August 28

Cedar Lane Baptist Church 75th Anniversary

Cedar Lane Baptist Church will celebrate its 75th year of ministry to Cedar Lane and the surrounding community on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28. The Sunday anniversary Worship Service will begin at 10:45 a.m., with guests in attendance and a great time of reunion and celebration. The public is invited to join in this great time of fellowship. Please join us.

Mother Zion Pastoral Appreciation

Mother Zion Baptist Church will have a Pastoral Appreciation Service for Pastor Murray G. Martin. The celebration will continue at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 with pastor Chris Hartwell, Cross Roads Community Church in Pearland, as the speaker. Services will culminate at 3:30 p.m. with Pastor Manson B. Johnson of Holman Street Baptist Church in Houston. The public is invited to join with us for fellowship and worship.

Champion Riders Drill Team

Champion Riders Drill Team is accepting new members. The first practice of the season is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the SEF outdoor arena (Matagorda County fairgrounds.) New riders of all ages are welcome. Must bring negative, current coggins with your horse. For more information, call 979-216-6126 or 979-241-5261.

August 29

Bay City Girls Softball Association meeting

Bay City girls Softball Association will have their annual by-law meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Little Mister & Miss Rice Festival Registration

The Blackcat All-Sport Booster Club will hold registration for the Little Mister and Miss Rice Festival contest from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 and Monday, Sept. 12 at the Service Center. The contest is open to boys and girls from 4 to 10 years of age as of Aug. 22. There is a $40 fee to enter. The one girl and one boy who raise the most funds by the deadline, 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, will be crowned Little Miss and Little Mister Rice Festival. Judges will judge for personality, best dress and most photogenic. All contestants get a trophy and will ride on a float in the parade on Oct. 8. For more information, call Janice Hopes at 979-557-6778 or Sara Ledwig at 979-216-7643.

September 6

Matagorda County Retired Teachers Association

Matagorda County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Bay City First Baptist Church gymnasium. The entrée will be chicken spaghetti catered by Victoria’s Restaurant in Van Vleck. The speaker will be Mary Ellen Meyer who will give information on Hospice. For more information, call 979-245-5109.

September 6-8

Vessel Turn In Program

Matagorda County has partnered with the Texas General Land Office and Texas Parks & Wildlife to offer county residents the opportunity to dispose of inoperable and derelict vessels through the Vessel Turn In Program (VTIP). Vessels can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6-8 at Matagorda County Precinct 2 at 487 Magnolia Street in Matagorda (979-863-7861) or Matagorda County Precinct 3 at 2500 SH 35 South in Palacios (361-972-2719). The Texas GLO and TP&W will verify the vessel qualifies for disposal; all hazardous material (fuel, oil and batteries) will be removed, the vessel destroyed and transported to the landfill for disposal. Boat must be clear of waste and debris. You are encouraged to participate in this free program is you own a vessel under 26 feet long in need of disposal. Longer boats may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

September 9

2nd Friday Paddlers’ Meet-ups

Matagorda Adventures Company, a full-service kayaking enterprise, invites kayakers, canoeists and SUPers to join them fro a leisurely exploration of the coastal waters surrounding Matagorda where they are headquartered. This casually structured meet-up of water-loving paddlers is scheduled to take place near Matagorda from 6:30-10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. This no-fee event is open to all interested persons. Paddlers may bring their own paddle craft or rent one from MAC at $10 off the usual cost. Contact Christy Bishop at 832-779-4157 for full details.

September 11

Matagorda County Patriot Day 2016

On September 11, we will mark the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A group of Matagorda county residents will host an event at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Bay City Memorial Stadium to remember those who fell victim to terrorists in New York and Washington D.C. This event is opened to the public to honor the memory of those victims.

Blessing Knights of Columbus shrimp and gumbo meal

The Knights of Columbus Council 4307 in Blessing is sponsoring a shrimp etouffe and gumbo meal on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Blessing at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Serving will start at 11 a.m. The meal will consist of shrimp etouffe and gumbo with rice, dessert, and tea or coffee. A large bowl with dessert and beverage will be $9. A live auction will also be held during the afternoon. The proceeds of the meal will be used for educational programs and scholarships for the youth in the area. Everyone is cordially invited to come to Blessing and enjoy a fine meal of shrimp etouffe and gumbo.

September 12

Rice Dish Recipes Due

Typed recipes for entries into the Rice Dish Round-up contest are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the Matagorda County Extension office, 2200 7th street, 4th floor, Bay City. Recipes must be entered by Sept. 12 to participate in the contest on Oct. 5. For questions or a copy of the recipe entry form, call Velma Mangum at 979-245-4100.

