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LIFE IS GRAND! TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 Contacts 6 Special Events 9 Aquatics 13 Youth Ages 2-12 17 Tween & Teens 19 Grown Ups 18+ 21 Active Adults 50+ 28 Park Map & Matrix 30 City Section 30 Calendar of Events

COVER PHOTO is of the Garden at the Ruthe Jackson Center. This brand new garden is perfect for the wedding and reception event of your dreams. See RJC ad on page 25.

Why is “Life is Grand” magazine different? As you might have noticed in the news, the world is going through some tough economic times right now. The economic slow down has impacted nearly all aspects of living; from big businesses to government and local families, everyone is feeling the effects. In an effort to be financially responsible and still provide the needed services to Grand Prairie citizens, the “Life is Grand” magazine along with other city services are being modified to reduce cost. You

will notice a change in paper and the way the magazine is delivered to your home. The magazine is still produced by the City of Grand Prairie but we have partnered with the Grand Prairie Today Newspaper to help with distribution. As a Grand Prairie citizen know that your city is striving every day to create a GRAND lifestyle for you and your family! Rick Herold Director of Parks and Recreation GrandFunGP.com • Summer 2009 • Life is Grand • 3


CONTACTS

Contacts Administration

Facilities

Rick Herold

Bob McGlothlin

Director of Parks & Recreation 972.237.8375 • rherold@gptx.org

Sr. Superintendent of Lake Parks 817.467.2104 • bmcgloth@gptx.org

Duane Strawn

Chip Nami

Manager of Parks and Lake 972.237.8106 • dstrawn@gptx.org

Ruthe Jackson Center General Manager 972.237.7501 • cnami@gptx.org

Danny Boykin Sr. Superintendent of Recreation 972.237.8084 • dboykin@gptx.org

Gregg Driggers GP Memorial Gardens General Manager 972.237.3002 • gdriggers@gptx.org

Tim Shinogle Manager of Park Planning & Development 972.237.8104 • tshinogl@gptx.org

Elspeth McDonald Uptown Theater Manager 972.237.8409 • elmcdonald@gptx.org

Gary Yakesch Manager of Business Operations 972.237.8178 • gyakesch@gptx.org

Parish Lowery

Kurt Benson

Rosalind Miller

Facility Services Manager 972.237.8017 • kbenson@gptx.org

Dalworth Recreation Center Supervisor 972.264.7670 • rmiller@gptx.org

Bowles Life Center Supervisor 972.237.7529 • plowery@gptx.org

Linda Long Sr. Recreation Supervisor 972.237.8243 • llong@gptx.org

Dan Conoley

Ken Unkart

Senior Citizen Center Supervisor 972.264.4975 • dconoley@gptx.org

Park Planner 972.237.8110 • kunkart@gptx.org

Michael Levy

Steve Plumer Sr. Parks Project Manager 972.237.8392 • splumer@gptx.org

Charley Taylor Recreation Center Supervisor 972.264.6890 • mlevy@gptx.org

Amanda Alms Susan Henson Horticulturist/ Arborist 972.237.8102 • shenson@gptx.org

Aquatics Supervisor 972.263.8174 • aalms@gptx.org

Rod Hayes Doug Beich “The King” of Special Events 972.237.8112 • dbeich@gptx.org

Athletics 972.237.8109 • rhayes@gptx.org

Jamie Miller Beverly Grogan Community Events Coordinator 972.237.8329 • bgrogan@gptx.org

Chris Cato Marketing and Communications 972.237.8355 • ccato@gptx.org

Kelly Eddlemon Marketing & Communications 972.237.8339 • keddlemon@gptx.org 4 • Life is Grand • Summer 2009 • GrandFunGP.com

Golf Course Superintendent 972.264.9034 • jsmiller@gptx.org

Glenn Sockwell Prairie Lakes Head Golf Professional 972.263.0661 • gsockwell@gptx.org

Mark Viskoski Tangle Ridge - Director of Golf 972.299.6837


CONTACTS Administration Office

Dalworth Recreation Center

Prairie Lakes Golf Course

326 W. Main St. · 972-237-8100 Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2012 Spikes St. · 972-264-7670 Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun Closed

3202 S.E. 14th St. · 972-263-0661 Everyday Dawn – Dusk

Alliance Skate Park 1002 Lone Star Pkwy. · 972-262-4479 Mon-Fri 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ruthe Jackson Center 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. · 972.237.7500 Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

Senior Center

2750 Graham St. · 972-237 7533 Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

925 Conover Dr. · 972-264-4975 Mon & Tues 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed & Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Bowles Life Center

Tangle Ridge Golf Course

2750 Graham St. · 972-237-7529 Mon – Thurs 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun Closed

818 Tangle Ridge Dr. · 972-299-6837 Everyday Dawn - Dusk

Athletics - Bowles Life Center

Charley Taylor Recreation Center 601 E. Grand Prairie Rd. · 972-264-6890 Mon – Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun closed

Church Street Nutrition Center 503 W. Church St. · 972-262-6673 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Uptown Theater 120 E. Main St. · 972-237-UPTN Call for hours.

Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens 3001 S. Belt Line Rd. · 972-237-3001 Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kirby Creek Indoor Pool 3201 Corn Valley Rd. · 972-263-8174 Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lake Parks Office Loyd Park · 3401 Ragland Rd. · 817-467-2104 Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Athletic Field Rental Rent your own athletic field for $10/hour without lights and $15/hour with lights. All fees must be paid in full prior to use of the field. Reservations may be made in person at 2750 Graham St. or by phone at 972-237-7533. To reserve for: Monday and Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Sunday

Call on or after: Friday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

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SPECIAL EVENTS JUNE

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Parents’ Night Out DALWORTH

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midsummer party for middle school and high school students. Celebrate the summer in style at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Enjoy a live DJ, dancing, video games, and refreshments. $2.00/person 972-264-7670

First Annual Summer Heat Wave Carnival and Health Fair

6:30 – 10:30, Friday, DALWORTH June 5 & August 7 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 15 Looking forward to that night All ages. Come be apart of someout with your loved one, but thing real special at the Dalworth don’t know who will take care of Recreation Center this summer. the kids? Dalworth Rec Center is Games, bounce houses, prizes, and offering a Parents’ Night Out candy for the kids! We will have program that includes pizza, health screenings and information games, movies, and lots of fun! for the adults. Dalworth staff will keep your child entertained while you enjoy the adults-only-evening to yourselves. Take in a movie, or a din- JULY Teen Summer Dance 24 DALWORTH ner, or just spend time with each 7-11:00 p.m., Friday, July 24 other; but be sure to sign your Ages 13-17. It’s too hot outside and child up for our fun evening. on the dance floor! Join us in a Payment must be made at least one week in advance of program date. $20/child 972-264-7670

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Teen Back to School Dance – DALWORTH 7-11:00 p.m., Friday, August 28 Ages 13-17. Show off your new school clothes at our Back to School Dance! Join us for our annual party for middle school and high school students. Celebrate in style at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Enjoy a live DJ, dancing, video games, and refreshments. $2.00/person 972-264-7670

GRAND Outdoor Adventure Camp 2009

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Juneteenth Celebration 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20 On Saturday, the Freedom March begins at City Hall Plaza, 317 College St., at 10 a.m. and proceeds to Tyre Park for lunch, games, entertainment and swimming. Contact Preston Dixon 972-237-9599 or Linda Sharp 972-263-9673 for more information.

Outdoor Adventure Camp is a fun filled week of outdoor activities you don’t want to miss. This camp is held at Loyd Park on beautiful Joe Pool Lake. Some of the fun things you’ll get to try your hand at are: archery, angling, canoeing, kayaking, GPS tracking, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, and camping. Some of the learn-

ing experiences will include; water quality testing, GPS devices, farm living, fossil collecting, and pitching a tent.

Ages: 9 -17 years Price: $80/ week. Limited scholarships are available upon approval of written application. Registration will be taken at any Recreation Center. Accomplishments: Participants will Continued pg 6

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GRAND Outdoor Adventure Camp 2009 gain the skills and knowledge of outdoor adventures. While this is a learning camp, the idea of fun will be promoted in every activity. Location: Several different locations including Loyd Park in Grand Prairie and Mineral Wells State Park in Weatherford. Course # Days Dates Session 1 M-F June 15-19 Session 2 M-F June 22-26 *Camp includes a camping sleep over on Thursday night. Time: Be there before 9 a.m. and picked up by 5:00 p.m. Meals: Participants will be provided lunch each day, along with a snack and drinks. Dinner will be provided Thursday night. Breakfast will be provided Friday morning. Additional food will need to be provided by participants. Contact: Danny Boykin or Linda Long @972 237-8100 or email at dbykin@gptx.org or llong@gptx.org.

To make ends meet, your family is being asked to compromise on one thing over another. Medical care for your children shouldn't be one of them. Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Grand Prairie & Arlington has been offering Affordable, Quality medical care to the children of Dallas/Ft. Worth for over 10 years. Board Certified Physicians Private Pay and Insurance Accepted Call today for an appointment:

972-206-2940

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2715 Osler Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051


AQUATICS

GRAND PRAIRIE

AQUATICS Registration is first come first serve, so register early due to limited enrollment. Call or stop by today.

