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Family-friendly run to benefit YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas at Klyde Warren Park

 Start your Independence Day on the right foot with Five on the 4th, a family-friendly event benefiting the YMCA of Greater Dallas, is back after a successful inaugural event last year. Registration is open now for the event, which takes place at Klyde Warren Park on July 4th, with races and walks beginning at 8 a.m. New for this year is a 5K distance added to the event, which has something for every walk/run level.

“The vision is for this event to be your new July 4th family tradition,” Paul Lambert, president of runDallas, noted. “runDallas is pleased to offer this fun event as a way for everyone to enjoy the holiday together while we celebrate the traditions that are uniquely American.”

Don your red, white and blue for the Five on the 4th, a family-friendly event that is the best way to kick off your Independence Day holiday. There is a distance for everyone to enjoy, from a 5-mile run to a 5K run, to a two-mile walk and multiple races for kids of all ages, with patriotic DJ music throughout the courses. Face painting, balloon artists, watermelon-eating contests and more await, so make plans to join Five on the 4th a fun, festive day! 

Registration  is open now for the event, which will take place Thursday, July 4, 2019, at 8 a.m. at Klyde Warren Park at 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75201. Entry fees start at $10 for the kids’ races, $34 for adults for the 5K run, and $39 for the 5-mile run for adults.  For a complete list of child and adult races and entry fees, please visit the website. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Funds raised support the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program, which provides basic, life-saving swimming skills to children in under-resourced apartment communities around Metropolitan Dallas. The Y is committed to helping provide water safety skills to help reduce childhood drownings in North Texas. 

Participants receive timed entry into the 5K or 5-mile, or non-timed entry into the 2-mile walk or kid’s race. Participants also receive a choice of a tank top or short-sleeved shirt, a finisher medallion, family-friendly activities, and admission to the after-party featuring music, food and more (including a complimentary 26.2 Brew for adults 21 and up). 

Five on the 4th is the perfect event to enjoy with your four-legged family members, as well! Dogs can participate for free in the 2-mile walk with their owners, and receive a commemorative bandana and their very own racing bib. Dogs can also enjoy complimentary cooling stations at Klyde Warren Park. 

The 2019 Five on the 4th is proudly supported by: Andrews Distributing Cheer, 26.2 Brew, UCAN and Baylor Scott & White Health. 

Find the 2019 5 on the 4th on Facebook @runDallasTX, on Twitter @runDallas, and on Instagram @runDallasTX.

 

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Satish and Yasmin Gupta and Family

 

Giving with grateful hearts, Satish and Yasmin Gupta fund initiatives at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano for physicians from around the world. 

 On a mission to improve lives all over the world, the Gupta Agarwal Foundation has made a $5 million gift that will help to fund research and education related to cardiac conditions. Satish and Yasmin Gupta, founders of the Gupta Agarwal Foundation, have a deep commitment to improving access to knowledge and education that will help change lives. The gift was made to fund research and education at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, a North Texas facility recognized around the world for excellent cardiac care, where the Satish & Yasmin Gupta Heart Center was recently unveiled.

“We are honored and humbled to be able to change lives through this gift,” Satish Gupta said. “It is important to us that our friends here and around the world have access to the best medical care, and that we all understand the importance of leading lives filled with balance. It is our pleasure and our purpose to be involved with our community in this way.”

“I will always be thankful for the opportunities I have been granted to be involved with thoughtful people whose service and generosity have made our communities better,” said Rowland K. Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation. “This incredibly generous gift from Yasmin and Satish will support our efforts to continue improving the lives of our patients and the health of our communities-both near and far. We are profoundly grateful.”

The Gupta family sees this gift as an opportunity for a partnership with a leading healthcare institution, Baylor Scott & White Health, to positively impact lives around the world.  In addition to research and education that will benefit patients, the funds will also allow physicians from other countries to observe the top-level care provided at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano, get trained in the latest  advances and then take that knowledge home to help those in need in their own countries.  

“Anything you give should snowball to something bigger – and this is a global initiative,” Yasmin Gupta stressed. “You address your immediate community and, from there, you take it to the next level.  Global initiatives are executed on a local level.” 

