Round Rock Unveils Its Tool Lending Center at Veterans Park

City of Round Rock, TexasIt takes a lot of people to make great things happen. My mom always said, “Many hands make light work.” That’s true, but there is always that person who is out front pointing, cajoling, schmoozing, directing, cheer-leading, or just basically leading. Regardless how you describe the techniques of leadership, what you are looking for is that person who can make things happen.

Round Rock’s Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Joe Brehm, is doing that for the city, and the recently unveiled Tool Lending Center is a great example. I am sure that Joe would not want this story to be about him, but from time-to-time you’ve just got to stop for a second and tip your hat to those who accomplish great things. [Read more…]

Mustang Heritage Foundation Holds Adoption Auction For Newly Trained Mustangs This April 26th

Mustang Heritage Foundation Your Local Color.ComRight here in Williamson County there is a program that is helping wounded veterans put their lives back together and save some very majestic animals. The program is called the Mustang Mentor Program and it is a part of the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

They have a live adoption auction event planned at their Williamson County facilities this April 26th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. It’s a Saturday, so it would be a great opportunity for you and your family to drop by and get to know these good folks. You might just leave with a beautiful horse.

Mustang Heritage Foundation Your Local Color.ComLocated a short drive east of Georgetown, Texas, the program doesn’t end at helping our wounded warriors get back on their feet, it is also a way for this amazing group to accomplish its other goal, and that is to facilitate the successful adoption of American mustangs.

The Bureau of Land Management – part of the federal government – has the job of trying to manage the wild mustang and burro population roaming the western United States. It would be great just to let these wild and beautiful creatures range freely, but the grazing pressure they exert on the fragile western US ecology is significant.

Mustang Heritage Foundation - Mustang Mentors - Your Local Color.ComWild mustang and burro herds are culled regularly to reduce that grazing pressure. The captured horses are held by the BLM and made available for adoption. It is hoped that these horses and burros can be trained for use as companion animals, or even as a service animal for use on a farm or ranch.

The Mustang Mentor Program accomplishes this training or “gentling” with the help of former military personnel. The fit is perfect and mutually beneficial.

Soldiers on a Truck - Mustang Heritage Foundation - Mustang Mentors - Your Local Color.ComIt’s stressful enough serving in the military far away from home and family, but quite often those keeping us safe have to deal with some very bad people who are trying to cause them great harm. The whole process for those serving can get a little overwhelming. It is not unusual for a veteran who has returned home safe and sound to find that the transition from the battle field to civilian life can be more than challenging.

The Mustang Mentor Program pairs a veteran with a totally wild mustang. The veteran and the horse have about 100 days to work out their partnership with the goal of turning the formally wild horse into an animal that can be successfully adopted.

Mustang Heritage Foundation - Mustang Mentors - Your Local Color.ComThis process is win-win because while the veteran is gentling the horse, the horse is accomplishing much the same thing in the veteran. The program was piloted in 2013 and it was so successful that the first full program was initiated this February and will wrap up in April with the auction of the first group of six trained and gentled horses.

Byron Hogan, Program Coordinator of the Mustang Heritage Foundation here in Williamson County, encourages all local residents to come out on April 26th to not only take advantage of the chance to adopt a tamed mustang, but also to get the chance to meet the veterans who worked so hard to get these noble animals to a place of safety.

Please watch the attached video so you can get a chance to learn more about this program and hear from one of the veterans, Lori Russell, who is involved in the Mustang Mentor Program.

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12th Annual Children’s Health Festival Hosted by Williamson County and Cities Health District

Children's Health Festival Williamson County Your Local Color.ComThe Annual Children’s Health Festival is a showcase event highlighting the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and child safety. For the past 12 years, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has organized this fun-filled event to encourage local parents and children to “play for the health of it.” This year’s festival was held at the United Heritage Center at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond, with sponsor support from Seton Medical Center Williamson, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, and Superior HealthPlan.

Those who attended the festival found a variety of information and resources on topics important to the entire family. The exhibit area was divided up into five zones that focused on specific health oriented information areas. There was Nutrition Station, Activity Zone, Wellness Square, Community lane, and Sponsor’s Row. [Read more…]

Heart & Sole 5K Raises More Than $38,000 To Help Central Texans Fight Epilepsy

Heart and Sole Epilepsy 5K and Walk Your Local Color.ComWhat do you do when tragedy enters your life? We’ve all had our share of ups and downs, but there are some life events that are so utterly devastating that recovery from them may seem like an impossibility. Losing a loved one is one of those devastating life events. We all shudder to think about that at all, but we especially recoil at considering a parent’s worst nightmare – losing a child.

