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Written by James Rambin

Tom-Lea-Mural07Celebrate the life of iconic Texas artist Tom Lea this October with a month of activities dedicated to his work and legacy, hosted by the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso.  

7831708018 d0c581ceb2 bThe Houston Ship Channel turns 100 this November, and a festival this Saturday will celebrate the legacy and future of the massive 50-mile waterway that connects the Gulf of Mexico and the Port of Houston. The festival is one of several events organized by Promote Houston Ship Channel 2014 to recognize the Houston Ship Channel centennial.

clearforestfestThe Clearfork Music Festival is back for its second year at Fort Worth’s Panther Island Pavilion outdoor venue this Labor Day Weekend.  

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Houston Restaurant Weeks returns in August, and this year, the annual charity dining event has brunch on the brain. 

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After years of recovery from hurricane damage, Sea Rim State Park on the upper Texas coast is celebrating its grand reopening this summer.

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has introduced its first new conservation-themed specialty license plate design in a more than a decade. Sales of the plate, which depicts a campfire and tent under a starry sky, help fund state parks. The camping plate won the department’s online survey last year, garnering more than 6,000 votes.  

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The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon plans to renovate its Harrington Petroleum Wing to better reflect modern developments in drilling technology and enhance the museum’s account of the energy industry’s impact on the Panhandle. 

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Folks have been making cheese around the world for thousands of years, and the steps involved haven't changed much since the beginning. To get you started, here’s a simple recipe for making mozzarella, along with a few notes on ingredients.

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Texas’ wind power production is gaining strength. Earlier this spring, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas announced a new record for wind power generation in our state. On March 26, wind power production peaked at 10,296 megawatts, or nearly 29 percent of the state’s total power grid at that moment. As more wind farms appear across Texas, along with increased transmission infrastructure to deliver the power where it’s needed most, more generation records are likely to be broken in the years to come. 

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Natural Bridge Caverns has opened a new and expanded visitor’s center, including a 5,000-square-foot maze and a new gift shop.

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A recent survey of Texas caves turned up good news for the state’s bat population: According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, evidence of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease currently devastating populations of bats across eastern North America, hasn’t appeared in this state.  

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The tornado struck with scant warning at sunset, leaving a bevy of onlookers breathless—and the local bug population decimated. Pouring from a limestone cave still warm from the day’s bright sunshine, hundreds... thousands... millions of little critters flew in circles faster and faster, higher and higher—a living whirlwind of furry bodies and rustling wings—before streaming off to the north in search of dinner.

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