Written by Phil Cerroni
October 27 & 28
MacArthur closed for pavement repairs
The right northbound lane of MacArthur Blvd. at Deforest Road (Coppell) will be closed for pavement repairs. Please use caution when traveling in this area. For more information contact George Marshall, P.E. at 469-964-4731.
October 27 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pet Costume Contest
Black Collar Affair’s Strut Your Mutt and Meow Howl-o-ween Costume Contest and Pet Parade, at Las Colinas Country Club will benefit the DFW Humane Society (DFWHS). The Strut Your Mutt and Meow Howl-o-ween Costume Contest and Pet Parade, including celebrity judges; a butt and mutt-sketch artist; pet photos; pet kissing booth; and more. Guests will also have the first chance to “sniff out” and bid on the Black Collar Affair’s silent auction. This family fun event is free and open to the public.
October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MacArthur Orchestra Craft Show
Come out and shop ‘til you drop! Enjoy free admission and lots of crafts to purchase for the holidays or just for ideas. Located at MacArthur High School Cafeteria, 3700 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.
October 27 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Winterize your Landscape Class
Coppell Community Garden will offer a Winterize your Landscape class at the William T. Cozby Library, located at 177 N. Heartz Rd. The class will cover the steps necessary to take now to protect and embellish your landscape in order to ensure beautiful blooms and grass in the spring. Landscapes still need to be cared for even through the winter months. Learn how and why to test soil, and make amendments such as choosing the appropriate cover crop to enrich the soil. Additionally, learn how and where to plant trees and shrubs to ensure the roots will become established before going dormant, the best use of leaves, and proper lawn equipment care.
October 27 at 6 p.m.
Black Collar Affair
The evening portion of the Black Collar Affair kicks off in grand style. In addition to an array of dining options, guests will enjoy live music; casino games; live and silent auctions; kissing booth; a parade of pets; and more. Tickets to the evening gala are $100. A no-kill shelter, the Humane Society does not receive any state or federal funding and depends solely on the generosity of other to operate. For more information, contact Sarah Kammerer at 972-721-7788.
October 27 & 28
Bradbury Movie Marathons
Watch some of Ray Bradbury’s most famous sci-fi movies and special presentations from the Alfred Hitchcock Hour from noon to 10 p.m. at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Something Wicked this Way Comes, Haunted Firehouse: East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, will be transformed into a haunted firehouse straight out of “Fahrenheit 451” from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Children of all ages will enjoy crafts, games and trick-or-treating in the haunted firehouse. See if you can find your way back out and don’t forget to watch out for wicked things!
October 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.
9th annual Bark in the Park
This event is located at the Andrew Brown Park East, in Coppell. The cost is only a $10 donation per family. Dog fun includes: Halloween costume contest, low cost vaccinations, microchipping and lots of accessories and toys to purchase. Human fun includes: food, silent auction, bounce house and demonstrations from Coppell K-9 unit, Dallas Dog & Disc, Dallas Dog Training Center. All participating dogs are required to have updated vaccinations and be socially appropriate.
October 28, Nov. 1-3 at 8 p.m., Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
1776 performed at Lyric Stage
It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence. 1776 is directed by Cheryl Denson with musical staging by Vicki Squires. Jay Dias will conduct the 33 piece all acoustic orchestra playing the original Broadway orchestrations. Tickets are available by calling the office at 972-252-2787.
October 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a Town Hall Meetings at the Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson and another one at 6:30 p.m. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person will have the option to listen and ask questions by calling the toll-free number, (855) 269-4484. For more information, call (972) 721-2521.
October 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Merchants Trick or Treat
Residents are invited to participate in the Irving Heritage Crossing Merchants Trick or Treat event on Main Street. Merchants will have tables setup outside their businesses to give away candy to children.
November 1 from 10:30 a.m. 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.
For additional information call 214-689-2210.
November 1 thru December 9
Make A Child Smile
The City of Coppell is sponsoring the special holiday program called Make A Child Smile. This annual program benefits children in Coppell by providing holiday gifts for those families who need a little extra help. Participants may choose a paper ornament, then purchase a gift of clothing and/or a toy for the child and finally, return it to the City Manager’s Office, wrapped, with the paper ornament attached. City staff will deliver the gifts prior to Christmas. The program goal is to provide at least one toy and one article of clothing for each child. Shoppers may pick up an ornament in the City Manager’s Office on the second floor of Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holiday hours). For more information, call 972-304-3663.
For information regarding the Nov. 6 General Election, early voting locations, and polling locations for election day, call (214) 819-6300.
Beginning November 1
New Library Policy in Irving
Library cards will be set to expire on a yearly basis. To renew a library card, cardholders will need to bring two forms of identification, a photo ID and address ID, to any Irving Public Library.
Also, beginning Nov. 1, the Irving Public Library (IPL) will implement a non-Irving resident fee for library and computer access cards. IPL is instituting this fee in response to an increased demand for library services and materials, and reductions in state funding. Irving residents with valid proof of residency are entitled to all IPL services at no cost. Full-access library cards to IPL customers who are non-residents will be available on an annual basis for $40 or a computer access card for $10. For more information, call (972) 721-2606.