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Expand Your Garden With (Almost) FREE Plants ~ Join the Plant Swap Fun at Calloway’s Saturday!

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Trade plants, bulbs, rootings, snippings, and seeds with fellow gardeners at Calloway’s Annual Plant Swap this Saturday, April 14th. It’s a  fun way to add some new selections to your garden and will help you save money on your spring plantings!

                                          

The dirt on how to Get FREE Plants: This Saturday, April 14th, Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a perennial plant swap at two DFW stores: North Arlington and Plano. The Spring Perennial Swap is the fifth event of this type hosted by Calloway’s locations and is FREE to the public.

This is a great way to expand your garden with shared plants, seedlings, and bulbs, as well as trade tips with other local gardeners!

Calloway’s directions for swapping plants:

Step 1: Post what you have and what you want at the links below. If you have extra bulbs, roots or divided perennials list them to share. If you’re looking for something specific, post it at these links:

:: Go here to chat with N. Arlington Perennial Swap Participants
:: Go here to chat with Plano Perennial Swap Participants

Step 2: Browse the Perennial Swap blog and create your shopping list. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, post a note to inquire if someone has what you want. Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to join in the fun. The more gardeners who come the more plants to trade!

Step 3: Come to the Perennial Swap and meet up to exchange and trade. Agree to meet at the swap and exchange plants. Arrive at the swap, get a free bottle of water and start shopping. Visit and trade plants.

Step 4: Take your new plants home, plant them up, enjoy them and SAVE money!

Details, Details
What: To learn more about Calloway’s plant swap, go here. Use the
links above to chat with Spring Perennial Swap participants and
post your plant “haves” and “wants.”
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00am – Noon
Where: Perennial Swap events take place at two DFW Calloway’s
Nursery  locations: N. Arlington at 1424 N. Center Street
and Plano at 1621 Custer Road 

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FREE Raised Bed Gardening 101 E-Book

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Raised Bed Gardening 101, an 89-page free e-book, is designed as an introduction for beginner gardeners. It briefly explains gardening basics and provides you with various design ideas for your own raised garden beds. Learn more or download the book here.

Looking for more great gardening titles?
Check out this list of FREE Gardening Resources and Tips.  Towards the bottom of this link, you’ll find a list of recommended books for North Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth area gardening.

You might also be interested in these popular FREE books
(Kindle Editions):

Do note that if you plan to get any of the free titles, you might not want to wait, as we don’t know how long they will be available for free.

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No worries.  If you are reading this, you likely already have a device to read Kindle ebooks in your home.  All you need to do is download one of the following FREE applications for your PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Android, or Windows Phone.

*Free Kindle for iPhone/iPad/iTouch
This is the app I use to read my FREE books.  Download, here (or download directly through the iTunes App Store on your device) to be able to read Kindle books on your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch.

*FREE Kindle for PC
Download a FREE application
to read Kindle books on your PC.

*FREE Kindle Blackberry App
Get Amazon’s free Blackberry application to read Kindle books. Download yours for FREE here.

Find more Kindle apps for Mac, Android, and Windows Phone 7, here.

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Kitchen Houseware & Book Bargains: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE at Amazon

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Amazon is running a fantastic Buy Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Offer  in their Home, Kitchen, Garden, and Book departments.  There are literally thousands of items that qualify (and the special is on top of the already discounted price). To get the discount, you order any four eligible products and get the lowest-priced item free.  Even if you don’t need 4 things for yourself, this is a great way to stock-up on gifts for upcoming birthdays, Mother’s Day, Weddings, and other special days.

Here is a sample of qualifying items:


Lock & Lock BPA Free Storage
$2

Stovetop Popcorn Popper $16.99 (On Sale ~ Retail $29.98)

Everything Kids’ Cookbook $8.95


OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl $12

 

1-2-3 Texas Children’s Counting Book $8.95


Zwilling J.A. Henckels Knife Sharpener $19.95 (Retail $40)


Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks  Starting at $4.95

How to get the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Offer:

  1. Go here to see the list of qualifying 4 for 3 promotion items in the home, kitchen and garden departmentsGo here to see a list of books that qualify (there are 1000s in every genre!).  You can mix and match qualifying items from these lists if you’d like.
  2. Add 4 qualifying items to your cart and the lowest-priced item will be deducted from your order. Make sure to select Amazon.com only as the seller, as items from 3rd party sellers will not qualify.
  3. The discount shows up on the final checkout Review Your Order checkout screen.  It will show up after you submit your mailing address, and before you place your order. Be sure to double check to see the discount applied in your cart before finalizing your order.  The shopping screen will look something like this (click on the image to make it larger):

SAVINGS TIP: you’ll save the most by selecting 4 items that are about the same price.  Most orders over $25 will qualify for FREE Shipping and will be sales-tax free, too!

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Great Deal: 50% OFF Plant Shed in Fort Worth!

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Here is a great way to save on your Spring landscape project…

Dealsaver (part of the Fort Worth Star Telegram) is offering $10 for $20 worth of plants and other merchandise at the Plant Shed  ~ valid at all 4 locations in Fort Worth.  This discount is on top of the already great prices at their plant nursery!

