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FREE Water Smart Landscape and Gardening Seminars in Fort Worth

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FREE Fort Worth Water Smart Irrigation and Landscape Seminars

The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a series of FREE water smart landscape and gardening seminars. These classes are offered monthly at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and will equip you to make educated decisions in your landscape as well as make efficient use of watering and irrigation technologies.

:: Gardening for Wildlife ~ August 4, 2016
Native and Adaptive plants are not only beautiful water efficient additions to your landscape, but they can be useful tools to attract beneficial wildlife as well. Learn ways to attract and provide urban habitat for butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds, bees, and other animals that bring your landscape to life with activity!  Register here. »

:: Landscape and Tree Maintenance ~ September  7, 2016
Wondering when to prune your trees and ornamental grasses? Should I mulch in the spring, fall or both? Learn the right time to maintain your landscape and trees to ensure the health, production and aesthetics. Register here »

:: Rain Gardens ~ October 12, 2016
Standing water or erosion a problem in your landscape? A rain garden may be your answer! Homeowners and businesses will learn how to design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. Plant list provided.  Register here. »

:: Container Gardening ~ November 3, 2016
Looking to add a little color or texture to your front entry or back patio? Container gardens can be a great way to give a little curb appeal or jazz up a back patio. This program teaches how to prepare and install a container garden. You will learn how to prepare the container, prepare the soil, and install a well-planned mix of annuals, perennials, and more. Register here. »


All seminars will take place at:

Fort Worth Botanic Garden in the Iris Room
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Do note, that while seminars are FREE, they do require pre-registration as there are limited seats (given on a first come, first serve registration basis).


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2016 TEXAS TAX-FREE HOLIDAY for Energy Star Appliances, Lightbulbs, Ceiling Fans & More — Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30

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Please share on Facebook or pass this along to anyone you know who might be in the market for new appliances, ceiling fans, air conditioners, clothes washers, or other Energy Star qualifying products (this can save them a bundle!)…even incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs receive tax-free status this weekend!

This Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30), Texas shoppers receive a break from paying sales tax on purchases of many energy-efficient products like fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, and energy-star home appliances like refrigerators, washers, and more even energy-star rated college-dorm / compact-sized refrigerators qualify! This is an excellent way to get extra savings on any of the qualifying items, plus save on future energy costs too.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2016’s tax-free weekend include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Delivery, shipping, and handling for any of these items are also excluded from tax!

The 2016 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 28, and ends on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend).

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Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo which will appear on the appliance, the packaging, or the Energy Guide label. The discount also applies to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

:: To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

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FREE Water Smart Landscape, Gardening, and Irrigation Seminars in Fort Worth

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FREE Fort Worth Water Smart Irrigation and Landscape Seminars

The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a series of FREE water smart landscape and gardening seminars. These classes are offered monthly at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (inside at the Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.) and will equip you to make educated decisions in your landscape as well as make efficient use of watering and irrigation technologies.

:: Hungry in the City, the Urban Harvest ~ April 7, 2016
The city is full of food ripe for the picking. Learn how to identify (and legally acquire) more traditional foods like edible fruits, nuts and naturalized vegetables, as well as wild edibles, edible flowers and even edible weeds that are well adapted to North Texas neighborhoods. Register here. »

:: Lawn Care Maintenance ~ May 5, 2016
Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass causing you headaches? Do you have brown circles in your yard? Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizers and pesticides.   Register here. »

:: Shade Gardening ~ June 2, 2016
Shaded out? Do you have areas in your landscape where nothing grows because there is not enough sunlight? Come learn a new way to landscape for the shade.  Register here. »

:: Drip Irrigation ~ July 7, 2016
Water slower, deeper and more efficient with every drop. Convert your spray heads and watch your sprinkler system save you money from our drip conversion class. You will learn how to install drip irrigation tubing from your faucet or how to convert an existing zone to drip. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method and essential to sustainable landscapes. Drip irrigation for foundation watering will also be covered.  Register here. »

:: Gardening for Wildlife ~ August 4, 2016
Native and Adaptive plants are not only beautiful water efficient additions to your landscape, but they can be useful tools to attract beneficial wildlife as well. Learn ways to attract and provide urban habitat for butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds, bees, and other animals that bring your landscape to life with activity!  Register here. »

:: Landscape and Tree Maintenance ~ September  7, 2016
Wondering when to prune your trees and ornamental grasses? Should I mulch in the spring, fall or both? Learn the right time to maintain your landscape and trees to ensure the health, production and aesthetics. Register here »

:: Rain Gardens ~ October 12, 2016
Standing water or erosion a problem in your landscape? A rain garden may be your answer! Homeowners and businesses will learn how to design, construct, and maintain a rain garden. Plant list provided.  Register here. »

:: Container Gardening ~ November 3, 2016
Looking to add a little color or texture to your front entry or back patio? Container gardens can be a great way to give a little curb appeal or jazz up a back patio. This program teaches how to prepare and install a container garden. You will learn how to prepare the container, prepare the soil, and install a well-planned mix of annuals, perennials, and more. Register here. »


All seminars will take place at:

Fort Worth Botanic Garden in the Iris Room
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Do note, that while seminars are FREE, they do require pre-registration as there are limited seats (given on a first come, first serve registration basis).


