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January 12, 2017

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Turtle Release Draws Crowd

By Jay Gardner

On the Rocks

There is a LOT going on around the Island these days! Duck hunting, POA taxes, the Packery Channel six-pack projects, cars in the canals, thief’s, the Aquarius traffic light, the expansion of Hwy 361, the rebuilding of beach access road 3, the Mustang Island/Padre Island Master Plan, Lake Padre, Schlitterbahn, and the Park Road 22 bridge. But I’m not going to talk about any of that stuff. You loyal readers are already up on those topics. We’re going to talk about the vegetative history of Padre Island. Yup. The history of trees and grasses on the Island. How can that be exciting you may be asking yourself? Well, to be honest, I believe our areas’ history would be a little different. Instead of settling Corpus Christi and THEN moving out to the Island, the Island may have been settled at least concurrently, and not 180 years later. Who knows? As you all know, some of the early accounts of the Island were made by Spanish explorers, namely those naval explorers like Padilla in 1554 and Parilla in 1766. De la Fuente’s survey of Padre Balli in 1828, however, is when we first start getting an idea of the landscape of Padre Island, with mentions of pastures increasing as he went northward, and trees are finally mentioned on the northern end. I am going to presume that he was referring to the oak motte that is located around the Packery Channel area. There are a few other small mottes on the Seashore, and you can see them on the right hand side before you get to HQ.

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Why is this important? Well, for one, the lack of trees is important in the settling of the Island. Without trees, there’s no boats. There’s no firewood for heating or cooking. There’s no lumber for building houses. There’s no wood to build anything. With a lack of trees, the land is pretty much desolate. It was good for cattle grazing though. Speaking of cattle grazing, one of the things that I find extremely interesting is the lack of mesquites on the Island. Mesquites are known to have changed the entirety of south Texas, as it used to be grasslands until cattle showed up. Cattle spread mesquite beans, and hence mesquite trees. However, I can’t think of any mesquites on the Island that weren’t brought here by us for landscaping. With the proliferation of mesquites everywhere else, I find it odd that there are no mesquites out here. Anyway, history is fun. The Island has changed from being used by the Karankawas to escape attacking enemies, avoided by the Spanish for 300 years as it was a desolate, barren place as they sailed by on ships, to a cattle ranch, to finally the National Seashore, and the place where many of us call home. Y’all drop me a line at tarponchaser@mail.com and I’ll see you On the Rocks next week.

There are a few black willow trees on the Island, mainly by the Bird Island boat ramp, and around some of the back lakes near the big dunes at Big Cove. There was supposedly a “stump forest” in the Bird Island boat ramp area (Louis Rawalt), which would suggest that there might have been a grove of both oaks and willows in that area for quite some time. This area is directly across from the Novillo line camp house on the Seashore. I don’t think its coincidence by one tiny bit. I believe that there has been a steady water supply in that area for many, many years.

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Texas Senate Opens 85th Session By Richard Lee Texas Senate News The Legislature of the State of Texas was called to order in both houses on Tuesday, kicking off a fresh 140 day session for lawmakers to address the needs and future of the state. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was happy to welcome members new and old to the storied building. “We are blessed to serve others, especially with people we respect,” he told the 31 members and their families in a packed Senate Chamber. Senators were also welcomed to Austin by Gov. Greg Abbott, who challenged members to set aside political differences and to work for the benefit of the people of Texas. “People of both political parties can come together to ensure that Texas retains its extraordinary brand of opportunity,” said Abbott. “We may bring different political perspectives, but we unite under one capitol dome. “ Three freshman Senators took the oath of office for the first time on Tuesday. Senator Dawn Buckingham will represent the 24th District of Texas, a central region that stretches from Abilene in the north to Fredericksburg in the south, as well as parts of west Austin. This is her first term in the Legislature. The other two new members are both former state Representatives. After 10 years in the House, Senator Borris Miles will represent SD 13, which comprises much of the city of Houston. Senator Bryan Hughes will represent SD 1, which includes parts of the northeast region of the state including the City of Tyler. His prior service in the House began in 2003.

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The most important job for the Legislature in any session is crafting the state budget, and this time it will have less money available than last biennium. That’s according to the revenue estimate released by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday, who estimates the state will collect $104.9 billion in revenue over the next two years. The Texas Constitution says that lawmakers can’t spend more than the state takes in, and that number is down almost three billion dollars from last biennium. Budget writers will also start with less money in the bank this session, with $1.5 billion left in state coffers compared to more than seven billion dollars two years ago. While revenue collections were up a modest 1.7 percent over last biennium, Hegar said that an estimated $4.7 billion in sales tax funds, earmarked toward transportation spending by voters who approved Proposition 7 on last November’s ballot, drove the estimate below 2016-2017 levels. Another factor was the sharp drop in oil and gas prices since 2014, impacting the state’s collections from the oil and gas severance tax. “Still, the diversity of the Texas economy has allowed for slow but continued economic expansion and steady growth in employment, which we expect to continue over the coming biennium. Texas stands in contrast to other states with large energy industries, many of which have suffered declines in employment and economic output,” said Hegar. The comptroller’s estimate predicts economic growth in 2017 of 2.5 percent and about 3 percent in 2018-19, less than the 20year average of 3.8 percent but well above last year’s anemic rate of 0.2 percent.

State Predicted to Raise $1.4 Billion in Biennium Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the state’s Biennial Revenue Estimate this week, showing the state is projected to have approximately $104.9 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2018-19 biennium. State budgets are based on two year periods to coincide with the meeting of the legislature which meets every other year. The total represents a 2.7 percent decrease from the amounts available for the 201617 biennium. It’s important to note that this decline is not due to a projected drop in total revenue collections from the 2016-17 biennium to the 2018-19 biennium. The Comptroller is projecting overall revenue growth from the current biennium to the next. Such growth, however, is offset by a significantly lower beginning balance of $1.5 billion. In addition, a 2015 voter-approved constitutional provision (Proposition 7) dedicates up to $5 billion in biennial sales tax revenue to the State Highway Fund (SHF) starting in the 2018-19 biennium to address important transportation infrastructure needs. “Ongoing weakness in activity related to oil and natural gas has been a drag on state economic growth and led to lagging revenue collections in 2016,” Hegar said. “Still, the diversity of the Texas economy has allowed for slow but continued economic expansion and steady growth in employment, which we expect to continue over the coming biennium. Texas stands in contrast to other states with large energy industries, many of which have suffered declines in employment and economic output.”

Sate sales tax Sales tax collections make up the state’s single largest source of General Revenue-Related (GR-R) revenues. The BRE projects GR-R revenues from sales taxes to be nearly $62.0 billion in the next biennium. Subtracting about $4.7 billion dedicated to the SHF as a result of the passage of Proposition 7 leaves nearly $57.3 billion. Added to this are other GR-R revenues of $49.2 billion and a beginning balance of approximately $1.5 billion, bringing the subtotal to $108.0 billion. From this subtotal, $3.1 billion will be set aside for transfers to the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) and the SHF, leaving $104.9 billion available to the Legislature for general-purpose spending in the next biennium.

