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The Centex Planeteers hold Eco-Friendly Book Club

Sara Escobar

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On Thursday, June 22, the Centex Planeteers hosted their first Eco-Inspired Book Club at the Stillhouse Wine Room, 403 E Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Founded by two women who are strong advocates for environmental awareness and sustainable living, their mission is to promote scientific literacy through enriching conversations and informal educational programs.

The Centex Planeteers offer multiple events for citizens to attend. Such events include a Science and Sangria social at a local bar, an eco-inspired movie night, and an eco-focused book club. The group does wish to enforce. that they are not experts—however, their goal is to engage with those who also recognize the value of scientific pursuits, and who wish to share that passion. There are also hopes to eventually plan a brief, relaxed speaking engagement with local experts during these social meetings. These programs will take place monthly and rotate on a quarterly basis—as the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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The Centex Planeteers sit and chat at their Science and Sangria event back in April, 2017. The group offers an array of science-related activities for all people to enjoy.

Their last event was held May 25, when “The Lorax” was presented during the eco-inspired movie night. The book club is the group’s most recent event, where “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” by Bill Nye will be discussed.

This quarterly Eco-Focused Book Club is a great way to catch up on an excellent read with plenty of time to spare so that members can enjoy it and then gather to discuss it. The goal is to learn about a variety of topics by reading and discussing both fiction and non-fiction books that focus on the environment, according to the Centex Planeteers official website.

In June, the group read and discussed “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World” by Bill Nye, where the major focus will be on Nye’s quote:  “Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today’s rising youth to action: to create a better future.”

Eco-Inspired Book Club meetings will occur quarterly, on the fourth Thursday of March, June, September and December, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at local establishments, such as libraries, restaurants, or bookstores. Seating and noise level may be of concern, so be sure to check the website’s calendar for additional details.

The next date for the eco-inspired book club will be September 28, at Bit Bar in Killeen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Centex Planeteers will discuss “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

This group was founded by Jennifer Hetzel and Sandra Desjardins, both whom have held a long-lasting passion of environmental sciences. “I have always tried to be a good steward of the resources our planet provides, and am a huge proponent of sustainable living,” says Hetzel. Desjardins is native to New York, where she says her love for nature began with city parks. “Trees and outdoors were a foreign concept to me in my beloved concrete jungle, but New York City has and still remains a forefront for recycling programs and sustainable living. After joining the military, I took that passion with me everywhere I went. My ultimate goal for the Centex Planeteers is to gather and share information with our military neighbors, our surrounding communities, and everyone else in between.”

For more information about the upcoming Book Club, visit


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