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One of the many exhibition highlights

If you’re a disco fan you don’t want to miss the Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco exhibition at Dallas Galleria this week. 

With over 75 garments being featured, American, French, Italian and Japanese couture designers are represented.  Names as diverse as Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Zandra Rhodes, Hanae Mori, Michaele Volbracht, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin and Anne Klein will grace the exhibition showcases. 

And if you’re thinking about the amazing shoes and accessories from that decade, the exhibition also offers a look at that too.

“There are great shoes, accessories and jewelry, which help define the overall fashion,” said Martha Hinojosa, Director of Marketing for Galleria Dallas, and the creative force behind Night Fever. “Each individual vitrine is accessorized with items that were pertinent in the decade, whether we’re looking at roller boogie fashions and skates or top record albums of the era.”

Hinojosa said this latest exhibition was chosen with a look at the 1970s and the many iconic styles from that era.

“These [styles] are now being reinterpreted in couture and ready to wear fashions,” she said. “However, as we began designing the exhibition boundaries, we found that there were so many great examples of social and political occurrences influencing style as well.  It really allowed us to create a multi-sensory experience to put guests in the 1970s.”

The exhibition is curated by vintage clothing expert Ken Weber, who owns Vintage Martini.

“The 1970s are all around us in fashion.  It could be just the pattern of a Gucci gown or the platform on a Marc Jacobs shoe,” said Weber. “Diane Von Furstenberg has built an empire around her famous wrap dress, which hit the scene in 1974 and is still here today.”

While there are many styles to look at, Hinojosa said the most popular design in the exhibition has been the Battle of Versailles display. 

“It’s a story that most people don’t know, and it reflects a time when American fashion was recognized as internationally relevant,” said Hinojosa.

The Night Fever exhibition is not the first fashion exhibition the Dallas Galleria has offered shoppers and it won’t be the last.  Last year’s Decadence: Fashions of the 1920s was a huge success, which was the impetus for the continuation of the fashion exhibition themes.

“We’re thrilled that Night Fever appears to appeal to a very broad age group too,” said Hinojosa.  “Of course, we knew we’d find guests in their 50’s and beyond who remember wearing these designs during the decade.  However, we’ve had student groups, young fashionistas and more visit the exhibition.  I love seeing multi-generational groups come through, where parents and even grandparents show children the styles they wore and what inspired them.”

Free to the general public, shoppers can see the exhibition this week located on the south end of Galleria Dallas on Level I adjacent to Banana Republic.

“We do hope that Night Fever brings new guests to Galleria Dallas, but we also recognize that fashion history is intertwined with our history as an iconic shopping destination,” Hinojosa concluded.  “We hope that by keeping the history of design and fashion front of mind, we encourage our guests to understand and appreciate how modern fashions in our over 200 retailers owe a debt to the fashion of eras like the 1970s.”

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The Battle of the Pies brings out many local bakers

Let them eat pie!

Going into its ninth year now the annual pie contest "Battle of the Pies" for White Rock Market will take place tomorrow, Saturday October 28.

A favorite for pie lovers and bakers in the area, the event is a once a year deal that is also a good reminder the holidays will soon arrive.

“The goal is to inspire people to bake and share their work,” said Amity Thomas, spokesperson for the “Battle of the Pies” at the White Rock Market.

Organized by Good Local Markets, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit farmers market where local farmers, ranchers, and artisans sell directly to Dallas neighborhoods, the pie contest usually brings out about 30 bakers to take part.

“Good Local Markets Mission is to strengthen the local food economy and create an awareness of the social, environmental and health benefits of growing and eating local food,” said Thomas. “Our markets are producer only and all of our vendors are from within 150 miles.”

Youth are also encouraged to enter pies in the contest for a chance to win a prize in the Youth Category.

Thomas said this year there are four youth bakers signed up so far, but more are expected.

With about 2000 people attending the market, attendees get to taste the pies and vote for “Best of” in the categories of Fruit, Nut, Chocolate, Cream/Custard, Youth, Most Beautiful and Best Overall. Another caveat, the pie crusts and fillings must be homemade. 

