Written by Staff
The City of Irving will host its largest street festival in the heart of the Irving Heritage District. Thousands are expected to attend this annual arts and music event complete with food, attractions and more. Parking and admission are free on both days.
Sep. 14 to Oct. 13
The Society of Watercolor Artists will host its Second Annual Invitational Exhibit at the Irving Arts Center in the Focus Gallery. Gail Cooksey, owner of Irving-based Cooksey Communications, is one of the exhibitors.
Dash for Dignity, 5K/1 mile run
Sept 14, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Citizens Development Center hosts the 20th Annual Dash for Dignity in order to raise awareness for the intellectual, mentally ill and physically disabled adults they serve. While kicking back in front of Waterway Tower on Las Colinas Blvd., attendees will enjoy music, carnival games, kids’ activities, raffles, artists and fantastic food vendors.
Sep. 14, 9 a.m. to Noon
Barry Allen, with the City of Irving Water Utilities Department, will teach participants at the Valley View Municipal Complex basic water conservation techniques. Students also will learn how to identify outdated water wasting fixtures and how to retrofit older fixtures with new ones. To register or for more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.cityofirving.org/begreen/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank"cityofirving.org/begreen.
Treasures and Oddities Sale
Sep. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Irving Heritage Society will hold its 5th Annual Treasures and Oddities Sale at the Glory House Bistro. The sale includes a Western Cottage pump organ, a very old mahogany game table with a fold out top and elaborately carved feet, as well as an extensive list of nearly 400 treasures and oddities that will be sold for $2 and up. For more information, call 972-252-3838.
Play and Learn Storytimes
Sep. 14, 10:30 a.m. & Sep. 16, 10:30 a.m.
The Irving YMCA and Irving Public Library have partnered to present “Play and Learn,” interactive story times that develop early childhood education using stories and activity stations. Sep. Valley Ranch Library hosts the program series on Sep. 14, the Central Library will hold the event on Sep. 16. For more information, or to register, call 972-721-4612.
Plaza Music Series
Sept 14, 7p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gather your family and friends, pack your picnic baskets and chairs, and join Dallas band, Petty Theft, a Tom Petty cover band, at the Coppell Town Center Plaza! Kona Ice snow cones will be on site, and music enthusiasts will enjoy free popcorn courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Spay, Neuter Services for $10 Donation
Sep. 15, 16, 22 and 23
In a gesture of appreciation to responsible owners and their pets, the City of Irving is announcing “Responsible Pet Owner Appreciation Days,” at the Irving Animal Care Campus. The special event includes spay or neuter surgeries as well as a core vaccine, a rabies vaccine and a microchip.
Community Invited to Give Input on new Superintendent
In its search for a new superintendent, IISD has scheduled a number of focus groups and community meetings because input from all stakeholders is critical in this process. These meetings are designed to gather input and feedback that will be used to develop the superintendent profile for Irving ISD. The public is invited to attend any of the meetings listed below.
Sep. 16, 7 p.m., Nimitz HS
Sep. 17, 7 p.m., Austin MS
Sep. 17, 7 p.m., Travis MS
Sep. 18, 7 p.m., Crockett MS
34th Annual Plano Balloon Festival
Sep. 20 to 22
If man were made to fly, then climbing in the basket of a hot air balloon might just be the closest sensation to that experience. Forty five hot-air balloons will take to the sky over Oak Point Park in Plano, TX. The three-day festival attracts more than 95,000 visitors annually to witness the colorful splendor across the Plano sky. For more information, visit www.planoballoonfest.org or www.visitplano.com.
Moving Sale, Global Mission Church
Sep. 20-21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Everything must go! For more information, call 469-321-3275.
HYPERLINK "http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0"Texas SmartScape Tour
Sep. 21, 9 a.m. to Noon
Come see what you should plant now for beautiful blooms next year from the homeowners of some of the most unique landscapes in Coppell. Maps will be available from 8:30-10:30am at Helping Hands Garden located next to Town Center. For more information, call 972-462-5191.
Red Bull Flugtag at Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas
Sep. 21, hangars open at 11 a.m., first flight at 1 p.m.
Meaning "flying day” in the German language, Flugtag, The first-ever National Red Bull competition dedicated to the world's wildest homemade, human-powered flying machines. Taking place simultaneously in five U.S. cities – Irving; Washington D.C., Long Beach, CA, Miami and Chicago, never before have multiple cities in any country witnessed true aviation history on the same day.
