Announcements

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 26-year-old Joshua Carl Wulff, of Leander, on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Wulff could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

Following a referral from Pennsylvania law enforcement, CEU investigators executed a search warrant at Wulff’s residence, where child pornography was found on his laptop. Investigators confiscated additional digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit. During an interview, Wulff confessed to using online social networks to solicit children. He was booked into Williamson County Jail without incident.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online. The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources. Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.

Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March

AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce opportunities created by our innovative Texas employers, and I encourage job seekers and students to explore these opportunities with local workforce boards around the state.”

Employment in the Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added. Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March and Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private-sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March, said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs. “When Texas employers prosper, Texans prosper, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to start, grow and thrive their businesses right here at home.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.6 percent. The Lubbock and Midland MSAs each registered a rate of 4.0 percent for March.

“Texas workers have much to offer and there are resources available to help them find the perfect occupational fit, I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

An audio download with comments from Chairman Alcantar on the latest labor market data is available on the TWC press release page. Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit tracer2.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for April is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  March 2017 February 2017 March 2016
  C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 159,912.0 152,628.0 7,284.0 4.6 159,482.0 151,594.0 7,887.0 4.9 158,854.0 150,738.0 8,116.0 5.1
  Texas 13,513.7 12,838.1 675.6 5.0 13,471.3 12,777.8 693.5 5.1 13,239.7 12,648.9 590.8 4.5
  Abilene 75.0 71.9 3.2 4.2 75.0 71.7 3.3 4.4 74.6 71.7 2.9 3.9
  Amarillo 133.7 129.0 4.7 3.5 133.3 128.5 4.8 3.6 131.7 127.8 3.9 3.0
  Austin-Round Rock 1,137.3 1,096.1 41.3 3.6 1,128.9 1,086.9 42.0 3.7 1,102.4 1,067.9 34.4 3.1
  Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.1 161.3 13.8 7.9 176.1 161.9 14.3 8.1 174.5 163.2 11.3 6.5
  Brownsville-Harlingen 169.4 156.0 13.4 7.9 168.8 154.8 14.0 8.3 165.9 154.3 11.6 7.0
  College Station-Bryan 129.6 124.9 4.7 3.6 129.4 124.5 4.9 3.8 126.7 122.4 4.3 3.4
  Corpus Christi 209.9 196.1 13.8 6.6 208.6 194.4 14.2 6.8 206.8 194.9 11.9 5.8
  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,777.3 3,616.0 161.3 4.3 3,767.7 3,604.7 163.0 4.3 3,645.9 3,507.0 138.9 3.8
  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,549.4 2,441.7 107.7 4.2 2,544.8 2,435.9 108.9 4.3 2,453.1 2,361.6 91.5 3.7
  Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,227.9 1,174.3 53.6 4.4 1,222.9 1,168.8 54.1 4.4 1,192.8 1,145.3 47.4 4.0
  El Paso 358.6 339.5 19.1 5.3 359.3 339.6 19.7 5.5 348.3 331.5 16.8 4.8
  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,327.9 3,137.8 190.0 5.7 3,322.3 3,125.7 196.6 5.9 3,281.9 3,120.2 161.7 4.9
  Killeen-Temple 178.8 170.3 8.5 4.8 178.7 169.9 8.8 4.9 174.0 166.6 7.5 4.3
  Laredo 115.1 109.3 5.8 5.0 115.1 109.1 6.0 5.2 112.9 107.3 5.6 4.9
  Longview 98.3 92.1 6.2 6.3 98.3 91.7 6.5 6.6 99.2 93.8 5.5 5.5
  Lubbock 161.2 154.8 6.4 4.0 160.3 154.4 5.9 3.7 158.5 153.3 5.2 3.3
  McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 344.3 315.1 29.2 8.5 343.5 313.2 30.4 8.8 336.6 310.7 25.8 7.7
  Midland 86.8 83.4 3.5 4.0 87.2 83.5 3.7 4.2 87.9 84.0 3.9 4.4
  Odessa 75.2 71.0 4.2 5.6 75.7 71.3 4.4 5.8 76.6 71.7 4.9 6.4
  San Angelo 54.6 52.1 2.5 4.5 54.4 51.8 2.5 4.6 55.5 53.0 2.5 4.5
  San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,155.6 1,108.7 46.9 4.1 1,151.1 1,102.9 48.3 4.2 1,129.7 1,088.6 41.1 3.6
  Sherman-Denison 61.8 59.3 2.6 4.2 61.7 59.1 2.6 4.3 60.3 57.9 2.4 3.9
  Texarkana 65.3 62.1 3.2 4.8 64.9 61.5 3.4 5.3 65.2 62.4 2.8 4.3
  Tyler 107.1 102.1 5.0 4.7 107.0 101.9 5.1 4.8 104.3 99.8 4.5 4.3
  Victoria 46.8 44.2 2.6 5.6 47.1 44.4 2.8 5.9 47.3 44.9 2.4 5.1
  Waco 123.5 118.1 5.4 4.3 123.3 117.8 5.5 4.5 121.1 116.4 4.7 3.9
  Wichita Falls 64.0 61.1 2.9 4.5 63.7 60.7 3.0 4.6 64.5 61.6 2.9 4.5

