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Don’t Miss these Local Events!

Coffee with a Cop
April 22, 9 AM - 11 AM 

Come out for a free cup of coffee and meet your local police officers. It is a perfect time to discuss any nonemergency issues you might be experiencing at McDonald’s, 5220 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063.


Canal Fest
April 22, 2 to 8 p.m.

The event is returning to the Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas. Music is a big part of Canal Fest, and this year’s lineup includes Jenna McDaniel, Jonathan Fox Band, King David Band and Love & Happiness, performing a variety of music including Top 40, country, jazz and R&B. But the beats do not end there. The Musicians’ Corner, along the south side of the canal, will feature Zach Coffey, Joel Cross and Molly Ray Rockwell.


Concert Series 4 Kids
April 27, 10 am

The music of Mister G 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 encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission and parking are free. 


Minority Women/Business Vendor Workshop
April 27, 5:30 p.m.

Representatives from key City of Irving departments including Capital Improvements, Building Services, and Parks and Recreation will discuss the various types of goods and services contracts they require and the bidding process. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the presentations.

Workshop registration is scheduled Irving City Hall, First Floor Council Conference Room, 825 W. Irving Blvd. MWBE administrators will begin presentations at 6 p.m.

The city encourages all interested to attend and to RSVP with Deborah McVean, MWBE program administrator, (972) 721-3753 or dmcvean@cityofirving.org. 


Heritage Society 13th Annual Fish Fry
April 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

The Irving Heritage Society’s Annual Fish Fry will be held at Heritage Park, 2nd and Main Street. Past guests have put their “seal of approval” on this delicious meal and fun evening. The event will include a silent auction of cakes as well. Fish fry tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate. Tickets for children 3-8 years are $5. Children 2 years and under are free. Advance tickets are available at Big State Fountain and Grill at Main/Irving Blvd., the Mustang Museum at Williams Square, from Heritage Society board members, or by calling 972-252-3838.

Visitors are always welcomed at Heritage Society events. See the website www.irvingheritage.com for more information on this as well as other upcoming activities or call 972-252-3838.


Irving Concert Series
April 28, 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.

Don’t Miss these Local Events!

Irving Concert Series

April 14, 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.

April 14, The N’awlins Gumbo Kings.


Easter Eggstravaganza

April 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Easter Eggstravaganza at First Baptist Church in Irving (403 S. Main Street). Free event! Fun for the whole family! Easter egg hunt, games, bounce house, caricature artist, music, food, and more! www.firstirving.org


Friends of the Coppell Public Library

The Friends of the Coppell Public Library are seeking donations of gently used books, movies, magazines, etc. for their upcoming BIG Book Sale. Donations may be delivered to the Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Rd. Coppell, Texas. Receipts are available for tax deductions. The BIG Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Members of the Friends of the Coppell Public Library may shop early beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information, please call 972-304-3658, stop by the Information Desk, or email library@coppelltx.gov.


Annual CozbyCon Art Contest

April 1 – April 30

The 7th annual CozbyCon Art Contest at the Cozby Library and Community Commons is open to any student in grades K – 12. Art submissions will be accepted at the Library’s Information Desk or via email at cozbyprograms@coppelltx.gov through Sunday, April 30. Artwork submission forms and guidelines are now available via the library website, http://coppelltx.gov/library, and at the Library Information Desk.

Createria Studios is sponsoring prizes and will be judging the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winning artwork in each of four grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Winners will be announced at CozbyCon (the library’s anime/comic/fandom convention) on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12 – 4 p.m.

The Cozby Library and Community Commons is located at 177 N. Heartz Rd. Coppell, Texas. For more information, please call 972-304-3658.

Local Events

Irving Residents Meet Your Candidates

April 4, 7pm

East Buffet, 4023 W. Airport Frwy, Irving, TX 75062

Meet Your Candidates for:

Mayor

City Council

School Boards

Hosted by Irving Democratic Women


Blood Drive

April 5, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 400 E Airport Freeway in Irving. Donating blood is a simple wayto make a profound difference in the lives of patients.


Blood Drive

April 6, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood at Victory Place at Coppell, 550 N Denton Tap Rd in Coppell. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients.

Local EVENTS

Benedicite

March 25, 2017, 7 PM - 9 PM 

This major work by Andrew Carter describes the world through the “Book of Common Prayer,” with songs entitled “Green Things,” “Badgers and Hedgehogs,” and “Butterflies and Moths.” These beautiful compositions were written for adult and children audiences with orchestra and will feature the Irving ISD 4th- and 5th-Grade Honor Choir and Irving Children’s Chorus in the Irving Arts Center.


