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“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

February has long been considered the month of love. God’s word has a lot to say on that subject. 1 John 4:8 tells us quite plainly, “God is love”. Elsewhere in the Bible, God’s love is described as unceasing, unchanging, unfailing, unselfish, merciful, steadfast, kind, gracious, tender, and faithful. As His children, we’re called to love that same way.

The Bible uses the words for love hundreds of times, and in case we still didn’t get the message, our Father spelled it out quite plainly—and beautifully—for us in 1 Corinthians. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

That’s a pretty tall order for mere mortals like us. But remember, when God calls us to do something, He stands ready to equip us to do it. We love God because He first loved us, and we love others with a love that comes straight from Him. Whether it’s love for your “special Valentine” this month or love for a neighbor, coworker, family member, friend, or stranger, God is ready and fully capable of empowering you to love others like He loves us.

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M A Y O R S

Mansfield is bustling with activity during the winter months. There is a lot for both residents and guests of our city to explore. Do you have unwanted hazardous materials in your home? The household hazardous waste drop-off is for you. You can safely dispose of your hazardous material Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11, at our Environmental Collection Center located at 616 S. Wisteria St. You can bring everything with a warning label, recyclables, and any electronics you no longer need. The center will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. How about having fun with the whole family? Join the Parks and Recreation department for a chillin’ good time at "Frozen Fest," Saturday, February 11th. Participants will explore frozen experiments, create tracks in the "snow," learn about animals in winter, enjoy a guided story walk, and embark on a self-guided scavenger hunt through the woods. Dress up like a

In 2022, we made get leaps in recovering from the pandemic, with a healthy economy, robust construction and development and a number of major accomplishments, including: decreased property tax rate by ½ cent; and increased Homestead Exemption by 2.5%, saving homeowners money. We launched Via Grand Prairie on-demand ride-share transportation and implemented a new higher living wage for city employees. We opened Bolder Adventure Park in EpicCentral, landed Major League Cricket USA who is converting the former ballpark to a cricket stadium, and announced Bass Pro Shops, Andretti Karting and Games and BigShots Golf coming to Grand Prairie on SH 161 in 2023-2024. To facilitate traffic and public safety, we broke ground on widening Wildlife Parkway from Beltline straight through to SH 161, which will be complete in 2024. And, named a street in

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Later in the month of February, you can participate in the "Tutu Fun Run." Join us for a free 2.2-mile fun run at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 (2/22) at McKnight Park East. Participants are encouraged to wear their best tutus to the race. It's too cute and too silly to miss! Prizes will be awarded for the most creative tutus, fastest or slowest runners, and too many more to count! I hope to see you there!

There’s a lot going on around The American Dream City this month. One exciting development is construction on the new Active Adult Center on the southwest corner of the current Pierce Burch Water Treatment site. We’re expecting great things from this center which is scheduled to open in winter 2024 and offer a range of programs and amenities to keep our active adult population (ages 50 and up) even more active.

If you’re looking for some unique family fun this month, plan to visit River Legacy Nature Center to check out the traveling exhibit Here Be Dragons: From Lizards to Legends. The interactive, family-friendly exhibit invites you to learn about dragons and lizards within medieval themes, Asian cultures, and paleontology. Kids can play paleontologist as they uncover fossils in the dig

honor of Dolores Huerta, celebrating her work as a civil and labor rights activist. As Grand Prairie continues to grow in our southern most area at SH 360 and SH 287, we’ve acquired land for a future Fire Station 11. We are looking forward to these new businesses now open or opening in 2023 along SH 161: Hobby Lobby, Dutch Brothers, Lucky’s Hot Chicken, Salad N Go, Rosa’s Mexican Café, Bahama Bucks, Tropical Smoothie Café, Alamo Drafthouse, Blue Goose Cantina, Pop Shelf, Braums, Jersey Mike’s and Five Guys. And Suntex Marinas is elevating the restaurant and boating experience at Lake Joe Pool.

Lots happening in Grand Prairie. Let’s have a great 2023!

pit, put on a dragon-themed puppet show in the Royal Puppet Theatre, and meet six live lizards from around the world including a white throat monitor lizard. But hurry! The exhibit is only here through February 11th.

February also means the start of baseball season. Whether you’re taking in a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Field, cheering on your favorite high school, junior high, or little league team, or taking to the field yourself, I hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy our beautiful February weather and this uniquely American pastime and passion. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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FEBRUARY 10

EUNICE @ DOTTIE LYNN VALENTIINE PARTY

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Enjoy chocolate dipped snacks and Valentine games. 10am-12pm. Must preregister by calling 817-575-8295. Space is limited. Free. Ages 55+. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood.

FEBRUARY 10

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Enjoy a night out while we have some fun! A great opportunity for youth to hang out after school playing games, crafting and more. 6pm-8:30pm. Ages 5-12. Cost is $15/child. East Rec Center, 1817 New York. Visit our website to register.

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FEBRUARY 10

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Grand Prairie

Come and have a memorable night with the theme: Roaring 20’s. Includes a dinner, dance and a gift for daughters. Limo rides and photos will be available for an additional cost. Ages 5+. $35 per person. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Dinner served 6:30pm7:30pm. Dance is held at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 4113 Carrier Pkwy., but registrations are done at Charley Taylor Rec Center only. To register call or visit Charley Taylor Rec Center, 972-339-3770.

FEBRUARY 11

EVENING BY THE CAMPFIRE

Mansfield

Sit by a roaring fire at Rose Park. Make s’mores, stargaze, sing and listen to stories behind the common constellations. All ages. 6pm-7:30pm. 303 N. Walnut Creek Dr. Visit our website to register.

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FEBRUARY 14

VALENTINE TOT PARTY

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Come by for a morning filled with Valentine crafts, fun games and special treats. This come and go event is designated for 5 and under and we ask that all participants are escorted by a guardian 18 years or older. Ages 6mos-5 years. 10am-12pm. $15. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood. To register visit our site.

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FEBRUARY 20

REC 2 YOU

Arlington Parks and Recreation

Let us bring the fun to you! Come together with friends, neighbors and the staff at Dottie Lynn for interactive games, sports and other engaging activities. It’s time to play! All ages. 1am-2pm. Free. Visit our website to register.

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SMOOCHES 4 POOCHES

Arlington Parks and Recreation

25 cent kisses and puppy wishes! Make your and our Arlington Animal Shelter’s residents dreams come true. Come out to this family Valentine’s event where we’ll have photo and adoption opportunities, as well as snacks and crafts. Ages 5-12 11am-1pm. $6/child. East Rec Center, 1817 New York. Visit our website to register.

