Category Archives: Holidays

GRAND PRAIRIE HOURS OF OPERATION MLK DAY

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Grand Prairie administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17. Other city services that will be closed are:

  • The Betty Warmack Branch Library, the Main Library, and the Tony Shotwell Branch Library: Items may be renewed online at gptx.org/library. Items may be returned to book drops at the Main and Shotwell Libraries, the Lake Parks Book Locker, or the Epic Reads (located inside the Epic Recreation Center) any time the Epic is open.
  • Water bill payment offices
  • The Municipal Court
  • The Summit, Charley Taylor, Dalworth and Tony Shotwell Recreation Centers
  • The Kirby Creek Indoor Pool
  • The Animal Shelter
  • Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

City of Grand Prairie services that will remain open on Monday, Jan. 17:

  • The Epic Recreation Center
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course and Tangle Ridge Golf Club
  • The Landfill and Garbage Collection/Recycling: Normal collection on Monday. 
  • The Tourist Information Center

Welcome to 2022

Happy New Year, dear readers, and THANK YOU for your support!

GRAND PRAIRIE CITY SERVICE HOURS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

In observance of Christmas and the New Year, the City of Grand Prairie administrative offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 3. Other city services affected are:

  • The Main LibraryShotwell Library and Warmack Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 -Monday, Dec. 27; and Saturday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 3. Items may be renewed.online at gptx.org/library. Items may be returned at the Main Library, Warmack Library, Shotwell Library and Epic Reads (located inside The Epic Recreation Center) any time The Epic is open.
  • Water bill payment offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 27 and Monday, Jan. 3.
  • The Summit 50+ Adult Activity Center –The Summit will be closed Friday, Dec. 24- Saturday, Dec. 25; Monday, Dec. 27; Saturday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 3. The Summit will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • DalworthShotwell and Charley Taylor Recreation Centers will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 – Monday, Dec. 27; Saturday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 3. Recreation centers will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Epic Recreation Center will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24; closed Saturday, Dec. 25-Sunday, Dec. 26. On Friday, Dec. 31 The Epic will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 1 will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course and Tangle Ridge Golf Club will be closed Saturday, Dec. 25. On Friday, Dec. 24, Prairie Lakes is offering a Christmas Eve Scramble at 9 a.m. and the last tee time at Tangle Ridge Golf Club will be at noon. Holiday rates apply.
  • The Kirby Creek Indoor Pool will be closed Dec. 24-27 and January 1 and 3. Kirby Creek Indoor Pool will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Landfill and Garbage Collection/Recycling will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1. There will be no garbage collection on these dates.The landfill will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 30 and Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Municipal Court will be closed Friday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 27 and Monday, Jan. 3.
  • The Animal Shelter will be closed Friday, Dec. 24; Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1.
  • The Tourist Information Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25.

DART Announces Christmas Day Schedule

Friday, December 24, 2021

  • DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE: Saturday schedule
  • DART GoLink – GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service. These zones include Northwest Dallas, Inland Port, Rylie, West Dallas, North Dallas and Park Cities. No service in any other zones.
  • DART Customer Information Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • DART Customer Care Center and Lost and Found: Closed
  • DART Administrative Offices: Closed
  • DART Paratransit: Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the three days will need to do so by Thursday, Dec. 23. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit. The Call Center will reopen Monday December 27.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

  • DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE: No service
  • DART GoLink – GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service. These zones include Northwest Dallas, Inland Port, Rylie, West Dallas, North Dallas and Park Cities. No service in any other zones.
  • DART Administrative Offices: Closed
  • DART Customer Information Center, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found: Closed
  • DART Paratransit: Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the three days will need to do so by Thursday, Dec. 23. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit. The Call Center will reopen Monday December 27.

Route and schedule information can always be found by calling 214-979-1111 or at DART.org and TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

VetsWhatsNext Holding Turkey Drive for Vets in Need

If you are a veteran and don’t know how you can afford a Thanksgiving turkey, let VetsWhatsNext help out! Register at https://www.vetswhatsnext.org/events/.

Don’t Miss Last Weekend to Visit Award-Winning Haunted House in Ft. Worth!

Cutting Edge Haunted House (CEHH), located at 1701 E. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth, is one of the most popular attractions in the DFW area during the Halloween season, and for good reason! The Haunted House is amazing, but for people who are in line, or are just not comfy with the idea of going through the actual House (weenies!), there are so many things to do and see.

