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Julias Tidbits

I did not think I could have had a better weekend than the one in Las Vegas in January, but I was wrong. Sunday, Feb. 5, was the greatest day. My children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends converged on the Trinity Community Center to celebrate my 80th birthday.

We had food, music, decorations, and gifts galore which was not supposed to be, but nevertheless people are so thoughtful and kind. They gave presents anyway. I can’t wait until my 85th anniversary, maybe the kids will send me to Paris.

•Friday is the fifth annual Boys and Girls Club of Trinity’s Valentine Dinner and Dance at the Trinity Community Center, located next to McDonald’s, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

This will be a great event with music, food, a dessert auction, a silent auction, and a live auction. People and businesses were very generous this year and their donations reflect that.

In our live auction we have the following gifts: a 50-inch flat screen TV, a porch swing, a workbench, an antique quilt, a deer feeder, a camping tent and accessories, a barbecue pit, four designer purses, a chainsaw and tools, a sunflower metal artwork, a handmade wooden state of Texas clock artwork, and a vacation rental and bouncy house rental.

The silent auction is everything you want for your sweetheart, friend, mother, brother, or pet. We have Valentine wine baskets, automotive baskets, beauty baskets, a pet basket, a candy basket, girls night out basket, Valentine wreath, Messina Hof gift certificate for a wine tasting for six people, Crockett Civic Center concert tickets, and much more.

Don’t forget the food. We have ribeye steaks, twice-baked potatoes, green beans, salad, and drinks and a dessert auction that is provided by some of the best bakers in Trinity. You can purchase tickets at the door for $50 each, but tables have to be purchased by Thursday, by calling me at (936) 537-8171 or Andrea at (936) 594-0778.

•This weekend had two good benefits for Donna and Tom Hester. On Saturday, Agavales Mexican Food Restaurant was filled to the brim with guests all day long to help participate in discounted luncheons and dinners toward the benefit of this couple who recently lost their home to fire. It was a huge success.

Then on Sunday, the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department hosted a drive-through barbecue benefit for the Hesters. It was a beautiful day and people were lined up from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to purchase the sandwich, chip, and drink to show their support for this couple. Trinity is the most caring city in Texas.

•Next weekend is the Lovelady Love Fest in Lovelady Texas. It is a two-day event with a chili, rib, brisket, and bean contest for the best cook and team in East Texas. There are vendors, games, music, and a local parade. It starts on Friday night and ends on Saturday at dusk.

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. At 11 a.m. that day, Martin Senior Citizen Center is hosting a Valentine luncheon to benefit the center with filet mignon, asparagus, scalloped potatoes, salad, drinks, and dessert. The cost is $20 each.

The event starts with homemade dips, and a complimentary glass of wine. Music and gifts will abound with drawings throughout the luncheon and lunch will be served at noon. For more information or to reserve a space, please call Brenda at (936) 594-2625. Come support the meals that are served every day to the handicapped or shut-ins in our community by attending this luncheon Tuesday.

•There is a basketball game Friday night here, so go watch the Trinity Cheerleaders perform their UIL-winning routines. Also there is a Lansberry Elementary dance for the fifth- and sixth-grade students given by the high-school seniors to raise money for the junior/senior prom this year.

•Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, is Presidents Day. It is a National Holiday, so schools and all federal offices will be closed this day.

•It is hard to believe it is almost Spring break and Easter time. Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are activities we all look forward to in March. In addition to these celebrations, TISD students go on Spring Break from March 13-March 17.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and the children of Trinity County participate in the Groveton County Fair that weekend.

Next week I will announce all of the dinners and luncheons church related to start the first of March so send me you schedule and watch for it to appear in this space. See you Friday at the Trinity Community Center.

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