Photo of the Week       I had a wonderful dilemma last weekend. There were so many Veterans Day events that I couldn’t possibly attend them all. But even though I “only” made it to parts of six, I was absolutely delighted to see the way the Highland Lakes area celebrated this holiday. I consider those events to be the big story of last week, and I deliberately skipped other events that I might normally have attended because I wanted to save some space to honor the folks who honored our heroes. You’ll see pictures from eight Veterans Day events in this week’s paper (friends sent pictures of two more), and if my schedule had allowed it, there would be even more. Everybody else got lower priority.
John Hallowell, Editor       That’s not to say that nothing else happened, and I have some other events covered, too. I hope you’ll enjoy the paper!
       I have lots of items to mention here; I’ll do as many as I can.
       Valentine’s Lakeside, on Euel Moore Dr. in Kingsland, is hosting a free “Hill Country Music Jam” from 1 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. They’ll have several out-of-town musicians there, but they are inviting local musicians to bring their instruments and join in the fun.

       The new Pet Supermarket, next to the new Bealls in Marble Falls, will be holding a Grand Opening this Saturday, with food, drinks and a raffle for gift baskets, a $100 gift card and other great prizes! Plus, the first 50 customers to make a purchase will receive a goodie bag with samples and a Grand Opening Coupon Book. Also, the Hill Country Humane Society will be holding a “Show-n-Shine” there with several of their adoptable pets.

       There are several new businesses “Coming Soon” in Kingsland! The former Storm’s restaurant building has been purchased by La Tequila Jalisco, a Mexican restaurant from Fredericksburg. There are signs for two new businesses (Septic Pumping & Maintenance is already open; Kingsland Feed is coming soon) in front of the old Dos Rios restaurant (more recently Purple Pig BBQ). The KT Waterfront Construction headquarters (just down the hill from the 1431 overlook) is nearing completion, and the Boat Town complex at the former site of Longhorn Resort is under construction. Not to mention the new Prosperity Bank, which has made a lot of progress since it was last on the front page of this paper.
       A new ladies’ prayer gathering is planned for 8-8:45 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month (I think December 2 will be the second one) at the pavilion in Johnson Park in Marble Falls. All ladies, of all ages and from all churches, are invited to come and pray together for personal needs and for the community.
       The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is looking for new recruits. The next 13-week class will begin on Thursday, February 15. If you have the time and the inclination, please visit or call Amy Parke at 254-833-2720.
       The Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center soon resume their “A Taste of Nature” programs at Numinous Coffee Roasters in Marble Falls. Except for Christmas time, they will be at the cafe on alternating Saturday mornings from 10 until noon starting December 9. The series of ten sessions will culminate in a Numinous Family Day at the Nature Center in May.
       The Healing and Recovery Through Horses (HARTH) Foundation and the Burnet Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6974 are offering a free peer-to-peer basic level course by the Burnet County Coordinators of the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN). The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday (November 19) at the VFW Hall on Hwy 29 West in Burnet. Some of the topics the course will cover are post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, suicide awareness, addictive behaviors, depression, cultural competency, and ethics. Contact Sean Jones at (512) 588-6070 or visit for more information.

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