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Hill Country Care hosts annual Crawfish Boil I By Laurel Robertson

t’ll be another wild and crazy afternoon at Hill Country Care when the sixth annual Crawfish Boil and Cajun Celebration takes over the nursing facility on March 25. Crawfish fresh from Louisiana with all the fixings will fill every plate, while music from Charles Thibodeaux and the Cajun Aces fills the air. At this year’s Crawfish Boil, Hill Country Care will ratchet that nursing home staple, Bingo, up a notch with the help of hens from their backyard flock. Chicken Poop Bingo (just what you imagine it is) promises to become an instant favorite with residents and visitors alike! Homemade desserts and handmade baby blankets will be sold and raffled. Antique car clubs, Centex Tin Lizzies and Road Relics, will bring their Model

Chickens prepare for bingo. Photo courtesy Hill Country Care. T Fords and a variety of other restored classics to add pop to the parking lot. And there will be beer from Thirsty Planet Brewery to wash it all down. The whole day’s fun and festivities are put on by the Bluebonnet Auxiliary – the organization that founded Hill Country Care in 1985 for the benefit of the Dripping Springs community. Founding members donated thouSee CRAWFISH, page 3

Keegan LEFT and Ashlinn getting up close and personal with the crawfish. Photo courtesy Hill Country Care.

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DRIPPING SPRINGS H Support Dripping Springs Ducks Unlimted at the 15th Annual Banquet Dinner Saturday, April 17, from 6 pm to 10 pm at Hog Heaven. This year marks the 80th Year anniversary of Ducks Unlimited, so special items with the 80th Year Anniversary logo will be available. You can bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening of fellowship and an opportunity to get some great guns and merchandise, plus games, raffles, live and silent auctions, and more. Last year’s event sold out, so get your tickets early. FYI • Hog Heaven is at 491 Hog Hollow Road in Dripping Springs. Tickets are $85 individual, $150 couple, $1,500 for a table of eight. One Presidential Table for 8 ($3,000) is still available. Call Dr Chae at 512-496-8333 or email drchae@ffchiro. com for more information.

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Free tax services, help Free assistance with income tax preparation is available through DSISD Community Services, which is sponsoring the AARP Tax-Aide program, located at the Dripping Springs Independent School District Administration building at 510 West Mercer Street. Volunteers are available at this site on Tuesdays through April 18 (except during spring break) from 2 pm to 7 pm. Tax returns will be filed electronically. To make an appointment, leave a message at 512-858-0954. The local tax assistance group is part of the AARP Tax-Aide program. Each year, the volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS. Although AARP focuses on the needs of older taxpayers, the Tax-Aide program has no age limits. The local site will continue to provide assistance to taxpayers of all ages. Tax-Aide assistance is limited to returns within the scope of the Tax-Aide training. Taxpayers who have their returns prepared by Tax-Aide must bring photo identification, social security cards for all family members, all W-2 and 1099 forms for 2016, forms showing coverage by health insurance, a checkbook for direct deposit information, and any other relevant information about 2016 income and expenses. You also must bring their 2015 tax return as a change to new software does not allow access to data from previous years. FYI • For more information about the scope of the program, taxpayers may leave a message at 512-858-0954.

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Dancers on the portable floor dancing to Charles Thibodeaux and Cajun Aces. Photo courtesy Hill Country Care. ands of dollars each to furnish the rooms and buy supplies. Brass nameplates honoring their donations can still be seen on residents’ doors in the facility today. The non-profit group ran the Nursing and Rehab Facility for more than 20 years, when it was purchased by a forprofit health care group. The Bluebonnet Auxiliary still plays an active role in HCC today, providing additional services and enrichment residents wouldn’t otherwise receive: monthly birthday parties, holiday dinners and celebrations, sometimes clothes and special purchases for residents. With proceeds from past fundraisers, the Bluebonnets created outdoor gardens and a chicken yard at Hill Country Care for the enjoyment of residents and their visitors. They added a shaded outdoor patio with a path winding down to the henhouse. “Grandma’s Hideaway” was designed make visits with grandparents more fun for all family members. More gardens, a rainwater collection system, an automatic drip irrigation system and a hydroponic garden are planned for the future. FYI • The sixth annual Hill Country Care Crawfish Boil will take place March 25 from 11 am until 3pm on the grounds of the nursing care facility at 1505 Highway 290 West in Dripping Springs. Suggested donations for the event are $10 per person, including all-you-can-eat crawfish. For more information about the Crawfish Boil, visit the Hill Country Care Rehab and Nursing Center Facebook page, or call 512-858-5624.


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une McCarty, a founding member of Bluebonnet Auxiliary and Hill Country Care, died February 25 at the nursing facility, where she had been a resident for three years. June was born in 1921 in Salt Lake City and was widowed during WWII. She and her second husband, Lynn McCarty, moved to Henly in the 1950s, where they raised a son from her first marriage and their two children. Lynn served as a Hays County Commissioner for 25 years. June served the Henly, Dripping Springs and Johnson City communities as a PTA board member, a charter member and first president of the Henly Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, a charter member of the LBJ Hospital Auxiliary, an early organizer of the Dripping Springs Public Library, and as a charter member of the Bluebonnet Auxiliary. June taught Sunday School at Henly Baptist Church for 28 years and for many years managed the Hill Country Senior Citizens Apartments in Dripping Springs. June was active for more than 20 years in the Bluebonnet Auxiliary, which built and ran Hill Country Care until 2006. Many of her co-workers and Auxiliary members claim that without the work and dedication of June McCarty, Hill Country Care would not exist. Serving Dripping Springs & surrounding areas for over 13 years