The Gold & Soul Of Rock-N-Roll
Sep. 21, 4 p.m.
The DFW All-Stars will appear at the Singley Theater for a concert packed with fan favorites from the decade in music history that launched “The King of Rock-N-Roll.” Many other great artists will appear, as well! For ticket information, call 855-823-5550.
Plaza Music Series
Sep. 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gather your family and friends, pack your picnic baskets and chairs, and join DFW’s Southern Chrome, for an evening of popular Country music covers, at the Coppell Town Center Plaza! Kona Ice snow cones will be on site, and music enthusiasts will enjoy free popcorn courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Grants Available to Neighborhood Associations
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 13:00
Written by Staff
DALLAS -- Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to reverse age-related brain decline according to the results of a study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online in Cerebral Cortex. The novel study examining brain and cognitive changes associated with brain training has found that complex cognitive training significantly improves cognitive brain health.
"The world's aging population is growing disproportionately. Our expected lifespan has reached an all time high of more than 78 years, yet previous research shows cognitive decline may begin in the early 40s," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHeath and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. "Until recently, cognitive decline in healthy adults was viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging. This research shows that neuroplasticity can be harnessed to enhance brain performance and provides hope for individuals to improve their own mental capacity and cognitive brain health by habitually exercising higher-order thinking strategies no matter their age."
The study found that 12 hours of directed brain training can alter brain function, inducing increased blood flow, enhanced information communication across key brain regions, and expansion of the structural connections between brain regions related to new learning. Using three MRI-based measurements, researchers examined brain changes across three time points in a randomized sample of individuals – 56 to 71 years of age. The study found three significant training-related brain changes at rest: increases in global and regional cerebral blood flow (CBF), greater synchrony in important brain networks, and increased white matter integrity, which is the wiring of the brain that allows information to travel between brain cells.
"Advances in imaging are allowing us to measure brain change in a short time period," said Dr. Sina Aslan, founder and president of Advance MRI and collaborator on the study. "Through this research we are able to see that cognitive training increases brain blood flow, which is a sensitive physiological marker of brain health. Previous research shows brain blood flow decreases in people beginning in their 20s. The finding that global brain blood flow can be increased with complex mental activity, as this study demonstrates, suggests that staying mentally active helps reverse and potentially prevent brain losses and cognitive decline with aging."
“The capacity to increase whole brain blood flow after complex mental training may have clinical implications in both healthy aging populations and those diagnosed with brain disease such as Alzheimer's,” Dr. Aslan said.
"Greater levels of brain blood flow are associated with higher cognitive performance," said Dr. Chapman. "With upwards of 8 percent increase in brain blood flow, this research shows that participants are regaining measurable brain health. The brain and cognitive gains may help achieve a 'younger working' brain with all the benefits of rich experience, knowledge-base and wisdom as manifested in an older brain."
Chapman also suggested that the findings are important for younger adults and encourages adoption of healthy brain habits in early adulthood to stave off cognitive decline.
Also noteworthy was that researchers found significant improvement in cognitive performance as well as a significant relationship between brain changes and improved cognitive performance. Among the participants who were randomized into the brain training group, researchers saw improvement in two cognitive domains: strategic reasoning, which is the ability to synthesize generalized meanings or extract larger ideas from lengthy input, and a measure of executive function that demonstrates the ability to abstract concepts. Although the research does not directly address how long the brain and cognitive benefits will be maintained, based on other evidence, researchers suspect that the training gains may persist as long as individuals stay healthy and continue to utilize the strategies to keep their brain challenged.
Both the brain and cognitive plasticity changes in response to strategy-based mental training demonstrate the neurogenerative potential in the cognitively healthy aging brain.
"We are increasingly interested in examining cognitive change with age," said Dr. Molly Wagster of the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, which co-funded the study.
"Most older Americans likely will experience subtle changes in their ability to learn and remember, and studies such as this, examining one way to possibly affect cognitive change, are important," she continued. "It advances our understanding of how cognitive training might affect brain changes associated with cognitive decline. While further study is needed, this research suggests that it may never be too late to participate in activities to maintain or even improve our cognitive health."
The research was funded by the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (1RCAG035954-01), the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, the Lyda Hill Foundation and the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Endowment.
