Gillespie Life

Wed
26
Mar

Heritage School presents donation to Boys, Girls Club of Texas Hill Country


A SUCCESSFUL EISBAHN season led to Heritage School’s recent donation of five percent of its net profits — $4,398.84 — to the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg. On hand to present the check is Heritage leader Matt Skinner (left) to Linda Watson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, and youth members (clockwise from bottom left) kindergartner Hector Munoz, second grader Bryan McLaughlin, third grader Rubi Munoz, third grader Austin Merrill, fourth grader Evans Burkhalter and first grader Hannah Moellendorf. —Standard-Radio Post

The most successful Eisbahn in the event’s nine-year history has led to a $4,398.84 donation from Heritage School to the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country.

Making the announcement in person last week was Matt Skinner, head of Heritage School, who presented the funding by way of a ceremonial check to Linda Watson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, located in Fredericksburg at 208 East Park Street.

“We are so happy that the community and visitors to Fredericksburg enjoy Eisbahn,” Skinner said, “And we are thrilled that we have been able to reinvest a portion of the proceeds back into the community.”

In celebration of Eisbahn’s increasing success, Heritage School was able to double its previous donations.

Wed
26
Mar

Parents invited to observe at FPS, register students during roundup

Fredericksburg Primary School is inviting the parents of four- and five-year-olds to visit the campus to check out its operations and then return later to register their children for next year.

Prospective students’ parents may observe pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes “in action” from 8:30-10 a.m. on April 1-2.

They are then encouraged to return the week of April 21-25 to sign up their children for classes. Registration will take place during school hours (7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.) at the campus, 1110 South Adams Street.

Pre-K is for any child who reaches his or her fourth birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2014, is limited English proficient and/or qualifies for the Free/Reduced Lunch program (based on household income,) economically disadvantaged, homeless, active military families or a child who has been under foster care.

Kindergarten is for any child who reaches his or her fifth birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2014.

Wed
19
Mar

Flights in war-time aircraft for sale in 'Wings of Freedom'

Skies above Fredericksburg will turn into a flying museum of sorts next Monday through Wednesday, March 24-26, when the Collings Foundation will offer its “Wings of Freedom Tour.”

Those who have always wanted to take a look up close or even ride in a war-time aircraft will get a chance — for a price — in a B-17, B-24, P-51 and Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Walk-through tours of all the planes in the show will cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years and younger at the Gillespie County Airport.

Proceeds raised help preserve the aircraft for the future.

Tour times will be:

• 2-5 p.m. on Monday, March 24;

• 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, and,

• 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 26.

Flight experience donations are $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.

Wed
19
Mar

Ready to do a 'fly-by'? Airport Day to give looks at aircraft here April 5

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered Saturday, April 5, during “Airport Day.”

Hosting the free event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gillespie County Airport, will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.

Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, flying in formation. In addition, a recently restored bi-wing Stearman will be on display.

A group of six Bonanzas will fly in formation at the beginning of the event and again around noon. Vintage planes and experimental aircraft will also make fly-overs throughout the day.

All types of general aviation crafts owned by local pilots (including bi-planes, high- and low-wing aircraft, vintage planes and some military vehicles) will available for viewing.

The Civil Air Patrol will have one of its planes on display, as well as provide representatives who will discuss the CAP.

Wed
19
Mar

Harper all set for 'Saturday in the Park'

Harper has issued an invitation to all to join the fun of its “Saturday in the Park” festivities March 29 to benefit the all-volunteer-based Harper Library.

Featuring more prizes and activities than before, the non-profit library’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the hall in Harper Community Park.

Live music will be performed by the Eklectic Swing Band while guests peruse the tables filled with silent auction items and the library’s annual book sale.

There will be face painting and a snow cone machine for children, as well as a chance to bid on cakes in an auction.

A lunch of barbecue chicken and sausage with sides will be available.

A prize giveaway will feature over 25 items donated by local merchants and individuals.

