August 1, 2018

Dallas Arboretum: August Two Dollar Days - Dallas

Aug 1 2018 - 9:00am to Aug 31 2018 - 5:00pm
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas , TX

Dallas Arboretum offers $2 admission, $5 parking and $2 to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden during August.

August 20, 2018

Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas Chapter: Native Landscapes and Rain Gardens - Dallas

Aug 20 2018 - 7:00pm
Midway Hills Christian Church Fellowship Hall
11001 Midway Road
Dallas , TX

Carrie Dubberley, with the Collin County chapter and landscape designer, is the presenter.

Dubberley is the creative force behind Dubberley Landscape. She is a degreed Horticulturist, teacher, writer and speaker.  Carrie began life as an artist. With a green thumb and an eye for natural beauty, she received her Horticulture degree from Colorado State University in 1987. She has brought her talents together in Dubberley Landscape to artistically design beautiful, naturalistic landscape.

August 22, 2018

No Nuclear Waste: Radioactive Threat to Texas/New Mexico - Virtual Meeting

Aug 22 2018 - 3:30pm
Public Citizen’s Office
309 East 11th
Austin , TX

The meeting is being held to discuss the serious radioactive waste threat to the Texas/New Mexico region and how we can halt this plan. It will be held in Austin but will also be accessible via the internet or conference call. See instructions below.

There will be an update on what's happening and discussion about organizing strategy and plans. The coalition is working on a statewide media tour with a full-scale sized inflatable mock radioactive waste transport cask - and can use ideas for contacts and possible speakers and invitees for events. We also need to get a network in place since the license comment period could be short and come up very quickly... any day now. We also have a letter that faith leaders might sign on to  and can use help on that front too. 

You can also join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/202842157 

You can also dial in using your phone: 

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 

Access Code: 202-842-157 

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

 

Update on Waste Control Specialists:

Waste Control Specialists is back… with plans a high-level radioactive waste facility for Andrews County, Texas. They want to take 40,000 tons of deadly waste from nuclear reactors around the country and keep it above-ground for 40 years (or longer) at the existing "low-level" radioactive waste dump site. This is the most dangerous of all radioactive waste, the irradiated fuel rods, which are a million times more radioactive than the original fuel. Exposure to unshielded waste is lethal. It would be massive environmental injustice to dump the nation's most deadly waste on the Texas/ New Mexico region, waste doesn't have to be moved. 

The WCS proposal was on hold for a while at the NRC, but  the company is moving forward again under new ownership by the equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company.  

This plan threatens all of us. This dangerous waste would be shipped by rail and likely travel through major cities including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Midland, El Paso, the Albuquerque region and more. Transport would create risks from leaks, accidents and even terrorist actions. A single rail car would carry as much plutonium as the bomb dropped on Nagasaki and the trains could haul up to ten cars.

We’re making progress. Resolutions opposing transport and Consolidated Interim Storage of this dangerous waste have been passed by Bexar, Dallas, Nueces and Midland Counties, the City of San Antonio, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Texas Democratic Party, which includes opposition in the Platform. 

Info: Karen Hadden, SEED Coalition, 512-797-8481, karendhadden@gmail.com

August 23, 2018

Oliver Nature Park: Nature Play - Mansfield

Aug 23 2018 - 9:00am
Oliver Nature Park
1650 Matlock Rd
Mansfield , TX

This is a free program encouraging creative play outside without screens or cords. This is a time for children and their parents to use their imaginations. Families can build a fort out of bamboo, make a tree cookie bridge, create a bamboo car, and so much more. All play items will be provided.

STAR North Texas: Awards Luncheon - Grand Prairie

Aug 23 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ruthe Jackson Event Center
3113 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie , TX

STAR North Texas is currently accepting awards applications: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JM2V7L

Applications are due on Friday, July 6, and winners will be notified by Aug. 10. Winners of the STAR-North Texas awards will progress to the state level awards and will be honored at the Annual STAR Summit to be held in Galveston (Oct. 28-31). For more information about the STAR Summit please visit:

https://www.recyclingstar.org/summit/

Dallas County Master Gardeners: The Urban Orchard - Dallas

Aug 23 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Walnut Hill UMC
10066 Marsh Ln
Dallas , TX

Presenter Daniel Cunningham is a horticulturalist with Texas A&M AgriLife's Water University. His programs focus on sustainable landscaping and food production systems. Daniel specializes in Texas native plants and trees, vegetable gardening, edible landscaping and rainwater harvesting. He forages for his own food and provides information for wildlife gardening.

