Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please join the google email system!


In an effort to try to get emails out we are moving to google groups. Please join the list.  This is a private list only used for scouting and CrossTimbers communications. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Roundtable

The August 12th Roundtable will be different.  It is very important that each unit be represented.
The evening will be all communication – and I am not talking about the Communication Merit badge. It will be the District communicating to the Units about Finance, Membership, Program, Training, and Unit Service. The roundtable will also be about the Units communicating to the District  the names of key contact persons and key dates related to these five functions. It really is essential for each unit to be represented. Please 'be prepare' to share the names and contact information of key volunteers in your Unit. See the attached notice.
Roundtable is scheduled for August 12th, 7:30PM at the Pantego Christian Academy on Park Row.
Kenneth Majka, CIA, CRCM
Vice President, Compliance
Colonial Savings, F.A.
fax 817-390-2204

Naturally Fun Learning at River Legacy

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After Dark in the Park
Oct. 10-12, 2014
Don't miss this family-fun fall festival featuring a Children's Area with a variety of unique games and activities, professional storytelling, animal encounters, bounce houses, karaoke and much more! Family Fun Packs go on sale in September.
A Night With Nature
November 14, 2014
Enjoy an adult evening under the stars with heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, beer and wine, s'mores by the fire, stargazing & more! Request an invitation at kristi@riverlegacy.org


Yoga Classes
10 am, Aug. 16, River Legacy Living Science Center. Enjoy yoga and nature together during these classes led by yoga instructor Nikki Harris. Cost is $6 per person/per class. Participants should bring their own mat/equipment. RSVP to 817.860.6752, ext. 102.
Saturday Story Time
11 am, Aug. 16, River Legacy Living Science Center. Children of all ages are invited to listen to fun, seasonal stories presented by a librarian from Arlington Public Libraries. Stay after for related craft or activity. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Living Science Center Closed, Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day Holiday
Animal Exploration
2 pm, Sept. 6, River Legacy Living Science Center. 
Discover the habits and adaptations of a native animal during a live animal exploration led by a River Legacy Naturalist. FREE. RSVP to 817.860.6752.
W.A.T.E.R. (Water Awareness Through Education & Recreation) Festival
10 am - 2 pm, Sept. 13, River Legacy Living Science Center. Celebrate the wonderful resource of water with a variety of family-friendly activities, crafts, games and demonstrations. FREE!

North Texas Giving Day
6 am - midnight, Sept. 18
Donate $25 or more to River Legacy Foundation through www.northtexasgivingday.org and your gift will be amplified with more than $1.5 million in bonus funds and prizes! Donations can also be made at River Legacy Living Science Center between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
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River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy
Living Science Center
703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006


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Learning is Naturally Fun at Nature School! Enroll Today.
Nature School Fun

At River Legacy's Nature School, children ages 3 to 5 safely explore the woodland habitats just outside the doors of River Legacy Living Science Center while learning about the plants and animals that call River Legacy Parks home. Indoors, the students actively participate in songs, stories, art, dramatic play and center time exploration. This unique preschool enrichment program is led by certified early childhood education instructors who guide the children through age-appropriate engaging, hands-on curriculum focused on developing math and science process skills! But guess what - the children are having too much fun to realize that they are actually learning and building a foundation of knowledge to carry them through elementary school and beyond! Nature School is truly Naturally Fun Learning!

Children attend Nature School classes once a week from September through May. Classes are offered Monday through Friday with extended day and half-day options. To learn more about Nature School or to enroll in an available class, call 817.860.6752, ext. 102; email registrar@riverlegacy.org or visit www.riverlegacy.org.

NEW! Adopt a Wildlife Ambassador!
Wildlife ambassadors are an integral part of River Legacy Living Science Center's education and outreach programs. These animals provide a way for Nature Center visitors to learn more about these native animals and to interact with them in a safe environment. Through them, children and adults can learn, appreciate and understand the wildlife just outside their doors.

Through our Animal Ambassador Adoption Program, you can
support the care of these animals and assist the education programs that strive to encourage understanding and preservation of their natural habitats.

