Multiple events going on across Texoma to celebrate Earth Day

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Annual Earth 1st Expo being planned for April 20

Earth Day was started as a way to give respect to the Earth and look at ways we can preserve our natural resources. To celebrate this event locally, the 16th annual Earth 1st Expo will be 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the BancFirst Plaza, 310 W. Main Street, in Ardmore, Saturday, April 20. BancFirst, KICM, OGE Energy Corp, and Ardmore Beautification Council are sponsors of this family-oriented environmental fair.

Cleaning up Greenwood Cemetery

The secluded clean up date for Greenwood Cemetery is April 20, 2013. Meet place is at the Cemetery at 8:00 am.

Safety checks and rules will be discussed before we commence work. Long sleeve shirts and leather gloves are extremely encouraged. What is required is safety glasses for ANYONE using a chain saw or weed eater. Any other additional safety protection is strictly up to the individual.

There are a lot of thorn bushes and briers, so be careful. We will break for dinner at 11:30am and have an hour dinner. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Plus water will be provided for all who attend.

Also, if any one would like, please bring extra water. Be sure to bring bar and chain oil for saws and mixed gas for both weed eaters and chain saws. We will have emergency kits on hand along with the people capable of using them.

Work should wrap up about 3:00pm. But is a proven fact, the more people we have on hand to help, the faster this goes and the more we will accomplish. So please, if you can, please come and help.

2013 Texoma Earth Day Festival "Growing Green"

The Texoma Earth Day Festival is a family oriented event where community members come together to learn ways to reduce our impact on the environment. This is a fun filled event with something for everyone - art shows, electric and hybrid vehicles, vendors, workshops, music, food, displays, educational materials, resources, demonstrations, and more! The festival will open at 7:30 with the American Heart Association Heart Chase, an event with stations that promote physical fitness and education about heart health. Key Note Speaker for the 2013 festival is Terry Jenson of DFW Ecovillage. The Keynote Address is at 11:00 and will feature the Ecovillage's proposed planned sustainable community. In additional to planning a community, DFW Ecovillage provides education on green building techniques, alternative energy, conservation and permaculture.

The Earth Day Festival offers a variety of recycling opportunities including paper and cardboard, electronic waste (if a current runs through it it can be recycled), ink and toner cartridges, medicine bottles, Styrofoam, ball caps, eye glasses and sunglasses, and clothing, hand bags, belts and shoes. Children's activities include a children's art show, a trash audit and several booths that teach children how to make things from items that would normally wind up in the landfill. Workshops and demonstrations include topics such as a panel on the Tar Sands protests, rain water harvesting, composting, bee keeping, container gardening, electric vehicle conversion, reducing energy consumption, and animal safety and respect. Cowboy Poet Lany Joe Burnett will tell stories between 1:30 and 2:20 pm. Country & Western singer Allen Hurt and members of his band The Mountain Showman will perform at 1:30 to 2:00 pm.

Coordinated events include a Children's Art Show and Used Book Sale at the Sherman Public Library. A mail in art show themed "Earth in Flux" sponsored by Grayson College Art Department will hang the day of the show. Area auto dealerships will have electric and hybrid vehicles on display.

Like "Texoma Earth Day Festival" on facebook. More information, complete event schedule, and registration forms please visit the festival website


The Sherman Police Department and Sherman Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Sherman family physician Dr. Maria Nieto, want to help ensure the safety of local children by giving away free bicycle helmets Saturday, April 20, starting at 10 AM, at the Kite and Bike Festival at Pecan Grove West Park.

The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of a statewide effort - Hard Hats for Little Heads - launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet. The event is sponsored by Dr. Nieto and the Sherman Police Department, along with the Texas Medical Association.

Texas physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels - biking, skateboarding, inline skating, and riding a scooter. And doctors want you to wear the correct helmet for your sport and make sure it fits properly.

On average, 250 children in the United States under the age of 14 die each year because of a bicycle crash. Another 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the children had worn bicycle helmets.

April is Child Safety Month, and the event is aimed at teaching children about bicycle safety in a fun environment. "We want children to enjoy the summer, but to be safe first!" says Dr. Nieto

Any child can receive a free helmet. Local police and volunteers will be on hand to properly fit the helmets.
There will be a bike rodeo so children can get hands on experience with making bicycle maneuvers safely. The Kite Festival will follow immediately after the bike rodeo.

Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bike crashes. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, yet less than half of cyclists wear one when they ride.

Since TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program began, physicians have given away more than 140,000 free helmets to Texas children. Funding for TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads is provided by TMA Foundation thanks to top donors - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, two anonymous foundations - and gifts from physicians and their families.

