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When Does Daylight Savings Time End in 2013?

daylight-savings-20091Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m.   You will be setting your clock back one hour, following the adage of “spring forward, fall back.” The “extra” hour gives you a chance to catch up on the sleep you lost in March when the clocks moved forward and Daylight Saving Time began.

What will your do with your extra hour?

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Now Appearing….

nuncrackersSGC member, Johnette Russell (stage name Johnna Leigh),  has been cast as Mother Superior in the Christmas Musical “Nuncrackers” at Rockwall Community Theater  .

The show opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov 29 and runs through Sunday Dec.  15,  with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm.

Tickets go on sale Oct 27th to the public,  BUT friends and family of cast members can purchase tickets “early” by calling the theatre 972-722-3399.  Leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back to get your information.

HERE  IS  THE  BEST  PART………contact the theater before Oct 27th and tell them  you are calling  for the discounted early bird tickets and mention Johnette’s stage name,  Johnna Leigh.  You will receive a $5.00 discount off each ticket purchased.  Now is that a great Christmas gift or what?

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe

Just in time for the holidays.  Here is the receipe for the delicious pumpkin dessert that Deborah Stafford brought to our meeting last week.  It’s sort of like a “dump cake”.

Thanks to Deborah for sharing.

Pumpkin Cobblerpumpkin cobbler

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin  (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 box yellow cake mix
¾ cup melted butter
1 cup nuts (optional)

Mix first five ingredients together and pour into the bottom of greased 9×13 pan.

Crumble dry cake mix over the top.  Drizzle the melted butter over the dry cake mix.  Sprinkle nuts over everything.

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Cool about 10-20 minutes.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Submitted by: Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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DCCCD Clean Economy Series – Water Harvesting

CES-state-logo-final-200x160Would you like to learn how to fight against drought when we are facing extreme temperatures, water restrictions and brown grass everywhere you look? The idea of using passive water harvesting and new types of landscaping is a philosophy that author and permaculture expert Nate Downey of New Mexico will share with audience members during two programs he will present on October 25th and 26th at Brookhaven college — the first feature presentation that is part of the Dallas County Community College District’s 2013-2014 Clean Economy Series.

More information about the programs and how to register can be found on the following Web page:

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Fall Fun Facts About Herbs

Witches HerbWe are all familiar with the benefits of the herbs that we commonly grow in our  gardens today, but in ancient times and throughout the Middle Ages, herbs were thought to have magical powers and the ability to attract fairies, enhance bravery,  ward off evil spirits, and those pesky werewolves and vampires!

As we approach Halloween with its  tradition of “trick-or-treat”, costumes, pumpkins, monsters,  witches, goblins, ghosts, and scary tales,   I thought it might be fun to reflect on the folklore that surrounded herbs in ancient times.

Hope you enjoy reading the fall  herbal fun facts (PDF), but BEWARE,  it could be a very scary experience!

Have a fun, safe Halloween!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Turffalo Grass

At the last SGC meeting, our program speaker, Janet Smith, did a presentation on “water-wise gardening.”  During the presentation, she mentioned a lawn grass that requires “half the water and  half the mowing” of other turfgrasses.  More information about  this new  turfgrass, “Turffalo”, can be found on the following website:

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Fun in October!

fall pumpkin 1We are finally enjoying fall weather, so it’s a perfect time to attend a local event like the Texas Veggie Fair (Oct. 20th) or Autumn at the Arboretum  (Sept. 21 – Nov. 27).   Want to do some Christmas shopping, you might find that one-of-kind gift at the Heart of Texas Arts and Crafts Show in Plano (Oct. 11, 12 & 13).

If you feel really adventuresome you could plan a day trip to see the East Texas fall foliage, attend a Harvest & Grape Stomp (Oct. 19th),  or take a winery tour on  the Piney Woods Wine Trail.  If you like  scary, then there’s the Thrillvania Haunted House Park in Terrell (Sept. 28 – Oct. 31st).    There is always something fun to do in our area!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee