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Lewisville Civic Chorale Presents Bach's Lunch May 31st

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/20 21:14:40 (314 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Civic Chorale cordially invites you to their next concert: "Bach's Lunch: Music Scattered around Anna and Johann's Kitchen Table". Artistic Director Lewis Worthington and the Chorale will perform music by JS Bach, Hildegard, Josquin, Binchois, Hassler, Palestrina, Victoria, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, and some surprises along the way.

The concert is Sunday, May 31, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Ln., Lewisville, TX 75077 (corner of Old Orchard Ln. and College). Ticket prices are: Adults $15, Family $30, Senior Citizen $10, Student $5. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door.

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Food Reviews: Zoës Kitchen

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/5/20 21:00:00 (737 reads)

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Zoës Kitchen
4600 SH 121, Suite 120 [Map]

Fast-casual dining is a quickly growing fad in the food industry. In the past eight years, there have been a number of southern-based, fast-casual cafes that have rapidly grown and expanded all throughout the southern United States. Any type of food you can think of from Mexican to Italian has been given the fast-casual treatment; but none have been executed as well as Zoës Kitchen. By providing healthy and freshly southern-tinged Mediterranean dishes, Zoës Kitchen has taken the food industry by storm. Lewisville can now proudly say we host one of these fine establishments.

The level of excitement that I experienced when told I was reviewing the new Zoës was unmeasurable. Throughout my eight-year residence in the Dallas area, I have eaten my way through a host of regional and local chains; but of all of the places I’ve had the pleasure of dining at, none have satisfied me in the way Zoës has. Claiming to be “freshly made” is a common ploy in food marketing, however, Zoës takes pride in preparing each dish from scratch. You could visit five different Zoës Kitchen locations, order the same dish and each plate would have elements that unique to that location. It is this care to the culinary arts that has made them a force to be reckoned with.

Walking into Zoës Castle Hills, I was greeted by the inviting colors of red and yellow. The elegant post-modern decor gives Zoës a visual trait very unique to fast-casual chains. As I approached the counter, my eyes were enticed by the containers of ready-made slaw and salads. Above my head, hung an extensive menu of many Mediterranean inspired dishes ranging from kebabs to Greek salads. I made my selection of Mediterranean chicken, took my order number flag and sat down at a small window-side table, looking out to a cozy outdoor patio. Twelve minutes danced by as I sat at my little table, finishing a small tech-based conversation with a fellow patron-in-waiting. Before we could finish our goodbyes, my food had arrived.

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KTA Deemed Success Despite Weather

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/20 19:25:44 (308 reads)

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The Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums Concert, is an annual event that has over time become a large part of Lewisville’s unique cultural landscape. Every year during spring, hundreds of firefighters from across the country gather in Old Town, to provide a Celtic concerto of drums and bagpipes. KTA’s turnout has met expectations every single year, and despite an unfortunate weather forecast, this year was no different.

Without tradition, we would all be exact copies of tissue and water. The traditions passed down from each region of our ancestry, define us as individuals. That importance is one that remains today, on a larger scale which is largely thanks to events such as KTA. By providing the community with an annual cultural event that is free to the public, KTA has lived up to their name.

This year's KTA was held Friday, May 8th. Prior to the event, many were worried about the then approaching storm. LFD had announced earlier that day, processions would still continue as scheduled despite high chance of rainfall, however had moved back the time of the event from 7:00PM to 6:30PM. This year, 100 of honor guard attendees, drummers, and pipers representing 1 of 65 different agencies from around the country gathered to participate in the event, two of which traveled from Washington state and New Hampshire.

An estimated 700 citizens gathered in front of City Hall to witness the concert, despite overcast clouds looming above. Spirits were high as droves of attendees stood in line to partake in the concessions provided by Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse, whose line was only rivaled by the beer counter they also provided. Also on site were Fletcher’s, providing their widely loved state fair corn dogs and funnel cakes.

Ceremonies kicked off with a 45 minute performance by Dallas area natives The Kildares, providing a fitting blend of Celtic Folk and Rock that set an energetic mood for the evening. Following the dance filled opening, was the main event. The crowd was silent as all 65 present agencies played solemn and regal celtic folk arrangements with impressive skill. The crowd stood still with pleased awe stricken faces as each agency showcased their years of dedication and study of their craft.

Despite a lower estimated attendance than last year due to the weather, KTA 2015 was considered a success. Food and beer sales were brisk, according to event organizers, and overall reception of the event was high. In the end, the event was a perfect last hurrah before a week filled with natural disasters and flooding scares.

Bagpipes and drum corps on the steps of Lewisville City Hall creates goosebumps and giddy smiles for us at LTJ. We love this event, and are proud it happens here in Lewisville. Thank you for this Lewisville Fire Department Pipes and Drums and Lewisville Staff for this incredible experience.The Keeping Tradition Alive jam session is ALWAYS a winning bet for an evening of great family fun and fantastic entertainment. Hope to see you next year!

Posted by The Lewisville Texan Journal on Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Letters: Don't Touch the Hazlewood Act; Protect Texas Veterans' Tuition Benefits

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/19 22:38:00 (336 reads)

Texas Senator and retired Army Officer, Brian Birdwell introduced, and passed through the senate, SB 1735 which is scheduled to reform the Texas Veterans Hazlewood Act (Legacy provision) which allows veterans to pass on up to 120 credit hours to a dependent.

“The Hazlewood program is quickly becoming unviable, and soon, its benefits will be too costly to provide even to the veteran—not just his or her dependent,” said Birdwell. “I can think of few things that would be as tragically shortsighted as ignoring the simple facts that foretell the long-term unsustainability of this program, and that’s why the Legislature had to act.”

If it passes, a veteran would be required to have served in the military six years before being allowed to pass on the tuition benefit to a dependent. Currently, the requirement is to serve on active duty for 180 days.

Six years is simply way too long for a combat or disabled veteran with service connected injuries. These particular veterans are normally the “boots on the ground” who are enlisted men and women just trying to survive and provide for their families. It’s not like they are retired Army officers with a nice retirement check plus a VA pension like Senator Birdwell!

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Update on our Hydrologic Abundance

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/17 11:10:00 (296 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowThat was a heck of a storm last night, wasn't it? I think our house shook for 10 seconds on one of those loud thunderclaps.

This morning, the Corps of Engineers turned the spigot way down on releases from the lake, due to heavy rainfall downstream, and waterways already at or over floodstage. As you can see on the radar-based rain map from last night, most of southeastern Denton County got at least an inch of rain.

But Dallas county (downstream) got much more. The flood gauge of concern closest to us is the Elm Fork Trinity near Carrollton. Flood stage there is 8 feet, and this morning it shot up from right at that level to its current 8.98 feet.

The Elm Fork Trinity near SH 121 was flowing near 6,000 CFS last night, and has dropped down near 4,500 CFS so far, losing over 3 feet.

Meanwhile, as you would expect with all this rain, the lake has gone on the rise again, picking up another 2.4 inches since midnight. Ray Roberts Lake has also cut back its releases to 983 CFS.

The forecast today calls for a 40% chance of rain today, and 60% chance tonight. The forecast for the entire week includes rain chances at 30% or better.
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Max Baca & Los TexManiacs Play Lewisville May 23

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/15 21:20:00 (245 reads)

Open in new windowGrammy-winning Max Baca & Los TexManiacs will take the stage Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m., as the fifth act of the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series.

The show will be held in the Performance Hall of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at

Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $10 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. Current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.

Founded by Max Baca (bajo sexton, vocals), the TexManiacs ( are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone from his father’s family conjunto, Flaco Jinenez, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones. Max and the band were awarded a Grammy for their album Borders Y Bailes (Smithsonian Folkways) in 2009.

Here's a video of Los Texmaniacs playing the Library of Congress. Fast-forward to 6:39 or so for the music.

Note: There is room in the performance hall, and dancing in front of the stage is encouraged!

The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music.

The last of the 2015 Texas Tunes performances will be Colin Gilmore on June 13.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is the premier public arts facility in Southern Denton County. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

For details about upcoming events, please visit or call 972.219.8446.

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April Housing Report for Lewisville Area

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Posted by metrotex on 2015/5/15 11:14:58 (321 reads)
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Open in new windowThe MetroTex Association of Realtors today released Southeast Denton County home sales figures for the month of April. MetroTex President Steve Habgood acknowledged Southeast Denton County’s continued demand for more housing inventory.

“Homeowners in the greater Lewisville area on average can expect strong sale prices to continue as the number of available homes in the area is low and there are a lot of active buyers in the market,” said Habgood. “The housing inventory in Southeast Denton County is estimated to be at 1.7 months.”

Less than six months inventory is considered to be a sellers’ market by the industry.

Other highlights of the MetroTex report include:
• The average April sales price in Southeast Denton County was $321,629, an increase of 10% over the same time last year.
• Average Days on Market was 33.
• The number of available homes on the market in April was 634, compared to 660 in April 2014.
• The average price per square foot in Southeast Denton County increased from $107 in April 2014 to $117 in April 2015, reflecting a 9% increase.
• There were 400 home sales in April, a 4% increase over last year.

“Southeast Denton County is part of the nation’s most active housing market, and sellers are finding that they are getting very close to asking price when they align with current market data,” said Habgood. “In Southeast Denton County, homes listed with a REALTOR® are fetching 99% of asking price on average.”

MLS data provided in the report was gathered from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS).

