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Local Events January & February

 

Public Notices:

10/25 As reported on Town of Sunnyvale

Barnes Bridge Park Closed to Public Access.

In partnership with the City of Dallas, Sunnyvale has decided to close the park space located at the end of Barnes Bridge Road. Up until September, Barnes Bridge Park has been maintained and operated by the City of Dallas. Thanks to a partnership between Sunnyvale and the City of Dallas, the Sunnyvale will now be responsible for maintenance and operations of the area.

The first priority is closing the park until such time as the cleanliness and safety of those visiting the area in the future can be ensured. Over the coming months, the park will remain closed while Sunnyvale researches possible uses and future amenities.

Signs indicating the area is closed have been placed along Barnes Bridge Road. If you are in the area and see suspicious activity, please immediately report the information by calling 911. Deputies will be patrolling the area regularly.

Source - Sunnyvale News

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January 2018

Mesquite

MESQUITE: Jan. 1-31 Bruce Greene Art Exhibit The Western painter and native Texan has ridden trails and experienced the cowboy life he portrays in the very narrative images he creates. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 12 Jonathan Moody in Concert The Mesquite Arts Council presents Moody as part of its Black Box Series, in the Black Box Theatre. The country music artist has opened for acts such as Vince Gill and Robert Chestnutt, among many others. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 13 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Jan. 18 - Coffee with Cops- McDonald's - Thursday January 18th, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Come join the Mesquite Police Department in a great opportunity to get to know some of the officers working in your neighborhood. No agendas or guest speakers, just a chance to sit and talk about whatever may concern you. Officers will be at all 7 McDonald's locations in Mesquite.

MESQUITE: Jan. 20 The Pipdillys, Just for Kids Series Presented by the Mesquite Arts Council, laugh, sing and dance yourself silly. The Pipdillys' shows are highly interactive, combining fun activities with important messages for the whole family. Free admission. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 27 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home are every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

Dallas

DALLAS: Through-Jan. 7 "Sopheap Pich" The Crow Collection of Asian Art will present a solo exhibition of the work of Sopheap Pich, recognized today as Cambodia's most internationally prominent contemporary artist. The exhibition will feature his large-scale sculpture, "Rang Phnom Flower," Pich's largest and most ambitious single-form sculpture to date. Measuring 25 feet in length, its complex construction is composed of hundreds of strands of rattan and bamboo. This exhibition will also feature the loan of an original French 19th-century, hand-painted botanical dictionary with illustrations of this plant species from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org 214-979-6430

DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 "Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony" The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs' distinctive reworking of chanoyu, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform a tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through Feb. 4 "Paper into Sculpture" Even as the shift to digitized images virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. The artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do when pushed to its physical limit. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through May 6 "Journey to Space" The exhibit features a full-size simulated International Space Station, robotics, water rockets, Neil Armstrong's helmet and gloves, plus a space-inspired play area for young cadets. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org 214-428-5555

DALLAS: Nov. 8-Jan. 7 Holiday at the Arboretum Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company, the events feature the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit as well as a special collection in the historic DeGolyer House. Throughout the garden, more than 500,000 lights illuminate at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6500

DALLAS: Nov. 21-Jan. 7 Holiday Wonder Debuting this winter as a new, family-friendly event to celebrate a season of light and magic. This celebration includes magical lights, interactive attractions, performances, and food from around the world to delight guests. Marvel at more than 2 million lights bringing to life holiday favorites in giant, illuminated displays—including stunning winterscapes, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites (including Santa Claus), and more. Guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations, and are all-new, custom creations for this festival. Fair Park, 1318 S. Second Ave. holidaywonder.com 972-905-6742

DALLAS: Dec. 6-Jan. 7 "Fade" When Lucia, a young Mexican-born novelist, begins her dream career as a television writer in L.A., she finds herself much more comfortable with the only other Latino around, one of the janitors, than with anyone in the writer's room. This new comic-drama by Tanya Saracho, a writer for HBO's "Girls" and ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder," poses tricky questions about identity and community, as Lucia struggles to bridge the distance between where she came from and where she's going. Dallas Theater Center. dallastheatercenter.org

DALLAS: Jan. 1 Day 1 Dallas What better way to celebrate New Year's Day than with family-friendly fun at Fair Park. This all-inclusive event features children's activities, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show. And the best part, all activities are free; the only cost is for food. Automobile Building in Fair Park. fairpark.org

DALLAS: Jan. 1 Lightwire Theater's "A Very Electric Christmas" Lightwire Theater is a combination of art, theatre, dance, and technology. The theater company plays with shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that quickly come to life. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Jan. 13 The Dallas Vert Mile Stair Climb A world-class stair climb race and fun walk brings some of the best stair runners on the planet to Dallas. The race is also open to the public, and there are four vertical—or vert—distances available. All participants do the vert sprint race and fun walk, which climbs 50 floors and 470 feet. You may also do the three-lap vert quarter mile; six-lap vert half mile; or the 12-lap, 600-story, vert mile challenge. The event will benefit a number of nonprofit organizations. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. East. vertmile.com

