Category Archives: Holidays

Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation holding fundraisers to ease holiday worries for injured officers

POAF-LogoThe Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is holding fundraisers on December 6 and 7 to raise money for injured Peace Officers and their families who are located primarily in the North Texas area; however, the Foundation covers all 254 Texas counties.

“We are looking to help 20 – 25 injured Peace Officers and their families this year,” said POAF founder Maria Barreda-Alvarado. “In the past, we’ve had officers or members of their families tell us that what we were able to provide was the only ‘Christmas’ they had. Whether they use funds for their kids’ gifts, Christmas dinner, or to pay a bit on their medical bills, no donation is too small to make a big difference.”

Monetary donations and gift cards (Wal-Mart is a popular choice, as these stores are even generally located close to remote towns, where some Officers live) will be collected at the locations below. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Friday, December 6, 2019:

  • Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, 400 E. Abram, Arlington, 76010 (11am-2pm and 3pm-9pm)
  • Clay Cooley Mitsubishi, 1500 W. Interstate 20, Arlington, 76017 (8am-5pm)
  • Arlington Alliance for Children, 1320 W. Abram, Arlington 76013 (8am-5pm)
  • El Primo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, 2300 Matlock Rd, Mansfield, 76063 (All Day)

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Saturday, December 7, 2019:

  • Grand Prairie Police Dept, 1525 Arkansas Lane, Grand Prairie, 75052 (8am-5pm)

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Please be aware that toys or other items cannot be accepted. Only monetary donations via cash, checks, credit cards and gift cards will be collected.

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Donations are also accepted via regular mail any time at: P.O. Box 121961, Arlington, TX 76012. To donate with a credit card, please visit POAF.org.

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THANK YOU in advance for your kindness and generosity. Peace Officers protect their communities. Let’s help them out!

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About POAF:

CorporalRickBarredaSticker-295x300POAF was founded by Maria Barreda-Alvarado, who lost her son, Cpl. Rick Barreda, on February 14, 1997 when a vehicle struck his motorcycle as he sat on the side of the road gauging speeds for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Police Department. Rick also served on the DFW SWAT team and, for a short time, for the DFW Fire Department.

POAF’s mission is, “To provide emotional support and short-term financial assistance to any Texas Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) following a serious or life changing line-of-duty injury. POAF’s success relies on strong community partnerships standing behind our peace officers and their families.”

“It is vitally important to keep that communication going with our injured officers so that they know that they are not forgotten. We want our injured officers to have that emotional support when they most need it,” said Barreda-Alvarado.

POAF provides services such as:

  • Spousal Support Groups for our LEO’s and their families
  • Peer Support Groups that will allow previous injured officers to come together to share their struggles, celebrate their successes and offer each other encouragement along their difficult journey towards healing and rehabilitation.
  • Assistance Program to help out with financial hardships
  • Public Awareness for the safety of our law enforcement

To learn more, visit POAF.org

Santa makes special trips to The REC

Santa is taking some time to come visit Grapevine before he starts his Christmas Eve trip around the world! Come out to The REC and see him!

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For more information, visit GoGrapevine.com

A guide to ‘The Christmas Capital of Texas’

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Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You’ll be amazed at the 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! 

New This Year: Explore Grapevine’s enchanting past and join an elf for a cheerful adventure with the Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure. Experience 175 years of Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participate in unique hands-on activities. Capture the magic of Christmas and take home your very own hand made projects. Christmas Activity Tickets are also available for only $3 each.

For more information, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight!

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We want you to have a safe and fun Halloween! Here are some tips provided by SafeKids.org:

Walk Safely:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  2. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  5. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  6. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Happy Labor Day!

Wishing you and yours a restful break from “the grind.”

 

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CITY OF GRAPEVINE HOSTS 37TH ANNUAL JULY 4TH FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA FROM NEW LOCATION

All-New Viewing Locations for 2019!

65662283_10162293749330268_1954354391926439936_nCelebrate the red, white and blue at the City of Grapevine’s 37th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free, festive 30-minute fireworks spectacular. Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday. The show begins at 9:30pm.

Due to remaining elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, the launch location has been relocated this year with public safety as our priority. The new launch location will be near Great Wolf Lodge, allowing spectators to view the show from many public parking lots throughout Grapevine.

LIMITED FIREWORKS VISIBILITY FROM ALL GRAPEVINE LAKE PARKS: There will be limited to no visibility of the July 4th fireworks from the Grapevine Lake Parks. Rockledge Park has been fully reopened but will offer limited fireworks visibility. Katie’s Woods and Oak Grove Parks have been reopened, however, there will be very limited visibility and space (with picnic areas still under water).

All City managed boat ramps will be CLOSED on July 4.

A map of public parking locations is available at bit.ly/2YoMuJe. Necessary street closures (9pm-10:30pm) for the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza may be viewed at bit.ly/2FO8UfT. The music that accompanies the show is available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!

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5 holiday-themed events in Grapevine and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 7-9

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ChristmasThe holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.

Friday, Dec. 7:

1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine

Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org

Saturday, Dec. 8:

2. Holiday open house in Southlake

The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library

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Parade of Lights hits Main Street TONIGHT

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Photo: Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

Bring the entire family TONIGHT from 7 – 9 pm to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

The Grapevine Chamber and City of Grapevine, with the support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, work together to create the Annual Grapevine Parade of Lights.

For more information, call (817) 481-1522 or send an email.

Please refer to the map below for parade route and parking information.

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‘The Christmas Capital of Texas’ is in Full Swing

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If you didn’t already know, Grapevine is called “The Christmas Capital of Texas.” Here’s why:

 

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(Photos by Stacey Doud)

For more information, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/.

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