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. 

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.

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 www.irvingtexas.com.

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 www.irvingtexas.com.

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 www.visitirving.com.

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 www.irvingtexas.com.

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.