By Tony Stevenson:
The stock market ended last week on a much higher note with the DOW up by 9 points to record its best week in more than three months. It was the strongest point gain since November.
The GOP has a difference of opinion about the Obama administrations view that the American Recovery and Investment Act helped erase fears that a second depression is no longer a possibility. That debate could go on and on and not get us any closer to the reality of jobs and health care creation if both sides do not agree to a joint solution. Only history will tell.
But, in reality, only new jobs creation and consumer spending will tell us the immediate effects of TARP. San Antonio is set to gain jobs this year according to all reports. With jobs should come a better housing market and a local uptick in consumer spending. What happens in the San Antonio/Austin sectors also carries over to the Texas Hill Country.
The National Museum of the Pacific War, located at 340 E. Main St. in Fredericksburg, will celebrate Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s 125th birthday with a patriotic concert by the Fredericksburg Middle School choir in the Nimitz Ballroom at 1:00 p.m. followed by cake cutting celebration at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.
The program is free and open to the public; regular museum admission applies if guests want to visit the museum’s galleries. Visitors sharing Nimitz’s birthday of February 24 will be admitted free to the museum. For information, call 830-992-2785 or visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org .
Celebrate Mardi Gras Texas Winery style during Wine Road 290’s Ragin Cajun wine event on Saturday, February 27 when nine participating wineries making up Wine Road 290 join forces to put on this fun and festive event during each winery’s business hours. Imagine crawfish, gumbo and fabulous wines! There is no additional cost for this event. Regular winery tasting fees apply and vary by winery. To learn which wineries and hours, log on to www.wineroad290.com .
For only twenty-five cents ($0.25) per ride (or a $1.00 day pass) you now have access to the new Main Street Trolley Saturday shuttle, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. As part of the Alamo Regional Transit (ART), the new service runs between the Visitor Information Center (located at 302 E. Austin St.) and the Pioneer Museum (located at 325 W. Main St.) with stops at each corner along the way. The shuttle runs every 10-20 minutes. For more information, call ART Customer Service at 1-866- 889-7433.
The Gillespie County Historical Society is offering a $1000 scholarship to the college entry-level student submitting the best essay on Gillespie County history.
Qualified students can submit an original essay or book report on any topic related to the history of Gillespie County, according to Jody Donovan, Scholarship Chair and Society Board Member.
“We would like the student to visit and use the resources of the Society and to bring their classmates, friends,and family,” Donovan said. Those resources include the Pioneer Museum Complex, with artifacts, books, buildings, and pioneer activities; and the Vereins Kirche Museum, with more artifacts, photos, and books.
Information is also available online at www.pioneermuseu.net.
The contest is open to any Gillespie County resident taking entry level (freshman) classes in the current or next school year, at any accredited college.
The essay must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words, typed, and delivered to the Society, 312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624, or emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include all contact information. Deadline for submission is May 31, with thewinner notified in July. The funds will awarded with proof of purchase (receipts) from an accredited school,
book store, or school supplies.
The funds are provided through a bequest from Flora Wertheim, to reward the student that expresses themost enthusiasm in learning local history. The mission of the museum is to share the cultural panorama of the Texas Hill Country through experiences that enlighten and inspire.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 830-997-2835.
Set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and the Hill Country University Center will present an information session on navigating the College Financial Aid process at Fredericksburg High School at 5:30 p.m.
Students planning to attend any college and parents are invited to attend. A session in Spanish will also be held.
Additional information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form will be presented. All students applying for college financial aid must complete the FAFSA forms to determine eligibility.
The session is sponsored by the Hill Country University Center with its partners Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg, Austin Community College, and Concordia University. Advisors from these colleges will also present information and answer questions about degree programs available in Fredericksburg. Austin Community College will also have their Mobile Go Van there with computers set up for students to complete their FAFSA and applications to ACC. Bi-lingual advisors will be available to assist participants.
For more information, please call the Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg office at 830-990-2717
“Sustaining the Hill Country – Now and for Future Generations” is the topic of an upcoming environmental workshop to be held on Saturday, February 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites at 201 S. Washington St. in Fredericksburg.
For registration and details, visit www.HillCountryAlliance.org .
This event follows a reception on the Friday prior (February 26) in honor of conservationist David K. Langford. This reception and presentation of the Inaugural Keystone Award will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Becker Vineyards (located off Hwy 290 E. in Stonewall).
Gillespie County Fair grounds on Hwy 16 S will be the site of the Gun and Knife Show this Saturday, February 20 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, February 21 (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).
This is the perfect opportunity to find guns, knives, accessories, fishing, outdoor sports equipment, jewelry, books and more. Admission: $5, children age 11 and younger admitted free.
For details, call 830-285-0575 or log on to www.texasgunandknifeshows.com .
The San Antonio Brass – consisting of trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba – will perform in a concert presented by the Fredericksburg Music Club this Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church at 1800 N. Llano.
Admission is by donation. For specifics, call 830-997-5413.
Whistle Pik Galleries to feature works by V….Vaughan this Friday
Celebrating 15 years of “Graceful Discoveries” in 2010, Whistle Pik Galleries, located at 425 E. Main St. in Fredericksburg, offers exceptional collectible art from the nation’s finest artists.
As part of its First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg festivities on Friday, February 5, Whistle Pik Galleries will feature the works of V….Vaughan, a 2009 finalist for Texas State Artist and award recipient from the prestigious Phippen Museum.
For information, call 830-990-8151 or log on to www.whistlepik.com .