HLBWS features sparrow expert Dec. 7

Contributed/Greg Lasley

A Rufous-crowned sparrow sits on a branch. Byron Stone will talk about the whole range of 'little brown birds' tomorrow with the Highland Lakes Birding & Wildflower Society.

The Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society (HLBW) will meet Thursday morning, Dec. 7, with snow birds in mind.

“Dr. Byron Stone, one of our favorite birding and field trip experts, is back,” said society member Margy Butler. “His presentations and field trips for the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society previously have dealt with the 'Big Birds', the raptors. But now we go on to another family of birds, those pesky 'Little Brown Birds', the sparrows, some of the wee small birds in our Hill Country bird lexicon.

“Doc's talk will feature the various species of sparrows who journey down to Central Texas in the winter, snow birds as it were.”


Make tracks to Burnet Snow Day, Dec. 9

Make tracks to the Burnet Sow Day, noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Christmas on the Square.

“Sleigh bells ring; are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland!”

This catchy tune will become reality for kids and adults of all ages in Burnet during the annual Christmas on the Square celebration!

That's right … there is a 100 percent chance of snow on the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Christmas on the Square, co-sponsored by the City of Burnet and Burnet County, will take place noon to 9 p.m. in Downtown Burnet with live music performances throughout the day and performances by the Burnet High School Highlandettes and Studio 29 Dance Centre.

In addition to the snow, families will be able to enjoy entertainment; vendors; food on the square; pictures with Santa on the Courthouse steps; the Jingle Bell Jog 5K – a new addition to the event; and a bicycle drawing.


Nunn, bandanas, bling help preserve Lantex

Contributed: The Lantex lobby is transformed into an art-deco gathering place.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Here in Central Texas, our roots run deep and we take pride in where we come from. Most of us share common values: we love our mama's cooking, country music, and keeping history alive. Lucky for us, a night of celebrating the preservation of history and country music will be taking place this Friday in Llano.

This Friday, Dec. 1, Texas country music legend Gary P. Nunn will be headlining the Bandanas & Bling fundraiser at the Lantex Theater on the Llano courthouse square. The fundraiser will take the shape of a gala, complete with red carpet and the opportunity to break out the suit and tie. The Lantex Theater is celebrating its 90th birthday with the fundraiser to keep the building in shape for generations to come.


DPS 'Breaking the Mold' recruiting event set in Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is inviting the public to attend Breaking the Mold: The Women of the Texas Highway Patrol recruiting event on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Austin.  The law enforcement symposium will bring awareness to women in law enforcement and discuss opportunities available for all persons (men and women) seeking a career as a Texas State Trooper.  The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol - Legislative Conference Room; Capitol Extension Room E2.002 (100 Congress Avenue in Austin). 


Inaugural ACS Hill Country Golf Classic tees off Saturday

Graphics contributed/ACS, Inc., South Region

Play for great prizes and a great cause at the American Cancer Society  Hill Country Golf Classic Saturday, Oct. 28.

The American Cancer Society will hold its inaugural Hill Country Golf Classic at Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes Saturday, Oct. 28.

“Not only will you have fun and enjoy the health benefits of an exciting round of golf, but you'll also support the American Cancer Society's (ACS) efforts to save lives by helping people stay and get well,” said Jayne Palmer of the ACS South Region that includes all of Burnet County.

Tournament check-in and purchase of mulligans will begin at 10 a.m. before the shot-gun start at 11 a.m.

Cost for the four-man scramble is $75 per person. Mulligans are five for $20. Tribute roses will be available in memory of a loved one who lost the battle against cancer or in tribute to a survivor. The bouquet created will be the centerpiece at a taco meal served to golfers after the tournament.


RR&DT supports children's advocacy Saturday

RR&DT benefits advocacy center

Saturday, Oct. 21, marks the arrival of the fourth annual Rifles, Racks & Deer Tracks fundraising event, benefitting the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center in Burnet.


Lampasas site for Classics at the Classic

The Elderly Brothers



Those who love vintage automobiles or enjoy old-time Rock 'n' Roll music, you should come to the 10th Annual Classics at the Classic Car Show in Lampasas on Saturday, Sept 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Storm's -founded in 1950- is the perfect setting for the annual gathering of the antique car aficionados. The event will be held in two paved lots behind the classic 1950's drive-in. (201 N. Key Ave., Lampasas, TX 76550.)

The beat goes on with the Texas Elderly Brothers, a 5-piece band that brings back memories of the Fifties with tuns by Elvis, who was a Storm's customer. They also play music of Buddy Holly, Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers and other early Rock 'n' Rollers.

If you have a classic car to show, bring it. Otherwise just come and join the fun.

Admission is free!

For more information on the event contact Sharon Carrigan at 512-734-5180.



HCHS holds Saturday adoption special


Not official partners in the 'Clear the Shelters' campaign, the Hill Country Humane Society in Buchanan Dam, nonetheless, has a shelter full of pets available for $20 adoptions Saturday, Aug. 19.

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.”


Fourth was booming across Highland Lakes

Mark Goodson/Highland Lakes Newspapers

Red White & Boom was the theme of Aqua Boom 2017 that ends July 4th with explosions over Lake LBJ.

Fireworks and celebrantions on the Highland Lakes began with the Blue Lake Estates parade and fireworks Saturday, July 1,  and grew to a crescendo Tuesday night July 4.

Also, on Saturday, the annual Flights of Fancy event of the Highland Lakes Flyers model airplane club filled the air above Hank Nilsen Model Aircraft Field and the Miss Aqua Boom Pageant filled the Kingsland Community Center.

Parades went on for family and friends in Spicewood, Meadowlakes and Highland Haven, Bertram, Briggs, Horseshoe Bay and at the Kingsland Aqua Boom. They even took to the water in Horseshoe Bay and Kingland. The grand finale was fireworks in Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Briggs, Bertram and Kingsland, with all three shows visible to residents with the right vantage point around the lakes.


Rehder and Wortham, a bonaza for Texas fiction fans

Fans of Texas mystery writers will hit a bonanza in May. Ben Rehder will speak in Burnet Thursday, May 11, and Reavis Z. Wortham will be in Marble Falls Friday, May 12.

Rehder will be at the final Coffee Talks program of the season at Herman Brown Free Library, 100 East Washington Street, in Burnet at 1:30 p.m. Wortham will be part of the Lunch at the Library at 11:30 a.m. at the Marble Falls Public Library, 101 Main Street. Both programs are free, but reservations are requested especially in Marble Falls where space it limited.

Each author is firmly rooted in Texas and its ineffable brand of humor and sensibilities. Each has a new book to share.


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