Archive | February, 2013

Be The Match Walk Run DFW 5K 2013

27 Feb

You can Run. You can Walk. But you can’t hide…especially in a lime green Be The Match Walk+Run t-shirt! btm runMost importantly you CAN help fight blood cancer. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma, and many times the only only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. How else do you think Robin Roberts was able to get back in her seat on GMA? Many people are afraid of the thought of this – donating bone marrow. While it seems daunting the process is not as bad as it seems. However, this post isn’t about recruiting for donors (although you should seriously consider), but focuses on another way everyone (even the “less brave”) can help support the fight.robin-roberts_abc-gma_240x340_76 The DFW Be The Match Walk Run will be Saturday, March 2nd, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. This time the horses won’t be the ones racing, but runners, survivors, caregivers, friends and supporters will “saddle up” in hoodies and headbands as their most comfy Nikes hit the pavement for 3.5 miles. The 5K race will commence at 9:00am, while the 1K starts just 5 minutes after.

Gather your teams, customized t-shirts, jogging tights and head to the race tracks the 2013 Be The Match 5K Run. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Then pick up your packets early on Friday at Sports Authority in Irving.

Whether you’re running in honor of a loved one, running with a corporate team or supporting a family member/friend that is presently in their fight with a blood cancer the Be The Match DFW race is right where you need to on Saturday, March 2nd! Take some time after the race to visit the Be The Match Connect Area where you can leave messages of hope for patients or add special photos and mementos to the Messages of Hope banner.small_Event_Map

Schedule of Events

7:30am – Event Village Opens

8:45am – Tot Trot

9:00am – 5K Starts

9:05am – 1K Starts

Be sure to Stop by the event village and sign the Messages of Hope banner! At the end of the DFW event, the banner will tour marrow transplant centers and registry drive events. Sign up to Be The Match for someone left with one more chance at life, or be the one to spread the word and make a difference. The 2013 BTM Walk+Run is just one way to say you care and help in fundraising and remembering loved ones. Join a community of fighters March 2nd at Grand Prairie Lone Star Park. See you at the racetrack!


Lone Star Park | 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

*Take a couple of minutes to also check out the official Be The Match Blog and learn more not only about BTM, but also the many lives this movement affects!

North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls 14th Annual Luncheon at the Meyerson

24 Feb

The table is set for North Texas Food Bank’s yearly fundraiser luncheon at the Meyerson! empty_bowlsEmpty Bowls 2013 will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Dallas’ long-standing symphony center from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Enjoy a taste of savory soups, breads and desserts by several DFW restaurants all under one Arts District roof. Make it your lunch break and make it a point to support NTFB. You’ll even go home with your very own custom hand crafted bowl made by a local artisan. Not only will you help fill empty bowls for locals in need of food, but you’ll take home a beautifully designed bowl yourself.

    Advanced Tickets Online: $35
    “No Bowl” Tickets: $25
    VIP Tickets: $100

The 14th Annual Empty Bowls luncheon, presented by Kroger, at the Morton Meyerson is just another one of the North Texas Food Bank’s grand opportunities for you to help your fellow North Texans find their next meal.soup breadbowl

To vote for the 2013 People’s Choice Award at Empty Bowls click here! Vote for your favorite restaurant and/or food item at the luncheon. Each vote is $1 and you only get 5 votes. VIP guests get early entry at 10:30am.

On the first Friday of March enjoy your lunch and feed a bunch!


Meyerson Symphony Center | 2301 Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201

Free 100 Red Envelope Giveaway Valentine’s Day at Victory Plaza

12 Feb

red in the air

Between the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day give yourself a reason to celebrate with lots of FREE luxurious stuff! Be one of the first 100 to Victory Plaza Thursday, Feb 14th, and win one of the mystery gifts found inside a red envelope. The 100 Red Envelope Giveaway at Victory Plaza in Dallas will begin at noon outside Shooter’s Dallas in the streets of AT&T Victory Plaza. Author of Passion Power Play, Lasonda Campbell is doing her “Oprah version” of Cupid’s Holiday by partnering with numerous Dallas businesses to make this free giveaway a success. red-envelopeValentine’s Day 2013 in Dallas will be remembered by those who make the 100 Red Envelope Giveaway because gifts will include items like gift certificates, fragrances, dance lessons, dinner for two at North Dallas Restaurants, free spa treatments, books and more!