As founders and owners of SB International Inc., manufacturers and traders of specialized steel products, Satish and Yasmin Gupta are first-generation immigrants who moved to the U.S. for education and stayed because they felt that they had found the community where they could raise both their family and grow their business. Through this initiative, these Dallas residents see opportunity to thank the North Texas community they call home now, their native country of India, and the communities around the world with which they do business.

Their commitment is a very personal one: Satish’s and Yasmin’s fathers both needed life-saving heart bypass procedures in the 1980s. The young couple worked hard for the resources needed to bring their fathers from India to Texas for treatments that ultimately extended their lives. In 2003, Satish became aware of his own cardiac symptoms and, working with physicians at Baylor Scott & White Health, began to take a proactive approach to his own health that he continues diligently to this day.

In addition to a focus on preventative care, the donation will be used to fund research into new techniques and therapies. At Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, physicians have been among the first to advance life-saving procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that people including rock musician Mick Jagger are undergoing to repair heart valves without open heart surgery.

The Gupta family will be directly involved in this initiative. Daughter Samantha Gupta Parmar, a healthcare professional, will serve on a newly created committee to help direct the gift. Chat Ganesh, director of the board for the Gupta Agarwal Charitable Foundation, will also serve on the committee for the gift’s direction. Satish and Yasmin will also lend their business acumen and personal commitment to this mission to improve lives.

“We consider it a partnership with sustainability,” Satish Gupta explained. “The knowledge gained and shared through research and education will live well beyond all of us.”

The Guptas also hope that their gift inspires others who want to make positive change anywhere in the world.  “We hope that others see what we are doing and give in their own way. You just have to have a heart for giving,” Yasmin Gupta said.

The Gupta Agarwal Foundation funds initiatives that promote access to healthcare, education and cultural awareness, including the largest celebration of the festival of lights in the U.S., Diwali Mela, which takes place in Dallas each fall.  The 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2005 by Satish and Yasmin Gupta and, to date, has committed and contributed more than $25 million to the community.  To learn more about the foundation, please visit www.guptasfoundation.org.

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55783897_2210618949004149_6206025196357287936_n.jp Chicken Coop Tour and Urban Market on May 5th

 

 Come say ‘Hola, chicas!’ to these chicks living their best lives, at a special way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Join us for A Peep at the Coops, a one-day tour of private urban chicken coops in North and East Dallas. This year, it’s Peepin’ La Vida Loca, a 10thanniversary celebration,on this urban chicken experience tour set for May 5, which will allow you to chick out the eggcellent hen houses right here in Big D.

 

Some of the most innovative coops for raising chickens in the city are featured on the tour, and experts will be on-hand to answer all of your questions about urban chickens. The family-friendly event also features an Urban Market with local artisan and food vendors, community information booths, live entertainment, food trucks and other activities that the whole family will enjoy.

 

A Peep at the Coops is the largest fundraiser for Moss Haven Farm, a 501(c)(3) outdoor learning garden and STEAM curriculum enrichment for students located at Moss Haven Elementary. Moss Haven Farm is entirely supported by community and corporate support. 

 

WHAT:            A Peep at the CoopsUrban Chicken Coops Tour and Urban Market

 

WHEN:            Sunday, May 5, 2019 (What better way to enjoy Cinco de Mayo with su familia?)

Tour: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Urban Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

WHERE:          Moss Haven Farm9202 Moss Farm LaneDallas, TX  75243

*Tour begins at Moss Haven Farm, where tour tickets can be purchased and maps picked up, and Urban Market is held*

 

WHO:              Families from all over North Texas to attend and enjoy kid-friendly activities 

                        Urban chicken raisers across North and East Dallas will provide their expertise 

                        Moss Haven 4H students will show off chickens and coops at Moss Haven Farm to visitors

 

TICKETS:         Tickets can be purchased for $15/person online at www.aPeepAtTheCoops.org(for a $2 discount, use code CINCO), or in person at Moss Haven Farm during the event. Kids under 12 are free (children must be accompanied by an adult).

