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.

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.


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.


College of the Mainland will have its fall commencement ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany.

For information, visit or call 409-933-8438.


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

Admission is free.

For information, call 409-944-1344.


The La Marque High School theatre students will present the “Imperfect Proposal” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s auditorium, 397 Duroux.

The high school’s band also will present its holiday showcase at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 409-938-4261.

The Santa Fe Independent School District board of trustees will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at 4133 Warpath in Santa Fe. For information, call 409-925-3526.


Odyssey Academy will have its “Lettuce Eat!” Food Market for the Community event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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,, or Allie Hallback, or call the school, 409-750-9289.

The Texas City Independent School District will have an early release day Dec. 19, which is the last day of the fall semester. Release times are as follows:

• Calvin Vincent Morning PPCD: 9:30 a.m. and Calvin Vincent Head Start, PreK and Afternoon PPCD: Noon;

• Levi Fry Intermediate School, La Marque Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson Alternative School: 11:30 a.m.;

• All elementary schools and La Marque Primary School: Noon;

• Blocker Middle School: 12:25 p.m.; and

• La Marque and Texas City high schools: 12:35 p.m.

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