Coming Up

FAM Day Sept. 12
Family Art on Main Day is a free family craft event held outside the Inspiring Minds Art Center in Buda, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The program is part of the City Arts Program and participants are asked to register at

Kyle Lions host 9/11 ‘Thank You’ at fire station
Kyle Local Lions Club is sponsoring a First Responders Recognition Event on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at the downtown Fire Station in Kyle, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to come by during those hours, to sign a thank you card for Kyle area first responders. Participants can sign the card without leaving their car. Kyle Lions will also be collecting donations of food or money for the Hays County Food Bank. Contact the Kyle Lions [Tom Barry @ (512)636-8022] with any questions, or if you are interested in helping.

YMCA hosts free open house events during Welcoming Week
HAYS COUNTY – Welcoming Week is a nationwide initiative to build bridges and heal communities by inviting neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate shared values and contributions. Three YMCA locations in Hays County will mark Welcoming Week by hosting free Open House events for the community on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13. In addition, the Y is waiving its $49 membership joining fee through September 21. See page 5 for schedule of activities.

An evening with Hilton Als, Sept. 18
Acclaimed writer Hilton Als, via Zoom, will discuss the life, work and legacy of our hometown author Katherine Anne Porter Sept. 18, 7 p.m. To RSVP, email Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for ‘The Talk of the Town.’ He became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. His first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His book, White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Non-fiction, discusses various narratives of race and gender. In 2017 Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, and in 2019 the Langston Hughes Medal. In 2020 he was named an inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton University for the 2020-21 academic year. He is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.

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