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Volume 29, Number 1

January 2017

In January New Year’s Day Jan. 1 Martin Luther King Day Jan. 16

Inside Christmas tree recycling ............... page 3 Nextdoor network .......................... page 8 9 honored by RSVP ...................... page 15 Winter safety tips for pets ........... page 20 Talkington School recognized ..... page 22

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New Year’s wishes May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastroenterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber, and the I.R.S. May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs, and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues. May the telemarketers lose your phone number, may the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you have been watching, and may your check book and your budget balance - and include generous amounts for charity.

May you remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser, or your tennis instructor. And may we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God’s love in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile, every lover’s kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart. — AUTHOR UNKNOWN

History test: Are you gifted with remembering? 1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located? A. On the floor shift knob. B. On the floor board, left of the clutch. C. Next to the horn. 2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used? A. Capture lightning bugs. B. To sprinkle clothes before ironing. C. Large salt shaker. 3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?

A. Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk. B. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled. C. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top. 4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance? A. Blackjack B. Gin C. Craps 5. What method did women use to look as if they were

wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II? A. Suntan B. Leg painting C. Wearing slacks 6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going? A. Studebaker B. Nash Metro C. Tucker 7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid? A. Strips of dried peanut

butter. B. Chocolate licorice bars. C. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside. 8. How was Butch wax used? A. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up. B. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing. C. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust. 9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?

A. With clamps, tightened by a skate key. B. Woven straps that crossed the foot. C. Long pieces of twine. 10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision? A. Consider all the facts. B. Ask Mom. C. Eeny-meeny-miny-moe. 11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s? A. Smallpox B. AIDS (See History test, Page 19)


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‘Mardi Paws’ Fur Ball set for February 4 Beads, masks, and merrymaking will be the order of business at the Mardi Paws Fur Ball set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, near 19th and University on the Texas Tech campus. The event is a production of the Humane Society of West Texas. Tables seating eight are $600, and individual tickets are $60. All money raised stays in the Lubbock area. Checks should be made payable to The Humane Society of West Texas, and can be mailed to The Humane Society, P.O. Box 94788, Lubbock, Texas 79493. Call or text 806-790-8276 or 806-781-8536 for information. Festivities include a presentation of the Mary V. Hatfield Service to Animals Award to Dr. Alice White. Live music will be provided by Landon Scoggins, and The Scandal. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. A silent auction will include several custom dog houses. Terri Furman with KLBK-TV will be the emcee. The mission of the Humane Society of West Texas is to promote animal welfare, to teach respect and reverence for all life, and to nurture the human-animal bond.


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City recognized for environmental health Christmas tree recycling info

The Texas Environmental Health Association has honored the City of Lubbock Environmental Health Department with the Ruth Hendy Award. The award recognizes entities throughout the state that achieve a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the community they serve. In addition, the association recognized Stuart Walker, code enforcement director,

and Stevan Walker, environmental health coordinator, for exemplary service to the organization. Stuart Walker has received the Thomas L. Edmonson, Jr. Meritorious Service Award. Stuart is currently the association’s state parliamentarian and a past chapter president. Stevan Walker has received a Panhandle/West Texas Chapter Meritorious Service Award. Steven has also been

The 18th annual Mardi Gras Celebration is set for Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. This spectacular event presented by Lubbock Meals on Wheels will include more than 37 food booths, live jazz music, a large silent auction, benefit drawing, cash bars, plus a variety of activities and prizes. Colorful masks and beads will be available for the festive evening. Entertainment will include dancers, clowns, magicians, and flamboyant decorations in the official colors of purple, green and gold. The expanded children’s

area includes bouncers, climbers, and face and hair painting. Event tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for children 17 and under, and can be purchased in advance at Lubbock Meals on Wheels, any Select-A-Seat location (service charge applies), or for $45 at the door. We accept cash, checks or credit cards (no American Express) and tickets can be mailed if purchased ahead of time. The fun evening supports a great program that helps people remain at home, well fed, and independent in the community. For more information, call 806-792-7971.

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The Solid Waste Services Department is offering freshcut Christmas tree recycling to residents at the city’s four recycling drop-off centers. Residents are asked to remove all decorations, the metal stand, and any plastic before placing the fresh-cut Christmas tree in the roll-off dumpster located outside the gates of the recycling centers located at:

• 208 Municipal Drive • 1631 84th St. • 7308 Milwaukee Ave. • 4307 Adrian St. The landfill will mulch the fresh-cut trees. After Jan. 9, and throughout the month of January, the roll-offs will be located inside the gates, and residents can drop-off fresh-cut Christmas trees from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

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Covenant Health announces addition of Chief Medical Officer

