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.

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Nov. 5

Corsicana Opry will be held at 7 p.m. (doors will open at 6 p.m.) at the Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave. Spotlighted will be Brandon Arriola (a Hank Williams look-alike) and comedian Bill Goodman (aka Polly Darton). They will perform with the Corsicana Opry Band. Tickets are $10 per person with $1 off ticket if purchased in groups of 20 (pre-show). Tickets are available early from The Ark on North Beaton Street and the Palace Theatre Box Office. You may call Virginia King Martin at (903) 872-8226 for tickets or to audition. The Web site is www.corsicanaopry.com.



Jackson Ex-Students Association Inc. will have its fifth annual senior citizens salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bears Den, 802 S. Second St., (903) 872-1617. This will be a free lunch for anyone 55 years of age and older. You may dine in or carry out. Door prizes will be given away.



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



Union High Volunteer Fire Department, located just west of the intersection of Farm-to-Market Roads 642 and 638, will have a turkey and dressing supper at 5 p.m. Cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children. There will be an auction immediately following the supper. Come join the fun.



VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for an evening of live music from 8 p.m. to midnight with Butch Harris and Friends. All musicians are invited to come out and bring their musical equipment. All singers are welcome to come participate. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



Missing Children Alert Program, a registered 501 (C) (3) non-profit charity, will conduct its annual free fingerprint/photo ID program for children in the Corsicana area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at College Park Mall, 3500 W. Seventh Ave.



Nov. 5-12

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave., will present “Nunsense” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 7-8, 10-12 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. A hilarious musical comedy by Dan Goggin, “Nunsense” cast members are Denice Brewer, Christi Driskell, Alisan Heath, Sandra McClure Mahood and Frances Crawford Stroud. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens 65 and up, and $6 for kids 12 and under. For more information or for tickets, call (903) 872-5421.



Nov. 6

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave., will have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. Cost will be $5 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call (903) 872-6015.



Nov. 7

Corsicana Art League will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Gaze Studio, 108 W. Sixth Ave. The program will be “Painting the Figure: a live model demonstration in oil by Lynn Palmer.” Bring a pad and pencil if you would like to sketch along. Members are also reminded to bring any painting they wish to submit to committee for display and sale at Higher Grounds.



The public is invited to an open forum regarding a proposed random drug testing policy for students involved in extra-curricular activities at 6:30 p.m. in the Corsicana High School commons. There will be an interpreter available.



Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet at Westhill Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Guests are welcome. The program will be a mini-mystery quilt workshop will be taught by Jane Cook of Bee Jay’s Quilt Designs in Plano. Those participating in the workshop will need to bring a sack lunch and material from their stashes to achieve either a scrappy look or certain decor or season.



Nov. 7-8

Navarro Regional Hospital Auxiliary will host a Bath and Beauty Collections fund-raiser in the hospital’s front lobby from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Nona Armistead Scholarship Fund for nursing students.



Nov. 8

VOICE will offer a TABC seller/server class at 10 a.m. at Gander Mountain Lodge. The class will be $30 per person. No one will be registered after 2 p.m. Nov. 7. Anyone who sells or serves alcoholic beverages and is not already TABC certified should attend this class. Registration is held at the VOICE office, Bank of America Building, 100 N. Main St., Suite 308. For more information, contact Gina Ward at (903) 872-0180 or e-mail to gward@voiceinc.org.



Home for the Holidays will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Cook Center at Navarro College, 3100 W. Collin St., sponsored by the Navarro County Extension Family and Consumer Science Committee and the Navarro Extension Education Club. “Cooking with Herbal Oils and Vinegars” will be presented by Mary Doebbeling and Kimberly Nicholson of Our Thyme Garden Inc. of Cleburne and “Herbs in Holiday Decorations” (wreaths, topiaries, potpourris, garlands and swags) will be presented by Lee Ann Martin of Wood County, former president of the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society. There will be a $5 registration fee. For reservations, call (903) 654-3075.



Navarro County Branch 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. Executive committee members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Your participation is critical to the success of the NAACP. If you are interested in becoming a member, come and join. All general membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact the Navarro County NAACP, P.O. Box 284, Corsicana, TX 75151-0284.



Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge No. 497 will have a regular stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. Meal and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All master masons are invited.



Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking will have its final meeting for 2005 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Apartments Community Center, 1360 N. 13th St. The main focus of the meeting will be to elect an advisory board of five members plus a secretary and a treasurer. For more information, call (903) 874-3711, (903) 874-4263 or e-mail to cpud@swbell.net.



Navarro County Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor 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.



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.



Nov. 9

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a basic workshop on how to start a small business from 6 to 8 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 job search workshop on “Resume Writing for Results” at 9 a.m. at its office, 720 N. Beaton St.



