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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. 

To see the major annual events around town go to Key Annual Events.

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.

For Connector Updates go to DFW Connector and for News that affects the citizens, go to  Local News.   
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August Events

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; http://letheatredemarionette.com/

Grapevine Opry Show - August

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

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.

www.grapevineopryshow.com  

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.

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
214-693-0258
www.lonestarhirailers.com

And Coming in September...
GrapeFest - A Wine Experience

Downtown Historic Grapevine
September 11, 12, 13 & 14

GrapeFest, held along Grapevine’s Historic Main Street, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of GrapeFest's most popular events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; Palate Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute and much more.

Unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment and family-friendly fun. In addition to sampling Texas wines from across the state, festival guests will have the opportunity to sample premium Washington wines , many of which are not routinely available in Texas and high-end premium Italian wines from the three regions of Italy.

The 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will open on Thursday, September 11 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23. Admission is free for children five and under.

Purchase tickets: www.grapevinetexasusa.com

 

ItalianCarFest

Saturday, September 6
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nash Farm
626 Ball St.

Held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Grapevine's Historic Nash Farm, the Italian Car Club of the Southwest will showcase 80 of the most beautiful Italian speedsters ever produced. Some of the automobiles are valued at close to $500,000. Cars are positioned so that guests can walk completely around the car and interact with the car owners.

Car fans of all ages will want to come see a variety of cars. This year, the event features a special display of Lamborghinis and Ferraris that you will not want to miss. Pairs of cars from similar time periods, with similar purposes, will be matched up for comparison, such as a Countach and a Testarossa, or an Espada and a 365 GT 2+2.

The Italian Connection, a well-received new class introduced in 2012, will return again this year featuring cars with partial Italian heritage. Some of these cars are designed by well-known Italian stylists, with examples like Giugiaro's BMW M1 and DeLorean. Others will be automobiles with Italian engines such as the Citroen SM, which is powered by Maserati.

Delicious Italian food and drinks will also be available for purchase so bring the entire family! 

GrapeFest Tennis Classic

September 12, 13 & 14

This fun and competitive event for kids and adults alike will have multiple events over three days on September 12, 13 and 14. Entry fees include tournament participation, official GrapeFest Tennis Tournament t-shirt and admission into GrapeFest on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. The tournament will have both junior and adult events. The tournament also features Men's Open Doubles with $2,000 in prize money.

Details on Junior Divisions, Adult Divisions and Men's Open Doubles as well as times & locations, can be located at: www.grapevinetexasusa.com.

Players can visit www.TNTTennis.net for details on how to register.

Grapevine Opry Show - September

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

- Saturday, September 6th
"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, September 13th
GrapeFest at the Palace

- Saturday, September 20th
"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, September 27th
"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

Doggie Dive-In

Bring your dog for a dive at our 6th Annual Doggie Dive-In on Saturday, September 6 from 10am-2pm at Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall-Johnson

Join other playful pooches at their very own pool party!  Play with your pup in the kiddie-pool or let them show off their diving skills in the competition pool.  Your canine may participate in one or more of the exciting contests including distance diving, swimming contest and our fabulous swimsuit competition.  Advanced registration is suggested at playgrapevinreg.com.  Proof of vaccinations required.  Two dog limit per person.  $5 per dog. 


 

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