Category Archives: Holidays

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Fun with DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is ready to make sure everyone has a safe ride for the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville 5K and 2022 Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 12.

With additional DART service throughout the day, parade, festivalgoers, and runners can safely travel to this weekend’s events and enjoy the long-awaited return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

From Plano, rail service will be added to Red and Orange Line trains between Parker and Victory 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 Orange or Red Line trains at Victory Station.

Bus routes 3 and 17 will be on detour all day until the parade has ended. Routes 105, 209, and 249 will operate on their regular routes. See DART.org/rideralerts for more information.

The TSA Security Directive requiring a face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, remains in effect until March 18. DART will continue to require that a CDC-approved face mask be worn over the mouth and nose by passengers and operators at all times while on DART vehicles including buses, trains, and paratransit vehicles, Trinity Railway Express trains, in buildings and onboard the Dallas Streetcar.

Face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on all buses, light rail vehicles, TRE vehicles, and Dallas streetcars, and will continue to be available to all passengers. Find out about more ways DART is keeping you safe here.

Make your trip easy by purchasing a $6 local Day Pass in advance using the GoPass® mobile ticketing application. It allows you to buy passes, plan trips and get the next bus or train times from the comfort of your telephone. 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.

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

March is for more than St. Patrick’s Day

March is right around the corner, and while many people look forward to drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s more to March than flat beer.

Here’s what to look forward to from March 1 – 5:

March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

This day honors the superb qualities of peanut butter. It tastes indulgent, yet it’s healthy. It’s also versatile, so it can be used in any meal or dessert or can even be eaten by the spoonful out of the jar. Its famous counterparts are jelly/jam, toast, raw veggies, and even chocolate!  

Whether you prefer creamy or extra crunchy, March 1 is the day to enjoy or make your favorite PB treats, or even try something new! For example, Smoky Peanut Butter Chili:

Photo: Taste of Home

To read more from NewsBreak, click HERE.

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.