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Moss Haven Madness Fall Carnival returns on October 25

Moss Haven Madness Returns Oct. 25

Fall event perfect for little "ghouls and boys"; includes plenty of family fun & food your little ones will be "goblin" down

DALLAS, TX - Oct. 15, 2014 - It's going to be Madness!  The Moss Haven Madness Carnival, everyone's favorite fall family event, is back on Oct. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. with an event that will have your little superheroes and fairy princesses jumping for joy.

The Moss Haven Madness Carnival will take place at Moss Haven Elementary, 9202 Moss Farm Lane in Dallas. Everyone is invited (and encouraged to wear costumes!) to this event, which raises funds for the Moss Haven Elementary School PTA to support a variety of school initiatives. The event is open to all families, not just those attending the school.

"Moss Haven Madness is a favorite Lake Highlands tradition that people all over the Dallas area come to enjoy," said Stephanie Stevens, PTA volunteer and co-chair of Moss Haven Madness. "It's the kind of unforgettable family fun that we loved when we were kids!  All families are welcome to come and join the fun."

The highly-anticipated event -- which takes place at Moss Haven Elementary but is open to anyone and everyone -- features kid-friendly games, activities, food and more that make for a great family outing. Activities will include a bounce house, obstacle courses, inflatable slides, Euro Bungee, a zip line, Zorb ball racing and a child-appropriate haunted house. Kids can try their hand at fun carnival games including a cake walk, hockey slap, putt-putt and more. Families can jam to the sounds of a DJ, kids will enjoy candy and mystery grab bags full of trinkets and treasures, and they can also learn about the kid-friendly farm that Moss Haven Elementary school students tend as a way to learn about agriculture, fresh food and more.

Adults and kids alike will enjoy fresh food from their favorite restaurant on wheels, as several of Dallas's favorite food trucks will be at Moss Haven Madness. Got a picky eater?  No worries, as there will be something your little ones will be "goblin" down, along with the adults. At Moss Haven Madness will be food trucks including: BellaTrino Neopolitan Pizzeria & Cucina, Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs and Ruthie's Rolling Cafe. Concessions will also include snow cones and popcorn.

For more information about the event, or to purchase raffle tickets (to win $500  in Northpark Gold) contact Stephanie Stevens at or call    214.402.7646.

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Executive Chef Richard Sipovic at Greenville Bar & Grill


Taste of history combined with menu of something new makes for delectable dining and fun

at Dallas's well-loved landmark


 It is rumored to have one of Dallas's oldest liquor licenses, granted immediately after the end of Prohibition. Decades of fun followed at this Dallas landmark on lower Greenville Ave., and even a well-publicized fire. But while the times and ownership may have changed, the sign never did. The historic sign glows again -- this time over a revived Greenville Bar & Grill. The bar and restaurant dining destination makes its return debut, welcoming Dallas back through its doors to relive favorite memories and make all-new ones.

"We are really excited to shine this landmark up and put it back in its rightful place in Dallas's trophy case," said Shawn Foley, whose card names him as "Chief Bottle Washer," but who is, along with his wife, Stacey, the new ownership responsible for bringing Greenville Bar & Grill back to its original destination. "My dad was in the restaurant business when I was growing up, and I know how valuable a great restaurant can be to a community. Some of my fondest memories are riding in the backseat of the car to visit one of my dad's Taco Tico locations. I also have great memories of Greenville Bar & Grill from my time as a student at SMU. We had to help bring it back to life -- only better."

While the moniker is well-known, diners will find the menu at Greenville Bar & Grill something all-new.  Executive Chef Richard Sipovic (formerly of the Bellagio in Las Vegas and Libertine in Dallas), brings what he calls "low-country Southern" to the menu he developed for lunch and dinner service. Drawing on his love of good country fare (he is a country boy at heart, after all), Sipovic takes the farm-to-table concept and twists it to include a drip of Southern drawl. 

"It's good comfort food that anyone can eat," said Sipovic, about the new lunch and dinner menu, which he describes as being heavily influenced by food from the Ole South. "My philosophy is that it's for everybody.  Everyone should be able to experience this style of food, love it and enjoy it as I do."

Greenville Bar & Grill's menu includes Southern favorites you didn't even know you had -- with a twist that Sipovic's high-end culinary experience brings.  Appetizers -- perfect for sharing -- include Fried Chicken Skins (yes, the skins, the 'verboten' part that is everyone's guilty favorite) with sweet jalapeno glaze, House Made Corn Dogs made by hand, Deviled Eggs and Hand Cranked Sausages. Salads include Local Field Greens with maple-cider vinaigrette, grapes, spiced pecans and bleu cheese; and a Field Bean Salad with black-eyed peas, wild wax beans, purple hull and chorizo, accented by a homemade burnt honey vinaigrette.

Entrees at Greenville Bar & Grill satisfy that need for Southern food goodness, and are available at lunch or dinner.  They include: Half Fried Chicken, served with jalapeno gravy and a lone star biscuit; Shrimp & Grits, with green chile cheddar grits, house sausage and pan jus; a Rabbit Pot Pie with a flaky, buttery crust and cauliflower; Rockfish, with black-eyed pea salad and parsnip puree; and even a 10-oz. Cedar Creek Ribeye, served with shells 'n' cheese.  If guests can manage to save a little space for dessert (or for the late-night drinks-and-dessert fix!), they will find an unbeatable Seasonal Crisp that changes with the fresh fruits Mother Nature makes available at the time (right now, it's a fall favorite:  Apple Crisp); a special root beer Float made with Henry's vanilla ice cream and handcrafted root beer; or even a piped-to-order Funnel Cake, served with bourbon sauce.

When sidling up to the bar like so many Dallasites have done decades before, guests will find a full traditional bar with all the reliable draft beers people come to expect, complemented by a wide selection of American and North Texas craft beers. Greenville Bar & Grill will feature a few import finds, but will center its selection on the best of the local craft beer movement, giving Dallas a chance to taste what's really going on in all those back rooms and basements.

Greenville Bar & Grill is known for having one of the best rooftop terraces on Greenville Ave., where guests will enjoy a full menu and drinks. The restaurant now includes a mezzanine level, in addition to the bottom floor, for a total of 4,000 square feet. The roof or mezzanine can be reserved for corporate events, HOA meetings, wedding receptions or proper Irish wakes.  History comes alive at Greenville Bar & Grill, making for a comfortable, tasteful, high-quality experience for any event.

Greenville Bar & Grill officially opens in its original location, 2817 Greenville Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 23. Lunch and dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is available behind the restaurant , and there is also valet. Greenville Bar & Grill can be reached at (214) 823-8580, online at and can be found on Facebook at

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Left to right Sunil Dharod (Owner of 69 Texas Applebee's Restaurants), Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber and Bob Townsend Richardson Mayor Pro-Tem break ground at the site of the new Richardson Applebee's.


RICHARDSON, TX - - It's proof that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as city leaders joined Applebee's executives to help plant a new seed for Applebee's in Richardson. Ground was just broken for a new Richardson Applebee's store at 125 N. Plano Rd., the first since the popular neighborhood bar and grill opened in the Dallas suburb in 1989. The store will be moving to the new location upon its completion in July.

"The City of Richardson is so happy that Applebee’s is expanding here. We are the first city to host Applebee’s in Texas and are pleased that you chose to stay here. You will be a huge catalyst for activity on this corner," said Richardson Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend, in his remarks at the groundbreaking event.

The new Applebee's will be 4,400 square feet and will feature the new prototype design, with bold colors, a sleek stone facade and a modern aesthetic, as well as 14 flat-screen TVs -- a must for the football-loving Metroplex. This will be the second Applebee's in Texas and the first in DFW to feature the brand's new look. Despite the updates, this new location will feature the traditional core values of the casual dining brand with a focus on providing patrons a family-friendly environment, moderately priced, high-quality food and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a meal out.

"This restaurant is significant, not only because it is replacing the first Applebee’s built in the state of Texas," said Sunil Dharod, owner of 69 Applebee’s restaurants in the Lone Star State, "But also, think about everything that has happened in that restaurant since it opened in the late 1980s -- countless first dates, thousands of celebrations.  We estimate that our team sang 'Happy Birthday' to guests more than 27,000 times in the 25 years the restaurant has proudly served guests. That’s a lot of clapping, candles and cake! We are excited that the new location will allow us to celebrate with the community for decades more."

Applebee's stores and employees are proud to be a cornerstone of the community and to give back. These initiatives include: Flapjack Fundraisers, which allow schools and other worthy neighborhood causes to raise money; Dining to Donate, in which Applebee’s donates up to 15 percent of a participant’s total food bill to the organization of their choice; “A is for Applebee’s,” which honors student achievement in academics, citizenship and more with a free kid’s meal; and the Thank You Movement, which collects messages of appreciation from the public to give to veterans and provides former and current service members with a free meal on Veteran’s Day.

"We are a people-first company," said Dharod. "The Applebee's mantra has always been to be the neighborhood bar and grill where you are comfortable celebrating special moments, having a drink with a friend, or celebrating everyday joys with your family over a fantastic meal."

City leaders in attendance that joined Applebee's team members at the groundbreaking event included: Richardson Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Townsend; Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber; Sue Walker, director, Richardson Chamber; David Morgan, deputy city manager, City of Richardson; Kendal Hartley, councilmember, City of Richardson; and Mark Solomon, councilmember, City of Richardson; as well as ambassadors from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and members of area neighborhood associations.

