What’s happening in and around Dallas / Fort Worth? If it’s green or it involves the outdoors, it’s listed here!
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August 01, 2015
For a limited time you can buy rain barrels and compost bins at a discounted price:
RAIN BARREL: The 100 percent recycled Classic Black Ivy is manufactured in the USA. The Ivy rain barrel comes with everything you need to assemble, collect and use rain water. Barrels can easily be daisy chained with no added cost – all components included, even a 6' long overflow hose. Normal Retail Price $149.00 each. Sale price $72.50
COMPOST BIN: Special Price of $67.50
Order today and pick up Sept. 12. See website for details.
Discounted prices for all ages during August. $1/general admission, $2/Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and $1-$2/food and drink options.
Info: 214-515-6500. Bailey Starnes: BStarnes@DallasArboretum.org.
September 01, 2015
The City of Fort Worth is undertaking one of the largest green initiatives yet with the development of a comprehensive solid waste management plan.
The plan will serve as a blueprint for how waste is handled and managed in Cowtown for the next 20 years. The previous plan -- created in 1995 -- addressed a number of issues, including ensuring adequate landfill space. This time around, the city is looking to involve all residents of Fort Worth to answer tougher questions:
• What is waste, and what part of waste is a resource?
• Which resources can we recapture for value, and what’s the best way to do that?
• What behaviors are Fort Worth residents and businesses willing to adopt to make a greener city?
• Evaluate and address all waste produced within the City not just the residential waste.
• Consider emerging technologies and sustainable practices in managing our solid waste as both practices and technologies have changed significantly since 1995.
• Determine if the city has the best available technology in place.
• Move beyond traditional waste management programs and find the best material management solutions for the city’s future.
Documentary on the Deepwater Horizon explosion of 2010, the worst oil spill in American history. Refreshments provided. Audience discussion follows. Free. Info: JudAnnWat@sbcglobal.net.
September 05, 2015
From the food we eat and the water we drink to the air we breathe, everything these days seems capable of killing us. Recently we have seen an unprecedented number of deaths due to medications for diseases that may not even exist, obscure cancers caused by our modern devices, and brutal police tactics. All a coincidence? Think again. In Population Control, journalist Jim Marrs lays out a case for his most audacious conspiracy yet: the scheme concocted by a handful of global elites to reduce the world's population to 500 million by whatever means necessary and make a profit from it.
Marrs, the bestselling author of Rule by Secrecy and The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, pulls no punches in exposing this evil and chillingly effective plan. He explains how a small group of tremendously wealthy and powerful people controls virtually every important industry—guns, oil, pharmaceuticals, food, and of course the media—and how it uses this vast network of conglomerates to take actions that lead to the deaths of men and women all over the world.
Marrs answers tough questions the corporate-controlled media wouldn't even dream of asking:
• Could the CDC be secretly behind the recent Ebola outbreak that gripped the world?
• Who is responsible for the explosion in prescriptions for potentially deadly medications, and who profits?
• Why are local American police officers being sent to Israel for training in counterterrorism methods?
• Why might water be the deadliest weapon of the twenty-first century?
In the explosive Population Control, Marrs lays bare the damning truths corporate owners don't want you to discover: how they've spied on private citizens, intentionally spread disease, and destroyed the planet chasing profits, all to improve the lives of a privileged few while eliminating everyone else. Finally, he offers a citizen's blueprint for fighting back.
September 08, 2015
Tony O'Sullivan will talk about the city of Dallas' goal of zero waste by 2040 through recycling, reusing and composting. Free. Info: 972-699-1687. KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org.
September 10, 2015
The Master Composter Program is a 3-day course offered in conjunction with the City of Fort Worth’s Code Compliance Department and the Garden’s Education Program.
Next class: (must attend all 3)
Thursday, Sept. 10 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The most in-depth education on home composting!
This program is an avenue to educate residents about composting, so they can educate and encourage their friends and family to compost. The course consists of attending 3 classes (Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday).
Registration fee is $40 for Fort Worth residents and $55 for non-residents. (Fort Worth school teachers can apply to receive a scholarship.)
Participants will receive:
- Excellent training featuring nationally known instructor Larry Wilhelm
- Rodale Book of Composting
- C.E. Shepherd Compost Bin (if attended class all 3 days)
- Saturday Lunch
Deadline to register is Sept. 4.
Info or to register: Larinda Smith, 817-392-5543 or Larinda.Smith@fortworthtexas.gov
September 12, 2015
The BOPA mobile will accept ONLY the following items: BATTERIES, OIL/OIL FILTERS, LATEX PAINT and ANTIFREEZE
Containers larger than 5 gallons will NOT be accepted.
No more than 50 pounds of batteries can be dropped off per day.
No more than 25 gallons of latex paint, oil or antifreeze can be dropped off per day.
This service is made possible by:
County of Dallas, City of Dallas, Cities of the Dallas Area, and the Household Hazardous Waste Network
Info: dontwastetoday.com or call 214-670-4475.
FREE to residents of the following cities and areas:
(Please bring driver’s license and a utility bill as proof of residence.)
Addison, Dallas, De Soto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, University Park, Unincorporated Dallas County
Volunteers contribute by offering their expertise for special events, administration, habitat maintenance, caring for education animals, providing visitor support, guiding hikes and more.
For questions and to register: Julie Collins, 469-526-1991, JCollins@Audubon.org.
Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese will be the speaker at both sessions. Ms. Reese has more than 20 years experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in North Texas and is the owner of her own landscape design and consulting company - Beautiful Landscapes (BeautifulLandscapes.net). First-time seminar attendees at each session will receive a copy of Bonnie’s book, “Common-Sense Landscaping” (limit one per household). Attendees can also enter a drawing to win a bag of Green Sense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery & Nature Store (BeOrganic.com). There will be 3 drawings per session.
Water-Wise Landscape Design 101
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources - natural and financial!
Fantastic Plants for North Texas
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses.
Making a Reservation
Space is limited, please register online at SaveDallasWater.com or by calling (214) 670-3155. Let us know which seminar(s) you would like to attend, and how many will be attending in your group.
Seminars sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities Conservation and Mountain View College.
Meeting speaker to TBA.
Denton chapter of the national nonprofit working to introduce a carbon tax.
September 13, 2015
In it's 6th year, Okrapalooza is home to Dallas' one and only okra cook off competition. Founded by the Promise of Peace Community Gardens, local celebrity chefs compete to showcase their skills in a two hour cooking and tasting event open to the public.
Join us for a leisurely bike ride on the Lake Mineral Wells Trailway. We will meet at the Weatherford Trailhead and be ready to ride at 9 AM. The Weatherford Trailhead is approximately 35 miles from Fort Worth and is about a 45-minute drive. It is located off of FM 920 (Peaster Hwy.) northwest of downtown Weatherford. When you get on FM 920, look for the signs for the Trailhead and Cartwright Park and turn left. There is a $7 fee to use the Trailway, which is also good for Lake Mineral Wells State Park. We plan to ride west on the Trailway towards Garner (10.85 miles) at a leisurely pace and turn around before we get pooped. You should bring plenty of water as it will probably be hot, and bike helmets are mandatory. Liability waivers are required. The Trailway is crushed limestone on the easy grade of an old railroad bed. Large bike tires are preferred, but road bikes with smaller tires are suitable with caution for sandy and loose gravel areas. We will return to the Weatherford Trailhead and find a good place for lunch or some liquid refreshments. No need to register, just show up at the Trailhead and be ready to ride by 9 AM. Contact leaders, Lisa Gowan at 817-691-9901 and email email@example.com, or Tolbert Greenwood at 817-455-3302 and email firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions or more information. See http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-mineral-wells/trailway-1 for more information about the trailway.
September 17, 2015
Become a certified YardWise Master Composter! After this training, you will be equipped not only to practice your skills at home, but to confidently share your knowledge of all things composting with your friends and neighbors. The cost of the course is $50 and includes a generous package of take home materials, Saturday lunch, and most exciting, your very own Shepherd compost bin (valued at over $100). Space is limited and registration is required.
Note: To become a certified YardWise Master Composter, participants must complete all 3 days of training as well as 20 hours of community service with YardWise education in Coppell (within 12 months).
Master Composter Training (3 days)
Biodiversity Education Center
367 Freeport Pkwy
Coppell, TX 75019
Biodiversity Education Center
9/19 8:30am-5:30pm (Different location)
Fire Training Facility
113 Parkway Blvd
Coppell, TX 75019
September 19, 2015
Want to grow some of your own food?
Come be inspired and learn how you can grow veggies with less labor, less time and in less space in your own backyard!
You will see lots of photos and actual demonstrations on:
• How to set up a simple garden box or a Square Foot Garden
• No Digging, No Weeding, No Kidding!
• Blend the perfect soil mix
• When and what to plant for our North Texas area
• How to plant and maintain your garden in minutes a day
• Vertical gardening to save space
• Growing through all 4 seasons in Texas
Info: Lori De La Cruz, email@example.com
Come browse the stalls at the Dallas Farmers Market and visit local vendors, artisans and groups that will provide useful information on ways to help reduce your environmental footprint, save money and live healthy.
Vendors interested in booth space should contact: Freddie Ortiz, 214-670-4168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check website for updates.
A free, family-oriented event, helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship across North Texas. Free.
The event will have dozens of electric vehicles on display and feature fun items for kids, adults will have the opportunity to drive vehicles, and we’ll be trying to set a North Texas record for the highest amount of electric vehicles in one place.
Info: Kenny Bergstrom, Kbergstrom@nctcog.org. 817-704-5643
• You know your neighbors.
• You own your own home.
• Your kids always have someone to play with, and always have a babysitter available.
• You live sustainably, with a small carbon footprint.
• You share some meals, laundry and work space, pool, garden, maybe even a car.
• You age in place, that is, stay in your home as long as possible.
All these, and more, are possible in cohousing, a return to village life, in which owner-residents design and manage their own community.
Join us to learn about and discuss cohousing with special guest Alice Alexander, Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the USA.
Alice will make a 20-min. presentation about cohousing, followed by discussion. We hope folks from cohousing projects under way in the DFW area will attend to share their visions, including: Dallas Cohousing, White Rock Crossing Cohousing and Wildflower Ecovillage.
Please bring a snack to share!
Alice is co-founder of Durham Central Park Cohousing Community, based in a 24-unit building self-developed in downtown Durham, NC. She is driven by her belief in the benefits of creating community, from enriching our lives, to reducing our environmental impact, to increasing economic sustainability. This belief is reflected in all that she has done: in volunteer leadership service and professional executive staffing for myriad nonprofit organizations.