Texas Master Naturalists Invite You to a Meeting on Monarchs

The Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program will meet later this month to talk about preserving the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch Watch/Conservation Specialist Cathy Downs will talk about habit restoration. The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly takes it right through the Hill Country and it’s on the bubble for becoming endangered. The June 25 meeting is free and open to the public at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s lecture hall, 125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7 p.m.

Road Closure Affects Kerrville Drivers

The City of Kerrville wants to make you aware of a road closure starting today on Singing Wind Drive between Smokey Mountain Drive and Tomahawk Trail. The street construction is part of the Singing Wind Drive Reconstruction project and it’s a complete closure so there is no through traffic. This phase of the project is expected to last three to four weeks and you’ll be detoured during that time.

Chalk Festival Needs Volunteers

The Kerrville Chalk Festival is looking for volunteers and sponsors. Last year more than 65 artists were part of it, and the festival is scheduled this year for Oct. 13-14. The artists create large chalk murals on the pavement of Peterson Plaza over the two-day festival, and there will be activities for the kids and live music. They have a few sponsorhip opportunities left, in addition to the founding sponsor, The Cailloux Foundation. Go to www.KerrvilleChalk.org to sponsor or volunteer.

Fredericksburg Takes 4th of July Parade Applications Now

The annual Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade is coming up, and they’re taking entries now. The only requirement is that the float or entry has to be patriotic, and you’ve got to send in a description with your entry. The parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 on Main Street in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin Street has the applications, or they can be downloaded at www.fbgtxparade.org.

Boerne Debates New CVS Pharmacy

Many residents in Boerne are fighting to keep open space rather than see a CVS Pharmacy built there. Over a hundred people gathered last week at one neighbor’s home on Pecan Street to talk about the possibility of a new CVS Pharmacy being built at the corner of River Road and Main Street. The plan to add the national chain is in the beginning stages now, and there are concerns about preserving the historical district. Zoning rules allow for a 10-thousand square foot building with no drive-through. The proposed CVS would be slightly bigger and have a drive-through. The planning and zoning commission and the Boerne City Council would have to sign off on it. Nothing is official yet.

Art Students from Houston Study in Kerrville

During a four-week class in Kerrville this summer, about 50 Houston students are getting lessons in painting and sculpture. The high school students took classes through the Visual Arts Department at Schreiner University, which the Daily Times says offers them experience in the field, and also earns them college credit. The project this summer is part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art contest, which gives art students a chance to fine tune their skills.

Gillespie Airport to Add Solar Lighting

Gillespie County Airport is getting some state funds for projects that help increase safety and improve the appearance of the airport. The Fredericksburg Standard reports one request from the airport director is that a sprinkler system be installed surrounded the terminal building. The drought has been hard on plants and the goals to get things growing there again. There is also asphalt work and paiting to be done, and there are plans to install solar-powered taxi-way lights/reflectors to light the taxiway.

Schools Make Improvements Over the Summer

The Fredericksburg ISD is getting to work on lighthing and air conditioning at its campuses. The Board of Trustees accepted a bid this week to start bond projects that voters approved in May. The Fredericksburg Standard reports they’ll replace regular lights with LED lighting at the Fredericksburg Middle and High School gymnasiums and auditorium. Air conditioning systems will be updated district-wide over the next couple of years, and there will be painting projects and carpeting at several Fredericksburg schools.

Dog Diseases on the Rise

Two things that dogs are vaccinated for have been detected in Bandera County. the Bandera Bulletin reports canine parvovirus and canine distemper are in the midst of a resurgence, and pet owners are encouraged to stay on top of vaccinations. The spike in cases is attributed to the large number of unvaccinated pets and strays in the area. Puppies as young as 5-to-6-weeks-old can receive their first series of shots.

Peach Jamboree is This Weekend

The Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo is coming up this Friday and Saturday, June 15-16. That means rodeo performances, a queen’s contest, parade, peach show and auction, kids’ activities and more. Gates open at 6pm on Friday with mutton busting and the queen competition. For more on the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo go to www.stonewalltexas.com.