The Lufkin Dance Club’s monthly dance will be from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the SPJST Lodge, 197 Hughes Road in the Fuller Springs community.

Entertainment will be provided by the Glenn Lenderman Band. The dance theme will be “South of the Border.”

Admission is $7 for members and $8 for non-members. Annual membership is available for $15 per person.

Please bring a covered dish for sharing beginning at 7 p.m.

East Texas Genealogical Society

The East Texas Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Taylor Auditorium of the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. in Tyler.

The program will be “Brickwall Busting Strategies: Hammering at the Wall,’’ presented by Patti Todd Gillespie.

Her presentation will include strategies, sources and a variety of documents that can hammer down a brick wall.

Examples of brick walls broken down are demonstrated by using vital records; military records; census, prison and land records; newspapers; passenger manifests; and divorce records along with a complicated story tracking a woman who changed her name three times in public records.

As an avid hobby genealogist for 20 years, Gillespie formed her own research company, Family Lines & Stories, six years ago.

In 2016, she was selected to assist NARA Fort Worth with indexing slave manifests. In 2015, she performed as the chairman of the video and streaming portion of the National Professional Management Conference sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists, and she was awarded the Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Award.

Gillespie is a founding member and current president of the Wise County Genealogical Society. She also volunteers in her local Family History Center and serves on the boards for Wise County Historical Society and Wise County Historical Commission.

For more info, visit or contact Scott Fitzgerld, first vice president and programs coordinator at or (903) 539-5572.

Lufkin Community Band

The Lufkin Community Band is always looking for adults interested in playing in the band. No auditions are required. If you played an instrument in high school or college, join us. Come to a rehearsal at 7 p.m. any Tuesday in Hudgins Hall on the Angelina College campus. Visit Community Band/ for more information.

Foster Grandparents

Put a little extra money in your pocket and participate in enjoyable social activities with other seniors.

Morning or afternoon schedules are available with a daily hot meal, mileage reimbursement or local transportation available, uniforms and semi-monthly checks.

Enjoy a flexible 20- to 40-hour week. Use your talent and experience to help children learn and develop.

For information, call 633-3767.

Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging

Are you concerned about the needs of older people? Do you like to follow problems through to resolution? An ombudsman is a member of a group of volunteer patient advocates who work with nursing home residents. For many residents, all they need is someone to talk to. You could be that someone.

Ombudsmen work with 41 nursing and 18 assisted living facilities throughout the Deep East Texas Region. Each volunteer is paired with a facility and visits that facility two hours every week. Training to become a volunteer ombudsmen is provided free of charge by the Area Agency on Aging. The job of an ombudsman is to make sure the quality of care received is up to standard.

If you need assistance in solving a problem in a nursing home, contact Tonya Jackson, managing local ombudsman, at (800) 256-6848 extension 5326 or (409) 384-5704 ext. 5326, or Charity Kiser, local staff ombudsman, at extension 5355. Both are with the Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Also, if you’re among the many Americans facing financial challenges with their health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare.

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid — a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs.

Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are four programs that may help you pay for your Medicare premiums and other costs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program, Qualifying Individual Program, Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals Program. View details and eligibility qualifications at

Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)/Area Agency on Aging at (800) 442-8845 or (903) 218-6500 and speak to a certified benefits counselor.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

If you are 55 or older and interested in volunteering at any of the organizations listed, call Marilyn Gardner with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 362-6922. These organizations have a need for volunteers: Harbour Hospice, Angelina Arts Alliance, Angelina County Senior Center, Area Agency On Aging, Brandon Elementary, city of Lufkin (Main Street), Community Reassurance Program, DETCOG Homeland Security (CERT), DETCOG Lufkin, DETCOG Ombudsman Program (Regional), Diboll High School, Family Crisis Center, Goodwill Industries, Habitat For Humanity — Lufkin, Hope Center of North Lufkin, Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin Adult Learning Center, Lufkin American Red Cross, Lufkin Police Department, Lufkin State Supported Living Center, Lufkin Veterans Administration, Museum of East Texas, Pregnancy Help Center, RSVP Advisory Council and County ADV. COMM, RSVP Office — Angelina County, Salvation Army, Salvation Army Adult Day Center, Second Blessings Food Pantry and Thrift Store, Temple Elementary School — Diboll, Temple Memorial Library — Diboll, Texas Forestry Museum, Timber Point Apartment Homes, and the Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.