February 25, 2017
128 N. Briery
February 25, 2017
440 S. Nursery Road
March 4, 2017
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
March 5, 2017
401 Cimarron Trail
March 13, 2017
4444 W. Rochelle Road
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January 12, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ West Irving Library
Residents can reduce the waste carried to landfills by composting more and throwing away less. This program teaches attendees about the composting process, different types and methods of composting, how to compost and its importance.
January 19, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Valley Ranch Library
Monarch and many other pollinator populations have plummeted in the past 20 years. There are numerous actions residents can take in their own homes and apartments to help, such as planting milkweeds and other native plants, and eliminating the use of pesticides. This class will provide a greater understanding about monarchs and other pollinators, what are the easiest plants to grow in this area, and how residents can build their own certified habitat gardens to attract birds and butterflies.
February 9, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Senter East Building
Water slower, deeper and more efficiently with every drop. Convert spray heads, and watch the sprinkler system save money from this hands-on drip conversion class. Students will learn how to install drip irrigation tubing from the faucet or how to convert an existing zone system to drip. Drip irrigation is the most efficient irrigation method, and it is essential to sustainable landscapes. Drip irrigation for foundation watering also will be covered.
February 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ West Irving Library
One of the best ways to learn to enjoy birds is by watching what is in the area. From the comfort of one’s back porch, a person can see many birds, depending on the location of the porch or patio. The availability of appropriate habitat features is the factor that determines which species are present. Watchers certainly won’t be able to see all birds, but they should be able to see enough birds to help develop skills of observation that can be taken into the field. This educational class will help students identify birds specific to the north central Texas region and is a precursor to the Great Backyard Bird Count, which begins Feb. 17.
February 18, 2017, 8:00 AM - February 25, 2017, 4:30 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Note: This class is full and no waiting list names will be taken.
This 16-hour course is designed to give students an in-depth look at composting, including its benefits and challenges. Additionally, students will be introduced to vermi-composting (composting with worms), as well as Bokashi composting. Some of the other elements of this course include hands-on bin building, a tour of Irving’s Hunter Ferrell Landfill and studying the biology of composting under the microscope at North Lake College. All graduates of the course will receive training books, a backyard composting bin, worm bin, T-shirts and a certificate. Students are expected to provide 40 hours of volunteer time back to the community over a 12-month period to help further environmental education.
February 21, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ West Irving Library
National Realtor studies say that 60 percent of all homes are sold as people stand at the front door. This program shows homeowners what realtors are looking for in an ideal listing and how the best landscape designers are changing the curb appeal of homes in the DFW area.
March 7, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Valley Ranch Library
Enjoy a lively discussion on some of the plants that residents love to hate. Find out what plant killed Lincoln's mother and which plant would be a good diet if it weren't so addictive. Learn to identify some of those pesky weeds that appear in yards around north central Texas.
March 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Meeting Room #1
Being able to grow and eat one's own fruits and vegetables can offer an opportunity to save money, reduce the amount of pesticides consumed, increase physical activity and engage the whole family. Students will learn what it takes to have a bountiful vegetable garden, including a discussion about soil fertility, seeds, proper plant selection and planting time frames for Texas weather.
March 18, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Valley View Municipal Complex
Participants will learn the basic concepts of indoor water conservation, as well as information on basic drip irrigation design and installation, choosing the right components, watering techniques and system maintenance for landscaping.
March 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
According to University of California Davis faculty, “an urban homestead is a household that produces a significant part of the food, including produce and livestock, consumed by its residents. This is typically associated with residents’ desire to live in a more environmentally conscious manner.” Residents are invited to learn more about the urban homesteading movement by visiting a local urban homestead “work in progress.” The workshop will include a conversation about vegetable gardening, chickens, native plantscaping to encourage biodiversity and urban ecosystems. Space is limited. This workshop is being hosted on-site, and registration is required.
April 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Meeting Room #1
Many native or adapted perennial plants and wildflowers can be propagated by seed relatively easily. Learn the basic challenges and rewards of seed saving including seed selection, harvesting strategies, and germination and/or dormancy requirements. Planting times and techniques for successful reproduction of some of our favorite water efficient plants also will be discussed.
May 9, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Max G. Greiner Environment Center
Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week by learning how to compost using the hot and cold methods. Students also will discuss types of materials to use in building a compost pile as well as trouble shoot composting problems. Students also will learn about the benefits of compost and applications in gardening.
June 3, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Water is a precious natural resource and conservation is vital. Students will learn about the importance of water conservation through the harvesting of rainwater as well as techniques to use the harvested rain. Students will be shown how to build a rainwater harvesting collection systems using a food grad plastic 55 gallon collection barrel. Each paid registrant will receive a rain barrel ready for use at the end of the workshop. Seating is limited. Registration is required.
