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 13 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.
Fort Worth Nature Center: Buffalo Boogie - Fort Worth
This year marks the 25th annual Buffalo Boogie. Sign up for a 10K, 5K or 1 mile fun run with proceeds benefitting our bison herd. In addition to the run, we will have family fun activities, vendors, animals, music, food and more.
Leopold Education Project: TEA CPE Credit - Dallas
The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. There are currently five different educator resources containing 20 individual lessons within the LEP curriculum. $35.
Denton County Master Gardeners: Spring Garden Tour - Denton County
Five private residential gardens and two public gardens will be showcased. “Passport to Nature” is the theme of this year’s tour. $10. Tickets available online, at the DCMGA Plant Sale or the Denton County Extension office at 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. Tickets also may be purchased at any of the homes on tour day. Admission to a single garden is $5 at the gate. There is no charge for children aged 12 and under. Admission to both public gardens is free.
See website for descriptions of homes and addresses.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Prairie Day - Fort Worth
This year is BRIT’s 30th Anniversary and we are celebrating with a day-long festival designed to highlight the beauty of the North Texas native landscapes. Through a series of family-oriented, interactive activities and demonstrations, we showcase our extraordinary native grasses, wildflowers and vegetation. Presenters include Texas Discovery Gardens with a presentation on Native Prairie Reptiles and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center with their Birds of Prey Show. Other family friendly activities include Pet Adoptions, a Petting Zoo, a Fire Truck, Climbing Walls and even a solar car. Free.
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Wildflower Walk in the Prairie - Lewisville
Join LLELA’s director, Dr. Ken Steigman, or restoration manager, Richard Freiheit, on a guided wildflower walk through LLELA’s restored prairie areas. Perfect weather is making for an excellent wildflower show this year. Imagine what it was like to be an early settler who came upon the vast prairie when it was covered with spring blooms. This hike is on a non-public portion of LLELA and is a chance to get a glimpse of efforts to preserve this highly endangered ecosystem. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, at bit.ly/CoLRegistration, activity code 810008. $5. (plus gate entrance fee of $5/vehicle, payable in cash or check only)
Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Community Day - Arlington
Please bring your favorite work gloves, shovel, litter picker upper, or gardening tools.
Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for working in a natural area (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes, hat).
Water and snacks will be available.
O.S. Gray Natural Area has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.
North Texas Renewable Energy Group: How to Select an Electric Company - Dallas
Presenters: Zack Korman and Michael Hays, co-founders of Awesome Power Texas, and Steve Martin, customer, My Best Plan
Zack Korman and Michael Hays are the co-founders of Awesome Power Texas, a free website that helps Texas residents find the cheapest electricity plan for their homes. Awesome Power Texas uses a person's smart meter electricity usage data to calculate an expected cost for every available electricity plan in Texas.
Zack's presentation will focus on inefficiencies in the retail electricity market, analyzed from the perspective of the consumer, and the cost of â€œgreen energyâ€. The first part of the presentation will discuss the problems with Power to Choose, and how Awesome Power Texas has addresses those problems. The second part of the presentation will consider renewable energy plans, and how much these plans cost in relation to non-renewable plans. The third part of the presentation will discuss how solar panels affect this analysis, and some of the data Awsome Power has on retail customers with solar panels.
In the second presentation, Steve Martin, homeowner on the DFW Solar Tour, will speak about his experience as a customer of "My Best Plan". Since 2009, My Best Plan has helped clients in Texas find the best home electricity plan in the market, given their personal preferences.
Liliana Bloch Gallery: "Convenience Store" Exhibit - Dallas (Thru June 17)
Dallas-based artist Sally Warren addresses littering using poetic images in her exhibit "Convenience Store." Opening reception May 13 from 6-8 p.m.
Coppell Community Garden: Composting - Coppell
Turn your garbage into plant food! Instead of filling your trash can each week you can reduce the waste carried to landfills by composting more and throwing away less. This program teaches the composting process, the different types and methods of composting, as well as how to compost and its importance.
The Biodiversity Education Center is located at Wagon Wheel Park. Park on the northwest side of the parking lot and follow signs to the BEC.
Note: Coppell Citizens can purchase a compost bin for $50 by contacting email@example.com