January 28, 2016

City of Plano: Master Composter Training - Plano

Jan 28 2016 - 7:00pm to Feb 25 2016 - 9:00pm
Environmental Education Center
4116 W Plano Pkwy
Plano , TX

If you're passionate about composting and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, then become a State of Texas Master Composter.  Learn how to improve your soil's health by diverting valuable garden resources from the landfill back into your landscape. The 16-hour, 4-class series is a unique opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the composting process and insights on sharing this knowledge with others. Residents enrolling in Master Composter training are asked to complete 20 hours of community service to advance local composting efforts. Free.

February 9, 2016

UT Arlington: Microgrids & Energy Storage - Arlington

Feb 9 2016 - 1:00pm to Feb 10 2016 - 5:30pm
University of Texas at Arlington
College of Engineering
Arlington , TX

Everything is bigger in Texas, and our energy challenges are growing just as they are around the country. The deployment of microgrids with energy storage has the potential to help alleviate Texas’s energy challenges but we can’t have one without the other. While both microgrids and energy storage have matured significantly, there are still many technological barriers that need to be overcome for each to see its true potential in solving our energy problems. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and Oncor Electric Delivery, in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory led Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will host a regional event to explore challenges and opportunities of these technologies. This event will serve as a forum for industry, utility companies, academic and government researchers and policy makers to discuss energy storage and potential major applications facing Texas and the South Central region at both the transmission and the distribution level.

This one and a half day event will offer tours of Oncor’s new 660 kW microgrid in Lancaster, Texas as well as UTA’s microgrid and energy storage characterization facilities.


City of Coppell: Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 - Coppell

Feb 9 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Biodiversity Education Center
367 Freeport Pkwy
Coppell , TX

The class will cover a range of topics to help the beginning vegetable gardener be successful growing their own food organically working with the soil biology. Instructor: Kim Martin of Barking Cat Farm. Free.

REI: Travel Photo Basics - Dallas

Feb 9 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
5929 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas , TX

Learn the fine art of travel photography with your point and shoot or smart phone camera. When you leave you will be able to critique and edit your own images. Free.

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Dallas Sierra Club: Critterman - Farmers Branch

Feb 9 2016 - 7:00pm
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln Bldg H
Farmers Branch , TX

The live animals in this family friendly presentation will be engaging entertainment for children and adults alike. Meet amazing Lone Star natives: a ghost, a janitor, a famous historical creature and its arch enemy. Free.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting

Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org

February 11, 2016

Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assocation: 2016 Conference - Rockwall

Feb 11 2016 - 8:00am to Feb 13 2016 - 9:30pm
Hilton Rockwall Lakefront
Rockwall , TX
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Dallas Vegan Drinks: Craft & Growler - Dallas

Feb 11 2016 -
6:30pm to 10:30pm
Craft & Growler
3601 Parry Ave
Dallas , TX

For February, we're heading back to Craft and Growler in Exposition Park (near Fair Park in Dallas). We had a great time during our last visit here. Craft and Growler is next door to Pizza Lounge, so you can order vegan pizza for delivery, a nice little bonus!

Bring your growler and fill up with one of C&G's 42 taps including local beers, ciders and root beer.

City of Plano: Rainwater Harvesting - Plano

Feb 11 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Davis Library
7501 Independence Pkwy Bldg B
Plano , TX

Discover how to start collecting water and where to find materials for rainwater harvesting. Free. 

REI: Winter Camping Basics - Dallas

Feb 11 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
5929 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas , TX

Learn how to plan, stay warm, select winter appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight. Free.

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February 12, 2016

Cornell Lab & Audubon Society: The Great Backyard Bird Count - Worldwide (Thru Feb. 15)

Feb 12 2016 - 12:00am to Feb 15 2016 - 11:45pm

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 12-15, 2016. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!

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REI: Big Bend National Park - Dallas

Feb 12 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
5929 E Northwest Hwy
Dallas , TX

Discover one of the best spots to recreate in Texas. Free.

