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Upcoming Event s Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/14 7:50:00 (133 reads)

Open in new windowAs per usual, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

Saturday, August 22 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association HF Day
August 22nd: @ LL Woods Park 1000 Arbour Way Lewisville, TX 75067 From 8 AM until 1 PM. All club members are invited to bring their GO Boxes and show us how you go mobile. If you're interested in HF Radio, this will be a great opportunity to see some of the equipment our members have.

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Tuesday, August 25 - HealthyU "Healthy Hour" Program
In effort to support a healthy lifestyle, the Medical Center of Lewisville has launched this monthly program; with this month's topic being "pediatrics/back to school." Each event will begin at 6 p.m. at MCL Grand 100 N. Charles Lewisville, Texas 75057 and will last an hour with snacks provided and a door prizes will be given at the end of the night. Registration is required, you may register at and bring up to five guests.

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Saturday, August 29 - Midnight Full Moon Tour
Join Gateway Ghost Tours on Saturday August 29 for a very special Midnight Full Moon Tour. The tour starts at 11:45 p.m. and will meet at Tierney's Cafe, 208 E. Main Street. The cost is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. If you have already been on a tour or are a first timer, when the sun sets on the sleepy little town of Lewisville, Texas you are in for an over the top boost of your adrenaline with the Midnight Full Moon Tour! When the hands of the city hall clock line straight up then all bets are off. Be sure and bring your camera and make sure the battery on your cell phone is fully charged to capture what happens after midnight. Ghost Tours will provide you with the tools of the psychic such as the divining rods and pendulums to tap into the paranormal energies in Old Town. Also available will be ghost meters for the real ghost adventurer in you as well!

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Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6 - Labor Day Rodeo
The City of Lewisville and The Saddle Club have joined forces yet again to bring the annual Labor Day Rodeo including bare back bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, a women's breakaway roping, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and women's barrel racing. The rodeo will be held nightly at the Lewisville Rodeo Grounds, 101 Parkway Drive Lewisville, Texas 75057, from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., with tickets for admission being $10 per adult and $5 per child, and is free for active military, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Monday, September 7 - N.W.A's DJ Yella and Lil Eazy E Live at Hat Tricks
This Labor Day, Hat Tricks brings hip hop legend DJ Yella to Lewisville! Yella’s innovative G-Funk production discography covers a vast collection of late 80’s and early 90’s west coat hip-hop that includes artist like J.J.Fad and The D.O.C. Joining Yella on stage witll be Lil Eazy E, the legendary rapper’s eldest son and succesor who also helms the present day Ruthless Records. Tickets are on sale as of August 15 for $20. For more information visit

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Saturday, September 10 - Keep Lewisville Beautiful Keyhole Gardening Class
Each month Keep Lewisville Beautiful holds a FREE Gardening class at the Lewisville Public Library (1197 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas 75067 in the community room) from 6-8 p.m. For more information about upcoming classes, to register your seat, or to volunteer as a speaker, please email or call 972.538.5949.

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Friday, September 25 - Saturday, September 26 Lewisville Western Days
Lewisville Western Days will have entertainment for all ages from live music, parades, to children's playground starting 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, ending at 11:30 p.m. both nights. For Free admission tickets, go to The tickets are only accepted until 7 p.m., after which it is $10 per person; children under 10 are free. For the children, there is the Kid Kountry Playground. A wristband can be purchased for $12 that will allow for play on both days of the festival! There will also be a large variety of live music including Lynyrd Skynyrd on Friday night. The Cattle Drive Parade will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday traveling one mile starting at Cowen St. east on Main St. to Mill St., then south to Purnell Support Center. Valet parking is available for $10 per vehicle starting 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the CCA, cash only. Public parking on Elm St., Kealy St., College St., Lewisville Special Services Offices, LISD Offices, DCTA Old Town and DCTA Hebron Station. Entrance gates are located at Poydrons Plaza South, Mill and Elm St., Main St. and Kealy St., Charles St., and Walers St., Church St. and Herod, and Main St. and Milton St.

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Visual Arts League of Lewisville Fresh Ideas 2015: A Critical View

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/13 22:00:00 (236 reads)

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By Philip Moulard

The wide collection of photographs, sculptures and paintings by local artists at this year’s Visual Arts League of Lewisville Fresh Ideas exhibit made for a very difficult job for the contest’s judge, local artist Diane Reeder Dorn. After a month of being open to the public at the MCL Grand, the exhibit is now closed and winners have been chosen.

Joyce Landry’s “Cheval de Cavalia” took the first place spot. Using ink and pastel, the side profile homage to equestrian arts was a sight to see. Landry’s approach invokes a sense of baroqueness, and her use of the abstract drip technique has led to very impressive results.

Irma Murray’s colored pencil drawing “Do Not Disturb”, depicting a large sleeping lion in a somber state, took second place. The detail presented in the piece was made all the more impressive when considering the medium used to create it.

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Food Reviews: Pita Houzz

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/13 20:31:44 (573 reads)

By Philip Moulard

Pita Houzz
The Marketplace at Highland Village, 3090 FM407 #330, Highland Village, TX 75077
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Mediterranean food is a popular form of cuisine due to its complex herbal flavors and simply prepared dishes. A gyro sandwich, while basic in nature, contains many ingredients that make the convenient package a small wonder. Pita Houzz in Highland Village takes the simple-yet-deep approach of the cuisine and applies it to a contemporary dining experience.

The menu style at Pita Houzz reminds one of Chipotle, from the large step-by-step instructions to the pricing and layout. Pita Houz takes Chipotle’s successful formula and applies it to Mediterranean cuisine. This gives the restaurant a familiar and welcoming feel for those unaccustomed to Greek or Lebanese food.

A very informative and accommodating gentleman named Q rang up my reasonably priced $9.00 plate and I made my way to a large picnic table. As I selected ingredients for my gyro wrap, I was drawn to the detail and freshness put into even the most basic items. The tzatziki sauce, for example, had large sprigs of dill and the falafel was fluffy and cake-like in appearance.

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ERCOT Issues Conervation Alert

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by Runfellow on 2015/8/13 16:40:00 (209 reads)

From staff reports

Open in new windowThe Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), primary grid operator for most of Texas, has announced a Conservation Alert and is asking electric consumers to reduce electric use within reason during the 3–7 p.m. peak demand hours today.

"Although we set new peak demand records without needing to issue a conservation alert during the past week, the high temperatures statewide continue to drive high levels of electricity use," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of system operations. “Generation units on the system have been working hard to keep up with recent demands,” Woodfin said. “Some of them have experienced outages today, contributing to tighter conditions."

The ERCOT system has hit many demand records in recent weeks, most recently reaching 69,783 MW on Monday, August 10. Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving today’s power needs by turning their thermostat up 2–3 degrees during peak of 3 to 7 p.m, turning up thermostats while away from home, using fans, rescheduling pool pump at early morning or late night hours, limiting large appliance use. and closing blinds and drapes during the late afternoon

"We are working to maintain overall reliability during this high-demand period," said Woodfin. "Voluntary conservation can help us reduce the potential for additional measures, such as rotating outages, to ensure reliability throughout the ERCOT grid."

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Council Passes Budget, Leaves Tax Rates Static

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/11 13:20:00 (431 reads)

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In workshop session earlier this month, the Lewisville City Council approved a $389 million budget for the 2015/16 fiscal year, which begins October 1st.

Tax Rates Flat, But Revenues Increase
The budget leaves the property tax rate untouched at $0.436086 per $100 valuation. The largest component of the budget is the General Fund, at $74 million. Property tax and sales taxes each make up about a third of that budget.

Single family homes constitute about 34% of the tax base, with multi-family accounting for 15%. Commercial real estate constitutes 25% of the tax base, and business personal property is 16%.

The average single-family home value increased this year by 7.6% to $180,132, for an average property tax bill of $785.53 from the City of Lewisville. That average homeowner would pay $55.22 more per year.

The net effect of the increased property values plus new construction will pump an additional $1.9 million into the city’s coffers.

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Bids Needed for Construction of New Middle School

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/11 10:30:00 (633 reads)

Construction Inc.

Announcement for Bids:
1010 Bellaire Blvd.
Lewisville, TX 75067

New ground-up construction of a 2-Story Academic building
All trades are needed for this 33,437 SF project:
Dirt Work, Utilities, Concrete, Structural, Framing, Masonry, Roofing, Carpentry, Drywall, Acoustic Ceilings, Insulation, Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Flooring, Millwork, Kitchen Equipment, Elevator, and more.

Drawings and specifications are available here.

Bid date is Thursday 8/20/15 at 4:00 pm
Submit bids to:Marcon Construction, Inc.

If bidding more than one Bid Package please submit separate bid for each package.

If you have questions call or email
Mike Villalobos, P.E.

4407 Beltwood Pkwy. North, #102 Dallas, TX 75244 * 214 208-6304 *


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Ozone Action Day in North Texas

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/10 9:20:00 (635 reads)

Open in new windowMonday, the combination of low winds and high temperature will possibly create ozone levels in the air that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. It is an ozone action day. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. You can help out by doing your best to reduce pollution today. You can find some tips here.

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Pedi Place Clinic to Provide Free School Sports Physicals

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/8 5:30:21 (738 reads)

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By Philip Moulard

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, PediPlace, a not-for-profit pediatric primary care clinic, will provide free sports physicals for children entering 7th-12th grade between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at our Dallas / Richardson clinic location. PediPlace is located in the Spring Creek Village Shopping Center, 7989 Beltline Rd., Dallas, 75248. This is a walk-in event. Families should arrive before noon to be accommodated. Patient Services Staff will be available at the conclusion of your visit to schedule follow-up appointments. Families should direct questions to 214-420-8008.

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TEA Publishes Accountability Ratings for LISD, Local Schools

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by Runfellow on 2015/8/7 15:30:00 (1901 reads)

By Brandon Cooper

Open in new windowThe Texas Education Agency (TEA) has published its 2015 final accountability ratings for each school and district in the state, including Lewisville ISD and charter schools in the area.

A complete list of all LISD campus ratings can be viewed here. Three schools in the district did not meet standards, rating as "Improvement Required": Central Elementary, Lakeland Elementary, and Lewisville Elementary. All three schools are located in Lewisville. Last year, Central and Lewisville Elementary schools received the "improvement required" label; however, Parkway Elementary, Hedrick Elementary, College Street Elementary, and the Lillie J Jackson Early Childhood Center all met standards in 2015 after not doing so in 2014.

Regarding charter schools in the area, most schools met standards. Texas College Preparatory Academies, which operates Founders and Quest charter schools in the area, had most of its campuses meeting standards. The Education Center in Lewisville, however, did not. Winfree Academy, a charter school that has drawn negative attention from the TEA in the past, met "alternative" standards, typically reserved for schools with special circumstances or populations.

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DCTA to Hold Public Forums to Improve Highland Village, Lewisville Bus Services

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/7 10:54:24 (926 reads)

By Philip Moulard

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The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) announced Wednesday that they will conduct a complete review of their Connect and Connect RSVP bus services in Highland Village and Lewisville. The agency will host open house meetings to introduce its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and to discuss strategic planning, research and key findings from the analysis in an open forum.

The forum will provide the public with a short presentation about the COA and give the communities involved the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the DCTA staff.

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