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2014 Victoria County Aggie Moms Howdy Party

Victoria County Aggie Moms invite you and your family to the 2014 Howdy Party at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, building A.

6:30 p.m. - registration, followed by dinner and meeting. RSVP is requested.

Please bring a vegetable or dessert dish to share. Aggie Moms will provide fried chicken and drinks.

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University of Houston-Victoria
University of Houston-Victoria
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UHV Purchases Land for Future Expansion

The University of Houston System, in support of a directive from the Board of Regents to bolster initiatives to make the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) a destination university, has purchased strategic acreage immediately across from UHV for future campus expansion.

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Summerfest 2014 In Austin Aug. 1-2

Amateur radio enthusiasts from all over Texas (and beyond) will gather this weekend in Austin for the 31st annual Austin Summerfest at the Crowne Plaza. Amateur (aka "ham") radio is both a hobby and a service. Ham operators enjoy contacting other hams across town or on the other side of the globe, using everything from vintage radio equipment to the latest digital modes of communication! Amateur radio has also been proven time and time again to be a reliable means of emergency communications, "when all else fails."

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The ‘Cell Phone Slows Restaurant Service’ Story Going Viral Has Some Holes in It

I'll admit, after reading the story of a "restaurant" that did a "study" (sorry for all of the "quotation marks"), I thought it sounded legit enough to post it on Facebook, so I did. Later, I read another article on the Happy Place blog that disputed some of the "results" listed in the original article. Are you still with me? Good.

I usually try to check things out at places like Snopes.com (an excellent resource for sorting out online fact from crap), but this time, I didn't do any fact-checking. Happy Place did, though, and you can see what they concluded here.

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BBB: Beware of Not-So-Fun ‘Fun’ Runs

 

The Better Business Bureau has been hearing lots of complaints from around the country about various fun runs that have been cancelled with short notice, often with no refunds. Last week, BBB of Greater Cleveland reported on a 5K Foam Fest that was cancelled with just four days’ notice. An email to paid participants said “Unfortunately, we’re not able to provide you with a refund.” A similar event scheduled for southern California was also cancelled with the same “no refund” email. The race website says they have ceased operations as of July 17. Another race company has offered Foam Fest participants a discount code for future theme races.

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Photo © Skeeter Nash
Photo © Skeeter Nash
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Win With The “Bass-Ackwards Song!”

Think you know your Country music forwards and backwards? If you do, you could be a winner weekday mornings at 8:20 with Skeeter Nash! Listen for the "Bass-Ackwards Song of the Day" clue...it's a portion of a big Country hit song played backwards. If you guess the right song title, you WIN!!

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Gallery 313 Rio
Gallery 313 Rio
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Come Paint With Us – Adult Classes

A time to relax, socialize and paint - where it is about fun art - not fine art!

Adult classes will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6:30-9 p.m. at Gallery 313 Rio (313 Rio St. in Victoria).

Each adult class is $25, which includes canvas and paints and an appetizer table available.

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University of Houston-Victoria
University of Houston-Victoria
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Business Law Basics Workshop

You're invited to a Business Law Basics Workshop at the UHV Small Business Development Center on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.. This workshop covers Choice of Legal Entity (corporations, LLC, partnership, etc.); Intellectual Property; Employee issues; and Real Estate issues. Seating is limited; all UHV SBDC workshops are open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

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Specialty Plates Drive $25M to Texas General Revenue

The state’s specialty license plate vendor, License Plates of Texas, LLC, operating as MyPlates.com has met its current contract $25,000,000 revenue obligation to the State of Texas, four months ahead of schedule.

In November 2009, My Plates was awarded a contract by TxDMV to market and sell specialty plates. The contract was authorized by the Texas legislature as a way to raise money for state services at no cost to taxpayers and guaranteed the state a return of $25M over five years.

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BBB: Don’t Let Pests Bug You This Summer

I've never been a big fan of insects. Some are very beneficial (bees, for instance), but most are just a big nuisance. What's the best way to avoid getting 'bugged' this summer (and I don't mean by the NSA!)? Your Better Business Bureau offers up the latest buzz (sorry!) on pest control.

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Texas Zoo
Texas Zoo
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Alligator Feeding and Program At Texas Zoo

Come over to the Gator House at The Texas Zoo every Wednesday and Saturday at noon to learn about these amazing animals. You'll find out what they eat, and see some alligator training in action.

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(Mike Chojnacki)
Photo courtesy of Mike's Music News (Mike Chojnacki)
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10 Reasons To Drum For Your Health

You may (or may not) know that I have been a professional singing drummer since I was in high school. While to some, we drummers sit on a seat (known in drumming lingo as a "throne;" please keep your jokes to yourself!), most drumming requires a fair amount of physical and mental abilities. I happened to see a link to this article on Facebook; it pretty well confirms what I and other drummers have known for a long time: drumming is good for your health!

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