MetroTex represents more than 15,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. MetroTex is the largest REALTOR® member association in East Texas representing the entire region. Established in 1917, MetroTex is an advocate for the real estate industry and private property rights. For more information, visit us online at

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Seventh Annual Denton County Women Leading Business Conference and Expo

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Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2015/5/15 6:40:00 (252 reads)

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What is Your Super Power?

That’s the question that was asked of the audience during the Seventh Annual Denton County Women Leading Business Conference and Expo on Friday, May 8, 2015. Hosted by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, the event drew 120 participants, all eager to listen to fascinating speakers, connect with like-minded business women, and take back to their respective companies a new knowledge and excitement that they gained during the conference. Hopefully, that included discovering their own very special super power.

The event began with morning keynote speaker, CJ Legare, a new Texan who spoke on, “The Business of Being a Girl.” She entertained the audience with tales of her adventurously rebellious youth, successful but unsatisfying early 20’s, and ultimately finding joy in an uplifting ideal and ultimately a website developed by Legare called Functional Girl, “...a website rooted in the idea that living a good life isn’t a luxury, but a boldly purposeful commitment to yourself.” Hers was a captivating and entertaining commentary on how women tend to look to someone else to tell them how they should feel about themselves; she was here to tell the audience that they are looking in the wrong places. Be your own superhero, and uplift other women to be superheroes themselves.

Breakout sessions included:
“Run Your Own Race: Becoming the Woman You were Designed to Be”
-Lisa Burkhardt Worley
An empowering session that offered tips on how to help you live “in your sweet spot, whether in business, or in everyday life.” (Conference program, pg. 8)

“Social Insights for a Better Brand”
-Nicole Recker
Full of information about the do’s and don’t’s of social media for your business branding. A fantastic session for those that are interested in their business’ social media presence and brand.

“Public Speaking with Super Human Qualities”
-Adine Zornow
A great session geared to help educate the audience about public speaking and ways to relieve stage fright.

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Lewisville Chamber Welcomes Pie Five

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/5/14 7:40:10 (588 reads)

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Lewisville is a city that loves it’s food. The relationships the fine citizens of this humble metropolis share with their favorite culinary institutions are ones that are held on equal ground of personal friendships. While local mom and pop establishments are held at higher regard, there are those national and regional chains that also give that personal attention and quality food that people come to expect, Pie Five is one those establishments.

Despite the recent spate of bad weather, spirits were high at this Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for Lewisville’s first Pie Five location. Lewisville Chamber of Commerce President, Ray Hernandez, was the master of ceremony present with staff, chamber board, and City Councilman Leroy Vaughn to induct Pie Five as its newest member.

”We are honored that this business has stepped forward by investing in a leadership position within our community as a member of the Lewisville Area Chamber” Hernandez announced, as his opening statement. “ In less than eight hours, we have had over 3,600 impressions on our Facebook page regarding the event, proving that the excitement of this venture extends beyond this room” added Hernandez.

The sheer looks of enthusiasm and excitement upon all the involved parties during the ribbon cutting, were as genuine as the sun beaming down upon the proceedings, peeking through the previously overcast skyline. “We could not be more excited about the future of business in this area and servicing this community” said Adam Schmidt, National Marketing Manager for Pie Five Pizza Co, following the ceremony.

The good vibes only increased when festivities were moved inside for a celebratory lunch. The small team of dedicated employees worked diligently and with haste, to provide the fresh, line driven custom made-to-order pan pizzas to the excited crowd of chamber members and city officials. After dining on the perfectly cooked personal pies, everyone made their formal goodbyes as a flow of eager and hungry citizens slowly made their way inside to try Lewisville’s latest fast-casual dining experience.

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Wednesday Briefs

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/13 0:12:48 (447 reads)

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Open in new windowPolice Canine Immo Retired
On Monday, May 4th, the Lewisville Police Department said goodbye to a valuable member of the department. Canine “Immo” retired after almost six years of service to the department. During his career, he assisted in locating over 5,000 pounds of marihuana, 109 kilos of cocaine, 29 kilos of methamphetamine and over $100,000. He was also responsible for 64 suspect apprehensions. Canine Officer Shane Menz will keep “Immo” as a family pet.

In this photo, Immo went after Asst. Chief Jay Powell's arm, as Officer Menz egged him on for a demonstration for the City Council earlier this year.

Open in new windowLewisville Storm Not a Tornado
A crew surveyed damage from NW Tarrant County into the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas from the early Sunday morning (May 10th) storms. They have determined straight line winds caused the damage in the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas with winds up to 85 mph at times. Crews are out surveying Grayson County at this time from the storms Sunday afternoon. - From the National Weather Service

Diner Reopened, Fundraisers Started
The Mill Street Diner, which was damaged Sunday morning in the storm, has reopened. This Friday night at 7 p.m. Canuck’s bar is hosting a fundraiser for Mill Street Diner and their employees who were affected by the storms. The fundraiser will feature a dart tournament, 50/50 & raffle items. Metric Motors, which had its roof removed by the storm, was not insured. A GoFundMe campaign was started on their behalf by a long-time customer of theirs. So far, it has raised $960.

Open in new windowMore Rain in the Forecast
A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday. Any additional rainfall could quickly re-aggravate flooding issues. An interlude with only scattered showers and thunderstorms will follow on Thursday and Friday before widespread showers and thunderstorms return this weekend. Severe weather will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening with heavy rainfall into Sunday. - From the National Weather Service

Open in new windowLewisville Lake Rise Slows, Corps of Engineers Releases Water
Lewisville Lake slowed its rise on Tuesday, and appears to be leveling off around 528.5, as of Tuesday night. This level is about 6.5 feet above conservation pool, and constitutes 59% of the flood pool. If the lake rises to 532 feet, it will begin to flow over the floodway.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has begun to release water at a controlled rate from the flood pools at Lewisville, Lavon and Ray Roberts Lakes to provide the maximum capacity for flood risk management requirements. Releases from the lakes are made to allow the area to hold flood waters during future flooding events.

“Our lakes and dams are functioning as designed and we will continue to monitor and coordinate with our stakeholders to ensure the safe operation of our projects,” said Fort Worth District Acting Commander, Lt. Col. Clay Morgan.

Current releases from Lewisville Lake are at 3,400 cubic feet per second; Lavon Lake at 4,000 cfs, and Ray Roberts at 2,000 cfs. Releases are carefully monitored and are increased or decreased depending on channel capacity, control point elevations/flow and established flows within operation guidelines. Each flood risk management lake has operations guidelines that establish the conservation and flood pool elevations. The Trinity River Basin reservoir lake levels and corresponding authorized operating pools may be reviewed

You can see lake levels here.

Open in new windowFlood Warning for Carrollton
Just downstream from Lewisville on the Elm Fork, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Carrollton, where water is expected to crest at 8 feet - right at flood stage, which is expected to make some minor flooding. They believe it will reach that level by Thursday morning at 7 a.m. Various other areas of the Trinity River are flooded downstream of the DFW area as well. We sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating to use caution when traveling near creeks, rivers, and streams that are flooded. When water covers a roadway, turn around and use another route.

Amatuer Radio Association Hosting Antenna Build
The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association (LARA) is having a J-Pole antenna build this Saturday at 8 a.m. at LL Woods Park, 1400 Arbour Way, in Lewisville. Cost is $20. For more information about the event, visit this website. LARA’s purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, promote the radio "art", help spread the amateur radio hobby to others, and conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community. For more information about the club, visit their website at, or join them on the W5FKN repeater at 145.170 with a pl tone of 110.9. The group meets each Saturday at 8 a.m. at Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern.

Open in new windowNightly Rolling Closures of Southbound Interstate35E Entrance and Exit Ramps in Lewisville
The southbound I-35E Fox Avenue exit ramp and the FM 1171/Main Street entrance ramp will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 11 through Saturday, May 16.

Detours are as follows:
· Southbound I-35E traffic wishing to access Fox Avenue: Traffic will exit at FM 1171/ Main Street and continue south on the frontage road to Fox Avenue.
· Access to southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street: Traffic will continue south on the frontage road to the I-35E entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.

Republicans to Discuss Net Neutrality
The controversial subject of net neutrality will be the topic of the Thursday, May 21, 2015 monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party. Tom Giovanetti, President of the Lewisville-based Institute for Policy Innovation will be the keynote speaker. Giovanetti advocates against government regulation of network neutrality.

The DCRP meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208.

Democrats to Host Afternoon Tea
The Denton County Democratic Party will host an Afternoon Tea with Democrats on Saturday May 30th at 4 p.m. at The Chestnut Tree in Denton, located on the Denton Square. Afternoon Tea will be served with multiple courses of desserts. Reservations are available by mail or in person at the DCDP office: 1421 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201, and should be made by May 27th. Tickets start at $35, and can also be purchased online.

PediPlace Offering Free Sports Physicals Saturday
PediPlace kids health clinic is offering free sports physicals for kids on Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 502 S. Old Orchard Ln., #126, Lewisville. For more information, call 972-436-7962 or visit their website.

Open in new windowGroup Pondering Plans for 50th Anniversary of Texas International Pop Fest
A group of Lewisville residents calling themselves “Deja Two” is interested in planning for the 2019 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Pop Festival, which was held in Lewisville on Labor Day in 1969. The group has discussed putting on a festival of its own somewhere in Lewisville, and is seeking interested individuals who might be willing to help plan, promote, and execute such an event. For more information, please contact Jack Ablon at or call 972-459-1166.

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