Category Archives: Holidays

Great Wolf Lodge guests threatened on Christmas

Shortly after 9:00pm on Friday, December 25, 2020, Grapevine Police were alerted to a report of a man inside Great Wolf Lodge who made threatening comments and claims of a firearm. The man was no longer in sight when officers arrived but a witness provided a description of the man. 

Within minutes of the initial report, several phone calls were made to 9-1-1 about a hotel guest being threatened or in danger. Additional officers were dispatched to the scene, including members of the Northeast Tarrant County SWAT Team, as well as officers from Bedford PD, Euless PD, Hurst PD, Irving PD and Southlake PD. Grapevine Fire medics also staged on the property as a precaution. 

Officers began searching the property and securing areas, while also trying to make contact with the witnesses. The threats were traced to the 8th floor of the hotel, so officers evacuated the floor and conducted a room-by-room search of the guest quarters. Guests from the 8th floor were moved to a secure area inside the resort, while guests on other floors were asked to stay in their rooms. 

Detectives interviewed the occupants of a room where one of the calls originated, and determined they were not in danger. No reports of injury were ever made, and no suspect was located. Officers cleared all areas of concern at approximately 2:00 a.m. Some officers remained on the property as an additional precaution. 

Grapevine Police appreciates all of the employees and guests who reported information, and encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it immediately.

Our ‘Non-Traditional’ Thanksgiving

2020 has delivered one of the most non-traditional Thanksgivings that I have ever experienced.

Please don’t think I am complaining; I am fully aware of how some folks didn’t get to celebrate at all for a multitude of reasons. Plus, this isn’t really a complaint per se. It just adds to the strangeness of this year.

If you’ve been following me (THANK YOU!), you will already know that two close family members have been in the hospital with COVID for about 2 weeks. It’s tough to be celebratory when you don’t know what the next few days/weeks will bring for their health. I think worst of all is that we are helpless to do anything that may assist them. We can’t visit; speaking to them on the phone is nearly impossible because of all the machines and texts are sparse.

So, going into the holidays has been just weird. I see commercials saying, “SALE! SPEND YOUR MONEY!” and sometimes it angers me. How dare someone throw a sales pitch at me when people are sick? But, back on Earth, I realize this type of advertisement is typical for this time of year and has been aired since Lord-knows-when.

Hubby and I didn’t feel like messing with a big dinner for just the two of us. We looked around on the Internet to see what food sources were open on Thanksgiving, and then settled on Chinese food. So, our celebration was chicken fried rice, salmon with veggies and binge watching Absentia.

I know many people have “non-traditional” dinners, with the “traditional” being turkey and sides and pumpkin pie, and I am not trying to judge anyone. It was just different for me.

Do you and your family eat “non-traditional” meals on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear about the different family traditions around the country. If you so desire, leave your comments below.

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Photo: Courtesy Town of Little Elm

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Through Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-369-0874

www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/autumn-at-the-arboretum/

Storybook Ranch: Through Nov. 1; Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-sundown; 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney; 972-369-0874

;www.storybookranch.org

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CHS Theatre presents ‘Terrifying Texas Tales’ Halloween drive-in movie experience

The Coppell High School Cowboy Theatre Company will showcase the talent and creativity of students in “Terrifying Texas Tales: A Halloween Drive-In Movie Experience” on Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the parking lot of CHS9.

CHS Theatre students wrote and filmed their own short horror films, based on true Texas horror and paranormal stories.  These films will be streamed as drive-in movies over Halloween weekend.  Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1, in the parking lot of CHS9 located at 1301 Wrangler Circle Drive in Coppell.  Recommended audience age is middle school students and up. Tickets can be purchased for $15 per car at www.coppellhstheatre.com. Contactless concession purchases will be available on site. 


“This is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible talent and creativity of our theatre students,” said CHS Theatre Director Karen Ruth.  “Opportunities to perform before audiences in COVID-19 are limited, so we came up with an alternative venue to share scary stories that also offers our community an alternative safe Halloween experience.” 

Ruth added that there will be bonus, super-scary stories shared after a late intermission for those interested in truly terrifying tales.

Visit www.coppellhstheatre.com for details and to purchase tickets. 

38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

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NOTE: If attending the 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in person, face masks are required and must be worn at all times. Parking permitted in designated lots only.

On Saturday, July 4, celebrate the red, white and blue at Grapevine’s 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. This is Grapevine’s biggest fireworks display to date, shooting the largest shells ever fired. This free 24-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine begins at 9:30 p.m. and is set to patriotic music, The fireworks display is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday and this will be Grapevine’s biggest display to date!

Go to special soundtrack to accompany the show!

