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Vigil Against Violence at City Hall Steps on MLK Day

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/17 8:22:39 (289 reads)

Open in new windowOn New Years Day, The Lewisville Texan Journal published an editorial with the top five wishes for Lewisville in 2015. Top on that list was a reduction in violence in the City of Lewisville.

In the past year, Lewisville has seen a fair number of high-profile cases of violence on the streets of our city. We have had murder, muggings, assaults, armed robberies, and even an attempt at carjacking. Although Lewisville has about as much crime and violence of any city of our size, we know that for the victims of these crimes, it hurts. Any level of violence in our city is needless and unacceptable.

It is a tough problem, that sadly, will likely always be with us to some degree or another. But on Monday night, January 19th, 2015, Lewisville residents will stand shoulder-to-shoulder and reject violence in our community. Though we come from various backgrounds, religions, philosophies, and beliefs, we do share the common cause of reducing violence in our community. We can stand together and pray together to whichever God we pray to, and we can ask.

We will have some guest speakers join us and talk about non-violence:
- In our homes
- On our streets
- In our schools
- In the workplace
- In our society and government

We will ask for the safety and protection over all of Lewisville's residents and first responders.

This event is non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian. This is pro-peace, and pro-Lewisville.

We are putting this together as an idea that came from a reader, and was wanted by those we mentioned it to. It's last-minute, and will likely not be a hugely polished affair, or last very long.

If you are not doing anything on Monday night, January 19th, please join us on the front steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street in Old Town Lewisville, at 6:30 p.m.

If you are on Facebook, please RSVP to this event so that we can provide you with any updates in the program if we need to. Feel free to share it or invite people that you think might be interested.

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Ruthie Foster Plays Texas Tunes Concert January 17th at MCL Grand

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 17:00:00 (253 reads)

Open in new windowRuthie Foster kicks off the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series on Jan. 17, as the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater brings six Lone Star favorite acts to the stage monthly through June.

A Texas-born and Texas-bred singer/songwriter, Foster has developed a national following based on her powerful vocal instrument, dynamic stage presence and authentic blues and gospel roots. She recently was named Critics Choice Female Blues Artist of the Year at the 20th Annual Living Blues Awards. She also has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards.

All six shows will start at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 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 MCLGrand.tix.com. Season passes also are available until Jan. 17 at $100 general admission and $75 for seniors and children.

Here's a video with a taste of Foster's music:

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 16:50:00 (500 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Sunday, January 11th: Miss North Texas Pageant this Sunday
The Miss North Texas & Miss White Settlement Pageant will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, starting at 5 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Miss North Texas Pageant is a preliminary to Miss Texas and Miss America -- the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world. The winners will serve as Miss North Texas & Miss North Texas Outstanding Teen for a year, and will represent the community at state-level pageants this summer. The Miss North Texas Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization.

Ticket prices are $20 and are sold at the door. For more information, visit the Miss North Texas website.

Through January 17th: Visual Art League Foodie Exhibit
Visual Art League of Lewisville currently has the Foodie exhibit on display at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Foodie will be on display through Jan. 17 in the main gallery. Foodie explores food in all its manifestations, from farm to table, with a special focus on food served locally. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece, with the winner awarded “People’s Choice” at the end of the exhibit’s run.

Open in new windowSaturday, January 17th - Ruthie Foster Plays MCL Grand
Ruthie Foster kicks off the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series on Jan. 17, as the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater brings six Lone Star favorite acts to the stage monthly through June.

All six shows will start at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 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. Season passes also are available until Jan. 17 at $100 general admission and $75 for seniors and children.

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Open in new windowSunday, January 18th: MLK Day Celebration - Southern Denton County
Lewisville ISD is hosting an MLK Day Commemmoration on Sunday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewisville High School Auditorium. The theme this year is “Diversity: Our Beloved Community”. Mr. Krish Dhanam, will be the speaker, and entertainment will be provided by the Downing Middle School Orchestra; the Lewisville High School Choir and African American Step Team; an oration by Rev. Paul and students and the Servant House Children’s Choir.

Monday, January 19th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We honor the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in furthering the civil rights movement through non-violent means. Most government offices are closed. City of Lewisville offices are closed, but garbage and recycling service is not affected.

Monday, January 26th: Lewisville City Council Meeting
Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall - 151 W. Church St. The public is invited to attend. Agendas are available online here.

Monday, January 26th: True Parenting with True Colors®
Join us on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library for the “True Parenting with True Colors®” program, which is designed to help demystify the job of parenting by guiding moms and dads through the True Colors® process. True Colors® is a model of personality identification using the colors of blue, gold, green, and orange. This information becomes a springboard for developing improved parenting skills, greater communication in the home, and more meaningful family relationships. To register, please email fmpl@flower-mound.com or call 972.874.6165.