Sean Mitchell and Big City Music Revue

March 26, 2017, 3 - 5 PM 

The Entertainment Series of Irving’s last concert for the season will be a matinee performance in the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 North MacArthur. Sean Mitchell will be the featured performer. Sean is an established singer/songwriter, as well as a music producer and arranger. Having an established voice in contemporary Christian, Adult Pop and Country music genres, he will perform his “Big City Music Revue” which includes some of the greatest hits from the 50’s, 60’s and even the nostalgic 70’s. He will blend “old school rock and roll’, top 40 classics, the soul and sounds of Motown, as well as a bit of country from time to time.

The Irving Silvertones will present a pre-concert performance in the Carpenter Lobby beginning at 2:15pm. Tickets are still available and may be purchased through the Irving Arts Center Box Office, 972-252-ARTS (2787) or www.irvingartscenter.com Visit www.entertainmentseries.com for more information. The Entertainment Series of Irving is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.


Aurora’s Wedding

March 31, 2017 - April 1, 7:30 pm

Ballet Ensemble of Texas under the direction of Allan Kinzie will present a mixed repertoire program featuring “Aurora’s Wedding” set by internationally renowned artistic director Anna-Marie Holmes in the version she learned from Bronislava Nijinska during her years spent in Russia. Also on the program will be Louis Gottschalk’s famous “Tarantella” choreographed by Lisa Slagle, a new work choreographed by Tammie Reinsch titled “generation#” which is a whimsical reflection on today’s technology and “Flower Festival” Pas de Deux by August Bournonville and danced by guest artists Rayleigh Vendt and Walker Martin from the Oklahoma City Ballet. Performances will take place at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, TX 75062. $30 adults, $25 students and seniors. 972-252-ARTS. www.irvingartscenter.com

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Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra

March 18, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM 

Brothers Robert and Alex McDonald, on piano, join LCSO. Program highlights to include Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major by Brahms in the Irving Arts Center.


Irving Heritage Society

3-19, 2pm

General meeting and program in the South Library, 601 Schulze Drive. The program will be presented by David Martinez, Chairman of the Texas Historical Foundation Board. His presentation will include information on Texas history and the mission of the foundation.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.


The Little Mermaid (Pajama Party & Performance)

March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Carpenter Hall

For this enchanted evening, little girls and boys may wish to dress up in their favorite princess/prince attire, or wear their pajamas as they follow the dreams of Arabella, a mermaid who believes life would be better on two legs. 

Along with her crustaceous pals, Arabella goes on a journey of self-discovery leading to boatloads of laughs, encounters with an evil witch, and of course, a handsome prince! With stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs and current, chart topping hits, it’s a performance fit for a royalty, with plenty of audience participation in the Irving Arts Center!


The Little Mermaid

March 24, All Day 

Follow the dreams of Arabella, a mermaid who believes life would be better on two legs. Along with her crustaceous pals, Arabella goes on a journey of self-discovery leading to boatloads of laughs, encounters with an evil witch, and of course, a handsome prince! With stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes, original songs and current, chart-topping hits, it’s a performance fit for a princess, with plenty of audience participation in the Irving Arts Center.

 

Save the Date!

Guitar Fest, Irving Symphony Orchestra
March 11, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

Enjoy the elegance and beauty of the most beloved guitar concerto: Concierto de Aranjuez, by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo performed by guitarist Zaira Meneses in the Irving Arts Center.


MainStage: Calendar Girls
March 17 - April 1

When Annie’s husband dies of cancer, she and her best friend Chris, resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose unclothed with them for an “alternative” calendar benefiting the Leukemia Research Fund. The news of the women’s brave charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village in the Yorkshire Dales. Inspired by true events, “Calendar Girls” is the heartwarming tale of ordinary women who achieved something extraordinary. Hold on to your knickers!
Complete Show Schedule in the Irving Arts Center –
7:30 p.m. | March 17-18, 24-25, 30-31 and April 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows)
2:30 p.m. | March 19 and 26 (Sunday matinees)


Robert and Alex McDonald, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (LSCO)
March 18, 2017, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM 

Brothers Robert and Alex McDonald, on piano, join LCSO. Program highlights to include Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major by Brahms in the Irving Arts Center.

Win a pair of FREE tickets!

Win a pair of FREE tickets to Arlington Music Hall’s newest musical theater production, “In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles”!

By purchasing a subscription to Rambler Newspapers before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, you will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a night of Beatles’ music. Through this event, you discover a fresh perspective on the band’s history and see the band through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein.

The show takes place on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Music Hall, located at 224 North Center Street in Arlington, TX. A year subscription to Rambler Newspapers, a weekly publication, costs $49.95. Tickets to the show are currently valued at $90. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 15.

Call Rambler Newspapers at (972) 870-1992 to subscribe and have your name entered for a chance to win!

Crane flounders at Water Street Project

A crane toppled over in Las Colinas at the Water Street construction site on Monday morning, Feb. 27. One person was injured and transported to a local hospital. The ground near the site may have given way under one of the outrigger jacks. However, the cause of the accident is currently under investigation. Jacky Knox, General Manager of DCURD (Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District), said no major damage was done to the railway and it’s fully operational. Access for the photo above was provided by the Mandalay Omni Hotels & Resorts. / Photo by John Starkey

Your Local Events

North Texas Teen Book Festival

March 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than 10,000 students, parents and educators are expected to pack the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas for the massive event. Part of the festival’s keynote panel of authors is R.L. Stine, the author of“Goosebumps,” the acclaimed series known all over the world. Also among the authors set to attend, Chris Grabenstein“Welcome to Wonderland” series, Jason Reynolds “Ghost” and Maggie Stiefvater“Raven Cycle” series.


 

Blood Drive At Irving Mall

March 4-5, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Carter Blood Care invites shoppers to roll up their sleeves and help save lives by donating blood at Irving Mall, Dallas County’s leading family shopping destination. Carter Blood Care provides life-saving resources to local hospitals in regional communities by supplying high quality products and services, a willingness to educated donors and blood drive coordinators, strength in industry expertise and a passion for saving lives.

Irving Mall (Entrance 4 next to Los Lupes Restaurant), 3880 Irving Mall Care, Irving.


 

Irving Heritage House

March 5, 3pm to 5pm

The Irving Heritage House, located at 303 South O’Connor, will be open. Admission is free and docent led tours are offered at 3pm and 4pm. Built in 1912, this Recorded Texas Historic Landmark provides a glimpse of one of Irving’s early families and their home.


 

Pot Luck Kickoff Dinner

March 6, 6:30pm

The Entertainment Series of Irving is about to kick off its 2017-2018 season with their annual Pot Luck Kickoff Dinner at Senter East Building, 228 Chamberlain (off Senter Valley) in Irving.

This longstanding Irving Arts program has provided great musical entertainment for the family for over 60 years and is currently looking for help with ticket sales for their upcoming season. If you are interested in helping with this effort, or helping in general, you are invited to attend this potluck dinner, meet the members of the ESI board, and learn more about the new season which will begin in October of 2017. Please call 972-252-3838 for a reservation.


 

TAKS Exit-Level Retest

March 6-9

Individuals who are no longer enrolled in a Texas public school who have TAKS as a graduation requirement and who have not previously passed all sections of the TAKS, but have met all other graduation requirements, may retake the section(s) not passed online at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center (101 Union Bower Road, Irving, TX 75061) on the testing dates below:

  • Monday, March 6 – ELA
  • Tuesday, March 7 – Mathematics
  • Wednesday, March 8 – Science
  • Thursday, March 9 – Social Studies

Examinees can register on site the day of testing, if there is space. Questions concerning out-of-school examinee testing should be directed to the Texas Education Agency, Division of Student Assessment, at 512-463-9536, or Irving ISD Department of Planning, Evaluation and Research at 972-600-5085.

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Irving Schools Perform at the Meyerson

February 25

Irving High’s band, choir, and orchestra will host a day of free concerts at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas’ historic Arts District. The performance schedule is as follows: Crockett at 10 a.m., de Zavala at 11:15 a.m., Austin at 12:30 p.m. and the grand finale with Irving High and the Irving All-City Children’s Choir at 3 p.m. The event will take place at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201) and is free and open to the public.


 

North Texas Teen Book Festival

March 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than 10,000 students, parents and educators are expected to pack the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas for the massive event. Part of the festival’s keynote panel of authors is R.L. Stine, the author of“Goosebumps,” the acclaimed series known all over the world. Also among the authors set to attend, Chris Grabenstein“Welcome to Wonderland” series, Jason Reynolds “Ghost” and Maggie Stiefvater“Raven Cycle” series.