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Celebrate the 37th Annual Main Street Fest “Reimagined”

Make plans to attend the 37th Annual Main Street Fest “Reimagined,” presented by Bank of the West in Historic Downtown Grapevine on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. This year’s Main Street Fest harkens back to an earlier time and puts local businesses at the heart of the festival. Bistros, cafes and boutiques will extend their storefronts onto Main Street to provide unique alfresco dining and shopping experiences. European-style theatrical street performers push the limits of imagination with their gravity-defying stunts and interactive comedy.

Live music performances on three intimate stages immerse audiences in genre-spanning lineups. Craft brews, tasty treats and festival food favorites are sure to satisfy kids of all ages. Activity Alleys invite visitors to leave their mark on a Gratuity Wall, participate in the Grapevine Escape, or play an oversized game of checkers or chess in the Game Garden. Admission to the 37th Annual Main Street Fest is FREE.

New Look & Feel

At Main Street Fest “Reimagined,” shoppers will experience an outdoor paradise, as more than 80 locally-owned shops with their uniquely crafted treasures spill onto Main Street. With everything from locally-crafted jewelry to one-of-a-kind fine and decorative art, treasures abound.

Hankering for traditional festival food or hungry for a hearty meal? Local restaurants, bistros and cafes take their menu outdoors to satisfy every craving. Indulge your sweet tooth or enjoy a savory bite while dining outside, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the festival.

Theatrical Performers

European-style theatrical street performances will wow the crowds during their recurring half-hour sets of gravity-defying shows and comedic banter. Wonder and delight in the high-energy acrobatics of The Red Trouser Show as performers deftly balance on stilts and juggle a myriad of objects, including each other. Rob & Miss Jane are sure to entertain with rapid-fire circus stunts and outrageous, family-friendly comedy. Who knows? You might even become part of the show!

Visit the tropics and laugh till you cry as you witness the hula hooping antics and side-splitting comedy of The Flyin’ Hawaiian. You won’t want to miss her climb up a 15-foot high coconut tree! British super-secret circus agents, Honeymoon and Butterfly, are on a mission in Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show to entertain you with their sharp wit and an arsenal of acrobatic antics. Hop on by to check out multiple Guinness-world-record holder Pogo Fred with his gravity-defying 10-foot jumps on super-sized pogo sticks.

Magic Money

This year coupons are replaced by Magic Money touchless payments. in the form of Magic Money and will be used for festival food and drinks. To get started, download the Magic Money app or load funds onto a Magic Money Gift Card, available for purchase from an onsite kiosk. There is a one-time $3.50 activation fee. Payment to Main Street restaurants and merchants can be made via cash or credit cards. Due to COVID-19 concerns, a modified duty of care has been adopted to keep guests safe.

Craft Brews & Live Music

The Craft Brew Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan will open and offer more than 50 craft brews from 12 states. Tastings are served in a collectible Belgian-style tasting glass. The 37th Annual Main Street Fest coincides with American Craft Brew Week and will be the largest celebration of its kind in North Texas. While enjoying a craft brew, get your mojo going with The Mojo Brothers as they perform rock and country favorites from the likes of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and more at the Liberty Park Plaza Stage. Additional performers TBA.

If hops don’t get you hopping, visit the Lone Star State of Mind brew and wine pavilion, located in the Foust Event Center Parking lot. Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District (701 S. Main St.) The good vibrations continue on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station (815 S. Main St.) which will also serve craft beer, wine and festival food. Catch another set of Rob & Miss Jane’s rapid-fire circus stunts and outrageous, family-friendly comedy while you sip and savor festival favorites.

Find more brews, flavors to savor and music from every genre at the Town Square Gazebo Stage (325 S. Main St.). Groove and move to R&B, country and rock with Chaz Marie, featuring Quinten Hope. The Jon Christoper Davis Band blends rock, country and Texas attitude in a performance you won’t want to miss. Dance the night away to everything from Pat Benatar to the Bee Gees with Suzy & The Sissies. Soak in the sounds of Chris Raspante’s unique blend of bluesy rock and Americana that echoes the vibes of the Black Keys, the White Stripes and Wilco.

Activity Alleys, Game Garden & Pint-Size Crafts

Take in the fun of a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Mural or leave your mark on the Graffiti Gratuity Wall. Or, grab your friends for a round of Daylight Golf or Grapevine Escape. Kids, and those who are kids at heart, can enjoy the Game Garden which will feature oversized checkers, Connect 4, Jenga and horseshoes. Leave your mark on the Chalk Walk, make pretend crown crafts or build with a Home Depot kit at Pint-Size Crafts, located in Napoli’s Italian Market parking lot (309 S. Main St).

