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The 2018 Dallas County Master Gardener Association Fall Garden Tour will be held on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 13, featuring five residential gardens and one school garden. Each garden will showcase a specialty such as urban homesteading, ponds and pollinators, cottage and English styles, and completely organic and low-maintenance gardening. Experts will be speaking about water features, pollinators, turf, chickens and vegetable gardening along the route.

This garden tour is a main source of fundraising for the nonprofit Dallas County Master Gardener Association, dedicated to horticultural education and volunteer service throughout the county. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Dallas County Master Gardener events provide learning opportunities to county residents, including community service projects, school gardens, research, education and demonstration gardens.

For tickets and more information, visit DallasCountyMasterGardeners.org.

 

 

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As young adults and teens, we need to start taking action on issues where we want to see something changed. We can’t just look at these issues and say someone else will do it. We were given a voice so now as teens need to use it, especially on issues that affect us more than they affect adults such as school shootings. We have to stop school shootings nationwide because we are the ones sitting in the classrooms not knowing if we are safe. We are the ones that go to school every day to get a good education. We don’t go to school to worry about whether or not we will come home that day or see our parents again. We are the ones in the classrooms, so we need to be the ones to make the change.

There are so many things that you can do on the school safety issue in your community such as starting a Dream Team club for school safety in your own school by going to MakeOurSchoolsSafe.org/dream-team/. This organization was started by my cousin’s mom after my cousin Alyssa was killed in the Parkland shooting. In Rockland County, you can join Youth Against Gun Violence (Students Demand Action). Established organizations can help you work toward school safety just by going to the meetings and sharing your opinions.

Another super easy thing that you can do is talk to your friends and spread the word on issues that are important to you. We need to use our voices and be heard. Speake out or get on the computer. There are so many ways that you can be part of the change for whatever you feel needs to be fixed in this world. We have the power to change the world with one click or post. It’s so easy for you to make your opinion heard loud and clear but you have to be willing to share. Once you share what you think, people will start to ask questions and you can help them to understand, as educating people is the first step to change.

If you don’t know a lot about something that you are interested in seeing changed, then ask or look it up so you can start being part of the solution. Whether you are interested in the environment, gun control, poverty or school safety, we all have the power to make a difference. So go out and change the world. When we speak in numbers, adults will listen.

To start a local chapter of Dream Team/Make Our Schools Safe, visit MakeOurSchoolsSafe.org/dream-team/. The Nyack School District currently has a chapter. To attend Youth Against Gun Violence meetings, contact yagv2018 via Instagram for meeting dates.

 

 

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The State Fair of Texas runs for 35 days between September 28 and October 21 at Fair Park. With a theme of Celebrating Texas Innovation.  From America’s first self-contained modern shopping center, stadium nachos, iconic corn chips, the frozen margarita machine, handheld calculators, to even corny dogs, several of the world’s favorite creations were introduced right here in the Lone Star State. highlights include more than 100 attractions and 70 midway rides.

Home on the Range, a new attraction inside the Coliseum, features a redesigned Little Hands on the Farm farm-to-market activity for little ones, as well as the Children’s Barnyard petting zoo. An agriculture exhibit displays unique ways to grow high-yield, healthy produce indoors and DIY growing systems that can be built at home.

A new livestock birthing barn showcases the incubation and birthing process of livestock animals. With 40 years of experience, Frank Addington, Jr., will display his talents in an amazing archery show. The all-star stunt dog show has performed across the country, and all of them are former shelter rescues. There is much, much more, including sensory-friendly mornings every Wednesday, art galleries and the classic rivalry college football games between Texas and OU, Prairie View and Grambling and Texas Southern and Southern University.

For more information and tickets, visit BigTex.com.

 

 

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The first 500 Bob Jones Nature Center members and individuals that preregister to attend the annual Butterfly Festival from 9 to 11 a.m., September 22, will be granted access to the release and festival for a $2 fee. The Perennial Garden Society purchased the butterflies for this event.

