Well, kids and parents, the reality of summer's end is at hand.  It's time to open a new chapter of our lives with a brand new school year on Monday.  While you're making your checklist of last minute preparations, let us throw a few more suggestions into the mix.  For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar

Pump up the Jam!

 

Pat Boyack and those Pesky Javelinas

Location: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: Concert is Free
When: Friday, August 19:  8 p.m.

After a full day of shopping, planning, feeding and chauffeuring, parents can stop by the Texas Musicians Museum for some Pat Boyack blues jam.  Pat defines the Blues as "getting the feeling across through music."  Exposing himself to the world through his music is always challenging because he's generally a private person.  "It's always about the groove," explains Pat, "and when you see people start to move to your music, you're winning the battle, because the natural rhythm is hard to fight."  Smokin' Joe's Place will be open serving great food, cold beer and wine during show times.  Learn More

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Judas Rising

Location: Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Dr. 75038
Price: No Cover Charge
When: Friday, August 19:  9:30 p.m.

If you're a fan of heavy metal and Judas Priest, you're in for a real treat with Judas Rising.  Their banshee howls, combined with the razor sharp twin axe attack, will make you think you are truly at a Judas Priest show.  They play the hits, but always have lots of room for some pleasant, often unexpected surprises.  While you're there you can enjoy items on the original Cool River menu!  Learn More

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Faron Gilbert

Location: The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Fwy. 75039
Price: No Cover Charge
When: Friday and Saturday, August 19 & 20:  8:00 p.m.

Faron is back on stage during his regular time with a line up of multi-genre tunes.  Famous for putting a personal spin on your favorite songs, he's a whiz at looping a multi-layered accompaniment. It's really a great show, especially combined with The Ranch's 'farm to fork' menu!  Learn More

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Gypsy Friday Open Mic

Location: Supreme Coffee, 4070 N. Belt Line Rd. 75038
Price: No Cover Charge
When: Friday, August 19:  6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Supreme Coffee offers not only great java but also great vibes with their Gypsy Fridays.  If you'd like to perform on stage, come on by at 6:00 p.m. to set up.  They offer a PA system with an instrumental mic and vocal mic.  Just bring your instrument.  Or just stop by to sip a latte and listen to the up and coming talent of Irving's best artists.  Learn More

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Derek Anthony

Location: Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Dr. 75038
Price: No Cover Charge
When: Saturday, August 20:  9:30 p.m.

From the age of six, Derek has always had a passion for music, both instrumentally and vocally.  With his wide range of styles and a diverse knowledge of instruments, this group with blow you away with their Texas Country music.  Come for the food, stay for the band.  Learn More

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Ellis Music Magazine Two Year Celebration

Location: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: $5 - $120 (kids under 12 free for General Admission)
When: Saturday, August 20:  6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Come rain or shine, the TMM will be rockin' and servin' up some live music, food, drinks and fun for all ages. Help Ellis Music Magazine celebrate their 2nd anniversary.  Free parking across the street.  Learn More

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Chip in Some Charity . . .

 

La Cima Royale

Location: La Cima Club, 5215 N. O'Connor Road, Suite 2600 75039
Price:  $50 per person
When: Friday, August 19:  5:00 p.m.

La Cima Club is hosting its 10th Annual Charity Classic consisting of Vegas night games, interactive food stations created by their culinary team, and hand crafted libations to tantalize the taste buds. Silent and live auctions too!  This benefits Augie's Quest and Brighter Tomorrow's of Irving.   The event is open to the public, so practice your best James Bond accent and be ready to roll the dice.  Learn More

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Knights of Columbus Barbecue Fundraiser

Location: Knights of Columbus, 2906 Rock Island 75060
Price:  Meals are $6, Chips and Soda are $1 each
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21   

The Irving Knights of Columbus are involved in many charitable events such as preparing and serving turkey dinners to some 500 seniors at the Heritage Center, and their Christmas basket program for the needy and shut ins.  They host annual and periodic events, such as blood donations, chili cook offs, and more.  This barbecue is one of their biggest fundraisers.  So drop by for lunch and enjoy your choice of a BBQ Sandwich, chopped brisket, sliced brisket, sausage or pulled pork - for only $6 per person.  Chips and sodas are available for $1 each. 

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For the Kids . . .

 

Super Gaming Marathon

Location: Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze Dr. 75060
Price:  Free
When: Friday, August 19:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join the South Irving Library for one last SUPER summer Gaming Marathon before school starts.  Play games, make crafts, and have fun, but this time, everything has been super-sized.  This event is open to tweens and teens in grades 6-12.  Learn More

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South Irving Library's Book Clubs

Location: Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze Dr. 75060
Price:  Free

High Voltage Teen Book Club:  Saturday, August 20.  For students in Grades 9 & up, this month's book discussion is about Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker.  Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice.  But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake. 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.    Learn More

Kids Only Book Club:  Saturday, August 20. For students in Grades 3-6, this month we read, discuss and enjoy activities based on the book The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton JusterFree books are handed out monthly, but get there early because they're limited to the first 10 children.  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Learn More

Chapter Books and Crazy NooksSaturday, August 20. For students in Grades 1-3, this month's discussion is a travel-themed book and kids will also participate in a craft and game.  Free chapter books are handed out monthly, but get there early because they're limited to the first 10 children.  This month's selection is Greetings from Somewhere: The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge by Harper Paris. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Learn More

Stepping Stones to 5: Saturday, August 20. For children up to 5 years old, the Dallas Zoo stops by with birds, mammals and reptiles!  Children will enjoy animal stories, crafts and activities. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Learn More

PAWS for Reading:  Sunday, August 21.  For children of any age.  How would you like to read to a therapy dog in a warm and non-judgmental environment?  This activity may help increase a child's reading level and confidence.  Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Learn More

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Valley Ranch Library Movie Mania

Location: Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063
Price:  Free
When: Saturday, August 20

Cinema 13: The 5th Wave: This movie is for ages 13 to adult.   It's not just any alien invasion.  It's a really, really, really bad one.  So bad, in fact, that more than 99% of humanity was wiped out behind the scenes before the movie even begins.  Humanity already encountered the 1st through 4th waves.  This movie has garnered high praise from kids and critics alike.  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Learn More

Family Movie Matinee:  Ella Enchanted:  What a fun way for the entire family to spend the afternoon.  All movies shown at the Family Movie Matinee are rated either G or PG.  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Learn More

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West Irving Library's Craftiness

Location: Irving Public Library - West Branch, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062
Price:  Free

Wild Animal Crafts: Saturday, August 20:  This event is for all ages.  We're making fun and easy wild animal crafts.  All supplies are furnished.  Come join us, won't you?  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Learn More

Locked Room Mystery:  Sunday, August 21.  For ages 16 and up.  Can you solve the mystery to escape the locked room?  Register your group for a timeslot by stopping by or calling the information desk at (972) 721-2691.  Groups enter the mystery room every 30 minutes.  1:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Learn More