2019, while the state’s unemployment rate is expected to remain relatively unchanged at 4.5 percent in both fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Other revenue sources motor vehicle-related taxes, including sales, rental and manufactured housing taxes, are expected to reach $9.87 billion, up 6.7 percent from 2016-17. oil production tax collections are projected to generate $4.7 billion in the 2018-19 biennium, a 32.3 percent increase from $3.6 billion generated in the current biennium; natural gas tax collections in the 2018-19 biennium are expected to be $1.7 billion, 27 percent more than the $1.3 billion collected in 2016-17. the state’s franchise tax revenue for all funds is estimated to be $7.8 billion for 2018-19, a 2.4 percent increase. The state’s Rainy Day Fund balance currently stands at approximately $10.2 billion. Absent any additional appropriations that might be made by the Legislature, the balance is expected to be $11.9 billion at the end of the 2018-19 biennium. “While our state revenues were down in 2016 and we face some difficult decisions in the coming months, Texas remains fiscally healthy,” Hegar said. “Despite energy-related headwinds, Texas has gained 210,000 jobs in the last year, and while our gains have not been at the same rapid rate as a few years ago, it is important to note that we have added jobs in 19 of the last 20 months. We have also seen signs of possible improvement in recent months, with some modest acceleration in job growth and oil prices and rig counts rising. And December brought the best monthly sales tax revenue collections since May 2015.” State revenue from all sources and for all purposes is expected to reach $224.8 billion for the 2018-19 biennium, including approximately $74.9 billion in federal receipts, along with other income and revenues dedicated for specific purposes and therefore unavailable for general-purpose spending.

By Todd Hunter, District 32

Tourism is a booming industry in Texas – not to mention an essential component of the state’s economy. As one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations, this is especially true in the Coastal Bend. In 2015 alone, travel accounted for over $68.7 billion in direct spending in Texas. In addition, tourism also directly supported 648,000 jobs across a variety of sectors, representing a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year. Given these statistics, I would like to discuss the sizable impact travel and tourism have in the state and, most importantly, in the Coastal Bend. According to a report released by the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Division, the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Corpus Christi and Port Aransas and Aransas, Nueces and San Patricio counties, ranks as the sixth-most visited destination in the state out of 26 metropolitan statistical areas. Economically, travel and tourism accounted for over $1.3 billion in direct spending and 17,000 jobs. According to the report, 90.6% of visitors to the area in 2015 were Texans, which made the Coastal Bend area one of the top three tourist destinations for in state travel alongside Houston and San Antonio. Some information shows that a large group of out-of-state visitors originated from Colorado Springs, CO, Atlanta, GA and Missoula, MT. The report also outlined the different activity categories in which visitors to the area participated. As you might expect, our beaches are enormous assets to our region and the Coastal Bend – 54.4% of activities could be attributed to the ‘Nature’ category, including beach/waterfront, wildlife viewing,

and parks. ‘Outdoor Sports’, which includes fishing, hiking, and water sports, was also extremely popular – accounting for 23.4% of stays. In addition, 37.2 % of the activities in which visitors engaged fell within the ‘Culture’ category, which included trips to historic sites, touring and sightseeing, and visiting museums and art exhibits. The ‘Libation/ Culinary’ category, which includes culinary/ dining experiences and winery/distillery/ brewery tours, represented 25% of visits. The average length of the stay was 2.2 days. Visitors traveling by automobile accounted for 95.3% of the method of travel, while 2.7% traveled by air for an average distance traveled of 249 miles. The Governor’s Office report also included demographic profiles of visitors to our area. The average age of visitors was 45.8 years old. 18-34 year olds accounted for 31% of visits, 35-49 year olds accounted for 29.1%, 55-64 year olds for 24.2%, and 65+ years for 15.7%. The average household income of visitors was $78,889, and the average visitor spent $102.50/ per day. These facts and figures can be found at www.travel.texas.gov . If you would like to review more about the legislature, please visit the Texas Legislature online at www.capitol.state.tx.us/ .  If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office; 361-949-4603). - State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32 Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house. texas.gov or at 512-463-0672.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Are you scouting for a place to sell your food or other goods? The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications from vendors to sell their food or goods at its City beaches and parks. We added a new vending location in an effort to enhance the experience of our beach and park visitors.

Six-month Vending Permits from March to August 2017 will be issued to vendors. This will not affect current vendors approved through February. Applications are now being accepted until 5pm on Friday, January 27, 2017, from vendors seeking permits to operate at City beaches or parks. Applications will be reviewed, and if necessary a drawing will be held to determine vendor locations. Upon selection, vendors will be notified and a permit will be issued for the location prior to the beginning of the permit period. Vendors selected to receive permits may be required to undergo and pass background checks prior to issuing permits. The application is available on the City of Corpus Christi website at http://www.cctexas.com/ customer-service-center/online-services/citypermit-forms/index. Completed applications and required documentation for vending permits must be submitted to staff in person or by email at any of the following locations: Parks & Recreation Department’s Special Events Office at Galvan House in Heritage Park; 1581 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi,

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IT ’ S TI M E AG A I N FOR OUR Letters from Frostbite Betty Bert is opening a jewelry store, right across from the Frostbite Falls Drugstore. This is big news! It’s not so far-fetched considering that he has been making beautiful rings, bracelets, and earrings for the last few years. He is stepping out.  Watch for a Clip-n-save coupon for your next adornment. Insiders’ tip?  Come in the

The fresh snow blows off the field and into the driveway in the wild wind, making some deep drifts. I try to see it coming and park down on the road, so I don’t wake up snowed in. Bert likes to shovel his way out, or else get stuck. Thank goodness for our young and vigorous plow guy, with his big truck and big sense of humor. He insightfully mentioned: “My wife’s from the Dominican Republic, and hasn’t been stuck in fifteen years, with her snow tires on (her car).  You might like to get some of those ...” Staying warm takes about half the day it seems. Bert is a champ at keeping the woodshed stocked, and hauling in the piles every couple days. He has a two handed snow scooper, so he clears a path to the wood, dumps out the snow, and replaces it with armloads of the birch and maple split logs, drags it into the basement. Then every trip up the stairs we grab a couple logs and feed the fire. It eats plenty.

The Winter Texans are here and Jim knows how to dress for the rain

Night at the Races

Save the Date Saturday, January 28 The Padre Island Rotary is presenting their popular “Night at the Races”. The event is Saturday, January 28, at the Veranda at Schlitterbahn, beginning at 6:00. Ticket price is $35.00, which includes appetizer buffet and a cash bar with Happy Hour prices all evening. Tickets are being sold at Schlitterbahn, and by all Rotary Members.

