A town hall meeting, back to school rally, parking lot supper and a charity bingo are among the things you won’t want to miss in Stephenville this week.
The Flash is providing you a look at the details in A Look At the Week Ahead for the week of August 28.
Conaway hosts District 11 town hall
United States Congressman Mike Conaway, currently in sixth term of representing the state’s 11th Congressional District, hosts a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. until 12 noon Wednesday in the council chambers at Stephenville City Hall.
The district includes 29 counties, including part of Erath, as well as the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.
Other area town hall meetings are set for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Comanche Chamber of Commerce.
Constituents are invited to attend the town hall meetings, ask questions and get information on the district and issues impacting it, including agriculture, defense and national security, energy and environment, immigration, Second Amendment rights and those impacting military veterans.
Congressman Conaway serves as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is on the Oversight and Investigations and Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees. As a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he serves on the subcommittees for NSA and Cybersecurity and the CIA.
For more information on Conaway, visit his official website.
Constituents may also call Diane Williams, on-site contact, at 682-936-2577 for more information.
FCA holds Stephenville rally
Cross Timbers Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) holds its second annual back to school rally 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Birdsong Amphitheatre at Stephenville City Park.
FCA is a fellowship of athletes, students and coaches who join together to foster spiritual and athletic growth. The organization unites the faithful of various denominations, with the Cross Timbers chapter including all area independent school districts, as well as Huston Academy and Faith Knights, according to director Carrie Normand.
“This is a collective effort that includes all of the area churches and their youth ministries,” Normand said, adding all students and student athletes, including those who do not have an affiliation with a church or youth group, are encouraged to attend.
The event will include a collective prayer for a successful school year,message from Pastor Curt Plaxco and live music from three bands.
The event is free and open to all ages.
Normand explained while FCA is a youth organization, it does not require membership.
“We always want to be open and available to anyone at any time,” she said, adding she is currently working to establish an FCA presence at Gilbert Intermediate School for fifth and sixth grade Stephenville ISD students. “We will have a ‘See You at the Pole’ event at Gilbert on September 28.”
School’s out, school’s out…
Some area students who are just getting into the groove of a new school year are already getting a respite from the halls of education.
To prepare for as little laboring as possible on Labor Day, some school districts are releasing students early Friday. Others meanwhile, will only get one day to observe the federal holiday.
Stephenville ISD will release two hours early at 1:25 p.m. Morgan Mill students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Bluff Dale will end the school day at 12:30 p.m.
Dublin ISD, Lingleville ISD, Huckabay ISD, Three Way ISD and Hico ISD teachers and students will attend a full day of classes Friday but will get the day off Monday.
Share story time with your preschooler
This week and every Friday, Stephenville Public Library invites parents and caregivers and their kiddos to a 10:30 a.m. story time.
While all children are welcomed to attend, story time is geared toward those who are three years old and older.
Stay in tune with everything at the public library by liking and following its Facebook page.
Support SHS theatre, skip cooking
Stephenville High School varsity players host a parking lot supper Friday at the school.
The meal is just $7 per plate and includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips, a homemade cookie and water.
The meal is served just outside of the ticket booth at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium prior to the SHS varsity football game against Springtown, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Only 200 meals will be available, so get there early or you might miss out.
All proceeds benefit the SHS theatre department, which includes 54 technical theatre students who participate in UIL design and film and also assist school productions through the design and creating of sets, programs and more.
Cheer on your favorite teams
Celebrate football season underneath the Friday night lights. Cheer on the hard-hitting ladies who are spiking victory on the court.
The only down side to football and volleyball seasons in Texas is that you can’t be there to cheer on all the area teams at once.
No worries, Sports Editor Brad Keith and his staff will have the local games covered. You can always get the latest sports updates at TheFlashToday.com.
And The Flash has made keeping up even easier with the all-new Cross Timbers Sports App, created by Fire Breathing Penguin Media. You can download it for your iPhone or other Apple device and it’s also available for Android products.
The app covers everything from the sport of rodeo to happenings at Tarleton State University and Ranger College to area schools, including Stephenville, Dublin, Hico, Huston Academy, Lingleville, Huckabay, F.A.I.T.H, and De Leon.
Wake up with coffee and cars
From 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month, auto enthusiasts and coffee lovers converge on the Erath County Courthouse square.
Coffee & Cars at the Courthouse is organized by Daniel Brock and aims to get cool rides out their garages and bring their owners – and others who just want to check them out – together without the pressure of an organized car show.
Donuts and coffee will be provided, and coupons for a discounted breakfast at eatery on the square will also be available.
For more information, contact Brock at 254-485-0577. You may also follow Cars & Coffee at the Courthouse on Facebook.
Dive into extended hours at Splashville
The city of Stephenville invites residents to cool off at Splashville. For the first time since it opened several years ago, the city’s waterpark will be open every Saturday and Sunday through the month of September.
As in previous years, it will also be open on Labor Day, that’s this coming Monday, for a little holiday fun.
For more information, check the story from The Flash.
Play bingo for vets’ sake
Flamingo Bingo hosts Super Duper Saturday with proceeds from the hometown bingo hall benefitting Disabled American Veterans Chapter 234.
Doors to the bingo hall open at 5 p.m. Flamingo Bingo is located inside city limits at 810 FM 205, just off of U.S. Highway 281 (near Riggs Machine and Welding).
Organizers say the last Super Duper Saturday event was big one, with more than $5,000 in prizes walking out the door.
Flamingo Bingo is open five days per week with fun for players of all ages and funds always supporting local military veterans.
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