Bring your 'sugar' to OatFest in Bertram this weekend

“Bring their sugar” to Bertram for the 40th Annual Oatmeal Festival, is the official invitation for Burnet County fun this Labor Day weekend.

The festival celebrates the historic community of Oatmeal with a line up of free, family events.

There is a reason all times for the festival events begin at three minutes after the hour or half-hour. It's because 3-Minute Brand Oats help keep OatFest alive and vibrant to this day.


Job fair offers employment opportunities

The Burnet Job Fair will take Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4-6 p.m. at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street.

The event is designed to help job seekers locate good jobs, change careers or explore employment options, and to showcase Burnet to employers as a good location to live and work.

Attendees looking for a new job, a better job, or even a new career will have the opportunity to visit with more than 25 participating companies, many of which offer on-the-job training or paid training. Some companies have said they plan to hire on the spot.


FCV Grape Stomp continues Saturday

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The response to stomping grapes on the face of Anton Cervantez of Marble Falls would make Lucille Ball proud. He is joined in vat of deep purple grapes by Emma, left, and Isabella, right, Clark, also of Granite Shoals. Their mother, Megan Martinke, looks on in the foreground. They and Anton's mom, Tami Martinke, far right, are attending the 28th Annual Fall Creek Vineyard Grape Stomp in Tow on Saturday, Aug. 26. The celebration continues this Saturday with free activities for the whole family and exclusive RSVP events (details at

This is the 28th year wine and fun lovers are journeying to the Tow Community to take part in the Fall Creek Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival.

The vineyard's annual event continues from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Hundreds of guests generally attend not only to taste the wines and attend celebrity chef demonstrations but also to share a day that has fun planned for adults and children.

Then, there is the big event: a chance to beat their feet in a Lucille Ball-style grape stomp. Visitors kick off their shoes and experience the thrill of bare feet grape stomping. The classic “I Love Lucy” episode will be playing, so guests can stomp along in the wine barrels.


FBCMF Legacy celebrates first year


Ready to celebrate the first anniversary of the Legacy Ministry of First Baptist Church of Marble Falls (FBCMF) is the Legacy Steering Team: front row from left, Linda Marshall, Karen Chesher, Nancy West and Brenda Crews; second row, from left, Ken Pulley, Patty Pulley, Scott West, Ginger Tatom and Shari French; third row from left, Bill Smyrl, George Crews, Judy Daniel, Sonya Smyrl and Weldon French, and back row from left, Eddie Marshall, Robert Daniel and Steve Tatom.


Legacy Ministry of First Baptist Church of Marble Falls (FBCMF) is about to celebrate its first anniversary with a Legacy Fair, a barbecue dinner and concert on Sunday, Sept. 10.

For anyone interested in the programs of Legacy, which aim for purposeful living for folks age 55 and older, the fair that begins at 4:30 p.m. is the place to start because it offers a glimpse of programs for the next year.

At 6 p.m., youth of the church will serve a Spyke's Bar-B-Que dinner, followed by a musical program by Kayle Stephens.


HCHS holds Saturday adoption special

Hill Country Humane Society (HCHS) will be offering a one-day only adoption special in keeping with the spirit of the upcoming national “Clear the Shelters” event, Saturday, Aug. 19.

National advertisements for the campaign have been running on NBC television stations. “Although we will not be participating in the national event this year, we don’t want our community to miss out on the opportunity to help save the lives of your local shelter animals,” said an announcement from HCHS.

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, HCHS will offer all adoptions for only $20.

“We hope this will help us in our effort to find forever homes for all of our wonderful shelter animals. We have many to choose from; cats, dogs, puppies, kittens, seniors, and some with special needs.”


Talent takes HCCT stage Saturday night

The Hill Country Community Theatre (HCCT) will unveil its 3rd annual talent show in a one-night performance designed to fit any theater goer's budget on Saturday, Aug. 19.

“We had some amazing talent try out,” said Mike Rademaekers, executive director of HCCT. “You will enjoy watching your friends and neighbors shine on our stage. There will be music, singing, comedy, even some multicultural pieces/”

Kay Baker and Seth Smith will be masters of ceremonies for performers from all over the Highland Lakes area.

Tickets will be available at the door for the 7:30 p.m. show, but it another of the theaters “pay-what-you-can events.

The HCCT is located at 4003 West Farm to Market Road, at the traffic light in Cottonwood Shores.


Swift Fest returns to Jonestown

The 6th Annual Swift Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, from 4:30-10 p.m. in downtown Jonestown, about 31 miles east of Marble Falls on Ranch to Market Road 1431.

Jonestown hosts Swift Fest to celebrate the chimney swifts — migratory birds that make the city their home during their migration. The festival is an event for families and anyone with an interest in birds, wildlife and nature.


CAPCOG Striking a Balance conference helps caregivers

Only 46 seats remain for a non-professional caregiver conference being held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Austion.
It is sponsored by the Capital Area Planning Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas and it brings together family caregivers from around the region to learn how to better care for themselves and loved ones during the Striking a Balance Conference. The 16th annual conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at DoubleTree by Hilton Austin; with an anticipated attendance of 200 caregivers, the attendees will be their own greatest resources.

HSB Animal Show & Shine events begin Saturday


Hill Country Humane Society volunteers Kim Nave, Ray Bishop, Lynn Bishop, Joan Gardner and Lynn Cloud are ready for another Show & Shine this Saturday at Horseshoe Bay Ace Hardware.

Beginning Aug. 5, the Hill Country Humane Society (HCHS) will host a “Show & Shine” event the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horseshoe Bay Ace Hardware.

Show & Shine gives shelter animals a chance to increase their social skills and help them find forever homes. Ace Hardware owner Wylie Dunn and general manager Gary Stites have invited the Humane Society to come to the store as often as possible and a dedicated group of volunteers will make this happen.


Taste of the Hill Country “Early Bird” ticket sales close Sunday

A chance for dramatic savings on tickets to the 2nd Annual Taste of the Hill Country ends Sunday, Aug. 6.

The event brings together more than 20 of the Highland Lakes area top chefs and restaurants to benefit the performing arts programs at the Hill Country Community Theatre. Early Bird general admission tickets are are $40 each or two for $75 through Aug. 6.

When the event opens its doors at the Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion on Oct. 17, tickets will be $55 each or two for $95.

"Guests sample signature dishes from the area’s finest restaurants all in one place at this event," said Mike Rademaekers, HCCT executive director. "Whether you’re a well-dined gourmand, a new-found food lover or simply looking for a good time with friends, there’s something for everyone at Taste of the Hill Country. Samples of food and drink are almost unlimited."


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