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Dinin’, Dancin’, Dozin’ Dining.................................................. 75-79 Night life............................................. 28-30 Lodging................................................ 68-69 City Stuff Chamber-Tourist Bureau...................... 11 City map............................................. 44-45 Demographics........................................6-7 Golf cart rules......................................... 39 History................................................ 64-67 Newcomers’ tips ................................... 52 Amenities Airport ..................................................... 53 Art center................................................ 81 Beach safety............................................. 36 Chapel tours............................................ 43 Churches.................................................. 24 Community park.................................... 16 Community theater............................... 21 Computer center................................... 60 Ferryboats................................................ 53 Getting Around....................................... 55 IB Magee Beach Park............................. 54 JELM Center............................................ 80 Library....................................................... 62 Nature preserve..................................... 35 Port Aransas Museum............................ 63 Roberts Point Park................................. 14 Shuttle....................................................... 27 Things to Do..................................... 82-86 UTMSI....................................................... 32 Wetlands Education Center................. 55 Events Beach walks............................................. 57 Calendars of Events......................... 18-19 Christmas Shoppe.................................. 57 City Tree Lighting.................................... 56 First Friday Art Reception.................... 81

Holiday Forest......................................... 86 Kiwanis Potato Bake.............................. 58 Library Book Sale................................... 40 Lighted Boat Parade............................... 33 PAGC Homes Tour................................ 22 Rotary Shrimp Boil................................. 40 Whooping Crane Festival........................8 Winter Sounds........................................ 10 Yoga on the Beach.................................. 63 Fishing/Sports Bag limits.................................................. 72 Fishing licenses........................................ 38 Golf course.............................................. 42 Kayaking .................................................. 58 State fish records.............................. 70-73 Surfing....................................................... 39 Tennis........................................................ 49 Bird Watching Birding centers........................................ 25 Road Scholar Program.......................... 80 Area Attractions Area attractions list..................................9 S. TX Botanical Gardens........................ 56 Texas State Aquarium............................ 34 USS Lexington Museum........................ 12 Advertisers Index to Advertisers.............................. 86

On the Cover

Great blue herons are year round residents of Port Aransas. This one was caught on camera by South Jetty reporter/photographer Dan Parker.


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Port Aransas by the Numbers Location Population Taxes Utilities Industries

Northern tip of Mustang Island 30 minutes from Corpus Christi; three hours south of San Antonio, three hours south of Houston and three-and-a-half hours from Austin. 45 minutes from Corpus Christi International Airport, 30 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi and shopping malls. Port Aransas: 3,480 (2010 census) Registered voters: 2,998 Entity Rate/ $100 Net Assessed Value City ..................................................... $ 0.322615 ....................................$1,487,831,505 County (Only).....................................$0.340999 ................ .................$21,502,022,430 School ....................................................$1.12555 ...................................$1,788,909,102 Natural gas: City of Port Aransas Water/Sewer: Nueces County Water Control & Improvement District No. 4 Solid waste disposal: Contracted by city. Residential curb side recycling. Telephone: CenturyLink Tourism

Charter Fishing Higher Education

Climate

Annual Avg.Temperature: 71.0º, Rain: Winter: 30.13” Monthly Avg.Temperatures: January: 55.1º October: 73.9º July: 84.1º Average Elevation: 5-6 feet above sea level Prevailing wind: Southeasterly

Library

Bill Ellis Memorial Public Library: 700 W. Avenue A, east of city hall

Medical Services Churches

Emergency Medical Service (City operated): 2 paramedics, 1 intermediate, 3 EMTs Doctor: 1 Dentist: 1 Hospitals: Corpus Christi (30 minutes away): Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Christus Spohn Hospital-Shoreline, Christus Spohn Hospital-South, Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial, Corpus Christi Medical Center; Bay Area, Doctor’s Regional; Aransas Pass (10 minutes away): Care Regional Medical Center Protestant: 5

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This is one of two resident alligators at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

