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This Saturday, April 23, the Heroes for Children 5K & Family Fun Run takes place at Hall Park, 6801 Gaylord Parkway in Frisco, Texas beginning at 8:00 a.m. The event is a family-friendly race and party to raise awareness and funds for families affected by pediatric cancer in Texas. Additional activities include a family fun zone, community sponsored events and a Gold Go Gold Art exhibit. 5K runners will receive an event T-shirt and the first 300 finishers will receive a special Heroes for Gold Ribbon medal.

There is still plenty of time left to register! The 5K entry fee is $40 for adults and $25 for those 18-years-old and younger. The Family Fun Run fee is $25 for adults and $10 for those 18-years-old and younger. Registration can be found at https://www.heroesforchildren.org/5k-funrun-frisco. To save $5, use promo code HEROESRUN5.

Heroes for Children, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer throughout the state of Texas. Since 2004, Heroes for Children has provided $6.7 million to more than 6,900 families in need. For more information, visit https://www.heroesforchildren.org.

 

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In response to the Frontline Wellness Initiative being implemented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI North Texas is launching the Overwatch Peer Support Program (OPS Program) on Friday, March 18. Developed in cooperation with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and One Tribe Foundation, this no-cost program provides support services for first responders and frontline healthcare workers outside of their work environment, and is led by fellow peers who have gone through support training with NAMI North Texas. The first of its kind in North Texas, this peer program will be offered at various locations throughout the DFW metroplex and surrounding areas. Those interested in participating in the OPS Program may register at www.naminorthtexas.org/frontline-wellness.

“When you look at the numbers, it is undeniable that first responders and frontline healthcare workers need support,” said Christopher Payne, LCSW, Program Director at NAMI North Texas. “The OPS Program was created to mitigate the pressure and trauma so that first responders and frontline healthcare workers can stabilize their lives and regain a sense of normalcy.”

Suicide rates among first responders are higher than line-of-duty deaths. Prior to COVID, various research studies show a 50% to 150% greater risk of suicidal behavior in first responders and frontline healthcare workers than in the general public. With the impact of COVID, these numbers are certain to rise.

Founded in 1982, NAMI North Texas, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit organization, is a chartered affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Serving Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Rockwall counties; NAMI North Texas provides at-no-cost advocacy, education, support, and public awareness for individuals with mental illness, as well as for their families. For more information, visit www.naminorthtexas.org.

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The spirit of Christmas is all about giving and bringing joy to others, and the Dallas Stars, Enchant® Christmas and the Dallas Stars Foundation strongly embrace that belief. As part of their ongoing community missions, these three organizations partnered for an Enchant Christmas ‘Night of Giving,’ which benefited The Dallas Stars Foundation and their Legacy Project Partner, St. Philip's School and Community Center. From the Wednesday, December 15 ticket sales and skate rentals, more than $142,000 was raised for the Dallas Stars’ Legacy Project.

Throughout the evening, in addition to enjoying the magical holiday experience, guests also had an opportunity to meet NHL Alumni and beloved mascot, Victor E. Green.

“We’re still in awe at the amount of support the Dallas Stars community showed during the Night of Giving at Enchant,” says Kevin Johnston, CEO and founder of Enchant. “It was a sight to see so many Stars fans enjoying the ice skating trail, exploring the maze, taking pictures with Santa and checking out all the cool vendors. We cannot thank the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Stars Foundation enough for this memorable event, we look forward to many more in the future.”

“The Dallas Stars Foundation is extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive additional funding that will go to support St. Philip’s School and Community Center, “says Marty Turco, President of the Dallas Stars Foundation. “We would like to thank Enchant for this opportunity to partner with them for an incredible event. Our initiatives are made possible by the support of our loyal fans and North Texas community members.”

Enchant is now open nightly at Fair Park through Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 4:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.enchantchristmas.com.

ABOUT DALLAS STARS FOUNDATION:

The heart of the Dallas Stars Foundation is to invest in our communities by creating unique programs that nurture and enrich the lives of those in need. Foundation programs include health and education such as ‘Fitness Stars’ and ‘’Stick with Reading’, the building of ball hockey courts and playgrounds, and providing grants and scholarships throughout the community. For more information, visit nhl.com/stars/community.

ABOUT St. Philip's School and Community Center

St. Philip's School and Community Center is a private Christian school in southern Dallas, serving approximately 240 students in grades PK2 through 6th?grade, and a multifaceted community center, providing athletic, educational, and social services to more than 4,000 children, youth, and adults annually. For more information, visit stphilips1600.org.