Nov. 10

NASA will give a “thank you” to Navarro County residents for supporting NASA’s return to flight with a barbecue picnic from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Cook Center on the Navarro College campus. A program will be given from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Astronaut autographs will be available from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.



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 Navarro College Continuing Education Center at 41st Street and West Seventh Avenue. Cost of the workshop will be $50, which will include lunch. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Camp of the Rising Sun invites you to celebrate 30 years of being “Wild About Camp” from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gander Mountain Lodge. Refreshments will be offered. Zambian Vocal Group will perform. Come join in for this “come and go” celebration/fund-raising event. Great door prizes (eligible with donation) will be throughout the evening. Tax deductible donations may be mailed to Camp of the Rising Sun, P.O. Box 1944, Corsicana, TX 75151-1944.



North Central Texas WorkForce’s Corsicana Center will host a job search workshop on “Practicing for the Perfect Interview” at 10 a.m. at its office, 720 N. Beaton St. There will also be a WorkForce Center orientation at 10 a.m.



Navarro County World War I and II veterans, who are willing to be interviewed by the Corsicana High School world geography and world history students, are asked to come to a “mixer” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the CHS commons.



Mary Peterson Child Care Center will have a Thanksgiving dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1103 E. Collin St. Cost will be $5. The public is welcome to dine in or carry out. For more information, call (903) 874-7091.



Nov. 11

Navarro County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Northwest Apartments Community Room, 1360 N. 13th St. The program will be by Virginia Mays of Texas Cooperative Extension. Host committees will be insurance and health, book project, and retirement education. All members are expected to be present. For more information, call president Roark Barnes at (903) 872-4100.



Blooming Grove Elementary will have a Veteran’s Day program at 2 p.m. All veterans and the public are invited to attend.



Shakers and Scrapers Car Club will have its monthly cruise in from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Chicken Express, 1813 W. Seventh Ave. For other events, visit www.shakersandscrapers.com.



VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for an evening of karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight with Jerry and Nedra House. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



The Freedom Field of over 700 American flags will be put up again to run through Nov. 28. Coordinator Ann Massey is needing volunteers to help ready the flags from 8 a.m. to noon. Also, a current roster of those actively serving in the armed forces is needed. Contact her at (903) 874-6079, fax (903) 874-9196 or e-mail to amassey@nctv.com. All Navarro County residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the large flag pole at 1 p.m.



Mildred Independent School District will have a Veteran’s Day program at 9:30 a.m. at Asby Field. Patriot songs will be sung and local veterans will be honored.



Kerens Ex-Students will have a chili supper and game night at the KESA Building. All veterans are invited to eat free. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost will be $5 for a great bowl of chili and homemade pie. Come join in and visit with a neighbor.



Nov. 12

The Palace Theatre will present the legendary Eddy Raven in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 on the floor and $12 in the balcony. For more information, call the Palace at (903) 874-7792.



American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of dinner and karaoke. Post will open at 2 p.m. The fish fry dinner with all the trimmings will start at 6 p.m. at $6 per person. Karaoke with First Class Entertainment by Nedra and Jerry House will be from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



Ralph Benson Day, a Veteran’s Day celebration, will be held at 11 a.m. at Blooming Grove City Park, sponsored by the Blooming Grove Korean and Vietnam Veterans Committee. Barbecue sandwich meals including a drink and chips will be sold at $5 each. Other honorees besides Benson will be veterans Alon Gaines, Sidney Moore, Harvey McClure, Elmer Ledbetter, Ray Ellis, Doodle Boyd, Ron Hollingsworth, Edwin Hinkle, Gary Watkins and Jon Grimmett.



The annual Day in November, an arts and crafts festival, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at College Park Mall.



VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for an evening of karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight with Wayne Farmer. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



Corsicana Band Boosters will meet at 9 a.m. at Tiger Field to clean up the concession stands. Parents of Corsicana band students are encouraged to come help.



Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chatfield Fire Station, located on Farm-to-Market Road 1603. Home-baked goods and craft items will be available. All benefits and donations will be for the upkeep of the Chatfield VFD.



Prairie Point-Bazette Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting at 2 p.m. at Bazette Baptist Church.



Nov. 12-13

Central Texas Quarter Horse Association will host an open horse show at the Navarro County Exposition Center, 4021 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana. Halter, English and western divisions will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 12. Speed events will exhibit at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 with event not to start before 1 p.m. No dogs allowed. Negative coggins will be required for all horses on grounds. For more information, call Steve Orbison at (903) 872-6267 or Jayne Graves at (903) 874-7956.



Nov. 14

American Cancer Society will hold a Road to Recovery volunteer drivers training workshop at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana. This meeting will be open to everyone who has a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance. Both of these items must be brought to the meeting. There is no charge to come and learn what to do if patients need additional help while driving to their treatment. If you can give a minimum of three hours per trip, once a week, twice a month, or monthly, you are needed. For more information, call (903) 874-5246.