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
INDUSTRY TITLE Mar 2017* Feb 2017 Mar 2016 Feb ’17 to Mar ’17 Mar ’16 to Mar ’17
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,215,100 12,205,600 11,966,100 9,500 0.1 249,000 2.1
Total Private 10,268,100 10,261,100 10,057,600 7,000 0.1 210,500 2.1
Goods Producing 1,799,400 1,788,900 1,780,300 10,500 0.6 19,100 1.1
Mining and Logging 227,100 222,300 231,400 4,800 2.2 -4,300 -1.9
Construction 714,300 710,300 695,400 4,000 0.6 18,900 2.7
Manufacturing 858,000 856,300 853,500 1,700 0.2 4,500 0.5
Service Providing 10,415,700 10,416,700 10,185,800 -1,000 0.0 229,900 2.3
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,441,700 2,447,200 2,414,200 -5,500 -0.2 27,500 1.1
Information 196,800 196,600 201,500 200 0.1 -4,700 -2.3
Financial Activities 745,700 742,900 726,800 2,800 0.4 18,900 2.6
Professional and Business Services 1,672,200 1,659,000 1,613,700 13,200 0.8 58,500 3.6
Education and Health Services 1,666,500 1,668,900 1,618,200 -2,400 -0.1 48,300 3.0
Leisure and Hospitality 1,313,200 1,325,500 1,280,300 -12,300 -0.9 32,900 2.6
Other Services 432,600 432,100 422,600 500 0.1 10,000 2.4
Government 1,947,000 1,944,500 1,908,500 2,500 0.1 38,500 2.0

[HOUSTON, TX]– The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills today announced their Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities during the months of April and May.

“It has been wonderful to see the positive response that the More Than Pink movement has generated over the past year,” said Kristen Esposito, Simon’s Vice President of Tourism and Marketing Alliances. “Our shoppers, retailers and employees have embraced the opportunities we’ve offered to support Susan G. Komen in its tireless efforts to reduce breast cancer deaths, and we look forward to continuing that momentum this year.”

Visitors to The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills will notice the pink theme carried out at the Guest Services booths and staff will be donning pink accessories. Other planned activities include:

Discount Card Program: Through May 31, in exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers at The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills will receive a Discount Card, available at Guest Services or the Mall Office, providing up to 25% off one item at each participating retailer. All Discount Card donations go to Susan G. Komen.

Project OM: Manduka, a leading yoga mat and accessory brand, is partnering with Susan G. Komen to launch “project:OM,” a mindful movement to drive positive change on an epic level. Project:OM’s debut event, taking place Mother’s Day weekend – Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 – gathers one million people to participate in the world’s largest yoga class. The massive event aims to unite individuals, families and the collective yoga community to raise funds to support Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

The Galleria and Houston Premium Outlets will participate in project:OM on Saturday, May 13. The Galleria’s class will be from 9:30 – 10 a.m. in the Nordstrom Wing near Adidas. Houston Premium Outlets will host classes from 9:30-10 a.m. and from 10:15-10:45 a.m. in Wagon Court.

To register, please visit https://www.manduka.com/projectom/. A $10 online donation will give shoppers access to the class and a voucher to present at Guest Services for a discount card (25% off participating retailers).

