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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press January 16, 2013 + Classes, meetings, clubs, events and senior activities can be found at haysfreepress.com/ calendar. This link will also allow nonprofit organizations to submit an event for inclusion in our calendars. PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE 2013 Hays County Livestock Show The Hays County Livestock Show takes place Jan. 12-26 with various events happening across the days. The Kick-Off Gala takes place from 7-10 p.m. Jan. 18. The Keynote Speaker will be State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. Visit www.hayscountylivestockshow.com for detailed information and schedule. Horse show participants Kfisti Dickinson (left) and Sydney Cantalupo competed in last Saturday's event. A Little Night- mare Music Think Mozart hijacked by Mon- ty Python and you have some idea of the mayhem created by the musical comedy duo Aleksey Igudesman & Hyung-ki Joo. They are serious, clas- sically trained musicians who have turned the world's most esteemed concert halls into standing-room only comedy clubs. Igudesman & Joo's aim is to make classical music more accessible to the public. Their performance is promised to captivate and crack you up, whether you are a classical music lover or run for cover at the mention of Mozart. "A Little Nightmare Music" is at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in down- town Austin. The Red Velvet Cake War A Southern fried Texas hootenanny ensues in Sweetgum, TX, when the Verdeen family comes together in this hilarious comedy. The Ver- deen cousins insist on hosting the yearly family reunion even though they are all the topic of scandalous town gossip. Mayhem follows as a bet is made between the cousins and their aunt on who can make the best red velvet cake. Catch the show at the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart Jan. 25-Feb. 16. Music recital at Texas State The Wayne Barrington Collection Dedication Recital, comprised of former horn students & colleagues from the School of Music, will perform a recitalat 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Music Building Recital Hall on the Texas State University campus. Tickets range from $5- $10 with senior citizen and military discounts. Check it Out Continued from pg. 1C ish fosters the development of literacy skills and promotes language acquisition. In ad- dition, research supports that children who are read to in their native language will have an easier time learning to read in their second language (An- strom, 1999). That's because literacy skills learned in the native language can transfer to the second language (Denton, et al., 2000). A study published by the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (Hancock, 2002) found that young Span- ish-speaking children who were exposed to books in their native language developed stronger pre-literacy skills than Spanish- speaking children who were only exposed to English books. These results indicate the im- portance of exposing children to books in Spanish to improve literacy skills in both their na- tive language and English. When parents read to chil- dren in Spanish, they introduce new words and concepts, and help their child maintain their native language. Evidence from available research indicates that children who maintain their na- tive language show higher self- esteem, better family relations, and greater academic aspira- tions compared to their mono- lingual peers who came from similar cultural backgrounds (Hurtado & Vega, 2004; Portes & Hoa, 2002). Anita Mendez Perez is a board member at the Kyle Public Library. Negotiators Continued from pg. 1C to what Jackson provided about Connie. The group learned that Lupe was part of a Mexican cartel and was using the store as a front to smuggle guns, humans and drugs across the border. One story below the classroom, a team of actors followed the script from Mullins with strict orders to stick to it and not ad lib. Each law enforcement team had two actors who played multiple roles, complete with accents as required for the part. It was organized chaos in both rooms - yet completely under control with Mullins' guidance. Mullins said the teams are judged by fellow law enforce- ment personnel, including several from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On what criteria are they scored? According to Mullins, the most important skills are active listening and team work. Judges look for teams that listen to the perpetra- tor as well as each other to calmly and effectively diffuse the situation and reduce the need to storm the castle, so to speak. The winning team, Mul- lins said, gets a cheap plastic trophy and a year's worth of bragging rights. However, he acknowledged more seri- ously that the real benefit of the competition, winner or not, is what it teaches a team about effective communica- tion, working together and accomplishing the task at hand as professionally as possible and with little or no loss of life in the process. This year's winning team was from the Comal County Sheriff's Office. The Hays County Sheriff's Office/San Marcos Police team took third place. Skrocki said the judges' comments were glowing. "There was nothing re- ally wrong or that we could improve on," she said. But the competition exercise will be used to help develop the team's training for the year. "It is an absolute incred- ible experience," Skrocki said. Jan.18-24 Vein Center. 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