Articles from: July 2015

Solar Surges: Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States


Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road.

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Seeking Youngsters Age 8-13 for Children’s Vegetable Garden Fall Program


Here’s a recipe for a great time: lots of dirt, a few plants, digging and kids! That’s pretty much the recipe for the fall 2015 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program, which is looking for participants age 8-13. The garden program, offered by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, provides an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, with help from instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The program is a weekly commitment for children (and a parent) that takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. (only two absences are allowed). The fall program begins Saturday, Aug. 22, and continues through Dec. 5.

Participants are given a garden plot that measures 3.5 feet by 28 feet at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Children use their plot to plant and sprout various seeds, vegetables and flowers. Each Saturday children tend their garden and can participate in other hands-on activities to earn their Junior Master Gardener certification.

SABGThe San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place in San Antonio. Cost to participate in the fall program is $30 per child or $40 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable). For more information about the program or the botanical garden, visit

Overcoming Food Insecurity: Tips for Increasing Access to and Consumption of Healthy, Nutritious Foods


by Lauren Witt

Eating nutritious, healthy foods can be challenging for many in San Antonio. This is because many local residents and families are living in a state of food insecurity. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as not having enough food (hunger), not knowing where your next meal will come from (limited or uncertain access), or not having access to food that provides you with the needed nutrition requirements (limited access to adequate food).

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Teaching Life Skills to Children with Unique Challenges


Editor’s Note: This article was taken from the educational blog on the Brain Balance Achievement Centers website (

Neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD, Asperger’s and processing disorders are not just disorders of childhood; they may affect all aspects of adult life. Adults with neurobehavioral disorders often struggle with the same issues as those faced in childhood.

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Learn How to Launch a new Community Garden on July 28


You can be a part of a growing movement in San Antonio. We mean literally… a movement focused on growing. Fruits. Vegetables. You name it! How? Start or participate in a community garden, of course. Join the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas on Tuesday, July 28, for an informational session about starting a community garden. This orientation session will help you learn how to get your community garden in the ground and provide guidance on everything from planning to funding to sustaining your garden.

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Mindfulness Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure


Research from the University of Virginia and Emory University has found that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure among African- Americans.

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PROSTATE HEALTH: Is a Regular PSA Test Helpful or Hurtful?


by Loretta Van Coppenolle

For many men, the PSA (prostatespecific antigen) test is considered a prudent preventive care option that can help detect the development of prostate cancer. The blood test, approved by the FDA in 1994, measures the level of the PSA protein in blood; the higher the PSA level, the greater the likelihood of prostate cancer.

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Adults Can Bust Out Their Inner Child at the Adult-Only “Night at The DoSeum” on July 31


If adults ever wanted to be a kid again, it’s at the new DoSeum on Broadway, the new hands-on museum for kids. Well, here’s your chance! The DoSeum is hosting an adult-only night for all perpetual kids at heart on Friday, July 31. This 21+ event will allow adults to surface their inner child and interact with one-of-a-kind exhibits, including the Big Outdoors, Sensations Studio and Innovation Station.

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The Power of Qi: Learning to Harness Inner and Outer Energy through Qigong


Editor’s note: Kathy Rivera Wallace interviewed Jeff Primack, a Qigong teacher who founded Qi Revolution to introduce the practice to large groups across the U.S. Primack’s Qi Revolution stops at the Houston Convention Center Aug. 22-25.

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Blanco Middle School Wins Rainwater Revival Conservation Grant


The deluge of rain and river water that drenched and devastated the Blanco area in late May did not diminish the need for water conservation throughout the Hill Country area. The need to conserve remains as dry weather patterns are expected to continue in the years ahead. Fortunately, the Hill Country Alliance is keeping conservation education and action at the forefront through its Rainwater Revival school grant program.

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