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Frights 'n Lights in Frisco

‘The Lightmare Before Christmas’ is back in Frisco, along with new, interactive attractions to add to the wonderland of Halloween delight.

Frights’n Lights Frisco, Texas’s ultimate Halloween adventure – where ghouls glow, spirits shine and things go “bump” in the light – is back for a 2022 Halloween season October 1-31 at Riders Field in Frisco. Frights’n Lights is produced by Peerless Production Group, which also produces Radiance! & Frozen in Frisco, a magnificent light show and winter carnival experience that will also be held at Riders Field from November 18 through December 31. 

Bridging the gap between basic pumpkin patches and scary haunted houses, Frights’n Lights Frisco is bringing with it new experiences to keep your gaggle of ghouls entertained for hours. Crystal Lake Black Light Axe Throwing, an all-new feature, will allow you to test your axe-throwing skills – but beware: The residents of Crystal Lake don’t take too kindly to strangers! Also new for ’22 is the Click or Treat Photo Pop-upwith frightening photo opps guaranteed to give your feed a pop.

Frights’n Lights returns with the glow of thousands of carved jack o’ lanterns in all shapes and sizes. Guests will interact with a thrilling cast of Hollywood’s most iconic, spine-chilling stars brought to life by a ghoulish gallery of giant-sized lanterns and lights. Popular attractions include the Headless Horseman’s Haunted Hay Maze – Journey to Sleepy Hollow, where guests will try to help Ichabod Crane escape the maze before the strike of midnight. (You might lose your way, but don’t lose your head!

Games, rides and crafts – along with frighteningly delicious food and beverage offerings – make Frights’n Lights Frisco a unique fall experience where “phantasmic” photos and unforgettable memories are made for the whole family.

“With the right balance of silly and spooky, we’ve created a truly unique fall attraction that puts fun before fear, the only one of its kind in the USA,” said Warren Michael Lyng, vice president of PPG, producers of the unparalleled experience. “When you see Frights’n Lights, you’re seeing the best of fall family entertainment that will have you saying, ‘This is Halloween, this is Halloween!’”

Tickets begin at just $19.99 and are available for purchase at www.FrightsnLights.com

For die-hard (see what we did there?) Halloween enthusiasts, an exclusive VIP experiencefeatures entrance to the trick-or-treat trail experience around the park, meet-and-greets with costumed characters, pumpkin painting, a Frights’n Lights souvenir cup and drink, the all-new ‘Save Halloween’ Adventure Scavenger Hunt, FREE parking, and 10% discount on all retail purchases. 

Frights’n Lights Frisco 

Riders Field (formerly Dr Pepper Ballpark)

7300 Roughriders Trail 

Frisco, Texas 75034 

October 1-31, 2022

 

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ABOUT PEERLESS PRODUCTION GROUP 

Founded in 2008, Texas-based Peerless Production Group (PPG) specializes in building world-class attractions that inspire guests to create their own unique stories and reconnect as a family unit for a few magical hours to enjoy remarkable, memory-making life experiences. Cell phones down. Coming together. PPG -Creating the Best Day of Your Life

More info at PPGProductions.com.

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Highlighting local non-profit supporting Latino families allows everyone to get involved in honoring cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans 

Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated across the country from September 15 through October 15, is a wonderful time to honor the many contributions of Hispanic Americans.  This month, Uncle Julio’s highlights the Latino, Hispanic and Latinx communities by highlighting the mission of The Concilio in Dallas and dedicating $1 from each Tableside Guacamole ordered to create a donation of up to $5,000 for the non-profit that builds stronger communities by unlocking opportunities for Latino families.

“In Latino culture, food brings us together, so we are excited to help our guests come together in support of an important local non-profit,” said Ron Vasquez, vice president of culinary for Uncle Julio’s and a vital part of the Uncle Julio’s family for more than 25 years. “As part of our celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, we are honored to bring the message of The Concilio into our restaurants and directly to our guests.”

Uncle Julio’s also is giving guests a taste of the influence of Hispanic culture by showcasing elements of art, design and experience found at Uncle Julio’s, including the custom mural created specifically for the restaurant by well-known Mexican artist Claudio Limon, Spanish Flamenco guitar music, art featuring celebrated Mexican matadors, the mysterious “Lady in Red,” decorative items and elements imported from Mexico and even tools like the Molcajete and the Tortilla Press, which are rooted in Hispanic culture and help to make the Uncle Julio’s dining experience delicious. More about this art can be found at UncleJulios.com/Heritage.