CEHH was named in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 as the longest haunted house in the nation and was voted “Best Haunted House” AND “Scariest Haunted House” this year by USA Today. They have also received a plethora of other awards.

CEHH offers a drumline (or Drum Corps if you are a band geek like me), concessions, a pumpkin patch with hay bales to sit on (but don’t be too surprised if a zombie comes by to eat your brain), and plenty of other displays that are excellent for pictures, such as an old hearse, giant spiders and a giant rat.

The actors in the attraction are not allowed to touch or speak to customers, so you need not worry about being accosted during your trek through this amazing maze. However, if you fall or hold up the line, an actor may signal you to move to the side so that other patrons can enjoy the House without waiting behind you. I write this from experience…and no, for once, it wasn’t me who fell! My weenie friends who fell were immediately attended to by actors to make sure they were okay. It is a very safe attraction, thankfully.

I got to speak to some customers that were in line to get into the attraction.

A young gentleman, who gave his name as, “Mason,” (maybe he knows Cher or Madonna?) said that this was his third time at CEHH in the last three years.

“Oh yeah, I’m ready to go in!” he said. “I’ve actually done this twice before two years ago! It was scary last time but I’m ready!”

His companion, known only as “Justine,” said that this was her first time at CEHH and that she was feeling nervous; however, when she came out, she was all smiles and said, “Let’s do it again!”

As people exited the House, expressions on their faces ran the gamut from giant smiles to tired smiles. No one came out looking terrified or traumatized. CEHH takes almost an hour to get through, so it can be tiring. If the trek inside is too much for you for any reason, exits are all over the place, allowing you to leave if you need to. But try to hang on…they use similar illusion techniques to Disney’s “Tower of Terror” and “Haunted Mansion” in addition to great actors, excellent subject rooms, and great music!

As she exited the attraction, another singularly named person called “Emily” said, “At first I didn’t think it was gonna be scary, but once I went through the second phase and the third phase, I started screaming more.”

Her companion, Billy Baker, added, “It wasn’t that scary for me, but I enjoyed it because they scared [Emily] a lot!”

Theresa Brewer braved CEHH for the first time with her companions, Kevin and Dan Brewer.

“This is our first time here and I loved it!” Theresa said. “I don’t like clowns. They are too creepy! But yes, I would definitely do it again.”

Co-owners Todd James and Jesse Beck have learned how to streamline the queue over the 30 years that they have been in the Haunted House industry, reducing wait times for customers. “Regular” tickets provide a 30-minute window to come get in line, and the typical wait on a busy night is 30-45 minutes.

“We had our time slot, and we waited there for maybe 15 minutes. It was really easy and really quick,” said Kevin.

Dan explained what his favorite parts of the House were.

“So, there’s a couple different times where some of the performers were elevated. I’m walking and they’re looking around me and they stick their hand down from above or something like that. Those caught me off guard several times. That was awesome!

“There was this one guy I could hear. He was dragging his claws on the wall. So, I could hear that coming and getting closer and closer. I turned around, but as I turned around, he had those claws right in front of my eyes. His timing was perfect!” Dan said.

If you’d like to experience the thrills of CEHH, learn more and buy tickets at CuttingEdgeHauntedHouse.com. Don’t be a weenie…just GO!

[This story is Part 2 of 2. To read Part 1, click HERE]

Grand Prairie hosts Halloween fun this weekend

The Grand Prairie Police Department in conjunction with Grand Prairie Texas Talk will be holding its Trunk or Treat event this Friday, October 29 from 6-8pm at the GP Police Department.

If you or your organization plan to attend and need candy for your trunk or booth, please click on this link and fill out the form so we know how much candy to buy:  Trunk or Treat Sign Up Sheet.xlsx

Also, our friends at Prairie Paws are hosting a Howl-O-Ween Pawty at the same time if you want to hop on over there before/after our Trunk or Treat.

They will have a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, contests, cats, canines, and CANDY! Bring your whole family to the Prairie Paws Adoption Center for a FREE DOGgone good time! Costumes encouraged!

*Please only bring human family members!