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$10 For Custom Made Gold Foil Graphic Prints

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We recently discovered the freshly launched Handmade at Amazon store —  if you are an Etsy fan, you’ll enjoy this wonderful store, packed full of unique items crafted and sold directly from artisans. Handmade products range from jewelry and furniture to artwork and bedding and are easily browsed by category (Handmade Lighting, Home Decor, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, etc.) or search by artisans’ location (like Texas!).

Our perusal uncovered a new favorite find — gorgeous, yet inexpensive gold or silver foil art prints, made by hand in a small print shop just outside of Philadelphia. Choose a standard 5 x 7 framable size for $10 or 8 x 10 for $18 — both sizes are designed to be popped into a standard frame and you can pick gold or silver foil. They will even customize a print just for you for $7 more!

Here are some of our favorite designs:

  
  

:: Pop over here to see all the wonderful designs in this shop!


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New to the Handmade at Amazon store? This wonderful store is packed full of items crafted and sold directly from artisans with categories ranging from jewelry and furniture to artwork and bedding — easily browsed by category or by artisans’ location.

The product page for each handmade item contains a location icon (like Texas) to show where the artisan is based, along with a link to their profile so that you can learn more about the creator’s work and the unique story behind the artisan and item. You’ll find products from craftsmen in all 50 U.S. states, and over 60 countries. We appreciate Amazon’s promise to check out every artisan, to ensure their products are truly handcrafted goods and not mass-produced.

:: Find shop details & a list of today’s top-selling handmade items here.


 

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FREE to Download — $149 Collection of High-End Photography Editing Tools From Google

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For our photo editing aficionados and creative dabbler friends…

nik collection free from google

Google just announced that they are going to start giving away their Nik Collection of PC & Mac photo editing tools ~ a fantastic freebie, as a few years ago, these tools would have cost you $500! The Nik Collection is a set of plug-ins that you can use with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. The photo tools include special effect filters, color correction, color enhancement, sharpening tools, and more.

:: Pop over here to learn more or get the entire Nik suite as a free download from Google ~ for either Mac or Windows.

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Beware! City of Fort Worth Warns of Scam Callers Demanding Money For Fake Warrants

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The Fort Worth Municipal Court warns of a scam involving phone calls to residents asking for money for unsettled warrants.

The calls are not from Municipal Court officers, who do not call residents to collect payments. Anyone receiving such a bogus call should contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-335-4222.

Here’s how the scam works: Phone calls are made to residents from supposed “marshals” who say that arrests will be made if money isn’t immediately sent via Western Union. The requested amounts range from $500-$2,000 per call.

Keep in mind that the Municipal Court does not call people at their residence to collect payment. Instead, letters are mailed to home addresses when a warrant demands attention.

Between 25 and 40 bogus phone calls have been reported in Fort Worth recently, many of them to elderly residents.

To check your warrant status, call the Warrants Office at 817-392-8665 or check online.

In the meantime, never send money to anyone without knowing for certain who you’re speaking to and what the payment is for.

P.S.  Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can also contact the Fort Worth Better Business Bureau or file a complaint at www.fwbbb.org. Always research with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. 

 

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GREAT FIND — $5 to $12 Framable Art From Texas Artist, Nicole Jennings

We have a new favorite find and couldn’t wait to share…


Nicole Joelle

Need a quick and inexpensive gift idea or want to add an encouraging word to your home? Here’s a wonderful way to do just thatpop over to Texas artist, Nicole Jennings’ Etsy shop (Nicole Joelle Prints), and take a look at her lovely, inspirational, and very affordable artwork.

  • For $12 you receive a downloadable art file with a collection of 4 framable 8 x 10 prints. For only $8 more ($20 total), she will have these professionally printed on high quality, 8.5×11 paper and mailed to you (learn more here). Each print has a small white border that you can trim to fit a standard 8×10 frame if you wish.
  • For $5, receive a downloadable art file that comes ready to print as a large 36 x 24 sized wall poster (print at your favorite quick print place…someplace like Kinko’s) or print as a smaller size on your home printer if you wish. These are also sized to fit in a standard wall frame.

There are lots of choices of wonderful, framable designs  — here are just a few of our favorites (so hard to choose):

:: See all of Nicole’s lovely designs here.

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