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Marsha Dimes will host Dallas Pride 2021
Tickets on Sale Now for Dallas Pride 2021

Tickets are on sale now for Dallas Pride 2021, two nights of outdoor, in-person variety shows that will raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Both evenings’ events will take place at the Band Shell in Fair Park and will feature exciting talent from North Texas. The shows will also be streamed online at DallasPride.org. 

“This pandemic has taught us we have to do things a little differently than we would normally do,” said Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Pride, “and while we are not having a Pride parade--nor are we having a festival, this year--these shows will allow us to be back out together to celebrate with our friends and allies.” 

Friday, June 4, Marsha Dimes will host a show featuring entertainment from Uptown Players, Jada Pinkett Fox, IDT Band, Raquel Blake, The Roommates, Daphne Rio, Bleach and other artists. 

On Saturday, June 5, the show hosted by Marsha Dimes will feature The Cast of the Rose Room; The Fly Queens; Sisters-in-Action; Sister Helen Holy; The FlannelTones, an ensemble of the Turtle Creek Chorale; Anton Shaw; Niecee X; Kameron Ross; and others. Kennedy Davenport, a star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, also will perform. 

On June 4 and June 5, gates for the events will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Those attending virtually may log on to DallasPride.org starting at 7:30 p.m. 

Talent for both evenings hails from North Texas. “This year, we wanted to celebrate our community and showcase the amazing talent that we have right here,” said Marsha Dimes, fabulously. 

Tickets can only be purchased in advance, and are available by visiting https://dallaspride.org/pride2021/ 

Ticket prices for Friday or Saturday evenings are: $15 for upper level, $20 for mid level, $25 for lower level and $35 for the VIP floor ticket. Two-day tickets (which include both Friday and Saturday evenings) are available, as well, starting at $25 for upper level, $35 for mid level, $45 for lower level and $65 for the VIP floor tickets. There is no assigned seating; all tickets are general admission within the respective seating levels. The event will operate at a reduced capacity for the Band Shell, allowing groups to determine their own seating and spacing. 

VIP tickets include floor seating and the opportunity to get up close with host Marsha Dimes and other entertainers, as well as enjoy dedicated lines for the food and drink stations closest to the VIP seats. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Cash and credit will be accepted, and contactless payment will be available. No outside food or beverage will be allowed into the event. 

In addition to the outdoor, in-person experiences, the events also will be streamed online for those who feel more comfortable watching from home. Streaming is complimentary and available via DallasPride.org. 

Dallas Pride will follow the health and safety rules mandated by Fair Park. All attendees will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking. Social distancing will be enforced in lines for food and drink. Hand sanitizer stations will be available. Please note that there will be no Pride parade or festival this year. 
Parking at Fair Park will be available at Gate 5 for $10. Attendees may also take the DART Rail green line. 

 
Dallas Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community by creating events and initiatives that foster connections between members of the community, its allies and its supporters. 

Follow @DallasPride on Facebook, @DallasPrideOfficial on Instagram, @DallasPrideOrg on Twitter, or via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for all the tea. 
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This Mother’s Day, honor mom with a fun experience, a gift that helps others 

Mom played many a tea party with you as a child. Now, it’s your chance to honor her with a delicious at-home tea this Mother’s Day, an unforgettable gift that gives back. Societea, Afternoon Tea To Go, a sister company of Society Bakery, has partnered with Mommies In Need to create a special take-home cream tea box that makes the perfect gift for the special lady in your life.   

Now through May 5, pre-order your delicious take-home cream tea from Mommies In Need, boxed and wrapped with a beautiful ribbon, for only $25. Each box includes four homemade scones, clotted cream and seasonal jam, as well as a special tea selection in your choice of regular or caffeine-free. A Mommies In Need branded mug completes the boxed gift, and is the perfect way for mom to remember this special experience.  

“As a mom, spending quality time with my children is my favorite thing to do, and what I look forward to most on Mother’s Day,” said Natalie Boyle, founder and CEO of Mommies In Need. “We’re thrilled to partner with Societea to offer this experience, one that also gives families a chance to help others.” 

Proceeds from the take-home cream tea boxes will support Mommies In Need, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide childcare, community and compassion to parents or other caregivers facing a health crisis. Since its founding in 2014, Mommies In Need has provided thousands of hours of in-home care, virtual visits and now also in-person care through Annie’s Place, a licensed childcare facility in Dallas. 

And, if you’re treating mom to a tea on Mother’s Day, follow these tips from Emily Cassady, a tea sommelier, co-owner of Societea and supporter of Mommies In Need: 

Get seated. Seat yourself comfortably at a table and lay your napkin on your lap with the crease folded towards you. 

Pour your tea. A hot debate is whether to pour the tea or milk first. In days past, if you had fine china, you would pour your tea first to show your gathered group that your porcelain could hold up to the hot water. If you added milk first, it was a scandal. Nowadays, they say hot water, brew to strength, and then add sugar or milk, if you must.  

Don’t dunk. Everyone agrees that dunking scones in the tea or milk is a “no-no” as far as proper tea etiquette goes.

Stir it up. While some say one should stir your spoon from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock, other say it’s back and forth from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock. But everyone agrees that there should be no tapping of the spoon against the cup. Never lick your spoon. When you are finished stirring, simply rest your spoon on your saucer. 

Practice the hold. The thumb and index finger should almost pinch the handle at the top, then use your middle finger to support the weight of the cup, rather than hooking through.  Tuck in your ring and pinky fingers--they aren't really invited to the tea party!

Enjoy the scones. Clotted Cream first? Jam first? If you use the Devonshire Method, you split your scone in two and add clotted cream to your scone first, followed by the jam. Cornish Method has you splitting your scone in two, adding the jam, then the clotted cream. Which way is right? Ultimately, that is up to you...but the Queen of England prefers the Cornish Method.  

Put your pinkie—and your phone—down! Many feel that they need to put their pinkie up in the air as a sort of posh affectation, but it’s wholly unnecessary. So, too, are phones – after you get that great selfie of you and mom, and have posted it with the hashtags #MothersDay,  #MommiesInNeed and #MomsforMoms, put your phone away and enjoy your time together. 

To order a take-home tea from Mommies In Need, please visit the Mommies In Need website. Pre-orders will be available for pick-up at Society Bakery (3610 Greenville Avenue) on May 7 and May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Mommies In Need would like to wish moms everywhere a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day.

Mommies In Need is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous support of compassionate individuals, foundations and businesses that recognize the value of the services Mommies In Need provides to families. Among its many supporters are The Moody Foundation, The Crystal Charity Ball, The Simmons Sisters Fund at the Dallas Foundation, The Constantin Foundation, Hamon Charitable Foundation, The Meadows Foundation and Perot Foundation, as well as in-kind partners The Beck Group and Winstead PC.

More information about Mommies In Need is available on its website and through its Facebook and Instagram

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92-acre parcel near W. Melissa Road and U.S. Highway 75 will create more than 400 new home sites in growing city

Astra Development is pleased to announce that an entity affiliated with its company sold 92 acres of land northwest of the intersection of W. Melissa Road and U.S. Highway 75 to home builders Taylor Morrison and NexMetro Development. The deal, which closed April 7, will create more than 400 new home sites in Melissa.

“We are proud that we were able to get this project to the finish line by creating a mixed-use project with two quality builders,” noted Justin Bono, founder and president of Astra Development. “This will add more housing options for those who desire the lifestyle that the city of Melissa has to offer. We are pleased to be able to turn this over to Taylor Morrison and NexMetro Development to make these residences a reality.”

The preliminary plat for the 92-acre parcel, named Stoneridge, has been approved and construction plans for the first phase are under review. Development is expected to begin this summer. At build out, Stoneridge will include 411 residences.

Taylor Morrison plans to build 194 single family homes on 72 acres in the Stoneridge community. Taylor Morrison prides itself on the quality of its homes, thoughtfulness of its communities, and the personal relationships it builds with homebuyers. The company’s proven track record and 100-year legacy is a testament to its strong reputation of trust with its customers. Taylor Morrison builds and develops distinctive communities from coast to coast, serving a wide array of homeowners. 

Keith Hurand, division president for Taylor Morrison, said, “Stoneridge provides the winning combination of affordably priced new homes, highly ranked schools, access to major roadways and easy access to the infrastructure provided by the northern suburbs in Collin County. Being voted as America’s Most Trusted Homebuilder for six years in a row, Taylor Morrison looks forward to bringing exceptional customer experience and expanding our market presence to the City of Melissa.”

