This column is designed to give our local readers a place to put news and events that are important to them and others in the community.

Local news such as public meetings, luncheons, events and other non-club local items for not-for-profit associations are listed in this column.

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Sept. 7

The Corsicana High School Calicos will have a chili supper in the CHS commons before the home game vs. Jacksonville.



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have karaoke with Wayne Farmer from Fort Worth from 8 to 11:45 p.m. The post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Sept. 8

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening with Flashbacks (Jana and Charlie) from Fort Worth from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



Navarro County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. in the Corsicana Public Library Civic Room, 100 N. 12th St. The program will be “The Use of DNA Analysis in Genealogy,” presented by John and Sarah Barron. The presentation will be a non-technical review of this increasingly important new genealogical tool. It will consist of three parts: basic biology of DNA, genealogical aspects of DNA, and a case study of the use of DNA in genealogy. The public is invited and welcome to attend. All members are urged to attend and to bring a friend.



Navarro County Volunteer Firefighters Association will offer an adult CPR/AED class as part of its annual fire school. The class will be held in the Bain Center at Navarro College beginning at 8 a.m. The class is open to the public. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. For more information or to enroll, call Jeannie McCarty at (903) 654-1205.



The Corsicana High School Calicos will have a dance camp at the CHS studio for girls ages 4 through ninth grade. A free football ticket will be given to each girl who attends with an adult.



Gospel music concert for charity to benefit the House of Refuge will take place at Martin’s Music Hall, 201 S. Beaton St., at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 per person and may be reserved by calling (903) 872-8226. Dining is available at 6 p.m. Featured performers will be Brenda Ballew, Leslie Bruce, Christi Driskell, Judy Haeger, Janet Martin, Virginia Martin and One Voice Quartet.



The Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, both staff and squadron, will meet at 10 a.m. There will not be a meal following the meeting.



A blood drive with Carter BloodCare will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3800 Emhouse Road. Donors will receive a free T-shirt and be entered into the “Big Win” prize drawing. For more information, visit www.carterbloodcare.org or call (800) 366-2834. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and have a photo ID. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Charles Donohoe at (254) 850-8712.



Sept. 9

Spring Hill Cemetery Association meeting will be 2 p.m. at the new Dawson pavilion. Those interested in the cemetery are invited to attend. Those wishing to make donations to the upkeep of the cemetery can send donations to: Spring Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 94, Dawson, TX 76639.



Sept. 10

Woodmen of the World Lodge 5 will have a salad supper at Liberty Hall at 6 p.m. All members, their families and guests are cordially invited.



Navarro County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 919 W. Park Ave., across from Pioneer Village. This will be a very interesting meeting as Rick Hocker, the owner of the new steakhouse about to open on South Beaton Street, will tell about his recent discovery of the underground basement dating back to the early days of Corsicana. This caused quite a stir on the Texas news and a flood of interested history seekers to descend on Corsicana. So come to the meeting and hear the latest on this discovery. Everyone is welcome. It will be a perfect time to become a Navarro County historian. Refreshments will be served. The executive board will meet at 6 p.m.



Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet at Westhill Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. After the business meeting, PQG member Gloria Tucker will teach a “Stack N Whack” class. Those participating in the class should bring the supplies that were on the list distributed at the last meeting. A sewing machine will not be needed for this class. Class participants may bring a sack lunch or order pizza. For more information, call Gloria Tucker (903) 489-2815 or Marilyn Baxter at (903) 489-2868.



Sept. 11

A book club for adults will be held at 7 p.m. in the Corsicana Public Library Civic Room. The first book discussed will be “Between, Georgia,” by Joshilyn Jackson. If you are planning to come to the meeting, call Sharon Borak at the Corsicana Public Library, (903) 654-4810.



287 Richland/Chambers Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7 p.m. at the fire station, located 1/10 mile south of Spur 294 on South U.S. Highway 287 (just before the bridge over the lake). Support members, firefighters, and anyone interested in being a volunteer, support member of firefighter are encouraged to attend. For more information, call (903) 872-2336 or e-mail to 287RCfire@gmail.com.



Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge will have a regular stated meeting at Barry Masonic Lodge to honor the district deputy on his official visit to the lodge and to award one of the members with his 50-year pin. The Eureka Masonic Lodge will cancel its meeting to join in for this special event. A meal will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



City of Blooming Grove has rescheduled its September monthly city council meeting to 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 200 S. Fordyce, Blooming Grove.



