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Volume 29, Number 3

Inside & in March Mayor’s Beans & Cornbread – March 3. ............ page 2 Red Cross Champions Breakfast – March 4 Cemetery maintenance... page 4 Women of Excellence – March 9 Time change – March 12 Pi day – 3.14 St. Patrick’s Day – March 17 1st day of spring – March 20 RSVP Spring Forum – March 24

March 2017

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Lubbock, Texas 79401

Caprock Art Quilters celebrate 10th anniversary “TRANSFORMED: Recycling and Upcycling in Fiber Arts” is an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Caprock Art Quilters. The exhibition will be open through March 26 in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets. Recycling is a well-known tradition in quilting, taking fabric from worn out clothing, blankets, and even feed sacks, and creating something gloriously new, well-crafted, and carefully designed, for utilitarian and decorative purposes. Upcycling is a newer concept and often turns the humble, the forgotten, and occasionally the unusual, into a work of aesthetic value in unexpected ways.

Nontraditional and overlooked materials are given a focus that allows them to be perceived with fresh eyes. In each of the art quilts on display, the artist has reached beyond the traditional piecing and layering of fabric and explored new territory. Something has been preserved, something has been renewed, and something has been re-envisioned. The Caprock Art Quilters is celebrating 10 years as a regional networking group of fiber artists. As a circle of the national group, Studio Art Quilters Association, members from West Texas and Eastern New Mexico exhibit locally, nationally and internationally to inspire awareness of the contemporary quilt as an art form.

Clint Barrick will be assisted by the Chancel Choir of St. John’s United Methodist Church under the direction of Justine Halamicek; as well as Betty Dotts, organ; Jeannie Barrick, piano; and Mark Halamicek, trumpet. This masterpiece of organ building has been at St.

John’s since 1991. After 25 years, it is time for some care and maintenance to preserve the instrument. St. John’s is working to raise $70,000 to accomplish the St. John’s Organ Project. This will allow the needed maintenance and refurbishing to take place, with a few additional pipes to aid in

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St. John’s benefit recital for organ maintenance

A benefit recital at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1501 University, is set for 5 p.m. March 5. The recital will feature St. John’s organist, Clint Barrick. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to fund the work on the organ in April.

service playing and accompanying. The process begins with the disassembly of the organ by its builder, the Holtkamp Organ Company, The organ will then be shipped to Ohio, where Holtkamp will begin the needed work.

Once finished, the organ will be shipped back to St. John’s for reassembly. Completion of the project is expected by mid-summer. To learn more about the St. John’s Organ Project or to take a guided tour of the organ, visit

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Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread Luncheon set for March 3 The 28th Annual Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread Luncheon, the largest fundraiser of the year for Hospice of Lubbock, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 3 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Luncheon tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or by calling either Hospice of Lubbock, 806795-2751 or the Covenant Foundation at 806-725-6020. The luncheon is hosted by mayors from all over the region. Beans, cornbread, dessert and drinks, catered by River Smith’s, will be served at the luncheon. Patrons may add a Klemke’s sausage link for $2. Live music will be provided by the stars of the Cactus Theater and its house band, The Rhythm Machine.

A “Tip Your Waiter Contest” will also take place during the luncheon, with proceeds also going to Hospice of Lubbock. Local celebrities and community leaders comprise the wait staff. The waiter with the most tips wins a traveling “Golden Apron” trophy at a special presentation after the luncheon. This fundraising event raises money for Hospice

of Lubbock’s non-funded and under-funded hospice patients and families, Grief Recovery Center, and Children’s Grief Camp each summer. Hospice of Lubbock serves 19 surrounding counties: Parmer, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Gaines, Dawson and Borden.

Patterson Library closes for renovations

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The Patterson Branch Library will close on March 1 for renovations. The Lubbock City Council approved the next stage of renovations for the library at the January meeting. During this stage of renovations, the Patterson Branch will receive new flooring, new furniture, new paint,

exterior repairs, and ADA compliant restrooms. Stage 1 of the renovations included a new roof and HVAC system, which were installed in 2015. Library materials checked out from the Patterson Branch will need to be returned to one of the three other Lubbock Public Li-

brary locations beginning March 1. The Lubbock Public Library locations are: - Mahon Library, 1306 9th St. - Godeke Branch Library, 5034 Frankford Ave. - Groves Branch Library, 5520 19th St. The Patterson Branch is scheduled to reopen in June.

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Local celebrities to be honored April 18 tions, a national organization. Headliner awards will be presented to Gene Chaney and Melissa Harris with Homes for Homeless; Alberto “Berto” Garcia for his patented football helmet; LCU Women’s Basketball National Champions; the national award-winning Talkington School; and United Supermarkets for its 100th anniversary of community projects. Headliner awards are

presented to people whose achievements or contributions have received widespread positive recognition through the media. Gold Medals will be presented to Alona Beesinger, Adrienne Cozart, Sylas & Shea Politte, and Karen Worley. This award is presented to people who, over an extended period of time, have worked to improve the quality of life for a broad spectrum of those living in the Lubbock area. Remember Our Heroes The New Neighbors Club luncheon will be held at the will receive the Louise Allen Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, beginning at 10:30 Award for outstanding cora.m. March 10. porate community service. Price for the meal is $15, and reservations must be made Karin McCay will be with Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or online at newneigh- honored with the Mary Ann Edwards Professional ComThe program will feature Jane Prince Jones and Kurt Kiser. Attend and bring a friend. The 2017 AWC Celebrity Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. For more than 30 years, the AWC Lubbock Chapter has honored local people whose accomplishments have made Lubbock and the area a great place to live and work. AWC is the Association for Women in Communica-

New Neighbors, March 10

municator Award, which recognizes an individual working in the communications industry whose attention to the creation, management, distribution and consumption of ideas and information have made significant contributions to the disciplines and positively impacted the community. The Beth Pratt Communicator of the Year award will be announced at the luncheon. It recognizes an AWC member who has demonstrated excellence in the profession, positive support of the chapter, and demonstrates a commitment to the purposes of AWC. The George Mahon Award for extraordinary public service is presented to a person

who has dedicated his adult life to a broad array of public service efforts that result in accomplishments. The honoree will be announced at the luncheon. The event is a benefit sponsored by the Lubbock Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. Proceeds help fund scholarships for Texas Tech College of Media and Communication students and the professional development of AWC members. For more information, contact Diane Harlan, 7718989; Charlie Rowten, 4388010; Sherry Saffle, 6323440; or Valerie Moreno, 252-3707.

