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Page 2C • NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press • January 6, 2010 All hail Michelle&apos;s First Garden rom my point of view, as a vegetable gar- dener, the top story of 2009 was First Lady Michelle Obama's gardening project on the White House lawn. When I turned to the pages of the Austin Ameri- can Statesman on NewYear's Day, I found an editorial by Susan Reimer supporting my opinion. She had placed it at the top of her list. Some facts: the First Gar- den is 1,100 square feet and cost $175.00 in soil amend- ments, plants and seeds. That's 16 cents per square foot as a starting cost. Even in Washington, D.C., an area far colder than Aus- tin and with a shorter grow- ing season, they managed to harvest more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables. Now let's do the math again: that's an average of just less than 18 cents a  IT'S ABOUT pound. I asked my wife Di- ane about the current price of tomatoes in the store. "Over two dollars a pound for those tomatoes strip-mined somewhere in Mexico," was her response. Every vegetable, she says, costs well over a dollar a pound. What other backyard en- deavor can we take on that is so financially rewarding and beneficial to our lives, giving us exercise, fresh air and sunshine? This news is inspirational! And the better news is that we live in Central Texas where some vegetable crop or pther can be planted most any day. We can have four seasons of Success with just a little planning and a good gardening calendar. Don't forget also that you can store vegetables quite easily. Can those tomatoes, peas, beans and okra and keep them fresh for later use. Onions and potatoes can last for months when placed in a cool, well-venti- lated area. Happy Gardening every- one! If you have a gardening question, send it to me via email: iathyme@yahoo. com. (Please put 'Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or post- card to:Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 On Center Continued from pg. 1C Way, LJ!). Lucy has her finger on the pulse of our growing com- munity and speaks earnestly and contemplatively about her ideas concerning our city bud- get, our roads, our safety and, ultimately, our quality of life. We can count ourselves incredibly fortunate to have Lucy Johnson willing to steer our commtmity as we begin this new decade. I smiled at dawn Monday morning as I read about "what promises to be a lively race for county Hays County" in a Statesman editorial and, then again at each turn this morning as I encountered Jeff Barton's cool blue and green campaign signs. I have been sorely impressed with Jeff's congeniality, stamina and ingenuity on the commission- ers court and can only imag- ine that he  be an honest, progressive and even-handed judge. This season is shaping up nicely. FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 , Kyle Garden Club, 1:30 p.m., Kyle Methodist Church Program "Water Conservation" by Susie Higgins SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 • Artists of the South Corridor, 10 a.m. Call Ginny at 295-3015 for location MONDAY, JANUARY 11 • Plum Creek Jazzercise is offer- ing free classes in exchange for a donation of any amount to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 and Sunday at 4:15. 512-396- 2030 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 • Buda Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, noon, Onion BULLETIN BOARD Creek Country Club. Program will )e movie depicting the life of Jack C. Hays • PEC Bylaws Forum, 6-9 p.m., PEC Headquarters, 201 S Ave F, JohnsonCity • VFW Ladies Auxiliary, 7 p.m., VFW Post 12058, Kyle (512-504-3937) THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 • Kyle Lions Club, noon • Aggie Moms meeting, 7 p.m., Plum Creek Club House, Kyle FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 • Hays County Genealogical Society meets 7-8 p.m, Kyle Library. Open to all Hays County residents. Contact Jeff Brown at 512-423-8713 SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 Old Town Kyle Advocates monthly meeting at Kyle Library Confer- ence Room, 2:30 p.m. Everybody welcome. MONDAY, JANUARY 18 • Martin Luther King Day SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 • Health Fair and Screening, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., St. Anthony's Parish Hall, 801 N. Burleson Kyle. Learn about health and wellness issues and take advantage of some free professional health services. ............. " " '" ; ". " ' ..... F "Ni "! :; i:./;!i`:??`:*.*;i:i: Auto. Home. Life ROb White, Agent Let's Compare (512) 504-9484 Rates and Service. 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640. • ii . m II ] | i ..... :(:ii:!; ............. .... .©: : 4., Long Orthodontics "Keeping Smiles Aligned for Over 20 Years" II 3421 W. William Cannon Dr., Suite 143 II Austin, Texas 78745 J Corner of Wm. Cannon & Brodie www.longortho.eom • (512) 892-5511 I i q 1 :: .::::: :ii! " ANTIQUES • FURNITURE • GFrs • FLOWERS J3.v., T-StlXlS. IRON WORKS • & MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light 295-9444 295-6008 ........................... L .... LL....LLL.I..J. r LIE[ ........... J.L..-.L...-..L] ..... I ............. SENIOR BULLETINS The Hays Free Press is dedicating a special section of the Bulletin Board to Senior Citizens. If you have any organizations or events for this section, please email to or San- or mail to The Free Press, R O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 • Board of Directors meeting, 9 a.m., Onion Creek Senior Citizens, lunch at noon TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 • KASZ menu: Pot Luck, bring dish to pass, First Baptist Church, Kyle MONDAYS • Shingles vaccine is available at the Hays County Health Dept. If yo0r health insurance will not pay for the vaccine, then you will be eligible. Call the Health Dept. at 393-5520 and tell them you are going to the Kyle Health Dept., so that the staff will bring plenty of the vaccine with them. No appointment is necessary. Cost is $50. The Kyle Health Dept. is open on Mondays 1 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays 1 to 4 p.m. FIRST TUESDAY • Games of canasta and 42, On- ion Creek Senior Citizens Center, Buda, 6 p.m. Cost $2./295-4422) SECOND MONDAY • Kyle Quilters meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kyle Community Library, 409 W. Blanco St. SECOND TUESDAY • First Baptist Church in Kyle has a senior luncheon at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to all seniors in the Kyle area. EVERY TUESDAY • Quilting at Onion Creek Senior Citizens in Buda from 10 a.m. until noon. For information call Chris at 295-5711. EVERY WEDNESDAY • Duplicate Bridge, Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center, Buda, 12:30 (Call Donna 268-4672) EVERY THURSDAY. • The Onion Creek Senior Citizens in Buda are inviting all local seniors to stop by for lunch and socializing every Thursday at the Center o FM 2770 and Barton's Crossing (behind the JP's office). Doors open at 9 a.m. for games and visit- ing. Lunch is served at noon. (Cost $4) For information call Sandra at 468-4451 ,or on Thursday call the center at 295-3413. THIRD THURSDAY • National Active and Retired Fed- eral Em Noyees Association meet at 10 a.m. at the South Austi Senior Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd, Austin EVERY WEEK DAY • Kyle Meals on Wheels is meet- ing at the Old Police Station at 103 S. Front St. Table games start at 9:30 a.m. each day with meals served at 11:30 a.m. It Thyme CA Id)EN C,!])CIIE R o.\\; .<\