But here in our white and gray world, we are cozy. We sure hope you are too. summer, when the sun is out.  This week we had such strong sharp-edged wind that the little birds couldn’t hold on to the feeder long enough to get more that one tiny bird bite. The woodpecker lasted the longest. He was so ruffled that all the black and white feathers jumbled up the pattern. 

Oh, and the budget update?  It’s a lot of fun rummaging around in the number world. My hunch so far?  Well there just isn’t really enough money.  Easy to figure out. I’m doing much better on the resolution about the vegetables.  Stay warm y’all! Betty and Bert

Winter Market January 14-15 in Aransas Pass

Port Aransas CAN (Collaborating As Neighbors)

Texas Market Guide announces its first event of 2017. The sixth annual Texas Winter Market I comes to the Aransas Pass Civic Center. The Civic Center is located at 700 W. Wheeler Ave. Aransas Pass. Aransas Pass was chosen as the show site due to the great local shoppers and wonderful convention facility. It has also been said that a quality arts and crafts event would be most welcome in the area.

Port Aransas CAN is a newly formed organization whose mission is to improve our community by facilitating neighbors helping neighbors. Port Aransas CAN is designed to be a youth/adult program for helping elderly, disabled and other residents in need who are unable to physically or financially help themselves.

Vendors from around the country will show items such as candles, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry, Texas handmade, art, gifts, metal art, Texas wine, gifts for the guys,home décor, garden related gifts, and so much more. Texas Winter Market I will be held on January 14-15, and show hours are 9-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. This event is open to the public. Admission to the show is $3.00; however, customers can save $1.00 on their admission by bringing a canned good or nonperishable food item (such as peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, rice, tuna, canned meats, etc.) as a donation to the food pantry. Admission is good for all days and kids 12 and under are always free. For general information please call 888-2253427.

Port A. Garden Club Home Tour

Make your plans now for the Annual Home Tour on Jan. 28th in Port Aransas. This year’s event features “Old Town” Port Aransas, with the diverse collection of homes, cottages and a few surprises all located in the heart of Port Aransas. From homes of historical significance to newly renovated to new construction to “glamping” you will visit homes that showcase island living at its finest. The casas, cottages and homes are the perfect example of the life and charm that is “old town” Port Aransas. This one of a kind home tour provides visitors with several options for viewing. The Home tour is accessible via bus, bicycle, golf carts, vehicles or on foot. Tour maps and brochures listing the tour homes are available at the Community Center. Bus tours are available at 9:00 and 11:00am—cost is $25.00 per person. Self-guided tours are available from 1:00 to 5:00pm—cost is $20.00 per person Bus tour tickets are limited to 90 per tour; self-guided tickets are unlimited. Tickets are available for purchase: Susan Castor Collection, 1908 Hwy 361 Gratitude, 316 N. Station Street or on tour day at the Port Aransas Community Center  Get More Information on the Tour (or contact PAGC for an interview): Call or text the PAGC phone at 361-332-8080 Email portagardenclub@gmail.com Follow us on our website PortAransasGardenClub.org

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You will watch actual races shown on multiple TV’s around the restaurant. You will place your bets at three betting windows then proceed to cheer your horse t o win. There will be 8 races with ten horses in each race. You will bet on them with $1,000.00 in funny money that you will receive upon entrance. During the Evening, if you run out of the funny money, you can always buy more. You will also be able to buy a horse each race for $20.00. There will be 10 sold at each race. If that horse wins, you win $100 and a bottle of champagne to share with your friends. At the end of the evening you turn your winnings in for raffle tickets for some great prizes. Your admission ticket will have a door prize stub on it that you will drop in the bucket upon entering. We will be calling numbers throughout the night for some good prizes as well. This is a really fun night on the Island. Get up, shake off the cold and come join us at The Races. We also welcome our Winter Texans to join in the fun.

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Port Aransas CAN is looking for projects that meet the following criteria: You must own and live on the property in Port Aransas. No work can be done on a rented or leased property Typical projects would include mowing and general yard work, trimming low lying tree limbs and bushes, picking up old wood and other objects for disposal and carrying them curbside, and minor repairs to the exterior of the home. Limited work inside the home would be considered. Some homes just require more skilled labor and time than the program can provide. There will be no cost to the homeowner, and all projects will be completed. The program was born when local resident Johnie Swenson visited St. Martins and was impressed by their “Jollification” program. “Jollification” is a part of the islanders work ethic and cooperative society, a tradition that combines work and celebration for the benefit of a family member, friend, or the community as a whole. She brought the idea back to her Port Aransas church, Trinity by the Sea, and the idea was born to start Port Aransas CAN. The city of El Campo has already established a similar program and has generously provided advice and information. The first meetings have brought together city leadership, city employees, ministers, civic organization, contractors, realtors, school employees, citizens and retirees to bring this idea to fruition. Frank Morgan has agreed to act as Chairperson for the core committee. The first project is already in the planning stages. The goal is to make this a quarterly day of “jollification” for the city. This is an opportunity for the entire community to come together to help our own! The goal is to involve the schools, scout groups, Keep Port Aransas Beautiful and other civic organizations to help with labor and funding. The cost will be minimal and donations from business and the civic community will be welcome. Projects will be submitted for consideration. Our first workday is Saturday, January 28th (weather permitting). If you or a friend is in need of assistance, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Port Aransas Can at 361-749-6449

BINGO at the BEACH Coming Soon Schlitterbahn to Host Kiwanis Club BINGO

By Brent Rourk

Get your Daubers ready and your mind in the frame to have fun as the Kiwanis Club of Padre Island begins its 6 week stretch of wildly popular Thursday night BINGO at the BEACH beginning February 2nd at Schlitterbahn on the Island. This very festive annual 6 week event has provided Islanders with a welcome opportunity to have some great, clean fun during the week with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and to win cash and door prizes. Serving as a major fundraiser for children in our community, the Kiwanis supports assistance with the special needs of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) clients, local sponsorship for the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up on Padre Island in the Spring and the Fall, Explorer Post 133 (a police officer lead at-risk Boy Scout Troop), Timon’s Ministry, the Flour Bluff High School and Junior High School Math & Science Team, Boy Scout 949, Key Club at Veterans High School, the Island Foundation, Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M (life jackets for children), the Seashore Middle Academy Math

Team and Science Olympiad, supply once a month food bags for students at Flour Bluff, Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, and a Children’s Breakfast with Santa. The Kiwanis Club of Padre Island is asking local businesses to help co-sponsor the BINGO evenings. Each of the six Bingo sponsorships is $50. To participate in all six Bingo’s the cost is $250. Your business will be advertised by a posted sign and will be announced at each Bingo that you sponsor. You may also wish to provide a gift certificate or gift basket to be used a raffle prize. Checks should be made to “Kiwanis Club of Padre Island”. The Kiwanis Club of Padre Island meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at noon at The Veranda at Schlitterbahn. Our guest speakers are always very interesting and informative. Please consider joining us for a meeting. For additional information contact Maybeth at 361-244-2337 or John at 361-7790477. Get ready to BINGO – the next number called might be yours!

