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+ Page 4C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press February 15, 2017 Hunger STRIKE is an annual bowling tournament benefiting Hays County Food Bank. It is a fun-filled evening meant to increase awareness about food insecurity among businesses while raising money to support the 1 in 7 in Hays County who are food insecure. The event will take place at Sunset Bowling Lanes in San Marcos on Friday, Feb. 24 from 1-4 p.m. See haysfoodbank. org/hung r strike.aspx for more information. listings, ptease check our website or call showline! Starlight Symphony Experience the transitions and differences in music from various composers with Starlight Symphony Orchestra. The first performance will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler's Crossing. The second performance will be on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m at the First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, TX. The Starlight Symphony Orchestra concerts are always free and open to the public. Learn more at www. starlightsymphony.org. Starlight Symphony Orchestra concerts are always free and open to the public. Fly your Texas flag On Sunday, February 19, fly your Texas flag at your home or business to remember this day in 1846, when: the Republic was formally transferred to the United States as the 28th state. Elisa Albert reading and book signing Author Elisa Albert will hold book readings and signing on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Texas State University's Witliff Collections and Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anna Porter Center in Kyle. Albert is the author of'Tkfter Birth," "The Book of Dahlia," "How This Night is Different," and the editor of the anthology "Freud's Blind Spot." Her works have appeared in Tin House, The NewYork Times, and numerous other publications. She has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Holland, the HWK in Germany, and the Amsterdam Writer's Residency. Gardening 101. On Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m the Buda Public Library will hold this fun and informative class in the meeting room. Join long-time gardeners Billy and Jonas of Gray Gardens and learn the basics of how to growyour own nutrient- rich foods. Kyle Garden The public is invited to the March 3 meeting of the Kyle Garden Club at 12:30 p.m. at Historic Kyle City Hall. The program is on 'Recycling, A NecessaryWay of Life' by Marlene Gillman and there will also be a plant exchange. Income Tax The Volunteer Income TaxAssistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who gener- ally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speak- ing taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS- certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return prepar~ifion with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This service will be available at the Kyle Public Library on Saturdays from 10'a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Boutique WOMEN'S FASHION SHOES I JEWELRY I HANDBAGS ~v~ag~@ Luna, Owner 213 W San Antonio St San Marcos Texas 78666 512.749.02 II I maggiesboutiqesm@gmail.com Hours: Tuesday-Saturday I 0 a.rn. -5 p.m, Continued from pg. 1C + commissioned in 2015 showed that beekeepers lost about 4 percent of their bee colonies. "Last winter, we lost 40 percent of the bee population," Wybo said, "Three years like that worth of damage (to the bee population) could set us back 50 years." Wybo attributed the decline in the honeybee population to everything from pesticides, to mites, to viruses. "There is ongoing research into the decline of the bee population to find out exactly what the trigger is and how we can make bees resistant to it," Wybo said. One of the main triggers, Wybo said, is Glyphosate, or the pri- mary ingredient in pesti- cides such as Round-Up, a pesticide that even causes illness in humans. "We don't ban stuff as quickly as other coun- tries do, or we don't ban things period," Wybo said. Wybo explained that some people are already catching on to the need for honey bee survival. He said some beekeepers are cross-breeding strong feral honeybee colonies with domestic bees in order to breed "Queens" with the quality of a European bee and the resilience of a feral bee. "Wild bees are a true example of Darwin's' theory where only the strong survive," Wybo said, "The weak ones have already died off, leaving the strong ones." Wybo said that while people are' becoming more aware of their health and the kinds of foods they eat, they should also become more involved in boost- ing the honeybee popu- lation. "Two out of every three bites of food con- sumed by humans are directly related to bees so people need to be more involved in keeping bees and increasing the bee population," Wybo said. While honeybees are the only insect that makes something con- sumed by humans, many people lose sight of the main goal when the topic of saving the honeybee comes up. "People just think they (bees) make honey for us, but they don't look at the whole picture as to how important bees are to food production," Wybo said. Wybo said that with- out honeybees to pol- linate grasses, trees and flowers, nothing would grow due to a lack of material to grow from. Wybo hopes adding the bees to the list bring more awareness to the importance of bee pro- tection. Wybo also said cities and states should keep Check It Out Continued from pg. 1C and formats. They are also having a significant impact on library pro- grams, such as informa- tion on healthy living, Medicare knowledge, and technology instruction. The Kyle Public Library's Grown Up Gaming, which offers an afternoon of free, fun board games, cof- fee, and conversation on the second Monday of every month is one example of this new focus on more mature users. Roving Reads, which brings books to local assisted living centers, is another. The library also provides an adult book club that brings together adult readers of all ages for book discussions and social engagement. So if you or someone you know is an older indi- vidual seeking enjoyable ways to engage with oth- ers in your community, look to your local librar Public libraries serve ev- eryone aged 0 to 100 (and longer!), and everyone is welcome. some green spaces protected from develop- ment where wild bee populations can thrive. Having public parks and nature reserves host do- mestic bee populations is also another factor. "It doesn't take a huge investment or a lot of land to support a good hive," Wybo said, "The bees are doing their job, we just have to do our job." -Love, your family Friends are welcome to send birthday wishes to 737 Jerry's Lane, Buda TX 78610 +