The Red Envelope Extravaganza taking place on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is free to the public and spreading love all throughout Victory Lane and around the clear windows of WFAA and even into the bathroom stalls of Shooters Dallas. Come get a piece of that fancy luvin’ during your lunch break this Thursday at Victory Plaza! Who needs a boo-thang or dart in the assterisk just to get into the spirit of Valentine’s?! Get your FREE-on by simply showing up. And while I’m not talking about the car coolant, you might need that too after being surrounded by so many sizzling prizes!


Shooter’s Restaurant is located at 2500 Victory Avenue Dallas, TX 75219. You can’t miss it if you’re already at the Plaza.

P.S. – Come camera-ready!

Dallas Comic Con presents the Sci-Fi Expo – Feb 9-10

8 Feb

Dust off your superhero costumes, put down that comic book or Twilight novel and bring your Comic-Con-loving self over to the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas for the 2013 Sci-Fi Expo! Presented by Dallas Comic Con, the Sci-Fi Expo is running Saturday, February 9th through Sunday, February 10th! Luckily you won’t need your super powers to get there. Simply ride over in your car or hop on the Orange Line (DART).


General Admission Tickets
Saturday: $25.00
Sunday: $20.00

Kids Age 5-12: $10.00

Official SCI-FI EXPO Website

Irving Convention Center | 500 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving

Homeward Bound Dog Food Drive at Fort Worth Food Park – Feb 2013

7 Feb

This month Fort Worth Food Truck Park is holding a dog food drive on both Feb 2nd and Feb 16th.

The originals of Homeward Bound - gotta love 'em

The originals of Homeward Bound – gotta love ’em

Since we kinda missed the 2nd already, you have another chance to support Homeward Bound Animal Rescue and give lots of pups a second chance. At the February Homeward Bound Dog Food Drive all doggy donations go towards the Bedford rescue shelter and you can enjoy some fine food truck dining and drink specials while you’re at it. Simply bring a bag of food and help Homeward Bound reach their goal of 1000 lbs of food for the shelter! It’s very possible if you do your part.

Homeward Bound Animal Rescue is dedicated to rescuing companion animals and placing them into foster homes until they can be permanently adopted. AC4D93They have an Adopt-A-Pet program carried out at PetSmarts and are fully committed to placing unwanted animals into permanent loving homes.

Saturday, Feb 16th, is your last opportunity this month to help give local dogs what might be their last opportunity to life. Work those muscles and carry some IAMs, Pedigree, Dog Chow, Purina, you name it.. over to FW Food Truck Park during the Homeward Bound Dog Food Drive.

Don’t have so much Bark and no bite! Bring your bag or bagsss of doggie food and show canines and caregivers of Tarrant County that you care. Bow wow wow yippie yo yippy Ayyyyyee!


Texas Legends First Annual Black History Night

6 Feb

dallegendsThis Saturday night, Feb 9th, the Texas Legends partner with the Antonio Johnson Show and 855 Quick Dry to host their first annual “Black History Night”. The Texas Legends are the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the 2011 NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks franchise and will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate during “Black History Night with the Legends”. The team has placed many an NBA hopeful and is the breeding ground for many more. Coached by former Maverick and University of Oklahoma standout Eduardo Najera, the Legends are well on their way to actualizing their prestigious moniker. The team’s first coach was legendary basketball coach Nancy Lieberman.

Teaming up with the Legends is radio revolutionist and entrepreneur Antonio Johnson. Johnson has been a force in radio and media since his arrival to the area in the late 90’s. Johnson’s latest venture has spotlighted a genre inside a genre that normally gets little attention (Gospel Rap). His show’s partnership with the Legends is doing the same for the African-American community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, shining a light on often overlooked achievers in black communities, schools and businesses.


