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.

Church events are printed separately in Church News published on Fridays.

To have items placed in the Local Beat column, bring them by the office at 405 E. Collin St., fax them to (903) 872-6878 or e-mail to Items must have the date of the event, a phone number and must be clearly printed or typed.

Dec. 8

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 midnight. No cover charge. The VFW Post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.

Dec. 8-10

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will present “An Evening with Mahood and Miller” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. the 2006 bonus show will present Sandra McClure Mahood and Monica Miller in a presentation of song and comedy. Mahood and Miller will be accompanied by Sandra Huffman, H.M. Davenport and LaReese Arnold. Many 2006 season ticket holders earned free tickets to this production. Tickets for other season ticket holders are $5 each. Tickets for the general public are $8. For more information or tickets, call (903) 872-5421.

Dec. 9

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening with Country 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.

The Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will meet at 9 a.m. at the Coyote Squadron Hangar at the Corsicana Municipal Airport for a short business meeting. After the meeting, attendees will finish preparations for a barbecue lunch and to draw the winning ticket for a 2006 Arctic Cat 4x4 ATV. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. and the drawing for the ATV will be at noon. Guests are welcome at the barbecue lunch and drawing. After the drawing, there will be a flying demonstration by Falcon Flight, a renowned formation flying team. Col. Steve Richmond, a member of the Coyote Squadron, is also a member of Falcon Flight.

Dec. 10

Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main St., will have its annual memorial service and candle lighting will be held at 2 p.m. Anyone who has lost a loved one, and would like to light a candle for them in remembrance, is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow. For more information, call (903) 874-2646.

Dec. 11

The district court jury panel for 1:30 p.m. has been dismissed.

Woodmen of the World Lodge 5 will have its Christmas party for its members, their families and their guests at Star Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, call Trudy at (903) 874-7050.

Corsicana Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the new Corsicana High School band hall. Parents of students in Drane Intermediate School, Collins Middle School and Corsicana High School bands, and anyone else who is interested in encouraging and supporting the band program are invited to attend.

Heritage Oaks West, 3300 W. Second Ave., will have a big indoor craft sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 12

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1191 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Ennis Corral. Officers for 2007 will be installed. Also in the spirit of giving, members will bring children’s wear and/or non-perishable food items to be delivered to Daniel’s Den in Waxahachie and Helping Hands in Ennis. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend. For more information, call G.W. Garrard, (972) 875-2264; Herb Shelton, (972) 937-3224; or Bob Kral, (903) 874-3092.

Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge will have a regular meting at 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All master masons are invited.

Heritage Oaks Retirement Village Family Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the assisted living private dining room. All family member are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Alicia Rogers at (903) 872-5130.

Dec. 12-13

Navarro Regional Hospital Auxiliary will have a uniform and shoe sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 in the hospital classrooms. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the NRH Auxiliary’s Winona Stewart Scholarship Fund for students in the medical field. For more information, call Connie Beal at (903) 654-6802.

Dec. 14

Navarro College SBDC will have a government contracting and 8(a) certification workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $50. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 875-7667 or e-mail

North Central Texas WorkForce’s Corsicana Center will host a “Workshop Center Orientation” at 10 a.m. and a job search workshop on “Resume Preparation” at 10 a.m. at its office, 720 N. Beaton St. “” training will be offered at 5:30 p.m. at the center, but seating is limited and you must pre-register for this training. For more information, call (903) 874-8276.

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