Written by Phil Cerroni
January 7 from 7 to 8 p.m.
New members are being accepted for the Heritage Singers. This men and women’s chorus is for anyone aged 50+. We perform at Heritage Senior center, and also civic events and organizations around Irving. Rehearsals are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, from 7 to 8 p.m. There may be additional rehearsals added to prepare for upcoming performances. Call 972-721-7313 for more information.
January 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Heritage Crossing Merchants Alliance
The City of Irving and the Heritage Crossing Merchants Alliance invite all downtown business/property owners, area residents and other interested parties to meet with the Gateway Planning Group at the Glory House Restaurant, 109 S. Main St. The city has retained the services of this firm to assist in the refinement of the vision and implementation strategy for the Heritage Crossing District. This will be the first of several opportunities for attendees to provide input on this initiative focused on short/long term revitalization of the downtown area. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Kevin Kass at 972-721-2251.
Black and White Ball
Heritage Senior Center will host its annual Black and White Ball to usher in 2013. Music by the Gary Lee Band will be the highlight of this evening. The dress code is formal. Refreshments will be served, all in the lovely setting of our Heritage Senior Center ballroom. All this, for only $5 a person. It’s a great way to start the New Year. Call 972-721-2496 for more information.
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:09
Written by Phil Cerroni
December 22 from Noon to 5 p.m.
Free Gift Wrapping
The Irving Public Library will sponsor holiday gift wrapping services provided by the Young Adult Action Council and student volunteers with the All Wrapped Up program. Take some of the hassle out of holiday preparations by bringing gifts to the Central Library. Gift wrapping service is limited to 10 items per person and will be available while supplies last. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Gift wrapping for oversized items will not be available.
December 22 thru January 2
Pet Fostering Opportunities
Hundreds of homeless dogs and cats are in need of a loving family this holiday season. The Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, is offering pet fostering opportunities. Following the fostering period, families have the option of adopting a pet for the normal fee. For more information, call 972-721-7788 or 972-721-2256.
December 27 thru January 8
Christmas Tree Roundup
Trees will be collected as a regular part of Irving’s weekly brush/bulky waste pick-up. Weekly brush/bulky waste collection is offered the same day as curbside recycling. To find out more about curbside recycling and weekly brush/bulky waste collection, call 972721-8059. Christmas trees also will be accepted at the following locations Dec. 22-Jan. 6:
Cottonwood Park, 4051 N. Story Road
Southwest Park, 2800 Shady Grove Road
Drop-Off Recycling Center, 8555 Home Depot Drive (east corner of The Home Depot parking lot)
Hunter Ferrell Landfill, 220 W. Hunter Ferrell Road
(7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1)
Whether trees are recycled at curbside or at drop-off locations, residents must remove all obstructions such as tree stands, lights, tinsel, nails and ornaments. Plastic bags covering the tree also must be removed. All trees collected as part of this program will be mulched and made available for a nominal fee at the Hunter Ferrell Landfill. Call (972) 721-7322 for details.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 December 2012 22:14
Written by Phil Cerroni
December 1 from afternoon to 10 p.m.
Afternoon concerts on Main Street will feature the band, Canta Rhythm and Bass brand. The “Joy to the World” holiday parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 with the procession traveling through the Irving Heritage District. The parade will travel southbound on O’Connor Road, eastbound on Second Street, northbound on Lucille Street, westbound on Irving Boulevard and northbound on O’Connor Road. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Entertainment will include a holiday stage show, children’s crafts and fireworks. Activities also include Santa visits and concessions. Ending the night with Holiday Lights at Centennial Park, a festive light display, can be viewed from dusk to 10 p.m. Dec. 1-30. There is no admission charge. Centennial Park is located at 444 W. Second St.
December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off will be hosted by the Police and Fire departments at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. Contestant entry fee is $20 for chili, $5 for beans and an unwrapped toy. Attendees may purchase a tasting cup for $5. There will be a chance drawing, photos with Santa, children’s games, vendors, a silent auction and cake walk. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Christmas Toy Drive.
December 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Heritage House Tours
The Heritage House will be decorated for the holidays through December. The first tour will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 303 S. O’Connor Road. Docent led tours will begin at 3 and 4 p.m. For more information, call 972-252-3838.