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CASA receives grant from Meadows Foundation CASA of the South Plains is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Meadows Foundation in the amount of $50,000 which will be used toward operating costs of the CASA facility at 1215 Avenue J, Suite 301. This grant will further assist CASA in serving more foster children in the South Plains. “We are incredibly grateful to The Meadows Foundation for their recognition of the need in the South Plains community and for their generosity in granting our program this award,” said Lauren Westerberg, interim executive director for CASA of the South Plains. “Their philanthropic support will help advance CASA’s efforts to provide a volunteer advocate to every child who needs one.” Algur H. Meadows established General American Oil Company of Texas in 1939 and led it to become one of the nation’s most suc-

cessful independent oil and gas production companies. The success of GAO provided Algur and his wife, Virginia, the financial resources to support charitable organizations throughout Texas. Believing that their lives had been richly blessed, the couple established The Meadows Foundation in 1948 to benefit the people of Texas. In doing so, they stipulated that the Foundation’s philanthropy would continue in perpetuity under the guidance of family members and trusted advisors. The Meadows Foundation has contributed greatly to enriching the lives of countless Texans in the areas of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services. The Foundation has also developed high-priority grant making initiatives in support of the environment, public education and mental health. Hoping to develop a philan-

thropic spirit among middle and high school students, since 1981 the Foundation has awarded in excess of $3 million to more than 400 Texas schools whose students planned and carried out community service projects. For additional information, visit The Meadows Foundation at

Cemetery maintenance scheduled

Those who have decorated their loved one’s memorial at the City of Lubbock Cemetery are being asked to remove the decorations by March 6. This removal will facilitate the first mowing of the year and is part of the cemetery’s maintenance program. Decorations can once again be placed on memorials after staff has had the opportunity to mow the cemetery. Mowing is expected to take place in mid to late March. Decorations that are not removed by March 6 will be removed and discarded by cemetery staff. The City appreciates the public’s help in maintaining our cemetery grounds.

Free colonoscopy clinic for patients who qualify

People over the age of 50, or who have a family history of colon cancer, may be in need of a colonoscopy. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this event marks the fifth annual free colonoscopy clinic provided by Covenant Health. Those interested must call 806-725-7448 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, to be screened for qualification for this preventive procedure. The qualification screening deadline is March 6; space is limited. Financial pre-screening is required.

Plan plenty of time for qualification screening and test preparation. The clinic will be held March 25 at the Covenant Endoscopy Center, 3610 21st St. Procedures will be done by Dr. Subhash Batra, Dr. Elias Ghandour, Dr. Houssam Al-Kharrat, Dr. William Shaver, and physicians from Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates. A colonoscopy is a test that looks into the inner lining of one’s large intestine using a flexible tube called a colonoscope. A small video camera is

attached to the end of the colonoscope allowing the doctor to take pictures or video of the colon. This procedure can detect ulcers, tumors, areas of inflammation or bleeding and polyps, a benign mole that if left alone can turn into cancer. All materials, including anesthesia and colon prep kits, will be provided to the patients who qualify for the free colonoscopy. Qualifying patients must be 50 years of age or have a family history of colon cancer, and meet the financial criteria.

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Become a docent at the Texas Tech Museum

The Museum of Texas Tech University offers a docent training program for individuals age 18 and over interested in giving tours of the facility.

Being a docent is a fun and interesting way to become more involved with the museum and further the mission to educate and entertain the community.

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A docent is a teacher, a lecturer, a tour guide, and a vital volunteer. Docents are teachers with a unique classroom. Their purpose is to educate using the museum’s art, objects and artifacts. To learn how to use the museum and/or the amazing docents as part of a classroom or curriculum, join the next Docent Training Program from 10:30 a.m. to noon, March 11 at the museum. Docent training will take place over the course of three classes held on March 25, April 1, and April 8, from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. each of those days.

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Never too late to treat incontinence

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can be extremely frustrating because it seems the leaks occur frequently and without warning. A third, less discussed, type of incontinence is fecal incontinence. Fecal incontinence can occur in small, medium, or large amounts. It can feel as though you did not clean completely and a small amount of stool appears on your underwear. Or, it can appear as small amounts of stool that escape throughout the day or on the way to the bathroom with an urge to have a bowel movement. It can also be the complete loss of bowel control, resulting in a large stool leak. Stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence, as well as fecal incontinence can occur in men and women. And is often due to weak pelvic floor muscles which begin to have difficulty holding the urine and stool back. Initially, people attempt to control leaks by decreasing water and food intake. But this is counterintuitive. When water is restricted, the fluid that remains in the bladder becomes concentrated and is quickly ejected by the bladder, causing increased urinary urgency and leaks. Water needs to remain one of the main staples of fluid intake at regular amounts to prevent urine concentration in the bladder.

Urinary incontinence is often thought to be a normal part of aging. It is common, but not normal. Incontinence can be treated, quite successfully through pelvic floor physical therapy. This type of physical therapy can help by teaching proper techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and correct any behavioral habits, such as restricting water. Pelvic floor physical therapy also gives instruction in urge reduction techniques that often decrease leakage quickly. Some people have significant improvement once initiating physical therapy, but significant results can take 6 to 8 weeks depending on the duration and severity of symptoms. If you have urinary or fecal leakage, talk to your physician about pelvic floor physical therapy interventions. Urinary and fecal leakage are not a normal part of aging and can be reduced and often resolved with pelvic floor physical therapy. Call Physical Therapy Today at 806-780-2329 for more information or assistance in getting a referral for your evaluation and treatment. Medicare and most insurance plans cover pelvic floor physical therapy. Physical Therapy Today also treats conditions that

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Ruby Tequila’s: an ol’ stand-by on South University

