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Monday, August 14, 2000

Arts and crafts festival to be held

The fifth annual Carlsbad Summer Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Aug. 19-20 in the Carlsbad Civic Center. Artists and crafters from throughout the Southwest will fill the building with original art and handcrafted items. Hours for the show are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Mel Prather, organizers for the event, said the upcoming show would feature a number of "first-time" participants. "Some of these newcomers to Carlsbad will offer items such as original drawings on wood, glazed almonds, floral art, tole painting, wood signs, paper towel holders, hand-thrown pottery, sun catchers, clocks, painted candle holders, night lights, hooded towels, clothing and nail art," Prather said.

Also new are those with jewelry, quilts, quillas, homemade candy, soup and dip mixes, handmade soaps and hand creams, wood bowls, painted gourds, rock fountains, stone jewelry and outdoor art.

Other items will also be for sale.

Local 4-H members participate in program

Learning today, leading tomorrow was the focus of 250 youth from all across Texas as they participated in the 2000 Texas 4-H Congress at the State Capitol, July 16-19. The three day mock legislative session allowed the 4-H members to participate in committee meetings, debate on the floor of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives chambers, along with having interaction with a 4-H press corp member or lobbyists.

Locally, Barbara Cardenas, Texas 4-H Council Delegate at Large, of Reeves County and Pecos 4-H Club was one of the members that participated in this premiere leadership experience. As a participant in the Texas 4-H Congress, Cardenas served as a member of the Press Corp.

As part of their duties the 4-H participants were reminded that decisions and actions were a reflection of the people they were serving back in their counties, providing a challenge for many when casting a vote on the fate of a bill. According to Toby Lepley, Extension Program Specialist 4-H and coordinator of the Texas 4-H Congress, "this event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to experience first hand the history and government lessons that they have learned or been told about from school. They see and experience the difficulty that real legislators sometime have in trying to pass a bill through committee, the House and Senate and on to the Governor."

As the final gavel was banged four out of 122 bills were sent to the Governor's desk for passage or veto. In addressing the joint houses, Tom Ben Williams, Texas 4-H President and Governor of Texas 4-H Congress passed three of the bills into law and vetoed one.

Several of the highlights of Texas 4-H Congress included addresses from Agricultural Commissioner, Susan Combs, Representatives Robert Cook and Bob Turner. Representative Robert Cook and Senator Gonzalo Barrientos served as the official hosts and sponsors of the events held in the Texas State Capitol. The event was hosted by the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service with sponsorship provided by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Foundation, R.S.M.I.S. Foundation Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation and TXU.

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