2010-03-18 / Community News

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Drought Recovery

Bastrop County AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring a program on drought recovery for beef cattle and forage producers on March 23 at the Elgin VFW Hall, located at 118 Old Sayers Road in Elgin.

Registration will start at 8:30 with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Topics will include pesticide laws and regulations; broadleaf weed management after a drought; brush and weed management and their effect on stocking rates and preventative health programs for purchased/ incoming/new cattle; and internal parasite management. RSVP is required by March 19. Call 512-581-7186.

Rabies Clinic

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter will provide a rabies clinic and microchip day on Saturday, March 20 from 1-3 p.m. It will be held at the shelter, 589 Cool Water Drive in Lake Bastrop Acres. To get there, take Hwy. 95 South from Elgin. Travel about 8 miles, turn left on FM 2336 and turn right on Cool Water.


Brenham Bluebonnet Opry

The Friends of the Bluebonnet Opry will present their montly music program at the Silver Wings Ballroom in Brenham on March 18. This month, they will feature Kevin Black of Katy, the “almost famous” brother of the very famous Clint Black. Margie LeBlanc of Onalaska and Debbie Davis of Rockdale will also be featured entertainers, as will the Bluebonnet Opry House Band.

Doors open at 5:30 and the show begins at 7:30. The Silver Wings Ballroom is located at 4100 Hwy. 105.

La Grange

Colorado Valley Quilt Guild

Mary Evelynn Sorrell, formerly with the Winedale Historical Complex, will be the guest speaker at the March 23 Colorado Valley Quilt Guild’s meeting. She will share her experience as an art curator, photographer, writer and a member of the Association of American Museums, as well as the co-president of the national Alliance for American Quilts. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m at the First United Methodist Church located at 1215 Von Minden Road in La Grange. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 512-308-1969.

Library Hosts Book Signing

The Fayette Public Library, located at 855 S. Jefferson Street in La Grange, will host a book signing for La Grange author Tiffany Green.

Innocence Lost, her first book, is a historical romantic suspense and will be available at the Library. Tiffany began writing about 10 years ago after becoming a prolific reader of novels. Her first novel, she says, was a practice run. After reading several historical novels, she wrote Innocence Lost and soon found all the secondary characters wanted a book of their own. That’s how Innocence Lost became book one in a seven-book series. Innocence Lost has remained on the Top 10 best seller list at Fictionwise since it debuted.


Rites of Spring

The 7th Annual Rites of Spring will be held March 26 & 27, 2010 in Lockhart around the Courthouse Square. It is an annual event sponsored by the Lockhart Business Committee, the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, the Caldwell Co. Commissioners Court, the City of Lockhart, and the Greater Caldwell Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Courthouse Square is transformed for Friday evening and all day Saturday into a celebration of spring which includes garden and lawn vendors, questions and answer sessions with garden experts like Skip Richter, quality handcrafted craft vendors, Nifty Fifty’s Car Show, Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bonnet Contest, food vendors of all kinds, fruit pie eating contest, cake walk, children’s activity corner, cookie decorating contest, dance and karate performances, live music, and much, much more! Admission is FREE so come down and celebrate Spring in Lockhart! New this year is the Kiwanis’ 5K Stampede.

Businesses around the Square annually host wine tasting from Texas Wineries. As always there is the Caldwell Co. Museum open on Saturday and Sunday and Walking Tours of the Downtown area.


Sherwood Forest Faire

Sherwood Forest Faire, a renaissance-themed attraction located off Hwy. 290 in Paige, is in full swing and will continue through April 4. According to their website, www.sherwoodforestfaire.com, more than 50,000 people are expected to partake in the merriment on 106 acres of Centeral Texas forest transformed into 12th Century England.

“The Faire will feature gallant men and fair maidens,” said owner J. Appling. The Faire is open every Saturday and Sunday until Easter. Gates open at 10 a.m.


Voices of Ireland

A troop of local actors and musicians presents a verbal tapestry of Ireland’s cultural, political and literary history through poetry, songs, myths, toasts and proverbs at the Arts Cottage at the rock-C Ranch in Smithville. Voices of Ireland will perform on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 512-360-4436.

American Heritage

American Heritage will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution in Smithville. The organization will meet on Saturday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the First National Bank on Main Street. Michelle Kee will speak on the history of lace in the American Heritage. As always, the public is invited to attend.

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