Wildseed Farms’ gorgeous 200-acre property will be alive with color and blooms just in time for the eleventh annual Wildflower Celebration, beginning this Saturday, April 3 and running through the 18th. Located on Hwy 290 East, Wildseed Farms is a treat for any garden fanatic or nature lover. During the festival you’ll enjoy fully-stocked plant nurseries, a surprisingly affordable market center, satisfying food at the Bluebonnet Biergarten, the enchanting Butterfly Haus ($5 admission to the Butterfly Haus), strolling along the beautiful Meadows walking trail ($5), and row after row of brilliant color.
The Raggedy Cats will provide live musical entertainment every Saturday in April from 1:30-5:00 p.m. Wildseed Farms is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more details call 830-990-8080 or log on to www.wildseedfarms.com .
Easter Traditions at Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm this Saturday
Learn how the early German settlers celebrated Easter from interpreters in authentic costumes at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the LBJ State Park on Hwy 290 E. on Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Here’s a fun way to learn about the customs of the past as the public is encouraged to participate in some of the activities. There’s no admission cost, but donations are welcome. For information, call 830-644-2252 or log on to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lbj .
Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday at Pioneer Museum
Load up the kids (up to age 10) and take them to the Pioneer Museum on Saturday, April 3 for an Easter egg hunt! This BYOB event (that’s: bring your own basket) meets at 10:00 a.m. at the museum barn, with the hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. Over 900 eggs are waiting to be found and there’s even a special toddler section. The Pioneer Museum is located at 325 W. Main St. in Fredericksburg. Up to two children will be admitted free of charge with every adult’s paid admission ($5). To learn more about this perfect picture-taking opportunity, call 830-997-2835 or visit www.pioneermuseum.net .
The Bluebonnets are starting to show around the countryside
– take a drive and don’t forget the Willow City Loop. Be sure to respect the ranchers property and only drive on the roads. Please don’t get out of your car and walk on someone’s property.
By: Tony Stevenson
Finally, mortgage rates remained at record low levels for past few weeks. How long they continue to stay at these levels is yet to be determined. The FED’s purchase program of mortgage-backed securities ends this week. The private sector will take-over from here. If you are in the market for a home, now would be a good time to lock-rate in order to prevent any further increases that are expected soon. The current tax credits to purchase a home for qualified homebuyers ends this month-April as well. Just because the just mentioned programs are ending, doesn’t mean the world has come to an end in our Texas Real Estate and Mortgage arena. Our state and local job market continues to allure home buyers to our area. When people work, they buy homes. Lets not forget that retirees are coming here too. I really believe we are in the best Real Estate market in the country.
Certified teachers who would like to earn a Master of
Education in Educational Leadership with professional
principal certification preparation from Texas Tech University
(TTU) are invited to learn more about the program
on Wednesday, March 31st at the Texas Tech University
at Fredericksburg office.
Dr. Joe Claudet, the director ofthis degree program, will meet informally with interested
educators from 3-6 p.m. The TTU office is located at 102
E. San Antonio Street, Suite D in Fredericksburg. He will
give an overview and answer questions about the program.
Please RSVP to Jerrie Dooley at 830-990-2717 or
Students may attend classes at any of the Hill Country
higher education teaching sites. For more information call
any of these sites: Texas Tech University (TTU) at Fredericksburg
(830-990-2717), TTU at Highland Lakes in Marble
Falls (830-798-9548), or TTU Center at Junction (325-
LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour this Saturday
is this Saturday, March 27 at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park on Hwy 290 near Stonewall. Routes are from 10 miles to 62 miles long on scenic, traffic-free roads. Registration is $40. Luci Baines Johnson will lead a special 10-mile historical tour with narrative of landmarks on the LBJ Ranch at 2:00 p.m. For more information, call 210-355-2645, 210-414-8559 or 830-868-7128, ext. 244, or log on to www.lbj100bicycletour.org
By Tony Stevenson:
According to the Freddie Mac survey of mortgage rates, rates remained flat for the week at an average of 4.95% while last year it was 4.98%. This is the lowest rates have been for all of 2010 and all other reports indicate these represent new record lows for the past 25 years.
Nationally, mortgage applications are down. However, my loan originations have increased in recent days and I also expect it to continue to increase. The Realtors I have talked with have said they have seen a definite increase in Real Estate activity. Why? Our job market is strong, our Real Estate market is great, low Mortgage rates still prevail, and folks wanting to move here have made us their clear choice to call “home” and all for good reasons!
By Tony Stevenson
The DOW climbed last week on a better than expected manufacturing outlook. Auto sales are higher and gave that industry a shot in the arm with better than expected sales expected for March. New reports state that the economy is growing modestly without causing inflation while still struggling to create jobs.
However, jobless claims did fall slightly last week for the third week in a row. Consumer prices remained flat for February too, which is an indicator for the direction of inflation. The FED decided to keep its fund rate at current record low levels as promised after seeing that inflation is in check for now.
President Obama signed the new Jobs Bill into law in hopes of boosting hiring by giving tax breaks to the private sector. Plus, Congress passed the Health Care Bill this past weekend in hopes of covering more Americans and helping folks keep coverage with pre-existing illness’.
How much it will cost is still up for debate as we will continue to get an ear full across both party lines. Only time will tell.
by Lynne Renaud
If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait around 5 minutes, it’ll change. On February 23,2010 we experienced 4-6 inches of snow in our beautiful Hill Country, which really isn’t that exciting for most people, but to us it’s pretty darn exciting