Goodbye Summer my old friend. Our time together has to end. Another school year is starting. Summer faded while I was sleeping.  And a vision of the pool is all that's left in my brain, it still remains, I've got another year of homework.

My apologies to Simon and Garfunkel for stealing their song, but I know it's how we all feel.  We want just one more weekend of summer vacation before we head back to school on Monday. Wait, we DO have one more weekend. So let's make the most of it. Listed below are several events that will help to ease the end of summer and welcome the beginning of a new school year here in Irving, Texas.  For more area events, please visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com.

 

LET THERE BE MUSIC!

 

 
WHO: Ice Cube with Bun B
WHEN: Sat, Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Pavilion at TMF
COST: $39 - $149+

As much of the popular rap songs these days focus on trite topics, Ice Cube remains raw and uncompromising. His artistic alchemy also allows him to craft a song like “The Big Show,” where he lets everyone know that in the real world, he’s going to remain true to himself regardless of whom he’s interacting with. “I just be myself man, and you’ve just got to take it or leave it, whether you’re the homie in the hood or Obama,” he says. “You’ve just got to take me how I am. Where I come from, it makes me real equipped to deal with everybody.” LEARN MORE

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WHO: Missing 3
WHEN: Fri, Aug 17 @ 8 - 11 pm
WHERE:  Texas Lottery Plaza
COST:  Free

This band actually came together by accident.  They used to be part of a 6-piece band called Moving Colors.  Only when they were asked to play for a venue with room for only 3 performers did the new band begin, and it's called - you guessed it - Missing 3.  They play a wide variety of music - classic to current rock like John Mayer, Stevie Ray, Beatles, Ben Harper, Tears for fears to The Black Keys.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic with goodies from Nosh & Bottle or grab a bite from one of the great restaurants at the Toyota Music Factory.  It's good 'ol hometown fun.  LEARN MORE

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Other Great Performances

 

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CLEAR THE SHELTERS!

 

WHAT:  Adopt a Furever Friend
WHEN:  Sat, Aug 18 @ 10 am - 5 pm
WHERE:  DFW Humane Society
COST:  Adoption Fees Waived

Clear the Shelters is a day where many of the nation's animal shelters, including ours, open their doors for an adoption extravaganza in hopes to clear the shelter of all stranded pets.  Last year this initiative helped place more than 70,000 animals into their furever homes.  Let's beat that number this year.   LEARN MORE  

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OTHER FUN STUFF

 

 

WHAT:  Back to School Party
WHEN:  Fri, Aug 17 @ 7 - 10 pm
WHERE:  Irving Public Library - South
COST:  Free

This party is open for children of all ages. They can enjoy crafts, snacks, and a 'hootin' good time. LEARN MORE

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WHAT:  Aladdin's Lamp Puppet Show
WHEN:  Sat, Aug 18 @  2:30 - 3:15 pm
WHERE:  West Public Library
COST:  Free

The Carranza Puppet Theater is traveling up I-45 from Houston to bring the West Library a special performance of “Aladdin’s Lamp.” It's fun for all ages. Funded in-part with a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts.  LEARN MORE

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Wait, There's More!

 

  • Start those brain muscles working again before school starts with Trivia Night for Teens. Students going into Grades 6 and up can test their knowledge on books, movies and random trivia.  There'll be prizes for the winners, not to mention bragging rights. It's at the Valley Ranch Library on Saturday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
  • Come to Agape Connect's Back to School Fest on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am - 2 pm where you might just find something that you need for school, plus free hair cuts for that just right look. Free.
  • The Chapter Books and Cozy Nooks Book Club will be discussing Geronimo Stilton's Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro at the South Library on Saturday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
  • It's Friends August Back to School Book Sale at the Irving Public Library Warehouse, 3000 Rock Island Road 75060 on Saturday, August 18 from noon to 5 pm.  Check out their amazing selection of children's books at phenomenal prices.  Open to the public.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 
  • Girls Who Code is a group of 6-12th Grade girls who are learning HTML, SQL, JavaScript and CSS.  The class is free but you must bring your own laptop. Girl POWER!  Valley Ranch Library on Saturday, August 18 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
  • Be sure to stop by the Irving Farmer's Market this Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm at the Irving Arts Center. Imagine how much better fresh fruit and vegetables taste, not to mention the greater nutritional value they have. There's also vendors and artisans.
  • Go browse through all kinds of super finds at the Neighborhood Garage Sale at the Georgia Farrow Recreation Center on Saturday, August 18 from 8 am - 1 pm.  You'll be sure to find something you never knew you loved.
  • Celebrate EID at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center on Sunday, August 19 from 5:30 - 10 pm.  It's fun for the whole family with henna, shopping, food vendors and sparklers after maghrib. 
  • Stop by Calvery Church for their Kicks and Cuts program on Sunday, August 19 from 1 - 3 pm, where they're giving away 500 pairs of brand new shoes and free hair cuts to 1st - 8th grade students (while supplies last).  There'll also be bounce houses and food trucks.

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Phew, that's a lot of activities for one little weekend.  Let's get out there and make it count!