Holiday Give and Go



ACCEPT applications for elderly available

Atascosa County Christmas Elderly Project Target 2021, commonly referred to as ACCEPT in the past, is updating their focus to the elderly.

The following dates and locations have been chosen for Atascosa County seniors age 60 or older to complete applications for ACCEPT 2021. Please note that you may apply at any location.

•Pleasanton and Poteet- Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 1-4, from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the First Baptist Youth Building, 311 Smith St. in Pleasanton.

•Charlotte- Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m.- 12 noon at the Rev. John Wagner Family Center (St. Mary’s Hall), 373 Madero Ave.

Volunteers will be available at the St. Andrew Catholic Church Parish Hall in Pleasanton from Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 13-15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to accept financial donations toward the purchase of food vouchers for seniors.

If you prefer, you may also donate grocery store gift cards, lap blankets, slipper or regular socks, heating pads, knit gloves or something you know a senior would appreciate receiving. You can also mail any financial contributions to ACCEPT 2021, c/o St. Andrew Catholic Church, 626 Market St., Pleasanton, Texas, 78064.



Holiday movie on

Nov. 24

The Pleasanton Public Library will be showing a holiday movie at the Pleasanton Civic Center on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

Find out what our favorite “creepy and kooky” family is up to. Please call the library at 830- 569-5901 if you have any questions.

The library will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 25-28 in observation of Thanksgiving.

Turkey Trot Nov. 25

Run with a purpose at the Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. The event will begin at Bountiful Blessings, 602 N. Main St. in Pleasanton.

Let’s run or walk together before stuffing our faces on Thanksgiving Day. Nonperishable food items and/or a monetary donation is all that is required to participate.

The race includes a two-mile and four-mile route. Please note this is a no-frills, no-timing race without water stops, as it is just for fun and for a great cause.



Bountiful Blessings is a nonprofit organization in Pleasanton that provides local families with food. Food distribution is weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Thanksgiving meal hosted by Poteet VFD


In appreciation to the first responders who will be away from home this Thanksgiving, the Poteet Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is organizing a hot meal on Thursday, Nov. 25. On-duty first responders in the Poteet area (Police, EMS, Fire, Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and DPS Troopers) are invited to this event.

Times will be 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. at the Poteet Library Community Room.

Items needed include cooked turkey, cooked ham and dessert. If you would like to donate or RSVP, please contact Candace at 210-459-2788.

Atascosa Co. Feast of




In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, Democratic County Chairwoman Julie Hilberg and Republican County Chairman Wayne Vaughn are co-hosting a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner for any residents of Atascosa County (regardless of income). This is a bipartisan, non-political event.

The City of Jourdanton has donated the use of their Community Center at 1101 Campbell Ave., across from the Sheriff’s Department in Jourdanton. Santa Claus will be making a special trip to the event, so bring your phone or camera.

Please make your reservations now, to ensure social distancing. To-go curbside pickup slots are filling up. These to-go orders need to be for people who have a family member unable to attend inside, in-person dining.

Serving seating times are 12 noon, 1, 2 or 3 p.m. To-go pickup is 1-3 p.m. For reservations, text only: 830-534-7083. Leave name, number attending and preferred time. Limit eight per reservation in-person or to-go.

Small Business



Saturday in Jourdanton

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season at the Small Business Saturday in Jourdanton Christmas Kickoff on Nov. 27. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. you can enjoy a morning of food, shopping, games and fun on Simmons Avenue in Jourdanton.

Bring the family for free photos with Santa, shop with local vendors and take part in kid’s activities. The Jourdanton Cheerleaders will also be performing as part of the festivities. Yummy brisket tacos will be available for purchase from the Pleasanton High School BBQ team.

Christmas Gift Program in Charlotte applications available Dec. 2-3

Santa is coming to the City of Charlotte this Holiday Season!

Due to changes in the ACCEPT program, the family and friends of Melinda Cruz and Raeven Mendiola will be holding a Christmas gift program for children ages newborn-18. This program will take applications similar to the ACCEPT program to act as that extra assistance for your children’s gifts during the holidays.

Applications will be filled out in person on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Father John Wagner Hall next to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Charlotte.

If you wish to donate to the program or for more information, please contact Melinda at 830- 570-6265 or Raeven at 830-570-0408.

9th Annual Vintage in Verdi Dec. 3-4

Share in the holiday cheer and the love of all things local, antique, unique and handcrafted. Come shop at the 9th annual Vintage in Verdi on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4.

The outdoor market will take place at Verdi Community Center, 4 Fairview Rd. in Verdi, just north of Pleasanton. Friday First Pickin’ will be from 1-8 p.m. with $7 entry. On Saturday the hours will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with $3 entry.

Along with unique goods, other highlights of the event include antiques and oddities, coffee, homemade eats, hot chocolate bar, free kid’s crafts, live music, jewelry, home decor, glassware and more.

Poteet Blue Santa on

Saturday, Dec. 4

The Poteet Police Association will host their Poteet Blue Santa program on the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds on Dec. 4. The drive-thru event will start at 6:30 p.m. Unlike last year, you will be able to take a picture next to Blue Santa.