Brian D. Schroeder M.D. will serve as chief medical officer at Covenant Medical Center as well as the vice president for medical affairs at Covenant Women’s and Children’s. Dr. Craig Rhyne, Covenant’s regional chief medical officer, has been serving a dual role as CMO of Covenant Medical Center. He will continue to serve as CMO

for the region, which encompasses 25 counties in West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Rhyne has been with Covenant Health for 34 years, beginning as a resident in 1982, starting a general surgery practice in 1991, and as CMO beginning in 2011. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Schroeder join me and Covenant’s quality

leadership team,” Rhyne said. “Brian has extensive experience in managing medical staff relationships, Brian D. Schroeder M.D. activities, and committee meetings. His focus at both CMC and Children’s will allow me time to focus more on system-wide medical and quality strategies for Covenant and the region.” Richard Parks, Covenant CEO, emphasized having an additional person on board to handle the day-today medical staff activities is necessary to help support both campuses while also allowing Dr. Rhyne to focus on medical- and physicianrelated activities across the entire Covenant region. “Dr. Schroeder has extensive CMO experience at larger health sys-

tems,” Parks said. “We are fortunate to have him with us and look forward to his contributions as part of our Covenant family.” Schroeder, a practicing internal medicine hospitalist and palliative care physician since 1999, served as the senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. Also a flight surgeon and an internist with the Air National Guard, Schroeder holds the rank of Lt. Colonel. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies and earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. A native of South Dakota, Schroeder and his wife, Nancy, have four children, two horses and three black Labradors, one of which is a certified therapy animal.

Students in an advanced biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, ‘Name seven advantages of mother’s milk.’ One student wrote: 1. Perfect formula for the child. 2. Provides immunity against several diseases. 3. Always the right temperature. 4. Inexpensive. 5. Bonds the child to mother and vice versa. 6. Always available as needed. And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang he wrote: 7. Comes in two containers, and it’s high enough off the ground where the cat can’t get it.


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An old stand-by in the steakhouse category

I’m writing about Outback Steakhouse. Our family has recently taken advantage of the “Curbside Take-Away” service. The orders can either be called in or placed on their online ordering – Outback. com. Each time, the food has been exactly on time at the pick-up area and has even been brought out to our car. Being a steakhouse, two different types of grilling are used in the preparation of their “signature steaks.” The ordinary grill sears the well-seasoned meat quickly, which locks in the natural juices while the other “wood fire grill” uses the same seasoning and searing with the steaks also getting the flavor of the oak wood used in this type of grill. The menu defines which prep method is recommended for the different cuts of steak which makes your selection easier. I have ordered the delicious, juicy 10oz. ribeye,

$20.99, which uses the oakfire method. Husband has ordered the roasted garlic filet medallions, his favorite, which also comes with home-style mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. All steaks are hand-cut, prepared upon order and come with a “signature potato” and one fresh-made side. Different toppings are available for the steaks at an additional cost of $1.49 to $1.99. The “surf” add-ons are from $5.99 - $9.99. The “Aussie-Tizers” list boasts three of the “Outback Signature” items. I personally have tried two – the “Bloomin’ Onion” and the “Coconut Shrimp.” The onion is large enough to share with at least three other people, and it is also served with a special dipping sauce. The shrimp are large and consist of 8 in the regular $9.99 order. Include a couple of sides, and this would be a complete meal for anyone.

There are 12 “Tizers” to choose from and range in price from $4.99 to $12.49. Another favorite of mine is the “Alice Springs” chicken. It consists of a wood-fire grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, crisp bacon, melted jack and cheddar cheeses, completed with a honey mustard sauce. “Aussie Fries” are included for $15.99. There are nine other menu selections in the chicken etc. category. Other menu items include a large selection of soups, salads, seafood, burgers, sides, combos and five irresistible desserts. Although I have never tried any, the “Mini Dessert Parfaits” seem interesting to me. It’s described as a creamy filling topped with layers of whipped cream and served in

a mini Mason jar for $3.99. Depending on how mini, mini is, it might be about the right portion for me. Stay tuned! The menu has several items marked with four different symbols. For the calorie counter, the feather is used for 600 calories or less, the boomerang is used on their “Signature” items. Two tiny symbols – a star in a black background means the items may contain nuts while a plain, tiny star sug-

gests the items may contain eggs or some meats and other proteins may be served rare. The Ahi Tuna and several steaks are marked with this type of star. Some people may find these helpful when making decisions – especially if allergies are involved. Hopefully you will find Outback a wonderful experience whether to dine in or use the pick-up “curbside” service! Have 2017 filled with blessings, Granny

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Restless Leg Syndrome: May just need some minerals Forty years ago, I don’t believe I had ever heard of Restless Leg Syndrome. I’m uncertain when those words became a diagnosis, but it appears to gain more and more popularity. Do you ever wonder why? Stay with me, and you will know why by the end of the article. I remember years ago looking at a report from the Department of Agriculture. It was dated in the 30s I believe. And they said that the minerals had been farmed out of most of the land. I was shocked! What we used to get in our food from the soil, we no longer get. Yes, they can put some nutrition back in the soil, but no one is as good as mother nature at creating food just like we need. A couple of foods that are rich in magnesium may not be your favorite foods: spinach and chard. How often do you eat spinach or chard? There are many ways that magnesium is pulled out of the body. The fluoride that is put in our water drains magnesium

out of the body. Do you drink water? Many pharmaceutical drugs pull magnesium out of the body. For example, a diuretic pulls the magnesium out of your body. Stress uses up a great deal of magnesium. Do you take pharmaceutical drugs? Typically, the higher your cholesterol, the lower your levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral. It works together with calcium, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin D. Many people take calcium. I have had more “discussions” with women about taking calcium than any other supplement. They say they cannot be without their calcium. Their doctor told them to take it. No, the research says that they will be more likely to have a heart event by taking calcium

