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Zach Theatre grapples with LBJ play ‘The Great Society’

It is clear that no couple has made a greater impact on Central Texas over the long run than Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. From his role in taming in the Colorado River to his scores of national triumphs and tragedies — that reverberated back home — LBJ looms large in local memory. From her environmentalism to her wide-ranging philanthropy, Lady Bird also helped shape this city and its...

What selling Girl Scout cookies teaches girls

I wrote this column five years ago, when my daughter was a second-grader. Five year’s later, she’s still a scout and I’m still their leader: “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” That is what you’re going to hear outside stores starting today. Though Girl Scout cookie sales started Wednesday, things really get rolling on Saturday, the first day of booth...
Share your Girl Scout cookies memories

Share your Girl Scout cookies memories

Nicole Villalpando leads Troop 1124, a group of eighth- and seventh-grade Girl Scouts and was once a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout.
NBA considers changing game over millennials’ short attention spans

NBA considers changing game over millennials’ short attention spans

“It’s something that I know all of sports are looking at right now, and that is the format of the game and the length of time it takes to play the game,” Silver said to ESPN.com’s Tom Hamilton. “Obviously people, particularly millennials, have increasingly short attention spans, so it’s something as a business we need to pay attention to,” he added.
When it comes to guns, will be boys be boys or should we do something about that?

When it comes to guns, will be boys be boys or should we do something about that?

State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, holds a copy of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States at an Open Carry Texas rally at the Capitol on Friday.
Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Want to eat better in 2017? Try ‘The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet’

Back in 2009, when “The Engine 2 Diet” first came out, I jumped on the fire truck, trying an eating plan that focuses on plants, eliminates meat, fish, dairy and added oils, and limits sugar, salt and fat. For 28 days, I became a bean-, tofu- and vegetable-eating machine, and blood tests showed that my cholesterol dropped 40 milligrams. I felt great but struggled when it came to sticking...
Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

The cowbell won't sound quite the same now that Tuna, the star of the Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, has died.Happy Cats Haven posted the news Friday on its Facebook page: "To all our fans of Tuna and The Rock Cats and the Amazing Acro-Cats, it's with many tears that we let you know that Samantha Martin's star kitty Tuna crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday from cancer." Tuna had recently...
How a group of frustrated moms built Girls Empowerment Network

How a group of frustrated moms built Girls Empowerment Network

Teresa Kelly and Kerry Anne Ridley sat at the front row of Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls Conference in November. Girls and their parents filled the gym at Austin High. Girls joined conga lines weaving around the gym to the tunes of girl power anthems. It was early on a Saturday morning, but they were pumped up about being a girl. Kelly and Ridley were surrounded by the next generation...
Last chance to see “Charlotte’s Web” and more family events, Jan. 15-21

Last chance to see “Charlotte’s Web” and more family events, Jan. 15-21

Events “Ben Hur Shrine Circus.” Watch the elephants eat, see clowns and more. Free. Circus performances 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday. $9-$35. H-E-B Center 2100 Avenue of the Stars. hebcenter.com. Child Passenger Safety Car Seat Check Event. Free. 9 a.m. Thursday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. austintexas.gov. Theater “Disney’s...
A month full of art with Print Austin

A month full of art with Print Austin

Print Austin. The celebration of works on paper includes dozens of artists and venues and runs Jan. 15-Feb. 15. In its fourth year, Print Austin will be offering events and exhibits throughout the city, from galleries and museums to Austin-only oddball spots. See the full list of participating artists, venues and events at printaustin.org. ‘Hir.’ The latest from Capital T Theatre is a...
National Theatre of Scotland brings blood-soaked love story to Austin

National Theatre of Scotland brings blood-soaked love story to Austin

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany knows that vampires may be scary, but teenage love is even scarier. Combine the two and you have the opportunity for somebody to “rip your heart out and then show it to you.” Tiffany has recently come to the consciousness of pop culture aficionados as the director and co-creator of the story for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child...
Love yourself as you love others, God

Love yourself as you love others, God

Selflessness is a virtue admired by many. It is an aspiration countless try to achieve. We often praise acts of selflessness, as great human achievements. Witnessing the acts, the dedication and commitment by others like Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa or Gandhi, we have great admiration for a life dedicated for the advancement of others. Selfless acts are perceived as acts of graciousness, discipline...
Plant sage now for years of flavor, health benefits