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MARCH 4

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Arlington Parks and Recreation

An Evening Under the Stars! The Bob Duncan Center will be transformed into an illuminating Grand Ballroom perfect for making memories. Individual tickets include a corsage, light refreshments, dessert, professional photographer, keepsake souvenir tickets on-site and parting gifts for daughters. Registration is Feb.1-26. $39. Tickets are sold per person.4-6pm and 7-9pm. Visit our website.

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This eight-episode series follows Eugene Levy as he explores remarkable hotels and cultures in some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations in Costa Rica, Finland, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Portugal, South Africa, and the United States.

FEBRUARY 12, 1999 // BLAST FROM THE PAST BRENDAN FRASER, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, SISSY SPACEK DIR. HUGH WILSON (GUARDING TESS)

Born and raised in a bomb shelter by his doting mother (Sissy Spacek) and his mad-scientist father (Christopher Walken), Adam (Brendan Fraser) has lived a simple childhood filled with Perry Como records and good old-fashioned family values.

Thirty-five years later, he emerges into a fast-paced modern world in search of supplies and a simple girl from Pasadena. Instead, Adam meets Eve (Alicia Silverstone), an L.A. woman jaded about life and burned by love. This romantic comedy about loving with a pure heart and enjoying the simple things in life is a great addition to your Valentine’s Day movie rotation.

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THIS IS WHY

Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the extremely wealthy until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope — she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That’s because Sam Kemp — at the bleakest point of her life — has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag — she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence makes her realize something must change — and that thing is herself.

Full of Jojo Moyes’ signature humor, brilliant storytelling, and warmth, Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about how just one little thing can suddenly change everything.

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Imagery from The Reluctant Traveler (2023), Apple TV+. Movie poster image from Blast from the Past (1999), New Line Cinema. Book cover from Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes (2023) Pamela Dorman Books, with description excerpt from the publisher. All images are presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes. THIS MONTH’S MUSIC
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TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE BROKEN AND HURTING, I have been where you are.

I HAVE WRITTEN THIS FOR YOU!

“He that has ears to hear, let him hear!”

That was the phrase Jesus so often used as He taught His great parables. Although many were gathered around listening, only some were hearing!

Two groups of people. Some had ears to hear, and some did not! Both would listen to the same message - from the same Man - at the same time.

One group was listening to a great teacher. The other was hearing the Savior of the world. One group would perish. The other would inherit eternal life.

The question is this — What was the distinguishing quality that would allow one group to hear and not the other? — The answer to that question has eternal implications!

Jesus himself answered that question with the very first words out of His mouth as He sat down to teach His great Sermon on the Mount.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit , for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Poverty of spirit was the distinguishing quality that separated those who could hear from those who could only listen. We see this principle taught throughout the Scriptures.

The great King David echoed this sentiment.

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water ” Psalm 63:1

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And herein lies a great truth that I fear has been lost in this version of Christianity we see so often preached today. The message of Christ is simply not for everyone. What do I mean by that?

It’s as if there is a ticket that one must present to gain admission into this great Kingdom. On the one hand, this ticket is free. On the other hand, it will cost you everything!

It is costly because, on this ticket, you must have a certain stamp. Each man will hand his ticket over as he approaches the gate to have it inspected for authenticity. It must have a stamp. The stamp not only proves the ticket’s genuineness but also shows that this man has been chosen to hear the message and enter the Kingdom. If the ticket does not have the stamp, he will remain outside – always listening but never hearing. So, what is this stamp?

It is the stamp of poverty. Now I don’t mean material poverty, but poverty of spirit. This stamp shows that the ticket holder has been broken. It shows he has come to the end of himself in this life. He has strived and failed. He has looked within and found that nothing good dwells there – only emptiness. He is lonely and without hope. He has gone internally bankrupt. He is dying of hunger and thirst within his spirit. He is desperately ill and has no cure.

But this stamp does not only show he has looked within; it shows he has also looked outside of himself and found nothing to fill the void. It shows he can testify with King David; I dwell in a dry and weary land where there is no water

The comforts, securities, achievements, and riches of this world have become worthless to him. This stamp shows that only something infinitely greater will quench his thirst and satisfy his hunger. He is seeking a greater Kingdom.

SO WHY AM I WRITING THESE THINGS TO YOU?

I’m writing because I believe some of you may be at a season where you can finally hear the call. For years you listened, but you never really heard. But for some reason, this season is different.

Maybe your life is falling apart. Perhaps you have achieved everything you set out to accomplish in life, only to realize you are still empty and unfulfilled. Maybe you have lost all hope in this wicked world. It does not matter the reason. The only thing that matters is the answers to these questions.

Are you poor and broken? Have you come to the end of yourself? Are you tired and weary? Has the weight of this life become too much to bear? Are you empty inside? Have you looked within and seen that nothing good dwells there? Have you finally realized that nothing in this world will satisfy the void?

MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE YOU REALIZED YOU ARE A SINNER IN NEED OF FORGIVENESS?

If you go to the doctor and describe your symptoms, they will diagnose you, and they may prescribe you medication. If you read one of the self-help books of our day, they will teach

you to manage your time better so you can get more sleep and exercise. If you go to the consultants of this world, they will tell you to set bigger goals and update your vision board. But what if those are the wrong answers? What if the last thing you want to do is figure out how to keep going? What if the most terrifying thing you could do is to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and go another five years? Another 10 years? What if the most frightening solution you could come to was somehow learning to be happy and content with this life?

What if those solutions only clog your ears once again and cost you the next life? Do you recall those words He spoke? “He that seeks to save his life will lose it. But he who loses his life for my sake will find it.”

What if all the circumstances and trials and afflictions that have brought you to this very season had been orchestrated so that at this very moment, you would finally be broken enough to hear the message at last, so that you would finally be humbled enough to bow your knee at the foot of the cross? What if all the despair and emptiness you currently find yourself in has been written into your story in eternity’s past so that at this very second, you might have your ticket stamped and enter eternal life? Could this be so?

I believe it could be. It was my story. It is my ongoing story. The same stamped ticket that admits one into the Kingdom is also the one that allows him to advance within it. It never changes! The way of the believer is continual brokenness. It is a constant emptying of oneself so that we may be filled with more of Him. The believer takes up his cross daily. The more he dies – the more he lives!

