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


Near-term Meetings, Plus Local and Regional Events
Updated: April 26, 2016.
(See our "Calendar" page for long-term schedule of activities as well as a history of past meetings.)

Tarrant County College Southeast Campus Arbor Day / Earth Day Celebration
Date: April 29, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, Texas.
The Southeast Campus in Arlington will once again be hosting its annual Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration. This is an annual event attended by many of the 12,000+ students, faculty, and staff. Free and open to the public.

Valley Ranch EARTHfest
Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cimarron Recreation Center
201 Red River Trail, Irving, Texas.
A family-friendly event featuring the Valley Ranch annual "Ladybug Release", kid fun zone, Recycle Day Drive-Thru, education sessions on native plants, sack races, face painting, free document shredding (until the truck is full!) .. with entertainment by The Boxcar Bandits .. and more! EARTHfest is also hosting "REUSE IT DFW". Have something you aren't using, but someone else can? Bring it! Acceptable household items in usable condition include electrical appliances, clothing, shoes, miscellaneous accessories such as caps, scarves, toys, games, and similar items.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the Valley Ranch EARTHfest.

City of Irving "Bike Fest"
Date: May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Lake College, 5001 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas.
This free, public, family-friendly event encourages bicycle riding as a healthy alternative transportation. Open to all ages, especially youngsters!
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will be working overtime providing 100% solar power for not only the Bike Fest sound stage, but for ALL of the food trucks and other needs at this event!

Fort Worth Nature Center "Buffalo Boogie"
Date: May 7, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135
5K, 10K, and one-mile fun runs. After-race events feature live music and other family-friendly activities. Proceeds from the event benefit the Nature Center.
USATF-certified race courses follow paved city roads within the Nature Center that are closed to traffic for the races. The route is both stroller and dog friendly.
Registration through May 6, 2016, is $25 per person. Race-day registration is $30. Chip timing is optional for participants registered in the 5K and 10K.
Attendees can visit an event expo featuring a variety of wildlife and conservation entities, preservation organizations, food-and-drink vendors, small businesses, educational exhibits, and a Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge pop-up gift shop.
Racers must pre-register via the Nature Center website, or be on site to register by 7:00 a.m.
Mike Renner's solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the Buffalo Boogie sound stage.

NTREG Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016.
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: "In-Meeting Construction Project: A "Solar Lunchbox" Portable Power System
Presenters: Jon Fripp, and his daughter Isabel
At our December 2015 meeting, Mike Renner (NTREG Treasurer) gave an outstanding presentation on a "DIY Solar Cart" - a portable solar power unit the size of a carry-on suitcase. This was our most popular meeting ever. The cart captured the attention of NTREG member Jon Fripp. More importantly .. his daughter Isabel was so excited about the project, she and her father went home and designed a lunchbox-size version of the Solar Cart. They brought it to our January and February meetings to show to people. Response was overwhelming! Many people wanted to build one too. So .. that's what we're going to do! NTREG members who have registered to build a "Lunchbox Solar System" will come to the meeting, and construct their own "Lunchbox"! EVERYONE is VERY encouraged to attend, observe, and ask questions. After all, watching can be as educational as seeing it done! We will accept early registration for a possible future session while you're there! Like what you see? Want to build one too? Become an NTREG member! Membership is required to sign up to participate and build a "Lunchbox Solar" project, (but it's free to watch!). See our "Join Us" page to become a member. It's $35 for a combined NTREG / Texas Solar Energy Society membership .. or $10 for NTREG only.)
For those who'd like to see what we'll be building, Jon provided a five-minute video starring his daughter Isabel, who helped design and build the first "Solar Lunchbox". In fact, we're told she did most of the work! If you think this may be too complicated .. Isabel is 12 years old!
Some work will be done in advance of the meeting by skilled NTREG members, eliminating the need for builders to use power tools or hand tools.
Video presentation showing highlights and construction of the "Solar Lunchbox".
Please Note: This is a very large MP4 video file (25.5 MB!). It may take time to load on slower Internet connections.
PDF of preliminary assembly instructions.

Second Annual GreenSourceDFW Run for the Environemnt
Date: May 21, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Location: Bachman Lake Park, 3500 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas (Near Love Field Airport)
The second annual Run for the Environment will be held at Bachman Lake Park. The event will feature a 5K chipped time run, green vendors and entertainment. Race check-in is at 9:00 a.m.. See the GreenSource DFW website for more information on registration, vendors, sponsors and volunteer opportunities.
Dan Lepinski's "Solar Shuttle" solar trailer will provide 100% solar electricity for the race timing equipment and computers, the start/finish line, and the event sound stage.

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