SERVING MIDLAND: Habitat for Humanity plans Habitat Home Run, Tool Box Bash

Midland Habitat for Humanity volunteers are in full swing running ReSTORE and planning for an upcoming run and Habitat's annual Toolbox Bash fundraising event.

"Grace Aguilar, Emma Threat, Caroline Russell, Kurt Miller and Don Templeton are a vital part of the Habitat ReSTORE program," said Habitat Event and Volunteer Coordinator Renae Ludrick. "Habitat ReSTORE is a retail store where donated building supplies and furniture are donated, saving space in the landfill. These still valuable items are then sold to the general public, and the proceeds contribute to the Habitat housing ministry." ReSTORE, located at 305 W. Texas Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday each week.

Midland Habitat will host Habitat Home Run, a 5K, 10K and half-marathon run, Sept. 11 at the Scharbauer Sports Complex. "We invite everyone who is interested to come out and 'Run with a purpose ... Run to Build a Home,'" Ludrick said. Interested runners and walkers can find the registration form on the Habitat website at www.habitatmidland.org. The completed form then can be mailed to Midland Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 2555, Midland, 79702, or dropped off at the Habitat offices, 305 E. Texas Ave.

Sponsors for Habitat Home Run are long-time Habitat supporters, Lara Ingram State Farm Insurance, Chesapeake Energy, The Jonna and Jill Foundation, Road ID and Emergen-C. Sponsorships for the race are still available; please call the Habitat office at 686-8877 for more information.

The 2011 Tool Box Bash committee, consisting of Diana Younger, Linda Haynes, Caroline Holmes, Ron Larson, Patricia Pruitt, Deb Solari, Sue Solari, Billy Harris, Karen Fullen, Monique Waggoner, Myra Scott, Heather Wallace, Grace Aguilar and Lori Dodson have begun planning for next year's event, themed "FIESTA!" This fun-filled, popular, family-friendly event will be held at the CAF in February. "Our volunteers are already hard at work to ensure this Tool Box Bash will be the best one yet," said Ludrick.

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The Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents State Conference was held Aug. 4-6 at the Elegante Hotel in Odessa. As District 6 Director, Midland County AgriLife Extension Agent Kodie Hoover hosted the event with the help of her conference committee and numerous volunteers. 4-H agents from around Texas participated in this event marked S.E.T. Your Eyes on West Texas. The conference promoted learning activities from their curriculum of Science Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.). Around 130 participants were exposed to local educational training highlighting what West Texas has to offer such as wind energy, weather from the National Weather Service, rocketry from Midland College, medical technologies from Medical Center Hospital, along with social media, water conservation, animal behavior science and culinary arts. Storyteller Sue Roseberry was the keynote speaker for this event, along with Carolyn Thomas, a retired educator.

Hoover ran unopposed at the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents State Conference for the state officer position of presidency. No one from Midland County ever has been elected president from this association since its conception in 1973. Hoover will take office for her 2010-2012 term where she will be representing Texas at the national conference in Phoenix in October.

The Texas Extension Education Association also held their annual bingo and member recruitment celebration Aug. 12 at the Midland County Extension Office. Members of the Prairie Lee and Chaparral Clubs put together a pot luck dinner and a bingo party for members and potential members. This marks the 35th anniversary of this event in Midland.

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Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest-Southern New Mexico and West Texas will hold their 2010 volunteer conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28, at Camp Mitre Peak in the Davis Mountains. The annual volunteer conference offers training, enrichment classes that volunteers can share with Girl Scouts and information about what's going on in the organization. Fee for the conference is $10, and includes snacks, lunch and training materials. Cabin space is available for Friday night, Aug. 27, and Saturday night, Aug. 28, on a first-come basis for $5 per person per night. Deadline for registering is Aug. 16. For more information, please contact Membership Manager Kerry Rice in Alamagordo at 575- 437-2921.

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