County's vital statistics department earns award

The Galveston County Health District’s Vital Statistics Department, which handles birth and death records, was awarded the Five Star Exemplary Service Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services in December. The department issues about 19,000 certified birth and death records and 9,000 new records each year. Pictured left to right are, Lindsay Durant, Abby Amaro, Alma Garcia and Xochilt Alvarado.

Bingo games will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Thelma Webber Senior Center, 14304 Beriton St., in Santa Fe. Prizes will be awarded. For information, call 409-925-7653.

The seventh annual city of La Marque Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will begin at 10 a.m. today starting at La Marque High School, 300 Vauthier Road, in La Marque. The parade will turn right onto FM 1765, right on Albert Street, and end at McKinney United Methodist Church, 1607 Nashby, in La Marque. A celebration program will be immediately afterward at the church. For information, call Nakisha Paul, 409-766-0049, or John Humphrey, 409-934-1371.

The annual Unity Prayer Circle honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon today at St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Postoffice St., in Galveston. For information, call 409-763-8521.

Free Tae Kwon Do classes for ages 50 and older will be at 10 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., in Galveston. Beginners are welcome. For information, call 832-515-5827.

The Hunger Solution Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Temple of Deliverance Worship Center, 1400 Sylvia St., in La Marque. The public is invited to enjoy a free dinner (no carryout). Donations also will be accepted. Call 409-256-1329.

Free Tae Kwon Do classes for ages 50 and older will be at 10 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., in Galveston. Beginners are welcome. For information, call 832-515-5827.

Gardenkids of Kemah will have its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 1 p.m. today at the Kemah Community Center, 800 Harris St., in Kemah. For information, visit www.gardenkids or call 281-334-7529.

The Booker T. Washington Exes will present a reenactment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech “I Have A Dream” at 1:30 p.m. today at the African American Cultural Park on the corner of 501 Fourth Ave. N. in Texas City. For information, call Lynn Ray Ellison, 409-354-3377.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6378 and its Auxiliary will have Hamburger Basket Night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays at 5204 state Highway 3 in Dickinson. A donation of $6 (with fries) or $7 (with onion rings) is asked. Carryout is available. Call 281-337-4952.

Bolivar Peninsula’s AARP chapter will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Joe Faggard Center, 1750 state Highway 87, in Crystal Beach. Attendees are asked to take a covered dish to share. New members welcome. Call Donna Sims, 713-206-4585.

The Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M. will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Scottish Rite Temple, 2128 Church St., in Galveston. Visiting brethren are invited to attend. Call Jeff Modzelewski, 409-739-3879, or email harmony

The singles group New Directions will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 W. NASA Parkway, in Webster. The group is for ages 60 and older. There will be a potluck dinner and may include guest speakers and/or group activities. Call 832-715-9658.

The Col. H.B. Moore American Legion Post No. 89 will have its general meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at 3028 29th St. N. in Texas City. All veterans are welcome to join the group for fun and fellowship. Call 409-945-8975.

The Santa Fe chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the fellowship hall of Arcadia Christian Church, 14201 Beriton St., in Santa Fe. Call Judy Cochran, 409-925-4349, or Linda Reiter, 409-925-4555.

Turning Point Church of Galveston will offer free parenting, anger management and GED preparatory classes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at 4124 Broadway in Galveston. For information or to register, text or call 409-996-6571.

The Santa Fe Lion’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764, in Santa Fe. Visitors and guests are welcome. For information, call Betty Miller, 409-502-0577.

The Galveston County March to 2020 Candidate Debate will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the auditorium of College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Geri Bentley, 281-610-7003.

The Galveston Fencing Club will have beginner fencing classes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the gym and/or cafeteria of O’Connell College Preparatory School, 1320 21st St., in Galveston. Ages 13 and older will be able to stay for open fencing until 9 p.m. Visit www.galves or call 409-256-6714.

The West Isle Al-Anon group will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., in Galveston. Call 409-744-4526.

Coaster Dance Classes will be offering free dance classes at 7 p.m. Mondays at Diamond Jim’s Country Saloon, 3317 25th Ave. N., in Texas City. Call 281-910-0096.

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