Education

Air service Lodging Camping

Recreational Facilities, Birding, Camping, Amenities

Boat Launching Fishing Communications Government Banks

Port Aransas ISD District 31-1A: Total enrollment: 519 Port Aransas High School: 171 Brundrett Middle School: 127 H.G. Olsen Elementary School: 221 Fifth grade: 39 Eighth grade: 38 Twelfth grade: 46 The University of Texas Marine Science Institute International research facility, graduate program for marine science Mustang Beach Airport: SH 361. City-operated, 3,500-foot surfaced, lighted runway, self-service fuel, GPS approach, AWOS, attendant. Hotels/motels, Condominiums, Cottages/courts, RV Parks, Vacation home rental services, Bed & Breakfasts. Rooms available: 5,900; RV spaces available: 1,300 I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park: on beach in Port Aransas Mustang Island State Park: south tip of island. Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture: 1,217-acre preserve that parallels the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Hikers welcome; vehicles prohibited. Dogs OK on leashes only in certain areas. Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: Boardwalk, observation towers, Ross Ave. Port Aransas Wetlands Park: Boardwalk, observation tower, State Hwy. 361 South Scott & Joan Holt Paradise Pond Birding Habitat: Boardwalk, observation areas, Cut-off Road Port Aransas Community Park: 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor heated swimming pool, 2 baseball fields, t-ball field, soccer field, 1.1 mile jogging trail/exercise course, playground and picnic area, sand volleyball court, basketball court, putting green, observation tower, skateboard park. dog park. Off Ross Avenue. Roberts Point Park: Pavilion, amphitheatre, observation tower, fishing pier, bulkheading with walkway, rock jetties, basketball and bocce courts, picnic and playground equipment. Fishing/sight seeing: Horace Caldwell Pier, Ancel Brundrett Pier, J.P. Luby Pier, Charlie’s Pasture Pier. Mustang Island beach: beachcombing, swimming, camping (3-day limit in city limits), boating, surfing, windsurfing I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park: Camping, showers, RV spaces, educational wetland area Wetlands Education Center at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute: Walking educational tours; aquariums at institute’s visitors center. City marina: 6 ramps Head (party) boats: 11; Private charter boats: 45; Charter boat agents: 6 Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc.: Fishing guides dock at city marina available for private charters Newspaper: 1 Weekly (print and online) Television: Local, Cable Channel 20 Telephone: CenturyLink Home Rule: City Council (six members + mayor) Police department: 17 officers (+ 6.5 dispatchers) Fire department: 27 volunteers with 9 vehicles Fire insurance key rating: 4 County Constable: 7 full time Banks: 2 branches: American Bank,ValueBank Texas

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The majestic whooping cranes bring thousands to the Whooping Crane Festival each February.

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Whooping cranes focus of festival Learn all you can about Coastal Bend birds, fish and other nature by taking part in the 17th annual Whooping Crane Festival to be held Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 20-23, in Port Aransas. Particpants may choose from a number of bus and boat tours, workshops with guest speakers and birding trips being offered. The festival, headquartered at the Port Aransas Civic Center, 700 W. Ave. A, benefits the conservation of whooping cranes. Field trips to birding sites, boat trips for whooping crane viewing and dolphin encounters, tours of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, photography workshops, exhibits and more

will be offered during the festival. Registration forms and a detailed schedule of tours and speakers will be available on the event Web site, www. whoopingcranefestival.org. Registration forms can be downloaded, printed and mailed with the registration fee, plus events fees, to Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau, 403 West Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, TX 78373. Early registration is highly recommended since many of the tours fill up quickly. More information is available at the chamber offices, or by calling 749-5919, or emailing info@portaransas.org. and by keeping up with the weekly print and online editions of the South Jetty.

A variety of vendors show and sale their wares at the Whooping Crane Festival, set for Feb. 20-23, 2014.


