Written by Phil Cerroni
September 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community Emergency Response Team Training
Irving residents are encouraged to receive emergency training by becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. The two-day class is being offered at the Fire and Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. The training will equip participants with knowledge and life-sustaining skills. Topics included in this hands-on training range from disaster preparedness to fire safety and terrorism response. Participants must be able to perform physical activities, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. To register or for more information, contact Nick Robison at 972-721-2184.
September 22 at 10 a.m.
Ride to the Vietnam Wall
In observance of POW-MIA day, VFW Post 2494 Irving and Auxiliaries will hold their annual "Ride to the Wall" located in Fair Park. The group will be led by motorcycle riders who are members of the Post along with other vehicles. They will leave Post 2494 and ride to Fair Park where a brief ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Wall. Upon returning to the Post, food and refreshments will be available. Anyone wishing to participate in the ride, contact the Post at 972-790-1611 for further information. VFW Post 2494 is located at 3375 Belt Line Road, just south of Shady Grove.
September 22 at 2 p.m.
Learn how to develop good money habits and succeed far into the future at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Open to youth, grades 6 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend with teens. Space is limited. Money Masters is presented as part of the Success Zone. For more information or to register, call 972-721-4669.
September 24, 25, 27 & 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Women’s Defense Class
Irving PAL is hosting four-day rape aggression defense class for women, ages 13 years and older at the Irving Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. Participants also can sign up on the day of first class. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The comprehensive, women-only course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. Each participant must provide a $20 donation for kids’ programs, sign three waivers, and attend all four sessions. For more information, call 972-721-2544/3520.
September 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance by Daniel Rodriquez
Daniel Rodriguez will captivate his audience in concert at the Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. America’s Beloved Tenor Daniel Rodriguez was the New York City cop who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 972-252-ARTS.
The Great Harvest
Father and son co-chairmen Larry Clements and Chris Clements are making grand plans for a special fundraising event you won’t want to miss. Save the date and plan to join us at the Four Seasons Resort and Club – Dallas at Las Colinas! Funds raised at this event support Irving Cares throughout the year, and demand for programs has increased agency-wide over last year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 19:51
Written by Phil Cerroni
September 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community Emergency Response Team Training
Irving residents are encouraged to receive emergency training by becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. The two-day class is being offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sep. 15 and 22 at the Fire and Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. The training will equip participants with knowledge and life-sustaining skills. Topics included range from disaster preparedness to fire safety and terrorism response. Participants must be able to perform physical activities, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Nick Robison at (972) 721-2184.
September 16 at 1 p.m.
PAWS for Reading
Children, grades K through 6, can read to a trained therapy dog and practice their comprehension skills in a fun and interactive environment every third Sunday of the month at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 972-721-4669.
September 17 at 5 p.m.
Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society
Please come join the fun at Irving's Heritage Park Building, 217 South Main Street. All women educators are welcome to attend to learn more about the organization.
September 18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Archery Clinic for ages 10-18 years old
The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering free archery clinics at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. The clinic is with no registration required but parents must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or all clinics.
September 19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Calling all landlubbers! Come dressed up in pirate attire and play pirate trivia and most importantly, learn to talk like a pirate at the East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road in an event featuring the Mango Language Database. Prizes will be awarded to those who dress up. Free for all ages. Call 972-721-3722 for more information.
September 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Irving International Women’s Consortium Event
Irving International Women’s Consortium and North Lake College Cordially invite you to the 6th Annual International Potluck: Food for thought, international food, music, entertainment, poetry and door prizes. This event is located at North Lake College – Student Life Center – Room H200, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75038. This is a free event, but you will need a ticket to attend.
September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
VFW Fish Fry
The Men's Auxiliary of VFW 2494 will hold their monthly Fish Fry. Dinner includes a generous portion of fish along with french fries, cole slaw, beans and hushpuppies at a cost of just $8 per plate. Immediately following dinner, a brief ceremony will be held commemorating POW-MIA Day. The public is invited to attend. For more information call the Post at 972-790-1611. VFW Post 2494 is located at 3375 Belt Line Road, just south of Shady Grove.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2012 13:39
Written by Phil Cerroni
September 8 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Keeping Kids Safe
New York Life Insurance Company offers a free Child Safety I.D. event in collaboration with Valley Ranch Association and Children's Dental Centre of Irving. Even though the City of Irving's crime rate is at an all time low we must continue to be proactive with the safety of our children. An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year - more than 2,000 children every day according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Valley Ranch Association office, 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 101, Irving, TX 75063. In only 3 to 5 minutes, a Child I.D. card, free of charge, is printed for each child accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
September 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Irving Main Street Event
Come join the fun at the Irving Main Street Event in the Heritage District at 217 Main St. Enjoy the Manifolds on Main Street car show, artisans, crafts, music, magic, food and children’s activities. A shuttle from the Irving City Hall parking garage, 825 W. Irving Blvd., will take attendees to and from the event site in the Heritage District. Manifolds on Main Car Show: Gates open at 9 a.m. Awards begin at 5 p.m.
September 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hospice Volunteer Training
The Visiting Nurse Association needs hospice volunteers in the Irving area who want to help terminally ill patients and their families. A six-day class in hospice care for volunteers will be held Sep. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27. The class will meet at the Visiting Nurse Association’s administrative offices at 1600 Viceroy Drive, fifth floor, in Dallas. There is no cost to attend the training. To register for the hospice volunteer training class, contact Julie Feltner, VNA Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 214-689-2672.
September 11 at 9 a.m.