All attendees will learn about the importance of the monarch butterfly migration, participate in face-painting, make butterfly crafts, have fun tossing seed bombs during the costume parade, enjoy refreshments, discover local vendors and purchase delicious meals from participating food trucks.

The number of monarch butterflies has decreased significantly over the last 20 years, but together we can save the monarch. In the U.S., there is a massive effort to provide habitat for monarch butterflies, imperiled bumblebees and other pollinators. There is no one group or agency responsible for providing the habitat needed for monarch conservation, but all organizations, agencies, and individuals must work together to improve, restore and create grassland habitats to save monarchs.

Location: 355 Bob Jones Rd., Southlake. For more information, call 817-491-6333 or visit bjnc.org.

  

 

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Lacey Pruett will offer a new kind of online Facebook “happy hour” mindful meetup at 7 p.m. CST, September 26, designed for busy women that may not be able to get out to a class. It will include tips to simplify life for fall and stay mindful and present.

She says, “Mindful meet-ups put a new spin on meeting up with the girls. Our daily routine can lead to discussions surrounding the strain of our daily routine. Break out of the average social chat by signing up for a women-only mindful meet-up where we'll discuss mind, body and spirit development techniques to inspire you to live ‘in the black’, a concept used to express lifting the deficit many feel with their current health and lifestyle situation.”

Each meeting  focuses on a different aspect of holistic health and provides useful takeaways for doing life well. Living in any type of deficit can leave a person feeling hopeless.

Sign up at WomenInTheBlack.net. For more information, visit LaceyPruett.com or call 214-418-3239.

 

 

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DD: Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities?

JP: “Qigong works directly with your life energy to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise. Postures are ‘Rooted’ in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain.

DD: How did your father’s work impact you by working in the medical field growing up as a child?

JP: “My dad is a senior pharmacist at a hospital. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food as medicine. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qi. Once he felt the energy for himself he began practicing Qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis to a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism in all matters of healthcare and I still believe Western medicine has its place when combined with effective food and breathing practices.”

DD: What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong?

JP: “As a graduate from University of Florida College of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many Qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a Qigong master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled, ‘Empty Force’. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any Qigong I learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him.    

DD: Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms?

JP: “After 5 years traveling and producing seminars for other Qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books 2003 and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by the end of 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach this routine. Our videos were ‘Qi-Animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our Qigong videos to HD animation and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra-HD animation. Spirit continues to reveal a better way to share these healing practices.

DD: If there was one take away at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody?

JP: “The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can Breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the Qigong. For the last 15 years, people write us thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of wellbeing.

 

Qi Revolution comes to North Texas October 20th-22nd, 2018 Denton, TX Civic Center. For details: www.QiRevolution.com (800)-298-8970.

 

 

 

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Small-scale farmers, local food producers, and fans of their products will gather in McKinney from October 14 through 16 for the 12th annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference on the state of the local food movement.

It provides a networking opportunity for those that care about where their food comes from and offers a chance to hear from national experts on how to solve issues related to how our food is grown and distributed.

Each year, the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance and its sister organization, the Council for Healthy Food Systems, host speakers on issues that are pertinent not only to farmers, but to local food businesses, home gardeners and consumers interested in nutritional foods.

For the full program, registration and more information, visit FarmAndRanchFreedom.org.

 

 

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Yoga for Lyme disease is a way of increasing healing speed by reducing oxidative stress on the body. Lyme disease is a parasitic bacterial infection caused by a tick or any vector bug, either gestationally (breeding) or through blood transfusions. It is very common to get several coinfections once infected with Lyme, which acts as an immunosuppressant and activates any viruses like Epstein-Barr or retroviruses. It is the fastest-growing vector-borne illness in 43 states.