Little Mister & Miss Rice Festival Registration

The Blackcat All-Sport Booster Club will hold registration for the Little Mister and Miss Rice Festival contest from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at the Service Center. The contest is open to boys and girls from 4 to 10 years of age as of Aug. 22. There is a $40 fee to enter. The one girl and one boy who raise the most funds by the deadline, 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, will be crowned Little Miss and Little Mister Rice Festival. Judges will judge for personality, best dress and most photogenic. All contestants get a trophy and will ride on a float in the parade on Oct. 8. For more information, call Janice Hopes at 979-557-6778 or Sara Ledwig at 979-216-7643.

September 13

Jazz Up Your Fitness Routine

Get ready to have fun with the Mustang Squares Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 at First United Methodist Church, 200 Twin Oaks Blvd., Ganado. Fun will start at 7 p.m and snacks will be provided. Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to have fun. There is no charge, it’s free.

September 16-17

VFW Post 2438 Bar-B-Q Cookoff

VFW Post 2438 will host a barbecue cook off Sept. 16-17 at the Post on Hwy. 60 North in Bay City. Jackpot fajitas will be Friday with a $20 entry. Saturday will feature brisket, ribs, chicken and beans with a $100 entry for all. There will be first, second and third place plaques, showmanship and overall trophies. For entry information, contact Mike Malek at 979-549-6081, Jim Holden at 979-318-6317 or 979-244-9492, Don Wells at 979-241-1167 or 979-244-0308, or the VFW Post 2438 at 979-245-8857.

September 17

Quickbooks 2016 Hands-On Workshop by the SBDC

There will be a Quickbooks 2016 “Hands On” Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Business Dev. Center (1900 5th Street). Fee of $99 person (must prepay) includes “hands-on” instruction, light lunch, refreshments and certificate of completion.

Call 979-320-4085 to register or for questions.

Fundraiser for John and Cindy Hodges

First Presbyterian Church will hold a fundraiser lunch for John and Cindy Hodges from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Pick up your lunches at First Presbyterian Church, 2216 Ave. H, on your way to and from Market Days. Plates are $10 and include a pulled pork sandwich, two sides and dessert. You also can pick up a pie or cake for a $10 donation.

September 22

Box Supper

The 8th annual Palacios Community Medical Center Box Supper will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Palacios Recreation Center. Admission is free. Mystery boxes with complete meals from drinks to desserts prepared by local chefs will be auctioned. There also will be a live and silent auction and a bucket raffle. All proceeds benefit PCMC. For more information, contact Melanie Longoria at 361-972-2511 x4100 or mlpcmc@tisd.net, or visit www.palacioshospital.net.

September 24

Gourmet Guys

The Matagorda County Museum Gourmet Guys fundraiser will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the museum. Happy hour will be from 6:30-7 p.m. Invitations will be mailed but if you do not receive one, tickets are $40 and will be available at the museum and at Homestead. For more information contact the museum at 979-245-7502 or mcma@matagordamuseum.com.

September 24

Bay City High School Class of 1971 45-Year Reunion

Bay City High School’s Class of 1971 will have their 45-year class reunion on Sept. 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Wadsworth Community Center. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, contact: Nancy 979-479-1271, Abby 979-245-5203, Sue 979-245-3031, Sherry 979-245-3319 or Denise 979-240-3264.

October 2

Holy Cross Fall Festival

The Holy Cross Fall Festival and turkey dinner will be Oct. 2 at the KC Hall in Bay City. Call the church office at 979-245-5632 for more information.

October 30

St. Peter’s Catholic Church BBQ Turkey and Dressing Dinner

St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing will hold their annual Barbeque Turkey with Dressing Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 30. Serving will start at 11 a.m. at the parish hall with dine-in or drive-thru available. Plates are $10 each. The menu includes barbeque turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, dessert and tea/coffee. The live auction will start at noon. There also will be a raffle and country store. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. For more information, call 979-241-5177

November 12

Veterans Appreciation Parade

The inaugural Matagorda County Veterans Appreciation parade will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in Bay City. The parade committee is looking for volunteers and donation to help with trailers and vehicles. If you are an organization/business and would like to join in you can email your request to matagordaveteransparade@gmail.com. Matagorda County Cavalry is heading up the parade.

November 17

Kiwanis Pancake Supper

The Bay City Kiwanis Club will have its annual Pancake Supper on Nov. 17, at the Bay City service Center. Serving from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $9. Eat in or get yours to go.

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