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Julias TidbitsThe year 2023 was a good, bad, and ugly year for the whole world. The weather, COVID, flu, wars, and politics dominated the last couple of months and the same conflicts will probably abound for the next coming months.

I am going to bury my head in the ground and report only upcoming new, happy events.

By the time this issue arrives in your mailbox, decorations, and lights probably will all be gone. New Year parties and resolutions will be a thing of the past, but dieting will be the main goal of most people over 40 in the next few months.

I am hoping the weather will not be like last year and we will not have to put up with no electricity this winter. However, no worries today — it’s blackeye peas, cabbage and sausage day. Happy New Year everyone.

I do not mind the cold weather if the sun shines and the outside does not look dreary. I understand that we do have to have some frost to kill the pesky insects that bite us in the spring, but I still don’t like cold and wet weather. Kudos to whoever invented OFF.

•January and February usually are quiet months of entertainment, but Trinity County does have an abundance of activities in the city, schools and surrounding areas, so get ready for winter sports, blood drives, Valentine events, and 2024 galas.

The Trinity High School boys and girls varsity soccer team players have been listed on Facebook and I will be listing the schedule soon.

TISD winter break is over Jan. 4. Students return to school to attend classes on Monday at their regular time on each campus. The following week the students are on holiday for MLK’s birthday on Jan. 15.

•The first meeting for the Trinity Lions Club in 2024 is Wednesday at the Chamber building on Stadium Street at noon. For more information, please call Charles Payne at (281) 705-7675.

•VFW Post 6899 will host the Ed and Maxie Dance on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Following the dance, there is a poker tournament at 5 p.m. For more information, please call Marilyn Barnes at (281) 782-8309.

•The Trinity Historical Society meeting for the 2024 new year is Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., held at the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Building on Stadium Street. Renew a membership and make plans for celebrating Trinity’s heritage in 2024. For more information, call Daina Baker at (936) 581-1478.

•First Methodist Church of Trinity hosts its month Family Dinner with Friends on the third Tuesday of the month, Jan. 21, from 4-7 p.m. Music, food, games, and fun all for a donation at 131 N. Elm St. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information call Laura at (936) 594-3826.

•The Trinity County Crime Stoppers Gala is the next major fundraiser to be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Trinity Community Center. The 13th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras hosted by the TCCS invites the public to attend a ribeye steak dinner provided by Ray Goodrum and his chuckwagon staff; BYOB and dance to the music of Kevin Carter and Friends from 8 p.m.-midnight.

The cost is $25 per person. Tickets are on sale now, and for more information, call Larry Grant at (936) 662-1502 or Rick Villarreal at (936) 577-4383. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the silent auction begins at 5 p.m. and ends when the live auction starts at 7 p.m. Auctioneer is Rick Villarreal.

•At VFW Post 6899 on Caroline Street Feb. 2, a drawing will be held for a portable generator before the Bingo session that starts that night at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets are on sale now. The raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For more information, call Marilyn Barnes at (281) 782-8309.

•The Boys and Girls Club of Trinity will announce plans for the Fifth Annual February Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance next week. Watch this space for details.

This event will take place Feb. 10, the same weekend as the Lovelady Fest. The Lovelady Love Fest takes place Feb. 9-10. You can attend both events, 15 minutes away, and savor a whole weekend for love and entertainment, supporting your community and our children in both counties. For more information, please call David Lavassaur at (936) 594-0778.

The Boys and Girls Club event runs from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Trinity Community Center. Tickets will go on sale shortly and the cost is the same as last year, $50, which provides dinner, music, door prizes, live auction, silent auction, cake auction and beverages. Tables for you and 8 friends are $400 to dine and wine. Julia McMichael is taking reservations for tables currently. Call (936) 537-8171 to RSVP.

•The first quarter blood drive for the community is pending and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church which is always held in the parking lot of Brookshire Brothers. Look at this space for time and date.

First Methodist Church of Trinity hosts their month Family Dinner with Friends on the third Tuesday of the Month. The dinner this month is from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 21. Music, food, games, and fun all for a donation at 131 N. Elm St. in the fellowship hall. For more information call Laura at (936) 594-3826.

See you around town.

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