Pranayama, or breath control, techniques deliver oxygen to the fatigued cells of the body, helping them recover faster and avoid apoptosis, or cell death, thus making yoga an oxidative therapy for healing. Deep diaphragmatic breathing while moving through poses is seen as a complete wellness routine for the body, mind and spirit. Our personal outlook on healing is of the utmost importance, and yoga teaches us to tap into the divine inside our breath and quiet the mind to meditate. We know we do not have the power to overcome insurmountable challenges in life, but God does.

One breathing technique to raise the immune system is called ujjayi pranayama. Place one hand on the chest and one on the stomach, then completely fill the lungs while slightly contracting the throat and breathe through the nose. Work up to longer breaths to gain better lung capacity and strengthen the muscles around the lungs.

Yoga shows us what is, and teaches us to be content; to go with the flow and just be. It helps increase cardio efficiency, warm the core, lengthen the spine and stretch tight, sore muscles. helping to rid the body of chronic pain. Yoga can increase flexibility and mobility when joints are flaring or stiff by sending lubrication to them as we move using this breathing technique.

For more Lyme information, visit ILADS.org and ILADEF.org.

 

 

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The Trinity River Kite Festival, formerly known as the Trinity River Wind Festival, is keeping all the kite-flying fun and adventure. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 22, at the Trinity River and the Dallas Floodway. This outdoor extravaganza of wind, wings and action is produced by the Trinity Commons Foundation and City of Dallas.

There will be public kite flying and kite-flying lessons, the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center with a stage show of rehabilitated raptors (birds of prey), a free kite giveaway, kid’s mini train rides (fee required), draw n' go and paper airplane making, the Dallas Stroller Dash (registration required) and Japanese kite-making booth.

Sponsorships are available; vendors call Chris Mathis at 214-671-9500 or email Christopher.Mathis@DallasCityHall.com. Parking is available at lots near Riverfront Blvd. and Commerce St.

 

 

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The 25th annual National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) National Public Lands Day on September 22 is a time to visit a favorite outdoor spot. Every day, natural disasters and extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the health and well-being of the people and wildlife who depend on them.

Public land managers, volunteers and others work tirelessly to restore these areas, make them more resilient to future threats and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come. Other milestones for public lands in 2018 are 50th anniversary of National Trails System and the 50th Anniversary of Rivers & Trails Act.

Our natural resources are resilient, but only if we treat them right and give them the care they need. Through volunteer service on National Public Lands Day and grant support to local organizations, NEEF helps ensure people of all ages and abilities connect with public lands for recreation, hands-on learning, and community-building—now and in the future. 

 

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Clean Up: from 9 a.m. to noon, September 22

OCNP is a 120-acre preserve in the heart of the Oak Cliff neighborhood and well-loved by the people of Dallas and visited by thousands of hikers and bikers year-round. They will be picking up trash and doing some invasive species removal.

Event location: 2875 Pierce St, Dallas. For more information, email Info@texaslandconservancy.org.

 

Toyota National Public Lands Day Celebration: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 22.

Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from painting projects to helping clean out and prepare our historic lambing barn for the next round of lambs in the spring.

Event location: Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St, Plano. For more information, email Catherine@heritagefarmstead.org.

 

River Legacy Trail Maintenance and Beautification project: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 22.

Trail maintenance, privet pull, trash clean up.

Event location: River Legacy Living Science Center Trails, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington . For more information, email Sherrie@riverlegacy.org .

 

Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Fall Trash Bash & Fair: from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 22.

Volunteers go out throughout the town to parks, trails, waterways and roadways to pick up trash. The volunteers bring the trash back and are provided with lunch, prizes, and giveaways. A vendor/environmental educational fair begins at 10 a.m. and is open to everyone for free. It includes kids activities, education stations and vendor booths.

Event location: 3411 Peters Colony Rd., Flower Mound.  For more information, email kfmb@kfmb.org.

 

Trash Bash: from 9 a.m. to noon, September 29.

Park cleanup to stop litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

Event location: 333 E. I-635, Irving. For more information, email Rhose@cityofirving.org.

 

For more North Texas National Public Lands celebration events, visit NEEFUSA.org/event-locator.

 

 

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