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    Volume XXI ♦ Issue XI    ~                           Real Learning for Real Life                            ~                       Summer 2010
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Cover page:
Congratulations Master Gardeners!
Pizza Ranch Comes Full Circle for                                                   Our very own Tarrant County Master
College Senior………...…………….....2
                                                                                    Gardeners were recognized with the
Supporting Tarrant County’s
Agriculture                                                                         following awards at the Master Gardener
Biosecurity for Livestock Operations...3
                                                                                    State Meeting held in Dallas on April 8 -
Strengthening Tarrant County’s
                                                                                    10, 2010. Their hard work is evident!
Recognizing Changes in Credit Card                             Honorable Mention:                             Graphic Presentation -
Laws……………………………......……4                                                                                      Native Plants of the DFW
Engaging Communities                                           Poster:                                        Area
Hop on the Walking School Bus and                              Heritage School Outdoor
Build Community………….……...........5                             Learning Environment                           Mass Media -
Improving Tarrant County’s Health                                                                             S.P.I.N. (Southlake Program
Creating Healthier 100-Calorie Snack                           3rd Place:                                     for Involvement of Neighbor-
                                                                                                              hoods) into Spring’s Local
                                                               Project                                        Gardens (News article about
Y.E.S. …It’s Time for Youth to Enjoy
Summer!………………...……………...7                                      STOP Garden (An educa-                         Southlake Garden Tour)
Enhancing Tarrant County’s                                     tional garden at Tarrant
Horticulture                                                   County Juvenile Detention                      Master Gardener
Stop Fighting Mother Nature, it’s                              Center)                                        Association -
Time to Change Our Ideas about the                                                                            Tarrant County Master
                                                                                                              Gardener Association
Naturally Cool………...........................9                  2nd Place:
Developing Tarrant County’s Youth
                                                               Educational Program -       Newsletter
Have Camera, Will Travel.…….……..10                             Educational Curriculum Tar- The Sharecropper
Summer Camp Opportunities………..11                               rant County/Demonstration
Back page:                                                     Garden                      1st Place:
Employee Directory
                                                               Display -                                      Publication
                                                               Tarrant County Master                          My Garden Book of
                                                               Gardeners New Projects/                        Vegetables - Coloring and
                                                               Programs                                       Activity Book

  Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or
national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.
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Who knew that, when college student Brenda Nguyen began an internship with Texas AgriLife
Extension Service in February, her experience would also provide her with a “blast from the
past?” After talking with her school friends, Brenda decided it was eleven years ago as a 5th
grader at Carter Park Elementary, in Fort Worth ISD, that she had the opportunity to attend the
Pizza Ranch event, now in it’s 15th year.

A college student pursuing a degree in Family Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice at Texas
Woman’s University, Brenda says that participating as a volunteer with Pizza Ranch brought
back vivid memories of being “such a kid.” As the boys and girls entered the barn, they held
their noses because of the distinct odor that most barns have. She remembers doing the same
thing over a decade ago. Some memories that stand out from her experience as a kid:
“giggling with her friends about how dirty and hairy the pigs were, how impressed she was with
the Domino’s guy who could toss and twirl the pizza dough and, of course, eating pizza.”
When asked what made the largest impact on her as a youngster attending Pizza Ranch, she
recalls the Southwest Dairy Farmer’s station and seeing how a cow was milked.

Upon returning to Pizza Ranch as an adult, Brenda said that seeing the process of making a
pizza broken down to the basic level of how each ingredient is produced just makes her realize
“what a reward it is to be able to eat it!”

