IN BRIEF: Stanford House raffle tix on sale

Mar. 13—Stanford House Center for Active Seniors has begun selling tickets for this year's Lots of Luck cash raffle. Ticket cost is $50 for a chance to win three prizes of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000. A limited amount of tickets will be available for purchase.

The winning tickets will be drawn at noon on May 28, 2024. Winner need not be present. Proceeds will benefit programs offered by Stanford House, including activities and educational opportunities for active seniors in Cooke County. All programs are offered free of charge.

For tickets, call 940-668-1452 or 303-988-8191.

Patriot Dinner tickets on sale

The Medal of Honor Host City Program Patriot Dinner will be held at the Gainesville Airport on Thursday, April 25. Tickets are $15 each and only 300 are available.

Tickets will be available before the Program meeting each Monday in March and April 1 and 8 from 5-6 p.m at the Gainesville Civic Center. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted.

Tickets will also be available during regular business hours at the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce will only be able to accept cash or checks for tickets.

No tickets will be sold at the dinner. Contact for more information.

Chicken spaghetti at Whaley UMC

Whaley Methodist Church is getting ready to host its 66th annual chicken spaghetti dinner Thursday, March 21, from 5-7 p.m.

All proceeds from ticket sales go towards local non-profits. The tickets are $15 each with children under five free. The dinner includes chicken spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and drink. There is also a country store full of homemade goods.

This year's charities are The Boys and Girls Club, VISTO, CASA, Abigail's Arms, and Noah's Ark.

The tickets are available by purchasing at the door or from a member of the church. You may carry-out or eat in the large dining area.

Parks & Rec Expo March 24-25

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to the upcoming Home & Garden Expo at the Gainesville Texas Farmers Market.

The dates are March 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 25, noon-5 p.m.

Attendees can have a day filled with businesses and vendors offering personal looks at services and products for the home or business.

Vendors should visit to register today.

Murder 76240 at State Theater

Sign-ups are available for VISTO's 14th annual Murder 76240 for this year.

This mystery night at Gainesville's State Theater is VISTO's main fundraiser for the year.

For the first time, there will be two nights of Murder 76240. The first night on April 18 is the traditional night for teams of eight, with the second night on April 19 being a night for teams of two. There's room for 25 teams on Thursday and 50 couples on Friday.

Sign-ups are available on the VISTO website at The deadline is March 22 to get a t-shirt. The fee for April 18's teams is $250 and the fee for April 19's couples is $100.

For more information, call 940-668-6403.

AARP tax help now available

AARP tax assistance packets are now available at the Cooke County Library in downtown Gainesville.

This packets include instructions on how to prepare 2023 tax returns. Clients will need to fill out the booklet and then contact AARP, as per the instructions attached with it.

Clients will need to make appointments this year. Instructions on how to make appointments will be attached with the AARP paperwork. Appointments will be from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays only. At this time, this service will be offered until Tuesday, April 9.

The library staff has no involvement with this service. The library is just the location, and the AARP Tax Aides are volunteers.

For any general questions, call the Cooke County Library at 940-668-5530. The library is located at 200 S. Weaver St.

Special service at St. Pete's

St. Peter's Catholic Church, 424 Main St. in Lindsay, will celebrate a Divine Mercy Sunday service April 7 at 3 p.m. A relic of St. Faustina will be present for veneration. Confessions will be hear between 2 and 2:45 p.m.

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