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
December 1, 2016
Irving Arts Center: "The Book Forest Installation" - Irving
Dallas artists VET and Sheila Cunningham join forces to showcase the power of trees and books, contemplating the transitional phases of both. Their installation transforms the Focus Gallery into a forest of altered books that have been folded, manipulated and stacked to mimic trees, plants and ground cover. The exhibit inspires conversation about re-purposing, recycling and conservation.
December 23, 2016
V-Eats: Vegan Holiday Feast - Dallas
A spectacular aray of vegan culinary delights fashioned into a multicourse cornucopia of awesomeness! This is an RSVP-only event with three separate seating times, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m. The event price includes the multicourse dinner, alcoholic beverages and add-ons will be available all evening a la cart. Pre-ordered to go meals are available as well.
$40/adult, $15/child 12 and under
Add ons available a la carte
Pre-ordered to go Holiday meals available!
Info: 214-377-6009 or Info@v-eats.com.
January 17, 2017
Urban Forest Advisory Committee: Monthly Meeting - Dallas
The Urban Forest Advisory Committee works with City of Dallas officials to create, maintain, and protect the city’s trees and forests and to educate the public about trees. Everyone interested in trees is welcome! Info: Sara Beckelman email@example.com
Downwinders at Risk: College of Constructive Hell-Raising - Dallas (Jan. 17-May 23)
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.
January 18, 2017
Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club: TCU Rhino Initiative - Fort Worth
Dr. Michael Slattery, TCU Professor and Director of the TCU Institute for Environmental Studies, will discuss his conservation work with rhinos in South Africa who face possible extinction due to ivory poaching. His project known as the TCU Rhino Initiative is a collaborative effort with Dr. Will Fowlds, a South African wildlife vet and one of the world's leading rhino conservationists. In 2015/16, TCU students assisted in this conservation work in South Africa.
January 19, 2017
Trinity River Audubon Center: Free Third Thursday - Dallas
Individual and families enjoy free admission to the Trinity River Audubon Center on the third Thursday of every month, during regular operating hours. Free admission does not apply to special events. Third Thursdays falling on major holidays the center will be closed.
City of Irving: Plight of the Monarchs & Other Pollinators - Irving
Monarch and many other pollinator populations have plummeted in the past 20 years. There are numerous actions residents can take in their own homes and apartments to help, such as planting milkweeds and other native plants, and eliminating the use of pesticides. This class will provide a greater understanding about monarchs and other pollinators, what are the easiest plants to grow in this area, and how residents can build their own certified habitat gardens to attract birds and butterflies. Free.
January 20, 2017
Microlife: Organics for the Landscape Professional, Intro to Organics - Dallas
A complete A–Z basic organic course, hosted by Microlife. How organics are superior to chemical programs. The science, economics, the ‘How to’ and rational of organics is explained. Fertilization, Weed/disease/pest insect control, water conservation all thoroughly explained.
$10. Includes lunch and handouts.
City of Irving: Night Hike on Campion Trail - Irving
Explore the nighttime world of animals of Campion Trail with native species experts and learn more about the sights, smells and sounds of nature at night. Night hikers are invited to challenge their skills in spotting signs of animal life and sharpening other senses. Learn more about the kinds of animals that call Irving home. Registration is required for all participants. Free.
January 21, 2017
Society for the Preservation of Spring Creek Forest: Bird Walk - Garland
Join Master Birder Reba Collins on a morning bird walk in Spring Creek Forest. Find out what birds spend the winter in Spring Creek Forest. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars. If it has been raining, rain boots may be appropriate.
Dallas Sierra Club & Public Citizen: A Casual Conversation on Environmental Concerns - Dallas
Come to an informal conversation over the environment, with coffee and croissants (or whatever tasty stuff you want to order) at La Madeleine. We will talk about a national and state outlook on environmental issues. What are your concerns and questions? Sponsored by the Dallas Sierra Club and Public Citizen. Info: Rita Beving at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-557-2271 or Chris/Dick Guldi at email@example.com.
Dallas Sierra Club: Backpacking 101 - Dallas
Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of experience will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics – packs, tents, food, clothing, sleeping bags, water treatment and much more, plus "ah-ha" tips we wish someone had told us sooner for the sake of comfort and affordability. $40.
You can register and pay on-line or just show up and pay at the door. Info: Liz Wheelan, 214-368-2306
City of Irving: Household Document Shredding, Electronics Recycling - Irving
Two-box limit for document shredding. This event is for Irving residents only, and proof of residency is required. Materials from businesses will not be accepted.
NOTE: The city of Irving no longer accepts CRT monitors or televisions.
Fort Worth Nature Center: Wild Plum Trail Hike - Fort Worth
Join a naturalist to look for birds, deer, and signs of animal activity in one of the Refuge’s more secluded areas. This is a great chance to spot wildlife while there are no leaves on the trees along this heavily wooded trail. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars. $5 with paid admission.