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Fort Worth has taken a big green step: Partnering with the Texas Trees Foundation, the city has created the first Fort Worth Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP), to protect, expand, and manage its green infrastructure.

The UFMP will provide tools to preserve, care for, and grow the city’s forest resources more effectively. Goals include:

  • identifying priority planting and preservation areas
  • identifying partners who can invest in the growth of the urban forest
  • creating a centralized vision for the urban forest

Forests in urban areas make cities more sustainable and resilient.

In a statement, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker lists some of the green benchmarks the city has already achieved including being the oldest and longest-running Tree City USA in Texas since 1978, and designating a wildlife sanctuary in 1964 which later became the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Fort Worth's not slacking, people.

“The creation of a Fort Worth Urban Forest Master Plan is providing the next steps in implementing the protection of our natural landscape that residents will enjoy for generations to come," Parker says.

Texas Trees Foundation has been addressing urban forestry issues in North Texas for 40 years, but mostly in Dallas, says CEO Texas Trees Foundation Janette Monear, with projects such as their Cool Schools Program and NeighborWoods Program.

"We are delighted to now be doing the same in the City of Fort Worth to spotlight the importance of urban forestry and tree benefits,” Monear says.

The Texas Trees Foundation has donated $250,000 in the form of sponsorships and donations from partners that include Wells Fargo, Atmos Energy, Fort Worth-based Nicholas Martin Jr. Family Foundation, and BNSF Railway. The city is contributing $50,000 toward the project, utilizing Tree Fund Collections.

The next step: get community feedback. Fort Worth residents, business community members, and visitors are encouraged to share ideas by taking a survey at https://bit.ly/FortWorthUFMP. The survey closes at the end of February 2023.

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Dallas-Fort Worth is first in U.S. to test Walmart's cute new Canoo EVs

EV News

Walmart is deploying a fleet of new electric delivery vehicles, and the first place they're trying them out is none other than Dallas-Fort Worth.

According to a release, Walmart signed up in July to buy 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles from Canoo, a high-tech mobility company based in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Walmart bought Canoo's Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), an adorable rounded van that will be driven by Walmart employees to deliver online orders, groceries, and general merchandise.

The LDV is expected to hit the road widely in 2023, but first they're refining the configuration with a test run in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Canoo's LDV is an all-American commercial EV optimized for sustainable "last mile" delivery use cases. It's engineered for high frequency stop-and-go deliveries and speedy vehicle to door drop-off, including groceries and food/meal delivery.

The cargo space is 120 cubic feet, with a modular design, designed for small package delivery, and small enough to be driven like a regular car, says Canoo CEO, chairman, and investor Tony Aquila in a statement.

"Our LDV has the turning radius of a small passenger vehicle on a parking friendly, compact footprint, yet the payload and cargo space of a commercial delivery vehicle," Aquila says. "This is the winning algorithm to seriously compete in the last mile delivery race, globally."

The LDVs will also potentially be used for Walmart GoLocal, their delivery-as-a-service business.

"By continuing to expand our last mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, we’re able to provide customers and Walmart+ members with even more access to same-day deliveries while keeping costs low," says Walmart senior VP David Guggina.

It'll also allow Walmart to deliver online orders in a sustainable way that contributes to their goal of achieving zero-emissions by 2040.

In addition to dedicated fulfillment centers, Walmart uses 3,800 of its stores to fulfill online orders. The retailer currently does this using a combination of Walmart associates, independent contractors driving on the Spark Driver Network, third-party delivery service providers, and in some locations, autonomous vehicles and drones, to make deliveries.

Last year Canoo, chose Walmart's hometown Bentonville, Arkansas, as its headquarters and Pryor, Oklahoma, as the site for its U.S. manufacturing — establishing an EV ecosystem in the heartland.

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North Texas group shares must-know tips to save your trees during heat wave

Tree News

Fort Worth is in the throes of a heat wave, with no rain for a month and drying winds, and a Texas tree group has advice on what we need to be doing for our trees.

