• 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.

  • By BARBARA CANETTI Correspondent
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You know you always wanted to grow an orange tree, but when you do you trim them? And what do you feed them? And those — when do they need to be put in the ground? Which are the best for this region? And can I put my herbs in the sun? My gingers in the shade? And when should I trim those hib…

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Rozanne Curtis has always been one to take life by the horns and press on full steam ahead — either on stage or in the classroom — as a second year teacher at Clear Springs High School in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

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It’s the middle of February and the Master Gardener annual Spring Plant Seminar and Sale is nearing. This year’s seminar and sale will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Rodeo Arena at the Galveston County Fairgrounds along Highway 6 in Hitchcock.

  • By SEA STAR BASE GALVESTON
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Sea Star Base Galveston is currently accepting registration for students in first grade through 12th grade to participate in Pi Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at 7509 Broadway in Galveston.

  • By GALVESTON ARTS CENTER
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The Galveston Arts Center will have a continuation of its Conversations at The Center lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston. Guest speaker will be artist Eric Todd of the Houston art collective known as (exurb). Admission is free.

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  • By GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY
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Again this year, pet lovers have a choice: Take your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand St., in Galveston.

  • WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Meyer lemons, kumquats, pomegranates and blood oranges are all top gourmet fare, but can be easily and inexpensively grown in any back yard in Galveston County.

  • By GALVESTON ISLAND NATURE TOURISM COUNCIL
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Entries are now being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks leading up to the 15th anniversary of Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival which is set for April 6-9.

  • By Texas Two Step: Save a Life Campaign
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On Saturday and Sunday, medical students from all 11 Texas medical schools will join forces with cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, his national nonprofit HealthCorps, The Texas Medical Center, The American College of Emergency Physicians, The Texas College of Emergency Physicians, leade…

  • By FRANK BOWSER
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I clicked photos to fluorescent life on the computer monitor and asked my wife, “Are they crazy?” “Yes,” was the quick reply. The glowing images of runners bundled in multiple layers of insulating clothing to keep the body heat from escaping and looking like the rotund Michelin Man were what…

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  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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On February 15, 1889, more than 8,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of a new public elementary in Galveston’s East End. Through an agreement with the board of school trustees, local businessman Henry Rosenberg donated funds to construct a school for children in his neighborhood in…

  • By CHARINA ALLEN-BEASLEY
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I invite you to attend the Galveston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “Red and White Luncheon 2017: Shakespeare in Love,” which is an afternoon of love and romance celebrating African-American couples married 50 years or more at noon Feb. 11 at the Island Hilton Hotel, 5400…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Nighttime temperatures into the upper twenties requiring heating units to operate? Check! Daytime temperatures into the upper eighties requiring AC units to operate. Check! Heavy rainfall. Check! Wind gusts to near 40 MPH. Check! Beautiful sunny days on occasion. Check!

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The Rotary Club of Texas City, which will turn 90 in November, is preparing for its largest fundraiser of the year that will help the organization continue serving those who need it the most in its community on the mainland.

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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Galveston Reads, Rosenberg Library’s “One City, One Book” reading series, encourages all residents high school age through senior citizens to participate in a unique community-wide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. This year’s title, “The Train to Crystal City,” by…

  • By MELVYN SCHREIBER
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Years ago I watched a recorded performance of this opera, and I thought it was awful. So, when I looked at my tickets to Houston Grand Opera, I had misgivings. But I went and sat through all three hours of it.

  • By CARLA GETERS
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The Galveston County Teen Parenting Coalition is a private nonprofit organization created to bring together other organizations and individuals in the Galveston County area concerned about issues of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood. Our mission is to positively impact the maternal child m…

  • By WILLAIM JOHNSON
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The date was Jan. 6. Nighttime temperatures in my home landscape dropped to 27 degrees for a few hours. On that night, I set out a single 16-ounce capacity Solo cup that I had filled to the brim with tap water. To no surprise, the water in the Solo cup had frozen by the next morning.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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When did our landscapes move north? Are we not situated on the balmy Gulf Coast of Texas? Should our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map rating be changed?

  • By GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting all students in the region to register for Galveston County Lemonade Day at the kickoff in conjunction with Step Up for Education from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, 3014 Sealy Ave., in Galveston.

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Dickinson native, Mark Peikert, who was named editor-in-chief of Playbill magazine in October, has always had a knack for writing.

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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I think it’s about time I schedule another appointment with my therapist. I have experienced multiple episodes of denial over the past few days and I am in need of psychological counseling.

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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On January 1, 1999 — New Year’s Day — thousands of emotional Galvestonians gathered to witness the implosion of the Buccaneer Hotel, a beach front icon which stood for more than 70 years on Seawall Boulevard.

  • By MARGARET CANAVAN
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Galveston is the proud home of a Texas champion tree, the Podocarpus macrophyllus, more familiarly the Japanese yew in the garden of Grace Episcopal Church at 36th Street and Avenue L. It is the largest of these in the state at 32 feet tall and 99 inches in diameter, with a crown spread of 3…

  • By WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Some gardening factors were rather unusual as we entered the winter gardening season. Five consecutive days of 80 degree weather after Christmas will “confuse” winter vegetables like spinach, radishes, etc. Such weather also confuses humans. It was amazing to have to turn on the air conditio…

  • By ROSENBERG LIBRARY
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The Galveston Reads Committee invites the public to the programs and book discussions of its 2017 reading series. This year’s selection is “The Train to Crystal City,” by Jan Jarboe Russell. This is the never-before-told story of an internment camp in Texas during World War II. Russell will …

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Two new solo exhibitions “Guts and Bone,” by Jonathan Leach, and “Personal Scapes: Recent Prints,” by Luisa Duarte, will be presented at the Galveston Arts Center during an opening event during ArtWalk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

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  • By ELEANOR SPELLS AND CLAUDETTE DAVIS
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The Lorraine Crosby School Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony was held on Nov. 19. The school, in existence from 1914 to 1965, with graduating classes from 1960 to 1965, was originally named Hitchcock Colored School and later named after the late Lorraine Crosby, teacher and principal.

  • By GALVESTON BAY AREA TEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS
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Are you ready for new adventures exploring our local ecosystems? Do you enjoy learning, being outdoors and volunteering? Well, the Galveston Bay Area Texas Master Naturalist Program may be right for you. Texas Master Naturalists restore prairie habitat at Texas City Prairie Preserve, lead be…

  • WILLIAM M. JOHNSON
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Cool weather conditions and a Christmas tree in the home are part of many people's holiday season during this time of the year. 

  • By JIM STEVENSON Special to The Daily News
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Some of the most beautiful birds in America are the waterfowl that drop into Galveston’s tiny ponds on the West End, tipping their tails into the air while they reach underwater for a beak full of plants.