ABOUT ENCHANT:

Enchant Christmas is an immersive Christmas experience that creates magical memories for the whole family through stadium-sized live events and virtual experiences. The magic that makes the holiday season bright comes alive with each and every one of Enchant Christmas’ experiences. From live events held at locations across the U.S. with the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, to shopping for gifts in an artisan market, Enchant Christmas allows you to celebrate this cherished season with loved ones.

Enchant Christmas is produced by Enchant Studios. Serving Canada and the U.S. since 2010, Enchant Studios specializes in the design and implementation of tailor-made lighting experiences for public spaces. Their passion is crafting visual and virtual experiences that encourage interaction and creates a festive atmosphere for guests to enjoy.

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The Journey Dome announces the launch of an immersive Christian experience in Southlake, which will entertain, educate, and enlighten people of faith and people seeking clarity and guidance in life. Through state-of-the-art technology, The Journey allows the mind, body, and soul to journey through the stories and words of the Bible. Located at 3300 TW King Rd E, just east of State Highway 114, the 50-foot diameter dome offers an immersive experience surrounded by high-resolution video and high-fidelity sound. With a run time of approximately 40 minutes, the presentations are family-friendly and suitable for people of all ages.

The first production, “The Journey: In the Beginning”, covers the Creation, the Book of Jonah, and a Christian Reflection Prayer. Experience the days of Creation as God's Word breathed life into all we see and know. Experience the foundation of the consciousness God gave the world. Learn about the reluctant prophet, Jonah, who was called by God to serve. Participate in the Reflection Prayer, an immersive engagement for those who sense there is more to life than what we can see, touch, hear, smell, or taste. 

The second production currently running is “Immanuel: The Nativity.” Join an ancient traveler who seeks treasure only to be lost in a supernatural storm. Follow the supernova star that leads him to humble Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. “Immanuel: The Nativity” features immersion within ancient and contemporary oil paintings of the Annunciation, the Star of Bethlehem, and the Nativity.

Additional one-of-a-kind experiences are in development that visually embark on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.

“We have created an unforgettable experience, where people of all faiths can truly immerse themselves in the Word. The lessons in these stories are timeless. We are thrilled to open our first location in Southlake,” states co-creator Jamie Wiseman. “As we continue to grow and open new iconic locations around the country, The Journey will become an exciting place where faith can be clarified, strengthened, and enhanced in new ways by using technology.”

Tickets for both “The Journey: In the Beginning” and “Immanuel: The Nativity” can be purchased at JourneyDome.com. Show days and times vary, please check the website for the schedules. Adult prices are $25 per ticket. Kids ages 4-12 are $12.50 per ticket. Kids 3 and under are free and all parking is free. Private bookings for churches, schools, and associations with 30+ people are available by contacting corporatesales@feverup.com. All pastors and church leaders are invited to come preview the show and can secure their free ticket by contacting jamie@journeydome.com.

To learn more, visit JourneyDome.com or follow at @JourneyDome on Facebook and at @Journey.Dome on Instagram.

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Random Bobbitt Provisions, a vintage retail shop located in Uptown, will celebrate its grand opening with a pop-up street fair on Sunday, October 24 from Noon to 5 p.m. Located at 3104 Fairmount Street in Dallas, the eclectic fun will include yummy eats from Easy Slider food truck, charcuterie delights from The Board Lady, live music from Alex Cantrell, and, of course, great vintage finds. Additional vintage vendors at the outdoor fair will include Olan Thrills, an artist who cleverly repurposes old photos; Brimm Design with their handmade custom hat creations; Our Lovely Abode and their handcrafted body products; collectibles from 1111 Design; and trendy clothing and accessories from Rush Salon & Boutique. The rain or shine event is free and open to the public to attend.

Random Bobbitt owners, Randy and Paula Sadler, share a passion for vintage. In 2020, they opened La Familia, a boutique that focuses on taking you back through time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now, the Sadlers are bringing their sense of style and culture deep to the heart of Texas with Random Bobbitt Provisions. With sincere consideration to Randy’s grandfather, this unique retailer doesn’t sit parallel to your average vintage antique shop. Constantly traveling the country in search of exciting, vintage relics, the owners of Random Bobbitt stock the shelves with collectibles and rare pieces from unusual décor and novelty souvenirs to defunct electronics and music equipment to clothing and jewelry to a custom fragrance. Patrons will love the curious, weird, strange and wonderful treasures from the past.

“I love looking back on things,” Mr. Sadler said. “I love keeping the memories of the past alive. Everything has a story.” Ms. Sadler echoes her husband’s sentiments and adds, “We’re always on the hunt for unique and collectible treasures and can’t wait to bring North Texas these finds.”