See a map of all the locations here (Keller, Euless, Benbrook, and Mansfield).

How to get the Offer:

  1. Go here to sign up for today’s 50% OFF Plant Shed Deal.
  2. Buy your DealSaver Voucher before the end of the day on Friday.  You do have 30 days to use the gift certificate voucher. Since there is a limited quantity of these vouchers available, I would recommend not waiting too long to make your purchase.

The Daily Deals voucher can be used on anything in the store, but cannot be combined with store coupons. You can purchase only 1 of these vouchers which is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

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FREE Resources for Gardening and Selecting Easy-to-Grow Plants for DFW and North Texas ~ Post #6

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Note about this post: We are taking a little blog-cation over the coming days and are republishing some of our top posts from the past (in no particular order). We look forward to being back with you in a few days! :)

True confession: I love to dig in the dirt.
I melt with envy when I see “good dirt,” since my backyard is filled with
clay-like gooey soil mixed in with a healthy ~ errr, unhealthy ~ amount of limestone rock.  It takes a whole lot of work, compost, etc to make the plants in our suburban Fort Worth garden happy, but in the end, it is incredibly satisfying to plant something in the garden and see it blissfully take off!

Let me not lead you astray, though, as I do not have a “green thumb!”  Yes (another confession), I am a plant killer. Please don’t call the plant police!

The Strong Shall Survive
(a.k.a. This plant will not be voted off the island!)
Texas Summers are brutal, so after several years of taking the lives of lots of wonderful (but helpless in my hands) plants, I have developed a motto for my gardening tactics and plant choices: “The Strong Shall Survive!”   Let’s face it.  I don’t handle horticultural disappointment well and definitely don’t have the intestinal fortitude to be a farmer.

That said, my list of favorite plants that survive the abuse known as “me” largely includes North Texas-friendly perennials and a few hardy herbs and vegetables.  I especially love the ones that have been shared with me by friends and family and have a known history like the Texas Gold Columbine that came from my mother’s garden last week, the rosemary that was a Christmas gift from a friend, the antique violets from my Grandmother’s garden, and the 3 Red Knock-Out Roses that a friend dropped off as left-overs from a project (love leftovers like these!).  Each one brings a happy memory and smile to my face!

Plant This, Not That.
After much trial and error over the years, I have discovered several great resources that have helped my plant success rate go up (and conversely, caused my “kill” rate to go down!).  Following is a list of some of my favorite “go to” sites for selecting plants for this area, along with a few books you can get cheap at Amazon.com or on loan from the library:

:: Free Internet Resources for Texas and DFW area gardening

  • Ask Mr. Smarty Plants: Love this site! Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and expert volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is written in language that even a novice gardener like me can understand.  Send in your challenging plant problems and questions or just peruse the extensive database of Q&A from others.  They do answer all questions and most responses are accompanied by gorgeous photos of the plants discussed.
  • Calloway’s My Texas Garden: This local site provides a terrific list of quick-read resources for Texas gardeners.  You’ll find everything from tips on how to discover your garden personality to choosing plants that attract hummingbirds. If you sign up for their “Garden Club” (FREE!), you’ll also get notifications of free store seminars plus links to some terrific coupons and store specials.  Last month I received a 50% Off Coupon for anything in the store & now I’m a proud owner of a terrific new weeding tool (dear dandelions, you will not win!).
  • Texas A&M’s List of Texas Star Plants: I have tried several of these plants and each one gets “The Strong Shall Survive” seal of approval!
  • The Grumpy Gardener Blog: I have been following southern horticulturist Steve Bender (Southern Living Magazine) and his tongue-in-cheek campaign against “Crepe Murder” for years.  If you have sawed off your crepe myrtles and turned them into stumps, he just might pay you a surprise visit and have a word or two :).  He now has a blog that is full of great Southern gardening tips (and as a bonus, he will make you laugh).
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database & North-Central Texas list of Recommended Plants: The amount of information on each plant in this database is amazing.
  • Native Plants of Texas: This is a really handy search engine for finding Fort Worth & Dallas friendly plants with specific needs (i.e. drought or shade tolerant).  You can narrow your search by type of plant (Evergreen trees, vines, groundcovers, etc) and even color.  Most searches produce a variety of corresponding plant pictures.
  • Texas A&M Horticulture’s Spring Planting Calendar for Vegetables (DFW Metroplex is Zone 8, Region III). Great guide for when to plant those veggies in our area.