Thomas said the favorite pie each year is usually the Texas Pecan Pie.

“Especially if they use local pecans from their backyard,” she added. “We have a lot of peach pies this year as well even though it is no longer peach season.” 

The most unusual flavor is a Thanksgiving Dinner pie that was entered this year too.

And what do the winners receive for putting their best pie forward?

“A beautiful ribbon, market tokens, and bragging rights,” Thomas concluded.

Entry fee is $10 per pie and tasting tickets are available at the event for $5.

White Rock Market is located at 9150 Garland Road and the market is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Good Local Markets also holds events at Tyler Street, 922 West 9th Street every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Paul Quinn College, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All the markets offer the public products from local farmers, ranchers and artisans who sell fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, hand-crafted foods and other products while serving thousands of residents looking for healthy and locally sourced foods

Additionally, Good Local Markets offer the Lone Star food stamp program, Love Your Farmer volunteer days, educational programs and workshops. 

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You can find all sorts of Halloween costumes at the local second-hand shop.

Forget about orange and black this season for Halloween and instead think green.  So, what are some tips you need to know in order to decorate your home and have the best green costume ever. And all with a touch of an eco-friendly scare factor?

First of all, get rid of the idea you have to decorate with things that go bump in the night and on the environment harshly. There are plenty of ways to save the environment and enjoy one of American’s most loved holidays.

Here are nine ideas to get your Halloween minded eco-friendly decorating creative juices flowing.

  1. Start with your costume.  How about recycling for the occasion and that means making your own costume from something bought from a second-hand store.  You might even check out a second-hand store and see what Halloween costumes are on sell there.  Most important, however is to stay away from the cheap store-bought costumes made from nonrecyclable petro-chemical based plastic or synthetic fibers.  These costumes are unhealthy for the environment and you.
  2. If you are planning to paint your face as part of your costume be mindful of the ingredients.  Many Halloween store bought makeup options contain nasties like lead or worse.  Think safe and use only organic face paint with approval from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Even better make your own face paint from an organic recipe.
  3. Consider the trick-or-treat bag.  Make sure it is not a bag you buy and use one time before throwing in the trash after Halloween.  Instead, decorate a recyclable canvas or shopping bag making it festive by personalizing it with your own Halloween artwork 
  4. For outdoor decorating ideas create your Halloween decorations the eco-friendly way by looking around the house at what you already have at the ready.  Make huge yard spiders and tarantulas from oversized biodegradable black trash bags.  Stuff the bags with leaves that have fallen from the trees or old magazines and newspapers and draw on the face. After the holiday you already have the leaves bagged and ready for pick-up.
  5. You can use old sheets to make ghosts hanging from the trees and tie a piece of yarn to make the head.
  6. If you have a few pairs of old pantyhose, this will work great for stringing up to double as spider webs on the trees and around the front yard.    
  7. You can make bats from old egg cartons.  Just decorate the cartons and hang on the trees outside.
  8. Save milk jugs during the year and recycle to make milk jug ghosts and goblins.  Decorate both the inside or outside of your home with these creations and make it an activity the entire family can enjoy.  Start by cutting a hole in the clean milk jug and draw on spooky faces with a colored or black marker.  If you are using the milk jug ghost outside put a battery or, even better, a solar operated tea light into the milk carton hole.  After Halloween you can recycle the milk jugs as normal.
  9. Finally, consider using seasonal gourds to create decorations outdoors or indoors on your tables. You can add a few mini-pumpkins here and there too.  It’s easy to draw decorations onto gourds and pumpkins so the sky is the limit with the Halloween message you want to send.

Look around your house and see what other fun ideas you can come up with for Halloween decorating and let us hear from you too.


If you’re already in a Halloween or holiday minded frame of mind then you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Costumes and Curiosities Sale at the popular Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) in Dallas.

The theater is converting its scene shop into a smorgasbord of goodies with a sale of some of the theater’s best treasures used and admired over the years during one of its many productions.