These relleno’s are made with huge Anaheim peppers, stuffed with either meat or cheese, and topped with a sauce of your choice. The chilies are like fresh picked quality. I don’t know how they achieve this. The chilies are peeled, stuffed, not fried or battered and covered with sauce. The pepper itself retains a slight crunch and texture. My choice of sauce is the green chili queso. Seven others are available. The other family members always choose the cheese with the red sauce Keep Lubbock enchiladas under the build-your-own parks beautiful category. There are choices With the warmer months with these combos including approaching, the City of different meats and of course Lubbock Parks and Recre- cheese and sauces. There are ation Department hopes to 5 sides available, and your see the parks used. choice of 2 can be added Here are some guidelines with many of the entrées. that will help keep the parks beautiful and safe to use: Quality * Picnic, barbeque, or just End of Life play in the park, but park Care only in designated areas. Driving or parking on the grass is very destructive to park grounds and sprinkler systems and is not allowed. * Enjoy kayaks, canoes, or fishing, but remember that park waters are not approved for swimming. * Parks are a beautiful place to spend time with family and friends, and there are a variety of activities to enjoy. Help keep it beautiful by using the trash cans. Yes folks, I’m writing this month about Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen, 8601 S. University. Another Ruby’s, also on University is at 413 University. Since the S. University is in our “neck of the woods,” we often take advantage of their drive-through window to pick up our orders. Many columns ago, I wrote about my absolute favorite Mexican food being the chili relleno. Ruby’s version is right at the top of my list.

With our orders, we were given an enormous amount of the absolute best chips of any kind anywhere! Ruby’s chips are paper thin and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We are also given 2 pints of their fantastic salsa. It has the right amount of heat, spices and texture. I make a good salsa, but mine does not compare to Ruby’s. These chips and salsa are alone worth the trip to this establishment. Their menu is quite extensive and items includes 12 appetizers, burgers, wraps, Tex-Mex classics, Mesquitefired fajitas, specialties, a kid’s menu, entrée salads, chicken tortilla soup, and sopapillas and fried ice-cream. Besides the soft beverages (colas, tea, lemonade), there is a huge selection of adult beverages including cock-

tails, Margaritas, beer and wine. Happy hour has special pricing. Ruby’s Tex-Mex family recipes are all made-fromscratch and have been passed down for many generations. There are 2 icons on several menu items – one says “hot” – the other says “Ruby Favorites.” There is also a lunch menu served Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and pricing is very affordable. The other menu prices are comparable to other restaurants in our

area. A house salad may be added to any entrée for $3.50. My only wish is for more of a variety of sides to be offered such as steamed fresh veggies in season. Right now it’s only rice, 2 types of beans, and 2 types of potatoes. Hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Do take advantage of the drive through service; it’s a great option for convenience. Until next month, Granny


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Talkington senior collecting children’s books for Covenant

Xueting “Amanda” Xia is on a mission with her senior project to help children in Covenant Children’s Hospital. She’s working on getting children’s books and monetary donations to help fund the library at the hospital. “Physical illness may greatly impact mental health, especially for children,” Amanda said. “Both their developing brain and body make it difficult for them to stand the pain of sickness and treatment. “Children need special care from surrounding people and the environment to help them overcome pain inside.” Books serve as excellent comfort. Even though the young patients may have to stay inside the rooms, books can bring the colorful outside world to them. The joy from reading not only relieves discomfort mentally, but also helps Xueting “Amanda” Xia is on a mission with her their bodies recover from illness senior project to collect books and donations for children in Covenant Children’s Hospital. faster.

Donating to Covenant Children’s Hospital is a wonderful way to help children in the hospital overcome illness, Amanda said. New books for children ages 4 to 12 as well as infant books for the neonatal intensive care unit library of Covenant Children’s Hospital are needed. Monetary donations are welcome also, and the funds will be used to purchase infant books for the hospital library. Drop-off locations in Lubbock are the Piper at 5604 Slide Rd #700; Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, 1215 Ave. J; Affordable Self Storage, 3110 Frankford Ave.; Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, 3404 34th St. Checks may be mailed to Covenant Foundation, 3623 22nd Place, Lubbock Texas, 79410, with a memo designation of “Child Life.” Amanda is a senior at Talk-

ington School for Young Women Leaders and will graduate in May. She is an international student from China. Her interest in helping hospital patients began when she volunteered in hospitals and nursing homes in China. “I never really thought about how children in hospitals need things,” Amanda said. “I enjoy working with children.” As for how she likes Lubbock, she said people are just really nice here. There’s always someone to talk to who will help you. Talkington senior students select a project to complete during their senior year. The first half of the year is spent researching ideas, finding a project, and writing a research paper. The second half is spent implementing the project with the help of several mentors. She said she loves Talkington school because of the advanced challenging classes offered.

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Penny Lane: The Beatles, March 1967 In November 1966, the Beatles met at London’s Abbey Road Studios to begin work on an untitled album about their Liverpool childhoods. The first two songs recorded were Paul’s “Penny Lane” and John’s “Strawberry Fields Forever.” However, when producer George Martin—under pressure from the band’s record label—released both tunes as the Beatles’ next single, the album concept was scrapped. The band’s recordings— now featuring mind-bending, drug-fueled experimenta-

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tion—continued but without a focus. Penny Lane was named for an infamous Liverpool slave trader named James Penny. The area (not one particular street) was an ordinary—some would say dull—suburban Liverpool district where young John Lennon had once lived with his mother and often-absent father. John eventually moved to the upscale Woolton neighborhood nearby to live with his aunt and uncle. The Penny Lane roundabout (bus shelter) was where Paul often changed coaches on his route from his Allerton suburb home to downtown Liverpool. Later, he and John would sometimes meet in Penny Lane on their way downtown or to a music gig. Paul brought the area to life with snapshot-like images that could have been gleaned from a children’s picture book. “Penny Lane” recalled the places of his and Lennon’s youths, which we visualize through McCartney’s vivid memory and imagination in some now-

familiar scenes. There’s the barber shop (with photos of hair styles but not, as Paul wrote, those of actual customers), a nurse volunteer selling Armistice Day poppies, the fire station, the bank. McCartney wrote the song in two-hour bursts on a small upright piano he had painted in a rainbow of psychedelic colors. Some of his more bizarre Penny Lane scenes— children laughing at a coatless banker in the rain, a fireman with an hourglass and

the queen’s portrait in his pocket—are fictionalized in surreal terms so Paul could incorporate some then-trendy psychedelic images. He elaborated in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: “It’s part fact, part nostalgia for a place which is a great place, blue suburban skies as we remember it, and it’s still there.” The lyrics weren’t entirely his. “John came over and helped me with the third verse, as was often the case,” McCartney admitted in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “We were writing recently faded memories from eight or ten years before.” Today Penny Lane is a popular Liverpool tourist destination with few changes having being made since the

