Vietnam vets to be honored Thursday

Veterans of the Vietnam War era will be honored at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Burnet County Veterans Services and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10376.
Congressman Roger Williams will address the program to be held at the VFW Post, 1001 Veterans Drive, in Marble Falls.
The public is invited to honor active duty U.S. military personnel who served between Nov. 1, 1955-May 15, 1975. For more information, contact Bill Worley of Burnet County Veterans Services 830-265-8403


Texas Exes to hold welcome back event

The Highland Lakes Texas Exes Chapter has been re-activated and is re-establishing their University of Texas Longhorn family with an event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The event, with appetizers and beverages, will be held at Mama's Home Cooking, 200 South West Street in Burnet.

The chapter will be working to bring together UT graduates in the Highland Lakes through social, cultural, fundraiser and community help events to provide benefits to area students through scholarships.

At the Aug. 18 meeting, $6 per person includes the first beverage ticket and appetizers. Additional beverage tickets will be $5 each. Payment at the first gathering will be by cash only. Separate dining at the restaurant will be available for those who want to stay longer.

Drawing tickets sold at the meeting for $2 each or five for $10 will be the first small fundraiser.


Meet the Mustangs, hear the Band

Mustang spirit may begin with “Meet the Mustangs” Thursday night, Aug. 11, but the Mustang Band is ready to carry the spirit forward one week later.

The Marble Falls High School Mustang Band will present a free concert from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in Johnson Park, 230 South Avenue J.

The program, entitled “KALEIDOSCOPE,” will feature music from the 2016 marching season.

A $5 hamburger supper will benefit the Marble Falls High School band program.

Fans of student athletes, the band, the Starlettes and MFHS Cheerleaders gather at Mustang Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The whole community is invited to meet the fall sports participants. In addition to high school participants, introductions will include members of the marble Falls youth Football League, the Mustangs of tomorrow.

If you don't have your own true purple attire, the Marble FallsAthletic Booster Club (MFABC) will be selling spirit wear and providing food.


Literacy volunteers invited to orientation

Looking for a way to help your community?

Just a few hours a week can make a difference and now is the time to get in on the ground floor with Literacy Highland Lakes (LHL), a non-profit organization dedicated to adult education.

Orientation sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon on three different Saturdays in three different locations:

Aug. 6, Marble Falls Library, 101 Main Street.

Aug. 13, Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet, 100 East Washington Street.

Aug. 20, Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library in Bertram, 1701 North Gabriel Street.

Literacy Highland Lakes helps adults ear their High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly called GED), learn basic reading skills and grow in English as a Second Language (ESL) education and prepare for U.S. Citizenship.


Fiesta Dance set for Saturday

James Scott and Rita Baier change partners at the Country Cuzzins Square Dance Club weekly meeting July 28 in Marble Falls. Baier and her regular partner Charlie Taylor have just returned from the National Square Dance Association meeting in DesMoins, Iowa, and testify to the fun and travel club membership offers.

Country Cuzzins, a Highland Lakes area square dance club, will hold its annual Fiesta Dance Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, 1701 Broadway Street, in Marble Falls.
“It is a great night for all our members,” said square dancer Charlie Taylor. “But everyone is welcome. It is a good chance for someone who is interested to see what it's all about. We have a lot of fun.”
Taylor and his partner in the square Rita Baier are just back from the National Square Dance Association event in Des Moins, Iowa, June 23-26.
“Square dancers do a lot of traveling and we meet new people all the time,” said Taylor. “In DesMoins there were 4,000 dancers from 15 countries, all there to square dance. The floor was huge—eight people in a square and 80 squares at a time.
“We're off to Bandera next.”


DAR offers workshop

DAR offers workshop
The Llano Uplift Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will hold a free genealogy/membership workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6.
The workshop will have two sessions: the first, from 10 a.m.-noon, and a second, from 2-4 p.m. at the Kingsland Public Library located at 125 Polk Street in Kingsland.
NSDAR is a lineage society open to all women over the age of 18 who can
prove lineage back to a “Patriot of the American Revolution of 1776.” The Llano Uplift Chapter includes members from Burnet, Llano, Lampasas, Blanco counties and beyond.  The purpose of the genealogy/membership workshop is to assist women in determining eligibility for DAR membership in the Llano Uplift Chapter/NSDAR.  


Double Horn Reunion to be held Saturday

Residents of the Rockvale Community gather for an early record of what continues today as an annual Double Horn – Rockvale Reunion. This year it takes place Saturday, July 30, at the Marble Falls Church of Christ.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


The annual Double Horn – Rockvale Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Church of Christ, 711 Broadway Street in Marble Falls.

The two communities that grew up southeast of Marble Falls in the 1850's first thrived and then diminished over the decades, but a sense of community brings about 100 residents and friends, old and new, together each year.


Back to School Blast takes off Aug. 6

Children in need from all over the lakes area will be welcomed Saturday morning, Aug. 6, to the Back to School Blast (B2SB), sponsored by Highland Lakes Health Partnership (HLHP).

The event will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Drive, behind the H-E-B store and a health fair has been added to this 6th annual event.

Inside the school gymnasium will be more than 1,500 back packs full of school supplies, along with shoes and socks and services for students in PreK – 12th grade, all sponsored by area churches and the Highland Lakes Health Partnership.

“This is not limited to children in the Marble Falls Independent School District,” said Cathy Lemlyn, community outreach coordinator for Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, an HLHP member. “Twenty percent of about 2,000 people who came last year were from outside town.”


Summer camp as close as Main Street

Finding hidden treasure in Johnson Park is the big reward of Geocaching Camp at Marble Falls Public Library. Instructor for the event, Wendi Lews of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Pedernales Falls State Park looks on, right, as participants use a Global Positional Systems (GPS) to make their discoveries.

No need to pack a bag and write sad letters back home to attend summer camp. It is a close as Main Street in Marble Falls.

Registration is still open for Camp Share-a-Story, one in the series of Marble Falls Public Library Summer Camps to be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

“Our goal has been to make every summer camp fun while providing something kids age 8-12 can use,” said Misty Smith, youth librarian.

“I will be leading Camp Share-a-Story, but each child will bring a favorite book to share from,” she said. “It will be a little like camping out and sharing stories around the campfire and then, of course, there will be something to eat.”

“Last week, on July 21-22, we held the Geocaching Camp.”

Geocaching instruction was provided by Wendi Lews of the staff of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) Pedernales Falls State Park.


'Annie Get Your Gun' is on stage at HCCT

Leading roles in 'Annie Get Your Gun,' now playing at Hill Country Community Theater in Cottonwood Shores, are protrayed by, from left, Grace Ann, Jared Fields, Randy L. Hilmer, Valor Fillingim, Christine Ashbaugh, Isabelle Petra Louise, Henry Rowland, Jordan Jones.

The ever-popular musical “Annie Get Your Gun” has been playing to a packed house since opening Thursday, July 21, at Hill Country Community Theatre in Cottonwood Shores.
Performances continue through July 31, with Thursday-Friday-Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:15 p.m.
Wendy Ferrell is the director of the local production of the fictional account of Annie Oakley, written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, with music by Irving Berlin.That music has taken on a timeless life in songs such as “There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful,”  "Anything You Can Do,” and “Sun in the Morning.”


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