This is the life I have chosen. I will not tell you it is easy. It is, in fact, very costly. But it is LIFE! I tried it the other way, and it was death. That life was worthless. That man was worthless. I now have a reason to live! I guess you could even say, I now have a reason to die. I long for that day when I finally pass from this life to the next. I yearn for that moment when I will see Him face-to-face and when I will finally be able to bow down before His holy throne!

But until that day, I have been given a task. It is the same task for all of us who call ourselves “Christians.” To spread the message to all those who have been chosen. To call out to those who have ears to hear.

If anything I have said resonates with you, I beg you, turn from your sins! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! Receive forgiveness and everlasting life! Seek Him while He may be found. He will not call forever. Turn to Him now, and He will give you rest! He will quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger!

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SURGICAL ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD

FIVE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED SURGEONS

Greater Mansfield residents have five reasons to know they’re in the best of hands when it comes to surgical and nonsurgical intervention. The five highly experienced and highly trained surgeons at Surgical Associates of Mansfield are committed to treating people, not test results. Together, they’re dedicated to improving the lives of those they serve and embracing a commitment to excellence in everything that they do – for every patient, every time.

Repeatedly voted Best General Surgeons and Best Bariatric Surgeons by the readers of Living Magazine and Best Doctors by D Magazine, this patient centered surgical practice performs surgery at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. The hospital is a level-three trauma center that was named a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and is consistently the busiest robotic operating room in North Texas.

CONSERVATIVE CARE

They also give back to the community and serve as Texas Christian University medical school professors earning a

reputation for taking their time and really connecting with each patient. And each surgeon explores noninvasive treatments options with patients before recommending surgery. It’s no wonder patients travel from Arlington, Grand Prairie, Midlothian, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth, and farther to be treated by the team at Surgical Associates of Mansfield.

PATIENT AND PROVIDER APPROVED

Many patients find their way to Surgical Associates of Mansfield upon the recommendation of their primary care physician for help with hernias, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and acid reflux, diverticulitis, gallbladder disease, or weight-loss surgical options. Once there, they fi nd a compassionate ear with a warm, welcoming environment. Each of the surgeons at Surgical Associates of Mansfield is trained and experienced in the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, which offers their patients a less invasive surgery through smaller incisions, less scarring, and less risk of infection, resulting in shorter recovery times for patients.

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ADVANCED ROBOTIC SURGERY

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System assists surgeons in performing complex and delicate procedures less invasively by utilizing smaller surgical incisions, lower risk of infections, less scarring, and quicker return to normal activities.

MEET THE DYNAMIC SURGERY TEAM

The mission of Surgical Associates of Mansfield is simple — to improve the lives of those they serve. Drs. Alexander, Parcells, Trussell, Standerwick, and Cruz have performed thousands of successful surgeries, restoring quality of life to many of your DFW neighbors. They’re committed to using evidencebased practices and advances in medical technology to provide high-quality care for their patients. Excellence is their standard in everything they do.

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Practice founder Dr. Gary Alexander is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, including heartburn/reflux surgery, gallbladder surgery, and colon surgery. Since 2007, he’s performed thousands of procedures including colonoscopy for diagnostic and cancer screening, thyroid surgery, breast surgery, vascular access surgery, and skin and soft tissue surgery. “If there’s a viable noninvasive option, we do everything we can to point the patient in the most conservative direction only recommending surgery after we’ve exhausted nonsurgical options,” he said.

DR. PARCELLS

Dr. Jeremy Parcells performs a wide range of procedures including hernia, gallbladder, anti-reflux, colorectal, bariatric surgery, and a full range of complex laparoscopic and robotic surgeries. “Robotic surgery represents

the next stage of growth and innovation, allowing us to perform operations we’re already performing laparoscopically — only better,” he said. “Every year we’re fi nding exciting new ways to advance the technology.”

DR. TRUSSELL

As a broad-based general surgeon, Dr. Joshua Trussell performs common procedures for conditions such as gallbladder disease, appendicitis, small bowel disorders, and soft tissue infections and masses. He repairs all types of hernias, including advanced abdominal wall reconstruction and repair for large loss of domain incisional hernias. He specializes in surgeries for colon cancer and skin malignancies, including melanoma, and has experience in bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery with easier recovery for our patients and more precision for us,” he said. “Our goal is always the least invasive option.”

DR. STANDERWICK

Dr. Andrew Standerwick performs a wide variety of procedures, focusing on those involving the abdomen and related organs. He has a special interest in hiatal hernias, inguinal hernias, and antireflux surgery, and he has been trained in minimally invasive techniques that reduce recovery time. Dr. Standerwick specializes in weight-loss surgeries, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and revision surgery. “Obesity is the number one health concern in the U.S. today, impacting self-esteem, relationships, quality of life, and many obesity-related illnesses,” he said. “For many, it’s the beginning of a whole new healthier, happier, and longer life.”

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CONTRIBUTING OFF THE COURT

DALLAS MAVERICKS LUKA DONČIĆ AND HIS FOUNDATION PLAN HOLIDAY SURPRISES FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

THE HOLIDAYS ARE TYPICALLY A JOYOUS TIME FOR CHILDREN, BUT THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE FOR THOSE SPENDING THEM IN A HOSPITAL BED OR AFFECTED WITH A SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION.

With a generous heart and a love to serve others, the threetime All-NBA First Team and All-Star wanted to expand his holiday giving this year beyond Slovenia to include children from his “second” hometown, Dallas.

In December, patients at Dallas’ Scottish Rite for Children gathered for a fun-fi lled party — packed with gifts, games, and activities — that Luka helped plan and fund through the Luka Dončić Foundation.

“I hope this makes them happy and puts a smile on their face,” said Luka. “They are so brave and strong, and I want them to know I’m thinking of them during the holidays and wishing them all the best in the New Year!”

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Gifts, personally chosen by Luka, were also given to the children from him.

In addition to toys and games, Luka teamed up with a few “elves” at NERF, Jordan Brand, and Chess.com. They provided NERF basketball hoops and NERF blasters, Jordan Brand apparel and drawstring bags, ChessKid gifts, and a yearlong premium membership at ChessKid.com or Chess.com (depending on the child’s age).

And Luka didn’t forget the dedicated, hardworking healthcare staff who provide round-the-clock daily care for the young patients. Luka gave 25 Scottish Rite healthcare workers two lower-bowl tickets to watch the Dallas Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

“We loved seeing the children’s eyes light up and hearing their excitement when they received these generous gifts from Luka and his foundation,” said Stephanie Brigger, Vice President of Development at Scottish Rite for Children. “Scottish Rite is honored to be a part of Luka’s holiday giving and grateful for his help in making the season merry and bright for our patients and staff!”

