Communtiy Calendar Nov. 9, 2013

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Nov. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult at anytime, but especially around the holidays. In an effort to come alongside and offer support for individuals as they walk through this season, First Baptist Church in Irving is hosting “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays.” The cost to attend is only $10. Those who attend will receive a book with over 30 daily readings. For more information, please contact or call (972) 253-1171 X 122.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m.

All Branches of the Military will be honored at the Irving Public Library Central Branch Auditorium. Come out and support our veterans. Live patriotic music, refreshments and more.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class

Nov. 11 to 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our classes are taught by a nationally certified R.A.D. Instructor and students are provided with a workbook/reference manual. Open to all females, 12 years and older, living in the Metroplex. Request a $20 donation towards PAL’s kid’s program. For more information, contact Officer Jill Smith at 972-721-2455 or

Veterans Day Concert

Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

The Irving Silvertones will again honor America and the men and women of our Armed Forces who defend the Gates of Freedom. The concert will celebrate our country with a variety of patriotic songs saluting our veterans, our military personnel who are presently serving our country and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for our country.

The annual concert is free and will be presented at Oak View Baptist Church 1004 S. Story Rd.

Home Restoration programs

Nov. 13, 10 a.m.

The Housing and Human Services (HHS) Department will host an informational meeting for contractors wishing to participate in the Home Restoration programs in the first floor Council Conference Room at City Hall (825 W. Irving Blvd., Irving). For more information, visit Contact Ashley Miller at (972) 721-4961 to reserve seat.

World Diabetes Day Symposium

Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year’s Luncheon, hosted by The American Diabetes Association at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, will feature a presentation by Dr. Tom Diaz, Medical Director, United Health Care, and President of the Dallas/Fort Worth American Diabetes Association Leadership Council, as well as a panel of distinguished experts in the field of diabetes. For ticket and sponsorship information contact Roxann K. Pishnick at or 972-392-1181.

Heritage Crossing Community Presentation

Nov. 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join city staff and the consulting team of Vialta Group (formerly Gateway Planning) in the Irving City Council Chambers for a presentation on the ongoing schematic design work for the reconstruction of Irving Boulevard and Second Street through the downtown area, as well as the draft of the revised development regulations for Heritage Crossing. This meeting will be followed with small group and one-on-one discussions with interested property and business owners and community residents regarding the same topics at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15, in the foyer area adjacent to the city council chambers. For additional information, please contact Kevin Kass, Redevelopment Administrator, at (972) 721-2251 or via email at

The Levee Singers

Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Begun in 1961 as the “Levee Banjo Band,” they were the weeknight entertainment at the Levee, a small night club in Dallas near SMU. When the group began appearing on national TV shows and across the country at conventions and concerts, they became The Levee Singers. The group quickly became one of Dallas best known and most in demand acts of the early 60’s. $20. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center.

Coffee with Coppell Cops

Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Coppell citizens are invited to join the Coppell Police Department Command Staff and other members of the department for free drinks at Biggby Coffee (230 N. Denton Tap Road #104, Coppell) and get to know your police officers in a casual setting. You may ask questions, make suggestions, or just enjoy a cup of coffee with the men and women serving your community.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Peter Dirks at or 972-304-3625.

Jonsson Takes Charge: November 1963 – January 1964

Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

Moderator: Darwin Payne Panelists: Pierce Allman and Julian Read will assess the legacy of Erik Jonsson and Dallas in the 1960s. Ground-floor classroom, Old Red Museum (100 South Houston St., Dallas).

Las Colinas Symphony presents Lei Weng, piano

Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

The LCSO Features Steinway Artist, Lei Weng, playing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Beethoven’s Lenora Overture No. 1. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Vets pay $10. $15-45. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center. For tickets, call 972-252-4800.

Tall Tales & Huge Hearts: Raul Colon

Nov. 16 – Jan. 26

Raúl Colón is a popular award-winning artist who has illustrated more than 30 books for children. Known for his vibrant illustrations in watercolor and colored pencil, Colón created the art for a number of acclaimed picture books, including José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limon by Susanna Reich, winner of the Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award. Among Colón’s most recent picture books is Don’t Forget: God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden (2012). This exhibition is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Free. Dupree Theater Lobby, Irving Arts Center.

Jonsson’s Visionary Leadership as Mayor of Dallas: 1964 – 1971

Nov. 23, 2 p.m.

Moderator, Michael V. Hazel, and panelists, Anita Martinez, George Schrader, Henry Tatum,

will assess Old Red will host an hour-long panel discussion assessing the legacy of Erik Jonsson and Dallas in the 1960s. Ground-floor classroom, Old Red Museum (100 South Houston St., Dallas).

Bangla Blast 2013

Nov. 23, 7 p.m.

This variety show strives to connect the different generations of the Bangla community through dialogue and to get young people excited about their common heritage. $15. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center.

Adopt a Family

Help bring holiday joy to students and families at Irving ISD. Companies interested in adopting families will receive a contact person from one or more schools, a family’s wish list including children’s clothing sizes and one toy/gift they would like. You have the option to deliver gifts to the school or the parents. Help bring the joy of the holidays to those in need. For more information, contact Thelma Cantu at 972-600-5017 or