June 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ West Irving Library
Make and taste recipes using herbs and edible flowers - pansies in fall and winter, nasturtiums in spring, roses in summer - any season is tasty.
June 17, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Valley View Municipal Complex
Participants will learn how to maintain their landscape with minimal water usage during the hottest part of the year. Students also will learn basic indoor and outdoor water practices that will help cut back on the summer water bill.
June 20, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Valley Ranch Library
This program teaches how to become more water efficient in the "urban orchard," what plants and varieties work best in this area, the basics of pest control, proper pruning methods and other practical ways to increase production.
July 15, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Heritage Senior Center
Note: Class is full. Only applications for waiting list accepted at this time.
Come learn how to make cream of “whatever” soup, ranch dressing, MSG-free chicken bouillon, chocolate syrup, plus more, and make them all with ingredients that can be pronounced. Students also will learn some easy hints to cut down on time in the kitchen.
July 18, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ South Irving Library Meeting Room #1
Earthworms offer many benefits to the environment, especially to the soil. Some of the benefits worms provide are increased nutrient availability, improved drainage, and improved soil structure. Students will learn more about soil biology and soil eco-systems, including the soil food web.
August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ West Irving Library
Know where food comes from by growing your own vegetables. Learn proper soil preparation, garden design, disease and insect identification, and the proper time to germinate vegetable seeds and/or when to transplant vegetables into the garden for the season.
August 12, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Heritage Senior Center
Note: This class is full and accepting waiting list registrants only.
Pickling began approximately 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. This was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Even though, as individuals, we no longer are preserving foods for long journeys by sea, we may be preserving an overabundant harvest from the garden. Students will learn about the art of pickling, including methods and equipment necessary. This is a hands-on class and seating is limited. Registration is required.
August 15, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Valley Ranch Library
This class will help students evaluate wildflowers in the urban garden, which grow best in the North Central Texas area, best planting times, and tips for planting and managing.
August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Not all natural materials will produce a dye, and some produce colors that are nothing like the original plant it came from? How are natural dyes created? Students will discover the world of natural fibers and dyes during this hands-on workshop. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For more information, call (972) 721-2355.
September 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ West Irving Library
Using areas of the landscape to grow edibles is a way to add food on the table and reduce the grocery bill. This program teaches students how to incorporate edible plants into the home garden and landscape. Learn how herbs, fruits and vegetables can add to the colors and textures of a permanent landscape combining both aesthetics’ and functionality.
September 19, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Max G. Greiner Environment Center
Learn how to compost using the hot and cold methods. Students also will discuss types of materials to use in building a compost pile as well as troubleshooting composting problems. Students also will learn about the benefits of compost and applications in gardening.
September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Valley View Municipal Complex
As much as 70 percent of Irving’s water is used outdoors. Learn how to minimize water use and still have vibrant fall landscape. Participants will learn basic indoor and outdoor water conservation techniques.
September 28, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Meeting Room #1
This program covers a large selection of minimal water use plants that are native and adaptive, ideal for a sustainable landscape or garden. Learn proper soil preparation, proper planting, and native and adaptive plant selection. Plant list provided.
October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
In honor of national Fall Car Care month, the City of Irving is offering a Ladies Car Care Clinic. Ladies are invited to learn more about their vehicles including understanding the car, the car it needs, when it needs it and why. This mini-workshop will provide the student with up-close experience in basic car maintenance and will explain typical maintenance repairs in everyday language. This class has limited seating. Registration is required.
October 17, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ West Irving Library
Elements to give an arrangement texture, line and color can be gathered from any garden or roadside. This talk shows through demonstration how to handle materials from outside the floral trade to make fragrant, creative arrangements for the home throughout the year.
October 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
According to UC Davis, “an urban homestead is a household that produces a significant part of the food, including produce and livestock, consumed by its residents. This is typically associated with residents’ desire to live in a more environmentally conscious manner.” Residents are invited to learn more about the urban homesteading movement by visiting a local urban homestead “work in progress.” The workshop will include a conversation about vegetable gardening, chickens, native plantscaping to encourage biodiversity and urban ecosystems. Space is limited. This workshop is being hosted on-site, and registration is required.
November 7, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Valley Ranch Library
Applying organic soil amendments to the garden or landscape can loosen soil, improve water infiltration, and increase long-term nutrient supply. When added to sandy soils, organic soil amendments can also improve water-holding capacity. Soils that benefit the most from organic soil amendments are those lacking in organic matter. These often include urban soils that have been disturbed during construction, landscaping and utility work. Students will learn more about the types and applications of organic amendments in the garden.
