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April, 2013: In This Issue. . .


General Meeting Program - April 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30 

Our April General Meeting is coming up roses (and kids).

Inner City Outings
Our opening program this evening is about the value of kids having time in nature. We'll view a short but powerful documentary by an amazing 13 year old child which highlights the negative trend of kids spending more time indoors and the many benefits of free time outdoors in nature. Included in the film is an interview wtih Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and the person who identified the recent condition "Nature Deficit Disorder". Take heart - through our outreach program Inner City Outings ("ICO"), we're part of the solution!

The Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch
Farmers Branch Rose GardenThe City of Farmers Branch invested five years as a research partner in what may well be the largest environmental horticultural project in the United States.  2-1/2 acres planted with roses of all classes and color have taught us lessons that can be applied to individual gardens, regardless of the type of gardening enjoyed.

Pam Smith, Park Landscape Manager for the City of Farmers Branch, will tell us about "Lessons from the Garden."  She has worked in the green industry for more than 35 years, including 17 years as the curator for the National EarthKind Trial  Rose Garden.  Pam has a B.S. in Floriculture from Texas A&M, an M.S. in Horticulture from Texas Tech, and considers herself very fortunate to make a living doing what is her passion. 

Everyone is welcome. 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 p.m. but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship. Our meeting takes place at REI, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas, TX 75244. Click over to our General Meeting page of our website for more information and a map.


See the Documentary Trashed at Studio Movie Grill 

You are invited to the documentary screening of TRASHED starring executive producer & actor, Jeremy Irons. The film starts at 6:30 pm.  Full details here. "If you think waste is someone else's problem....think again"


Love Our Native Plants and Prairies Day 

Come out to celebrate the value of native plants and grasses in North Texas at the family-friendly Love Our Native Plants and Prairies Day on May 4th, 2013, at the White Rock Lake Bath House! Educational and hands-on learning experiences will be offered by area experts and organizations (including Dallas Sierra Club!). Activities will include demonstration and outreach booths, White Rock Lake plant walks/talks, and a speaker series. For more information, including a list of speakers and participating organizations, please visit the North Texas Master Naturalist website.
When: May 4, 2013 (rain or shine)
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: White Rock Lake Bath House (521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218 - map)
Contact: Jim Folger Send Email 214-663-2268


Memorial Day Bus Trip to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico 

Bandelier National MonumentBackpacking and day hikes from the campground - this promises to be a Memorial Day weekend to remember! This scenic and historic destination we love so much experienced a fire just after our 2011 visit. Now the trails have reopened and it's time to go back and explore this beautiful area northwest of Santa Fe, NM. Trip options have been designed for backpackers and campers of all skill levels. In addition to backpacking options, this year we're excited to also offer a base camp with day hikes from the Ponderosa campground and the Juniper campground! Everyone on this trip will have time to learn about Native American history and explore their ruins in this unique area. Complete trip details and reservation information are in this PDF file.  Sign up soon.


Calendar 

Here is our calendar for the next two months. For complete listings, visit us at www.dallassierraclub.org.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconApr 3 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Day Hike IconApr 6 (Sat) Dayhike White Rock Creek Trail-Moss Park
Meet at 9:00 am at Moss Park (SE corner of Greenville Ave and Royal Lane). Hike 5-6 miles along paved trail. Bring water. No reservations necessary. Just show up. Optional lunch at local restaurant. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 972-658-1281

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconApr 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Service Outing IconApr 13 (Sat) White Rock Lake Cleanup
Walk and talk while helping to pick up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM at the Love of the Lake office on the Northeast corner of Garland Rd. and Buckner Blvd. Look for a crowd of people drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. The lake and your karma will thank you. Brunch afterwards. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Service Outing IconApr 20 (Sat) Trail Upgrading at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Its awesome to get out to the Cedar Ridge Preserve to help upgrade some of the beautiful walking trails just south of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249. Its a great morning workout, and the scenery is exceptional. No tools are required, (maybe gloves) just show up and be ready to lend a hand or two. We'll work from 9 AM to 12 or earlier, and then walk around the preserve and admire the wildflowers and fauna! Bring some water for sure. Its on Saturday the 20th of April, and please see their website at www.audubondallas.org/cedarridge.html  for directions and info. Their number is 972-709-7784   See you then! If you wish to carpool, then let me know, and we'll arrange a meeting spot. Come on out and stay green, people! Organizer: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Community Event IconApr 22 (Mon) See the Documentary Trashed at Studio Movie Grill
You are invited to the documentary screening of TRASHED starring executive producer & actor, Jeremy Irons. The film starts at 6:30 pm.  Full details here. "If you think waste is someone else's problem....think again"

