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Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Interesting facts about blue jays

I recently saw three blue jays eating sunflower seeds on my back deck, most handsome birds with a blue body and white chest.  
What can I tell you about blue jays that you don’t already know?
Well, let’s start with their size, some 12 inches long and weighing about three ounces.
They can make soft, warbling chirps but also screech out a distinctive hawk call that sounds quite authentic.
Usually seen in pairs and flocks, blue jays are very protective of their nests and will even dive bomb humans, much like a mockingbird, when threatened.  

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, members of the National Junior Honor Society at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Wimberley assembled birthday party supplies into gallon-sized storage bags. The bags, which received a special blessing, will be distributed to children in need. (photo by St. Stephen's Episcopal School)

Students unite for service project

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life of service, students at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School spent the day Monday assembling bags filled with birthday party supplies for area children in need.
“It is hard for many of us to imagine a child who has never been given a birthday party. For many families in our community, finding the extra money to afford a child’s birthday celebration is a struggle,” said Head of School Marsha Acock.

Fletcher Clark, left, and Donaly Brice of Lockhart will present, "Little Known Facts of Susanna Dickinson, Messenger of the Alamo," a narrative and musical presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, located at 120 Suncrest in San Marcos. The presentation is part of the San Marcos-Hays County Genealogical Society meeting. The meeting and presentation are open to the community. (photo by The Hays County Genealogical Society)

Historical program brings Texas heroine to life

Texas heroine Susanna Dickinson, Messenger of the Alamo, is brought to life in Songs of Susanna, a historical program of song, verse and lecture by author/historian Donaly Brice and songwriter Fletcher Clark.
Clark’s epic ballad, "There Must Be a Good Man in Texas," provides a panoramic tale of Susanna – in itself a microcosm of the emergence of Texas.
The presentation will take place at the monthly meeting of the Hays County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, located at 120 Suncrest in San Marcos. The public is invited.

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