Source: The Center for BrainHealth
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:58
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Twelve years later, the horror and loss of September 11, 2001 are not forgotten. Events like the third annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held in Renaissance Tower on Sep. 7, continue to bring the community together to heal while remembering those who were lost.
The 343 firefighters representing 88 fire departments and the 70 police officers representing 21 police departments from three states climbed 110 stories, symbolizing the journey to the top of the World Trade Center Towers. Dressed in their protective gear or duty equipment, each participant carried the name of a firefighter or police officer who died during the 9/11 attacks. During the event’s ceremonies and climb, many participants remembered not only those who died on 9/11, but all those who have died while serving their communities as firefighters and police officers. The funds raised by the event will benefit Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Dallas Metroplex Concerns of Police Survivors and the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
At the halfway mark, Michael Cozad, a firefighter with DFW International Airport Fire Services, waited on the 54th floor with his crew until they were able to take the elevator down and begin their second climb.
“I still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday,” Cozad said. “The events leading up to 9/11 and what caused 9/11 were extremely tragic. But the way the country rallied and came together, and neighbors helping neighbors, helped.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to come out and remember the fallen brothers and sisters who have gone before us. It’s all the tradition and everything. It’s a lot of fun.”
Following the climb, Aaron Smith, Battalion Chief for DFW International Airport Fire Services, rested with his crew at the top of Renaissance Tower.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:58
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Teachers, administrators, politicians and parents gathered in an empty field across from the intersection of Ranch Trail and Lost Canyon Rd. in Irving for the ground breaking of Coppell ISD’s Richard J. Lee Elementary School. Located near North Lake and set on 12 acres, the 95,000 square foot, Net Zero-ready school is designed to accommodate up to 740 students. The school should be ready for its first students by the fall of 2014.
“This is exciting for the Coppell Independent School District,” said Jeff Turner, CISD’s Superintendant of Schools. “It is the first building that we have built in quite some time. The Coppell ISD has been an outstanding school system for a long, long time… These houses over here are filled with Coppell ISD students because they are moving here to go to our school system.
“This is a building designed by teachers for kids of the 21st century... We have designed the school around what we have learned from our kids over the last 10 years of talking with them and looking at different learning styles and ways of teaching. We have come to believe in a very student-centered classroom, not so much dominated by a teacher. So we have designed this school to be a student centered place where there aren’t as many walls and there is movement between grade levels and students. There are lots of collaborative spaces where students can work on projects, as well as more traditional classrooms. It will be one of those buildings that is flexible and lends itself to a lot of different opportunities for teachers and students to interact and learn.
“We are doing a wonderful job in our school system trying to keep up with the changes occurring in society, preparing kids for their future in this 21st century. I am very proud of our staff for being able to do that. This building will give us an opportunity to facilitate 21st century education.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:57
Written by Nick Kammerer
Most of us remember exactly what we were doing on Sept. 11, 2001 when we discovered that America was under attack.
We gathered, along with our co-workers and families, to watch the repeated videos of the tragedy unfold on that infamous day. We watched in disbelief as American AirlinesFlight 11 and United Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center. We watched in horror as American Airlines Flight 77 collided with the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania.
The nightmare continued as Tower One and Tower Two collapsed in front of millions of television viewers, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths, including 343 brave firemen who lost their lives that day in the line of duty. 60 courageous law enforcement officers were lost during the attacks, and approximately 2,100 U.S. troops were killed in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dozens of patriotic Coppell citizens gathered on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013 at the Town Center Plaza to remember the thousands of lives lost 12 years ago, and the thousands of brave service members lost while fearlessly fighting overseas to protect our freedom and security.
“We are going to continue to grieve for those lives lost, and we’re going to help support the ones they left behind,” Coppell Fire Chief, Kevin Richardson, said. “To me, never forgetting means never forgetting.”
The emotional ceremony, which in previous years was held during the morning hours in order to coincide with the time of the attacks, began as Coppell Police Chief Mac Tristan welcomed everyone to the Patriot Day Ceremony. The Coppell Fire Color Guard and the Coppell Fire Pipes and Drums led the Posting of the Colors.
The audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance and proudly accompanied the Coppell High School Madrigal Choir as they performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
The ceremony continued as Coppell Fire Department Chaplain, Steve Calvert, led the Invocation. It was at that time that Fire Chief Kevin Richardson delivered a heartfelt reflection.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:55