**They will have vendors with items available for purchase.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Chelsea Kretz at 469-354-4703 or email ckretz@gptx.org

Grapevine’s Veterans Day Parade and Fair Honors Purple Heart Recipients on Nov 6

Salute military veterans at the annual Veterans Day Parade, Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Veterans and citizens are invited to experience this meaningful day for our country’s military servicemen and women.

This year’s parade will honor and give thanks to those who have been presented a Purple Heart Medal for their selfless sacrifices and commendable action. A Purple Heart, conferred to those who have been` wounded while serving in the U.S. military has been given to more than 1.8 million service members since the award was created in 1782 (USO.org).

Purple Heart Vietnam veteran Eric Newton will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Newton served as an armored vehicle driver with the 11th Armored Cavalry in 1968 and 1969. He received his Purple Heart medal for wounds sustained on November 26, 1968.

36 years after Vietnam, Newton went on combat operations in Iraq and mentored a new generation of soldiers with his old unit.

“The most important thing an old soldier can do is teach young soldiers how to become old soldiers,” Newton said.

Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, of the 24th Congressional District, will also be participating in this year’s parade and will have a veterans assistance information booth. Van Duyne will also be presenting a Vietnam War Commemoration and a TX-24 Veteran Commendation, which serves as an opportunity to honor distinguished veterans of the 24th Congressional District to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans. Van Duyne is accepting nominations at her District Office through October 29.

Veterans and veteran groups along with Grapevine’s many civic and service organizations will participate in the parade.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Main and West Hudgins Streets and will travel north along Main Street, ending at East Wall Street. Free parking will be available throughout Historic Downtown Grapevine. Special photo opportunities will be available throughout the event.

Veterans Fair, hosted by VFW Post 10454 Grapevine and the City of Grapevine, is from 10am to 1pm. The event will take place in the large public parking lot behind the Town Square Gazebo (115 E. Worth St.) with more than 15 organizations in attendance providing veteran services, programs and benefits. Attendees can enjoy live music performed by Guitars for Heroes, an all veteran band that is part of the Wounded Warrior Project. View military vehicles, enjoy great food from AMBUCS and Elks Lodge, participate in activities and much more. For more information about the Grapevine Veterans Day Parade and Fair, visit https://grapevineveteransparade.com/.

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Grapevine Veterans Day Parade is held to celebrate and salute the nation’s veterans. Organizers strive to highlight the true meaning of Veterans Day by informing veterans of available assistance programs, as well as how the community can contribute to help veterans in need.

For additional information about Grapevine, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Have a Fang-Tastic Good Time at Grapevine’s Halloween-Themed Events

Have a fiendishly fabulous time during Halloween in Grapevine this October. From train rides and wine trails to scary stories and more, there’s something for Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

Spirited revelers are invited to don their best costumes for a ride aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. During this spook-tacular ride, enjoy two Texas craft brews served in a commemorative mug, deliciously freaky fare of savory bites and spirited entertainment. The Witches Brew Train is $39 per ticket and is open to those 21+ only. This train departs from the Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Start trick-or-treat early aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat trains on October 30. Enjoy a Halloween storybook reading, interactive games and a pre-packaged bag of treats. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! These excursions are one-hour long. Trains depart at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features stories that become spookier as the night progresses. Guests may also enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets. Admission is $3 per person.

Participate in an All Hallows’ Masquerade at Settlement to City Museums (206 W. Hudgins St.) on Saturday, October 23. Learn Victorian Halloween traditions, make masks and enjoy tricks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre hosts classic Halloween-themed movies all month long. Enjoy dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with a same-day receipt. Tickets are $6. The Palace Theatre is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine at 300 S. Main St. The upcoming movie schedule includes:

  • “Bride of Frankenstein,” Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. NR (1935)
  • “Beetlejuice,” Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1988)
  • “Dracula,” Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. NR (1931)
  • “Young Frankenstein,” Saturday, October 9 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1974)
  • “Hocus Pocus,” Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated PG (1993)

On Saturday, October 30, join Sound Bachs at the Palace Theatre as they play some of the best spooky classic rock songs by artists such as The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23 per person.

