Keep Flower Mound Beautiful is offering a 50-gallon rain barrel made from 100-percent recycled materials at a discounted price. The rain barrel, which typically retails at $129, will be offered for just $69.95 each. Also offered will be a 65 gallon compost bin for just $69.95.

To obtain this special pricing, rain barrels as well as compost bins must be pre-ordered online prior to the order deadline: Nov. 9 at 11 p.m.

Rain barrels and compost bins must be picked up on Nov. 15. 

Info: Tom Kirwan, takirwan@aol.com

October Conference Call: The Eighth Billion, a film by Monty Hempel

Free Call In: (855) 212-0212, PIN: 172-909-013

This month, Monty Hempel will join us to talk about his most recent film, The Eighth Billion. The film examines the intersection of human population growth and the decline of wild places and creatures. It concentrates on the magnificent landscapes and seascapes that are being irreversibly altered by overpopulation and increasing per capita consumption rates.

This class will cover the benefits of using rain water to irrigate your landscape, garden and even your house plants. Suggestions will be provided on how to utilize the rain barrel in conjunction with your existing gutter system at home. Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55-gallon rain barrel. 

$50.  Registration and pre-payment is required. Space is limited. Info: JFerguson@Coppelltx.gov

Hosted in partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. 

Standing water or erosion a problem in your landscape? A rain garden may be your answer! Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the landscape that collect rainwater. With the broad array of appealing grasses, flowering plants and natural stone you can incorporate a rain garden into your landscape with ease. Homeowners and businesses will learn how to design, construct and maintain a rain garden. With proper plant selection and design a rain garden will retain and treat rain water. Plant list provided. All participants must have an official identification card to enter facility. 

Register on website. Free.

Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit nonpartisan organization working on creating the political will for a livable world. CCL's mission is to empower normal citizens, who care about their world, to engage in conversations with their elected officials.

To dispel your climate despair and be part of a growing grassroots movement that is getting revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend legislation passed, join Citizens Climate Lobby.

Info: Shawn Reeder at dallas@citizensclimatelobby.org

To learn more about our organization, dial in to our intro call Oct 1/Oct 8 at 7pm. Conference number: 1-866-642-1665. Pass code: 440699#

Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for more than two decades. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. 

Choosing Texas-friendly plants that are well-adapted to our area and weather conditions makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Learn about soil preparation, which plants – groundcovers, shrubs, vines and perennials  work best in our clay soil and our North Central Texas climate. After the talk, join us for a stroll through our teaching garden to see the drought-tolerant, native plants up-close. Free.

If class is full, contact Gary Cocke at 972-769-4216 to be added to the wait list.

Choosing Texas-friendly plants that are well-adapted to our area and weather conditions makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Learn about soil preparation, which plants – groundcovers, shrubs, vines and perennials  work best in our clay soil and our North Central Texas climate. After the talk, join us for a stroll through our teaching garden to see the drought-tolerant, native plants up-close. Free.

If class is full, contact Gary Cocke at 972-769-4216 to be added to the wait list.

The annual even provides free entertainment and educational activities for the entire family. Master gardener booths at the festival will cover topics such as propagation, lawn care, designing a water-wise landscape, herb growing, worm composting and a dozen other topics. Seminars on gardening will be offered in classroom areas, including “Perennial Gardening” by Marilyn Simmons and “Transitioning from Sprinkler to Drip” by Patrick Dickinson.

 Live entertainment will be provided by the Flower Mound Community Orchestra, Voices of Flower Mound, Studio B Performing Arts Center, Texas Harmony Chorus (Sweet Adelines) and Dallas Tap Dazzlers. Vendors will offer hand-crafted items and information about maintaining a sustainable environment.

Residents with a residential Arlington Water Utilities account can attend a “Make a Rain Barrel” class at EcoFest Arlington and leave with their very own rain barrel. The reduced fee covers the cost of the 55-gallon rain barrel and materials.

Register today to learn how to design and install a rainwater harvesting system at your home. A total of 125 rain barrels will be given away and there is a limit of one rain barrel per residence. $10 for Arlington residents. $40 for nonresidents if space available.

Info: Dustan Compton at dustan.compton@arlingtontx.gov or 817-459-6628.

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