Transforming the city positively and creatively is one of the main goals of the Uvalde Artists Collective. The collective has just six members so far, but their mission statement shows that they plan to be a major influence on the artistic community in Uvalde with their plans to create creative awareness.
Herby Ham Activity Center will host a “Thank Heaven for Herby” celebration and fundraiser on April 8, to be followed by the dedication of the center this summer. In both events, Uvalde residents will be given the opportunity to formally celebrate the life and vision of Herby Ham, who had a dream for an activity center in Uvalde.
A local musician recently attended a CD release party in California for the band Fuel. Gabriel Mariscal, a member of the Uvalde band Fallout, along with his wife, Kasey, were personally invited to the event by Fuel frontman Brett Scallions. “We used to play together,” Mariscal said of his relationship with the band.
Megan Moynihan’s fourth-grade class at Robb Elementary received a surprise last week from the White House. President Barack Obama sent a package containing a letter, signed picture, cartoon drawing of the White House, and a picture with information about his dog Bo to Moynihan’s class. Moynihan said that back in October 2013 she conducted a letter writing unit and asked her students to pick any person they wanted and write a friendly letter to them.
Delores West, a 30-year resident of the Sabinal area, is the El Progreso Library Artist of the Month for March 2014. West is a 71-year-old painter and drawer who grew up in Donna, Texas, but spent most of her life traveling with her husband, who worked in oil, and their six children. West is self-taught and participates in workshops whenever possible. She enjoys painting with other artists and with her friends in the Uvalde Visual Arts League.
Uvalde High School sophomore Meaghan Gorby ventures into the field of art in a variety of ways. Gorby moved to Uvalde this year from the small town of Chester. It didn’t take her long to find her way to the community art gallery. She likes to visit once a month, hoping the gallery has received new works for her to enjoy.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by John Juhasz, event coordinator of Uvalde’s Got Talent.
The fourth annual Uvalde’s Got Talent area-wide talent show will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the UHS Auditorium. The cost of admission is only $5 at the door. Contestants have made it to the finals of the contest and will compete for first, second or third place trophies in three categories and three age groups.
The Uvalde High School/Southwest Texas Junior College dual credit cosmetology students won big at the District 11 Skills USA competition held Feb. 7-8 in San Antonio and have qualified for State. Cheryl Hammer, cosmetology sponsor, said that she is incredibly proud of her girls and is glad they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. “We often hear ‘Where’s Uvalde?’ because we are a little school, among the big schools in the San Antonio school district,” Hammer said.
Uvalde High School seniors have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of younger students in the district. These seniors belong to UHS leadership classes. The leadership program involves student assignments to Flores Elementary School, where the upper-level students tutor younger students in various classrooms or provide other assistance to the teachers.
The 48th-annual Sahawe Dancers Winter Ceremonials will begin tomorrow evening with a 7 p.m. performance, followed by 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances on Saturday. The same performance schedule is set for Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. The ceremonials will be held in Weston Hall of First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of North High and West Oak streets.