H1N1 Influenza Vaccinations Available The Denton County Health Department is now reporting it has sufficient doses on hand to begin offering the H1N1 vaccine to members of the following groups:
- Pregnant Women - People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age - Healthcare and emergency medical service personnel - Anyone 6 months to 24 years of age - People ages 25 to 64 years who are at high risk because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune system
Upcoming clinics are: - Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University of North Texas Discovery Park. UNT Discovery Park is located at 3940 N. Elm St. in Denton.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is looking for Holiday Yard of the Month nominations. Nominees should be identified by address only. The person’s name and phone number making the nomination is optional. All nominations must be in by Dec. 15.
December 5th - Holiday at the Hall Festival The seventh annual Holiday at the Hall festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Since its inception, this award-winning festival has grown into a fascinating winter wonderland of holiday ambiance and spirit of the season. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the celebration, which was named best special event in the country by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association.
This year’s festival schedule of events will include Breakfast with Santa, Motorcycle Toy Run, Sam Pack’s Ford Country of Lewisville Christmas Parade and the Polar Ice Village.
Festival activities will include two festival stages of live entertainment, strolling artists, visits with Santa Claus, and shopping in the Artists Alcove Holiday Market for hand-crafted items and specialized gifts.
“I hope everyone is able to join us in Old Town Lewisville for this year’s festival and kick off the holiday season with a great family event,” said Mayor Dean Ueckert.
Breakfast! Saturday’s slate of events and activities will begin with the popular Breakfast with Santa from 7 to 11 a.m., as the Kiwanis Club will prepare a holiday feast of pancakes and sausage. Breakfast with Santa activities will engage children in caroling and holiday art projects.
The 11th annual Motorcycle Toy Run will bring hundreds of bikers downtown to spread the holiday spirit by collecting toys for local charities. Riders will depart from Old Town at noon. For information, please call 972.219.3560. Participants are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy as their entry fee. The toys will be collected and distributed to Child Protective Services of Denton County, Christian Community Action and Friends of the Family.
Music, Food, Displays Live entertainment will begin at 10 a.m., with two stages presenting local and regional acts while strolling performers add to the festive scene with an abundance of festival food, arts and crafts and specialty booths on display. Free carriage rides also will be available.
Ice, Ice, BABY! - Polar Ice Carving Village At 10:30 a.m., the Polar Ice Carving Village opens to the public. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite ice artist in the collection of ice-sculpting displays while enjoying a sight rarely found in the Sun Belt – towering works of carved ice lining the street.
The Polar Ice Village features some of the nation's top ice sculpture artists competing in a live competition to transform towers of ice blocks into amazing 12-foot-tall art sculptures made of solid ice. The competition, sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, is the only one of its kind in the southwest.
Events for Pets The popular Tailwaggers Ranch will make its return to the event. Pet contests, agility rally, cake walk and other activities are slated for 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nearly 20 animal rescue groups will be at the event.
A pet parade will start at 1:30 p.m., which includes a pet costume contest. The first 100 people registering for the event will receive a free t-shirt.
Parade The 2009 Sam Pack’s Ford Country Christmas Parade will go through the heart of Old Town Lewisville, beginning at the intersection of Cowan and Main streets at 3 p.m. and heading east on Main and then south on Mill before ending at Delay Middle School. Participants will assemble that morning on Cowan Street between Main and Purnell, with a festive atmosphere of music and fun. Past parade entries have included local favorites such as Lewisville High School band and drill team, local dance and martial arts academies, businesses, civic organizations, school groups, Scouts, equestrians, decorated vehicles, parade floats and more.
Trophies will be awarded during the Old Town Lights event later that day in three categories: Babes in Toyland, Santa’s Sleigh, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Elves Workshop.
Visit from Santa Claus After the parade, Santa Claus will meet with children in the Wayne Ferguson Plaza at Poydras and Main. Photo buttons will be available for children to commemorate their visit.
Holiday Lights At 5:45 p.m., Mayor Dean Ueckert and Santa Claus will join forces for Holiday Lights! Old Town Lighting ceremony, flipping the switch to turn on the city’s Christmas tree and thousands of lights in Old Town Lewisville.
Holiday at the Hall is being sponsored by the City of Lewisville and the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sam Pack’s Ford Country of Lewisville, Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center and Waste Management.
Park and Ride Free park and ride shuttles, including a shuttle for those with pets, will be running from Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, FM 3040 and MacArthur, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 5th - Volunteers needed for “Holiday at the Hall” festival Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles assisting with the annual “Holiday at the Hall” festival, scheduled for Saturday, Dec.5, in Old Town Lewisville. Helps is needed in such areas as parade monitors, parking attendants, Vendor relations, general setup, stage management and more. For information, please visit the city’s Web site, www.cityoflewisville.com, or call 972.219.3401.
Local groups interested in performing on the Community Stage during the festival are encouraged to call 972.219.3712 to ask about opportunities. Preference is given to student groups representing area schools and studios. Sound equipment is provided.
Applications for the 2009 Christmas Parade also are being accepted. Forms can be downloaded from the city’s Web site, www.cityoflewisville.com.
Come spend the holidays with your favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas, and make some new friends while you’re there! Two actors, along with some split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. This time, it’s right before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose as the delightfully eccentric characters attempt to cope with seasonal traumas from a disaster-prone holiday theatrical production to a yard decorating contest being sabotaged by a Christmas phantom!
