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Rise Above the Rest

Rise Above the Rest

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By DANIELLE EVERETTGo beyond basic jack-o’-lanternNot long ago, decorating pumpkins each October meant something similar to most Americans. Families gathered around their kitchen tables, pumpkins at hand. Kids marveled at the cold, wet fibers inside the pumpkins as they scooped them out before carving a creepy face. This tradition continues today, but with a new, creative twist. Many people are now putting down their classic carving tools in lieu of supplies like glitter, paint and glue.

Joy of Hair Braiding

Joy of Hair Braiding

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Intricate designs from AfricaHair braiding isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s been around for millennia, dating back as far as 5,000 years. Initially, braids carried a cultural component. In ancient times, it often identified a person’s marital status, social standing, tribe or clan. Depending on what part of the world you were from, braiding had definitive looks and designs in every region of the world.

Resale with a Purpose

Resale with a Purpose

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Resale with a purposeLaura Mae’s supports ministryTrends may come and go, but one trend that doesn’t go out of style is dressing well, and doing it frugally.  But it’s hard to find that special outfit for work, play or social events that doesn’t drain the pocket book. One nice outfit, especially if it’s a designer label, can take a big chunk out of a woman’s clothing budget. And if she is starting over after a long period of under- or unemployment, the choices are even slimmer.

Barbells for boobs

Barbells for boobs

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By MANDY SHELTONEvent funds breast cancer fightSally Phillips and her fellow CrossFitters are warming up for Belton’s seventh annual Barbells for Boobs fundraiser Oct. 29 and 30 at Belton Christian Youth Center. Operating under the credo that “everyone has a right to know if they are living with breast cancer,” the Barbells for Boobs grant program channels funds toward providing mammograms for those patients who might otherwise miss out on breast cancer screenings: men, women under the age of 40 and the under- or uninsured. Phillips has been involved with Barbells for Boobs since nearly the beginning.In 2009, Zionna “Z” Hanson, who owned a CrossFit affiliate in California, wanted to honor a friend, a breast cancer survivor who had been denied a mammogram before her eventual diagnosis at the age of 26.Central Texas Barbells for BoobsCrossFit Workout: Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.Olympic Weightlifting Open Meet: Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, all day5K: Oct. 29, 8 p.m.Belton Christian Youth Center, 505 E. Avenue C, BeltonFor more information: www.centraltexasbarbellsforboobs.com

Express Yourself: Creativity is Contagious at Salado Village Artists

Express Yourself: Creativity is Contagious at Salado Village Artists

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Find your creativityat Salado Village ArtistsFive years ago, longtime Houston resident Judy Sparkman retired from her job, packed up her belongings and set out for a new life in Central Texas.

Vive Les Arts

Vive Les Arts

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When the Vive Les Arts Societe began looking for a new leader, it seemed as though Traci Tipping had been rehearsing for the role since birth. A dancer since age 3, she had already appeared in...

Night Sculptor

Night Sculptor

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Pogue Sculpture Gallery and Foundry is located seven miles east of Marble Falls at 7670 E. Farm-to-Market 1431. Admission is free. Call first: 830-693-9544. On the web: www.danpoguesculpture.com.

Beethoven to Pops

Beethoven to Pops

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TSO gears up for new seasonSymphony lovers in Bell County who are familiar with the artistic offerings of a big city like Dallas or Houston don’t have to travel far to enjoy the sounds of a professional orchestra.

Honing Leadership

Honing Leadership

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That magical week in March students call spring break comes around once a year.

A Happy Place

A Happy Place

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Walk through the doors of the new Ralph Wilson Youth Club and listen to the joyful sounds of kids at play. Children ages 5 to 14, all 550 of them, are scattered throughout the facility, focused on their activity of the moment.

Under the stars at Tablerock

Under the stars at Tablerock

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

The C5 Challenge

The C5 Challenge

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The 5 CsThe C5 Youth Foundation of Texas engages middle and high school students from communities that are lacking in opportunities with five years of mentoring, education and character building.The 5Cs stand for:Character-drivenCommunity-focusedChallenge-readyCollege-boundCommitted to a better futureFor information on how to help Parrie Haynes C5, or how seventh-grade students can apply, go to www.C5texas.org, call 512-832-2565, or email fulorik@c5yf.org.

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

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July is Parks and Recreation Month in Central Texas, and area parks and recreation have a wide selection of activities that are family friendly.

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Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

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Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.