Raíces: Día de Muertos Community Gathering & Mercado
In Dripping Springs, Texas

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In 2021, I partnered with various groups to offer a hybrid Día de Muertos event that included the first ever Día de Muertos community altar in Dripping Springs, as well as various online presentations regarding palliative care, end of life planning, and a web page for caregivers.​

The 2021 Mindful Remembrance and Ofrendas event.

I am so very happy to once again partner with Teresa Carbajal Ravet, owner of Sententia Vera Cultural Hub, to offer the Raíces: Día de Muertos Community Gathering. This event will  include an altar-building workshop prior to setting up our community altar, as well as a presentation about the importance of native plant restoration for our backyard habitats.

With this year’s focus on raíces (roots) both ancestral and in our ecoregions, we are happy to introduce the Raíces: Día de Muertos Handmade Mercado that will celebrate the handmade tradition and our region's natural resources.  All event activities will take place at the lovely Sententia Vera Cultural Hub, one of the first green buildings constructed by a group of environmentalists and community members of Dripping Springs and the Central Texas Hill Country.
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October 16 - October 22, 2022 is Texas Native Plant Week!

Some of the benefits of native plants:

Provide seeds, nuts, nectar and fruits for birds,

bats,  pollinating insects, and butterflies.

Attract insects for birds to consume.

Provide habitats for birds, wildlife and 

larval host plants for butterflies.

Protect the soil with long root systems.  

Require less maintenance compared

to introduced species. 

Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides.  

Add beauty to the landscape and preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.

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Source: The benefits of going native by the NPSOT

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The first Earth Day Proclamation
for Dripping Springs, Texas!

The Dripping Springs Community Empowering Positive Change group will be submitting the first Earth Day proclamation on April 5th for Dripping Springs, and these are among the groups being recognized   for their community education and advocacy: 
 

LIGHTS OUT TEXAS for migrating birds!

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Every spring and fall, between a third and a quarter of all birds migrating at night through the United States travel through Texas. Lights Out Texas is a campaign of education, awareness, and action that focuses on turning out lights at night during the spring and fall migrations to help protect the billions of migratory birds that fly over Texas annually. Learn more about the Lights Out Texas campaign and how to help, especially during peak migration periods by turning off lights between 11 pm and 6 am. 

Spring Migration Dates*

Full Spring Migration Period:

March 1 - June 15

Critical Spring Peak Migration Period:

April 19 - May 7

Fall Migration Dates*
Full Fall Migration Period: August 15 - November 30
Critical Fall Peak Migration Period: September 5 - October 29
*Migration dates vary from year to year. Please visit the Audubon Texas website for the latest dates.

Nature-inspired Art

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