By KAROLYN GEPHART
National Night Out in Manvel will be Oct. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Block parties are encouraged to have neighborhoods get to know their neighbors. To have a police official or other City of Manvel officials attend, call the city at 281-489-0630.
Chief Keith Traylor reports that Rodeo Palms and Lakeland subdivisions have already confirmed their visits.
The Manvel Police Officers Association is having their annual barbecue on Sept. 28-29 and members will compete in the seventh annual cookoff. Funds raised will be used for Blue Santa and Toys for Tots as well as families who are in need. The festivities will be at Manvel High School.
In other city news, the second public hearing for the proposed tax rate for the 2018 tax year tax rate was held Sept. 10 at City Hall. The city council will adopt the fiscal year 2018 budget during its regular scheduled meeting Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will also be conducted at that meeting.
Alvin ISD recently donated 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to The Well on Mastersroad. This food will go right back into the community to those in need.
The Well Food Pantry is a small nonprofit organization that depends on donations of food and cash. Food drives help immensely, according to pantry representative Ruth Dietz.
The Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 2 – 3 p.m. for seniors and 3 – 6 p.m. for everyone. Free groceries and produce are given away. The Well is located at 6911 Masters Road inside the Church on Masters Road. For more information, call 832-541-7973.