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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.

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July 29

Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation will present its second annual Fur Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight at the VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31. Larry Andrews and the Hired Handz will perform. There will be a silent auction and live auction. Cost will be $10 per ticket to benefit animals in Navarro County. For more information, call (903) 872-3405 or (903) 654-3668.



American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests to come enjoy a roast beef dinner at 6 p.m. at $6. This will be a fund-raiser for the Ladies Auxiliary. Entertainment will be karaoke by First Class Entertainment 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.



Chatfield-Tupelo Community Center will host an ice cream social complete with bingo at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their ice cream to the Chatfield-Tupelo Community Center at 5:30 p.m. for judging. Recognition will be given for first, second and third place. Admission for adults will be $5 and children under 12 will be admitted free. Games of bingo will be held after the ice cream social. For more information, contact LaVelle Haynes, (903) 641-9264.



Wal-Mart will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the bloodmobile which will be parked in front of the store. A donor must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and bring a picture ID. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made by calling (800) 448-3543.



July 30

The Warehouse Living Arts Center Theatre, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will hold auditions for “Grandest Canyon” by Burton Bumgarner at 2 p.m. The cast for this delightful comedy includes two women (late 70s), one woman (30s), one man (40s to 50s) and 12 cameo roles for men and women of all ages. Those who plan to audition should bring date books, school and vacation schedules to the audition. Each will be required to fill out a rehearsal availability form. Production dates are Sept. 7-16. For more information, call (903) 872-5421.



July 31

Eureka City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Eureka City Hall, located on County Road SE 2190.



July 31-Aug. 9

The PTO of Fannin Elementary School will sell school supply sacks from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (903) 874-1957.



Aug. 1

Kerens Neighborhood Watch will be taking part in National Night Out, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. This national event is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime. For more information, call Marie Graham at (903) 396-3210.



Blooming Grove Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall of The First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove. All interested people are invited to attend. For more information call (903) 695-2724 or (903) 673-2635.



Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a basic workshop on how to start a small business from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Lee School of Choice, 2200 W. Fourth Ave., will have orientation at noon and 6 p.m. If you have applied to the school, it is mandatory that you must attend at least one session. For more information, call (903) 874-0115.



Oak Valley Crime Watch will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the community center on Oak Valley Lane. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the evening. There will a short business meeting and the program will be presented by Margarita and Patrick Patterson. They will show a video on “Religion and Politics.”



Corsicana Chess Club will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Civic Room of the Corsicana Public Library. Bring your own chess board. All ages are invited to participate; however, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call Bob Quinn at (903) 874-2053.



Navarro County Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 N. 14th St. All are welcome to learn and to give and receive support. For more information, call (903) 872-6302 or (903) 874-6815.



Rice sixth grade will have meet the teacher night from 7 to 8 p.m. Students will meet their teachers, get their schedules, find their lockers and tour the building. Refreshments will be served.



Aug. 2

Eureka Crime Watch will hold its regular monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. at Eureka United Methodist Church. All individuals who are seeking a public office in the general election in November are invited, urged to attend, and will be guest speakers for this meeting. As always, the public is invited and also urged to attend and participate in this program, particularly if you have any questions for these candidates. Refreshments will be served following the program.



The weather warning sirens will be tested at 1 p.m., weather permitting. If you have any questions regarding this test, please contact fire marshal James Palos at (903) 654-4961.



The City of Rice will test its emergency storm siren at 1 p.m. If inclement weather, the test will not take place. For more information, contact city hall at (903) 326-7511.



Hospice of Cedar Lake will not have its grief support luncheon Aug. 2. It has been rescheduled for Aug. 9. For more information, call Hospice of Cedar Lake at (903) 874-2646.



Aug. 3

Blooming Grove Crime Watch will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Fire Department. Speaker will be Sheriff Les Cotten, and light refreshments will be served.



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. All members in good standing are urged to attend. Tony Kuta, commander, will preside.



Corsicana community American Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St. A donor must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and bring a picture ID. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made by calling (800) 448-3543.



Drane Intermediate School will have orientation at 6 p.m. in the Drane auditorium.