WHAT ELSE:  The event will also include:

  • Tour of seven urban chicken coops located throughout East Dallas
  • Food from Steel City Pops, Gepetto’s Pizza, Scot’s Café and Kona Ice
      • Performances by FMJH’s Sound Express, local choirs, students from Zound Sounds and dancers from Lake Highlands Dance Academy
      • Chicken yoga
      • Special presentation at 1 p.m. from Daniel Cunningham, the Texas Plant Guy, on edible landscapes
      • Unique handmade items from local artisans for shopping
      • Raffle items include a farm-to-table dinner for six by Personal Chef Juan Laugerud, signed cap and draft cards from Patrick Mahomes, a full Invisalign treatment from Dr. Bill Blandford of Energy Square Dental, and Warhol Wobbler by Pallavi Gaitonde.

 

THE COOPS:   Seven outstanding urban chicken coops are on the tour:

 

Bienvenidos! - Moss Haven Farm- This impeccably-designed educational coop allows the 500 Moss Haven Elementary students to learn about chickens and coop care. Most of the hens are hatched in kindergarten classrooms. The 4H Club, with its 30 student members, participate in caring for the coop and learn chicken husbandry with an eye toward competition. They train with a master gardener to become proficient in different breed characteristics and have even shown the chickens at the State Fair of Texas. In fact, the Moss Haven 4H Team won “Best Egg Contents” in 2016 and 2017 at the State Fair of Texas, competing against more than 50 other entrants. All Moss Haven Elementary classes, grades K-6, attend weekly farm lessons where they tend their class vegetable bed while our hens look on. 

 

El Sol– This solar-powered coop allows its family to leave for vacation for up to a month and only needing someone to collect eggs -- energy-efficiency at its finest! 

 

La Isla Bonita– This coop is named after a dearly departed hen, and features a flock of five hatched hens who are all Christmas chickens, born between December 24 and 26. The coop is not only beautiful, but also extremely functional and easy. 

 

The Whole Enchilada- The coop is large and features a fence down the center that creates a makeshift racetrack. It gives the girls nine hen girls who call this their casa something to do and makes it easier to incorporate other birds into the flock. 

 

El Sombrero- Come for the hens in the side yard and stay for the fully edible garden in the backyard! After attending this very tour five years ago, this coop’s owner, a master gardener, became interested in raising hens for eggs and as pets. The large coop boasts four big, pampered hens and five baby chicks, and also features a fig tree which not only provides sweet treats but also lots of shade in the dog days of summer. 

 

Los Huevos– After reading an article in The Dallas Morning News, this coop owner became interested in having fresh eggs in his own backyard. And with eleven hens spanning ten breeds, not only does he have plenty of eggs, but the eggs are also varied in both size and color. This coop features an automated waterer and a rodent-proof feeder that opens when the chickens step on the plate, and has a full-size door and a double roost at the back.

Los Pollos De Verano(“Chickens of Summer”) - This family-friendly coop is the perfect home for eight spoiled hens. The child-friendly design allows the family’s three kids to be involved with caring for the chickens and the coop itself.  

 

SOCIAL:          http://www.aPeepAtTheCoops.org

Facebook.com/APeepAtTheCoops: The Urban Coop Tour

Twitter (@PeepAtTheCoop)

Check out the goodness growing all year long at Moss Haven Farm via www.mosshavenfarm.org.

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Village Burger Bar celebrates National Grilled Cheese Day

 

This holiday observance will make you melt – make plans to celebrate in Plano April 12

This may be a bit cheesy –but, we promise, it’s all in great taste! This week, we celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. With heritage stretching back to the ancient Roman civilization, one of the world’s most-loved comfort foods has its roots in bread, cheese and butter – but today, this comfort food classic has been taken to a new level. Restaurants in Plano’s original lifestyle destination, The Shops at Legacy, are celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day on Friday, April 12, making this your dining destination for this delicious day. Don’t miss out!

Village Burger Bar 

  • Four Cheese & Bacon Panini with tomato, avocado & basil mayo served with a small house salad or your choice of fries - $7.95 
  • Kids Grilled American Cheese served with fries and a small drink - $5.50
  • Kids Grilled Ham & American Cheese served with fries and a small drink - $5.50 

Angelika Film Center Plano: Your choice of the Bacon Grilled Cheese or Bacon Ham Grilled Cheese - $5 each.