December 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering a free archery clinic at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. The clinic is for ages 10-18 with no registration required but parents must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or both clinics.
December 6 from 10:30 to 11:30
Meals on Wheels Volunteers 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. The training will be held again on December 20 at the same time and location. Volunteer training is also available by appointment. For additional information call 214-689-2210.
December 7 deadline
Northgate Plaza Nursing and Rehab Center is having a food drive at 2101 W. Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas 75062
December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Open House
Enjoy “The Magic of Christmas” at the annual Holiday Open House at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. The Open House will feature performances, jugglers, holiday-themed art projects, train rides and refreshments in the Sculpture Garden. The evening ends with a free performance of the “Magic of Bill Blagg Live” at 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Hall.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 December 2012 22:15
Written by Phil Cerroni
Now – Jan. 2, donate to the City of Coppell’s Holiday Food drive to help feed the hungry through Christian Community Action. A drop box will be available for non-perishable food and paper products at Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd.; the Library, 177 N. Heartz Rd.; and Fire Station 123, 133 Parkway Blvd. City staff will deliver the goods to the food bank.
Sat., Dec. 8, is first Winter Market day at Coppell Farmers market. Horny Toad Rangers will provide music.
Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Coppell High School Commons, the advanced mixed chamber choir of 24 students selected by competitive audition from the A Cappella Choir, presents a Madrigal Feast, which features Medieval drama and music directed by Joshua Brown, instructor. Enjoy a Holiday Tradition filled with a King’s dinner, entertainment (including a dinner play and more) and choral tidings of joy. Tickets are $27 (adult), $20 (student/CISD employee), and $10 (dessert ticket and gallery seating).For tickets go to chschoirboosters.org.
Sat., Dec. 1, Deck the Trails, a three mile off road challenge, will take runners through new trails of Coppell Nature Park., 345 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell. Register athttp://www.runproject.org/race/deck-trails. Registration Fees:$30 – Nov. 2 – Nov. 22; $35 – Nov. 23 – Nov. 29; $40 - Race Day. No refunds. No transfers. Race Schedule: 7 a.m. - Packet Pickup; 7:30 a.m. - Start Kids Fun Run; 8:30 a.m.; - Start Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Awards: All registered runners will receive a custom race T-Shirt. The first 200 people to pick up their packet will receive a custom race beanie. Awards: To be eligible for an award, runners must wear a timing tag. 1st Overall Male and Female; 1st Overall Masters Male and Female, Top 3 Male and Female finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over. Event benefits Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) that promotes the preservation of the natural environment through conservation and education. Early Packet Pick Up: 10 a.m. – 7p.m. Tues., Nov. 27 – Thurs., Nov. 29, at 680 N. Denton Tap Rd. #100. No packet pick up Fri., Nov. 30.
MAKE A CHILD SMILEGive back to the community by participating in the Make a Child Smile program during Deck the Trails. Simply bring a marked and wrapped gift to the race. Created 20 years ago, the Make a Child Smile program provides presents and joy to the less fortunate children of Coppell during the holidays.
The annual Holiday Parade begins at 6:30 p.m.Sat., Dec. 3.The theme is “A Hometown Holiday!” Lighted parade entries will wind their way through the nighttime streets of Coppell. The parade begins at the intersection of Parkway Blvd. and Samuel Rd. andgoes west on Parkway Blvd. to Town Center. Intersections will be temporarily closed as the parade passes through. Immediately following the parade, join the annual Holiday Celebration in the Plaza behind Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd. for the annual lighting of the tree, live music, holiday treats, roaming carolers, face painting, and Santa Claus!For more information, call Parks and Recreation Dept. at 972-462-5100. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, visit the City's website, Facebook or Twitter, or call C-LINK at 972-304-3542, msg. #462.
Sat., Dec. 1, the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a charity concert, Notes for Autism, at 3 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Recital Hall of the Bass Performance Center, 330 East 4th Street, Fort Worth. The foundation was created in 2003 by Coppell resident Tracy Pierce Bender in memory of her late husband, Brent Woodall, who was lost in the Sept. 11th attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York.