“Everyone will find something unique and different at the sale,” said Lyle Huchton, Dallas Children Theater’s Costume Shop Manager. “Because we’re a theater that custom makes everything we need, we have so much great inventory that’s just full of things you won’t find at a regular garage sale.”

The sale will be held beginning tomorrow, Saturday, October 14 from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The sale is open to both the general public and those attending the performance of “Goosebumps The Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium,” according to Dallas Children’s Theater spokesperson

Alayna Chabot.

Over the years Dallas Children’s Theater has gathered a very large collection of contemporary clothing, handmade costumes, household goods, specially designed objects, tools and even appliances. Now the theater is giving back to patrons, friends, neighbors, theater professionals, families and thrift shoppers who are invited into the inner workings to scour the racks.

“All are welcome to come in and haggle for their finds,” Chabot said in a press release. 

“This is a golden opportunity for people to make provisions for both Halloween and Christmas. Stock up on décor items and costumes and even gifts, while getting a really great deal. We want to sell as much as possible that weekend,” said Scott Osborne, Dallas Children’s Theater Director of Design and Production.

Overall, Dallas Children’s Theater plans to sell half the costume stock and one third of the props housed in the theater. Clothing for sale will include vintage clothes, ballet costumes, wigs, robes, dresses from the 1950s, suits, and even Halloween costumes. Those in search of unique home décor, appliances like TVs or microwaves, or props for their own theater are also invited to stop by the sale. 

Guests visiting the Rosewood Center for Family Arts for the sale only are required to come in through the front doors, and will walk through the production wing to find the sale. According to Osborne, the sale will be like any normal garage sale, except with wacky, costumes and theater stuff that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Dallas Children's Theater was founded in 1984 by Robyn Flatt and Dennis Vincent, in response to the growing need for professional family theater.  The theater has also been an important educational resource for metropolitan schools, and a vehicle of enrichment for the greater Dallas community over the years.  The theater is the largest professional family theater in the Southwest offering a season of eleven productions.

Dallas Children’s Theater

Rosewood Center for Family Arts

5938 Skillman Street

Dallas, Texas 75231


If you are off work and have an extra day for the upcoming Columbus Day holiday, or even if you are looking for an easy weekend jaunt here are four diverse destinations just a few hours from Dallas, but with an entirely different vibe.


Just a short jaunt south on I35 the City of Waco has been making a name for itself for a number of yars now.  While many folks head shopping in the downtown area, there is also a real find at Waco’s Mammoth Site. 

It was back in 2015 that the Mammoth Site in Waco, became a National Monument. What was discovered there changed the landscape of the area and made the City of Waco, Baylor University and the Waco Mammoth Foundation proud.   

The site is five acres located on over 100 acres of wooded land on the Bosque River.  It is here that you will find the nation's first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths.  Visitors get a good look at the fossil remains of 24 Columbian mammoths and other Ice Age animals.  The Columbian Mammoths known as Mammuthus columbi lived during the Pleistocene Epoch age about 2.5 million years to 10,000 years ago and were not only one of the largest mammals to have lived during this time, but they were as big as 14 feet in height and weighed up to 20,000 pounds. 

Change gears after your history lesson and try some shopping at Magnolia Market at the Silos. It’s an old Cottonseed Mill and yes, it is the place that is so well-known now thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their HGTV show Fixer Upper.  There are all kinds of shopping opportunities, games, a garden with a wooden teepee for children and diverse food trucks.


Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt opened in November of last year and is definitely worth a weekend trip.  Located in the city’s hip Historic Rainey Street District, Hotel Van Zandt is the perfect “home sweet home” for visitors wanting a weekend away from home.

Hotel Van Zandt’s name is loosely drawn from its historic Texas muse, Isaac Van Zandt, The Republic of Texas Ambassador to the U.S. The name also pays homage to the Ambassador’s third great-grandson, Townes Van Zandt, who left his mark on Texas music history with emotionally-charged songs that have inspired generations of musicians.