Patriot Day Ceremony
The City of Coppell will conduct a Patriot Day Ceremony at Town Center Plaza, located behind City Hall, 255 Parkway Blvd. Patriot Day is an annual observance to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sep. 11, 2001. The ceremony will feature the Coppell Fire and Police Color Guards along with the Fire Dept. Bagpipe and Drum Corps who will perform traditional ceremonies honoring and paying tribute to public safety agencies and military personnel. The public is invited to attend.
September 13 from 7 a.m. to midnight
Kickstart Kids donations
Any donation you make to KICKSTART KIDS, of $25 or more, will be multiplied through DonorBridgeTX. If you have any questions please contact Marissa Leach at 713-868-6003 ext. 109. KICKSTART KIDS is a nonprofit organization building strong moral character in our youth through the martial arts.
September 14 DEADLINE by 4 p.m.
Disabilities Poster Contest
Irving fifth graders have a chance for public display of their art when they enter the Irving Advisory Committee’s annual poster contest. Participants can showcase artistic talents as they express how a person with disabilities can use his or her abilities to be part of the community. Students in public, private or home school are invited to participate. Artwork must be created in watercolor, pencil, pastels or crayon. Winners will receive blue ribbons and be recognized at the Oct. 4 City Council meeting. All posters will be displayed at Baylor Medical Center in Irving during the month of October. For more information about contest rules call 972-721-2501.
Last Updated on Sunday, 09 September 2012 17:50
Written by Phil Cerroni
Mondays in August from 4-5 p.m.
Spanish for Kids
Children, ages 5-12, can learn Spanish through music games and drama. Monday afternoons in August at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Parents should plan to attend with younger children. For more information, call 972-721-2606.
August 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
On Mondays the Heritage Senior Center will host a Diabetes Education Seminar. Class is for seniors aged 50 years and older. This free program developed by Stanford University will enable you to take control and learn how to effectively manage diabetes. Space is limited to 16 participants. This is a 6-week class, you will be need to be committed to attending all six classes to get the entire benefit of the course. Class will be held at Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson, Irving TX. Call 972-721-2496 for information or to enroll.
August 7 at 7 p.m.
The south Irving Home Depot, 3200 W. Irving Blvd., is hosting ladies night. Ladies night activity is a class entitled "What tools to use for the job!" and will teach how to fix small household projects. It will be a night of free fun, food and great giveaways to help with home improvement projects! EMPOWER YOURSELF! To register call 972-513-2400.
I-2 (Irving Convention Center to Belt Line Station):
All crossing intersections will be reduced to one lane at the Green Park Drive and Meadow Creek Drive, Hidden Ridge, Walnut Hill Lane, Hurd Drive, and Valley View crossings Aug. 3 - 7; Aug. 16 - 17 during the night shift; Aug. 8, 14 and 15 during the day shift.
I-3 (Belt Line Station to DFW Airport):
Single inside or outside lane closure on N. Airfield Drive (southbound), continuously closed until Aug. 17; through October 2012.
Full night closure northbound and southbound Belt Line Road between Valley View Lane and Gateway Drive, continuously closed starting Aug. 25 through Aug. 26.
Source: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
West Nile Virus Precautions: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito borne illness. People should use insect repellent when outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn. There has been a higher than usual number of human West Nile cases in Texas this year due to the warm winter and recent rains, particularly in the North Texas region. Statewide there have been 111 human West Nile virus cases and one death reported to DSHS this year. Of those, 71 were West Nile neuroinvasive disease cases, and 40 were West Nile fever cases. Approximately 80 percent of the cases reside in Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Denton counties.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 August 2012 15:57
Written by Phil Cerroni
July 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.
DART Orange Line Opening
Irving residents are invited to join in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line Super Saturday celebration. The events will kick off with a parade at the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. After the parade, there will be live music, bounce houses, gondola rides and vendors available. Super Saturday promises to be fun for the whole family."
July 30 to August 17 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
3D Public Speaking for Youth
Learn the ins and outs and public speaking in this nine session workshop offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. The series will culminate with an opportunity for workshop attendees to present to friends and family in a supportive environment. Open to ages 10-16. Space is limited. Call 972-721-4669 to register.
July 30 and 31
The Duck Pond playground, located at 400 E. Bethel School Rd., will close temporarily July 30 and 31 for repair work to the rubber surfacing. The playground will reopen August 1.
July 31 from 10 a.m. to Noon
Greif Recovery Workshop
The Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free grief recovery workshop for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Workshop topics will include myths about grief, common grief reactions, and ways to cope. The workshop will be held at VNA’s Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Center, located on 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Reservations can be made by contacting Sue Rafferty, bereavement coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association, at 214-689-2922.
August 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers needed
The Visiting Nurse Association needs volunteers to deliver a Meals on Wheels route 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 at the same time and location. Volunteer training is also available by appointment. For additional information call 214-689-2210.
Beginning August 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Telemundo Citizenship Class
This class will be on Thursdays, Aug. 2 through Oct. 15 at the West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. DFW International Community Alliance is offering an 11-part series class that will prepare Green Card holders for the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Exam. Study materials will be provided. Classes are for adults only and children 10 and under cannot be left in the library unattended. Space is limited; to register call 972-661-2764.
Through August 5
Supplies For Success : make a difference in students’ lives!
Drop off school supplies at these fire stations:
Fire Station # 1 - 925 Chamberlain St.
Fire Station # 2 - 1306 N. Story Road
Fire Station # 3 - 1825 E. Grauwyler St.
Fire Station # 4 - 3303 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Fire Station # 5 - 2925 W. Shady Grove
Fire Station # 6. - 2801 Esters Road
Fire Station # 7 - 3303 Walnut Hill Lane
Fire Station # 8 - 650 E. Las Colinas Blvd.
Fire Station # 9 - 8101 Jetstar Drive
Fire Station # 10 - 415 Cimarron Trail
Fire Station # 11– 6200 Love Drive
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 21:59