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Project graduation tickets 

The parent/student contracts for Project Graduation – a supervised post-graduation celebration – are available at the Sealy High School Student Window during regular business hours until May 17. Tickets will also be offered at that location. 

Off The Rails dance rescheduled

Sealy Main Street has rescheduled the Off The Rails street dance and “cruise-in” until May 21 due to weather issues. The event, set for 5-9 p.m. in downtown Sealy (113 Main Street), will now feature the band Zydeco Hi-Steppers.

Garden Club offers scholarship

The Garden Club of Sealy is accepting applications for another scholarship for which Sealy area students, taking or planning to take a curriculum in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, landscape design or similar agriculture-related program in the fall of 2016, may apply. Interested students can request additional information and/or a copy of the application by emailing or by calling Dusty Kelly at 713-899-6117. The application is also posted on the Sealy High School website. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2016.

Food bank produce truck 

The Houston Food Bank Produce Truck will be in Wallis at the American Legion Hall on Thursday, May 12th, from 10:00 a.m. - noon. The produce is free to anyone living in Austin County. There will also be someone from the Houston Food Bank to assist anyone that needs help with applying or renewing SNAP (food stamps) or children’s Medicaid/CHIP.

The Houston Food Bank Produce Truck will also be in Bellville at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 936 South Front Street (Hwy 36), 10 a.m. to noon May 18. 

Citizens State Bank document shredding 

Citizens State Bank will be having a ‘Customer Shred Day’ on Saturday, May 14th from 8 a.m. until noon at the front parking lot. The shred day is for Bank customers only and they may bring any paper documents for shred. 

Knights of Columbus dinner 

The Sealy Knights of Columbus will serve a chicken fried steak dinner – drive-through only – from 10”3- a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at the Sealy Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Texas Safe Riders to give free child car seats 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cooperative Extension Program at the Waller County office Family & Consumer Sciences will give away car seats to five qualifying families for classes on child car seat safety. The classes, which seek to neutralize an estimated 98% misuse in inspected car seat usage, will be held on May 17. 

Families must be approved by Safe Riders for the classes by prior contact at 1-800-252-8255. Classes are held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Waller County office at 846 6th Street, Hempstead, Texas. Information needed is age, weight, and height of the child. 

Pregnant women seeking seats should be scheduled in the 3rd trimester, preferably around the seventh month of pregnancy. There are no infant seats with bases provided with this program. 

Updated property tax information available 

The Austin County Appraisal District has updated property tax information available to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons who are who are age 65 or older. 

For more information about these programs, contact the Austin County Appraisal District at 906 E. Amelia St., Bellville, Texas or at (979) 865-9124. Information is also available on the Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division’s website. 

4-H archery project 

The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Austin County will be starting a 4-H archery project open to any child from grades 3-12. The agency is looking for individuals who would be willing to donate new/used Archery equipment, Recurve Bows, Arrows, Targets and Protective Gear. For questions or donations please contact the Agrilife Extension office. (979) 865-2072 or Coaches - Dean Nelson: (979) 865-8596 AND Justin Tesch: (979) 203-5001. 

Sealy Dance Club 

On May 7, The Sealy Dance Club will a dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Sealy American Legion Hall. The Red Ravens will be providing the music for your dancing entertainment. The Club will be having a silent auction during the dance to raise funds towards the support of the dance club. They would appreciate homemade items, handmade items, something you don’t want, something you won’t miss, anything that helps the Sealy Dance Club. Bring your items to the dance. For additional information, contact Jim Gardner at 281-705-6266 or Bob Moeller at 979-472-0754. 

Austin County Fair scholarships 

The Austin County Fair Association is currently accepting scholarship applications. All applications listed below may be found on the Austin County Fair website; or in the counselors’ office at the area high schools. Applications must be submitted to the student’s high school counselor at the end of the school day or to the Austin County Fair Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 29. 

Summer library program 

Knox Memorial Library is offering a summer library program to children to encourage them to read for pleasure during the summer and to retain their reading skills. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! To add to the fun and to create a sense of challenge that will keep kids reading, the library would like to offer incentives and contest prizes at various times during the summer and is seeking donations. Possible donations include items to give away as prizes, small toys, coupons for free goods or services (admission tickets, fast-food coupons), or cash to buy prizes to offer as a grand prize. The library will mention the assistance in its publicity. To donate, call the library at 979-478-6813. 

Scholarship fundraiser 

Sam Hines Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 14, at the Austin County Fairgrounds in Bellville. The event features a barbeque cookoff, live music, raffle, a live and silent auction, motorcycle ride and Austin County Carshow Shootout. Registration for the ride starts at 9 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m. The carshow is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fundraiser benefits students of Austin County. For more information, email or 

Rotary Club of Sealy meeting 

The Rotary Club of Sealy meets every Tuesday at noon at Tony’s Family Restaurant. 

Gently used items needed 

The Sealy American Legion is in need of gently used shower chairs, bathtub transfer benches, elevated commode seats, four-wheeled seated walkers, wheelchairs, walkers, reachers, and canes of all kinds. Sealy’s American Legion has served the Sealy community in this outreach program for many years. They lend the above-mentioned items out for the length of time needed. Gently used items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Texas Home Health, located at 324 Meyer Street, in Sealy. 

Foster families needed in county 

As the calls regarding child abuse and neglect increase, foster families are needed for foster children. Information meetings are held on a monthly basis in the Houston region. For more information call 713-394-4234 or go to www.dfps,state, Foster_Care/get_Started/Information_Meetings/. 

Habitat for Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity of Austin County would like to partner with a family to build a small, low-cost home in Sealy. Qualified families must be able to help build the home and to repay the zero interest mortgage. The home will be two bedrooms with one bath. Applications are available at the Library and the Chamber of Commerce and include information about income guidelines and other criteria. For more information contact Habitat at 979-865-2855. 

Mentor volunteers needed 

Raising Academic Performance (RAP) is in need of mentors for Sealy ISD students. These students are 5-18 years old and are seen by mentors from 30 minutes to one hour per week. Mentors encourage students to do better in school, have fun with them and help equip them for life by being positive role models. We provide training and ongoing support. Make a positive impact on a child’s life by becoming a mentor. Please call Michelle Maderer at 281-948-2527 or email 

Sealy Playtime 

Sealy Playtime is being offered for Sealy and area “seasoned” adults every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hill Community Center in Sealy. There are games including dominos, checkers, Scrabble, Clue and many board games. There’s also free coffee, iced tea, hot tea, hot chocolate or bottled water. There is no charge to Sealy residents ages 62 and older, however, donations are encouraged and appreciated. For more information, call Frank Lemanski at 979-716-8976.


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