- Sounds of Summer: Memphis Soul Concert
Join us during Garland's annual "Sounds of Summer" Concert Series for a presentation by Memphis Soul as they perform regional R&B, as well as Motown hits. The event is free. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. There will be vendors selling food and drinks, but you may also pack snacks, along with water and soft drinks.
- North Texas Thai Culture and Food Festival
Join us for the 2019 Thai Culture and Food Festival on May 25, 2-4 pm, at Wat Dallas, the Buddhist Center of Dallas. The event is free, but food vendors will charge for their products. There is free parking, though it may be in short supply, depending on festival attendance. The Buddhist Center, Wat Dallas, is served by the DART Red Line, as well as six bus routes, at the Forest Lane Station.
- Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried art show and music festival produced by the City of Richardson Community Events Office. The free event takes place at Cottonwood Park, on Beltline near Coit Rd. During our visit, there will be live music on the Main Stage by The Bodarks (11:45 am) and EJ Mathews Band (1:30 pm). In case you are interested to go earlier or stay later, there will be music by Almost Jaded (10:00 am) and Mason Adams Project (3:30 pm). There will be an acoustic stage, as well. In my experience, this festival is very well attended, so while we can post notes in the Meetup app, such as where we might sit for a while to watch music, it may be a challenge to find late arrivers. We will try. In order to have an easier time meeting before the festival, I have planned to stop in for breakfast tacos at the nearby Tacos Y Mas. However, I do not recommend parking in the shopping center and leaving your car there while attending the festival. They will likely have signs warning against it. I believe the festival site, Cottonwood Park, will have adequate parking for those who arrive early.
- Artfest 2019 in Historic Downtown Plano
Plano Artfest is a free community event built around artistic inclusiveness, creative curiosities, and cultural connection. The festival began in 2015 with a simple movie screening and the beloved Chalk It Up competition, and has since continued to grow into an experience that showcases the work of local artists and provides an opportunity for the Plano community to explore traditional and contemporary forms of art. The 2019 festival will include a week of community art programming that culminates in a two-day festival in the Downtown Plano Arts District. There will be live music, contemporary art installations, performances from local arts groups, a makers market of craftsman and artisans, family chalk art, a kids zone with bounce houses, and much more! More details will be posted as they are available. Consider joining us earlier in the day for the Wheels of Hope charity car show on the historic downtown Garland square (see our Meetup page).
- Wheels of Hope Charity Car Show in Garland
Dozens of classic car collectors and restorers gather to display their creations on the historic Garland town square. The event is free and features live music and food vendors. Entry fees paid by car owners support health services provided by Hope Clinic to people in need. We will meet in front of Intrinsic Brewery and BBQ restaurant. They have been a good meeting location for us in the past and it's good to support a great local business. Posts on the Meetup page on the morning of the event should describe what some of us are wearing to make it easy to find the group. We will watch the weather before the event. Since many of the vehicles have tremendous historic and aesthetic value, and substantial money invested, threat of severe weather may effect the schedule. Be sure to check the Meetup page about a day before the event in case weather is a factor in the schedule. (Note that two recent car shows in Richardson were either canceled or delayed due to inclement weather.) Downtown Garland has plenty of parking, though it will not be available n the immediate vicinity around the town square on this day. You may have to park one or two blocks away. Downtown Garland is also served by the DART Blue Line and several DART buses, including the 402. On the same day, there is an art festival in historic downtown Plano, which you may also want to visit (we will have a Meetup event page for it, too).
- Grants and Non-profits Roundtable Discussion (Postponed due to weather)
Intrinsic Smokehouse Brewery + BBQ Catering
The event will offer an informal and brief introduction to grants (writing and application process) and will include a roundtable discussion about Dallas area non-profit organizations. The facilitator, Mark Lacy, has had an extensive career planning and directing non-profit programs and organizations, as well as writing and applying for grants (with a better than 96 percent rate of success). Lacy's grant experience is primarily in the areas of arts and education (National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Harris County Department of Education, etc). His non-profit experience covers arts and culture organizations, as well as historic preservation, after-school education and youth camps, media production and film festivals, cultural exchange and community improvement, and arts and humanities programming. Also the organizer of the Meetup group, Lacy has presented workshops on grants, economics, cultural literacy, genealogy, photography, and more. He has conducted research on cultural resources and assets, as well as functions, management and support for organizations and cultural institutions. He has researched regional history and social issues, and presented topics on radio programs as a host and guest. The purpose of the Grants and Non-profits Roundtable Discussion is to see if people in the group are interested in knowing more about grant writing and the application process (if this is a useful program for them), and to consider the kinds of things DFW area organizations are doing, as well as the kinds of missions and activities they might not be accomplishing for the region. Note: some examples of programming that is available in other cities may be posted in the comments before or after the Meetup. Possibly the examples will be a helpful resource. Additional note: The Meetup time is planned at 5:30 so that attendees may take advantage of Intrinsic's Happy Hour, which extends to 6pm, but the discussion will not begin until shortly after 6pm to allow for late arrivals.
