Planting trees topic of lecture

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. today in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Jonathan Judice, president of Twinwood Farms in Spring, will present “Tips and Tricks for Planting the Right Tree in the Right Way in the Right Spot.”

Before Twinwood Farms, Judice worked for 10 years with Environmental Design, the largest tree-moving company in the world. He served as executive vice president for almost five years. Currently, he is Twinwood’s operational manager for a diverse greenhouse and landscape operation with a mission of finding and developing suitable horticulture for the 21st Century.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the lecture series fund are appreciated.

Parking is available at the Native Plant Center and at Raguet Elementary, 2428 Raguet St. For more information, call 936-468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Clogging class to begin Monday

Clogging instruction for beginners ages 15 and up kicks off with a free introductory class at 6 p.m. Monday at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center, 1112 North St.

No dance experience is necessary, according to Rhythm Rocker Cloggers Director Donna Oliver, and shoes with taps are optional.

“No clogging shoes are required to start, but it does help to hear the sounds,” she said, adding that several pairs of loaner shoes are available in limited sizes. “Clogging is good cardiovascular exercise, helps with memory and is a stress reliever.”

For those who opt to enroll after the introductory session, the class meets each Monday through Aug. 26, and fees are $40 for the course. Monday’s class is free with no registration required. A beginner-plus course is expected to begin in the fall. For information, call the Rec Center at 936-559-2960.

Grant program to open to nonprofits

The John Harris Community Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation in Tyler is accepting grant applications through 5 p.m. Thursday, July 24.

The fund was established to support worthy civic, religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational projects that benefit the Center community, according to foundation president Kyle Penney.

Applicants are limited to non-profits with 501©(3) status. Funding will be awarded to support current projects and programs or to establish new projects, and requests for general operating support are discouraged, the organization states.

The grant committee encourages requests not to exceed $10,000; there is no minimum for a request. Recipients will be announced in August. Applications must be submitted electronically at www.etcf.org.

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