Photo of the Week       The Oatmeal Festival was great, and there were several other good events last weekend, but Hurricane Harvey, and those affected by it, continued to dominate the news all week. The reason that I keep mentioning it in my good-news-only newspaper is because of the amazing and heart-warming response. Of course, the desire to help is certainly not limited to the Highland Lakes area; people all over Texas and across the United States – even from other countries – are sending help or showing up in person to do whatever they can. But I mostly see what’s happening right here, and I have to say that I have never been more proud of my neighbors than I have been this past week. There are heroes all around these Highland Lakes.
John Hallowell, Editor       I wouldn’t dare to try making a complete list, because I know I’d be leaving out others even more deserving of recognition than the ones I’ve been watching. I was at Inks Lake State Park, where almost 200 evacuees took refuge, when Angel’s Pizza donated stacks of pizzas for their lunch. A lady there told me, “Don’t forget to say a big thank you to Bill’s Burgers (who had donated a meal the day before). Those hamburgers were delicious!” I know that Grant and Donna Barkey (of Kona Ice) were preparing breakfast tacos each morning, and that Joseph’s Pantry and Kingsland First Baptist were involved in that effort. But that was only one of many, many different good deeds that were done; I have pictures from a few in this week’s paper, but I’ll probably never hear of half of them. Thanks to everyone who is helping!
       The recovery from the massive storm will take months or even years, so there will be opportunities to help for quite a while. One local effort this weekend is the “Texas Strong … Fitness Strong … Hurricane Harvey Relief” workout fundraiser at the Marble Falls High School stadium from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday. At least ten area fitness facilities have joined together to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Port A & Aransas Pass (each Facility is raising funds through the end of September). Saturday’s workout will be appropriate for all fitness levels, and will be fun for everyone. A $10 donation will go into the fund. Online Giving is also available through Lakeshores Church to use for a one-time gift: (VERY IMPORTANT: select "Rockport" in the drop down menu.)

       It’s not only people that need help after that terrible flood, and the Hill Country Humane Society is taking donations to help the animals of the Hurricane Harvey disaster. You can donate at the shelter (9150 RR 1431W in Buchanan Dam) or call 512-793-5463.
       Then there are all the “normal” great events that happen here each fall. The Burnet Association of Merchants is “Calling all Artists!” Early Entry Deadline for the Burnet Plein Air Art Competition is September 15. Artists are invited to compete for cash prizes of $2,500 on October 12-14. See or email Cindy Weston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
       The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast Club will meet at Lake Life Realty (112 Pierce Dr.) at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Chamber members are invited for Free Breakfast Tacos and Coffee to Speak a Tweet and get acquainted with other Chamber members! The Event Sponsor is Ray Lynch, of Edward Jones Investments.
       The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a Fall Social, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, at The Vineyard B&B (formerly Lost Creek Winery) on RR 2233, near Sunrise Beach. John Arthur Martinez will provide live entertainment. Tickets are limited to 150 guest and cost $25 each; tickets include complimentary glass of wine or beer, buffet, door prizes, silent auction and raffles.
       I don’t normally cover Lampasas events, but my friend Robbis Storm (with his “Elderly Brothers” band) will be on stage around 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Classic Car Show there. Admission is free!
       I’ll remember all the other things I meant to mention after this paper is printed, but for right now I guess that’s it. Have a great week!

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