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NOTE: Some of the following events may be canceled later. We have removed events that had been canceled at press time.
Sunday October 30
Calvary Baptist Church is hosting a fall festival from 2-5 p.m. at 122 W. Tena St. in Jacksonville. The event is free and will include a bouncy house, photo booth and games.
Central Baptist Church is holding a fall festival from 6-8:30 p.m. in the back parking lot of the church, 1909 E. Rusk/US 79, Jacksonville. The community is invited to bring their children in their best costumes and enjoy entertainment, food, games, inflatables, hay rides and lots of candy.
Monday October 31
The annual scare in the square sponsored by Rusk Chamber is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday October 31. Local businesses, non-profit organizations and others have set up around the plaza to hand out candy. The haunted law firm is a treat for those who like a little scare in their life. The Cherokee Civic Theater will also host a wizard house, as a fundraiser, during this event.
The annual Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 downtown. Admission is $1 or one canned good per sleight of hand. Proceeds go to HOPE and the Crisis Center. For more information or to register as a seller, visit jacksonvilletexas.com and type Trunk or Treat in the search field, or call the Chamber at 903-584-2217. The deadline to register as a seller is Friday, October 28.
A Trick or Treat Haunted Trail is running from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at 1250 CR 3407, Jacksonville (just four miles, off Hwy 175 W.). Proceeds benefit County Roads Rescue, which helps stray dogs and cats find homes. The trial is $1 per child. A hot dog supper, consisting of a hot dog, chips, drink and cupcake, will be available for purchase while waiting for your turn. Meals are $1.50 each. Candy or treats for toddlers and “scary cats” are also available for those who would simply like to donate. For more information, call 903-316-1308.
Tuesday, November 1
This month’s Coffee with a Cop is being hosted from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, October 27 by the McDonalds, 402 S. Jackson. No speech. No agenda. This is just an opportunity to get to know the agents who serve your city.
Saturday November 5
Ministerio Home, born during the COVID pandemic, recently organized as a Pentecostal church and invites the public to its open house at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, at 625 College Ave. The pastor of the newly organized church is Juan Nemecio, who emphasizes teaching the gospel in logos and rhema. The open house allows the public to meet church members, view the building, and enjoy a meal. Regular worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and is conducted in Spanish and English. Prayer meetings are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Ministerio Home Facebook page.
Ministerio Home, nacio dure la pandemic del COVID, ha estado organizado in Evangelo Pentecostes y les invita al publico a su nueva casa ala 1 pm Sabado, Nov. 5 in 625 College Ave. El pastor de la nueva organizacion es Juan Nemecio tiene el llamado del evangelio en logos y rhema para hoy la inauguration es para conocer alos miembros y conocer las instalaciones y disfrutar de una comida. Servicios regulares Domingo alas 11:00 am es tambien traducido en Ingles y Espanol. Hay oracion de peticiones los Miercoles alas 7 p.m. for more information, visit the Ministerio Home page on Facebook.
Friday November 11
The third annual Patriotic Veterans Trail Celebration, sponsored by the Jacksonville Garden Club, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Flagpole in Buckner Park. The program includes Mayor Randy Gorham, the Jacksonville High School Choir, a saxaphone tribute, a “singing veteran,” a special award given to a local veteran, a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Marine Corps League and the Patriot Guard Riders. The public is invited to attend and pay their respects to all veterans.
Saturday November 12
The Shacks on Main will host the next Reklaw Trade Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at 140 W. Main, Reklaw. Visit and browse over 60 stalls filled with flea market finds, antiques, collectibles, tools, outdoor gear, refurbished and repurposed furniture, handmade crafts hand, woodwork, knives, jewelry, good old trash trailers and various product dispensers. After all that shopping, sit down and enjoy the food from the food trucks. Find them on Facebook and Instagram @ The Shacks on Main.
Sunday-Tuesday, 13-15 Nov.
Ambassadors for Christ, 1013 Border St. in Jacksonville, will be hosting revival services Sunday, Nov. 13 through Tuesday, Nov. 15, in partnership with Strong Hands Ministries in Dallas. Both churches belong to the Elyon Covenant Alliance, a multi-state group of churches. Apostle Tony Monk Sr. will officiate all offices. Guest speakers will include Prophetess Wanessa Monk, Sunday at 6 p.m.; Dr. C. Jackson and Elder S. Weatherall, 7:00 p.m. Monday and Bishop H. Mayes, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Ambassadors for Christ, Pastor Dwight L. Rivers and Lady Dee Rivers, along with the congregation, invite the public to “Come experience God with us.” Regular services are Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
For more information about the church, visit the Ambassadors For Christ, Jacksonville Texas Facebook page.
A citywide prayer rally is held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Hwy 69 Mission, 203 N. Jackson St. Believers of all denominations are invited to come together to seek God’s face and purpose .
The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon on Thursdays at the Jacksonville College Library, 105 BJ Albritton Drive. For more information about the Kiwanis Club, visit the kiwanisclubjacksonville.org website or their Facebook page.
Alanon Family Group meetings are held at 4 p.m. Thursdays at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1000 S. Jackson, Jacksonville. If you love someone with an alcohol addiction, Alanon can help. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call Elizabeth at (903) 284-7311.
The Military Veteran Peer Network regularly hosts meet and greet events from 6-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at 804 S. Main Street in Jacksonville. They also meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Lion’s Club building, 540 W. 6th St., Rusk. The organization offers a scholarship to support veterans and their families. For more information, contact Bradley Erickson, Peer Services Coordinator, at 903-721-2078.
REMEMBER OR HONOR VETERANS IN YOUR LIFE. The Jacksonville Garden Club is selling memorial bricks for veterans, past and present, as part of a fundraising project. Information to include on each brick includes the service member’s name along with their rank, branch of service, and years of service. The bricks will be placed on the patriotic path of Buckner Park. The cost is $50 per brick. To order, contact Sandra Dickerson at 903-339-1395.
Explore Jacksonville is looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities to help out at Love’s Lookout Park. For more information, contact (903) 339-3320.
County Roads Rescue, located at 601 Woodlawn Ave. in Jacksonville, accepts donations of clean, bagged aluminum cans between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at the shelter. Email [email protected] to arrange a drop off.
Cherokee County veterans are encouraged to apply for federal grant funds offered by Smith County Habitat for Humanity through the Rural Veterans Housing Assistance Council Affordable Housing Initiative. The funds will be used for renovations to make veterans’ residences accessible, healthy and safe. To apply, visit www.smithcountyhabitat.org or call (903) 595-6630.