1960s except for the street signs: So many were stolen after the song became a worldwide hit that replacements had to be screwed onto walls and placed out of reach. Many music critics have since labeled “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields Forever” as the greatest Beatle 45 ever. It’s a Capitol Records work as close to popmusic perfection as George Martin ever produced. The Beatles’ original album concept that was scrapped? The recordings that followed didn’t go to waste; they eventually emerged collectively as Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by many music lovers as rock’s defining artistic moment.


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Bob Phillips to speak April 10 How well do you know the Red Cross? The Texas Country Reporter, Bob Phillips, will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 10, at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Tickets are available and may be purchased at the Lubbock Women’s Club from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 763-6448. Tickets are $75 and $100 and include dinner. For more than 40 years, the back roads of Texas have been home and office for Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. He was born in Dallas, but spent much of his youth growing up on the family farm near Lake Texoma where Phillips lived with and learned from the folks he calls the “salt of the earth.” His Texas Country Reporter television series is a celebration of the Texas way of life and a tribute to real heroes -- the everyday men

and women who make the state such a special place. His Country Reporter series began at KDFW-TV in 1972 and continued on that station until Phillips moved his program to WFAA-TV in October 1986 and syndicated the show statewide. Kandy Adams is president of the Lubbock Women’s Club. “We are thrilled to welcome Bob Phillips to Lubbock,” Adams said. “If you love Texas and the culture of food, family and travel, then join us for a fun evening at the Lubbock Women’s Club.” Bob divides his time between homes in Dallas and a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. He is married to Kelli Phillips who formerly anchored the evening news on the Beaumont, Texas, CBS affiliate. Kelli now works at Phillips Productions and is co-hosting Texas Country Reporter.

March is Red Cross month, so here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of the organization. True or False? 1. The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and donations from everyday people. 2. The Lubbock Red Cross provided 238 South Plains families of members of the Armed Forces with communication and financial services last year. Nationally, more than $150,000 military families and veterans are assisted each year. 3. The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms for several hundred South Plains homes every year. 4. An average of 91 cents of every $1 the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. Everything they do depends on the needs of

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the people they serve. 5. The Lubbock Red Cross last year served 111 South Plains families that experienced home fires. 6. Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the U.S. every year, ranging from single family home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that can impact millions. 7. Every 8 minutes the American Red Cross responds to someone in crisis, bringing help and hope to families in need, thanks to heroes like you. 8. The Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network, found in 187 countries, reaching more than 100 million people across the globe.

9. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. 10. Every year since 1943 when President Franklin Roosevelt declared March as Red Cross Month, every President has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. 11. You can uncover your inner hero in March by volunteering or donating to Red Cross at or call 806-765-8534. The answers to all of the above are: True. Your local Red Cross is the American Red Cross of the South Plains in Lubbock. Call 806-765-8534 or go online, www.RedCross. org, to volunteer or make a donation.

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5 things to know Rainwater harvesting workshops April showers bring May Center, 2000 S. Columbia, experts at each workshop about Hepatitis C flowers. Plainview. who will share their hands-

Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. For years, people infected with hepa- Sameer Islam, M.D. titis C have been left with poorly tolerated treatment options and lots of side-effects. However, recently there has been a momentous change in the management of Hepatitis C, dramatically altering treatment options and diagnosis of patients infected. Here are 5 things you should know about Hepatitis C. If you were born between 1945 - 1965, you may have hepatitis C. If you are a baby boomer, you may have hepatitis C and not be aware of it. 75% of this generation has this virus, and it may be causing damage to their liver without their realization. If left untreated, it can cause liver damage or liver cancer. Hepatitis C causes chronic inflammation of the liver. This inflammation, if left untreated, causes liver damage and possibly end-stage liver disease (called cirrhosis). Unfortunately, chronic inflammation from hepatitis C also causes liver cancer, a

major reason why people die from this infection. Each year more people die from Hepatitis C than from HIV. Because so many people have hepatitis C but are not aware of it, more people pass away from this infection than HIV. Unfortunately, hepatitis C usually does not cause symptoms until complication occurs. Baby boomers should be tested. All baby boomers, regardless of whether you may have or may not have risk factors for hepatitis C, should be tested for the infection. It is a simple blood test that any healthcare provider can test. Hepatitis C can be cured. This is the most fundamental change in the past couple of years. The newer treatments are pills with much fewer sideeffects than prior treatments. And cure rates have dramatically improved to almost as high as 95%. This is a curable disease. If you are a baby-boomer or are infected with Hepatitis C, see your healthcare provider about being tested and cured. Sameer Islam, MD is a boardcertified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing at Southwest Gastroenterology in Lubbock.

And rainfall from April showers can be used to irrigate flowers later in the year with proper use of rainwater harvesting techniques. The High Plains Water District is hosting a series of workshops in March, April, and May to share rainwater harvesting information with area residents. The cost of each workshop is $20 at the door. In addition, the first 25 persons to RSVP will receive a free rainwater harvesting barrel and a rain chain courtesy of HPWD. Workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations: March 30 - Ollie Liner

April 6 - Bailey County Electric Co-op, 610 E. American Blvd., Muleshoe. April 13 - Mallet Event Center, 2320 S. U.S. 385, Levelland. April 27 - Cole Community Center, 300 N. 16th St., Canyon. May 4 - HPWD Office, 2930 Ave. Q, Lubbock. “We will have a panel of

on experience with rainwater catchment,” said Katherine Drury, HPWD education and outreach coordinator. “So whether you’re a novice or already have a rainwater harvesting system, this is a great learning opportunity.” Register for the workshops by calling the district office in Lubbock at 806762-0181.


