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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 9/9/14 – 10AM

Come join us as we kick-off the new year of garden club meetings and events. Enjoy reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Yearbooks for 2014/2015 will be distributed.

Date/Time:         Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 10AM

Location:              Sunnyvale Community Center

417 E. Tripp Road

Sunnyvale, Texas 75182


Program:       “Designing Ikebana” –   Learn the creative techniques of designing Sogetsu, a school of Ikebana, or Japanese floral art.

Program Speaker: 

Maryann Moreland*, Dallas County Master Gardener, Sogetsu Grade 4 Instructor. Master Flower Show Judge, Master TX Design Consultant

*Authoritative Speaker


Sallyann Nevins (Lead), Cookie White, Deborah Stafford, Emile Metzger, Faye Nabors, Kara Ranta, Sylvia Vaughn


Call to Order, President’s Welcome, Inspirational
Dedication of Yearbook
Pledge of Allegiance
Officer/Committee Reports
Old and New Business
National Gardner & Lone Star Gardener Reports

 Activity:    Collect money and food for Sharing Life and Christian Care


NGC Member Service Items,  Sale of Vision of Beauty Calendar, Sign up for Flower Show School in Dallas Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Submitted by: Martha Billman – Communications Committee



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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

by Ginny Hale

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup dark syrup


In a large pan, cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved.


2 cups of crunchy peanut butter

4 cups of rice krispies


Make into balls. Cool in the refrigerator.

Melt 4 squares of dark chocolate bark dipping chocolate and two  tablespoons of cooking oil.

Dip balls and cover with chocolate. Cool on parchment paper or foil. Store in the refrigerator until chocolate is cool and set. Place in mini muffin papers. Store in air tight container.

Makes 60 peanut butter balls

Helpful hints

This krispie mixture will be hot.

You may want to grease your hands.

Work quickly.

You can use an ice cream scoop to make uniform balls.

I used 10 bars of chocolate bark.


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The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

This holiday season, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will unveil a one-of-a-kind, blockbuster Christmas exhibit:

The 12 Days of Christmas

November 16, 2014- January 4, 2015

Reminiscent of the department store window displays of years past, this elaborate Christmas exhibit evokes magical nostalgia. A collection of 12 Victorian gazebos are encased in glass, each filled with moving costumed characters and the festive sounds of the season.

Don’t miss this incredible limited time offer to secure $5 tickets to the illuminated nighttime showings of  The 12 Days of Christmas.  Early Bird Tickets must be purchased before Sept. 1.

Buy Tickets


 Sundays-Thursdays | November 16-January 4 | 6-10 p.m.

Special Weekend Nights | November 28 & 29 | December 26 & 27 | January 2-4 | 6-10 p.m.

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Summer Symposium/Pot Luck Dinner – 08/12/14

The last symposium for the summer will be Tuesday, August 12th,  at 6:00 p.m. in  the Cafetorium at the old Sunnyvale Elementary School, 416 Tripp.   The program will start with potluck dinner and fellowship at 6:00 p.m.  After the meal, you can start on your craft.  There are lots of glassware left over from the  June symposium, so we will make glass plate flowers and totems again.  Make several for your yard or porch.  They make great gifts too!!  Also, there are some wine bottles that have drilled holes (for lights).  If you want to decorate a wine bottle with colored gems, you can do that, too.

All the supplies you need will be provided, so come,  get creative and bring a friend!!!

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee


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Water Solutions Conference – Sat, Aug. 9, 2014

watersmartWould you like to gain a better understanding of our current water situation and learn how to become “water smart”? You can learn this and more at the upcoming “Save Your Landscape for Better Days Water Solutions Conference” scheduled on Saturday, August 9th at the Rockwall County Courthouse. For more information and to register, see the form below:

WaterSolutionsConferenceRegForm 080914

Submitted by: Martha Billman, Communications Committee

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Summer Symposium/Pot Luck Dinner – July 7, 2014 – 6:00PM

Our next summer symposium and “pot luck dinner” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8th, 6:00 p.m. at 417 E. Tripp Rd. (the old elementary school).  We will eat before we start our project, so bring one of your favorite dish and a big appetite!

Instead of throwing glass wine bottles in the recycle bin, Rachel will be showing us how to use them to make beautiful accent lamps.  (see attached file).

Please RSVP to Rachel Doyle ( if you plan on attending the symposium.  She has to drill a hole in each bottle for the lights and doesn’t want to drill extras if they are not needed.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have some summer fun, eat delicious food, and fellowship with good friends.


Submitted by:  Martha Billman, Communications Committee

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Free Online “Grow Your Own Food Summit” – July 7-14

Enthusiastic food growers and community builders, Valerie Kausen and Gary Heine, have created 34 presentations to show you how growing your own food can change your life. This event is truly for everyone… because growing your own food contributes to improved health and connected community. It’s also an activity for the whole family that builds friendships in your neighborhood as you share each other’s skills and interests.

Register for FREE now at the following link:


Don’t let anyone else decide what’s in the food you eat! Change your life. Gain access to the information you need RIGHT NOW to optimize your health, connect with nature and those you love. It’s that simple.

  • Learn how to grow and eat healthy, local food.
  • Change your health and life, and that of your family, friends and neighbors.
  • Feel satisfied that you can depend on yourself.
  • Trust your own ingredients.

Learn how growing your own food helps make your local community There are serious issues to address related to our health, our community and our planet. The answers begin in your backyard–growing your own food reduces toxicity, transportation and pollution, and gives you a trusted, sustainable source of nutrition and increased happiness.

 Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

  • The Good Food Revolution is Here… Take Action!, by Will Allen, Founder, Growing Power; Winner, McArthur Genius Grant; Farmer; Author, Speaker
  • Why Our Current Food System “Just Ain’t Normal” and How to Change It, by Joel Salatin, Sustainable, Maverick Farmer; Lecturer; Author
  • How Mushrooms Created, and Can Save, the Living World!, by Paul Stamets, World-renowned Mushroom Researcher; Inventor; Entrepreneur
  • Saving Seeds, Growing Food and Ending GMOs Can Save the World, by Vandana Shiva, World-renowned Indian Activist

With over 34 total presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for you, whether you live in a city or on a farm!

Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as you register!

  • Food Growing 101, eBook by Gary Heine and Valerie Kausen
  • Saving seeds, growing food and stopping GMOs can save the world, 17-minute presentation by Vandana Shiva
  • How to create a simple home composter to supercharge your garden soil, 57-minute presentation by Mark Forman

Come listen to the Grow Your Own Food Summit ONLINE for FREE and be inspired from July 7-14, 2014.


Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee



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