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DidYouKnow ColumnHeadI am trying to make up for my lost hour of sleep after we moved the clocks forward. We have a lot coming up on San Jacinto County in the next month. Here are some of the events.

Women’s League will hold its Annual Style Show on April 13 at the Coldspring Community Shelter. Tickets are available at Coldspring Senior Center, call (936) 653-4175. Cost is $25 each and includes a splendid lunch catered by India Love.

This year the models will show fashion from Chico of Kingwood. This event is open to all and always has a wonderful silent auction. There will be a wide variety of items on sale as well as a bake sale section. If you live in Shepherd, you can call Mary Ann Pittman at (713) 823-6820 for tickets.

•The Coldspring Garden Club will make a field trip on April 6 to Rustic Ridge Garden in Willis. This business aims to help the gardener with plants and materials as well as inform gardeners about designing their gardens, smart ways to water and more.

Rustic Ridge Gardens have Butterfly Gardens, Fruit Trees, container gardens and a Gift Shop. Members who have not yet signed up or who want to include a friend, please call Wanda at (936) 891-1145. A box lunch will be available for $15, please reserve it if you want one. Meet at the Community Center at 10 a.m. Rustic Ridge has a website.

•Shepherd Library will have several interesting events in the next two months courtesy of a generous donation to the Friends of Shepherd Library by Marvin Green. You may remember I wrote about his new Shepherd Super Center ribbon cutting last week?

Mr. Green visited the library and talked to Director Terri McIntire about upcoming programs. She mentioned that some of the ideas she and assistant Crystale Thompson had would cost more money than they had, so he donated a generous amount to enable the Library to move forward with these ideas.

Registration is requested, call (936) 628-3515 or call in at the library.

The first event will be on March 17 from 2-3 p.m. Spring Break Lego Competition will be a build your own idea with Lego and win a prize if you are lucky. Remember this is St. Patrick’s Day so there may be plenty of luck around.

The next event will be on March 31 from 1-4 p.m. It’s an Easter Egg-Travaganza at the Library. The Easter Bunny will pay a special visit for photo ops, pictures will be $5. Games and prizes will be held through the afternoon. Please register so that the library can plan for the event goodies and games.

Tiny Tales Story Time is on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. through March and April. The Friends of Shepherd Library thanks Marvin Green for his making these and future events possible.

The Friends of Shepherd Library met this week and one of our new members is Marsha Brown. I met Marsha at a Coldspring Chamber of Commerce meeting some time ago where she talked about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I wrote about this at the time.

If you missed the details, Dolly Parton started a Foundation to encourage very young children to learn to read. Parents can register their child at Shepherd or Coldspring Libraries. They can be registered at birth and will receive books every month till they are 5 years old. The books are free. Parents read to the children and then help them to learn to read.

The saying goes, “ From one to three years old we learn to read. From then onward we read to learn.”

Marsha Brown is a very interesting woman. I decided to talk more to her about herself and to learn how she became a valued part of our community. Born in Arkansas, she became an educator. Her husband worked all over the country and at one point they lived in El Paso while she taught in Juarez Mexico through the day.

Everywhere they worked, she found the library. I did the same thing, we both found how we could find out what was happening in the area at the local library, be it in a city or small town.

Marsha lived in Houston for 20 years. She became a widow and sometime later COVID struck and changed the way we lived. Her son lives in Coldspring, so she moved here and of course, joined the Coldspring Library.

She learned about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and asked the Library Board if they would consider joining the program. Of course, they agreed, and she became the representative for it. She came to Shepherd Library, and they joined. She now has 112 children registered into the program in our county and is working on adding more.

Marsha soon became a member of the Friends of Shepherd Library and also a Board member of Coldspring Chamber of Commerce. She is a wonderful addition to our community.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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