For a complete listing of local beat items, view the Daily Sun Web site at www.corsicanadailysun.com.



Sept. 26

Navarro County Democratic Party will host a debate watch party beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Navarro County Democratic Party headquarters, 416A W. Third Ave. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call (903) 872-3899.



Sept. 27

A free veterans benefit and job fair, open to veterans and their dependents, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, 720 N. Beaton St., sponsored by Navarro College, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, and the Navarro County Veterans Office. Representatives from state and federal agencies will be available. Topics will include veterans education, veterans employment, Texas Veterans Land Board, veterans claims representation, and Small Business Development. For more information, call Kay Schipper at Navarro College, (903) 875-7347; Billy Richards, Navarro County Veterans Service officer, (903) 654-3017; or John Abraham at Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, (903) 874-8276.



Northern Navarro County Young Farmers will hold an educational review of farm safety for anyone interested in learning how to safely work in and around farm equipment and farm surroundings. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Chatfield-Tupelo Community Center. For more information, call (903) 641-3170.



Sept. 27-28

Hubbard Rodeo Association’s Slapout Outlaws will host a cowboy mounted shooting event at 10 a.m. Sept. 27-28 at the Mooney Holloway Arena. The event will be free to the public. Concessions will be available. For more information, call J.C. Foster at (254) 576-2347.



Central Texas Quarter Horse Association will host a 5D speed barrel race weekend at the Navarro County Exposition Center. Win a saddle and/or buckle. Barrel exhibitions will begin at 11 a.m. with youth 4D to begin not before 3 p.m., followed by open 5D. Pole exhibitions to follow, youth 3D poles, open 3D poles (jackpot only). For more information, call Steve at (903) 641-6844 or Jan Phillips at (903) 874-8659.



Through September

Collins Middle School students are currently taking donations for those affected by Hurricane Ike. The students collect donations weekdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. during their lunch times. You may also drop off a donation at the CMS office during regular school hours.



Oct. 1

Eureka Crime Watch will hold its regular monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. at Eureka United Methodist Church. All political candidates whose name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot in Precincts 2 and 3 are invited and will be given time to speak to the group. As always, the public is invited. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and/or relay your comments to these candidates. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.



Oct. 2

Blooming Grove Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. at Blooming Grove Fire Station. The speaker will be Clay Beard, local attorney and candidate for district judge. Light refreshments will be served.



Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366, located at Veterans Drive off West State Highway 31, will have its monthly meeting of all members in good standing at 6:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend and be involved in decisions concerning the post activities. Dues are $25 and can be paid by mail: VFW Post 3366, Attention: Quartermaster, P.O. Box 2281, Corsicana, TX 75151.



An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Navarro Shrine Building, 323 N. Commerce St. For more information, visit www.redcross.org or call (800) 448-3543. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and have a photo ID. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before coming to donate.



Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will host a “Workforce 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.



Oct. 3

Blooming Grove Historical Society will have an outside bake sale fund-raiser beginning at 8 a.m. in downtown Blooming Grove on Fordyce Street near Prosperity Bank.



Twilight Home, a non-profit facility, will have a homecoming hamburger dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fourth Avenue parking lot on the west side of the nursing home. Hamburger plates will be sold for a donation of $6 and will include a burger with trimmings, pinto beans, chips and dessert. Plates are to go only. Tickets may be purchased at Twilight Home or call (903) 872-2521 to reserve tickets. A limited number of tickets will be sold the day of the hamburger dinner.



Oct. 3-4

Corsicana Art League will sponsor “Paint Historic Corsicana.” Look for the bright yellow shirts as artists paint the historic sights of Corsicana during the day Oct. 3-4. Anyone interested in participating check in at the Corsicana Visitor Center after 8 a.m. Oct. 3. Cost will be $15 which includes shirt. Paintings will be taken to The Art Spot at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 for a reception, judging and sale. Paintings will be hung a the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce throughout October.



Oct. 4

The 2008 Hangar Dance and Dinner will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Corsicana Municipal Airport, sponsored by Corsicana Field Aviation Heritage Foundation. Music will be provided by the Corsicana Swing Orchestra. A barbecue dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advanced ticket prices are $20 per person and may be purchased at the airport or by phone. Tickets on the night of the event will be $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the construction of the USAAF Cadet Memorial. For more information or tickets, call Sarah at (903) 654-4847.



Sons of American Legion will meet at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St. The Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 4 p.m. To attend the meetings, membership must be current. For more information, call after 2 p.m. to (903) 874-3938.



Oct. 6

City of Blooming Grove will hold its monthly city council meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Blooming Grove City Hall, 200 S. Fordyce St.



Corsicana Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. Buddy Wigley will present the last part of the Corsicana Lodge history. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All masons are welcome.