:: Recommended Books for Texas and DFW Area Gardening

  • The Southern Living Garden Book:  This is the first book I pull from the shelf when I have a garden question. It’s a great encyclopedia of plants and other gardening info for Southern Gardeners.  In fact, a few years ago, I learned how to prune my roses with the easy-to-follow illustrations and guide.
  • All New Square Foot Gardening, Grow More in Less Space: Provides a  fun approach and easy-to-follow guide for a simple 4 foot x 4 foot  vegetable garden, along with lots of money-saving tips for frugal gardening.  It’s an easy way to grow a vegetable garden in spite of our terrible North Texas soil (great for small suburban gardens, too).
  • Howard Garrett’s Texas Organic Gardening:  Howard Garett, our local garden expert, is my go-to person for organic gardening info. His book provides solutions specific to Texas gardens like the best (and worst) plants for our area, organic ways to improve your soil and deal with pests, and other great organic gardening tidbits.
  • Texas Home Landscaping: If you are trying to save on landscape plans and want some do-it-yourself guidance and ideas for making your home landscape more attractive and functional, this is a great resource.  This book gets my “Strong Shall Survive” seal of approval, as all plants recommended should thrive in our area & are Texas friendly. There are abundant illustrations and plant photos throughout (love that it shows you what plants will look like from initial planting to full-grown plants!).  Each plan will tell you exactly how much land space you need as well as the recommended plant list.

I know I’m just scratching the surface of the many local garden resources that exist, so please share some of your favorites in the comments section!  Tell me about what you are planting (and your favorite plant survival tips too)!

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Want to Expand Your Garden for Almost FREE? Join the Plant Trading Fun at Calloway’s on Saturday!

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Trade snippings, seedlings and rootings with fellow gardeners at Calloway’s Annual Plant Swap this Saturday, April 2nd! It’s a  fun way to add some new selections to your garden and will help you save money on your spring plantings!

                                          

The dirt on how to Get FREE Plants: This Saturday, April 2nd, Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a perennial plant swap at two DFW stores: Hurst/Grapevine and Plano. This is a great way to expand your garden with shared plants, seedlings, and bulbs, as well as trade tips with other local gardeners. I love sharing my survivors plants with others and am really looking forward to this event!

The spring Perennial Swap is the fourth event of this typed hosted by Calloway’s locations and is FREE to the public. Additionally, there will be free bottled water for participants.

Calloway’s directions for how the swap works:

Step 1: Post what you have and what you want at the links below. If you have extra bulbs, roots or divided perennials list them to share. If you’re looking for something specific, post it at these links:

:: Go here to chat with Hurst/Grapevine Perennial Swap Participants
:: Go here to chat with Plano/Preston Rd. Perennial Swap Participants

Step 2: Browse the Perennial Swap blog and create your shopping list. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, post a note to inquire if someone has what you want. Invite your friends, neighbors and family members to join in the fun. The more gardeners who come the more plants to trade!

Step 3: Come to the Perennial Swap and meet up to exchange and trade. Agree to meet at the swap and exchange plants. Arrive at the swap, get a free bottle of water and start shopping. Visit and trade plants.

Step 4: Take your new plants home, plant them up, enjoy them and SAVE money!

Details, Details
What: To learn more about Calloway’s plant swap, go here. Use the
    links above to chat with Spring Perennial Swap participants and
    post your plant “haves” and “wants.”
When: Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Perennial Swap events take place at 2 DFW Calloway’s
    Nursery  locations ~ Hurst/Grapevine at 760 Grapevine Hwy
    and Plano Calloway’s Nursery at 1000 Preston Rd. 

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Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events (Feb 25-27) ~ FREE Garden, Cooking, and Craft Workshops, Cowtown Marathon, and More!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Gardenfest Workshops at Calloway’s ~ Join Calloway’s for a day of garden design talks presented by local and national experts.
  • FREE Cowtown Marathon ~ Cheer on runners from all over the world at Fort Worth’s premier running event.
  •  Wizard of Oz Live & Onstage ~ See Dorothy, the Tinman, and the Lion at this inexpensive and fun family-friendly production.
  •  FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Class ~ Get fresh ideas for cooking new dishes at home. This weeks demo highlights hearty soups.
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinic at Lowe’s ~ Help your kids learn a new woodworking skill.
  • FREE Science Craft Event at Michael’s ~ Your kids will have fun learning about science!

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 :: FREE! Gain New Garden Skills at Calloway’s Gardenfest!
    Saturday, February 26th

                          

Calloway’s is offering a FREE all day workshop at 4 of their store locations.  Hear from local and national garden experts who will share gardening tips, show you how to use color effectively in the garden, teach you about some of the best trees and shrubs to plant in Texas, explain how to grow delicious herbs, fruits and berries in your garden, and more!

Featured speakers include: Mariana Greene from The Dallas Morning News,  Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter, and many more (See the full line up of Garden speakers, here). Get there early, as workshops and materials are offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Learn more, here.

While at Calloway’s on Saturday, use this 30% Off Coupon, valid all day!

Details, details
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 ~ 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  See the full
schedule of speakers, here (varies by location).
Where:  Takes place at the following Calloway’s locations in DFW
~ Fort Worth Calloway’s Nursery, 2651 S. Hulen
~ Southlake Calloway’s Nursery, 291 E. Southlake Blvd.
~ North Plano Calloway’s Nursery, 2460 St. Hwy 121
~ Plano Calloway’s Nursery, 1000 Preston Road
Cost:  FREE

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:: FREE! Cheer on the Runners at the Cowtown Marathon
   Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011

 
The Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth’s most well-known running event, takes place this weekend and includes a marathon, half marathon, ultra marathon, 10K, adult 5K and a kids’ 5K. You can watch and cheer on the runners at the starting line, located at Will Rogers Memorial Center (or for the more ambitious, you can still register in person).