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Bayside

Area Attractions

Fennessey Ranch, Hwy. 2678, Bayside, (361) 5296600, www.fennesseyranch. com. Custom birding trips, photography seminars, photo blinds for day leases, Russian boar hunting, country hayrides, hummingbird tours, educational programs.

Corp us Christi Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N. Shoreline, (361) 8811200 or (800) 477-GULF www.texasstateaquarium. org. (See story Pg. 34) USS Lexington Museum, 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. (on Corpus Christi Beach), (361) 888-4873 or 800-LADY-LEX, www.usslexington. com (See story Pg. 12, Ad Pg. 39. ) Texas Surf Museum, 309 N. Chapparral, (361) 8822364 Admission: Free. Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-

Thurs. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. - Sat 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Corpus Christi IceRays, Professional Ice Hockey Team, (361) 814-PUCK www.goicerays.com. Season: October - March. Corpus Christi Hammerheads. National Indoor Football League/ (361) 814-PASS (7277). www. cchammerheads.com. Season: March - July

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, (361) 852-2100 www.stxbot. org. (See Ad Pg. 60, story Page 56.) Hurricane Alley Waterpark, 702 E. Port Ave., (361) 883-9283. Corpus Christi Speedway, 241 Flato Rd. (Agnes at Flato), (361) 289-8847, www.theasphaltbullring.com

Corpus Christi Hooks Texas Minor League Baseball. AA Affiliate of the Houston

Astros. Whataburger Field www.cchooks.com. Season: April – Sept. Kingsville King Ranch Museum, 405 N. Sixth St., (361) 5951881. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. King Ranch Visitor Center State Hwy. 141 West, (361) 592-8055. Daily scheduled tours. Call for times. (See Ad Pg. 65.) Rockp ort Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, (361) 729-1271 or (361) 729-6644, (866) 7292469 (729-AHOY). www. texasmaritimemuseum.org. Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Closed some Mondays and holidays.

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Ken Yarbrough and Mike Jones entertain a crowd at Winter Sounds.

Free concerts set January, February Free concerts are held in the winter months with Winter Sounds. They are sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Port Aransas Community Theatre. The concerts are held the second Monday in January and February at the theater, 2327 State Hwy. 361.

The first concert on Jan. 13 brings David Reichenbacher to the stage. Ron Baker plays at the Feb. 10 concert. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and concessions are available. Watch weekly editions of the South Jetty for more information and updates about the concerts.


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Questions? Tourist bureau can help Whether it’s a question of where to eat, fish, shop or sunset gaze and watch dolphins, the Port Aransas Chamber of CommerceTourist Bureau is there to help. The bureau, painted an appropriate sea foam green, is at 403 W. Cotter Ave., about a block east of the ferry landing and conveniently located next to a trolley stop. Tourist bureau staff members have a wealth of information, as well as brochures from all the member businesses. For visitors staying in the area for longer periods, brochures from other Texas destinations also are available. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The office is closed on Sunday. When the lobby is closed, a rack with brochures, dining and accommodations guides, and a South Jetty newspaper rack are left on the porch.

reunion or business meeting can get help from tourist bureau staffers. Also, tour groups on buses can arrange to have a tour guide from the bureau join them for a narrated tour. Details of local and area events can be had for the asking. The tourist bureau also sells beach parking permits and has dining and accommodation guides as

Visitors to the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau can get answers to questions about the town. An illuminated sign showing points of interest on a map of Port Aransas stands in the cham-

ber building’s parking area. Visitors who want to plan a return visit for a family or school

well as the South Jetty’s seasonal Visitors’ Guides. The chamber’s Web site, www.portaransas.org, “is a great source of information with lots of links,” said Ann Bracher Vaughan, president and CEO. Contact the bureau by phone at (361) 749-5919 (1-800-45-COAST) or by e-mail at info@portaransas.org.