Tuesday, January 27th: Lewisville Chamber Awards Luncheon
Olympic Medalist, Jordan Malone will speak at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, January 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Malone will share his story of overcoming obstacles to achieve his Olympic dreams. The Chamber will also celebrate and recognize its members’ accomplishments in the community and in business by presenting awards for Ambassador, Volunteer, Rookie, Citizen and Business of the Year. More...

Registration for this event is available now. To register, call the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce at (972) 436-9571 or visit lewisvillechamber.org.

Saturday, January 31st: Texas Nonprofit Theater competition
Texas Nonprofit Theaters Quad II AACTFest will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. This event offers fans of live theater the chance to enjoy four of the best community acting groups in North Texas during a single day.

There will be two afternoon shows, starting after 1:30 p.m., and two evening shows, starting after 6 p.m. Performing at the theater competition in the afternoon is Ohlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine in Wild Party, followed by Denton Community Theatre’s A Need for Less Expertise. The evening shows will begin with Lindale Community Theater performing Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, followed by Paris Community Theatre’s Rabbit Hole.

The second show in the afternoon and evening will begin immediately approximately 30 minutes after the first show. Maximum time of each performances is 60 minutes.

Cost is $10 per show, $15 per block (afternoon or evening shows) or $28 for all four shows. Tickets are available online or by calling 817.731.2238.

Quad II is a qualifying event for the state competition that will be held at MCL Grand in March.

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I'll be home: Memories of World War II exhibit at MCL Grand

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/21 12:20:00 (580 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II. We owe our lives and our liberty to what they accomplished. As it is now more than 70 years since the end of the war, time is running short to offer thanks to those who served. This exhibit includes newspaper and magazine pages from the war years, personal and published photographs, military uniforms and insignia, some military equipment and manuals, books and documents from the war years.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, 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, or rental information for the facility, please visit MCLGrand.com or call 972.219.8446.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/21 12:10:00 (639 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Christmas Closings:
City of Lewisville: offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All essential services will continue to operate. Residential garbage scheduled for collection on Christmas Day will instead be picked up the following day (Friday).
Lewisville ISD is closed until January 5th.
DCTA has regular service on Christmas Eve, No Service on Christmas Day, and modified service on the day after Christmas.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Open in new windowI'll be home: Memories of World War II exhibit at MCL Grand - Through December 27th
The "I'll be home: Memories of World War II" exhibit is on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater Art Gallery through Saturday, December 27. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Assembled from private collections in our region, “I’ll Be Home…” is an exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts commemorating the service of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II.

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Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village
The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.

December 16th - 24th: Hanukkah
Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers. Blessings and peace to you and your families.

December 15th - January 17th: Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Bring your Christmas trees to Lake Park at N. Mill Street and Lake Park Road, following the signs to the drop off area. It's that easy!. This reduces landfill waste, and the trees are mulched to provide compost. Between December 30th and January 17th, residents can bring a bag and shovel and get free mulch. Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and the City of Lewisville.

Thursday, December 25th: Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to our Christian readers from The Lewisville Texan Journal. We hope you have a great day, and a meaningful holiday with your family.

Friday, December 26th - Christmas Bird Count for Kids at LLELA
Kids bring binoculars and dress warmly. The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, occurring for over 100 years. The CBC provides critical data on population trens for North American bird species. The kids' version gives them a taste of the real thing. $7 per person, including the LLELA gate fee. RSVP required to 972-219-3930 or email lisa.cole@unt.edu.

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GLCT Performing Two Shows in December

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:50:00 (487 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowGreater Lewisville Community Theatre is currently presenting a doubleheader of productions for December: Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Calendar Girls runs now through Dec. 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Santaland Diaries runs now through Dec. 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.

Calendar Girls is a play based on the true story of a group of middle-aged British women who came upon a unique and empowering idea for raising money for leukemia research after the husband of one of their members dies.

In The Santaland Diaries, prepare to meet Crumpet, the anti-elf. Out of work and desperate, this irreverent little man takes a job at Macy’s ushering children and their parents through the Santaland maze to meet an ever-changing array of Santas. Satiric, subversive and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the antidote to manufactured Yuletide joy.

Tickets for Calendar Girls are $17 for adults and $15 for ages 65 and over or 18 and under. All seats for The Santaland Diaries are $12. Call for reservations at 972.221.7469. Discounted season tickets are available for the remainder of the season, which includes Calendar Girls, the musical Grey Gardens, the comedy The Understudy and the blockbuster summer musical The Producers.

GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off Elm Street. Additional information is available at GLCT.org. Greater Lewisville Community Theater is one of seven local groups receiving funding from the City of Lewisville through a grant program designed to foster cultural and fine arts in the community.

