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


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: March 29, 2015.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)
Our busiest time of year for events is from the end of March through mid-May. We have a wealth of activities to participate! Volunteers are needed to help staff our booths! No experience necessary! It's an incredible opportunity to learn about solar energy just by listening to the many and varied questions and answers! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to participate!

City of Irving's Annual Eco Film-Fest
Date: April 9-12, 2015
Location: Several! See the event website for Location, movies, and times!
A free, four-day event featuring 19 provocative documentaries and children's films at three screening Location. A feature film on Sunday, April 12 at Irving's Art Center, Dupree Theater, 3333 North MacArthur Boulevard in Irving. Visit the Eco Film Fest website to see a complete list of films (including summaries and trailers), times, and Location.

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Topic: "Renewable Energy from Depleted Oil Fields using Geothermal Energy."
Presenter: Ramsey Kweik, M.S., Former Research Associate, SMU Geothermal Laboratory
Ramsey Kweik holds a Masters Degree in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University. He worked with Dr. David Blackwell and Maria Richards in the SMU geothermal lab, and contributed to their research for seven years. He also held an internship with Hunt Oil Company for four consecutive summers as a geology intern working for the Hunt Oil Business Development Group. In 2012, Calpine Corporation offered Ramsey a unique internship opportunity at the Geysers Geothermal Field in California interpreting and modeling structurally complex reservoirs.

City of Coppell Earth Day
Date: April 11
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd., Coppell, Texas.
This events features hands on environmental demonstrations, environmental education booths, kids crafts, live music in the amphitheater, plant sales, hybrid car show, and more!
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% of the sound stage power for the Coppell Earth Day!

Oak Cliff Earth Day
Date: April 12, 2015
Noon to 5:00 pm
Location: Lake Cliff Park, 1200 North Zang Boulevard, Dallas, Texas.
This all-ages festival includes Earth Day workshops and booths providing information on green living, recycling, water conservation and pollution prevention. Activities include the Mutt Strut pet parade, Gentle Zoo petting zoo, music, food trucks, and an artists' pavilion with artworks for sale.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide solar electricity for various aspects of the Oak Cliff Earth Day event.


City of Grapevine "Epic Earth Day"
Date: April 18, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street & the adjoining parking lot of the First United Methodist Church
Grapevine Earth Day offers attendees the opportunity to recycle, shop, play, relax, and network with local businesses and community organizations through a number of attractions.  
Recycle! Bring electronics for recycling: computers, mobile phones, laptops, etc. Exhibitors! Visit with vendors and others involved in all aspects of smart living. Kid's "Eco-Play" Area! A fun way for kids of all ages to learn. Tarrant Regional Water District "Hydration Station". Fresh and bottled water provided free to attendees.

City of Cedar Hill Earth Day
Date: April 20
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Cedar Hill Government Center, 285 Uptown Boulevard, Cedar Hill, Texas
Learn tips on how to live a "Green Life", attend conservation workshops, visit with environmentally-conscious vendors, enjoy a performance by "Vocal Trash" and much more. A special Earth Day Farmers Market will have goods for sale from local farmers and businesses.

University of North Texas Earth Day
Date: April 22
Location: University of North Texas "Library Mall", Denton, Texas
Though this event is on the University campus, it's free, very family-friendly, and open to the public.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% of the power used by the UNT Earth Day sound stage!

Mountain View College Earth Day
Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Mountain View College Student Courtyard
4849 West Illinois Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Tarrant Community College - Southeast Campus - Arlington, Texas
Date: April 24, 2015
Location: Tarrant Community College Southeast Campus
2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Texas

Earth Day Texas
Date: April 24-26, 2015
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas


Fort Worth Prairie Fest
Date: April 25, 2015
Location: Tandy Natural Area, 3400 View Street, Fort Worth, Texas
10th Anniversary! Expect big things at Prairie Fest this year! A free, family-friendly, solar-powered event.
Arts, entertainment, tasty local food and beverages, prairie wildflower tours, storytellers, nature-science hikes on rolling hills, Prairie Circle of artists and green exhibitors.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will once again provide 100% solar electricity for the Prairie Fest sound stage. There is NO utility power in the park. This is Dan's 9th year providing power for this event. Prairie Fest is believed to be the longest-running totally solar-powered event in Texas!

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas. (Map)
Our meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall, which is accessible through the church main entry, or from doors in the rear.
Topic: The Solar Car Challenge
Presenter: Dr. Lehman Marks, Ed.D., Founder of the Solar Car Challenge
The Solar Car Challenge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages high schools and high school students to design, build, and race totally solar powered cars each year. Founded by Dr. Marks in 1993, more than 65 high schools in more than 20 states and several foreign countries now take part!

City of Irving "Bike Fest"
Date: May 9, 2015
Location: 221 East Irving Boulevard, Irving, Texas
Join in the activities with a group ride, Kid's Bicycle Safety Rodeo, visit with vendors that specialize in bicycling information and equipment, receive an "on-the-spot" bike check, see unique cycling groups and more! Free and open to families of all cities!
Performing at the 2015 Bike Fest: "Boxcar Bandits", a musical group that melds bluegrass, old-time, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create their signature Skunkgrass sound.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide all the power used by the sound stage PLUS all of the power used by the food trucks .. making this event 100% solar-powered!

Fort Worth Nature Center "Buffalo Boogie"
Date: May 9, 2015
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center,
Arts and crafts, non-profit organizations, wildlife conservation / preservation organizations, educational exhibits, specialty drinks and food!
5K chip-timed run on a USATF certified course. Starting gun: 8:30 am. On-site registration and sign-in 7 am.
Mike Renner's solar trailer will provide all of the sound stage power, as well as power for various vendors.

Greenville, Texas Sustainability Class
Hands-on Instruction in "Off-Grid Solar Water Pumping". A functioning solar water-pumping system will be constructed on site with the assistance of class participants, who will learn aspects of "how-to" at the same time. Registration and fee required. Registration information will be posted here soon.
Date: May 16, 2015
Location: Greenville, Texas
Instructor: Dan Lepinski, North Texas Renewable Energy Group Advisor

City of Denton, Texas "National Trails Day"
Date: June 6, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Hartlee Field Access, 5800 Hartlee Field Road, Denton, Texas.
Reptile and amphibian display from Turtle Discovery. 9:00 am wildflower hike with staff from Denton Parks and Recreation. Geocaching classes from 9:00 - 10:30 am and 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Live raptor show presented by Blackland Prairie Raptor Center at 10:30 am. 1:00 pm nature hike with a Texas Master Naturalist. Archery workshops. Kid's craft station for making seed balls.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide ALL of the electricity used by the food trucks and vendors! This event will be 100% solar powered!

Renewable Energy Events from Around Texas, the USA, and the World.

Events Courtesy of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association


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