Oct. 7

Corsicana Chapter No. 118, Order of Eastern Star, will hold a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Corsicana Masonic Lodge. A potluck supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. All area OES members are invited. For more information, call Bonnie Mathison at (903) 874-0226.



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



Oct. 9

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a free basic workshop on how to start a small business from 10 a.m. to noon at the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St. For more information or to register, call Ophelia Mendoza at (903) 875-7667 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



Dawson Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will host a “Workforce 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.



Oct. 10

A national depression screening day event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. Main St. The public is invited to attend. There will be free, anonymous screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. As part of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to complete a brief questionnaire and talk to a health professional about their results. The event will be sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the Family and Consumer Sciences of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Navarro County. For more information, call (903) 872-6302 or (903) 874-6815.



Oct. 11

Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation will sponsor a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Farmers Market, located on Business 45, next to the Corsicana Daily Sun. Dr. John Beck, DVM, will be the attending veterinarian. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. For more information, call (903) 875-1808.



Oct. 11-12

Items to be donated to Hurricane Ike survivors such as clothing, bedding, towels and non-perishable foods will be collected from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3000 W. State Highway 22. Distribution point will be Sacred Heart Church in Galveston.



Oct. 13

Woodmen of the World Lodge 5 will have a meeting and potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at Liberty Hall. All members, their families and guests are cordially invited. Members are reminded that the lodge meets the second Monday of each month.



Oct. 14

Corsicana Emergency Corps, 416 S. 12th St., will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The general public is invited. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (903) 872-5072.



Central Texas Quarter Horse Association will host a sorting at the Navarro County Exposition Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. (second Tuesday of the month is sorting practice). Open to the public. For $20 you can ride as many times as you wish. For more information, call Steve at (903) 641-6844.



Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



Eureka Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



Oct. 16

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will host a “Workforce 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.



Oct. 17

Corsicana High School Cheerleaders will host their annual Tiger tailgate party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Join in for hot dogs, chips, cookies and a drink. Mascots, Tiki and T-bone look forward to visiting you before the Corsicana vs. Ennis football game. You are invited to come support your CHS cheerleaders and have fun tailgating with friends and family. The $5 tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and may be purchased from any CHS cheerleader, mascot or at the party.



Oct. 18

The Legionnaires’ monthly meeting will be held at 1 p.m. the American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St. To attend the meeting, membership must be current. For more information, call after 2 p.m. to (903) 874-3938.



Oct. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave., will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. You are invited to come and enjoy a good country breakfast and give your support to the center. For tickets, call the center at (903) 874-7259 or Della Borkchum at (903) 872-6015. MLK Community Center members are also needed. Memberships are available for one year (Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009), and donations are always welcome.



Oct. 21

Kerens Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All masons are invited.



Oct. 21-29

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 will be an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. This session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21, 23, 28 and 29. Participants are required to attend all sessions. Classes are $100 (cash only) for all sessions. All participants must pre-register. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.



Oct. 23

Navarro College SBDC will sponsor a session on creating a business plan 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) 875-7667 or e-mail ophelia.mendoza@navarrocollege.edu.



VOICE and the Kerens Library invites the public to learn more about the La Voz para la Familia (the voice of the family) program from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kerens Library. There will be snacks, information on signing up for the program and prizes. VOICE will offer this free program to Hispanic families and children at the Kerens Library beginning Oct. 28 for four weeks twice per week. La Voz para la Familia provides an opportunity for adults to improve English and parenting skills while their children are assisted with homework or involved in other activities provided by staff. For more information, call VOICE at (903) 872-0180 or visit the Web site at www.voiceinc.org.



Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will host a “Workforce 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.



Oct. 27

Barry Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All masons are invited.



Oct. 28

Winkler Masonic Lodge will have a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. All master masons are invited.



Oct. 28-Nov. 20

VOICE, in partnership with the Kerens Library, will offer La Voz para la Familia from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 28 through Nov. 20 at the Kerens Library. La Voz para la Familia provides an opportunity for adults to improve English and parenting skills while their children are assisted with homework or involved in other activities provided by staff. This program is free of charge and open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, call VOICE at (903) 872-0180 or visit the Web site at www.voiceinc.org.



Oct. 30

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will host a “Workforce 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.



Nov. 4

Corsicana Chapter No. 118, Order of Eastern Star, will hold a stated meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Corsicana Masonic Lodge. A potluck supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. All area OES members are invited. For more information, call Bonnie Mathison at (903) 874-0226.



Nov. 11-20

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 will be an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. This session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11, 13, 18 and 20. Participants are required to attend all sessions. Classes are $100 (cash only) for all sessions. All participants must pre-register. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.



Dec. 9-18

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 will be an eight-hour program divided into four two-hour sessions. This session will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 11, 16 and 18. Participants are required to attend all sessions. Classes are $100 (cash only) for all sessions. All participants must pre-register. For more information, contact John Goodnight at (903) 872-0180 or jgoodnight@voiceinc.org.

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