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WIN TER TEXAN RO UND-U P ! Upcoming Fun for Winter Texans! Port A. Parks & Rec pamg@cityofportaransas.org 361-749-4158 www.cityofportaransas.org/parks Dance Night Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19, 6:30pm at Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. couples, singles welcome for fun, socializing and exercise. Line dancing, 80s step…something for everyone. Donation accepted for a non-profit. Snacks and drinks provided. No need to have skills; come learn, teach and enjoy. Pastime Matinee Jan. 18, 2:30 pm – Parks & Rec sponsored movies each Wednesday afternoon. This will be held at Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. (return to PACT next week). Free movie, popcorn and drink. It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World: The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he has buried a fortune in stolen loot, under the Big W. All of the motorists set out to find the fortune. Yoga on the Beach Try out  a free yoga lesson on Saturday, Jan. 14, 8am, courtesy of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation. Bring blanket or towel suitable for use on beach. Meet under purple flag near Horace Caldwell Pier at the end of Beach Street. Be on time as instructor Nancy Myers will take participants to inside location if weather is bad. Picturing Port A Come see photos of local places, nature and people on Sunday, Jan. 15, 6pm Event will be held at Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Local photographer LeAnna Morgan will present photo slideshows of our area. LeAnna owns of Island Paparazzi Photography and Commercial Bait Dealer. Along with her photography, she is the First Mate at The Scarlet Lady Dolphin Adventures. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Brown Bag Lectures Hear a scintillating presentation by Devorah Fox on “Dragon Appreciation Day” on Monday, Jan. 16. “What if?” Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series including “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and “The Lost King,” awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence. She also wrote the historical thriller “Detour,” coauthored the contemporary thriller, “Naked Came the Sharks,” with Jed Donellie, contributed to “Masters of Time: a SciFi/ Fantasy Time Travel Anthology,” and “Magic Unveiled: An Anthology,” and has several Mystery Mini Short Reads to her name. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http:// devorahfox.com. Presentations begin at noon, at Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Bring your lunch and munch while hearing short interesting talks or slideshows on a variety of topics. We’re Having Fun Activities This entertaining event starts back on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with Stress Balls the first activity. All are held at 2pm, at Girl Scout hut in the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation building, 739 W. Ave. A, on corner of Cut-Off Road. Activities are free and supplies are provided. WHF is learning how-to or not-to make or do something. Doesn’t always work, but always fun! 1/24: Bath Salts, 1/31: Magnets. Catamaran Cruises Register now to save a spot for two trips scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, courtesy of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation. Enjoy sailing aboard the S/V Isla with Captain Tom Doran. Pre-registration is required due to limited space aboard the boat. Contact Pam Greene at 749-4158 or pamg@ cityofportaransas.org to reserve space. Fee: $15 per person. Trip will be in channels and bays in area. Choose trip 11am-1pm or 1:303:30pm.   Go With the Flow Offered by Parks and Recreation, class is held on Fridays, 4-5pm at Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 Hwy 361 in Port Aransas. A balletic dance/ movement class set to ballet music and using ballet and T’ai Chi warm ups plus simple ballet floor movement. This class will improve posture, mood, balance and flexibility plus strengthen the feet and ankles. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Full skirts are ok too. You can wear ballet slippers, jazz shoes or go barefoot. No socks please. Class size limited to 8 for now. Class will be the Dance Room at theater. $3 per

class. Please call Sally Jo at 361-271-7765 to sign up.   Pickleball Pickleball has resumed and will continue until March 10. Bill and Laura Arvold are coordinating pickleball for the Parks & Rec. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 1-3pm (may be longer). They play on three courts on the inline skating rink at the community park weather permitting. Contact Parks & Rec Community Program Coordinator Pam Greene at 361-749-4158 or pamg@cityofportaransas.org or Laura Arvold at larvold@arvoldlaw.com for more information.   Winter Walking Tours Mission-Aransas Reserve partners with Parks & Rec for nature walks. Tours are Fridays at 3pm through March. Stroll along the trails with guide Judy Perkins to see what budding, blooming or bustling in the marshes, prairie and mottes of the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture. Bring binoculars, camera and water. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen & mosquito spray. Meet at the Preserve Pavilion at the end of Port Street.   Interval Training Offered by Parks and Recreation with certified personal trainer Karen Decker (361-903-0901). Training is in short spurts for all ages and levels. Work at your own pace. Both the 6:30 am (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) High Intensity Interval Class (HIIT) & the 5:15 pm (Monday, Wednesday) Beginner-Moderate Level class will be held on an ongoing basis at the Port Aransas Senior High School located at 100 S. Station Street. Classes will be held upstairs in the 2nd floor foyer. Cost is $3 a class or $30 for 15 classes. Cash or check to COPA. Open to men & women. Bring mat & water.  Spring Forest Qigong Event is held at 9am every Saturday. Relax, just do it! Suzanne McCann  leads a weekly moving meditation in the outdoor pavilion at the Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture. It will move to the Girl Scout hut inside the Parks & Recreation building, 739 W. Avenue A if weather is bad. Being active in cooler morning temperature is a great way to start your day! $3/person!   Birding on the Boardwalk Learn a little about birds at 9am every Wednesday. Join birding expert, Nan Dietert, as she points out what’s flying, floating or fishing at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center at the end of Ross Avenue. Birders of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your own binoculars. FREE! Port Aransas Community Pool Winter Schedule: Pool is heated. Closed Mondays. 700 Clark Pkwy 361-749-2416 Open Swim: Tuesday through Sunday 1-5pm. Lap Swim/Exercise: Tuesday through Friday 8am-5 pm, Saturday & Sunday noon-5pm. Water Aerobics: Tuesday-Friday at noon & Deep Water Aerobics: Tuesday-Friday 11am. Total Body Aquacize: Tuesday & Thursday at 8:30am, Wednesday & Friday 9:30am and Saturday at noon with AAAI Water Aerobics instructor Sally Jo Bartlett. Weather permitting – Call first! Whooping Crane Festival Registration Now Open Registration is open for the annual Whooping Crane Festival scheduled for February 23-26, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities. As the festival has grown over the years, so has the variety of events. World renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, will be one of the featured speakers. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to take guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view the world’s last naturally-occurring population of Whooping Cranes on their wintering grounds. Additional festival activities include birding and nature boat and bus tours, interactive workshops and seminars, a painting and wine tasting class, a free nature-related trade show, and a family birding field trip. For more information and online registration, visit www.whoopingcranefestival.org. Several trips are expected to fill up fast due to the popularity of the festival, so participants are encouraged to register early. Online registration closes at 5:00 p.m. CST on February 14. Onsite registration will open on February 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Port Aransas Civic Center and run daily through the festival. For listings of accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and a myriad of “island-style” activities, visit www. portaransas.org or call 800-45-COAST. Wild Horse Saloon 212 Beach Ave.  Port Aransas TX FREE-- Texas hold ‘em poker tournaments @ 4:00 Wed-Sunday, W/daily

