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Grapevine is a vibrant, active city with exciting events happening every day, so we offer short, up-to-date community briefs on events and news to keep you in touch. 

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We also offer two calendars: Community Meeting Calendar for local organizations which occur regularly on a given day of the week; and a separate calendar for Grapevine Events.

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July Events

Grapevine Celebrates National Independence Day - Friday, July 4th, 2014

32nd  Annual Fireworks Extravaganza
Grapevine's fireworks show on Lake Grapevine is visible from any lakeside location as well as from other areas around the city. For this event, the city closes Fairway Drive between SH 26 and Silveron Blvd from 9 PM until the show is over. Although most viewing locations have free admission, some parks may charge a minimal fee.

Monte Python Open House - July 19th

British Emporium Monty Python Fan Meet & Open House is set for July 19th in Grapevine.

Monty Python Open House at: British Emporium, 140 North Main Street, Grapevine TX 76051. Tel: 817 421 2311. Saturday July 19th, 11am-4pm. Free and open to the public.

Calling all Gumbys; Bruces; Hell's Grannies; Vikings, Black Knights; Ministry of Silly Walkers; Upper Class Twits, Loonies & Lumberjacks, all are welcome to gather at the most British spot in the Metroplex!

In celebration of the Monty Python Reunion Shows in London this season, and to provide a touch of summertime silliness, The British Emporium invites fans of Monty Python and classic British comedy to their Open House on Saturday July 19th, 11am-4pm. Fans are invited to meet and mingle at a traditional British corner store, wear their favorite costumes & participate in a Silly Walk at One (1pm) outside the Emporium. Complimentary Tea & Biscuits will be provided (sorry, no cheese).

The British comedy troupe Monty Python's sell-out final live performances in London, England this month are said to be their final reunion shows. Can't make it to London? No worries - their last show on July 20th  - the final 'flying circus' complete with dancers and a full orchestra - will be screened via simulcast in movie theatres around the world. According to Sheela Kadam, "audiences have been told to expect vintage material, guest stars and The Spanish Inquisition".

For over 21 years, The British Emporium has provided British groceries & gifts and hosted community-related events such as royal celebrations, car shows, meet-and-greets with VIP visitors from the UK. Owned by Sheela Kadam, the store is a popular meeting point for expatriate Brits and anglophiles alike and brings a touch of Great Britain to Grapevine.

For more information contact Sheela Kadam 817 421-2311 or 817 300-6292 cell

The British Emporium
British Groceries & Gifts  Est. 1992
140 North Main Street
Grapevine TX 76051
817 421 2311         
Celebrating 21 years in Grapevine
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sundays 12noon-5pm
Recommended by D Magazine
"Best of British Award" - UK Telegraph Newspaper

Johnny Rogers, Live

Johnny Rogers - Legends of Country Music
July 26th    7:30 pm   
At the Palace Theatre
300 S. Main Street 

Voted #1 tribute artist in the world, he now branches out into the original song writer artist field and brings a fresh new sound to today's country music. His music has the simplicity of Buddy Holly, the the soul of Hank Williams and the funk of Prince. His stage presence echo's the king of rock n roll and guitar licks blend the skills of Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix. Top Nashville Grammy nominee producer Daryl Bledsoe says "he is one of the best entertainers around".

Nominated for best show in Branson, MO 2009 and 2010, Branson critic Gary Wackerly says he's the best entertainer he's seen in his 25 years.
$25/$30 per ticket. Reserved seating.

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering Exhibit

May 16, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Venue: Grand Gallery at 636 S. Main St.
Time: Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Sun: noon - 5 p.m.
Admission: Free, Recurrence: Recurring daily

"Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering" is a fun and interactive exhibit that tells compelling stories of engineers and users with disabilities who design and use technologies to help themselves and others achieve their goals. The exhibit also allows guests to interact and get their hands on a broad range of actual ability-enhancing tools. "Human Plus," created by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Quality of Life Technology Center with funding from the National Science Foundation, offers visitors a chance to explore and create a range of low-tech and high technology tools that restore and extend human abilities. Throughout the exhibit, visitors experience the creative, dynamic engineering process, which involves the user every step of the way. Once visitors enter "Human Plus," they are welcomed by three individuals whose compelling stories are told through videos and artifacts: • Erik Weihenmayer, an outdoor adventurer who is blind and uses a variety of tools to help him accomplish his goals. In 2001, Erik became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest; • Elaine Houston, an engineer at the Quality of Life Technology Center. Elaine develops technologies to help others. Elaine herself is a user of assistive technology: a wheelchair and a prosthetic hand and • Carrie Krischke, an Army veteran who has worked closely with DEKA engineers in the development of a new prosthetic arm known as the "Luke" arm, named after Star Wars character, "Luke Skywalker." Carrie, a busy mother of three, has participated in extensive testing to see how the arm, controlled by the motions of her foot, works. Along with these influential stories, "Human Plus" features interactive areas including Re-Designing You, RAMPS, Consider This and more. From customized wheelchairs, to a vest that allows the wearer to feel music and neuroprosthetic limbs controlled by a user's thoughts, "Human Plus" showcases an innovative field of engineering that improves lives every day.

The exhibition is free and will be open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Grand Gallery is located in the Grapevine CVB Headquarters and Museum Complex at 636 S. Main St. As part of the exhibit, guests are encouraged to attend the Food For Thought Gallery Talk events on Wednesday, May 28, Wednesday, June 25, Wednesday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 27.
Contacts: 817 410-3185; www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Train Exhibit

If you haven't seen this, you should!Baggage car sitting behind #771

Located in the historic Grapevine rail yard area, the big burgundy and silver baggage car is on static display behind the #771 Baldwin Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine. The car itself was built originally by the Pullman Company for the Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

Members of the club built the highly detailed diorama with scale models of many of the iconic and historic structures located in Grapevine, including a replica of the Grapevine concrete grain elevators and a scale model of the club baggage car itself.

The layout also includes a long series of late 1800 and early 1900 era buildings in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The layout includes two rail yards and a massive hand carved mountain that towers four feet over the layout. The mountain was inspired by an actual mountain in west Texas and included three train tunnels and working oil wells.

Other features of the layout include working wind turbines and a turntable. There is even a cell phone tower. The layout has three independent tracks allowing members to run up to six long trains simultaneously. Members can even run their trains with state-of-the-hobby handheld remote control devices. Many of the trains emit smoke, have realistic lighting and built-in sounds of horns, bells and voices of the engineers and tower personnel.

The Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Railroad Association (LSHR) is an organization of Association members interested and involved in participating in and educating the public on the hobby of model railroading.  The purpose of the Association is to promote the fellowship of model railroading among model railroaders with similar interests, to advance and promote the hobby of model railroading to the public by participation in various public events, and to provide a meeting ground for the sharing of knowledge and interests among model railroaders interested in model railroading.  The Association is a not for profit mutual benefit organization, created for educational, fraternal, and social purposes.

Hours of Operation:
Most Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; most Sundays 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Special tours for groups can be arranged by contacting the Lone Star Hi-Railers.

Admission Fee:
$2 for adults, $1 for children 2 to 12 and free for those 2 and under.

410 W. Dallas Road

Giddens Art Gallery - Artist Reception July 26th

Giddens Gallery of Fine Art
624 S. Main Street
817 488-8600

You are invited
July Artists Show and Reception July 24- Aug 3
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Featuring: Trudy Atteberry and Leticia Sedberry

Reception Saturday, July 26,  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy Fine Art and Complimentary Wine & Hors d’oeuvres

For details: http://giddensgallery.com/featured-artists-show-and-reception-july-24-aug-3/

Grapevine Opry Show - July

Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main Street
Ph: 817 481-8733
Starting: 7:30 PM

- Saturday, July 5th - "Country Songs of Summer". It’s summer, so let’s turn up the heat! “Country Songs of Summer” will feature some of country music’s hottest hits, from classic country to today’s sensations with a contemporary country-music flare. Our stage will sizzle with smokin’ fiddles, fiery electric guitars and a scorching cast of entertainers not to be missed.

- Saturday, July 12th - “Hot Rockin’ Jukebox” is a must-see show filled with timeless hits, old and new, from No. 1 artists and groups spanning 60 years of music! This show will feature an upbeat and energetic twist to some of the hottest pop hits ever performed. Let your hair down, check in with your alter ego and fire up your air guitar for an unforgettable concert of jukebox favorites.

