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+ HaysFreePress.com WHE ! S BEEF? You won't find any beef at Plum Creek's new vegan food delivery service - Veggytopia. . Page 1D September 21,2011 * Page 1C KYLE y!u don't have to leave own to find quality flt- ess programs in Kyle. You simply have to come downtown. We have fitness classes for all ages and le,~els of intensitywith very afford- able fees.Your Kyle Parks and Recreation Department and Live Well Fitness have teamed up to offer you a new fitness schedule. The new and exciting schedule is full of classes that will provide fitness opporttmities six days a week. The programs are continuous, so eVen the ones that are in session allow new participants to join right in. Classes include SalsaFit, BootCamp, Core- Fit/Pilates and SeniorFit. We continue to offer the popular classes that have given Kyle Fitness its great reputation. Our instructors are well trained and certified through the Aerobics Fitness Association of America. New to our lineup this year is SalsaFit. This class KYLE PARKS & REC, pg. 2C Will public CHECK IT OUT Iam often asked, "What is the value of public librar- ies and public librarians m an age of e-books and Google?" We have all read articles or heard people touting the de- mise of public libraries and I, for one, have lost count of how many times someone has made the comment that soon ~yjob will be passd or that libraries aren't needed anymore. Actually, the role of a librarian is expanding. More than ever, public libraries are important and of value to the communities they serve. I read this comment on a blog and thought it nicely summed up a great rnis- perception: "We will need (libraries), because libraries aren't just about the books ... It is a big mistake.., to confuse the future of books or publishing with the furore of public libraries. They are not the same thing." Public libraries are more than books. Public libraries are places where local peo- ple and ideas come together. They are spaces, local gath- ering places, where people CHECK IT OUT, pg. 2C Actor and Buda resident Tonya Roberts had a bit part in The Gunstringer, a recently released video game that combines real actors with cartoonish situations, Below, Roberts and her son Bradley Scharmann play the game using Kinect for Xbox 360. Virtual gun ;linger resides in a Video game: The Gunstringer Platform: Kinect for Xbox 360 Developer: Austin-based Twisted Pixel Price: $40 Game synopsis: "Buried and left for dead by his former posse, a skeleton cowboy marionette begins his journey of revenge, aided only by his gritty resolve and trusty pistol. He will track his betray- ers down, one by one, and bring justice upon them .... Nothing can stand in his way, nothing wil stop him on the vengeance trail." PHOTOS BY WES FERGUSON BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Tonya Roberts figures she'll be mak- ing dinner at her home in Buda one night when she looks up, notices the TV and has to tell her kids: "Hey! Stop shooting meF' Roberts, a part-time actor, stunt performer and cleaning-service owner, has a bit part in a video game that pairs cartoony scenes with real life actors. In a free download that accompanies The Gunstringer, a game for Xbox 36Q, Roberts draws her pistol, and you have to shoot her first before she fires back. "Oh Lordy," she hollers as she falls off the porch of an OldWest saloon. Austin-based game developer Twisted Pixel created The Gunstringer for Xbox 360's Kinect. The main character is a skeleton cowboy marionette seeking revenge against the posse that betrayed and killed him. Because Kinect uses a webcam-sryle device to sense the player's movements, you don't need a controller to playThe Gunstringer. Instead, you use your left hand to move the skeletal puppet as he runs forward dodging bullets and obstacles, as your right hand shoots the targets of his vengeance Roberts' 13-year-old son, Bradley Scharmann, has been playing the game after school. He says it's really fun. Roberts filmed her scenes for The Gunstringer over two days this summer at the 12-acre Stunt Ranch in Austin. She has also appeared in the 2004 movie "The Alamo," as well as TV shows, anime DVDs, commercials, independent films and children's parties as Batman's nem- esis Catwoman. "I've been doing weird costume stuff for a long time." she said. hi "ESI, a garbage disposal and recycling company, ]s . serving the city of Hhland and others in the surround- ing area that chose to be part of the recycling and garbage disposal to keep Uhland and the area clean. We never real- ized how many recycle items we were disposing of as trash, until we started using the "bin." That is a much better way than to use the ditches in the community. %Y Congratulations to Sa- mantha Avalos and Michelle Janicki in completing con- firmation classes and being confirmed by Rev. Hotop on Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in Uhland. Samantha is the daughter of David and Victoria Avalos. and Michelle is the daughter of Mark and Susan Janicki and the granddaughter of Robert and Barbara Hanna. All are members of St. John. Wel- come to the two young ladies. It is time to start thinking of the Women's Guild annual Harvest Festival to be held at the Uhland Community Cen- ter on Oct. 15. There will be a garage sale, country store and bake sale. children's games and more. Don't forget the turkey and dressing and all the trimmings meal at noon that day. Help and donations are needed and a sign-up sheet for members is in the back of the church. Best wishes and think- ing of you in our prayers to Doris King who will have knee surgery. A card or two would help her know we are thinking of her. BUDA ",S The weather is getting a little bit cooler, and October will be here soon along with big events for downtown Buda. Buda flrefighters will start things offwith the 54th annual FireFest in Buda City Park be- ginning Friday, Sept. 30, and ending Sunday, Oct. 2. This is the first year the event will run for three days. Not only there be the popular fire- fighter challenge, the events also include a 5Kwalk/run, kids challenge, barbecue cook-offs and entertainment by country music greats Casey Donahew Band and Roger Creager. For a com- plete schedule of activities and ticket information, visit www.FireFestTexas.com. Buda Farmers Market will be open Saturday, Oct. 1, with vendors and live music on Main Street, across from Garcia's Restaurant from 9 a.m. until noon. Buda merchants will host "First Thursday" on Oct. 6. The local merchants need and appreciate your business, so make it a point to come downtown. There will be entertainment, special sales, along with wine tasting and good food at the businesses along BuLda's historic streets downtown. The theme is "Girl's Night Out" -sorry guys! r Next up will be the armu~ Buda Fine ~ Feslival~ ~:~::~:.,,:,:,,:~. 23. The free f~)~:is~ii0~g :: :: : : the greenbelt in diSwn[0~., , ' Featured artist is Oscar Silva. Taste of Buda will consist of local restaurants offering the best of their menus. Along with juried artists there will be live music, a childreffs art area and a silent auction. As part of the Art Festival, many beautiful quilts will be on exhibit at Buda CityHall, created bythe Buda Bees. the quilting ladies of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for the queen-s'tze quilt they have named "Pin- wheels on Parade" that will be given away in a drawing on Sunday, Dec. 4. September marks the ninth anniversary for Sue Ellen's Florist, the flower and gift shop located in the heart of downtown Buda at the comer of Main Street and RR 967. Oh, no...missed wish- ing Brooke Sheely a"happy birthday" on Sept. 15. Miss Sheely turned eight years old and celebrated with a party this week. Bh'thdaywishes go out to Craig Smith on Sept. 23; Marv Purvis on Sept. 24; Joseph Scivicque on Sept. 25; Jack D~alstrom on Sept. 27: Ade- line Odell on Sept, 28. Next Tuesday, Sept. 27. the Buda Book Buddies will meet at the Buda Library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for sharing and dis- cussing the book"Clara & Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland. Feel free to join the group. The ARC Advantage Help keep your family healthy and happy Get your flu shot Wash your hands Cover coughs and sneezes Stay home when ill Stay up-to-date at AustinRegionalClinic.com Schedule your flu vaccine today. High dose flu vaccines available for seniors ages 65 and older.