Ra Sushi offers its popular shareable, Pineapple Cheese Wontons, at happy hour price for the whole day - $5.70.

Ringo’s Pub: Your choice of a Three Cheese Turkey Bacon Grilled Cheese ($11) or a Three Cheese Grilled Cheese ($10), each paired with Guinness.

Scruffy Duffies: Your choice of a Three Cheese Turkey Bacon Grilled Cheese  ($11) or a Three Cheese Grilled Cheese ($10), each paired with Land O’ Milk Honey.

Potbellys: Enjoy a ½ sandwich Grilled Cheese and a cup of soup - $7.99

East Hampton Sandwich Company: Enjoy The Lobster Grilled Cheese a ¼ lb. of Atlantic Lobster Knuckles + Claws with shaved Havarti & American cheese and sriracha Dijonaise - $18.95

CRU Food & Wine Bar: Delight in the Lobster Grilled Cheese, tarragon-butter lobster tail with delice de Bourgogne fontina, wilted arugla and truffle parmesan fries - $18

 

 

 

 

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The Yellow Chili, a restaurant brand that prides itself on representing Indian food in all its eccentricity and diversity, is opening its first Texas location at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. The restaurant will be located at 5700 Legacy Drive in Plano and is expected to open summer 2019.

“Our guests at The Shops at Legacy enjoy unique dining and shopping experiences, and are worldly in their tastes,” stated Kelsey Ishmael, marketing director of The Shops at Legacy. “We are pleased to be able to offer restaurant options that help guests enjoy the best of even the most far-reaching locations.”

The Yellow Chili’s menu was designed by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was inspired by his travels across India to create a veritable “gastronomic tour” for guests of The Yellow Chili as they enjoy the quintessential dishes of each region made using the freshest of ingredients. Some recipes like Shaam Savera, signature-style spinach koftas filled with creamed cottage cheese and served floating on a velvety tomato butter gravy, and Puran Singh da Tariwala Murgh, chicken gravy from a dhaba on the famous Delhi-Ambala Road, are classic Indian dishes that are given a contemporary twist at the restaurant, which offers a high-quality family dining experience at down-to-earth prices. 

The Yellow Chili has locations across the world but is opening its first Texas location in Plano at The Shops at Legacy. The Yellow Chili was founded by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. The author of more than 150 best-selling cookbooks, Chef Kapoor is a restaurateur, TV host and the winner of several culinary awards. 

Located in the heart of Collin County in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Plano, Texas, The Shops at Legacy is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI). This open-air, mixed-use development boasts 90 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including brands such as Kendra Scott, Urban Outfitters, bluemercury, Benefit Cosmetics, Del Frisco's Grille, Bob's Steak and Chop House, Mi Cocina, and the Angelika Film Center, a five-screen boutique cinema featuring independent specialty films. To learn more, please visit ShopsatLegacy.com or call 469.467.9995. Connect socially with Shops at Legacy via its FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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North Texas Irish Festival Celebrates at Fair Park March 8-10

Kids, dogs, adults, come on over -- there is something for everyone to enjoy at this celebration 

of Celtic culture; new for this year is North Texas Irish Festival Fun Run

The North Texas Irish Festival is back with another year of amazing music, dance, and cultural talent to celebrate the rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture. This year’s event is March 8-10, 2019, in Dallas’s own Fair Park. Tens of thousands of people will come from across Texas and other parts of the country to visit one of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., a family-friendly event that features live music, dancing, storytelling, chef demonstrations and more on 13 stages throughout Fair Park. Attendees will also enjoy horse shows, sheepherding demonstrations, beer and whiskey tasting, genealogy research opportunities, shopping, animal rescue groups, child-friendly entertainment, and free arts and crafts for the kids.  

New for this year is another opportunity to kick up your heels, this time at the first-ever North Texas Irish Festival Fun Run, to take place Saturday, March 9.  This family-friendly fun run is perfect for runners or walkers of any age or ability, and also for dogs! All registered participants will receive a T-shirt, a “bottle opener” medal, one ticket to the North Texas Irish Festival, and two beers after the run if you are of legal drinking age. This non-timed 5K fun run will benefit Friends of Fair Park and the Southwest Celtic Music Association.

