Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture and date back thousands of years. Join us as this ancient tradition comes to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden where you will see over 20 sets of lanterns crafted from silk, wire and steel and where you can spend an evening filled with fun, food, and adventure. This event offers visitors the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.
May 11 2019
Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Lanterns in the Garden - Fort Worth (Thru May 12)
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden: Jim Woodson - Dallas (Thru June 8)
The High Desert in Abiquiu has inspired Texas artist Jim Woodson since exploring the region via motorcycle in the late 1980s. His paintings are a unity of the intuitive process of painting, personal ideology, and the desert landscape. Woodson embraces the concepts of time, space, and knowledge in his work and uses these three elements to title his paintings.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.
The Environmental League: Trash Dash 5K & Eco Fair - Dallas
Environmental League hosts the second annual 2019 Trash Dash 5k at Fair Oaks Park with the staff and students of Conrad H.S. and their Environmental League and NAF chapters.
Enjoy this exciting wooded trail while also helping students clean the park.
No strollers or pets.
Groundwork Dallas: Volunteer Day at Joe's Creek - Dallas
Join Groundwork Dallas at Joe's Creek. We’ll be doing environmental restoration along Joe's Creek behind Gas Monkey Live.
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.
North Texas Renewable Energy Group: State of Texas' Solar Market- Dallas
Steve Wiese, offers his perspective on solar market development in Texas. Steve will discuss how far we've come, what's been accomplished, and future challenges he envisions.
Steve leads Frontier Energy's Program Implementation Group, which actively manages various Energy Efficiency programs for several different utilities in Central Texas.
Frontier Energy, Inc. also evaluates programs for San Antonio's CPS Energy. CPS Energy is the largest municipally-owned energy utility in America, providing both electric and gas service to nearly 1.5 million customers. Steve's more than two decades' experience in solar incentive management gives him a first-hand perspective.
Fort Worth Nature Center: Stream Study - Fort Worth
Learn to be a scientist. Class will demonstrate how scientists determine the health of a body of water and then you will do your own scientific analysis of a stream. $5 (with paid admission)
Texas Historic Tree Coalition: Tree Dedication - McKinney
The Texas Historic Tree Coalition will recognize and celebrate the addition of three trees to the Historic Tree Registry at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Graybeal. The trees, one deodar cedar, Cedrus deodara, and two eastern red cedars, Juniperus virginiana, have graced the home’s landscape since shortly after the house was built by W.D. Smith in 1908. Featured prominently in the landscape, the eastern red cedars frame the walk leading from the sidewalk to the home’s front door, while the deodar cedar anchors the garden’s front corner.
In 1887, McKinney resident, E.W. Kirkpatrick and fellow nurseryman C.C. Mayhew founded the Texas Nursery Company in Sherman, Texas. The business became one of the largest production nurseries in the Southwest. Through the nursery’s mail-order catalogue sales, nursery stock grown in Sherman was shipped throughout the United States.
The “Smith-Graybeal Cedar Trees”, as they are referred to on the Historic Tree Registry, were purchased by Mr. Smith from Mr. Kirkpatrick. The deodara cedar was sourced from Luther Burbank’s nursery in California. Mr. Burbank’s horticultural research and endeavors were underwritten by Stark Brother’s operation in Missouri.
As a result of Dr. Graybeal’s efforts, the Kirkpatrick Historic Tree Program has been launched. Through this program, homeowners who suspect their trees may be connected with Kirkpatrick may submit them to TXHTC to be considered for historic designation.
Saturday’s events will include a brief review of the trees’ history, the unveiling of a historical marker, followed by the reading of a proclamation and presentation of a Historic Tree Certificate to Gary and Emily Graybeal.
The Graybeal home is located at 703 North College Street, in the historic neighborhood just blocks from the McKinney Downtown Square. The public is invited to attend.