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The Aledo Clay Busters competitive clay target team will hold an informational meeting and tryouts on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Fort Worth Trap and Skeet Club, 1064 Ranch to Market Rd 2871 in Fort Worth. The informational meeting begins at 5 p.m. and tryouts begin at 6:30 p.m.
All skill levels will be considered for shooters in grades 7-12. All shooters must commit to team practice every week and shoot all tournaments (sickness and school conflicts the exceptions.)
To reserve a tryout spot, call Head Coach Creighton Maynard at 817-361-9960 (work) or 713-562-0995 (cell) or email email@example.com.
Dr. Renea Skelton will present "The Invisible Imposter Within You" during the next East Parker County Women's Business Alliance luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Squaw Creek Golf Course.
The cost to attend is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. To register, visit the Chamber calendar at EastParkerChamber.com or call 817-441-7844.
Bud Kennedy, celebrated Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist, will be the featured speaker when the Parker County Active Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the 20th Century Club, 321 S. Main in Weatherford. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. with meeting starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Claire Olson at 817-443-3546.Find out more »
The Gardeners' Club of Parker County will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in the building behind St. Francis Church, 117 Ranch House Road in Willow Park.
The club will have a speaker, refreshments, and a short meeting. The subject for September is “Things In the Garden” presented by club president Jacque Brock.
For more information, call 817-919-6280.
James Adams, superintendent of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park, will present an update on the park’s status at the next meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford. It’s been eight years since the state began buying land for what will be Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. While the 4,400-acre park is still not open,…Find out more »
The Parker County/Weatherford, TX NAACP Branch 6321 will host Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall at its general membership meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Mt. Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford.
Paschall has served on the Weatherford ISD school board for many years, is current chair of the Zoning Commissions Board, and is past president of United Way of Parker County. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Tarleton State University and has managed his own insurance agency in Weatherford for the past twenty years.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
The Aledo Community Lions Club meets from 12-1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Aledo Community Center. The public is invited. For more information call Bob Carlson at 817-718-4902.Find out more »
Parker County Aggie Moms will host a watch party for Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss On Saturday, Oct. 19, at Parker County Brewing, 225 The Shops Blvd. in Willow Park.
R.S.V.P is requested so the correct amount of seating can be reserved to Laura Geyer at 817-988-5724. Game time TBA.
The Rotary Club of Aledo meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at Sunny Street Cafe, 229 Shops Blvd., Ste. 103 in Willow Park. For more information, visit aledorotary.org.Find out more »
Many Texans know this little trick to amaze the kids — find a prickly pear cactus pad with fluffy white stuff on it, mash the white stuff between your fingers and watch them become dyed a bright crimson. But there’s way more to that phenomenon of nature — the cochineal insect — than you probably knew.
The rest of the story is the topic for the October meeting of the Native Plant Society’s Cross Timbers chapter in Weatherford. Wildlife biologist Ricky Linex will present a program titled “In Search of a Perfect Red — The Story of How the Insect Cochineal and Prickly Pear Cactus Forged a Dyeing Industry that Lasted For Centuries.” The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Mount Pleasant School, 213 Raymond George Way in Weatherford.
Five hundred years ago, Linex said, the Spanish conquistadors arriving in what is now Mexico discovered the Aztecs selling a red dyestuff in open markets. When the dye was shipped back to Spain it created a sensation as the brightest red color that was known, and this dye ruled the color trade in textiles for 350 years. But it took several hundred years for Europeans to figure out where the dye came from — a scale insect called cochineal. Linex’s talk will explore the fascinating history of this insect and its dependence on the common prickly pear.
Linex is a wildlife biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service headquartered in Weatherford and is well known across the 52 counties in North central Texas where he works. He is the author of “Range Plants of North Central Texas, A Land Users Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management,” a plant identification book for Texas.
Visitors are welcome and light refreshments will be available.
The mission of the Cross Timbers Chapter is to promote the conservation, research and use of native plants and plant habitats in Texas through education, outreach, and example. For more information visit http://npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.