Little boos and ghouls will enjoy Halloween-themed cartoons and crafts each Tuesday in October at the Lancaster Theatre (300 S. Main St.). Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Scooby Doo: Mummy Scares Best” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.” Then craft your own ghost door hangers, Halloween picture magnets, pumpkin glasses and more. Cost is $6 per child.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio is firing up the furnace this fall for their Hand-Blown Help Create Pumpkin Workshops, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 through October 30. Glass artisans will help you create a pumpkin from molten glass. Twist your color to create your own personalized design. Advance reservations are required, ages 12+. Visit www.vetroartglass.com for dates, times and details. 701 S. Main St.

Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, October 30 along the “Witch Way to the Wine” Hallo -Wine Trail, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). Three wine tastings and food pairings will be offered at each participating winery. This event takes place rain or shine. The trail runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $50 per person; day of event tickets are $55 per person. Visit https://grapevinewinerytrail.com/ to learn more.

Each Friday and Saturday during October, learn about Grapevine’s paranormal past on the Grapevine Night Watchman Tour, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). A blend of hauntings and history, the tour features tales about Main Street, such as the infamous bank robbery of 1932 and a haunted winery tasting room. Beginning at Grape Vine Springs Winery, the walking tour lasts 90 minutes through Grapevine and concludes with a complimentary glass of wine upon returning to the winery. Group tours available. Visit https://www.grapevinespringswinery.com/ or call 817.329.1011 for days and times.

Meet a cast of wily characters and try to figure out whodunnit as the Texas Star Dinner Theater (816 S. Main St.) performs “Dead, Dead on the Range” on Saturday, October 30. The town is bustling with elections, cattle drives, promises of a railroad, and murder! Horace Grimsby, the wealthiest Cattle Baron in Texas, has been found dead and it’s up to Marshal Jim Courtright to bring the killer to justice. Did the Mayoral nominee Roger “Rooster” Montebank get involved in an election scandal? Could the lead reporter for the International Inquisitor, Barbara Wawas, have made her own headlines? Perhaps Buster Beggs, the gentle sheep herder, was bullied by the bull king one too many times. Or was his wife, Emma Grimsby, tired of marriage and looking to get rich quick? Tickets are $59.95 + tax per person. Visit https://www.texasstardinnertheater.com/ for tickets.

Have a BOO-tiful time all October long at LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center. Their Brick-or-Treat event invites you to build your own haunted house, create your own DOTS bracelet or take a photo with a 6-foot-tall Jack-O-Lantern. Venture through MINILAND to spot skeletons, monsters, trick-or-treaters and more! On weekends help Master Model Builder, Thad, build a Dracula Big Build ® . For more information, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/DallasFW. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

For a frightfully good time, see divers carve pumpkins underwater at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium every Sunday and Wednesday in October, starting Sunday, October 10. Learn spooky fish facts at the aquarium’s several underwater Halloween adventures. VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine for details. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

Gather your favorite ghouls and goblins and enjoy festive Halloween fun all weekend long at Grapevine’s many cafés, bistros and restaurants. Live music at various venues along Main Street will get you in the mood to shake, rattle and roll!

Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and enjoy family-friendly fun at their second annual Goblins & Giggles event that runs through October 31. Join in for Ghost Stories LIVE! where you become part of a spooky, interactive Texas ghost story. Participate in other events such as the Trick or Treat Expedition where you will experience a world of Halloween fun, Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunts with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Goblin & Giggles Art Studio and more. For details on events and reservations, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/offer/goblins-and-giggles-package/654/.

Great Wolf Lodge invites guests to a month of Halloween-themed fun with a variety of fab-BOO-lous events and treats to celebrate the spooky season. Enjoy a game like Howl-o-Ween Trivia or Boo Bingo. Create spooky creations with craft kits or flex and stretch during a Halloween-themed yoga class. Put on your costume for trick-or-treat adventures and the Monster Bash Dance Party. Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/listing/great-wolf-lodge/8/ for more details.

DART Announces Labor Day Schedule

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate on the following schedule for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6:

  • DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
  • The Inland Port GoLink Zone will operate on a Sunday schedule (5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) on Monday, Sept. 6. There is no service in any of the other GoLink Zones.
  • DART’s administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed.
  • Customers with questions about schedules can contact DART’s Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • DART’s Paratransit Services will run a Saturday schedule and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers may call Thursday, Sept. 2 to book their trips through Monday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 3, to book their trips through Tuesday, Sept. 7.
  • Customers can also schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/Paratransit.

DART route and schedule information can be found at www.DART.org.