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Julias TidbitsI am here to report that everything that took place this past weekend was a huge success. Starting with Friday night, the TISD High School Fine Art Department hosted a Southern Charm Gala for the public to enjoy, and what a wonderful and talented group of students we have.

The food was great, the artwork displayed was unbelievable, the skits and actors were exemplary, the Jazz Ensemble was fantastic, and the three singers were perfect and beautiful. The culinary class of Trinity High School provided appetizers, complimentary sweet drinks, cooked the menu for dinner, and made desserts. They equally matched the gifted and talent skills of all the Trinity High School students that participated in this event.

Saturday, the Martin Senior Center garage sale and barbecue plates were a huge success. Dan Barnes and local people donated items for the garage sale, and we made over $1,200 dollars. The barbecue fundraiser sold out of the Old Timers barbecue plates before noon.

The food drive was respectable, but that needs to be a separate fundraiser. It was cold and windy, but we were thankful for the community’s support. In May the Center will host another fundraising event. Watch this space for new details.

I left Trinity downtown about 11 a.m. and the parking lot was packed at the old Alco Store with garage sale items. When I returned to Trinity, 8 hours later, the event was cleaned up and gone, but the River of Life Church Youth Building Parking lot was filled with many dates who had come to see a movie and enjoy a special dinner. Both events were amazing fundraisers.

One fundraiser for the elderly and one fundraiser for the youth.

•Bingo Games at the VFW Post 6899 are in full swing, and my friend who loves to play bingo is loving it. The VFW also has Texas Hold’em Poker on Saturday afternoon and evenings, but bingo is still the favorite game at the Hall during the week. Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays the doors open at 4 p.m., and the games start at 6 p.m.

•Earth Day at the Blanche K. Werner Public Library was attended by over a hundred people to help celebrate this birthdate. There were all sorts of activities and games, and the guests got to view skulls, seashells, and green leaves. The library was open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for this special day, and a fun time was had by all. For more information on upcoming events, please call Monday through Saturday, (936) 222-3838.

•May 1-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. In honor of this week the Martin Senior Center is going to host on Friday a Mexican Pile-On, along with their usual fried fish. (If you don’t want to dine on the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, you can still purchase the usual Friday menu). The cost is $8 for either luncheon.

However, the Mexican pile-on is a special treat being donated and prepared by Julia McMichael that she and the local PTA used to prepare for the TISD teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, several years ago. It will start at noon.

•There are so many activities going on Saturday, May 6, I probably will miss some, but here goes nothing.

First, do your civic duty on Saturday and vote. Early voting ended Tuesday, but you have two locations to vote on Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for you late comers.

The School Board election is held at the TISD administration office on Jefferson Street. To vote on the Trinity City Council candidates, it is being held at the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department Station on Elm Street or next to City Hall.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., a parent-led fundraiser for the Trinity Tigerettes is being held in the parking lot of Higginbotham Brothers store. The car wash and bake sale is being held during Higginbotham’s Appreciation Sale, and all donations in the parking lot go to the Tigerettes. Come support your TISD students.

On Saturday, the Ed and Maxie Dance starts at noon at the VFW Hall on 400 Caroline St. and ends at 4 p.m. Cost is $12, and the band is Shadow Road. Oldies and country music is the genre. Call Dawn at (936) 355-9634 for details and reservations.

Also Saturday, at 9 a.m. 17 teams are teeing off to play in the Liberty Over Texas Republican Women of Trinity County’s Annual Golf Tournament. Each person pays $75 which includes a meal, golf, and golf cart rental, and two mulligans. Golf Hole sign sponsorships are still available. Contact Barbara at (936) 222-2590 to advertise your business or organization and support the GOP Ladies.

On May 5 and 6, Sebastopol Community Church is having a garage sale and a barbecue brisket and rib plate fundraiser. The church is located at FM 356 and FM 355. Both events start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. The garage sale is Friday only. They are selling furniture, housewares, and other bargains.

The barbecue brisket or rib plates with potato salad, beans, drinks, and a dessert will be served on Saturday only. I have no number to contact or the price of the barbecue fundraiser, so call the Church maybe?

Trinity Community Fair Association is hosting their fifth annual Trinity Scholarship Crawfish Boil on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Community Center Pavilion and grounds. The cost of a table is $450, and the single ticket price is $55. Prices go up after May 9. Please call Jolie Lane at (936) 661-5082 for more information.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14.

•Sometimes I feel like I am spinning my wheels trying to keep up with the community’s activities, then I get a call from an old timer who reads my column and corrects my reporting, gives me updates, or gives me new information.

Mary Abshire, a Trinity County Girl who has lived in many towns in Trinity County and now lives in Groveton, called to correct my number on the meals that Charles Lee serves to Groveton residents. I said 8-10 meals each day and Mr. Lee serves around 35 to 37 meals to shut-ins daily.

•I got another call from the past about the history of Trinity, and it was from Larry Turner, the son of Billy Turner, who was a great donor of the Martin Senior Center years ago. Another citizen asked if I knew Floyd McMichael who was a second cousin of my husband, George McMichael. I never know who I will sit next to and learn new stuff like at the Trinity Art Department Gala Friday Night.

•Last weekend I attended a bridal shower for my great-niece who is to be married in June in California. She had a themed shower celebrating the Kentucky Derby Horse Race. The bride’s maids to be and the other guests were beautiful dressed in flowing dresses and stylish hats. Mint julips, roses, wonderful food and desserts was the décor and treats for the day.

A beautiful photo shoot entitled “Off to the Alter” was displayed and shared by all. Questions and answer games rounded out the afternoon party.

Saturday is the Kentucky Derby Race in Louisville, Ky., at Downhill Downs. Oh, to be 30 again.

More information about next weekend’s events in the next article.

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