National build-to-rent developer NexMetro Communities has purchased 20 acres of Stoneridge to build and lease approximately 217 detached homes in its Avilla Stoneridge community, a unique leased home neighborhood designed to meet the growing demand for the company's innovative luxury leased home lifestyle. Avilla Stoneridge will offer private luxury rental homes to lifestyle-conscious consumers seeking a new home experience without the burdens of home ownership. Avilla Homes neighborhoods feature single level, detached homes for lease in a gated enclave. The one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans feature private entrances, outdoor patios and private backyards, along with high-end finishes such as 10-foot ceilings, granite/quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and more. The pet-friendly communities offer the perks of neighborhood living with optional garages, resort-style pool, beautifully landscaped recreation areas, and even an electric car charging station--all maintained by a professional management company, without mortgage payments or HOA fees.

“Melissa is an ideal submarket for our Avilla luxury leased communities given the region’s key demand drivers, including job and income growth, household growth, supply demand and high occupancy rates,” said Ryan Griffis, managing director of NexMetro Communities in Dallas/Fort Worth. “Build to rent is growing nationwide faster than any other type of real estate, with the demand for these ‘best of both worlds’ neighborhoods that appeal to a diverse group of consumers – from professional millennials to baby boomers.” 

Marty Neilon and Carter Kendall of CBRE brokered the transaction with Taylor Morrison.  Steve Smith of SRI Properties brokered the transaction to NexMetro. Kimley-Horn & Associates serves as the land planner and civil engineer for the project. 

Astra Development currently owns or controls more than 2,800 acres for future residential development in various locations across Collin and Denton counties, which are expected to yield more than 12,000 lots upon development.

Astra Developmentacquires land and develops residential projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and other select markets.  Astra Development is committed to investing in and developing only quality projects that achieve targeted returns for the company and its investors. To contact Astra Development, please visit the company’s website.

 

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World Vision Surprises North Texas Woman Who Has Helped More than 68,000 North Texans by Distributing Aid During COVID

Helen Epps thought it was just another day working hard to help her community. The founder and leader of Morning Star Prayer Resource Center has partnered with World Vision to provide food and essentials to nearly 70,000 North Texans struggling due to the pandemic and winter storms. As Epps waited for her weekly relief distribution from World Vision to serve those in need, she had no idea what she was about to receive: a special surprise to honor her work in helping her community weather this historically challenging year.

Roberta Taylor with World Vision led a team of partners and volunteers to the Morning Star Prayer Resource Center in Fort Worth. In addition to the 50 Family Emergency Kits, full of food, PPE, hygiene items and school supplies they brought for those in need, the team also surprised Helen with a plaque, flowers and balloons to acknowledge her dedication to the community.

Epps could not believe her eyes as she looked around at the much-needed food and supplies that she would give to North Texans in need, and finding smiling faces who were there just to see and celebrate this dynamic lady.

“Elder Epps has been so instrumental in assisting World Vision in getting items needed out to the community,” noted Roberta Taylor of World Vision during her presentation to Epps. “On a personal note, I have known Elder Epps for years and she’s always been the same: She’s a giver, someone who always helps out in the community. World Vision just wanted to honor her for her selflessness and service.” 

More North Texans are in need now than ever before as the COVID pandemic rages on and families are left having to choose between electricity or food, or even be forced to go without either one. Morning Star Prayer Center is one of the many organizations who are able to carry out their vision of caring for the community with help from World Vision, a worldwide non-profit making a difference in local communities.

Thanking her partners in the community who help make distributions possible, Epps pointed to their collaborative work as she graciously accepted her acknowledgement. “We didn’t do it on our own; we did it because of our partners, and they make it possible,” Epps said. “Thank you, World Vision, for helping us help our community around the state of Texas and beyond.”

World Vision’s pandemic response over this past year has so far helped 602,739North Texans with family emergency kits and boxes of fresh food that have equated to 3.3 million meals served during the pandemic alone. Also included in the boxes is very important PPE and educational supplies to help families keep themselves healthy. All told, World Vision’s combined efforts across the U.S. have resulted in more than 1.5 million PPE products distributed to its partner organizations, including churches and other organizations.