Navarro LULAC Council 4707 will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cancun Restaurant, 2000 S. U.S. Highway 287, located at the Corsicana Inn. The public is invited to attend. The speaker will be Ron Lamontagne, plant manager at Primex Plastics Corporation. If you would like to eat a meal before the meeting, come at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call president Pedro Cohen at (903) 389-8512.



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. “WorkInTexas.com” 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.



Aug. 4

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Kickoff Breakfast will be sponsored by Navarro College at the Dining Hall from 6:45 to 8 a.m. Join chairmen Wayne and Rebekah Owen as they make tracks to the breakfast to pick up supplies, win great door prizes and meet fellow walkers. Help the American Heart Association in the fight against this nation’s number one killer, heart disease and stroke. The 2006 Heart Walk is presented by the Katherine C. Carmody Trust. Please RSVP to the AHA Regional Office at (254) 299-0880.



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 VFW Post canteen will open at 4 p.m. A raffle to raise funds will be held during the evening. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Aug. 5

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



Teen Intervention will hold its first nationwide 5K Intervention Walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Fullerton-Garitty Park. Proceeds benefit at-risk teens. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. For more information, call Myria Stepp at (903) 872-0133 or Heather Hall at (903) 874-7097.



“Sara and the Starfish,” a family movie that entertains children of all ages, will be presented at 2 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave. Cost will be $5 per person. Children under age 2 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event will go towards VOICE Inc. and the Palace Theatre. Corsicana resident John Kaiser III, creative director of Grand Design Productions and one of the writers of the movie, will be the master of ceremonies of the event and give away some great prizes. For tickets, call (903) 874-7792.



Aug. 6

Pooch Paddle will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Jester Park pool for anyone who would like to bring their social canine friends for a swim. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult. Cost will be $5 which will admit one dog and one adult to the pool. Refreshments will be available for both humans and dogs.



Aug. 7

Corsicana Art League will meet at 6 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 919 W. Park Ave. The program will be a CD demonstration by Scott Christensen. There will be a brief business meeting to prepare for the new year starting in September. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.



Corsicana High School will have freshmen orientation from 6 to 7 p.m. Any 10th through 12th grade students that will be new to the district are also asked to attend.



Collins Middle School will have seventh and eighth grade orientation from 7 to 8 p.m.



Aug. 8

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a session on creating a business plan from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Orientation will be held at Bowie Elementary cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m., at Navarro Elementary cafeteria at 6 p.m., and at Carroll Early Childhood and Carroll Elementary in the school’s cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m.



Aug. 9

Fannin Elementary will have orientation in the school cafeteria from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be hot dogs, chips and drinks.



Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students who will be participating in the Corsicana Independent School District dual language program will have orientation at 7 p.m. at Sam Houston auditorium.



Blooming Grove Elementary School will hold a meet the teacher come-and-go open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. You and your child will be able to visit the classroom and meet with your child’s teacher(s) for the coming school year. In addition, you are requested to bring your child’s school supplies and drop them off at that time.



Navarro College SBDC will host a workshop showcasing what to expect from an OSHA inspection from 9 a.m. to 1 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) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Hospice of Cedar Lake will sponsor a grief support luncheon at noon in its office at 625 N. Main St. Anyone who has lost a loved one or friend is welcome to attend. The lunch is potluck so just bring a favorite dish. For more information, call Hospice of Cedar Lake at (903) 874-2646.



Aug. 10

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a session on discussing copyrights and patents from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



North Central Texas WorkForce’s Corsicana Center will host a “Workshop Center Orientation” at 10 a.m. and a job search workshop on “Interview Tips” at 10 a.m. at its office, 720 N. Beaton St. “Basic PC Skills” 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.



Aug. 11

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have Kuttin’ Edge Karaoke with Bob and Nancy McQuary from 8 p.m. to midnight. The VFW Post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Aug. 12

Central Texas Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Affiliate will have a two-man feedlot sorting at the Wild Horse Arena between Malakoff and Athens on State Highway 31. Current negative coggins required. For more information, view the Web site at www.ctfqhra.com or call Charlotte at (903) 288-0043 or AJ at (903) 879-2403.



Hubbard will celebrate its 125th birthday, sponsored by the Hubbard Chamber of Commerce, the Hubbard Economic Development Corporation and the City of Hubbard. It will be a day filled with special events, games, food booths, craft booths, classic car show, musical entertainment, etc. Bring your lawn chair and spend the afternoon. For more information, call the Chamber office at (254) 576-2521. There will also be a horseshoe pitching competition. Entry fee is $20 per team. For more information, contact Monte Blackburn at (254) 576-2302, or Eugene Fulton at (254) 576-2050.



Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will meet at the Col. Tuck Hardgrave Memorial Hanger at the Corsicana Municipal Airport. Staff will meet at 10 a.m. with the squadron meeting at 10:30 a.m. A special program will be presented by retired Lt. Col. Scott Tekell, who will discuss BFR requirements and considerations and airspace. This meeting will satisfy the requirements for the one-hour ground school required under FAR 61.56 for the BFR. A meal will be served following the program. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend the squadron meeting.



American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of dinner and karaoke with “Country Sue’s Karaoke.” Post opens at 2 p.m. Sons of the American Legion will be cooking hamburgers, which will sell for $4; cheeseburgers, $4.50; and chips, cooked when ordered, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Karaoke will start at 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. For more information call (903) 874-3938.



Aug. 14

Navarro County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Bank of America building. Guest speaker will be Chief Justice Tom Gray of the 10th Circuit Court. Also on the program will be the new State Republican executive committeeman Chris DeCluitt of Waco. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Navarro County Republican Women’s Club. For more information, contact party chairman Joan Timmons at (903) 875-1729.



Aug. 15

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a seminar on business protection from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $49. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Aug. 16

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a workshop on understanding financial statements from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Aug. 17

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. “WorkInTexas.com” 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.



Aug. 18

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 p.m. to midnight. The VFW Post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Aug. 19

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of dinner and karaoke with Walker Creek Karaoke. Post opens at 2 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve a smothered hamburger steak dinner at 6 p.m. for $6 per person. Karaoke will start at 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



Aug. 23

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a workshop on understanding commercial lending from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Aug. 24

North Central Texas WorkForce’s Corsicana Center will host a “Workshop Center Orientation” at 10 a.m. and a job search workshop on “Interview Tips” at 10 a.m. at its office, 720 N. Beaton St. “Basic PC Skills” 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.



Aug. 25

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have Kuttin’ Edge Karaoke with Bob and Nancy McQuary from 8 p.m. to midnight. The VFW Post canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call after 4 p.m. to (903) 872-3811.



Aug. 26

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



Aug. 30

A retirement reception for Navarro County Extension Agent Mike Gage will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the county courtroom of the Navarro County Courthouse.



Aug. 31

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a combination workshop on changing your mindset to make money and proposal writing 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) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



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. “WorkInTexas.com” 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.



Sept. 2

Martin’s Music Hall, 201 S. Beaton St. at Sixth Avenue, invites you to the grand opening show for the home of the famous Corsicana Opry, spotlighting stars from previous shows. Show will start at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission will be $10 per person. Reservations recommended by calling (903) 872-8226.



Sept. 9

Central Texas Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Affiliate will have a two-man feedlot sorting at the Wild Horse Arena between Malakoff and Athens on State Highway 31. Current negative coggins required. For more information, view the Web site at www.ctfqhra.com or call Charlotte at (903) 288-0043 or AJ at (903) 879-2403.



Gospel/Christian music concert will be held at Martin’s Music Hall, 201 S. Beaton St. at Sixth Avenue. Show will start at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission will be $10 per person. Reservations recommended by calling (903) 872-8226.



Sept. 30-Oct. 1

“Earful of Texas Music Festival” will be held at Hubbard City Lakes Park on State Highway 31 beginning at 11 a.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Country music stars Billy Joe Shaver and Roger Creager are just two of the more than 40 Texas singers/songwriters and bands that will be performing. For more information, visit www.EarfulOfTexas.com or call toll free (877) 540-6745.



Oct. 6

Central Texas Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Affiliate will have a FQHR registered point show. Current negative coggins required. For more information, view the Web site at www.ctfqhra.com or call Charlotte at (903) 288-0043 or AJ at (903) 879-2403.



Oct. 21

Central Texas Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Affiliate will have a two-man feedlot sorting at the Wild Horse Arena between Malakoff and Athens on State Highway 31. Current negative coggins required. For more information, view the Web site at www.ctfqhra.com or call Charlotte at (903) 288-0043 or AJ at (903) 879-2403.

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