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Ford's 'stache nets SJE $1K

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Community

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At Monday's DPISD Board of Trustees meeting, representatives from the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union presented a $1,000 check to San Jacinto Elementary. GCEFCU's Kyle Ford, third from the right, earned the funds for SJE by winning an online moustache-growing contest via Facebook. Photo provided by DPISD.

Photo Gallery: Totally Texas 2012

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Perfect weather under the Big Blue Texas sky made it a perfect day for Totally Texas! check out this photo gallery from the festival and parade from our friends at Deer Park Photos!

Totally Texas, weather combine for festive weekend

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

TotallyTexasCarnSunny weather and many activities helped a revamped Totally Texas get off to a good start.

A beautiful, sunny weekend set the mood for the 2012 Totally Texas Festival at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center last weekend.

The festival kicked off Thursday evening with the opening of the carnival, which stayed open throughout the festival. Friday saw the Totally Texas Beauty Pageant and the crowning of Tessalynn Themis as 2012 Miss Deer Park.

The bulk of the festivities were held on Saturday, beginning with the Shell Deer Park sponsored third annual Strides for Schools 5K fun run.

Celebrate Texas Independence with Dow

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battle reeanactmentThe best-attended educational event of the year will be the 176th Anniversary of Texas Independence celebrated at the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle reenactment on Saturday, April 21.

Thanks in part to a major sponsorship from Dow's local manufacturing sites, the youngest festival goers will find plenty of fun in the Children's Area, including crafts, an 1890's cowboy camp, a chuck wagon and a 55-foot train. Various performances on the Children's stage throughout the day will include a flamenco performance, Birds of Prey, a Medicine Man Show and a Flying Flea Circus.

Kids can also step back in time and interact with historical demonstrators such as blacksmiths, weavers and craftsmen.

2012 Miss Totally Texas Pageant winners

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

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The ladies crowned at the 2012 Totally Texas Beauty Pageant include Tiny Miss Savannaha Monteith, Junior Petite Miss Madisyn Villalovos, Petite Miss D'Auna Brooks, Junior Miss Rebecca Shaffer and Miss Deer Park Tessalynn Themis. Photo by Ashley Smith.

Dow's Free Family Sundays a hit at Armand Bayou

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ABNCPhoto provided by the Dow Chemical Company.Reconnect with Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center for free this Sunday and discover why 40 years ago this land was set aside to do "nothing" with. Learn about the Tall Coastal Prairie at ABNC, create your own trash to treasure art, play games and discover how our forefathers lived on the land. Families who visit ABNC on Sunday, April 15 will be admitted free, thanks in part to a contribution from The Dow Chemical Company's Houston area manufacturing sites. Dow is underwriting the Sunday in Nature program and free admission every third Sunday throughout 2012 to encourage outdoor family activities and participation in Armand Bayou's unique nature programs.

On the third Sunday of each month throughout 2012, a new program will reconnect visitors to nature with a different educational topic and activities designed to engage and entertain the entire family. Most activities are scheduled between 1-3 p.m.

Smith's yard earns Petal Pusher honors

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Merllean Smith at 2322 Erin Glenn is the recipient of the Yard of the Month for April from the Petal Pusher’s Garden Club.  Her front yard is full of airy nasturtium, lily of the Nile, snapdragons, cosmos and various little statuesque bunnies.  Smith said she and her sister get their green thumbs from their mother who loved gardening and flowers.   Smith shared a great piece of advice told to her many years ago, “Every time you go outside, remember to take your clippers. There is always something to clip!” 

Artist finds inspiration through passion

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

april artist_of_the_monthApril artist of the month Edith West is able to paint a wider variety of subjects thanks to art classes she continues to take. Photo by Ashley Smith.

Inspiration can come from many parts in a person's life, but the one thing that April's artist of the month Edith West has learned is the passion for a project can itself be inspiring.

"The things I like, I tend to do better," West said. "If the painting is for somebody and I know it's a subject they are going to like, I tend to have more interest in it."