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:
Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, 7:00AM.
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Go to
the cowtownmarathon.org website for more recommended spots
to view the race.
Cost:  FREE for spectators! Park for free at the UNT Health Science
Center on Camp Bowie Blvd.

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:: Wizard of Oz ~ Live and Onstage at Artisans Theater
Now through March 12, 2011

The classic story of Wizard of Oz is brought to life onstage at Artisan Theater. Spunky Dorothy finds herself over the rainbow and in plenty of trouble as she tries to find her way back home to Kansas. As Munchkins, children in the audience are invited to oil the Tin Man, stuff the Scarecrow and hide Dorothy and her dog, Toto, from the Wicked Witch of the West!

Details, details
What: For more info about the live theater production, click here.
When:  Tuesdays and Saturdays, now through March 12
Where: Artisan Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst
Cost: $5, all ages

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
    Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011 

Learn New Cooking Techniques!
Williams-Sonoma will show how to prepare hearty soup dishes as well as prepare simple sandwiches that satisfy. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.

Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011 ~ Note: 1 hour class
times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.

Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE. Call your local store to RSVP.

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Build a Race Car
    Saturday, February 26, 2011

                

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home.

All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where:
Lowes Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Michael’s Arts & Crafts Stores Event for Kids
     Saturday, February 26th

                              

If your child loves to be creative and is interested in science, pop by Michael’s this weekend for a fun event and demonstration from “My First Science Kit.” For ages 3 and up.

This event is FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have supplies for your little ones.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, February 26th ~ 10:00AM-Noon
Where: All Michael’s Craft Stores. Go here to find a store near you.
Cost: FREE

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30% OFF ANY Item at Calloway’s Nursery ~ Valid Today, February 21st Only!

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Get 30% OFF one regular priced item at Calloway’s Nursery locations today (only).

Details, details
How:
Print out the 30% OFF coupon (here)
When: Valid Monday, February 21, 2011 only.
Where: All Calloway’s Store Locations. Go here to find one near you.

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Home Depot Bargain: BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Flowering Bulbs Coupon

Is this cooler weather getting you in the mood to garden?
Sign up today for Home Depot’s FREE Garden Club Newsletter, and you’ll get a Buy 1 Spring-blooming Bulbs, Get 1 FREE Coupon, (sign up here).
By signing up, you’ll get other great coupons, alerts on unadvertised
discounts, and other special offers for gardening items.

I’ve already decided how I’m going to use my coupon.
I’ve got the perfect spot for fluffy white irises (hmmm…OR should I choose
royal purple???), and I’m thrilled to get these at half price!  These tall spikes
of flowering cheer happen to be one of the best Texas-friendly-neglect-taking
perennials to plant.  Irises survive the temperature extremes of North Texas
beautifully, give a lot of colorful punch for a few dollars, successfully come
back every year without effort, and have earned my “strong shall survive”
gardening seal of approval (read more about that here).

Learn More About Successful DFW Gardening.
Go here for a list of helpful and FREE
Internet Resources for Texas
and DFW area gardening.


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FREE Resources for Gardening and Selecting
Easy-to-Grow Plants for DFW and North Texas

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Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events (August 13-15 Edition) ~ FREE Star Gazing Party, Book Signing, Fall Gardening Seminar, & More!

ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FT. WORTH WEEKEND EDITION ~
Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or really cheap) weekend entertainment
for you and your family. If you would like to subscribe to our blog updates,
click here (also FREE!). This weekend’s tips include:

• FREE Star Gazing Party at FW Science & History Museum
• FREE Author Book Signing Event
• FREE Pottery Barn Home Decorating Class
• FREE Fall Gardening Seminar at FW Botanic Gardens

• FREE Woodworking Craft Class for Kids at Lowes

:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, August 14, 2010

Join the Noble Planetarium staff for their FREE Star Gazing party Saturday
night. You will find plenty of telescopes for viewing and lots of experts
available to help you and your family navigate your way through
the skies.

This is a great time to attend, as chances of seeing the spectacular Perseid meteor shower pass overhead are quite high Saturday night.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, August 14~ begins at dusk (weather permitting)
until 10:30PM
Where: In the parking lot, just south of the Science & History Museum
at the corner of Montgomery and Harley. Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

P.S. Noble Planetarium recommends a wonderful & FREE resource for star
gazing from the comfort of your backyard. If you would like a fun way to
navigate the night sky just go here: berkeley.edu/starclock/skywheel.html

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:: FREE Meet the Authors ~ Fort Worth History Book Signing Event
Saturday, August 14,
2010

Get a glimpse into the past with a fun Book Signing Event featuring 4 authors of the Fort Worth History Series. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the authors, learn about old Fort Worth, and pick up copies of each of the books during this book signing event. Authors taking part will include:

  • Lawana Mauldin ~ Lake Worth
  • Michael McDermott ~ Fort Worth’s Fairmount District
  • Susan Kline ~ Fort Worth Parks
  • Juliet George ~ Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights

Details, Details
What: Get more info about the book signing, here.
When:
Saturday, August 14, 2010 ~ 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Where:
Fort Worth Science & History Museum in the East Oak Room.
Click here for directions.
Cost:
FREE!
No exhibit admission is required.

