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Dallas Sierra Club Holiday Party - Sunday, December 11

HollyhollyOur annual Holiday Party will be held at El Fenix Restaurant at 255 Casa Linda Plaza.  We'll party on Sunday, December 11 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Here is a Google map.

Club members and guests will share the holiday spirit, some great Mexican food, and the company of others at this annual event. Join us for some camaraderie, raffle prizes, and perhaps some surprise speakers, you never know. We'll celebrate some of our outstanding volunteers and have plenty of time to mingle. There's bound to be talk about issues of the day -- air, water, fracking, coal, the election, whatever strikes your green fancy. The entire menu will be available so you can order whatever you want to eat or drink, including liquid spirits. We'll provide a free round of margaritas. Support the Club by getting a 2017 Sierra Club Calendar or Planner!. Invite your family and friends.  So come on out for a great party, low price, no clean up, and lots of like minded people. What could be better? See you there, and bring your appetite. Happy Holidays!!

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Renewable energy powering the worldTransition to a clean energy economy
John Hall will speak about Texas' rapid transition to a clean energy economy and the significant economic benefits and water savings that would flow from this shift.  John is the Environmental Defense Fund's Texas State Director for Clean Energy.  He previously served as the executive director for The Texas Environmental Research Consortium in Houston; chairman at The Texas Water Commission and The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (predecessor agencies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality); project manager and facilitator at The Port of Houston Authority; and as deputy commissioner at the Texas General Land Office.

Sierra Club Calendars Now Available
Sierra Club Wilderness Wall Calendars and Engagement Calendars will be available for purchase at the December General Meeting. The Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar is the best selling calendar in the United States.  Don't miss your chance to get one (or several - they make great gifts) at discounted prices.  

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

Christmas Lights Walk, Saturday, December 17, 7:00 PM

Christmas LightsWho says hikes must be in daylight? Bundle up and come walk the sidewalks in Highland Park to see holiday lights. Meet at the intersection of Beverly and Lakeside Drives by 7:00 PM.  (Lakeside parallels Turtle Creek, east of Preston Road.) Parking is available on both streets. We’ll walk until 8:00 or 8:30, after which time you’re invited to drive to the Stein house, eight blocks from our starting and ending point, for a hot drink. Replies aren't required, but a reply to Bill will put you on the list for notice if there's a schedule change due to weather. This event is easy and kid-friendly. Leader: Bill Beach.  Send Email or call 214-662-3224.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Howard Garrett, the Dirt DoctorHoward Garrett on Non-Toxic Pest Control and Related Water Savings

The first step of natural pest control is the basic organic program and resulting healthy soil and plants.  Healthy, non-stressed plants don't attract pests nearly as much as do plants that are under stress from the use of high-nitrogen, salt fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides.  Understanding the protection and use of beneficial insects and other living organisms is also a major part of successful pest control.  When direct pest control is needed, there are "soft" choices that work well.  Howard will explain all this with his thorough and fascinating slide show.

Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and natural living.  He has an online course that explains the natural-organic program and why it works better.  This gardening and landscaping course teaches how to use natural-organic techniques to save water and money, and how to enjoy a more effective and healthy approach to gardening and landscaping.  Click here for information about the course.  Get a 10% discount by using the promo code TORCCERT10 when you sign up.

Howard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Park Administration and Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University.  In 1985, the birth of Howard's daughter Logan was the turning point in his education into organic gardening, landscaping, farming, and ranching.  By 1988 he had committed his entire career to the research, education, and promotion of organic products and practices. In addition to teaching organics to homeowners, he began the conversion of numerous commercial projects such as the Frito-Lay National Headquarters in Plano.  His work also includes research on natural organic planting techniques, use of native and well adapted introductions, and water saving solutions.  Organic projects in the studies have realized 40-50% cost savings in water use.
Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

Backpacking 101 Class - Saturday, January 21

BackpackersWant to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive.  

     Place:  Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room (map).  

     Time: Saturday, January 21. The class begins at 10:00 am and lasts until 4:00 pm, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the grocery and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Jan 20) using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to answer your questions.  

Explore Big Bend National Park: February 15 - 20

Images from Big Bend National ParkRead a full description of the Dallas Sierra Club’s upcoming trip to backpack and hike in Big Bend National Park when you click here. We’ll depart Dallas on a sleeper bus with professional drivers at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 15 and return you to Dallas by 6 AM Wednesday, February 20.  The cost per person (transportation and permits) is $260 with timely registration.  

This year’s trip features five hikes.  Backpacking destinations include the remote Mesa de Anguila, the varied landscapes of the Outer Mountain Loop hike, the high Chisos Mountains and the low desert near The Chimneys. One of our trips will camp in the developed Chisos Mountains campground and do all of their exploring on day hikes. Perfect for those of you who love to hike but don't backpack. And, something completely new for us, two of our trips will travel to Rio Grande Village in the eastern part of the park to day hike to Hot Springs and Boquillas Canyon.

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Sierra Club HikersFor a complete list of scheduled outings and outdoor service events, click here.

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What's Going On

Dec 7 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Dec 10 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Dec 11 Sierra Club Holiday Party

Dec 13 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Dec 17 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Dec 17 Christms Lights Walk

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