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Covenant Health chief medical officers nationally recognized cal Center, were both recognized as two of the top CMOs nationally. Rhyne began his practice in Lubbock in 1991 and became regional CMO of Covenant Health in 2011. His previous leadership experience includes serving as Covenant Health’s chair of the trauma peer review committee and chair of the transfer committee. Rhyne earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Covenant Health named Schroeder CMO in December 2016. He assumed the responDr. Brian D. Schroeder sibilities of CMO at

Two top administrators at Covenant Health have been named to Becker’s 100 Hospital and Health Systems CMOs to Know in 2017. Dr. Craig Rhyne, regional CMO of Covenant Health, and Dr. Brian D. Schroeder, CMO of Covenant Medi-

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By Margaret Merrell Unknown numbers of histories have been written to help us understand time and how it holds the top card for everything that exists. From the smallest forms of life to the entire universe, there is that common thread - time. After plowing through some of the most ridiculous theories put forth from the clans of long ago to present day self-ordained seekers of truth, we find no real answers. Many fairytales and stories of numerous gods and heroes who went to battle the evils of the world that controlled time were left for those who came after to carry on the search. New ideas and predictions come along with every generation. Some are quite interesting and make for entertainment for a period of time, then slowly fade away.

There on the horizon is the beginning of a merge of theories and beliefs of science and religion. Again, as time passes there seems to be more acceptance of the possibility that a much greater mind and power has control of time. Someday, the mysteries of time will be explained along with finding the end of a circle and such. Until that “time” arrives, why not put more brain power into other mysteries of the unknown, like finding cures for the many diseases that take the lives of vast numbers of humans, from young to old. There are so many unknown, talented problem solvers in this world. Perhaps they will become our heroes to fight evil and help us to connect with and understand the True Creator and the mysteries of time. Think about it.

Covenant Medical Center and vice president for medical affairs at Covenant Children’s. Schroeder previously was the senior vice president of medical affairs and CMO at Lansing, Michiganbased Sparrow Health System. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “As we celebrate nearly 100 years,

Covenant Health is fortunate to have such remarkable leaders, who are recognized locally and nationally,” said Richard Parks, regional CEO of Covenant Health. “This national recognition certainly reinforces the fact that we do have the brightest minds and biggest hearts leading our Christian ministry of healing in West Texas and eastern New Mexico.”

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Find a type of water you like – and drink it

One thing that is clearly different when we were kids is drinking water. Today most people always have a bottle of water at their side. Everyone knows that water is very important for us, but many people admit, “I don’t drink enough water.” Yes, dehydration is a known culprit. Of course, it hits older people hard because it can cause emergency room visits, recurrent urinary tract infections, and even chapped lips. And, 40% of all migraines are caused by dehydration. Those headaches are horrific, and I’d do anything to avoid them, even drinking water. Some people tell me they don’t like the way water tastes. There are numerous kinds of filtration systems. If you don’t like the way

water tastes, please keep trying systems until you find the water where taste isn’t a problem. Some simply forget to drink water. Our body never expected to leave it to us to decide to drink water. That is why we have a thirst mechanism in the body. When we are dry on the inside, the body triggers us to feel thirsty. Makes sense doesn’t it. However, it seems that if that were the case, dehydration wouldn’t be a problem. We would drink when we feel thirsty. Add to the mix that when we were kids, no one walked around with a water bottle. We would drive long distances, and no one needed

water, until we stopped for gas or to eat. We live in a world where we have so much more drinking water available, no matter what we are doing.

People who ride bikes have a water bag on their back so they can drink when they want to and without stopping cycling. The only water I remember being carried when I was a child was when my grandpa would take a jug of water with him on the tractor. Farming and sweating go hand-in-hand, so if you sweated as much as a farmer

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did in the hot sun, you needed water. It made sense. Today we read the many benefits of drinking our 8 glasses of water a day, and frankly, I’m probably short much of the time. But I have a question: Why do we need so much more water today than we did in the past? Maybe we needed water constantly available to us when we were kids, like we do now. I am sure there are people who did need it, but I have another idea. If we needed it, why didn’t our bodies tell us we needed more water by making us thirsty? You see, in Chinese medicine, the idea is to let the body do the talking, so if you are thirsty, drink. Otherwise you don’t need to drink water as you will overwork the kidneys. And frankly that is one reason my older patients don’t want to drink so much water because they will visit the bathroom more often than they would like. Is it possible we need to drink more water these days because our food is not as pure as it once was? Most people eat processed food. We had very little processed food when I was a child. My Granny cooked every day. We didn’t go to

restaurants. We didn’t order takeout. We didn’t eat on the run. We sat down at the table and had a meal. And, we ate food that was made from scratch. When we didn’t have pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers that are not organic, then the body didn’t have to deal with them. We may have had some when we were a kid, but nothing like we have now. You might say our body had less trash to contend with when we were kids. The body needs to flush out all the toxins, and it needs water to do that. Your body contends with all the items you put into your mouth. The body processes each molecule you eat. It is an act of self-love to shower your body with foods and liquids that are good for the body. Of course, you also live a life and that entails being at parties, going out to eat, and enjoying your life. Just be aware that all the chemicals in your food do not come out with your bowel movements or urine, but they stay in the body and create havoc. The body is one big chemistry lab where everything you put into your mouth has reactions in your body. When you eat well, you still need water for those chemical reactions. So find a water you love to drink – and drink.