food and drink specials.  Port Aransas Art Center 323 N. Alister 361-749-7334 Tuesdays Drop In & Draw -Pat Donohue - 9:30am-12:30pmCost:$20.00 non-members $18 Members Come, learn to draw or improve your skills, you will have a great time! Bring your drawing supplies. (First Tuesday is portrait drawing if you don’t want to do a portrait you may bring something else if you wish). THURSDAYS--SOFT PASTELS- LAURA GRIFFITH- ~ 9:30 am -12:30 pm-Cost: $20.00 non-members\ $18 members Learn this very fun and artistic medium. Laura has a great lesson plan each week or complete something of your own. Use our pastels to get started if you don’t have a set and consult instructor about proper paper. FRIDAYS -Beginning / Intermediate Watercolor - nancy buskey / Kay Barnebey 10am-1pm . Cost: $25 Come, learn to paint or advance your painting skills with great instructors. Class is also taught by Nancy Buskey. Supply List available, the A/C has paints and brushes you can use to get started. Jan.23- Thru-March 13- MONDAYS-SOFT PASTELS- DONNA GARVEN ~ 9:30 am -12:30 pm-Cost: $20.00 non-members\ $18 members Learn this very fun and artistic medium. She will have a lesson plan each week or complete something of your own. Use our pastels to get started if you don’t have a set and consult the instructor about proper paper.

Art Center Workshops Cliff Welty-Lifelike Portraits2 Day Workshop 11am-4pm with a break Dates:Monday January 9th & Wednesday January 11th $100 includes both days pre-pay by 1/6 Wine Whine & Design- January 15th 5-8pm Cost: $40 Instructor-Arlene Hughes Donation to the Art Center’s Building Fund

Aransas. Programs may not occur during inclement weather. 1/19/17 – 1/26/17: Public Lecture Series – The Marine Science Institute hosts a popular public lecture series on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Marine Science Education Center, 855 East Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas. All lectures are free and especially prepared for the public. 1/19/17 - “From Sunflowers to Spikes to Santa Claus: My peculiar sixty years’ career in Science and Technology” by Tony Amos, University of Texas Marine Science Institute 1/26/17 “What’s up with the Weather?  Ask an Expert.” (Interactive Presentations with a Special Panel of Weather Experts) by John Metz and Lara Keys, National Weather Service; Dr Feiqin Xie, TAMUCC; and Dale Nelson, KRIS TV

Community Presbyterian Church 129 S. Alister, Port A, 361-749-5321, jelm@ portabc.com Monday: Aerobics, Mahjongg, Beginning Line Dance, Intermediate Line Dance, AA Meeting, Prayer Shawl Needleworks, Learn to Crochet Tuesday: Body Toning, Quilting & Sewing For Charities, Beginning Tai Chi, Yoga, Advanced Paper Cutting, Advanced Tai Chi, Opry Jam, Advanced Watercolor, AA Meeting, Trip to San Antonio, Silk Tie Purses, Stained Glass Class Wednesday: Aerobics, Scherenschnitte for Beginners, Spanish, Yoga, Mahjongg, AA Meeting, Drawing, Spiritual Sharing, Bible Study Thursday: Body Toning, Creative Writing, Beginning Line Dance, Yoga, Bible Study, AA Meeting, Two Sisters Crafts, Wuilting, Needleworks, Pinochle, Quilting, Crafts, Trips

Exploring Florals—All Media 1 Day Workshop Judith DeShong Hall Saturday January 28th 10am-4pm w/break

Friday: Aerobics, Mahjongg, Cribbage, Tai Chi, Yoga, AA Meeting, Hand & Foot, Siameese Mahjongg, Opry Jam, Abundant Aging Support Groug

ArtSign Workshop Lizz Harris/Annette Weber/You & Me & the Sea February 6th 1-4pm

Saturday: Trip to Progresso, Tuna Does Vegas, Crafter’s Sale, Goldwing Express Shows

Dakota Rogers-Jacob’s Ladder Cost: $29 Wednesday February 8th 10am-12:30

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Lee Ricks Watercolor Workshop Dates:February 11 & 12 Time: 9:30-4:30 w/ lunch break Cost: $125 Easy Coil Baskets Judith DeShong Hall Workshop Dates: February 13 & 20 Time:2-4 pm COST:$50 includes both Pre-pay by Feb. 9th Dakota Rogers-French Riviera JournalCost: $50 Wed. Feb. 15th 10am-12:30 Dakota Rogers-2017 Calendar -Saturday February 18th 10am-12noon Cost: $29 Brenda Staresnick –Sketchbook Journaling–Workshop March 25 Time: 102pm Cost:$30 + Supplies Pre-pay by 3/18 Wine Whine & Design Class Sunday January 15th 5-8pm Cost $40 BYOB & Snacks and We provide all the rest. Stress free, fun & creative! Paint the pair of chickadees one step at a time. Paint in simple steps guided by an artist. The Art Center provides all materials. 16X20 canvas, brushes, paint & wine glasses! So sign up now to save your spot!!

Port A Glass Studio Port A Glass Studio & Art Gallery has expanded its fused glass workshops this year and has added Glass Casting, Small dish making, Intro to enamel on glass as well as Dichroic Jewelry, Garden Stakes and intro to Reactive glass.  Evening and weekend workshops have also been added to the schedule.  Private parties for small groups can be arranged as well. Call 361-749-6358 or see www.portaglass.com for more information and an online calendar.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute 1/12/17 - 1/27/17: Nature Walk - Come explore The Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture on a free docent led nature walk. This Port Aransas Preserve has over two miles of hike and bike trails (crushed granite and boardwalk) and encompasses 1,217 acres of land. Join us as we enjoy the serene habitats of salt marsh and algal flats. You’ll be serenaded by herons, egrets and the whisper of salt cord grass. Offered Fridays at 3:00 p.m. Tour starts at Phase I pavilion at the end of Port Street, past the ferry. Programs sponsored by The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Mission-Aransas Reserve and the City of Port

The Ethel Eyerly Community Center in Flour Bluff is open with a full activities schedule which is shown below. All are welcome. It is located at 654 Graham Road in Flour Bluff and is dedicated to helping those age 60 and over. A $1.50 donation is requested for meals which are served each day at 11:30. Monday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM ($8/month-Ladies Only) Computer Interest Group Every Second Monday 12:30 to 2 PM Wii Bowling 12:30 PM Tuesday Zumba Gold (Co-Ed) 10:30-11:30 AM ($20/month or $4/session) Table Tennis & Table Games-12 PM Wednesday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM ($8/month-Ladies Only) Chair Volleyball 12:30 PM-??? (about 3:30 PM) AARP Chapter 4181 Meeting @ 1 PM (2nd & 4th Wednesdays) Painting Class 1:30-4:30 PM $5 per class 1st & 3rd Wednesdays Thursday Zumba Gold (Co-Ed) 10:30-11:30 AM ($20/month, or $4/session) Wii Bowling & Chair Volleyball - 12:30-4:45 PM Quilting 2nd Thursday of the Month Friday Silver Haired Fitness 10-11 AM ($8/month – Ladies Only) Table Tennis – 11:30 AM Bingo -12:30 PM ($.50 Cards) Site Council Monthly Dinner/Dance Every 3rd Friday 4:30-7:30 PM Tickets sold by Site Council members or phone reservation: 361-826-2330

