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Rock Legends Berlin & Asia Set to Headline Grapefest Sept. 16 – 19

Get ready to rock out at the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West! On September 16, 17, 18 and 19, festival attendees will experience non-stop live music on four stages during the four days of family-friendly festival fun. 

Friday, September 17 musical headliners include AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS starting at 7:30 p.m. and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 18 musical headliners include Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom starting at 7:30 p.m. and Asia featuring John Payne starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Additional live music performances and entertainment will occur all day each day throughout the festival. Visitors will also enjoy a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday. Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – TEXAS WINE. COME AND TASTE IT! 

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. This year’s theme, Texas Wine. Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas. This year’s festival guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley will also be serving wines to suit every palate. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms. 

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST 

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, is the Presenting Sponsor of the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience. 

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 and 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 GrapevineTexasUSA.com

DART Student Art Contest Lands at Love Field Airport

Student art from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Student Art Contest are on display at Dallas Love Field Airport through August 31. This year’s theme, “Everyday Heroes Ride DART,” gave young artists the chance to salute the hometown heroes that have kept our community going during the pandemic – the everyday people that have made a positive impact in the lives of others.

Image/Photo: DART

The primary focus of the Love Field Exhibit Program is to present a variety of collections representing diversity in visual art and culture to the traveling public. Educational institutions, arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions exhibit their collections, artifacts and original artwork with the principal focus on education.

Collin Chon, a 5th grade student at Greenhill School in Addison, was this year’s Best of Show winner. His artwork was selected from 688 entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Greenhill School 5th grader Collin Chon (with family), from Addison, TX, won Best of Show out of 688 entries from students K-12 (Photo: DART)

The DART Student Art Contest is a 23-year tradition that helps promote the use of public transportation. The winning artwork will be seen at DART rail stations, buses and inside trains, as well as on display at the Dallas Museum of Art, Love Field Airport, and on DART’s website, DART.org.

You can view all of the winning entries at studentartgallery.dart.org.

Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate’s Expresses Support for Grapevine Resident Wally Funk’s Trip into Space

Wally Funk – Now and Then

In support of Grapevine resident Wally Funk‘s inaugural commercial space flight aboard Jeff Bezos’ rocket, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate shared words of appreciation and support:

“It is a great day for Grapevine when one of our most treasured citizens participates in such a historic event. Wally Funk is a true trailblazer, and I and all of the residents of Grapevine are so proud of her as she propels not only herself but the entire world into the realm of commercial space travel.  

In her 82 years her passion for air travel led her to experience many firsts. She was among the first wave of Americans, and the first group of women, who trained for space travel during the first space race. She is now the oldest and among the first to chart an unprecedented course for commercial space travel. Wally, as you fly into space, your Grapevine community flies with you, and we hope you have the ride of your life!,” said the Mayor.

ABOUT WALLY FUNK AND BLUE ORIGIN:

82 year-old Wally Funk is one of a dozen women who have come to be known as the “Mercury 13,” which were women who were passed over from going into space. Until now.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, created private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, which is targeting today, July 20, 2021 for its first crewed “New Shepard” mission — a suborbital jaunt that will loft Bezos, his brother Mark, pioneering aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daeman, who took the place of a still-mysterious person who paid $28 million for his or her seat in an online auction but pulled out of the July 20 flight due to scheduling conflicts, according to Blue Origin. 

Blue Origin’s New Sheperd

Watch the entire process here on Blue Origin

Classic Movies Entertain Guests in Late July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Plaza Theatre

Classic movies entertain guests in July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, located at 300 S. Main St. Bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the concession stand! Tickets are $6 per person. Below is the list of screenings for late July and August:

  • Friday, July 30 – “Top Gun” (Rated PG – 1986), 7:30 p.m. Students at the U.S. Navy’s elite
    fighter weapons school compete to be best in class. One daring pilot learns a few things from a
    civilian instructor not taught in the classroom.
  • Saturday, July 31 – Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with a
    movie marathon! Tickets are $6 each or 4/ $20. Come in costume and receive a free popcorn! – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:” (Rated PG – 2001), 11 a.m. An orphaned boy
    enrolls in a school of wizardry where he learns the truth about himself, his family and
    the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
    – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Rated PG – 2004), 2 p.m. Ron and
    Hermoine return to Hogwarts for their third year of study, where they delve into the
    mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young
    wizard.
    – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (Rated PG – 2007), 5 p.m. With their
    warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted
    by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at
    Hogwarts.
    – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” (Rated PG-13 – 2011), 8 p.m. Harry,
    Ron and Hermoine search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to
    destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
  • Friday, August 6 – “The Searchers” (Rated PG – 1956), 7:30 p.m. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
  • Saturday, August 14 – It’s Elvis night! Enjoy an Elvis double feature. Come in costume and get a free popcorn.
  • “Loving You” (Rated PG – 1957), 4 p.m. A musician and a publicist help a delivery man achieve stardom.
  • “Viva Las Vegas” (Rated PG – 1964), 7:30 p.m. Racecar driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
  • Friday, August 20 – “Roman Holiday” (Rated PG – 1953), 7:30 p.m. A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
  • Saturday, August 21 – Sing-Along Saturday! Bring your friends and sing along as you watch movies at the Palace Theatre.
  • “Mamma Mia” (Rated PG-13 – 2008), 4 p.m. The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
  • “Grease” (Rated PG – 1978), 7:30 p.m. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
  • Saturday, August 28 – Join us for Treasure Hunt Saturday!
  • “Aladdin” (Rated G – 1992), 4 p.m. A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Come in character and receive a free popcorn.
  • “The Goonies” (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

For more information about Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 817.410.3100 or visit Palace-Theatre.com.

M-Line Trolley Celebrates 32 Years of Service to Dallas

On Thursday, July 22, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) will celebrate 32 years of streetcar service to Dallas residents, businesses, and visitors.

In 1983, MATA was founded to return heritage streetcars to the urban fabric of Dallas. Two Dallas residents, Phil Cobb and Ed Landrum, began championing the idea after discovering tracks on McKinney Avenue that had been paved over and forgotten. On July 22, 1989, the McKinney Avenue Trolley celebrated the grand opening of its 2.8-mile route.

The M-Line has expanded several times over the years, eventually reaching a total of 4.6 miles in length. The first expansion opened in 2002, extending the route north to connect to DART’s Cityplace/Uptown Station, followed by the construction of a turntable in 2011. The second expansion opened in 2015, creating the southern loop in downtown Dallas that connects riders to the DART’s St. Paul Station.

Currently served by seven vintage cars, the M-Line trolley provides more than 600,000 rides every year within Uptown and Downtown Dallas. You can learn more about the M-Line Trolley and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority at http://www.mata.org/.

Deadly road rage incidents across U.S. have police increasing presence on streets

“The maroon/burgundy Chrysler 200 with a paper tag exited onto Valley View Lane and the white 4-door BMW followed. The driver of the white BMW pulled in front of the Chrysler, exited his vehicle on Valley View and began shooting at the Chrysler 200,” police said. “Thankfully, no one was hit, but several vehicles, including an occupied vehicle, were struck by gunfire.”

Road rage violence has become such a concern in Dallas that the police department is increasing law enforcement presence on freeways and will act against drivers caught committing aggressive acts.

A police spokesman said Thursday that over the last year, there have been 445 violent offenses motivated by road rage. The department does not have any data from before 2021, the spokesman said.

Last month, a pregnant woman in Dallas was shot after her boyfriend got into a dispute with another driver near Great Trinity Forest Way and Murdoch Road. Police said that the woman was struck once and that her baby was successfully delivered at a hospital.

Police said in a statement last month that “aggressive driving has become commonplace” and often leads to violence on the roadway.

“Many police departments across the country are seeing an uptick in road rage incidents. Dallas area highways have become increasingly congested and dangerous with more vehicles traveling at high speeds and more road-rage incidents being reported,” the police department said.

“Typically these types of behaviors lead to a road rage incident,” the spokesperson said.

The Lincoln Police Department in Nebraska said the number of violent road rage incidents has risen by more than 200 percent this year compared to last year. The police department said in a Facebook post that a majority of the recent cases involved guns and threats.

