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Tulisoma Aug. 29-30 Authors, poets and artists will be featured at the 12th Annual Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival to be held in Fair Park. The free festival promotes literacy and highlights businesses and arts in south Dallas. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday with the 2014 Heart and Soul Tour of South Dallas historical sites and landmarks, led by District 7 Dallas City Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis. Call (214) 671-9398 to register for the tour, which will depart from the African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. On Saturday there will be author presentations, writing and art workshops, open mic poetry, book signings, children's activities, storytelling, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and performances featured at the African-American Museum. Information:

Texas LEGO KidsFest Aug. 29-31 Texas LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. From individual building to family challenges, there is lots to see and do at LEGO KidsFest. There is something for every member of the family. All activities are included in the price of admission. Each of the sessions offers the same interactive activities and play areas. No session is better than another to attend. Texas LEGO KidsFest will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, Hall F, located at 650 South Griffin St. Information:

    Majestic Theatre
    Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming performances include:
    Aug. 29 Luenell Campbell - The Bad Girl
    Of Comedy
    Sept. 18 Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule
    Sept. 28 The Dallas Mavericks Foundation Presents: Aloe Blacc & Mark Curry
    Oct. 26 Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour
    Oct. 29 America's Test Kitchen Live!
    The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
    Saturdays in August Enjoy Cinema in the Circle in Addison. Pack up your family, friends, and a blanket and enjoy some of your favorite adventure flicks under the Addison night sky! Cinema in the Circle offers free outdoor movies on a big screen every Saturday in August, right in the middle of Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Dr.
    Aug. 30 Fantastic 4

    Sept. 1 Garland Labor Day Exchange Event in Downtown Garland is presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland. The fun kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m. Other activities begin at 11 a.m., including a classic car show, chili cook-off, great food, live entertainment, kids' area with face painting, pony rides and petting zoo, vendors, bounce houses and more. The event will be held on and around the downtown square at State and Sixth streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:

    Sept. 6 Join police and firefighters from North Texas for the 4th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Participants are supported by members of the community, coming together for a day of remembrance. The stair climb is not a race, but rather a tribute honoring the sacrifices of fallen heroes - both near and far. While only active duty firefighters and police officers make the climb, witnessing the event provides spectators (family, friends and the general public) both an inspiring experience and intense reminder of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment required of those who serve and protect their communities around the world. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm St. Information:

    Sept. 9 The Neighborhood Advisory Commission and the City of Carrollton hold the 7th Annual Citizens' Evening at Carrollton City Hall, 1945 E. Jackson Rd. beginning at 5:30 p.m. This event will focus on community involvement and is free and open to the public. Topics will cover volunteer positions on City boards and commissions, how to build stronger Neighborhood Associations, and strengthen neighborhood/community partnerships with the City. The 7th Annual Citizens' Evening is your chance to mingle with City officials, visit City department information booths, and meet your Neighborhood Advisory Commission. Keynote speaker will be Mike Doocy of FOX 4 Sports addressing "Making a Difference in Your Community". Information:

    Downtown Carrollton Sept. 12 Enjoy a Chocolate Walk in Historic Downtown Carrollton. How can you beat an evening featuring tasty chocolate treats while visiting with old friends in Old Downtown? Come shop and enjoy an evening of shopping, entertainment and chocolate from 5-9 p.m. Information:

    Sept. 13 Dallas Heart Walk is a three-mile non-competitive event that promotes exercise, raises awareness of heart disease and stroke, and supports the research of the American Heart Association. The Dallas Heart Walk event will be held on September 13th at 9:00 a.m. at the Base of Reunion Tower (300 Reunion Blvd. East). The Heart Walk starts at the base of Reunion Tower and goes through downtown Dallas, ending back at the base of Reunion Tower. Registration is free and all participants raising at least $100 get a t-shirt. Information:

    Sept. 13 Join Dallas Observer on Saturday, September 13th at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expwy. for the 4th Annual Dallas Observer BrewFest presented by Whole Foods Market. BrewFest is an outdoor beer-sampling event and festival that will feature craft beers, local food vendors and live music. Twelve (2oz) beer samples are included in the ticket price. Guests must be 21+. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP and 7:00 p.m. for General Admission. Information:

    Sept. 18-21 Come help Addison celebrate the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich! Join more than 70,000 fans of polka, German food, and Paulaner Bier, in Addison's spectacular Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr. for four days of music, schnitzel, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children's entertainment, and more! Information:

    Sept. 19 Join in the Dallas Arts District's annual Fall Block Party. The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art will all be open until midnight. Events around the DMA's newest exhibition Mind's Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne are planned. 'Til midnight at the Nasher features a concert by Goodnight Ned and a screening of The Great Gatsby (PG-13). Foods trucks will also be on hand to sell food and beverages. Information:

    Dallas Salsa Fest Sept. 20 This September, Dallas Salsa Fest is a free event held in conjunction with the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market to bring a celebration of one of Texas' greatest contributions to the food world, Chips and Salsa. It's a take over of Crowdus St. at Elm St. with live music, local beer, the usual fair of diverse vendors, and, of course, lots and lots of salsa from local restaurants and salsa producers. Munch on some chips, buy some local art, enjoy the music, and come out Saturday, September 20th between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to vote for your favorite salsa in Dallas! Information:

