Stephenville community news in brief

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Erath County GOP hosting candidate forum

The Erath County Republican Party is hosting a forum for the contested races for Mayor of Stephenville, City Council and Stephenville Independent School District Board of Trustees at the Bond Auditorium on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.

The forum will be held at the SISD Bond Auditorium, 2655 W. Overhill.

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Ribbon cutting set for The Dapper Dog

Join the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce in welcoming The Dapper Dog with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The Dapper Dog is located at 950 E. South Loop.

The Dapper Dog is an upscale doggie daycare and boarding facility serving Stephenville and surrounding areas. The facility also houses a luxury boutique with adorable items for fur babies and dog lovers.

To learn more, visit them on Facebook at

Laurel Glen hosting Easter Egg hunt

Laurel Glen Assisted Living & Memory Care (formerly Oakwood Assisted Living), 2305 Lingleville Road, is hosting its first Easter Egg hunt from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

There will be prizes and candy. The hunt is for children ages 8 and younger.

For more information, call (254) 968-5229.

CRC hosting Good Friday service

Stephenville Christian Reformed Church, 1120 CR 351, will be hosting a Good Friday service with communion at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, email

Mercantile hosting Easter Egg hunt

Texas Hill Country Furniture & Mercantile, 19280 S. Hwy 281, Lipan, is hosting an Easter Egg hunt at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

Easter Egg Hunt schedule: Ages 0 to 4 years begins at 1 p.m. behind the Whoa Pony Boutique; ages 5 and older will follow.

The Easter Bunny will be at the Bent Bucket Bakery from 9-11 a.m. will be hopping around the property from 12:30-2 p.m.

It will be a great family time and a wonderful opportunity to take some great pictures of the kiddos.

For more information, email

BBQ fundraiser goes virtual

The Comanche County Healthcare Foundation's second annual All Fired Up Spring BBQ fundraiser is happening online.

BBQ order pickup will be curbside outside the CCMC Cafeteria rear door on Saturday, April 30, from 9-11 a.m., at 10201 TX-16, Comanche.

Buy delicious BBQ (brisket, ribs or pork loin) prepared by area master grillers and help support the nonprofit mission of CCHF to raise funds for patient care at Comanche County Medical Center (CCMC).

Orders will be taken online through April 17 or until sold out.

For more information, call/text Mark at (432) 209-3275, or Jami at (254) 326-8715, or follow CCHF on Facebook

Ribbon cutting set for White Magnolia House

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for White Magnolia House at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. White Magnolia House is located at 119 S. Graham St.

White Magnolia House is a salon and women’s clothing boutique and salon located on the Stephenville Downtown Square that offers cute, trendy, and comfortable clothing as well as accessories, shoes, and more.

The White Magnolia House stylists specialize in blonding and hair extensions.

For more information, visit

Stop the Silence rally set for April 21

Cross Timbers Family Services is hosting its annual Stop the Silence rally at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Erath County Courthouse, 100 W. Washington St.

This free event aims to bring awareness to National Crime Victims Rights Week, and stand up and speak out for victims of crime in our community. 

Join us for special guest speakers, an awareness march, and more. Food trucks and activities/booths from local agencies to follow. 

For more information, visit

Cooking school offered April 21

Every April since 2012, a Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School has been conducted at Tarleton State University. This year's event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 21 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County.

This is a multi-county event sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension, TSU, Texas Health, Stephenville, The Home Place, STAR Council, HEB, and the Texas Beef Council or Dairy Max.

The event offers live demonstrations of healthy menus by celebrity chefs and local county extension agents, video presentations from dieticians as well as audience participation in such events as “Not Your Momma’s Kitchen Gadget.”

Participants get to sample two dishes, receive a cookbook and a goody bag and a chance to win numerous door prizes including a Kitchen Aid mixer.

Tickets are $25 and you can register online at

For more information, contact Andrea Brooks at

Tarleton Choral Spring Concert

The Tarleton Choral Program will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater.

Students from Chamber Choir will have just returned from a tour to DFW schools and will be eager to sing to their home audience.

The student conductor experience is a vital part of future music educators' preparation, and this concert will feature several.

Tickets are $5 or free with Tarleton ID.

For more information, email Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton Director of Choirs, at

Homelessness Help serving free lunch

Homelessness Help is providing free lunches every second and four Saturday of the month. The next lunch is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Cross Timbers Church of Christ, 1515 W Cedar St.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals. Volunteers will need to report to the Cross Timbers Church of Christ by 10 a.m.

The purpose of this program is to provide food to those in need while helping build relationships within the community and work together to bring awareness about the homeless and how to better meet their needs.

Anyone interested in helping with the project is welcome to attend the meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Cross Timbers Church of Christ.

For more information, call (254) 595-3656.

1907 Grill hosting live music

The 1907 Grill, 1907 East Washington St., will host a night of acoustical music by Tim Turnbeaugh.

Enjoy some good food, fellowship, and a night of acoustical country, Christian, classic rock, etc. (pretty much everything except rap) music. 

The music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Garage sale benefits Morning Star Ranch

Join Morning Star Ranch, a faith-based riding center for children, for a Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29.

There will be three storage units full of items for sale including: clothing, shoes/boots, home décor, furniture, kitchen items, books, toys, puzzles, and more.

The units are located at Riata Storage Unit, 137 Private Road 1111 (Just off Hyw 67, 3/10ths of a mile past United Cooperative/Hard 8 BBQ intersection).

The event will raise money for Morning Star Ranch: Building STABLE Dreams.

Morning Star Ranch builds stable dreams through equine facilitated learning. Children gain valuable life skills through ranch life, nature hikes, campfires, animal care and feeding, riding, maintaining equipment and more.

For more information, call (254) 592-1653.

Big Red Barn hosting wedding expo

Join us for A Day at the Derby Wedding Expo at the Big Red Barn Wedding & Event Venue, 3159 N. US Highway 67, hosted by V6 Ranch Weddings & Events. The event is scheduled for 1-6 p.m.

Numerous wedding vendors from all over Erath and surrounding counties will be on hand.

There will be giveaways throughout the day for all attendees.

Bring your bridal party for an afternoon of fun, checking off to do list, and prizes!

Tickets are $10 per person.

For more information, call Megan Lutrick at (979) 900-8223 or Jacqui Quirl at (254) 964-8079.

Cross Timbers Got Talent set for May 6

Cross Timbers Got Talent is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County.

The talent show is a fundraiser benefitting Restoration Place, a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Food trucks will be available at 5:30 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at or they will also be available at the door.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, call (469)  939-9987.