Three years ago, Iza Ybarra Marcrum ventured to the Middle East to teach and she is still enjoying her once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marcrum, a Uvalde High School graduate, taught for 24 years in Texas before moving to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to teach Arabian students.
A mother seeking artistic inspiration for her teenage daughter led local artist Jimmy Moon to create Project Moon: Painting with Kids. Moon organized the program, which caters to anyone with a love for art, this summer after he was contacted by Gina Ozuna.
Uvalde boxers were victorious in a three-day tournament held July 31 through Aug. 2 in College Station. John VanMeter won gold, for the second time in as many years, in the open division while Zachary Rodriguez claimed silver in the novice division during his first trip to the Games of Texas.
“Patriots from the Barrio,” the true story of a Mexican American combat unit during World War II, will be released in early September. The book was written by San Jose author Dave Gutierrez, who was inspired to pursue this project when he began researching his relative, Ramon G. Gutierrez, from Del Rio, who served in the 36th Division.
Sarah Haby Buckner was born in Uvalde in September 1936, hailing from a pioneer ranching family, with a love for art that hasn’t wavered through her nearly 80 years of life. Buckner’s work is on display at the El Progreso Memorial Library for the month of August. She is a jackof-all-trades artist and is displaying drawings, paintings, and pottery pieces she has completed over the last few years.
In celebration of their 25th anniversary, June Ybarra and his wife, Isabel, recently made a trip to the Holy Land where they renewed their vows. The couple stayed nearly two weeks, from June 30 until July 11, visiting various holy locations while on a pilgrimage with the Pilgrim Center of Hope from San Antonio.
The Uvalde community fell down the rabbit hole last weekend when they watched one of four Youth Players on the Plaza productions of “Alice in Wonderland.” All four shows ran smoothly and had great attendance at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House, according to Jan Elliott, YouPOP president.
The vegetable garden that flourishes outside Bistro on the Square in downtown Uvalde is one hint that Uvalde transplant Noel Peña’s fare might be a little different. The next hint is the menu, colorfully advertised on a chalkboard; last week, daily specials included a mango shrimp salad, cushaw squash and pork, and a chorizo burger topped with spinach and Swiss cheese, served with warm potato salad.
Uvalde Youth Players on the Plaza will perform “Alice in Wonderland” four times this weekend at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
THE FOLLOWING was written by Allene Saunders Mandry of Center Point.
Eleven miles east of Uvalde sits the town of Knippa. To the Highway 90 traveler, it’s just a wide spot in the road and a seemingly insignificant town, but to those who grew up there and roamed its graveled streets, it is a truly special place, filled with wonderful memories of carefree days and experiences that city dwellers will never know.