Dallas Sierra Club

Dallas Sierra Club News - August 2016

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General Meeting Program - June 14, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30_

Fall GardenFall/Winter Vegetable Gardening in North Texas
The best time for gardening in North Texas is from September until June. You can have fresh tomatoes from your garden for Christmas dinner! Dr. Larry Legg will present a scientific and observational approach for gardening during fall and winter. Larry is a Biology Professor, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Wellness Volunteer, and a Conflict Resolution Specialist. He is a country boy from the boondocks where if you did not have a successful garden, you went hungry.

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, August 13_

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, August 13. The class begins at 10 AM and lasts until 4 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 Aug 12) 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.


Register Now for an Exciting Water Conference Held September 17_

The population of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area is expected to double by 2060. With recent drought, weather extremes, and increasing threats – both man-made and natural – to our state’s water supplies, will DFW have enough water as our area continues to grow?

Water GlassOn September 17, a one-day conference, “DFW: Thirsting for Our Water Future” will be held at the Richardson Civic Center from 9:30 to 5 pm. The event will provide a foundation for understanding the current state of our water supplies and address the challenges we face in maintaining those water resources such as drought, invasive species and more. The event will also highlight cutting-edge technologies for meeting our water needs, and offer practical solutions that homeowners can adopt to save water and save money.

Water will be one of the most challenging environmental issues of this century. “DFW: Thirsting for Our Water Future” is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and water professionals about water quality, water conservation, and how we can secure future water supply.

Register now for this event at dfwwaterconference.org - there is limited seating for this one-day event. Cost is $35 (includes lunch) through Sept. 1 and then increases to $55. Clean Water Fund is hosting this event along with Dallas Sierra Club and other organizations. For more information, email Rita Beving at rita.beving@gmail.com or call 214-557-2271.


Fall Outing at Beavers Bend State Park Oct 14 - 16_

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate fall and join us for this relaxing event in the beautiful mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma. The weekend is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages. Families, couples, singles, all are welcome. We have the group compound all to ourselves, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, dining hall with kitchen, optional catered dinner and (drum roll please)... yes, even a bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets! On Saturday we'll offer various levels of hikes or you can be on your own to enjoy many fun activities offered by the park. Plan an active weekend or hang out on the porch, whichever you would enjoy. Cabin requests are on a first come basis so make your plans now! Click here for more information and required registration forms. Don't wait to sign up. This camp out sells out fast.


Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit II Focuses on Energy - October 22-23_

Oil RigThe second Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit will be held this fall on October 22-23 at the Addison Conference Centre. Back by popular demand, this 2-day event will focus on all forms of energy, including both traditional and renewable forms of energy as well as the environmental and human impacts these energy sources have on communities and the environment.

Registration is now open for this exciting event at earthwindfiresummit.org.

The conference will once again feature well-known academics, policymakers, and professional representatives from associations and institutions that focus on a wide range of energy issues. This year we are covering many new and exciting topics of interest. Some of the featured speakers include a look at the local studies from SMU regarding the deep injection of fracking fluid and earthquakes in the DFW area, a discussion from the first Texas city to go 100% renewable, battery storage, solar for your home and solar at utility scale, and more.

Space is limited for this event. Early registration is $55 through Sept. 2 and $75 thereafter. For more information or to learn about exhibitor opportunities, contact Rita Beving at rita.beving@gmail.com.


Future Programs You Won't Want to Miss_

September 13 - A bicycling and paddling adventure along the Elbe river
When Eli Baron flew to Germany, his bicycle arrived but his clothes and camping gear did not. Undeterred, he pressed on. The journey started with a bicycle ride reaching the Elbe's headwaters high in the mountains in the Czcheck Republic near the border with Poland, and pedaling across the Czcheck Republic through Prague and unto Dresden in Germany.

November 8 - Hilites from Iceland, Patagonia, and Storm Chasing
Dan Leffel, photographer extraordinaire, will cover 3 of his latest photography trips: to Iceland in winter, Patagonia in their fall, and storm chasing on the high plains this past spring. From the Iceland trip Dan will share unique images of the northern lights, which he photographed on 6 different occasions during 11 days in the country. His Patagonia images will include treks made in both Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. His storm chasing images will include stories of the 12 tornadoes he photographed over a span of just 4 days - a very active weather period this past May. He was able to capture an image with 3 tornadoes on the ground at the same time, a rare occurrence. There will be ample time to ask questions regarding any of the other places Dan has travelled, or about his presentation.


Calendar __

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

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconAug 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Learn about fall / winter gardening from Master Gardener Larry Legg. Everyone is invited. Full details are on our home page now.

Class IconAug 13 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class
Overloaded backpackerWant 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: The class begins at 10 AM and lasts until 4 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 Aug 12) 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. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Service Outing IconAug 13 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up
Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Brunch afterwards. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Service Outing IconAug 20 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 8 AM, working until approximately 11:00. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Meeting IconAug 24 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs. We'll review recent outings and plan future ones. Note that the August meeting is on the fourth Wednesday night of the month, not our usual third Wednesday. August and September meetings are significant because we try to set our annual calendar of dates and destinations for major trips. Bring your ideas and research. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconSep 2-6 (Fri-Tue) Santa Fe Peaks and Foothills, New Mexico
THIS TRIP IS FILLED TO ITS CAPACITY, 36. We have initiated a wait list. Call to inquire. Enjoy three late summer days of backpacking or day hiking near Santa Fe this Labor Day weekend. Board our chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to breakfast at a local cafe in Santa Fe. Two backpacking itineraries will hike three days and tent two nights in the mountains. Two day hike itineraries will hike three days and sleep two nights in cabins. Arrive back in Dallas Tuesday at daybreak. For full trip details and registration forms please click here. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Service Outing IconSep 10 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up
Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Brunch afterwards. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconSep 13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
To be determined. Everyone is invited. Full details will be on our home page soon.

Service Outing IconSep 17 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 8 AM, working until approximately 11:00. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Meeting IconSep 21 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs. We'll review recent outings and plan future ones. An objective for tonight will be to set our annual calendar of dates and destinations for major trips. Bring your research and recommendations. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item. Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconSep 28 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1
Some walks in the woods are easy, but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this fun and comprehensive two-night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. navigating with map and compassThere will be some discussion about GPS, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it. If not, we'll have extras you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class (second night Thursday, September 29) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We encourage online signups by the Monday before the class (click here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with a class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 29 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2
Join us for this second night of our two-part class that begins Wed., Sep. 28. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details (Sep. 28). Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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