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Judge allows Medicare observation status appeal rights case to proceed In a decision released on Feb. 8 a federal judge allowed Medicare hospital patients seeking a right to appeal their placement on “outpatient observation status” to proceed with their lawsuit. The Barrows case, now called Alexander v. Cochran, is a proposed nationwide class action brought by individuals who were forced to pay up to $30,000 for post-hospital skilled nursing facility care because they had been classified as outpatients in observation status during their hospitalizations. Although care provided to patients on observation status is indistinguishable from inpatient care, it does not count toward the three-day inpatient hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage of nursing home care. This leaves beneficiaries with the burden of paying for extremely costly nursing and rehabilitative care themselves – or forces them to forgo necessary care. The court addressed

whether Medicare beneficiaries have a constitutionally protected interest in coverage of their hospitalizations as inpatients rather than as observation “outpatients.” If such an interest exists, beneficiaries could appeal their observation status through Medicare’s administrative review process, which they are presently not allowed to do. The opportunity to appeal is critical because of the severe ramifications that can result from the observation status categorization. The late Martha Leyanna of Delaware, for example, had to pay thousands of dollars to a nursing home because her six-day hospitalization was classified as observation status and thus did not meet Medicare’s requirement of a three-day inpatient stay for coverage of post-hospital care. The decision documents the plaintiffs’ evidence of how Medicare pressures hospitals, through audits and

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enforcement actions, to place more patients on observation status, and describes the dogged but unsuccessful efforts of individual plaintiffs to appeal by calling numerous offices and Congressional representatives. Judge Michael P. Shea of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut concluded that genuine factual disputes remain about the extent to which commercial screening guides used by Medicare contractors and hospitals influence the outcome of patient status determinations. The judge also largely denied the government’s re-

quest to dismiss the case on two other grounds, allowing the case to proceed. Alice Bers of the Center for Medicare Advocacy was lead counsel for the plaintiffs. “The decision is an important step in the establishment of a fair process for patients who risk having to pay thousands of dollars for necessary medical care or forgo that care altogether, Bers said. “Hospitals routinely appeal Medicare’s determination of whether a stay was inpatient or observation status. Older adults and people with disabilities who rely

on Medicare for necessary health care should have the same right.” In addition to attorneys from Justice in Aging, the plaintiffs are represented by attorneys from the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The court ordered the parties to confer and submit a schedule for further proceedings by Feb. 22. I’d rather look back at my life and say “I can’t believe I did that” instead of saying, “I wish I had done that.”


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Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle 3 9. Communion plate 40. Acquire through merit 1. In addition to 41. New Zealand parrot 5. Juniper 42. Minerals 9. Throng 43. Comrade 14. Roster 44. Elaborately adorned 15. Second son of Adam 46. Cornmeal mush and Eve 49. Careless 16. Electromagnetic 52. Involuntary muscular telecommunication contraction 17. Roman poet 53. Plants that live from 18. Deputy year to year 20. Ten decibels 56. Person who lies 21. Moderate 57. Pertaining to the ileum 22. Building 58. Poker stake 24. Skillful 59. River in central 28. Edible tuber 29. Something that is owed Switzerland 60. Dizzy 31. Self-esteem 61. To a smaller extent 3 2. Ornamental fabric 62. Dressed 33. Motion picture 34. At a great distance DOWN 35. Three-year-old 1. Examine thoroughly salmon 2. Adored 36. Celestial body 3. Designed for usefulness 37. Restraint 4. Sorrowful 38. Black bird


Lake Erie is the second smallest and by far the shallowest of the Great Lakes. It is arguably the most dangerous of the five to navigate. Of the more than 8,000 ships recorded as having sunk in the famous lakes, more than 2,000 of those vessels were lost attempting to traverse Lake Erie. Maine is distinctive for several reasons. It is the only state whose name is one syllable. Maine borders only one other state (New Hampshire). And to complete that odd fact troika: its official state flower is the pinecone which is not a flower. All major League Baseball ballparks now have “warn-

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ing tracks” in the outfields. These are borders of dirt that are intended to warn outfielders chasing fly balls that fences or walls are near, hopefully avoiding some costly collisions and injuries. One of the main reasons warning tracks became ubiquitous was the play of “Hustling Pete Reiser” who frequently smacked into outfield fences while running at full speed for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dolly Parton’s hit record-

5. Plain-woven cotton cloth 6. Tolerate 7. Feat 8. 12th month of the Jewish calendar 9. Having a notched edge 10. Extent 11. Room within a harem 12. Finish first 13. Speck 19. Delicate morsel of food 21. Bog 23. Truth 25. Respectful 26. Once more 27. Bereft 29. Cupolas 30. Level 32. Person who prefers to be alone 33. Small particle 35. Mackerel shark 36. Sway 37. Admirable 39. Strength 40. Long fish

4 3. Moats 45. In front 46. Raw hides 47. Ornamental coronet 48. Landed 50. Clock face 51. Alley

ing “Coat of Many Colors” was about a real coat from her childhood – and the garment still exists. The iconic homemade item is on public display in a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee museum. The world’s most valuable painting is probably the Mona Lisa valued at $500 million by some art experts. Others claim the work would bring much more if offered at auction. In February of 2015 Paul Gauguin’s When Will You Marry was sold for

“about” $300 million. In November 2015, Willem de Kooning’s Interchange brought “approximately” $290 million in a private sale. Somehow I lost my oil on black velvet Elvis portrait when we moved. I suspect my wife could explain that mystery. It is claimed that the world’s oldest known gold coin is actually a gold/silver alloy Lydian Lion, circa 600 B.C. It was minted during the reign of King Alyattes.

53. Hog 54. Biblical high priest 55. Color 56. Resinous deposit Solution on P. 21

Lydia was in Asia Minor in what is now Turkey. William Howard Taft was our 27th president (19091913). He was later our 10th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1921- 1930). Taft is the only person to have held both offices. The Dodge Tomahawk is generally recognized as the fastest motorcycle on earth. The limited production machine can generate 500 hp and reach a top speed of 350 mph. I cannot fathom anyone with enough courage (or lack of judgment) to drive a motorcycle 350 miles per hour. Well, be careful when cruising on Lake Erie – and have a great week.

Texas Tech Physicians awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

Texas Tech Physicians has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Texas Tech Physicians underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in November. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training. “Texas Tech Physicians is pleased to receive ac-

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creditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement, and accrediting body in the nation,” said Steven L. Berk, M.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center executive vice president, provost, and School of Medicine dean. “Although the accreditation is not required, our staff went above and beyond to work together to develop and

implement approaches and strategies that improve care for the patients in our community.” Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. “Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Texas Tech Physicians and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. “Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care.”