To share in this monumental honor, the Legends will don “one of a kind” jerseys for the game. In addition to the commemorative jerseys, there will be appearances by NBA legend and Dallas Native Spud Webb and Marques Haynes to name a few. To this day, Webb is most commonly known for his dynamic feat of overcoming adversity and winning the 1986 Slam Dunk Competition at the NBA All-Star game. Webb the high flyer will be joined by the most dexterous dribbler, Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters. black-history-monthHaynes joined the team in 2011 and is an integral part of shaping the careers of these NBA hopefuls. Haynes’ career is not without laurels. Haynes was the first Globetrotter to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall Basketball Hall of Fame and his #20 jersey is one of only five retired by the Globetrotters organization. With dribbling skills that influenced “Pistol Pete” Marovich and Bob Cousy, it can be said that Haynes is the greatest dribbler of all time!

The evening of honor will be spectacular! Selected jerseys will be available for purchase during an in-game silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will be given to charity. Five local Pastors have also been selected to take a half-court shot for the chance to win $10,000.legendplyr

Kudos to the Texas Legends and the Antonio Johnson Show for bringing this exceptional night to D-League basketball. Black History Night utilizes the fast paced game of basketball to pause and salute those locally who have made major league contributions to the area and people around them!

The game begins at 7pm and will air on TXA21 locally For ticket information, please call 214-469-0822 or click here.


Gospel Music writer for the Examiner, Win Willis, is a musician and sound engineer from Fort Worth, Texas. Win Willis is a lover of all styles of music and loves to share and discuss music with other avid music lovers.

2013 Hot Chocolate Run 5K/15K Dallas Fair Park

3 Feb

Don’t end up like Augustus. Get off your marshmallow, throw on some sneakers and head to Dallas Fair Park for a “world of pure imagination”. This Saturday, February 9th, the Dallas Hot Chocolate Run will unite lovers of chocolate from across the metroplex for a 15K and 5K run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House program. “America’s Sweetest Race” is sweeping the nation and that includes North Texas. While doing your Chocolate Run you may even spot an Oompa Loompa on the course.

hotcocoaThe 5K is scheduled to start at 7:30am and the 15K will commence at 8:10am. All runners/upbeat walkers are required to stay at a 15 minute mile pace or faster (like 4 miles per hour) for the Hot Chocolate Race, so choose to walk briskly or stay on the sidelines with your cup of hot cocoa.

The Hot Chocolate Expo will be located inside the Automobile Building and registered runners can pick up their race packets Thursday 2/7 (11a-8p) and Friday 2/8 (11a-8p). Not telling what’s inside the Chocolatey Expo, besides goodie bags and race packets but it’s sure to be a treat! and probably plenty more that our greedy Augustus would love to get his chubby hands on. This is the only location where race packets will be distributed. Parking here is $10.

Included in your goodie bags are some fancy-looking hoodies that you’ll want to keep forever. If the “chocolate” part of this Dallas event wasn’t enough to get you signed on, the sweater is definitely an added benefit. Get registered here!

Hot Chocolate Dallas Race Registration

Will Run for Chocolate

Will Run for Chocolate

Love chocolate? If you’re interested in being a Hot Chocolate volunteer click here.

You don’t have to win a golden ticket to get into these gates. Simply register online for the 2013 Hot Chocolate Run in Dallas and be a part of the milky mad dashes around the Cotton Bowl with other chocolate lovers like yourself on a crisp February morning. Ronald McDonald House will thank you and so will your winter gut!

Dallas FIG Finale 2013 – February 7-9

3 Feb

Hey Dallas Fashion Divas! Get your shopping boots and card-swiping skills ready for the 2013 FIG Finale and the amazing savings you’ll get on designer clothing, shoes and accessories February 7-9! Here you’ll find merchandise by some of the top brands and stores marked down by up to 75%! This spectacular sale is open to the public and tickets start at $10. The 2-Day pass is $15 and a VIP is $50. Click here for more info on tickets!


Dallas Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) Finale begins this Thursday, Feb 7th at 6pm and lasts until Saturday, Feb 9th. Take advantage of the wonderful deals on men’s, women’s contemporary and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories once you step into this shopper’s dream. After you’ve died and gone to “heaven” this Saturday, top off your shopping spree with some gourmet food truck pizza served by Tutta’s who will be on location Feb 9th! You can check out their menu here.tuttas-tada

Dallas FIG Finale 2013 is a three-day event, so don’t miss this fashion showcase right in the heart of our downtown Arts District in a boutique venue. Then save the date for FIG Markets March 21-23 (Fall 2013) and May 30-June 1 (Fall 2/Winter 2013)!

Fashion Industry Gallery | 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

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