Hotel Van Zandt is designed to deliver a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music, entertainment and arts scene. From the décor to the musical playlists to the food you will know you are in Austin.  The music changes depending on the mood of the day and you don’t want to miss Geraldine’s, the hotel’s restaurant. This restaurant was named after Rainey Street’s famous former resident, Geraldine the guinea fowl.  The menu is contemporary Austin with a cocktail program, daily live music and breathtaking views of Lady Bird Lake.

Mineral Wells

West of Dallas/Fort Worth you will find a little town about an hour and a half’s drive that boasts the states only crazy water supply and a haunted hotel.

You will definitely want to check out the Crazy Water Bath House and try a 20-minute soak in the magic water.  It’s the same think folks used to do a hundred years ago when visiting and today it’s still a big draw.  In fact, the healing waters were discovered in the mid-1800s and as news spread about the “healing” people began to flock to Mineral Wells for all sorts of ailments.

Also in Mineral Wells you will find the 14-story, now defunct, Baker Hotel.  The hotel is a reminder that Mineral Wells reigned as Texas’ go-to health resort back in the day.  The hotel is undergoing a major renovation with no opening date, but it’s worth a visit and ask about the ghost’s stories, of which there are a few.

Round Rock

If you are interested in an old town feel and are into antiques then the little town of Round Rock might be just up your alley.  The town is also known for its leather goods and locally made accessories.  If you are interested in buying local you will want to visit a shop called Stash where local products are sold.

About three hours south of Dallas, Round Rock is also known for a strong art scene and excellent collection of art sculptures.  There are over 20 art sculptures in Round Rock all on loan from regional artists and located in the Downtown area as well as Prete and Centennial Plazas. 

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CartermerFarms.jpg One of the local farms participating in this year's festival

For the fifth year Dallas will play host to the annual Chefs For Farmers event this November.  Growing from the seed of an idea into a premiere farm-to-fork festival, Chefs For Farmers co-founder, Iris McCallister said this year’s highlights include the opening Bite Night showcasing an all-star cast of Top Chef® alum with the bold flavors of Texas beef, as well as the kick off “Know Thy Farmer” Dinner presented by Celebrity Cruises and Whole Foods Market, a Street Food Night Market with food from around the world and the Main Event boasting 125 booths of food, wine, beer, and spirits with a DJ and live music.

“This year, more than 30 nationally acclaimed chefs—most of whom are James Beard nominees and winners— are jetting to Dallas to cook alongside local culinary heroes and Texas farms,”  McCallister said. 

Featured national chefs include Top Chef® Season 14 winner Brooke Williamson, Justin Burdett from Local Provisions in Asheville, Kelly English from Iris and Second Line in Memphis, Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof in Maui, Shuai Wang from Short Grain in Charleston, Tyson Cole from Uchi in Austin, John Patterson from Fork in Philadelphia, and Michael Gulotta of MoPho in New Orleans.

The local chefs include the likes of Matt Balke of Bolsa, Michael Ehlert of The French Room, Matt McCallister of FT33 and Filament, Uno Immanivong of Chino Chinatown, Nathan Tate of Rapscallion and Boulevardier, Josh Harmon of Junction Craft + Kitchen, Sharon Hage of Farm-to-Fork Consulting, John Franke of Sixty Vines and Eric Dreyer of Fearing’s Restaurant.

The festival is a tasty experience for not only attendees, but it also forms a positive relationship between the chefs and farmers allowing for the participating chefs to work directly with the farms to create locally-sourced dishes.

“Our aim is that these festival dishes begin and expand sustainable relationships between the chefs and the farmers,” McCallister said.

The Chefs For Farms event began in 2010 with an intimate dinner on Eden’s Organic Community Farm. 

“Chefs and farmers broke bread together to discuss how to expand the direct relationship between those who grow our food and those who want to serve sustainable, seasonal cuisine,” McCallister explained.  “The same mission set at our first dinner remains true today, to connect those who grow our food with those who serve it. Often farmers are busy growing amazing food, and finding business relationships can be a challenge. Farms don’t often have marketing teams, or even sometimes websites - last year one of our farms didn’t have an email address.”

