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Empty the Shelter
August 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Would you like a new pet? Animal Services is hosting the Empty the Shelter at the Irving Animal Care Campus. Adoption fees are only $25 for any pet. For more information, call (972) 721-2256.
Family Movie Matinee
August 17, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Come to Irving’s Valley Ranch Library for a screening of Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, the action-packed film about a high school student who turns super spy in order to save England.
For more information, call (972) 721-4669.
August 17, 8 p.m.
The Charity Through Art Foundation presents a Bengali dance program at the Irving Arts Center. Don’t miss the opportunity to beat the heat and catch a stellar performance at the same time.
The Best of Elvis!
August 18, 4 p.m.
Experience the electrifying music of Elvis Presley performed by two of the world’s finest tribute artists, Kraig Parker and Ben Portsmouth, 2012 winner of Memphis’ Ultimate Elvis competition. For tickets or more information, call 972-252-2787. $25-$50.
Using the Internet Safely for Seniors
August 19, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the National African American Women’s Leadership Institute, Ms. Funmi Akentimi will give tips on how seniors can avoid scams and problems when using the internet. The workshop is open to seniors aged 50 and older. You can register by calling 972 721-2496.
August 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring your popcorn down to Central Library for the tale of a solitary drone repairman working on war-ravaged planet Earth becomes humanity's last hope for survival in this ambitious science fiction epic.
Back to School Party with Ms. Maria!
August 21, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bring your pre-k tykes through second graders to the Central Library to celebrate "Back to School" with a live performance with Ms. Maria! Be ready to laugh and learn as she entertains with upbeat music, puppets and games. Kids will decorate their own school folders and enjoy refreshments.
August 22-23, 8:45 a.m to 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:08
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Policy makers and transportation experts from around the country came together for the 16th Annual Transportation and Infrastructure Summit hosted by City of Irving Aug. 6-9. Discussions included every form of transportation from safety integrating pedestrian, bicycle traffic with commuter traffic to creating new high speed rail corridors to the need for dredging and maintaining critical waterways.
“Every year there are new subjects to be covered,” said Maura Gast, executive director of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is clear that the issues affecting all of the modes of transportation continue to need discussion and policy….
“This summit doesn’t have to be huge. Do we have to have 1,000 people here? No. What we need is the right 500. And if the right 500 grows to 1,000, that is great. But as long as you have the right 500 people here, things can get moved forward; or the right 100, whatever the number is as long as you have the people you need here to move a conversation forward or to move a policy initiative forward.”
The quality of the conversation, choice of words and the affectivities of communicating the needs and realities of the nation’s transportation and infrastructure to the public was a topic of discussion.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:07
Written by Phil Cerroni
Perhaps the most unique and extensive congregation of wine fanatics in the United States, TEXSOM, hosted by the Guild of Sommeliers and the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, paired wine education and top tier collaboration among sommeliers (wine experts) and producers from Aug. 8-12.
For the ninth year running, the Irving-based event, hosted at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, was a catalyst for the dissemination of fine wines to tables, both private and commercial, across America.
“This is the only event of its kind in America, to my knowledge,” said Jonathan Mitchell, The Wine Director at Restaurant Stella in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. “Combining the amount of professionals, the amount of wines that are offered in two days and...the symposiums, the seminars, the countless amount of people who are in the business who are here at one time- (that) doesn’t exist anywhere...
“It’s extremely focused. And again, this is the entire world of wine represented in one area for this small weekend. There’s really nothing like it.”
Alongside its mission of bringing the greatest palates in the American wine community to Irving, TEXSOM has the role of introducing Texas wines to the rest of the country.
Even though the state’s wines have been steadily receiving national exposure, there's more to do, according to James Tidwell, the Beverage Master at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas and a Master Sommelier. (This is the highest level of expertise in the industry. Only 136 individuals have achieved the title from the Court of Master Sommeliers – and 30 of them attended TEXSOM.) Tidwell said the conference creates an opportunity for local vineyards and wineries to connect with potential clients right from their back porch.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:07
Written by Amanda Casanova
Ft. Worth-based Bob Griggs & Associates will spearhead the search for a new superintendent of Irving Independent School District after former superintendent Dana Bedden stepped down from the top post in July.
The Irving ISD board of trustees voted 4-2 Aug. 12 in a special meeting to hire Griggs & Associates for the job. President Steven Jones and trustees Larry Stipes, Randy Randle and Lee Mosty voted for the firm. Trustees Valerie Jones and Gail Condor Wells voted against.
"Based on the longevity that they've been doing this and the experience that they bring to the table, I just can't get out of my mind their track record and their experience," Stipes said.
The firm has done searches on behalf of the Eagle-Mountain-Saginaw, Grand Prairie, Southlake- Carroll and Pflugerville school districts. In total, the firm has placed about 250 candidates into superintendent positions across the state.
The other possible recruiting firm was Waterford.
Bedden resigned July 1 at a special meeting after May's election created a majority of critics of Bedden on the board. Bedden was hired in 2010 and his salary was just under $300,000.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:05
Written by Phil Cerroni
Although Coppell’s Aug. 13 new teacher breakfast at Coppell Middle School North allowed excited and nervous teachers to get their bearings before orientation, veteran educators used the breakfast as a platform from which to inspire new hires about the district’s dedication to innovation and initiative.
“We have brought you to the district to help us get better,” said Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Turner. “If you are looking for a place to be laid back and calm and just recreate the classrooms you came out of as kids, you’re in the wrong job. Because what we’re doing here is we’re setting the course over the future in Texas in terms of what should be happening in public education.”
In an education system obsessed with centralizing the process through programs like CSCOPE, Tuner advocated that individual teachers’ ability to adapt inside the classroom holds the key to keeping education relevant to students.
“What we’re looking for in you is to bring us those new ideas and those opportunities to help us change our practice,” Tuner said. “We’re not looking to create you in the image of old Coppell…”
“What worked in the past is not going to work for the kids who are in kindergarten now. Think of when they’re going to graduate and what the world might be like in ’26 or ’27…we have to update. We have to move forward, and we’re excited (that) what you bring to us to enables us to do that.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:04