Community Calendar 10/19/13

Blessing of the shelter pets

Oct. 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adopt spayed or neutered pets for free, or just come to the Irving Animal Care Campus to enjoy the Blessing of the Shelter Pets, live music, and food (rain/shine) with proceeds going to the DFW Humane Society.

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra features Howard Hilliard, French Horn in the Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd). For ticket information call (972) 252-4800.

Splat the Cat, Musical Adventure

Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Irving Arts Center presents the Magik Theatre’s world premiere musical. The story follows Splat on his first day of Cat School. He worries about fitting in and making friends. To ease his jitters, Splat hides Seymour, his pet mouse, inside his lunchbox. Seymour escapes and pandemonium ensues. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center. $6.

EmployAbility Expo

Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Dallas Mayor’s Committee, in support of National Disability Awareness Month, will host the fourth annual expo at Cityplace Conference and Event Center in Dallas. The Expo offers networking and educational opportunities for those with disabilities.

Hispanic Chamber Awards Lunch

Oct 24, 11:30 am to 1 p.m.

Join the Irving Hispanic Chamber at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel (4440 W John Carpenter Frwy) to greet one of the most influential Hispanics, United Stated Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Marc Rodriguez as he provides insight into the areas of working with legislators for your business.

Lady Tigers Golf Benefit Tournament

Oct. 26, 7 a.m. to Noon

Come support your Irving Lady Tigers with a relaxing round of golf at the Bear Creek Golf Club.

Keys to Success

Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Planning for college should start early – even sixth grade isn’t too soon! The Dallas County Community College District will host its fall “Keys to Success/Las Llaves del Exito” event at UNT Dallas (7300 University Hills Blvd.) The event will help students in grades 6 to 12 explore the world of college and how to prepare for that important day ahead.

Purple Paw Project

Oct. 26, 1o a.m. to 1 p.m.

The ASPCA estimates that up to 48% of women stay in abusive situations longer because they fear for the safety and well-being of their pets. Additionally, pets that live in domestic violence situations are 11 times more likely to be abused as well.

Come to Lively Park (909 O’Connor Rd., Irving) to help raise and community support surrounding this important issue. The event will offer a variety of pet-friendly activities along with domestic violence education and resources for the communities of Irving, Grand Prairie and beyond.

Prescription Drug Disposal Day

Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents have the opportunity to drop off controlled pharmaceutical substances for proper disposal at two Walmart locations (4100 W. Airport Freeway, or 1635 Market Place Blvd) as part of the National Take Back initiative. The program is a partnership between the Irving Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and other participating law enforcement agencies. For more information, contact Sgt. Joe Palomar at (972) 721-2545.

Air Care: Impact of the Unknown

Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Come to Coppell’s Fire Station 3 (117 Parkway Blvd, Coppell) to learn about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and increase your knowledge of the benefits of green practices in your home. The class encourages creativity in sustainable design and highlight simple steps that can be taken to improve IAQ and takes a close look at Indoor Environmental Quality and why IAQ is important across the nation.

Trick or Treat

Oct 26, Noon to 3 p.m.

Bring your kid down to Whistlestop plaza to get trick or treat at local businesses to the backdrop of classic cars and jazz music by the 2 Tone Band.

Music on Main Street

Oct. 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Irving Public Library to present an afternoon of family fun at Whistlestop Plaza! Enjoy a vintage car show, live jazz music by the 2 Tone Band, children’s activities and food as we celebrate “The Great Gatsby”, which is the focus of The Big Read 2013. For more details about the car show, call Mike at 903-215-0846.

Teen Driver Safety Fair

Oct. 26, 4 p.m.

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, AAA Texas is presenting a free Teen Driver Safety Fair at the Lively Pointe Youth Center (909 N. O’Connor Road). Teens and their families will receive practical tips and tools to develop safe driving habits. Activities will include interactive exhibits, vendor booths, informational videos and giveaways.

Irving Cares needs food

Last year, Irving Cares provided nutritionally-balanced emergency groceries to over 9,600 families – your Irving neighbors. At that volume, the Food Pantry needed over 817,000 pounds of food, and only 285,000 (35%) pounds were donated. Please help your neighbors by holding a neighborhood association food drive for Irving Cares. For more information, contact Kyle Taylor at (972) 721-9181 x 209.

Walter Harvey Folk Art exhibit

Several of the Walter Harvey carvings are now on display in the Mustang Museum (5205 North O’Connor, Suite 155). Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, the museum provides free admission and validation for garage parking.