Erin Alcorn, who graduated from Coppell High School in 2008, will sing at the concert.For more information about Notes for Autism and the services offered by the Foundation, or to donate, visit www.woodallkids.org or call 972-756-9170.
Deadline is Dec. 15 to apply for anew competition baking series on CBS. The show is seeking all types of non-professional bakers from across the country. Whether an athlete, teacher, truck driver or retiree, as long as applicants have the zest for baking, they may apply at http://cbsbakingshow.com/web/apply. Amateur skilled bakers will compete against one another in baking challenges that will test every aspect of their baking skills. At the end of the competition, one baker will ultimately be crowned the winner. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors – young, old, from every background and every corner of the United States – as they attempt to prove their baking prowess.
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 November 2012 19:01
Written by Phil Cerroni
November1 thru December 28
Coppell to Host Holiday Food Drive
The City of Coppell is hosting a Holiday Food Drive. City buildings will have a drop box handy for generous donors who would like to help. City staff will deliver the goods to north Texas food pantries. Drop by any one of the following City facilities and leave your non-perishable item(s) in the box at Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd. or Coppell Public Library, 177 N. Heartz Rd. The City will not accept partially opened/used packages of any consumables. Visit http://coppelltx.gov for a list of suggested goods.
November 2 & 3 at 8 p.m. & Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Two playwrights, a composer, and two actors set sail across the Atlantic, bound for Broadway, to present their new musical comedy, The Cruise of the Dodo, which is a mess. Hilarious trouble ensues as the composer can’t speak but is in love with the leading lady, who is fending off the advances of her leading man while the steward has trouble standing up and serving drinks, and the ship’s captain tries to rewrite the play. Located at the Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX 75062. To buy tickets, call Irving Arts Center Box Office, 972-252-2787. For more information, call 972-594-6104.
November 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Irving Heritage House tours
Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, will be open with docent led tours at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free. November’s tour will feature a display of artwork by Heritage Society member Sigrid Canto. From the first remembered drawings at the age of 6 years of age, Sigrid continued her artistic knowledge throughout her schooling. She expanded her training of structured and practical studies in drawing and painting at the Pan American Art Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
November 5, 6 & 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Basketball Evaluations & Cheerleading Orientation
For Irving Upward to be held for 1st - 6th grade at First Baptist Irving. They will also be offered at Plymouth Park Baptist Church from 6 – 8 p.m. For questions, please contact either church office at 972-253-1171 or 972-986-7729.
November 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering free archery clinics at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. The clinic is for ages 10-18 with no registration required but parents must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or all clinics.
November 7 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Coppell to host Municipal Court week open house
Coppell Municipal Court, 130 Town Center Blvd., will host an open house celebrating Municipal Court Week. Municipal Court Week is celebrated Nov. 5-9 extending appreciation to the municipal judges, court clerks, and marshals throughout Texas, as well as presiding and alternate municipal judges and court support personnel for the vital services performed and their exemplary dedication to each community. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this unique event, tour the municipal court and meet the Judges. Refreshments will be served.
November 8 from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Treasures and Oddities
Overlooking the Mustangs of Las Colinas, enjoy the spectacular view while shopping for just the right gifts at the La Cima Club, 5215 North O'Connor, Suite 2600. Items vary from silver and crystal items to whimsical collectibles. Proceeds go to the Heritage Society's Mary's Playhouse project. Free admission to attend. Guests are welcomed. Dinner reservations are also available for a special menu of burgers and brew to be offered that evening as well as the regular outstanding cuisine menu. Garage parking is validated for two hours. For more details and to RSVP for dinner, contact Mary Higbie at 972-252-3838.
November 7 & 8 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Logistics Information Fairfrom
North Lake College’s Logistics Technology program will host its first Logistics Information Fairfrom. An additional evening session will be held Nov. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. New to Coppell, North Lake’s Logistics Technology program grew enrollment by 61 percent last year. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, material handling and logistics is one of America's largest and fastest growing industries, employing more than 700,000 workers. North Lake College’s North Campus is located at 101 S. Royal Lane, Coppell, TX 75019.
November 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Veterans Day Program
The Irving Veterans Memorial Park Committee will host a Veterans Day Program at the Irving Central Library Auditorium, 801 W. Irving Blvd.
Last Updated on Sunday, 04 November 2012 21:20