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This page contains a listing of events organized by type - general meetings, other club meetings, local outings, out of town outings, social outings, and occasionally special events and non-Sierra Club events.

General Meetings

The third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. See our Meeting page for a map and more information.

WED. SEPT. 17 - GENERAL MEETING. Dale Edelbaum of the Dallas Sierra Club will share stories and photos of his 17-day dory boat trip down the Grand Canyon, covering 221 miles from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Along the way, the river ranged from smooth drifting to enormous rapids. Dale camped along the river and hiked many side canyons. His pictures are enchanting and set to music. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

WED. OCT. 15 - GENERAL MEETING. Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for over 2 decades. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

Events

SAT. SEPT. 20 - TRINITY TRASH BASH - Join us for the 23rd Annual Trinity River Trash Bash on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meet at the TRWD-Cold Springs Trailhead, Whirlybird Way, Fort Worth, TX. Please RSVP to John MacFarlane at 817-944-2086 or zedthecat@gmail.com. http://www.trwd.com/TrinityTrashBash

THUR. OCT 2 - LIBBY WILLIS FUNDRAISER - Fundraiser hosted by the Sierra Club Political Committee of Texas featuring Libby Willis.  For more details please see http://texas.sierraclub.org/fortworth/libby_willis.pdf

SAT. OCT 4 & SUN. OCT 5 - EARTH, WIND & FIRE ENERGY SUMMIT -Addison Convention Center, 15660 Addison Road, Addison, TX

The Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit is the first energy conference of its kind in Texas. While other conferences focus on a single form of energy or only selected sources of energy, this Dallas weekend event promises to provide attendees with a global view of America’s energy portfolio, discussing not only traditional and renewable forms of energy, but also new, emerging energy technologies — and the potential for these sources in the future.

The two-day conference, to be held at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas, will also focus on the current and potential production and use of the varied forms of energy in Texas. Discussions will then turn to the environmental and human impacts associated with these various forms of energy and probe into some of the challenges and compelling questions facing these energy sources.

The Earth Wind & Fire Energy Summit is sponsored by the Dallas Sierra Club and various conservations organizations. Our mission is to educate the public and those who work to influence policy on the public’s behalf regarding environmental issues associated with energy. Our aim is to answer some of today’s pressing questions raised by the public and in the media surrounding energy issues.

Speakers will include well known academics and policy makers, as well as professional representatives from associations that focus on energy issues. Space is limited, so make your reservations now to attend this exciting event. To register, see a schedule, see a list of speakers and topics, and find out more information, please go to http://earthwindfiresummit.org/.

JOHN MUIR LIVE ON STAGE - SUN. OCT 19
In The Spirit of John Muir, renowned actor Lee Stetson will showcase Muir's dedication to wilderness protection and search for adventure in Yosemite National Park and other wild places. Stetson portrays Muir every summer for thousands of people in Yosemite National Park's Theater, and he will be in Dallas for one night only.

Some of Muir's grand, thrilling adventures are in this show: "The Perilous Night on Mount Shasta" with Muir freezing in the midst of a howling blizzard while simultaneously being boiled and blistered in hot springs; his astonishing ride down a Yosemite Valley canyon wall on a snow avalanche; climbing the 500 foot wall of the winter ice cone beneath Yosemite Falls; Muir's encounter with a mighty Yosemite earthquake; dangerous Alaskan ice crevasses; snow blindness; and much more -- all liberally salted with Muir's wilderness philosophy. This show's theme revolves around the health and invigoration one acquires when one fully and joyfully engages wildness.

