Become Familiar with Birds of Prey

nb_bprc-raptor-hawk-rthabackkb_rzdup-adjThe Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) has many years of experience introducing children and adults to the world of raptors. These hawks, owls and falcons are well trained, and with the assistance of BPRC education specialists, show what makes them an important part of our environment.

BPRC presentations, approximately 45 minutes long, are available to be booked at schools, home school groups, youth organizations, libraries, scouts and more. Each year, they educate and entertain more than more than 30,000 people all over North Texas and Oklahoma. Group size can range from a few to a classroom to a whole school. For schools, they recommend no more than 150 at a time and can do back-to-back programs as requested.

At their home location on Lavon Lake, which an accommodate up to 300, there is a park with pavilions, an amphitheater, restrooms, trails and a full schedule of activities for all ages.

For more information, call 469-964-9696 or visit BPRaptorCenter.org.

Heart-Centered Alternative to K-12 Education

nb_living-ethics-drumming-1-adjVicki Johnston, founder of Living Ethics School and Center for Living Ethics, is dedicated to restoring childhood through natural learning. Each month, Johnston and the Living Ethics School host an open house event, Tea, Talk and Tour, where families of current and prospective students can learn more about the philosophy, curriculum and relationships, tour the facility and grounds and connect with other like-minded parents and families.

Johnston says, “We’ll discuss your child and the importance of learning that cultivates the imagination, heart and creativity in sync with academics; relationships that are heart-centered; supportive community; and daily access to gardening and wild nature.”
Johnston believes that the full stature of intelligent, competent, adulthood emerges from the fullest expression of childhood, and that is the goal and essence of the Living Ethics School.

Location: 340 Country Club Rd., Fairview. For more information, call 214-544-8338 or visit CenterForLivingEthics.org.

DHA Boosts Elder Brain Function

dha-brain-function-5583f466Researchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo.

The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtests which serve as indicators of both short and long-term memory. The tests were administered after six months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. There were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

Enjoy the Real Stars of the Prairie

kidsNature admirers age 5 and up can join the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) team from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m., March 25, for a fascinating evening trekking to their prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky.

If it’s cloudy, there will be a night hike instead. Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and walking. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Due to security concerns, attendees must arrive by the start time and stay until the end. Also, bring a full (and refillable) water bottle and a blanket or chair. There are clean portable toilets close to parking areas.

Guests are asked to respect wildlife, animals, plants, other visitors and facilities at all times; remember that LLELA is a nature preserve.

Cost is $10 per person. Registration required by Mar. 24. Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. For more information, visit llela.org.

Attend The Garden Show for a Beautiful Yard

nb_-cc-garden-show-adjThe annual Garden Show, presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners Association, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 19, at Myers Park and Event Center, in McKinney. The event will be blooming with new and creative ideas, classes, vendors and activities for the whole family.

Guests will discover new plants and design, and receive practical tips and Earth-kind gardening principles from some of the state’s top horticulture experts. Collin County Master Gardeners, with decades of collective experience, will be on hand to answer questions and offer ideas for more successful gardening experiences.

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Free Intro to Permaculture Class in Plano

nb_sop-class-photo-fun-adjThe School of Permaculture (SOP) is offering an introduction to permaculture class from 7 to 9 p.m., March 10, in Plano. SOP educates and offers consultations on to how design and install permaculture systems on patios, in backyards or on a larger scale, utilizing ancient wisdom, design and technology in ways that harmonize with natural systems to provide for everyday living needs including housing, food, clean water and energy.

SOP founders Nicholas and Kristi Burtner say, “People have awakened and realize that they need a change and desire to be more connected to their food and natural resources. They see the problems we face in the world and our economies and know they need to change, but are not certain how to exactly do that. We train students to become producers of their resources and lessen their addiction to consumerism through sustainable and regenerative living.”

Other SOP events in March include Climatic Factors Day; Trees and Their Energy Transactions Day; and a Local Wild Edibles class.

Reservation for the free intro class is requested. Other March events range from $40 to $75 each. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 214-856- 8477 or visit SchoolOfPermaculture.com.

Tall Tales and Sprightly Stories

TSA Logo-Trans BackgroundThe 32nd annual Texas Storytelling Festival—Ear Candy: Sweet Sound of Story—will take place from March 9 through 12 at the Denton Civic Center.

Event includes storyteller concerts, music, a liar’s contest, story swaps, a story slam and workshops. Free storytelling concerts and activities cover ghost stories, sacred tales concert, saturday family concert and kids’ activities.

2017 featured tellers include Yvonne Healy, an award-winning raconteur who grew up with Irish stories; Dolores Hydock, an actress and story performer whose vivacious style fills the stage; Don White, a storyteller, comedian, author, troubadour, folk singer, and songwriter; and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, whose storytelling repertoire embraces the myths, legends and mysteries of Central and South America.

The nonprofit Tejas Storytelling Association is dedicated to fostering the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art and an educational tool.

Location: 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. For more information, call 940-380- 9320 or visit TejasStorytelling.com.

Watershed Water Quality Training for Hickory Creek Residents

nb_watershed-flowers-1187881-adjA Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Hickory Creek watershed will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., March 8, at the Denton County Elections Administration Building, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, in cooperation with the city of Denton. Light refreshments will be provided.

Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program, College Station, states, “This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents who want to help improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in Hickory Creek watershed protection and management activities.”

The workshop includes a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

Admission is free. Location: 701 Kimberly Dr., Denton. Pre-register at tws.tamu.edu.

Learn to Make Semiprecious Jewelry

Mary Ellen Dorey

Mary Ellen Dorey

Aromatherapist Mary Ellen Dorey will conduct a jewelry making class from 2 to 5 p.m., March 5, at Star Coyote Healing Center. Participants will learn to make wire-wrapped earrings and a natu- ral stone necklace set in sterling silver or 14K gold fill. BYO beads and tools or use those at the event. No experience is required.

A large selection of natural stones such as amethyst, quartz, fluorite, turquoise and more will be available for purchase.

Cost is $50. Location: Private home in Plano, given at registration. Call Dorey at 972-567-3962 or visit DoreyAromatherapy.com.

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