Community Events October 17-20

Art and Literature Festival

Oct. 14-17

North Lake College’s first Arts and Literary Festival is jam-packed with exciting events, demonstrations, concerts and even a few open dance parties! Celebrate the college’s acclaimed arts programs: art, ceramics, dance, literature, journalism, photography, theatre, music, and video technology. There’s also a Hispanic Heritage talk featuring a prominent scholar. A Hispanic Arts and Culture Exhibition will display artwork, books, and collectibles all week long in the Gallery and StudentLifeCenter.

Women’s Defense Class:

Oct. 14-17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Irving Police Athletic League’s four-day rape aggression defense class for women, ages 12 years and older, at the Fire and Police Training Academy (2603 Esters Rd.). At the training, participants will practice realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Call Officer Jill Smith at 972-721-2544, for more information.

Food Day for Kids

Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to Noon

The Coppell Farmers Market will be celebrating Food Day by focusing on youth and nutrition at the farmers market. Celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainable food by targeting nutrition. This year, there will be a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities all morning, 8am to noon.

Wildflower Seeding

Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Gather your friends and family, scout troop and neighbors for a fun, free event at MooreRoadPark! Reminisce of what Coppell looked like as a prairie and do the ‘buffalo stomp’ with the herd of seeders. No pre-registration required.

Composting Basics

Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Come to the William T. Cozby Library (177 N. Heartz Rd., Coppell) and discover the benefits of composting, and how it can help our yard and our planet.

Canal Fest

Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Las Colinas Canal District’s Canal Fest is a celebration of the many cultures that reside in and enhance the Irving community. This art and culture festival features music, visual and performing arts, and foods representative of various cultures, as well as amusements and activities for the entire family.

Discover Islam Course

Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Islamic Center of Irving (2555 Esters Rd.) invites all to discover Islam in October! This course is a great opportunity to learn about Islam, the second largest religion in the world and often most the misunderstood, directly from Muslims.

Ritch Mann – a drama

Oct. 19, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This theatrical performance written and directed by Cynthia Reid Wills is based on her novel, Vain Glory. Inspired by Michael Jackson’s song, Billie Jean, it tells the story of the illegitimate son who was denied by his superstar father, grows up to become famous himself in the music industry, but must address the demons of his past. Dupree Theater, IrvingArtsCenter. $15-25.

How to Manage Stress: Special Considerations for Parents of Special Needs Children

Oct. 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Workshop-goers will learn how to recognize stress and how it “works” from social, physiological and psychological, and familial perspectives. Participants will complete a stress questionnaire, after which they will review the results, discuss the implications behind them, and brainstorm ways to manage stress.

October 19

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join Coppell for the annual Oak Fest at Andy Brown Community Park East (260 E. Parkway Blvd.). The theme celebrates life in Coppell as being as diverse as the oak trees. The city of Coppell logo includes oak branches representing the city’s most prominent trees, longevity and additionally, the oak wood used to build the railroad ties that put Coppell on the map. Building on our community’s roots and growing strength, we pause for an evening of community fun, live music and fellowship.

Shall We Dance?

Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents its 2013-2014 Season at Carpenter Hall in the IrvingArtsCenter, featuring Howard Hilliard performing Mozart Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major. $15-45.

Sculpture by Pastor Garcia

Oct. 19 – Jan. 5, 2014

The exhibition features brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures made by local artist and Art Connection member and Irving resident, Pastor Garcia. The style of work, called Alebrijes, originated in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Alebrijes are imaginary creatures that have elements from different animals such as dragon bodies, bat wings, wolf teeth and dog eyes. Garcia’s works are created using papier mâché intricately decorated with paint. Free.

Gatsby: Myths and Misconceptions

Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Irving Heritage House (303 S. O’Connor) for a talk led by UT Dallas Professor and Fitzgerald expert Milton Cohen. Tea and finger sandwiches will be served. Sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society and Irving Public Library. Call (972) 721-4612, for more information.

Irving City Manager Recruitment Survey

The Mayor and City Council have engaged Waters Consulting Group (WCG) to lead the city’s search for the next city manager. The WCG is conducting a survey to seek input from Irving residents on what strengths and qualifications the next city manager should possess. The City of Irving will not see submitted surveys, all information is sent directly to WCG. Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Kendra Bradley at (214) 466-2445.

Irving Police Customer Service Survey

Through October, the Irving Police Department in collaboration with the University of Dallas will be conducting the 2013 customer satisfaction survey. The survey seeks the opinions and commentaries of persons who have requested service from the department in the last three months. If you are contacted, your participation will be greatly appreciated. The goals of the survey are to: measure the level of satisfaction of callers regarding police department services, gather the opinions and comments of customers and focus on the timeliness of services, customer expectations and the professionalism of department employees

The survey will not collect any personal identifying information. For more information call (972) 721-2669.