College of the Mainland will have the following events:

The Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble will have a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Building, F-117, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City; admission is free; for information, call 409-933-8347; and

The fall commencement ceremony will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany, in La Marque.

For information, visit www.com.edu or call 409-933-8438.

The Dickinson Independent School District’s Education Foundation will present “Gator Tales” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DISDEDF. The reading initiative is aimed at fostering a love of reading among elementary students. If you’d like to participate as a guest reader, email Amanda Flannery, aflannery@dickinsonisd.org.

GALVESTON

Communities in Schools Galveston County will have its annual Hardship to Hope banquet from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M. The location was changed to a larger venue due to overwhelming response.

Jamal Tate, managing partner of Inspirational Insights Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets are $40 per person, $400 for a table, and $1,000 for a scholarship table.

For tickets and information, call Connie Hebert, 409-539-9055.

TEXAS CITY

The Texas City Independent School District’s Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program will have its inaugural fencing tournament from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gym of Kohfeldt Elementary School, 1705 13th Ave. N.

For information, call Desiree Watkins, 832-570-3724.

GALVESTON

The Galveston College Community Chorale will have its annual holiday concert “Tidings of Joy” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St.

Admission is free.

For information, call 409-944-1344.

GALVESTON

Odyssey Academy will have its “Lettuce Eat!” Food Market for the Community event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17, Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at 2412 61st St.

Registration must be completed the same day and time as distribution.

For information, email Lynn Jones, ljones@odyacad.com, or Allie Hallback, ahallback@odyacad.com or call the school, 409-750-9289.

GALVESTON

The Friendswood Independent School District’s Education Foundation will have its 20th anniversary gala Feb. 8 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

“Flappers and Dappers” is the theme. For tickets and information, email aadair@fisdk12.net or call 281-996-6655.

The Galveston County Community Action Council’s Head Start Program is accepting applications for children ages 3-4 for the 2019-20 school year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The program offers free full-day early childhood development services to age and income-eligible children. For locations and required documents to register, call 409-692-0251 or 409-762-9019.

HITCHCOCK

The Hitchcock Independent School District’s Kids First Head Start will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year during normal business hours weekdays at 5701 FM 2004.

Children must be 3 or 4 years old.

For information and eligibility requirements, call Kahne Girouard or Shirley Alexander at 409-316-6541.

Email school briefs to schools@galvnews.com, or call Angela Wilson, community news editor, 409-683-5239.

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