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. 

Mother's Day Weekend! May 12-14

Friday, May 12, 2017 2:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Every year when Mother's Day comes around you rack your brain trying to think of a gift that's meaningful and that she'll love. But when you ask her what she needs, she says, "Oh, I don't need anything."  Am I right?  Well, I'm going to give you a list of the top 5 things that your Mom wants from you, but she'll never really say it. Or if these don't suit your fancy, you can also choose from any of the area events listed at irvingtexas.com

Canal Fest Fever! Apr 22

Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Sparkling water ... clear skies ... music in the air ... vendors lined up along the canal ... it can only mean one thing.  It's CANAL FEST weekend!  If you've ever been to Canal Fest before, you know what delights await you on Saturday, April 22 from 2 - 8 p.m.  But if you've never been, I'll break it down for you.  And when your kids or friends say, "Whatcha wanna do this weekend?" you'll be ready with an answer.  Or for more area events, just visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com/events.

Easter in Irving, Texas - Apr 14-16

Friday, April 14, 2017 2:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Eastertime reminds me of that wonderful aroma of rolls baking in the oven; the feel of cool, soft grass underneath bare feet; planting spring flowers and of course, family gatherings.  Whatever this time of year means to you, we've highlighted several events here in Irving where you can make your own family memories.  Or venture out and look through our events calendar for more fun things to do.

5 Must-Do Events in Irving, April 1 & 2

Friday, March 31, 2017 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

It's a beautiful weekend to enjoy Irving, Texas! Here's a few fun things you should take a look at. If they don't suit your fancy check out our event calendar.

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VINTAGE MARKET DAYS

Vintage Market Days
Where: Downtown Irving
When: Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's back! The Irving Vintage Trails Market beckons you to experience historic downtown Irving. A gathering of vintage, antique, collectible, primitive treasures are mapped out for you, along with one-of-a-kind products such

Throughout the history of mankind, every known culture has composed and enjoyed some type of music. Influenced by an array of experiences and histories, it spans generations, reaches across borders, and enjoins our vast differences.  Music can be both soothing and urging.  It can move you to dance, it can move you to forget.  And when that song, your very favorite song, comes on the radio ... time stands still. That song can move you to sadness or urge you to sing along at the top of your lungs (which totally embarrasses your kids, especially if you're in the grocery store). You know what I mean. You're probably listening to some kind of music right now aren't you?  Well then, let's crank up the volume and get this weekend started! We've got a wide array of music planned just for you.

Girls, Gears and Guitars!

Friday, March 10, 2017 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

The race is on!  Just under 25 percent of those working in a STEM field are female, even though women fill close to half of all jobs in the United States. Science and engineering occupations are projected to grow at more than double the rate of the overall U.S. labor force through 2018. While the world celebrated International Women's Day this week, here in Irving we celebrated a diverse group of area 6th through 8th grade girls who learned how engineers are changing the world, and in turn, how THEY can change the world.  ExxonMobil engineers helped the students participate in hands-on activities at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas which were designed to showcase the unique and real-world applications of science, technology engineering and math (STEM).  You can get in gear this weekend with the FIRST Robotics teams from all around the world competing for top prize.  And guess what boys . . . many of these teams are girls.  

A Trip to South America Irving-style

Friday, February 24, 2017 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Jump into your brand new 2017 Imagination and follow me on a trip to the other side of the Americas.  Just south of Mexico lies a myriad of new tastes and sights and sounds.  Imagine the call of a macaw, pan pipes playing in the distance, and a cuica's beat that matches the cadence of ocean waves kissing the shore. And now you have arrived, because you need to look no further than the Four Seasons Resort and Spa, Villa's Brazilian Grill, Empa Mundo and Tio Carlos Mexican Latin Grill.  Prepare your taste buds and join me for a trip through the beautiful south.

For a list of additional restaurants, hotels and events, please visit our website at www.IrvingTexas.com.

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.