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Aircraft carrier a window on World War II The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay has two big events coming up this winter. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the staff and volunteers of the retired World War II aircraft carrier will hold a commemoration ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Lexington will hold the 21st annual Stage

Door Canteen to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the aircraft carrier’s commissioning. The show will recreate World War II canteen shows, when famous entertainers traveled the world, performing for service men and women. The Lex, as she is sometimes known, is a National Historic Landmark permanently docked at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. on

The U.S.S. Lexington, known during World War II as the ‘Blue Ghost,’ was decommissioned and now serves as a floating museum on Corpus Christi Bay, about a 45-minute drive from Port Aransas. Indivivual and group tours are available. Also, a special commemoration ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 to mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which marked the entry of the United States into the war. The annual Stage Door Canteen on Feb. 14, 2013 will celebrate the 71st anniversary of the aircraft carrier’s commissioning.

North Beach in Corpus Christi. The carrier has 20 restored vintage Navy aircraft on the flight deck with the Corpus Christi skyline and bay for a backdrop. Also accessible are many other parts of the ship, including a theater, post office, barbershop, hospital and captain’s quarters. During the summer of 2013, the Lex opened a new exhibit called Warbirds and Warships. It displays more than 370 scale model works of art created by more than 120 volunteer craftsmen from 16 U.S. states and five countries. The Lex is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day. Admission is $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors age 60 and over or military with ID and $8.95 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free, as do members. Personal tour guides are $25 and can handle up to 15 people. (Advance reservations are required.) The Lexington’s Web site address is www.usslexington.com.


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Roberts Point a natural for city park Several might say one of Port Aransas’ jewels is Roberts Point Park. The park, located alongside the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and to the left after exiting the Port Aransas ferry ramp, is an enjoyable spot for the whole family. Whether it’s watching dolphins glide through the water at sunset, listening to live music on the lawn or attending a weighin for a fishing tournament, the park is there for people to use. Roberts Point Park was named in honor of the Roberts family, one of the oldest of the island fishing families. It features a large special-events pavilion, named after the late fishing enthusiast Fred Rhodes, which offers shade for spectators at fishing tournaments as well as a venue for performances, festivals, awards presentations and picnics. There’s also another picnic pavilion that offers shaded tables adjacent to washer toss,

Just one of the many pieces of playground equipment at Roberts Point Park. shuffleboard lanes and a bocce court (equipment may be rented for a refundable deposit at the nearby harbormaster’s office). There’s a special space for horseshoes, a basketball slab and plenty of space for playing volleyball, baseball or running races. The park caters to several

favorite fishing spots, including J.P. Luby Fishing Pier, the granite jetties marking the harbor and the bulkheads surrounding the park. It’s also a great place for soccer players, boat enthusiasts and even dolphin-watchers to pass the time in Port Aransas. The nearby playground equipment is a favorite spot for children. The bulkhead-lined perimeter of the park doubles as a pedestrian trail. Roberts Point Park has public restrooms and other improvements the City of Port Aransas made recently. From April to October, the park serves as the home of the popular Sunset Sounds concert series. Performers play at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater that overlooks the ship channel and provides a great view of passing ships as well as the ferries that transport passengers to and from Port Aransas.

An aerial view of Roberts Point Park, flanked on one side by the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and on the other by the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor. The Tom and Corabelle Keeler mid-1980s by civic volunteers observation tower is an excellent (Port Aransas Action Force) spot for watching ship traffic and and the Texas Parks and Wildlife the dolphins frolicking in the ship Department. channel as they lead the ships in Volunteers furnished labor and and out of the channel. supplies, and TPWD matched The city’s multi-purpose park locally-raised funding to build the was jointly developed in the park.