Pizza Ranch is an annual event sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the
Tarrant Area Food & Fiber Committee. Each year, the implementation of Pizza Ranch is de-
pendent on the support of local donors including: Tarrant County Commissioners’ Court,
Southwest Dairy Museum, Domino’s – Mark of Excellence Pizza Co., Southwestern Exposition
and Livestock Show, Lone Star Ag Credit,
Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club, Cargill –
Horizon Milling, Agricultural Workers Mutual
Auto Insurance, Burly Corporation – Shef-
field Fence, Oak Farms Milk, Borden’s Milk,
Blue Bell Ice Cream, Tarrant Area Food
Bank, Silver Creek Materials, Fort Worth
Fire Department, Fort Worth ISD, and
Better Living for Texans. It is this local
Support, along with a large volunteer force
that makes Pizza Ranch an opportunity
available to approximately 4,500 4th and 5th
graders each year. A part of Extension’s
agricultural literacy program, Pizza Ranch
allows boys and girls to see first hand         “I was so fortunate to be able to attend Pizza Ranch
where the raw ingredients come from that        a second time. It really was a treat. I wish more kids
go into their favorite food – PIZZA!            in the metroplex had this opportunity.”
                                                                                    Brenda Nguyen
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                                                transmitted through contaminated soil,
            Kenneth Johnson, Jr.                water or food.
          County Extension Agent -
             Agriculture & NR                   Immunity, either natural, passive or
                                                active is one way in which to prevent a
                                                pathogen from attacking an animal. This
                                                comes from the animal’s natural ability to
                                                fight a pathogen, a passive immunity due
                                                to antibodies transferred at birth or an
                                                active immunity acquired through a
                                                vaccination program.

                                                In addition to an animal’s immunity to a
                                                disease there are some practices which
 Biosecurity is often associated with foreign   livestock owners can put into practice to
 animal diseases, but it can also be            enhance biosecurity. This could include
 associated with common diseases such as        limiting unauthorized access to pastures
 blackleg and bovine viral diarrhea in            and other livestock facilities, maintaining
 cattle to tetanus in horses. Biosecurity         good fences, establishing a
 is a systematic management approach              neighborhood watch program with
 that prevents diseases from infecting a          neighbors, securing pesticides,
 herd.                                            fertilizers and nutrients, securing water
                                                resources and posting no trespassing
 Diseases spread either directly – from an      signs.
 infected animal to a susceptible animal –
 or indirectly, from an infected animal to an   Other measures which should be
 object or equipment to a susceptible           implemented are: thoroughly disinfect all
 animal. Diseases are spread in seven           equipment designed for reuse, identify
 primary ways: Aerosol – pathogens are          livestock and maintain current
 carried in the air on moisture droplets from   management records, carefully monitor
 sneezing or coughing; Direct Contact –         livestock changes in behavior for
 pathogen contacts an open wound, saliva,       adverse health symptoms, keep livestock
 blood or mucous membranes, or is passed        and wildlife separated, control pest
 from nose to nose by rubbing and biting;       populations, avoid fecal and urine
 Oral – susceptible animals consume             contamination of feed and water, and
 disease-causing pathogens; Reproductive        create a readily accessible list of
 – pathogens are spread during mating or        resource people and their emergency
 gestation; Vehicles – contaminated                  contact information.
 objects such as needles, trailers,
 clothing or trucks transfer the                    Protecting livestock and the
 disease-causing pathogen; Vector-                  implementation of a biosecurity plan
 Borne – a living insect, animal or                 will result in healthier animals,
 human carries the disease from an                  increased profits and a barrier to
 infected animal to a susceptible                   inadvertent introduction of disease
 one; and Fomites – diseases are                    pathogens into the herd.
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                                                                time” to make payments on monthly bills. At
                                                                least 21 days after they are mailed or delivered.
                                                           ›    Clearer due dates and times: Issuers would no
                              Marian Ross, M. S.                longer be able to set early morning or other ar-
                            County Extension Agent              bitrary deadlines for payments. Cut-off times
                          Family and Consumer Sciences          set before 5 p.m. on the payment due dates
                                                                would be illegal under the new credit card law.
      Unless you have not watched television, read              Payments due at those times or on weekends,
a newspaper, or surfed the internet in the last                 holidays or when the card issuer is closed for
year, you may not know about the credit CARD                    business will not be subject to late fees.
Act of 2009, which was signed into law May 22,             ›    Highest interest balances paid first. Consum-
2009. The new requirements are being phased in,                 ers have accounts that carry different interest
starting in August 2009, with the majority of the               rates for different types of purchases. Pay-
provisions being put into effect February 22, 2010              ments in excess of the minimum amount due
and a few others still to come in July, August and              must go to balances with higher interest rates
December. Once in effect, the law will fundamen-                first.
tally change the way credit card issuers market,           ›    Limits on over-limit fees: Consumers must “opt
bill and advertise credit cards.                                in” to over-limit fees.
Highlight from February 22:                                ›    Subprime credit cards for people with bad
                                                                credit: People who receive subprime credit
›   Interest rate hikes on existing balances would              cards and are charged account-opening fees
    be allowed only under limited conditions. In-               that eat up their available balances would get
    terest rates on new transactions can increase               some relief. These upfront fees cannot exceed
    only after the first year.                                  25 percent of the available credit limit in the
›   “Universal Default”, the practice of raising in-            first year of the card.
    terest rates on customers based on payment             ›    Minimum payments: Issuers must also provide
    records with other unrelated credit issuers (i.e.           information on how much users must pay each
    utility companies and other creditors), would               month if they want to pay off their balances in
    end for existing credit card balances (July 1,              36 months, including the amount of interest.
    2010). Note: Card issuers would still be al-           ›    Provisions for restoring interest rates to previ-
    lowed to use universal default on future credit             ous levels if cardholders show six months of
    card balances if they give at least 45 days ad-             good behavior starts August 22, 2010. Gift
    vance notice of the change.                                 cards are going to be valid for at least 5 years
›   The right to opt out: Consumers now have the                and requiring fees that are reasonable will also
    right to opt out of -- or reject -- certain signifi-        go into effect August 2010.
    cant changes in terms on their accounts. Opt-
    ing out means cardholders agree to close their             Law doesn’t cover everything:
    accounts and pay off the balance under the
    old terms. They have at least five years to pay
                                                           ›    Consumers should take note: Although the re-
    the balance.                                                forms are the most dramatic changes in credit
                                                                card laws in decades, they do not protect card
›   Limited credit to young adults: Credit card is-             users from everything. Issuers can still raise
    suers will be banned from issuing credit cards              interest rates on future card purchases and
    to anyone under 21, unless they have adult co               there is no cap on how high interest rates can
    -signers on the accounts or can show proof                  go. Business and corporate credit cards are
    they have enough income to repay the card                   also not covered by the protections in the
    debt. Credit card companies must stay at                    CARD Act. Credit card companies can also
    least 1,000 feet from college campuses if they              continue to close accounts and slash credit lim-
    are offering free pizza or other gifts to entice            its abruptly. Banks are already finding ways
    students to apply for credit cards.                         around the law and launching new fees not
›   More time to pay monthly bills: Issuers must                specifically banned by the credit card reform
    give account holders “a reasonable amount of                law.
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                                                    Create an ambiance of wellness!
                                                       The more physical activity exists in
                                                          an organized fashion in and around
                                                          our communities, the more likely it
                   Mónica Santiago, BBA, MEd
                    County Extension Agent -
                                                          will be that those who live and work
                      Urban Development                   within it will embrace this spirit of
                                                          wellness and participate because it
                                                          is part of the community’s spirit of
                 2010 has welcomed the                    existence. It is accepted, promoted,
                 launching of Tarrant                     and encouraged.
                 County’s first Walking School      Develop relationships with your
Bus – an organized effort to bring back the           neighbors!
good ol’ days of walking to school while so-           A Walking School Bus provides an
cializing with friends and receiving a nice dose          opportunity to meet those neighbors
of much needed physical activity, while con-              you would not have met otherwise.
tributing to a healthier environment.                     It allows for the creation and foster-
                                                          ing of new relationships between
       Choosing to walk it, rather than ride it,
                                                          students and families thereby creat-
has invaluable benefits; not only to the stu-
                                                          ing an atmosphere of trust and se-
dents, but to the community at large. Here
                                                          curity in knowing that the entire
are some to name a few!
                                                          “village” is participating in ensuring
 Students improve their brain power,                    the wellness of its children.
   ability to learn, and overall state of           Improve and Increase the Safety in
   mind!                                              your Community!
    Dr. John Ratey from Harvard Medical              The more people are out and about,
      School explains that, “Exercise im-                 the less likely that undesirable
      proves circulation throughout the                   events will occur. Getting out and
      body, including the brain. Brain cells              having an abundance of people
      become more resilient and pliable,                  walking and patrolling the streets of
      therefore, more ready to link up. It’s              their neighborhood as they engage
      this linking up that allows us to retain            in an organized walk with dozens of
      new information.” Exercise has been                 other families creates a safe envi-
      shown to improve a person’s metabo-                 ronment for children and adults
      lism, reduce levels of stress, and im-              alike.
      prove mood and attention.                     Improve Air Quality and Decrease
 Build a sense of community!                        Traffic Congestion!
    Schools, neighborhood associations,              The more you walk, the less you
      local police departments, residents,                drive. This results in lowered levels
      area businesses, and others can all                 of emissions and decreased traffic
      collaborate in an effort to provide a               conditions, resulting in cleaner air in
      more organized and safe way for chil-               and around your community.
      dren to walk to their schools. Vol-
                                                      Be a passenger on the Walking School
      unteering your time, donating sup-
                                                      Bus and walk your way to a healthier
      plies, providing incentives, and
                                                      environment, a safer community, more
      sharing the word can all help to
                                                      desirable air quality, and a more im-
      make an organized effort success-
                                                      proved physical state of being!
      ful and the children will love you for it!
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                                                  sugar, and additives. These types of
                                                  snacks are not usually filling or satisfy-
                                                  ing, which may lead you to even more
      Julia Cañas
County Extension Agent -                          snacking.
  Nutrition & Health
                                               2. The real key to healthy snacking is bal-
                                                  ance and moderation. Planning ahead
                                                  can allow you to achieve both. Selecting
                                                  nutritious snacks ahead of time will
                                                  make you less apt to grab something
                                                  that isn’t healthy. Whenever possible,
 Despite the growing nutritional aware-           prepare your own snacks from fresh,
 ness of most Americans, there is still a         healthy ingredients. These could be a
 strong tendency for many to not follow           banana, cheese stick, or a small bag of
 recommended guidelines for healthy eat-          sliced apples, popped popcorn tossed
 ing. “One of the main shortcomings of            with some Parmesan cheese, or a ½ c.
 the national diet is the excessive calorie       of pre-cooked edamame beans in pods
 intake that underpins obesity,” says Al-         with a pinch of coarse salt.
 issa Rumsey, RD, a dietitian at Weill
 Cornell Medical Center’s Department of        3. Avoid snacks with trans fats. Trans fats
 Food and Nutrition. Research shows               raise levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol
 more than one-third of Americans are             and lower HDL, or “good,” cholesterol.
 obese, with many more being over-                They are most often found in snack
 weight.                                          foods such as crackers, snack cakes or
                                                  packaged doughnuts.
 One of the greatest challenges in trying
 to attain or maintain a healthy weight is      4. Be a savvy label reader. Check labels
 unhealthy snacking. It is a major con-           instead of being led by packaging claims
 tributor to the obesity epidemic. Accord-        that a food is low in calories or healthy.
 ing to a consumer research group, Pack-          Often times, packaged foods claiming to
 aged Facts, Americans consumed $68.1             be low in calories are high in salt.
 billion in packaged snack foods in 2008.
                                               5. Be aware of portions. Nutrition labels list
 With proper portions and healthy food            ingredients per serving but if a serving is
 choices, snacking can enhance a per-             one ounce and you eat several, you
 son’s health; however, this does not in-         need to take that into account. You may
 clude indulging in potato chips, fruit bars      be taking in many more calories than
 and candy. In order to adopt healthy             you realize.
 snacking, here are some important
 things to know and regularly practice:        6. Try not to exceed snacks that are more
                                                  than 100-200 calories. Otherwise, you
 1. Snacks that may be advertised as              may push your overall calorie consump-
    guilt-free with only 100-calories may         tion higher than you want, making you
    not be as good for you as you think.          more apt to gain unwanted weight. Maxi-
    While a product may be calorie-               mize snacks such as fruits and vegeta-
    controlled, it may have few nutrients         bles or those that are high in protein or
    and consist primarily of white flour,         whole grains.
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                                     Darlene Myatt
                                   Extension Agent -
                               Expanded Food & Nutrition
                                Education Program - Youth

           While the weather outside may soon be sizzling, metroplex
         youngsters will discover a delightful way to "chill out" despite
         the threat of triple-digit temps!

              The annual Youth Enjoying Summer (YES) outreach
         program offers a refreshing alternative for everyone. Since it’s
         debut in 1976, the partnership involving Girl Scouts of Texas
         Oklahoma Plains, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education
         Program (EFNEP) and local youth development organizations
         has grown from three inner-city locations to twenty-eight sites
         in 2009. From Fort Worth to Arlington and points beyond, this
         year’s action-packed schedule once again includes a variety
         of recreational and educational projects with creative arts,
         special guest presentations, field trips and participation in
         community events.

              Group meetings are conducted by trained staff and volun-
         teers at neighborhood centers, churches, apartment communi-
         ties and day care facilities. Based on previous attendance
         records, this season's collaborative effort is expected to reach
         as many as 2,000 school-age boys and girls. YES!!

              Call the EFNEP office today at 817-212-7501 to get the
         latest scoop on these and other cool year-round program
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                                                                Believe it or not, your landscape can
                                                       look terrific all year long with minimum up-
                                  Steve Chaney
                                                       keep and watering, and no toxic chemicals at
                            County Extension Agent -   all. All you have to do is start relying on those
                                  Horticulture         wonderful native and adapted plants that
                                                       Mother Nature put in your area thousands of
                                                       years ago. That’s what makes a plant native
                                                       or adapted: it has been around for so long, it
                                                       has learned to cope with the unique condi-
                                                       tions in your area!

                                                               Today virtually every state has an ac-
                                                       tive native plant ( and/or wildflower
                                                       society ( National and
                                                       Regional gardening magazines regularly fea-
        Ever wonder why there is such an                ture articles on native and adapted plants as
explosion of Gardening shows on TV all                  well as even recreating native plant habitats.
over the country? Why your big national                 Texas AgriLife Extension Service regularly
retail chains devote so much of their floor             trains Master Gardeners in techniques of
space to gardening centers? And why is                  how to conserve water and the use of native
the gardening section of your local bookstore          and adapted plants in the landscape. Even
more crowded then sections on cookbooks and            Garden Clubs, long the bastions of traditional
new wonder diets?                                      gardening, now include programs on this ex-
                                                       citing subject.
         The implications seem to be that
gardening is an incredibly tough and tedious                   As water use becomes more critical,
undertaking. Not only do we need an army of            you will find that, to have a successful and
experts to advise and guide us, but we must put        beautiful garden, we have to change our old
out Herculean efforts, pruning, weeding,               ideas and be open to new ways of doing
watering and mowing if we want our landscapes          things!
to survive and look pretty. We have to spend
tons of money at our neighborhood nurseries                     In a garden that imitates the principles
and garden supply centers for seeds, chemical          of nature, there is balance and beauty; most
fertilizers and insecticides, and                       problems take care of themselves. So stop
replacement plants for the last bunch we                fighting Mother Nature and let her do your
bought that seemed to die at an alarming                gardening for you. She’s the best gardener
rate.                                                   of all!!