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:: Learn New Decor Tips at a FREE Pottery Barn Decorating Class
Saturday, August 14, 2010

Get new ideas for freshening up your home with wall color!
Join Pottery Barn and a representative from Benjamin Moore paints for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for selecting wall colors and creating a color plan for your home.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When:
Classes take place, Saturday, August 14th & 19th.  Times
differ by store ~ be sure to call your local store to verify class time.
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.
Cost:
FREE!

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:: FREE Fall Gardening Seminar at the Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens
Saturday, August 14, 2010

The end of summer is a perfect time to learn something new about fall gardening techniques at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s FREE seminar.  Attendees will hear from local experts on best practices for planting and growing herbs and vegetables in the fall as well as learn how to select drought tolerant plants.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 ~ 8:30AM
Where:
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.,
in the Botanic Garden’s Lecture Hall., close to the main
entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. For directions to the
gardens and other details, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Bug Box
Saturday, August 14, 2010

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to
help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to
take home.

All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure
you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where:
Lowes Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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FRUGAL ALERT: 50% OFF All Flowering Plants at Lowes ~ ENDS TODAY (4/21/2010)!

                                 

April Showers Bring April Flowers ~ 50% OFF Flowering Plants!
Last weekend’s abundance of rain also created an unplanned abundance of
plant inventory at DFW area Lowes Garden & Home Improvement Centers. 
To help clear out the extra plants, many (if not all) area Lowes stores have
placed ALL their flowering plants (annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, etc.)
on sale for 50% OFF.  This sale ends today, April 21, 2010.      

Call your favorite Lowe’s store to make sure they are participating
in the sale.
    

     

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Frugal & Fun Ft. Worth Weekend Events (April 16-18 Edition) ~ FREE Kids Creative Activities, NASCAR Family Fun, Gardening Seminars and More!

ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FORT WORTH WEEKEND EDITION ~
Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or almost free) weekend entertainment
for you and your family. This weekend’s tips include:
    

• FREE NASCAR Weekend Events
FREE Family Art Festival & Fun at the Kimbell
• FREE Woodworking Skills Workshop for Kids
• FREE Organic Gardening Seminar and Kids Activities
• Frugal Theater Event ~ Disney’s Sleeping Beauty   

     

Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #1    

 Zoom Over to NASCAR Weekend’s FREE Events
All Weekend, April 16-18, 2010
    

                  

Want to take part in NASCAR race weekend events without all the expense
(and need for earplugs)? Take in one of the many FREE related events
happening around the area.    

FREE events range from NASCAR driver appearances to being in the audience
for the live TV taping of Fast Track to Fame, the new TV show where singers,
dancers, and other family friendly entertainers perform in front of judges.    

Details, Details
What:
Go here, for the main schedule of FREE NASCAR weekend events and
related times & locations.  Be sure to click this link, toofor last-minute
schedule additions and changes.
When: All weekend, April 16-18
Where: Locations vary by event, but mainly take place in North Fort Worth venues.
  

  

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #2     

FREE Spring into Asian Art Festival ~ The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, April 17, 2010
  

Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall    

This Saturday, the Kimbell is hosting a FREE Spring into Asian Art festival
that will be loads of fun. The event schedule kicks off with Fort Worth Japanese
drumming group Dondoko Taiko and will be filled with fun activities for the
whole family.   

Not only can you view the complete re-installation of the world-renowned
permanent collection, you’ll also have the opportunity to make your own
artwork inspired by popular Asian traditions.   

Details, details
What: Learn more about the Kimbell’s Spring into Asian Art Festival, here.
Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth
    For directions to the Kimbell and other details,
click here.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE 
  

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #3     

FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a “See It Grow” Planter
Saturday, April 17, 2010
   

                                      

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help
them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home.
   

All Workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure
you have a kit for your little ones.          
   

Details, details
What:
For more information and to register,
click here.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010 ~ 10:00-11:00AM

Where:
Lowes Home Improvement Stores
    To find a participating location,
click here.
Cost: FREE!            

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #4    

Learn Something New at Calloway’s FREE Organic Plant
Seminars & Family Fun Event
Saturday, April 17, 2010
 
   

                                    

This Saturday, April 17, 9:00am, Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a FREE
organic plant seminar and family event designed to teach earth-friendly
gardening approaches for our North Texas area
.
  

Bring the kids along too, as there will be free children’s crafts and an
opportunity for them to choose a plant to add to their new creation.
 

Give-away drawings will take place throughout the day, as well!   

