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In the spirit of giving, EPAM Systems, a leading software development company, has donated specially adapted ride-on cars to eight children who receive services from The Warren Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to children with developmental differences and their families.

This holiday season, these young recipients, each facing unique physical challenges, will experience the thrill of independent movement thanks to the thoughtful donation from EPAM Systems. The adapted toy cars were customized for each child by the therapists at The Warren Center, ensuring a personalized and therapeutic experience.

EPAM Systems, known for its commitment to community outreach, has previously donated adaptable cars to nonprofits in the Houston area. The decision to extend this generosity to families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area reflects the company's dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of children facing physical challenges.

The adaptability of these cars lies in the protective tubing surrounding the back, a user-friendly button on the steering wheel for easy control, and a secure seat belt. Parents also receive a remote control, allowing them to guide the car and ensure the safety of their child. The cars are equipped with lights and a music-playing radio, enhancing the overall experience for the young riders.

Each car was designed in just a few hours. EPAM Systems expresses its hope to continue designing and donating more cars to children at The Warren Center in the future.

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The joyous holiday season was celebrated with fervor as The Warren Center unwrapped the return of its much-loved annual event, Operation Santa. Tailored to cater to the unique needs of children and families facing developmental disabilities, this sensory-friendly celebration proved to be a magical experience for all who attended.

This year's Operation Santa had pulled out all the stops, offering an array of delightful activities such as engaging games, festive crafts, and the chance for little ones to meet the one and only Santa Claus! Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm, the event had been extended to ensure that even more families could partake in the festivities. Thanks to community partners at Credit Union of Texas, which had graciously provided a complimentary lunch for all attendees. Additionally, Dutch Bro's Coffee was on hand to spread warmth with servings of hot cocoa and coffee throughout the day.

Attendees enjoyed an enchanting day as the DFW Avengers made a special appearance, mingling with families and creating picture-perfect moments. With over 500 children and their families in attendance, Operation Santa created lasting memories and spread holiday joy to all who joined in the celebration.

Recognizing the distinctive challenges encountered by the families it supports, where over 70 percent reside beneath Texas' poverty line, The Warren Center's Operation Santa event is dedicated to providing a stress-free holiday experience for these families. The nonprofit has meticulously crafted a safe, sensory-friendly environment, guaranteeing that children with developmental disabilities and their families can thoroughly enjoy the enchantment of the season.

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities is URGENTLY seeking help from the community to bring holiday cheer to children ages birth to three years old. Now through Dec. 8, the nonprofit is seeking generous donors to participate in the Operation Santa Toy Drive. The nonprofit is requesting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children birth to seven-years-old which will be distributed at The Warren Center’s Annual Operation Santa holiday party.

To create a sensory-friendly environment for children with developmental disabilities and their families, The Warren Center hosts the annual Operation Santa to provide donated toys, holiday games, food, and fun for everyone. “At least 70 percent of the families we serve live beneath Texas' poverty line. Without the generosity of our community, many of these children would not receive any gifts for Christmas,” says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. “It can be extremely challenging to shop, wrap and attend holiday festivities while caring for a child with a chronic illness. The Operation Santa holiday event alleviates some of the stress of the holiday season for families who have children with developmental delays and disabilities.”

The Operation Santa event has grown by more than 200 families this year, and the nonprofit needs toys! Toys can be purchased via the nonprofit's Amazon wish list link https://a.co/eUDCokK.  Community members can can drop off new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth to three years old at The Warren Center's Richardson office (320 Custer Rd., Richardson, TX 75080) Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you would like to drop off toys, please contact Brooklyn Blaylock to schedule a date and time. All toys will be collected on December 8, 2023. For more information, please call 972-490-9055 ext. 1425.

 

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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Puttshack, the world’s first and only upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience, will be elevating gameplay to new heights by opening their 11th venue, complete with globally-inspired food & beverage, and unveiling of their brand new game experience, in Addison beginning December 6th.

The new two-story, 32,000 square foot social entertainment venue is Puttshack’s second in Texas, and is located at Village on the Parkway, North Texas’s vibrant open-air shopping destination that houses an exciting mix of entertainment, dining, and retail options. Located at 5100 Belt Line Road in Addison, the newest Puttshack will slot in seamlessly as the go-to option for food and fun in the D/FW metroplex. 

“We're thrilled to bring Puttshack to Village on the Parkway, and as someone with hometown ties to this vibrant market, I'm especially excited about the incredible journey ahead. Puttshack is poised to become a premier destination, offering the perfect setting for happy hours with friends, memorable date nights, late-night adventures, company outings, and family fun. Our unique blend of high-tech mini golf, globally-inspired cuisine, and hand-crafted drinks creates an unparalleled experience. We look forward to welcoming the community and providing a one-of-a-kind, energetic, and hospitable vibe that you won't find anywhere else,” says Logan Powell, CFO of Puttshack.

Addison will officially be the first Puttshack location to offer a never-before-seen, game experience called the Challenge Hole– highlighting Puttshack’s innovation and tech advancements. “We now offer 2 unique tech-infused mini golf experiences for our guests: 9-Hole and Challenge Hole, which offers a dedicated suite equipped with a variety of custom games that we’re thrilled to unveil. The Challenge Hole will allow guests to enjoy the full Puttshack experience, with game play, food and beverage and the high energy environment in one dedicated suite,” says Ben Shepherd, Puttshack’s Chief Information and Technology Officer. Whether guests opt to play a game of 9-Hole at one of Addison’s four custom-made courses, or experience the highly-competitive Challenge Hole, they’ll have the opportunity to enjoy automated scoring, bonus point opportunities, interactive games, and more. 

Combined with the one-of-a-kind gameplay is a thoughtfully-curated culinary experience that is a result of meticulous hands-on research by Puttshack’s experienced food and beverage team. Their globally-inspired menuincludes several nods to local flavors, representative of the Dallas region– including the Texas Tailpipes, Spring rolls filled with green chile pork, bacon fat tamale, Fresno chile & Chihuahua cheese, avocado salsa & poblano cheese dipping sauce, as well as the Chicken & Waffle Flatbread. Puttshack takes great pride in supporting the local communities it calls home, and will be proudly supporting the North Texas Food Bank by donating $1 from every Tailpipe sold at their Addison location.  Also available to Puttshack guests in Addison is a full-service bar serving up craft cocktails, mocktails, and beer, including locally-brewed options.  The blend of these aspects, along with world-class hospitality, results in a dynamic, upscale vibe that is perfect for friends and families of all ages.

Puttshack’s Addison opening showcases rapid momentum to close out 2023, as the company’s U.S. footprint grew from five to 11 locations in 2023 (other locations are in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Scottsdale, and St. Louis, along with four locations in the United Kingdom). 

Puttshack will be open to the public Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Kids are welcome into the venue until 8 p.m., after which it becomes 21+. Sign up for Puttshack Perks before they open to be the first to know when reservations are live, and to receive a free game of mini golf at Puttshack.com/Addison.

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The Magdalen House, a nonprofit organization helping individuals achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles, is pleased to announce that Lisa Kroencke, CEO of The Magdalen House was recently recognized by ALTRUSA Richardson for the “Outstanding Women of Today – Hearts of Service Awards.” This annual award recognizes women who have worked to improve the lives of others in their community. The nomination is a notable recognition of professional achievement, innovation, and outstanding contributions in their chosen careers. Honorees were celebrated at the Annual Outstanding Women of Today Luncheon and Awards Presentation, attended by over 300 community leaders.

"I am deeply honored to be recognized as the Outstanding Women of Today award recipient from Altrusa Richardson," shares Lisa Kroencke, CEO of The Magdalen House. "In 2007, just two months sober, I entered The Magdalen House and never looked back. It is truly humbling to be recognized for my work in helping others achieve sobriety and maintain recovery. I never imagined that my journey would lead me here, but I am grateful for the opportunity to use my experience to make a difference in the lives of others. The Magdalen House gave me a sense of purpose and helped me realize that my sobriety was meant for something greater. Hearing someone thank me for saving their life gives me a high that no drink ever could, and I am honored to continue this work every day."

The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The nonprofit is committed to help individuals achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programs.

One in nine adults suffers from alcohol use disorder. Today, there are over 281,000 alcoholic women in D/FW alone and approximately 367,000 men struggling with alcohol in D/FW. If you’re an alcoholic who can’t stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery. 

