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Author: Carol Stoddard

Writer, organizer, support staffer, baby boomer. Lover of the DFW Metroplex and its history. When I’m not working, I’m writing or chasing my cat off the counter. I love to explore new places and try new area restaurants. The best keep popping up in Irving. Peace out. 

February Activities in Irving

Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

February is peeking around the corner. Will it see its shadow? Will it offer up love and romance? One thing we know for sure is that February will be full of fun and diverse activities here in Irving to enjoy both in-person and online. Whether you're celebrating Black History Month, President's Day, National Margarita Day, or just life itself, we have a long list of ways to enjoy this shortest month of the year. 

The Irving Convention Center Turns 10

Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

 

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to one of Irving’s biggest game-changers - the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, which opened 10 years ago this week. Hosting a wide variety of events from large public shows, to small meetings, to sporting events and more, the building is as flexible as it is beautiful and served as the catalyst that spurred the development of Irving’s Entertainment District.

But the road to develop a convention center in Irving took many twists and turns along the way. Join us as we travel back in time and learn the history of this architecturally stunning structure. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a familiar puzzle. Click on the image below to load the online puzzle. Now, let's get started.

 

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to some of the famous people who once called Irving home. Several of these superstars you know hailed from the Big I, but a few just might surprise you. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a Hidden Music activity and coloring page in honor of former Irvingites who – like the city itself – keep the beat going on. Click on the image at the bottom of the page to print the color page. Now, let's get started … 

Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving

Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Irving holds a rich history of people and places that helped build this area into such a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and visit. You may not know the story behind many of our attractions and historic areas, so we've created "Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving," a weekly blog to tell you about the town we love. Also included each week is a printable activity and coloring page for your kiddos. Simply click on the image to print it out, then have fun coloring and working the activity. The answers to each activity page will

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas in Irving

Monday, December 21, 2020 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Just when you settle your brain for a long winter's nap, you're awakened, not by a clatter on the lawn but by knowing that Christmas is just a few days away. How many gifts do you have left to buy? Will they be delivered in time? And what are the chances they're still in stock? Well, don't chase those sugarplum visions away with worries about last minute gifts, because we have the answer for you. We've added below a jolly list of goodies to throw under the tree, found right here in Irving, and just in the time of Nick.

Gift Cards Galore at Irving Restaurants

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

This year, more than ever, a thoughtful gift card makes a great Christmas gift. It can be mailed, emailed, or personalized with a hand-made gift card holder. And you get to help out our area businesses. But wait, there's more! As an added bonus, we've compiled a list of Irving eateries who are offering special discounts and bonus cards. So look no further than down the road to your nearest restaurant for a ho-ho-whole lot of cheer to give away . . . or for keep for yourself.

Be sure to visit the restaurant's website as some gift card

Celebrate Veterans Day In Irving

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

 

Americans love, respect, and honor our troops all year round. However, each November, we set aside a special time to honor the sacrifices our brave military veterans have made.  Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day falls on the anniversary of World War I. The holiday was renamed in 1954 to honor the service of all military members. 

 

Irving's salute to our men and women in uniform on this day culminates into a wide variety of celebrations and honors, beginning with just offering our deep appreciation for their service. Over the next several days be sure to thank a veteran, and be proud that you're an American. In addition, we've listed below several different ways to commemorate Veterans Day here in Irving.  As always, there are many more events going on this weekend, just take a peek at our full activity calendar at www.irvingtexas.com.

5 Best Dining Deals in Irving

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

All across Irving there is always something good to eat. From Picanha to Pecan Pies to Paneer Tikka Kababs, there's a restaurant here to satisfy just about any food craving. And these days, when money is tight and you're looking to stretch a dollar, it's an added bonus to find a great deal on good food. There's no trick to finding a wide variety of great restaurants in Irving, so treat yourself to one of these deals.

Blaze Brazilian Steakhouse

310 West Las Colinas Blvd #130 | (469) 208-7977

Crazy Good Sandwiches for #TakeoutTuesday

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

 

Let's face it, the hot dog days of summer are upon us and with these Texas temperatures, who wants to cook inside? It's Takeout Tuesday anyway so why not grab a hearty sandwich to go for lunch or dinner? You say you've had sandwiches all summer long? Well, these aren't just any 'ol ordinary meat and bread meals. We're talking innovative, satisfying works of art. So sammich on up to the counter and sink your teeth into one of these delectables. 

 

Is celebrating National foodie days nacho thing? Then let's taco 'bout National Fajita Day on Tuesday, August 18. Surely those sizzling bites of meaty goodness will tempt your palate. And let's face it, we live in the best part of the world for great TexMex. So we've listed below some of the top restaurants in Irving to get your fajita-fix, and some have specials too! Take your pico these choices.