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Flute concert date announced

The Mount Vernon Music Association invites the public to attend a concert featuring music for flute, piano and strings. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in The Music Hall. Performing will be flutist Dr. James Scott and Mount Vernon Music players Debbie Ragsdale (flute), Steven Harlos (piano), Mark Miller (violin) and Ute Miller (viola). Dr. Scott is a renowned flutist and Dean at the College of Music at the University of North Texas, Denton. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Cinco de Mayo celebration set

The local celebration of Cinco de Mayo will be Sunday, May 3, according to Camilo Ramirez, chairman of the Hispanic Culture Committee at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.  The activities for the May 3 celebration will begin at 12:15 p.m. and continue until 4:15 p.m. The festivities feature traditional ethnic foods. games for all ages, and live music and dancing. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Arbor Day celebration Friday

The City of Mount Vernon will conduct an Arbor Day celebration  from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. The event will be centered around the pavilion at Little Creek Park, located off Jackson St. Parking is available along the street as well as parking areas inside the park. Attendees will be treated to hot dogs, chips and drinks at the pavilion. For more information, see the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Pottery evaluated

Pottery evaluatedJohn Sloan of Nacogdoches examines a three gallon pot presented by John Tutor for the Franklin County Historical Association. Mr. Sloan stated the pot was  a piece of Hogue pottery made at the company’s Winfield Plant.

Moore awarded Best of Show in April Arts

Moore awarded Best of Show in April ArtsAl Moore was presented with the Best of Show award in the 2009 April Arts competition. The juried show was conducted in conjunction with the event’s two-day show and sale as part of Cypress SpringFest. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Fish served

Fish servedKathy Moore and other members of the Order of the Easter Ster, Patricia Cupp, Leta Glass, and Debbie O’Hara, worked to serve fish and all the trimmings to more than 175 people on Saturday, April 18 at the Masonic Lodge in Mount Vernon. The organization collected $1500 for their scholarship fund. Entertainment at the event was provided by Stuart Richey and band, the Mount Vernon High School Jazz Band, and Courtnee Damron.

Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bank

Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bankHadley Sears, Veronica Jordan, and Will Gamblin display their certificates received by the Key Club at the Bake-off. Preliminary proceeds to the Franklin County Community Food Bank equaled $5,534 from the sixth annual Key Club Bake-off and Auction on Saturday, April 18. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more details.

Hot time planned for Chili and Bluegrass Festival

Hot time planned for Chili and Bluegrass FestivalIf you are looking for a mouth watering, toe tapping good time, then the Alamo Mission Museum is the place to be on Saturday, April 25. The second annual Chili and Bluegrass event is planned for Saturday afternoon and evening on the museum’s grounds. Above, the Pistolaros will be entertaining the crowd during the event. For more details on competing or just enjoying the festivities, please see the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weather

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weatherDespite the forecast for wet weather, a record number of 137 riders registered for the 2009 Tour de Cypress bike ride on Saturday, April 18. Above, the 100K ride leaders pedal through the rain on Hwy. 21. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.