Never before seen together, approximately two dozen magnificent, Texas-sized gems from the Smithsonian’s world-renowned National Gem Collection will be on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on Level 3. The mineral masterpieces, many weighing over 1,000-plus carats, include an “American Golden” topaz that tips the scales at almost 23,000 carats (more than 10 pounds), a blue topaz “football” of nearly 7,000 carats, kunzite Tiffany necklace, a Mogul emerald diamond necklace and more. This temporary installation will mark the first time such a large collection of Smithsonian gems, some of which have never been displayed in any museum, will be on exhibit outside the famed Washington museum complex. Giant Gems of the Smithsonian is free with Museum general admission.
September 9, 2016
Perot Museum: Giant Gems of the Smithsonian - Dallas
October 8, 2016
Perot Museum: Birds of Paradise - Dallas
A science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one, Birds of Paradise, presented by Highland Capital Management, will take visitors on an expedition to a New Guinea rainforest to witness the spectacular plumage and dazzling dance moves of the family of birds known as birds-of-paradise. Through beautiful National Geographic photography, follow the adventures of two determined researchers who made 18 trips to New Guinea over eight years to complete the first survey of all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise. The video and photographs they brought back, combined with the exhibition artifacts and interactive experiences, provide exciting learning opportunities for visitors of every age. Birds of Paradise requires a surcharge for members and non-members.
December 7, 2016
City of Grand Prairie: Community Gardeners & Master Composters Luncheon with Howard Garrett - Grand Prairie
Dirt Doctor Howard Garrett is the keynote speaker. $15.
RSVP to 972-237-4566 or Composting@GPTX.org
Arlington Conservation Council: Monthly Meeting - Arlington
December 8, 2016
Native Plant Society of Texas: Gardening at Hulen Demo Garden - Fort Worth
We spend time doing gardening: pruning, planting, weeding, dividing plants, etc. We also have a short education/information session. This is a great place to see native plants in a landscape setting to see how they might look in your yard.
River Legacy Living Science Center: Artini Hour - Arlington
Create reusable holiday gift boxes from holiday cards and other recycled materials. Feel free to bring your own old cards, but instruction and supplies will be supplied along with a tasty adult beverage and light appetizers will be provided.
Clean Water Fund: Wine Wingding - Dallas
Clean Water Fund is hosting its 2nd Annual Wine Wingding.
The exciting news is that this year there is a jazz jam session to start at 7:30 pm that evening. Many of you who frequent Stoney's know about the great jazz they have on the weekends.
So come for the fun, food the fellowship and all that jazz! Help us celebrate the fact that Clean Water Fund has opened an office in Dallas this fall, that we held our first successful water conference in DFW, along with our conservation efforts on protecting water throughout the year.
Tickets are only $30 per person ($50 per couple), and include food and one drink per ticket; cash bar thereafter. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds will benefit Clean Water Fund and our water conservation efforts in North Texas.
Why Support Clean Water Fund's efforts in North Texas?
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has 25% of the Texas population and is the biggest user of water in the state. We use more water per person than any other region - far above the state average. DFW has the greatest potential to conserve water - yet our region has proposed more than $21 billion of $53 billion in statewide reservoir projects - including the controversial Marvin Nichols.
DFW needs an environmental group that is dedicated specifically to water and will fight for water conservation. The recent drought and continued population growth proves the need for concentrated work on water issues. So please join us and spread the word!
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
For Clean Water,
David Foster, Texas Director
Rita Beving, Outreach Coordinator
If you'd like to donate a Silent Auction item, call Rita at 214-557-2271.
Dallas Vegan Drinks: Anvil Pub - Dallas
Meet fellow veg*an and veg-friendly folks for a great evening of drinks, fun, and discussion on vegan goings-on in the Metroplex. Hope to see y'all there for vegan cheese fries, nachos, and Frito chili pie!
Citizens' Climate Lobby - Dallas Chapter: "Years of Living Dangerously" - Dallas
Fort Worth Audubon Society: Kids in Nature - Fort Worth
Sara Beasley, Center Director for Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, will give creative tips and tricks that will make your experience teaching children about birds and wildlife a little easier and more fun!
Retreet: Film Screening 'Can You Dig This?' - Dallas
RETREET will host a screening of “Can You Dig This” at The Texas Theater to kickoff Rowlett RETREET, an effort to replant lost trees in the wake of the devastating tornado that struck Rowlett last year.
The film, hosted in partnership with Earth Day Texas as part of the TEDxSMU Film Series, features the work of Ron Finley, the world-famous Gangsta Gardener, who works to educate and empower residents of South Central LA to plant their own food. Mr. Finley, who will be in attendance, envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition, and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing, and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food.
A Q&A wih Mr. Finley will follow the screening.
Note: A ticket to the screening is INCLUDED in registration for ROWLETT RETREET.
December 9, 2016
Bob Jones Nature Center: Holiday Hike & Movie Night - Southlake
Step away from holiday shopping and step Into nature
Arrive at 5:30 p.m. and get immersed in nature on a hike at dusk. Pack an indoor picnic dinner and munch away while we watch a holiday movie together.
RSVP by calling 817-491-6333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $5/family.
First Jefferson UU: Jim Scott Concert - Fort Worth
Jim Scott is a Unitarian Universalist singer/songwriter formerly with the Paul Winter Consort. He is the author and arranger for hymns such as Gather the Spirit and Building a New Way. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested minimum donation of $15.
December 10, 2016
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area: Bird Walk - Lewisville
Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert to explore birding locations at LLELA. Ages 10 and up. There is no additional fee for this hike, just LLELA’s regular gate fee ($5/vehicle, cash or check only). Info: 972-219-3550.
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.