AROUND THE TOWN

     Janet Harkey popped into town to see friends. Janet moved to the Houston area several years ago when her husband, Gene died, but she still likes to return to say hello.
     Check out the "Coffee Bean." It's worth finding a parking place on Hidalgo to have a bite to eat there. Not only is the coffee excellent, but his menu offers a nice variety. The breakfast was reasonable, ample and good. As they say, the sausage, "biskits" and gravy were larruping good. I had a Ruben sandwich for lunch and it was one of the best I've ever had. He opens for breakfast at eight for you early risers.
     Maya, lovely young granddaughter of George and Marsha Germaise, was in town visiting. She lives in Israel and after a short stay with relatives in San Franciso will be returning home to do her two-year stint in the military.
     Book signing party: Bill Wallace will be in the bar of the Nueva Posada from 2-5, on Friday, March 8 offering signed copies of his newly published book, Brain Surgeon. If you like mysteries, you'll be up all night reading this book.
     Last year there was a kind of party, bazaar, bake sale, good eats, and music all rolled up into one. The affair was spread over the grounds of Cristiania Park and it was a howling success. The funds went to the Niños Incapacitados. It was organized by Mexicans and the gringos helped out where they were needed. A true partnership. This year they are doing a repeat, one of those "if it ain't broke, don't fix it things." The theme this year is: "Help Create a Smile." Come one and all to Cristiania Park at midday on March 17. The entry fee is nominal. Plan to have lunch there. The food was delicious last year and there is no reason to doubt it will be any different this year.