DALLAS: Jan. 19 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show The illustrations of beloved children's author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you've never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse," "Mister Seahorse," "The Very Lonely Firefly," and of course, the star of the show—"The Very Hungry Caterpillar." DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org

DALLAS: Jan. 20 France's Herve Koubi Two years ago, Compagnie Herve Koubi debuted in Dallas with TITAS Presents and struck the audience speechless, that is until the standing ovation. A French male company with Algerian dancers—fearless, powerful, and masculine beyond belief, and a stunningly beautiful dance company. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Jan. 27 "First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone" The first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stone as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, the handaxe is equally fascinating for its non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities. First Sculpture will present these objects as evidence of the earliest form of artistic intention, highlighting the aesthetic qualities of each stone and proving crucial historical and scientific information to give the viewer a deeper understanding of human history, as well as an enriched appreciation for humankind's early ability to sculpt beautiful objects. Whether carved from visually interesting stones or rendered at unusual sizes that would inhibit use of the object as a tool, a case can be made for the handaxe as the first sculpture our prehistoric ancestors conceived. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

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February 2018

Mesquite

MESQUITE: Feb. 1-28 MISD Student Art Exhibit This show features artwork created by elementary, middle, and high school students of the Mesquite Independent School District. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Feb. 10 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours/Be Mine at the Park Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., this special Valentine's event features tours of the Lawrence Family house and barn, photos with themed props, Valentine's crafts for children, and more. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Feb. 10 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Night on the Town Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127

MESQUITE: Feb. 16-18, 23-25 "Tuna Does Vegas" Presented by Mesquite Community Theatre, the play reunites the lovable and eccentric characters from the "third smallest town in Texas" as they take a rambling romp in Sin City in this hilarious continuation of the Greater Tuna series. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972-216-8126

MESQUITE: Feb. 24 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home are every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the distinctive painted ceilings. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

Dallas

DALLAS: Oct. 14-Feb. 4 "Paper into Sculpture" Even as the shift to digitized images, virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. The artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to its physical limit. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through May 6 "Journey to Space" The exhibit features a full-size simulated International Space Station, robotics, water rockets, Neil Armstrong's helmet and gloves, plus a space-inspired playspace for young cadets. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org 214-428-5555

DALLAS: Feb. 7-March 4 "Three Sisters" Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world's greatest plays by Anton Chekhov, revealed through the lyricism of one of the leading voices in contemporary theatre: two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Chekhov's great tragicomic tells the story of women contending with disillusioned life in a small Russian town. The Prozorov sisters dream of freedom, sex, romance, and Moscow. Two figures appear in their lives. Vershinin, the new battery commander, has hopes of a better future for mankind. Natasha, a local woman, has hopes of a better future for herself. Each transforms the Prozorov family. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St. undermain.org

DALLAS: Feb. 8 "Thurgood" In partnership with Jubilee Theatre, Selmore Haines stars in this play written by George Stevens Jr., the dramatic retelling of the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court. A must-see for all in celebration of Black History Month. Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St. bishopartstheatre.org

DALLAS: Feb. 9-11, 16-18 "Screen Play" More than half of teens admit they are addicted to their phones. They're plugged in and often tuned out. In her new play, Linda Daugherty, DCT's award-winning playwright-in-residence, explores the blurry lines between real life and life online. Cyber-bullying, explicit content, and screen addiction impact the lives of a group of teens, leading to tragic consequences. Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater

DALLAS: Feb. 10 Jeanne Robertson: The "Rocking Chair" Tour Award-winning American humorist and motivational speaker. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Feb. 17 DCFA Form Follows Fitness 5K Presented by Blackson Brick Co. and benefiting the Dallas Center for Architecture, one of Dallas' best 5K events showcases the city's most impressive architectural icons. Run through the region's cultural life, Uptown, The Arts District, through the skyline and glass high-rise buildings with award-winning architecture. Registration includes a fantastic dry-fit shirt (a slick-looking one you'll actually wear), food, and brew too. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. klydewarrenpark.org

DALLAS: Feb. 23-26 Conservation of Architectural Heritage—Second Edition Architecture is the platform where all cultures, heritages, traditions, and histories meet; through architectural conservation, the built heritage is prolonged and conserved by the planning of individuals or organizations that work solely for the purpose of conservation and preservation of architectural heritage. Through critical decisions that are based on the criteria of combining artistic, contextual, and informational values, the heritage is preserved, restored, or sometimes, no actions might be taken for the best interest of the cultural and architectural heritage. City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St. ierek.com