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EVERY MONDAY • Rotary Club Meets. 11:45 am at Flores Restaurant, 2440 East Highway 290. 11:45 am. • Boy Scout Troop 280 meets at St. Martin de Porres Church Hall. 512-904-0444, • Karaoke Night at Hudson’s on Mercer. 7:30 pm. • All Abilities Chair Exercise, 9 am at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, 512-858-7825 or for details. No exercise on library holidays. • Teen Time. 4:30 pm to 5 pm at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, or 512-8587825 for details. No meetings on library holidays. FIRST and THIRD MONDAYS • Dripping Springs Lions Club meets. 6:30 pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Sharon at 512-923-8360. SECOND MONDAYS • Group of Dripping Springs (GODS) Moms meets. Dripping Springs Methodist Church 9 am to 11:15 am. 512-894-0581. FOURTH MONDAYS • Artists of Dripping Springs. Gatherings at area studios. 512-894-0394. • Gen. Ben McCulloch 2435, UDC meets at the Veterans Hall, 27500 Ranch Road 12 at 7 pm. Sharon Hudson at 512-858-7177. EVERY TUESDAY • Dripping Springs Toastmasters. 6:30 pm at Pioneer Bank, 100 Creek Road. Visitors welcome. • Dripping Springs Property Tour. 512579-7711, • Hill Country Community Band Rehearses at Chapel in the Hills, Wimberley. 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 512-517-3111. • Open Mic Night at Hudson’s on Mercer. SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH TUESDAYS • Dripping Springs Boy Scout Troop 101 meets. Dripping Springs United Methodist Church. 7 pm. Tom Chenault, 512-707-7488. SECOND TUESDAYS • Friends of the Dripping Springs

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CALENDAR, from page 6 Master Gardeners answer local gardening questions. 3 pm to 6 pm at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive. or 512-858-7825 for details. SECOND THURSDAYS • Knights of Columbus, Council 11695, meets at the St Martin de Porres Parrish Hall on Post Oak Road, at 7:30 pm . Preceded by a pot luck dinner. • Charlotte’s Book Club, a book-centered roundtable discussion group for adults, meets at the Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, at 6 pm. dscl. org, 512-858-7825 for details. THIRD THURSDAYS • Dripping Springs VFW meets. 27500 Ranch Road 12. 7 pm. 512-858-5637. • Thirsty Thursday’s. At City Hall, 511 West Mercer Street. Poets, musicians, songwriters and storytellers share their talents. Free admission. Sponsored by City of Dripping Springs and New Life Lutheran Church. 7 pm, Dripping Springs Ranch Park. 512-858-2024. FOURTH THURSDAY • Photographers of Dripping Springs (PODS). Meetings held in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Parish Hall at 301 Hays Country Acres Road. 6:30 PM. EVERY FRIDAY • Men’s Breakfast at Fitzhugh Baptist Church. 6:30 am. 512-913-4808. SECOND FRIDAY • Women in Confidence Brown Bag Workshop, a lunchtime forum addressing legal and financial issues for women with local attorney, Jennifer CochranGreen and financial advisor Amy Colton, meets at 11:30 am at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, Topics vary; RSVP by emailing or calling 512-858-7825. EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY • Dance Lessons at Mercer Street Dance Hall. 7:30 pm. SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY • Pet Adoption Sponsored by Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Tractor Supply. 512-402-9725. EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY • Live music and food at Twisted X Brewing Company. 512-829-5323, MARCH 10 • Cameran Nelson with The Hill Country Ramblers. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 11 • David Lee with Andrea Marie and the Magnolia Band. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 17 • West of Weird presents Lazer Lloyd on his North American Tourat The Rusty Mule, 9201 Highway 290 West. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $15 general admission and $35 VIP Admission (includes one free drink, Lazer Lloyd’s “America” CD and a West of Weird koozie.) SXSW badge and wristband holders get in FREE! Bring your guitar

and hang out for an acoustic jam session after the show. Visit www.westofweirdtx. com for more information. MARCH 17 • Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars. Live music at Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 18 • Texas Night Sky Festival. Live presentations, hands-on experiences, displays, Austin Planetarium Discover Dome Star Show, solar observations and a night sky observing party. 2 pm to 10 pm. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. www. •Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. Live music at Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 22 • Dripping Springs Women’s Club Style Show. The Dripping Springs Women’s club hosts its annual style show when nine area clothing retailers come together to present their fashions. Reservations required. $20. MARCH 23 • Chamber Membership Luncheon. Presentation by Dr. Bruce Gearing, DSISD Superintendent. Terrace Club. MARCH 24 • Al Monti Band. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 25 Bobby Flores. Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. MARCH 31 Aaron McDonnell & The Neon Eagles. Live music at Mercer Street Dance Hall. 8:30 pm. APRIL 1 • Dripping Springs Ducks Unlimited Banquet at Hog Heaven. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets $85 Single, $150 couple, and $1,500 for a table of 8. Call Dr Chae 512-496-8333 or for more info. • Dripping Springs Market Day. Monthly market features handmade items, jewelry, art, crafts, body products and more, plus enjoy music, food and support local makers of all types. Pet and kid friendly. Veterans Memorial Park. 10 am to 4 pm. 512-761-1852. APRIL 1 • Wildflower Artisan & Craft Faire. Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $4 or $3 with a non-perishable food donation to Helping Hands Food Pantry. Dripping Springs Ranch Park. www. APRIL 21-23 • 30th Annual Founders Day. The threeday downtown celebration kicks off with the Grand Parade and include free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, food, beer, street dances, cook-off competitions, more than 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors. For information, contact Bonnie Gonzalez at bgonzalez@ or call 512858-4725.

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