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MESQUITE and surrounding Area Events.

 

 

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North Texas Events & Texas Chili Cook Offs

 

Public Notices:

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4/3//17 - The City of Mesquite is seeking the public's input on historic downtown Mesquite as it develops plans for the area. The survey seeks the public's input on a variety of downtown topics, including business activity, special events, infrastructure and more. The deadline to participate in the online survey is Friday, April 14. Click Here to take the survey. For more information, call 972-216-6446.

1/1 - News Release - Mesquite to launch new Housing Division Homelessness Program

The Mesquite City Council has approved revisions to the Housing Choice Voucher (HVC) program to create a new Homelessness Program. The revisions strengthen the current rental assistance program. They will convert 12 of the existing housing vouchers for the specific use to assist families at risk of homelessness. The HVC program is funded and governed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To receive the vouchers, applicants must be referred by the Mesquite Independent School District and certified as homeless by the City's Housing Division. The program becomes effective January 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Housing or call 972-216-6424.

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April

Mesquite

MESQUITE: Apr. 1-30 Faith Artists Exhibit Enjoy an exhibit of works by Faith Artists, which aims to create biblically inspired art. Galleries are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 1 Mesquite Rodeo Parade In celebration of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo season, this community-wide parade brings together civic clubs, churches, community groups, sports teams and schools. The parade will follow its traditional route starting on Belt Line at Newsom, proceeding through downtown Mesquite and ending on Galloway Avenue at New Market. Downtown Mesquite. realtexasflavor.com 972/204-4925

MESQUITE: Apr. 1 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert Mesquite Symphony Orchestra presents the concert "Let's Pretend," bringing imagination to life. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitesymphony.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 6 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Walkin' the Line, Johnny Cash Tribute Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Walkin' the Line, a Johnny Cash tribute. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 8 Breakfast with the Bunny Enjoy pancakes and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest Ave. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260

MESQUITE: Apr. 13 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Josh Knight Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Josh Knight. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 20 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7 "I'm Not Rappaport" The action in this play occurs under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians meet regularly, determined to fight all attempts to put them out to pasture. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972/216-8126

MESQUITE: Apr. 22 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Tour the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972/216-6468

MESQUITE: Apr. 27 Rockin' Rhapsody Concert Series: Downtown Fever Enjoy free concerts outdoors every Thursday evening through the month of April. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and in the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors. This week features Downtown Fever. Mesquite Arts Center North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: Apr. 29 Cinco de Mayo Celebration This family-friendly event will offer authentic Mexican food, a piñata break, a jalapeño eating contest, folklórico dancers, bounce houses and more. City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260

Garland

GARLAND: Apr. 6-29 "The Addams Family" The Broadway musical sensation brings the familiar and bizarre antics of your favorite family of darkness to life. What happens when Wednesday Addams brings a "normal" family to dinner? It's a recipe for a weirdly wonderful evening. Garland Civic Theatre, 2703 National Place. garlandcivictheatre.org 972/205-2790

Dallas

DALLAS: Jan. 27-Apr. 23 "Benini: Alla Geometria" Brightly colored paintings born of geometric shapes join the international collection at this prestigious museum. Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, 3109 Carlisle St. geometricmadimuseum.org 214/855-7802

DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" This exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Feb. 25-Apr. 9 Dallas Blooms Get your groove on in the garden, featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, florally decorated topiary VW bugs and many activities. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214/515-6612

DALLAS: Apr. 17 Trio Solisti SMU, Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. dallaschambermusic.org844/326-7844

DALLAS: Apr. 28 David Sedaris The author presents new and unpublished material in his eighth annual visit to Dallas. Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers, with bestselling books such as "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as collections of personal essays. His pieces appear regularly in "The New Yorker" and on the public radio show "This American Life," and have twice been included in "The Best American Essays." Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org 214/880-0202

 

May

Mesquite

MESQUITE: May 1-31 Melvin Brown Exhibit Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444

MESQUITE: May 6 Kidfish Poles and bait are provided, or participants may use their own gear at this fishing event for children 16 and younger. City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260

MESQUITE: May 12-13 Mesquite Meander Historic Cemetery Tour Historic Mesquite Inc. and the Mesquite Community Theater present their seventh annual walk through the cemetery, a unique and informative way to present a history lesson about the early residents who helped build the community. Mesquite Cemetery, 400 Holley Park Dr. historicmesquite.org 972/216-6468