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MCL Grand to Host 3 Redneck Tenors - Dec. 31st, Jan 2nd, 3rd

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:42:47 (461 reads)

Open in new window3 Redneck Tenors set three shows at MCL Grand

In addition to performing a New Year’s Eve concert on Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 3 Redneck Tenors have added performances Jan. 2-3, at 8 p.m. each night, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are on sale now, $30 for adults, $25 for children, at mclgrand.tix.com.

Singing all styles of music from pop to, of course, opera, the 3 Rednecks have performed in houses worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera House and Theater Neue Flora. In concert, they throw in stand-up comedy and improv along with glorious breathtaking voices.

The group will perform a New Year’s Eve concert benefitting OhLook Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 8:15 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and dancing at the post-show party for VIP ticket holders will go until 1 a.m.

Show tickets for the benefit are $45 and include the show, all pre-show and intermission entertainment, cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. VIP tickets are $75, which adds access to the post-show New Year’s Eve party with live entertainment, specialty showcase performances, food, dancing and a midnight toast with the 3 Redneck Tenors. Tickets are available at ohlookperform.com.

Come early and enjoy fabulous live entertainment in the lobby provided by viola player Mark Landson's Open Classical Experience: Bach, Beethoven, and Tap Dancing! Intermission and VIP entertainment featuring Dallas-based pianist Thiago Nascimento, whose fast and furious playing is often described as "piano gymnastics."

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/13 10:40:00 (377 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Open in new windowSaturday, December 13th: The Procrastinator's Fair
This Saturday, from 9-2pm, over 60 vendors will be at the Procrastinators Fair at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville! For a sneak preview of vendors and the items being sold, visit the event page and see the pictures the vendors are posting.

Open in new windowWeekends through December 20th: GLCT Shows: Calendar Girls and The Santaland Diaries
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is currently presenting a doubleheader of productions for December: Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, and David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries. Calendar Girls runs now through Dec. 21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Santaland Diaries runs now through Dec. 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.

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Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village
The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.

December 15th - January 17th: Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Bring your Christmas trees to Lake Park at N. Mill Street and Lake Park Road, following the signs to the drop off area. It's that easy!. This reduces landfill waste, and the trees are mulched to provide compost. Between December 30th and January 17th, residents can bring a bag and shovel and get free mulch. Sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful, and the City of Lewisville.

Open in new windowWednesday, December 17th: LHS Farmerettes Holiday Extravaganza
The Farmerettes and Diamond dance teams put on their holiday show at the Leo Stuver Auditorium at Lewisville High Schoool. Silent auction starts at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments served at intermission.

Thursday, December 18th: What’s ahead for Equality in Texas - A Legislative Preview
The Texas Legislative session will begin about one month from now on January 13. Learn about upcoming bills for and against equality in the Texas Legislature from legislative specialist and field organizer for Equality Texas, Daniel Williams.

6:30 p.m. at Landmark Grill - 1297 FM 407, Lewisville - Free and open to the public. Arrive early to purchase dinner and enjoy social time before the meeting. Sponsored by Stonewall Democrats of Denton County. For more information, email info@stonewalldemocratsofdentoncounty.org, or visit their website or Facebook.

Friday, December 19th: Grinch Scramble in Flower Mound
Families are invited to Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Rd., for the Grinch Scramble flashlight candy cane hunt on December 19th. This free event challenges residents to search through thousands of candy canes in hopes of spotting the Grinch, and bringing home the grand prize. Holiday music, crafts and games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Scramble kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget a flashlight as well as a bag to collect candy canes. For more information, please call 972.874.7275.

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Santa to Begin Annual Tour of Lewisville with Firefighters

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/7 13:20:00 (2366 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

LEWISVILLE - In keeping with tradition, Lewisville Fire Department will begin touring the city Monday night with Santa Claus. Each year, Santa parks his sleigh safely at a Lewisville fire station, and hops onto a fire engine touring each and every residential neighborhood, apartment complex, and mobile home park. Santa throws candy to the boys and girls of all ages who eagerly await his arrival each year. Seeing Santa in their own neighborhood reminds kids to be on their best behavior so that Santa can bring them good treats on Christmas morning.

Starting Monday night, Santa will join firefighters from 6 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. each night, running for about two weeks, until each neighborhood is covered. The Lewisville Fire Department will post the schedule each day on their Twitter feed - @LewisvilleFire. The department also has a live-updating map that will show where Santa is.

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Santa visited Lewisville Saturday for the holiday parade. Lewisville is lucky to get so much attention from Santa, who is normally pretty busy this time of year. (LTJ Photo)

Typically, Santa travels on the top of a fire engine, and an ambulance follows behind. The emergency lights are on, and the vehicles will “bump” their sirens and horns, so that you can hear them coming. All of the firefighters have all of their gear with them during the trip, and can break away for a call immediately if there is an emergency. Lewisville has seven fire stations, each mostly covering their own district for the Santa mission, but possibly helping out in other districts if needed.

