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are some legal hurdles that he’ll have to go through in order to claim that,” Cobb said “In the meantime we wanted to help, so our members have donated a total of $3,000 that we’d like to give to Anthony.” Despite living what he described as “hell,” Graves said he is not bitter. “I experienced the dark side of our criminal justice system, and I just think because of my experience I can bring some light to it,” Graves said. “Whatever you think hell is to you, that was my experience – just hell.” Graves said he is an example of how the Texas criminal justice system is broken, and he plans on devoting his time as an advocate of change. “I thought I would be free again because I was innocent,” Graves said. “I was just stubborn in that way, that they’re not going to execute an innocent man – even though I know that’s not true.” He said there are more innocent people on death row and other innocent people who have already been wrongfully executed. “A politician can say one thing, but I lived that life. I met those people. They’re great people.” Somewhere down the road, Graves wants to go to college to major in communications so he can better spread his message of awareness, but for the short-term he is looking forward to his first Thanksgiving dinner with his family as a free man in 18 years. During his nearly twodecade stint, Graves said he never stopped thinking about regaining his freedom. He said letters and visitors helped him think beyond the prison walls to the world he dearly missed. “I would say, ‘Allow me to use your eyes to see the world,’ which means write to me. Tell me about your culture. It was what I needed.” Last weekend he was in Pflugerville catching up with his sister and his nieces. Much has changed in the world while Graves was locked up, but he said he has a strong support system to help him get up to speed in his daily life. “I’m surrounded by love and support, so I think the transition – it will not be easy

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– but it will be one that can definitely be made,” he said. Graves said the biggest change he’ll have to cope with is modern technology. “A cell phone can do so many different things now. Usually back then you’d pick up a telephone and all it does is what it’s supposed to do,” he said. “Now you’ve got cameras and you’ve got maps – it’s crazy.” Graves said he is looking forward to his education, time spent reconnecting with family and most importantly, his mission to stop innocent people from repeating his experience. “I don’t think I just went through these 18 years just to come out here and get involved in something else. This is my calling now.”



_____________________________________________________________________ 7:30 a.m. till 11 a.m. The public is invited to enjoy breakfast. Santa will be on-site and available to take pictures with youngsters. The church Craft Store, offering handmade items, a variety of gift items and baked goods, will be open. Photos will be made available for download on a website; orders can also be taken through the church photographer. St. Elizabeth’s is located at 1520 N. Railroad in Pflugerville. For more information visit stelizabethpf.org online or call the Parish office at 251-9838. Old Town Holiday Stroll and Parade Pflugerville’s Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas parade takes place Dec. 11 in downtown Pflugerville. The event includes vendors, children’s activities, antique cars and cycles, a Christmas parade and community tree lighting. Shopping takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; children’s activities and entertainment will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Santa will be posing for photos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lighted Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. Visit cityofpflugerville.com/ stroll for details. Bluebonnet Ballet holiday event The Bluebonnet Ballet, a non-profit associated with the Texas Academy of Ballet located at 20009 FM 685 in Pflugerville, is gearing up for its annual Christmas production of “T’was the night before Christmas.” The performance will be held at the Hendrickson High School Performing Arts Center, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and at 2 p.m Dec. 12. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students and children, and are available either at the door or by calling the Texas Academy of Ballet at 670-9959. In conjunction with the Christmas production, the Bluebonnet Ballet presents a Gingerbread House Workshop fundraiser, to be held at the Falcon Point Clubhouse on Dec. 12. Three sessions will be offered for this event. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by calling the above telephone number.

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Homeless Coach’s “Celebrate Community” The Homeless Coach invites the Austin-area community out to Princess Craft Campers and Trailers at 102 1st St. in Pflugerville at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28 to help take the next step toward aiding the region’s homeless residents. Attendees will be able to tour the latest renovations of the Homeless Coach RV and share a meal with some of the area’s homeless. Attendees can enjoy local Pflugerville cuisine, crafts to “art up” the Coach and tax-free holiday shopping. Guests will also participate in a “community team huddle” photo that will subsequently adorn the Homeless Coach exterior. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Homeless Coach visit homelesscoach.org.

PYBA basketball registration Registration for the Pflugerville Youth Basketball Association is now underway. Boys ages 6-14 and girls ages 6-12 as of Sept. 1 may register. The fee is $105 per player and pays for five to seven practices, more than 10 games, Square dance lessons a $14 picture packet and a open now at Rec. Center game jersey. Practices start in The Pflugerville Recreation mid-November and games start Center is offering 10-week ses- the first week in January. sions of square dance lessons. Visit pyba.info under Sessions begin Nov. 27, Dec. 4 Registration. Referees are being and Dec. 11, but interested par- registered under Links/Referees/ ties are encouraged to jump into Coaches on the website. the Saturday classes held after Referees should e-mail those dates as well. For more tommy.nobles@yahoo.com for information on how to sign up, additional information. contact Al Frazier at 339-7910 Pet vaccination or tsca@austin.rr.com. clinic Methodist single Hendrickson High School socmothers support group cer teams will sponsor a pet vacThe First United Methodist cination clinic on Thursday, Dec. Church in Pflugerville has creat- 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the front ed a small group for single steps of the high school. Rabies moms that meets from 6-8 p.m. vaccines are $5 and yearly vaceach Tuesday in the church’s cines are $15. Contact Deanna education building and focuses Essler at 251-3148 for more on building friendships. The information. group meetings are aimed to Holiday Craft give single moms a break from Extravaganza the kids and a chance to relax, as well as having dinner with Hendrickson High School’s other adults and learning life Senior Celebration 2011 presskills from each other and from ents its Holiday Craft outside sources. There will be a Extravaganza Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. potluck meal for moms at each to 4 p.m. The event will include weekly meeting, and childcare a silent auction and shopping will be provided at no charge. opportunities for arts and crafts, For more information contact jewelry and more. Admission is Melissa Wade-Meyer at 251free. Contact Christy Davis at 5477 or 484-5929. 217-4722 or by e-mail at Christy_Davis@rocketmail.com. Pflugerville Recreation Hendrickson Center Free First Friday Breakfast with Santa Pflugerville Recreation Center is offering free family nights on Hendrickson High School’s the first Friday of the month, Senior Celebration 2011 hosts starting Nov. 5. The night Breakfast with Santa Dec. 4 includes free admission for any- from 8-11 a.m. at the one at the Pflugerville Hendrickson High cafeteria. The Recreation Center from 6 - 9 event will include keepsake p.m. For more information call crafts, photos with Santa and a 251-5082. pancake breakfast. Pre-event registration is required; cost is Fire department $10 per child. Registration food drive deadline is Nov. 30. Parent panThe Pflugerville Fire cake breakfast will be available Department will coordinate a for $5. For details, e-mail food drive for the Immanuel santabrkfast@gmail.com. Lutheran Food Pantry Nov. 15 to Church’s Breakfast Dec. 20. Canned goods and with Santa non-perishable food items will be accepted at any Pflugerville St. Elizabeth’s Ladies’ Club is fire station. For details, contact hosting its annual Breakfast with Lt. Tim Wallace at 251-2801. Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 from Library closed for Thanksgiving The Pflugerville Community Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. The library will reopen Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

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