Never forgetting his homeland, he also expanded his involvement in Slovenia. Since Luka is competing in the US, his girlfriend, Anamaria Goltes, delivered presents and treats to approximately 150 patients at two hospitals – University Medical Centre Maribor and the Šentvid pri Stični Children’s Hospital – located near their hometown, Ljubljana.

For more information, follow the Luka Dončić Foundation on Instagram.

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METHODIST MANSFIELD AND CITY HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING REAL ESTATE PROJECT

MEDICAL PROJECT BRIDGES THE GAP FOR NURSES IN NORTH TEXAS

METHODIST MANSFIELD MEDICAL CENTER AND THE CITY OF MANSFIELD WERE HONORED BY D CEO MAGAZINE FOR HELPING BUILD A SATELLITE CAMPUS FOR THE TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER SCHOOL OF NURSING.

The magazine awarded the satellite nursing school campus its Outstanding Real Estate Project as part of its 2022 Excellence in Health Care Awards. The award recognizes the partnership’s investment in addressing the regional nursing shortage.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing satellite campus opened last August and offers a top-tier nursing education, including one-on-one clinical training and mentorship opportunities. The first class of nursing graduates celebrated their BSN with the Mansfield, Texas community on Dec. 3 with a lamp lighting ceremony.

“We are proud to be honored as the 2022 D CEO Outstanding Medical Real Estate Project,” Methodist Mansfield President Juan Fresquez , MBA, said. “This demonstrates the ongoing

commitment of our partners, including the City of Mansfield and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, who collectively came together to bridge the nursing shortage gap in DFW.

“Adding these talented nurses to the DFW community enables us to positively impact individual lives and provide a resource of new nurses critical to the operations of hospitals and clinics nationwide.”

Texas will be short almost 16,000 nurses by 2030, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“This partnership has created a pipeline for dedicated students to get their education, graduate as high-quality medical professionals, and then fi nd work right here in Mansfield,” Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans said. “By working together as one we are able to protect the health of our residents for generations to come.”

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BOLD & BRIGHT // The vast plaster arch, curved sofa, and contrasting chairs stand out in this room. Urbanology designed a stunning custom dark sofa featuring curves and paired it with contrasting light chairs to create a bold look. Wood tones and stone side tables add texture and color to the room.

SERENE SITTING // The bold gallery wall and sculptural loveseat add a pop of color against the dark green walls. This vignette was completed with a low-profile stone coffee table and added seating in mixed materials to create tactile interest in the space.

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FAMILY TIES // The open layout in the kitchen and breakfast room connects the family with one another and the outdoors through the large picture window.

INSIDE OUT // When Urbanology first walked into the home, they considered how to unite the indoors with the out by utilizing the outdoor spaces to tie into the home’s interiors, especially with substantial glass walls connecting the areas.

DISTINCTIVE DINING // The black table is a statement piece that comes to life next to gorgeous light wood and rust-colored chairs. Fine details in the chandelier and accent plaster wall enhance the design.

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First, here are the facts of life as they pertain to water and Texas. The state averages just over 27 inches of precipitation a year, with half that amount in West Texas and almost double the average in East Texas. North Texas gets about 34 inches of precipitation annually, and Houston gets around 45 inches of rain yearly. So, why is this important? Well, the population of Texas was about 4.8 million in 1921, and today it is 29.5 million and counting. And guess what? Mother Nature hasn’t allocated additional rainfall to account for the population explosion.

This makes water conservation imperative, especially when Texas is prone to periodic droughts. There are numerous steps we can take that might not seem like much but, cumulatively, can result in saving and better utilizing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

For starters, consider investing in a rain barrel. They can hold from 50 to 100 gallons of water collected from the gutter and downspout, which is cut to a height above the rain barrel. The rain barrel itself has a spigot that enables you to attach a hose so you can use the rainwater to irrigate the garden and even wash your car.

Speaking of which, how often have you seen a neighbor’s sprinklers running the morning after a major rainstorm? Raise your hand if you have also been guilty of this wasteful act. If you want to avoid manually monitoring your irrigation system, purchase rain sensors. These devices are attached to the sprinkler system and detect when there has been enough rain to prevent your sprinkler system controller from starting.

There are different types of sensors, and all are excellent ways of saving water and lowering your water bill as well. Before you get that bucket, soap, and garden hose ready to wash your car, consider going to the car wash. Yes, it is a more expensive way of keeping your car clean, but many car washes use recycled water, which is better than using fresh water. If cost is an issue, you can keep it down by getting only the exterior washed and cleaning the car’s interior yourself. There are dozens of water conservation measures you can do inside the home. For example, purchase low-flow showerheads and low-fl ow toilets for the bathrooms. Check your toilet and faucets for leaks. And while you are at it, do not pour money down the drain by using water more than you have to. Reduce time spent in the shower, and don’t run the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

In the kitchen, install an aerator on your faucet to reduce the flow of water. In fact, put aerators on all your faucets. If you have a dishwasher, fi ll it before you run it. It is estimated that you can save up to 5,000 gallons of water a year compared to washing dishes by hand. Fill a pan with water and wash fruit and vegetables instead of putting them under running water.

Follow the same principle when using the washing machine. Wait until you have a full load and use the “quick wash” cycle whenever possible. Your clothes will still come out clean. And use cold water to wash because it saves water as well.

Acting on even some of these suggestions to conserve water will benefit the environment and slow that water meter spinning in the front of your house.

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Use Clear Dish Soap for Stains

It fights grease on dishes, so why not stains on clothes? Dish soap makes an excellent spot treatment. I prefer a clear product, like Palmolive Ultra Pure + Clear Liquid Dish Soap . Just pour directly on the stain, scrub it with a laundry brush, and throw it in the wash. It’s effective and works double duty in the kitchen.

Upgrade Your Laundry Hamper

A new laundry basket might be precisely what you need to find joy in folding clothes. The Brightroom Laundry Station features a medium-sized metal basket on the bottom, a small metal basket in the middle, and a bar at the top for hanging clothes to dry. The whole thing is on wheels, making it easy to roll it from your room to the washer and dryer and vice versa. $40, Target.com

Switch to Wool Dryer Balls

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Brighten Whites Outside the Laundry Room

Instead of using bleach, keep your sheets, shirts, and socks extra white with a special tip by Martha Stewart. Boil water with a few lemon slices in a pot on the stove, then turn off the heat and soak your clothes for an hour. Afterward, wash them and hang them to dry in the sun.

