Amidst the chatter of chamber-men and indulgers of cupcakes (myself included), I met an assortment of influential San Marcans at the most recent Chamber of Commerce mixer. As a political science major, meeting people like Amy Kirwin was a hopeful reassurance to me; as her job represents an interest/cause she felt passionately enough about to turn into her career. Amy works as the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the city of San Marcos, and is an advocate for the Keep San Marcos Beautiful cause, where she actively promotes living a conservation-minded, eco-friendly lifestyle. Read more »
Rescue Rangers at Lilypad Farm
June not only marks the start of summer; it’s also National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. This is a time to focus on nutrition and eating right, so of course we had to bring out the Hays County Food Bank Rescue Rangers. Read more »
Are you hiding under the covers today, afraid to get out of bed? Will you avoid black cats, ladders, and mirrors at all costs, while wearing a four leaf clover and a rabbit’s foot? If you are doing any one of these things, then you most definitely have a fear of the dreaded Friday the 13th. Read more »
June is such a wonderful month, with so many wonderful things taking place. The first day of summer occurs on June 21st, which I know everyone has been looking forward to! Well, maybe not the beginning of 100°+ weather, but it does typically signify the end of the school year, vacation time, the beach, the river, BBQ’s, and pretty much anything to do with being outside. It also happens to be National Fruit and Vegetables Month, but more on that in another blog. June is also a very important month when it comes to awareness. June is Hunger Awareness Month, and your local food bank wants to make you aware of the ever present need in our county.
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May is the final month before the epic heat that is Summer weather in Texas. However, it is also the ‘Gifts from the Garden Month’ nationally, and we would like to pay homage to a very important farm that gives our clients so much throughout the year. AY Raam Farms is a fairly new partnership that has formed with the Hays County Food Bank, and we see this as one of those friendships that will last for quite some time. They are our first in the Adopt-a-Farm initiative, and we do hope more farms will be joining in soon. To date, AY Raam Farms has given us nearly 100 pounds of fresh produce per week since the program started!
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Where were you on April 5th, 2014? Were you sitting at home watching TV with your family? Maybe grilling outside for out-of-town company? Hitting the streets of San Antonio or Austin for the best restaurants or shopping districts? Well, if you were doing any of these things you missed out on one great party in the center of beautiful San Marcos, Texas!
FOODSTOCK is a tri-annual event benefiting the Hays County Food Bank, and this year’s string of festivals kicked off with a bang! This was the biggest and best of all, and we just know it’s only going up from here.
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Winter in Texas usually isn’t that harsh. We usually have a couple of cold days, sometimes some snow or ice, but usually nothing we Texans can’t handle. However, for whatever reason, this winter was just awful. Cold storms lasted until March, multiple ice storms shut down roads, freezing temperatures happened much more frequently than normal, and Cedar Fever was the absolute worst it has ever been. I can attest to the last one as I suffered royally from January to February. So is there anything that makes us thankful for this brutal, bitter winter we had? I know one thing! Spring! I am so thankful that Spring is finally here in Texas. The Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Buttercups, and multiple other Texas wildflowers are in bloom, dotting the countryside with colors of red, purple, yellow, blue, and white. This also means the weather is milder and it is time for kite flying, picnics, and many other outdoor activities we have been too cold to even think about doing.
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Kermit the Frog sang it best, so let’s start there:
Lyrics from “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
‘Cause you’re not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Yesterday, millions of people gathered together, regardless of race, gender, age, or religion, to watch the most viewed broadcasting event of the year. The Super Bowl attracts viewers of all types. Those who have a team directly involved in it are the obvious target. Then you have those who simply cannot stand a particular team, so they tune in to hopefully watch them lose. There are the die-hard football fans, the bandwagon fans, the fair weather fans, the fans of any type of big gathering, the spouses and significant others of crazy football fans, and the big commercial watchers. Regardless of who you are, there’s a good chance that the game was on wherever you were.
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“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words many years ago, and today we honor and remember him. He believed every man, woman, and child had the right to freedom and justice in America, regardless of skin color, age, income, job, etc. All people in this nation should come together to make America a better place to live. Dr. King believed in service, and that everyone should do their part to make this country the best it can possibly be.