The Morning Star Prayer Center, just one of World Vision’s many partner organizations, during the pandemic has given out 111,244 meals to 68,655 people, including 37,881 children in one of the most underserved and vulnerable areas in Fort Worth.

 

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Metrocrest Services 50th Anniversary Co-Chairs

‘Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future’ campaign has a goal of $1 million to help non-profit serve North Texans in need.

Metrocrest Services is celebrating 50 years of unwavering dedication to the Metrocrest community and has launched a fundraising campaign, “Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future,” to celebrate its half-century of service. The Branch Church is the presenting sponsor of the campaign, and dedicated Metrocrest volunteers Lou Sartor and Charles B. Heath have been named co-chairs to lead the initiative.

“They honor us with their time, expertise and, most importantly of all, their spirits, every time they walk in the door,” Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services, said of Sartor and Heath. “If you’ve spent any time in the Metrocrest area at all, you know that having Lou and Charles on your side is a winning proposition.”

Sartor, a 15-year volunteer for Metrocrest Services and PlainsCapital Bank retiree, is a passionate and loyal advocate who joined the non-profit’s board of directors in 2005. She also is a member of the Metrocrest Services Advisory Council, holds positions on three different committees and volunteers in the food pantry. Also a member of the Metrocrest Services Advisory Council, Heath retired as CEO of Metrocrest Hospital Authority and currently serves as a member of the governing board for Dallas Medical Center.

"Metrocrest Services doesn't just give a man a fish. They teach him how to fish. That is so very important," Sartor commented. "I like it when people come up to me and say, 'Aren't you associated with Metrocrest Services?' I proudly say, 'YES! How can we help you?' because I know Metrocrest will be able to help with whatever they need." 

"Metrocrest Services helps so many people in so many different ways," Heath said. "The transparency Metrocrest leadership provides the community makes it a ‘no brainer’ to support their mission in whatever capacity is needed at the time."

In its 50thanniversary year, the need that Metrocrest Services faces is greater than ever. Exacerbated by the pandemic and the deadly winter storm, this year finds North Texans in need in greater numbers than the non-profit agency has ever seen as it helps with rent, food, utilities, jobs and more in its mission to help end poverty and decrease inequities. The non-profit estimates that needs of its clientele have more than doubled in the past year, with the agency serving 28,066 clients in 2020, an increase of 68 percent over previous years. 

Metrocrest Services begins its 50thanniversary celebration with its 16thAnnual Keyholder Breakfast, which will be held virtually April 8, from 8 to 9 a.m., broadcast live from The BranchChurch and hosted by TV personality FOX 4’s Mike Doocy. Individual tickets are $35, with the funds helping to assist Metrocrest Services help a community in need. Other events throughout the year will celebrate volunteers and highlight the mission of this important organization.

Metrocrest Services, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Programs include rent and utility bill assistance, financial and budgeting assistance, food pantry, employment counseling, and transportation, minor home repairs, and home-delivered meals to benefit seniors. Additionally, Metrocrest provides programs focused on children including holiday gifts, summer food, and school supplies. For more information, visit www.metrocrestservices.org.

 

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It’s outdoors and in-person: Dallas Pride is back with a 2021 celebration to raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. This year’s events will take place Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, and will be the best version of what is possible at this time, prioritizing public health while providing numerous opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and allies to experience visibility, solidarity and joy. In addition to the outside, in-person experiences, the event will also be streamed online for those who feel more comfortable watching from home.

Both events will be held in the outdoor amphitheater in Dallas’s Fair Park, and gates will open at 7 p.m. On Friday night, the event will feature musical entertainment. On Saturday evening, a variety show hosted by entertainer Marsha Dimes will feature local and regional entertainment including Kennedy Davenport, The Fly Queens, The Sisters-in-Action, the Rose Room cast, Sister Helen Holy and Anton Shaw, in addition to other entertainers to be announced.

"Pride is such a meaningful and galvanizing event for our region, and it is wonderful that we are now in a place where we can plan for some in-person activities,” noted Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Pride, “and we’re pleased to feature regional talent that has shown true leadership and dedication over this past year. This is truly a Pride for the people of North Texas.”

Dallas Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community by creating events and initiatives that foster connections between members of the community, its allies and its supporters.

Follow @DallasPride on Facebook and via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for more information on ticket sales and performers as it becomes available.