Details, details
What:
For more information about the event,
click here.
When: April 17, 2010 ~
Organics Seminar, 10:15AM 
   Kids Craft Event, 9:15AM and 1:15PM
Where: All Calloway’s locations.  Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!
 

  

For other FREE Resources for Gardening and Selecting
Easy-to-Grow Plants for DFW and North Texas,
click here.
   

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #5     

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for Kids ~ Live and Onstage  
Saturday, April 17 & 24
  

                   

The fairy-tale story of Sleeping Beauty is brought to life onstage with elegance
at Artisan Theater in Hurst. This classic story, told Disney-style is made more
lovely with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music.
  

Details, details
What: For more info about the live theater production, click here.
When:  April 17 and 24, 10:00AM
Where:
Artisan Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst
Cost: $5, all ages
  

    

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!    

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Want to Expand Your Garden? Join Local Fort Worth Gardeners For More Plant Trading Fun.

                        

In response to yesterday’s post on free resources for local
gardeners
, one of our readers shared a favorite resource for finding DFW
friendly plants: the 
Ft. Worth plant swap which takes place this Saturday

It will be a perfect morning to gather with fellow gardeners and trade plants.
Fragrant sprigs of mint, irises, rose cuttings and bulbs…everyone brings their
favorite and takes home something new! Here is the scoop from our terrific
reader, Lin:

Bring plants to trade, but if you have no plants, try garden art,
potting soil, pots, or plant hangers ~ anything that a gardener might
like. We have gardeners that will accept baked goods as trade, or
perhaps gift certificates from McDonald’s, Sonic or Wal-mart.
While we arrange pre-trades…almost every gardener brings extras
to the party.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about the Fort Worth Gardenweb plant trade event here.
If you want to participate in trades beforehand, you can take part
in the Gardenweb forum chat by clicking here and here.
When: Saturday, April 10 ~ 9:00am
Where:  At the pavilion in front of the Fort Worth Zoo.
Directions: From I-30 at the western edge of downtown Ft Worth, go
SOUTH on University not quite a mile; turn left into the zoo area, & follow the
path through several curves. When you see the ball fields on your right, slow
down. Turn right into the parking area, hop out, & do a happy dance!
Directions are verbatim from Lin ~ I love any directions that end with
“hop out & do a happy dance!” :)
Cost:  The event is free, but take a moment to read the trade tips before attending.

Thanks Lin for this great tip!

  

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FREE Resources for Gardening and Selecting Easy-to-Grow Plants for DFW and North Texas

True confession: I love to dig in the dirt.
I melt with envy when I see “good dirt,” since my backyard is filled with
clay-like gooey soil mixed in with a healthy ~ errr, unhealthy ~ amount of limestone rock.  It takes a whole lot of work, compost, etc to make the plants in our suburban Fort Worth garden happy, but in the end, it is incredibly satisfying to plant something in the garden and see it blissfully take off!

Let me not lead you astray, though, as I do not have a “green thumb!”  Yes (another confession), I am a plant killer. Please don’t call the plant police!

The Strong Shall Survive
(a.k.a. This plant will not be voted off the island!)
Texas Summers are brutal, so after several years of taking the lives of lots of wonderful (but helpless in my hands) plants, I have developed a motto for my gardening tactics and plant choices: “The Strong Shall Survive!”   Let’s face it.  I don’t handle horticultural disappointment well and definitely don’t have the intestinal fortitude to be a farmer.

That said, my list of favorite plants that survive the abuse known as “me” largely includes North Texas-friendly perennials and a few hardy herbs and vegetables.  I especially love the ones that have been shared with me by friends and family and have a known history like the Texas Gold Columbine that came from my mother’s garden last week, the rosemary that was a Christmas gift from a friend, the antique violets from my Grandmother’s garden, and the 3 Red Knock-Out Roses that a friend dropped off as left-overs from a project (love leftovers like these!).  Each one brings a happy memory and smile to my face!

Plant This, Not That.
After much trial and error over the years, I have discovered several great resources that have helped my plant success rate go up (and conversely, caused my “kill” rate to go down!).  Following is a list of some of my favorite “go to” sites for selecting plants for this area, along with a few books you can get cheap at Amazon.com or on loan from the library:

:: Free Internet Resources for Texas and DFW area gardening

  • Ask Mr. Smarty Plants: Love this site! Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and expert volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is written in language that even a novice gardener like me can understand.  Send in your challenging plant problems and questions or just peruse the extensive database of Q&A from others.  They do answer all questions and most responses are accompanied by gorgeous photos of the plants discussed.
  • Calloway’s My Texas Garden: This local site provides a terrific list of quick-read resources for Texas gardeners.  You’ll find everything from tips on how to discover your garden personality to choosing plants that attract hummingbirds. If you sign up for their “Garden Club” (FREE!), you’ll also get notifications of free store seminars plus links to some terrific coupons and store specials.  Last month I received a 50% Off Coupon for anything in the store & now I’m a proud owner of a terrific new weeding tool (dear dandelions, you will not win!).
  • Texas A&M’s List of Texas Star Plants: I have tried several of these plants and each one gets “The Strong Shall Survive” seal of approval!
  • The Grumpy Gardener Blog: I have been following southern horticulturist Steve Bender (Southern Living Magazine) and his tongue-in-cheek campaign against “Crepe Murder” for years.  If you have sawed off your crepe myrtles and turned them into stumps, he just might pay you a surprise visit and have a word or two :).  He now has a blog that is full of great Southern gardening tips (and as a bonus, he will make you laugh).
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database & North-Central Texas list of Recommended Plants: The amount of information on each plant in this database is amazing.
  • Native Plants of Texas: This is a really handy search engine for finding Fort Worth & Dallas friendly plants with specific needs (i.e. drought or shade tolerant).  You can narrow your search by type of plant (Evergreen trees, vines, groundcovers, etc) and even color.  Most searches produce a variety of corresponding plant pictures.
  • Texas A&M Horticulture’s Spring Planting Calendar for Vegetables (DFW Metroplex is Zone 8, Region III). Great guide for when to plant those veggies in our area.

:: Recommended Books for Texas and DFW Area Gardening

  • The Southern Living Garden Book:  This is the first book I pull from the shelf when I have a garden question. It’s a great encyclopedia of plants and other gardening info for Southern Gardeners.  In fact, a few years ago, I learned how to prune my roses with the easy-to-follow illustrations and guide.
  • All New Square Foot Gardening, Grow More in Less Space: Provides a  fun approach and easy-to-follow guide for a simple 4 foot x 4 foot  vegetable garden, along with lots of money-saving tips for frugal gardening.  It’s an easy way to grow a vegetable garden in spite of our terrible North Texas soil (great for small suburban gardens, too).
  • Howard Garrett’s Texas Organic Gardening:  Howard Garett, our local garden expert, is my go-to person for organic gardening info. His book provides solutions specific to Texas gardens like the best (and worst) plants for our area, organic ways to improve your soil and deal with pests, and other great organic gardening tidbits.
  • Texas Home Landscaping: If you are trying to save on landscape plans and want some do-it-yourself guidance and ideas for making your home landscape more attractive and functional, this is a great resource.  This book gets my “Strong Shall Survive” seal of approval, as all plants recommended should thrive in our area & are Texas friendly. There are abundant illustrations and plant photos throughout (love that it shows you what plants will look like from initial planting to full-grown plants!).  Each plan will tell you exactly how much land space you need as well as the recommended plant list.

I know I’m just scratching the surface of the many local garden resources that exist, so please share some of your favorites in the comments section!  Tell me about what you are planting (and your favorite plant survival tips too)!

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Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events (April 2-4 Edition) ~ FREE Easter Events, FREE Museum Admission, and Lots More FREE Family Fun!

 ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FORT WORTH WEEKEND EDITION ~
Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or almost free) weekend entertainment
for you and your family. This weekend’s tips include:
        

• FREE Outdoor Evening Concert
FREE Plant Swap and Gardening Class
• FREE Easter Egg Hunts and Craft Events
• FREE Woodworking Skills Workshop for Kids
• FREE Museum Admission and Family Activities
• Special Easter Wishes from Frugal in Fort Worth        

  

Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #1        

First Friday On The Green, Outdoor Concert Event in Fort Worth
Friday, April 2, 2010
     

                                        

Enjoy a fun evening with your family and friends with First Friday on the Green,
a FREE monthly live music series rolled out by Fort Worth South Bring
your blankets and chairs (and even Fido if you want), and enjoy an evening
of live music from two great bands in a relaxing setting.     

Hungry? Enjoy one of the neighborhood’s fantastic restaurants beforehand
or take in Chadra Mezza & Grill which will be selling their tasty fare at the
event. No outside coolers or food please.     

Details, Details
What:  Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is the non-profit org behind the
revitalization (and suburban greatness) of the Near Southside FW.
Get more info here.
When: Friday, April 2, 2010 ~ 6:00PM
Where: Head to Magnolia Green Park  ~ 1100 Block of Lipscomb,
between Magnolia and Rosedale (across the street from the Village
Homes rowhouses)
Cost: In lieu of admission (which is FREE), you are encouraged to make a
donation for enhancements to Magnolia Green Park. 
   

 

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #2         

Get New Plants For Your Garden & Learn Something New 
at Calloway’s FREE Perennial Plant Swap & Seminar
Saturday, April 3, 2010
    

                                     

This Saturday, April 3, 9:00am, Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a perennial plant
swap in Fort Worth and Plano.  This is a great way to expand your garden with 
shared plants, seedlings, and bulbs, as well as trade tips with other local gardeners.    

Additionally, there will be a  FREE Perennials clinic at 10:15 and hourly prize
drawings for garden gift cards.  

The event is FREE and open to the public.    

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When:  Plant Swap is Saturday, April 3, 2010, 9:00am – 11:00am 
Perennials Clinic is 10:15am – 11:15am 
Where:  Perennial Swap events take place at the following 2 DFW locations. 
   Fort Worth, Calloway’s Nursery at 2651 S. Hulen St, 817-923-9979
   Plano, Calloway’s Nursery at 1000 Preston Rd, 972-964-3084 
Cost: FREE!          