“We are always excited to add new elements of fun to the event,” said Sheri Bush, president of the Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc., the organization that produces the North Texas Irish Festival and provides music and dance scholarships to local students. “This fun run will kick off Saturday morning with a bang, and give families yet another activity to enjoy together.  After the run, they can relax and enjoy the rest of the festivities.” 

Unique as the largest cultural celebration in DFW, and one of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., the North Texas Irish Festival is produced annually by almost 1,000 volunteers, some of whom have volunteered for decades, often alongside generations of their families.  This is the festival’s 37th year.

Music, dancing, whiskey tastings, blacksmithing demonstrations, horse displays, Celtic storytelling, animal rescue groups, Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, dozens of activities for kids and child-friendly entertainment, and chef demonstrations are all found at this family-friendly festival that includes 13 stages of entertainment.

Music

The heart and soul of the North Texas Irish Festival is the music, which goes on all weekend long and features musicians and bands from around the world. National headlining performers are:  Eileen Ivers, Socks in the Frying Pan, Open the Door for Three, Brian McNeil, The Wee Heavies, Shared Madness, The Piper Jones Band, and The Here and Now.  Featured regional performers include: 5 Second Rule, Behan, Beyond the Pale, CLEGHORN, Don Gabbert, Irish Rogues, Jigsaw, LessMore & Too Much Time, Michael William Harrison, North Texas Caledonian Pipes & Drums, Plunk Murray, Reel Treble, Sarah Copus, Seamus Stout, Skeleton McKee, Slugger’s Rule, Sombati, String Theory, The Jig Is Up!, The Rogues, The Skelkie Girls, Therese Honey, Threadneedle St., Tullamore, and Vintage Wildflowers.

Dance 

The rhythmic magic of Irish step dancing is something you simply can’t miss. Dancers of all ages – many of whom compete at the world championship level -- will delight audiences with continuous performances on the dance stage in Fair Park’s historic Tower Building. New for this year are beautiful presentations from another well-loved cultural group, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano Ollimpaxqui, who will wow the crowd with their beautiful celebration of Mexican folk dance. In addition, there will be dance workshops throughout the weekend, and everyone is encouraged to get into the spirit of Ireland at Saturday night’s Dance “Céilí,” a traditional Irish party that is open for everyone to attend.  Don’t miss Teatro Dallas, the premier Latin theater group in North Texas, who will also be on-hand to chat with fans and entertain in the Tower Building. 

Cultural

The North Texas Irish Festival brings together a wide variety of exhibitors, workshops and demonstrations.  

Pick up a few culinary tricks for modern Irish cuisine (and sample it!) at the Chef Stage, where chefs including Chef Wade Burch from Perle on Maple, Kelli Watts from Savor Patisserie, Scott Jones from Jack’s Kitchen, Sharon Van Meter from 3015 at Trinity Groves, Sandra Lewis from Life at the Table, Yeli Marshall from Yelibelly Chocolates, Lee Anne Schorlemer Sugg of Schorlemer Haus Fine German Mustard  and Joey Allette from Team Building with Taste will all spill some of their best Celtic culinary secrets! Also, don’t miss special mixology demonstrations from BlackEyed Distilling Co.’s BLK EYE Vokda and from Five Farms Irish Cream.

Urchin Street will offer a special place where kids can find entertainment, education, play and fun, including crafts, music, dance, storytelling, magic and mystery. Storytellers -- or “Shanachie” – will perform traditional Irish stories in the way that the Irish learned of their history for hundreds of years.  

Love animals? The North Texas Irish Festival hosts animal rescue groups where you can find your new best friend – or, if you already have one, bring your pet into the festival to enjoy it with you for a $1 donation. Equestrian shows, blacksmithing, sheep herding and other demonstrations will be performed in various areas of Fair Park.  

Hours, Admission and Location 

Gates open on Friday evening, March 8, at 6 p.m.  Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9; and 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. 

