Author’s book talk

From 5-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, the Alvarado Public Library will present an Author’s Book Talk featuring Patti J. Woodson and her new book of poetry, “Through Clouded Eyes.”

After the book talk, Woodson will autograph copies of her book. Ten percent of all book sales generated at the event will be donated to the library.

Call 817-783-7323. The library is located at 210 N. Baugh St., Alvarado.

Johnson County Master Gardeners Lawn, Garden Show

The fifth annual Johnson County Master Gardener Lawn and Garden Show will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Cleburne Civic Center and Senior Center, 1501 W. Henderson, Cleburne. Admission is $3.

There will be 10 speakers on the program bringing topics to include “In the Mockingbird Room,” Polly Parmer; “A Walk Through the Garden” to be given by a Lake Grandbury Master Gardner at 9:30 a.m.; “Growing Grapes in Texas,” to be given by Bruce Anderson of Sunset Winery at 10:45 a.m.; and “EarthKind Roses,” to be given by Gary Wylie, National Coordinator of the EarthKind Trail Garden Program, at 12:30 p.m. Gailon Hardin, Native Plant Society. will speak on “Native Plants” at 1:45 p.m. Nathan Rains, Texas Parks and Wildlife, will cover “Wildlife Management on Small Acreage.”

In the Bluebonnet Room, the Johnson County Herb Society will share “Fun with Herbs” at 9:30 a.m. Dr. William C. Welch, professor, will speak on “Landscape Ideas from Near and Far” at 10:45 a.m. Randy Weston, Weston Gardens, will speak on “Texas Tough Perennials” at 12:30 p.m. Carl Cathey, Russell Feed and Supply, will discuss “Organic Products” at 1:45 p.m. and Pat Maggard, president of the Johnson County Master Gardeners, will speak at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 817-866-2268 or visit www.JCMGA.org.

Poems from Alvarado area sought

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special religious poetry contest sponsored by the Sacramento Rainbow Poets. The contest is free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all, totaling almost $5,000. The deadline for entering is March 10.

To enter, send one poem of only 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest; 2935 Clay St.; Sacramento, CA 95815 or enter on-line at www.rainbowpoets.com.

“We think great religious poems can inspire achievement,” said Dr. Bobby Brown, the organization’s contest director. “Our desire is to inspire amateur poets and we think this competition will accomplish that. Texas has produced many wonderful poets over the years and we’d like to discover new ones from among the Alvarado-area grassroots poets.”

Be sure your name and address appears on the page with poem. Each contestant who wants a winner’s list is to enclose a return envelope.

Children’s program

Full Circle of Life Family, 118 W. 2nd St., Venus, announces its new program, Discovery Clubs. The Christian club meets from 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday. A church spokesman notes there will be “fun projects, games, snacks, crafts, a time to learn new skills, sing songs and find out more about God. Best of all, it’s free. All you need to do is register your child on any Wednesday night at 7 p.m. or Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.”

Discovery Clubs are for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. For further information, contact Rowena Vaughn at 972-217-6575, pastor Terry Vaughn at 817-798-6393 or e-mail rdvfclc@yahoo.com.

Mom 2 Mom

Mom 2 Mom is a group organized by stay-at-home moms with children from birth through 5 years old.

“We exist to encourage moms of preschoolers to develop skills for motherhood, their walk with Christ, as well as providing a social avenue to meet other moms,” a spokesman said. “We meet the second Monday of each month and we also get together for play dates and mom’s nights out.”

Childcare is provided. Call Amy Wood at (817) 774-8999 or Holly Chisum at (432) 349-4904.

Public transportation

Cleburne’s transportation service has extended its services to all of Johnson County.

Cletran offers two types of services – daily bus routes with schedules and demand response buses. Daily buses depart Cleburne for downtown Fort Worth three times a day, with stops in Joshua and Burleson.

Cletran operation supervisor Rhonda Tatum said regular runs from Alvarado to Cleburne are $8. People older than age 60 or younger than 18 years of age can purchase $40 passes for half price.

The service will operate from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. (the last pickup time) Monday-Friday.

According to a city/county transportation publication, people who are extremely ill, have contagious diseases or who are severely injured may not be transported, nor will those intoxicated or violent passengers who pose a threat to the driver or themselves be allowed to ride, at the driver’s discretion.

For further information, call (817) 641-1800 or (800) 913-1800.

Johnson County Head Start

The Johnson County Head Start is recruiting for 2007-2008. Services include health and social services referrals, individualized education plans and opportunities for socialization and family partnership agreements.

When applying for the program, parents or guardians will need documentation of the child’s physical and dental records, birth certificates and immunization records. Family must meet income guidelines to qualify and provide proof of income for the past 12 months.

Children with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Head Start Program does not discriminate against race, age, religion, creed, sex, national origin, political beliefs or any disabling conditions.

Contact Alvarado Head Start at (817) 783-2424 for further information.

American Legion Adopt-a-Soldier

American Legion Auxiliary 426 is sponsoring an Adopt-a-Soldier program benefiting a deployed company in Iraq. Volunteers would commit to send a package once a month to the soldiers until their deployment ends. Packages should include things such as foot powder, baby powder, facial tissues, Desenex/A&D ointment, antibiotic ointment, dental floss, Vicks VapoRub, cotton swabs, lip balm, sunscreen/sunblock, shaving cream, gum, hard candy, crackers, popcorn, books/magazines, 2008 calendars, hygiene packs, air fresheners, unscented baby wipes, anti-perspirant/deodorant, fabric deodorizer, mouthwash and scented candles.

To sign up, call (817) 783-2850 or (817) 558-4848.

Lillian 4-H Club

The Lillian 4-H Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at the United Cooperative Services community room at Interstate 35 and Bethesda Road. 4-H offers a wide variety of activities as well as community service opportunities for youth.

The Lillian 4-H Club welcomes new members and those interested can contact club manager Linda Ray at (817) 790-5271.

Meals-on-Wheels volunteers

Meals-on-Wheels and the Alvarado Senior Citizens Center are looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound seniors in Alvarado. It only takes 30 minutes one day a week to help these seniors who are unable to fix meals for themselves or who are handicapped and look forward to seeing the volunteer who brings their lunch.

For more information, contact Sherri Rodriguez at the Alvarado Senior Citizens Center at (817) 783-8481.

Moms in Touch

Moms in Touch International is a group of mothers (grandmothers, aunts and others) who meet for one hour each week to pray for their children and the schools they attend. Anyone who is interested in learning more or being part of this praying support group can call Leigh Garrett at (817) 991-0381.

Alvarado Youth Association meeting

The Alvarado Youth Association holds its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to attend and be a part of the local youth association.

For more information, call public relations director Mike Zevecre at (817) 913-4031.

Depression Connection Support Team

The Depression Connection Support Team is offering a support group for people who have depression or bipolar disorder. This group offers education and support from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Alvarado Senior Citizens and Community Center.

For more information, call (817) 810-9599.

St. Anthony’s men’s Bible study

St. Anthony’s men’s Bible study extends an invitation to all men in Alvarado and the surrounding community to join a free online daily study of the commands of Christ.

This free study can be found at www.iblp.com under the heading “daily success” and includes a daily, e-mail devotional study on one of Christ’s commands.

To sign up, e-mail mail stapec@sbcglobal.net.

For more information, call (214) 421-0001.