To plan the ultimate Main Street Fest experience, or for more information about Main Street Fest, visit or call 817.410.3185.

Parking & Rideshare

Parking is available at Grapevine Main Station parking garage (225 E. Dallas Rd.) and various locations throughout Grapevine’s Historic District.

About Bank of the West, Presenting Sponsor of the 37th Annual Main Street Fest

Bank of the West is proud to be an Independent Community Bank, headquartered in Grapevine and serving North Texas for more than three decades; helping to create flourishing communities by putting your dollars to work LOCALLY…with decisions made LOCALLY. Bank of the West, Member FDIC.

About Grapevine, Texas

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries, bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit

Grapevine Police have arrested two men in connection to a shooting that left three people injured


At approximately 4:45pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, two men in a black Dodge Charger exchanged gunfire with two men in a white Nissan Altima in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located in the 3500 block of Grapevine Mills Boulevard. Both parties drove off in opposite directions. The Dodge stopped across the street in the Jack in the Box parking lot. The Nissan continued on towards Freeport Parkway.

Grapevine Police arrived at the Jack in the Box and discovered two men in the Dodge with gunshot wounds. One officer used his tactical medical kit to render aid to one of the victims, and slowed his bleeding until paramedics arrived. Both victims were transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine with serious injuries.

Police additionally found a gun on the ground, and witnesses believed one of the shooters may have run away. Officers began a perimeter search in the area. Police officers from Coppell, as well as K9 units from Grapevine, Frisco, Prosper and Hickory Creek assisted in the search.

Approximately 45 minutes later, a man approached a DFW Airport Police officer at the Shell gas station, saying the passenger in his Nissan had been shot multiple times. The passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, and the driver was held for questioning. 

Grapevine Officers determined the two men found near the airport were involved in the shooting at 7-Eleven. Investigators recovered two guns and narcotics at the crime scene, and believe men from both vehicles fired weapons.

The driver of the Nissan was arrested for Deadly Conduct and transported to the Grapevine Detention Center. One of the men in the Dodge was medically cleared and transported from the hospital to the Grapevine Detention Center. Charges are pending.

The suspects’ names will be released after arraignment in Tarrant County. More arrests and charges are possible. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact detectives at:

Grapevine Police thanks all law enforcement agencies who assisted in this case. 

A Belgian farmer was annoyed by the stone in his tractor’s path. He moved it and the French border

A farmer in Belgium inadvertently changed geography by moving his country’s border with France. The farmer was driving a tractor and apparently got annoyed by a large stone blocking his path, BBC News reports. So, he slightly moved it.

Another person recently walking in the forest noticed the stone had been moved. The history enthusiast knew it wasn’t just any stone — it was there to mark the boundary between the two countries.

The marker had moved about 7.5 feet, according BBC News, affectively giving Belgium more land. 

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To the Moon and Back With Michael Collins, 1930-2021

By Buzz Aldrin

Finding words is hard. The death at age 90 of Michael Collins, command-module pilot for Apollo 11, is the loss of a friend, an unswerving patriot and an intrepid explorer. Neil Armstrong and I were blessed to have had Mike as our crew mate on America’s first manned mission to the moon’s surface, in July 1969. No one is more responsible for our success—taking us out and bringing us home safely—than Mike.

What Mike gave our nation is hard to express. He was a fearless test pilot, inveterate scholar, cheerful crewmate; he was calm under pressure, self-disciplined, knew every detail of the Columbia command module. He was also a lifelong friend, focused on others and often hardest on himself.

Mike’s book, “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys” (1974), is detailed and aptly named. A gifted writer, Mike put into words the extraordinariness of our shared experience—his, Neil’s, mine and our nation’s. He focused on the mission, team, nation and journey, less on himself.

Mike was the one who orbited the moon 30 times alone, focused on us, making sure we stayed close. He was the one who, on Gemini 10 in 1966, walked in space and proved orbital rendezvous with another spacecraft, a vital step in America’s eventual moon missions. And Mike was first among friends—gracious, self-deprecating and always quick with a smile.

Read more from the WSJ….

Congressional Art Competition Reception, Winners Announced

The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to partner with U.S. House Representative Beth Van Duyne to display high school student artwork submitted for the annual Congressional Art Competition for the 24th District of Texas. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4 at a reception hosted by Rep. Beth Van Duyne from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Tower Gallery (636 S. Main St). 

The 24th Congressional District Grand Prize winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will be featured on the House of Representatives’ ( Congressional Art Competition page.

The exhibit in Washington will also include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.

The People’s Choice competition invites the public to vote for their favorite artwork.

Voting, located at the Tower Gallery, opens on Tuesday, May 4 and closes on Friday, May 7 at 3pm.

About the Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition, created in 1982, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school artists and across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of talented high school students have represented their communities and have served as artistic ambassadors. The competition is open to public, private, and home-schooled high school students. Students could submit up to two pieces of two-dimensional art ranging from the following mediums: paintings, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art or photographs. All entries had to be original concepts and designs.

About Grapevine, Texas

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a meeting or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, internationally renowned festivals and events, world-class shopping, delectable dining at more than 200 bistros and cafes and much more.

For more information, visit Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 636 S. Main St., visit or call 800.457.6338.

Get Into the Swing of Spring at Nash Farm’s Annual 1860s Baseball Game on May 1

Calling all baseball fans! Experience Grapevine’s annual 1860s Vintage Ballgame at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, May 1. Cheer on the teams as they play no glove baseball with 1860s rules in a Town Ball exposition game, complete with historic uniforms. Gates open at 5 p.m. with concessions and a carnival midway. The first pitch of Game 1 is at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and includes popcorn and lemonade. Additional concessions of hot dogs, Sloppy Joes and more will be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Town Ball exposition game, played using 1860s rules, regulations and terminology, includes the use of a larger, heavier but softer ball known as a “horsehide” or “onion.” In place of a typical baseball diamond, the game will be played on a square playing field with a batting plate and four stakes with flags serving as bases. Five positions make up the field-of-play. Players will make the experience authentic as they wear the historic 1860s uniforms. Batters will be known as strikers, and the use of gloves is not permitted as they were not used during that time period.

This heritage event pays homage to Grapevine’s rich baseball history, which began with the first organized team, the Grapevine Browns, in 1907. The Grapevine Browns were the sons of early settlers and traveled by wagon to and from games against other area teams. Grapevine’s original ballpark was located at the north end of Main Street. Ball Street, where Nash Farm is located, is named so because it led out to the baseball fields.

For more information about the 1860s Vintage Ballgame, Nash Farm or to purchase tickets, please call 817.410.3185 or visit

Grapevine Police seek assistance of any witnesses for injury of 4-year-old

Grapevine Police are asking for the public’s help obtaining information about an injury that occurred at Great Wolf Lodge.

On Saturday, April 10, between 1:30pm and 2:30pm, a 4-year-old girl suffered serious head trauma inside the waterpark. Her father found the child injured at the bottom of the interactive treehouse area.

Investigators would like to see any photos or video that patrons may have taken during this time frame, in order to fully investigate the incident.

Both the child’s family and Great Wolf Lodge are cooperating fully with the investigation, and neither are accused of wrongdoing.

Anyone with photos or videos from the afternoon of April 10, 2021 inside the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark area, or anyone who may have witnessed the injury occur, is asked to call detectives during regular business hours at: 817.410.3200 or email Information can also be called in after hours to our non-emergency dispatch line at: 817.410.8127.

DART Board of Directors Announces Nadine Lee as New President & Chief Executive Officer

Nadine Lee (Photo courtesy of DART)

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Nadine Lee as its new president & chief executive officer. Lee, an experienced transit industry leader and engineer who has worked in the transportation industry for nearly 30 years, will assume her new position on July 12.

“The DART Board is pleased to welcome a leader of Nadine’s caliber and experience to direct the agency during these challenging and exciting times,” said Paul N. Wageman, chairman of the DART Board of Directors. “DART is an essential resource for the residents of our region, as well as a growth engine for all of North Texas. Nadine possesses the passion and expertise to grow DART into an even greater, more successful organization, and to create a lasting impact for our customers and local communities.”

Before joining DART, Lee served as the chief of staff of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In this role, Lee coordinated programs and services across the nation’s third busiest transit agency and led an effort to make bus service more equitable and dependable for residents. Previously, she was the deputy chief innovation officer in Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation where she led the development of Vision 2028, Metro’s 10-year strategic plan to improve mobility and quality-of-life for Los Angeles County residents.

“I am honored to be selected for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals,” said Lee. “DART’s employees have always demonstrated a deep commitment and dedication to its customers, mission, and each other. I look forward to building on the foundation that has been created here and developing new programs and opportunities for the customers and communities we serve.”

Prior to her tenure at Metro, she led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that produced a 40% increase in corridor ridership in its first few months of service. Lee also led RTD’s Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.