According to the Texas Trees Foundation, a nonprofit tree planting organization dedicated to greening North Central Texas, you need to prioritize trees over other landscape plants, including lawns.

In times of drought and water restrictions, a lawn left unwatered can go dormant and turn brown without dying. Even if it does die, a lawn can be re-established in a single season.

A large tree cannot.

How to water
During a drought, a tree requires irrigation, with the goal of sustaining the tree, versus watering to make it grow.

Trees should be watered slowly and deeply. No sprinklers. Those are for lawns, not for trees. Use a bubbler, drip emitters, or a hand-held hose to deliver water to the tree’s root zone. Water the soil one to two feet deep each time you water and let the surface dry between waterings.

Deep watering encourages deep rooting — and deep roots are the best way for a tree to survive a drought.

The simplest method of watering: turn your garden hose on a slow trickle and leave it in different zones within the "dripline" until you can easily insert a screwdriver into the soil.

The dripline is the edge of the tree's branches outward. Don't water trees at the trunk. As a basic rule of thumb, apply water in a circular band that’s at least half as wide as the distance from the trunk to the dripline.

Time for a checklist:

  • The best time for summer watering is in the morning or evening, from 7 pm to 8 am.
  • Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, 10 am-6 pm, since water will get lost in evaporation.
  • Remove grass and excess plant competition from around any tree to decrease water stress. Many plants, including grass, can compete within the soil root zone for available water. This water competition can be severe.
  • Use mulch to conserve water and prevent weed competition. Mulch is a tree's best friend. Besides minimizing evaporation of soil moisture and limiting rainwater runoff, mulch also protects the tree from mower and weed trimmer damage. Wood chips and shredded bark can be used for mulch. Cover the area with mulch about 2 to 3 inches deep, taking care to avoid the area next to the tree’s trunk.

Don't use fertilizer and don't prune your tree during summer months, since it can cause more stress. Fertilizers promote growth that the tree cannot sustain under unfavorable conditions, and pruning off leaves takes food away from an already stressed tree. The only pruning that should be done is to remove dead branches or any branches that pose a hazard.

Signs of distress
Drought is defined by a relatively long duration with substantially below-normal precipitation, usually occurring over a large area. During times of drought, a lack of moisture can cause trees to suffer from drought stress. 2022 marks the eighth driest year in Texas over the past 128 years.

One early sign of stress on a tree during drought is wilted leaves. Another sign is leaf scorching, when the edges of leaves or the space between a leaf’s veins turns brown.

When a tree begins to exhibit signs of drought stress, irrigation must begin immediately to avoid long-term damage to the tree. Drought and high temperatures deliver a one-two punch to trees. Trees exhale moisture from their leaves in a process called transpiration. As temperatures climb, transpiration kicks into overdrive. During a drought, there isn’t enough water in the soil to replenish the water lost. When this happens, trees adopt survival strategies that can stress and weaken them.

Established in 1982, the Texas Trees Foundation manages the nation’s largest nonprofit urban tree farm and plants trees on public property. If you are interested in a planting project in your community call 214-953-1184 or visit their website at www.texastrees.org.

Texas Trees Foundation’s Urban Forester Rachel McGregor says you should not ignore local water use restrictions. But ideally, you irrigate established trees once every two weeks during the growing season.

"Trees provide an enormous asset to our landscape by reducing heating and cooling cost in our homes, cleaning the air we breathe, increasing our mental and physical health, decreasing storm water runoff, and many other benefits," McGregor says.

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ERCOT requests that Texans conserve power to avoid rolling blackouts

Blackout News

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking Texas residents to conserve power in order to avert rolling blackouts.

According to a release, no outages are currently anticipated, but as extreme hot weather continues driving record power demand across Texas, the power grid operator is issuing a Conservation Appeal for Wednesday, July 13 between 2-8 pm, requesting that residents and businesses voluntarily conserve electricity during this time.