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Police Blotter Wrong turn on Bounty

Alameda Street Offense: Robbery Corpus Christi Police are searching for two men who tried to rob a bank at Alameda and Everhart Thursday morning, but were stopped by a security guard on duty at the bank. Corpus Christi Police responded to the bank at 11:14am Thursday morning and met the security guard who explained that two men in hoodies went to the bank front door but were stopped right away because the hooded men wore masks. The security guard saw that one of the hooded men had a pistol in his hand which was dropped as the two men were confronted by the security guard. The security guard told Officers that the masked men ran around the exterior of the bank and escaped. Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives are now searching for the two men.

Sinking by Chelsea Taylor

This image shows a man Detectives believe is one of the suspects who visited the bank at a previous time.

Sunk by Brian Wayne Mauer

The Island Moon provides this space for Island organizations. If you are a member of a club and want to get the word out about your events and/or projects send them along and we will get them in. Be sure to include a brief description of what your organization does and a contact person for those interested in joining. Send the info to editor@islandmoon.com and we will include it. Or call us at 949-7700. Padre Island Antique Classic Car Club (PIACCC) is open to all vehicles 25 years and older: Antique, Classic, Roadsters, Hot Rods, etc; who would like to meet to plan meetings, socials, rallies, tours, car shows on and around the Island. Please contact piaccarclub@aol.com for information on the upcoming meeting. Please include your contact information and the type of car owned.

Upcoming Activities: Kiwanis Club of Port Aransas. Kiwanis meet at Noon each Wednesday at Stingray’s, 401 Beach Ave., Port Aransas. For more information please email portakiwanis@gmail. com. Padre Island Ukulele Club – We meet every other Tuesday night! Call or text Danny Salazar at (316) 877--‐7071 for the next meeting date. Beginners Workshop: 6 to 7 PM and Open Jam: 7 to 8 PM. All Skills levels welcome. Location: Island Joe’s Coffee and Gallery, 13919 SPID, right here on the island. A $3 per person donation covers the workshop, materials and the open jam. Loaner ukuleles available at no extra cost. RSVP online. PadreIslandUkeClub@gmail.com

This car had to be fished out of the canal at the boat ramp at Bounty and Gypsy this week. There’s a story here…but the car is not talking. Photo by Sean Hovac.

Ship ahoy!

Island Police Calls 14000 block SPID 4 p.m. January 9 Hit and Run 14400 block Compass 5 p.m. January 5 Theft of vehicle parts $750-$2500 14500 block SPID 9 p.m. January 3 Possession of controlled substance

High winds blew this empty tanker ship into the pier at the University of Texas Marine Science Center last week No one was hurt and damage to the pier was surprisingly light.

15700 block Dyna 10 a.m. January 5 Fraudulent use of identifying information 14500 block SPID 9 p.m. January 3 Possession of drug paraphernalia 14500 block SPID 6 p.m. January 9 Assault

Two guys walk into a bank…well, almost

11500 block Gulf Beach (North Packery) Midnight January 6 Possession of controlled substance

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11:14 a.m. 4145

15400 block Salt Cay 1 a.m. January 6 Burglary of habitation 15700 block SPID 8 p.m. January 3 Assault

Padre Island Yacht Club – is welcoming new members. We have Boat slips available now for members. Contact Ralph Ferges, rferges@ gmail.com for slip rental information. Check us out as every Friday Night is Happy Hour from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact David Satterwhite, Rear Commodore in charge of Memberships, dgsatterwhite@gmail.com to attend. Padre Island Yacht Club (PIYC) members enjoy small boat Poker Runs, Cruises to area restaurants, Progressive Dinners, 4th of July Boat Parade, extended boat cruises to Palacios, TX. South Padre Island, Ingleside, Rockport, Fulton, and other areas. The Members plan several social events every year including Holiday Events and Potlucks, Dinner Dances, Murder Mysteries, Soup Nights, Chili Cook-offs, Old Fashioned Picnics, Talent Night, Theme Parties such as “Tie One On”, Fab 50’s, Brazilian, Western, and Medieval Nights. PIYC hosts The La Posada Foundation, whose mission is to gather toys and other donations for the US Marines “Toys for Tots” campaign through The Annual La Posada Parades and the Scuttlebutts La Posada Kick-off Party and Auction. Please come, join us! Check us out for a Friday Night Happy Hour! KIWANIS Club of Padre Island. Kiwanis meets at Veranda Restaurantat Schlitterbahn at Noon on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

12thAnnual ArtFest in Port Aransas 12th Annual ARTFEST in Port Aransas, sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center  a 501 ( C) (3) Non-profit corp. and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, will be held May 13 14, from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday  in Robert’s Point Park, Port Aransas. a 10X10 Booth Space Fee is $150 Your set-up, no electric. Application deadline April 1st. Email artcenter@centurytel.net      for an application form or go to www. p o r t a r a n s a s a r t c e n t e r. org  and download one or Festivalnet online. Your Original Fine Art and Crafts, Artist must be present (any reproductions must be from your Original work).361-749-7334 

K-5 Art Contest The TCEQ and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite Texas kindergarten through fifth grade students to submit their artwork depicting how they, along with their friends and family, help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.  The contest is open to students throughout Texas, whether they attend a public school, private school, or are home-schooled. Students’ artwork must include the slogan “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.” and portray positive ways Texans can help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. One grand prize winner will receive a laptop, and 15 students will win a tablet. The teacher of the student who designs the overall best artwork will also receive a tablet. Participants submit their artwork to the TCEQ, and each of the TCEQ’s 16 regional offices will select a winner. Entries must be postmarked on or before March 3, 2017. For more information, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org/art-contest or e mail educate@tceq.texas.gov.

