Moore Christmas Potluck and Toy Drive Dec. 17

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our MOORE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK and TOY DRIVE event sponsored by The Moore Community Improvement Club on Saturday, December 17th at the Moore Community Center from 5pm to 9pm! Doors open at 4pm and we will begin serving at 5pm. Bring an unwrapped toy or children’s book and your favorite dish to share a meal with your neighbors. There will be a photo backdrop to take festive pictures, and I hear Santa may be making appearance as well. We will also be offering a hayride around town to see the lights. The hayrides will be starting at dark and all kiddos must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We hope to see everyone there!
Everyone is also invited to start their day with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Moore Volunteer Fire Station! Santa and Mrs. Claus have lots of fun things planned for the kids between 10am and 1pm. There will be a reading of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at 10:30am, photos with Santa by his lead elf helper, prize bingo for the kids and young at heart, some DIY ornaments and of course cookies with the man in red.
A friendly reminder that the deadline to enter the 3rd Annual “Moore: Be the Light Holiday Decorating Contest” is quickly approaching! Sign up begins December 1st and runs through December 15th. There will be a $10 fee per entry. There will be cash prizes for top winner as well as a people’s choice winner this year. Judging will be held between Dec 17th and December 22nd. Sign up forms are available from every Moore Community Improvement Club officer/member. See our official Facebook Community group, Moore Community News, for more details.
Senior food boxes will be distributed December 19th and commodities will be distributed December 22nd. Watch Facebook for announcement of time of distribution the day off.
If you are looking to rent the Community Center this holiday season, we still have few weekends open. Give our Treasurer, Claudia a call at 830-267-0322 to reserve your date now and put your deposit down!

Golf Tournament and Holiday Extravaganza to benefit Natalia Band and FFA programs Dec. 17

The Natalia ISD Mustang Band and FFA programs are joining forces to raise funds. The funds raised will support program needs, enrich experiences, and provide scholarships for students.
Information: Join us on December 17th at 1:00 pm for golf, games, shopping, Santa, and more!
Golf Tournament: 4-person scramble with cash prizes for the top three teams. Location: Devine Golf Course 1:00 pm shot gun start. You can sign up your team by calling Devine Golf Course (830) 665-9943. $100 per person, includes cart, meal, and drink. 1st place team payout: $800, 2nd place team payout: $600, 3rd place team payout: $400
Shopping: Come shop local vendors and small businesses. Great time to find those special gifts for the holidays!
Santa & Hot Chocolate: Santa will make a very special visit to take pictures with kids of all ages. Enjoy some hot chocolate and goodies with Santa.
There will be music entertainment and games as well!
Stop by on December 17th starting at 1:00 pm to support amazing programs at Natalia ISD!
To support the fundraising efforts, you can reach out to Jenny Wolff at jkztanner@yahoo.com or Lori Robinson at responsiveleading@gmail.com

Annual Christmas Light Decorating Contest for Hank’s Kids is underway, enter today to win $500 or $250

Deadline is Thursday, drop entry by News Office. Judging is Friday, December 16
& Saturday December 17

The annual Christmas Light Decorating Contest for Hank’s kids is underway. Register by December 12th, even if your lights aren’t up yet. Displays won’t be judged til Dec 16-17th.
There will be a 1st place prize of $500 gift card donated by DJ Carlson Bust n Burn, and $250 gift card donated by Medina Electric Coop.
Winners may choose to keep the gift card or donate it to the charity of their choice as many past winners have done, making it all the more fun!
Please make sure your lights are on both of those nights.
This contest which benefits Medina County foster children is held in memory of Pat & Kitty DuBose each year.
Register by making any small donation to Hank and submitting your address on www.devinenewsmembers.com or in person at Devine News, Charlie’s Daughter or Bon Cafe.
It isn’t about winning, it’s about Hank. For every home that enters, Medina Electric donates an extra $50 to Hank, up to $1,250.

Shoppers at local stores this Saturday will have chance of winning $1,000 in gift certificates, open late this Saturday Dec. 17 “Shop at Home MARKDOWN MANIA”

Businesses participating for sure are: A Bushel and A Peck, Mag’s Place, Country Gal’s Market, WOG, and Bon Cafe. Others will be open as well, just look around town.