North Texas Irish Festival Fun Run is Saturday, March 9, 8-11 a.m. Packet pick-up is at 7 a.m. at the 

Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park.  Fun run registration is available online at: https://tinyurl.com/ycb3pwex.

Tickets for the North Texas Irish Festival are available online in February at www.ntif.org. Admission is FREE on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.; $10 after. A one-day ticket is $20 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday at the gate, while a two-day ticket is $25 and a weekend pass is $30. Discount tickets are available at area Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores. Children 11 and under are FREE when accompanied by adult family member. Seniors over 65 or current military members (with valid military ID) receive $5 off all gate prices. Dogs are allowed in on a short leash with a $1 requested donation to animal rescue groups supported by the festival. Leprechauns (in full ceremonial dress and carrying pot of gold) are FREE.

Parking is available in and around Fair Park, or attendees can take the DART (take the Green Line!) to the front entrance of Fair Park and the North Texas Irish Festival. Detailed directions and parking tips are available at www.ntif.org. The public can call (214) 821-4173, or visit www.ntif.org for more information or to volunteer to work at the festival. 

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The Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc. (SCMA) is the producing organization for the North Texas Irish Festival. Almost 1,000 volunteers will help in organization, promotion and execution of this year's 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. 

 

 

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Deck the Paws Set to Bring Fur-tastic Holiday Fun to Fair Park December 1-2

 

Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time to start planning holiday fun for your entire family -- including your pets! We’ve got the paw-fect event for you that’s Dog Mom approved - Deck the Paws

 

Taking place at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall in Dallas on December 1-2, this indoor festival includes everything from holiday shopping to dog stunt shows to goat yoga to merry music and more and also benefits local animal rescues.  You can spend the entire day with your furry one all while establishing a new Christmas tradition for your family.

 

Holiday Shopping

With more than 100 exhibitors in attendance, Deck the Paws is the paw-fect place to shop for your furry friends and even animal lovers on your Christmas list. There's something for everyone! You'll find everything from cool things for your pet that you can slip underneath the tree to jewelry for the discerning Dog & Cat Moms to pet services to make your daily life easier. You’ll find your favorite places like Three Dog Bakery and The Casual Cat Caféto adorable online boutiques including local Etsy Shops. It’s a great way to find those unique items and to #ShopLocal and #ShopSmallBusiness! 

 

North Texas’ First Interactive Art Display for Dogs

Designed by John Wolfe, a designer known for creating Broadway and the Barney TV show sets, the art exhibit is the first-of-its-kind in North Texas and includes fun, interactive displays. Let your dog play in the largest dog bowl they have ever seen! Take photos of them standing by giant meat sculptures. Stroll through a Chew Toy Mobile and through a dog house obstacle course!  Be prepared for lots of tail wagging! They may never want to leave the fur-tastic art exhibit! 

 

Santa’s Village

Santa Claus is coming to town and wants to see all his friends at Deck the Paws! There are no lumps of coal to be found in Santa's Village! Jolly Ole Saint Nick really wants to hear your fur-kids and skin-kids’ Christmas wishes. Besides, we already know they have been nice alllll year long! Photo packages available for purchase.

 

Fur-tastic Entertainment

What’s a holiday paw-ty without music and entertainment? Deck the Paws will have sights and sounds for all to enjoy. The Furtastic K9’s, recently seen at the World Pet Expo and Woofstock in Canada, will perform two dog stunt shows daily. Don’t forget to stay after the show for paw-tographs from these canine celebrities! Get your downward dog on during goat yoga sessions by Deep Ellum Yoga. Then, visit the NorthTexasKids.com Paw-tastic Kids Zone, courtesy of CareNow and Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, for face painting, a petting zoo, Jungle Patrol stuffed animal making and more. Be amazed at the artistic talents of Gabino Martinez, a live speed painter. Enjoy holiday music, courtesy of American Idol alum Trevor Douglas, the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson High School Legacy Choir and TBA Music. 

 

Beer & Wine Garden with a Holiday #DogBar for Doggos

If your dogs are barking (literally and figuratively) from all the shopping and fun, sit back and enjoy a local craft beer, sip on a glass of wine or champagne and nosh on yummy delights that aren’t the usual festival fare. Even Fido can enjoy their favorite dogtails and dog bites from the Simba’s Barkery #DogBar, including dog beer floats, bark-nog, bow-wow-nies and holiday pupcakes. 

 

Giving Back

The spirit of the holiday season is all about giving! The two-day celebration will help raise money and awareness for local nonprofits Artists for AnimalsDFW Pup Patrol, and Operation Kindness. In addition, more than a dozen additional animal rescues will be on-site for pet adoptions and fundraising. That’s something worth howling about! 

 

Deck the Paws wags its tail at Dallas’s Fair Park on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults, while pets, children (12 and under) and seniors (65+) are free admission. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. More information on the holiday pet expo can be found at www.DeckThePawsDFW.com. Follow Deck the Paws on Facebook at facebook.com/furryfunliving and Instagram at @furryfunliving. Make Deck the Paws your plan for the holidays! 

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Internationally acclaimed muralist painting piece for people to become ‘living works of art’

The only thing more fun than looking at a beautiful piece of art is taking a picture with it and allowing yourself to become part of the experience. The Shops at Legacy debuts a new mural that is set to become a signature attraction of the lifestyle destination. The art has been created and painted by internationally acclaimed muralist Kelsey Montague, an artist who explores how illustration, public art, interactive art and social media intersect.  Her pieces are large-scale, colorful works of art that encourage people to get engaged. The mural at The Shops at Legacy is more than 16 feet high and 23 feet wide, and is located on Kincaid Road, on the south side of Legacy Drive, next to Francesca’s.

“The Shops at Legacy has always offered a different kind of experience for our guests, whether it’s shopping, dining, working, or gathering with friends,” Kelsey Ishmael, marketing director, said. “This piece will add a new dimension to our development by bringing another aspect of art into the fold. We look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures with the mural as they embrace it and make it come alive.”

Kelsey Montague, the artist who created the mural, believes that art should not be separated from the human experience; instead, she believes that humans should have a hand in creating the art itself. The piece she has conceptualized for The Shops at Legacy will also be interactive in nature.  Drawing on natural elements of the North Texas experience, Montague’s mural is colorful, intricately detailed, and unique to Plano and The Shops at Legacy. 

“I am so very excited to bring my first permanent installation to Texas and specifically to work with The Shops at Legacy!” Montague said. “I love working with clients that are as invested as I am in providing unique experiences for their clientele. I want this mural to provide people with an opportunity to become a living work of art and to then feel encouraged to share ‘what lifts them’ on social media.”

Montague’s work is featured in destinations around the world, from Beunos Aires, Argentina, to Cape Town, South Africa, and across the U.S. It has been profiled in Entertainment WeeklyThe Wall Street JournalForbesand The Smithsonian, and has been mentioned by superstars including Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens. Montague’s piece at The Shops at Legacy will be her first in the North Texas area.

The finished mural is a permanent feature available to the public at The Shops at Legacy. Make sure to post pics using #ShopsatLegacy on Instagram and Facebook. Visit ShopsatLegacy.com  to stay up on all the latest news on store openings, specials, and events.

 

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Shops for duds with your dog – it’s all for a good cause

 Your dog is surely your best friend – and now that pup makes the perfect partner for shopping, too. Bring Rover on over to The Shops at Legacy, where on Aug. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., retailers will participate in the lifestyle destination’s first PupCrawl, an evening of shopping to benefit a great cause. When you and your dog shop together, you can help other four-legged friends find new forever homes, courtesy of Habitat 4 Paws, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats.

Retailers at The Shops at Legacy who are participating in the PupCrawl will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Habitat 4 Paws.  They include:

  • Lily Rain,
  • Scout & Molly’s,
  • Yoga Factory,
  • Kilwins,
  • Taco Diner,
  • Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano,
  • Ringo’s Pub, and
  • Benefit Cosmetics, where guests enjoy 10 percent off of services, with the option to donate to Habitat 4 Paws right there in the store.