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Park features pool, dog park, more

The Port Aransas Community Park, located at 700 Clark Parkway, offers several opportunities to stay active, including a dog park, trail, pool, skate park and t-ball, baseball and soccer fields. To get to the park from the ferry landing, turn right onto Cut-off Road, then take another right on Ross Avenue. Dog Park The newest addition to the Port Aransas Community Park, which opened Sept. 23, is a third of an acre devoted to man’s best friend. Furry friends and their owners are welcome from dawn to dusk. The area is divided into two fenced-in enclosures, one for small dogs and the other for large dogs. Water and pet waste pick up stations are in each section, as well as fire hydrants provided by the Port Aransas Fire Department, for doggy enjoyment. Trail A six-foot-wide path that branches off an existing trail and heads out into the Port Aransas

Port Aransas Community Park boasts a variety of options, not the least of which is the heated swimming pool. Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture includes a 3,300-foot concrete hike-and-bike trail, which opened in late 2009. The trail, for running, jogging or walking, is also pet friendly and features a long course at 1.1-mile and short course, just under a half-mile long. Pool During winter months the park’s heated pool is closed on Sundays and Mondays and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Swimmers under the age of two get into the pool for free and swimmers between 2 and 18, and 60 or older are admitted for $1.

Those who are between 19 and 59 may be admitted for $2. Children under 3 must wear a swim diaper. Open swimming is from 1 to 2 p.m. and lap lanes are available during operating hours. Hours for lap swimming are noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Shared lap swimming is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. A water exercise class is offered for $2 at 8:30, 9:30 a.m. and noon, Tuesday through Friday. The “Mom & Tot Time” class is $2 and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. Deep-water aerobics is held at 1 p.m., Wednesday

through Friday for $2 as well. Adult swim lessons are available on request. The park’s pool offers shade, lounge chairs, benches, showers, lockers, poolside cubbyholes for personal belongings and vending machines near the picnic area. For updates, call pool manager Bonney Maurer at 749-2416 or check the weekly editions of the South Jetty. The city parks and recreation department oversees operations, including the pool operation. The department’s phone number is 749-4158. Fields A tee-ball field lies next to the two baseball fields. The fields are used for Little League and high school baseball games. A concession stand and separate restrooms are located next to the fields. The larger baseball field doubles as a soccer field. Skate Park The 10,000-square-foot skate area has concrete bowls, including

a 7.5-foot-deep kidney-shaped bowl and other accommodations for skaters.The “street” part of the skate area includes ramps, stairs and features that skaters refer to as “hubbas” and “flats” and “gaps” and “grinds.” Bicycles are not allowed in the skate park. A large concrete slab is also offered for roller-skating and blading. For more information go to http://www.cityofportaransas.org/ Community_Park.cfm.

The recently opened dog park has been a big hit.


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Winter Regular Events

December

13.............................................................................. Winter Sounds 7 P.M., Port Aransas Community Theatre, 749-4158 2nd Saturdays...................................................... Yoga on the Beach Parks and Recreation Dept., 749-4158 19...................................................................... Third Saturday Sale 10 A.M. - 2 P.M., Port Aransas Art Center 24..................................................................... Beachwalk Adventure 9 a.m. at purple flag by Horace Caldwell Pier, 749-4158

Mondays......................................................Pedaling in the Preserve 9th & 23rd,10-11 a.m., Port Aransas Nature Preserve @ Charlie’s Pasture Mon., Wed., Fri..................................................Low Impact Aerobics 8-9 a.m., JELM Center Tues. & Thurs.......................................... Wetlands Education Center Free tours, UTMSI grounds, 749-3153 Tuesdays................................................................. Theology on Tap 4 p.m. Beaches Cafe 1st & 3rd Fri., Sat.,..................................Little Chapel on the Dunes Free tours, 9:15 a.m. (361) 749-3800 Wednesdays............................................... Birding on the Boardwalk Guided birding tour, 9 a.m., Birding center, 749-4158 6..........................................................First Friday artists’ reception 5:30 - 7:30 P.M., Port Aransas Art Center 13........................................................................ Yoga on the Beach 8 a.m., on the beach at the end of Beach Street, 749-4158 27.....................................................................Beachwalk Adventure 9 a.m. at purple flag by Horace Caldwell Pier, 749-4158

