Staff at Rocksprings’s award-winning Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library and Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area invite area residents to a free community picnic, evening bat emergence show, and NASA-led moon-viewing event. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings. Attendees will caravan to the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area from there.
Four students received their high school diplomas Wednesday after working tirelessly over the summer to recover credits and pass their end-of-course exams. The commencement took place during a special Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District school board meeting held at the Uvalde High School library.
One of the biggest draws to Palomino Fest each year is the professional music lineup, which always features a little bit for everyone. Few genres are left out of this year’s music lineup, which is headlined by local legends Los Palominos. All acts will perform on one of two stages: Bud Light Concert Stage or Southwest Junior College Community Stage.
Uvalde High School cheerleaders Ashlyn Velasquez, Brandon Hernandez, Monica Vargas and Alyssa Aguirre will be heading to London this December to participate in the 2015 Varsity Cheer Tour, which includes performing in the London New Year’s Day parade. Each cheerleader was designated as an All-American at a recent summer camp, which allows them the opportunity to visit England.
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.