Members of Batesville School’s Green Thumb Club met in January to brainstorm ideas for their spring project and decided that a little color would be great. Fifty members comprise the group, which consists of students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The sponsor for the Green Thumb Club is Lynn Simpson.
Patricia Caldwell-Turner, El Progreso Memorial Library artist of the month, is well known for her pottery, but few people know that she is quite the “Pigasso” when it comes to painting.
Caldwell-Turner’s pig-themed work, aptly named “Hog Wild,” will be on display in the library for the duration of the month of April.
She has made a living using her artistic talents, working for just over 20 years with the Fine Arts Society of Kennesaw, Georgia. Over that time, she helped start an art program, taught pottery, and was the director of summer camps. She was also one of the founders of the clay department of Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department, where she instructed adults and children.
Many of her former students can be found at different arts and crafts fairs and several have had their work highlighted in various publications.
Members of the Uvalde-based band Fallout received one of the biggest breaks of their career on March 20 when the band was named a finalist in a battle of the bands competition that features some great prizes.
When Fallout took the stage at the 99.5 KISS Rocks San Antonio Bud Light Battle of the Bands last weekend, they hadn’t even been in the same room to rehearse the required cover song.
Picked as a semi-finalist out of dozens of bands based on online voting, Fallout – which features local talent Gabriel Mariscal, Miguel Chavez and Albert Torres – competed live against the bands Haze and Rain on the Aftermath for a chance to open on the 99.5 KISS Main Stage at the San Antonio Fiesta Oyster Bake April 18.
By finishing first at the battle, which was held at Papa Woody’s Roadhouse in San Antonio, Fallout secured a spot on the main stage during one of the largest music events in the area.
Anyone who has ever fallen or stumbled can find solace in the fact that not only have millions of people done the same over the course of history, but so has Jesus Christ. One good way to remember that – as well as celebrate Easter this year – might be by viewing the newly-finished Stations of the Cross at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District students Shelby Penney and Darlyn Sanchez, sixth-graders, finished in a tie and were selected as district scholars of the month for March. Each month, students from two different grade levels will be highlighted as the top scholars. This is made possible through a partnership between Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, IBC Bank and KVOU Radio, in an effort to promote and encourage scholastic excellence among students.
Dominique Harmon of Captivated Images was named a silver medalist during the Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition. Harmon is the daughter of Leo and Barbara Lamontagne of Leakey. She is a 1982 graduate of Uvalde High School. A panel of 45 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.
El Progreso Memorial Library is celebrating March as Women’s History Month.
This month, library display cases feature books on women in music. A sampling of the artists featured includes Whitney Houston, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross, Selena, Barbara Streisand and Dale Evans.
In addition to biographies and items about women in music shown in the display cases, the library has eBooks, books in print, audio and video tapes, and discs available to check out.
Mendell Morgan, library director, said the women who founded El Progreso in 1903 would be pleased to see how their forward vision for the establishment of a public library has grown into such an invaluable resource.
“These are historical women who made history,” Morgan said “If you haven’t been by lately, you are missing out – the library is adding new items in all formats frequently and updating technology available to serve the residents of the Uvalde area free of charge.”
The fourth-annual Uvalde’s Got Talent competition will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the John H. Harrell Auditorium at Uvalde High School. The proceeds from the event will go to the Class of 2015 for prom and senior farewell week.
This year’s competition started with 47 talented acts who auditioned in February. The first round of competition was competitive with many contestants putting forth their best effort to impress the show’s producer, John Juhasz.
Since the inception of the show in 2012, the number of people auditioning has increased greatly and the level of professionalism and hard work the producer has been seeing has improved. “The final round of this year’s competition will be a testament to the musical instruction we have going on in this area, and to the competitive events like this that push them all to excel if they want to keep up,” said Juhasz.