Tickets are $10. Performance begins at 7:00 p.m., Addison Conference Centre Studio Theater, 16560 Addison Road, Addison, TX. Tickets available at the door. Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is advised or come early to be sure and get a seat. For map of the venue's location, see www.dallassierraclub.org

Outings

SUN. SEPT. 14, 9:30 AM - DAY HIKE AT DOGWOOD CANYON - AUDUBON CENTER AT CEDAR HILL. Enjoy a hike on a trail voted best nature walk 2013. There are two trails: the canyon floor trail, a half mile round trip and a one and a half mile loop trail. We will walk both of them. No dogs are allowed on the grounds, unless service dogs. The Audubon Center is south of I- 20. Take the Belt-line Road (FM1382) exit, turn south toward Cedar Hill State Park. Entrance to Audubon Center is a half mile further on the right. MARY GOODMAN is the hike leader. Contact @ 817 300 7982 or Larry-goodman@sbcglobal.net. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

SUN. SEPT. 21 - 3:00 - OUTINGS MEETING AT BACKWOODS, located at 2727 W. 7th St. in Fort Worth, near Montgomery Plaza. Meet with fellow Sierrans and plan some great outings for fall and winter. After the meeting we will continue the fun and fellowship at a local, nearby restaurant.

SAT. SEPT. 27, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM - OUTINGS LEADER TRAINING and CPR/FIRST AID Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX. Like to hike and camp? The Fort Worth Sierra Club needs more leaders for day hikes and camping trips. No special skills required except willingness to plan and lead day hikes or overnight camping trips and attend training class. Class will include explanation of leading day hikes and overnight camping trips for the Sierra Club as well as first aid and CPR. For more information or to register for class contact NANCY MCVEAN - nancymcvean@gmail.com. Or 817-596-5209. Cost for class - $45.00. Please register ASAP!

OCTOBER 10 - 12 - PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK CAR CAMPING
Continuing our program of visiting nearby state parks, please join us for a weekend of camping at Purtis Creek State Park, which is only 95 miles southeast of Fort Worth and only 1 1/2 hours driving time. Check out the park website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/stateparks/purtiscreek. There is fishing, canoeing and kayaking at the lake, several nice hikes, and nearby Texas State Fisheries Center. A Sunday option is a trip on the Texas State Railroad from Palestine to Rusk. You can camp with us both Friday and Saturday or join us by 10 AM on Saturday for a morning hike. There is limited campsite availability. It is recommended that you reserve a water and electric site (north and south loops) at $18 per night, but water sites are available across the lake at $12. Leader approval is required. More detailed information and directions will be emailed to registrants and those requesting. Please contact the leader prior to reserving your campsite.
Leaders - TOLBERT GREENWOOD - 817 455 3302 or tolbertgreenwood@gmail.com and DIANE LANCASTER 817 845 4139 or dianelan@gmail.com

OCT. 17-19 CELEBRATE FALL AT BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK WITH THE DALLAS SIERRA CLUB. This fall outing has been so much fun it's turned into an annual event. Join us October 17-19 to enjoy the scenic beauty and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice of rustic cabins or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river. Amenities include a dining hall with kitchen, stone fireplace and yes, even a bath house with flush toilets and hot showers. Activity options will include group hikes in a variety of lengths, special interest hikes (outdoor photography, birding, local nature with a master naturalist to name a few), plus outdoor related mini-clinics for those interested. You're also welcome to be on your own to enjoy the many options offered by the park including hikes, new nature center, museum, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the easy way! Saturday night offers a catered BBQ dinner (optional) and a special performance by actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir. For details and reservation information see www.dallassierrraclub.org or send email to Lizwico@aol.com. Gather your family and friends - this outing is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages. Plenty of tent space but cabins going fast - sign up soon!

FRI-SUN OCT. 24-26 - CAR CAMPING IN THE WINDING STAIR AREA IN OKLAHOMA. We’ll try to catch the fall colors in this beautiful part of the Ouachita Mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we will day hike about 10 miles +/- on a loop trail in the Horse Thief Springs ar. The hike will be downhill into the Holson Valley in the morning, and uphill back to the cars in the afternoon. The day hike includes about 1900 feet of elevation change. There will also be short day hike on Sunday morning before heading home. Because of the length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as strenuous. Note that the camp site is semi-primitive and has no water. Contact the leader to sign up and requires approval by leader due to strenuous nature of hike. Participation in this trip requires day hiking with group. Leader: Claudia Blalock, claudia.blalock@att.net and coleader: Marcos Jorge