PupCrawl participants can also get their pup microchipped in front of Urban Outfitters for only $25 (including chip and registration).  Enter a raffle for just $5 a ticket – you can win gift baskets filled with gift cards and merchandise from The Shops at Legacy retailers – and the funds benefit Habitat 4 Paws.  And, in case you are looking for a new furry family member, dogs that are up for adoption will be ready to meet you at Kilwins and Urban Outfitters.

Habitat 4 Paws is an animal rescue group in the DFW area whose mission is to rescue and find permanent homes for dogs and cats while caring for them in a volunteer staffed adoption facility and foster program.  Prior to adoption, all rescued dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and tested for common diseases.

This summer, The Shops at Legacy launched its first dog-friendly designation.  Retailers who are dogmatic about being dog-friendly now proudly display a window sticker to let you know that dogs are welcome in the store, or that treats or bowls of water are available.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to build on the excitement of this dog-friendly designation with an event that benefits such a worthy cause,” said Kelsey Ishmael, marketing director for The Shops at Legacy. “We love our pets, and being able to use something as fun as shopping to help other pets find homes is just so satisfying.”

Bringing your pup with you to shop?  Make sure to post pics using #PupCrawl and #ShopsatLegacy on Instagram and Facebook. Visit ShopsatLegacy.com  to stay up on all the latest news on store openings, specials, and events.

 

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Bakery Specializing in Made-From-Scratch Desserts Serves Up Chef’s Favorite Fruit

 

 On August 15th, the culinary world pauses to remember one of its greats: Legendary chef, author and personality Julia Child, on her birthday.  SusieCakes, an all-American, home-style bakery, is celebrating Julia this day with a peachy keen deal on pie: On August 15th, the Peach Crumble Pie, a new seasonal special, is available for $5 off in honor of Julia Child’s birthday. This offer is available at SusieCakes bakeries in Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth.

SusieCakes’ all-new seasonal Peach Crumble Pieincorporates Julia’s favorite fruit, the peach.  Julia was enamored of the sweet, flavorful fruit whose seasonal peak was around her birthday, mid-August.  Close friend Jon Rowley gifted Julia her favorite type of peaches every year on her birthday.  In her later years, Julia resided in an assisted living facility in Santa Barbara and, in August 2004, Jon called to see if she would like her birthday peaches sent there.  “I would like that very much,” she answered in her trademark sing-song voice.  The peaches arrived the day Julia passed, and she never was able to taste that particular batch.  To celebrate her life after her passing, those very birthday peaches were used to make an incredible birthday cake that her friends and family enjoyed.  

On August 15, SusieCakes is honoring the legacy of Julia Child by offering its all-new Peach Crumble Pie for $5 off its regular price of $27.95 (pre-order your pie for pick-up on Aug. 15th, or walk in and enjoy, while supplies last). The Peach Crumble Pie will be available at SusieCakes through Labor Day.

Julia Child is credited with saying, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  That philosophy is the same at SusieCakes. Inspired by the classic recipes of her two beloved grandmothers, Mildred and Madeline, Susie created a bakery that uses the finest, simplest ingredients to celebrate the every d 

Presenting a welcome alternative to the artificial flavors and preservatives found at most grocery-store bakeries, SusieCakes offers a variety of nostalgic desserts in a friendly, old-fashioned neighborhood experience. Specialties include frosted layer cakes in familiar flavors such as Southern Red Velvet, Six Layer Chocolate and Tropical Coconut, and now a new Italian Cream Cake. A selection of traditional cookies and bars includes soft and chewy snickerdoodles, fudgy brownies, seven layer bars and Susie’s famous whoopie pies. The brand is best known for its classic Vanilla Celebration Cake, custom decorated cakes and its cupcakes, which are filled with delicious frosting, resulting in a moist, yummy cupcake bursting with flavor. 

SusieCakes also serves freshly baked breakfast items every morning, such as sour cream coffee cake, house-made maple granola and seasonal fruit crumble muffins. Hand-crafted espresso drinks and expertly brewed single-origin coffees by local micro-roaster Cultivar Coffee are available, as well.

SusieCakes Celebrates Julia Child’s Birthday with $5 off special seasonal Peach Crumble Pie at DFW-area SusieCakes locations: Dallas (Preston Center), Plano and Fort Worth

www.susiecakes.com