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Buying foods at the farmer’s market is a sure way to get organic goods and support the local economy. (Photo courtesy Creative Outlet)

Shopping organic on a budget

(StatePoint) Chances are you’ve already heard about the benefits of including certified USDA organic foods in your diet. However, you may have also heard that such choices are typically higher in cost.
“Eating right is in easier reach of Americans than ever before,” says Kate Geagan, America`s Green Nutritionist and expert consultant for Earth’s Best, the first organic baby food brand, in business for nearly 30 years. “Organic options are becoming more affordable and accessible thanks to many big retailers.”

Texas lawmakers vote to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

AUSTIN — E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that has cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature.
The bill originated in the Senate and passed the House on Tuesday.
The upper chamber only needs to approve tweaks made to it in House committee to send the proposal to Gov. Greg Abbott. His signature is needed for it to become law.
The proposal bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and possession of the devices by youths under 18.

Senate mandates suicide prevention training for teachers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has voted to require public school teachers to undergo two hours of annual training on suicide prevention.
New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill was approved 30-1 on Tuesday without debate. The training regimen will be compiled based on the leading practices of programs already offered by some Texas school districts, as directed by the state Department of State Health Services.

Free class about healthy aging

As the average American life expectancy increases, there is a growing interest in ways to preserve our mental acuity into old age.
On May 22, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a class on the topic of “Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging” at the Kyle Community Room.  
The class will present some of the latest research on how our lifestyle choices affect our brain health.

Summer in the Park 2015 schedule

Planning for summer? Don’t forget about free performances every Thursday at San Marcos Plaza Park!

June 4         Derailers
June 11       Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros
June 18       Pianorama (featuring Johnny Nicholas, Earl Poole Ball, Floyd Domino)
June 25       Shelley King
July 2          U.S. Army stage band
July 9          Midnight River Choir
July 16        Willow Creek Project
July 23        Soul Track Mind
July 30        Terri Hendrix Band
Aug 6          Brave Combo
Aug 13        Two Tons Of Steel

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