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On Sunday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m., the 34th Annual Burleson County Senior Citizens Recognition Day will be held in Caldwell. This event is hosted by the Burleson County Forever Young Committee and Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Burleson County and will include a guest speaker, a formal recognition of all nominees and reception for nominees and guests.
The purpose of this event is to honor the senior citizens and to name one man and one woman as 2010 Outstanding Seniors for Burleson County. For nomination forms, see the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in the Burleson County Courthouse. Completed forms should be submitted to the Extension Office by 5 p.m. on May 3. Address nomination to Amy Ressler, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 100 West Buck Street, Suite 105, Caldwell, Texas 77836. Call 567-2308 for more information.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
The Cinco de Mayo Festival is scheduled for May 1, from noon to 11 p.m. Featured will be Folkloric dancers, the Aggieland Mariachi group from Texas A&M University and Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant. The pageant is for girls ages 4 or 5. If you wish to participate, contact Andrea Enrique at 567-9838 or Yolanda Brinkman at 567-0637. Proceeds go to fund scholarships through sponsorships from businesses and organizations in the county. Also, scholarships are available to Burleson County High School seniors through the counselors.
Great Texas Sausage Festival
The Great Texas Sausage Festival will be held on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, with the gates opening at 8 a.m. The Festival will be held at Welch Park on Lake Somerville. Admission will be $5 per person, with kids 5 years and under free. Sausage and Beer will be available. Texas singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn will be the top entertainer on Saturday night, with Honeybrowne, of Austin, opening the show. Events include, an eating contest (Sausage Stuff Eating), sausage races, volleyball shoot out, vehicle shows, and arts and crafts. Somerville
2010 Festival of the Arts
On Saturday, April 10, downtown Somerville will showcase photographers, painters, musicians, quilters, storytellers, dancers and more from local, regional and statewide areas. Opening ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Somerville City Hall. Admission is free. Visitors can pick up a passport and have it stamped at various events to be eligible to win an original painting by Somerville artist John Pinkerton. The drawing will be at 4:30 p.m. at Art C’s Gallery on State Highway 36 South. Passports are available at the Burleson County Chamber Of-
fice or at participating businesses. There will be an art show and sale, an airing of the quilts, a storytelling and historical recollections, an amateur photo contest, a garden and artist studio tour, children’s art activities and vendors.
For more information, contact the Somerville office of the Burleson County Chamber of Commerce at 596-2383 Round Top
April 17 is the Annual Percussion Galore with concerts scheduled for 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.
April 25 is The Brenham Children’s Chorus Concert. For tickets and additional information, contact Festival Hill at 979/249-3129 or go to www.festivalhill.org.
Saturday, April 17, this year’s Spring Symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can explore the connections between history and nature with Douglas Brinkley, historian; David Todd of the Conservation History Association and Dr. Steve Windhager, the director of Landscape Restoration at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The symposium will include the ecological history of Winedale, a tribute to the late Ken Parker, a reopening ceremony for the Joseph Biegel House, tours of Winedale’s historical buildings and grounds as well as a barbecue.
On April 13, a wildlife contest will be held. The regional event will be held at the 7,800- acre Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge located near Sinton, Texas.
FFA and 4-H teams from the entire Coastal Bend and South Texas region of the state vie for top honors in the regional event. The top scoring teams in both categories will advance to compete in the state contest which will be held May 11, at the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest located near Nacogdoches, Texas.
Students will be challenged in the areas of plant identification wildlife plant food preferences, wildlife biological facts, wildlife habitat evaluation, habitat management, fish and game laws, safety in the outdoors, wildlife identification techniques and navigation in the field.