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A Thanksgiving tradition since 1967, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, one of the largest multi-event races in the country, will be held on November 22. Around 25,000 participants are expected to turn out to Dallas City Hall Plaza for the eight-mile race and 5K fun run. New for 2018 is a 1K Junior Trot for 6-to-11-year-olds. The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefits YMCA programs that strengthen the foundation of our community.

The original Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot was held at the Old Fair Grounds back in the 1940s; but the long string of consecutive races began in 1967. 

Entry fees vary. For details and registration, visit TheTrot.com.

 

 

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Here in North Texas, growing things can be difficult. Some of us struggle with black clay soil, while others have sandy soil. Construction debris and compaction, as well as buildup of chemicals in the soil can also cause plant stress. This can present challenges to having healthy soil that can grow healthy plants. For good plant nutrition, a diverse and rich soil life is vital. Probiotics has become a buzzword associated with good health by maintaining biodiversity in our human gut flora. The soil is very similar, and there are several systems working together unseen by the eye that keep plants nourished and protected.

Healthy soil is a living material, filled with beneficial microorganisms, including bacteria, algae, fungi and protozoa. These microorganisms keep soil healthy, decompose organic matter, replenish soil nutrients, form humus, promote root growth, increase nutrient uptake and also break down herbicides and pesticides. Macro-organisms such as earthworms love organic matter, too. They do a great job of aerating the soil and providing castings (rich waste).

We can help those essential microbes in our soil by adding rich organic matter. For gardens, compost can by spread on top or worked into the soil. On lawns, this can be done by mulching leaves and grass clippings when possible. Top dressing with organic compost is another option. We can spread compost ourselves or hire a professional. It’s a natural process; organic matter provides food for the microorganisms in the soil that release nutrients like nitrogen into a usable form.

Adding organic matter is one of the best things to keep soil healthy in the garden and landscape. It loosens compacted soil, adds nutrients to the soil and retains water so we can water less. Compost has the unique ability to improve soil physically, nutritionally and biologically. Lawns can benefit greatly from a top dressing with organic compost, especially after a core aeration. Stressed trees respond well to compost application, too. Feeding the soil will create a better plant root environment for healthy plants.

 

 

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EarthXFilm has launched Strike Out Straws, in which individuals and businesses can pledge to stop using single-use plastic straws. People can take the pledge online at earthxfilm.org/strike-out-straws-pledge/#pledge. EarthXFilm has also partnered with vendors to provide discounts on reusable or biodegradable paper straw alternatives to plastic straws.

Single-use plastic straws are consistently among Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 items of beach litter. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an organization working to eliminate plastic pollution and its adverse impact on the environment and wildlife, more than 300 million pounds of plastic are produced each year, and an estimated 5 trillion non-biodegradable plastic particles are already bobbing throughout the oceans. It is estimated that 1 million sea birds, 100,000 mammals and countless fish are killed every year due to ingesting plastic or getting entangled in plastic pollution.

Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using trash collected on U.S. coastlines during cleanups over five years, that there are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying around America’s shorelines” They further estimated that 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws litter the entire world’s coastlines.

EarthXFilm’s Strike Out Straws goal is to eliminate 1 million straws by April 2019. Dallas area restaurants and hotels that have taken the Strike Out Straws pledge include Al Biernat’s Oak Lawn and North locations, Alinea Restaurant, Cindi’s New York Deli & Restaurant, Houlihan’s, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. People can further create awareness by simply requesting, “No straw, please” at bars and restaurants.

 

 

 

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The 2018 Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Sustainability Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 9, with a theme of partnerships that cement relationships and cooperative efforts to reach sustainability goals in schools, businesses and communities. The keynote speakers Marianella Franklin, chief sustainability officer for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting.

“As DCCCD moves forward with its goals for sustainability inspired by 17 guidelines suggested by the United Nations, we want to focus on goal number 17, partnerships,” says Georgeann Moss, district executive director of sustainability and outreach initiatives. “One person can’t do it all, but one person or one organization can pick one sustainability project or goal and make it their call to action.”

Admission is free. Location: Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas. To register, visit dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit by Nov. 5.

 

 

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The fifth AURORA, a public biennial exhibition focused on light, video and sound art, will take place around the Dallas City Hall and throughout the city on November 3. This series of artistic exhibits will engage the public, urge audiences to think about the direction our world might take and actively participate in its creation. The convergence of art, architecture and innovation is timed to emphasize Dallas as an international contemporary art destination.

With local, national and international participation, four prestigious guest curators— Danielle Avram (Dallas), Justine Ludwig (NYC), DooEun Choi (NYC) and Nadim Samman (Berlin) bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in institution-level public art and international exhibitions.

For more information, visit DallasAurora.com.

