Upcoming Master Gardeners course approaching

The Nacogdoches Chapter of The Texas Master Gardeners will offer a training course in 2020 for those interested in joining a group focused on plant culture and maintenance of plants and vegetables.

An orientation on Feb. 4 will kick off the course. That meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Nacogdoches County Extension Office, 203 W Main St. Most classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and training will end in late April.

The course is taught by Texas AgriLife Extension specialists and local experts. A fee of $100 per gardener includes a copy of the Texas Master Gardener Handbook and access to online training modules. The Texas Master Gardener training includes classes in soil types and testing, plant diseases, insect identifications and control,earth kind gardening, pruning, pesticides and herbicides, composting, landscape design, urban forestry and vegetable gardening.

Master gardeners are expected to complete 50 hours of community volunteer service such as answering gardening questions, speaking to local garden clubs, working with youth and assisting in the demonstration garden.

For those interested in becoming a Texas Master Gardener the course is a limited opportunity, as offering the course requires much effort and organization. To apply and for more information, contact Master Gardener John Anson at ansonjohn14@gmail.com or call the Nacogdoches County Extension office at 936-560-7711.

Work underway at 103 bridge

A temporary traffic signal has been placed for traffic control as work begins at the SH 103 East Bridge over Lake Sam Rayburn to repair erosion at abutments caused by flooding earlier this year.

Signals are placed at each end of the bridge in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties to allow one lane of traffic to cross the bridge as work is being done, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Friday. The signals are expected to remain in place until the project is complete in spring 2020.

“We want motorists to be aware of the traffic signals and prepare to stop as they approach the bridge on each side,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District.

As this work progresses, drivers should expect intermittent delays.

Tickets remain for Vienna

Boys Choir

Tickets are still available for the Vienna Boys Choir SFA performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Turner Auditorium.

Before the performance, music professor Dr. Tod Fish will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery.

Also before the show, the College of Fine Arts will team up with the SFA Office of Student Engagement to collect non-perishable food for The Pantry at SFA.

Turner auditorium is in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the show’s corporate sponsor.

Tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. For information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in the Griffith Fine Arts Building or call 936- 468-6407.

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