“Nadine’s deep knowledge and understanding of how growing transportation choices can improve the quality of life for customers aligns perfectly with DART’s longstanding mission,” said David Leininger, DART’s interim president & chief executive officer. “I am confident that her distinguished track record of leadership and innovation will ensure the agency’s continued success in serving the residents of North Texas.”

Lee was appointed to the Leadership APTA Committee in 2019 and is a past director of the WTS International board. She was also honored as the WTS International Woman of the Year in 2019. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Lee received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Grapevine Main officially opens on April 24 with much fanfare

After navigating COVID, a winter blizzard and more than a few other obstacles, Grapevine Main was finally welcomed to the community by way of a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on April 24.

Everyone was invited to listen to presentations, sip a little vino, enjoy some finger snacks, and watch their kids play in the fountain at Peace Plaza, which is located right in front of the clock tower. Tours from the ground floor to the Observation Tower were given to those that came out to celebrate.

Grapevine Main Station is a brand new 42,000 square foot brick and cast stone Station, which includes Harvest Hall on the first floor, where citizens and visitors alike can enjoy 7 different European style food and drink vendors; Third Rail, which offers a more private meeting space; offices on the second floor; and meeting spaces, ballrooms, and rooftop terraces on the fourth floor.

The front of the Station, Peace Plaza, is a 38,000 square foot outdoor space with outdoor seating, an interactive fountain for the kids (and kids at heart) and native landscaping. Hotel Vin, which is part of the campus, is a 120-room boutique hotel run by Marriott.

The Station also features a 15-story-high clock tower, which includes an observation deck. The tower offers views of AT&T Stadium, downtown Dallas and downtown Ft. Worth. The four 12-foot diameter glass clock faces were custom designed by Electric Time Company, which has been a manufacturer of tower and street clocks since 1928.

The main reason that this project was implemented was to provide a more all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for folks that ride the trains, as well as for visitors who come to Grapevine for all the events available throughout the year. Grapevine has a long history of train service, and these new additions not only make transferring from train-to-train easier, but also offers travelers, as well as locals, upscale shops and dining venues. If an overnight stay is planned, Hotel Vin offers rooms of ultimate luxury.

Several members of City Council presented their outlooks of Grapevine Main before staff contributors; Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board Members; staff from ArchiTexas, which served as the architect for the project; members of Manhattan Construction Company; and Coury Hospitality, who made sure all of the guests were taken care of, were recognized.

“’Next stop Grapevine Main,’ was the conductor’s call heard back in 1888 when the cotton belt steam engine pulled into the new wooden depot on Main Street,” said Mayor William B. Tate in his dedication speech.

Even though times have changed, including the installation of the modern Trinity Metro TexRail system and the improvements on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, conductors still use the call, “Next stop Grapevine Main.”

“With will and determination, Grapevine’s voice was heard, and the design of this fabulous Main Street Station complements our Main Street, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” Tate said. “The architectural elements demonstrate our appreciation for great rail stations in the past. The mural on the east wall features vignettes that are dear to our community. On Grapevine Main’s exterior and interior, we have put our heart on the line for the world to see.

“Welcome to your hometown. We hope this place touches your heart. We invite you to always make your ‘Next Stop Grapevine,’” said Tate.

The two cornerstones, one that was inscribed with the names of the people that were involved in the project, and the other, which contained the address in large letters and presented some words of purpose, were unveiled.

The symbolic ribbon was cut after a champagne toast, which was poured and handed out by members of the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society. Members of City Council, Mayor Tate, representatives from the CVB, Architexas and Manhattan Construction Company participated in the ribbon cutting to officially open the building.

Tours of the Grapevine Main Station, including Harvest Hall, the Observation Tower and Peace Plaza were offered.

As the hallways are navigated, the ceiling lights change form from a spiral to a x-shape to horizontal lines. The tour guide explained that folks can find the horizontal line lights to take them to the train depot.

The upstairs meeting and ballrooms were elegant and spacious, with unique chandeliers throughout. Access to the outdoor Roja Rooftop Terrace, which is a feature for guests of Hotel Vin, was available on the fourth floor. The seating area surrounds the skylight to Harvest Hall and offers temperature-controlled “bubbles” in cold weather, as well as open seating in warmer seasons.

“This is incredible,” said attendee Cindy Feldner. “I’ve lived in Grapevine most of my life, and it seems like they keep offering so many new things. This town is very different from what it was just five or ten years ago.”