by itself. You see, calcium doesn’t work by itself. Calcium isn’t bad, but it needs to be paired on a 1-to1 relationship with magnesium. We have more ways of getting calcium in our diet than we have ways of getting magnesium in our diet. So when we need to supplement, normally we need to add the magnesium. And to get back to the point of the article, magnesium is normally needed when you have restless leg syndrome. It isn’t a disease in my book, but a deficiency: a magnesium deficiency. Let’s see, what does magnesium help in the body? First of all, it will help the heart. The largest amount of magnesium is in the heart. The heart’s rhythm is dependent on having magnesium. Do you know anyone

who has a rhythm problem with their heart? You see, the heart is a muscle and magnesium makes muscles and nerves work. When the legs jump around, the muscles and nerves are being interfered with. Most of the time, you need more magnesium. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles will be in spasm. The calcium that you have makes muscles contract, and if you don’t have enough magnesium to counter that contraction, your muscles will be in spasm. And that is a description of restless leg syndrome. If you are married to taking drugs for every ailment you have, please look the drugs up and see what that drug does to magnesium. Or simply ask your pharmacist. If you have any kind of heart problem, you want to make sure you have sufficient magnesium. I don’t know how many doctors check for magnesium, but you can have it tested yourself. Sometimes you have to be your own advocate. It is one thing if you

don’t have any problems, but if you are suffering, please have your magnesium levels checked because it is involved in so many reactions in the body, and I’ve read that it is one of the substances we are most deficient. You may be a person who always feels tight, even when you haven’t done any physical work. If so, likely you are magnesium deficient. If you have high blood pressure, check your magnesium. Blood pressure can be high because the muscles in the walls of the arteries are too tight. Why are they too tight? You might not have enough magnesium. Remember magnesium is the one that helps the muscles relax. As you can see, magnesium is an important mineral and one that isn’t as easy to get in our diet as calcium. If you want more information about magnesium, the book “The Magnesium Miracle,” by Dr. Carolyn Dean is chock full of information. And remember, if you need to relax before bed, take magnesium for a better sleep.

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Signs of the times In a podiatrist’s office: Time wounds all heels. At a proctologist’s door: To expedite your visit, please back in. On a plumber’s truck: We repair what your husband fixed. On another plumber’s truck: Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber. On a church’s billboard: 7 days without God makes one weak. At a tire shop: Invite us to your next blowout. At a towing company: We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows. On an electrician’s truck: Let us remove your shorts. At an optometrist’s office: If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. On a taxidermist’s window: We really know our stuff. At a car dealership: The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment. Outside a muffler shop: No appointment necessary. We hear you coming. In a veterinarian’s waiting room: Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay! At the electric company: We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be. In a restaurant window: Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up. At a propane filling station: Thank heaven for little grills. Sign on the back of a septic tank truck: Caution - This truck is full of political promises.


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the city, have started Nextdoor websites. The City of Lubbock joined the Lubbock Police Department on Nextdoor. With Nextdoor, Lubbock residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. Nextdoor is free for residents and the city. Each Lubbock neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood

website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the city will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www. nextdoor.com and enter their rheumatism?” address. Pharmacist: “Definitely.” If residents have questions Jacob: “How about sup- about the Nextdoor website, positories?” visit help.nextdoor.com. Pharmacist: “You bet!” Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, 1310 Ave. Q • Lubbock,TX 79401 and Alzheimer’s?” 806-744-2220 • 806-744-2225 Fax Pharmacist: “Yes, a large GOLDEN GAZETTE is pubvariety. The works.” lished monthly by Word PublicaJacob: “What about vitations, 1310 Ave. Q, Lubbock, TX 79401. News items, letters to the mins, sleeping pills, Geritol, editor, photographs, and other antidotes for Parkinson’s items may be submitted for publication. All letters must include disease?” the writer’s name, address and Pharmacist: “Absolutely.” telephone number. Letters may be edited. Advertising rates are Jacob: “Everything for available upon request. For a subheartburn and indigestion?” scription, send a check to Golden Gazette for $24 for one-year, or Pharmacist: “We sure do.” $48 for two-years. Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers and Staff: Camila Bonifield, Jo Anne Corbet, Bené Cornett, Mary Ann canes?” Edwards, Mike Lankford, Gary Pharmacist: “All speeds McDonald, Cary Swinney, Mary Valentini, Calva Ledbetter and sizes.” Contributing writers: Dr. Elva Jacob: “Adult diapers?” Edwards, Randal Hill, Dr. Pharmacist: “Sure.” Sameer Islam, Margaret Merrell, Cathy Mottet, James K. White Jacob: “We’d like to use this store as our Bridal RegView the Gazette online at: www.wordpub.com istry.”


