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FFA selling poinsettias; deadline November 28

Rockdale FFA members are selling poinsettias as a fund-raiser. The plants, $12 each, are 6 to 8 inches and orders are due by Nov. 28. Contact an FFA member, Friends for FFA member, or RHS Ag Department to order.

“You know you’re already going to buy 1 or 3, so use this opportunity to support Rockdale youth,” said Lorna Gibson, spokesperson.

Alcoa Retirees’ Christmas meeting set December 14

Next meeting of Alcoa Retirees-Rockdale will be Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Alcoa Lake Training Center.

“This will be our Christmas meeting,” said Doug Williams, spokesman. “Set up will start at 3 p.m. and volunteers are needed,” he said.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. A short business meeting will begin at 5:45 and the meal at 6 p.m.

“ There will be no gift exchange but retirees are asked to br ing canned goods which will go to the RCS food pantry,” Williams said.

Vertical gardening topic for Crown club members

Crown Garden Club welcomed Jimette Fatheree as a new member at the November meeting Thursday at the home of Michele Fletcher, with Roberta Pounders as co-hostess.

After refreshments were served, the group moved to the patio where Mrs. Fletcher, a master gardener, gave a program on vertical gardening. She presented many ideas for this practice and also demonstrated building a vertical container which can hold a large number of plants, using a wooden pallet.

The December meeting will be a luncheon at the home of Barbara Nelson where Christmas gifts will be exchanged. It was decided to give a $100 donation to both the Christmas Roundup and Child Protective Services to be used for Christmas gifts.

New officers and the hostess schedule for 2018 will be announced in December.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

Master Naturalists plan series of class, field trips

El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is planning a series of weekly training classes for new members, from Jan. 4 until the end of March.

Classes will be scheduled at the Milano United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays with four field trips planned on Saturdays.

Don Travis, spokesman, said classes and field trips will provide training in water conservation, mammalogy, botany, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, wildscapes, climatology and more.

Visit, and look at the chapter’s page on Training for more details. Contact any of chapter class leaders to get signed up before the Dec. 15 deadline. FMI: Dorothy Mayer, 254-482-3235, or Pamela Neeley, 254-482- 0822.

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