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  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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People commonly take their longest vacations in summer and they generally remember to make arrangements to have someone take care of everything from their pets to the newspaper.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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While gardeners love flowers for the beauty they provide to the home landscape, few gardeners grow flowers for eating. That’s a shame because many flowers, in addition to being edible, bring lively flavors, colors, and textures to salads, soups, casseroles, and other dishes.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The closing days of May provided some unusually cool weather conditions. June will soon arrive and signal the start of the summer season.

  • By WILLIAM M.JOHNSON Correspondent
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During midmorning last Saturday, I was sitting on a bench in the herb garden located within Fruits ‘n Such Orchard’s pick-your-own operation in Dickinson. Fruits ‘n Such Orchard was one of the sites featured on the Home Orchard and Garden Tour conducted last weekend.

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  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The master gardener volunteers and Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office will co-sponsor a Fruit Orchard and Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON Correspondent
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Q: Clumps of some type of organism have suddenly appeared on the trunks of my crape myrtle and oak trees. The clumps look like bark except they move one area on the tree trunk to another area throughout the day. What might they be?

  • By GALVESTON ARTS CENTER
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The Galveston Arts Center will present its Life Drawing Studio from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through May 22, June 5 through 26, July 17 through Aug. 7, Aug. 28 through Sept. 25, and Oct. 16 through Nov. 6 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON Correspondent
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Hurricane season will officially start in about 3 weeks (on June 1 to be precise) and meteorologists and emergency operation center managers have three words of advice: prepare, prepare, prepare.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The cool front that arrived over the past weekend was refreshing. As May will soon be arriving, we should be prepared for warming temperatures and longer, sunnier days — a change of seasons.

  • By DR. WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Over the years I have become an ardent admirer of bulbs of all types. Bulbs are easy to plant and care for, and suitable for beds or containers. It’s hard to believe that so much beauty can come from such humble origins.

  • By MARY MOODY NORTHEN ENDOWMENT
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A new behind-the-scenes guided tour at Moody Mansion offers small groups access to areas of the mansion not normally open to the public, along with insight into the life and legacy of the late Mary Moody Northen.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced almost 16,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Rosenberg Library honors Capt. Herbert Allaire Robertson of Galveston as its Treasure of the Month and will exhibit items related to this fallen Galvestonian during April. The library will also open a larger…

  • By DR. WILLIAM JOHNSON
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April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green.

  • By JIM STEVENSON Special to The Daily News
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Galveston Island State Park had a burning desire to improve the ecology of its wild areas, and the results are beautiful and healthy for many of our native animals.

  • By THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
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Celebrating the 22nd year of showcasing the arts to area families, this year’s Grand Kids Festival, hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District. Admiss…

  • By VICTOR SIERPINA
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Sometimes we Galvestonians create wonderful entertainment and learning experiences for folks from all over the world to enjoy — yet our own neighbors miss out. Let’s not let that happen for the unique Raptors Uncorked dinner and wildlife show April 8, right here in Galveston’s historic Topga…

  • By Dr. William Johnson
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Although mulch is not particularly glamorous, it can be your best friend. It can be used in a variety of locations to help with weed control and to help save water.

  • By SARAH PIEL
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The Cultural Arts District in historic downtown Galveston will come alive on April 1 with music, children singing and dancing, live entertainment, stage productions, bands, puppets, storytelling inside a giant tepee, a bubble pond, a petting zoo, and over 50 booths showcasing hands-on arts a…

  • By KAREN MOONEY
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During my morning run a George Michael song came on and started to fill my ears. While I was listening to the song, I remembered that it was the same song Adele sang recently on the Grammy Awards show. Did you see what happened? After singing the first few minutes she realized she was off ke…

  • By FRANK J. BOWSER
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There’s an old saying about March, “In like a lamb; out like a lion and vice versa.” It all boils down to March weather being unpredictable at best with blustery winds most likely. That’s why the Friends of Galveston Island State Park set April 15, a month later this year, as “Beach and Bay;…

  • By Dr. William Johnson
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In general, insects have a bad reputation. The vast majority of insects either cause no harm or are in fact very beneficial to mankind. However, there are a few that cause us problems. Among insect pests that most homeowners dread, termites certainly rank at the top.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Last Saturday, I was able to tour some sites on this spring’s Azalea Trail sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club. Even though the prime flowering period for most of the azaleas had passed, the remaining azalea flowers provided ample glints of colors to lighten up the drab and cloudy day. A…

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River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash will have its 24th annual cleanup of the Galveston Bay Watershed at 8:30 a.m. March 25. This event promotes environmental stewardship of our watershed through public education by utilizing hands-on educational tools and developing partnerships between …

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Artist Boat is hosting a second Beautify the Bucket Competition this spring. Individuals, groups and families can claim and paint a trash barrel destined for Galveston Beach. Painted barrels will add to the beautification efforts all along Galveston beaches and will encourage the proper disp…

  • By DAVID YNGVE
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I have been a cello player with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. I look forward to the orchestra season each year. At 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House is our next concert. There will be a piano concerto with a great soloist. That will be fun. Then a classic, Dvorak S…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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The master gardener volunteers recently sponsored a spring plant sale at the Rodeo Area at the County Fairgrounds. The master gardeners will conduct a final clearance plant sale from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Horticulture Demonstration Garden in Carbide Park in La Marque. Inclu…

  • By HARVEY CRISWELL
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Local history and local art will come together from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dickinson Historic Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 W., in Dickinson. This will be a chance to see local artists’ work. The artists will be available to talk of their works, with light …

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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Today’s watches — worn on the wrist — are increasingly high-tech, providing not only the time and date, but also GPS navigation, fitness tracking and internet access. However, for most of history, people carried simple watches in their pockets in order to tell time. Also called “pocket clock…

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Editor’s note: Dr. Susan H. Landry, an authority on early childhood, will come to Galveston to speak on how a young child’s brain develops.

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The first day of spring will soon be here (March 20 at 5:28 a.m.) according to the astronomical definition. From a gardening perspective, the exact timing of “spring” is less precise.

  • By JANICE LAW
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Planning travel in the spring months promises the added allure of outdoor festivals worldwide featuring flowers endemic to that culture or region. Let flowers be your spring travel guide.

  • By GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a weeklong residential camp that introduces students to maritime careers, July 30 through Aug. 5, is now accepting applications for students that are rising to eighth to tenth grades. The camp is free of charge. Deadline for applications is May 1. Space is limited.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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H urricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 15,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.

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Novelist, songwriter and poet living in Dickinson, Terry Keys’ newest book “Games of Guilt” was released Tuesday. The book tells the thrilling, twisted tale of one detective’s pursuit of a killer that will push him to the brink of death.

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Curious visitors can explore homes full of art collections and views of Galveston Bay during a fundraising tour for the Houston Symphony League Bay Area at the end of next month.

  • By JANELL LONG & YOLANDA HALL Hand in Hand for Lupus co-founders
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The Lupus Awareness Walk is set for May 20, and we’re hoping that the community will continue its support of this event by registering to participate so that we can help raise funds to further research and beat this disease.