Plant sage now for years of flavor, health benefits

Herbs add flavor, color and scent to recipes and they are valued for their medicinal properties. One herb that can be planted in January in Central Texas is sage (Salvia officinalis). Salvia is derived from the Latin salvere, meaning “to be saved,” in reference to the plant’s healing properties. For centuries, sage has been used in teas, oils and other infusions to aid ailments such...
Workshop teaches how to keep people with Alzheimer’s, dementia active

Workshop teaches how to keep people with Alzheimer’s, dementia active

People have called Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia “the long goodbye.” And it is tough slowly saying goodbye to your loved one every day, the loved one — the wife, the husband, the son, the daughter — who slowly stops recognizing you. Nancy Turco, executive director of the memory care center Arden Courts, has been working with people with dementia and...
Adventure awaits: Is Mount Kilimanjaro in my future?

Adventure awaits: Is Mount Kilimanjaro in my future?

In 2015 I snorkeled with whale sharks near Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Photo by John S. Pierce   Backpacking 200 miles on the John Muir Trail last summer flipped me into full adventure mode.
What’s it cost to raise a child? There’s a calculator for that

What’s it cost to raise a child? There’s a calculator for that

What’s the cost of this baby reaching his 17th birthday? Andy Sharp / For the American-Statesman.
Photographer saves woman whose vehicle sinks into frigid canal

Photographer saves woman whose vehicle sinks into frigid canal

An Indiana photojournalist used some quick thinking and tips he learned from authorities to save a woman who was trapped inside her vehicle after crashing into a frigid canal. Greg Dunn, who works for WITI in Indianapolis, said he was on his way to work Wednesday morning when he heard a "bumping" sound. That was the sound of a van behind him hitting the curb and going into the water. The...
Austin360 arts list, Jan. 13-19

Austin360 arts list, Jan. 13-19

Theater & dance “Disney’s the Little Mermaid.” Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, it’s a love story for the ages. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $14-$30. Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469, georgetownpalace.com. “The Noisy Neighbors.” Different...
Austin360 recreation list, Jan. 13-19

Austin360 recreation list, Jan. 13-19

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Oskar Blues Brewery hosts monthly bike rides

Oskar Blues Brewery hosts monthly bike rides

Oskar Blues Brewery hosts bike rides the third Tuesday of each month. Photo courtesy Oskar Blues   Oskar Blues Brewery wants you to know that drinking beer and staying fit don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Hollywood Foreign Press, Robert De Niro express support for Streep's Golden Globes speech

Hollywood Foreign Press, Robert De Niro express support for Streep's Golden Globes speech

Despite criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a number of right-leaning blogs, Meryl Streep has the support of a major entertainment entity and an Oscar winner for her Golden Globes speech. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent a letter to the Oscar-winning actress, saying it stands by her...
Should I race 200 miles on my bike? Now two people say I can do it – and they want Lance Armstrong to go 400 miles

Should I race 200 miles on my bike? Now two people say I can do it – and they want Lance Armstrong to go 400 miles

Coach Brant Speed at Pedal Hard Training Center says he’ll help Pam LeBlanc prepare for a 200-mile bike race.
Season for Caring raises more than $800,000, breaking record

Season for Caring raises more than $800,000, breaking record

It was the story of Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez, a young father who was trying to take care of his 4-year-old daughter with Down syndrome after the loss of his wife in August to cancer. And it was the story of Deloris Fields, a young mom with metastatic breast cancer, who was trying to make it to her son’s first birthday and beyond. And the story of Rosalba Martínez-López, a mom with...
Dog saves life of man injured, paralyzed in snow

Dog saves life of man injured, paralyzed in snow

A Michigan man is lucky to be alive after his dog protected him after a New Year's Eve accident. Bob, whose last name hasn't been released, ran outside in only his slippers, long johns and a shirt to get a log for his fireplace during a commerical break leading up to the New Year's Eve programming, The Petoskey News-Review reported. He slipped and fell, breaking his neck. Living on a farm in northern...
Pussyhat Project hooks Austin crafters