Please note that they will only be giving out gifts to those who had signed up by Nov. 12.

First Baptist Church of Poteet, Poteet First United Methodist Church, Hosanna Baptist Church, Poteet Rotary Club, CS Ministry and Farm to Familia Farmers Market will be handing out hot chocolate, pastries, candy canes, cupcakes and fruit cups. Christmas Bake Sale at St.

Luke Catholic Church

The St. Luke Catholic Church Altar Society will host their annual Christmas Bake Sale on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the church hall. It is located at 3930 FM 536 in Loire, just north of Pleasanton.

The sale will start at 11:30 a.m. with pictures with Santa from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The live auction is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. followed by the raffle drawing. Enjoy complimentary beverages and food while they last.

FBC Christmas musical in December

On Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. the combined choirs of the First Baptist Churches in Pleasanton, Charlotte and Floresville will present the Christmas musical, “Mary, Did You Know.”

The choir is directed by John Coleman and accompanied by Keith Shearrer on piano, Joy Caraway on keyboard, Patti Rutan on trumpet, Lillian Post on flute, Lewis Manzanares and Toby Bird on french horn and Cody Mills on tuba.

The musical features the title song, “Mary, Did You Know” along with “Jesus Messiah,” “One King,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noel,” “Who Would Imagine a King?” (a solo by Lisa Coleman), “Born to Save” and abridged versions of “How Great Our Joy,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

A fellowship time will follow the musical. Everyone in the community is cordially invited to this special celebration of our savior’s birth.

Pleasanton PD Blue Santa underway

The Pleasanton Police Department Blue Santa crew is hard at work preparing for their annual toy give-away.

Applications can be picked up at the Pleasanton Police Department and the deadline to turn them in is Dec. 6. If you would like to be a Blue Santa donation station, please contact Emika or Samantha at the Pleasanton Police Department at 830-569-3869.

If you would like to volunteer, they will be wrapping gifts on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Pleasanton Civic Center. Contact the number above to sign up.

Christmas Village

Dec. 10-12

Mark your calendars for Friday-Sunday, Dec. 10-12 for the annual Christmas Village presentation. Experience the journey of Christ, as the grounds of the Poteet Strawberry Festival are transformed into days of long ago.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and tours will start at 6 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering as an actor are asked to contact Diana at 830-200-7248. You may also contact the First Baptist Church of Pleasanton office at 830-569-2582. Winter Activities at Charlotte Public Library

The Charlotte Public Library will be holding winter activities from Dec. 13-22 for children of all ages this year. There will also be a special event on Wednesday, Dec. 22 from 2-4 p.m.

Due to limited supplies, all participants must register with Librarian Marianne McGinnis by calling 830- 277-1212, emailing or in person at 8 Couser Blvd. in Charlotte.

Wonderful Winter Adventures, Dec. 13-16:

-Monday, Dec. 13: Legend of the Gingerbread Man Door Hanger from 4-4:50 p.m. for ages Pre-K-2nd grade

-Tuesday, Dec. 14: Color Your Own Snowman Magnets from 4–4:50 p.m. for ages 3–5th grade

-Thursday, Dec. 16: Snowman Wreath Kit from 4–4:50 p.m. for ages 6th grade and up

Countdown to 2022 Dec. 20-22

-Monday, Dec. 20: SNOWMAN MARACA CRAFT from 1:30–2:30 p.m. for ages Pre-K-2nd grade

-Tuesday, Dec. 21: Silly Polar Bear Magnet from 2-3 p.m. for ages 3–5th grade

-Wednesday, Dec. 22: Special activity for children of all ages from 2-4 p.m. Limited to 20 children.

Jourdanton PD


The Jourdanton Police Department’s annual “Cops4Kids” event is officially underway and looking for sponsors.

“Cops4Kids” identifies children in our immediate area whose families face situations that make Christmas a difficult time. These families are invited to JPD’s “Cops4Kids” event which includes food, games, face painting as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Each child is given 2-3 gifts to unwrap and take home with them.

This program is 100% funded by donations from the public. You may have seen the brightly colored boxes at local establishments that individuals can drop off new unwrapped toys in. In addition to our toy donation, we are grateful for your business partners who contribute financially or through in-kind donations to help make this event a success.

If you or your business is interested in helping light up the face of a local child this season, please feel free to contact Sgt. Investigator Mari Kaufman at 830-769- 224I ext. 304 or Jeanette Garza at 830- 769-2241 ext. 300. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep Jourdanton a great place to live, work and raise a family!

Applications will be made available soon!

City of Charlotte

Operation Blue Santa

Dec. 23

The City of Charlotte is pleased to announce their Operation Blue Santa program for their residents. They will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys now through Dec. 23 at noon. Gifts will be distributed that same day with a time TBD.

You may drop off your donations at Charlotte City Hall at 316 Jourdanton Ave. or at the Interim Police Chief’s Office at 8 Couser Blvd. side entrance.

You can contact City Hall for more information at 830-277-1414 or 830-771-0214.

TO FEATURE an event in the Pleasanton Holiday Give & Go page, please email events to Rebecca Pesqueda or Lisa Luna to or call our office at 830-569- 6130.

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