Conservation is a reliability tool ERCOT has deployed more than four dozen times since 2008 to successfully manage grid operations. This notification is issued when projected reserves may fall below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more.

On July 11, ERCOT asked residents and businesses to cut back on energy use between 2-8 pm, when record temperatures were expected.

The dire situation is the result of two factors happening at the same time:

  • a record heat wave with high demand
  • wind power is generating less energy than usual

ERCOT is suggesting that we turn up our thermostat a degree or two, and postpone running major appliances or pool pumps.

A spokesperson said we are not yet in an emergency situation, but they're asking for voluntary energy reduction where possible.

"If rotating outages became necessary, ERCOT would direct transmission and distribution companies to shed load/reduce demand in their areas/regions," the spokesperson said. "Each area has an amount they would need to reduce demand by. It is up to them to manage the rotating outage if it were to occur. At this time, we do not anticipate this happening."

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H-E-B's new brand of green products will benefit Texas Parks & Wildlife

H-E-Being Green

In time for Earth Day, grocery chain H-E-B is introducing a new retail initiative that will help support its commitment to take care of Texans for generations to come.

Last year, the company revealed products from Field & Future by H-E-B, a new environmentally minded line of household, personal care, and baby products designed to be clean and green. Now, the retailer is using its new brand to benefit longtime partner Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) by supporting their efforts to help conserve and protect Texas.

“Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is excited about our new partnership with H-E-B. This Texas company will donate a portion of all sales proceeds from its Field & Future line of sustainable products to support our efforts to conserve the state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources,” TPWF Chairman Mike Greene says.

The retailer and the wildlife foundation are longtime partners, and this new initiative will aid coastal conservation efforts, as well as Black Bear restoration in West Texas and the establishment of the state’s newest park, Palo Pinto Mountains, which opens in North Texas next year.

San Antonio-based H-E-B is the parent company of Dallas-based Central Market. Where H-E-B stores already exist in Fort Worth suburbs of Burleson and Willow Park, the company is finally checking into Dallas, with new stores being built in Frisco, Plano, and McKinney.

“H-E-B is an iconic Texas company, and this new partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, our official non-profit partner, is incredibly exciting,” said TPWF Executive Director Carter Smith in an April 5 release. “It’s fitting that the Field & Future line of products will benefit conservation projects across Texas, and we’re deeply grateful for this new partnership.”

There are nearly 100 Field & Future by H-E-B items on shelves across Texas already. Products range from dish soap to bath tissue; baby diapers; and trash bags, which are made from 65 percent post-consumer recycled plastic from H-E-B facilities.

The line features the How2Recycle label, which is found on more than 1,700 other H-E-B branded items. The grocery chain joined the How2Recycle program last year, placing clear and easy-to-read labels on products so customers can know if and how to recycle product packaging.

“We know H-E-B and our customers have a shared commitment in protecting the land, water, and air of Texas for generations to come,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs in the release.

Since 2012, H-E-B has contributed more than $20 million to over 500 environmental organizations in land and water conservation, habitat and coastal preservation, and community cleanups. This includes giving more than $2 million in grants to organizations such as Keep Texas Beautiful, Texas Conservation Fund, and the Nature Conservancy in Texas.

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Fort Worth's iconic Paris Coffee Shop predicts May for reopening date

Opening News

UPDATE 5-20-2022: Paris Coffee Shop is now open daily for breakfast and lunch, with Saturday-Sunday brunch and daily dinner to come, they say.

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Breakfast lovers, take note: Paris Coffee Shop, one of Fort Worth's oldest restaurants, which closed in September 2021 for a renovation, is targeting May for its anticipated reopening.

The iconic restaurant, which opened in 1916 on Magnolia Avenue, has been in the midst of a renovation since the fall. Maybe you've given up hope that it will ever return, but a release reassures that the reopening is still happening. Hang on another 30 days.