Pussyhat Project hooks Austin crafters

A few weeks ago, the employees at Hill Country Weavers noticed a strange trend. Their pink yarn, not usually one of the most popular colors, was flying off the shelves. “We started running out,” said Hill Country Weavers employee Lisa Walsh. “We had women coming in, pattern in hand, asking for needles and pink yarn. Suddenly we were looking at our shelves and seeing no pink.&rdquo...
Austin couple, once everywhere around town, stay busy into their 90s

Austin couple, once everywhere around town, stay busy into their 90s

They have been under the influence of each other for 80 years. Both accomplished dancers, Sam and Bertha Shanblum met in 1936 at Paschal High School in Fort Worth. They dated, although not exclusively at first. Sam went off to college, while Bertha, a bit older, entered the Depression-era workforce. “Then along came a little fracas called World War II,” recalls Sam, 96, later a stalwart...
Aamil Sarfani aims for the ideal Austin coffee shop

Aamil Sarfani aims for the ideal Austin coffee shop

Aamil Sarfani soaks up the burnished light at Radio Coffee & Beer, a popular hangout on Manchaca Road. “They nailed the feel,” says the owner of Apanas Coffee & Beer, which opened two locations in Austin during 2016. “It’s not too quiet. They offer both beer and coffee, similar to what we do. At 5 p.m., they turn the Wi-Fi off. The work day is over; time to hang out. We are...
Know how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s active

Know how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s active

We know that parents are often sandwiched and talking care of their parents as well as their children.
How to crash your own kitchen with “Kitchen Crashers” Alison Victoria

How to crash your own kitchen with “Kitchen Crashers” Alison Victoria

Alison Victoria answered a mass email producers of “House Crashers” sent to about 200 designers in Chicago. They were looking for a ghost designer — a person who works with the on-camera talent to do the design for a show. It paid little money and she wouldn’t be seen, but it was a chance to get her foot in the door of the HGTV and DIY Network world. That opportunity got producers...
Olympians to compete at Pro Swim Series in Austin this weekend

Olympians to compete at Pro Swim Series in Austin this weekend

Matt Grevers, who won gold at the 2012 Olympics, will compete at USA Swimming’s arena Pro Swim Series this weekend in Austin.
Is social media causing your kids to be depressed? New study says yes, another says maybe

Is social media causing your kids to be depressed? New study says yes, another says maybe

Too much screen time can take its toll. A study out of Hungary, of all places, looked at about 6,000 16-year-olds and found that 4.
'Pioneer Woman' says goodbye to 'Charlie the Ranch Dog' in bittersweet blog post

'Pioneer Woman' says goodbye to 'Charlie the Ranch Dog' in bittersweet blog post

Charles, the title character in Drummond's "Charlie the Ranch Dog" children's books, died Sunday, according to Drummond's website. In a post on her website, Drummond said she will allow parents to decide whether or not to tell their children about Charlie's death.  "It might not be necessary if they are younger!" she added. Drummond is the television personality behind...
Have you set your New Year’s resolutions?

Have you set your New Year’s resolutions?

Welcome to 2017. Did you set your New Year’s resolutions yet? I’m running behind this year. Maybe time management should top my list. Last year I hit some of my biggest goals ever. I swam a 200-yard butterfly, without fins. I backpacked 200 miles on the John Muir Trail. I rode a bicycle more than 400 miles across Iowa. I missed others. I didn’t reduce stress in my life; I increased...
Competitive diving behind her, Tanya Streeter fights plastic pollution

Competitive diving behind her, Tanya Streeter fights plastic pollution

We use a lot of plastic here on planet Earth. We sip from disposable plastic water bottles, carry purchases in throw-away plastic bags and eat with tossable plastic dishes and cutlery. Ever wonder where it all goes? Retired world champion free diver Tanya Streeter did. The 43-year-old Austin athlete appears in a new documentary called “A Plastic Ocean,” set for release later this month...
Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin to double milk provided at new site

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin to double milk provided at new site

Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin is transforming a warehouse off Airport Boulevard into its new location, expected to open at the end of March. The site will allow the bank to double its production in the next two years. Last week the bank gave hard-hat tours of the new 29,000-square-foot building at 5925 Dillard Circle, which was previously Trinity Hardwood. The bank will occupy about 15,000 square...
Celebrate Snowy Days, “Call of the Wild,” more family fun, Jan. 8-14

Celebrate Snowy Days, “Call of the Wild,” more family fun, Jan. 8-14

Museums Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Umlauf Family Day. Celebrate the new year and winter with the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin. Make origami and a calendar. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. Hill Country Science Mill. Snowy Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park at the Mill will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Launch snowballs with...
It’s your last chance to see “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)”

It’s your last chance to see “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)”

“The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!).” Sunday is the last day to see this family-friendly production. The show features five talented rescue dogs, a talking scarlet macaw and juggling, unicycling circus artist Darren Peterson, plus artists from the Vortex. Various times through Jan. 8. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org. “Bettina Hubby: The Sexual Bronze Show...
Seton ER doctors in Hays County now can teleconference with Dell Children’s

Seton ER doctors in Hays County now can teleconference with Dell Children’s

Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle now can teleconference with Dell Children’s. American-Statesman 2009 This week, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas expanded its reach by offering teleconferencing with emergency room doctors at Seton Medical Center Hays.
Rachel Cooke Memorial Run set for Saturday in Georgetown

Rachel Cooke Memorial Run set for Saturday in Georgetown

Rachel Cooke disappeared while running in Georgetown on Jan. 20, 2002. Family photo Organizers of the Rachel Cooke Memorial Run on Saturday will donate profits to the Central Texas Chapter of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Urban Health Expo set for Saturday at Huston-Tillotson University

Urban Health Expo set for Saturday at Huston-Tillotson University

Austin Public Health will host an Urban Health Expo Saturday at Huston-Tillotson University. Photo courtesy Public Health Austin Public Health will host an Urban Health Expo from 9 a.
Watch 14 puppies eating all in a row

Watch 14 puppies eating all in a row

A video shared online shows 14 Basenji puppies enjoying a meal shoulder to shoulder. The puppies come from two different litters and were born two days apart. They were 6 weeks old when the video was uploaded on Dec. 28.  Source: 14 Basenji puppies enjoy a meal by kingwanas on Rumble
Parent each child differently, says Austin author Julie Lyles Carr

Parent each child differently, says Austin author Julie Lyles Carr

When mom Julie Lyles Carr drives up in her 15-passenger van and her family of 10 rolls out, people assume she must have figured out the secret of parenting, and that that secret must come in a few simple steps that apply to all children everywhere. “Whether we’re great parents or not, we do get asked questions about how we navigate Kid World,” she says. The truth is that each of...
Living in uncertain times can be a gift to yourself

Living in uncertain times can be a gift to yourself

I can’t remember a time in my life when things have ever felt this intense! For many of us, it feels as if we’re headed into a new world without a map, and we’re being asked to evolve and create new tools for navigating this unknown landscape as we go. There’s no doubt that collectively we’re facing unprecedented levels of change, uncertainty and chaos. However, in addition...
Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

Michelle Obama takes dogs Sunny and Bo on final walk through White House

The Obamas will soon leave the White House for the last time as the president and first lady. Their eight years in the historic house is coming to an end. First lady Michelle Obama took the Obama’s Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny on what’s described as a final walk through the building the Obama’s have called home now since 2009. She tweeted out a short video of the stroll, as...
Dating website matches Trump supporters

Dating website matches Trump supporters

One California man wants to "make dating great again" with a Trump-themed dating website. Trump Singles is a not-quite-new, but suddenly ignore-at-your-own-peril dating site is aimed squarely at supporters of the president-elect. Founder David Goss launched the site in May 2016 for "like minded" people with the same political views. "Sometimes it's tough to date when you're...
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to gain access to unsuspecting Gmail users' accounts and target their login credentials, according to recent reports. Mark Maunder, CEO of security service Wordfence, described the scam in detail in a blog post, adding that it is also targeting other services beyond Gmail. Tech Times reported that the scam involves a hacker who has access to a user's account...
What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Thousands march from The University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University during the Annual Community March Celebration for Dr.
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, January 15

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, January 15

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Margaret O’Brien is 79. Actress Andrea Martin is 70. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White is 64. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 60. Rock musician Adam Jones (Tool) is 52. Actor James Nesbitt is 52. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 50. Actor Chad Lowe is 49. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) is 47. Actress...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, January 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s a new year, and that’s only one of many good reasons to move the furniture, change the lighting, interrupt your routine and take on a new activity. Different will be better. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Emotional involvement is the enemy of objectivity. What does the stranger think? Ask and get a view of your situation from the outside. This is the best vantage...