Nipal Bellmonde is a person who has seen a lot of ups and downs in her life. Certainly, being crowned Mrs. Texas in 1991 was a major high point in her life, as was getting married and having a beautiful baby daughter. But Nipal has also seen her low points as well. Like many of us, Nipal has faced bitter personal tragedies. [Read more…]

Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival Fighting Student Hunger In Round Rock

Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival Round Rock ISD Your Local Color.ComBack many years ago when my son was in high school here in Round Rock, I noticed that he was packing a really large lunch to take every day. He would pack extra sandwiches and load up on all sorts of other goodies to take with him. I thought that was a little unusual because he was a skinny kid, and he really didn’t eat a lot.

I asked him if he got especially hungry at school. He said he wasn’t packing the extra food for himself, but he did have a friend who was coming to school every day hungry. He was taking that extra food to feed his friend. [Read more…]

Seton’s Ignite Women’s Health Helps Local Women To Energize, Enlighten & Enjoy

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center Williamson Your Local Color.ComSeton is getting geared up for a new year of wellness education sponsored by Ignite Women’s Health. Their signature event that kicked off this year was their Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy health fair expo. Held this past weekend, it was a kind of girls-afternoon-out where ladies from our community can get pampered, catch a fashion show and learn how to live a more healthy life.

This annual event has its roots in the Ignite Women’s Health 5K running event that started in 2008.  However, The Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy expo is only in its third year.   It has developed into a full blown health festival that features cooking demonstrations, health and wellness vendors passing out samples, chair massage, acupuncture, guided meditation, yoga and exercise classes. [Read more…]

Nipal Bellmonde And The Epilepsy Foundation Makes Beauty From Ashes For Danielle

Heart and Sole Epilepsy 5K and Walk Your Local Color.ComLosing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. They’re supposed to bury us, not the other way around. Our kids represent a shining hope for our own future. What would be worse is having them there with you yet knowing that at any moment they could be taken from you and there is nothing you can do about it.

We live in a time of miracle cures. Diseases that used to be a death sentence can now be cured or they are at least treatable. What once took life away from us can now be managed so that there is the real hope that we can live full lives and enjoy all or most of life’s benefits. This is true for many illnesses but, unfortunately, for some conditions there is still much work that needs to be done. [Read more…]

Our Neighbors At Lone Star Jedi Host Another Lightsaber Summit

Lone Star Jedi Lightsaber SummitEvery time that Lone Star Jedi hosts a Lightsaber Summit in Austin it is always an eyeful. Dressed up in their Jedi gear, Round Rock resident Marc Tucker and his team of fellow Jedi Knights, put on a great show. It isn’t just a show either. These guys are not only Star Wars enthusiasts, but they are also bighearted and intend to use their passion for Star Wars to help out the community they live in.

Certainly, Lone Star Jedi is a fan club for like-minded Star Wars devotees. One of their goals is to create an organization that provides local fans of these movies a chance to hang out together, swap stories, show off their intricate, handmade costumes, and engage in a little good-natured lightsaber combat. [Read more…]

Round Rock Celebrates The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

27th Annual Commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk & Celebration on Your Local Color.ComPeople my age remember those years. Back in the days when there were only three television networks, the evening news and the morning paper were our only connection to what was going on. Dad’s favorite was NBC’s Huntley and Brinkley, so I got to watch the world turn upside down during the sixties while Chet Huntley and David Brinkley provided the narration. There was a lot going on, and a lot to watch. A face that was frequently on the evening news in those years belonged to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the nation hung on his every word.

I lived in Waco during those years. My family arrived there in the early sixties as Jim Crow was gasping out his last breath. We got there in December of 1963, and although I don’t recall seeing them myself, my parents often spoke about the small black and white signs out in public view all over downtown that indicated that black folks were not welcomed in certain areas, or not allowed to use certain facilities. [Read more…]

The Round Rock Area Serving Center and Payless Shoes Partner To Provide Shoes 4 Kids

Round Rock Area Serving Center Payless Gives Shoes 4 KidsBen and Meredith moved to our community with their three children this summer to escape New England’s famously brutal winter weather. Ben, a native of Texas, and Meredith, born and raised in the frigid Northeast, were looking not only for warmer temperatures, but they were also hoping to take advantage of the even warmer local job market. Ben was able to find work, but Meredith, equipped with a college degree and years of management experience in the human services field, was less fortunate.

Her search has lasted six months so far, and although the loss of a second income has tightened the household budget, it has done nothing to Round Rock Area Serving Center Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kidsdampen her wonderful spirit. Please take a couple of minutes to listen to her beautiful story in the attached video.

I met this amazing mom and her three children last Friday at the Payless ShoesSource store here in Round Rock located at Louis Henna and I-35 where Payless Shoes and the Round Rock Area Serving Center were teaming up to provide free shoes for local children. [Read more…]