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During spring, your yard is a different place every day as leaves return to trees, the grass renews itself, and local nurseries beckon with a rainbow of flowers to brighten your landscape. If you’re as excited as I am about the approach of spring, it’s an excellent time for a bit of prep work to get your yard springtime ready.

Start with cleaning up any leaves, twigs, or other debris that accumulated over the winter. Employ your rake and/ or leaf blower to eliminate anything that can get stuck in your lawnmower or block fertilizers and other benefi cial materials from absorbing into your lawn.

Hit your lawn with a combination of fertilizer to feed your grass and a pre-emergent such as Scotts Turf Builder, to prevent weeds. Follow the directions, but in general, you’ll apply it again in six to eight weeks, adding a broadleaf weed killer. It’s better to take preemptive action than try to play catch-up with weeds later. Get your mower out and start it up. If it seems sluggish, perform a tune-up, including changing the oil and air fi lter, replacing the spark plug, draining out and replacing leftover gasoline, and sharpening the mower blade.

It always amazes me what a fresh layer of mulch can do for a fl owerbed. Along with replenishing the mulch, trim back dead branches on shrubs and replace anything that didn’t survive the winter. If there are shrubs you’ve been meaning to move, spring is the time to do it. Consider hiring a tree

trimmer (about every three years) to prune away dead or dying branches on trees which can cause property damage or personal harm.

Give your garden tools a good cleaning and sterilization since remaining plant sap, dirt, or debris can harbor bacteria or fungal spores which may infect your new plantings. You can do this with a soak for about a half hour in a solution of 10% household cleaner to 90% water. Then give your tools a good coating of oil to prevent rusting.

Have the soil in your fl ower or veggie beds tested by your local agricultural extension service. They can diagnose your soil’s current pH and what amendments you can add to optimize your planting this season. Pull any weeds, trim any winter-killed, brown leaves from last year’s perennial fl owers and divide the ones that need dividing. Unless you’re using a no-till gardening method, turn over the top six to eight inches of soil, looking for caterpillars, cutworms, or other garden pests that may have overwintered there. Raised beds may need to be topped o with more soil. Visit a local nursery and get an idea of what annuals you might want to add, then draw up a plan of how they’ll work into your perennial landscape. Consider incorporating something new and untested with some old, faithful plants that consistently produce for you. With a little prep work this spring, your garden will be ready to provide you with beauty, fragrance, and enjoyment all summer long.

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BEST HOUSE PLANTS FOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY

We work hard to make sure our families eat good food and get plenty of exercise. We work to keep stress levels low and spend time crafting a home that’s a relaxing oasis from the world outside. There’s something else you can do to improve your family’s quality of life: surround them with green, growing things. I know. I know. Not everyone is born with a green thumb. But not all houseplants are high-maintenance and nurturing the ones that aren’t can be well worth it for you and your family.

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The right house plants can add color and intrigue to your rooms, but studies show they can help purify the air, provide allergy relief, improve sleep quality, and reduce stress levels. During the process of photosynthesis, plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen and remove toxins from the air we breathe in by filtering out toxic chemicals such as Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene. Here are some suggestions for good air-purifying plants that also happen to be easy to keep alive and happy.

QUEEN FERN

This pretty, frilly fern is basically foolproof. Offer it some bright, indirect light, or even direct as long as you keep the soil moist. Queen ferns love the humidity, so they will thrive in your kitchen or bathroom.

RUBBER

TREE

Rubber trees make a bold statement with their dark, glossy green, and burgundy leaves. Sometimes called Ficus Burgundy, it can grow eight to 10 feet tall when it gets enough TLC. But this isn’t a great plant around children and pets who may ingest the toxic leaves.

SNAKE PLANT

Not only dramatic looking, these babies also practically thrive on neglect. They’ll survive with little water and

light and happily improve your family’s air quality. And their deep green vertical leaves will make any space look elegant.

ENGLISH IVY

I bet your mom and grandmother had a little English ivy trailing somewhere in their décor. English ivy grows fast and is easy to keep healthy. Offer it low-to-bright indirect sunlight and water it when the soil feels dry. It’s easy to propagate, too, so be sure to share.

WEEPING FIG TREE

Give it a well-lit room and water it weekly. Your weeping fig tree will grow three to six feet tall and will do best when offered a larger pot each year.

BROMELIAD VRIESEA VOGUE

I have a love/hate relationship with this plant since the leaves are — meh— but the flowers are spectacular. Also known as the flaming sword plant, it’s non-toxic, dramatic, and colorful. Offer it bright sunlight and water and mist weekly.

This list is just a start. Now it’s time to visit your local nursery or home store and select some green babies to beautify your spaces and purify your air.

We all have that one friend or relative who can make anything grow. For the rest of us mere mortals, there are a few indoor plants that are a straightforward path to success.

Aloe

vera

Used worldwide for its medicinal properties, aloe vera is also relatively easy to grow. As a succulent, it prefers bright, indirect light and dry conditions. Avoid sustained periods of direct sunlight and give it a little water every two or three weeks.

ZZ Plant

ZZ is a great indoor plant for neglectful indoor gardeners since it only needs to be watered about once a month. It can tolerate almost

any environment and thrives in low light and low humidity. Your zz plant doesn’t even need natural light to survive. Fluorescent lights or other artificial lights are enough for it to thrive.

Pothos

These trailing-foliage houseplants are popular in offices where they thrive in low light. Also known as Devil’s ivy, pothos propagates easily from cuttings. (So, share!) Give it a good soaking every week or two, and keep in mind that it’s toxic to cats, dogs, and children.

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AN ORTHOPEDIC

NOBODY WANTS TO BE SHOPPING FOR A SURGEON BECAUSE — LET’S FACE IT — NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO UNDERGO SURGERY. But if you have an issue with your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves that haven’t responded to non-invasive treatment, it’s time to look for the best orthopedic surgeon in your area. An orthopedic surgeon (or orthopedic surgeon) is a surgeon who’s been educated and trained in the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons work closely with other healthcare providers, often serving as consultants to other physicians in need of their expertise.

disciplinary actions and whether they’re board-certifi ed. Board certifi cation tells you they have the necessary training, skills, and experience to provide orthopedic care, plus the extra hours and research needed to obtain board certification.

Next, read some of their online reviews. What do former patients say about the doctor’s communication skills and the competence of their medical staff? Call and make consultation appointments to vet them further. Don’t be shy about asking pointed questions. You can bet those doctors are just as discriminating about the professionals with whom they do business.

If you’ve been told by your doctor that it’s time to see an orthopedic surgeon, you’re probably having a mix of feelings — relieved there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but also anxious about undergoing surgery. That’s perfectly normal. Putting in the time and footwork to locate the perfect orthopedic surgeon for you and your situation can serve to put many of your fears to rest. If your primary care physician has recommended you see an orthopedic surgeon, your doctor is a good place to start. Ask them to recommend local surgeons they trust. Run their list past family and friends for their input. Consider each recommended surgeon’s credentials and experience. You can fi nd a lot of that information online. Some of the things you’ll want to note are whether potential orthopedic surgeons have a history of malpractice claims or

Ask the surgeon about their experience. Orthopedic procedures can be complex and specialized. Ask how many patients with your specific condition they’ve treated and what their success rates were. Ask what the complication rates are — for the procedure in general and for the procedure with your specific complications. Find out which hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers each surgeon is affi liated with and research their quality of care. Studies show that patients at top-rated hospitals have fewer complications and better survival rates. Consider the hospitals’ locations in relation to your home or office, as you may have frequent follow-up and rehabilitation visits and will want a convenient location.

Look for an orthopedic surgeon who communicates freely, answers your questions, and addresses your concerns without talking down to you or making you feel rushed. Ideally, you want a surgeon who will take the time to educate you about your condition, respect your treatment decisions, keep you well-informed and educated about the whole process, and partner with you to get you back to 100%.

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A HEALTHY heart

JUMPING ROPE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR TICKER

Hearts are the focus this month — but not just for Valentine’s Day. February is American Heart Month. It’s a time to bring awareness to heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of Americans. Every year, nearly 650,000 people die from the disease. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Heart disease is one of the few disorders that people can prevent by making lifestyle changes.

Read on for a rundown of some heart-healthy activities that can help you strengthen your heart, keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels down, and improve your longevity.

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JUMP ROPE

When was the last time you skipped rope? If you loved this activity as a kid, jump back into it today. Not only is jumping rope a full-body workout that can improve your coordination and balance, but it can also improve your cardiovascular health. Even jumping at a relatively moderate rate can burn ten to 16 calories a minute. Experts recommend that beginners jump for one to fi ve minutes every other day.

GO FOR A BRISK WALK

For average adults, this means walking at a pace of about three to four miles per hour. The goal is to get your heart rate in a moderate-intensity zone. Use the talk test to determine whether you’re in this zone. You should be able to carry on a conversation but not have the breath to belt out a song.

DO SOME HOUSEHOLD CHORES

Whether you give your bathtubs a good scrubbing, mop the floors, or mow the lawn, these activities can get your

heart rate up to a level that can benefit your cardiovascular health. And bonus — you’ll come away with a tidier space.

LET LOOSE

Keeping an active lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to be a marathon runner. Fun activities like hula-hooping, dancing, shooting hoops, or playing fetch with your dog all count as heart-healthy activities.

WORK IN MORE “EXERCISE SNACKS”

Many people forgo traditional exercise because they feel like they don’t have time for it. By embracing “fun-sized” exercises, you can reach the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity. These “snacks” are short bursts of activity, whether you take a fi ve-minute break to jump rope or a 15-minute strengthtraining class on your favorite workout app.

Five Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy (No Cardio Required)

Eat more fruits and veggies . Aim to eat at least two to four types of plant-based foods daily. Fruits and vegetables of all kinds contain many healthy nutrients that can help improve blood vessel function. Foods with the most benefits include apples, pears, oranges, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, and green and yellow vegetables like peppers and carrots.

Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol can lead to many heart-health issues, including abnormal heart rhythms. Most health experts agree men should drink no more

than two glasses of wine per day, and women should limit it to one glass. Reduce your sugar and salt intake . Too much sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Excess salt can also be bad for your heart as it can up your risk factors for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that men limit their added sugar to about nine teaspoons a day and that women keep it under six teaspoons. Try to keep added salt to under one teaspoon a day.

Maintain a healthy weight . Being overweight can be a precursor to obesity, which comes

with many chronic issues, including heart disease. Talk with your doctor about the best ways to reduce body weight, whether that means revising your diet or undergoing weight-loss surgery.

Take a nap . Getting enough zzz’s is huge for your heart health. If you’re not getting the recommended seven hours, lie down for a quick snooze during the day. The Sleep Foundation reports that the ideal nap length for adults is about 20 minutes but no longer than 30. If you rest for longer than a half-hour, you’re more likely to wake up feeling groggy.

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LIP love AUGMENTATION OPTIONS

Have you been thinking about perfecting your pout? Show your lips a little love this February by getting a lip augmentation. Whether you want to restore volume lost due to aging, fi ll in wrinkles, get a more defi ned lip line, correct asymmetry, or simply want to rock the in-vogue look of full, luscious lips, you have a few treatment options to consider. Some last a few months up to a year, while others are more permanent.

DERMAL FILLERS

The most popular lip augmentation method is injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fi llers. Fillers specially designed for the lips, such as Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Kyss, create lips that are softer and feel more natural and results generally last up to a year. In addition to adding volume, they can reduce the appearance of vertical perioral (smoker’s) lines and create upturned corners of the mouth.

FAT TRANSFER

We’re much better these days at predictably transferring fat from elsewhere in the body to a new location to augment an area, including the lips. Performed in-office under local anesthesia, a small amount of fat is harvested from your abdomen via liposuction, purified, and then injected into your lips. Results can last up to fi ve years and sometimes longer. Ask your provider to compare the pros and cons of fat transfer to dermal fi llers and lip implants.

LIP FLIP

The lip fl ip involves injecting a few units of Botox above the upper lip line near the cupid’s bow to subtly create a

more defi ned upper lip and smoothing of vertical lines. If you have a gummy smile, it may also reduce the amount of gum that shows when you smile.

LIP IMPLANTS

If you’ve tried fillers and like the results but are ready for something more permanent, explore the option of lip implants. Modern lip implants, which are available in different lengths and circumferences and tapered at the ends, have solved issues sometimes seen with older implant versions, such as tissue tethering. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will help you determine what size of implant will best meet your needs, explain the in-office procedure, and provide after-care and recovery instructions to follow as healing occurs.

LIP LIFT

Are you unhappy with the shape of your upper lip and want a more prominent cupid’s bow? A lip lift may be the ideal answer. During the in-office procedure, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin between your nose and upper lip (or the corners of your mouth) to pull up your lips. Results are permanent.