Ellis-Navarro Chapter 1191, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Ennis Corral. A musical program will be presented by Michael Howard, pastor of the Cowboy Church of Ennis. All active and retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Bob Kral at (903) 874-3092, Herbert Shelton at (972) 937-3224 or G.W. Garrard at (972) 875-2264.



Freedom Flag Plaza Memorial will be held at 1 p.m. at Bunert Park. Navarro County military servicemen and women, law enforcement, fire, emergency, and rescue personnel will be honored. The public is invited to come honor the dedicated brave men and women who keep you safe every day.



Navarro County Branch of NAACP will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave. All members are asked to attend. Your participation is critical to the success of the NAACP. All general membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact the Navarro County NAACP by mail at P.O. Box 284, Corsicana, TX 75151-0284, or contact president Leonard Dixon at (469) 951-9367.



Warehouse Living Arts Center’s Corsicana Children’s Company, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will have acting classes for second and third grades from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a nine-week session. Sandra McClure Mahood will be the instructor of “Imagination Generation.” Tuition will be $58.50 which includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information and registration, call (903) 872-5421.



Sept. 12

Warehouse Living Arts Center’s Corsicana Children’s Company, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will have acting classes for kindergarten through first grade from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a nine-week session. Sandra McClure Mahood will teach “Shake, Rattle and Play.” Tuition will be $58.50 which includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information and registration, call (903) 872-5421.



Sept. 13

Dawson Masonic Lodge will have a regular stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited to join in welcoming the district deputy on his visit.



Warehouse Living Arts Center’s Corsicana Children’s Company, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will have acting classes for fourth and fifth grades from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a 10-week session. Frances Seidensticker Dodds will be the instructor of “Stories of Action and Adventure ... Made for Acting.” Tuition will be $70 which includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information and registration, call (903) 872-5421.



Sept. 14

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have First Class Karaoke with Jerry and Nedra House from 8 to 11:45 p.m. The post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Sept. 15

The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave., will present The Platters, Elsbeary Hobb’s Drifters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $55, $50 and $45. For more information, call the Palace Theatre at (903) 874-7792.



American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of Drag ‘n’ Sounds Entertainment with Steve Brooks from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



Corsicana Hispanic Heritage and Mexican Independence Day celebration will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on the soccer field on South 17th St. in Corsicana. There will be music, food, dancing, health information, raffle, and silent auction. Admission will be free, although booths will sell food items with proceeds going to the LULAC scholarship fund. The public is invited. For more information, call Diana Sanchez at (903) 851-4169 or Dennis Armon at (903) 641-8641.



Sept. 17

Navarro County 4-H will have an event at 5:30 p.m. at the Fannie Mae Vernon Room of the Navarro County Exposition Center to celebrate Texas 4-H becoming 100 years old in 2008. All 4-H alumni (from any 4-H club) and anyone interested is invited. There will be booths of past events, information about projects currently available. 4-H is open for students third grade to 18 years of age. For more information, contact Texas Cooperative Extension at (903) 654-3075.



Warehouse Living Arts Center’s Corsicana Children’s Company, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will have acting classes for sixth through ninth grades from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a nine-week session. Tuition will be $65 which includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information and registration, call (903) 872-5421.



Sept. 18

Kerens Masonic Lodge will have a regular stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting to honor the district deputy’s visit.



Sept. 18-27

VOICE will offer the Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program, a state approved program for minors charged with attempted purchase, consumption, or possession of tobacco and is designed to the mandates of Texas law. VOICE staff is certified to facilitate this program. The class is an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. Classes will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18, 20, 25 and 27. The classes are $80 (cash only) for all sessions. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.



Sept. 20

Navarro County Service Agency Network will meet at noon at the Bank of America seventh floor meeting room, hosted by VOICE. The mission of the network is to provide opportunities to better serve the residents of Navarro County by sharing of information and resources. Lunch will be available for $3. For more information or to RSVP by Sept. 18, call Gina Dieterichs at (903) 872-0180 or e-mail to gdieterichs@voiceinc.org.



