It’s time for the 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival to be held Saturday, November 2 at the 4-H Building, 3168 N. US Hwy 67 in San Angelo. (Next door to the Animal Shelter) The fun and games start at 10 a.m. There will be something fun for everyone. Of course, the weigh-in for the giant pumpkins that have been growing all summer. The pumpkin pie and desert contest where you can enter your favorite pumpkin pie or desert. An additional category for professional bakers has been added to this contest this year. All the gardens sponsored by The People/Plant Connection have an abundance of iris and canna bulbs. They will have their first Fall Bulb Sale at the Pumpkin Festival. It’s an opportunity to get irises and cannas at very reasonable prices. Another added event will be a “Pup-kin Costume Contest”. Dress your favorite pup like a pumpkin or anything Fallish and enter the contest. Entry fees for all contests are only $10 each. Whether you enter a contest or not, be sure to come for the free hotdogs, games and crafts for the kids. As special guests, Allison Watkins, Agrilife Extension Horticulturist will be handing out free seeds for fall vegetable gardening. Also Courtney Redman, Agrilife Extension Family and Community Agent will be demonstrating ways to make your holiday favorites healthier. There will be fun for the whole family. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The November Green Thumb Gardener Mini Seminar will be held Thursday, 7. This is the PPC’s annual “Fresh Rosemary Wreath Making Party”. Attendees will make a wreath and decorate it just in time for the holidays. The fresh rosemary will add a wonderful scent to your home for the holidays. The seminar will be from 2-4 p.m. and will be held at the New PPC Studio location, 416 S. Oakes in San Angelo. Refreshments will be served and a door prize given away. Pre-registration is requested to assure materials. Call 325-656-3104. Cost: $20 per person, $35 per couple.
The monthly Lunch ‘n’ Learn gardening class will be held Friday, November 15 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Allison Watkins, Agrilife Extension Horticulturist will talk about, “ Earth-Kind Landscaping: Reduce Fertilizer, Pesticide and Water Use”. You’ll learn the best practices for keeping a beautiful landscape while taking care of the environment. The seminar will be held at the New PPC Studio, 416 S. Oakes in San Angelo. The cost is $5 per person. To assure materials please call 325-656-3104 to register.
Have you been painting with one medium for a while and don’t want to go to the expense of purchasing more supplies or if you are a beginner, the Adult Art Classes will be entering their painting phase of the “Introduction to media Class” beginning in January 2020. This is a great time for you to sample three different media and not have the expense. The class will start with watercolors and progress into acrylics. To finish off the class, the students will work with water-base oils. The art classes are offered on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 and Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30. To save money the students share class paints and pay a small supply fee for each project. The theme this year is “Wet & Wild”. They will be exploring different ways to illustrate water. If you would like to join the class for the painting phase, reserve your space by calling 325-656-3104. Classes are $12 per class plus a supply fee for each project.
There will be a 6 week Youth Art Class beginning the first of the year. If you have a budding artist age 8-12, this will be a great class for your young artist. The class covers pencil sketching, pen & ink and watercolors. Classes are on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and are $12 per class plus supplies. They are held at the PPC Studio, 416 S. Oakes. To reserve a seat for your youth, call 325-656-3104.
All proceeds from these classes and seminars go toward the organization’s Education Garden project at the Southside Rec Center. To learn more about The People/Plant Connection check out their website at: www.peopleplantconnection.org or follow them on Facebook.