The right lip procedure depends on your lip shape, size, and goals. Talk with your aesthetician or plastic surgeon about which treatments can best meet your needs, and ask them to compare and contrast options so you can make an informed decision.

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TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO TOOK CARE OF YOU

Growing up, we count on our parents for food, shelter, guidance, and understanding. Even as adults with children of our own, we often continue to rely on them. But when our parents reach the autumn of their life, it is time to return the favor and make sure their financial status and physical well-being are secure.

Talking to aging parents about financial matters can be difficult. Parents can be secretive, even with their own children, especially if money is in short supply. They may also be sensitive to any discussion centered on their eventual death.

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Nonetheless, it is the responsibility of adult children to have an overview of their parent’s financial status and to know whether they have enough to live comfortably in retirement. In addition to finances, it is vital to determine if they have a will and whether the surviving parent will have power of attorney and can execute a living will. If only one parent is surviving, who has been designated as executor of the estate once they pass?

Assure your parents that you are not planning for their death but want to ensure they are financially solvent as they age. Here is some information you need to help your parents plan their future.

If your parents own their home, are they still making mortgage payments, or do they have a HELOC (home equity line of credit? What are the monthly payments? Do they have an HOA, and if so, what are those monthly payments? How much do they pay in property taxes, have they applied for a senior exemption, and where is the deed to their property? Determine the average annual cost of maintaining the home, including utility bills, repairs, and other potential expenses such as pool maintenance and purchasing new appliances. If they have credit cards with balances, what are the monthly payments? Are their cars in good running order, and do they still need two vehicles? Have a list of all the service providers and the account numbers.

Are your parents collecting Social Security? How much do they receive monthly? Do they have a pension

or a retirement fund such as a 401k, and who manages it? Some seniors continue to work past retirement age as a necessity and may have a part-time job for extra spending money. What is their salary? And don’t forget about their bank account and how much cash they can access quickly. Ask your parents for the account numbers for their bank accounts, retirement portfolio, and their credit cards.

Are your parents on Medicare yet? If so, do they have an all-in-one Medicare Advantage plan issued by private companies, or do they have regular Medicare? It is essential to enhance regular Medicare with a supplemental plan issued by a private company that covers what Medicare doesn’t. That also means having a separate dental, vision, and pharmacy plan issued by private companies. Just as important is whether your parents have long-term care insurance. Although premiums are high, this insurance covers in-home and nursing home care without emptying their savings or retirement fund.

Are your parents planning to live their senior years in their own home? Are they planning to move into an assisted living or independent living facility? Will they need a nursing home? Or are you planning for your parent(s) to move in with you and your family? What will that arrangement mean to you financially, and consider if it will require moving into a bigger house? The answers to all these questions will enable you and your parents to have a plan in place for their golden years.

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HEAT things up

TEXAS CHILI FESTIVALS

The colder months are the best time of year to tuck into a steaming hot, hearty bowl of deep red chili - named the offi cial Texas state dish in 1977. Luckily, the Lone Star State hosts many Texas chili competitions, known as cook-offs, each winter. Follow your nose to these now decade-long, belly-filling traditions to explore the land, meet people from around the globe, and taste world-class chili you’ll want again and again. Cooks face off in a friendly attempt to outdo one another for the most beautiful and satisfying bowl of Texas “meat and gravy” — beef with a thick sauce of dried red chilis. Cook-off entries are graded on aroma, taste, consistency, and color, and while some say beef is optional for the trophy bowl, others say disqualification awaits anything less. One thing everyone agrees on with Texas champion chili — no fi llers are allowed. Beans, rice, and corn are not considered part of an authentic bowl of Texas heat.

For some elite competitions, chefs win many smaller cook-offs as the price of admission to a larger championship. Whether you’re at a small regional cook-off or one of the bigger title fi ghts, you’re in for a meat-lovers treat.

2022 CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship Christine Knight, 2010 Champion – Tolbert Cookoff
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TERLINGUA’S CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP COOK-OFFS

Texas’ best-known chili championships simmer amidst the breathtaking beauty of West Texas on the fi rst weekend of November in Terlingua. With roots stretching back to 1967, the now almost week-long food festivals, split into two separate cook-offs in the 80s, gather chili enthusiasts from around the globe.

Sprung from the culinary duel between Texas writers Wick Fowler and Frank X. Tolbert (author of A Bowl of Red ) and New York journalist H. Allen Smith, the original matchup in Terlingua aimed to settle a dispute over which region’s chili masters knew more about the dish. Despite ending in a draw, the rivalry created an enduring tradition. After a few years, some participants worried about commercialization, resulting in the creation of a separate Terlingua championship.

Today both organizations work to raise as much money as possible for charities.

Despite the division in competition banners, both cookoffs take place less than fi ve miles apart, with cooks often visiting each other and trying for titles at both gatherings. Look for the Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff (also called the Tolbert Cookoff or Behind the Store), and you’ll spot the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship down the road and vice versa. Keep your ears open as live country music bands are a guaranteed draw and nightly pastime at both events.

Both Saturday chili championships are invitation only, but all are welcome to camp and politely ask chili cooks to taste their creations after submitting their entries to be judged. Smaller competitions on the days leading up to Saturday’s

2022 CASI TICC Judging 2022 CASI TICC Champion, Kris Hudspeth Free samples pot – Tolbert Cookoff
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Cooking Chili – Tolbert Cookoff

championship include titles for the best margaritas, brisket, black-eyed peas, chicken, salsa, pinto beans, and chile verde at the Tolbert Cookoff. Meanwhile, the CASI cook-off judges entries for margaritas, traditional and non-traditional salsa, wings, and beans. A special category called Anything But Chili awards sweet and savory dishes made with the CASI Terlingua Championship Mix sold exclusively in HEB.