December 7th - Senior Center to Recognize Pearl Harbor with Event
Pearl Harbor will be remembered Monday, Dec. 7, at the Lewisville Senior Center. The center will host a breakfast at 9 a.m. that day, which is the last day to view the Wall of Veterans display. The wall shows photos of veterans, family members, friends and others who have served or are serving in the military.
The cost of the breakfast is $2. The center is at 1950 S. Valley Parkway, near Memorial Park. Call 972.219.5050.
December 7th - 12th - DCTA “Ride for a Can”
The Denton County Transportation Authority is conducting its annual “Ride for a Can” drive on Commuter Express, Connect routes in Lewisville and Denton and Connect RSVP in Highland Village/North Lewisville. DCTA will be collecting canned goods in lieu of a fare Dec. 7-12.
Passengers can ride free by donating a non-perishable food item to benefit Christian Community Action in Lewisville and Friends of the Family in Denton. Holiday-wrapped boxes will be on every DCTA Connect bus to collect donations.
December 7th - Lewisville City Council Meeting The Lewisville City Council meets at 7:00 PM on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 151 West Church Street, Lewisville, TX [Map]. The public is invited to attend. Citizens may address the Mayor and Council during the Visitor's Forum, although no action can be taken on any item not on the agenda. Agendas are posted here no later than 72 hours in advance of a meeting.
December 11th - 20th - "A Christmas Carol" The Actors Conservatory Theater will be presenting the play "A Christmas Carol" in Lewisville. December 11th - 20th, 2009 7:00 pm Friday & Saturday Nights, Matinees 2:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Visitors to Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) will host a Homestead Christmas from on Saturday, Dec. 12, from noon to 3 p.m. Those attending will be able to enjoy a tour of the historic Minor-Porter Log House, help trim an edible tree for wildlife, make an ornament to take, enjoy seasonal music and snacks and more.
Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the structures. Visitors are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and join in at their own pace. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).
A winter bird walk will be held the same day at 7:30 a.m. Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart as he guides visitors to locations for viewing of wintering sparrows, ducks, and more. Some of the best birding spots are not normally available to the public, outside of a scheduled tour. Ages 10 and up. There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person). Reservations are required; call 972.219.3930. Those attending should supply sunscreen, binoculars, a hat and drinking water.
The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000-acre wilderness of prairies, forests and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD and Texas A & M University. Its mission is to preserve and restore native ecosystems and to provide and promote environmental education and scientific research.
LLELA is open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking/canoeing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. For information, visit www.ias.unt.edu/llela or call 972.219.3930.
December 12th - HUD-Approved Home-buyer Course Offered The City of Lewisville’s First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program will hold a HUD-approved homebuyer education course Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Elementary School, 400 High School Drive.
Presenters include local professionals in the mortgage loan, real estate and homeowners insurance fields. The class is free, and lunch is provided. Those completing the course receive a HUD Homebuyer Certificate. Parents are asked to please not bring their children to the class. Advance registration is required by calling 972.219.3455.
The workshop is held quarterly by the City of Lewisville Grants Division.
December 12 - 13th - “A Ceremony of Carols”
The Musical Feast Choral Society of Greater Lewisville will present Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols and Other Holiday Selections” Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m., at The Episcopal of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Lane.
Admission is $15 general, $12 student and seniors, $7 children, $30 family of four, $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. A reception will follow the concert.
Musical Feast Choral Society is one of six local groups receiving funding from the Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance through a City of Lewisville grant program designed to foster cultural and fine arts in the community. For more information, please visit www.musicalfeast.org.
December 14th - Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees Meeting LISD Board of Trustees meetings are held in the Board Room of the William T. Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St., Lewisville, at 7 p.m.
December 14th - January 14th - Christmas Tree Recycling Starting Dec. 14th and running until Jan. 14th Bring your undecorated trees to Lake Park @ N. Mill street (area near the soccer fields) and follow the signs to the drop off location! Please remember to remove all nails, wires, lights, ornaments, and tinsel prior to disposing of tree.
Between Dec. 29th and Jan 14th, bring a bucket and shovel to the drop off site for free mulch! For more information, please contact the KLB office at 972-436-5100.
December 14th - Feb 23rd - Elm Fork Trinity Trout Stocking
Texas Parks & Wildlife, in conjunction with the City of Lewisville and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, will stock the Elm Fork of the Trinity River with more than 4,000 rainbow trout on four dates this winter as part of an ongoing program to boost the fish population and encourage recreational use of the river.
The state will release more than 3,700 fingerlings on three dates – Dec. 14, Jan. 12 and Feb. 23 – below the Lewisville Dam spillway into the river. In addition, the city has arranged for 250 one-pound trout to be placed in the river on Dec. 8. The fish were raised at Crystal Lake Fisheries in Ava, Montana, and are being transported from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center near Athens, Texas. Actual stocking dates are dependent on weather, so anglers should call the hatchery at 903.676.2277 to verify.
Anglers should note that LLELA is open Friday through Sunday during the winter, so access to the river will not be possible until the first Friday after each stocking date. (Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Jan. 15 and Feb. 26).
Trout anglers will need to purchase a $5 Freshwater Fishing Stamp for their valid Texas fishing license in order to catch the trout. Anglers under 17 years of age are not required to have a license or stamp. There is no minimum length limit for trout, but there is a daily bag limit of five.
December 29th - Lewisville Lake Symphony Grace Kim and Soomin Lee Two pianists, one piano TUESDAY, December 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Gilbert: Three American Dances Uncle Remus, Dolphin, Brer Rabbit German: Gipsy Suite Piazzolla: Tango Khachaturian: Sabre Dance Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole