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Butterfly project plans three free programs

MILANO—The Milano community project, “Bring Back the Monarchs to Milano Junction Memorial Garden,” will sponsor the following free courses at the Milano Community Center, 303 W. Avenue E:

• Noon Friday, May 24, “Sex in the Garden—Butterfly Garden, That Is,” by Flo Oxley, a professor in Austin who has lent her expertise many years at the LBJ Wildflower Center.

• Friday, May 24, “Mycology is Better Than Yours—Texas Mushrooms,” by Flo Oxley, from 1 until 3 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 29, “Advanced Monarchs,” presented by Dr. Kiphart and Cathy Downs, 9 a.m. until noon in Milano. Dr. Kiphart is a Monarch Larval Monitoring trainer and Conservation Specialist. Downs is a NABA leader and Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist. Topics will include the plight of the Monarch butterfly and milkweed ecology. Live Monarch specimens will be presented.

RSVP necessary to reserve a seat. FMI/RSVP: Debbi Harris: milanojunctionmemorialgarden@yahoo.com.

Crown Garden Club will tour Bullock Museum

Crown Garden Club’s May meeting will be a trip to the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin to view exhibits and see an IMAX theatre presentation of “Flight of the Butterflies,” a 3D adventure story that spans thousands of miles of migration that the Monarch Butterflies make each year.—Peggy Cooke, reporter

Milano Opry to celebrate 4th anniversary Saturday

MILANO—The monthly Milano Opry doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Milano High School, according to Lynn Martin, publicist.

“ The show will start at 7 p.m. and we will celebrate our fourth anniversary,” she said. “ We’ll have BBQ sandwiches and ‘burgers with trimmings along with homemade pies so everyone is invited to come early and eat.”

Guest performers will be “Rian C Band” (Rian and Riley Castillo), Jeremy Wade and Mossimo (Jerry) Gerosa along with fiddler Heather Rae. House band members are Billy Barnett, Michael Herod, Michael Wall, Ab Woods, Johnny Foster and Martin.

Opry proceeds go to scholarships for Milano graduates. “Bring the family and enjoy a ‘big show in a small town’,” Martin said.

Sunshine quilters to meet on May 29

Sunshine ‘n Shadows Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church fellowship hall. Members will work on individual projects, according to Eddie Davidson, spokesperson. Visitors and new members are welcome. FMI: 446-6316.

Genealogy society will meet here May 28

Milam County Genealogical Society’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 in the conference room of Citizens National Bank (rear entrance). Eugenia Newton will present the program.

Members with surnames beginning with A-P are responsible for refreshments. Charles and Marie Hubert will supply paper goods, ice and drinks. Visitors are welcome.—Linda Whorton, publicity

Smyrna Cemetery yearly work day set for June 1

MILANO— Smyrna Cemetery will hold its yearly work day from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 1 at the cemetery near Milano, according to Linda Farris, spokesperson.

“If this cemetery is not mowed and cared for, it will be lost,” she said. “All labor is out of love and memory for our relatives.” She said the work day is for everyone who has a family member buried in the cemetery.

FMI: 405-598-2488.

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesdays. Greg Nichols is bereavement coordinator. Location is Standards Hospice, 602 N. Travis in Cameron. FMI: 254-284- 0045, extension 2013.


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