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+ + HaysFreePress.com TRO FO Y OR FORESmHT?.: After brief run, Kyle parks its public transportation system. - Page 1D December 14, 2011 Page 1C PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Shock Dance Center girls stir up the crowds with a few leaps. Mrs. Claus, aka Carol Whisenant, greets the children. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON It takes a lot of practice and balance to do gymnastics on horseback. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Musicians from nationally famous Milkdrive show off their alterna- tive folk acoustic string style. PHOTO BY CYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON "Glad to see you" waves this parade dog. Yellow sweater knitters had parade float. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON the crowd in stitches with their PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays County Sheriff's officers passed out candy to kids. Lewis Sign participants stayed bundled Saturday's Budafest parade. PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ up against the cold during [] [] PHOTO BY BRENDA STEWART T~oae poinsettia has an ..... sured spot at this time H year as beingtop of C RIS the 'potted plant pops.' In this country alone we buy about 75 million.., and we see them all over the place, in our offices, homes, shops and restaurants. No Christmas holiday decorations are complete without some form ofpoin- setfia. This colorful plant, na- tive to southern Mexico and Central America, was used by ancient Aztecs as a medicine to reduce fevers. For this they used the milky white sap from its stems, and extracted a purplish dye from the flowering bracts. Known as nochebuena in Mexico, this fall-flowering ornamen- tal would probably have remained in the jungle flit wasn't for Joel Roberts Poin- sett (1770 - 1851), the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. An amateur botanist, Poinsett brought this lovely plant (Euphorbia pulcher- rima) back to his home in South Carolina in 1828. Here he began propagating the "poinsettia" and sending it to his friends and colleagues throughout the country. The poinsettias leaves and See ASK CHRIS, pg. 6C of Kyle is PARKS & A re you ready for the ~holidays? The staff of J..Lyour Kyle Parks De- partment started putting out the city's decorations the first day of November. The last piece was put in place a few hours before Santa flipped the switch and lit all the lights on November 30. The large wreaths on the Kyle City Hall and the lit gar- land around the street lamp posts are the first things you notice when you drive into downtown. At City Square Park, the Historic Kyle City Hall is wrapped in a string of lights with wreaths over the door- ways. The children like to drive through downtown to see how many 'days to go' on the large count-down display. The city tree is lo- cated this year in the center of City Square Park as staff anticipated renovation work to begin last month on the Kyle Train Depot. (Maybe we can ask Santa for a new city tree to place near the train depot next year.) The public is welcome to go by the city tree and take family pictures for cards and letters. Next time you come inside Kyle City Hall, stop and smile in front of the 20 foot tall fully decorated tree. Hope and Love 4 Kids have placed cards on the tree of angels you can adopt for the holidays. Please come by early and often and sign out an angel this year. What better way to sh~re the true meaning of Christmas with your family? More of the decorations would have been placed around town if only we had more electrical plugs. Two park development projects in the works promise to have more plugs for next year. The new Kyle Park Headquarters being built at Lake Kyle will have enough plugs that we can start our own version of a trail with lights in 2012. All the lights and decora- tions will remain up until the middle of January. 2012 will kick offwith a splash at the Kyle Pool. On Sunday, January 1, 2012, at 1 p.m., you are invited to splash, or watch others splash, as the Polar Bears Splash around and welcome in the New Year. Join the Polar Bear Club while you are there. Finally, when you are fin- ished with your real Christ- mas tree and you are looking for a place to drop it off, the three city parks (Gregg- Clarke, Steeplechase and Waterleaf) have drop-offlo- cations set up. These retired trees will find a new home as trail mulch. With many miles of nature trails being developed this winter by the crews of your Kyle Parks and Recreation Depart- ment, we need all the trees you can bring us. Details of this program and all events and programs through Kyle PARD can be found at www. kylepard.com. From all of us to all of you, Happy Holidays! Hours Clinics nights, weekends & holida (5,12) 346-6611 Mon-Fri: 5pm-9pm Sat & Sun: 8am-4pm ARC Far West ARC Round Rock ARC ARC After Hours Clinics are staffed by pediatricians and family medicine physicians, * Limited hours at ARC Cedar Park After Hours Clinic. Jr