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FromthepublisherTime is coming to an end. Daylight Saving Time, that is.

This Sunday, November 4, Daylight Saving Time ends, and we’ll all need to set our clocks back one hour – unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam and a few other places like the Virgin Islands.

But for those of us in Texas, and most of the United States, the saying “Spring Forward, Fall Back” helps us to remember when to move our clocks forward one hour (Spring) and when to move our clocks back (Fall). While the time officially changes at 2 a.m., Sunday, most folks just set their clocks back before going to bed Saturday night.

Don’t forget, or you find yourself in the church parking lot an hour before everybody else. I suppose worse things could happen. Have a great weekend.

– JB –

The Texas Butterfly Festival will be held this weekend, Nov. 3-6, at the National Butterfly Center, located in Mission at 3333 Butterfly Park. While the guided butterfly field trips require advance registration fees, the annual Community Day is free. This event kicks off Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. There will be lots of games and activities for the children, and it’s a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy nature. You’ll have an opportunity to learn all about butterflies, host plants and nectar plants you can plant to attract butterflies to your own backyard. You can even learn how to make butterfly brew. And I’ll bet you’ll see plenty of butterflies flitting around the expansive butterfly gardens at the butterfly center. Be sure to take your camera along for some butterfly pictures to send to the grandchildren.

– JB –

When you come to Mission, be sure to pick up some tickets for the Mission Lions Club Bar-B-Que. Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 11, but purchase your tickets early, as these are sold in advance, so the club knows how much food to prepare. This is a top-quality barbecue you don’t want to miss. The Mission Lions Club has been cooking top sirloin beef BBQ for at least 30 years, probably more. And they have mastered the art of barbecue! The plates include a generous portion of barbecued top sirloin with delicious barbecue sauce, beans (cooked to perfection using the Lions’ secret recipe, coleslaw and bread. This costs only $8 per plate – and the proceeds go to support the charitable services provided by the Lions Club.

The Mission Lions Club helps support the Texas Lions Camp for handicapped children in Kerrville, Texas, with total donations over the years in excess of $200,000.

The club also provides hundreds of vision screenings for pre-school and school children. This is a fairly new initiative that the Mission Lions and other Valley Lions clubs started doing several years ago. The clubs use a special computerized vision screening device that takes a reading of each child’s eyes, producing a report for the school nurse indicating any vision problems detected during the screening. The school nurse then refers the family to and eye doctor for further examination. The results have been amazing. Over 20 percent of the children screened are found to have a vision problem that requires attention. This helps the families and the schools address the needs of those children at an early age, before the problem gets worse without treatment or before the child falls behind in school because he cannot see well. For families that cannot afford glasses for their child, the Mission Lions pays for the eyeglasses.

The Mission Lions provide many other charitable services for the community, including building wheelchair ramps, providing scholarships for each of the local high schools, and sponsoring two Boy Scout Troops (including construction of a “Scout Hut” for the scout’s weekly meeting place). The club also supports many other important organizations with monetary donations. These include the Mission Food Pantry, Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Eye Bank of Texas, Texas Eyeglass Recycling Centers, the Diabetes Association and others.

So, when you purchase a barbecue plate from the Mission Lions Club, you not only get a great meal of mouth-watering Texas barbecue, you also help a great organization of men and women who are working hard to serve those in need throughout the community. And, to top it off, you don’t have to cook!

You can purchase tickets at the Winter Texan Times office, located at 1217 N. Conway Ave., Mission, or at the Mission Food Pantry at 115 S. Mayberry, Mission. Or from any Mission Lions Club member.

The barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sunday, November 11 at the Hidalgo County Veterans Memorial Pavilion, located on Inspiration Rd., one mile south of Business/Expressway 83 intersection.

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