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping individuals with alcoholism achieve sobriety and sustain recovery at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic individuals achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities has teamed up with Eclipse Innovative to partner with the Allen Americans professional ice hockey team to support the nonprofit. The Allen Americans face the Kansas City Mavericks this weekend on Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. A percentage of every ticket sold through this link for that night’s game will go to The Warren Center. The Warren Center will have a table at the game and representatives from The Warren Center will drop the puck to start the game. The Warren Center will also receive a portion of proceeds from the Allen Americans’ 50/50 raffle at the game. Fans and supporters can watch the game on CW33. The game takes place at the CUTX Event Center located at 200 E Stacy Rd #1350 in Allen, Texas 75002. 

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities has teamed up with Kendra Scott at Preston Center to host a give back shopping event to kick off the holiday shopping season while supporting a great cause. Holiday shoppers are invited to Kendra Scott Dallas Preston Center for a celebratory evening with sips, sweets and the newest Kendra Scott styles. For each shopper that mentions The Warren Center at check-out on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Kendra Scott will donate 20 percent of the purchase back to The Warren Center. For those unable to attend the event in person, orders may be placed online. Simply visit Kendra Scott's website and use code GIVEBACK-FDIXQ. The code will be good for use beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 15. Please call 469-804-8538 for any questions. Kendra Scott Dallas Preston Center is located at 8383 Preston Centra Plaza suite 160 Dallas, TX 75225.

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Winning Entries Highlight one of the Top Small Marketing Agencies Worldwide

 

The Barber Shop Marketing  was honored with five International Davey Awards, the leading awards competition specifically for smaller agencies,  marking a year of exceptional honors and recognition for one of the fastest-growing marketing and advertising agencies in North Texas.

Coming home with the Gold Award for Public Service-Public Service Brochure on behalf of DFW Airport Customer Service, The Barber Shop Marketing’s Creative Director, David Adkins, celebrates more than fifteen years with the agency and a wall full of awards for his exceptional creative campaigns. In addition to the Gold Award, The Barber Shop Marketing won four Silver Awards for Integrated Campaign-Travel & Tourism for Addison Oktoberfest;

Integrated Campaign-Arts & Entertainment for Wildflower Arts and Music Festival;  Film/Video-Low-Budget for Yo Quiero’s Cowboys Digital Display at AT&T Stadium; and Social Campaigns & Series-Food & Drink featuring Yo Quiero’s Squad Ghouls.

The winners were announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Condé Nast, Disney, GE, Keller Crescent, Microsoft, Monster.com, MTV, Push., Publicis, Sesame Workshops, The Marketing Store, Worktank and Yahoo! and many more.

With nearly 2,000 entries from across the US and around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms, and companies worldwide.

 “The talent displayed by the Entrants into our 19th season has proven to be massive”, said AIVA managing director Lauren Angeloni. “I've come to expect ingenuity and innovation from our small shops and independent creators, but this year is particularly stunning. I want to congratulate all of the honorees for their well-deserved wins. I also would like to extend  sincere thanks to our jurors, who gave so much time and care in their evaluation of each entry.”

Amy Hall, owner of The Barber Shop Marketing, said, “It’s truly an honor for The Davey Awards to recognize the creative ability of our team as well as the innate collaborative spirit we have with our clients at The Barber Shop.  We strive to harness the best creative concepts on behalf of our clients and love to celebrate a shared success.”

 

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Soulman’s Signature Southern Cooking Comes Home for the Holidays

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que brings the holidays home by doing the cooking for you this year. Soulman’s hassle-free holiday menu is available at all 19 North Texas Locations. Those who choose to enjoy the holidays stress-free can pre-order from their award-winning holiday menu that showcases two (2) holiday heat and serve options.

“We know first-hand how the holiday season can be deeply rooted in tradition. At Soulman’s we are committed to cooking our meats low and slow over hickory in our time-honored tradition. For almost 50 years we have used our signature recipes passed down from generation to generation to usher in the holidays, from Thanksgiving through Christmas and beyond.” says Brett Randle, CEO of North Texas-based Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.  “North Texas families and companies come to us year after year to help bring in the holiday feast, whether it be for a big seasonal event or family dinner at home, without having to turn on the oven. This year, we have partnered with King’s Hawaiian to offer the  perfectly sweet flavor and soft fluffy texture that their rolls are known for, in every holiday meal from Soulman’s Bar-B Que.”

This holiday season, North Texans can choose Soulman’s traditional holiday meal, including bone-in hickory-smoked turkey, or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides including cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls, and traditional cranberry sauce. The family meal serves approximately 10-12 people for $179.99. The Soulful Holiday Meal features Soulman’s sliced brisket and sausage with baked mac & cheese, ranch house beans, dinner rolls, and Soulman’s signature Bar-B-Que sauce for $169.99 to serve 10-12 people. For dessert, Soulman’s has homemade buttermilk and pecan pies available to make any holiday meal complete for $19.99.

Orders for Thanksgiving must be received by November 17th and Christmas orders must be received by December 18th.

Soulman’s is also tailoring holiday offerings for savings in two additional ways. They can bundle traditional and soulful holiday meals to feed 20 people for $299.99, saving $50 on the larger holiday gatherings. Guests can add a half-smoked ham or half-boneless smoked turkey to any holiday meal for $49.99. Preorders are required at https://soulmans.com/holiday-menu/.

“Soulman’s Bar-B-Que celebrates the family and friends, tried-and-true traditions, and abundant gratitude for the delicious food that we all enjoy throughout the season. We hope to put more peace of mind and soul back home this holiday season by letting us do the cookin’,” says Randle.

 

About Soulman’s Bar-B-Que

For almost 50 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020).

Soulman’s currently owns and operates 19 North and East Texas locations in Allen, Cedar Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Red Oak, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse City,  Sulphur Springs, Terrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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The Light Park, which opened last weekend in five different Texas locations: Arlington, Frisco, Katy, Selma, and Spring, will be honoring Veterans on November 11th by offering free Blitzen Bundle to every carload who shows a valid Military ID upon entrance. The Blitzen Bundle includes 2 Light Wands, 2 Electric Lemonades, and one bucket of Movie Theater Popcorn (value $29 each).

 “Veteran’s Day honors all who have served in the U.S. armed forces for their sacrifices. With the joy of the holiday season beginning to spread throughout Texas, we want to do what we can to show these servicemen and women our appreciation for all they have done for our country,” says Matt Johnson, Co-Creator of The Light Park.

The Light Park is an immersive, mile-long, drive-thru spectacular that has been heralded as “one of the coolest ways to brighten your holiday season”, where guests witness millions of lights synchronized to an electric mix of music powered by DJ Polar Ice from the North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio station, K-GLO.

purchased online in advance with a reserved show time.

Those interested in learning more or purchasing admission can visit www.thelightpark.com. Cost starts at $29 per vehicle* for pre-purchased tickets, and admission varies per showtime (weekdays and weekends). The Light Park will remain open until January 1, 2024. Visitors must stay in their vehicles the entire time while visiting the park and while on the park property. Guests are encouraged to bring their snacks to enjoy while in their cars, but there are wonderful ways to upgrade your experience with pre-purchased snacks and fun souvenirs to enhance the experience of The Light Park.  

*Please note no vehicles over 30ft will be allowed in the park; this includes limousines, trailers, and buses. 

Runs Daily through January 1, 2024

Mondays - Thursdays: 5:30 - 10:00pm

Fridays - Sundays: 5:30 - 11:00pm

CHRISTMAS WEEK HOURS

Dec 18-25: 5:30-11pm

For more information, visit www.thelightpark.com

 

Where:

Frisco

Riders Field

7300 Rough Riders Trail

Frisco, TX 75034

 

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor Arlington

1800 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006

 

Katy

Typhoon Texas Waterpark Parking Lot

555 Katy Fort Bend Rd

Katy, TX 77494

 

San Antonio

Retama Park Parking Lot

1 Retama Pkwy

Selma, TX 78154

 

Spring

Hurricane Harbor Parking Lot

21300 Interstate 45 N

Spring, TX 77373

 

Prices: $29-$125

 

To Purchase Online: https://www.thelightpark.com/

 

About The Light Park

The Light Park offers five parks in Texas: Spring, Katy, Selma, Arlington, and Frisco. Each Park features more than one million LED animated lights and boasts the world’s largest synchronized LED light tunnel. Open from November 3, 2023, through January 1, 2024, shows start at 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (weekdays), and 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (weekends and Christmas week); visitors can enjoy a safe and unique experience as they drive through the one-mile holiday light show curated to seasonal music.