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There are more than 500 distinct species of sharks and none of them have any bones (except the bones they might have recently eaten). Sharks do have mucho teeth. They live in every ocean on earth and have been found miles upstream in fresh water. Sharks can survive in brackish water no more than 1 foot deep and in depths of the oceans that exceed 9,000 feet. The entomology world is abuzz as honey bees continue to amaze. Bees can figure out and recall shortest paths to food sources and are capable of relaying source in-

formation to other bees that have never made the trip. Recent research indicates that bees can recognize and remember human faces, allowing trusted hominids to approach hives undisturbed while attacking unknown individuals or any people deemed hostile to the colony. Our solar system is home to at least 178 moons. Jupiter has 67 and Saturn sports 62. Jupiter has a moon dubbed Ganymede (named after the Trojan Ganymede and approximately 12 people know who he was). Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system and

is even larger than the planet Mercury. Much of the U.S.A. is on target to experience a total solar eclipse Aug. 21, 2017. New stories stemming from Star Trek are currently being filmed (taped?). A new set representing the interior of the Enterprise has been constructed with hundreds of buttons and switches that light up at random, but serve no practical purpose. That is, all the buttons except one. It is claimed the special button is a direct line that calls for pizza deliveries to the set. Cast members and crew usually deny pressing

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windiest towns are located in Massachusetts. It seems that I cannot happily reside in New Mexico. The state has a law stating that “idiots” are not allowed to vote. Hey, New Mexico, we idiots have opinions – and feelings. Have a great week.


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A longtime member of the Texas ranching and equine communities will be the new executive director of the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. Interim Provost Michael Galyean announced in December that Jim Bret Campbell would return to Lubbock to head the ranching center. He will begin Jan. 9. A two-time alumnus from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources with 19 years as a leader in the industry, Campbell has been part of the ranching industry for most of his life. “The National Ranching Heritage Center is truly a gem on our campus,” Galyean said. “With his experience in leading various organizations and his roots and extensive connections in the ranching and livestock sectors, Jim Bret is exceptionally qualified to be the executive director of the center. “We look forward to seeing the center grow in national prominence and increase its academic presence under his leadership, while continuing to serve our community and the region through high-quality outreach and engagement events.” Campbell has worked for the American Quarter Horse Association, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the National Cutting Horse Association in the 19 years

since he earned his master’s degree. His experience will help him oversee key priorities at the NRHC, including building its endowment, increasing membership, broadening university partnerships, expanding the center’s national scope, and enhancing engagement between the center and the public. Campbell said he’s looking forward to returning to Texas Tech. His goals include working with university administration, the Ranching Heritage Association and the center’s staff to increase national exposure by engaging ranchers from throughout the country and increasing membership in the RHA. He will also focus on increased attendance and effective programming and branding. “The National Ranching Heritage Center is truly a special place,” Campbell said. “The collection that has been assembled there is oneof-a-kind, and I think it says even more with the way it was established: a group of committed ranching families and community leaders came together to ensure these important structures, and the stories behind them, are preserved. “People all over the world love the ranching heritage that exists at the NRHC. Our jobs will be to ensure even more people know about

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the center, its purpose, and our commitment to ranching heritage.” Campbell replaces Carl Andersen, who came out of retirement to be interim executive director 16 months ago. Rob Stewart, senior vice provost for the university, said the administration appreciated Andersen’s willingness to serve while the hiring committee looked for a permanent director. “Jim Bret brings a wealth of experience and a tremendous skill set to the executive director position,” Stewart said. “We anticipate a dynamic and progressive vision for the center under his leadership.” About the National Ranching Heritage Center The NRHC is a museum and historical park established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and development of the livestock industry. The historical park has almost 50 structures dating from the 1780s to the 1930s, including windmills, ranch houses, a train depot, and more. It is open to the public, and admission is free.


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Age of world’s worshipers could shape global issues The relative portion of older adherents to the world’s religions will shift in the coming decades, according to a study by a researcher at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In 2010, Jews had the largest portion of seniors with 20 percent age 60 and older; on the low end, only 7 percent of Muslims represented this age group. By 2050, the study projects that Buddhists and the religiously unaffiliated will be tied for the greatest portion of oldest members, both at 32 percent; Muslims will remain the youngest religious group with only 16 percent. The global population of Christians will age relatively slowly, from 14 percent in 2010 to 21 percent in 2050. The study is the first to account for aging, mortality, and fertility rates between religious groups, and religious conversion and secularization trends covering almost all countries. Results appear in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. More than 2,500 data sources including censuses, demographic surveys, and other population surveys from 198 countries — accounting for more than 99 percent of the world population — were studied. The researchers identified and synthesized the data building up a global dataset over half

a decade. “Changes in religious groups’ age distributions could potentially have wideranging societal implications,” said the study’s lead author, Vegard Skirbekk, Ph.D., of the Columbia Aging Center and professor of population and family health at the Mailman School. “Age variation in religious distributions can affect the risk of conflict and the degree of cooperation. For instance, conflict is more common between religious groups whose members are younger and less frequent among groups with larger number of older people.” Another example is public spending. Other research has suggested that willingness to pay for public social welfare programs can decrease when those who contribute differ from those who are beneficiaries in terms of their ethno-cultural characteristics. When religious groups show contrasting age pat-

terns, this could potentially affect the level of support for and the sustainability of social welfare programs, he said. The age of religious adherents can also shape how a religion is practiced. According to Skirbekk, older age groups tend to emphasize religion in terms of its relevance for intergenerational relationships and support, traditions and norms, as meaning, relief and solace in the face of life challenges and disease, coping strategies in the event of health

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fewer remaining years of life and increasing prevalence of disease. Many seek religious answers when trying to cope with illness at later stages of life. Finally, the demographic shifts could also affect how various religions are seen — particularly for those without a religious affiliation. “On a global scale, the religiously unaffiliated will age rapidly, potentially making them transform from a group representing the future to one increasingly representing the past,” Skirbekk said.

