Radio club celebrates founding of San Felipe de Austin

The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will be the location of a special event amateur radio station on Saturday, Nov. 4. Members of the W5SFA Radio Club will operate ham radios to commemorate the 194th anniversary of the founding of Austin's Colony in Texas in 1823. The public is invited to come by and see amateur radio in operation from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

W5SFA Radio Club operators will contact other hams across the state, throughout the USA, and around the world. They will exchange signal reports and give some information about the founding of San Felipe de Austin, its historical significance for the Republic of Texas, and the present day State Historic Site. Other ham radio stations who contact W5SFA (the ham call sign of the Stephen F. Austin Radio Club) may request a color postcard with the image of Stephen F. Austin and a certificate confirming the contact. This acknowledgment of contact or “QSL” card and certificate will be sought after for displaying in ham radio “shacks” all over Texas and beyond.

During that same weekend there will be additional events taking place at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic site. The site is on FM 1458, 2.2 miles north of IH-10 exit 723. For details and more information, see or call 979-885-2181.

Lions Sealy Dance Club

The Lions Sealy Dance Club is sponsoring a dance on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Sealy American Legion Hall with Al Sulak and The Country Sounds providing the music from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Guests are always welcome. 

Veterans Day Assembly and Luncheon

The Sealy High School Student Council will be hosting a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the high school gym. Immediately following there will be a luncheon for all veterans, active duty military and their families in the band hall. While all are welcome to attend the assembly, please RSVP to Student Council advisers Leslie Pacher ( or Val Goad ( by Friday, Nov. 3 if you would like to attend the luncheon afterward. The students will do a slideshow of veterans and active duty military personnel. If you are a Veteran or have family members or friends who served or are currently serving in the military, we want your/their picture and information (the person’s name, military branch, rank and any awards or commendations received) to be included in the slideshow.

Austin County Civic Chorale

The Austin County Civic Chorale will be presenting their first concert of their 33rd season on Nov. 12, titled "Thankful." The performance will include music of thanksgiving and renewal. The concert will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bellville at 4 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights

The 2017 Fantasy of Lights Parade is Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The parade Deadline is Nov. 29, and this year’s theme is Christmas Around the World. The entry deadline for the 2017 Fantasy of Lights Pageant is Nov. 9, and the contest is Nov. 11 at the American Legion Hall.

Visit for forms and information.

Focusing Families

Save the date of Friday, January 26, 2018, for the annual Focusing Families fundraising dinner and auction. It will again be held at the Austin County Convention and Expo Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 979-826-3290 for ticket information, reservations, and to donate to the auction. Focusing Families provides shelter and crisis support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the counties of Austin, Waller, Washington, Grimes and Northwest Harris.

Texas German Society

Americans of German descent constitute the largest ethnic group in the United States with more than 58 million Americans proudly proclaiming their German heritage. Austin County and the surrounding areas contain a large number of inhabitants with German backgrounds.

The Bluebonnet Chapter of Texas German Society strives to preserve and promote the German language, culture and traditions. This group meets bi-monthly at the Hill Center in Sealy. Anyone, including non-German speaking individuals, is encouraged to join. They may contact chapter president Herbert Schumann at 979-865-3804.

Clasa de Ingles

Clasa de Ingles – gratis – cada martes y viernes a las 6:30 p.m.

Donde: La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santo de los Ultimos Dias

600 West St., Sealy

Telefono: Elder Wilding, 208-534-8071

State Historic Site

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site shares the stories of Stephen F. Austin and his colonists who came to Mexican Texas in the 1820s and 1830s. The historic site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers frequent special-content programming on weekends. Construction on a new museum is ongoing (anticipated opening is spring 2018). For more information or to plan a visit, call 979-885-2181 or go to

Today’s Word Ministries

Today’s Word Ministries is starting a nondenominational Bible study at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month at 7 p.m. Come as you are and if you want to, enjoy your supper at 6 p.m. and study from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call Stew Williford at 979-661-0242 (cell), or email

Updated property tax information available

The Austin County Appraisal District has updated property tax information available to assist taxpayers. 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, or at 979-865-9124. Information is also available on the Comptroller's Property Tax Assistance Division's website.

Free Genealogy Class

The Gordon Memorial Library invites you to attend a free Genealogy class, each Wednesday at 11 a.m. until noon at the Gordon Memorial Library – 917 N. Circle Drive.

Please bring the following:

1.Information about you, your parents, and your grandparents;

2.An email address and corresponding username, password and/or cell phone;

3.A laptop computer (optional).

For further information call: the Gordon Memorial Library - 979-885-7469 or Elder Wilding – 208-534-8071.


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