Stephenville area community news in brief

Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Erath residents eligible for FEMA funds

Erath County residents are eligible for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by the recent winter storm.

Visit DisasterAssistance.gov to begin a claim. Those needing help filling an application can call toll free (844) 844-3089.

Quilt guild to hold monthly meeting

The Town 'n Country Quilt Guild will host its monthly meeting 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at Valley Grove Baptist Church, 1731 S. US Hwy 281.

The group typically meets each first Saturday of the month, however, the date was changed for this month only.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/1588979928008274/

Spring Break camp set for next week

Stephenville Parks and Recreation is hosting an after school Spring Break Camp next week, March 8-12.

SAAS Spring Break camp runs 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Fee for the camp is $85 per child, with a $5 discount after the first child.

Parents will provide breakfast and lunch and SPARD provides games, arts and crafts, snacks and more.

For more information, or to sign up, visit recpro.stephenvilletx.gov/ChildCareActivities.aspx or call SPARD at (254) 918-1295.

Dublin to host St. Patrick's Day celebration

Dublin will host its annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday, March 13.

The day's events kick off with a Love Run 5K hosted by Transformation Pathways beginning at 8 a.m. 

At 8:30 a.m., parade lineup begins at Memorial Stadium. Those wanting to take part in the parade need to fill out a form for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. The form can be submitted by dropping it off at the office at 110 S. Patrick St., or by emailing info@dublintxchamber.com.

To be included in the contest judging, there is a $5 entry fee that will be donated to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Winners of the contest will receive a gift basket, recognition on the digital sign in downtown Dublin for the month and Facebook recognition.

Dublin Markets Days will begin at 9 a.m. at Wright Historical Park.

At 10 a.m. the St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin in the downtown area, as well as the Dublin Disc Golf Tournament at the City Park.

Also at 10 a.m., local shops and museums will open to the public.

At 11 a.m., live entertainment and food will be available at Dublin Market Days at Wright Historical Park.

Wrapping up the activities will be the Dublin Rodeo at 2 p.m. at the City Park.

For more information on any of these events, call the Dublin Chamber of Commerce at (254) 300-6263.

Zonta Club hosting annual Penny Auction

The Zonta Club will host its annual Penny Auction from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Stephenville Parks and Recreation rec hall, 378 W. Long St.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are a few changes to this year's event. It is free to enter the event, but instead of cups, $10 "Bidder Numbers" will be sold, and each "Bidder Number" will give the buyer a chance to win EVERY ITEM at the live auction.

In addition, masks and social distancing will be required. Only 50% occupancy will be allowed at the center with no re-entry. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout.

Zonta is an international service organization working to improve the lives of women and girls.

For more information, call (254) 977-2817.

Doughnut fundraiser benefits scholarship

Cross Timber's Business and Professional Women are bringing Erath County its first ever Hurts Donut Fundraiser. The sales from all fundraisers go toward the Bea Martin Memorial Scholarship at Tarleton State University. 

Presale is ongoing now through March 20 with delivery or pick-up on March 26-27 at CNB Bank, 2207 W. Washington St., Stephenville.

Cost is $20 for a dozen donuts.

The Hurts Dozen includes the following flavors: Andes Mint, Cookie Monster, Jesús, Fruity Pebbles, Samoa, Brownie Donut, Oreo Cheesecake, Little Timmy, Classic Sprinkle, Blueberry Streusel, Streusel and Old-Fashioned. Also available are Maple Bacon Bars for $6 each.

For more information or to place an order, visit crosstimbersbpw.org/fundraisers.html

Knights host annual Lenten Fish Fry

The Stephenville Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual Lenten Fish Fry Friday at Newman Hall, 1444 W. Washington St., 5-7 p.m. every week through March 26. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be only to-go orders.

Cars should enter off Washington Street on the east side of St. Brendan’s church, proceed through the parking lot and follow the line around to the front of Newman Hall. Orders will be processed and meals delivered to your car. 

The meal consists of fish, coleslaw, hushpuppies and French fries. Prices this year are $10 for cash or check orders and $12 for debit cards or Venmo.  

Text "FISH" to 1-844-617-1888 to get weekly updates on the fish fry.

Free fishing event set for Sunday

The Tarleton Fisheries Society along with Stephenville Parks and Recreation and Texas Parks and Wildlife welcomes the public to a Free Family Fishing Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Stephenville City Park.

Bring your own fishing pole or use free loaner equipment. Participants are asked to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wear sunscreen.

Participants 17 and older will need a valid Texas fishing license.

Choices Clinic offers free diapers, wipes

Choices Clinic & Life Resource Center, 775 S. Harbin Drive, Stephenville, offers free diapers and wipes every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

In addition the clinic offers the following services free of charge:

• Pregnancy tests

• Limited ultrasound

• Information on options

• Free STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

• Free treatment for positive STD tests.

• Information about pregnancy, abortion and alternatives, RU486, The Morning After Pill, adoption counseling

• Parenting, relationship and life skill mentoring

• Community referrals

For more information, call the clinic at (254)965-5139).

Library resumes Toddler Time

Stephenville Public Library, 174 N. Columbia St., announces it is resuming Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays.

Due to COVID-19 policy and social distancing, space will be limited and will require a reservation.

Reservations for Toddler Time or Story Time can be made at the circulation desk, through a Facebook message, or via phone at (254) 918-1240.

To give library staff time to prepare for Toddler Time, reserve your space by noon on Tuesday, and for Story Time by noon on Thursday.

Veldhuizen farm offers public tours

Come join the Veldhuizen Cheese Team and enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the Veldhuizen Family Farm.

Farm tours are offered every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Patrons will get a tour of the farm and be introduced to the farm's history and its products.

Cost of the tour is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children younger than 6. Group tours are also available by appointment only. Group rates start at $4/person.

Tours are subject to cancellation if there is inclement weather.

The farm is located at 3364 CR 299, Dublin. For more information, visit www.veldhuizencheese.com/tours/

AARP hosts free tax help

AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will be on hand to offer free tax assistance at the Stephenville Senior Citizen Center, 164 E. College St.

Assistance will be available 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from through April 7, by appointment only.

The program is open to taxpayers of all ages and AARP membership is not required.

Those scheduling appointments are asked to make sure they have all tax paperwork gathered and with them when they arrive at their scheduled time. They are also asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early to undergo COVID-19 screening and fill out advance paperwork.

Those filing are asked to bring the following applicable documentation:

• Your own pen and face covering. Masks are required.

• Photo identification and/or Social Security cards for you and any dependents.

• A copy of last year's tax return, if available.

• Health care documents such as a 1095-A or 1095-B

• Brokerage statements for sales of stocks and/or bonds

• Checking and/or savings account information to set up direct deposit of any refunds.

• Income documents such as W2s, 1099s, Social Security income, etc.

• Documentation of charitable cash donations exceeding $300

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (682) 231-3670. Appointments are limited and in high demand, if you are unable to make your assigned time, please call to cancel or reschedule so that someone else may have that time slot.

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/

Golf tournament to raise funds for all-inclusive playground

The first-ever Trash to Treasure Golf Tournament fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, June 11, at Legends Country Club, Stephenville.

Funds raised from the tournament will go to help build the first-ever all-inclusive playground at Stephenville’s City Park.

Cost to play is $500 for a team of four players or $125 for individual players. Registration deadline is May 26.

The tournament is sponsored by the city of Stephenville Parks and Leisure Services and Waste Connections.

To become a sponsor and/or to register for the tournament, go to www.stephenvilletx.gov/parks-leisure/page/trash-treasure-golf-tournament