 

 

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Designed for those with documents containing sensitive and personal information looking for a safe and secure way to dispose of these documents for free, Resource One hosts ShredFest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 3, provided by Shred-It, a division of Stericycle at events throughout the year. Participants can  watch as their documents are safely and securely shredded.

Accepted items include invoices, financial statements, canceled checks, checkbooks, medical records, credit reports, tax returns and personal documents. There is a 10-box limit for paper documents only. Ineligible items include plastic bags, trash bags, or baggies, trash of any kind, binders and metal, such as binder clips (staples and paper clips are okay).

Locations include 2750 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite; 2475 Arapaho Rd., Garland; 8344 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Ste. 110, Dallas; and 755 N. Hwy. 67, Cedar Hill.

 

 

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The 2018 Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Sustainability Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 9,. at Richland College. Partnerships help cement relationships and cooperative efforts to reach sustainability goals in schools, businesses and communities. The keynote speakers are Marianella Franklin, chief sustainability officer for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting.

Breakout sessions include Climate Leadership in Higher Education; The Impact of Our Food; Why an Energy Master Plan?; Sustainability in Dallas: What Is the City Doing?; Wildlife in DFW; State of the State: Aquatic Invasive Vegetation; U.S. Water Services; 21st-Century Policing: Building Communities of Trust; Richland College Sustainability Program Model; Lake Clean-Up; Recycle/Waste; Texas Trees Foundation Campus Tree Farm Education Center Tour; and others.

Georgeann Moss, district executive director of sustainability and outreach initiatives, says, “As DCCCD moves forward with its goals for sustainability, inspired by 17 guidelines suggested by the United Nations, we want to focus on partnerships.”

Admission is free. Location: 12800 Abrams Rd., Dallas. For more information and to register by Nov. 5, visit dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit.

 

 

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Texas Veggie Fair, the largest and longest-running plant-based festival in Texas, returns for the ninth year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 27, at Reverchon Park, in Dallas. Tens of thousands of guests are expected to enjoy a variety of plant-based foods, products from local and national vendors, speakers, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, yoga, kids’ activities and more. Live music will be performed by local artists on the Blue Circle Media Music Stage.

Activist, athlete and entrepreneur Dominick Thompson will be making his first appearance in Texas to deliver a talk, Redefining Masculinity Through Veganism, and Dr. Douglas Won, a local surgeon, will speak about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Chefs include Cafe Momentum Sous Chef John Mercer and Daniela Lais, co-author of the Vegan on the Go and Easy Vegan Baking cookbooks. There will also be panels on eating and training as a vegan athlete, plant-based health and nutrition and more.

The fair’s mission is to assemble, educate and expand the plant-based community regionally, nationally and worldwide; display alternatives to the reality of destructive and violent food production; and provide a positive, entertaining and educational experience in a fun, welcoming environment.

Admission is free. For more information, visit TexasVeggieFair.com.

 

 

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The Dallas Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., October 27 and 28 at  the Dallas Market Hall. This family-friendly event allows attendees the opportunity to sample new, delicious products risk-free from more than 100 local exhibitors and attend free educational presentations hosted by industry-respected speakers.

While all products at the GFAF Expo are gluten-free, many exhibitors will also showcase products free from the top eight allergens. Presented by Enjoy Life Foods, this event is ideal for the whole family and those following a gluten- or allergen-free diet.

"With flavorful comfort foods like pizza and baked goods to healthy lifestyle options like protein bars and probiotic drinks, this expo offers a wide variety of tasty products for nearly any specialty diet," says GFAF Expo founder Jen Cafferty. "An event of this scale being accessible to the general public is a rare and exciting way to explore new products and sample new options before you buy them."

Approximately 15 million people in the United States have food allergies/sensitivities - and those numbers are on the rise. What was once a niche condition is now commonplace with modified diets like gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Keto and others becoming increasingly widespread.

Exhibitors include Hannah's Gluten Free Bakery, Xochitl Chips and Salsa, Big Box Catering, Salad Spice and Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Plano.

Location: 2200 N. Stemmons Fwy. For more information, visit gfafexpo.com.

 

 

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The 36th annual Susan G. Komen Dallas Race for the Cure will take place October 27 at NorthPark Center.  The goal is to raise $1.5 million. Starting at 6 a.m., activities include registration, a survivor breakfast, timed 5k, 1k and 5k fun run/walk races at 8 a.m., and a stage presentation with a survivor celebration and awards.

Survivors, thrivers and co-survivors gather to celebrate and support one another in an atmosphere of genuine camaraderie. The Dallas Race for the Cure was started by Nancy Brinker, in honor of her sister, Susan Komen. The event started with a few runners and walkers, but now attracts thousands to fund life-saving breast health services to the underserved in Dallas County. This years’ race is a tribute to survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer. T

To register, visit Komen-Dallas.org/dallasrace.

 

 

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