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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

September 17, 2008

Spanish Celebration, Nature Night

Event:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has added a little "sabor" to its first Nature Night for the fall. Visitors to this family-friendly event will learn how native plants are used in their everyday lives in English or Spanish as part of a concurrent celebration of the center's new Web site, How To articles and Audio Tour in Spanish.

When:  Friday, Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. A presentation from 7-7:15 p.m will include representatives from AT&T, whose Foundation funded development of the Spanish-language material. Admission $1, or free to families with a special admission coupon from the Wildflower Center Spanish Web site or from local Hispanic publications and venues.

Where:  The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Background:  A special flavor is being added to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's September Nature Night, thanks to a $15,000 grant the center received from the AT&T Foundation to develop Spanish-language material. Family-oriented activities will focus on how people make use of plants for everyday needs. Besides learning how to make corn bread, mesquite jelly and other products from native plants, visitors can talk to Spanish-speaking volunteers about these and other activities. An audio tour of the center's gardens will be accessible on personal cell phones in English or Spanish. Additional Spanish handouts will explain how to garden with native plants, develop a container garden or do other Earth-friendly activities at home. Handouts feature a link to the center's new Web site in Spanish: http://www.wildflower.org/espanol. The free admission coupon is at a bilingual Web site about the celebration: http://www.wildflower.org/celebracion.

Sponsors:  AT&T Foundation and KVUE.

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