TCOG plans hazardous waste collection

The Texoma Council of Governments is planning a household hazardous waste collection in the Texoma region from April 20. The collection will be held at the Criminal Justice Center located in Gainesville, Grayson College in Denison, and the Precinct 4 County Warehouse on the east side of Bonham. All collections will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. or earlier if funding is exhausted.

Household waste that cannot be composted, put in the trash, or in a recycling bin is household hazardous waste and includes fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, paints, batteries, televisions, computer monitors, tires, fuels, pool chemicals, automotive batteries, motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, pesticides, and herbicides.

All of these products contain potentially hazardous ingredients that require special disposal measures. The best way of knowing if a product is a hazardous waste is to read the label. Words such as caution, warning, danger or poison indicate the product is flammable, reactive, corrosive, or toxic.

"It is important that HHW are not put into landfills because they could have a chemical reaction with items around them and become explosive," states a TCOG press release. "The possibility of HHW leaching through the ground and contacting groundwater and surface water can create contaminated drinking water and damage aquatic habitat. An E-waste company will be accepting anything that runs on electricity including items such as old refrigerators, window unit air conditioners, or your old kitchen mixer."

Paint, oil, and other liquids will be limited to 10 gallons or less. Tires are limited to 4 or less per vehicle that brings material to the events. Only car and light truck tires will be accepted. Tires with rims are not allowed. Ammunition, explosive materials, and compressed gas cylinders will not be accepted.

GreenServe: Spring's Arrival Means Service at Austin College

SHERMAN, TEXAS--The winds are kicking up, the rain is falling, and the trees are budding. Spring is arriving, and most everyone is thinking green. At Austin College, thinking green is a call to action.

Saturday, the College will host its fourth annual GreenServe, co-sponsored by Thinking Green and the Austin College Service Station. Students and faculty will head out to several locations on campus and in the community to volunteer for projects that focus mainly on environmental responsibility and sustainability. Thinking Green leaders Sophie Higgs, a sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rachel Sims, a senior economics and environmental studies major from Dallas, Texas, have led the organization of the campus-wide project.

"This event is a great way for students to combine their passion for serving with their overall awareness of the environment," said Dr. Brad Smucker, associate professor of chemistry and director of Thinking Green Campus Awareness.

Smucker said GreenServe is part of an overall "Green Week," and that a great number of campus organizations and individuals are taking part. "Not only is it a great way for students to serve their community but it is quite an educational opportunity for the students," he said.

"Green Week" featured "Tray-less Tuesday," when students got their meals on campus without trays to save water consumption and to help reduce food waste. On "Water-wise Wednesday," students were tested on their environmental know-how and competed to win reusable water bottles. Their recycling knowledge was tested on "Think Thursday" with trivia that netted winners gift certificates from Green Market. Fresh Friday features an actual farmer's market set up outside the Austin College dining hall in Wright Campus Center, allowing students a "fresh perspective" on locally grown food.

Saturday, GreenServe kicks off in the morning with dozens of students traveling to Eisenhower State Park on the shores of Lake Texoma to take part in repair, maintenance, and improvement of up to five miles of hiking and biking trails.

On campus, students will coordinate a letter-writing campaign regarding environmental and sustainability issues to government representatives. In the Luckett Parking Lot, students will gather to begin a xeriscaping program for campus, which refer to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Students also will pick up trash east of the campus as well as at Herman Baker Park.

Students also will undertake projects at Sneed Environmental Research Lab with the Prairie Restoration project and at Buckner Biology Field Lab with a prescribed prairie burn. They also will take on clean-up and prep work at the Sherman Community Garden. Other students will assist at the Texoma Earth Day Festival at the Sherman Municipal Building grounds.

GreenServe culminates with the Austin College Earthfest, a student celebration of the environment sponsored by the Austin College Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS).

Austin College's Thinking Green campaign is described as an initiative to integrate the challenges of sustainable living into the life and culture of the campus and is a natural outgrowth of the College's commitment to teaching, serving, and modeling engagement with the world.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

Kite & Bike Festival

Pack a picnic lunch and bring your kites, bikes and the whole family out for a day of fun at the park! Folks of all ages will enjoy the Kite & Bike Festival at Pecan Grove West Park (3200 Canyon Creek Dr) on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

There will be live music, kite contests and demonstrations, a bike rodeo, bike maintenance classes, safety tips and bike obstacle course.


Sat. April 20, 2013
Time: 8:45am to 12pm

Meet at Durant’s Market Square on 1st Street at 8:45am to sign in and pick up gloves & trash bags. Stash the trash back at Market Square by
11:30am to compete for prizes and enjoy free hot dogs & drinks.
Prizes will be given away at Noon !!