Corsicana Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Corsicana High School library. 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.



Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 5 will meet at 6 p.m. for a Thanksgiving meal. Members and their guests are cordially invited.



Nov. 15

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a session on creating a business plan from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. Cost of the workshop will be $20. There will be a session on discussing copyrights and patents from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost of this workshop will be $20. Also, there will be a special workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. designed to help establish a firm foundation in the pursuit of any of life’s opportunities, whether it is a new business to start up, attainment of college education, successful career achievement or positive personal development. Admission for this workshop will be a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to this year’s Toys for Tots Christmas drive. For more information or to register for any of the workshops, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 874-0658 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



An information session for prospective foster parents will be held at 7 p.m. at Azleway Children’s Services, 800 N. Main St., Suite G. Please RSVP at (903) 874-5500.



Nov. 17

Downtown Christmas celebration will be held beginning from 3 to 5 p.m. with pictures with Santa at Pocket Park, 120 N. Beaton St. Photos will be taken by Memories by Melissa (two 4-by-6 photos for $10). The Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, sponsored by Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department, Corsicana Main Street Project and Corsicana Downtown Association, will be held from 5:32 to 7:02 p.m. with refreshments, Santa Claus, entertainment and carriage rides. At 6:30 p.m. the downtown lighting ceremony will be held followed by a fireworks display.



Navarro County Service Agency Network will meet at noon at Child Advocates of Navarro County, 120 E. Second Ave. Lunch will be available for $3. To make lunch reservations, call Vicki Scoggins at (903) 872-3662. The 2005 network directory will be available at the meeting or can be obtained by contacting the Carl Perkins Career Center at Navarro College, 3200 W. Seventh Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110 or by calling (903) 875-7444. The 2006 directory revisions are in process. Review your agency page in the directory and note any changes and give them to the directory committee. Networking meetings give the opportunity to meet each other and work together. Bring your business cards or brochures to share.



Navarro College PALS will have a covered dish luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at The Cook Center. Bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. Turkey and dressing will be provided. All senior citizens are invited. For more information, call (903) 874-5780.



Nov. 18

VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for an evening of karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight with Bob and Nancy McQuary. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



Nov. 18-19

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Palace Theatre, 112 W. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $10 for balcony seats and $15 for floor seats. To reserve tickets, call (903) 641-9424.



Nov. 19

American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and their guests for an evening of entertainment with Bad IV Good featuring Kevin Painter and Chris Dyer from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge. For more information, call (903) 874-3938.



Nov. 21

Navarro College Fine Arts Department will present a jazz concert at 7 p.m. in the Dawson Auditorium on the college campus. Both the Navarro College Jazz Band and Navarro College Collegiate Singers will perform.



Nov. 25

VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for an evening of karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight with Jerry and Nedra House. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



Nov. 26

VFW Post 3366, 4609 W. State Highway 31, invites everyone out for a country and western dance with Texas Style from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission will be free. The canteen will open at 4 p.m. For more information, call the VFW after 4 p.m. at (903) 872-3811.



Nov. 30

The Palace Theatre will present the famous Moscow Boys Choir, “Christmas Around the World,” at 7:30 p.m. This world-famous boys choir will present a full-length concert featuring Christmas favorites along with performing “America the Beautiful” with the Corsicana High School choir. Tickets to this festive event are now on sale for $29, $24 and $18. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Palace Theatre at (903) 874-7792.



Dec. 4

The Palace Theatre will present the 1984 classic movie, “A Christmas Story,” at 2 p.m. This fun, light-hearted story follows one Christmas in the life of a young boy whose greatest wish is a BB gun. All tickets will be $5. For more information, call the Palace at (903) 874-7792.



Dec. 5

Corsicana Art League will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Gaze Studio, 108 W. Sixth Ave., for a “Chinese Christmas.” Bring a fun, inexpensive artist gift such as a brush, tube of paint, canvas or even a small painting. Members are also reminded to bring any painting they wish to submit to committee for display and sale at Higher Grounds.



Dec. 5, 7

An AARP drivers safety program will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Senior Activity Center. Cost will be $10 per person, payable to AARP when you arrive for class. The class, taught by Jim Jones, will hold 35 people. This course does not remediate a traffic violation ticket. This course helps you with your insurance cost. Consult your agent for amount of discount. To reserve your spot for the class, call (903) 654-4980 or (903) 874-2440.



Dec. 9

Shakers and Scrapers Car Club will have its monthly cruise in from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Chicken Express, 1813 W. Seventh Ave. For other events, visit www.shakersandscrapers.com.



Through Dec. 9

Navarro Council of the Arts will present its newest exhibit, “A Sense of Place with a New York Connection,” works by Gwynneth Bobalik Guerriero. This exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the WLAC. For more information, call the Navarro Council of the Arts at (903) 872-5411.

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