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To mow or to grow, that is the question

When does a yard transform from wildflower haven to wayward weed patch? Natural vegetation helps wildlife, but it can engender the wrath of your neighbors. Learn how to balance code compliance with an eco-friendly yard Thursday, March 9, when the Bexar County Audubon Society sponsors a discussion, “Mow It or Grow It?” at Trinity University’s Cowles Life Sciences building. Panelists include Judith Green, an urban biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife; Steven Lopez of the City’s Code Compliance department; Manuel Flores, gardening expert; and Richard Alles of the Citizens Tree Coalition. It is free and open to the public.

Philosophers ponder post-Katrina N.O.

You don’t have to enjoy Plato to attend “Sustainable Cities: Storylines and Post-Katrina New Orleans,” a discussion hosted by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. The event will be held at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, Thursday, March 9, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The group holds its annual meeting in SA next week at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel.

What is future of public-access TV?

New equipment for the local public-access TV station is expected to arrive this month, according to a press release from new Television Programming Coordinator Frank Burns. Burns previously worked as Community Affairs Manager for Time-Warner, overseeing the public-access, educational, and government channels until the cable provider stopped providing those services December 31, 2005. Currently, the City can accept only pre-produced programs on DVD (and nothing that would earn you an NC-17 or X rating) at 114 W. Commerce, Room 401. Go to for more info or call Burns at 207-4000.

Night-owl rally for Kinky

Independent candidate for governor Kinky Friedman kicks off his ballot-access petition drive with a rally one minute after midnight Wednesday, March 8, in front of the Alamo. Texas election law allows candidates to begin collecting signatures for ballot-access the day after the primary. Independent candidates have 65 days to collect 45,000 valid signatures. To sign a ballot-access petition, you must be a registered voter and cannot have voted in the primary. `See related story, “Penalty box,” January 18-25, 2006.` Campaign info: Phil Darrah, Bexar County campaign chairman,, 402-6040.

Lisa Sorg

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