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LLANO — The Llano County Library System has a few programs in February and March to tempt your tastebuds.

Grab your sweetheart — or family and friends — for the “Souper” Supper Smack Down on Feb. 14 at the Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie. Enter your own soup in the contest or just sample the recipes.

There is no entry fee, and the prize is a copy of “Llano County Family Heritage Cookbook.” Contestants do not have to be present to win.

The dinner is 5-7 p.m., and the Friends of the Llano County Library are asking for a $5 donation per person. Proceeds benefit the library.

A variety of soups will be served up in the library’s meeting room, and pianist George Winfield will provide the entertainment. There will be a drawing for hand-dipped chocolates with a winner every 15 minutes during the event.

For more information or a registration form, stop by the library or email

If chili is more your style, the Kingsland Branch Library’s annual Chili Cook-Off & Boot Scoot is Feb. 19 at Camp Buckner Hill Country Retreat, 3835 FM 2342 in Burnet. The contest and dance are 5-8 p.m. The non-refundable entry fee is $25 — with checks made payable to the Friends of the Kingsland Library — and includes two tickets to the event. Proceeds support literacy efforts in the Kingsland area.

Contestants may enter any one of the following categories:

• Best Traditional: red meat; no beans, pasta or rice

• Best of the Bean: red meat and beans

• Hot & Tasty

• Most Original Recipe

An award will be given for the top chili in each category as well as for the top winner overall. The contest is open to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Tickets for those not competing — just eating — are $10 a person and include chili, a dessert and the dance. Ages 15 and younger get in free.

For more information, call the Kingsland Branch Library at (325) 388-3170.

The Llano County Library is offering a five-week series of workshops on sustainable living beginning 5:30 p.m. March 19. Topics include Rainwater Harvesting; Wind and Solar Power; Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits; Raising Livestock on a Small Scale; and Homemade for the Home.

The programs will be presented by people in the community who have already put the concepts into practice and are making them work.

For more information, contact Tommi at (325) 247-5248 or