Random Bobbitt Provisions’ regular business hours are Sunday and Monday from Noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit thatssorandom.store or call 214-918-2949.

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Bella Gortana, photo courtesy of Kirill Rebkovets

Get into the spirit of the fall season! Smell the popcorn. Feel the thunderous applause. Experience another world. Celebrate the strange and spectacular at Lone Star Circus® presents Cirque Kerwich – all under a brilliantly lit circus tent. Cirque Kerwich plays at Dallas Farmers Market beginning October 1-10.

Be amazed by of the spinning artistry of Kirill Rebkovets on the cyr wheel, the electrifying juggling of Rejean St. Jules, the graceful acrobatics of Gitana Doyle on the silks and Bella Gortana on the ropes, and much more.  Come to the pre-show one hour prior to each performance to meet circus stars and to try your hand at circus skills.  

Tickets to Cirque Kerwich are available at LoneStarCircus.org. Prices are $30 for front row, $25 for adults, and $18 for children (ages 2-12). Look for the circus tent located at Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 South Pearl Expwy (near the Shed), Dallas, TX 75201

Lone Star Circus Arts Center is a Dallas-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote circus arts in North Texas through performance, training and community outreach.  Lone Star Circus Arts Center has a performing arm, Lone Star Circus, and has a circus school, Lone Star Circus School, in Dallas.  Lone Star Circus produces high quality circus shows and entertainment, including theatrical productions and dinner shows.  Lone Star Circus School provides professional training in circus arts for children and adults.  The nonprofit believes that the circus brings joy and are committed to keeping that joy alive for future generations

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©2021_World-Relief-Sacramento_Airport-Baggage-Clai Afghan refugees arriving at airport. Photo credit World Relief.

With the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan and refugees arriving to the United States, it is important to provide life-changing humanitarian relief to those in need. Gateway Church, in collaboration with World Relief, will be collecting essential items for welcome kits for the Afghan refugees relocating to North Texas. The collections will be held on September 25–26 and October 2–3 at Gateway Church area locations.

In addition to dealing with housing and social resources challenges, refugees will face additional major hurdles. The welcome kits provide the basic household items that the Afghan refugees will need as they begin a new journey in the North Texas community. The items include essentials with six kit opportunities: hygiene, kitchen, household, bedroom, dining, and bathroom. By donating the welcome kits, this frees up World Relief finances to further help integrate Afghan families into the community.

There are two ways the community can get involved. First is a drop-off option, which allows people to purchase items and build their own kits. Then, deliver it to one of Gateway’s campuses in North Texas during weekend services on September 25­–26 or October 2–3. People are also invited to ship their kits to one of the Gateway campuses, marked to the attention of “Welcome Kits for Afghans.” For a list of kits and items per kit, visit gatewaypeople.com. The second option is to give toward a kit, which is a cash donation that goes toward the creation of welcome kits. To give, visit gatewaypeople.com

Since August 1, World Relief had received 409 Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas. Thirty-nine of those were welcomed by the North Texas office, along with seven other refugees resettled during that period. An estimated 90+ Afghans will be coming to the area within the next three to six weeks. These numbers are in addition to the approximately 350 refugees/asylees already anticipated to arrive in North Texas over the next nine months. Serving Afghan arrivals into the United States for more than a decade, starting in the next few weeks, World Relief anticipates receiving a much larger number of Afghans arriving throughout their network—as many as 7,000 or even more just in the coming months. World Relief is one of nine resettlement agencies involved nationwide.

Gateway North Texas Campuses for Welcome Kit Drop-Offs/Shipments on September 25­–26 and October 2–3:

Southlake Campus

700 Blessed Way

Southlake, TX 76092

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

Dallas Campus

12123 Hillcrest Road

Dallas, TX 75230

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

Frisco Campus

7125 Legacy Drive

Frisco, TX 75034

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Grand Prairie Campus

2404 N Carrier Pkwy

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Justin Campus

3300 Championship Pkwy

Fort Worth, TX 76177

Sunday: 10 am

North Fort Worth Campus

4209 Basswood Blvd

Fort Worth, TX 76137

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

North Richland Hills Campus

7501 Davis Blvd

North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Saturday: 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am, 11 am & 1 pm

Prosper Campus

4331 Prosper Trail

Prosper, TX 75078

Sunday: 9 am & 11 am

About Gateway Church
Gateway Church is a multicampus, nondenominational church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex led by Senior Pastor Robert Morris. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 100,000 active attendees with eight local Dallas/Fort Worth campuses, one out-of-state campus, and four prison campuses.

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About World Relief

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. We partner with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable. With offices globally, World Relief has a Dallas presence since 1980.

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