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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. 

How To Be a Tourist in Irving

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


. . . even if you live here!  There is something to be said about the excitement of packing for a week, passing through multiple security checkpoints, and fighting jet lag when you go on vacation. Of course it's all worth it when you arrive at your destination and visit unique places you've never seen before. However, the same holds true for exploring around town, just as if you've never visited Irving before.  Have you ever watched a tourist's face light up as they marvel at the Mustang sculptures?  Or have you hosted out-of-town guests and saw your city through a fresh pair of eyes?  Listed below are four tips on how you can capture that tourist excitement, without having to book a single flight.

Say I Do to Irving This Weekend

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Are you thinking of getting married soon or dreaming of an ideal wedding? The Las Colinas Bridal Show brings you a kaleidoscope of over 100 wedding-related businesses. Drop by the Irving Convention Center and stroll down aisles of vendors, watch a breathtaking fashion show of the latest gowns, sign up for door prizes and giveaways, and much more.  This show has all you need to plan that perfect wedding, and is just one of the many great opportunities to get outside and have some fun this weekend. With an Elvis birthday party, movies galore, an outdoor market, and great harmonizing, Irving, Texas has something for everyone. 

Irving Hot Spots for New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 27, 2018 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

With 2019 peeking just around the corner, what better way to celebrate New Years Eve than with some local food, music and fun? There's no shortage of events here in Irving, TX on Monday night so bring your party face down to any one of these fun happenings. Also, check out our website also for additional events.

Last Minute Gift Ideas in Irving, TX

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

This week I had the extreme pleasure of attending two DIY classes at the East Library here in Irving. The first was a bilingual class on how to make bath bombs - those heavenly chunks of good-smelling stuff that explode into a colorful fizz in your bathtub. A second bilingual class showed us how to make homemade soap bars, which also smell divine and also cost pennies on the dollar to make. Both of these classes were free and open to the public.

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6 Ways to Make Family Memories This Weekend

Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


There exists a hard and fast rule by which I judge most decisions, especially when considering what to give my loved ones for Christmas -- in five years, will they remember the gift I bought them? Perhaps. Or in five years will they remember the great time we spent together making memories? More than likely it's the latter.  To help you choose which activities best fit your tastes, time and family budget, I've listed below several events that will give your family memories to last a lifetime.  Of course there are more than just these few things to do in Irving this weekend, so just stop by our website at and see what other goodies are in the bag. 

Your Guide to a Holiday-filled Weekend

Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Irving comes alive this weekend with holiday splendor. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you like parades, fireworks, Christmas trees, ballets, or just lots of fun for the whole family, Irving has it all. We made a list (and checked it twice) of the top holiday activities going on in Irving, but there's always more that's listed on our website at  C'mon, let's get our jingle on!

Stepping Out in Irving

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


In this season of giving thanks we are reminded of the many blessings that surround us. And some of the greatest blessings are those we call friends. So grab your friends this weekend, head uptown, downtown, or anywhere in between and have fun stepping out. I've listed several ideas below, but you can always stop by our website for more.

Five Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day In Irving

Thursday, November 8, 2018 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


After exercising our right to vote this week, it is time to honor the Veterans who fought for that right to vote, and all other American freedoms we get to enjoy every day. Irving's salute to our men and women in uniform culminates into a wide variety of celebrations, 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. Listed below are five 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


Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


There is never a more vibrant and colorful palate than that of fall sunsets and fall leaves. To me, it is the best season to get outdoors and enjoy cooler weather and seasonal tastes. Whether you take in an open air concert at the Texas Lottery Plaza, enjoy one of the family-friendly library events around Irving, experience a live stage show, or peruse the Farmers Market, this weekend offers up some great weather, great food and great events. Listed below are a few suggestions for your weekend itinerary, or you can visit our website at for additional ideas. It's time to get out and enjoy some fall, y'all.