Daisy Girl Scout troop information meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sam Houston Elementary School cafeteria, 1213 W. Fourth Ave. Daisy Scouts are for girls in kindergarten and first grade, and is the first step in the progression of Girl Scouts. Families interested in joining Daisy Scouts are encouraged to attend. Weekly meetings will be held on Thursdays following the Corsicana Independent School District schedule starting Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information regarding this troop or other age groups, call Misty Coles at (903) 641-6603.



Sept. 20-29

Warehouse Living Arts Center Theatre, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will present “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-22, 25, 27-29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The cast of one Neil Simon’s most-popular comedies includes Frank Means, Monica Miller, Fred O’Brien, Frances Seidensticker Dodds, Diana Reynolds and Darlene Pleiner. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors 65 and over, and $7 for kids 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call (903) 872-5421.



Sept. 21

Kerens Kiwanis will host the annual homecoming hamburger supper at the Kerens Alumni Center building in downtown Kerens from 5 to 7 p.m. Plates will be $6 each and will include a hamburger or cheeseburger, chips, drink and homemade desserts. This will be a fund-raiser for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Gina Dieterichs, Kerens Kiwanis president, at gdieterichs@yahoo.com.



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have Pure Country Karaoke with John Tilley from 8 p.m. to midnight. The post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Sept. 22

The “2007 Legends Ball” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Navarro Shriners Building, 323 N. Commerce St., hosted by the Jackson Ex-Students Association Miss Juneteenth Committee. Formal attire, please. Tickets are $12.50 or a table of 10 for $100. RSVP no later than Sept. 1 to Barbara Kelley at (903) 872-7973 or Millicent Daniels at (903) 851-6495.



American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of First Class Entertainment Karaoke with Nedra and Jerry House from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



The eighth annual Hooked on Fishing will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at I.O.O.F. Park, sponsored by the City of Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. there will be first, second and third place awards for all categories. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided if needed. Free drinks and lunch provided. All participants will receive prizes. For more information, call Charlee at (903) 654-4874.



Sept. 23

Navarro County Survivors/Caregivers Appreciation Day will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Camp Wanica. Entertainment will feature Erma Young, Corsicana Cloggers, Wayne Douglas, Virginia Martin and more. There will be snack foods, cake walks, photos, and children’s activities including a bounce house. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the entertainment at the new outdoor Discovery Theatre at Camp Wanica. Various cancer support and activities groups of Navarro County will be present to provide information and education to attendees. Reach for Recovery donation box will be available for items such as wigs, hats, and blankets for cancer patients. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to volunteer or for more information, contact Jamie Kitchens at (903) 875-9729 or by e-mail at navarrocountysurvivors@yahoo.com.



Sept. 24

Barry Masonic Lodge will have a regular stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. to honor the district deputy’s visit. All masons are invited.



Sept. 24-27

Navarro Council of the Arts will present its first show of the 2007-2008 season, Laura Freeman, puppet artist. “Iris Visits the Land of Black and White” will take place at all county schools for pre-kindergarten through second graders. For more information, visit the Web site at www.navarrocouncilofthearts.com or call (903) 872-5411.



Sept. 25

Winkler Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting. The district deputy will be making his official visit. A meal will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



Sept. 26

VOICE, in partnership with the Navarro County Texas Cooperative Extension office, will have an informative kick-off meeting at 3:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 100 N. Main St., Suite 308. The groups are looking for teams to compete in Walk Across Texas. Along with eight weeks of friendly competition, VOICE will also host informative “Healthy Texan” classes, taught by extension agents on a monthly basis. For more information on Walk Across Texas, visit http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/. For information on attending the classes, contact Gina Dieterichs at VOICE, (903) 872-0180 or by e-mail at gdieterichs@voiceinc.org.



Sept. 28

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have Walker Creek Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight. The post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Sept. 29

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of County Sue’s Karaoke from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



A benefit bull riding for Kirby Jackson will be held at 7 p.m. at Foxfire Arena, North Interstate Highway 45, Exit 235 West, Corsicana. There will be 40 head open bull riding, top 10 back to short go. Entry fee will be $75 with $25 stock charge and $50 to jackpot. First 40 paid entries ride. Judges will be Matt Austin, 2005 bull riding champion, and Sandy Kirby, former NFR qualifier and 2006 inductee in Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Books open from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9-10. Call in numbers are (903) 396-2809 and (903) 654-2664. To secure entry, fees can be mailed to: Kerens Riding Club, P.O. Box 75, Kerens, TX 75144. Minors must have a notarized parental release. Not responsible for accidents.



