North Texas Fair and Rodeo

The 85th North Texas Fair and Rodeo will take place for nine days, from August 16 to 24, at the North Texas Fairgrounds, in Denton. Live concerts, nightly Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo events, a midway with rides for all ages, carnival games, a parade, the rodeo queen contest, a beauty pageant, and a kid’s zone

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Peaceful Spirits; Living Spirtual Laws in Prison

Living the Power, an organization formed by Marie Jackson in 2010, is piloting its Living the Power Behind Bars program in the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, in New Jersey, with encouraging results.

Jackson supplies recommended course and resource materials for workshops aimed to help guide inmates to new ways of thinking

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Balloon Festival Lifts Off in Plano

The three-day annual Plano Balloon Festival will be held from September 20 to 22, at Oak Point Park, in Plano. The weekend event offers hot air balloons, live entertainment, skydivers, a half-marathon, 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk, a fireworks show, food, crafts and a Kids Fun Zone.

The festival will host around 50 colorful hot air balloons, including a number of special shape

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Fracking’s Possible Radioactive Impact

Grassroots Environmental Education, based in New York state, where extensive underground hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—is proposed for tapping pockets of natural gas, has issued a report exposing major radioactive impacts of the practice that’s underway in several states and planned for many more.

The Northeast’s Marcellus Shale region is coveted for its rich gas deposits

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Grapevine Toasts to 27 Years of GrapeFest

The 27th annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience, will be held from September 12 through 15, along Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine.  Considered the largest wine festival in the Southwest, GrapeFest is four days of family-friendly fun and unique events.

Guests may sample more than 125 Texas wines from 35 Texas wineries,along with other top-rated wines from U.S. and international wineries. Events include a culinary pavilion with chefs from

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Dental Arts of Plano; Passionately Caring for Patients

Dr. Nevein Amer can’t recall ever wanting to be anything other than a dentist. She began her journey by working at a dental practice in high school and then went on to attend the University of Texas, in Arlington, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology. Amer later graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry, in Dallas.

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Historic McKinney Hosts Oktoberfest in September

Commemorating the popular tradition which began in Germany over 200 years ago, North Texas meets Bavaria at McKinney Oktoberfest 2013, September 27 and 28, in McKinney. This year’s festival has been expanded from a 4- to 14-block area of the downtown historic district. With a backdrop of more than 100 unique shops, the family-friendly event showcases authentic German music, cuisine, traditional costumes, entertainment and dancing.

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The Value of a Comprehensive Energy Audit: Savings, Comfort and Safety

A professional energy auditor acts like a detective, poring over past utility bills and examining a homeowner’s “scene of the crime” in detail, looking for clues. The auditor takes note of problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms, excessive energy usage (electric, water and gas) and safety issues with

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Blighted Icon; Chestnut Tree Comeback on the Horizon

The American chestnut tree once dominated the American landscape from Georgia to Maine, providing the raw materials that fueled our young nation’s westward expansion and inspiring writings by Longfellow and Thoreau. But by the 1950s, the trees, stricken by blight, were all but extinct.

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