Written by Phil Cerroni
Across the past 34 years, the annual TexasFest gala has raised $10 million for Irving Healthcare Foundation’s (IHF) efforts to create a healthier Irving. Sixteen of 40 TexasFest chairs recently gathered at a luncheon hosted by IHF honoring their volunteer fundraising leadership through the years. Shown left to right are past TexasFest Chairwomen Angie Drake, Diana Pfaff, Helma Mazon, Lisa Mazon Hultz, Vickie Tatum, Joan Attaway, Lisa Watkins, Carolyn McDougal, Helen Barclay, Rosalie Jensen, Clem Lear, Jan Boyce, Robin Filbeck, Paula Flatley, Gwyn Shea and Rita Korkmas.
Source: Irving Healthcare Foundation
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:40
Written by Phil Cerroni
The South MacArthur Church of Christ Youth Group partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful and the City of Irving Parks Department for a cleanup of Trinity View Park on Feb. 23. Thirty-seven volunteers including teens and adult sponsors gave over 83 hours of service and collected 400 pounds of trash and 55 pounds of recyclables.
The group focused on the areas along the entrance to the park on 6th street where recent rains had caused litter to be swept into the small creeks which lead to the Trinity River. When they were finished, visitors approaching the park saw a clean, litter-free entry that reflected the hard work and community pride of the church members.
Youth pastor Brian Bunch accompanied the group and commented on the spirit of volunteerism of the day.
“The Student Ministry of South Mac loved having the opportunity to partner alongside Keep Irving Beautiful and the City of Irving to help clean up the trash in and around Trinity View Park,” Bunch said. “We were excited to serve the community in this great effort.”
KIB’s Faith Group Committee co-chairs, Rachel Moon and Arnold Martin, expressed their appreciation to the group for their efforts.
“It is very gratifying to see members of faith groups extending their ministry into giving back to the community, and it is especially nice when we see the youth get involved in a project like this that can benefit so many,” Moon said. “KIB is very grateful to have such a strong faith community to partner with.”
Source: Keep Irving Beautiful
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:39
Written by Phil Cerroni
Grave Digger, the world's most famous monster truck, looms over Haydin Shires (3) as he holds one of his favorite toys, a miniature Grave Digger truck. Haydin took a close up look at the real Grave Digger at Universal Technical Institute-Dallas' Monster Jam Open House in Irving on Feb. 22.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:38
Written by Phil Cerroni
Mar. 2 – Apr. 15
AARP volunteers will be available at the Heritage Senior Center on Mondays and Fridays from 8am – noon to help prepare 2013 income tax returns. Call Grace Beckner 214-770-5599 to schedule an appointment.
Mar. 2, 7pm
“Sit in a Circle – a Chorale Response to Bullying”
Come to Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall for Irving Chorale and the IISD Honor Chorus’ performance. Tickets are available at the door.
Mar. 3, 9am-12pm
The Veterans of Foreign Wars have started up their March breakfasts. Come out to Post 2494 every Sunday morning. For menu and prices call the Post at 972-790-1611. The public is invited to attend.
Mar. 3, 4-5 pm
Coppell Republican Women’s meeting
Come to the Coppell Fire Department training center to hear Part Hardy, the State Board of Education member for District 11, speak on issues including CScope, school funding, and STAAR testing. Come at 3:30 for a social meeting!
Mar. 3, 3-5pm
Walking Stick Exhibit
Charlie Hagen will be displaying some of his extensive collection of walking sticks from around the world with visitors to the Irving Heritage House. Admission is free. Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm. The Heritage House is located at 303 South O'Connor. For more information, call Mary Higbie at 972-252-3838 for more information.
Mar. 5, 10am
Heritage Senior Center Travel Seminar
Join Chris Klein of Collette Vacations and find out about reasonably priced travel opportunities for senior citizens. Call 972 721-2496 for more information.
Mar. 5, 4:30-6pm
Want to have fun learning how to shoot a bow and arrow? The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering a free archery clinic for ages 10-18 at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. No registration required however, parents or guardians must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or both clinics.
