August – October 2014
Fundraiser for Liberty Hill All Sports Booster Club – BBQ Plates $10. Panther gear on sale.
LEANDER — Food, fellowship and family fun are all on tap for Saturday, August 2, when Meals on Wheels hosts a barbecue lunch and fundraiser at Leander VFW Post 10427. The post is located at 8760 FM 2243, just east of Highway 183 and 183A. Barbecue plates, complete with side dishes, are $10. Dell Computers has donated the brisket and sausage. The band Gilbert and Friends will provide musical entertainment, playing old-time country music, gospel and polkas. All proceeds from the barbecue and accompanying silent auction will benefit Meals on Wheels programs at 351 N. Bagdad Road, Leander. Approximately two dozen auction items – including a $700 necklace from Cedar Park Jewelry – will be put up for bid. Meals on Wheels serves about 1,200 clients in Williamson and Burnet counties, including clients in Liberty Hill. In addition to delivering hot lunches five days a week, the program provides emergency shelf-stable meals to its homebound clients during inclement weather. The local nonprofit also operates Senior Centers – where seniors gather for food and fellowship – including one at 351 N. Bagdad Road, Leander. WBC Opportunities’ Meals on Wheels also operates Senior Centers in Georgetown, Round Rock, Taylor, Burnet and Marble Falls. Although donations are accepted, senior citizens are not charged for these services and no clients are ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Typical lunches consist of an entrée – such as chicken or ham – plus a vegetable or salad, bread or rolls, milk and dessert. During 2013, Meals on Wheels served 144,000 hot lunches at its congregate sites and through home deliveries. Tickets for the August 2 barbecue and silent auction may be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets are available at the Meals on Wheels Senior Center in Leander, 351 N. Bagdad Road. For more information call (512) 259-0288. Additionally, donations may be made by check to WBC Opportunities and mailed to 604 High Tech Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78626. Online donations may be made at WBCO.net. Meals on Wheels is a program of Williamson Burnet County Opportunities, a non-profit organization that also serves Head Start and Early Head Start. WBCO also assists thousands in Williamson and Burnet counties with affordable housing and basic needs.
e held Saturday, August 23, from 4-9:30 p.m. in downtown Jonestown. The nature festival celebrates Jonestown’s chimney swifts, small migratory birds that seasonally reside in a downtown cistern during their migration north. This free festival is centered on the swifts’ evening return to their cistern home – a tornado-like sight fascinating to see. Under the cool shade of oak trees, the public can enjoy games and activities for families and children, nature-themed vendors, great food, adult beverages, and a musical lineup that includes Jim Stringer and the AM Band, the Jennifer B Trio, Jean Synodinos, and BettySoo. For more information, visit www.swiftfest.org, like us on Facebook at “Swift Fest in Jonestown,” or call (512) 339-9432. Jonestown is located seven miles west of the intersection of US Hwy 183 and FM 1431. The festival will be held in Fireman’s Park one block off of FM 1431.
BERTRAM — The 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival will add several exciting changes as the new “Bowl” of Directors members meet. This year’s popular event will be staged in downtown Bertram and the neighboring community of Oatmeal on August 29-30. One of the changes is to move the entire venue to downtown Bertram on Saturday beginning with the Pet Parade at 9:33 a.m. followed by the Grand Parade at 10:33 a.m. All of the events begin at :03 or :33 minutes past the hour in honor of the longtime festival sponsor, 3-Minute Brand Oats. Friday activities will take place in Oatmeal. Included is an Arts & Crafts Fair, BBQ supper, Miss Oatmeal Pageant and auction and live music by the Eddie Shell group. Now is the time to register for all activities including the 3.3 Mile “Run for Your Oats” race, kiddie and adults games, bake off contest (using 3-Minute Oats), a trail ride from Oatmeal to Bertram, Grande Parade (10:33 a.m.) and several arts and crafts vendor booths. The day will be capped off by a huge street dance featuring music by People’s Choice. All of these events will be in downtown Bertram. Registration for all events may be done online at www.oatmealfestival.com or registration forms may be printed and mailed to Oatmeal Festival, PO Box 70, Bertram, TX 78605.
Accepting health-related vendors through Aug. 7. Application available at http://libertyhill.txed.net.