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Tomball’s ‘Beetles, Brew & Barbecue’ — Oktoberfest Done Texas Styules

    On September 24th, more than 150 classic Volkswagen “beetles”, Houston-area craft breweries, local barbecue and live music will make Tomball’s 6th annual “Beetles, Brew & Barbecue” a true Oktoberfest done Texas style. The North Houston Volkswagen Club expects more than 150 classic VWs to fill Tomball’s historic downtown Depot Plaza, as thousands of festival goers meet and greet some of their favorite local brew makers while sampling on-site. Scheduled to attend are Saint Arnold, Karbach, Southern Star, No Label, 11 Below, Cycler, Lone Pint, Back Pew, and Fire Ant Brewing Company. More than three dozen Texas craft brews will be available for purchase, too. New this year is the Texas Beer Float Championship.  One of the festival’s participating craft breweries will take top honors for its prize winning mixture of beer, ice cream and other goodies. It’s going to be sweet. Local barbecue and festival foods will be available from local favorites Tejas Chocolate Craftory & Barbecue and Bexar County Brisket, along with the Sauced Pig food truck and more. Classic rockers Johnny & the Spinsations, and Galveston’s party band The Mambo Jazz Kings, will perform at Depot Plaza from 11:30 am to 6 pm on the Spec’s concert stage. There will washer tossing at the annual “Trackside Washers Tournament”. Registration begins at 11:30, with the tossing around 12:30 pm.  Competitors could win a piece of $500...

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Invasive Lionfish May Eat Up Texas Coastline, Says Texas A&M Expert

Attention Texans: the invasive lionfish is near your coastline, he’s hungry, he’s on the prowl and there appears to be no stopping him.  A Texas A&M University at Galveston researcher says the best way to control lionfish might be serving the pesky sea creatures as the blue plate special on restaurant menus. Raven Walker, a doctoral student in marine biology at the Galveston campus, has studied the lionfish for years and knows just how widespread a problem the pretty fish can be. It’s believed the lionfish were brought into southern waters in the 1980s through accidental or intentional human release, but now they are a big problem in the Caribbean Atlantic Coast and along the Gulf Coast to Texas. Plenty of them have been spotted near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary located about 100 miles south of Galveston, and where they are seen, there are bound to be more, she notes. “The female is capable of laying 2 million eggs per year,” says Walker, “so that gives you some idea of how big a problem we are talking about.  They multiply like crazy. The thing about an invasive species like the lionfish is that once it has established itself in an area, it’s almost impossible to control it.” The fish are beautiful in their shape, with 18 venomous spines that can be seven or eight inches long...

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Lone Star Book Festival is Unique and Completely Texas

Where in the State of Texas can you find a group of talented, exciting, creative authors and a Nashville indie music star? The Lone Star Book Festival, of course! This unique and fresh book event will be held in Austin September 24 & 25, 2016 at the Austin American-Statesman event parking lot facing S. Congress. The Lone Star Book Festival features indie and traditionally published Texas authors with the emphasis heavily on the indie side of that equation. This unique traveling book festival is the brain child of the Texas Association of Author’s subsidiary, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Texas. Not only does the festival provide the opportunity for the general public to meet and greet new authors, but to have some fun as well. Texas Country Music star, Billy Dawson, is the keynote speaker. An Amazon best-selling author, Billy writes children’s books focusing on bullying and racism. He was recently awarded the coveted Artist of the Year, Best Country Male Vocalist and Best Country Live Performer awards by the Nashville Independent Music Association. He is a motivational speaker and performer and will be a lively addition to the Lone Star Book Festival. Fun and interactive sessions are planned for children and adults. One of the featured events at this year’s festival is a scavenger hunt which will cover a 7 mile area in downtown Austin and Lady Bird...

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Grand Reopening Sept. 23rd for Fort Boggy State Park

  The Friends of Fort Boggy State Park invites everyone to attend the Grand Reopening of Fort Boggy State Park on Friday, September 23rd, 2016. Free admission into the park; program will begin at 10:00a.m, Ribbon Cutting and Refreshments; followed by Open House and self -guided tours of New Cabins and Park. The park is located at 4994 Hwy 75 South, approximately 4 miles South of Centerville and 3 miles North of Leona on Hwy...

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HEB Invites Texans to Nomincate Educators for Awards

  Outstanding finalists win cash prizes Nominate Your Favorite Educators Now for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Nominations Accepted Online Through Oct. 23, 2016   Do you know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board today for a 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward winning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Nominations for the awards are being accepted online at through Oct. 23, 2016. Nominees will be sent an invitation to complete an online application, which asks for written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences and insights on key issues facing educators in Texas today. The deadline for applications is Dec. 4, 2016. In the School Board category, up to five public school boards may be recognized and awarded $5,000 towards the district they serve. Additionally, one or more school boards may receive a special judge’s award totaling up to $25,000 that will be announced during a recognition dinner and celebration in May 2017. Last year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards awarded more than $800,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants. Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has awarded over $8.5...

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