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Non-profit offers care to help battle pandemic, help women disproportionately affected 

When Annie’s Place opened in November 2020, it was the first drop-in childcare facility to offer safe, loving childcare to the children of parents of children battling a health crisis, free of charge. Now, through a special grant from The Moody Foundation, that care will also be available to children of people getting a COVID-19 vaccine, those volunteering for vaccine clinics, and first responders on the front line of the pandemic.

“Our mission is to provide childcare, community and compassion to parents or other caregivers facing a health crisis,” said Natalie Boyle, founder and CEO of Mommies In Need, the non-profit organization that operates Annie’s Place. “We were thrilled that our generous partners in philanthropy also recognized that people on the front lines of this pandemic were also in need and could be helped through an organization like ours.”

Annie’s Place, the first drop-in childcare center from Mommies In Need, is located on the campus of Parkland Hospital. Annie’s Place can care for up to 36 children per day (a number well under capacity to create appropriate distancing precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic), allowing their moms, dads or other legal guardians to receive treatment or to help battle the pandemic. The 4,200-square-foot facility offers care on both a licensed and exempt basis under State of Texas laws, allowing the specially-trained teachers and staff to also provide care for children of first responders, including fire, police, EMS and front-line clinical staff; as well as for people volunteering at a vaccine clinic or going to receive a vaccine themselves. Care is available on a reservation-only basis, and can be accessed by visiting www.MommiesInNeed.org.

“So many are battling this pandemic, and we’re honored to be able to help by offering care in a dedicated facility with specially-trained teachers,” Boyle added. “Because we know that this pandemic disproportionately affects women--particularly moms--it’s important that we offer this care to do our part to help.”

Studies have found that lack of quality childcare is the number-one reason that most women miss important medical appointments. Many moms will delay or forego treatment entirely when faced with finding a safe place to keep their child. Since its founding in 2014, Mommies In Need has provided thousands of hours of in-home care, virtual baby-sitting and now in-person care through a licensed facility with the opening of Annie’s Place in November 2020.

Annie’s Place is staffed by teachers who receive special training, including trauma-informed care, to provide for the needs of a child whose parent is experiencing a health crisis. Ongoing training for teachers and staff happens on a monthly basis, with additional modules on hospice care, stress management and play therapy, caring for children with special needs and personal professional development skills as part of the ongoing curriculum. Teachers and staff have also completed COVID-specific training through the State of Texas to be prepared to create a safe and supportive environment for children during the pandemic. In addition, the strict infection prevention procedures that were already in place for the facility were taken to new levels in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mommies In Need is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous support of compassionate individuals, foundations and businesses that recognize the value of the services Mommies In Need provides to families. Among its many supporters are The Moody Foundaiton, The Crystal Charity Ball, The Simmons Sisters Fund at the Dallas Foundation, The Constantin Foundation, Hamon Charitable Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, The Moody Foundation and Perot Foundation, as well as in-kind partners The Beck Group and Winstead PC.

More information about Mommies In Need is available on its website and through its Facebook and Instagram

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Bill Minick today announced his decision to retire as chairman of PartnerSource at the end of March 2021. Jennifer Hurless, president of PartnerSource, will continue in her current role leading this company that has proven better business comes from caring for injured workers. 

“One major result of Bill’s efforts is a profound shift in how to deliver prompt, outstanding medical care and better benefits to injured employees, and work through any concerns they may have,” noted Hurless. “We are honored to continue his legacy as PartnerSource moves toward its fourth decade in business with a strong position in the industry.” 

Bill Minick began his professional career as a corporate and tax attorney for nine years with major law firms, developed many of the first alternative dispute resolution programs for employment-related claims, and led the Dallas property and casualty insurance operation for a global insurance broker. But Minick is best known for pioneering Texas injury benefit plans and growing PartnerSource into the leading consulting firm for competitive alternatives to traditional workers’ compensation.  

Minick has a track record of individual and team successes, advising dozens of Fortune 500 companies in retail, food service, healthcare and transportation on their workers’ compensation programs. He has fostered industry partnerships to deliver best-in-class benefits and liability insurance coverage, better medical outcomes for over one million injured workers, and billions of dollars in economic development.