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The scorecards have been tallied and the big winners are the kids of Moss Haven Elementary. On Saturday, Feb. 22, Moss Haven Elementary PTA hosted its annual fundraising dinner and auction and netted a record amount of funds for the school: $136,514 -- more than has ever been raised for this Lake Highlands public elementary school located in Richardson ISD.

Moss Haven Elementary is known for having strong support from its parents and community.  All funds raised go back into the school to help provide quality education for the students. It's par for the course as funds will tee up support for reading and other instructional specialists, discretionary money for each teacher to use in their classrooms, farm funding, field trips, campus improvement projects, technology upgrades, general staff/teacher support, scholarships to graduating seniors that attended Moss Haven and much more.

The theme of the evening's festivities was Caddyshack. Always famous for its themes (past events have included tributes to reality TV, Boogie Nights and Deep in the Heart of Dallas), this annual fundraiser is always Moss Haven Elementary PTA's largest event of the year.  Attendees came to Royal Oaks Country Club (aka "Bushwood Country Club" for the evening) dressed as their favorite characters from the 1980s cult classic. From Judge Smails to caddy Danny Noonan and the beautiful Lacy Underall -- all made "appearances" at this fundraiser, which was all for the kids but also fun for the adults. Live music entertainment was provided by The Vegas Stars.  (And no, no one stepped on a duck.)

Moss Haven Elementary PTA is particularly proud of its "awesome foursome," the volunteer PTA auction co-chairs who organized and led the event: Lisa Johnson, Ashley Gomez, Kristie Ince, and Kathy Swinney.

Rodney Dangerfield’s character was famously quoted in Caddyshack saying that golf courses and cemeteries were full of dead people.  Moss Haven Elementary PTA proved that support of its children's educations was very much alive and well, even on a golf course!

Moss Haven Elementary is located at 9202 Moss Farm Ln. in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas.  Moss Haven is an elementary school in Richardson Independent School District. 



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Moss Haven Elementary Families Roll Up Sleeves for Successful Day of Service on the Farm


 The calendar says January, but spring has certainly sprung on Moss Haven Elementary’s Farm. In honor of President Obama and the First Lady's National Day of Service, several families from Moss Haven Elementary gathered on the school's farm on Sunday, January 19th, to kick-off the spring season.  Just like the President's belief that everyone has something they can contribute to their community, and that America works best when neighbors help neighbors, students and their families gathered to prepare the farm for spring education and after-school programs. 


The Farm also has the distinction of being an American Heart Association’s Teaching Garden with dedicated crop beds for each class (a total of 21 areas!), a newly landscaped area for flowers and other plants, and a chicken coop inhabited by three beloved hens: Wilma, Betty and Marilyn Monroe (known collectively as "the girls"). Classes are known for growing their own crops and being an active part of the farming process.


On the day of service, kids were seeking out grub worms while tilling the beds for new crops and then quickly taking the grubs to "the girls." Students also placed cabbage grown by third-graders on the Moss Haven Elementary farm into the coop and, by the end of the day, all three hens were enjoying the new greens.  (Who knew hens liked cabbage?)


The Farm was also readied for a 12-gourd Purple Martin housing system recently purchased by the Moss Haven Elementary PTA that will be installed this week.  Purple Martins will migrate to Texas in the coming weeks to feed on their favorite snack, mosquitoes. By providing them a place to stay (in addition to the nice meals!), the local neighborhood and school will benefit from additional protection against the West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.  Encouraging the stay of Purple Martins also helps support the conservation efforts of this largest of the North American Swallows.  The Purple Martin is a bird known for its agile hunting and for eating a variety of winged insects – even right out of the air!


Families dug out old plants, turned up the dirt and brought compost from the always-active compost pile, which is, in part, fueled by the compost materials from the cafeteria. The compost pile needs a proper ratio of carbon-rich materials, or “browns,” and nitrogen-rich materials, or “greens.” Among the brown materials are dried leaves, straw, and wood chips. Nitrogen materials are fresh or green, such as grass clippings and kitchen scraps. The compost materials were added to the beds and landscaping to further create the fertile ground for spring planting.


The Moss Haven Elementary Farm encourages environmental awareness, nutrition and an outdoor learning environment with math, science and reading.  Outdoor gardening provides a unique educational opportunity for students to experience the wonder of the entire food-growth process from seed and soil to our tables at home.


For more information about all of the happenings on and benefits of Moss Haven Elementary’s Farm, please visit!/pages/Moss-Haven-Farm/236272306415557  as well as our blog or contact Kim Aman,


Moss Haven Elementary is located at 9202 Moss Farm Ln. in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas.  Moss Haven is an elementary school in Richardson Independent School District.