Largest International NAÏF Art Collection in U.S. on Display in Grapevine

The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to present the first international exposition of Naïf art paintings in the United States.  There are 110 artworks on display, representing the work of painters from 11 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, Perú and Spain. 

Naïf painting, from the French word Naïveté (ingenuity, innocence, naturalness) is generally referred to as Naïf in the Americas. Naïf paintings are created by artists without formal art education and who are often self-taught. Naïf artwork recognized by its childlike simplicity and frankness, typically has a flat rendering style with a rudimentary, simplistic perspective. Attention to detail is essential and subsequently one can ultimately ascertain the country of origin by studying each individual painting. Well-known Naïf painters include Henri Rousseau, who is widely regarded as the first Naïf painter, and American Naïf painter, Grandma Moses.  

The paintings are on loan from a local Grapevine collector who wishes to remain anonymous.  The artwork is on display inside Grapevine’s Tower Gallery through July 23.

Encuentro Romantico (acrylic on linen) by Laura Vidra from Tigre-Buenos Aires, Argentina (photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB)

DART Board Approves Public Hearings for January 2022 Service Changes and Will Accept Comments on June 8 and June 22

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved a public hearing on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 for the proposed DART January 2022 transformation of its entire bus service network. The Board received requests for additional time for the public to submit comments on the bus network changes and has extended the public hearing period to accept comments. Comments will be received on Tuesday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 22, during the scheduled DART Board Meetings.

Proposed service changes include:

  • replacing all local bus routes with a newly designed bus network featuring more frequent service and consistent hours of operation,
  • adding new GoLink Zones and expanding existing GoLink Zones,
  • restoring light rail service to pre-pandemic levels with 15-minute peak service,
  • more frequent evening light rail service on weekdays.

Final board approval is planned for August with implementation of the new service changes scheduled for January 24, 2022.

Process for Receiving Comments
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, DART will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the proposed January 2022 service changes.

Written comments and emails received any time before the hearings are adjourned will become part of the official hearing record. Those comments may be submitted via email to dartpublichearingcomments@dart.org prior to the public hearing or mailed in advance to:

DART Community Engagement – 7232
January 2022 Service Changes Public Hearing
P.O. Box 660163, Dallas, TX 75266

The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 8 and June 22, 2021. To view the public hearing visit DART.org/BoardVideo and select “Board of Directors Live.”

Visit www.DART.org/Meetings for more information.

The New iPhone Security App Protects Your Private Information

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If you live in the U.S., you have probably already heard about TotalAV – the popularity of this new app has grown fast amongst iPhone users as more and more people realize their personal data is not as private as it once was.

With mobile phone technology now able to process as much as a desktop computer, many people are trusting their personal and precious information in their phone storage. However, they don’t realize that their data is being shared, and insecure phone devices make them an easier target for cybercriminals.

This year, hackers stole personal data every 39 seconds, with victims of fraud losing on average of $10,000 each. This is set to rise through 2021. 

That’s where TotalAV comes in. 

TotalAV has long protected internet users with enterprise-level technology, and with the recent increases in mobile fraud, they have produced a full-featured protection suite for iPhone which is now available to the public for only $3!!! 

The app will protect your iPhone by adding an additional security layer between you and the web. This layer will encrypt your private information, prevent your data from being harvested, and protect you from identity theft.

In addition to this, TotalAV has also included a built-in function to clear up your device by removing unwanted codeswiping your browser history, and creating additional RAM space to ‘declutter’ the system.

  • At risk of identity theft?  No problem! The app will mask all of your online traffic so your personal information stays private.
  • Concerned about tracking codes and cookies? This app does more than just give your device a thorough cleanup – the tool includes a whole section of features that removes unwanted codes & programs. Not only does this free up more space on your device, but prevents external companies tracking your behavior!
  • Worried about your overall security? The additional network layer provides enhanced security, and will even change your devices IP to keep your information protected.  

With all this included in the package, Its no wonder people are rushing to claim a copy of this incredible app, at the incredible price of $3. This really is the only security product you need. 

TotalAV has long had a reputation for providing users with top-of-the-line computer security, and it is no surprise millions of users have already downloaded their iPhone version.

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Here We Go Again, Astrodome!

By Chris Daigle

Since I’m doing things with one hand these days [after a stroke], I wondered what it would be like to work a Rubik’s Cube with one hand. Pretty difficult, I’d guess. 