February

Mon., Wed., Fri..................................................Low Impact Aerobics 8-9 a.m., JELM Center Tuesdays................................................................. Theology on Tap 4 p.m. Beaches Cafe Tues. & Thurs.......................................... Wetlands Education Center Free tours, UTMSI grounds, 749-3153 1..........................................................First Friday artists’ reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Port Aransas Art Center Wednesdays............................................... Birding on the Boardwalk Guided birding tour, 9 a.m., birding center, 749-4158 9.......................................................................... Yoga on the Beach Parks and Recreation Dept., 749-4158 16...................................................................... Third Saturday Sale 10 A.M. - 2 P.M., Port Aransas Art Center 22....................................................................Beachwalk Adventure 9 a.m. at red flag by Horace Caldwell Pier, 749-4158

January

Mon., Wed., Fri..................................................Low Impact Aerobics 8-9 a.m., JELM Center Tuesdays................................................................. Theology on Tap 4 p.m. Beaches Cafe Tues. & Thurs.......................................... Wetlands Education Center Free tours, UTMSI grounds, 749-3153 4..........................................................First Friday artists’ reception 5:30 - 7:30 P.M., Port Aransas Art Center Wednesdays............................................... Birding on the Boardwalk Guided birding tour, 9 a.m., birding center, 749-4158

A great blue heron is silhouetted against a late fall sunset. The birds are ‘regulars’ in Port Aransas.

Read the weekly editions of the South Jetty and go to www.portasouthjetty.com for updates and changes to the calendars. All events subject to change.


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Winter Special Events November 2013

27........................................Port Aransas Merchants Dine Around Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, 749-5919

28.........................................................................Thanksgiving Day

Fe b ruary 2014

December 2013 6................................................................. Merchants' Shop Around Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, 749-5919 7............................................ Carolers Afloat/Boat Lighting Parade Chamber of Commerce, 749-5919 5-8.............................. 'Ebby Scrooge, A Modern Christmas Carol' Port Aransas Community Theater, 749-6036 15.......................................................Golf cart Christmas Caroling Port Aransas Community Theater, 749-6036 16-20 & 23.............................................. Enchanted Holiday Forest Civic Center, Parks & Rec. Dept., 749-4158 18.......................................................... Children’s Christmas Party Civic Center, 749-5919

January 2014 1........................................................................... New Year Meander 2012 meter walk/2 mile fun run, Community Park, 2:10 p.m. 16................................................. Kiwanis Club Great Potato Bake 749-5363 TBA......................................................... 'Sex Please, We are Sixty' Port Aransas Community Theatre, 749-6036 25...............................................................................Tour of Homes Garden Club,Virginia Moser, (361) 834-4130

Even dogs love watching the lighted boat parade! Read the weekly editions of the South Jetty and go to portasouthjetty.com for more details, updates and changes to the calendars. All events subject to change.

1-2........................................Bill Ellis Memorial Library Book Sale Civic Center, 749-4116 2.....................................................Groundhog Day 'Shadow Stroll' 10 a.m., Roberts Point Park, 749-4158 5...........................................................KPAB Citywide Garage Sale City Parks & Rec. Dept., 749-4158 16............................................................. Rotary Club Shrimp Boil Ray Rump, 749-6614 TBA............................... Winter Old-Lympics Tennis Tournament Murray Judson, (361) 813-2707 TBA......................................................................................Cabaret Port Aransas Community Theatre, 749-6036 20-23.......................................................Whooping Crane Festival Chamber of Commerce, 749-5919, www.whoopingcranefestival.org 22............................................................ Kiwanis Club Beach Dash Glenn Leonard, 749-3997

March 2014

4...........................................................................Mardi Gras Parade Port Aransas Leisure Society (PALS) 6.................................................................Garden Club Style Show Civic Center TBA................................................................. Mardi Gras Carnival Sharkeys Beach Club, 749-4254


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Theatre alive and well in Port Aransas

