Reflections of the ’60’s at the LBJ Ranch – April 11

The 7th Annual Reflections of the Sixties education conference at the LBJ Ranch is a great learning opportunity for persons interested in understanding the impact of the 1960s on the fabric of our country.Guest speakers such as authors, former legislators, and historians talk about topics relevant to the 1960’s.

This year, the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be celebrated.  Highlighting the day will be a ceremony at 2 pm at the one-room Junction School.  At that site on April 11, 1965, President Johnson signed the landmark law that for the first time provided extensive federal funding of the nation’s elementary, junior high and high schools.

Admission is free. Gather near the Texas White House at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 16 miles East of Fredericksburg, Texas, on Hwy 290 in Stonewall.

Call (830) 868-7128 for more information.

17th Annual Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards – August 23-24

“Stomp Me, Crush Me, Make Me Wine!” is at battle cry at the Annual Becker Vineyards Grape Stomp! There will be barrels cut in half with grapes in them for visitors to stomp on! Some people also like to purchase souvenir T-shirts to “stomp” their prints on. The event is complimentary. There will also be music at 1 p.m. the four days of the Grape Stomp.

There is no entry fee.

Community Blood Drive – April 29

Did you know that one blood donation can save up to three lives?

Patients count on volunteer blood donors, just like you, to take a few minutes of their time to make a life saving donation and contribute to the 600 units a day needed to meet the needs of hospital patients in South Texas.

Blood donors can now redeem points for the Wellness Rewards Program. Anyone who has donated blood since January of this year can call 800-292-5534 ext. 1375 to check how many points they’ve earned. When you have enough points, you can make an appointment to have a small vial of blood drawn at a donor room that’s closest to you. If you know someone who is in need of a diabetes, cholesterol or PSA screening, you can transfer points to them, as well. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has partnered with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association for our Wellness Rewards Program, allowing blood donors to donate their earned points to these organizations so other community members can benefit, too. For more information on Wellness Rewards, visit

Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. It is recommended to eat iron rich foods before donating and to drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated. Donors must present identification. Visit for more information.  Donate at Fredericksburg Nursing Home, 1117 South Adams.

Garrison Brothers Distillery “Sit and Sip” Tours

Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, TexasFredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Directors, Ambassadors and Staff raised a glass of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Dan Garrison in a Toast to the Hill Country this past Saturday. Dan led us on a tour, explaining the entire Distillery process…”From corn to cork…it’s home-grown and handcrafted from the finest ingredients. Plump, organic yellow corn from the Texas Panhandle. Premium organic winter wheat that we grow ourselves here at the ranch and two-row barley from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. We grind our grain fresh daily and we cook our own sweet mash – one batch at a time. Then we marry the fruity distillate with fresh Hill Country rainwater that we harvest and purify ourselves.”

Garrison Brothers Distillery is now offering their “Sit and Sip Tour”, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am or 2pm, for only $10.00 per person. Located in Hye, 1.7 miles out on Hye Albert Road, off of 290 East and RR 1623. For more information, please visit

Beckendorf Spring Show- May 18

1Don’t miss the annual Spring Show at Charles Beckendorf Gallery, 105 N. Adams Street, on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 5pm. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served throughout the day and the gallery will showcase Spring paintings and prints by Mr. Beckendorf. The gallery is open daily – 10:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00.