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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.
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.
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.
Adam Kern, Senior Business Development Liaison for Workforce Solutions, will speak at the East Parker County Chamber’s January luncheon, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at New River Fellowship, 3252 Interstate 20 Frontage Road in Hudson Oaks.
Kern will present information on finding your workforce, training your existing workforce, and labor market information. He will discuss how you can take advantage of the business-driven services to address your workforce needs — at absolutely no cost to you!
Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased at EastParkerCountyChamber.com. Spotlight members are First Financial Bank and Rotary Club of Aledo.
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 »
A support group to create a space for those who have battled or are battling cancer meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Dr. in Aledo.
For more information, email Joan Ward at .
The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 1-3 p.m. every second Thursday at Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Drive.
Respite care is available.
Flying over a pond on their four fragile-looking wings, dragonflies look like simply ornaments of nature. But they aren’t nicknamed “mosquito hawks” for nothing. Dragonflies are some of the fiercest hunters in the insect world and their presence says a lot about the health of local habitats. Dragonflies captivate Master Gardener Kara Lynn Greenfield and she will discuss this important insect at the February meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Her talk, "Ode…Find out more »