High school brothers form non-profit to address local needs

Vansh (L) and Dhruv Nanda (Photo courtesy of Mission Tomorrow)

In this time of turmoil, some people get inspired to make a difference in their communities, counties, states and even nationally. Brothers Dhruv and Vansh Nanda, both high schoolers, launched a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization called, “Mission Tomorrow,” which has a goal of creating a better world in the future by improving the lives of people today. They do this by addressing basic needs, such as health, shelter, and education. They also concentrate on preserving natural resources for not only the present, but for future generations as well.

The brothers, along with some friends that served as volunteers, sprung to action when the winter blizzard came through DFW in February, organizing several water collection and distribution drives, with help from Dayspring Family Church Food Pantry in Irving.

“Over the past couple of years – actually our entire lives – because my parents are first generation to the United States of America from India, we get to go over to India about every three to four years,” said Dhruv. “Over there, we started becoming aware of the various issues where people were being denied the basic necessities of food and water, and I would also pay attention to the sustainability of the environment over there around New Delhi, which is the area we visit most often, and is ranked as the number one most polluted city in the world.”

“So, we would constantly see the effects where people’s lungs would sometimes get contaminated and stuff like that. And ever since we came to the United States, we kind of lived within a bubble,” Dhruv said. “We really didn’t understand or weren’t really aware that some of these situations were also prevalent over here. As we started maturing and started growing up, we realized how privileged we were compared to others within our area.”

Dhruv Nanda (Photo courtesy of Mission Tomorrow)

“So, we started expanding outside of our bubble and, through this realization, we have always wanted to create our own organization to help combat these issues. The main reason for this is we believe that our personalities and what is really important to us could best be used through forming an organization, and we could have more flexibility with the goals we wanted to accomplish [as opposed to joining an existing entity].

“You’ve always heard the old saying that it’s best to start your own business and if you want something done right, do it yourself. We are very visible in terms of the decisions that we make. We don’t have to take in input from higher-ups or anything. We are able to operate how we’d like to so as to benefit the most people and communities,” said Dhruv.

“One major goal actually formed by accident, with the winter storm that happened in February. It was disturbing to see pictures of people’s houses getting flooded because of burst pipes and all that. So, that was one of the key motivators for us to start our ‘Water for Texas’ initiative. We started this initiative because we wanted to help people get access to clean drinking water, since pipes were getting repaired during this time, and sometimes people didn’t have a way just to go to the grocery store, and bottles of water were running out. I saw some of those at community recreation centers where people were throwing out buckets of water and just using the tap they had on the side [of the building]. I was like, ‘This isn’t sustainable,’” Dhruv said.

Mission Tomorrow is far from being out of goals for its future.

“I know I spoke a little bit about sustainability,” Dhruv said. “That’s something that really inspires and fuels our organization, so the next mission that we’re actually planning is focused on planting trees within the Dallas area.

“As we know, Dallas is getting very urbanized with many headquarters and many residential areas having to be built to accommodate the workforce. To make space for all of this land, there was a lot of deforestation happening within this area, so we kind of want to put these trees back to contribute positively to the sustainability of our environment.

“To give you some background [on partnerships for tree sustainability], we have been having discussions with some of the cities. I know we were focusing on the City of Irving and the City of Lancaster. We’ve been in touch with their city councils to help us identify areas that would most benefit from the planting of trees,” Dhruv said.

Dhruv’s brother, Vansh, gave his perspective on how Mission Tomorrow came into being and what the future holds for the organization.

Vansh Nanda (Photo courtesy of Mission Tomorrow)

“Initially when we started Mission Tomorrow, we were just focused on what we could provide for the community,” said Vansh. “But then the Texas winter storm came through and we saw a lot of need. Some of my friends’ houses got flooded and we saw how people didn’t have water because of burst pipes and things like that. So, we realized that there were so many people out of [usable] water and so we started contacting many, many different companies like Costco and Pepsi, and after that we contacted some of the food pantries and we started getting in the [bottled] water.”

“In the future, since my brother is managing most of this company, I was thinking that in the future, I’d do something more toward public policy to help the community. We could partner up to make a bigger positive impact,” Vansh said.

Dhruv agrees. Both brothers hope to inspire other young people to start making a difference in their communities.

“We’d like to inspire future generations to do some things to help their communities,” Dhruv said. “It always warms my heart to see young people following in our footsteps. We need more types of actions like this because it takes everyone as a community to help combat big issues.

“Right now, our organization is relatively small, and the events we’re doing are not as large in scope, but as we start going to this tree initiative, which is a much larger initiative, we will definitely need more support, and so our schools are the first places that we’re planning on going to secure this type of help, along with our friends on the city councils,” Dhruv said.

To learn more about Mission Tomorrow, visit