Local Programming:

The Galleria: The Galleria is offering a free limited-edition scarf with SGK discount book purchase.

Houston Premium Outlets: All mothers, grandmothers, families and friends are invited to Houston Premium Outlet’s Celebration of Women on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.! Shoppers will enjoy special discounts and treats at Guest Services in the Food Court, along with live entertainment and various onsite activities. Shoppers that spend $350 or more will receive a FREE gift at Guest Services, including a PINK scarf, Elizabeth Arden lipstick and personal soap for mom. Activities include:

9:30- 10 a.m.                Project OM – The Yoga class of 1 Million to Battle Breast Cancer
10:15-10:45 a.m.           Project OM – The Yoga class of 1 Million to Battle Breast Cancer
11 a.m.                         Camp Gladiator – Bootcamp intro
12 p.m.                         Opening of Mothers to be Parking

Katy Mills: Katy Mills will offer More thank Pink tabling events, Mother’s Day Prize giveaways, free gift bag and limited edition scarf with $10 voucher purchase, and many more special offers.

More Than Pink Hero Wall: An opportunity for survivors and their families to visually celebrate and honor the hero who inspires and uplifts them through their fight with breast cancer. For a $1 donation at The Galleria and Katy Mills, shoppers will receive a pink sticker on which they can write the name of the ‘More Than Pink’ Hero and place it on the wall. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen.

Hero Photo Opportunity:  An ‘I Am More Than Pink’ backdrop will be used as a photo selfie station during April and May at The Galleria and Katy Mills; and on Saturday, May 13 during the Celebration of Women at Houston Premium Outlets. All will be encouraged to use the hashtag #morethanpink

As of April 2017, Simon has raised $441,667 in support of Susan G. Komen, all generated through the support and participation of shoppers, retailers and employees.

*From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018, Simon is proud to support Susan G. Komen® and, with the help of generous individuals like you, will guarantee a contribution of at least $1,000,000 for each year of the program in connection with its various fundraising initiatives, including its discount card program, promotion of Komen’s Race for the Cure®, and promotion of Komen’s Do-It-Yourself fundraising platform.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

Pat Marks is among 13 recipients nationwide of the prestigious 2017 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Early Environmental Education

HOUSTON, Texas (April 19, 2017) – Houston Arboretum’s Associate Director, Pat Marks was recently awarded the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for Early Environmental Education. She is among 13 other recipients around the United States to be recognized for her outstanding achievements towards early childhood environmental education. Pat has been an active environmental educator for over 40 years. She started at the Arboretum in 1976 as a naturalist and, in the intervening years, served as Senior Naturalist, Education and Conservation Manager, Director of Education, and finally in her current role as Associate Director, managing eight staff members and  twenty seasonal student interns.

Pat has worked with tens of thousands of students (some of them now Arboretum Board members!), hiking through the woods in search of armadillos or a hawk overhead, dipping in the Arboretum’s ponds for crawfish and tadpoles, planting pollinator gardens full of wildflowers and much more. Pragmatic and knowledgeable, she introduces young children to the outdoors patiently and gently, making nature-lovers out of even the most skeptical students. As many as 60% of the Arboretum’s elementary-age program participants come from inner-city, Title I schools, and their experiences at the Arboretum are often their only exposure to wild space. One of Pat’s primary areas of focus in recent years has been increasing the number of economically disadvantaged students who visit the Arboretum for environmental education.

“I love working with people and introducing them to the beauty of nature It’s fun! [I’m] trying to get past people’s preconceived notions [of nature] – to observe [the outdoors] so they can go on the trails and become their own instructors”, says Pat Marks.

Pat has made regional environmental education a priority. In addition to her Texas State Teaching Certificate and State Environmental Educator certification, she is also accredited by Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation; Project WILD, a national wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators; and Project WET, a network of water resource educators. Pat was a founding member of the Environmental Educators Exchange and serves on the Texas Environmental Education Certification Advisory Council, where she is a reviewer and long-time member.

The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award annually recognizes select individuals who are enhancing the environmental education of children. Additionally, recipients are awarded $1,000 to further facilitate them in creating environmental awareness and showcasing the beauty of our planet to children.