MESQUITE: May 13 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert: Musical Confetti The orchestra presents a whirling mixture of colorful music to end the season. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitesymphony.org 972/216-6444

Garland

GARLAND: May 13 Urban Flea This outdoor market features vintage and handcrafts vendors, live music and food trucks. 701 W. Avenue A. resurrecteddesigns.com

Dallas

DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" This exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

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Chili Cook Offs

April to September 2017

                 
4/1/2017 Knights of Columbus Irving TX 75060 2906 Rock Island Rd 1:00 PM Chili Grind Held at Knights of Columbus Hall. Beans $5, turn in noon. Trophies for top 3 and 1st show. Certificates for 4-10th.  In case of bad weather cooks can cook inside. RV parking is available but no hookups. Large concrete parking area.
4/22/2017 2nd Annual Denise Landers Cancer Fund Dallas TX 75233 3800 Arturo 1:00 PM Chili Grind Held at Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE).$5 entry for beans, bean turn in is noon.  Beans pay 50/30/20.  There will be a 50/50 raffle.  There is plenty of room on tennis court for pop ups as well as under the trees.  Please bag all trash and place in trash cans or dumpster.  RV parking available.  No hookups.  Be aware that if it's rainy the week before, our grounds can get quite muddy and limit RV parking.  Call beforehand if you have any questions. FOE 3108 214-327-9563
4/23/2017 DAM Pod CCO Dallas TX 75233 8500 Arturo Dr 12:00 PM Chili Grind Grounds will be open at 8:00am. There is plenty of room on tennis court for pop ups as well as under the trees.  Please bag all trash and place in trash cans or dumpster. Be aware that if it's rainy the week before, our grounds can get quite muddy and limit RV parking.
4/30/2017 DFW Metroplex CASI Regional CCO Dallas TX 75205 SMU 1:00 PM Open Automatic qualifier for TICC 2017. Pendery's the Oldest Family Owned and Operated Business in Texas and the Inventors of Chile Blend, Annual Charity Chili Cookoff will take place on "The Boulevard" of SMU and benefits American Cancer Society, Homeless Victims of Domestic Violence, as well as other charities. A BBQ lunch will be provided by volunteers from the Dallas Police Competition BBQ Team.  Last year we raised $110,000 for local charities.  This year up to a $75,000 "Challenge Match" WILL BE PROVIDED, SO MAKE YOUR DONATION COUNT! For every dollar you donate, we will match it! CASI winners will receive total awards of more than $1000 in Pendery's Gift Certificates.  Gates open at 8 am. Entry fee $25 online or $30 at the gate.  BBQ $10. Further information, fees and registration at Penderys.com
5/6/2017 12th Annual Red Hilliard Memorial CCO Lewisville TX 75057 997 Hwy 121 Business East 1:00 PM Chili Grind Beans entry fee $5, turn in 12. Junior cooks free, turn in 12:30. Make checks payable to VFW Post 9168. RVs welcome, no hookups.
5/13/2017 41st Cowtown CASI Grapevine TX 76051 1501 Dooley St 1:00 PM Chili Grind Additional Info May 12,13,14 Come join us at The Vineyards Campgrounds & Cabins for the 41st annual Cowtown CASI CCO. Cowtown will have raffles for great items. Thursday night arrivals welcomed. Plenty of RV parking, RV full hook up spots & Very nice Cabins. All Rv spots and Cabins are at a 25% discount. Call and Make your reservation at 817-329-8993.If you had a spot last year and did not take your refund and took a free night let them know. May 12th Friday night Beans 7pm and Salsa 8pm contest, CASH prizes! SaturdayMay 13th CASI rules grind only. Trophies for top 10 chilis, top 10 Junior, and top 3 show. 1ST place auto qualifier if we are over 100 cooks. It's the 11th annual North Texas Junior Chili Championship, junior entry (ages 8-17) $10.00 turn in 12 noon. CASI rules as well. Covered Judging. Stay after the cook off Saturday night for a BBQ dinner and please bring a side dish to share. Send early registration to David Sexton 5615 Goodwin Ave Dallas Tx 75206 payable to Cowtown CASI. Must be received by May 1st. You can get more info on our COWTOWN CASI Facebookpage or contact David Sexton at Cowtowngp@tx.rr.com or 817-793-0656 See March 14 for day after cook off.
