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Back-to-School Nights
August 15-18

Each campus in the district will host a back-to-school event that will give families and students the opportunity to meet teachers, drop off school supplies and become familiar with the school. In addition, those who have not completed all steps of the registration process can do so at these events. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 15 – high schools, 5 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16 – middle schools, 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 17 – elementary schools, 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, August 18 – early childhood schools, 2 to 4 p.m.


School Supply Drive
August 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

First Baptist Church in Irving (403 S. Main Street) will be having a School Supply Drive to help provide students with the tools they need to succeed. Parents of Kindergarten – 5th grade students may pick up a free package of school supplies, while supplies last. 

Set the Date!

Free Genealogy Classes
August 4 – 18, 12:30 p.m.
Free genealogy classes are available to the public provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, who has created the largest collection of family records in the world. A three part course will be offered at The Summit Active Adult Center in Grand Prairie. Topics that will be covered include Genealogy for Beginners, Sources for Genealogical Information and Search Techniques for Genealogical Information. Instructors for the course are Elder and Sister Grieve, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. Classes will be Fridays at 12:30 pm. The class is free for all Summit members. Nonmembers may be charged a $5 entrance fee by The Summit. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints collection of family records includes more than 3 billion deceased people and has 5,003 family history centers in 138 countries.


Summer School Graduation
August 10, 7 p.m.
Summer school graduation for all high schools is Singley Academy.


Auditions
August 12, 10:30am-4:30pm
The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season at the Irving Arts Center.

Based in Irving, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle and high school students residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. These talented youths are given the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education by learning symphonic literature through high-quality orchestral and ensemble training with the very best in the field. Students have the opportunity to perform with the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra through our side-by-side concerts, and students may also compete for scholarship opportunities and guest artist spots through our annual concerto competition.

Auditions are by appointment only. All audition information can be found at www.lascolinassymphony.org/lsyo. Students can expect to perform two scales, a solo of their choice, and 2-3 excerpts that have been preselected for their instrument.

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Blood Donation
July 30, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.

A blood donation drive will be held at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Parish, 2323 Cheyenne Street, Irving.


Free Genealogy Classes
August 4 – 18, 12:30 p.m. 

Free genealogy classes are available to the public provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, who has created the largest collection of family records in the world. A three part course will be offered at The Summit Active Adult Center in Grand Prairie.

Topics that will be covered include Genealogy for Beginners, Sources for Genealogical Information and Search Techniques for Genealogical Information. Instructors for the course are Elder and Sister Grieve, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints.

Classes will be Fridays at 12:30 pm. The class is free for all Summit members. Nonmembers may be charged a $5 entrance fee by The Summit.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints collection of family records includes more than 3 billion deceased people and has 5,003 family history centers in 138 countries.

 

 

Jane Marlow Easter

Jane Marlow Easter, 87 of Irving, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2017. Jane was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 10, 1929. She graduated from Irving High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Texas Christian Universi-ty. She later obtained her Master’s Degree from Southern Meth-odist University. Jane experienced a long teaching career with the Dallas Independent School District. She also enjoyed extensive travel around the world in the summers. Fol-lowing her retirement, Jane spent countless hours caring for her mother, two aunts and an uncle. Jane was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and most recently attended Beltline Road Church of Christ. In her later years Jane made many friends at the Park Manor Apartments where she lived as well as at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Irving. Fami-ly and maintaining family traditions was very important to Jane. She came from a family of Irving pio-neers and early settler, Thomas Haley, was her grandfather. She was a great historian of the history of Irving as well as the Haley fami-ly. Jane was very inde-pendent and until re-cent months, she con-tinued to drive herself to dialysis three times a week.

Jane is survived by her sister-in-law, Lura Easter Barganier and her husband, Frank, of Irving; nieces, Mary Easter Casey and her husband, Jackie of Abilene, and Cindy Easter Arnold of Den-ton; cousins, Marinell Zaun, Vera Lou Gleg-horn, Glenn Gleghorn and Sue Huffman; numerous grand-nieces and nephews; as well as many lifelong friends. Jane is preced-ed in death by her par-ents, J.C. and Flora Haley Easter and her brother, Joel Carlton Easter.

Funeral services are being handled by Don-nelly’s Colonial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday evening at the funeral home from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The memorial service for Jane will be held at Beltline Road Church of Christ in Irving on Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Haley Ceme-tery. The family would like to thank the staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center and Irving Nurs-ing and Rehabilitation for their devotion, care and love they provided to Jane.