That’s what it’s been like with Houston’s Astrodome. Ever since it shut down 20 years ago, lots of high-minded people have suggested what should be done with the place, now that every team has its own stadium with lots of luxury seating and a product name the Astrodome never had. 

Even with 20 years of ideas swirling around, and there have been some doozies, the Astrodome Conservancy will now poll the populace for new ideas on what to do with the abandoned Eighth Wonder Of The World that sits forlorn and forgotten, like that last puppy nobody wants to adopt.

Before you submit “turn the Astrodome into a 250 screen multiplex,” bear in mind that any renovation project has to be paid for with private money, since a public vote in 2013 failed. It has to be self-sustaining financially, oriented toward entertainment (versus a medical center) and must be supported by the public.

So far, the answer has been, “Good luck with that.” In 2013 there was an enthusiastic “Save The Dome” campaign ahead of a public ballot on a $217 million plan to make the Dome a convention center. After plenty of “No” votes, but with a good amount of “Yes”, the public didn’t want its tax dollars spent on the Dome – it would be like putting new fenders on a ’65 Chevy. Private investors have failed to step forward on any project to rescue the Eighth Wonder Of The World, including super billionaire Tillman Fertitta.

I’ll jump ahead and save you a lot of getting worked up, which you will do. I am one of you, cheering at the guardrail like a 1978 “Luv Ya’ Blue” Oilers fan with blue paint and an Oilers wig on, so I can predict what the ground breaking result of this will bring: Nothing.

The Astrodome is designated a “national Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It’s a State Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At this rate, it might be on the Register Of Holes in the Ground.

The Texas Historical Commission has metaphorically lashed itself to the Astrodome like a tree hugger perched in a threatened oak tree. The Commission says, “Unless you have a good plan and good money behind an Astrodome plan, keep your mitts off the building and don’t even think of tearing it down.”

The Astrodome Conservancy has a website called, “Future Dome”, where the public is invited to submit ideas, once again, on what to do with the structure. Will they get more workable ideas than flooded Ed Emmett’s email box for twenty years? Time will tell. It’s hard to imagine what will come up that hasn’t been floated, or sunk, since the Dome shut its doors oh so long ago. It’s now a storage barn for the NRG stadium next door, as well as Harris County. It couldn’t have events anyway, since the seats were sold off five years ago.

Ideas are coming in faster than an Earl Campbell running play. There have been, and will be, plans on making it an indoor Astroworld, a movie studio, a Texas museum, a water park and there’s even a serious idea to dismantle the Battleship Texas and put it in there. Yes, really. 

Professional sports is out of the question, as now every sport (basketball, football, baseball, soccer, hockey and universities) have their own stadium with a product name and luxury seats. Well, maybe not cricket, bocci ball, golf, or jai alai, so there’s hope. The Harris County Commissioner’s Court set aside $105 million dollars from hotel fees and parking revenue in early 2018 to convert the Dome into an underground parking garage, with event space at ground level. The village in Houston exclaimed with glee, even holding a “Domecoming” in April 2018 to give us a last look at the 1965 Astrodome. 

That project went POOF when Lina Hidalgo was elected County Judge in late 2018. Suddenly, any Astrodome renovation was shelved. Hidalgo was more interested in flood relief, social issues, justice reform, and protecting voting rights. Now combined with a year long pandemic, the Astrodome may as well not exist. 

The Astrodome Conservancy leaders did meet recently with Hidalgo. They report that the Judge said, “Okay, come up with a solid plan for the Dome, and good financing, and we’ll talk about it someday.” Sounds like a blowoff to me, but before 1965, who but Roy Hofheinz could imagine a stadium with a roof? Would it surprise you to know that the Houston Rodeo and Houston Texans have never supported a Dome plan, though it would benefit both of them? They’d rather see it gone.

Meanwhile, the Astrodome, and billions of fan memories, lies in state 100 feet away from Houston’s trophy wife, NRG stadium. Ironically, a historic marker to the Dome was intentionally placed facing its replacement, like a symbolic fist raised in the air. There’s been so much propaganda that the Dome is not safe, but it’s perfectly sound. There’s also been so much hype that the Astrodome is a financial white elephant, yet it was paid for years ago.

There was so much noise when the 2013 vote was to tear the Dome down, Judge Ed Emmett said demolition MAY be an option. The media and public ran with it. 