        Conventional gardening – the type
practiced by the vast majority of American
homeowners – calls for just this sort of all-out
effort. And the reason is simple: To a great
degree, we are fighting Mother Nature. We are
doing it the hard way!

       Guess what? We have great news for
you! It doesn’t have to be that way!
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                                                       ing, provided the greatest energy savings.
                                                       The next best way to save energy was to raise
                                                       the thermostat. He found an energy savings
                                                       of 3.3% for each degree increase in tempera-
                       Laura M. Miller
                    County Extension Agent -           ture.
                                                       Dr. Laband hopes his findings will encourage
                                                       real estate developers to preserve existing
Summertime officially begins in June, but here         trees when constructing new houses. He
in North Texas it can start early and end late.        found significant differences in energy use be-
Keeping cool is a priority for many and our air        tween older homes with large trees and new
conditioning units work round the clock to main-       homes with out, despite the fact that newer
tain comfortable indoor temperatures. There is         homes had more energy efficient appliances
another truly greener way to keep cool this            and better insulation.
summer. Use plants.
                                                        Growing a shade tree is a long term under-
Plants cool us down in two ways. They                    taking, but shrubs and vines can provide
provide shade and they transpire. Shade                  some late afternoon shade relatively quickly
is a valuable commodity in warm climates               when properly sited on the west side of a
where well over half of residential energy             structure.
consumption can be attributed to air condition-
ing. Transpiration is little a more subtle but still   Evaporation, Transpiration, and Cooler
provides significant cooling benefits.                 Temperatures
                                                       Everyone who has stepped out of a shower
Forecasting Sunshine with a Touch of                   has experienced the cooling effects of evapo-
Shade                                                  ration, the change in state that occurs when
Strategically placed deciduous trees (those that       liquid water becomes water vapor. Transpira-
lose their leaves in winter) can reduce cooling        tion is the movement of water through a plant.
costs in the summer while allowing for passive         Water vapor is released from the stomata of
heating from the sun in the winter. An Ameri-          plants and moves into the atmosphere. Both
can Forests study in Dade County (Miami) Flor-         processes consume heat energy and cool the
ida, a very warm and humid place, found that           surrounding air.
trees provided direct energy savings equaling
3.3% of total consumption. The same study              Chris Martin, Professor of Horticulture at Ari-
estimated that the addition of one mature tree         zona State University (ASU) reports that re-
in the right place per residence would provide         cent studies at ASU have shown that, during
an additional 6.4% energy savings.                     hot summer afternoons, the surfaces of homes
                                                       next to a healthy summer lawn can be as
Dr. David Laband, Professor of Forestry and            much as 10 degrees cooler than similar homes
Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University in Ala-         surrounded by desert landscaping. The term
bama, another hot place, recently concluded             ‘Desert Landscaping’ is used to describe a
that electricity usage and associated costs             turf free landscape that features desert plants
will be 11.5 % less if a house has just 17.5            and is often covered with inorganic mulch
% shade coverage when compared to a                     such as stone. The key to cooling with tran-
house with no shade. His study of 160                   spiration is simply the volume of plant mate-
houses in the Auburn area covered an                    rial. There is a direct correlation between
entire year, but found the greatest impact              leaf surface area and cooling effect.
of trees in the months of May through Sep-
tember. The study calculated shade coverage              Cool Down Beautifully
for each house, analyzed power bills and sur-          Trees provide shade; plants in any environ-
veyed homeowners about household make up,              ment cool us by transpiring. You might be
electricity usage habits, types of appliances,         able to fry an egg on the cement this summer,
building materials and other factors.                  but you won’t be able to do that on the soccer
                                                       field. And,with apologies to Joyce Kilmer, “I
Late afternoon shade, which is best provided           think that I shall never see an air conditioning
by trees and shrubs on the west side of a build-       unit as lovely as a tree.”
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                   Shannon Johnson-Lackey
                    4-H Extension Agent
                Cooperative Extension Program

      As the school year winds to an end in preparation for summer break, it is often a
      reminder that vacations or stay-cations are upon us. Trips may have been planned
  months, weeks or days before the scheduled departure. Excitement builds as thoughts of
  potential adventures loom. With the promise of new discoveries, plentiful memory-making
  experiences and the knowledge that you cannot get these days back, do not forget to
  pack the camera.

