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Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Spring Concert Series Kicks Off With Emerald City on April 1st

Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Spring Concert Series Kicks Off With Emerald City on April 1st

With 10 new bands, the return of popular performers, and having to skip a year due to the pandemic, the Dallas Arboretum’s 2021 Cool Thursday Concert Series is the place to listen to some favorite and new bands perform. Single tickets and fall subscriptions are now on sale to the public for the spring/summer and fall concert series that starts on April 1st with local favorite Emerald City. The Emerald City concert is already sold out, but other dates still have availability. Bands perform on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake, a picturesque view that includes the sun setting in the background during the concerts.

Business Owners’ Issues Go Beyond ‘Mom And Pop’ Label

If you own a small business, you typically don’t get a lot of recognition – so you may be pleased to learn that March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. You might not necessarily think of your business as a “Mom and Pop” operation, but it certainly contributes to the well-being of your family now, and possibly to that of future generations, too – if you make the right moves.

Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary
Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary
Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary
Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary
Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary

Brooklyn Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas Host Cornerstone Leveling Ceremony at Griffin Elementary

Last Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Brooklyn Masonic Lodge dedicated a commemorative cornerstone at Forney ISD’s Jerry & Helen Griffin Elementary School. What will be FISD’s eighth elementary school, Griffin Elementary in the Devonshire neighborhood is scheduled to begin welcoming students in the fall of 2021.

Did You Ever Listen to the “Fat Boys”….. …..And “Prince Markie Dee?”

Did You Ever Listen to the “Fat Boys”….. …..And “Prince Markie Dee?”

The “FAT BOYS” was a trio of “hip-hopsters” and were well known, especially for “beat-boxing,” which is “a musical style or technique, especially in ‘hiphop,’ in which the sounds and rhythm of percussion instruments or a drum machine are simulated by using the mouth, lips, tongue, and/or voice to create ‘funk’ rhythms.” (www.dictionary. com and www.yourdictionary.com)

Did You Know?

Leisure activities may be widely viewed as fun ways to fill up free time, but the benefits of leisure activities extend beyond beating boredom. A 2011 analysis published in the journal BBA Molecular Basis of Disease found that leisure activities have a positive impact on cognitive function and dementia. The analysis, conducted by researchers with the Aging Research Center in Stockholm who examined various studies regarding the relationship between certain activities and cognitive function, defined leisure activity as the voluntary use of free time for activities outside the home. After retirement, leisure time constitutes a large part of many retirees’ lives, and finding ways to fill that time is more beneficial than merely avoiding boredom. The researchers behind the study concluded that the existing research is insufficient to draw any firm conclusions regarding the effects of certain types of leisure activities on the risk for dementia and cognitive decline, though they did note that multi-domain cognitive training has the potential to improve cognitive function in healthy older adults and slow decline in affected individuals. A multi-domain approach to cognitive training involves memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and map reading, among other activities. Aging adults who embrace activities that require the use of such skills may find that they’re not only finding stimulating ways to fill their free time, but increasing their chances of long-term cognitive health as well.

Toyota ShareLunker Enjoys Incredible February Run of Success
Toyota ShareLunker Enjoys Incredible February Run of Success
Toyota ShareLunker Enjoys Incredible February Run of Success

Toyota ShareLunker Enjoys Incredible February Run of Success

Despite cold temperatures and an unprecedented winter storm, February proved to be a banner month for the Toyota ShareLunker program. From February 20th through the 28th, anglers reeled in eight Legacy Class largemouth bass. Six Lunkers were from O.H. Ivie, one from Conroe, and one from Lake Travis, bringing the season total to 12. February’s flurry of activity has resulted in the 2021 Legacy Lunker season tripling last year’s total with one month still remaining in the three-month collection season.

Turkey Talk

Luke with a gobbler he took with his bow a few years ago.

Turkey Talk

Spring turkey hunting at its core seems pretty basic. The hunter goes to the woods or fields where turkeys live, mimics the sounds of a love sick hen with his call and ultimately shoots a big gobbler. While this is text book turkey hunting, I can tell you from almost 40 past springs hunting them, it just ain’t that simple! After all these many springs spent in pursuit of gobblers, I can honestly say no two hunts have turned out the same,. Maybe this is what keeps me coming back year after year.

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

The 3 brothers: John, oldest (left), Harold, middle child (right), James, youngest

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

Family picture: Haskell - Father, Myrle - Mother, Brothers James, Harold and John. John was 15 in this photo and already being called “Big John.”

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

John in 1959, his “Elvis” picture!

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

First wedding anniversary, 1960, El Fenix in Downtown Dallas

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

The 3 Dardens in 1968... note Cigarettes .35

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

1968, right after the Darden’s sign was painted as a surprise for Floy by John

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

1972, John wearing white uniform shirts because they were cooler when he was pumping gas and fixing flat tires

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

John’s grey Chevy truck with a CB radio and a really tall antenna. His “handle” was Big John.

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

September, 2017, at Grand-daughter Heather’s wedding

Say, JOHN, do you think you could make my Ford…. …..Quit SQUEAKING?

I “pulled into” the station that said “DARDEN’S” and heard a voice say, “Hey, Don, how can I help you?” My answer that day was the above headline, but I had been there many times previously through the years. One thing was always constant— John Darden was going to be there, usually outside near the “lift” area, and always with a pleasant smile and greeting!

I think we need to DRINK MORE
I think we need to DRINK MORE

I think we need to DRINK MORE

My youngest son, the fitness guru; my sister, the overly concerned family member; Dr. Oz, the television show medical host, and several talk show hosts and doctors, featured in television commercials, all seem to echo the same sentiments. We Americans, and probably people everywhere, need to drink more water—or at least more liquids!

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