A continuing education course on community organizing featuring veteran organizers from a variety of social justice movements. Hosted by DFW air quality watchdog Downwinders at Risk.
May 9 2017
Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan. 17-May 23)
Perot Museum: Maya - Hidden Worlds Revealed - Dallas
The exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Visitors will learn how the Maya built towering temples and created an intricate calendar system while discovering what archaeologists have uncovered about the once-hidden ancient Maya, and the unresolved questions about why these ancient cities were abandoned. Through hands-on activity stations, guests can decipher hieroglyphs, learn cultural and architectural techniques, and explore an underworld cave, ancient burial site, mural room and more. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, requires a surcharge for members and non-members.
Denton County Transportation Authority: Denton County Bike Challenge
The Denton County Transportation Authority is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to host the 2017 Bike Everywhere Challenge to encourage people to ride their bike instead of driving their car during the month of May which is National Bike Month. This free challenge is open to all Denton County residents to enjoy the benefits of biking while also getting a chance to win cool prizes.
The challenge starts Monday, May 1, and ends on Wednesday, May 31. Each participant must create a free account on NCTCOG’s Try Parking It website, joinDCTA’s Bike Everywhere Challenge and log their bike trips to be eligible to win the challenge prizes.
The three participants with the most bike trips logged at the end of the challenge will win the following top prizes provided by DCTA’s three member cities – Denton, Lewisville and Highland Village – who have sponsored the challenge:
· 1st Place – $150 gift card to Cadence Cyclery and sponsorship swag
· 2nd Place – $75 gift card from Denton Bicycle Center and sponsorship swag
· 3rd Place – Two VIP tickets to the 2017 Lewisville Western Days Festival ($500 value) and sponsorship swag
All participants must log their bike trips by Monday, June 5, to be counted toward the challenge. Participants who don’t win the top three prizes will still be eligible to win prizes for NCTCOG’s Try Parking It rewards program.
DCTA customers can ride their bikes to A-train rail stations and take advantage of bike racks on buses and the A-train. Bicycles are allowed on the A-train and most DCTA buses.
Dallas Sierra Club: Building Resilient Cities, One Park at a Time - Farmers Branch
Think about your favorite neighborhood park. It's probably a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, perhaps play a game of soccer, or ride a bike. But have you ever stopped to consider the other ways your park helps your neighborhood? Well-designed and close-to-home parks can provide benefits to the surrounding community that go beyond beautification and recreation, from reducing flood risks to growing the local economy.
Across America, parks are increasingly being recognized for their ability to improve cities' resilience to the challenges of the 21st century. For example, in Chicago, a former rail line has been transformed into "The 606,"a beautiful 3-mile long pedestrian trail that provides enhanced mobility options for the nearly 60,000 nearby residents, while also improving their health and promoting economic development. Cities are using this "multi-benefit" understanding of parks to create beautiful public spaces that can also move the needle on key civic issues.
The Trust for Public Land is applying cutting edge research, mapping and analysis to create parks that help cities tackle their biggest social, environmental, and economic challenges. In his presentation, Robert Kent will explain why parks are vital to developing long-term resiliency in America's cities, the many "hidden" benefits provided by parks to their surrounding communities, and how the cities of North Texas are applying these principles in their own park systems.
Robert Kent is the North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities. Since 1985, the organization has created over 40,000 acres of new parks in Texas. The Trust for Public Land's North Texas Office works to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has a park within a ten-minute walk, creating a healthier and more connected region that is resilient to the challenges of the 21st century. A Dallas native, Robert has been with The Trust for Public Land since 2014. Previously, he served as the Director of Public Policy for the North Texas Commission.
Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org