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Hot time planned for Chili and Bluegrass Festival

Hot time planned for Chili and Bluegrass FestivalIf you are looking for a mouth watering, toe tapping good time, then the Alamo Mission Museum is the place to be on Saturday, April 25. The second annual Chili and Bluegrass event is planned for Saturday afternoon and evening on the museum’s grounds. Above, the Pistolaros will be entertaining the crowd during the event. For more details on competing or just enjoying the festivities, please see the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Arbor Day celebration Friday

The City of Mount Vernon will conduct an Arbor Day celebration  from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. The event will be centered around the pavilion at Little Creek Park, located off Jackson St. Parking is available along the street as well as parking areas inside the park. Attendees will be treated to hot dogs, chips and drinks at the pavilion. For more information, see the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Hula workshop and ukulele concert planned

A “Hula Workshop” with “The Ukulele Lady” Michele Kiba is planned for Sunday,  May 3 at the Cultural Arts Center in Mount Vernon. The hour-long workshop will begin at 2 p.m. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Moore awarded Best of Show in April Arts

Moore awarded Best of Show in April ArtsAl Moore was presented with the Best of Show award in the 2009 April Arts competition. The juried show was conducted in conjunction with the event’s two-day show and sale as part of Cypress SpringFest. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

High Strung band joins Bluegrass Festival Saturday

High Strung band joins Bluegrass Festival SaturdayThe High Strung band will take part in the Bluegrass Festival at the Alamo Mission Museum on Saturday, April 25. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bank

Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bankHadley Sears, Veronica Jordan, and Will Gamblin display their certificates received by the Key Club at the Bake-off. Preliminary proceeds to the Franklin County Community Food Bank equaled $5,534 from the sixth annual Key Club Bake-off and Auction on Saturday, April 18. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more details.

Tickets available for National Day of Prayer luncheon

A National Day of Prayer luncheon has been scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. The luncheon will be from 12 to 1 p.m, with the serving line beginning at 11:30. Tickets for the luncheon are $7 each and are available from FUMC or from one of the table captains that have volunteered to help sponsor the event. For a listing of table captains, please see the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weather

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weatherDespite the forecast for wet weather, a record number of 137 riders registered for the 2009 Tour de Cypress bike ride on Saturday, April 18. Above, the 100K ride leaders pedal through the rain on Hwy. 21. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Aggies unite for muster

Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have died within the last year, announced Muster Chair Connie Newcomb. Various Muster activities, including dinner, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Ben and Connie Newcomb in Mount Vernon. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M University are invited to attend. For more information regarding the Texas Aggie Muster in Mount Vernon, call Connie Newcomb at 903-588-5746 or  e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..