Minick has multiple law and insurance licenses, with degrees from Abilene Christian University, Pepperdine University and Southern Methodist University. He has worked extensively in state and federal government affairs and public relations, developed trade groups (see ARAWC.org) and program designations (see QCARE.org), participated in university-led and other independent research initiatives, written new laws and regulations, and motivated workers’ comp system improvements in multiple states. He has written extensively for national publications (like Risk & Insurance, WorkCompCentral, WorkersCompensation.com, Business Insurance and Insurance Thought Leadership) and been a featured presenter at major insurance, legal and workers’ compensation industry conferences (like the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Workers Compensation Institute, Workers Compensation Research Institute, Risk & Insurance Management Society, CLM, State Bar of Texas, National Academy of Social Insurance and Self-Insurance Institute of America).

“I am grateful for all the client and industry relationships developed over the years,” Minick said. “And I’m most grateful for having worked with an incredibly talented PartnerSource team of attorneys and claim, information service and administrative professionals. They will continue to innovate and deliver outstanding service under the highly capable leadership of PartnerSource President Jennifer Hurless.”

Although retiring from PartnerSource, Bill is active in many charitable and civic causes, including service as secretary of Kids’ Chance of Texas, a judge of the Comp Laude Awards, a trustee of Abilene Christian University, and a board member of the Men’s Advocacy Group of New Friends New Life. He will also remain active in writing, speaking, and serving within the injury benefit and workers’ compensation industries through collaborations that advance better outcomes for injured workers and employers. 

About PartnerSource

PartnerSource is the leading provider of a responsible alternative to traditional workers’ compensation for businesses operating in the state of Texas. The company dedicates deep talent from a team of more than 30 experienced employees to provide end-to-end strategies that are easy to use, fiscally responsible, and driven by the purpose that better business comes from caring for injured workers. Based in Dallas, Texas, PartnerSource provides industry leadership and education through its annual conference and participation in numerous workers’ compensation industry events, awards and associations that support people injured on the job. PartnerSource is also a proud supporter of the Kids’ Chance of Texas scholarship fund, which is dedicated to bettering the lives of injured workers and their families. More information about PartnerSource is available at PartnerSource.comor by calling (214) 239-4586.

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Fajitas & Ritas Celebration Kicks off Monthly Margarita Features; $5 Frozen Margaritas and Swirls available for to-go orders

The delicious taste of fresh-squeezed juices meets premium tequilas in hand-made margaritas that are as refreshing as they are authentic. Uncle Julio’s celebrates National Margarita Day on Monday, February 22, with the start of its Fajitas & Ritas Celebration, offering the best way for guests to enjoy two of Uncle Julio’s favorite signature items.

National Margarita Day also serves as the kick-off to a year of celebrating hand-made margaritas. Each month, Uncle Julio’s will feature a different fresh fruit-driven margarita. The Grapefruit Margarita will be the star on National Margarita Day: Starting with freshly squeezed grapefruit and limes, the hand-squeezed fruit juice is then paired with 100% agave Lunazul Tequila and St-Germain. For an even more elevated experience, guests may choose to add a Premium Tequila Floater (in a fresh lime cup!) of either Lunazul Silver or Exotico Reposado to their Grapefruit Margarita or any other Uncle Julio’s Margarita. The Grapefruit Margarita is available for $11.50 and, where permitted by law, the Premium Tequila Floater can be added for just $2.

Also new during the Fajitas & Ritas Celebration at Uncle Julio’s is a dine-in special which allows guests to enjoy Uncle Julio’s signature mesquite-grilled Steak Fajitas with a special twist: Guests can order any Uncle Julio’s Steak Fajitas or Steak Fajita Combo and take home an addiitonal order of Steak Fajitas for half price (at Uncle Julio’s locations in Texas, guests can take home an order of Steak Fajitas for $10 with their qualifying dine-in purchase)! This special runs through March 30, 2021, and is for dine-in guests only. 

Guests placing to-go orders at UncleJulios.com can get $5 Frozen Margaritas and $5 Frozen Swirls to enjoy at home for their own National Margarita Day celebrations.

Uncle Julio’s serves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to bring its signature taste to life in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Guests find memorable dining experiences and delicious flavor whether they are dining in-restaurant, on the patio, or ordering to-go.

Headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area, the first Uncle Julio’s opened in 1986 and continues to expand to define the polished casual Mexican industry. To find a location near you or to peruse the mouth-watering menu, visit UncleJulios.com, or connect with Uncle Julio’s on Facebook @UncleJuliosandInstagram @UncleJuliosMexican.

 

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Music, dance, and Celtic culture, all easily accessible via your device

The 39thAnnual North Texas Irish Festival will celebrate the long, rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture through a modern medium: the internet. The all-new virtual festival will include the music, dance, cultural and culinary activities that are the hallmarks of one of the country’s largest and most well-respected cultural festivals. On Saturday, March 6, fans of the festival can enjoy six channels of Celtic culture live on NTIF.org from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“This new format allows us to bring the festival to our fans in a way we have never done before,” said Sheri Bush, president of the Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc., the non-profit organization that produces the North Texas Irish Festival and provides music and dance scholarships to local students. “While we respect the need to socially distance, we know that viewers will feel close to the performances of these talented artists we will showcase.”

For the first time in festival history, Ireland is streaming performances to Texas! On March 6, viewers will be able to watch the “Live from Ireland” channel on NTIF.org with special band performances from the Emerald Isle. From 12 - 6 p.m. the channel features seven bands and dance performances from County Donegal Ireland. Then, from 6 – 9:30 p.m., the Live from Ireland channel of the North Texas Irish Festival will feature performances from bands ZoDoMo and Altan.

Music

The heart and soul of the North Texas Irish Festival is the music. This year, the many different stages festival-goers typically enjoy will now be virtual, allowing viewers to see a wide variety of styles at the click of a mouse on one of the many different channels. Featured musical performers include: Sarah Copus, Reel Treble, Beyond the Pale, Irish Rogues, Behan, Sluggers Rule, North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Kinfolk, Selkie Girls, Jiggernaut, Vintage Wildflowers, Cleghorn and Tullamore. On the Live from Ireland channel, viewers will find ZoDoMo with Zoë Conway, Donal Lunny and Mairtín O' Connor, Dermot Byrne and Irish headliner Altan.

Other musical performers making appearances on the livestream are: Sliabh Notes, Brian McNeil, Eileen Ivers, The Wee Heavies, EJ Jones, Wolf Loescher, Celtic Aire, Ed Miller, Rich Brotherton, Sombati and the North Texas Irish School of Music.

Dance & Cultural Channels

If you are a fan of the hit show “Riverdance,” then you are familiar with the rhythmic magic of Irish step dancing. Dancers of all ages from a variety of Texas dance schools will entertain on the North Texas Irish Festival virtual event. Also available on the livestreams will be North Texas chefs spilling some of their best Celtic culinary secrets as they perform their own modern takes on traditional Celtic fare. Storytellers will perform traditional Irish stories in the way that the Irish have learned of their history for hundreds of years, and horse and dog experts will show the incredible work that they do with their animals. Documentaries and other cultural content will also be shown on the livestream channels. The Irish love their animals, and so the festival will continue its long-standing tradition of featuring animal rescue groups. Tune in, and you might find a new best friend!

How to Enjoy the Festival

The North Texas Irish Festival will be on Saturday, March 6, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., virtually at www.ntif.org. Five of the six channels will be complimentary. The Live from Ireland channel will require a minimum donation of $40 to the Southwest Celtic Music Association (SCMA), the producing organization of the North Texas Irish Festival. Access to attend a music workshop will be available for $25.

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The North Texas Irish Festival is presented by the Southwest Celtic Music Association. Additionally, the festival is sponsored by NBC 5, Entercom, YOLO TX, Donegal County Council, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Glendalough Irish Whiskey, Guinness and Teelings Whiskey.

About the Southwest Celtic Music AssociationInc.

The Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc. (SCMA) is the producing organization for the North Texas Irish Festival. The first such festival was held on March 5, 1983, at the legendary Nick Farrelly’s Lounge on Oak Lawn and was billed as the First Texas Céilí. This event was so popular that it has continued every year since on the first weekend in March as the North Texas Irish Festival. Shortly after the first festival, the all-volunteer Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc. was formed to promote the study, performance and preservation of traditional Celtic music, dance and culture. In 1984, the event was moved to Fair Park and its name changed to the North Texas Irish Festival. The Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural corporation headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serves a five-state regional area. The organization maintains a web site at www.scmatx.org