The program, started over 10 years ago under former chief Rick Lasky’s command, not only delights children and their parents, but serves a practical purpose as well. Fire Chief Tim Tittle explained that having the fire engines go through each neighborhood is good training. “Anytime you get out and drive through neighborhoods, it helps familiarize the guys with those neighborhoods,” said Tittle. “Especially at that time of night when it’s dark, and everyone is home from work, so their cars are parked - we can see what our accessibility is, and how to maneuver around,” he added. Tittle explained that when firefighters do familiarization runs, they are looking for things like vertical clearance, maneuverability, and locations of fire hydrants or risers. “You’d be surprised what our guys notice when they are out,” noted Tittle. Most fire engines are 10 to 11 feet tall, so occasionally tree branches can droop down into the street and cause a hazard for the apparatus. Tight turning radii and parked cars in streets and parking lots can affect maneuverability. It is best to find these things out during a training run, rather than on an actual emergency call.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/12/5 7:20:00 (601 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Open in new windowFriday, December 5th, Lewisville Lake Symphony Joins Lewisville High Choirs for Christmas Performance
The Lewisville Lake Symphony’s Christmas Concert, Holiday Images: Sounds of the Season, will feature The Main Street Singers and Cantori, Lewisville High School Choirs under the direction of Steve DeCrow.

DeCrow states that “the Lewisville High School choir program is 175 members strong, and regularly receive Sweepstakes Awards at UIL competitions. They have performed in New York, San Antonio, Disney World, and Washington DC, among other places. Members of the choir program will perform in Italy in 2016.”

The Christmas concert will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 5, at Lakeland Baptist Church, 397 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. Tickets can be booked online at www.lewisvillesymphony.org and are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. Information is available at 972-874-9087.

Open in new windowSaturday, December 6th: Lewisville Old Town Holiday Stroll & Parade
The annual Old Town Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is being jointly presented by City of Lewisville/Lewisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Main & Mill/Old Town Business Association, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville and Resource One Credit Union.

Highlights will include Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade at 2 p.m., followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 3:30 to 8 p.m. including community performances, photos with Santa, Santa Paws Village and “Lewisville Lights!” Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting. - More details...

Saturday, December 6th: Flower Mound Nighttime Holiday Parade
Flower Mound will hold its first nighttime parade starting at 5:30 p.m. on December 6. The parade will travel down Spinks Road, from Shadow Ridge Middle School to Gerault Park, where a tree lighting ceremony will take place. The ceremony will include choir performances, pictures with Santa Claus, carriage rides, snow hill, petting zoo, vendors, kids' activities, and much more. Food trucks will also be on site. The Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will start at 6 p.m. with the ceremony concluding at 9 p.m.

Weekends through Dec. 23 - Holiday Activities at The Shops of Highland Village
The Living Christmas Card Quartet - Complete with custom-tailored Victorian costumes, The Living Christmas Card quartet offers a selection of classic and jazz-flavored custom holiday arrangements for your listening pleasure. They will perform Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. The Quartet will also perform on Dec. 22 and 23 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment - Jingles, toy soldiers, Jack Frost, Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the interactive characters strolling the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. They will be on site Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. Before they head back to the North Pole, their final appearance is December 22 – 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Grab your favorite hot beverage from Nestle Toll House Café and then sit back and enjoy a free Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. Carriage rides are complimentary and available first come, first served; Carriage will not run during inclement weather. Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 to 6 p.m. Carriage rides will also be available Dec. 22 and 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

All events are located at 1701 Shoal Creek on the corner of FM 2499 and FM 407 in Highland Village, Texas.

Open in new windowMonday, December 8th - Thursday, December 11th: LISD offers inexpensive flu shots
If you have not received your annual flu shot, Lewisville ISD and Passport Health are providing community members three more opportunities to do so. Clinics will be held from 4-7 p.m. on the following dates and at the these locations:

· Monday, Dec. 8 at The Colony High School (Room A107)
· Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus (Library)
· Thursday, Dec. 11 at Marcus High School (Room A105)

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Humana and Cigna PPO insurance plans are accepted and cover the vaccination 100 percent. Please bring a copy of your insurance card and driver’s license. Through the Texas Vaccines for Children program, the cost for children under 19-years-old with no insurance is $5. Children on Medicaid are free of charge. For all others, the cost is $10 ($35 for flu mist). Payments must be made in cash or check (made out to North Texas Flu Shots). For more info...

No reservation is necessary. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For consent forms and more information, visit www.lisd.net/benefits.

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