgeport City Pool. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at City Hall and the city pool. Tickets at the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.
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.
CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Business meeting is 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $7 a plate. Guest speaker is Eugene Grooms.
SOCCER SIGNUPS – Decatur soccer signups are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at JRobs in Decatur. Call Shaun, 940-210-6629.
GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur girls fall softball signups started last week and run through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Signups will take place 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. 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, at Decatur High School. 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.
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.
LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome Library’s final summer story time is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent. A hot dog supper for the children and their families is 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
REGISTRATION STARTS – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration begins 10 a.m. today at the main campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offerings, go to www.wc.edu. Contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried, 940-626-3263, email@example.com.
HABITAT MEETING – Habitat for Humanity is having a homeownership orientation 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport, 608 17th St.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services in Gainesville will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 1200 Preskitt Rd. Parents must be present and should bring their child’s shot record. Children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Call 940-665-9315.
RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. The trade show, featuring 20 agriculture-related businesses, will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6. Cost is $10, which covers the meal and enters you in the drawing for door prizes. Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, of Vernon will speak on “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.” To make a reservation, call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341.
CARNIVAL TIME – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is hosting Back-2-School Carnival 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave., in Bridgeport. The event is for youth with special needs ages 14 years old or younger. Visit www.wcspecialneeds.com.
GARAGE SALE – Wise County Teen Court is having a garage/bake sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the parking lot of First Financial Bank, behind Arby’s, in Decatur. There will be furniture, clothing, dishes and more. The group is still accepting donations. Call Shelly, 940-393-5923.
FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on protecting assets and ensuring money lasts. Seating is limited. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.
CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Regional Health Foundation Clay Shoot is Friday, Aug. 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch is provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. Call Michelle Stone, 940-626-1384.
FALL SIGNUPS – Registration for the fall season of Wise County Special Needs Baseball is now through Aug. 23. Download a player or volunteer form at wcspecialneeds.com. Fee is $20 and should be mailed with the form to P.O. Box 601, Bridgeport, TX, 76426. Late registration is $35. Meet-N-Greet will be 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13 through Nov. 1.
SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office, 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.
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.
TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County are looking for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which 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.
RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION – Registration for returning students is now available through the Home Access Center. Parents must have a HAC account, which requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued by the school. A help desk is available at the NISD Administration Building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Justin from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Campuses have computers available for use for households without Internet. Call 817-698-1099.
VOLUNTEER CHECK – Parents and other volunteers who plan to work with children in Northwest ISD schools must have passed a criminal background check through the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) system. Go to www.nisdtx.org and click the VIPS link under Quick Links. Call NISD Partners in Education specialist Phil Beckman at 817-215-0172.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR – Northwest ISD’s second annual Back-to-School Fair is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive, in Justin. This year’s fair will provide school supplies and assistance to families who need extra support based on their financial need (verified by their registration for free or reduced lunch). To make a tax-deductible donation, an in-kind contribution or to sponsor a family, go to www.cisnt.org.
SALSA CONTEST – A homemade salsa contest will be held during the Forestburg Watermelon Festival Saturday, Aug. 9. Entries should be brought to the Atkins Building on Main Street, next the Forestburg Store, between 9 and 10 a.m. Salsa judging will be done by popular vote. Prizes will be awarded to the top three places. Call Debra, 940-964-2483 or Betty, 940-964-2644.