- Walk the Katy Trail and Dallas Arts District, Opportunity 2
Mockingbird Station (In front of the Angelika Theater)
We will walk the Katy Trail from Mockingbird Station to Victory Station, then spend some time exploring the Dallas Arts District and Klyde Warren Park. We will take the vintage M-Line trolley part of the way back to Mockingbird Station. We may venture to a couple of interesting places, nearby but off the route, depending on the interests of participants. There will be several optional locations for food and beverage along the route, including the Katy Trail Ice House, Taqueria La Ventana taco stand, food trucks in the park and Goff's Hamburgers, among others. I've scheduled the activity for 3 hours, but if you are interested to eat at the historic Goff's Hamburgers (since it is at the end of the journey), you might want to plan on spending extra time. We will meet at Mockingbird Station in front of the Angelika Theater. There is parking available at the DART Mockingbird Station rail and bus transit center. We likely won't use the DART rail on this adventure (since Cityplace Station is undergoing some construction), but I suggest considering DART as a convenient option to get to the start of our activity. Most every station has free park-and-ride parking. Our walking distance will be 5-7 miles.
- Walk the Katy Trail and Dallas Arts District
We will walk the Katy Trail from Mockingbird Station to Victory Station, then spend some time exploring the Dallas Arts District and Klyde Warren Park. We will take the vintage M-Line trolley part of the way back to Mockingbird Station. We may venture to a couple of interesting places, nearby but off the route, depending on the interests of participants. There will be several optional locations for food and beverage along the route, including the Katy Trail Ice House, Taqueria La Ventana taco stand, food trucks in the park and Goff's Hamburgers, among others. I've scheduled the activity for 3.5 hours, but if you are interested to eat at the historic Goff's Hamburgers (since it is at the end of the journey), you might want to plan on an extra half hour. We will meet at Mockingbird Station in front of the Angelika Theater. There is parking available at the DART Mockingbird Station rail and bus transit center. We likely won't use the DART rail on this adventure (since Cityplace is undergoing some construction), but I suggest considering DART as a convenient option to get to the start of our activity. Most every station has free park-and-ride parking. Our walking distance will be 5-7 miles. We will watch the weather as the date approaches.
- Tour and Photograph the Dallas Arboretum
Join us for a day of sightseeing and photography at the Dallas Arboretum. The gardens and tree-lined paths cover more than 66 acres adjacent to White Rock Lake. Many things are beginning to bloom, though it may be a little early for tulips. We'll just have to see. Though our adventure is about a week away, the weather forecast is good. We will want to keep our eye on it, as weather is always subject to change. Admission to the Arboretum is $17. There is also a parking fee (I will post some notes about alternate transportation in the comments later in the week). I'm not sure if we will have enough interest to qualify for a group discount. For those who attended our recent Meetups where we discussed this trip, among our other interesting ideas, I have arranged a discount and will send you the details. I will post specific details about the Meetup location once I know the level of interest. It's a big place and I want to make sure we can find each other. Stay tuned for more information.
- New Ideas for the New Year, Part II
In our first Meetup of the new year, admittedly we didn't talk enough about new ideas and plans, but we had a great time. So, I planned a "New Ideas for the New Year, Part II". Please join us for a Mediterranean meal and discussion. The weather may still be a little unpredictable for next few weeks, anyway, so we want to wait til later in February before we start to get out to hike and photograph. If you've got new ideas and new plans for the new year - especially if you would like to get out more, meet more people, be more active, support the arts, do more for the community, and maybe travel more - we'd like to hear from you. The things our Meetup members want to do will influence our group's planned activities. Should we visit more local restaurants? Would members like to travel and hike more in the region? Could we have a scavenger hunt or culture quest type event? Have a photo outing at Dallas Blooms or the Arts District? Maybe we can plan an event with live music or a movie. We can do most anything if there is interest. Join us at Fadi's Mediterranean Grill (map below). It is just off of U.S. 75 between Collins and Campbell. These are some ideas so far for our future Meetups: -Photo outing during Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum. -Hike the Texas Buckeye Trail and Piedmont Ridge. -Walk the Katy Trail and visit the Katy Trail Ice House. -Visit Medicine Park Oklahoma and Wichita Mountains. -Visit historic downtown Farmersville and the Onion Shed. -Visit the historic Frankford church and restored native prairie. -Attend Prairie Day at BRIT and visit the FW Botanic Garden. -Restaurants, including Goff's, Ten50 BBQ, and others. -Plan a weekend trip to San Antonio or Houston. -A fall colors photo outing to the Ouachita Mountains. Some longer range plans may include visits to National Parks, road trips and festivals. Some of our ideas may be better in spring and others in fall. We would really like to have your input and even participation in planning. This Meetup will be a good opportunity to get involved.