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Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1. Greek goddesses of the seasons 6. Spread out for drying 9. Person in authority 13. Foe 14. Drink to excess 15. Earthen jug 16. Resistant to flames 18. Narrow strip of wood 19. Typographical error 20. City in central Belgium 21. Periodic movement of the sea 22. Cut 24. Carried 25. Commotion 28. Selection 31. Reverence for God 32. Clamp 33. Worthless piece of fabric 36. A single time 37. South American ruminant 38. Broad valley 39. Born

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Beauty Queens – National Americas Miss Lubbock Bands - Lubbock High School Westerner Marching Band Churches – Calvary Chapel For-Profit Floats – Wild West Harley-Davidson Non-Profit Floats – Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kid – Non-Band – West Texas Cyclones Higher Education – Vogue College of Cosmetology Public Service – United States Marines / Santa Claus Vehicles - South Plains Antique Tractor Association The annual parade provides a free family-friendly, fun event.

A beneficiary of the parade for the past several years has been the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots campaign. The David Baker Family collected toys from barrels in many Dollar General Stores in this area for many years. This year, the Bakers collected 8,287 toys and batteries from Battery Joe’s to donate to the Marines. Also, hundreds of additional unwrapped toys were handed to Marines during the parade. Work, planning and preparation are already underway for the 2017 Miracles Christmas Parade. Parade information will be available throughout the year at www. miraclesparade.com.


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Mellow Yellow by Donovan, January 1967 Like Bob Dylan, Donovan Philips Leitch rose to fame as a Woody Guthrie clone. Decked out in a denim jacket and cap and blowing on a harmonica that hung around his neck, Donovan’s career began with the hauntingly beautiful “Catch the Wind,” a 1965 worldwide sensation. Within a year, though, the Scottish-born singer underwent a major transition. Now the world beheld the “new’ Donovan, with long, curly tresses, flowing white robes and performing while sitting yoga-style onstage, banks of flowers adorning the stage. Donovan’s lyric messages became part of the “far out” psychedelic music era. His Epic Records release of “Sunshine Superman” (supposedly about orange sunshine LSD) brought him a new audience and set the

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stage for his next millionseller. Like his rival Dylan, Donovan often created lyrics that left his followers scratching their heads in wonder, especially when it came to “Mellow Yellow.” First he said he was “mad about saffron,” saffron being a yellow spice. Then he claimed to be “mad about fontine,” a pale yellow cheese. Some problems arose when some listeners thought he was saying he was “mad about 14,” as in lusting after a 14-year-old girl. To complete his “yellow theme,” Donovan declared

that “electrical banana is gonna be a sudden craze.” This led certain people to believe he was encouraging folks to get high by smoking “bananadine,” a fictional psychoactive substance. Supposedly bananadine was extracted from toasted flakes scraped from the inside of a banana peel, which were then dried, toasted, rolled into a cigarette and smoked. Of course, no hallucinogenic effects were ever reported. Shortly before “Mellow Yellow” appeared, Donovan had written the line “sky of blue and sea of green” for

the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” Paul McCartney returned the favor by adding to the background party noise in “Mellow Yellow.” Contrary to popular belief, it is Donovan, not Paul, who whispers “quite rightly” throughout the song. Trumpets became part of the song’s musical bridge. This had been suggested by arranger John Cameron, who, like Donovan, was a mere 20 years old. Cameron wanted a loping beat and blaring horns, much akin to David Rose’s instrumental 1962 hit “The Stripper.” Donovan felt the horns were too blaring, though. As he said in I Want to Take You Higher, “It wasn’t mellow. So all the musicians…put the little hats on the end of their horns, and

it went ‘wah wah wah.’ And there it was. Once they put the mutes on, it worked perfectly.” So what was the song really about? In Songwriters on Songwriting, Donovan explained, “It was interpreted by many people as many different things. But essentially, over it all, was the sense of being mellow and laid back, which had something to do with smoking pot or being cool.” Donovan’s long run of “trippy” hits would wind down by the end of the 1960s. As his star dimmed, though, John Cameron’s brightened considerably when he created the stage name John Paul Jones and became the bassist/keyboardist for heavy-metal heroes Led Zeppelin.

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9 honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards Lubbock RSVP honored volunteers with a recognition dinner held at Clarion Grand Park in November. More than 150 volunteers, volunteer coordinators, and guests attended the event. Nine volunteers were honored with a special award, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is given to volunteers who have reported 4,000 or more hours while enrolled with Lubbock RSVP. Each recipient received a signed, congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, a certificate from the Corporation for National and Community Service - “Call to Service Award,” and a lapel pin, which is a replica of the seal of the United States. Recipients of the 2016 award were Marit Dubois, Dolores Garcia, Sandi Harper, Mary Ruth Lane, Albert Mole, Thelma Reynolds, Gale Richardson, Harvey Rivers and Lynne Strickland. The theme for the night was “Puttin on the Ritz.”

Keegan Peck and his bandmates entertained the crowd with tunes from the 40s and 50s. Many local companies sponsored tables and provided door prizes. Lubbock RSVP has volunteers at more than 40 locations around the Lubbock area. 2016 recipients of the Presidential Lifetime Achievment Award - Marit Dubois, Dolores For more information, call Garcia, Mary Ruth Lane, Albert Mole, Thelma Reynolds, Gale Richardson, and Lynne Strickland. 806-743-7787.

