News, Meetings & Near-term Events of Interest to NTREG Members and the Public



 

Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
 
Updated: April 13, 2014.
 
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)
 

 

Wed-Fri, April 16-18, 2014
Texas A&M University AgriLife Research and Extension Center "Rainwater University 2014"
 
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center Dallas is pleased to announce Rainwater University 2014. Rainwater harvesting is a viable alternative water source for your landscape, garden, livestock, firefighting and both indoor non-potable and potable uses. Rainwater University will have presentations and hands-on training from rainwater harvesting experts from around the country. Projects from constructing a 55 gallon rain barrel or small home system to designing and installing large commercial rainwater collection systems above and below ground will be discussed.
 
Pre-registration and fee required.
 
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, Building C Classroom 3, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas, Texas   75252.

 

 

Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:00 am to 8:00 pm
City of Cedar Hill Earth Day.
 
Held at the Cedar Hill, Texas Government Center, 285 Uptown Blvd. Free, and open to residents of all communities. Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar-power for the event sound stage and other needs.

 

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm
University of North Texas Earth Day.
 
Held at the main Library mall in the center of the campus. Public welcome. Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar-power for the event sound stage and other needs. Various student clubs and organizations will have booths. Music will be provided by "Vocal Trash", a remarkably talented and highly regarded band.

 

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tarrant County Earth Day.
 
Tarrant County Health Department Building. 1101 South Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas. Information regarding environmental stewardship, as well as educational and fun activities for the entire family. Free, and open to the public.

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Tarrant Community College Earth Day / Arbor Day.
 
TCC Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Texas. Various student clubs and organizations will have booths. This event attracts many of the college's 15,000 students, as well as more than 500 faculty and staff. Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will be on display. Open to the public.

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fort Worth Prairie Fest
 
50 booths featuring everything from green products and services, vintage clothing, native plants and so much more. A local Boy Scout troop will have a rope bridge set up for the kiddos. You might also encounter impromptu kite-flyers, stilt walkers, and more! Guided Wildflower Tours. Science Hikes & "Time Travel Passport Game" for children. Local Food & Beverages. Storytellers. 100% Solar-powered Music!
 
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar-power for the event sound stage and other needs.

 

 

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: REI, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Farmers Branch, Texas
Note: There's considerable highway construction in this area. Access to REI is from the west-bound I-635 frontage road. Previously posted driving directions may not be accurate due to the construction work.
Topic: "Improving Vehicle Efficiency"
 
Presenter: Phil Knox, Vehicle Mileage Economy Expert.
 
From our many meetings, environmental events, and even the annual Solar Home Tour, we're becoming acquainted with energy efficiency steps we can take to improve our homes and reduce utility bills. However, by focusing our attention on our living environment, we often overlook another important aspect of our energy consumption - transportation. Our May 10 program will present the basics pertaining to vehicles, and show how we may apply these principles to achieve practical mileage improvements. Of note, improvements we'll learn about are applicable to cars, trucks, and even electric vehicles of all types!
 
About our Presenter: For more than 30 years, Phil Knox has been modifying vehicles and his driving habits to increase fuel mileage. He is a nationally recognized presenter and educator on the topic of improved vehicle efficiency.
 


 

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
City of Irving "Bike Fest"
 
Lively Pointe Youth Center. 909 North O'Connor Road, Irving, Texas. Encourages bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation for all ages. Join in the activities with a group ride, Kid's Bicycle Safety Rodeo, visit with vendors that specialize in bicycling information and equipment, receive "on-the-spot" bike checks, see unique cycling groups and more. Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for various aspects of the Irving Bike Fest. Open to the public.
 

 

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fort Worth Nature Center "Buffalo Boogie"
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas.
 
"Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge" is a non-profit organization with the goal of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural resources that are the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Activities include a 1 mile/5K walk and fun run, and a 5K chip-timed run (USATF Certified Course). The Buffalo Boogie 5K walk and Fun Run, and the 5K chip-timed run are fund-raisers for the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center. Entertainment, food, and various vendors will be on hand after the races. Mike Renner, NTREG Treasurer, will provide 100% solar electricity for the Buffalo Boogie sound stage and entertainment after the race. The event is free, and open to the public.
 



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