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25
Mar

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour to ride this weekend

The 8th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour will be held this Saturday, March 28, with the start and finish both being at the LBJ Ranch’s air strip.

The ranch opens at 7 a.m., and the ride begins at 9 a.m.

Cost to compete in the March 28 tour for adults is $50. For youths, the cost is $30.

For two to five immediate family riders, the cost is $105.

For registration fees and further information visit www.lbj100bicycletour.org.

Routes for the event are 10, 30, 42 and 62 and 85 miles. Riders on their bicycles will see the country roads and historical landmarks that played a part in the history of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his family. 

Wed
25
Mar

Harper Library, resale shop to host fundraiser

A variety of activities are planned as part of the Harper Library and Harper Resale Shop’s “Saturday in the Park” event on Saturday, March 28.

Set for the Harper Community Hall in the Harper Park, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the all-volunteer Harper Library, and this year, the doors are opening an hour earlier for visitors to have more time to view the silent auction items and wide array of books.

Live music will be provided by the Eklectic Swing Band.

Along with the silent auction and book sale, there will also be a barbecue chicken and sausage dinner with all the trimmings served at 11:30 a.m.

There will also be a cake auction and snow cones will be available.

The event will also include a prize drawing.

Wed
25
Mar

City leaf collection slated to begin Monday

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 30.

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

• Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason. Residents who are unable to remove the debris from a leaf pile are asked to call the City of Fredericksburg Street Department to make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this service;

Wed
25
Mar

Daily Update for March 25

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      • The National Museum of the Pacific War will show “Sands of Iwo Jima” at 6 p.m. tonight on the second floor of the Nimitz Museum. This showing is free to the public and all are welcome, but seating is limited. “Sands” is being shown to commemorate the ending of the World War II battle of Iwo Jima.

Thu
19
Mar

Trustees eye dual-credit tuition help

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A new community college partner is likely on the way, and so is financial help for high school students who want to knock out college hours.

A proposal to assist students to take dual-credit courses at Central Texas College (CTC) was discussed by trustees of the Fredericksburg Independent School District on Monday. If approved by the Texas Legislature, CTC will take over as a local higher education partner from Austin Community College in the fall.

Supt. Eric Wright said financial assistance from the district would range from half to 90 percent, depending on family income.

Thu
19
Mar

Arrowheads on tap at artifact show

Another opportunity for visitors and locals to examine Indian artifacts, jewelry, pottery and related items will be offered during the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show on Saturday, March 21.

The one-day show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion, located inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Collectors will be bringing their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 70 tables.

Admission to the show will be $6 for adults, while children aged 14 years and younger will be admitted free.

Wed
18
Mar

Arrowheads, more on tap at artifact show

Another opportunity for visitors and locals to examine Indian artifacts, jewelry, pottery and related items will be offered during the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show on Saturday, March 21.

The one-day show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion, located inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Collectors will be bringing their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 70 tables.

Admission to the show will be $6 for adults, while children aged 14 years and younger will be admitted free.

Wed
18
Mar

Council will fund historic church repair


The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church served as the house of worship for Gillespie County’s African-American families. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Matt Ward —

Another piece of Fredericksburg’s history will soon be brought back to life as the city council unanimously approved funding to renovate the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during their regular meeting, Monday.

Designated as a historic landmark, the church still stands at its original location at 520 East Main Street, where it served as a primary place of worship for Fredericksburg’s African-American families.

In recent years, the building has fallen under major disrepair until recent efforts were taken to begin restoration by the city’s Historic Review Board, along with San Antonio resident Gary Hunter, whose family has strong ties to the church.

Renovating the historic church will help the Hunter family honor the wishes of his late mother, Frances Phillips-Hunter.

Wed
18
Mar

By any other name


A concert of music for orchestra, choir and soloists was performed on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Titled, “A Cantata By Any Other Name …,” the concert featured music composed before 1800 from well-known composers and those with less familiar names. Players use period-appropriate performance practices and replicas of 17th- and 18th-century instruments while the chorus sings using period diction. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (FCO) and Friends of Van Der Stucken will commemorate the life and work of Fredericksburg native Frank Van der Stucken with musical performances at the 2015 Van Der Stucken Festival on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd.

The concert features soprano Brynn Bowyer singing “Bist du bei mir” by Bach and Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus” with string accompaniment. She will also perform a piece by Frank Van der Stucken.

Soloists Fagner Rocha and Emilee Hall Rocha will present the Bach double concerto with selected members of the FCO.

Dr. Larry Wolz, professor of voice and music history at Hardin Simmons University, and recognized Van der Stucken scholar, returns to sing and speak about the composer. The Arion Mannerchor and the Hermann Sons Mixed Chorus also perform under the direction of Mark Hierholzer.

Wed
18
Mar

Needs Council to christen new digs with open house


Board members and staff admiring Hill Country Community Needs Council’s new facility on Monday were, from left, Troy Sifford, Mac Turner, co-founder Mary Lindig, Trish Torres, Penny Haren, Sandra Brodbeck, Cindy Heifner and Pat McGowan. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A dream to serve the under-served in Gillespie County got bigger on Monday.

Hill Country Community Needs Council opened the doors on its newly renovated building at 1904 N. Llano St.

Sage-green walls offer a welcome to clients in the larger facility. The new building also offers much more than pleasant colors.

“The bigger space also gives us much more privacy for clients,” said Cindy Heifner, HCCNC executive director. “People will feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It makes a huge difference.”

The organization’s former building on South Acorn Street offered a few offices, but little privacy for clients wishing to discuss items such as domestic abuse or financial needs.

But even the Acorn Street building was a step up from its humble origins in 1982, remembered Mary Lindig, one of the HCCNC co-founders, along with Barbara Hayden and Dot Dittmar.

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