Chefs For Farmers invites different featured farms to participate each year since, as McCallister explained it this creates the opportunity for real relationships that sustain both the farms and the restaurants.

“At our festival, chefs are working booths right alongside farmers, and this is how many of them meet,” McCallister said. “We believe locally sourced, ethically raised food can be a sustainable model for both restaurants and consumers.”

The four-day event is for ages 21 and up and McCallister concluded “We sell out every year, and no tickets are sold at the gates, so we encourage everyone to buy now.”

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For Chocolate Lovers

It’s the eighth annual chocolate lover’s event in Dallas this weekend - the Dallas Chocolate Festival.

The chocolate extravaganza will be held at the Fashion Industry Gallery F.I.G  in the heart of the Dallas Art District and founder Sander Wolf said it is a celebration of everything chocolate.

Guests are invited to meet artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process and sample and shop from over 40 vendor participants. 

Being held the first time ever downtown, Wolf added “We are very excited about expanding to a larger venue.”

With the new venue, the organizers are also expecting around 2000 people to come out to the event beginning Saturday.

“That will be a record for us, but we have a bigger space and more vendors this year so attendees should still be able to talk with the vendors and get to learn about some great chocolate,” Wolf said.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guests can sample and shop chocolates, pastries and specialty foods with vendors as diverse as Amano Artisan Chocolate (Orem, UT), Bisous Bisous Patisserie, Cacao Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Chocolate Secrets, CocoAndré Chocolatier, Collin College, Dallas by Chocolate,  Dallas Caramel Company, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, Eileen’s Pralines,  El Centro, Escazú Artisan Chocolate (Raleigh, NC), Fresco Chocolate (Lynden,WA), FT33, Guittard Chocolate,  Hello Cocoa (Fayetteville, AR), Hoja Verde (Ecuador), Isabelly’s Chocolates and Sweet Treats, Izard Chocolates (Little Rock, AK), Jammit Jam, Kate Weiser, K’UL Chocolates (Minneapolis, MN),  Letterpress Chocolate (Los Angeles, CA), Pacari (Ecuador), Potamac Chocolate (Woodbridge, VA), SRSLY Chocolate (Austin, TX), Toffee Treats, Wackym’s Kitchen,  Wiseman House (Hico, TX), Xocolla (Sugarland, TX) and Yelibelly Chocolates.  

Madame Cocoa (Adrienne Newman) will once again serve as Mistress of Ceremonies along with Kandace Krueger in the Whole Foods classroom.   There will also be free demonstrations and classes throughout the day including “Strange Chocolate Pairings” with Megan Giller and “Breaking Down the Chocolate Wall” with Heather Holland.

Sunday classes offer participants a hands-on chocolate experience in Bisous Bisous Patisserie’s state of the art commissary kitchen located in the Design District.

“Chocolate is loved everywhere, which makes it a lot of fun to work with,” Wolf said. “People are always happy around chocolate. We’ve noticed over the years that Dallasites have become more knowledgeable about chocolate, which increases their enjoyment. And when you have places like Kate Weiser Chocolate, Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, and Chocolate Secrets making such amazing chocolate, how can you resist?”

Since its inception the Chocolate Festival in Dallas has changed.  The first event was a lecture and dinner with a couple of chocolate makers with about 100 people.

Wolf said over the years however the festival has grown has the word gets out that Dallas is a great city full of people who love and appreciate fine chocolate.

“Because of that each year we have more vendors from out of town that come to Dallas to meet the attendees and show them what they do,” Wolf explained. “And when they come to Dallas and meet our local vendors they help spread the word about all the great stuff happening in Dallas. It’s a great cycle.”

Wolf started the Chocolate Festival because “I had become aware of bean-to-bar chocolate and loved hearing the stories of people hand making what I had thought was only an industrial product. I then became more aware of all the local chocolatiers and wanted to get the word out about them all.”

More than anything, the founder just wants people to learn about all the great artisans who work tirelessly and passionately to make and work with chocolate.