The biggest idea for resuscitating the Dome that fits all the criteria of financial stability, sustainable income, and public support, is converting it into a casino and hotel and resort. That can’t happen because our state leaders are steadfastly against legalizing gambling. They are too busy telling us how and when to wear a mask. 

My enthusiasm for the Astrodome is hotter than a thousand suns, so is most of Texas, but this is getting old. Even for me. We go from being nervous about the future to overjoyed when a plan appears, then nervous again when that plan fails. This is a lot like the boy that cried wolf, but with a whole state.

In this day of new construction  everywhere, the irony is that it could happen for the Astrodome, but it doesn’t. Tillman Fertitta, super billionaire with a restaurant empire and hotels, also has made a name in entertainment venues in Galveston and Kemah. He’s bought the Houston Rockets franchise with $1.2 billion, with a B. The arena at the University of Houston now bears his name, replacing Hofheinz Pavillion. Tillman Fertitta is certainly no Roy Hofheinz, nor is he trying to be.

For now, we stand at the 50 yard line at the Astrodome to see which team gets to the goal: Renovation? Or tear it down? 

The scoreboard’s ticking. The writing’s on the wall.

Inaugural VetsWhatsNext golf tournament on Sept. 3

What’s Next for you Veteran?

Across America, tens of thousands of Veterans are asking themselves this SAME question. VetsWhatsNext (VWN) 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 will be offered via our website, mobile app, and eventually a brick and mortar Outreach Center.

We either plan to, or already are, giving back via scholarships and partnerships. And, as with any non-profit, we depend a lot on donations!

Our big fundraiser this year is our INAUGURAL GOLF TOURNAMENT, which will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021. Come out and play the links at The Irving Golf Club! You’ll have a great day for a great purpose!

For more information, including registration, click HERE.

Search for fugitive has a fatal ending

The search is over for the man accused in the aggravated robbery of an Uber driver.

Suspect Cesar Soto was involved in a fatality crash in Weatherford on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Grapevine Police were notified of the crash on Monday, May 24, and ensured Soto’s next of kin had been notified prior to the release of this information. The Department wants to thank law enforcement partners for their assistance and the community for remaining vigilant during the investigation.


(Prior releases below) 

We have identified a suspect in the carjacking and assault that occurred on Thursday, May 13, 2021. An arrest warrant for Aggravated Robbery has been issued for 33-year-old Cesar Soto of Lewisville. He has not been located at this time. Police recovered the stolen vehicle and weapon used in the assault. The vehicle was abandoned in a Colleyville neighborhood Thursday morning. Anyone who sees Soto or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE – Grapevine Police are investigating a carjacking and assault that occurred shortly before 7am, and are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect and stolen vehicle.

The victim is an Uber driver, and was dropping off a passenger outside the Amli apartments in the 400 block of Dallas Road when the passenger attacked him. The victim was stabbed multiple times before the suspect got in the driver’s seat and drove off.

The victim was spotted by residents in the area who called 911. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6”, 180 pounds with black and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, orange reflective vest and white construction hat. He may be driving the victim’s vehicle, which is a blue 2016 Toyota Camry with license plate NMT-9734.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspect should call 911 immediately and avoid any confrontations with the suspect, as he may still be armed with a knife.

Have an “Udderly” good time at Nash Farm’s dairy day

In the “mooo-ed” for summer fun? Cool off at Nash Farm’s Dairy Day on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Learn about 19th century dairy processes, including cheese making, butter churning, hand-cranked ice cream, early refrigeration methods and more. Nash Farm also will have cooking with dairy demonstrations on their wood-fired stove.

Guests of all ages will enjoy learning through hands-on activities and educational demonstrations by Southwest Dairy Farmers.

All New For 2021: Learn to milk a goat! In addition to drinking it, goat’s milk may be used in making cheese, yogurt, fudge and candy, as well as soaps and lotions. Goat’s milk soaps and lotions will also be available for purchase at this event.

Southwest Dairy Farmers will be onsite with its mobile dairy classroom, which features a live cow. Guests will watch milking demonstrations, learn about the importance of dairy and hear the process of how milk travels from the farm to the carton in the refrigerator.

Other activities throughout the event include wagon rides; interactions with heritage animals, such as sheep, turkeys and chickens; shopping at the Nash Farm Store; tours of the Historic Farm House and more.