Padre Island Rotary Club. Padre Island Rotary Club. Of the things we think, say, or do…..Is it the TRUTH?....Is It FAIR to all concerned?... Will it Build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?....Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned? If you can meet this 4-way test the Padre Island Rotary is looking for you! We meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Veranda Restaurant Schlitterbahn at 5:30 pm. Contact is Linda Walsh, Secretary, lawalshva@ yahoo.com or 361-445-7999. Island Strategic Action Committee. Is a 14-member committee which meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Comfort Suites on Windward Drive. The committee’s purpose is to advise the Corpus Christi City Council on matters pertaining to The Island. All meetings are open to the public and the public is invited to address the committee during the public comment period. Padre Island Business Association. The association is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to advertise and promote Padre/Mustang Islands, Flour Bluff and Corpus Christi while advancing the interests of the business community. It is managed by a 9-member board of directors. A membership luncheon is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Veranda starting at noon. Mixers are held on the 3rd Tuesday of

the month. The association annually has two fundraising events – Taste of the Island in the fall and a Wine Tasting in the spring. P.I.E. Padre Island Enrichment Club is a ladies only social club open to all owners/ residents of North Padre. We hope to enrich our members through social activities and community involvement and we have A LOT of FUN in the process. We have monthly luncheons (2nd Friday) along with groups of bunco, bridge, spades, craft club and book clubs. We also have social events throughout the year including a monthly “Happy Hour” where the guys join in. We enjoy raising money for scholarships for local graduating seniors as well as other worthy causes in our community. We would love for you to join us and see how PIE can be part of your life. For more info please contact our membership chair Jaki Boyd @ 533-0854 Island United Political Action Committee: Maximize representation of Corpus Christi residents on Padre and Mustang Islands in area government by promoting and supporting, by the endorsement process, proactive and unified voting in non-partisan races and other issues and referendums put to public vote. Meetings are open to the public. IUPAC meets meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00 PM 7:00 PM at Island Time Sushi Bar and Seafood Grill. Board President - Brent Rourk, Phone 361-244-7603 e-mail: brentrourk@yahoo.com. POA - Padre Isles Owners Association. The Association’s primary responsibility is to maintain the Common Areas, assess and collect the annual fees and provide information and assistance to property owners. .. Membership in PIPOA is automatic for anyone acquiring record legal title to any property within Padre Isles. Their office is located at 14015 Fortuna Bay Drive on The Island. (361) 949-7025, padreisles@pipoa.net. ARK – Animal Rehabilitation Keep. Located in Port Aransas the ARK is affiliate with the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Center. They handle the rehabilitation of most species of wildlife in the area with an emphasis on marine animals. They care for about 1300 animals each year, including about 300 sea turtles and more than 100 species of birds. If you find an animal in peril they can help Tony Amos is the Director. 750 Channel View Dr. Port Aransas. 361 749-6793, 361 442-7638. afamos@mail.utexas.edu. Island’s PIPPs Chapter of Corpus Christi Red Hat Society. In 2004 a group of Island ladies got together under a Palapa and founded the Padre Island Palapa Pals (PIPPs). Our only rule is that there are no rules! We are all about fun and friendship. We meet once a month for lunch and various fun outings from cupcake making to CPR. ISLAND ROVERS: Walks every Saturday 3 miles or less along the beach, depending on peoples fitness and desires. When: Saturday, at 9am at the Padre Balli Park Office South of Encantada, in the parking lot between the office and the RV park. No competition, just conversation and healthy fitness. For information see the Facebook group “Island Rovers” Padre Island Book Wine & Spirits. This is the Island book club. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at Island Time Sushi Bar and Grill at 7:00 pm. Wonderful group of ladies that like to read, love socializing with the girls and drinking wine! Come out and join us we would love to have you! Contact Linda Walsh, lawalshva@yahoo.com or 361-4457999, or just show up! Island Emmaus reunion is open to anyone that has been on a Chryslis or Emmaus walk. Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Island in the Son united Methodist church located on hwy 361. For more information call Eileen Moeller @ 830-7088367 or Eileenmoeller@sbcglobal.net Parrot Heads of Port Aransas  - is a local chapter of the Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc., a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to assist in community and environmental concerns and provide a variety of social activities for people who are interested in the music of Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he personifies. Founded in 2009, the club motto is “Partying with a Purpose’’. To join or ask questions go to portaransasparrotheads. com or  email or call   Deno “Moon Dog” Fabrie, President at 361 749 0256 or dfabrie@ yahoo.com.

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      

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 

       

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        

     

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    •  •  •  •  •       

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      

               

    

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     

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     

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January 12, 2017

Three Chords and the Truth

By Ronnie Narmour ronnienarmour@gmail.com

A flock of Snow Birds… Well, the Winter Texans are here in full force and still coming. My barometer is the PA Rocker’s weekly winter residency at Bernie’s on Wednesdays. Also, the

The PA Rockers have begun their Winter residency at Bernie’s every Wednesday early shows at Giggity’s with the Paul Taylor Band on Tuesdays and the Free Beer Band on Thursdays (both 7-10) are big hits with our northern friends. I also understand that local songbird Carol Elliott will be performing this winter on Friday Happy Hours (4-6) in the new non-smoking Tiki Room at Giggity’s. Also, another sure bet for the WT’s is the weekly Sunday brunch (11-3) with torch crooner Mike Williams at Giggity’s. We (The Island Moon) have started our Winter Texan Round-up that we do every year complete with a weekly update from our bureau chief in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the lovely and talented artist and author Frostbite Betty. Betty and her man, Bert, have strong ties in Port A and I always look forward to her columns. The Winter Texan Round-up is a listing of community activities in the age appropriate bracket. If I’ve missed an activity that you might know of, send it to my email address at the top of this page. I’ll be glad to include it. So, we’re hitting on all cylinders in January, February and some of March. I love the winters here the most and I welcome our friends from north of Dallas with open arms. And keep in mind, I’m always looking for our “Winter Texan of the Week” so don’t be shy if you see me around town.

Spaghetti Works, Stingrays, The Brewery, The Gaff, Trout Stree and the Venetian Hot Plate. For more information contact Joan Farland at the Chamber, 403 W. Cotter, Port A, 361-749-5919. This event is always great and a wonderful way to sample all the island’s various cuisines.

Scaryaoke… As you probably know, I’m a “live music guy” and have been for, well… my entire life and I’ve always kind of scoffed at karaoke. But lately, I’ve been going to some of John Paul Songer’s karaoke shows at Giggity’s and Shorty’s and find myself being curiously John Paul Songer host entertained. It’s karaoke six nights a amazing how many week at Giggity’s and people love to sing karaoke and have Shorty’s good voices (but not all of them). It’s fun to watch my friends get up and play rock stars. Also, my buddy Irish Mike Shannon has started hosting karaoke at the Salty Dog since J.P.’s departure and I need to get over there to see him. I can only imagine. There was a day when I would have never admitted to this.

James Little and the twins, Michael and Johnathon Marino, tore it up last Saturday at Giggity’s Thieves and the Mike Williams Annual Dixieland Birthday Bash featuring the great Rocky Arnold. I was especially impressed with the two brothers (actually twins) playing bass

20 Annual Dine Around…

Mike Williams celebrated his birthday with his Dixieland Jazz Band at Giggity’s last Wednesday

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of the year and it really shows in the musical programs.