  Your camera is an essential tool while you seek new experiences away from home. The
  camera will aide in recording those memories you’ll want to relive time and time again. A
  handy camera is paramount in capturing those smiles which occur unexpectedly or the
  look of amazement at the discovery of a sought-after treasure.

  Kodak offers consumers tips on taking photographs while vacationing. One of their tips
  suggests that you should aim to “Tell a Story”. The following excerpt is from their website
                                                Tell a Story
   Use pictures to tell the story of your trip, from the time of your departure to your return.

   Capture the details. Take pictures of signs, ticket stubs, menus, local maps and more.

    Capture the emotions. Take individual pictures of each member of your travel party
                    with their favorite landmarks, rides, eatery or animal.

                Carry a small note book to jot down quick details to use later.

  This suggestion will help guide you in your picture-taking. It will also provide you with a
  plethora of pictures to work with for that post-vacation scrapbook.

  I have often tried to tell a story with the pictures that I have taken while on vacation. I am
  reminded of a trip that I took to New York while I was in college. I have pictures of my
  friends and I on the plane, on the train and in the taxi. We have pictures at various
  landmarks, such as standing in line outside of the Apollo Theatre, looking upwards
  towards a lighted Time Square or sitting atop of the bull on Wall Street. The many
  pictures I have of that trip catapult me back to the hustle and bustle of the city, dancing on
  a subway platform, eating cheesecake from Junior’s or watching a Broadway play. And
  due, in part, to my trusted Ricoh 35mm camera, I’ll have these memories forever.

  Don’t Delay, Pack Your Camera Today!!!
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                                        Cindy Bryant
                                 County Extension Agent 4-H

 The Texas 4-H Center, located on Lake Brownwood, provides children with the chance to
 develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests.
 Finding the right camp for your child is as important as helping them find the right college!
 Annually, five or more sessions are offered each summer for youth ages 9 to age 18. 4-H
 membership is NOT required for most camps. The 4-H Center is accredited by the
 American Camp Association.

 Adventure Challenge 2010: Kayaking the Brazos
 This exciting outdoor adventure program is especially designed for youth ages 9-14 who
 possess an adventurous spirit, enjoy the outdoors, and are up for an exciting challenge!

 Out where "The West Begins", the Brazos area is rich in the history of roving Comanches
 and early Texas settlers. With little commercial development, it remains much the same as
 in the time of the Texas Cowboy.

 The Texas 4-H Center will serve as home base for this six night, seven day, excursion,
 June 20-26, 2010. A maximum of 14 youth will be selected on a first come-first serve

 The Leadership Experience Adventure Program LEAP is an adventure-based program that
 utilizes a state-of-the-art challenge course as a tool to develop teamwork, communication,
 and personal growth. The program is designed to work with each group individually to
 address specific needs and goals.

 County Camps
 County Camp programs are designed to provide an opportunity for youth to experience
 summer camp while enjoying the advantage of meeting youth from across the State.
 Participants will enjoy canoeing, swimming, the climbing wall, drama, riflery, archery, arts
 and crafts, games, special events and more!

 The Texas 4-H Conference Center offers a variety of summer opportunities geared towards
 all ages and interests of youth. General camps, topic focused camps, and more! There truly
 is something for everyone!

 Additional information on camp opportunities can be located on their website: http://
 Source: Texas 4-H Center
 Extension in the City                                                         Page 12

PO BOX 1540                                                   POSTAGE & FEES PAID
FORT WORTH TX 76101 1540                                    TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION

                                     Dana Tarter 
                               County Extension Director 

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