Authorities in Georgia have reported the same. WSB-TV reported that the Atlanta Police Department said most of the road rage violence it responds to involves gunfire.

In Fort Worth, authorities have increased efforts to target motorists who speed or drive recklessly, a spokesperson said Thursday.

A recent incident in Doraville, about 16 miles from Atlanta, involved a woman identified as Carmen Lee, 25, who was fatally shot while driving on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Authorities said they believe she was the unintended victim of a road rage attack and made a public plea last month for information that would help solve the killing.

Read more from NBC News…

Grapevine Historical Museum Reopens

The Grapevine Historical Museum, located in the replica Grapevine Ice House Co. building at the Settlement to City Museums, will reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021. The museum tells the history of agriculture, commerce, childhood and other aspects of life and culture of early residents of the Grape Vine Prairie. Learn how life on this prairie connects to the larger story of settling Texas. The museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The front exterior of the museum with its wooden slats, white paint and large block letters replicates the appearance of the Grapevine Ice Company, originally built in 1940. For more than 30 years, the company provided ice to Dallas, Tarrant and Denton county customers to help them keep everything from food and milk to diabetic insulin cool.  For sweet summer treats, the ice was often used to make hand-cranked ice cream.

Once inside the museum, visitors will learn about ice manufacturing, farm and dairy processes and other aspects of daily life on the 19th century Grape Vine Prairie.  Wander through Grapevine’s attic, packed with historic artifacts. See how children on the prairie played through the displays of dolls, doll houses and other toys. Peruse restored wedding gowns from brides of days gone by as well as many other treasures. Travel further into the area’s history with the prehistoric artifacts exhibit which features fossils of dinosaurs who once roamed the area. Each of the museum’s artifacts was received from Grapevine-area residents.

The museum is organized by the Grapevine Historical Society which was chartered by the State of Texas in 1974 for the purpose of promoting an appreciation of history, the natural and social sciences and to preserve the history of Grapevine.  

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 and 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 GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF YAA HALLA Y’ALL

Swinging their hips in rhythm with the deep, ringing tones of the hand drums, belly dancers in brilliantly bedazzled costumes glide across the stage, striking their finger cymbals and commanding attention. Then a solo performer contorts like a cobra as she mesmerizes crowds with her hypotonic movements. This dreamy dance choreography has been captivating audiences for 20 years in Grapevine at the annual Yaa Halla Y’all – A Gathering of the Stars in Texas, presented by Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts.

Yaa Halla Y’all invites you to four days of dance and music performances by international stars, aspiring new dancers and musicians at one of the largest Middle Eastern dance events in the Southwest.

Performances will be held at the Palace Theatre Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25.

There are several competitions during the four-day event, with winners earning trophies, cash prizes and a feature article in the magazine Belly Dance Chronicles. Additionally, dance and music seminars will be offered at the Grapevine Convention Center. The Grand Bazaar Shopping Experience will open daily at Noon at the Palace Arts Center where shoppers may browse jewelry, scarves, costumes and much more.

Who is Isis?

The dancer behind Yaa Halla Y’all and Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts is the energetic and vibrant red-headed dancer known as Isis. In addition to organizing Yaa Halla Y’all and running a studio, Isis is a teacher, choreographer, costume designer, magazine publisher and more.

Choosing to keep her true name hidden, Isis said that her stage name was given to her by an Egyptian and refers to the Egyptian goddess Isis who is the protector of children.

“Many dancers throughout history have gone by their stage names, and Isis is my stage name,” she said. “Some dancers feel like they can’t dance when they go by their legal, birth names. But when they go by a stage name, they become someone else. They are suddenly able to perform and dance.”

Isis said she believes she truly personifies the goddess Isis because she is a guide and mentor to students along their dance journey.

“I tell my dancers performance is not about winning,” she said. “Get better for yourself. Upgrade your feelings about yourself, your skills.”

Origins of Yaa Halla Y’all

Isis began the Yaa Halla Y’all event as a way to bring a variety of music and dance instructors and performers to one location. The studio was not big enough to house all that talent, so seminars and performances moved to the Grapevine Convention Center and Palace Theatre.

In its twentieth year, Isis said that Yaa Halla Y’all reflects the growth of dancers and competition winners because many have gone on to travel and teach worldwide.