Through November 1, guests can join the celebration by logging on to UncleJulios.com/Heritagewhere they can learn about the inspiration behind the Uncle Julio’s brand; by dining in an Uncle Julio’s restaurant and noting many of the elements of Hispanic culture that make the restaurant, food and service so popular; or by placing to-go orders online at UncleJulios.com and receiving Hispanic Heritage Month information in their orders. 

Guests may also enjoy contributing to The Concilio by ordering a Tableside Guacamole at Uncle Julio’s. Guests select their own mix-ins while their server mashes the fresh avocado and mixes the guacamole by hand at the guest’s tableside for instant enjoyment. $1 from each Tableside Guacamole ordered September 15 through November 1 will benefit The Concilio in Dallas.

When guests order Tableside Guacamole, their server brings all the freshness to the table via a custom kitchen cart.  Guests then select from a variety of ingredients, including fresh onions, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes and more to be added to their Hass avocados. The server mashes the avocadoes with the fresh ingredients right before their eyes in a traditional molcajete, made from volcanic rock and used in the production of traditional Mexican dishes such as salsa and guacamole. Bursting with freshness and flavor, this delicious guacamole is then enjoyed by guests with warm, fresh corn chips. Tableside Guacamole is $15.

“We are excited to be a part of the Uncle Julio’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, and share the mission of The Concilio with guests in the restaurants,” said Florencia Velasco Fortner, president and CEO of The Concilio, which works to build stronger communities by improving the health and education of families. “It is imperative that everyone gets involved: Two out of five Dallas County residents are Latino, which means igniting their full potential is critical to the health of our entire region.”

Uncle Julio’sserves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. 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 @UncleJulios and Instagram @UncleJuliosMexican.

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New brand experiences to be found in Southlake’s acclaimed lifestyle destination. 

2022 is off to a great start with a host of new retail openings at Southlake Town Square, DFW’s premier lifestyle destination. Shoppers are invited to connect in person with their favorite brands, products and experiences.

“Southlake Town Square continues to be a top shopping destination in Dallas-Fort Worth, one that attracts top brands through our careful selection and placement of high-quality retail options that bring shoppers back again and again,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director with Kite Realty Group. “2022 is already seeing a flurry of activity, setting the stage for another incredible year of highly sought-after brands opening their doors at Town Square.”

Aerie, the popular clothing retailer specializing in unique casual looks including athleisure, swim and undergarments at the crossroads of comfort and style, has committed to opening an exciting new location at Southlake Town Square before the end of the year. Aerie will be located on Grand Avenue next to Starbucks. 

Nike is also opening in Southlake Town Square to offer a brand experience directly to the Southlake customer. The store will be located on Grand Avenue between Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. The store is expected to open this fall. 

Doubling its size and creating a new, 7,000-square-foot flagship location at Southlake Town Square, Lululemon will relocate to a new location near Tesla and Apple on Grand Avenue. Known for creating high-performance athletic apparel and accessories through its human-led approach, Lululemon’s new flagship store is expected to open at Southlake Town Square in time for the busy back-to-school shopping season. 

Filling Lululemon’s current space between Travis Mathew and Peloton will be the premium outdoor brand YETI. This location will be YETI’s second in DFW and the first in Tarrant County for the Texas-based brand. YETI is also expected to open before the end of the year.

Brandy Melville, the European clothing and fashion accessories brand, makes its DFW debut at Southlake Town Square this summer in a 2,200-square-foot space between Anthropologie and Sephora on Grand Avenue West. The “it” brand is popular with young women for its cool, casual style.

Opening this fall and offering a personalized skincare experience along with products ranging from cleansers to exfoliants, as well as moisturizers and sunscreens, HeyDay has committed to a 2,329-square-foot home between Athleta and Fabletics on State Street. Southlake will be the second location in Texas for the brand, which specializes in cutting through the noise in the skincare industry to teach guests about their unique skin so that they may put their best face forward.

