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Julias TidbitsWhile we were sleeping last night, Trinity County firefighters were battling 200 acres of fire in the Groveton area, around Highway 355 and 356. I cannot imagine the exhaustion and frustration these gentlemen must be feeling right now.

We need to earnestly pray for them and their families. We also need to pray for more rain and cool weather and do whatever we can to support their endeavors. Give donations, if you can, to all the local fire stations.

•This week we have several events taking place in our community and surrounding cities, so, support each group when you can. First, we have the Trinity County Memorial VFW Post 6899 Auxiliary Fundraiser on Saturday at 400 Caroline St. at 11 a.m.

Come and enjoy a fun day with barbecue, cornhole, auctions, music, and more for the whole family. Live music by Jesse Rose, a 50/50 raffle, a meat raffle, and a beer garden for the adults, with water events for the children Is the agenda for this day.

Most of all, please come to support the Trinity Lions Club’s project to help raise money for the Veterans with a huge collection of Coca-Cola Memorabilia for sale from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at this event. All proceeds from this event benefit the Veterans of VFW Post #6899.

•On Sunday in the Brookshire Brothers parking lot, the Knights of Columbus is hosting a blood drive for the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Sept. 22-23 is the 74th Annual Trinity Community Fair Association’s Fair and Livestock Show. They will begin setting up next weekend, and if you have not entered your item requests and vendor applications by this weekend, you may find yourself out in the “cold,” I mean the “heat.” Call Kim Tullos for more information at (936) 661-1568.

•On Sept. 26, First Methodist Church of Trinity is hosting Dinner with Friends from 4-7 p.m. Please call Laura for information and menu at (936) 594-3826. Public invited and donations welcomed.

•Westwood Shores subdivision’s second yearly garage sale is Sept. 29-30 on FM 356, about three miles east of Trinity. It starts at 8 a.m. each day and ends at 5 p.m.

•On Sept. 30, Sebastopol Congregational Methodist Church will host a singing at 6 p.m. The church is located on FM 356 across from the new Lawrence gas station, and the public is invited to attend.

•Oct. 5-7 is the First United Methodist rummage sale held at the Fellowship Hall inside the church at 131 N. Elm St. from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call Laura at the church office at (936) 594-3826.

•Oct. 10 at the Community Center is Scholarship Night at 6 p.m.

•Oct. 15-31 is the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch, located downtown on Highway 19 North at the First Methodist Church of Trinity lot.

•On Oct. 15, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 401 Prospect Drive, is hosting its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Food, music, games and vendors will provide great prizes and performances for the community.

Some of the prizes to be won are gift cards worth $2,000, $1,000 and $500, a 65 inch screen TV, a 22-inch Blackstone griddle, and much more. For more information, please call Melinda Fitzgerald at (832) 525-5636.

•The next two events I will elaborate on more as I have not promoted them as much in the last few weeks as I have others.

SAAFE House’s yearly purse bingo will be held this year on Oct. 21 at the Trinity Community Center, 640 S. Robb Street, next to McDonald’s on Highway 19, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful event that benefits a great cause and gives away great prizes donated by the community. The Purse Bingo, which is in its eighth year, was started as Denim to Diamonds Fundraiser and has since blossomed into a gorgeous, fun night, with designer purses and fabulous prizes from the community.

The much-sought-after prize, the Taste of Trinity Dining Out Wheel (provided by me and Bobbie Stephens), is a collaboration of Trinity local businesses and food vendors. The SAAFE House Fundraising Chairman, Tammy Farkas, who does a great job for this organization, has promised us some new food gift cards. Yum.

In addition to purses, gifts, and food donations, we are grateful to the community for supporting Rana Wingo and SAAFE House for more than 20 years to benefit our children and women. Tickets are $50 each and tables are $400, which seats 8 people.

Please RSVP by Oct. 16 to Rana at (936) 594-6415 or Tammy at (936) 294-5547. You can also go to safehouse.org/events to purchase tickets.

•The second event that I am going to expound on is the Trinity County Veterans Wall of Honor Society Fundraiser that started 16 years ago. My neighbor, Bill Reeves, and his friends started this project, and it has become a yearly tradition that everyone knows is held on the last Saturday of Oct. no matter what. Come rain or shine, the Wall of Honor Society is a major fundraiser for our Trinity community and county which benefits our veterans greatly. The date is Oct. 28.

The prizes are great, the food is great, and the music is great. If you would like to support our veterans, please come to the Scheelbillies Saloon at 5665 FM 356 from noon until 6 p.m.

To purchase raffle tickets for the great prizes, please contact Bill Reeves at (936) 661-7107, Tom McCrory at (936) 577-8689 or Randy Barclay at (936) 933-0953. The 10 Raffle prizes are:

1st Prize: Austrian Mauser30-06 Rifle MOD K-98

2nd Prize: Smith and Wesson 40 Cat Pistol MOD SD$0 VE

3rd Prize: Blackstone Tailgater T550 Grill and Griddle.

4th Prize: Complete Package of “$100 Frenzy” Texas Lotto Scratchers

5th Prize: $250 Brookshire Brothers Gift Card

6th Prize: $300 Cash (In memory of Bobby Buckalew)

7th, 8th, 9th, Prizes: $200 cash each, donated in memory of long-time members.

10th Prize: $100 Harbor Freight Gift Card

Pulled pork and fried Lake Livingston catfish and all the trimmings can be enjoyed for $10. Pulled pork sandwiches are $5 each.

The live auction features many valuable items, including handmade quilts and other items, and the live auction is handled by Asset Marketing Pros, David and Liz Drake.

Trinity County Wall of Honor Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization aiding area veterans, active duty personnel and their families. Membership is always free. See you at Scheelbillies on Oct. 28.

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