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.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:34
Written by Phil Cerroni
October 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
14th Annual Sports Extravaganza
More than 275 athletes with visual impairments are expected for the 14th Annual Sports Extravaganza. These students will be representing up to 55 school districts in the State of Texas at Nimitz High School. A new event, Sports and Recreation Skills for Students with Multiple and Visual Impairments, was introduced for athletes ages 6-12. This activity promotes modification and adaptation of basic skills in ball striking, kicking, grasp and release, and mobility. In addition, sensory experiences through a multitude of actions can be explored. For more information, contact Christy Householter, Vision Consultant, Region 10 Education Service Center, 972-348-1634 office or 972-348-1677 Fax.
October 20 at 9 a.m.
Annual Wildflower Seeding At Moore Road Park in Coppell
Gather your family, friends, scout troop, and neighbors and come to Moore Road Park to participate in beautifying Coppell! There is no cost to participate and pre-registration is not required. Everything you need is provided, just come on out to the park! The Trinity Trails System, part of the Texas Trails Network, encourages communities to plant sections of their trail corridors to reflect the open prairies that were once a vital part of North Central Texas. Our seeding event will produce beautiful blooms in the spring that are reminiscent of the flowers once prevalent in the Coppell area. Seeds will be spread along the trail on the north side of Moore Road Park to Andy Brown Park East.
Coppell Farmers Market Holds Food Day for Kids
For the second year in a row, the Coppell Farmers Market will be observing Food Day, as will many other farmers markets across the nation. This year, the focus will be on the youth of the area. Coppell Farmers Market is located at the corner of Bethel & South Coppell. The DFW Truck Farm, a vegetable garden planted in the bed of a pickup truck, will be present at the event. To continue the theme of encouraging kids to learn to cook and eat whole foods, Victoria Hooker of Two Chefs' salsa booth will have a booth set up for kids on “eating from the rainbow.”
October 20 from 3 to 10 p.m.
Oak Fest Event
The Coppell Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual fall event Oak Fest at Andy Brown Park East, 260 E. Parkway Blvd. This year's performing artists include Maiden Texas and Emerald City. This fun, family event includes miniature train rides, face painting, live bands, bounce houses, and much more. The haunted fun run festivities, including a costume contest, begin promptly at 3p.m. A fantastic slate of festival food is available for purchase including BBQ sandwiches, turkey legs, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Cash only please. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any park. This event is free to the public. For more information call 972-462-5100.
October 21 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Cancer aid and Research breakfast
The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW 2494 Irving will serve breakfast. A regular breakfast includes 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.
i Fratelli Pizza Doughnation
DFW Humane Society and i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar are joining together to raise funds for food & shelter to animals until they find a home. Place an order from ANY i Fratelli Pizza location OR dine at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar and mention the DFW Humane Society. When you do, 15% of your purchase total will be given back to the DFW Humane Society.
October 22 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament
October 24-27 at 8 p.m.
Fairies Flip Through North Lake
North Lake College (NLC) students will perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Performance Hall. The comedy begins nightly and is free to the public. North Lake's interpretation, however, offers a fresh, acrobatic, twist. North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving. For more information, contact the North Lake College Public Information Office at 972-273-3004.
October 25 from Noon to 1 p.m.
VNA Bereavement Luncheon
The Visiting Nurse Association will be hosting its monthly bereavement luncheon at the Church of the Incarnation on 3966 McKinney Avenue in Dallas. Funeral director John Ebey will be speaking on “Why We Celebrate and Remember.” There is no cost to attend the luncheon, but reservations are requested and can be made through October 23 by calling 214-689-2633. VNA's bereavement luncheons offer supportive company from friendly and understanding people to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 10:12
Written by Phil Cerroni
Beginning Nov. 1, 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.
“Regardless of where you live, everyone is welcome to visit any Irving Public Library and take advantage of the many programs we offer,” said Library Director Chris Dobson. “Non-residents who would like to check out items from the Irving Public Library’s extensive collection, remotely access our online resources or use our on-site computers will have to secure a full-access library card or a computer access card on an annual basis.”
To sign up as a new customer or renew library access cards, patrons may present the required identification to any IPL location during normal business hours. As part of this new policy, Irving residents and existing customers also will have to provide acceptable forms of identification with proof of address to renew library cards on an annual basis.
IPL customers have access to a variety of online resources, as well as four full-service locations offering more than a million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. In addition, computer access cards entitle holders to two computer sessions a day, for up to two hours a day.
For more information, visitwww.cityofirving.org/library or call (972) 721-2606.
Source: City of Irving
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 23:11
Written by Phil Cerroni
Janet Renee Hix and Kevin Andrew McMillen were married August 25, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Irving. The Rev. Russell Floyd officiated. A reception followed at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.
The bride is the daughter of Doyle and Sharon Hix of Irving and granddaughter of LeRoy and Clereta Toler of Irving. Janet is a physical therapist and clinic supervisor for All-Star Orthopedics in Irving. The groom is the son of David and Carolyn McMillen of Centerville, Ohio. Kevin is a Senior Project Manager for Cottonwood Financial in Irving.
The matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Lisa Simms of Prosper. The bridesmaids were the bride’s sister-in-law, Heather Hix of Celina, and friends, Sarah Hummel of Hastings, Minnesota, and Stephanie Mair of Grand Prairie. Flower girls were the bride’s nieces, Kendall Simms of Prosper, and Reagan Hix of Celina.
The best man was the groom’s brother, Paul McMillen of Columbus, Ohio. The groomsmen were the groom’s friends, Dan Dismuke of Miamisburg, Ohio, Rowdy Gaudet of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Branden Mair of Grand Prairie. Ring bearers were the groom’s nephews, Jackson and Samuel Moret of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The couple also included their youngest nephews, Benjamin Moret, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dale Hix of Celina, and Leyton Simms of Prosper for a special bridal entry.
The reader was the groom’s sister, Heather Moret of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the acolyte was the bride’s cousin, Jarrett Fenley of Trophy Club, and the pianist was the bride’s cousin, Molly Pittman of Fort Worth. The ushers were the bride’s brother, Brian Hix of Celina, and the bride’s brother-in-law, Logan Simms of Prosper. The hostesses were the bride’s cousins, Robin and Addison Fenley of Trophy Club, Heather and Elleson Cozart of Ennis, and Jennifer Neumann of Waco.
The couple traveled to Hawaii for their honeymoon, and they now reside in Irving.
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 23:22
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.
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 23:05