“We also use some of the proceeds from the events to sponsor scholarships for pastry students at local community colleges,” Wolf concluded.

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For old film buffs you’re going to love what you’ll find in the City of McKinney this weekend.  Beginning Friday the McKinney Classic Film Festival will be featuring some of Director Vincent Minnelli’s best work like “Gigi,” “The Pirate” and “The Bandwagon.”

Going into its third season this year, film festival founder Dena Hill said they chose these films because “We wanted to feature musicals this year, so we did an informal poll of our local film group, chose a couple of our favorites, and generally researched what would be a good cross section of well-known musicals.”

Basically, the idea for this year is MGM musicals that make you want to sing along.

Other than that, Hill said the location is perfect for the vibe this classic film festival offers.

“Beyond the films and closing party, there's Historic Downtown McKinney itself,” she said.  “Audience members can explore numerous shops and restaurants surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.”

The film festival actually found its home in McKinney because Hill decided to move north to McKinney from Dallas.

“I thought McKinney's historic square would be ideal for a classic film festival. After all, what is now the Historic Downtown McKinney area was there when all these films were new. I met with the folks at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) about creating the festival in MPAC's Courthouse Theater, and they supported the idea. That was our start.”

Hill said she started the film festival too, because she realized there are many film festivals to attend, but few that feature the classics.

“We want to help keep the legacy of these films alive,” she explained. “We are trying to aid that effort by promoting and sharing them with people who grew up loving them. We also hope to create new generations of classic film lovers as younger audiences discover the richness of classic movie gems available to them.”

Other highlights of the festival include media maven, Kelly Kitchens who will discuss “Meet Me In St. Louis,” and announcer Bruce Calvert, a film collector, will share tidbits and historical notes on each film being shown.

Hill said she is also thrilled to have Christy Putnam from Houston attending the festival this year. 

“Christy writes about classic film and has been a TCM Film Festival Social Producer,” Hill explained. “She will be speaking at the closing party on August 27 regarding her work on an upcoming biography about character actress Thelma Ritter.”

The closing night party will also feature fun photo ops, a trivia game with prizes, refreshments, and a festive setting to just relax and mingle with other film lovers.”

For more information check the film festival website for an update of any additional speakers who will be attending the festival this weekend.


When: August 25, 26 and 27, 2017

Where: The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas.  All films will be screened in MPAC’s Courtroom Theater.


GIGI (1958) 

Friday (August 25) 7:30 p.m.



Saturday (August 26) 3:30 p.m.



Saturday (August 26) 7:30 p.m.



Sunday (August 27) 2:30 p.m.


ON THE TOWN (1949)

Sunday (August 27) 5 p.m.


Sunday Closing Party 7:15 p.m.

All festival ticket holders are invited to return after the “On the Town” final screening for the weekend’s closing party with refreshments located just off the MPAC lobby.


Festival general admission tickets: $15 Adult; $10  Child/Student/Senior

Film Buff Pass including all films:   $60 Adult; $40 Child/Student/Senior


It’s almost that time for children to head back to school.  That means parents need to make sure their child’s immunization shots are up-to-date.  On August 12, 2017 the Dallas County Health and Human Services will be offering free back-to-school immunizations for eligible children.

It is a service DCHHS has been offering for the past 20 years according to Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer, Dallas County Health & Human Services.

“We estimate between 150 to 200 clients to be immunized this coming Saturday, which is a projection based off of last year’s numbers,” Crutchfield said.  

Dallas County residents from birth to age 18 in the following categories are eligible to receive free immunizations on August 12 under the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC):

  • Medicaid eligible
  • Uninsured: a child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Enrolled in CHIP
  • Underinsured (as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services)

The back-to-school  immunization clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the main DCHHS building located at 2377 N Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.

Appointments are not required, however parents and guardians should be sure to bring immunization records for walk in immunizations.

“Mumps cases in Dallas County spiked last school year and vaccinations were essential in helping reduce the spread,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “This fall, don’t let your child’s seat in class be left empty. Get your children the vaccinations they need for school now.”  