Local restaurateur and chef Lou Lambert, who grew up going to Paris Coffee Shop, partnered with Fort Worth developer Mark Harris and longtime colleague Chris Reale to purchase the cafe from owner Mike Smith, who retired after 56 years. His father bought the restaurant from founder Vic Paris in 1926, and Mike assumed operations in 1965.

The renovation includes:

  • wood detail on the exterior inspired by original photos of the café
  • interior wood paneling, also informed by early photography
  • pendant lighting over booths, sconces beside booths
  • 1930s-'40s-style tile detail along the long counter base
  • a neon sign that features 1940s-style lettering and lighting

The east exterior wall now feature a period-correct letter font for PARIS COFFEE SHOP, designed by local artist Sarah Ayala.

A 2004 mural by the late local artist Bo Powell was sacrificed in order to accommodate electrical and plumbing replacement. But the owners are taking a number of steps to compensate up for this mural tragedy, including a possible mural to be painted on the building's north wall, plus local art on the café’s interior west wall, where a large section in the main dining room will feature work each season by a different local artist.

A hallway will sport enlargements of black-and-white photos for which Paris Coffee Shop was famous, divided into historical sections pertaining to Fort Worth, TCU, and Paris Coffee Shop in the Mike Smith era.

Lambert says they're expanding the menu with offerings they hope will attract new clientele. Vegan, yes? New offerings include blue-plate specials, chicken-fried steak, chicken & dumplings, fried chicken, steak, fish, and Dutch babies for breakfast. Huh. No vegan chicken tenders. Seems like a missed opportunity.

They'll also add booze including mimosas, French 75, and bloody Marys with breakfast and brunch; and beer, wine, and cocktails during lunch and dinner.

"We embrace the coffee shop culture, and we’re committed to preserving the heritage of Paris Coffee Shop and everything that has made it a Fort Worth legend," Lambert says.

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Legendary rockers Metallica set massive tour schedule with 2 shows in Arlington

Concert news

The legendary heavy metal rock band Metallica's massive M72 world tour will find them playing two nights in every city they visit, including August 18 and 20, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The tour, taking place throughout 2023 and 2024, is currently scheduled to go to 22 cities around the world, starting with Amsterdam, Netherlands on April 27. The Arlington concerts, the only stop in Texas, are part of the initial North American leg of the tour, running from August 4 to November 12.

In a November 27 announcement, the band promises that each stop will feature a "No Repeat Weekend," with two completely different setlists and support lineups at each concert. Joining them in Arlington will be the reunited North Texas band Pantera (touring for the first time in 22 years) and Mammoth WVH on August 18, and Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills on August 20.

The tour, which will feature a new in-the-round stage design that relocates the Metallica Snake Pit to center stage, is in support of the band's new album, 72 Seasons, their first new release in six years.

The shows will include a number of unique ticketing options, including two-day tickets, discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age, and the I Disappear full-tour pass for fans who want to travel to multiple cities.

Two-day tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 2 at Ticketmaster.com, and will include the option of pre-ordering 72 Seasons on vinyl and/or CD. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in the U.S. beginning 2 pm Wednesday, November 30 until 10 pm Thursday, December 1 through the Citi Entertainment program.

A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, which aims to assist and enrich communities through career and technical education programs in the U.S., combating food insecurity, and donating to disaster relief efforts worldwide.

'Lightscape' shines bright in this week's 5 most popular Fort Worth stories

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. What to expect at 'Lightscape,' Fort Worth's new walk-thru winter wonderland. Fort Worth’s most Instagrammable new holiday lights display is best enjoyed without clinging to a phone. “Lightscape,” which made its North Texas debut at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Friday, November 18, walks visitors through a winter wonderland experience unlike any other in DFW.

2. Hoffbrau Steak fires up the grill for new location in Grapevine. A longtime steakhouse is coming to Grapevine: Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House, a small family-owned and -operated chain that's been in Dallas-Fort Worth for more than 40 years, will open a location November 28 at 700 W. State Hwy 114, previously home to a Brick House Tavern & Tap, which closed during the pandemic.