Mar. 6, 7pm
The Lone Star Youth Orchestra presents the “Pops On Tour,” features a medley from Les Miserables, John William’s Raiders March, selections from the Peer Gynt Suite, and the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 at the Irving Arts Center. The Mozart Horn concerto features one of the Lone Star Youth Orchestra Concert Competition winners, Grant Kerns. Single tickets are available by phone or at the door. Ticket pricing is $7 per student and $12. All seating is general admission.
Mar. 9, 2-6pm
The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Lowe’s, 3500 W. Airport Freeway in Irving. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
The Coppell City Council proclaimed the week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have also joined together in urging all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies.
The Coppell Fire Department Office of Emergency Management strongly recommends that citizens and businesses understand what disasters can affect Coppell. This will help individuals and businesses develop a plan to address communication among family members and coworkers during and after an event, help to prepare an emergency supply kit, as well as gather important papers and valuables in a safe place for easy retrieval.
Notification of impending weather is also crucial to planning. A variety of information portals and devices can be used to warn about a weather event that might take place or is moving in to your area. Tuning into LOCAL media stations is a priority as they will focus on the area where you live or work. Purchasing a NOAA weather radio from local retailers is another option for early notification.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:34
Written by Phil Cerroni
By Alice Canham
You could measure the impact in dollars raised – more than $10,000 – or you could measure it in the faces of families served by the fledgling mission. By either measure, ‘Once Upon a Time,’ the first-ever fundraising gala for Family Promise of Irving (FPI), was a joyful success.
Nearly 100 guests were on hand Feb. 16 as Hockaday School threw open its doors to celebrate, 1940s USO-style, with big band music, dancing and dining. Volunteers from more than a dozen area churches, mission partners to FPI, moved among the crowd offering Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers.
Most of the guests circulated through festive hallways where silent auction items were displayed. Many stopped to admire the handiwork of Art Sellevold who crafted squares representing each partner church into a beautiful quilt, pieced by quilters at Oak Haven United Methodist. Nearly a dozen braved the dance floor to learn swing steps, several of them looking the part in 1940s attire.
Keyon and Destini Henderson were on hand to describe their journey as clients of FPI.
“We’re in a three bedroom house now,” said Destini, as husband Keyon explained that four months ago he and his wife had both lost their jobs. While they were never truly homeless, they had been overwhelmed by the bills and the needs of a growing family (four kids, aged 10, 7, 5 and 2), and had to leave the security of the home they knew. That’s when Destini happened upon the FPI resource, which offers a safe environment to allow families to stay together while they work toward self-sufficiency.
“The volunteers made me feel like family,” Keyon said. “It was an adjustment for our family, but the kids came out of it okay.
“What FPI did, they actually set a budget and scheduled our time so that I could get a job and go to work. They set stern expectations, but they also helped with any issues I had, like car trouble.”
”Every week we transitioned to a new church home,” said Destini. Host churches take in families from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. for a week at a time on a rotating basis while daytime hours are spent in a day facility where families create a plan to secure housing, jobs or job training.
“It wasn’t a matter of pride for me,” said Keyon. “I just needed my kids to feel safe. Thanks to FPI, we found a way to get my four kids to their schools in the Euless School District so things wouldn’t be as tough for them.
“Now I have a blessing of a job again, and so has my wife.
“And I have to give credit to the FPI volunteers. They worked harder than any paid staff I’ve ever seen.”
“They really care,” Destini added.
As a pièce de resistance, Keyon will soon begin serving as a volunteer for FPI himself.
“God put me in a situation that I could get out of, and I learned from it,” he said.
Guests also heard from FPI Director Athena Clark that FPI expects to help about ten families in its first year of existence. The unmet need is great, though, as she reported there are actually about 900 homeless students in Irving ISD, a 20 percent increase in recent years.
Board VP Dan Klein reminded the audience that the mission operates with great efficiency: only one paid employee serving with 300- 400 volunteers from 16 participating churches.
“Ninety cents of every dollar goes directly to client services,” said Klein.
To learn more about Family Promise of Irving, visit www.familypromiseirving.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 09:34