Llano 'Turns on the Night' Friday

Llano Railroad Bridge and starlit night, a Todd Grubbs photo.



This Friday, April 13, Llano will join Mason, Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock State Park in a regional partnership to “Turn On The Night.”

All four of the communities are in some of the last remaining dark night sky areas in Texas, yet closest to the major metropolitan areas of the state. They want to see if a concentrated effort to darken the landscape will be measurable.


LCRA taking Steps Forward April 6

The LCRA Steps Forward Day, Friday, April 6, serves as the kick off for the 2018 Keep Marble Falls Beautiful Spring Clean Up. Citizens are invited to join LCRA employees in the one-day project and to take part in the city's clean-up opportunities in the week to come.




Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) employees are rolling up their sleeves to work side by side with 30 communities to make life better for their citizens in the 4th Annual Steps Forward Day on Friday, April 6.

In Marble Falls, Steps Forward serves as the kick-off day for the city wide 2-18 Keep Marble Falls Beautiful Spring Clean Up event.

LCRA employees will help with clean up of the Marble Falls Historic Cemetery at 400 Avenue S, the back nine of the Westside Park Disc Golf Course and the nearby neighborhoods between Avenue N and Industrial Boulevard. Specifically, that means picking up litter from Avenue N, from Ranch to Market Road 1431 to Second Street, Second Street from Avenue N to Industrial, Industrial from Second Street to RM 1431, and RM 1431 from Industrial to Avenue N.


Visit CAMPO open house today

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is inviting the public to attend an open house for the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and the Regional Arterials Study, from 4-7 p.m. this evening, Monday, April 2, in Marble Falls.

Citizens concerned with the outcome of planning for streets, roads and highways have these opportunities to get in on the ground floor to participate in recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation.

CAMPO is working with local governments and regional agencies to develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the area. The 2019-2022 TIP is the four-year program that lists all federal funded transportation projects in the six-county CAMPO region, in addition to state funded and regionally significant projects.


Children's Day: one-of-a-kind celebration

“Children's Day comes straight out of the heart of Texas,” said Ely Banuet Rodriguez, founder and president of the full day of free entertainment, fun and food for children from pre-kindergartenage-middle school held each spring in Marble Falls.

The 18th annual Children's Day on April 21, again will fill Johnson Park, the city's Lone Star Legacy Park at 230 Ave J, with the joyful sound of children having safe and free family fun from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

That doesn't happen without support and sponsors to assist more than 400 volunteers with the event are welcome. Likewise, community organizations, schools, churches, businesses and individuals are welcomed into the fold to provide the fun-filled day.


Lawn & Garden Show is Saturday

Contributed/Sheryl Yantis

A Painted Lady butterfly. Learn about them and much more at the annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show in Burnet Saturday.

By Robert & Sheryl Yantis

Highland Lakes Master Gardeners

Earth-Kind specialists

This Saturday, March 24, is the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is not all about plants and garden vendors. It is a time for learning, too and butterflies are on the agenda.

Butterflies are beautiful and mysterious creatures that appear in our gardens in spring and disappear during our cold winter weather. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes that help us identify them.


Dig LUAS Archeology Fair Saturday

The Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) will host their annual Archeology Fair on Saturday. March 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the LCRA Nightengale Archaeological Center in Kingsland. The event is free.
Visitors will be able to see how the original Hill Country inhabitants lived. LUAS members will conduct guided tours along our interpretive trail. The onsite museum will be open for visitors to see artifacts which are thousands of years old.
They'll be able to practice their skills using ancient hunting devices such as the 'atlatl' and rabbit sticks. They may even bring their own artifacts for experts to identify.
This year LUAS will have several other regional and state archeology groups joining them. The Texas Archeological Society, Travis County Archeological Society, Hill County Archeology Association (Kerrville), and LCRA Archeology Division will set up exhibit tables.


LEAF rocked weekend on the Llano River

Frank Shubert/The Highlander

Last weekend thousands of people descended on Llano River to enjoy the Annual Llano Earth and Art Fest. Participants from around the world participated in the 2018 World Rock Stacking Championship. Arts, crafs and food booths and displays of rock balancing were available for viewing throughout the river bed. More images can be found in the album on The Highlander page on Facebook.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Crowds estimated at more than 6,000 people flowed to the banks of the Llano River over the weekend for the fourth year of the World Rock Stacking Championship, the Llano Earth Art Fest—LEAF.

Last weekend, March 9-11, LEAF 2018 delivered arts, crafs and food booths as well as the competition and displays of rock balancing throughout the river bed and the river itself.

On Saturday, Belly dancing and the wild and wacky Fashion Circus took the music stage that saw 28 other performances over the three-day event. Downtown in Llano, attendees could re-visit their Volkswagen favorites at "Free Flow on the Llano," a juried vintage VW show.

The 32 seminars, designed to appeal to every age and interest, continued into the week, as late-comers made their way to the river to see the creations that remained on display.


Marble Falls Spring Break starts Monday

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Get ready. Get set. Go to Marble Falls Spring Break 2018.

The Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department again will provide the free weekday fun while Marble Falls Independent School District students are on vacation.

It takes place every day from Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16. all with the help of local sponsors.

Last year, H-E-B became the corporate sponsor through its Community Investment Program. Free lunches are provided for kids every day from restaurants including Chick-fil-A, Subway, Pizza Hut and, of course, H-E-B.

Monique Breaux, this year's coordinator, amassed some statistics from last year's foodies: 300 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers, 520 bags of fruit snacks, 584 bags of chips, 310 bottles of sports drinks and 300 bottles of water.

The event has only grown in popularity over the years.


Chamber banquet a sell out

Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties, house band for Cadillac Dance Hall will be rolling out the dance music Saturday night for those lucky enough to score tickets to the 59th Annual Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Tickets to 59th Annual Awards Banquet sold out for the call from the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce to the “Get Down, Turn Around, Go to Town, Brew Scootin' Boogie!” celebration Saturday night.

So, count yourself lucky if you're on list to revel in another successful year with the supporters of Highland Lakes businesses and recognition of Outstanding Citizen, Lifetime Achievement, Community Service and Ambassador and Innovator of the Year.

It is a casual approach this year and guests got on board to dress business casual or country western for the music of Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties. The band promises the best in new and old country, blues and rock ‘n roll.

Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. at Cadillac Dance Hall, 1375 Farm to Market Road 1855, Marble Falls. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m.


Candlelight Ranch hosts chili cook-off, car show Sunday

Great cars and motorcycles will be on exhibit at the 2nd Annual Candlelight Ranch Chili Cook-off and Car Show this Sunday, just east of Marble Falls.





The 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show to benefit Candlelight Ranch will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon-4 p.m.

Candlelight Ranch, located at 6408 Muleshoe Bend Trail east of Marble Falls, serves at-risk youth and children with disabilities across Central Texas.

The event will feature celebrity judges and live music from Haup & Sully, featuring Clinton James and Dan Sullivan of The Detentions.

General admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 18, with $10 zip line rides and free hay rides and a nature scavenger hunt for children.

Twelve teams of six people will be accepted for the cook-off at $150 per team for the prize categories of Judge’s Choice (1st, 2nd, 3rd), People’s Choice and Best Showmanship. For more information or to enter, contact Don Barr at or 512-517-5849


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