Animal Connection of Texas: Film Screening 'Dominion' - Dallas

Aug 23 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Angelika FIlm Center
5321 E Mockingbird Lane
Dallas , TX

The feature-length film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom as it exposes the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drone, hidden and handheld camera footage. Narration by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink, and Kat Von D.

Free. 

NOTE: Please RSVP for this event only if you plan on attending. Seats will become first come, first serve 10 minutes after scheduled showtime. In order to secure your seat, please arrive on time with your ticket ready to be scanned upon theater entrance.

Native Plant Society of Texas, Trinity Forks Chapter: The Dallas Floodway Extension - Dallas

Aug 23 2018 - 7:00pm
Texas Woman’s University
304 Administration Dr. Ann Stuart Science Complex, Rm 259
Denton , TX

Lynde Dodd presents Flood Protection and Ecosystem Restoration in an Urban Environment - The Dallas Floodway Exttension. This presentation will cover the challenges to flood protection and ecosystem restoration in north Texas and discuss some of the aspects of the project related to invasive species and vegetating constructed wetlands along the Trinity River. 

Info: Cathy Lustgarten, drgoodrad@gmail.com

August 24, 2018

Texas Central: Bullet Train Environmental Lunch & Learn - Dallas

Aug 24 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Texas Central Office Dallas , TX

The Texas Bullet Train is moving ahead in its design, engineering and pre-construction phases. The high-speed train will connect approximately half the population of Texas including the state’s biggest economic hubs. And will do so in a safe, high-tech and environmentally protective way.

Texas Central is the company building the passenger train between North Texas and Houston.

We are eager to give you the latest news about our work and answer your questions. This update includes information from the Federal Railroad Administration’s recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement that recognized the train system’s low-impact design and construction principles.

The full environmental fact sheet can be found here and the FRA’s environmental review can be found here https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1078

RSVP by Friday, Aug. 17 to Rebecca Cowle at RCowle@texascentral.com.

Info: Holly Reed, HReed@texascentral.com

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Discovery After Dark - Glen Rose

Aug 24 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Glen Rose , TX

Enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim. We’ll start with an interactive learning experience where you can discover nocturnal animal adaptations and how animals utilize the night sky. Then, using spotlights, we’ll go on a guided after-dark adventure that will feature both the exotic and native nocturnal wildlife at Fossil Rim and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the night.

This tour meets at the EcoCenter. This tour is recommended for ages five to adult. Reservations are required, and it is recommended that they be made at least three days in advance. Space is limited. 

Info: info@fossilrim.org or 254-897-2960. $35.

August 25, 2018

City of Grapevine: Park Beautification VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Grapevine

Aug 25 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Grapevine , TX

Give back to the community and lend a helping hand in Grapevine’s parks. Projects may include painting, planting, removal of invasive plants and litter pickup. This month, volunteers will receive a reusable shopping bag courtesy of Keep Grapevine Beautiful.  REGISTER HERE

Info: Cindy Harris at charris@grapevinetexas.gov with questions. 

Lake Highlands High School: Shredding Event - Dallas

Aug 25 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Lake Highlands High School
9449 Church Rd. at White Rock Trail
Dallas , TX

Recycling - Free. Rid your home of unwanted electronics, sporting goods, toys, multimedia, books, clothing and more! No old TVs, old monitors, chemicals or furniture. Visit bubbfundraising.com for a list.

Shredding - $5/box. Help avoid identity theft! New for 2018: 2 shred trucks for faster service! On-site destruction available. Note: Paper clips, rubber bands,and staples are okay, but no binders, please. Documents can be boxed, bagged or in tubs.

Info: Cindy Engel, cindita_e@yahoo.com

Cleaner Parks: Sansom Park - Fort Worth

Aug 25 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Marion Sansom Park
2401 Roberts Cut Off Rd
Fort Worth , TX

Gloves, trash bags, bug spray and extra sunscreen will be available. Please bring some water - it will be hot!

Cleaner Parks: Sansom Park Clean Up - Fort Worth

Aug 25 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Marion Sansom Park
2401 Roberts Cut Off Rd
Ft Worth , TX

Gloves, trash bags, bug spray and extra sunscreen will be available. Bring water.

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