Restaurants new to Southlake Town Square in 2022 will include Ferah Tex-Med, opening in June to offer modern Mediterranean cuisine with a Texas twist from its location on Carroll Avenue, next to Nothing Bundt Cakes; and Nikko, specializing in sushi and Asian cuisine, which is expected to open in August on Southlake Boulevard, next to Trader Joe’s. Stella Trattoria, a new restaurant that opened in April, offers authentic Italian cuisine on State Street, across from Market by Macy’s.

The fun is already ramping up at Southlake Town Square, with EVO Entertainment’s 68,733-square-foot entertainment destination at 1450 Plaza Place at Southlake Town Square now open. Guests are jumping in bumper cars, throwing strikes and delighting in the comfort of premium seating and a full menu while watching movies at EVO. Guests enjoy dine-in movie theaters from the comfort of their soft, heated reclining seats, and the ability to order a wide selection of gourmet food and beverages, including wine, beer and spirits. A variety of films -- from the newest releases to well-loved classics – can be viewed on any of seven screens. The venue also includes a full restaurant and bar, gaming (including virtual reality), bowling, bumper cars, private party rooms and other unique entertainment options. An outdoor gathering place includes a green space front yard with seating and a fire pit connecting the environment to nearby Muchacho Tex Mex.

Combining the art of movie-going with gourmet dining and mixology, plus bowling and gaming options, EVO Entertainment presents a host of entertainment opportunities all in one convenient place, and chose Southlake Town Square as its first DFW-area location. 

About Southlake Town Square

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Southlake, Texas, Southlake Town is a 130-acre, open-air, mixed-use development that boasts more than 120 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including the first Market by Macy’s in the U.S., Apple, Tesla, Madewell, Free People, Anthropologie, lululemon, Sephora, Evo Entertainment and Trader Joes; an upscale urban Hilton Hotel; offices; city and county government buildings; a U.S. Post Office and residential brownstones. To learn more, please visit SouthlakeTownSquare.comor call 817-329-5566. Connect socially with Southlake Town Square online via its Facebookor Instagram.

About Kite Realty Group Trust

Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE: KRG) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Indianapolis, IN that is one of the largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers and mixed-use assets. The company’s primarily grocery-anchored portfolio is located in high-growth Sun Belt and select strategic gateway markets. The combination of necessity-based grocery-anchored neighborhood and community centers, along with vibrant mixed-use assets makes the KRG portfolio an ideal mix for both retailers and consumers. Publicly listed since 2004, KRG has nearly 60 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating real estate. Using operational, investment, development, and redevelopment expertise, KRG continuously optimizes its portfolio to maximize value and return to shareholders. As of March 31, 2022, the Company owned interests in 181 U.S. open-air shopping centers and mixed-use assets, comprising approximately 28.8 million square feet of gross leasable space. For more information, please visit kiterealty.com.

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 Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader™ empowering innovation, is pleased to be a Philanthropic Partner of the 2022 ExCEllence in Senior Design (ESD) Showcase, May 19 and 20 the University of Texas at Dallas.

The ESD Showcase highlights a range of design problems that electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students tackled during their senior projects. While in college, ECE students become proficient in cutting-edge technology to help solve the broadest set of problems facing people today.

Mouser’s Senior Vice President of Internet Business, Hayne Shumate, will be the keynote speaker at the showcase at the Welcome and Kick-Off event on May 19. Shumate leads a strong team that has helped propel Mouser’s growth by constantly improving the user experience and the capabilities of the e-commerce business.

Mouser’s support for education runs deep. Founded by a high school physics instructor to meet his students’ need for components, Mouser sponsors student groups, schools and educational events at the local, regional, national and international levels. The global authorized distributor strives to be the go-to source for instructors and future engineers who need a vast selection of quality products, competitive pricing, fast and accurate delivery and exceptional service.

Mouser’s free Student Resource Center offers students a place where they can explore and engage with Mouser as they begin their journey into the field of electronic design. The page provides a wealth of news tidbits, blog posts, featured products, a STEM-focused Twitter feed, YouTube videos and other tech highlights. Complementing the Student Resource Center, Mouser’s Educational Sales page includes information on incentives for education customers, manufacturer discounts, and contests.

The first ESD Showcase took place in May 2019 with 13 universities from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona taking part. The team from University of Texas at El Paso was awarded the inaugural Best Engineering Design award. Major corporations supported student participation and judged the showcase submissions. This year’s competition is expected to draw students from nearly 20 universities.

The annual ESD Showcase is supported by University of Texas at Dallas, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Foundation (ECEF). To learn more about the 2022 ESD Showcase, visit https://www.mouser.com/esd-showcase/.

As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world's widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers' designs, Mouser's website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information. 

About Mouser

2022 - Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on New Product Introductions from its leading manufacturer partners. Serving the global electronic design engineer and buyer community, the global distributor's website, mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 6.8 million products from over 1,200 manufacturer brands. Mouser offers 27 support locations worldwide to provide best-in-class customer service in local language, currency and time zone. The distributor ships to over 650,000 customers in 223 countries/territories from its 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facilities in the Dallas, Texas, metro area. For more information, visit https://www.mouser.com.

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‘Live Out Proud’ to feature dynamic Texas performers at Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival in Fair Park June 4. 
 
Dynamic Texas talent will provide outstanding entertainment for the Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival on June 4 as part of a weekend of Dallas Pride, taking place June 4-5 in Fair Park. 
 
Headlining the Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival main stage on Saturday, June 4, is Dallas Pride’s Live Out Proud. Hosted by Marsha Dimes, the show features fabulous drag artists from North Texas including Jada Pinkett Fox, the Sisters-in-Action, Sister Helen Holy, A’keria C. Davenport and Shangela. Straight from Paris (Texas, that is!), drag queen, reality TV star and actor Shangela will make her first headlining performance at Dallas Pride. 
 
Also wowing the crowd on Saturday will be legendary artists and entertainers including the Cast of the Rose Room, Black Girl Magic, Kameron Ross from America’s Got Talent, Kylee O'Hara Fatale and the finalists from The Queer Off, The Roommates, The Saloon Girls, Mi Diva Loca, Double Trouble Does Pride with Raquel Blake and Bleach, The Etheridge Experience and performers from Uptown Players. Dallas Pride will also feature performances from Averi Burk, Cameron McCloud of Cure for Paranoia, Carley Beardon, Johnny Bee & The Leo Sun Project, Kaatii, Lorelei K and xBValentine. American Sign Language interpreters will also be present at each stage to perform live translations. 
 
The evening will conclude with a dazzling rainbow-themed fireworks display over Fair Park. 
 
The Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival is Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., in Fair Park. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 20+) and $5 for teens (ages 13-19). Admission for children 12 and under is free. Tickets are on sale now at dallaspride.org
 
The Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival is part of an all-day, family-friendly event at Dallas Pride featuring indoor and outdoor activities, more than 200 vendors, and plenty to eat, see and shop -- a day of fun for all ages. Family Pride Zone, an area designed for families, will feature several bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for the kids in the Automobile Building at Fair Park. The festival also will feature Teen Pride, produced by Real Live Connection to foster a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 19 and their friends to enjoy live entertainment from artists and DJs, and other age-appropriate activities. Local animal rescue groups will also be on-site for guests to meet a possible new furry family member. 
 
Then, on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m., Dallas Pride’s Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade makes its triumphant return in person to celebrate in Fair Park. This kaleidoscope of colorful floats, marchers wearing outrageous costumes, music and more will encircle the Cotton Bowl® to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Admission is complimentary. 
 
About Dallas Pride
 
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 @DallasPrideOrgon Facebook, @DallasPrideOfficial on Instagram, @DallasPrideOrg on Twitter, or via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for all the tea. 
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NDBT’s collaboration with Metrocrest Services pays dividends for non-profit clientele as well as for employees of growing bank

The leadership and staff of NDBT know how important solid footing is for people: For a community to thrive, people need to have security and stability in many different aspects of their lives. That’s one of the many reasons NDBT got involved with Metrocrest Services in a decades-long commitment to serve that has helped Metrocrest Services clients with financial literacy and food on the table, and a new facility that will help the non-profit serve its mission for many decades to come.

“It’s not just a Band-Aid: it’s helping the community get back on their feet, giving them all the tools so they can be independent,” Megly Wester, Addison banking center manager for NDBT, said of the many ways in which Metrocrest Services helps its clients. Wester and her team have been involved with Metrocrest Services for many years, following a lead set by Jay Henry, the NDBT market president who began volunteering for Metrocrest Services almost 30 years ago.

The team at NDBT feels so strongly about the positive results Metrocrest Services is able to achieve that the company recently made a significant investment in the Metrocrest Services Building Our Future capital campaign. The initiative will bring all of Metrocrest Services’ abilities under one roof in an efficient new home in the heart of need for the community.

Hands-on volunteering, teaching financial literacy classes, and contributing to the capital campaign are all ways in which NDBT has dedicated time, expertise and funding to Metrocrest Services. But the bank has found another way to leverage its deep experience to help the non-profit, too: “We’re helping them achieve favorable financing for the construction of the new facility,” Henry said. “That’s part of our heart and what we do here at NDBT for non-profits.”

The pandemic did not slow NDBT from meeting its mission of caring for the community: In 2021, the company’s non-profit initiative, NDBT Cares, recorded more than 130 service hours and $487,000 pledged to 80 organizations making change in the community, including Metrocrest Services.

“They give us the tools to serve our community; it’s amazing,” Wester said of NDBT Cares and the opportunities she has through her employment at NDBT.

The way in which the employees of NDBT interact with Metrocrest Services serves as a best-practice model for how other companies can get involved with non-profit organizations. The collaboration is meaningful for both the bank and the non-profit.

“They really have been the model of what we hope to achieve with the NDBT Cares program,” noted Lisa Rushing, director of community engagement for NDBT.

When asked how other businesses or individuals could create a meaningful relationship with a non-profit, the team at NDBT had a few tips:

Organize staff to volunteer their time together.“People react to experiences,” Henry said, “Being there, working in the food pantry or delivering a sack full of food to a family because their kids can’t get their food during summertime from school, is powerful. Experiences speak more to encourage people to get involved than anything else. Schedule a volunteer opportunity somewhere to get to know their mission.”

Get to know leadership at the non-profit.“Get to know the people who work there, and their leadership. Tracy [Eubanks] and Nicole [Binkley] at Metrocrest have servants’ hearts,” Henry said. Understanding how the non-profit is governed and how the mission is met is important, he emphasized.

Just start!“Sometimes, people spend a lot of time trying to figure something out,” Henry said. He recommended learning by volunteering. “You will not regret it, and I promise, you will come back for more,” he said. Service is one of the core values of NDBT, he explained: “A statement we use often at NDBT says it all: ‘Treat others the way you would want to be treated.’”

Wester has volunteered in many different capacities for Metrocrest Services. When she began, she thought she would just be called on to help teach the financial literacy class that Metrocrest offers to help clients understand budgeting and money management. The class is part of the “wrap-around” services that Metrocrest offers, including rent and utility assistance, job placement, transportation for seniors and many more, in addition to serving as a food pantry – but Wester has stepped up and served in many different parts of the organization, growing her commitment while sharpening her own skills.

“One thing that I really want is to be a change-maker and the way I can do that is by donating my time to share with everyone else what I know,” she said. “If that helps someone to get a job or be in a better place than they were before, then it’s all worth it.”

With summer coming, Henry and his team of NDBT volunteers expect to help with the Metrocrest Services Sack Summer Hunger program, which gets nutritious meals to children who might not otherwise have access to food because of school being out of session for the summer. There will also be work to do in the food pantry as the need continues to increase across North Texas. In addition to that, NDBT is excited to see the new home for Metrocrest Services rise from the ground.

Henry looks forward to the building’s opening. “I want to see a very busy facility, with a lot of activity coming in and out,” he said. “I want to see Metrocrest Services thrive in a building that’s larger with more square footage and more services than they have ever had before.”

“Seeing that building and knowing that it will be there for years and year to come, serving the community, and saying that we had a small part in it, will be incredible,” Rushing echoed.

“It is partnerships, such as the one with NDBT, that allows Metrocrest Services to achieve its objective of serving our neighbors with dignity and respect, and being able to say yes in their time of need,” said Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services. “We applaud NDBT for its unwavering commitment to the communities it serves.”

Wester sums up why employees of NDBT feel strongly about working with Metrocrest Services: “The success of a community is measured by the compassion given by its members,” she said.

 

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Cemetery helps bring history alive and reconnect Dallas to its legacy as preservation continues.

A salute by volley honored veterans of the War of 1812 whose graves were recently marked in a special ceremony at McCree Cemetery. As the shots rang out, a crowd in rapt attention reflected on the service of veterans who rested close by. Their legacies have helped shape the city we know today.

“It was a moving ceremony that reflected on what it means to serve, both for your country and -- for these veterans -- in an area that was new to them and many other settlers of the Dallas area in the 1800s,” noted Robin Moss Norcross, president of the McCree Cemetery Association Board of Directors.

Almost 100 attendees gathered at McCree Cemetery for a grave marking ceremony to honor two Dallas men who were veterans of the War of 1812, Henry Kyle and John Jackson. The program included a brief history of the War of 1812, memorial wreath laying and the salute by volley. The ceremonies were produced by the Craig Austin Rowley Chapter of the Society of the War of 1812 and the John Cavet Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812. 

War of 1812 Veterans Honored

The two veterans being honored in this grave marking ceremony are men who brought their legacies with them to Texas, and were among early settlers in Dallas. Many of their descendants still live in the area today.

Veteran Henry Kyle was born in North Carolina in 1796 anddied in 1881 in Dallas County. Cpl. Kyle served in the War of 1812 at Fort Nelson, Virginia, in the 5th Regiment of the VA Militia (Artillery). He married Elizabeth Pirkey in 1817 and the couple had four children: James W., Sarah Margaret, George R. and Elizabeth A. Kyle accompanied daughters Sarah Dougherty and Elizabeth Foree and their families to Texas in 1860. 

Veteran John Jackson was born in Tennessee in 1798 anddied in 1875 in Dallas County. Private Jackson served in the War of 1812 in the Tennessee Militia under Captain Craig. He married Elizabeth Brown in 1822 and the couple had eight children: Andrew, William, James, Mary Jane, Lucy, John, Thomas and Hannah.  Jackson and his family came to Texas in 1846 and settled near present-day Garland on a Peters Colony grant.   

History Lives at McCree Cemetery

The March 6 event to mark the graves of War of McCree Cemetery’s 1812 veterans is one of the many important events that will be held at the cemetery as the preservation and revitalization of this important landmark continues.

McCree Cemetery was once situated on the hilltop of a vast prairie in a farming community 10 miles from the limits of early Dallas, southeast of the intersection of what is now Audelia Road and Estate Lane in Dallas. 

The cemetery was founded in 1866 when Mahulda Bonner McCree granted roughly 1.5 acres to William McCullough and James E. Jackson for its establishment. Another one acre of land was added to the cemetery in 1896 when Jeff Hill (the founder of Egypt, also known as “Little Egypt,” an African-American community), George John and Monroe Parker purchased land from J.E. Griffin to create a beautiful burial area for Black residents. McCree Cemetery today comprises 2.6 acres of native species of prairie vegetation and its beautiful hilltop location in the middle of what is now a modern mix of residential homes and commercial properties.

Preservation and restoration work on McCree Cemetery included a 2015 inventory of grave markers, which located 158 markers and monuments on the site bearing the names of Peters Colonists, early settlers, freedmen and war veterans. For nearly 100 years, McCree Cemetery served as a burial site for the surrounding hamlets of Audelia, Rodgers, and Egypt. Listed in 2018 as a City of Dallas landmark, the property is recognized under seven of ten possible historic designation criteria, including the historical development, ethnic heritage and cultural characteristics of the city. There are two distinct sides to the cemetery, one for Anglo burials and one for African American burials. 

The western side of McCree Cemetery includes the oldest known burial in the cemetery, which belongs to John Henry Jones, who died in 1862 from wounds received during the Civil War. The last burial was Margaret Elizabeth Dockins, who passed away in 1982. Family names of the Anglo settlers buried at the cemetery include Jackson, Prigmore, McCullough, Griffin, Crosby and Goforth. Many veterans are also buried in McCree Cemetery, including those that fought in the Battle of 1812, Mexican American War, Civil War, the World Wars and other conflicts. McCree’s eastern tract was one of two used by the Egypt community. Jeff Hill, the son of two of Egypt’s founders John (Jeff) and Hanna Hill, is buried here. The property once included a church, the Cemetery Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church South and later the Rogers Baptist Church (1931-1939).

Heavily vandalized in the 1950s and in subsequent years, the cemetery is now protected by a tall fence. Nearby development beginning in the 1960s marked the end of McCree Cemetery’s rural location along with the razing of the nearby Egypt community.

