Rockdale FFA selling tickets for cooler

Rockdale FFA Chapter is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Yeti Cooler. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Proceeds from this raffle will benefit the chapter during summer and upcoming school year activities.

The cooler will be a Tundra 65 in your choice of white or tan. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. May 15 on KRXT 98.5 FM.

All FFA officers will be selling tickets.

Master Naturalist to host ESA presentations

El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist w ill host a free presentation by Chris Harper, private Lands Biologist, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service; on the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and plant and wildlife species in Texas protected by the Act.

The presentation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 17 (the 40th Anniversary Day of the ESA) at the Rising Star Baptist Church fellowship hall, 1055 Texas Street in Rockdale.

Species listed as “endangered” are those in danger of becoming extinct in their natural range. “ Threatened” means a species may become endangered within the near future.

Milam County possibly has two endangered species listed. The Houston Toad, Bufo houstonensis and Navasota Ladies’-tresses, Spiranthes parksii, a species of orchid. Both species are endemic to Texas.

Free Monarch classes set this month in Milano

The Milano community project, “Bring Back the Monarchs” to the Milano Junction Memorial Garden is going strong.

Efforts to share knowledge to the community, the following free courses are being offered. These three courses will be presented at the Milano Community Center, 303 W. Ave E. and are free of charge.

From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 24 “Sex in the Garden... Butterf ly Garden that is!” will be presented by Flo Oxley. She is a professor in Austin and an expert with many years at LBJ Wildflower Center.

From 1-3 p.m. Oxley will present “ Mycology is Better than Yours-Texas Mushrooms.”

Then from 9 a. m. to noon Wednesday, May 29, “Advanced Monarchs” will be presented by Dr. Ridlon “Kip” Kiphart and Cathy Downs. Dr. Kiphart is a Monarch Larval Monitoring trainer and Conservation Specialist and Downs is a NABA leader and Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist.

In this course, just some of the topics to be discussed are the plight of the Monarch butterfly, milkweed ecology and there will be live Monarch specimens.

RSVPs are needed to reserve your seat. These courses are free of charge and are open to the public but you will need to reserve your seat.

For more information or to RSVP, e- mail Debbi Harris,

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