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Saturday program highlights ponds

Freshwater ponds and the plant and animal life found in them will be the topic of this Saturday’s Youth First program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The free program for children ages 4 to 12 will run from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and advance registration is needed to be sure sufficient supplies are available for each child.

Sherman Art League sets fall show; and more news from local clubs and organizations

All local artists are encouraged to take part in the annual Fall Art Show, hosted by the Sherman Art League (SAL) and held in conjunction with the Sherman Autumn and Arts Fest. Show activities are scheduled for Sept. 18-20 at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom. Judging this year’s competition is David MacSmith, a local artist specializing in fine art, creative consulting, visual communication and graphic design.

Yard of the week

Courtesy photo Yard of the Week The Keep Sherman Beautiful Commission has selected a home at 703 North Holly for its “Yard of the Week” for district 4. The Yard of the Week program will run through the end of September. Anyone having a nomination is encouraged to go to the group’s Facebook page and send a private message with the address.

Creative Arts Center hosts fall activities

BONHAM - Theater workshops, art and drawing classes, art parties, an essay contest and a special performance are all set for this fall at the Creative Arts Center (CAC). The non-profit center is located at 200 West 5th Street in Bonham and is overseen by executive director, Lisa Avila.

District 3 Yard of the Week

Courtesy photo The Lopez family residence at 125 Wilson was recently selected by Keep Sherman Beautiful as it’s “Yard of the Week” for District 3. The Yard of the Week program will continue through the end of September.

University program aims to diversify conservation workforce

SEATTLE — Growing up in Chicago, Jesse Okwu’s closest connection to nature was watching environmental documentaries on public television. So when he came to Washington for an eight-week summer program on conservation issues, and visited the state’s national parks and desert landscapes, it was his first real encounter with the wilderness.

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Talking Dogs: Salutes and tips for owning a canine friend

Dog lovers had cause to rejoice the last week of August, as the 25th was National Dog Day. This “Howliday” was started in 2004 to encourage the adoption of dogs in shelters — and bring attention to the ridiculously high numbers of such dogs. If you’ve decided you’re ready for the responsibility of owning and caring for a dog, consider finding your new companion at your local shelter or a pure breed rescue organization.

To curb shark attacks, why not just move the sharks?

Shark attacks are not as big of a problem as many people think. Despite our fear of sharks, they kill fewer than 10 people in an average year. Humans, meanwhile, kill roughly 100 million sharks annually. That means we slaughter about 10 million sharks for every person who dies in a shark attack.