Added bonus: Explore nearby Big Bend National Park, and The McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, or simply look up at the vast sky for stargazing. With camps observing dark sky rules, chances are good that you might catch a blazing show of shooting stars above and take in a fantastic view of the Milky Way. ABowlOfRed.com, CasiChili.net

GALVESTON, YAGA’S CHILI QUEST AND BEER FEST

The coastal sun shines on this Galveston January 20 to 21 event on The Strand. Grab a ticket to taste world-class chili — traditional and exotic, then sip a few of over 100 craft beers. Run it off in the Beerfoot Brewery 5k in Galveston or enter the Cornhole Tournament. Test your mettle with a jalapeno eating competition, and don’t forget to take in Galveston’s rich architectural history. This festival, now in its fourteenth year, benefits the Downtown Strand Historic District. YagasChiliQuest.com

FLATONIA’S CZHILISPIEL

Not only does Flatonia’s Czhilispiel include a chili cook-off, but this event also hosts a car show, grand parade, 5k race and Halloween costume contest, pie auction, and carnival every fourth weekend in October. If you can stomach it, enter the jalapeno eating contest. If not, enjoy competitions for spareribs, bloody Mary’s, beans, and margaritas. Begun as a way to fund a local student’s medical school education, this cook-off continues the spirit of community giving with local donations each year. Czhilispiel.com

Beerfoot Brewery 5k in Galveston Chili Quest & Beerfest in Galveston Tolbert Cookoff – Preliminary Table Judging
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TOUCHDOWN tastes

WIN THE CROWD OVER WITH THESE SUPER BOWL APPETIZERS

BRATWURST BITES WITH BEER BRAISED ONIONS

SERVES: 10 | PREP: 15 MIN. | COOK: 30 MIN. | TOTAL: 45 MIN.

INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. of Bratwurst | 2 medium sweet onions, sliced | 2 garlic cloves, minced | 3 Tbsp. butter, divided | 1 bottle of beer | 1 tsp. thyme | 1 Tbsp. brown sugar | ½ tsp. kosher salt | ¼ tsp. black pepper | 1 pkg. of top sliced hot dog buns | Whole grain mustard

DIRECTIONS: BROWN the bratwurst in a sauté pan with 1 Tbsp. butter. REMOVE from pan and set aside. ADD the remaining butter, minced garlic, and sliced onions using the same pan. COOK over med-low heat until onions are soft and caramelized. DEGLAZE the pan with beer and add spices. COOK until the liquid is reduced. CUT each bun in half as well as bratwurst. MAKE bites by adding bratwurst to buns and adding mustard and onions on top.

TIPS & TRICKS: Warm bratwurst in the onion mixture before making sandwiches or toast the buns for added texture.

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TIPS & TRICKS: You can use any short-grain rice instead of Arborio rice. Smaller size arancini will make more servings.

PIMENTO CHEESE ARANCINI (FRIED RICE BALLS)

SERVES: APPROX. 15 BALLS | PREP: 2 HRS. 20 MIN. | COOK: 45 MIN. TOTAL: 3 HRS. 5 MIN.

INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. Arborio rice | 3 cups chicken stock | 1 12 oz. pkg pimento cheese | 1 cup flour | 2 eggs, whisked | 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs | 2 Tbsp. kosher salt, divided | 2 tsp. black pepper divided | Vegetable oil for frying

DIRECTIONS: MAKE rice according to package directions. STIR occasionally while cooking to release starches and make it creamier. Let rice cool when done. STIR pimento cheese into rice. Prepare a jelly roll sheet and spread the rice mixture in an even layer onto the sheet. REFRIGERATE for at least 2 hrs or overnight. SET up a breading station with one bowl of flour, one bowl of eggs, and one bowl of breadcrumbs. SEASON the flour and breadcrumbs with salt & pepper. HEAT oil in a pot to med-high heat. USE enough oil to fill the pot about 2 ½ inches deep. Shape cold rice into 2-inch balls. PLACE each ball into the flour and coat. REPEAT in the egg mixture and, finally, the breadcrumbs. PLACE into the hot oil and fry until golden. DRAIN on paper towels before serving.

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ABOUT OUR CHEF

Jennifer is a private chef in Dallas, TX, with a passion for home-cooked meals with a global influence. In addition to cooking, she hosts an Italian cooking show on national streaming television. To follow her, go to JenniferBajsel.com or find her on Instagram @JENNIFER_BAJSEL

CHORIZO EMPANADAS

SERVES: 10 | PREP: 25 MIN. | COOK: 10 MIN. | TOTAL: 35 MIN.

INGREDIENTS: Empanadas: 1 pkg. fresh chorizo | 1 green bell pepper, diced | ½ yellow onion, diced | 1 Tbsp. olive oil | 1 pkg. empanada dough disks | 1 egg Sauce: ½ avocado | 1 cup sour cream | ½ lime | 2 Tbsp. cilantro

DIRECTIONS: PREHEAT oven to 350°. PREPARE a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. HEAT sauté pan to medium heat and add olive oil. ADD onions and peppers and cook until softened. ADD chorizo and cook until browned, drain. PLACE an empanada disk onto a lightly floured surface. BRUSH the edges with water. PLACE a scoop of the chorizo mixture onto the center of each disk. FOLD in half and press to seal using a fork. WHISK egg and brush the tops of each empanada before baking. BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. BLEND avocado, sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender until smooth and creamy. SERVE on the side for the empanadas.

TIPS & TRICKS: Empanada dough can be found in the freezer section or use refrigerated pie crust as a substitute.
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A SMATTERING of stuff

THAT’S MAKING US SAY “WE LIKE IT!” THIS MONTH

IT’S TEATIME

Tea enthusiasts will surely find something they love from the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. The family-owned luxury tea brand offers a full range of estategrown specialty teas, signature loose-leaf tea blends, herbal and fruit tisanes, imported packaged tea brands, and a wide selection of uniquely crafted teapots and tea brewing accessories.

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CARE FOR YOUR HAIR

The 100% pure Mulberry silk material used for these Kayleigh May scrunchies is perfectly suited for hair of all kinds as the smooth surface prevents pulling, breakage, and split ends, and the fibers are coated in the protein sericin. This makes the silk antibacterial, antifungal, and resistant to dust mites and mold while letting your hair move freely.

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A DAILY GIFT

When a friend or loved one is going through a rough time, the pain can continue well beyond the initial months when condolences are given. That is what makes the Rainy Day Box such a unique gifting idea. Each box is carefully curated (or you can customize your own) to contain thoughtful gifts that are individually packaged and meant to be opened over time. Inside each one is a message that acknowledges that day’s struggle but gives inspiring words of hope and love. All the gifts included are sourced from artisans across the US, emphasizing female-run businesses.

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IN THE BAG

Whether you are organizing a purse or want to carry one on its own, these Lu & Elle pouches are perfect for a plethora of purposes. Their interesting details and effortless styling embody a relaxed yet playful wanderlust vibe.

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EARTH-FRIENDLY EARS

Wild Cloud earrings are handcrafted in the US from sustainably grown, regenerative bamboo blending ethical methods with sweet, subtle designs. They’re plastic-free and hypoallergenic, so even the most sensitive ears have no trouble with these fashionable pieces.

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