Alvarado residents can get ready for spring with a gardening workshop at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Alvarado Public Library, 210 N. Baugh St. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge. Attendees are welcome to share their own gardening advice. 

Needham is new member of American Angus Association

Marilyn Needham of Alvarado is a new junior member of the American Angus Association reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The American Angus Association is the largest beef registry association in the world, with more than 31,000 active adult and junior members.

Alvarado City Council to meet

The Alvarado City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Alvarado City Hall Council Chambers, 104 W. College St. The meeting is open to  the public.

Meals-on-Wheels benefit

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties will host a “Remember When” 1940s-style event with happy hour, reception, dinner, big band entertainment, dancing, live auction and prizes at Mid-Way Regional Airport on March 27.

For more information, call 972-351-9943 or 817-558-2840. Visit online at

Clients needed for assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs of Texas, a local, nonprofit organization, is now accepting applications from people who could benefit from a service dog. Dogs are trained to complete various tasks such as alerting to sounds, assisting in balance, opening doors and retrieval of items such as canes, phones and other objects, among others. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For more information, call Cindy Roberts at 972-617-3136 or e-mail

Volunteers needed

Family First Hospice is calling for volunteers in the areas of Ovilla, Red Oak, DeSoto, Duncanville, South Dallas, Ferris, Ennis, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Venus, Kaufman, Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Cedar Hill.

Volunteers offer a variety of services including sitting with patients while a caregiver is out of the house or running errands for patients or caregivers. First Family Hospice needs men, women and teens who can speak English and Spanish.

For more information, contact Margie Norum at 972-878-2273.