When you adopt one of our wildlife ambassadors for just $25, you will receive a photo of the ambassador, a wildlife fact card of the ambassador and adoption certificate. See other sponsorship levels for more benefits. To begin the adoption process, download and complete the sponsorship form and e-mail it to mary@riverlegacy.org, or you may drop it off or mail it to River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX, 76006. If the Ambassador Adoption is a gift for someone, please include recipient's full name and complete mailing information.

Upcoming Adult Workshops & Programs
River Legacy Living Science Center has some great learning and citizen-science opportunities for adults! Be sure to check out these upcoming programs and reserve your spot today!

Irrigation 101 - Saturday, August 23 - 10 am
Irrigation Learn efficient water scheduling techniques and technologies to save water and money during this class led by Dustan Compton, Conservation Program Coordinator for Arlington Water Utilities. Weather permitting, the class will also include a hands-on demonstration at the Center's outdoor educational garden.

Sustainable Landscaping with Native Plants - Saturday, August 30 - 10 am
Sustainable landscape Learn how to create a healthy habitat in your yard using native plants during this class led by Gailon Hardin of the North Central Texas Native Plant Society. Hardin has developed a sustainable landscape on her one-acre property that requires watering of established plants only in times of drought.

Invaders of Texas - Saturday, September 27 - 9 am to 1 pm
Invaders of Texas is a citizen science based invasive species detection, reporting and management system presented by Texasinvasives.org. The morning session will cover the Invaders of Texas program and introduce the new Texas Invaders mobile app. The afternoon will cover invasive pests of regulatory concern and best management practices for control and eradication of selected species. Participants will also learn about a new feature called, "Eradicator Calculator," which is designed to help organize and record volunteer-based eradication efforts. Bring a camera, GPS or smartphone if available, and lunch.

All programs are FREE, but space is limited. RSVP to 817.860.6752. Adult workshops are best suited for ages 10 and up.
Future environmental stewards start here. Make a difference. Support the work of River Legacy Foundation.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Woodwork Merit Badge - This is a great opportunity!

Crosstimbers  Scouts

My name is Rodney Gibson and I am a new Woodwork Merit Badge counselor for the Crosstimbers District. I am an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 380 where my son Nick is a registered Scout. I have been a Carpenter by profession for the last 37 years and love what I do and wanted to help scouts discover the joys of working with wood and the satisfaction from building something with their hands.

I will be having my first Merit Badge class Saturday September 6th 2014 at Northwest Christian Church 2001 N. David Dr. Arlington TX from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM . There will be some prework before the class and the majority of the class will be devoted to the actual building of the required projects for the Merit Badge. Since safety is key to any woodworking project, my class will be only 8 Scouts to provide proper supervision. Any additional adult supervision by parents is welcomed.
Prerequisites to take my class will be the following:

  • ·       The scout must have earned his Totin’ Chip and bring to the class
  • ·       The Scout must bring a Blue Card for the Woodworking Merit Badge with his Scoutmaster signature.

I will take the first 8 scouts who email or call me, please include a contact phone #. Once we have the 8 Scouts I will send out an E-mail with more details.

Unfortunately there may be more than 8 scouts who want to take the class, so once the class is full and you do not make the class I will email you informing you that I will put your name and contact information on the list for a future class.

I look forward to working with you.

Rodney Gibson / Woodworking Merit Badge Councilor

 817 688-4026 hotrod58@tx.rr.com

Monday, August 4, 2014

Volunteering at River Legacy Foundation WATER Festival

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with River Legacy Foundation.  Please find below information about volunteering at our WATER Festival and attached volunteer sign up form.  To volunteer for this event, please have members complete the form with their contact information and shift preferences and send back to me by email at alison@riverlegacy.org or by fax at 817-860-1595.

Event:  W.A.T.E.R. Festival (Water Awareness Through Education & Recreation) 
Date:  September 13, 2014
Location:  River Legacy Living Science Center (703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX)
Description:  This educational festival encourages water conservation by offering families the opportunity to explore a diversity of water-related topics in a fun way.  
Opportunity: Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities, setup, and breakdown.  These activities may include water color painting, story time, pond water monitoring, invertebrate investigations, calling all frogs, water music, acid  rain reactions, and more!
Shifts:  9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, or 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this event or volunteering with River Legacy Foundation by phone at 817-860-6752 x109 or by email at alison@riverlegacy.org.  We look forward to working with you!
Alison McRae

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