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The winners of the Trinity Peninsular Chamber of Commerce 42 tournament held during the Trinity Community Fair are (from left) Mary Barnett and Wanda Riley, first place; Marian McMillan and Jim Hill, second place; and Goodie Kelly and Ivy Phillips, third place. The group won over 34 participants. Courtesy photoThe winners of the Trinity Peninsular Chamber of Commerce 42 tournament held during the Trinity Community Fair are (from left) Mary Barnett and Wanda Riley, first place; Marian McMillan and Jim Hill, second place; and Goodie Kelly and Ivy Phillips, third place. The group won over 34 participants. Courtesy photo

Julias TidbitsMy favorite month is finally here. We have so many community events during the month of Oct., and I can’t wait to attend as many as I can every weekend until Oct. 31, which ends with “Treats on the Street” Candy festival on Elm Street at 6 p.m.

This past weekend, Friday, Oct. 7, was Homecoming for the TISD students and more about that will be in another column.

This weekend, Saturday, Oct. 15, the First United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch opens. Its Saturday hours are 9 to 5 p.m. and the Pumpkin Patch closes on Monday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday, the patch opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. each day, and on Sundays, the hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m. Donations are the customary procurement.

Picking a pumpkin for carving whether you’re visiting the Pumpkin Patch or buying one from the produce department, it is always fun to find that perfect pumpkin. Here are 5 tips for selecting a winner, courtesy of the 2022 Old Farmers’ Almanac:

· Look for a pumpkin that has a deep orange color.

· Knock on the pumpkin to check that it is hollow (and therefore ripe).

· Make sure the bottom of the pumpkin isn’t soft and mushy. Also, the bottom should be flat, so it doesn’t roll.

· Check that the stem is firm and secure. Never pick a pumpkin up from the stem. It may break, which leads to faster decay.

· Avoid bruised pumpkins and look for a smooth surface if you’re carving. It will be much easier.

•Our neighbor to the north is having their yearly Texas Mushroom Festival on Oct. 15, in Madisonville Texas. It starts at 10 a.m. and is over at 5 p.m. The festival is hosting a photo contest, an art contest, a kid zone, a 5K run, and an auto showcase from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be vendors and craft booths that will be giving away free mushroom fajitas during the festival. The public is invited to attend.

•Also on Saturday, Oct. 15, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church is hosting a Fall Festival at the church starting with dinner at 5 p.m. and Bingo games beginning at 6 p.m. Many great prizes to be won on Saturday and Sunday. The festival starts on Sunday at 11 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. For more information call Melinda at (832) 525-5536.

•On Oct. 19, The Trinity Lions Club’s guest speaker will be Marjory Pulvino, who is on the board of the Trinity Hospital District. The meeting starts at noon, and her program will follow the luncheon. The public is invited to attend. Please call Julia for reservations at (936) 537-8171.

•On Monday, Oct. 17, First United Methodist Church will host its monthly Spaghetti Dinner at 4 p.m. with the usual Italian menu. The cost of the meal is paid by donations. For more information, please call Laura at (936) 594-3856.

•On Saturday, Oct. 22, the SAAFE House Purse Bingo Fundraiser will be held at the VFW Hall located at 400 Caroline St.. This is a new location for the 7th Annual Purse Bingo Gala and the public is invited to attend and support this great cause, which provides a safe place for women, men, and children who are battling domestic violence.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and the games begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $40 each person, or you can purchase a table for 8 persons at $400 each. 10 Bingo card games, dinner, dessert, drinks, door prizes, and one drink ticket is provided for each participant. There is a silent auction, live auction, and 10 Bingo games with outstanding prizes for the winning players. Five Designer purses are the main attraction for the ladies, with three additional purses available for auctioning during the evening festivities.

A $500 Gift Card, a handmade work bench, a designer man’s jacket, and other donated gifts are available to win for the other five Bingo games. Food, fun, door prizes, music, and some special awards will be presented this evening to two of our icons in the community. Please call Rana Wingo at (936) 594-6415, or Julia at (936) 537-8171 to make donations, purchase individual tickets, or make table reservations.

•On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Boys and Girls Club will host the annual Halloween party for its members. Candy, food, games, and a children’s costume contest will start soon after the children arrive at the club from school and sign in for the day. The Trinity Lions Club donated a Halloween basket as a raffle prize for a parent or a student to win for the Halloween party. Each student will be given a free ticket, but they may purchase additional tickets for one dollar each or 6 for $5.

The Boys and Girls Club started in 1999 and we are lucky to have survived the COVID-19 virus financially. The students are still fortunate to have an after-school facility to attend, have adult supervision, volunteer mentoring, and TISD homework assistance. This is all due to the monetary support from the Trinity Community residents. The Trinity Club is grateful.

•On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Veterans of Trinity County are hosting the 15th Annual Fundraiser and Tailgate Party for their “Wall of Honor” Society at noon at Scheelbillies, located at 5665 FM 356, with food, music, games, raffles, and door prizes. Pulled pork sandwiches are $5 and the Fish Fry plate is $10. for more information, please call Bill Reeves at (936) 661-7107.

•Also on Saturday, Oct. 29, there is another event that the older students in Trinity might like to attend in Huntsville, Texas. Our neighbor to the south, is hosting an event called The Haunted Trails. It is their 7th annual Haunted Trails and is located at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park in Huntsville from 7:30- 11:30 p.m. (486 TX-75 N).

I believe the Martin Senior Citizen will be having a barbecue fundraiser one Saturday in October, but I am not sure of the time, place or price. Stay tuned.

•On Saturday, Nov. 5, the VFW Post 6899 on Caroline Street is hosting a Bingo Extravaganza Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity with the doors opening at 11 a.m., and the Bingo games starting at 1 p.m. Food, games, and a silent auction will be held during this time. For more information, please call David Lavassaur at (936) 594-0778.

•November dates and events are filling up fast, so I am going to mention some old and some new time and dates with details next week.

· Nov. 11, Hamburger Supper, WWS Club House, Toys for Tots

· Nov. 12, Veterans Appreciation Banquet at Burning Hope

· Nov. 12, Founders Day Celebration at the Trinity Community Center

· Nov. 13, MHTCC Shrimp Gumbo Dinner at 401 Prospect Dr.

•The third segment of great things happening at TISD are listed here:

Students can earn 21 dual credit college hours while in high school at no cost to them. Trinity ISD pays 100% of tuition and books. This is almost a year of college earned while in High School.

(This was an outstanding achievement my son obtained when attending Texas A&M University the first semester with an almost sophomore ranking, but we had to pay for the High School courses in 2000). They also can receive 15 certifications while in high school that he or she can use for employment once they graduate. Certifications include:

Ag. Food and Natural Resources-Feed Technician in Cattle Care/Handling. Ag Food and Natural Resources-Texas State Floral Assoc. Level 1; Architecture and Construction -NCCER Core Digital Communications-Adobe Photoshop Cert Digital Communications -Adobe Premiere Pro Certification Digital communications-Adobe Animate certification Business Marketing, and Finance-Microsoft Office Suite-Specialist Word Health Science Certification EKG/ECG Technician Health Science-Medical Coding and Billing Specialist Health Science-Patient Care Technician Health Science-Phlebotomy Technician Health Science-Pharmacy Technician Culinary- SERV Safe Manager Culinary- SERV Safe Handlers Manufacturing-AWS DLI.1, 2F, 3F (Structural Steel) Manufacturing-AWS D9.1, 2F, 3F, or 2G (Sheet Metal)

Next week, last report segment will be on teachers and employment.See you at the MHTCC Festival on Sunday.

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