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‘Cost Basis’ can affect your investment strategy By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs Now that it’s Tax Season, you may want to pay close attention to every part of your financial picture because it’s important to understand the factors that affect your taxes. One area to be aware of is the “cost basis” of your investments. Cost basis, also known as “tax basis,” is essentially your investment in a financial asset, such as a stock. Your cost basis is generally the amount you will use to determine your taxable profit or loss when you sell the investment. Let’s look at an example. Suppose you bought 50

shares of XYZ stock for $1,000 several years ago. Now you decide to sell your shares and use the proceeds for a different investment, which you think will help further diversify your portfolio. (Keep in mind that while diversification can reduce the impact of volatility on your holdings, it can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Your shares are now worth $1,500, so you will have a $500 gain — but will you be taxed on all of it? To answer that question, you’ll need to review what has transpired with your investment since you bought it. You know that the value has gone up $500, but let’s also

assume that, during the last few years, you received $150 in dividends, and you reinvested the entire amount into your shares of XYZ stock. Your adjusted cost basis would increase to $1,150, rather than the original purchase price of $1,000. Since your sale price is $1,500, your taxable gain would actually only be $350 ($1,500 minus $1,150), rather than $500. Consequently, if you were to report your cost basis as $1,000 — your original purchase price — you’ll end up paying taxes on a bigger gain than is necessary. And we’ve just looked at one isolated example. If you were to under-report the

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size of your cost basis on all your investments when you sell them, you could end up paying far more in capital gains taxes than is actually necessary. Fortunately, you probably don’t have to worry about constantly calculating cost basis on your own; if you’re investing with a financial advisor, he or she will likely provide you with statements that include these calculations. Still, your knowledge of cost basis is important. For one thing, you can choose which particular shares of an investment to sell first. In the above example, we looked at what might happen if you bought shares at one time and then sold the same

shares a few years later. But if you purchase shares of the same investment at different times, you are almost certainly buying them at different prices — and these differences in price will affect your cost basis when you sell. So your decision on which shares to sell first — as expressed in different accounting methods, such as “first in, first out” (FIFO) or “last in, first out” (LIFO) — can be more, or less, beneficial to your tax situation. Your tax professional can help you make the right choices. By learning the basics of cost basis, you will become a more informed investor — and you can help potentially minimize your tax burden.

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!” The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!” The priest said, “Here comes the greenskeeper. Let’s have a word with him.” He said, “Hello George, What’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The greenskeeper replied,

“Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!” The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.” The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if here’s anything she can do for them.” The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

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In March “TRANSFORMED: Recycling and Upcycling in Fiber Arts” celebrating 10th anniversary of the Caprock Art Quilters. Open through March 26 in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets. March is Red Cross Month. March 1 - Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. March 2 - Old Stuff 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 to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. March 3 - I Want You to be Happy Day

28th Annual Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread Luncheon, fundraiser for Hospice of Lubbock, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Tickets are $10. March 4 - Hug a GI Day Champions Breakfast - 9 a.m. at AeroCare, adjacent to the Silent Wings Museum near the Lubbock airport; honoring extraordinary individuals for their acts of kindness. American Red Cross South Plains Chapter, 765-6790. 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. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Jerome Cortez, Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders - “Best Secret in Lubbock,” $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. March 5 - Multiple Personality Day ‘125 Years of Grace’ - celebrating 125 years as a congregation at the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. 11 a.m. when all five services will be combined into one in the Christian Life Center at the church. Benefit recital at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1501 University, 5 p.m., featuring St. John’s organist, Clint Barrick. Admission is free, but donations accepted to fund the work on the organ in April. March 6 - Frozen Food Day March 7 - National Crown Roast of Pork Day March 8 - International (Working) Women’s Day March 9 - Popcorn Lover’s Day The YWCA of Lubbock will induct eight women into its Women of Excellence Academy at a reception and dinner at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center beginning at 6 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Project, The HBO Series, at The Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. 11 a.m. - noon. RSVP by calling 806-368-6565 by March 4. March 10 -Middle Name Pride Day New Neighbors Club luncheon at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. $15, and reservations must be made with Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or online at

Program is Jane Prince Jones and Kurt Kiser. March 11 - Worship of Tools Day 2nd Saturday Program – “Lasagna” gardening, composting and questions. The Heart of Lubbock Community Garden by Beth Roesler – at the Arboretum Interpretive Center, 4111 University, coffee at 9:30 a.m., program at 10 a.m. 797-4520. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Paul Carlson, emeritus professor of history, Texas Tech, “From Nicolett Hotel to Empire Builders.” $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. Docent Training Program - 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Texas Tech

Museum. Call 834-1187 or email March 12 - Plant a Flower Day March 13 - Ear Muff 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. March 14 - National Pi Day 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. Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & (See Enriching Lives, Page 22)

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Become a CASA for a child; volunteer to be an advocate Too often abused and neglected foster children are left to face the child welfare system alone. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps a foster child navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. Those with a passion for foster children can make a difference by choosing to become a CASA volunteer. CASA needs to meet its goal of 35 new CASA volunteers for its April training class, which would potentially help an additional 70 foster children. Prospective volunteers may attend the upcoming CASA 101 informational session on Thursday, March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Grand 2nd floor conference room at Reagor Dykes, 1215 Avenue J. This is a great, no-obligation introduction to CASA. Staff and advocates will be on hand to discuss the increasing need for volunteers, what it means to be a CASA, and how community members can help make a difference in the lives of area foster children. CASA 101 attendees interested in becoming a CASA volunteer can also begin the application and sign-up process. Training classes can fill up quickly and space is limited. “I have absolutely enjoyed becoming a CASA,” said Mary Duenes. “Nothing feels better than knowing I am able to help a child or children during what is a very difficult, confusing and lonely time in their lives.” To attend, register at or contact Gabe Ballesteros by March 1 at 806-763-2272 or via email at gabrielb@casaofthesouthplains. org. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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Free fitness classes at health center Join the ladies of the Outreach Department of Community Health Center of Lubbock for free fitness classes. Low impact and high intensity workouts available. Monday, Wednesday, Friday Tai Chi at 8 a.m. Walking Away the Pounds at 9 a.m. Zumba at 10:30 a.m.; Piloxing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday Tai Chi at 8 a.m.; Yoga at 9 a.m. Contact the outreach department at 806-765-2611 for more information. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. - soCrates