It is also recommended that parents and guardians review immunization records and consult with a primary care provider or a public health professional to determine the needed vaccinations for their children.  Texas has specific minimum state vaccine requirements for students grades K-12. These requirements can be found online here.

 “Provisional enrollments are not always guaranteed and are only short term,” said Tammara Scroggins, DCHHS asst. director public health communicable disease. “Acting now will help ensure that your children are ready for classes on the first day of school.”

If your child is not eligible for the free clinic this Saturday, there are still low-cost clinics in the area for inexpensive immunizations costing around $10.  Below is a list of the clinics spread across the Dallas area providing these services.


Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic

1113 E. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200 in Dallas

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday



John West Branch Immunization Clinic

3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 in Dallas

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday



Irving Branch Immunization Clinic

440 S. Nursery Rd. in Irving

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through F riday



North Dallas Branch Immunization Clinic

8202 Spring Valley Rd. #200

This clinic location is located at the corner of Waterfall Way and Spring Valley behind the laundromat.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday



Carrollton Farmers Branch Immunization Clinic

2774 Valwood Pkwy. in Farmers Branch

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday


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For green thumbs and eco-friendly fans, an oasis in the middle of Dallas recently opened this summer to accommodate many of the items on your sustainable shopping list.

The TreeHouse Dallas flagship store.

offers 35,000-square-feet (including the store’s outdoor space) of goodies that range from kitchen to garden to bathroom design items and supplies for the home.

And all good for the environment.

Jason Ballard, CEO of TreeHouse said “TreeHouse is unlike any other home improvement store. It is a one-stop-shop for all your home upgrades.”

TreeHouse offers fully-managed home projects from idea to install, like kitchen and bath remodels, home solar power, flooring, and more, eliminating many of the pain points traditionally

associated with home improvement.

The store features a variety of areas that customers can utilize for earth friendly ideas. 

“TreeHouse Dallas has a kitchen design center, garden design center, lighting design room, Smart Home product section, bathroom design area, flooring design area, paint section with eco-

friendly paint brands, and the store also has home experts who can help with any questions related to remodels, new construction, home improvement and Smart Home technology,” Ballard


Ballard goes on to assure that TreeHouse also has an expertly curated selection of products to go along with the knowledgeable staff “all contributing to a high-quality costumer experience.”

In fact, the owner touts the Dallas store as a place where a customer can get any home question answered while seeing the latest in home improvement technology and design.

Opened in June, Ballard said so far the store has been welcomed by Dallas with open arms.

“The store is hosting regular "Home School" classes on topics like cooking, solar, gardening and more, which have been well-attended,” he said. “The Dallas store has been very busy since

opening and the Dallas market has been very receptive to the TreeHouse brand.”

The most popular items in the store since opening are the Haiku Fans, ROMABIO paint, NEST, SunPower solar panels and TreeHouse's Kitchen & Bath design department items.

Centrally-located in Dallas in the Walnut Hill area, Ballard said the idea was to beeasily accessible to the majority of people in the DFW area.

And, with the store being 100% solar that is a big deal too.

“The TreeHouse Dallas location is the first energy-positive big-box store in the world, meaning the store will generate excess renewable energy using solar panels, battery packs, and

cutting-edge architectural design, then send unused energy back into the city grid,” Ballard said.

Co-founding TreeHouse, Inc., in 2011 in Austin, Texas, Ballard said the Dallas store is the brand’s second location.

Prior to founding TreeHouse the eco-friendly store owner worked as a green builder in Boulder, Colorado for two years and as an environmental consultant for ACRT. He was interested in

opening TreeHouse in Dallas after the success of the Austin location of the brand because he saw a need in the Dallas market.

Future plans for the store include the continuation of the Home School classes as well as hosting special events and home-related education classes.

Overall, Ballard said he felt Dallas had supported TreeHouse in its earliest years “and I was ready to give back to the city,” he concluded.  He also said he hopes the company will gain many

new fans in the DFW region.