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By Cindy Hale, RSVP DIRECTOR 743-7787 Dec. 15 was my last day as manager of RSVP. I have really enjoyed getting to know most of you. I have decided to pursue other interests. Call Clay Ament, RSVP coordinator at 806-743-3617, if you are in need of anything. He will be happy to help you. Donations We will be glad to take extra fabric off your hands, as well as any yarn, flannel or fleece. Our volunteers make wonderful items out of these donated items. We are also in need of DVDs and books, and any type of note cards. Please call the office at 743-3617 before dropping off, to be sure someone is here. RSVP Forum The annual RSVP forum is tentatively planned for

March 31. Mark your calendars. This is always a great event. We will have informative speakers on subjects that are important to seniors, many vendors with good information, a great lunch, and door prizes. There will be more news to come on this, as the time approaches. Volunteer Opportunities Children’s Connections at 2514 82nd is still in need of part-time volunteers to answer the phone and fill in as receptionist. There are varied shifts. Call Sam at 806-7457995 for details. Half-price book sale Friends of the Library will be having a half-price book sale Feb. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located in the basement of the Mahon Library, 1306 9th St.

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Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day Jan. 2 - Run up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes day Jan. 3 - Festival of sleep day Jan. 4 - National spaghetti day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. Jan. 5 - National bird day The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group - Area Community Hospice, 4300 Olton Rd. in Plainview at noon - safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz.org/westtexas to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. Jan. 6 - Cuddle Up Day Family Dance Night - 7:30-10 pm, $2/person, Ages 11+, Bring your family to enjoy a fun night of Two Steppin,’ Country Western, and a little Rock music. Event will be led by former

UCWDC World Champion, Don Hunnicut. All levels welcome beginning through advanced, Hodges Community Center. Jan. 7 - Old rock day Gun & Blade Show – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, $7 for adults, under 12 free; ‘2 fer special – first hour.’ 806-253-1322. Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Bird Watching Walk with Anthony Hewetson, president of the local Audobon Society, at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon. First hour walk will be along the handicap-accessible path for those with walking issues. The second hour will be a walk around the lake. Good shoes, appropriate dress, and binoculars are a must. The Roundtable Luncheon 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining

room 4011 North Boston Ave. Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, president of Texas Tech will speak. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street, proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Jan. 8 - Bubble bath day Gun & Blade Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, $7 for adults, under 12 free; ‘2 fer special – first hour.’ 806-253-1322. Jan. 9 – Apricot day UMC Better Breathers Club -- a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. Jan. 10 - Peculiar people day Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month.

Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group -- Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Rawlings Senior Center, 213 40th St. 10:30 a.m. - safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz.org/westtexas to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. Jan. 11 - Step in a puddle & splash your friend’s day Jan. 12 - Feast of fabulous wild men day Jan. 13 - Make your dream come true day Jan. 14 - Dress up your pet day What to Look for in Hiring a Competent Arborist by Butch Lathey of Tree Loving Care at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave. from 10 to 11 am. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hill-

crest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Andy Wilson, director of Strategic Business Development of X-Fab “The Silicon Carbide Prairie-Emerging Technologies on the South Plains,” will speak. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Music Class Sampler - 10 am, Free, all ages, instructor Kim Lytton will give you a preview of her spring music classes at this come-and-go event. Sample the youth classes “Singing for Kids” and “Sing and Play Guitar,” and the pre-school class “Toddler Music Time.” Get to know Kim and her music classes, Maxey Community Center Jan. 15 - National hat day ‘Tennis Against the Clock’ - Doubles, 1-5 p.m., $5/person, Adult/ Junior, Play with different partners against another team and the clock. Team winning most games in specified time is winner. Each round will be played (See Enriching Lives, Page 24)

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What should you know about taking RMDs? Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you’re a certain age, Dec. 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances because it’s the deadline for withdrawing money from some of your retirement plans. What should you know about these withdrawals? And how much control over them do you have? Here’s the picture, in a nutshell: Once you turn 70½, you generally need to start taking withdrawals – the technical term is “required minimum distributions,” or RMDs – from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar plan, such as a 403(b)

plan (for employees of pubic schools, religious institutions, and other tax-exempt organizations) or 457(b) plan (for employees of state and local governments and governmental agencies). After the first year in which you take these RMDs, you must take them by the end of each year thereafter. If you don’t withdraw at least the minimum amount (calculated based on your age, account balance, and other factors) you face a penalty of 50% of what you should have taken out – a potential loss of thousands of dollars. So, here’s priority number one: Take your RMDs before the end of the year. The financial services provider who administers your IRA or 401(k) can help you determine the amount you must

withdraw. However, after that point, it’s your decision as to whether you want to exceed the minimum. Of course, you may need to take more out to meet your living expenses. But if you have enough additional income from other sources – such as Social Security and interest and dividend payments from investments held outside your retirement accounts – you may be able to stick with the minimum withdrawals. And this could prove to be beneficial because you obviously want your retirement accounts to last as long as possible, considering you might spend two or even three decades as a retiree. Another reason not to take more than you need from your retirement accounts is that these withdrawals are

typically taxable – so the less you take out, the lower your tax bill. You can also potentially lower your tax burden arising from RMDs by being generous. If you take money from your IRA and donate it to a qualified charity (one that has received tax-exempt status from the IRS), you can exclude the withdrawal from your adjusted gross income and count the donation against your taxable RMDs. Suppose, for example, your RMD for 2016 is $5,500. If you take $5,000 from your IRA and donate it to a qualified charity, your

taxable RMD obligation will be reduced to just $500. If you were to take another $500 from your IRA, you would satisfy your entire RMD for the year. (Consult with your tax advisor to make sure you’re following the rules governing these charitable donations from your IRA.) You worked many years to build your retirement accounts. So when it’s time to tap into them, make the right moves – and do whatever it takes to maximize the benefits you get from your required minimum distributions.