For more information about Grapevine’s Fourth of July activities, call 817-410-3185.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

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  • Oak Grove Park
    o    Oak Grove Baseball Field ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Minnow Loop (Drop-off Only) 
    o    Trawick Pavilion ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Oak Grove Soccer Complex ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    McPherson Slough (No fee)
    o    Oak Grove Softball Complex (Boat traffic only)
  • Rockledge Park ($20 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Scott’s Landing Marina  (Private parking & cash only)
  • Silver Lake Park by Silver Lake Marina (Private parking & cash only)

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

Viewing Areas/Parking

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VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Friday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

LAKE PARKS WITH LIMITED VIEWING:

  • Lakeview Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)

OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • Hotel Vin / Grapevine Main Parking Garage – 255 E. Dallas Rd. (No fee)

Read more HERE.

The City of Grapevine Strongly Discourages ALL Social Gatherings and Egg Hunts at Parks

NEWS RELEASE

gpdThe Easter holiday is normally one of the busiest days of the year in the Grapevine park system. Due to elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, most Lake Parks and Boat Ramps are closed and there is very limited parking or vehicle access. To see an inclusive list of parks and trails, please visit GoGrapevine.com/Explore. The Grapevine Police Department will have officers patrolling around public parks on bicycle and ATV. Anyone parked illegally on roadways is at risk of a citation.  

In addition, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking residents to stay home and limit park visits to short walks or bike rides (if needed) to prevent gatherings and crowded areas. We want to remind everyone that while physical activities like exercise are considered essential, social gatherings like egg hunts, group picnics, parties and other group activities are not allowed. We encourage residents to egg hunt at home and stay safe.

The City of Grapevine has enforced the following restrictions declared by the Tarrant County Declaration which states that residents should stay home and only leave for essential outings.

DART ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in Dallas

2020stpatricksparadeDallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is prepared to help thousands of North Texas riders claiming to be Irish, if only for a day, safely attend the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and events in the Southwest in less than two weeks.

Parade and festivalgoers, as well as runners participating in the Dash Down Greenville 5K, can comfortably ride to the 41st Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, Sat. Mar. 14, when DART adds additional rail service, employee volunteers and law enforcement to meet the large demand.

Trip planning is made easy by purchasing a $6 local Day Pass in advance using DART’s GoPass® mobile ticketing application. It allows you to buy passes, plan trips and get next bus or train times from the comfort of your mobile phone. Download the app for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Don’t have the app? Purchase a Day Pass from a ticket vending machine at any DART Rail station or from a bus operator.

Rail Service
From Plano, rail service will be added to Red and Orange Line trains operating between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to SMU/Mockingbird, Lovers Lane or Park Lane stations.

From Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Dallas customers can ride the Green Line and transfer to either the Orange or Red Line in downtown Dallas.

Passengers riding the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) can transfer to special event Red and Orange line trains at Victory Station.

Red and Orange Line trains to Lovers Lane Station will not be interrupted during the parade.

Bus Service
If you normally ride Route 502 or 583 at Lovers Lane Station, service will be interrupted until the Dash Down Greenville 5K has been completed.

Both routes will be detoured from Lovers Lane Station to serve SMU/Mockingbird Station until Greenville is re-opened to traffic. Route 502 will continue to serve Park Lane Station.

Additional routes temporarily detoured during the parade include 81, 82, 84 and 521. See DART.org/rideralerts for more information.

For more details go to DART.org/SPD or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

VetsWhatsNext spreads Christmas cheer to Dallas Community Living Center

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Major Eric King (Photo courtesy of VWN)

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Christmas was an awesome and exciting day to give back to those who have fought to keep America safe!

On December 25, 2019, VetsWhatsNext (VWN, a non-profit corporation) along with their mascots (and Founder Major Eric King’s kids) Eric King, Jr. and Kendall King, gifted the Veterans of the Home of the Brave Community Living Center in Dallas with over 50 hoodies/sweaters for Christmas.

“This is what VWN is all about – giving a little back to those who have given and sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Major King. “I want to thank David Schoemaker of Toyota of Irving and Jesse Arenas of Be Happy Promotions (BHP) for making the hoodies and serving as our vendor through VetsWhatsNext.org. Their generous donations made this event possible!”

VWN wants to make next Christmas its biggest giveaway yet. You can support VetsWhatsNext by donating at VetsWhatsNext.org. All donations are tax-deductible.

View and purchase merchandise at https://www.vetswhatsnext.org/shop/.

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 About VetsWhatsNext:

VWNAcross America, tens of thousands of Veterans are asking themselves this SAME question – “What do I do now?” VetsWhatsNext is the answer!

VWN is about empowering and helping Disabled Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Service Members, and their families by providing consolidated services and resources that will allow them to reclaim their lives and economic stability.

These services and resources are offered via our website, mobile app, and eventually a brick and mortar Outreach Center.

To learn more, visit VetsWhatsNext.org

 

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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