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. – Winston ChurChill

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Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, (Continued from Page 19) “Where did you get such a Arts Center, 4215 S. University. great bike?” For more info, 788-0856. Meets The second engineer rethe 2nd Tuesday each month. plied, “Well, I was walking The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group - Rawalong yesterday minding my lings Senior Center, 213 40th own business, when a beauSt. 10:30 a.m. - safe place for tiful woman rode up on this caregivers, family, and friends bike, threw it to the ground, of persons with dementia to took off all her clothes, and exchange practical information said, ‘Take what you want.’” on caregiving challenges and The first engineer nodded possible solutions. Visit alz. approvingly and said, “Good org/westtexas to learn more choice. The clothes probabout caregiver programs and ably wouldn’t have fit you resources. March 15 - Dumbstruck Day anyway.”


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March 16 - Incredible Kid Day The Alzheimer’s Project, The HBO Series, at The Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. 11 a.m. - noon. RSVP by calling 806-368-6565 by March 11. March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day; Corned Beef & Cabbage Day St. Patrick’s Day Party - Free, Ages 50+, Make your own paper shamrock to wear for the day. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green punch and cookies! Maggie Trejo Supercenter – 10 a.m.; Lubbock Adult Activity Center – 10 a.m.; Rawlings Community Center – 1 p.m.; Simmons Adults Activity Center – 1 p.m. Family Dance Night - 7:30-10:30 p.m., $2 per person, Ages 11+, Bring your family to enjoy a fun night of Country and Western Dancing. Don Hunnicut will be DJing. All levels welcome beginning through advanced, Hodges Community Center, 4011 University. March 18 - Goddess of Fertility 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. March 19 - Poultry Day St. Patrick’s Scramble, 1-5 p.m., $5/person, Junior/Adult, Wear your green. Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. March 20 - Extraterrestrial Abductions Day March 21 - Tea for Two Tuesday

March 22 - Goof Off Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – “Stroke 101: Prevention is Key” 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. “Macular Degeneration can take away your Grandson’s face” – 5:15 p.m. Free information hour at Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd, call 7452222 to confirm. March 23 - Near Miss Day The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Turning Point Community Church, 11202 Quaker 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 to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. March 24 - Chocolate Covered Raisin Day “Greater Tuna” – musical production by Celebrity Attractions, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $30-$50, call 806-770-2000. March 25 - Waffle Day “Greater Tuna” – musical production by Celebrity Attractions, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, 2 shows: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $30-$50, call 806-770-2000. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston. Darryl Holland,

owner, “Cactus Theater: New Era Bringing Evolution to Local Entertainment.” $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. March 26 - Make Up Your Own Holiday Day March 27 - “Joe” Day March 28 - Weed Appreciation Day March 29 - Mom & Pop Business Owners Day March 30 -Take a Walk in the Park Day March 31 - National Clam on the Half Shell Day “Don’t Be Fooled” - RSVP Spring Forum - 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway. Free. Light breakfast & full lunch included with reservation. RSVP by March 28. Coming in April: April 8 - Wheelchair drive – Donate a wheelchair that’s no longer being used - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Home Instead Senior Care, 1010 Slide Rd. For more info, call Travis, 806-544-5114 or email travisrowan23@gmail. com. AWC Celebrity Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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A voluntary meeting & a Covenant of love When you let a friend drive your 1963 Impala SuperSport – well, that’s special. “When he actually let me drive the Impala, I knew he

must like me,” Mary Woods said. “It was one of his pride and joys, and he often drove it on our dates.” “We met in 2010 when we began volunteering at

John and Mary Woods volunteer at Covenant Children’s Hospital where they first met seven years ago.

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the nextdoor neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob said, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and

Covenant,” Mary said. “John started bringing coffee to me and my co-volunteer, Mary Lou Trelford, at the information desk.” John was an escort messenger and the popcorn popper in the hospital. John made them laugh and was friendly and outgoing. John and Mary discovered that they had both been widowed several years earlier. And so it began. Their first real date was to Applebee’s for dinner. And the relationship developed through more outings, movies, and just spending time together. On Feb. 5, 2011, John and Mary were married. They celebrated their six year anniversary recently, and continue to volunteer at Covenant. “Volunteering has blessed leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, “Who was that?” “It was Bob, the next door neighbor,” she replied. “Great,” the husband said, “did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?” Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

us with new and dear friends,” Mary said, “and has given us the unexpected blessing of meeting each other and getting to share our lives together.” Together they share six children and eight grandchildren. Mary is a retired school

teacher. John worked as a welder and mechanic, and still loves to work with wood. He’s rebuilding a 1947 Jeep and a 1967 GMC pickup. “I didn’t know it was possible to have two loves in a lifetime,” Mary said, “but I have.”

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Lubbock RSVP

Friday — March 31

In collaboration with

Broadway Church of Christ (east entrance, lower level) 1924 Broadway

A free seminar for anyone 55 and over:

Don’t Be Fooled! • • • •

8:45 a.m. Attendee Registration

Senior Scams • Health Fraud • Medicare / Medicaid Info Home Health / Personal Care • Hospice and Pallative Care Understanding the newest in Technology Social Networking and more!

30+ vendors & community leaders to assist with any questions or concerns for the senior population

Event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required! Deadline to reserve spot is March 28.


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spring Forum

(light breakfast and full lunch included with reservation)

For Reservations and Information, contact the Lubbock RSVP office

743-7787 or

Every moment matters. Don’t waste a single one. For over 35 years, Covenant Heart and Vascular Institute has provided everything from routine community health screenings to advanced heart procedures. There are many serious causes of chest pain including heart attacks, blood clots and aneurysms. If you are experiencing chest pain – come see the specialists at the only certified Chest Pain Center in Lubbock. Together, we’ll help ensure you’re enjoying every moment with a full heart. To learn more and take an online risk assessment, visit

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