I'm a liberal pagan living in West, Texas. Yes. That West, Texas.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Christmas in West ...lots of activities going on. St. Mary's School PTC sponsored the Sixth Annual Santa's Workshop at St. Mary's Parish Center. Santa came and had his pictures taken, there were arts and crafts and face painting for the kids. Performances by Jennifer's Academy of Dance and a big basket raffle which will go to The Saint Mary's School.
The West Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to attend their Christmas activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Gazebo on the West City Hall Grounds. Santa is expected to be visiting with the children until around noon.
David Pareya, West chamber president said parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to the event to take pictures of their children visiting with Santa. This event is being sponsored by Cen-tex Roof Systems. Treats will also be handed out to the children. There will be a limited number of coloring books and crayons, furnished by the Hilco Electric, for the kids.
Also during this time, the West Toys For Tots drive is planning to have a 'Stuff the Police Car' event in which they will attempt to fill a West Police car with toys donated by area residents that day.
The West Public Library is hosting it's Sixth Annual Christmas With Santa celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in the West Community Center.
When asked why the center is being used this year, West Librarian Nancy Hykel explained, "When this event first began as a pajama party six years ago, only around 20 children attended. Last year the library was absolutely packed!"
Besides a chance to take photos with Santa, the Tale Tellers have planned several activities to keep children busy and to keep the Santa wait-line short. There will be crafts, Christmas cookie decorating, coloring with Tommy the Puppet and story time.
Parents are asked to provide their own cameras for picture taking. "Until last year the library took and printed photos for the parents, but the process takes too long and had become rather costly," Hykel said.
This activity is free for area children. For more information, call 254-826-3070.
Also something wonderful for West.
Library offering new online service.
For the first time the West Public Library patrons will be able to enjoy a new service as they can now download e-Books, audiobooks, music and videos from their home computers.
This new service powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their valid West Public Library card ID. Overdrive is the same system used by the Waco-McLennan County Library.
The West library was one of only 7 selected within the Central Texas Library System to receive a one-year free subscription to OverDrive, a $1,500 value. During the year, West will be part of the CTLS consortium. Selection of the titles will be made in Austin by the coordinator of the project.
anyone needing more information about this program and what you will need to be able to use it..call the West Library 826-3070. Also the West Public Library book sale is extended for another week. Beginning Saturday the books will be 1/2 of the sale price or $5 for a bag of books which will be furnished by the library.

The West High School Junior Historians are hosting their community performance 3 p.m. Sunday in the WHS Gym. Students will be exhibiting their traditional Czech costumes and performing a variety of Czech dances.

Bake Sale at West Rest Haven along with a garage sale from 2-5 December 13th in the nursing home's activity room. Various deserts will be available.
You know I'll have a hand in this.

The Bold Spring Baptist Church has scheduled 2 meals in the Mary E. Howard Center in West. A fish and shrimp dinner is planned for Friday and a hamburger meal(oh my...the best hamburgers ever) for Dec.12th.

Gholson VFD has scheduled a pancake supper with Santa beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday in the new fire station. The meal is $7 for adult plate and $5 for a kids plate.
West First Assembly of God Church invites everyone to join them on a "Christmas Journey: at 5 p.m. on December 17th. The walking adventure will begin at West City Hall and it will be a candlelight and caroling journey, with Mary and Joseph as they make their way through the streets of West. The trip will conclude at First Assembly of God Church, where you are invited to share fellowship and hot cocoa.

Free gift wrapping is available for area senior citizens from noon to 2 p.m. Wed and Thurs. in the West Community Center. Those with gifts to wrap are asked to bring their favorite wrapping paper and the wrapping will be provided free.
The annual Maler family reunion and Christmas dinner will be at noon on December 11 at the old K.C. Hall in West. Fried chicken and sausage along with tea and coffee will be served. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and dessert. Donations will also be accepted for the silent auction and door prizes will be given.
I am as most of you know..am related by blood to no one but my granddaughters in West. But by marriage and love I'm related to a bunch of people..and the Maler's are one of the family's I claim. My step grandmother and grandfather were Viola and Papa Tony Maler. Anissa, Ricky, Sarah, their kids, and their kids kids are my family.The Lucas's are family, the Hollingsworth are family, the Adamson's are family and many more. In many ways they are more family than my own family and I like that very much.

Kelly Urbanovsky who is a little doll has her 2 year birthday. Amber and Crystal Pavelka are celebrating their 13th birthday. Beautiful twin girls.

We lost 6 people that have links to West and none more heartbreaking than Key'lee Dawn Sowders who spent much of her life in Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth. She was born on Jan 21,2011. Goddess bless this child and her loving family.


Nit Wit said...

I'm stuffed with the crap I cooked for myself and you still make me hungry. I want a library card! I'll have to ask about programs like that here the next time I go to the library. I have become very attached to my E-Reader.

Jan said...

Our local newspaper used to carry items like this. We all loved it. Then the new editor decided that it was tacky and changed it. Now no one reads it.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

Stuff the Police Car

I've done that before 'cept it wasn't with toys.:)

MRMacrum said...

Change a few names and the accent and that could be the front page of our local paper we call, "The Sanford Snooze". I gravitate immediately to the police blotter, checking to make my buddies are staying out of trouble.

Small town America is what I love about this country.

Grandma K said...

Thanks for the news.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

When I was a kid, our small town paper was very similar to the West News too. People would even submit items about who had visited them that week, especially if they came from another town or even (OMG) further away! Every social or fundraising event was duly reported and each one ended the same way -- "a pleasant time was had by all."

yellowdoggranny said...

I like how everyone's town used to have a paper like West...and we still do..hasn't changed one iota since day one.

My name WAS Female, I shit you not! said...

Yep...I do miss it!
THX for cacthing me up on the "happenings".

Intense Guy said...

I bet the Police are hoping for lots of toys!!

The library at West seems like its really keeping up with the times - and it sounds like an excellent facility.

How are YOU doing YDG?? You ain't in the news... Your Frodo foot under control?