Parkway Park

dedication

Clint Davis of the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce has announced the dedication ceremony of the improved and expanded Parkway Park will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with refreshments to be served.

POW/MIA program

VFW Post 9299 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual POW/MIA program at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, followed by a thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens and their families.

Santa’s Helpers benefit

Santa’s Helpers will get under way at the Old Settler’s Reunion Pavilion on Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning with a concert by the Alvarado Road Show at 3:30 p.m.

A fajita dinner will be served at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at 7. See Jerry Pritchard or stop by First Financial Bank for tickets, which are $10 for the concert and meal or $5 for the meal only.

Johnson County Veterans Council

The Johnson County Veterans Council will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 - 11 a.m. Nov. 17, at the Cleburne Elks Lodge, 124 Farm-to-Market 1434. The price is $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free. There will also be a “turkey shoot” contest.

The Johnson County Veterans Council meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at United Electric Cooperative, 3309 N. Main St. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. For further information or tickets, contact Jerry Clayton at 817-517-5481 or e-mail jerryclayton@att.net, Fred Cummings at 817-233-1686 or e-mail fredandnell@sbcglobal.net or call Smokey Cleveland at 817-994-7150 or Joe Stephens 817-312-8819.

City trash pickup

The city of Alvarado has announced that city trash pickup after Thanksgiving will be moved to Saturday, Nov. 24.

Venus Christmas on the Square

The Greater Venus Chamber of Commerce announces Christmas on the Square will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. and photographs with Santa will be taken after 2. There will be food, arts and crafts vendors and entertainment, a spokesman said.

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.”

Dec. 10 - Mom’s makeover and gift exchange.

Childcare is provided.

Join the group at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne from 10 a.m.-noon on each of the above dates.

For more information, 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.

Utility assistance funds available

Funding is available to help low income families in Johnson County to assist with paying utility bills.

“If you are income eligible and meet all requirements, you may qualify for help with your utility bills,” a spokesman said. “Due to program criteria, applications are rated by priority. Therefore, it may not be possible to give immediate attention to applicants holding a notice of termination.”

To obtain an application for this program, contact Texas Neighborhood Services at 314 N.W. 4th St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067 or by phone at (940) 325-6943 or (800) 325-6944.

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, 2007 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.

Rental assistance

Applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list for the city of Alvarado are accepted from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 104 W. College St.

For more information, contact Sharon Vass, director of community development and local operator, at (817) 790-3351.

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 Linda Ray at (817) 790-5271.

Meals-on-Wheels

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.

Call (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.