Admission for the event is $3 per person and includes all activities. All proceeds support education programs at Nash Farm.

Nash Farm is located at 626 Ball St. in Grapevine, Texas.

Grand Prairie ISD Will Serve up Good Nutrition for Local Children This Summer

This summer, Grand Prairie ISD will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy meals at no cost to the child.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in Texas by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.

“Grand Prairie children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life,” said GPISD Child Nutrition Director Domenik Peterson. “With nearly 2 million food insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation.”

In Cafeteria meals:

WHEN:                 

  • Monday – Friday, June 1 – July 30 (closed the week of July 5- 9)
  • Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:00am
  • Lunch: 11:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE:

  • Grand Prairie High School – 101 Gopher Blvd.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 1204 E. Marshall Drive
  • Travis World Language Academy – 525 N. E. 15th Street
  • Seguin Elementary – 1450 S.E. 4th Street
  • Garcia Elementary – 2444 Graham
  • Whitt Fine Arts Academy – 3320 S Edelweiss
  • Bowie Fine Arts Academy – 425 Alice Drive
  • Daniels Elementary Academy of Science and Math – 801 SW 19th Street

Grab and Go meals for pick up:

WHEN:

  • Monday – Friday, June 1 – July 30 (closed the week of July 5- 9)
  • Breakfast & Lunch: pick up 10:00am – 12:00pm

WHERE:

  • Crosswinds High School – 1105 N. Carrier Pkwy
  • Marshall Elementary – 1160 Warrior Trail

Grand Prairie ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:

  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator
  • Visit www.SummerFood.org for an interactive site locator map
  • Text FOODTX to 877-877

Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact: Grand Prairie ISD Child Nutrition Department – 2341 S. Belt Line Road – (972) 343-4410.

DART Board Approves Public Hearing for January 2022 Service Changes on June 8

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved a public hearing on the proposed DART January 2022 service changes. The public hearing is planned for Tuesday, June 8, during the DART Board Meeting.

Proposed service changes include:

  • Replacing all local bus routes with a newly designed bus network featuring more frequent service and consistent hours of operation,
  • Adding new GoLink Zones and expanding existing GoLink Zones,
  • Restoring light rail service to pre-pandemic levels with 15-minute peak service,
  • More frequent evening light rail service on weekdays.

Final board approval is planned for August with implementation of the new service changes scheduled for January 24, 2022.

Process for Receiving Comments
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, DART will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the proposed January 2022 service changes.

Written comments and emails received any time before the hearing is adjourned will become part of the official hearing record. Those comments may be submitted via email to dartpublichearingcomments@dart.org prior to the public hearing or mailed in advance to:

DART Community Engagement – 7232
January 2022 Service Changes Public Hearing
P.O. Box 660163, Dallas, TX 75266

The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8. To view the public hearing visit DART.org/BoardVideo and select “Board of Directors Live.”

Visit www.DART.org/Meetings for more information.

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Americans are reminded of the long fight ahead to reach true justice

Written by The Skimm staff

[Editor’s Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Grapevine Source or its staff. This is published because it addresses one of the major divides in the US today.]


One year ago today, George Floyd was murdered.

On May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. The 46-year-old Black man cried out “I can’t breathe” 27 times. Video of his murder went viral and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd’s name and last words became a rallying cry at protests across the country and the world. In the past year, the US grappled with its record on race. And European countries joined in on examining their own racist and colonial past.

There’s been some change toward police reform. At least 17 states have banned or restricted police use of chokeholds. More than 20 major US cities (think: LA, Seattle, Austin) cut their police budgets in some way. Some have reinvested the money into services like mental health and housing programs. And in a rare moment of police accountability, Chauvin was found guilty of all charges (including second-degree murder). He will be sentenced next month. But many families – like those of Breonna TaylorDaniel Prude, and Ronald Greene – are still waiting for justice.

In the first five months of 2021, one analysis found that 353 people died at the hands of law enforcement. A report by human rights experts found that the US’s deadly police killings of Black Americans could amount to crimes against humanity. And called on officials to act. But Congress is likely going to miss President Biden’s deadline to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Meanwhile, some states are going the opposite route – like trying to punish cities that vote to cut police funding, or banning lessons on critical race theory (more on that here). And some lawmakers still maintain the US “is not a racist country” – despite an alarming rise in hate crimes.