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February 13, 2016

Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area: Great Backyard Bird Count - Arlington

Feb 13 2016 -
7:00am to 9:00am
O.S. Gray Natural Area
2021 W Abram St
Arlington , TX

Bring your binoculars and camera to join The Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area for this year's edition of the Great Backyard Bird Count. We’ll have a guided bird walk led by our most excellent birder and past Audubon Society President, Charley Amos.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras.

O.S. Gray Natural has no restroom facilities, but Kroger is nearby.

North Texas Farmers Markets - Complete Listings

Feb 13 2016 - 8:00am
See websites for locations, season, hours TX


Collin County Farmers Market: http://www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org 

Fairview Farms Marketplace, Plano: http://www.fairview-farms.com

Frisco Rotary Farmers Market: http://www.friscorotaryfarmersmarket.com

McKinney Farmers Market at the Adriatica: http://www.chestnutsquare.org/programs/farmers_market.asp


Carrollton Square Community Farmers Market, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrollton-Farmers-Market/150017371728897

Coppell Farmers Market: http://www.coppellfarmersmarket.org  

Cox Farms Market, Duncanville: http://www.coxfarmsmarket.com 

Dallas Farmers Market: http://www.dallasfarmersmarket.org  

Eden’s Organic Garden Center, Balch Springs: http://edensorganicgardencenter.com

Four Seasons Market, Richardson: http://www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Good Local Markets (formerly White Rock Local Market), three locations in Dallas: http://www.goodlocalmarket.org

Grand Prairie Farmers Market: http://www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

The Market Place DFW, Mesquite and Garland: http://www.themarketplacedfw.com

Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, Carrollton: http://rosemeademarket.com

Saint Michael’s Farmers Market, Dallas: http://www.saintmichaelsmarket.com

Uptown Farmers Market at West Village, Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061567990525719/


Denton Community Market: https://www.facebook.com/DentonCommunityMarket

Denton County Farmers Market: http://dentonfarmersmarket.com

Little Elm Farmers Market: http://www.littleelm.org/index.aspx?nid=895


Ennis Farmers Market: http://ennistx.com/farmers-market

Garden Harvests Farm: Waxahachie: http://gardenharvests.com

Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownWaxahachieFarmersMarket


Denison Farmers Market: www.downtowndenisonfarmersmarket.com


Greenville Farmers Market: http://www.greenvillefarmersmarket.com


Burleson Farmers Market: http://www.burlesonfarmersmarket.com


Ham Orchards, Terrell: http://hamorchard.com


Rockwall Farmers Market: http://www.rockwallfarmersmarket.org


Bedford Farmers Market: http://bedfordfarmersmkt.com

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth http://brit.org/events/farmersmarket

Cowtown Farmers Market, Fort Worth: http://www.cowtownmarket.com

Crestline Neighborhood Market at All Saints, Fort Worth: https://www.facebook.com/CrestlineNeighborhoodMarketAtAllSaints

Elizabeth Anna's Local Farm & Market, Fort Worth: https://www.elizabethanna.net  

Farm to Fork Foods, Arlington: http://farmtoforkfoods.com

Garden of Eden Farmer’s Market: http://www.intothegardenofeden.com

Green’s Produce and Plants, Arlington http://www.farmersmarketarlingtontx.com

Grapevine Farmers Market: http://www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com 

Keller Farmers Market: www.kellerfarmersmarket.com 

Mansfield Farmers Market: http://mansfieldfarmersmarket.net/

Ridgmar Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgmar-Farmers-Market/384880104907658

Rufe Snow Farmers Market:  http://www.rufesnowmarket.com

West 7th Farmers Market: https://www.facebook.com/events/1689355751339329/


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Texas A&M AgriLife Water University: Lawn Care - Dallas

Feb 13 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
City of Terrell Service Center
400 Industrial Blvd
Terrell , TX

Is the green in your lawn weeds or grass? Do you have brown circles in your yard? Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy lawn. This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape. You will learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Free.

North Texas Renewable Energy Group: Oncor Residential Solar Energy Incentives - Dallas

Feb 13 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Midway Hills Christian Church
11001 Midway Rd
Dallas , TX

Presenter: Jeff Reed, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, Oncor

Topic #2: Solar Energy in the Texas Energy Market

Presenter: Larry Howe, Plano Solar Advocates

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