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconApr 23 (Tue) Inner City Outings (Outreach) - Volunteer Orientation & Meeting
NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:00 pm PIZZA/MONTHLY MEETING, 6:45 pm/7:00 pm Looking for meaningful volunteer work where you can enjoy the outdoors and give back to kids? ICO is the place for you! For over 25 years, amazing and dedicated Inner City Outing volunteers have provided opportunities for underserved kids to get off the cement and explore the great outdoors. Activities are mostly on Saturdays/weekends and typically include outings to such places as nature centers, wildlife refuges and state parks to enjoy day hikes, camping, service work and occasional backpacking and canoeing. Being an ICO volunteer doesn't take much time but the impact is immeasurable. To learn how you can be a part of this rewarding and fun Sierra Club program, attend the ICO orientation (required before you may volunteer for an outing.) Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Liz. Contact: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 1 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Announcement IconMay 3-5 (Fri-Sun) BirdFest at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Birding & nature festival North Texas-style!  Featuring David Allen Sibley and for photographers, Kathy Adams Clark and John English, AND The Raptor Project! Sibley will lead a field trip, sign books, and for the keynote presentation, provide a demonstration of the illustration process for his books. The painting  created by Sibley during his presentation will be up for auction at the close of the event, with proceeds benefiting Hageman NWR. Clark and English will each lead a photography workshop and a  photo field trip. Complete information here.

Community Event IconMay 4 (Sat) Love Our Native Plants and Prairies Day
Come out to celebrate the value of native plants and grasses in North Texas at the family-friendly Love Our Native Plants and Prairies Day on May 4th, 2013, at the White Rock Lake Bath House! Educational and hands-on learning experiences will be offered by area experts and organizations (including Dallas Sierra Club!). Activities will include demonstration and outreach booths, White Rock Lake plant walks/talks, and a speaker series. For more information, including a list of speakers and participating organizations, please visit the North Texas Master Naturalist website.
When: May 4, 2013 (rain or shine)
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: White Rock Lake Bath House (521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas, TX 75218 - map)
  Contact: Jim Folger Send Email 214-663-2268

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 7 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Service Outing IconMay 11 (Sat) White Rock Lake Cleanup
Walk and talk while helping to pick up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM at the Love of the Lake office on the Northeast corner of Garland Rd. and Buckner Blvd. Look for a crowd of people drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. The lake and your karma will thank you. Brunch afterwards. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
Meet in the upstairs program room at REI (on north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch), at 6:30 PM. Bring your ideas for the Dallas Sierra Club Outings program. We will be planning local outings and bus trips. All outings leaders, future outings leaders, and interested Sierrans welcome. Ask Bill to be placed on the email list for an agenda. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Bus Trip IconMay 24-28 (Fri-Tue) Explore Bandelier National Monument (Backpack or Camp/day hike)
Canyons and mesas, cliff dwellings and ruins, backpacking and day hikes from the campground - this promises to be a Memorial Day weekend bus trip to remember! Parts of this scenic and historic destination we love so much experienced a fire just after our 2011 visit. Now the trails have reopened, the forest is recovering and it's time to go back and explore this beautiful area northwest of Santa Fe, NM. Trip options have been designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels - your choice of backpacking, camping at the Ponderosa campground with day hikes or camping at the Juniper campground with day hike options and backpacking two miles downhill the last day. Everyone on this trip will have time to learn about Native American history and explore their ruins in this unique area. We leave Friday night and return early Tuesday morning so you may not even need to miss work. Sign up soon so you're sure to get a seat. Discounted price for reservations received by May 5. Complete trip details and reservation information are in this PDF file.  Bus trip leader: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMay 28 (Tue) Inner City Outings (Outreach)
For over 25 years, amazing and dedicated Inner City Outing volunteers have provided opportunities for underserved kids to get off the cement and explore the great outdoors. Activities are mostly on Saturdays/weekends and typically include outings to such places as nature centers, wildlife refuges and state parks to enjoy day hikes, camping, service work and occasional backpacking and canoeing. Being an ICO volunteer doesn't take much time but the impact is immeasurable. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Meet/greet at 6:45pm, meeting at 7:00pm. For more information and to make a reservation, please contact the Coordinator. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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