- Saturday, July 19th -  "Country Songs of Summer". It’s summer, so let’s turn up the heat! “Country Songs of Summer” will feature some of country music’s hottest hits, from classic country to today’s sensations with a contemporary country-music flare. Our stage will sizzle with smokin’ fiddles, fiery electric guitars and a scorching cast of entertainers not to be missed.

- Saturday, July 26th - No Show Scheduled


And Coming in August...
Hansel and Gretel

Le Theatre de Marionette presents:
Hansel and Gretel
August 1st - August 2nd
At the Palace Theatre
Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Le Theatre's retelling offers an amusing take on the Grimm Brothers' classic fairytale. Join the familiar pair of siblings and their pet goat, Willy, as they venture into the woods to find berries for supper. Here they encounter Sandor the Sandman, a host of forest creatures, Guardian Angels and of course, the kooky candy witch, Lady Rosina Sweettooth!

Tickets: $10.00 kids/ $12.00 adults
Contact: 469 442-1919

Revolving Universe - A Smithsonian Exhibition

A Smithsonian Exhibition at the Tower Gallery, 636 S. Main Street
Friday, July 25th - Tuesday, September 30th
9 AM - 5 PM
FREE exhibit, open daily 

How was the universe created?
How has it changed over time?
How do we know?

Through amazing and rare photographs, visitors to The Evolving Universe will learn the answers to these questions and more. Travel through time and find out how Smithsonian scientists study the far reaches of space and the astronomical beginning of time.

We can never see the universe as it is right now, only how it was in the past. In The Evolving Universe, visitors will journey from the here and now of Earth to beyond our galaxy, traveling back through time and out into space. The very nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away. When we gaze at it in the sky, the light hitting our eyeballs left it four years ago, so we're seeing Alpha Centauri as it was in 2006. In this sense our telescopes are also time machines: the most distant galaxies we study are billions of light years away and we are seeing them as they were before the Earth was formed. Twenty-seven full-color photographs, eight light boxes, 11 illustrated text panels, 24 sidebars and an introductory video capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos as seen through high powered terrestrial and orbiting telescopes.

The Evolving Universe was developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the National Museum of Natural History where it was on view in 2012 and 2013.

Contacts: 817 410-3185; www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Grapevine Opry Show - August

Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main Street
Ph: 817 481-8733
Starting: 7:30 PM

Saturday August 2nd
“Songs of Summer”
This is an exciting summer blast show, featuring fun songs of summer, along with a variety of hit songs from the past and present.   We’ll have a complete variety of country, pop, patriotic and gospel favorites. Don’t miss this HOT, HOT, HOT show!

Featuring Lani Stacy, Clint White, Nikki Vassar “Anita Job”, Chad Hailey, Jeanice, Massey, Abbey Cone.

Saturday August 9th
“Songs of Summer/Talent Search Showdown”
The closing chapter of the Summer Talent Search will feature six remaining contestants. They will face off for a $500 CASH prize and a SHOWCASE on the Grapevine Opry Show. This will be an exciting night to come support some great DFW local talent.

We will also feature our very own Casey Rivers, Lani Stacy, Jeanice Massey and Abbey Cone throughout the show. Get your tickets now because this show will sell out fast!

Saturday, August 16th - No show scheduled.

Saturday August 23rd
“Style Me Country”
From Bluegrass and Western Swing, to Rockabilly, Outlaws and today’s Contemporary Country, fans have remained faithful to the evolving sounds and styles of Country Music throughout the years. “Style Me Country” will combine some of these fantastic and favorite sub-genres for an all-encompassing Country and Western Music experience that will leave fans wanting more. Take this journey with us to a place where “people tell their life stories”.

Saturday August 30th
“The iPod Shuffle”
The name says it all.  Sync up with us as we shuffle through the Grapevine Opry Show’s playlist to see where we land. 50’s Favorites, Country Hits or 80’s Rock? Or could it be 60’s Motown, Today’s Pop, 70’s Disco or Easy Listening? What will you hear? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, we promise a fun and refreshingly random night of excitement at the Grapevine Opry Show with this line-up! It’s the perfect music for every mood.

Contact: www.grapevineopryshow.com or 817 481-8733


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