This shopping event of the year is being hosted in Devine by small town locally owned businesses all day this Saturday, December 17 as a way to say “Thank You” to customers for “Shopping at Home” and helping small businesses, while keeping safe and close to home while shopping for Christmas gifts.
The businesses will be open normal hours Saturday as usual plus staying open late until 9:00 p.m. to celebrate the Markdown Mania event with specials and refreshments.
Also known as a Sip and Shop style event some of the businesses will offer cider, or hot chocolate, or other beverages of their choice as well as door prizes and special savings during this Markdown Mania Shop at Home and Save opportunity!
Spearheading the event are Cindy Morales, Owner of A Bushel and a Peck, Margaret Greehey , Owner of Mag’s Place & Boutique, and Kathy Jaworowski, Owner of Country Gal’s Market and K.K. Calame, Owner of The Devine News.
All businesses are invited to join in on the event by hosting their own markdowns, special offers, door prizes, or drawings and late hours this Saturday, December 17. The more the merrier!
$1,000 in giveaways- Four lucky people will win a $250 gift card during the event, one at Bushel and a Peck, one at Meg’s Place & Boutique, one at Country Gals, and one at WOG (open to 8 pm) by registering at those locations during their Shop at Home Markdown Mania event all day this Saturday!
Also participating this year is Bon Cafe, 200 S Commercial, Devine until 7:00 pm with drink specials!
Other businesses may offer specials and stay open late so be sure to check out businesses around town. Each business will host their own offers and rules and drawing dates and times.
When people shop local it truly makes a difference. Many of our small town businesses were forced to close their doors during the pandemic for months and are trying to just survive and make a living. These same businesses are the many of the ones who support our schools, our stock show kids, and various non profits in our community and surrounding communities.
This event will help small business and their customers at the same time.
Our community has always opened their hearts and pocketbooks to help others in need. We are so fortunate to live in the great place we call home, Devine.
“Shop at Home MARKDOWN MANIA” event is this Saturday. Enjoy the shopping opportunities it offers, the savings, and drawings!

National Wreaths Across America Day is December 17th, volunteers getting ready

Devine’s first National Wreath Across America Day ceremony and wreath-laying event is less than two weeks away! The Current Events Club would like to thank you for your financial support and volunteer hours in these months of preparation. Thank You to the boards of both cemeteries and groundskeepers. Thank You to so many people who walked to help locate veteran graves. Thank You to friends and families who have called to sponsor a wreath for their loved ones and generously donated more for many other veterans who will be remembered. “I’d like to get a wreath for my family member,” would be followed by, “and here is money for others.” Thank You to The Devine News for working with us and to staff writer Kathleene Runnels for articles on veterans and life during times of military service to our country. Thank You to VFW Post 3966 in being hands-on in the planning and execution of our upcoming ceremony day, and for service and church groups who plan to take part. Thank You to Devine High School’s FCS classes for making posters and wreaths that are now hanging at VFW Post 3966. Thank You to Devine Intermediate for the Veteran’s Day gallery of art on display at the Veterans Day programs and welcoming us at their program. Thank You to businesses who plan to help, and to school groups and youth organizations such as American Heritage Girls and our local Girl Scouts, their leaders, sponsors, and parents. Thank You to our spouses!  This could not happen without All of YOU.
Thank you!
The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen; Honor those who served; and, Teach future generations the value of our freedom because of their sacrifice. Gather at Devine Evergreen and St. Joseph Catholic cemeteries on Saturday, December 17. The ceremony begins at 11 o’clock, but you are invited to arrive early to walk the grounds and take part afterward in the laying of wreaths on almost 500 Veterans’ graves!
If you’d like to volunteer to be on mission with us, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TX1147P and click on “Volunteer” to register.
God Bless our Veterans and God Bless America.

“Merry on Main” a new event Dec. 9 & 10 at Devine Acres Farm, featuring
Interactive Hayride, SNOW, food & drinks

