The National Weather Service will be offering a free SKYWARN severe weather class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the McLennan County Emergency Services Education Center in Waco. The program is being held in partnership with Waco-McLennan County Emergency Management.

The class is free, and no early registration is necessary. It is for organized storm spotters or for anyone with an interest in severe weather. The class is part of a regional severe weather preparedness campaign, which will include spotter training sessions across 46 counties in North and Central Texas. A full schedule of classes in the region is available at

Freedom Ball

The Greater Waco Chamber and the Greater Waco Aviation Alliance will host the 10th annual Freedom Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. March 24 at the Waco Convention Center. The event provides an opportunity to honor past and present military personnel and gold star families.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and include dinner, dancing, and audible and silent auctions. Ticket prices are $100 per person and $50 for veterans and active duty military members. Tables of eight are $750 each. To buy tickets, visit

For more information, call Autumn Outlaw at 757-5603.

Button Club

The Brazos Button Çlub will meet Saturday at the Bellmead Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 907 Hogan Lane.

Çoffee and social hour will start at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 855-1359 for more information.

Raffle drawing

The Waco Euterpean Music Club is selling raffle tickets for its 2018 Dessert Raffle. The drawing will be Saturday. Tickets cost $1 each or $5 for 6.

Winners get a dessert serving 8 to 12 people delivered each month for a year. The money from the raffle goes to the club’s scholarship fund.

Call Pat Retzlaff at 235-1354 for tickets.

Submit items in printed or typed form to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco 76702-2588; fax to 757-0302; or email to

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