Kite Day at LBJ State Park & Historic Site – March 21

Bring the family to the LBJ State Park & Historic Site from 1 pm to 3 pm and spend Saturday making and flying kites. Learn the basics of kite construction and flying a homemade kite. The park will supply recycled materials and help kids make their own kites; you are also encouraged to bring your own kites to enjoy flying in the park.

LBJ State Park & Historic Site is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52. Call (830) 644-2252 for details.

Van Der Stucken Festival – March 21

DSC_1980A concert to honor Fredericksburg-born composer Frank Van der Stucken and featuring performances by the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra, guest speaker Larry Wolz and presenting the winner of the Van der Stucken composition contest.  At historic St. Joseph’s Hall.  The event is free and open to the public. Wine and cake will be served following the concert to celebrate the 158th birthday of Frank Van der Stucken.

Dr. Wolz is an authority on the German composer’s life, and will be available to answer questions during the reception following the program.

Van der Stucken, who was born in Fredericksburg in 1858, led the “Sangerbund” movement, training singers in the tradition of German male choruses. He also was a champion of contemporary American composers, conducting the first concert devoted exclusively to them.

For information, call (806) 549-2483.

URBANherbal Cooking & Gardening Classes: “A Fondue Party” – March 21

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“A Fondue Party”. 11 am. $65 per person. Have fun with a friend or your sweetheart and learn all about Fondue! We will enjoy a mélange of fondues: Champagne Velvet, Benedictine & Texas Beer, Texas Country Road with assorted cheeses handmade in Texas, and Spring Forward with Texas cheeses and locally raised produce. You will enjoy two complimentary glasses of Texas wine with the class.

Contact URBANherbal to custom design your private class/party for a couple’s retreat, for your group or organization, bridal or baby shower. Our preset classes are small and intimate maximum of 10 participants. Cancellations must be made 72 hours before class date in order to obtain a refund. See our website for more details.

Reserve you seat now!! wvarney@urbanherbal.com or 830-456-9667

Luckenbach Mud Dauber/Rockin Billy Chili Fest 2015 – March 21

The best in Rock a Billy Music and a return to our Chili Cook Off Roots (Luckenbach and Terlingua are synonamous). A No Holds Barred Chili Cook Off… Get your team together and get ready to take the Luckenbach GOLD!! The Return of the Mud Dauber is also celebrated as Luckenbach has the best MUD in the Universe! Live music by Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton, Two Tons of Steel, Paul Cauthen and Billy Joe Shaver. Public chili tasting begins at 1 pm. Chili tasting kits sold separately at the gate for $10 until sold out.

Day pass noon until 6 pm $15. Event pass good for day and night $35. Night show only (Paul Cauthen and Billy Joe Shaver) $30. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop off RR 1376. Call (830) 997-3224 for more information.

The Hideout Theater performing at Fredericksburg Theater Company – March 14

An all-star lineup of performers will ignite the evening with games, scenes and improvised stories. The very best parts of The Hideout’s award-winning shows performed by award-winning comedians with an improvised musical score. “An honest, wonderful night of theater.” – The Austin Chronicle. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87. All seats reserved. Tickets available online.

8 pm. $29 adults; $12 youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for details.

Texas Hill Country Home & Garden Show – March 14-15

Join us for this 2nd annual event that the whole family is sure to enjoy! Featured speakers include HGTV Star Abby Vasek and Fredericksburg’s own Bill Varney from Urban Herbal. Musical entertainment by The 4 Proches. To be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 South. More information available online.

$5 adults; kids under 17 are free. Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Call (830) 992-2662 for more information.

Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus present “A Cantata by Any Other Name . . .” – March 15

Austin’s period-instrument orchestra and chorus presents a program of sacred and secular baroque music including J. S. Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele, Charpentier’s regal Te Deum, and works by Buxtethude, Galuppi and Jerusalem performed on replicas of instruments from the 18th century. To be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 306 West San Antonio.

Informal pre-concert talk begins at 3:30 pm; concert from 4 to 6 pm. Donations gratefully accepted. (512) 912-6827