Dear Abby - Sunday, January 15

Dear Abby: My sister and her family recently moved out of state after having lived near our family all her life. Mom and I want to visit her this year, but she likely won’t have enough room for us in the house because she has three kids and only three bedrooms. She does have a sofa bed and an air mattress, but neither my mother nor I want to sleep on them. Both of us suffer from back and knee...
10 things to do this raining weekend in Austin with kids

10 things to do this raining weekend in Austin with kids

You can read my weekend calendar blog, but aside from the organized events, here are 10 ideas to keep kids busy this long weekend.
Remaining wishes: Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez

Remaining wishes: Jacob Rodriguez-Lopez

This week we’re highlighting the remaining wishes of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

Will wonders never cease? Cadbury, our favorite British chocolate maker, has debuted a new Creme Egg filled with crushed Oreo cookies and creme. Cadbury has launched another Oreo-related Egg treat in the United Kingdom — the Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo. According to The Independent, the treat is filled with vanilla mousse and Oreo pieces, which are eaten with the provided...
Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Wild salmon is touted as part of a healthy diet by nutrition experts, but the results of a new study may prompt consumers to change their cooking methods.
Bring the rain boots and umbrella for this weekend’s family family, Jan. 13-16

Bring the rain boots and umbrella for this weekend’s family family, Jan. 13-16

It’s a long holiday weekend, and a rainy one at that. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, a 30 percent chance on Saturday and the a 60 percent chance on Sunday and 70 percent on Monday.
Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Barksy has already received interview requests from Jimmy Kimmel and the BBC, but judging by his Facebook page, he’s handling his 15 minutes of fame with grace. “Just to let everyone know, I really love all my fans,” he wrote this week. “In the past day, as most of you know, my publicity has exploded exponentially worldwide. I have a flood of messages and requests for...
Remaining wishes: Ashley McGill

Remaining wishes: Ashley McGill

Ashley McGill and her two children Alyanna, 10, and Preston, 8, pose for a family portrait. Rodolfo Gonzalez/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.
Season for Caring breaks giving record with more than $805,000

Season for Caring breaks giving record with more than $805,000

Deloris Fields kissed her son, Connor Guenther after picking him up from daycare. Fields was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer on Dec.
Airline offers $69 fares from US to Europe

Airline offers $69 fares from US to Europe

An Icelandic airline is offering American globetrotters tickets from the West Coast to any of four European cities for less than $70 starting Tuesday. WOW air announced Tuesday that travelers can get one-way tickets from the Los Angeles or San Francisco international airports to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol or Edinburgh for $69.99. The sale applies to trips between Jan. 15 and April 5. The airline...
Remaining wishes: Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria

Remaining wishes: Francisco Zuñiga-Echeverria

It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.
Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

 A pet deer on a Kansas farm was gunned down by state wildlife officials in front of its owners, outraging the Mcgaughey family and sparking a social media backlash. Owner Taryn Mcgaughey told local news outlets in western Kansas that a game warden and two other officials showed up at her farm and shot her pet deer five times. “They followed her around our horse pen. The first shot in the...
Remaining wishes: family of Rosalba Martinez-Lopez

Remaining wishes: family of Rosalba Martinez-Lopez

It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.
Boy in hospital seeks snow photos via #SnowForTyler

Boy in hospital seeks snow photos via #SnowForTyler

A boy in South Carolina is missing out on a rare snowstorm because he's in the hospital. His sister took to social media to ask people to send her brother Tyler snow photos, and the response has been overwhelming.
Remaining wishes: Uliya Fazal Ahmad

Remaining wishes: Uliya Fazal Ahmad

It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring.