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.