Wed
19
Mar

Biddle to sign copies of new book Sunday


MORE THAN two years of research, writing and illustrating efforts have resulted in the new book, “Eye See Words,” by Fredericksburg artist Sue A. Biddle. The author will be signing copies of the book on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at InSight Gallery.

Fredericksburg artist and author Sue A. Biddle will be signing copies of her new book, “Eye See Words,” on Sunday, March 23, from 2-4 p.m. at InSight Gallery.

“My original plan was to create a book to help children build their visual, alphabet and vocabulary skills,” Biddle said. “It quickly became a project that spanned generational boundaries.”

Biddle has experience in both areas.

The former art program director for the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg also has decades of experience working with seniors who have dementia, especially Alzheimer’s.

For the last three years, Biddle has served as program director for the Fredericksburg Adult Brain Boosters Club, a caregiver respite program that uses creativity and peer community contact to stimulate seniors and keep their brains and bodies active.

Wed
19
Mar

FHS One-Act Play to compete at UIL District on Friday


ADJUSTING TO LIFE in her new school, Raja Englanderova (portrayed at right by Kinsey Stevens) expresses her emotions to the audience while the other children (portrayed from left by Daniel Ransleben, Faith Hearn and Eliza Goldsberry) during a dress rehearsal Monday of the Fredericksburg High School theater department’s one act play entry, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” FHS will perform the piece at the University Interscholastic League District 27-3A One-Act Play Competition on Friday at Canyon Lake High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

The Fredericksburg High School theater department will be performing in the University Interscholastic League District 27-3A One-Act Play Competition on Friday at Canyon Lake High School with their production of Celeste Raspanti’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

Performances begin at 1 p.m. and run back-to-back, with FHS slated to perform last between 5-6 p.m.

Fredericksburg will also host a community performance of their one-act entry on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the FHS auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for students. Faculty members and children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge.

“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is set during 1942-1945 in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin and tells the story of a young girl named Raja Englanderova who was separated from her family in Prague.

Wed
19
Mar

Bethany Church to celebrate 127th anniversary on Sunday

Bethany Lutheran Church will celebrate its 127th anniversary Sunday, March 23, with a performance by the New Braunfels Village Brass Band and a German-themed lunch.

The band’s performance will feature German and Austrian hymns and songs at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s sanctuary, located one block north of Main Street at 110 West Austin Street (across from Marktplatz.)

The 35-piece group will lead the entire worship service and will begin playing prelude music around 10:15 a.m. More information on the musicians is available at www.nbvbb.org.

Also, at 10:25 a.m., “Agape Road” (Bethany’s praise team) will lead a praise and worship service in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

A community dine-in or carry-out German lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $9 per plate and proceeds will benefit Bethany’s youth ministries. Advanced tickets may be purchased or reserved at the church office or by calling 997-2069.

Wed
12
Mar

War-time plane rides available March 24-26

Those who always wanted to get a ride in a war-time aircraft will get their chance March 24-26 when the Collings Foundation hosts its “Wings of Freedom Tour” at the Gillespie County Airport.

The group will be offering rides on the B-17, B-24, P-51 and a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Walk-through tours of all the aircraft in the show will cost $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 years and younger.

Proceeds raised help preserve the aircraft for the future.

Tour times will be 2-5 p.m. on Monday, March 24; 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 26.

Flight experience donations are $450 per person aboard the B-17 or B-24.

Flight training in the TP-51C “Betty Jane” will be $2,200 for a half-hour flight and $3,200 for a full hour. All participants will get the chance to feel what it was like to fly one of the most legendary fighters of World War II.

Wed
12
Mar

Stock show season winds down for local exhibitors

After starting in January, stock show season for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is winding down.

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin began on March 1 and concludes on Friday while the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo started March 4, and continues through March 22.

Stock show season began in January with the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction. Since then, local exhibitors have competed in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin

Competition for local exhibitors at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin concludes this week.

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