November 11, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Valley View Municipal Complex
Participants will learn the basic principles of winterizing their irrigation system and indoor water pipes protecting them during the potential cold weather during the North Texas winter. Participants also will learn basic indoor and outdoor water conservation techniques minimizing winter water usage.
November 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Meeting Room #1
Has the drought caused havoc on neighborhood trees? Trees are an important investment to a property. They give energy savings in a home or business, water savings in the landscape, and value to the resale of the property. Selecting the right tree and planting it properly helps improve the sustainability of a home or business landscape. This program teaches proper tree selection and planting for North Texas, as well as proper watering, pruning, common insect issues and diseases. Tree list provided.
January 20, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Explore the nighttime world of animals of Campion Trail with native species experts and learn more about the sights, smells and sounds of nature at night. Night hikers are invited to challenge their skills in spotting signs of animal life and sharpening other senses. Learn more about the kinds of animals that call Irving home. Registration is required for all participants.
January 21, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Briery Municipal Compound
Hosted by Irving Solid Waste Services.
Two-box limit for document shredding. This event is for Irving residents only, and proof of residency is required. Materials from businesses will not be accepted.
Please note, the City of Irving no longer accepts CRT monitors or televisions.
February 17, 2017, 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM @ Locations and reporting will be independent of the City of Irving and will be selected by the participant.
Individuals are encouraged to join this national effort to collect information about bird species in the north central Texas region. By participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, citizens become a part of creating a real-time snapshot of where birds are located across the continent.
Why count birds? Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. For more information about the national effort and to register, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc.
February 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Briery Municipal Compound
Residents who have unused household chemicals can participate in a special collection event for these materials. Residents must request a voucher to participate in the event by contacting Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-2232.
March 24, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Las Colinas Service Center
April 8, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Join good Samaritans all across the state in making Texas the cleanest and most beautiful state in the country, as part of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. Keep Irving Beautiful invites all residents, businesses and civic groups to make a clear and clean difference in the community by participating in the 2017 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. Part of a national movement, Keep Irving Beautiful is one of more than 1,200 organizations that will engage millions of volunteers in improving their communities through litter-abatement events and activities on or around April 8. All ages are welcome.
Advanced registration is required. Register at KeepIrvingBeautiful.org. For more information, contact Rick Hose at rhose@CityofIrving.org or call (972) 721-2175.
April 14, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
April 21, 2017, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Fair Park
Join Irving’s Be Green team at Earth Day Texas, an annual free three-day festival that seeks to elevate environmental awareness in North Texas. Through exhibits, entertainment and education for all ages, the community is inspired to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Concessions will include everything from organic and vegan food options to favorite festival treats. Attendees additionally are encouraged to take the train (TRE/DART) to Fair Park.
April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Heritage Park
This free event will include activities and interactive displays on trees, nature and the outdoors. Attendees can enjoy live music, a question-and-answer session with tree experts, several tree-related vendors and continuous drawings for free trees. Children can learn how to climb a tree, watch and participate in a snake encounters show and enjoy a tree house slide. Attendees will receive free tree saplings, informational booklets and giveaway items while supplies last. For more information, call (972) 721-2501.
April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Irving residents have the opportunity to drop off controlled pharmaceutical substances for proper disposal as part of the National Take Back initiative. There is no cost to participate.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29:
May 5, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Briery Municipal Compound
May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ North Lake College
Celebrate bicycling in Irving and Bike to Work Week by attending Irving’s Annual Bicycle Fest. Join in the activities with a group ride, participate in the Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, visit with vendors that specialize in bicycling information and equipment, receive an “on-the-spot” bike check, see unique cycling groups, or just sit back and enjoy some great entertainment while grabbing some food from a food truck.
For more information, be sure to visit our special Bicycle Fest 2017 page at IrvingBikeFest.org.
June 24, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Briery Municipal Compound
July 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ West Irving Library
This film presents a compelling case that reconnecting with the natural world is the key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on earth. Traversing the globe, the film celebrates the dazzling natural spectacles of our planet, while also revealing how a deeper connection with nature can transform each of us and inspire us to restore endangered ecosystems, as well as the human family. (Released – 2015)
July 14, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Briery Municipal Compound
September 9, 2017, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Las Colinas Service Center
September 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
November 4, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Location Provided Upon Registration
Children grades K-5 have an opportunity to explore nature in Irving’s beautiful parks during BioBlitz. Participants team up with an experienced naturalist who will guide them through Campion Trails’ Bird’s Fort Park to discover different plants and animal species. Light refreshments will be provided. Location and more information will be provided upon registration. Advanced registration will be held at Irving’s recreation centers. For more information, call (972) 721-2501.
December 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ West Irving Library
A spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia, this family fun film is for everyone. A clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son into her colorful extended family. As she strives to keep her son safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world. (Released – 2015)