Oct. 1-5

Navarro Council of the Arts will present the 29th annual October Arts Festival, “Art + Music = Math!” The festival will be for all Navarro County third and fourth graders. For more information, visit the Web site at www.navarrocouncilofthearts.com or call (903) 872-5411.



Oct. 2

Corsicana Chapter 118, OES, will have a stated meeting at Corsicana Masonic Temple, 201 N. 15th St. All area OES members are invited to attend. Potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Bonnie Mathison at (903) 874-0226.



Oct. 6

Retreat Volunteer Fire Department will have its fall fish fry at 6 p.m. at the fire department, located at the corner of Farm-to-Market Roads 2555 and 709. Everyone is welcome. Meals will be $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Retreat VFD Explorers will be auctioning themselves off for a day’s work (four days will be auctioned off), a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, and an auction for a crocheted Retreat VFD blanket. You are invited to come out and join the fun.



Lifeline Children and Family Services will host a Project H.O.P.E. Vision banquet at 6 p.m. at The Cook Center. The public is invited. Tickets are $15. Music will be provided by Ricky Walter, executive director of LCFS. The speaker will be Jody Dean, 2006 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee and radio talk show host at 98.7 FM KLUV. For more information or to purchase your tickets by Sept. 28, call (903) 872-7700 or (903) 872-1582. No tickets will be sold at the door.



Oct. 16-25

VOICE will offer the Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program, a state approved program for minors charged with attempted purchase, consumption, or possession of tobacco and is designed to the mandates of Texas law. VOICE staff is certified to facilitate this program. The class is an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. Classes will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 18, 23 and 25. The classes are $80 (cash only) for all sessions. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.



Oct. 20

The third annual Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Kerens. There will be arts, crafts, jewelry, food and drink vendors. Activities will include rides and games, 3-on-3 basketball, target shooting, a horseshoe contest, a chili cook-off, quilt show, mule wagon rides, tours of an operating cotton gin and a downtown street dance featuring Ira Bradford. Vendors may reserve their space by contacting Betty Partain at (903) 396-7337.



Navarro County Branch of NAACP will have its freedom fund banquet meeting at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave. The speaker will be Dallas Fire Department Chief Eddie Burns. Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased by calling Barbara Kelley at (903) 872-7973 or president Leonard Dixon at (469) 951-9367.



Oct. 24

VOICE, in partnership with the Navarro County Texas Cooperative Extension office, will hold a “Healthy Texan” class at 3:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 100 N. Main St., Suite 308, taught by county extension agents. For more information, contact Gina Dieterichs at VOICE, (903) 872-0180 or by e-mail at gdieterichs@voiceinc.org.



Oct. 31

The annual family fun fall festival, sponsored by VOICE, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bank of America west parking lot on North 12th Street, across the street from the Corsicana Public Library. There will be free games, bounce house, snacks, crafts, trick-or-treat prizes, and lots of fun. There will be a drawing for a prize basket that includes two tickets to Six Flags Winter in the Park. This year’s festival will start at 2 p.m. to cater the first hour especially to younger and preschool aged children. For more information, contact Gina Dieterichs at (903) 872-0180 or gdieterichs@voiceinc.org.



Nov. 13-15

Navarro Council of the Arts will present “ScrapArtsMusic from Canada.” This group will perform for all Navarro County students in sixth through 12th grades and will present a full free concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. For more information, visit the Web site at www.navarrocouncilofthearts.com or call (903) 872-5411.



Nov. 27-Dec. 6

VOICE will offer the Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program, a state approved program for minors charged with attempted purchase, consumption, or possession of tobacco and is designed to the mandates of Texas law. VOICE staff is certified to facilitate this program. The class is an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. Classes will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29 and Dec. 4 and 6. The classes are $80 (cash only) for all sessions. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.



Nov. 28

VOICE, in partnership with the Navarro County Texas Cooperative Extension office, will hold a “Healthy Texan” class at 3:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 100 N. Main St., Suite 308, taught by county extension agents. For more information, contact Gina Dieterichs at VOICE, (903) 872-0180 or by e-mail at gdieterichs@voiceinc.org.

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