Preserving the Legacy of McCree Cemetery

The continued vandalism of the cemetery led concerned Lake Highlands resident Robin Moss Norcross and cemetery descendants to approach Preservation Dallas in 2013 to help. Since then, Preservation Dallas has been actively engaged in preservation work at McCree, using grant funds received from the B.B. Owen Foundation and others to support those efforts. 

With the assistance of the archaeologists, historians and cultural resources experts at Versar, Preservation Dallas initiated a multi-year survey, documentation, and restoration program at the cemetery. This included historical research to learn more about McCree’s history to give names to those whose markers have disappeared over time and to secure City of Dallas Landmark designation. 

In 2018, McCree Cemetery was listed as a City of Dallas historic landmark and, in 2019, documentation of the cemetery was done by drone and a landscape clean-up. In 2021, the headstone cleaning commenced.

Norcross, along with fellow board members Joan Walne and Ted Campbell, hopes to hold future events at the cemetery to celebrate its vast and diverse history.

“This is one of the most historically significant cemeteries in all of North Texas,” Norcross said. “Members of many of the founding families, Peters colonists, are buried there, as well as residents of the Little Egypt Freedmen’s community,” Norcross said. “I just think it’s important for any community to understand their past. It’s a great story. There are wonderful people that made significant contributions we enjoy today in Lake Highlands.”

In the 1800s, Benjamin Prigmore, an early settler of Dallas, explained that this small rise of land was chosen as a burial ground because it was the prettiest spot in the area. He was right then, and he is right now. 

Visit McCreeCemetery.orgto learn more, or to contribute your own memories of McCree, or information about family members buried there.

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Breaking News: Chocolate Piñatas Will Be Gifted to

LuckyGuests at Uncle Julio’s in Honor of National Piñata Day

Does a gold coin fall from your Chocolate Piñata? Then it’s on the house!

 

Looking for a smashing way to celebrate National Piñata Day? The party starts as soon as you crack open the Chocolate Piñata, a made-from-scratch dessert found only at Uncle Julio’s. Made by hand, a delicious chocolate globe is filled with homemade mini churros, fresh pineapple and strawberries, all bursting with flavor and ready to create an unforgettable dessert experience.

In honor of National Piñata Day, 10 percent of all Chocolate Piñatas ordered at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Uncle Julio’s restaurants April 18 through May 3, 2022, will be filled with something extra-special – a gold-wrapped chocolate coin. If that lucky gold coin falls from your Chocolate Piñata, that piñata is on the house!

“At Uncle Julio’s, we’re all about taking every opportunity to make memories with friends and family,” said Dan Wheeler, chief marketing officer of Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group. “Whether it’s National Piñata Day or a celebration of your own making, we hope this fun promotion makes the experience at Uncle Julio’s even more special.”

After bursting onto the menu at Uncle Julio’s, the Chocolate Piñata has become a fan favorite. Guests crack open the chocolate delicacy with a wooden mallett and then dip its delicious contents -- homemade mini churros, fresh pineapple and strawberries -- in Uncle Julio's house-made chocolate ganache and fresh whipped cream. The Chocolate Piñata serves 4-8 people.

The Chocolate Piñata is available now in Uncle Julio’s restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Allen, Alliance, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Dallas/Keller Springs. 

Uncle Julio’sserves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Guests find memorable dining experiences through a welcoming atmosphere and interactive menu, looking into the open kitchen to see dishes being prepared, or cracking open a Chocolate Piñata. 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 @UncleJulios and Instagram @UncleJuliosMexican.

 

 

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Western Extrusions Employee Luncheon Bennett McEvoy, Tracy Eubanks and Daniel Campos

 

Carrollton company helping fund construction of new Metrocrest Services facility. 

As employees of Western Extrusions gathered in person again for the quarterly luncheon, they had a few reasons to smile: Beautiful weather, a chance to gather in person again, fajitas served to them by leadership – and a special donation to an organization that means a lot to company employees. Western Extrusions presented Metrocrest Services with a check for $250,000, important support for the Metrocrest Services Building Our Future capital campaign that will build a stronger community by increasing the number of clients served and improve the quality and reach of Metrocrest’s services and programs.

“We are grateful for the work that Metrocrest Services does in this community and are honored to be able to support the building of their new headquarters,” said Bennett McEvoy, CEO of Western Extrusions.

Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services, accepted the large check and expressed the organization’s appreciation for support from corporate partners like Western Extrusions.

“Western Extrusions has been a long-time supporter of the work of Metrocrest Services,” Eubanks noted. “Their employees have been here helping us in our food pantry, creating meals for our Sack Summer Hunger program, conducting toy and coat drives, and a multitude of other assistance. To have this company as a significant part of our capital campaign as we look to the future of Metrocrest Services is both fitting and heart-warming. Western Extrusions is a company that truly cares about its community and the people here.”

“I am very honored to work for a company that gives to an important organization such as Metrocrest Services,” said Edgar Melchor, lead recruiter at Western Extrusions. “I’ve volunteered at Metrocrest Services so I understand how important this donation is. It’s wonderful to work for a company that cares.”

Western Extrusions Corporation is a national leader in the manufacturing of extruded aluminum products.  Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas Western Extrusions manufactures quality products used in America’s critical infrastructure industries including but not limited to class 8 trucks, electric vehicles, truck trailers, utility scale solar power, electrical transmission, and numerous commercial construction products.

Metrocrest Services, a non-profit social services agency serving Carrollton, promotes well-being and independence through programs for individuals, families and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Expected to open in the spring of 2023, the new home for Metrocrest Services will bring all of the organization’s services under one roof, creating convenient access for clients and volunteers alike with the largest expansion the non-profit has had in its 50-year history.

Thanks to donors including Western Extrusions, the new campus of Metrocrest Services will be located on 4.6 acres of property near the intersection of Josey Lane and Belt Line Road in Carrollton. A 48,000-square-foot facility will become a welcoming hub for all of the agency’s daily operations, including providing access to nutritious food, workforce development and financial literacy, rent and utility assistance, senior services and other programs for individuals, families and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. The campus will also include shared space for complementary service providers to support clients from one central location and a volunteer center for greater opportunities for community engagement. Bringing all Metrocrest Services programs under one roof, the new campus will allow for improved efficiency in all operations, and will house the expanded programs that the non-profit has launched to meet today’s elevated need while planning for the future.

Members of the community are encouraged to visit msbuildingourfuture.org to pledge their own support for the capital campaign and help Metrocrest Services meet the challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation by July 2022.  Every gift makes a difference and helps to create a place that serves Metrocrest neighbors in need with dignity and respect.

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 coaching and transportation, minor home repairs and home-delivered meals to benefit seniors. Additionally, Metrocrest provides programs focused on children including holiday gifts and summer food. For more information, visit www.metrocrestservices.org

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Does a gold coin fall from your Chocolate Piñata? Then it’s on the house!

 

Looking for a smashing way to celebrate National Piñata Day? The party starts as soon as you crack open the Chocolate Piñata, a made-from-scratch dessert found only at Uncle Julio’s. Made by hand, a delicious chocolate globe is filled with homemade mini churros, fresh pineapple and strawberries, all bursting with flavor and ready to create an unforgettable dessert experience.

In honor of National Piñata Day on Monday, April 18th, 10 percent of all Chocolate Piñatas ordered at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Uncle Julio’s restaurants April 18 through May 3, 2022, will be filled with something extra-special – a gold-wrapped chocolate coin. If that lucky gold coin falls from your Chocolate Piñata, that piñata is on the house! 

“At Uncle Julio’s, we’re all about taking every opportunity to make memories with friends and family,” said Dan Wheeler, chief marketing officer of Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group. “Whether it’s National Piñata Day or a celebration of your own making, we hope this fun promotion makes the experience at Uncle Julio’s even more special.”

After bursting onto the menu at Uncle Julio’s, the Chocolate Piñata has become a fan favorite. Guests crack open the chocolate delicacy with a wooden mallett and then dip its delicious contents -- homemade mini churros, fresh pineapple and strawberries -- in Uncle Julio's house-made chocolate ganache and fresh whipped cream. The Chocolate Piñata serves 4-8 people.

The Chocolate Piñata is available now in Uncle Julio’s restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Allen, Alliance, Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Dallas/Keller Springs. 

Uncle Julio’sserves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Guests find memorable dining experiences through a welcoming atmosphere and interactive menu, looking into the open kitchen to see dishes being prepared, or cracking open a Chocolate Piñata. 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 @UncleJulios and Instagram @UncleJuliosMexican.