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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.

Scavenger hunt with author leads students to knowledge

Rummaging through aisles of books at the South Irving Library, students in grades 6 – 12 frantically searched for clues during the Space Runners Scavenger Hunt held on Tuesday afternoon, June 20.

Students were divided into two teams and had to work together to find clues hidden in different areas of the library.

“The scavenger hunt let them get familiar with places in the library,” said Mary Hinson, senior library assistant of teen services. “We also had a visiting author, Jeramey Kraatz, author of Space Runners: The Moon Platoon and The Cloak Society trilogy. It was a space themed scavenger hunt, and then we had a little meet and greet, Q and A session.”

This event is just one of many programs the library will host for teenagers this summer.

“During the summer we definitely hold more programs, because students have more time to be at the library,” Hinson said. “This summer we have more programs than ever, just about one a week.”

Grace Pipkins, a junior at MacArthur High School, decided to participate along with her two best friends.

“I asked both of my friends to come because I thought it looked like fun,” Pipkins said. “I love scavenger hunts. I’ve always loved scavenger hunts and I’m very competitive.”

Pipkins and her friends finished the scavenger hunt in about 20 minutes and won the grand prize, an iPod shuffle and a signed copy of Kraatz’s book Space Runners.

“It was like a rush of excitement trying to finish,” Pipkins said. “It was really fun, and we had a good time.”

Kraatz enjoys coming to events hosted by the Irving Library system, not only because they are his favorite libraries, but because he gets the opportunity to interact with teenagers.

“It’s my favorite thing to do as part of my job as an author for kids,” Kraatz said. “It’s great to be able to be here and talk to these students who are really interested in writing, to encourage them and maybe give them some advice. After this, I go back to my computer and keep working. Having just talked to these kids, I remember why I’m doing this, so it’s refreshing for me as well.”

Diego Alvarez, an incoming freshman at Jack E. Singley Academy, said even though his team lost, he still enjoyed the scavenger hunt.

“I learned how to work together in a team, got to improve on my social skills, and I learned a lot about the library because there are a lot of things that I didn’t know even though I’ve been here so many times,” he said.

Alvarez’s favorite part of the event was getting to talk to Kraatz in a one-on-one setting.

“The first time I met him, he came to my elementary school, but that was a long time ago,” he said. “I’m interested in becoming a writer when I grow up, so it’s cool to meet people like Jeramey Kraatz and other famous authors.”

Alvarez and his team did not leave empty handed. For their efforts in the scavenger hunt, they also received a signed copy of Space Runners.

“The scavenger hunt is a program that has actually been done almost every year,” Hinson said. “It’s a recurring program and everybody seems to have a really good time with it.”

Kraatz thinks the scavenger hunt is a fun way to keep teenagers engaged in the summer.

“The great thing about the scavenger hunt is that technically they’re here to win prizes, but they’re in the library in the summer exploring,” Kraatz said. “They get to find things they wouldn’t have found otherwise running through all these sections. They’re getting to explore the library and immerse themselves in books and remind themselves or learning for the first time. There’s such a world of literature and knowledge out there for them.”

Mark your calendar!

Celebrate Coppell – Party In The Park
July 1, 2  – 10 p.m.

Coppell’s annual Independence Day celebration returns to Andrew Brown Park East, 260 E. Parkway Blvd. Park bigger and better than ever.

5k for Coppell Special Olympics
July 1

The Get You In Shape Coppell 5K benefiting Coppell Special Olympics is a community event with a 1-mile fun run and a timed 5K Race on July 1st and is a part of Celebrate Coppell. This will be the first 5k in the newly updated Coppell Parks. For more information and to register for this family-friendly, community event visit:

Irving Heritage House
July 2, 3-5 p.m.

Recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Little Golden Books, a special exhibit of vintage books from the collection of Heritage Society member Karen Jackson will be on display at the Irving Heritage House. The Heritage House is located at 303 South O’Connor and monthly tours now include Mary’s Playhouse in the garden area as well. Admission is free. Guest will receive a complimentary copy of the history book Irving, Texas: From Rails to Wings by Norma Stanton.

Little Golden Books were created in 1942 for children. Some of the first books included Three Little Kittens, Bedtime Stories, Prayers for Children, The Little Red Hen and the all-time favorite and the top seller The Poky Little Puppy. The books have been colorfully illustrated with distinct styles from such artists as Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, and Garth Williams. The books sold for 25 cents and you were even allowed to write your name in them.

