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New 2018 Sierra Club Calendars Available for Sale at the General Meeting_

Sierra Club Wilderness CalendarSierra Club Wilderness Wall Calendars and Engagement Calendars will be available for purchase at the November and December General Meetings (or until we run out). The Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar is the best selling nature calendar in the United States. Don't miss your chance to get one (or several - they make great gifts). The Calendar sells for $15 each and we pick up the sales tax. We take check, cash or credit cards.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

The Nature Conservancy LogoConservation in the City
The Nature Conservancy has worked for over 60 years and in over 70 countries to protect the lands on which all life depends.  As the human population continues to urbanize, the Conservancy has increasingly brought science based conservation to address challenges to both Nature and People in the cities.  Dr. Kathy Jack will share the work of The Nature Conservancy's Urban Conservation Program, including initiatives here in Dallas.
Dr. Kathy Jack oversees The Nature Conservancy's Dallas Urban Conservation program where she works with community partners and The Nature Conservancy's North America Cities network to shape and implement strategies to protect, enhance, and best use natural systems for the benefit of nature and people in the Dallas environment.  Kathy brings over 20 years' experience in the fields of energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, and green design and planning, primarily in the local government sector.  Her focus has been on the intersection of people and the environment with a passion for programs that engage communities with nature.  Kathy has her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, Masters of Science from Humboldt State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from University of North Texas.

Zero Waste LogoZero Waste
Corey Troiani, local program director for Texas Campaign for the Environment, will present on Organizing for Zero Waste in DFW.  The presentation will cover the importance of recycling, composting, and waste reduction as a means to reduce our environmental impact, as well as stimulate local jobs and economic growth.  Corey will talk about the importance of grassroots organizing, civic-engagement, and strategy when campaigning to expand successful recycling programs.  He will highlight his coalition's recent victory in helping pass Fort Worth's latest solid waste plan, and cases in which trash and illegal dumping create environmental justice concerns.  Texas Campaign for the Environment has active campaigns in several North Texas cities that aim to pass local ordinances to expand recycling and composting programs to residents and businesses.
In addition to his full-time job with Texas Campaign for the Environment, Corey plays a leadership role in the all-volunteer Dallas Green Alliance, and volunteers for a number of other local campaigns and causes.  And he was nominated for a 2017 GreenSourceDFW.org Sustainable Leadership Award.

Population Connection LogoPopulation
The global population of 7.5 billion and growing is unsustainable.  We are seeing the dominance of the Human system within the Earth system is causing many problems such as Global Climate Change and Refugee Immigration.  Growing global consumption is adding to this problem.  Please join Paul Rodgers of Population Connection for a discussion about possible solutions.

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.

Dallas Sierra Club Holiday Party - Sunday, December 17

HollyhollyOur annual Holiday Party will be held at El Fenix Restaurant at 255 Casa Linda Plaza.  We'll party on Sunday, December 17 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 2018 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, January 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Bryce Canyon HoodoosMovie - National Parks Adventure
Discover the wild places that belong to us all.  National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks, and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds.  Click here to view a movie trailer.

Climate Mitigation Strategy
Steve Smith will discuss how adopting a healthier diet can meet our climate mitigation goals for half the cost.  A healthier diet can use 4 times less water, 3 times less energy, 5 times less fertilizer, up to 79% less greenhouse gas emissions, and half the land than the current American diet.

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 27

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.  

     Time: Saturday, January 27. The class begins at 10:00 AM and lasts until about 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the deli downstairs or bring your own and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Jan 26) 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 resolve your questions.  

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

Hikers on the Pacific Crest TrailPacific Crest Trail Adventures and Really Bad Advice for Hikers and Campers
Dallas Sierra Club outings leader Mike Pfoser attempted to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this past summer. Heavy snows and stream runoff prevented him from completing the trail, at least in 2017. Still, Mike backpacked 1,175 miles. The PCT is a National Scenic Trail from the border of Mexico and California to the Canadian border with Washington, 2,650 miles in all. Join us for pictures and stories of hiking in desert heat, sub-freezing mountain nights, hiking under interstate highways, brutal climbs above 13,000', snowy passes, learning to hitchhike, amazing views and conversations with remarkable people. 

(replace this text with a short description of the image)After Mike's photo and story highlights of PCT adventures, Outings Committee Chair Mark Stein will narrate a tongue-in-cheek photo collection about "Learning from Mistakes: Really Bad Advice for Hikers and Campers." Photos, some from DSC outings, will illustrate classic blunders and consequences on outings. 

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.

General Meeting Program - THIRD Tuesday - March 20, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Sperry ChaletNote: This is the THIRD Tuesday in March; Brookhaven College is closed on the second Tuesday in March for spring break.

Sperry Chalet
Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana, near the Canadian border.  Sperry Chalet is a much loved part of the history of this famous park.  Located in a glacial cirque reached only by foot or horseback, Sperry was built in 1913 by Italian stonemasons.  It opened for business in 1914 and served backcountry travelers in Glacier for over a century.  In 1913 even the Sperry trailhead was remote and from there the easiest trail climbs 3,200 feet in almost 7 miles to reach the site.  Since it was so remote, Sperry's builders used local stone and timber as much as possible.  The resulting building almost looked like it grew out of the mountainside.
In 1915 Dallas Sierrans Bill and Sue Greer were fortunate enough to spend two nights at Sperry.  This short program will tell you a little about that visit, about the history of Sperry, and what the future holds for this unique and historic structure.

Urban Asthma
Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla will talk about urban asthma, especially in children, and what is known about causation.

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.

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We are making car pooling and using public transportation a little easier for our regular events. See our new Share Your Ride page.

What's Going On

Dec 12 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Dec 13 Outings Committee Meeting and Party

Dec 16 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Dec 17 Sierra Club Holiday Party

Dec 17 Ride the New Mockingbird Bridge on the Katy Trail

Dec 22 Christmas Lights Walk thru Highland Park neighborhoods

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