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Chili Cook Offs

January to April 2018

                 
1/13/2018 & 1/14/2018 6th Annual Never on New Years Arlington TX   Contact: Todd Boyles Phone: 817-789-5063 Email: tboyles52@gmail.com 12:00 Chili Grind Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type   Address 2625 South Cooper St Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Bean Cook off Turn in at 12 noon.$5.00 dollar entry fee Payback 1st, 2nd and 3rd.50/50 raffle.Cash bar will be open.Camping available with electric hook ups. contact Todd for pricing.In event of inclement weather cooking will be allowed in the hall.
1/20/2018 Knights of Columbus Irving TX 75061 Rene Rodriguez Phone: 469-838-0782 Email: txrene.rodriguez@hotmail.com     Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type   Address 2906 Rock Island Rd Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: In case of bad weather cooks can cook insider. RV parking available no hookups. Trophies for top 3 chilis and 1st shows. Beans $5 turn in 12 pm.
1/27/2018 The Dallas HOG Winter Shootout Garland TX 75040 1334 W. Centerville Road 9:30 Chili Grind The Third Annual Dallas Harley-Davidson Owners Group (DHOG) Chapter and Dallas Harley-Davidson present The DHOG Winter Shootout. Cook Off to be held at Dallas Harley-Davidson. What could be better than being surrounded by Harley`s and Chili Cooks! Dallas HOG Chili Cook Off (HOGS Only) fee $ 5.00 turn in @ 12:30 PM to be held at the same time. Peoples Choice will be held and the winner will receive a $ 50.00 Gift Card. Times to be announced at the cooks meeting. Please bring lots of Peoples Choice Chili as they sold 112 tasting cups last year. There will be a 50/50 raffle. RV parking available, no hookups. Make checks payable to Motor Cops for Kid`s. CASI rules apply.....Come cook with us!.
2/10/2018 Polar Plunge CCO Farmers Branch TX 75034 Carrrington Marzett Phone: 214-943-9981 Email: cmarzett@sotx.org 1:00 Chili Grind Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type   Address 14032 Heartside Place Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Music, vendors and just family fun! Watch as teams pay to jump into the pools!
2/17/2018 & 2/18/2018 Garland Shriners Annual CCO 2121 Rowlett Rd TX 75040 George Hall Phone: 972-743-0884 Email: gmhall180@sbcglobal.net 1:00 Chili Grind Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Two day cookoff, held at Garland Hella Shrine Temple. Beans entry $5, turn in Noon pay top 3. Full RV hookups (12) are first come first serve at $15 per day. Depending on weather, you can cook inside down below or outside under the cover. 50/50 cash raffle and other raffle with 6 tickets for $5. Burgers/fries for sale at lunch.
3/24/2018 DAM Pod Annual CCO Garland
3865 Duck Creek
TX 75040 Dave Hewlett Phone: 214-695-3806 Email: davehewlett@msn.com 1:00 Chili Grind Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Held at Garland Elks Lodge. Beans $5, 12 pm turn in.There will be a 50/50 raffle. Note: TABC rules apply. Pleanty of cooking area under the trees. RV's welcome but no hookups.
3/31/2018 Buffalo Girls Hotel Canton TX 75103 Susan Matassa Phone: 903-385-0385 Email: buflohotel@aol.com 1:00 Chili Grind Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: 18th annual Buffalo Girls Hotel chili cook-off on Saturday, March 31st. Historic Buffalo Girls Hotel is located on The Mountain at Old Mill Marketplace home of the First Monday Trade Days.Table top set up only, entertainment, live auction, free parking for chili cooks, trophies, goody bags for first 15 entries. Therapy Dogs of Van Zandt County have chosen Patriot Paws, who train service dogs for deserving veterans.RV spaces and overnight accommodations on sight. Please call Susan Matassa at 903-567-7829 for any details, or to make reservations at the hotel.
4/7/2018 DFW Metroplex Regional CCO Dallas TX 75206 Nancy Hewlett Phone: 214-802-8194 Email: Nancyhewlett@msn.com 9:30 Chili Grind Additional Information: Pendery's is planning a bigger and better cookoff this year. mark your calendars to attend. This will be a 2 day event.
4/8/2018 Pendery Day After CCO Dallas TX 75206 Nancy Hewlett Phone: 214-802-8194 Email: Nancyhewlett@msn.com 12:00 Chili Grind Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type   Address TBA Turn in time: 12:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: This is a two day event. See day before
4/14/2018 & 4/15/2018 Garland Elks CCO Garland TX 75040 Jim Meehan Phone: 972-747-0977 Email: jmcm1975@sbcglobal.net   Chili Grind Address 3825 Duck Creek Turn in time: 1:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Beans fee $5, turn in 12 noon, payout 20/30/50. Plenty of dry camping under pecan trees.
4/28/2018 Sherman Lion's Club 1st Annual CCO Sherman TX 75090 ? contact Phone: 972-672-6229 Email: bigaca79@yahoo.com 9:30 Chili Grind People's Choice Local Restaurant CCO. Rules: None. . Held at Sherman Elks Lodge #2280. Breakfast Buffet,Beer,Live Music. Dry camping available. Make checks payable to Sherman Evening Lions's Club.

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