School Supply Drive
July 2-August 6

Help Irving ISD students start the school year off right by donating school supplies. All Irving Fire Stations are collecting school supplies July 2 through August 6. Supplies needed include:

Composition books
Crayons (24 count)
Rulers (standard and metric)
2-inch binders with dividers
Plastic folders with brads and pockets
No. 2 pencils
Small scissors
Spiral notebooks
Washable markers (8 count)
Erasers (large, bevel)
Glue sticks
Notebook paper (wide and college ruled)
Colored pencils (12 count)
Pencil box or pouch
Financial donations are also being accepted. Contact 972-600-5018 for more information.

Irving’s Star-Spangled Parade
July 4, 9 a.m.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4 at Sowers Street and Irving Boulevard, near Millennium Park, and concludes about 10 a.m. After the parade, a reception at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., will include free watermelon, airbrush tattoos, balloons and a concert by Leo Hull and the Texas Blues Machine.

Celebrate Coppell – Parade Down Parkway
July 4, 9 a.m.

Parade Route – Samuel To Parkway Blvd., West On Parway To Town Center

Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic parade! Put on your red, white and blue and head over to the parade route early for the best spot.

Irving’s party and fireworks
July 4, 6 p.m.

The celebration continues along Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Entertainment includes live music by Downtown Fever, DJ Chris Brown and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. The 20-minute fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. More than 20 food vendors will offer hot and cold treats.

Other activities include airbrush tattoos, photos with Uncle Sam and both wet and dry inflatable rides. Swim attire is not required; towels are recommended. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawns chairs; outside food and beverage is permitted.

Memorial Event for Police
July 7, 11 a.m.

The first anniversary of the Dallas police shooting brings memories of a tragic night for the Dallas Police Department, DART and El Centro College. El Centro has scheduled a memorial event to honor the officers who died that night, those who were wounded (including two El Centro police officers, Cpl. Bryan Shaw and Officer John Abbott) and all of those officers who responded.

The event will be held in the Student Center. 

Memorial Event for Police
July 7, 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Tribute 7/7, an organization led by the Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement associations, is to thank the community for its support of law enforcement and to encourage more communication between them. 

Tribute 7/7 is planning an evening of remembrance at City Hall Plaza for the community to gather and share memories of the 2016 events; show support to officers and their families who attend; and celebrate the officers who were lost that night.

Mark your calendar!

Beach Party
June 16, 7 –  10 PM

Make a splash and cool off with some fun away from the sun at the South Irving Library. Enjoy making beach-y crafts, playing summer games, posing for a photo as you catch a wave and ride the tide, and watching Disney’s Moana (2016, PG).

Juneteenth Celebration
June 17, 5 to 8 PM

This year’s celebration will pay homage to museums that share information about the origin of the Juneteenth holiday. In addition, the celebration will include a free community picnic and concerts sponsored by In-N-Out Burger. Tributes to the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center and the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. are planned. Outdoor games, a vendor marketplace and children activities will be available. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for concerts.

Concert Series 4 Kids
June 22, 10 AM

The music of AndyRo is just half the fun, the event has so much more going on. Before the show starts kids can check out the playground and participate in a craft activity. There will be a concession stand available; however, outside food and drinks are allowed. Covered seating is limited, attendees are

Irving Concert Series
June 23, 7 to 8:45 PM

The Irving Concert Series will highlight several genres with a New Orleans influence including jazz, big brass, Cajun and more. Food vendors will serve up dishes with flavors straight from NOLA.

All shows and are held at the Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX 75060. Admission and parking are free. Seating is not provided, visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Mardi Gras beads will also be passed out, while supplies last.

Mark your calendar!

Blood Drive
June 3, noon – 6 p.m.

Gift of Life Blood Drives held in conjunction with Carter Bloodcare at the Irving Mall. The Carter Bus will be parked at the south entrance near Las Lupes Restaurant. The blood donations will benefit the children who are treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Irving Heritage House
June 4, 3pm – 5pm

In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room,” wedding gowns spanning several decades, are displayed in the Irving Heritage House, located at 303 South O’Connor. Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free. Group tours may also be scheduled on alternate days. The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

Adult English Literacy Summer Academy
June 5-29, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Irving ISD will host a free Adult English Literacy Summer Academy during the month of June. Classes will meet Monday-Thursday, at the Irving ISD Administrative Annex (820 N. O’Connor Road, Irving, TX 75061). Topics include family literacy, ESL, GED basic literacy skills, citizenship and civics lessons, entrepreneurship, computer literacy and conversations. Register in person at the Administrative Annex on the first day of class. Please bring a government-issued form of identification (social security card, driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, Texas ID, residency card). For more information, call 972-600-3770.

Irving Concert Series
June 9, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

The Irving Concert Series will highlight several genres with a New Orleans influence including jazz, big brass, Cajun and more. Food vendors will serve up dishes with flavors straight from NOLA.

All shows and are held at the Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX 75060. Admission and parking are free. Seating is not provided, visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Mardi Gras beads will also be passed out, while supplies last.