3. Yellowstone and 1883 stars cowboy up at Fort Worth gala honoring Taylor Sheridan. Fort Worth has always been "where the West begins," and now it's where TV's hottest Western drama begins, too. The 2022 Lone Star Film Festival Gala - held November 11 at Hotel Drover in the Stockyards - leaned hard into the city's connections to Yellowstone and its prequel, 1883, with signs and programs that boasted "The Road to Yellowstone Began in Fort Worth."

4. Divine doughnuts and tempting tamales top this Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has tidbits about doughnuts, Cajun food, vegan tamales, and gourmet ice cream, culled from press releases, social media, and the occasional hot tip. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. Here comes Santa House, back to Grapevine for a very charitable 2022 Christmas season. After taking a much-needed break last year, Louie Murillo and his family are once again decking their halls, yard, and rooftop to bring back the Grapevine Santa House — a smash hit during the 2020 holiday season. The half-acre property is a "Where's Waldo?" maze of more than 1,000 Santa statues, which visitors can walk among, snap photos with, and then, they hope, make a donation to Grace Grapevine's Christmas Cottage program.

Texas parks beckon throughout 2022 holidays with festive events and peaceful escapes

If roasting ‘smores and hiking in the great outdoors sounds fun, pack up your family and visit one of Texas’ state parks this holiday season.

Texas state parks and historic sites are ringing in the holidays with a number of festive events. There are drive-thru light tours, special holiday hikes, arts and crafts for the kiddos, and more.

Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to visit an individual park's website before you head out. And check the Holidays in the Parks page for many more fun options, pricing information, and more information.

Dallas-Fort Worth-area parks

Tyler State Park
Avoid the Black Friday madness with the 15th annual “Walk-off the Bird” Bird Walk, a 2.1-mile walk by the lakeshore at 9 am November 25. Bring your binoculars to relax and enjoy the bird life of the East Texas Pineywoods. At 2 pm the same day, enjoy a Fall in the Savannah fall foliage hike. Enjoy Reading Ranger Campfire Stories around a cozy campfire at 3 pm December 3. Head back December 9-10 for A Pineywoods Christmas, when you can stroll or drive through the Lakeview and Big Pine campgrounds to take in campers' elaborately decorated sites and take a Winter Wonderland Hike.

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Drive through or stay at the park and decorate your campsite with your favorite Christmas decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a decorating contest, complete with awards, as well as a reading of The Night before Christmas — all part of Twinkle Tour 2022, 5-8 pm December 3.

Daingerfield State Park
Drive through the park lit up like Santa Land during the 10th annual Christmas in the Park drive thru lights tour December 14-17 (times vary). Marvel at the decorated campsites and lights, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for a chance to visit with Santa.

Eisenhower State Park
Help those in need and spread holiday cheer — and as a bonus, get free entry to the park — by bringing one unwrapped donation item to the park’s Holiday Donation Drive from November 25 to December 19. Come back December 9-10 to visit the Light Up the Park drive-thru lights event, featuring milk and cookies with Santa. This year, the park is taking unwrapped toys to donate instead of collecting entrance fees for the event.

Cleburne State Park
Enjoy Pancakes With Santa and make pinecone bird feeders 9-11 a.m. December 10.

Cedar Hill State Park
Walk off your Thanksgiving Day meal and explore nature in the cool fall air during the three-mile Thanksgiving Nature Walk 7:30-9 a.m. November 26. Search for birds taking their winter break at the park during their Winter Birding Walk, which takes place 7:30-8:30 am December 13. Explore Christmas on Penn Farm on December 17: Learn about the history and pioneers of the Penn Family and the farm they built 150 years ago.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Experience Christmas, cowboy style, at Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas, December 3. Park ranger and cowboy poet David Owens will gather guests around a campfire at the Lone Star Amphitheater for an evening of cowboy culture through songs, stories and poems.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
In partnership with Toys for Tots, the park is hosting Christmas in the Valley, a full day of ranger-led events, programs, family friendly activities, arts and crafts, food and more. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for free admission for the whole family. The event takes place 1-4 pm. December 17.

