Trash Talk


We advise you to be careful when you tell potential roommates, landlords or dates that you have 1,203 pets. Because while most people will tolerate your grouchy cat, overactive dog and long-lived betta, they freak a little when you tell them you keep 1,200 worms in a big plastic tub. Unless you're a fisherman, you get weird looks for having a colony of Eisenia fetida in your laundry room. But we say, don't be ashamed to stand up and explain, as thousands before you have, "Hey, worms eat my garbage!" Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, can be successful even in a small space, making it perfect for urbanites and apartment dwellers. The tiny manure or "castings" left by the worms make a rich addition to gardens and houseplants, and, since red worms eat anything from newspaper to banana peels to eggshells, the act of composting helps reduce what ends up on the sanitation truck. Still not convinced? Well, you don't have to take our word for it because "master composter" A.L. Nickerson will be on site to answer questions about the hows and whys of vermicomposting at Green Living, 1904 Abrams Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20. The event is free. Call 214-821-8444. --Michelle Martinez

Hole in One

The Golf Channel is evil. We novices call our satellite providers and upgrade our subscription package to include it. And now, for kids 7 to 14, they hold a Drive, Chip & Putt Junior Challenge (Tenison Park Golf Course; registration is first-come, first-served at 3:30 p.m.) to excite them about a game that will one day break their bank account and spirit. God, I love golf. Visit --Eric Celeste

Ride on the Wild Side
Put the rubber to the road for a bikin' safari

Imagine the most amazing adventure park of all time. Thrill-seekers could be guided through prehistoric jungles and interact with live dinosaurs. While Hollywood's Jurassic Park didn't turn out to be the safe and fun place it was anticipated to be, there is a similar adventure for $30 that includes cheetahs, black rhinos, ecological information snacks and a T-shirt. Nature, wildlife, adrenaline and family bonding are all included at Fossil Rim's Ride the Rim Mountain Bike Back Country Tour. The back-trail trek is a low-impact, non-technical fun ride. While it's no Jurassic Park, Fossil Rim is still home to many prehistoric dino footprints. The bike ride geared toward beginning cyclists starts at 9 a.m. with intermediate rides at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Overlook, located at 2155 County Road, Glen Rose. Call 254-897-2960, ext. 0. --Danna Berger

Trail Tales
Check out Dallas' beauty

If you hate your children, we have a tip for you. Make them hike for miles in some mosquito-ridden forest without water or bug spray. Our parents did that to us 15 years ago during a family retreat, and we're so bitter that we still allude to the ordeal in articles for a weekly newspaper. Nevertheless, if you love your children, hikes aren't necessarily off-limits. Take, for example, Sunday's Texas Buckeye Trail Walk, which starts at 1:30 p.m. at the south end of Bexar Street. It's far from evil to take your kid on a gorgeous springtime hike, and this one in particular offers a chance to look at Dallas' forest areas while they're blooming. Just be sure to give little pale Billy some bug spray before it starts. Please. He might get a writing job someday. Call 214-353-9984. --Sam Machkovech

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