5/14/2017 41st Cowtown CASI Pod CCO Grapevine TX 76051 1501 N Dooley St 12:00 PM Chili Grind Additional Info May 12,13,14 2016 Come join us at The Vineyards Campgrounds & CabinsGrapevine Tx for the 41th annual Cowtown CASI Day after CCO. Thursday night arrivals welcomed. Plenty of RV parking, RV full hook up spots & Very nice Cabins. All Rv spots and Cabins are at a 25% discount. Call and Make your reservation at 817-329-8993. 1ST place auto qualifier . Send early registration to David Sexton 5615 Goodwin Ave Dallas Tx 75206payable to Cowtown CASI. Must be received by May 1st. You can get more info on our COWTOWN CASI Facebookpage or contact David Sexton at Cowtowngp@tx.rr.com or 817-793-0656 See March 15 for day after cook off.
5/20/2017 38th Annual Top of Texas Pod CCO Championship Irving TX 75061 2015 N. Britain Rd. 1:00 PM Chili Grind Jackpot Beans $5.00 Entry turn in High Noon. Junior Chili - CASI rules apply turn in 12:30PM Entry $10.00.Challenge of Champions Entry $10.00 + 2 can goods for Irving Cares Food Bank - Pays top 3 Plenty of RV parking, limited hook-ups, Cooks Dinner Friday evening.
5/21/2017 Sunday after TOT Pod CCo Irving TX 75061 2015 N. Britain Rd. 12:00 PM Chili Grind See Day Before
6/10/2017 VFW West Tawakoni West Tawakoni TX 75474 100 East Highway 276 1:00 PM Chili Grind The Auxiliary will serve breakfast for all the chili cooks. Date changed.
6/11/2017 VFW West Tawakoni West Tawakoni TX 75474 100 East Highway 276 12:00 PM Chili Grind See cookoff day before.
6/17/2017 Knights of Columbus Irving TX 75060 2906 Rock Island Rd 1:00 PM Chili Grind In case of bad weather cooks can cook inside. RV parking available no hookups.Trophies for top 3 chilis and 1st shows. Beans $5 turn in 12 pm.
6/24/2017 Garland Elks CCO Garland TX 75040 3825 Duck Creek 1:00 PM Chili Grind Beans $5  turn in 12 pm. 50/50 raffle.There is also a Texas State ELKS Championship CCO the same day. Entry in the ELKS CASI CCO allows the cook to enter the State CCO free. As Michelle Kirk won the last Texas state ELKS CCO and the Garland ELKS lodge 1984 is her home lodge it is required to host this event. If you only cook the ELKS state CCO then the fee is $15. The State ELKS CCO turn in time is 1 pm. If you cook CASI CCO then you can dip out of the same pot and add what you want to for the ELKS cup of chili. The CASI chili CCO cup has to follow the CASI rules. All ELKS in the state of Texas are invited.
6/25/2017 DAM Pod FOC CCO Garland TX 75040 3825 Duck Creek Dr 12:00 PM Chili Grind There will be a 50/50 event.
10/14/2017 Our Sunflower Friends Of Ellis County Family Festival Chili Cookoff Waxahachie, TX 75167 2300 US 287 12:00 PM Chili Grind We  will have Red Beans (Pinto Beans and Chili Beans), and a Brisket cook offs. There is also a category for open chili and red beans if you like.   Turn in times: Red Beans - 1:00 p.m., Brisket 2:00 p.m.  Camping Available for self contained units starting Friday, October 13th and can stay through Sunday. Come early and get your special spot.   Live music Friday night. Saturdays events will start at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K walk/run, followed by car show, bike show, balloon release, live and silent auctions, tons of kids activities and raffle for a 2017 Jeep or $25,000 cash.  Raffle tickets are $100 each with only 500 tickets to be sold.  Children Sponsored this year are 2 little boys, Adam and Parker.  Both 2, both battle a form of childhood cancer.  Please feel free to check out our website at oursunflowerfriends.org for more information.  100% of all proceeds will go to the families.  Raffle tickets will be available starting May 1st through our webpage.

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