Austin/San Antonio-area parks

Bastrop State Park
The park’s annual Gobble Till You Wobble hike November 25 has been canceled due to predicted rains. However, you can still follow ornaments with clues through the park every day in December during the annual Fa La La Through The Forest Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the Lost Pines Christmas Parade, a collaborative event with Bastrop and Buescher Parks, at 6 pm December 10. Tour the inside of the historic Refectory and see how the Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated Christmas away from home during A Lost Pines CCC Christmas 9 a.m. to noon December 17.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Attend Deck the Halls, 10 am. to 3 pm November 26 to explore how early Texans at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm got ready for the holidays by stringing popcorn and decorating cookies to hang on their Christmas tree; learn how to make wreaths out of local cedar and dip candles as the farm staff get ready for das Weihnachten (Christmas). Return to the park at 5:30 pm December 18 for the 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, a holiday tradition started by President and Mrs. Johnson.

Garner State Park
Join the Buffalo Soldiers program and friends as they stop into Garner State Park before leaving for Christmas break during the Marching Towards Christmas event 10 am to 2 pm December 10. Christmas activities will include hand-dipped candles, frontier Christmas painting, Christmas-themed hard tack in Dutch ovens, and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buescher State Park
Take a Giving Thanks Guided Hike and learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps built the park from 3-4 pm November 26. On the Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt, you can follow ornaments with clues through the park to secure a prize at the end, December 1 to January 1. Enjoy the Smithville Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade, a collaborative effort between Buescher and Bastrop parks, on December 3.

Hill Country State Natural Area
See how art, history and state parks are connected; learn some basic watercolor techniques and paint a card or two to take home during the Watercolor Christmas Cards event 2:30-4 p.m. December 3. Come back for Horses in History & Ornament Craft from 2:30-4 pm. December 22 and learn how horses played important roles in the lives of vaqueros, native people, ranchers and more. Then, play a round of horseshoes and paint a horse ornament to take with you.

South Llano River State Park
At Christmas at the Ranch, 2 to 5 pm December 3, guests can warm up with hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and anticipate Santa's visit while taking in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic Ranch House that now serves as Park Headquarters.

Houston and Gulf Coast-area parks

Brazos Bend State Park
Holiday in the Park is an all-day affair on December 10. Events include a self-guided "Elf Hike," Christmas crafts, "Pup Parade," s'mores, and more.

Goose Island State Park
See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities, and camp for free when you decorate your campsite during Christmas in the Park on December 17. Guests are invited to "Santa's Village" at the CCC Recreation Hall for holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate around the campfire, and to drop off letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox.

Lake Livingston State Park
Learn about your favorite Thanksgiving food (the turkey) during Campfire Turkey Talk on November 26. Rangers will cover the history of Thanksgiving, the habits and behaviors of wild turkeys, and share interesting facts about turkeys, including how it nearly became our national bird.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Get in the holiday spirit with the second annual Holiday Light Drive Thru 6-9 pm December 10. Visitors can enter the park for a drive through the lighted areas of Javelina and Opossum Bend camping loops, plus the Old Pavilion.

West Texas and the Panhandle-area parks

Franklin Mountains State Park
Pack your Thanksgiving leftovers and hike 1.5 miles up to Aztec Caves during the park’s Turkey Trot at 11 am November 25. On December 3, make ornaments and holiday cards with recycled materials as part of the Art in the Parks series. During Cookies and Cocoa, you can decorate and take home your own Christmas treat while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate 2-4 pm December 23. Come back on Christmas Eve for a guided, two-mile Santa Hike at 11 am.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Bring your family out for Home for the Holidays guided family hike on December 10 and moderate hike on 17.

San Angelo State Park
Enjoy a drive-thru tour of lights and optional pictures with Santa and Smokey Bear during Holly-Days in the Park 6-8 pm December 10.