The Port Aransas Community Theatre (PACT), located at 2327 State Hwy. 361 at Sea Isle Drive, features plays, variety shows and more on stage year round. In December, a stage production of “Ebby Scrooge, A Modern Christmas Carol,” will start off the Christmas season activities at the PACT. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the second annual golf cart Christmas caroling event will take to the streets of Port Aransas and the carolers return to the theater

for hot chocolate and cookies. The PACT’s annual Christmas show is scheduled for Dec. 1921. “Sex Please, We are Sixty,” is up next and will be on stage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January. February will bring a cabaret to the PACT. In March a production of “Till Beth Do us Part,” will be on stage with auditions dates to be announced. Auditions for shows and plays

‘Red, White and Tuna’ was one of the productions presented by the Port Aransas Community Theatre last winter. The Port Aransas Community Theatre is home to a variety of productions and events. The PACT is a nonprofit organization funded by donations, ticket sales and various fundraisers throughout the year. Memberships are available and are tax deductible. Volunteers are always needed from directors, actors, sound and lighting technicians, costume design, set construction, and ticket sales. The PACT is a place to get involved in community theater at any level you desire.

are open to residents and visitors alike. Call the theater anytime at 749-6036 to hear a list of productions and watch the weekly editions of the South Jetty for information on upcoming productions and the schedule. Tickets may be purchased at the box office 45 minutes prior to each performance. Reserved seat tickets are available online

at www.brownpapertickets.com by searching for the performance you wish to see. PACT is a nonprofit organization funded by donations, ticket sales and various fundraisers. Memberships in PACT are tax deductible and are available in a range of prices from $25 for an individual to $50 for a family, $100 for patrons, $500 for angels and $1,000 or more for

saints. To become a member, call (361) 749-6036, or make checks payable to PACT and mail them to P.O. Box 835, Port Aransas, TX 78373. Volunteer directors, actors, sound and lighting technicians, musicians and set construction and costume design volunteers of all experience levels are always welcome. E-mail pacttheater@yahoo.com to volunteer.


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Tour of Homes offers glimpse of island life Celebrating its 50th year, the Port Aransas Garden Club will host its 26th annual Port Aransas Tour of Homes on Mustang Island Saturday Jan. 25. The tour originates from the Port Aransas Community Center at 408 N. Alister St. This year’s tour, featuring an eclectic array of homes, will

display island living and varied beach lifestyles from cottages, a remodeled older island home, spectacular beachfront homes and new construction. Morning bus tours will be available for $25 per person at 9 and 11 a.m. Self-guided tours are offered between 1 and 5 p.m. The self-guided ticket is $20

Lots of folks took the bus tours during the 2013 Tour of Homes.

per person, and tour maps will be provided at the Community Center. Bus tours and self-guided tickets can be purchased at Mustang Island Art Gallery, 2222 Hwy 361, and Gratitude, 316 N. Station St. or through the club’s website using PayPal, www.PortAransasGardenClub.org, after Thanksgiving and on tour day at the Community Center.  Bus tour tickets are limited to 90 per tour, self-guided tours are unlimited. For ticket information call Cherie Hoffman at (361) 8764375 or email portagardenclub@hotmail.com. Tickets, refreshments, raffle and silent auction items will be available at the Community Center during tour hours starting at 8:30 a.m. Port Aransas Garden Club formed in 1964 to encourage interest in beautification of the city. Proceeds from club activities are used for landscaping, various civic projects and scholarships for Port Aransas High

Homes Tour takers enjoy the interior of one of the homes on the 2013 Tour of Homes School seniors. Last year the club funded recycle containers for the Civic Center and the Community Center, landscape pavers around the sailor statutes on the corner of Alister Street and Cut-off Road, the installation of the dolphins water feature in the pond at the Community Center, on-going maintenance of the Community Center gardens, and scholar-

ships for six PAHS seniors. PAGC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. PAGC is a member of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau, KPAB, and the Corpus Christi Garden Council. For more information contact Virginia Moser at (361) 834-4130.

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