 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The mission of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is to provide education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhance the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, one of the first nature education facilities for children in the state of Texas, provides services to nearly 200,000 visitors annually. The Arboretum also provides nature education for more than 10,000 children annually. For more information about the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and levels of membership, visit www.houstonarboretum.org<http://www.houstonarboretum.org> . Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HoustonArboretum and Twitter @HoustonArboretu; share your photos using #houstonarboretum.

Rep. Phil King and House Members standing united for Israel.

AUSTIN – Today HB 89 authored by Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) passed with unanimous support by the Texas House of Representatives.   This legislation boosts the state’s global economy by prohibiting state pension funds from being invested in companies that boycott Israel.  It also prohibits state and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

“This bill sends a strong statement that Texas stands with its friends” King said. “We will not tolerate national-origin discrimination against Israel or use our taxpayer’s dollars to support those who wish to inflict economic harm against our fourth largest trading partner.”

This bill was joint authored by State Reps. Craig Goldman, Carol Alvarado, Sarah Davis and Byron Cook.

“I am proud to be a joint author on House Bill 89 which brought Republicans and Democrats together to stand in support of Israel,” said Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University). “The bipartisan support indicates a major accomplishment for our constituencies across the state, including my own in House District 134.”

Israel is Texas’ fourth leading trade partner with numerous joint projects in agricultural research and development, science and technology and industrial research. The Lone Star State exports $495 million of product to Israel annually and, in 2012, had $118 million in military contracts alone. Nearly 300 Texas companies do business with Israel. The state also has more than $50 million in high-rated State of Israel Bonds.

Texas joins other states that have responded legislatively to this national origin discrimination.  However, the legislation passed by Texas is by far the strongest in the nation.

H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best buy date of April 29 or earlier being recalled for potential rubber in the product  

H-E-B, committed to the quality of its products, is voluntarily issuing a precautionary recall for H-E-B and Hill Country Fare sandwich bread with a best by date of April 29 or earlier due to the possible presence of a single piece of rubber in the product. This was an isolated incident.

Bread purchased in the San Antonio area, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Corpus Christi stores is not impacted by this recall.

The voluntary recall impacts the following products with the Best By date of 4/29 or earlier:

Product UPC Tie Color
Hill Country Fare Thin 4122046090 orange, green, blue
Hill Country Fare Extra Thin 4122064420 orange, green
Hill Country Fare Wheat 4122078985 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Extra Thin 4122084868 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Round Top White 4122035774 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Split Top White 4122088001 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Texas Toast 4122062888 orange, green
H-E-B 100% Whole Wheat 4122003278 orange, green, blue
H-E-B Split Top Honey Wheat 4122003108 orange, green, blue

Customers who purchased the product can return it to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez

Three-judge panel issues order on House maps in wake of recent ruling on Congressional maps.

Austin, Texas – Today, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found that the Texas Legislature engaged in intentional vote dilution in drawing multiple Texas House districts in the 2011 redistricting plans.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the order:

“Texas Republicans have admitted that they gerrymandered our electoral maps in 2011, maintaining that they did so for partisan advantage.

“But these days, mapmakers have access to interactive software tools that display granular, street-level detail and highly disaggregated information on both demographics and political behavior.

“And using this data, they carefully crafted districts to diminish Latino representation in the state and national legislative bodies. This tactic won the party nearly a decade of hegemony in Texas at the expense of our electoral system’s integrity.

“Today’s victory is the latest in a years-long struggle for justice by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and our allies, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, MALDEF, NAACP-LDF and many others.

“For years, we have waged the fight against state-sponsored discrimination without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Finally, the Texas House, Texas Senate and Congressional District electoral maps have all been found to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act as of today’s ruling.

“These victories would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of former MALC Chairman Trey Martinez Fischer, MALC Legal Counsel Ana Hernandez, and MALC Voting Rights Counsel Jose Garza, Martin Golando, and Michael Moran.”

May 5-7, 2017 

HOUSTON (April 20, 2017) – The Houston Symphony will perform the world premiere of Conquest Requiem from Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank at 8 p.m. May 5-6 and 2:30 p.m. May 7 at Jones Hall. Considered Frank’s most ambitious project to date, the requiem is the composer’s musical interpretation of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire composed for orchestra, chorus, soprano and baritone soloists.

