Thursday May 7, 2015, marked the opening of Jordan Grimes’ ‘Nature’s Embrace’ , presented by the Lewisville Visual Arts League. The fully extensive gallery features a large collection of both paintings, sculptures, and sketches, housed at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. The gallery was Grimes’ prize for winning the 2014 Fresh Ideas Juried Exhibit and is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grimes, a 28 year old resident of Shady Shores, Texas, spent his entire life growing up and working on a 5th generation organic farm. Grimes’ ancestor, Cynthia Ann Parker, was a small Texan girl captured at the age of 9 by a Comanche war party. Parker spent 24 years of her life assimilated into the tribe, eventually giving birth to Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanche tribe. The story of Parker was told throughout Grimes’ life and had a significant impact on him from a very early age. Throughout his youth, Grimes spent his free time drawing figures using aspects of nature like leaves and plant parts. As time passed, Grimes’ love of the natural world around him grew, leading him to the creation of these magnificent sculptures.
Nature’s Embrace is a loving homage to Native American culture, and their historic bond with nature. Taking the human form and manifesting it inside whole, untreated pieces of wood, Grimes has created organic and hauntingly beautiful pieces that cover a wide range of emotional representation. With nearly 90 pieces of art ranging from sculptures to sketches, Grimes exhibit showcases an unprecedented connection to his heritage and artistic expression that truly must be seen to be understood.
As a result of the recent severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding, President Obama has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that includes Denton County. This means federal disaster assistance might be available for Lewisville residents and businesses that experienced damages or losses due to these recent storms or floods.
Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rent, temporary housing and home repairs, as well as other serious disaster-related needs. Additionally, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration might be available. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans and grants generally cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and are not intended to duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Residents and business owners should apply right away and not wait for insurance claims to settle. Those who experienced storm damage should register with Federal Emergency Management Administration, even those with insurance, because while FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, any under-insured applicants may receive help after insurance claims have been settled.
Lewisville Police Department is offering free gun locks during June to encourage safe and secure firearm storage. Thanks to a generous donation of gun locks from Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, the department is able to provide these gun locks to Lewisville residents at no cost while supplies last.
In recognition of National Safety Month – promoted each June by the National Safety Council to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths – the Lewisville Police Department reminds citizens about the importance of proper gun usage and storage. It is important to remember that these rules are not just for National Safety Month. They apply year round.
Regarding proper usage, the National Rifle Association teaches three fundamental rules for gun owners: 1) Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, 2) Always keep your finger off the trigger, and 3) Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Another important aspect of gun safety is the proper storage of firearms. Guns placed in drawers, closets, desks, cabinets, or other unlocked, accessible places are simply not secure. For proper storage always use a personal safe or single gun lock box with a trigger lock placed on the unloaded firearm for an added layer of protection. Proper storage can help prevent a child or unauthorized person from accessing a loaded firearm.
In Texas, “making a firearm accessible to a child” is a criminal offense. A person commits this offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person, with criminal negligence, failed to secure the firearm or left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor unless the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person. Under those circumstances, this offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
Lewisville High School won its first One-Act Play state championship on May 28, placing first among eight schools that reached the University Interscholastic League Class 6A finals held in Austin on the campus of The University of Texas.
In addition to winning the overall championship as a company, Lewisville garnered four individual acting awards. Senior Joshua Wallace was named Best Actor for the third time this spring, and also received the prestigious Samuel French Award as the top overall performer in the competition. Senior Adrienne Lee was named to the All-Star Cast, and senior Julian Johnson and junior Desirae Rubio were named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.
“This experience has been incredible,” said Brad Durio, in his first year as head theater director at LHS and his fifth time overall to take a team to the state competition. “These students went to Austin to tell a beautiful story and did just that. The performances were honest and true. This company will forever hold a special place in my heart.”
The LHS company advanced through five qualifying competitions since March to reach the state finals, including the Region I contest in Arlington in late April. It marked the first time Lewisville had reached the state level in One-Act Play since 1991.
UIL started holding the One-Act Play championship in 1927. During a One-Act Play competition, student theater companies have seven minutes to place technical equipment and set/props, 40 minutes to perform, and seven minutes to strike the set. Exceeding those times disqualifies the company from judging.
Lewisville’s contest entry featured scenes from “The African Company Presents Richard III” by playwright Carlyle Brown. It is a dramatic retelling of a little-known event in 1821 in New York City – 40 years before the end of slavery in the U.S. and 50 years before black Americans earned the right to vote. The first black theatrical company in the country, the African Company of New York, was putting on plays in a downtown Manhattan theater to mixed-race audiences, but faced significant obstacles and even violent opposition.
The LHS cast included (in order of appearance) Tallon Coxe (Stephen Price), Adrienne Lee (Sarah), Desirae Rubio (Ann Johnson), Joshua Wallace (James Hewlett), Julian Johnson (Papa Shakespeare), Andreon Watson (William Henry Brown), Nate Courtney (The Constable-Man), and ensemble members McKenzie Cloud, Destinee Gines, Mae Adela Reiland and Philip Robinson.
Technical crew members were Keegan Brown, Marily Gonzalez, Kalee Grimsley, Macy Kunke and Nicole Smalls. Company alternates were Nicole Renteria, Rachel Millaway and Ruby Adame.
Faculty directors are Durio, Laura McNary, Wendi Brozek and Wendy Barrett.
Lewisville Public Library has announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and Comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.
Lewisville cardholders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.
“We’re always exploring new services that enrich lives, expand minds, and strengthen our diverse community,” said Charissa Stewart, Technical Services Librarian at Lewisville Public Library. “With hoopla digital, we are able to do that in a more impactful way than before. The service grants our cardholders ease of access to dynamic materials, while eliminating the waiting period. They only need their library card to stay connected and can access this content via the hoopla app or web site – free of charge, and hoopla digital’s automatic return also means no late fees.”
Lewisville Public Library is the 14th library system in the state of Texas to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include Denton Public Library, Frisco Public Library, Farmers Branch Manske Library, Hurst Public Library, San Antonio Public Library, Houston Public Library, and BiblioTech digital library.
“With hoopla digital, it is our mission to empower the evolution of public libraries while helping them to meet the needs of the mobile generation. We’ve worked for years to create a best-in-breed service that is fun, fast and reliable. And we continue to secure content deals to expand our offering of popular and niche movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and comics,” said Jeff Jankowski, founder and owner of hoopla digital.
A category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, hoopla digital patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at hoopladigital.com. It is service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 25 years.
For more information about Hoopla, please contact 800.875.2785. For more information about the Lewisville Public Library, including how to obtain a library card, call 972-219-3570.
A life size remote-controlled R2-D2 robot roams the festival, humoring fans.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur
The Texas Comic Fest was held Saturday at the Premier Events Center in Lewisville, bringing pop culture fans from around the area. Many visitors dressed up in their favorite costumes and came to browse vendors and buy comics, toys, and art from others. Artists and fans alike walked around the event space, talking with others and seeing popular attractions.
The Star Wars section gathered much attention, with numerous people dressing up as Storm Troopers, Boba Fett, and other Star Wars characters taking pictures with the visitors. Another feature was a life size, remote control R2-D2 robot, which roamed around the facility, humoring guests. In addition, guests could see the art of Ron Brewer, an art fan whose passion is drawing. At Brewer’s table, anyone could see his partially pencil drawn picture of numerous Star Wars characters. He explained that he videotapes himself drawing his art, and posts to Facebook and YouTube where supporters can follow along.
Further, enthusiasts from other hobbies were in attendance as well. Some came to share their interests in a different form: LEGO.
LEGO and pop culture enthusiast Paul Watson brought dozens of LEGO minifigures, some of which are customized to look like movie characters, which Watson hopes in the future LEGO will create.
“I think it’s good for both parties if LEGO does that,” Watson said. “The movies also have more people to be interactive, and it’s more fun whenever you can be interactive with the movie.”
Many artists show up with their portfolios and offer to sell their work and explain their passion.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
A fan dresses up as a Sand Trooper from Star Wars. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
Sunday afternoon - between about 4:35 - 4:45 p.m., an isolated but strong storm brought heavy winds to parts of Lewisville and created minor damage in several locations that we are aware of. It is also reported that there were some power outages.
- In Old Town near Cowan and Main Street, next to the LISD student services building, the winds snapped two utility poles and left communication cables lying in the street.
- At the intersection of Main and Surf/Summit, numerous tree limbs were snapped and a DCTA bus stop was apparently damaged. Trees at First United Methodist Church were damaged, as were trees at Taco Bell.
- Fences were blown down near North Valley Parkway between Old Orchard and College.
- Trees were knocked down near Garden Ridge and FM 407.
Here are some photos: Communication lines down where utility poles snapped at Cowan and Main
Tree limbs down at First United Methodist:
Here's a fence that got blown down on Valley Parkway: (Photo by Lauren Callo)
DCTA bus stop damage:
A tree fell on a fence near Cowan and College: (Photo by Nancy Nelson)
These two trees fell and smashed through a fence in the Garden Ridge and FM 407 area. (Photo by Tovah Prue)
We will update this story with more pictures and further damage reports as we learn of them. Feel free to reach out to email@example.com or message us on Facebook with your damage reports.
Colin Gilmore and Band will take the stage Saturday, June 13, at 8 p.m., as the final 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 online here.
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.
Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, Texas, where he soaked in the influence of such greats as Joe Ely, Terry Allen and his own father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore. He also developed a taste for Buddy Holly and Townes Van Zandt. For the past 13 years, he has used the rich material from these influences and other bands like The Clash and The Pogues to inform the writing of his own songs.
Join KLB and Denton County Master Gardener Ellen Diers for a free and informative class on “Earth Kind Gardening” on Thursday June 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Lewisville Annex Community Room (1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067). Participants will learn about research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. You will learn how to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening principles at home! RSVP to 972-538-5949, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative Garden Secrets class. Each class will include a question and answer session. Classes are open to all participants (Lewisville residency not required). For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2015. For a full list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website. Please note that class times and locations may vary from class to class.
Two Lewisville High School alumni were drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, also known as the Rule 4 draft, Wednesday. Taylor Munden, 21, was drafted in the 27th round by the Miami Marlins. Blake Rogers, 21, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round. Both men played baseball at LHS under Coach Mike Campbell.
Munden, the son of Mike and Traci Munden and Kasee Munden, graduated from Lewisville High School in 2012. He went on from there to Marion Military Institute, and then to West Virginia University, where he played shortstop. At WVU, where he graduated this may, he majored in athletic coaching education, and was on two honor rolls and the Dean’s list. Munden earned national attention earlier this year when his no-look flip to second base during a game against Kansas State earned the number one spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10:
Munden will likely begin his professional career with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Marlins or an A-level affiliate like the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Rogers graduated from Lewisville High School in 2011, and attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is a right-handed pitcher. Prior to that, he played for Cisco College (Texas), and Lyon College (Arkansas), where he was an All-Conference Second Team catcher. Rogers, is a junior, majoring in administrative leadership.
“I’m absolutely excited,” said Rogers. “This is a day I’ve been waiting on for a long time.” Rogers will report to Phoenix on Friday for his physical and mini-camp. He will likely start out with one of the Padres’ affiliated minor league teams such as the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Short-Season A-level Northwest League or the team’s rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League. Rogers says he has about three to four semesters of college left; he intends to finish his degree from OU, which he says the club will pay for.