“It’s exciting for me to watch all of my students learn from a variety of instructors in classes during this event,” Isis said. “They are getting to learn from top notch instructors at the seminars, and our performances are great!”

The Journey to Becoming Isis

Isis’ journey started when she was looking for a class to help her keep fit, and belly dance was the only class available. She soon fell in love with Middle Eastern dance and moved into a new career path.

“My first seminar with Bert Balladine, and I appreciated his positive attitude, his joy in teaching and his performance,” she said. “I continued to study with top dancers from around the world, and I am still dancing over 40 years later.”

Isis has been presented the Life Time Achievement Award from both the belly dancer magazine Zaghareet! and the Belly Dancer of the Universe  competition. Additionally, she was a feature dancer at Kosta’s Caf (formerly Kosta’s Greek Restaurant) on Bachman Lake in Dallas for 11 years, Byblo’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Fort Worth, Greek Isles Grille and Tavern in Plano for New Years, and at The Mansion with the Gus Vali Orchestra for Mardi Gras. She and her dancers have been featured at Scarborough Faire since it opened in 1981.

“I try to teach dancers to focus on their dance as well as their entertainment skills,” she said. “But it’s so important to build positive energy. I’m not about being better than someone. I am about being your best self; challenge yourself and support others.”

Following her passion, Isis and her husband Del formed the Isis Foundation, a non-profit whose goals are to preserve and promote the ancient art of Middle Eastern dance, educate the community about cultural aspects of this art form, provide opportunities for study and performance and encourage the growth of talent and self-esteem.

Isis and Del also publish The Belly Dance Chronicles, an international magazine which publishes quarterly and is in its 19th year of publication. The magazine promotes the art of dance, celebrates its history and highlights dancers from around the globe. It is the official publication of the Isis Foundation.

In the Studio

Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts, one of the largest belly dance studios in Texas, is located in Bedford in the heart of DFW. The studio offers dance classes in Middle Easter Raqs Sharki (commonly known as belly dancing), Polyneasian/Tahitian/Hawaiian Hula, Fusion/Alternative/Tribal and Middle Eastern Rhythm for Tabla. Drum classes and special workshops are also offered throughout the year.

“I am proud of the fact that I have had so many dance and music students who have gone on to become professionals,” Isis said. “Some of them have won competitions around the world.”

For those interested in trying out the various styles of Middle Eastern dancing or drums, classes start again this month. Hula classes will begin in the fall. The studio is currently divided into seven-foot sections to keep everyone socially distanced and safe.

Learn more at their website : https://isisandthestardancers.com/yhy.html.

Save the Date Job Fair at Veteran’s Park Event Center July 30

Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with a multi-industry job fair, hosted with the help of the City of Grand Prairie, at the city’s Veteran’s Activity Center Building, located at 925 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Because of the enormous need for employees, the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead to provide an event to help Chamber member and non-member employers fill the positions of which they are so sorely in need.

“We are in the business of building business and serving our community as a whole,” says Michelle Madden, President/CEO Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. “When our member businesses have a need, it’s our duty to find solutions. As much as we serve our community business partners, we have been part of the Grand Prairie community for more than 75 years and have a commitment to the citizens and strive to meet their needs as well.”

“We are so grateful for our partnership with the Chamber and appreciate their efforts in helping us find great applicants to join our GPISD team,” said Karry Chapman, GPISD’s Chief of Human Capital.

The job fair will take place on Friday, July 30th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Grand Prairie’s Veteran’s Park Event Center, located at 925 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051.

Grand Prairie to Host National Night Out Kickoff Party on Aug. 28

As we gear up for National Night Out (NNO) on October 5th, and we return to the normal traditional block party format, the Grand Prairie Police Department is hosting a National Night Out Kickoff Party at the Epic Lawn from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th. We will have live music, a dunk tank, petting zoo, corn hole, face painting, balloon artists, food trucks, pet adoptions, a bicycle rodeo with a chance for a child to win a bike, and so much more!

The goal for this NNO Kickoff Party is to bring our commUNITY and police together, with the added intent to promote National Night Out block party registrations in Grand Prairie.

For more information, visit the GPPD website.