Merry on Main-
December 9 or 10 from 6 – 9pm,
Reservations only event.
New this year! An evening on the farm for the whole family to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy an interactive hayride, visit with Santa in Santa’s Silo (pictures are additional), make a few sticky S’Mores around the campfire. You will be serenaded by the Victorian Secrets carolers. And Grana Claus (Santa’s sister) will be singing and story-telling with all the kiddos! We will have a Nativity, too! And, hey! Did we mention that Market Square will have plenty of sparkly lights and it will be snowing on Main Street? Yep!
Merry on Main Farm admission includes pizza by the Dirt Road Cookers, hayride, campfire, live entertainment, reindeer food making for the kiddos and an atmosphere that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! Event Admission $31.95 (Devine Discount for Friday night Dec. 9 Merry on Main Event Save $10 per ticket with the code: MERRY (Everyone attending ages two and up need a ticket whether they eat or not) Buy date specific tickets online. Reservations only event.
Featuring Dotty and the Starry Night
A Christmas story that is set right here on Devine Acres Farm, Dotty and the Starry Night, is written by Debi Capps, the Farmer’s Wife and illustrated by local artist Kirsten Schneider. The interactive hayride at our Merry on Main event will follow the story line of this children’s book. Buy the book at Devine Acres or online at The Book Patch!
Optional purchases: Cookie decorating at The Homestead, and photo sessions with Santa. A special reminder that guests can visit with Santa for no additional fee, but a photo package is required for purchase in order to take pictures with your own device. Drinks, desserts, gifts and goodies are available for purchase. Capps & Cork will be on hand with a cash bar and fun Christmas cocktails
Special Christmas Mission
Audrey Jane’s Light
This year, we have a special Christmas mission at Devine Acres Farm — one that will benefit the A-T Children’s Project. Our granddaughter, Audrey Jane, is fighting a very rare disease, and we hope to raise money to help find a cure! For every tree that you purchase, we will donate $10 to the project’s privately funded research for an Ataxia-Telangiectasia cure. Merry Christmas, y’all!
Schedule of December Events:
It’s the most Devine season at the farm! Come cut a Christmas tree — stay to shop, eat and play at South Texas’ Premier Christmas Tree Farm!
Special events this year include Dec 9 and 10 in the evening — the new Merry on Main. Don’t miss the snow on Main Street! Plus the interactive hayride following the story line of the children’s book Dotty and The Starry Night, campfire, live entertainment, pizza and more!
On the mornings of Dec. 10 and 11 is the annual Pancakes with Santa Events by reservation only.
Open for Choose-n-Cut Tree Cutting December 2-4 | 9am – 5pm. $10 Gate Fee on Christmas Tree Weekends — per person (age 3+). Each household will receive a credit voucher (up to $50) towards purchase of a tree. Tree weekend cutting dates are while supplies last this season. Tree availability is subject to change.
More information or to buy tickets online go to devineacresfarm.com.
(Enter code: MERRY for the $10 Devine Discount to save $10 per ticket to the new Merry on Main Event for the Friday evening Dec 9 reservations.) I would just add tree availability is subject to change under the Dec 2-4 part.

Casino Night this Friday

Come on out and join the Devine Education Foundation for a Casino Night this Friday from 6-10 p.m. at the Devine Community Center.
The event is being hosted by the foundation to raise money to support the students and staff at Devine ISD.
“Our mission is about kids and staff. We raise money to help with items and programs the normal budget cannot,” Mrs. Brenda Gardner, DEF executive director, said.
Contact Brenda Gardner to purchase tickets, brenda.gardner@devineisd.org or call the Central Office, 830-851-0710.
“It will be a fun evening. Plus, we have lots of Silent Auction items,” she said.
Items include a large basket of Mary Kay body care products along with some wine, a Jon Hart Revolver Holder and Shag Bag from Mag’s Place, Quarry Golf for four, two pieces of French Kande Jewelry, Orka Ice Chest, Guided Bay Fishing for two, Meat Box, Deathgrip Precision Tripod, Toolbox from Alamo Truck Accessories, Fire Pit, Yeti Bucket Plus, Tito’s Basket, Golf at Castroville, and Elmer T Whiskey.
“We will have more items that evening. We still have tickets left, so I hope lots will come help us in our mission to help those in our school district,” Gardner said.

Finto diagnosed with Stage 4 gall bladder cancer, benefit January 14

“I want to thank everyone for the prayers and support for my sister in law Tina (Barron) Finto and her family”, said Kim Finto.
She was diagnosed with stage 4 gall bladder cancer earlier this month. She is a kind and generous person always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends and the community.
“We will be having a benefit for her at our next Market Day here at Brown Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram on January 14th. We will have drawings and will be selling BBQ brisket plates with all the trimmings. If you or someone you know would like to donate items for our drawings, please let me know as soon as possible so we can get the tickets made up”. said Kim. If you plan on donating items, please let me know what they are, and pictures would be great so that I can post them to our event.
Again, thank you so much for all the love and support for Tina Finto, Charles and Christy.
To help contact Kim Finto, 210-825-5390, kimfinto@browndodge.com or kimfinto@gmail.com