Before Rosa was Claudette

Friday, February 17, 2017 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin. In 1955, when she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing. Most people know about Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, but few know that there were a number of women who refused to give up their seats on the same bus system. Most of the women were quietly fined, and no one heard much more.  Colvin was the first to really challenge the law. Join us in celebrating Black History Month and learn more about this brave young lady.

Love Is In The Air - Feb. 10-12

Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Call me a romantic but I think that love is the best part of living, and one of the best times in our lives is when we’re falling in love.  So I’m here to help you romance your sweetie.  We are richly blessed with the variety of restaurants, parks, shops, and you name it, right here in our own backyard.  I've listed below a few of my recommendations for this weekend.  Read on and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Bring on the HEAT this weekend!

Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Mingle with the boldest and bravest of foodies and the hottest celebrity chefs.  Sample fiery sauce, salsas, even chocolates and learn how to use them in recipes and remedies.  Watch an Atomic Wing Eating Contest, Puckerbutt's Jalapeno Eating Contest or attend a bonafide Pig Roast.  You can do all of this and more this weekend here in Irving.  For additional area events, log onto our website at

I am just blown away by the long list of events happening here this weekend.  There’s hiking, music, live theater, sports and more.  It just goes to show you that when looking for your heart's desire, you don't need to look further than your own back yard.  Because everyone knows, there's no place like Irving.  For additional events in Irving and the surrounding area, visit our website at

A King of Men Jan 13-15

Friday, January 13, 2017 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Why is it important to remember the great leaders in our lifetime?  People come and go like shooting stars – shining with a burst of fury while they’re with us, and slowly fade away from memory.  Why then, after almost 50 years after his death, do we still hold Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. up as one of America’s great leaders?  This MLK Day weekend, there are two observances of his amazing life and legacy that will give you a glimpse into the answer to this question.  Both events are free and open to the public.  For additional area events, visit our webpage at

Weekend Roundup for Jan 6-8

Friday, January 6, 2017 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Take a birthday bash that lasts for two days, throw in an Elvis sighting, add a party with a bunch of penguins, and what do you get?  It's a recipe for another fun-filled weekend here in Irving.  Although the weather's not cooperating very well tonight, Saturday and Sunday should be in the 40's.  So go out, get a bite to eat, attend a birthday or penguin party (your preference), and be sure to catch a glimpse of Elvis. LET'S ROCK THIS NEW YEAR!!  For a full list of events in Irving and around the area, visit our website at

Happy New Year! Dec 30 - Jan 1

Friday, December 30, 2016 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Happy New Year y'all!  Whatever 2016 has meant to you, I hope that 2017 brings even more fun, love and happiness. With everything that happened in 2016, I sure learned a lot! Most of all, I learned that Irving has some really great restaurants. In all four corners of the city you can find something for everyone.  Check out our restaurant list and see for yourself.  And as for 2017, I hope to learn more about The Music Factory, the entertainment complex which is being built right next door to our offices here at the Irving Convention Center.  I get to watch its progress every day.  It's so exciting to see steel beams built higher and higher, and to hear the sounds of construction machinery hard at work.  And then there's Water Street, a mixed-use development being built across the street from The Mustang Museum at Williams Square.  It sure is an exciting time to live and work in Irving.  While you're celebrating the upcoming year, you might want to visit these Irving events I've listed below.  For additional area events, check out our Visit Irving event page.

Weekend Round Up - Dec 16-18

Friday, December 16, 2016 2:00 PM

Welcome to the weekend before the holiday weekend.  It's time to get those last minute Christmas gifts . . . or begin your holiday shopping for some people. You know who you are. ;)  Just be sure to take some time to join in a festivity or recreation activity while you're out and about. Here’s a sampling of unique and fun things to do, see, sip and savor during this weekend.

For a full list of area events, click on the website.

Weekend Roundup - Dec 9 - 11

Friday, December 9, 2016 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Have you been naughty?  Or have you been nice?  Have you made a list and checked it twice?  Because fun activities are comin' to town.  Whether you plan on sleeping, or whether you're awake, this weekend will be full of fun so get out for goodness sake.  There's no need to pout, and certainly don't cry, there's too much to do and too much to buy, which is why you should shop Irving today.

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