Free tax help available AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, will begin doing taxes at the Lubbock Adult Activity Center, 2001 19th St., beginning Feb. 1. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday every week through April 13. Social Security cards are required for all persons listed on the tax return. Photo IDs are required for primary persons on the return. Bring a copy of last year’s return, as the software provider has changed and access to prior years will not be possible. Also bring all 2016 W-2s,

1099s, 1095 A,B or C, endof-the year Social Security statement, and any other pertinent forms. The service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is dependent on the number of volunteers available to prepare tax returns. The volunteers are trained and have experience. There are some return scenarios which will be considered out-of-scope for the program. Examples are married filing separately, rental properties, and farm income. Come by early in February to have questions answered, or call after Jan. 15, 806-269-0230 or 806-4072566.

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C. Polio 12. ‘I’ll be down to get you in a _______, honey’ A. SUV B. Taxi C. Streetcar 13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pony? A. Old Blue B. Paint C. Macaroni 4. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill? A. Part of the game of hide and seek. B. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores. C. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill. 15. What was the name of the Indian Princess in the Howdy Doody Show? A. Princess Summerfallwinterspring B. Princess Sacajawea C Princess Moonshadow 16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school? A. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high. B. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window. C. Wrote another pupil’s name on the top, to avoid failure. 17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases? A. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum. B. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items. C. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos. 18. Praise the Lord , & pass the _________? A. Meatballs B. Dames C. Ammunition 19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song ‘Cabdriver’ a hit? A. The Ink Spots B. The Supremes C. The Esquires 20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?

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provided by The Humane Society of the United States: * If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic * Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth * Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach

Pet First Aid App You can be ready for pet emergencies with the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app. This app guides you through everyday medical emergencies for cats and dogs and is loaded with additional information on medicating pets, pet behavior and caring for your pet during a disaster. The app makes learning effective and fun with videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice. It can be downloaded for $0.99 from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or going to http:// www.redcross.org/mobileapps. For more information visit http://www.redcross. org/prepare/disaster/winterstorm/protect-pets-duringsnowstorms.


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10 New Year’s Resolutions 1. Be kind – to yourself 2. Be kind – to others. 3. Be generous. 4. Give something away. 5. Call an old friend. 6. Find joy in the small things. 7. Go 24 hours without complaining. 8. Listen to one of your favorite old songs. 9. Be grateful. 10. Say ‘thank you.’

Primary runway reopens at airport The primary runway at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport reopened Dec. 22. The runway is undergoing a $40-million rehabilitation project. With a majority of the work completed, the project has come in on time and under budget. The reopening is a significant enhancement to aircraft operations at Lubbock, providing two full-strength, commercial-service runways. “We are very proud of this

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Helping out: 1 in 4 Americans volunteer; 3 in 5 help neighbors As the holiday season spotlights acts of kindness and giving back, a new federal study shows that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and 3 in 5 helped their neighbors last year. The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for millions of Americans. “We are calling on Americans to volunteer in their communities, and to invite their friends and families to join them,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Volunteers enrich our communities and keep our nation strong. Service also connects us with our neigh-

bors and provides a chance to use our skills for the common good. There are so many ways we can make a difference for those in need throughout the entire year.” This year’s report found that 62.8 million adults (25.3 percent) volunteered through an organization last year. Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 7.96 billion hours last year, worth an estimated $184 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour. The volunteer rate consistently remains stable and strong. Over the past 13 years, Americans volunteered 104.9 billion hours, worth an estimated $2.1 trillion. In addition, more than 138 million Americans (62.5 percent) also engaged in informal volunteering in their communities, helping neighbors with such tasks as

watching each other’s children, helping with shopping, or house sitting. “At this time of heightened unease, the civic health of our country and engagement of our citizens is particularly important,” said Ilir Zherka, executive director of the National Conference on Citizenship. “That’s why all sectors

of society from nonprofits, to our government, to businesses should redouble their efforts to promote greater connections among Americans. “Our civic health is strongest when people trust and help their neighbors and engage with their government.” The research shows that overall rate of volunteering

remains strong and stable, despite a slight decrease from the previous year, and that Americans’ commitment to volunteering spans across generations. Key highlights of the report include: • Generation X leads volunteering among generations. Americans ages 35-44 (Volunteer rate, Page 23)

Margaret Talkington School and principal recognized Students, staff and community leaders gathered in November at the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders to commemorate what would be the 101st birthday of school’s namesake and two prestigious awards earned by the school and staff. Talkington Principal Berta Fogerson and Lubbock ISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr. were in Washington, D.C. as the Talk-

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ington School for Young Women Leaders was recognized as one of 279 schools named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education. In the United States there are approximately 100,000 public schools and only 279 were named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Additionally, Talkington Principal Berta Fogerson was one of seven principals in the nation selected for the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. U S. Secretary of Education is John King. “The Bell Award recognizes principals who are transformational leaders,” King said. “They inspire greatness in their students, in their teachers, and in their communities. “Winning a Bell Award is a small acknowledgment of the tireless work these principals have done in their ef-

fort to create positive school cultures where teachers are empowered and all students, regardless of background, can and do succeed.” Only principals of Blue Ribbon Schools are eligible for the Bell Award. Lubbock Superintendent is Berhl Robertson, Jr. “This Blue Ribbon School designation is something graduates can proudly claim,” Robertson said, “due to the outstanding work being done by the students and teachers on this campus and the many people who have surrounded them with support. “It strikes me that this is what it takes to attain the highest levels of success -students who are motivated to achieve, teachers and administrators who invest themselves fully, and a community of supporters who are dedicated to the school’s success.”


Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others. However, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took – The melody out of music. The courtesy out of driving. The romance out of love. The commitment out of marriage.

The responsibility out of parenthood. The togetherness out of the family. The learning out of education. The service out of patriotism. The Golden Rule from rulers. The civility out of behavior.

The refinement out of language. The dedication out of employment. The prudence out of spending. The ambition out of achievement. And we do understand the meaning of patriotism and remember those who have fought for our country. Just look at the seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts. Yes, I’m a senior citizen.

rate of volunteering among all populations at 36 percent. • More than one-third of Americans (36.3 percent) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization. • Americans most frequently volunteer with religious groups (34 percent), followed closely by education or youth service groups, and social or community groups. “Every day, volunteers of all ages are giving their time and talents to solve problems and make our nation stronger,” Spencer said. “Whether tutoring students or connecting veterans to services or responding to natural disasters, Americans are doing extraordinary things to improve lives and strengthen communities. “As they serve others, volunteers help themselves by learning new skills, increasing job prospects, and even improving their health.” In 2013, CNCS released Volunteering as a Pathway to

Employment, research which found that unemployed individuals who volunteer over the next year have 27 percent higher odds of being employed at the end of the year than non-volunteers. Among rural volunteers and volunteers without a high school diploma, the likelihood increases by 55 and 51 percent, respectively. Volunteers provide critical support to our nation’s nonprofit, civic, and faith-based organizations, offering time, skills, and monetary support. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America research found that volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly 80 percent of volunteers donated to charity, compared to 40 percent of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.5 percent) donated at least $25 to charity in 2014. The full analysis and customizable data sets can be found at volunteeringinamerica.gov.

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had the highest volunteer rate (29.8 percent) followed by those ages 45-54 (28.5 percent). • Generation X also reports the highest rates of participation in organizations among all generational groups at 40.5 percent. • One in five (21.7 percent) of Millennials (ages 16-32) volunteered. Young adults ages 18-24 attending college volunteer at twice the rate (26.6 percent) of their non-college attending peers (13.2 percent). • Older Americans, including Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation, tend to volunteer more hours. In 2014, the age groups with the highest median hours among volunteers were ages 65-74 (81 hours) and those 75 and older (100+ hours). • The volunteer rate of parents with children under age 18 is higher than the national average at 31.6 percent. Working mothers continue to maintain the highest

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with a different partner. Multiple rounds will be played, BurgessRushing Tennis Center. Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Day Jan. 17 - Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day Jan. 18 - Winnie the Pooh Day Jan. 19 - Popcorn day Jan. 20 - Cheese lover day Jan. 21 - Hugging day Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Bart Reagor will speak on “Vision for a Vibrant Downtown Lubbock.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on

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University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Music Class Sampler - 10 a.m., Free, all ages, instructor Kim Lytton will give you a preview of her spring music classes at this come-and-go event. Sample the youth classes “Singing for Kids” and “Sing and Play Guitar,” and the pre-school class “Toddler Music Time.” Get to know Kim and her exciting music classes, Maxey Community Center Jan. 22 - Blonde brownie day Jan. 23 - National pie day Jan. 24 - Beer can appreciation day Jan. 25 - Opposite day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – Garrison Institute on Aging – 4 to 5 p.m. at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., Academic Classroom Bldg., Room 100. Free event, snacks provided. Call 743-7821 for more info. Jan. 26 - Spouse’s day The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Turning Point Community Church, 11202 Quaker Ave. at 1 p.m. - safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz. org/westtexas to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. Jan. 27 - Punch the clock day Jan. 28 - National kazoo day The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave.

Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs will speak on “What Is In Store for 2017.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street, proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Jan. 29 - National puzzle day Jan. 30 - Bubble wrap appreciation day Singing for Kids, 5 p.m., $60, 1 hr weekly, 12 weeks, Children enjoy learning the foundations of good singing, including posture, breathing and enunciation through vocal exercises and tongue twisters. They learn age appropriate songs that teach character values they will present in a program for parents on the last day of class. Purchase of a book and CD for $10 on the first day of class is required, Maxey Community Center. Jan. 31 - Inspire Your Heart with Art Day Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email maedwards@wordpub.com or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

Coming in February: Mardi Paws Fur Ball set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, tables seating eight are $600, and individual tickets are $60. Call or text 806790-8276 or 806-781-8536 for information. Mardi Gras Celebration is set for Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, $40 for adults, $10 for children 17 and under, or $45 at the door. For more information, call Lubbock Meals on Wheels, 806-7927971.

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