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #3         

Have fun at a FREE Family Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3, 2010
    

              

There are lots of terrific (and FREE) Easter Egg Hunts sponsored throughout
the metroplex on Saturday, April 3.  Here are a few of our favorites:
    

  • Colleyville Compass Christian Church & KLTY Easter
    Eggstravaganza:
       Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm  at Compass Christian
    Church, 2600 Hall Johnson Rd.,  Colleyville. 214-387-0475.
    mycompasschurch.com
  • Fort Worth Stockyards Station Hosts a Texas Sized Easter
    Celebration & Egg Hunt:
    Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00pm on the lawn of
    the Historic Livestock Exchange Building and Fort Worth Stock Yards
    Visitors Center, East Exchange Ave, (817) 625-9715. fortworthstockyards.org.
  • North Richland Hills, Easter in the Park:  Saturday, 10:00am –
    noon at Green Valley Park, 7701 Smithfield Road, North Richland Hills.
    817-427-6600. nrhtx.com
  • Click here and here to find more Easter Weekend Events
    around the metroplex. 
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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #4         

FREE Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, April 3, 2010
    

                                   

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help
them learn a new woodworking skill and 
make a FREE Butterfly House to
take home.
    

Each Kids Workshop participant will receive a kid-sized orange apron (similar
to a Home Depot associate apron) and an achievement pin.  All Workshops are
free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your
little ones.
    

Details, details
What:
For ages 5-12.  Get more information about the 
workshop, here.
When: Saturday, April 3 ~ 9:00am- noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location,
click here.
Cost: FREE!  

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #5       

Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE ADMISSION
to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Saturday and Sunday, April 3 & 4
       

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Bank of America’s 2010 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE
admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 120 participating
museums throughout the U.S.       

This FREE Admission program takes place this weekend (April 3 & 4) in
Fort Worth at the recently rebuilt and opened Fort Worth Museum of
Science and History
. If you have not visited the museum since it
reopened in November, you are in for a TREAT!
       

Details, details
What: To find out more about Bank of America’s Museums On Us
program
, go here. To learn more about The Fort Worth Museum of Science
& History,
click here.
How:
Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum, 1600 Gendy St.
(corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy).
Click here for directions.
When: April 3 & 4, 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders (Reg: $14 Adults, $10 Children)
       

Other DFW Museums With FREE Admission This Weekend:       

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #6         

Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, April 3
       

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays       

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays
for families. Held the first Saturday of every month, this special
event features FREE admission and a fun schedule of activities for
the kids.
       

Details, details
What:
For details, including complete schedule, click here.
When: Saturday April 3, 2010 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Where:
 For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost: FREE
              

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #7         

FREE Spring Party and Storybook Reading at Borders.
Saturday, April 3, 2010         

        

How Fun! Borders Books and Music is hosting a special storybook readying and
kids event! Activities include storytime, craft activities, parade and more.
        

Details, details
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010 ~ 11:00am
Where: Borders Books and Music, in the Children’s Area.
Directions to your local Borders can be found
by clicking here.
Cost: FREE!
        

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #8      

Easter Family Fun at Bass Pro Shops 
Saturday and Sunday, April 3 & 4       

         

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a fun Easter event with great activities for the family.
The festive events include a FREE Easter Egg Hunt, FREE crafts and a FREE
photo with the Easter Bunny.
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Details, details
What: To see the full schedule of activities and events, click here.
When: April 3 & 4. For complete schedule, click here.
   FREE Craft: Begins at 12:00pm
   Easter Egg Hunt: From 2:00-3:00pm (for ages 8 and under)
   Photo With the Easter Bunny: 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Bass Pro Shops,
2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!       

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Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #9      

Michael’s Arts & Crafts Stores Family Easter Craft Event
Saturday, April 3
        

              

If your kiddos love crafts, you won’t want to miss this FREE Family
Event! On Saturday morning, all Michael’s Arts and Crafts stores will
feature a fun family craft time where children can decorate their own
Easter pail ~ perfect for the big Egg hunt!
      

 Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, April 3 ~ 10:00-1:00pm
Where:
All Michael’s Craft Stores. Click here to find a store near you.
Cost: FREE!
  

   

 

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Wishes for a wonderful Easter from Frugal in Fort Worth!   

   

More than all the other fun things going on this weekend, we
hope you are able to carve out time to dwell on the truth
and joy of this Easter season ~ Jesus is Risen!
   

Through an act of love, greater than
our minds can comprehend,
you have been called by the great heart of God.
   

He knew you before you were born;
He called you to Himself through his Son Jesus Christ;
   

and He calls you today, at this season of celebration,
to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
   

If you would like to know more about Jesus or need someone
to pray for you, call 1-888-NEED HIM or
go online here.
   

(Image and text courtesy of Hobby Lobby and Mardel Stores)    

We hope you have a wonderful Easter celebration weekend
with your family!
   

Enjoy and Share! :)         


        

        

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