The Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesday Tuesday, which is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The group hopes to raise $10,000, which will be donated to students/staff of Santa Fe Independent School District. For information on how to participate, visit, or mail your donation to Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 747, Santa Fe, TX 77517.

The Dickinson Independent School District’s Education Foundation will present “Gator Tales” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays via its Facebook page at 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,


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


The Island Potters Guild at Galveston College will have its annual holiday sale from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on its campus at 4015 Ave. Q.

For information, contact Amanda Barry Jones, or 409-944-1309.


The 39th annual ABC13 “Share Your Holidays” food drive will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday in the parking lot of Ball High School, 4115 Ave. O.

First-grade students from Burnet Elementary STREAM Magnet School will also present its newly-designed CANstruction project creation showcasing the collaboration of classroom curriculum aligned with the food drive.

Nonperishable food items and monetary donations will be accepted.

For information, email Michael Dudas,, or contact Robyn Bushong, or 409-744-7848.

College of the Mainland will have the following events:

Vocal Arts will present “Essence of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th St., in Galveston; admission is free, call 409-933-8348;

The Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble will have a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 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. Dec. 12 at Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany, in La Marque.

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


Communities in Schools Galveston County will have its annual Hardship to Hope banquet from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Events at The Tasting Room, 3616 Church St.

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 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.

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.

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