DO NOT MISS LIST A show I really think I’m going to try and make tonight (Thursday, the 12th) is the Folk Family Revival (Magnolia, TX) at Brewster Street. I’ve seen this band a half dozen times and have really become a fan. They are a family band and play a nice repertoire of original folk tunes. Good stuff. On Friday, the show to catch will be Aloha Dave and the Tourists

David Perez and the Tejas Brothers will play the Third Coast Theater this Saturday. at Giggity’s. This is trop-rock at it finest in the vein of Jimmy Buffett. They have local wild man Ray Summy on lead guitar and it’s a totally cool deal. On Saturday, the amazing Tejas Brothers (Fort Worth, TX) will bring their high energy Tex-Mex to the Third Coast Theater. Led by singer and accordionist, David Perez, the fellows know it out of the park every time. Plus the Third Coast is one of the finest listening rooms anywhere. Elsewhere on Saturday, I recommend the great rockabilly band, Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang, at Giggity’s, the golden voice of Simon Snyder at Treasure Island, a wonder variety entertainer, John Eric, at the 361 Bar and Billy Snipes and the Rasta Cowboys at Shorty’s. And on the 18th it’s my birthday so you can all buy me a drink. That ought to keep you busy for a while. Be safe out there.

♫ ♪ And, that’s the truth ♪ ♫

Live Music Tonight

Thursday, January 12 Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Folk Family Revival @ Brewster Street Now & Zen @ Rockit’s Local Licks @ House of Rock Friday, January 13 Aloha Dave @ Giggity’s Richard Tondre @ 361 Bar DJ @ Treasure Island Bandora @ Rockits Retro Vibe @ It’ll Do Saloon Splendiferous @ Brewster Street Memories In Broken Glass, Of Serpents & Saviors @ House of Rock

Two Tons of Steel, Hope & Hostility, Buddy T @ House of Rock

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Saturday, January 14 Matt Hole @ Giggity’s Simon Snyder @ Treasure Island Billy Snipes & the Rasta Cowboys @ Shorty’s Billy Snipes & John Eric @ 361 Bar the Rasta Cowboys Jan. 14 Tejas Bros @ Third Coast Selfie Jan. 21 Theater Sing Along Piano Bar @ Ty Dietz Jan. 28 Brewster Street Chanklas Feb. 04 Venues Lily @ Rockits Billy Snipes Feb. 11 Damit Boys @ It’ll Do Saloon OPEN Till 2am • 823 Tarpon St. Port Aransas Dorsey & Dorsey, Ty Moore, JVMES, Chris Lee @ House of Rock Sunday, January 15 Antone & the All Stars @ Giggity’s Monday, January 16 Open Jam w/ Selfie @ Giggity’s Tuesday, January 17 Paul Taylor Band @ Giggity’s Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinez @ House of Rock

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The Bad Buoys played Giggity’s last Friday

up that keeps Rusty Hicks, Steve Goldstein, Woodie Lawson, Colorado Bob Reed and John Boekler busy. This is really special time

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On Monday, the 30th, the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce will host their 20th annual “Dine Around” from 5-8. The Dine Around introduces visitors and residents to the area’s dining and nightlife. Participating member restaurants and clubs will provide samples of popular menu items at their establishments. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the chamber office, located at 403 W. Cotter Avenue or at Bilmore & Son, located at 115 N. Alister Street. Participating venues are: Bernie’s Beach House, Black Marlin Bar & Grill, Bron’s Shaved Ice To Go Bar, Castaways, Crazy Cajun, Drop Anchor, Fins, Giggity’s, Kody’s, La Barataria, MacDaddy’s, Moby Dick’s, Roosevelt’s,

and lead guitar with James Little last week. Those guys have a chemistry that only brothers know and they They The Independent Thieves rock. are Michael played Shorty’s last Marino and weekend Johnathon Marino and brother can those brothers wail. I highly recommend these fine bands to our Winter Texan friends. None of them play to loud and it’s

Scattered shots… It’s been business as usual on our little sandbar lately. I caught many of the “Winter Texan friendly” shows around town last week including the Paul Taylor Band, The Bad Bouys, The James Little Band, The Free Beer Band, The PA Rockers, The independent

Charity golf tourney… Tina Mott over at the 361 Bar informs me that they are hosting a “Redneck Riviera Golf Tournament” along with the Gaff out at La Palmilla Golf Club on January 19th. This will go to benefit the “Port A Critters”. You can sign up at either bar for the four man scramble. She said this promises to be the most unorthodox golf ever played with awards and prizes. Also, you can sponsor a hole. For more info call 361-7996206. Sounds like fun.

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Thursday, January 19 Oddfellas @ Rockit Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Three In a Row @ 361 Bar Mustard Plug, Crucial Riddim @ House of Rock Friday, January 20 Red Giant @ Giggity’s Carol Elliott (4-6) @ Giggity’s Tiki Room Richard Tondre @ 361 Bar Ace Frehley, Enuff Z Nuff @ Brewster Street 3rd Coast @ It’ll Do Saloon Out of Bounds @ Rockit’s White Label Analog, Blind Owls, Mistics @ House of Rock Saturday, January 21 Todd Dorn @ Giggity’s Selfie @ Shorty’s Cruise Control @ Rockits Le Beat Otis @ It’ll Do Saloon Another Level @ Brewster Street

Sunday, January 22 Antone & the All Stars @ Giggity’s Monday, January 23 Open Jam w/ Selfie @ Giggity’s Murk Album Release @ House of Rock Tuesday, January 24 Paul Taylor Band @ Giggity’s Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinez @ House of Rock Wednesday, January 25 Billy Snipes @ Giggity’s Open Mic @ Executive Surf Club Scarecrow People @ House of Rock Thursday, January 26 Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Flatbroke @ Rockit’s Leopold & His Fiction, Levees, Total Death Mechanics @ House of Rock Friday, January 27 Duke E. Brown @ Giggity’s Richard Tondre @ 361 Bar Bandora @ Rockits Red Tide @ It’ll Do Saloon Women of Ink @ House of Rock Saturday, January 28 Ruben & the Rolling J’s @ Giggity’s Retro Vibe @ 361 Bar Ty Diets @ Shorty’s Keith Sykes @ Third Coast Theater Metal Shop @ Brewster Street Another Level @ Rockits Edison @ It’ll Do Saloon Metal Shop @ Brewster Street Belly Dance Showcase, Hudson Falcons @ House of Rock Sunday, January 29 Antone & the All Stars @ Giggity’s Monday, January 30 Dine Around (5-8) @ Port Aransas Open Jam w/ Selfie @ Giggity’s James Thomas Woodruff, Woven in Hiatus, In Her Own Words @ House of Rock

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Tuesday, January 31 Paul Taylor Band @ Giggity’s Open Mic w/ Rev. Matt Martinez @ House of Rock

DJ THIS FRIDAY Wednesday, February 1 SIMON SNYDER THIS SATURDAY Texas Crossing @ Giggity’s 315 N. Alister (361) 416-1020

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Thursday, February 2 Free Beer Band @ Giggity’s Friday, February 3 Bad Buoys @ Giggity’s Spazmatics @ Brewster Street


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