This and That – May 5

The Plainview-Hale County Health Department will now host Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. The Health Department is located at 111 E. 10th Street. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling (806)291-1201 or by visiting Clinics will continue as vaccinations are available. Anyone 18 years or older is eligible to receive this two-vaccine series in Texas. Call the Health Department for additional information, (806)293-1359. 

Unger Memorial Library will host books sales each Thursday through May. The first sale is May 6 and it’s for Friends of the Library members only. Those without a membership can purchase one. The cost is $5 per individual, $10 per family or $20 per business. The rest of the scheduled book sales on May 13, 20 and 27 are open to the public. All sales will be from noon-6 p.m. Paperback books will cost $0.25 and hardback books will be $0.50. The library is located at 825 N. Austin. Call (806)296-1148 for additional information.


The City of Plainview’s Code Enforcement team will sweep the city for code enforcement violations throughout the month of May. The weeps will start in the neighborhoods of Ennis and Joliet from 11th to Southwest 3rd Streets. Property owners and renters will receive letters prior to the sweeps to allow citizens to fix any violations prior to evaluations.


The city will also have roll-off dumpsters available through May 14 at the following locations: 7th and Joliet, 9th and Utica, and Little Thomas Park (101 Aileen). The dumpsters can be used for furniture, tree limbs, appliances and unwanted household items. Items not accepted include: electronic waste; flammable, corrosive, toxic, explosive or hazardous materials; oil; items with Freon; batteries; construction debris; liquids like paint; and air conditioners.


The next 2nd Saturday celebration is set for May 8. The day’s theme is “Pop Up” Party and will include pop up shops of a handful of non-Plainview-based businesses. Grinnery Photo Booth, Frios Gourmet Pops, Stock Style Shop and Kerri’s Fresh Flowers will be present to participate. The recycle center will also be open that day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Plainview’s Lemonade Day is set for May 8. Contact the Plainview Chamber of Commerce for information.


The National Ranching Heritage Center will host the eighth annual Summer Stampede Art and Gear Show on June 5 from 6-11 p.m. The show includes 31 artists and craftsmen. Tickets can be purchased by calling (806)834-0469 or by visiting The deadline to purchase tickets is May 28. The cost is $75 for Ranching Heritage Association members, $100 for members of the general public and $1,500 for a table of eight under the tent.


Rock legends Foreigner will perform at The Buddy Holly Hall on Aug. 4. Tickets go on sale on April 23 at 10 a.m. Prices start at $49.50. VIP packages are available at Tickets can be purchased at The Buddy Holly Hall Box Office at 1300 Mac Davis Lane or by visiting,, or by calling (806)729-8339.


United Supermarket locations offer COVID-19 vaccines at their pharmacies. All Texans 18 and older are now eligible to receive a vaccine. Those interested can visit to set an appointment. Type your ZIP code into the box on the website and a list of pharmacy locations with available doses will be available. Appointments can be made by calling (866)277-2843.


Covenant Health locations now allows up to two visitors per non-COVID patient every 24 hours. Visitation is still restricted to people 18 and older.


The American Cultural Exchange Service is currently seeking host families for foreign exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year. The program, which is a non-profit educational organization designed by the United States Department of State, arranges for places to stay for the school year for students from Japan, Korea, South America, Asia and Europe. Students are expected to arrive in August. Eligible hosts include married couples, single adults or widowed or divorced individuals. Those interested can call Kevin at (806)335-5857, call 1(800)661-2237 or visit


Plainview High School is trying to update the veteran’s wall with names of veterans that have graduated from PHS. Those interested can email Necessary information includes name, year graduated and branch of service. 


The three-day Mark Marley’s GO BIG or GO HOME event is slated for May 14-16 at Runningwater Draw Park in Plainview, which is located at 3400 W. 4th St. The event traditionally includes cook-offs, live music and entertainment for all ages.


The Texas Tuition Promise Fund will host information webinars over the next several weeks to provide an overview of the fund and on different tuition units, redemption values and payment options. Information about matching scholarships and tuition unit grants through the Texas Match the Promise Foundation will also be shared. Those interested can sign up for the webinars at Questions can be emailed to Information is also available at or by calling (800)445-4723, option 5. Webinars are scheduled as follows: May 12, noon-1:30 p.m.; May 26, 6-7:30 p.m.; June 9, noon-1:30 p.m.; June 23, 6-7:30 p.m.; July 7, noon-1:30 p.m.; and July 21, 6-7:30 p.m.


The Motivation, Education & Training, Inc. is asking for donations of long-sleeve shirts for farmworkers. The drive, which is put on by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, is an effort to collect these shirts to help reduce exposure to pesticides and heat-related illnesses. Donations can be dropped off at Plainview MET, 927 Broadway. Those interested can also call Rachel Salazar at (806)293-4457 or (806)494-2050 or reach out via email to for additional information.


The local grandmother of a burglary victim has started a love fund at Happy State Bank to help ease the financial strain of replacing items he’s lost. The victim is a father of two and an Army veteran whose property has been burglarized twice. Those interested can ask to donate to the Shawn Lynn Jones love fund through any Happy State Bank location.


Organizers are working to plan the 2021 Plainview High School All-School Reunion. The date is set for July 17. The event will start with a welcome at the Plainview Civic Center and Country Club from 8-10 a.m. on July 17. A tour of the high school is scheduled for 1 p.m. followed by an Alumni Memorial Service at the PHS Library at 2 p.m. The day will end with an All-School Mixer at the country club from 7-11 p.m. There will be light snacks and a cash bar. The cost to attend is $25. Those interested can register online Registration can also be sent in via direct mail to PHS All School Reunion, P.O. Box 1298, Plainview, TX, 79073. Memorial Book information can be sent to the same address or emailed to Glenda Lancaster at Any excess funds from the event will go toward the Plainview Ex-Students Association scholarships, which are…

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