Written by Phil Cerroni
October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fall Festival-Irving Animal Care Campus
Bring your carved pumpkin to enter the “best Jack-O-Lantern contest”. Human activities include: a cake walk, jack-o-lantern contest. Doggie activities include: Howl-O-Weenie races, costume contest, dog/owner look-a-like contest, group costume contest & $10 photos with Tater the Big Dog. Fun for the whole family and free admission. Voting tickets are 5 for $1 and all proceeds benefit Irving Animal Care Campus.
October 13th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & 14th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Texas Music Expo
The Texas Music Expo debuts in Irving at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. The Expo will feature live music, new and vintage guitar show, collectible record and CD show, free appraisal fair hosted by Heritage Auctions, and more. Admission is $14 for one-day ticket and $24 for three-day pass. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Event parking is $5 per vehicle.
October 13 at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare's most famous love story, Romeo & Juliet, will be brought to the R. L Turner Black Box Theater with a new 'punk' rock take on the classic play. For more information, call 972-968-5400 or 214-755-8452. Seating is limited to 100 per night. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
October 13 through 31
INCC youth group
A pumpkin patch fundraiser 10/13 through 10/31. The youth group's major fundraiser for the year to support their mission trip next summer, but it is also a community event where people can come out and take pictures and enjoy the pumpkin patch without having to drive to some other distant part of the metroplex.
October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Solid Waste Services is making it even easier for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste. Items accepted include pool chemicals, cleaners and polishes, craft and hobby supplies, home repair products, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, and fluorescent light bulbs. Vouchers are required, and can be requested through Solid Waste Services by calling 972-721-8059.
October 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Cancer Aid & Research Breakfast at VFW 2494
The Ladies Auxiliary will serve a regular breakfast including eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, hashbrown potatoes, biscuits and gravy. The public is invited to attend. All proceeds from the breakfast will be placed in the Auxiliary funds to be donated to Cancer Aid & Research. VFW Post 2494 is located at 3375 Belt Line Road, just south of Shady Grove. For pricing and directions to the Post, call the Post at 972-790-1611.
October 14 at 2 p.m. - October 15 & 17 at 7 p.m.
Coppell Reads program
Join the William T. Cozby Library in Coppell kick-offs Coppell Reads programming with book discussions about Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan. Coppell Reads is a city-wide reading program for adults that encourages community members to read the same book at the same time. Our selection, Remember Ben Clayton, is a moving novel that tells the story of an aging sculptor, commissioned by a Texas rancher to create a memorial statue of his son who was killed on the battlefields of WWI France. For more information, call 972-304-3658.
October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Irving’s Big Read
With a healthy respect for preserving reading, cultural literacy, and historical knowledge, Dr. Robert M. Woods, Professor of Great Books at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Al, will speak on the life of author Ray Bradbury and Bradbury’s classic works Fahrenheit 451. This special program is part of Irving’s Big Read initiative and is sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society, the Irving Public Library, Friends of the Irving Library and the Irving Independent School District. The program is open to the public and will in the Central Library auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd. The Irving Heritage Society will hold a brief general meeting at 6:45 p.m. prior to the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 972-252-3838.
October 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Meals on Wheels volunteer training
The Visiting Nurse Association needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels once a month in Irving. Meals on Wheels volunteer training will take place at the Visiting Nurse Association’s headquarters on 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Volunteer training is also available by appointment. For additional information call 214-689-2210.
October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Meatloaf dinner for cancer aid & research
The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW 2494 will serve a homemade meatloaf dinner with all proceeds going to Cancer Aid & Research. The public is invited to attend. VFW 2494 is located at 3375 Belt Line Road, just south of Shady Grove. For directions to the Post and further information, call the Post at 972-790-1611.