    Downtown Garland Sept. 20 Come down to Historic Downtown Garland for the Marketplace every 3rd Saturday of the month from April to September. The public is invited to the Downtown Square, corner of 6th and Main Street for growers, produce, vendors and food. This is a great opportunity to support local artisans, craftsman, growers, and merchants. The Marketplace is produced by Eventive Marketing Solutions and benefits the Good Samaritans of Garland. Information:

    Sept. 26-28 INDEX is a 'day-party style' indoor/outdoor event that takes place in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas. The event features two outdoor stages and utilizes all of the premier venues located on legendary Elm Street - including Trees, Club Dada, Three Links & the Prophet Bar - for a total of nine stages. Over the weekend the two outdoor stages will feature more than 22 acts with over 60 additional acts performing at the various indoor venues. There will also be food trucks, beer gardens, craft vendors and several featured restaurants participating in ways that provide the event with additional vibrancy and texture. Information:

    Through Aug. 31 Celebrate the beauty and excitement of summer at Summer at the Arboretum through August 31. Enjoy outstanding floral displays, exciting activities, amazing discounts and fun for the whole family this summer at the Dallas Arboretum. Don't miss $1 general garden admission during the entire month of August and free admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden on Labor Day! As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During Summer at the Arboretum, the beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Rd. Information:

    Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville

    Fort Worth:

    Safari Shuttle Saturdays, May 24 through October 25, 2014 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo Saturdays from May 24 through October 25.

    Trolley Boarding Times
    The Safari Shuttle leaves on the hour and 1/2 hour from the ITC Station at 1001 Jones St., downtown Fort Worth. Board the shuttle to the zoo at Bus Bay A at the ITC. Returning to the ITC Station is simple - board where you got off. Return trips from the Zoo board every 30 minutes.

    ITC Station To Fort Worth Zoo: first trip is 9:30 a.m., last trip is 6:30 p.m.
    Fort Worth Zoo to ITC Station: first trip is 10:00 a.m., last trip is 7:00 p.m.
    Shuttles operate every 30 minutes until the last trip of the day.

    Fort Worth Zoo visitors arriving from Dallas and the Mid-Cities by the TRE may ride the Safari Shuttle from the ITC free of charge by using their TRE Regional day pass or with a valid weekly, monthly or annual regional pass.

    Information: 817-215-8600 or

    Kimbell Art Museum Through Aug. 31 Travel back in time and discover the life, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through more than 140 remarkable objects from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai - the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors' history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. The Kimbell is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

    The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:

    Denton and Lewisville:

    Denton Community Market Saturdays through Nov. 29 Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays through November near downtown Denton. Experience a community gathering space alive with music, local food and produce, locally produced handmade arts and crafts, on-site food, local business, community groups and more! The market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. Information:

    Sept. 6 North Texas vs. Southern Methodist University. The first North Texas home game is Saturday, September 6 at 11 a.m. vs. Southern Methodist University (SMU). For game travel, leave your car at home and hop on the new 2014 Mean Green Game Day Shuttle. The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), North Texas Athletics department (UNT) and the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) have teamed up to provide complimentary transportation services via DCTA special event shuttle services for North Texas home games during the 2014-2015 football season. It's simple to ride the new Mean Green Game Day shuttle. Passengers hop on the A-train, arrive at the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and board the free Mean Green Game Day Shuttle from the DDTC, to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and pedestrian bridge that leads to Apogee Stadium. The buses will also stop at locations along the Downtown Denton Square so passengers can take a break for dining, drinks and shopping before or after the football games. Information:

    Sept. 13 Denton's Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza. This festival, hosted by the Denton Main Street Association, is a classic car, truck and motorcycle show with live music, fine arts, children activities and games, food and shopping. Event attendees will also get to see antique and classic cars up close, most of which have been restored and preserved. The free event will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Hickory Street right outside the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square. Information:

    Western Days Festival Sept. 26-27 Lewisville's Western Days. The Western Days festival - September 26 and 27 - will showcase the history and spirit of the west and encourage attendees to find the cowboy in them through themed events, attractions, food, shopping, and entertainment. Three festival stages will feature national and regional live country music and entertainment while festival-goers partake in the unique arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, trick ropers, world tamale eating championship, car shows, kids stick horse rodeo and korral playland rides area, face painters and more. Information:
    • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Old Town Station.
    • Note: Last northbound A-train service from Old Town Station to the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) is 10:40 p.m. on Fridays and 11:16 p.m. on Saturdays. The last southbound A-train service from Old Town Station to the Trinity Mills Station is 11:37 p.m. on Fridays and 12:15 a.m. on Saturdays (early Sunday morning).

    First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

    Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

    UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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    Special Offers with your DART Pass

    Koala Walkabout Meet the only koalas in Texas - Kobi and Tekin - at the Koala Walkabout at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, and lorikeets (in an interactive feeding aviary!). Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

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