The work is inspired by the true story of Malinche, a Nahua woman from the Gulf Coast of Mexico, who played a key role in this pivotal era in history, first as a young slave and later as an advisor and lover. Her ever-evolving prowess as an interpreter of her native Nahuatl, various Mayan dialects and Spanish elevated her position to such that she would convert to Christianity and become a mistress to Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés during his war against the Aztecs.

“I’ve long been a collector of the testimonials of the conquest’s many chroniclers – the conquistadores, the priests and friars, and the natives,” Frank said. “Tackling one aspect of the conquest for this piece comes from a personal connection to an event of such magnitude. At the same time entire societies were decimated, we witnessed the birth of new music, literature, food, political philosophies and, yes, even religions.”

Malinche, viewed in various legends as a feminist hero, treacherous villain, conflicted victim, and symbolic mother of the mestizo people, will be interpreted by Peruvian-American soprano Jessica Rivera. The role of her son Martín, one of the first mestizos of the New World, will be sung by American baritone Andrew Garland, who will be making his Houston Symphony debut.

The seven-movement requiem fuses European and Native American influences and incorporates the rhythms and inflections of three different languages: traditional Latin, Aztecan Nahuatl and Spanish. Frank commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Nilo Cruz to link the Latin and Nahuatl text with original Spanish text that tells the story of Malinche and Martín. The requiem is the seventh collaboration between Cruz and Frank.

Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s gripping and powerful Symphony No. 5.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change. 

ANDRÉS CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH 5
Friday, May 5, 2017, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

Jessica Rivera, soprano

Andrew Garland, baritone

Houston Symphony Chorus

Betsy Cook Weber, director

OnStage Insights with Andrés

Gabriela Lena Frank: Conquest Requiem

Houston Symphony Commission/World Premiere

Includes commissioned text from Nilo Cruz

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Tickets from $25

Special Guests Tom Tynan, Host of Home Show Radio, and Lisa Smith with Adams Wholesale Supply

Houston, TX: RCW Nurseries is celebrating its 38th anniversary and is hosting their annual BBQ and Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This family-friendly event will be filled with games, refreshments, delicious BBQ, door prizes, special discounts and FREE Oak seedlings! Nuttall and Live Oak seedlings will be given away at the nursery beginning Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., and will handed out until all 1000 have been gifted to their new homes.

Special Guests Tom Tynan, Host of Home Show Radio, will be on hand to answer home and garden related questions, and Lisa Smith with Adams Wholesale Supply will be there to help assist you with your questions about fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides.

You can also bring in pictures of your yard, and the experts will give you FREE design ideas, tips, and strategies.

This event will be fun for the whole family. Between the BBQ activities, giveaways, park-like setting and numerous pet birds, there is plenty for everyone to do and see.

About RCW: RCW Nurseries has been providing local Texans with flowers, trees, vegetables, shrubs, and other gardening supplies and landscaping services since 1979. Families enjoy wandering through 4 acres of plants and displays, visiting with the birds and relaxing in the peaceful setting.

For more information about RCW Nurseries or this event, view the website at www.rcwnurseries.com, check FacebookTwitter and Twitter or call the nursery at  (281) 440-5161.

BERNINA International owner Hanspeter Ueltschi will recognize the new store location

AURORA, Ill. – April 19, 2017 – BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Sew Special Quilts, a BERNINA Dealer in Katy, Texas will open their doors at 21800 Katy Freeway, Suite 100 in Katy.  Hanspeter Ueltschi, fourth generation owner of BERNINA International, will visit the new store location from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.   He will discuss the rich history and innovations of BERNINA International, meet guests, pose for photos and autograph machines.  The community is invited to check out the new store, and enjoy door prizes and special pricing on BERNINA machines.  The event is free.  For more information, call (281)717-8033 or stop by the store.

Sew Special Quilts is an authorized BERNINA Dealer which provides top-quality service to area residents.  The Dealer offers BERNINA sewing machines, software, and accessories, and provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels.

For more information, visit www.sewspecialsa.com.

About BERNINA

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers, and embroidery software.  BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers, who chose to partner with the company.  BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education.  Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased online. BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year.  You can follow BERNINA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/berninausa, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/WeAllSew, and read BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog at www.weallsew.com.  To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit www.bernina.com or call (630)978-2500.