Special Interests

An Exercise in Critical Thinking in Neglected History

The heart of historical study is both a science and an art. To be interesting, facts must be accompanied with compelling story telling and all too often ‘official versions’ limit our understanding of history. Bring your history topics for our class to explore. 

Fridays on Zoom at 9:30 am | Free


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Fridays In-Person at the Historical Park's Dodson House

July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 | 9:30 am
In order for us to keep classes at a safe number, registration is required for all in-person programs.
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Photo Club


Free | Leader: Deborah Hutchins
Share your experience and learn from others to make your pictures better. 
Wednesdays on Zoom at 1 pm | Free
Email Jennifer.Stone@farmersbranchtx.gov for access link.

Wednesdays In-Person at the Historical Park's Dodson House


July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19 | 1 pm | Free
In order for us to keep classes at a safe number, registration is required for all in-person programs.
Click Link to Register: http://apm.activecommunities.com/farmersbranch/Activity_Search/7478 

Gardening Talks Through Zoom


Grow Herbs: Create Global Cuisine 

Wednesday | July 15 | 10 am  

Free | Speaker; Barbara Gollman, Dallas County Master Gardener 
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83164523098 
Herbs native to an area define the flavor of world cuisines. From Mexico to Southeast Asia, discover how using the appropriate herbs in combinations with local foods will produce ethnic cuisine.    

Preparing a Vegetable Garden from the Ground Up 

Wednesday | August 19 | 10 am  

Free | Speaker: Stephanie Smith, Dallas County Master Gardener
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84266034332 
Vegetable gardening is more than just sticking plants in the ground. This talk explains preparing the ground for a vegetable garden, what to plant and when, and what to do after the garden is done to preserve the fertility of the soil.   

Photo Club 

Wednesdays on Zoom | 1 - 2 pm

Email linda.eakle@outlook.com for access link 

Wednesdays In Person at Dodson House | 1 – 2 pm | July 8, 22,  August 5, 19 

Free | Instructor: Deborah Hutchins 
Registration Required: http://apm.activecommunities.com/farmersbranch/Activity_Search/7478 
Come and share your love of photography. Learn some basic photography techniques, go out and take pictures and then view your pictures with the group.  Anyone with a camera or smart phone camera is welcome!   

Book Club 

Come meet kindred book lovers, as they discuss the reading of a different book each month. 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Monday | July 13 | 1 pm | Free  

On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82806132962 
The novel is about two families living in 1990s Shaker Heights who are brought together through their children. The author described writing about her hometown as "a little bit like writing about a relative. You see all of the great things about them, you love them dearly, and yet you also know all of their quirks and their foibles.  

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley


Monday | August 10 | 1 pm | Free  

Location: Farmers Branch Manske Library 
Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/farmersbranch/Activity_Search/6816 
Also On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82806132962 
This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm among his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will, which sets in motion a chain of events that brings dark truths to light. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres spins the most fundamental themes of truth, justice, love, and pride into a universally acclaimed masterpiece. 

Movie Time: A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood


Tuesday | August 11| 1:00 pm | Free  

Location: Farmers Branch Manske Library 
Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/farmersbranch/Activity_Search/7489 
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on a true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.