Here in Irving we're very proud of our vastly diverse population.  What that means for you is there's a wide array of activities going on this weekend.  From concerts and shopping to crafts and movies, we have your weekend round up of events right here.

Friday, November 18, 2016:

Sip & Shop Holiday Bazaar

Where:  La Cima Club, 5215 N. O'Connor Road, 26th floor 75039
When: 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost:  Admission is complimentary

Have you ever been to the La Cima Club up on the top floor at Williams Square?  You know, the building where the mustang statues are?  Well tonight you don't need a membership to come up and shop from places like Kendra Scott, Stella and Dot, Texas Gourmet Past, Granny B's Candles and many more!  They'll all be there for you to browse through while enjoying appetizers and drink specials.  Learn More

DIY Geek Chic: Foil Embossing Edition

Where: Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060
When:  4 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free

Teens in Grades 6 - 12 will want to attend this workshop.  They'll learn how to use a variety of foil embossing techniques to add some bling and flair to cards, notebooks and folders.  And you know how parents LOVE those homemade cards.  Teens, win some brownie points this holiday season by giving a homemade Christmas card to your parents.  Learn More

Chicago The Musical

Where:  Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
When:  Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $21 - $31

This is the last weekend to catch Roxie and Velma and their roaring twenties struggle for fame, fortune and acquittal.  The staging and music are show stopping; it's not to be missed.  Learn More

Jack Odin and the Marching Band, Sonar Lights, and Daisy

Where: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
When:  8:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free admission, donations for the band are accepted

If you haven't made it down to Irving's own Texas Musicians Museum, you should go this weekend.  The museum will be open before the concert so go in and have a peek.  Then sit outside and enjoy this great weather, listening to some great tunes, while eating great food.  Life just doesn't get much better than that.  Learn More

Vegas Stars

Vegas Stars

Where: Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038
When:  9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

When you're my age, you call this the late night crowd.  These wise guys bring on the booty-shakes while they sing songs from the 70s through the 90s.  Plus, their Vegas lights are crazier than a night out in Sin City.  Learn More

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Saturday, November 19, 2016:

Bake Sale to benefit Emma's House

Where: Joe's Coffee Shop, 425 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
When:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Everyone knows Joe's.  So come out and get some sweets for Thanksgiving.  You don't have to tell anyone you didn't make them.  It'll be our little secret.  Besides, the programs at Emma's House helps people right here in Irving with special needs, such as Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.  So it's a win-win.  Learn More

Metal Stamping: DIY Holiday Gifts

Where: Irving Public Library - West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062
When:  2 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission, supplies are provided or bring your own

This is so cool!  Who knew this was a thing?  Join in the fun of making a metal-stamped bracelet, necklace or dog tag, which you can put inside your own gift bag you make also.  Learn More

Family Movie Matinee:  Free Birds

Where: Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063
When:  2 - 4 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission

What if you could go back in time and change the Thanksgiving menu to something other than turkey, would you?  If you were a turkey you would.  This is such a cute movie!  All ages are welcome.

Teens and Parents Decorate Christmas Cookies

Where: Irving Public Library - East, 440 S. Nursery Road 75060
When:  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission

Wait, I don't have to bake the cookies, but my teen and I get to learn how to decorate sugar cookies to look like ornaments and gifts?  Sweet.  No, really, that's pretty sweet.  I'm in.  Learn More

Cinema 13: Ghost Busters

Where: Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063
When:  4 - 6 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission

Who you gonna call . . . to invite to this epic movie?  Teens ages 13 and up, including adults, are invited to watch a group of comediennes and CGI-effect wizards.  Learn More

Sahasrabdi - A Song on Equality

Where: SLPS Community Center, 1910 N. Britain Road 75061
When:  4 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission, complimentary dinner and child care during this event

Meet His Holiness Sri Chinnajeeyar Swamiji with more than a thousand singers playing a musical tribute.  Watch a special ballet, classical and folk dances, and more.  Learn More

Sommelier for a Day

Where: Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive, 75038
When:  7:30 - 10 p.m.
Cost:  $30 prepaid or $35 (plus tax & gratuity) at the door

Not only is there wine sampling going on here, there's hand-passed hors d' oeuvres, live music by Memory Trip and raffle prizes.  Sample over 20 cabernets and vote on your favorite to be featured for a year.  Learn More

Faron

Where: The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
When: 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

If you haven't tried The Ranch yet, then you're missing some great food.  It's not your average steak and potatoes place.  When The Ranch talks about farm-to-fork food, they mean it.  You can taste the freshness in every dish.  Listen to Faron while you bite into a farm-raised smoked Prime Rib.  I'm getting hungry just writing about it.  The Ranch makes for a great date night or just a night out with your friends.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents Stephen Beus, Piano

Where: Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
When: 8 - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:  $16.50 - $46.50

Beus is a truly remarkable pianist who will be performing Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 in F Minor.  Additional pieces include Milhaud's Le boeuf sur le toit and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major.  Prepare to be mesmerized!  Learn More

The Silvertones with Werewolf Therewolf

Where: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd 75060
When:  8 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission, but donations for the bands are accepted

Take a couple of guys that worked together at Delta Airlines, who didn't really like each other in the beginning, throw in an electric bass and two more musicians and there you have it!  The Silvertones are born.  Come for the museum and stay for dinner, drinks and music.  Learn More

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Sunday, November 20, 2016:

Aboriginal Art Painting Inspiration

Where: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive 75060
When:  1:30 - 4 p.m.

The simple dot and line techniques used in Austrailian Aboriginal art inspire paintings of wildlife, wild colors and wild abstract patterns.  It's a very earthy-looking technique, and yet it reminds me of little stars in the sky.  Just bring paper, canvas or board, some acrylics, brushes, and other supplies that tickle your kookaburra.  Learn More   

Dubbers Champagne Jam

Where: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd 75060
When:  8 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission, but donations for the bands are accepted

What kind of a name is Dubbers for a band?  It's the kind that JW "Dubber" Hammet chose to bring you some very captivating original songs in his own unique delta style.  Come on out and see what I'm talking about.  Learn More