Community Calendar

Coppell Citizen’s Fire Academy

April 27, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

The Coppell Fire Department will conduct its fifth annual Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning April 27. The free, five-week Academy will meet twice weekly on Monday and Thursday nights with classroom exercises concluding on May 21. The Academy will allow participants the opportunity to learn the inner workings of the fire department including tactics and strategies involved in firefighting and rescue operations through both classroom sessions and hands-on exercises. Students will be outfitted with firefighting “bunker” gear. Students will have the opportunity to receive CPR and basic First Aid training. Students will also obtain the knowledge of how to react positively in the event of a fire or medical emergency and how to select and use the proper fire extinguisher. The program covers the “all hazards” approach to emergency preparation and mitigation.

Applications may be completed through Coppell Connection at . To be eligible, participants must be at least 19 years of age and reside in Coppell. A criminal background check will be conducted on all candidates. For more information, contact Captain David Malone at 972-304-7057.


Early Voting

April 27-May 5

City Hall…………………………825 W Irving Blvd, Irving, 75060
Irving Arts Center……………3333 N MacArthur Blvd 75062

April 27 thru May 2:……………8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 3:……………………………..1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 4 thru May 5:………………7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Cardwell Family 5K and Walk-a-thon

April 28, 5:30 p.m.

The Cardwell Family 5K and Walk-a-thon is Tuesday, April 28, at Barbara Cardwell Career Preparatory Center, located at 101 E. Union Bower in Irving. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for grades 6 and up, and proceeds will benefit the 2015 Cardwell senior class. Early registration is available at Registered participants in grades 6 and up will receive a Cardwell T-shirt, and prized will be awarded to the top three males and females in various age categories.

In addition to the walk-a-thon and 5K run, there will be in Army challenge, bounce houses, concessions, music by DJ LaKisha, prizes and giveaways.


Breakfast with the Stars

April 28, 9 a.m.

The Irving Schools Foundation will honor its scholarship recipients and donors at the Breakfast with the Stars in the Grand Room at the Irving Convention Center. Tickets are $50.



College and Career Night

April 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

De Zavala Middle School will host its 4th Annual College and Career Night. The event includes pizza, cookies and drinks and the opening of teacher alumni booths at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Career and college booths will open at 6 p.m. in the gym area. More than 40 colleges, trade schools and careers will be represented at this exciting event. There will be prizes for Irving ISD students throughout the night. The school is located at 707 W. Pioneer, 75061. Additional parking will be available across the street at the Family Advocacy Center.



Coppell Fire fighters Fill the Boot

April 29-May 1

Members of the Coppell Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Coppell area. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.
Members of the Coppell Fire Department will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on April 29th, 30th, and May 1st . These brave men and women will be standing out at local intersections taking donations to be dropped in fire boots. All proceeds raised will be going towards local children and adults living in the community with muscle disease.

VNA Bereavement Luncheon

April 30, noon

The next VNA Bereavement Luncheon for members of the community grieving the death of a loved one will begin at the Church of the Incarnation located at 3966 McKinney Avenue in Dallas. VNA Bereavement Luncheons provide an opportunity for bereaved individuals to enjoy a nice lunch, pick up some helpful grief literature, and hear a practical program about the grief process.

This month’s VNA Bereavement Luncheon’s guest speaker will be Larry Barber, LPC-S, CT, Director of CounselingWorks, GriefWorks and KidWorks. Larry is also the author of “Love Never Dies; Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise.” He will present How to Develop Your Grief Support System.

The catered lunch will be provided at no charge and underwritten by Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes. Bring a friend; there is no cost to attend VNA Bereavement Luncheons.

Come enjoy a lovely meal with others who understand loss and learn more about helping yourself. Reservations are required by April 28. Please contact VNA Bereavement Coordinator Sue Rafferty at 214-689-2633 or to RSVP.



Employee Service Awards

April 30, 6:30 p.m.

The annual Employee Service Awards banquet is an event designed to celebrate the dedication of employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service to Irving ISD. This year’s event at Nimitz High School. The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with an opportunity to take pictures and mingle with other guests. The dinner and program begins at 7. This year’s theme is masquerade, and prizes will be awarded for the best mask(s).



Lady in the Dark

May 1-3

Lyric Stage presents a gem from 1941 described by Life Magazine as the “perfect blend of drama, musical comedy and pageantry” with a score by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and book by Moss Hart. The story revolves around the unhappy female editor of a fashion magazine. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. l Sun. 2:30 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l $25-53