American Red Cross Learn To Swim Lessons ADULT – (AD) Just starting to swim or want to swim for fitness? This class will teach you everything from floating to efficient strokes at a personalized speed. Small classes for individual attention. Fee: $45. PRIVATE LESSONS – (PR) All Age One-on-One Attention will focus on what the student wants to learn at your own personal pace. Fee: $90. FIRST SPLASH – (FS) This “Mommy/Daddy & Me” program helps young children ages 6 months to 3 yrs become comfortable in and around the water with help. An adult is required to participate. Fee: $30. LEVEL 0 – (L0) A 30 min. preschool class for young beginners to introduce swimming in a safe and comfortable way for all. This group lesson is without a guardian in the water. Fee: $35. LEVEL 1 – (L1) A 30 min. water exploration class to teach the basics of assisted swimming, as well as an orientation to the deep water. Students will be without a guardian in the water and must be comfortable putting their face in the water. Fee: $35. LEVEL 2 – (L2) A 40 min. primary skills class teaches the basic skills necessary to progress toward swimming unassisted. Students must be comfortable fully submerged in areas where they can touch. Fee: $45. LEVEL 3 – (L3) A 40 min. stroke readiness class that builds on the skill of coordinating front and back strokes while increasing basic endurance. Swimmers must be able to push off the wall unassisted swimming front crawl and backstroke for 10 strokes. Fee: $45.

LEVEL 4 – (L4) A 40 min. class on stroke development of the basic front and back strokes while introducing breaststroke, sidestroke, dolphin kick, treading water and front dives. Students should be able to swim the width of the pool. Fee: $45. LEVEL 5/6 – SPLASH Recreational Swim Team – A 60 min. fun filled practice designed to introduce swimming as a competitive sport, focuses on stroke technique for new and advanced swimmers Can you swim the length of the pool? Join the fun! Fee: $45 Days M/W or T/Th M - Th M - Th M - Th

Dates 5/ 1 – 7/23 5/27 - 7/23 5/27 -7/23 5/27 -7/23

Time 4:45–5:45 pm 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Location Kirby Creek Bowles Tyre McFalls

WAHOOS USA Competitive Year-round Swim Team – This age appropriate competitive team helps young athletes have fun as they benefit from the great sport of swimming. Fee $35 monthly. More information on the next page...

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AQUATICS

Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium 3201 Corn Valley Road Mon - Thurs Classes 7:00 am - 8:45 am 9:00 am - 9:30 a 9:30 am - 10:00 am 10:15 am - 10:45 am 10:45 am - 11:15 am

11:40 am - 12:20 pm

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm 4:50 pm - 5:20 pm 5:20 pm - 6:00 pm 7:00 pm - 7:40 pm 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm

7:50 pm - 8:20 pm 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

June 8-June 18

June 22-July 2

July 6-July 16

July 20 -July 30

Aug 3-Aug 13

WAHOOS PR # 8429 PR # 8442 PR # 8447 PR # 8452 L0 # 8436 L1 # 8483 L2 # 8546 L3 # 8581 FS # 8598 L1 # 8503 L2 # 8550 PR # 8619 PR # 8624 PR # 8634 PR # 8639

WAHOOS PR # 8438 PR # 8443 PR # 8448 PR # 8453 L0 # 8437 L1 # 8497 L2 # 8547 L3 # 8582 FS # 8599 L1 # 8505 L2 # 8551 PR # 8620 PR # 8625 PR # 8635 PR # 8640

WAHOOS PR # 8439 PR # 8444 PR # 8449 PR # 8454 L0 # 8470 L1 # 8498 L2 # 8548 L3 # 8583 FS # 8600 L1 # 8506 L2 # 8552 PR # 8621 PR # 8626 PR # 8636 PR # 8641

L0 # 8474 L1 # 8523 L2 # 8556 L3 # 8587 L2 # 8561 L3 # 8592 FS # 8604 L0 # 8485 L2 # 8566 L0 # 8490 L1 # 8532 AD # 8611

L0 # 8475 L1 # 8524 L2 # 8557 L3 # 8588 L2 # 8562 L3 # 8593 FS # 8605 L0 # 8486 L2 # 8567 L0 # 8491 L1 # 8537 AD # 8612

WAHOOS PR # 8419 PR # 8440 PR # 8445 PR # 8450 L0 # 8434 L1 # 8481 L2 # 8543 L3 #8579 FS # 8596 L1 # 8499 L2 # 8548 PR # 8617 PR # 8622 PR # 8632 PR # 8637

WAHOOS PR # 8420 PR # 8441 PR # 8446 PR # 8451 L0 # 8435 L1 # 8482 L2 # 8544 L3 # 8580 FS # 8597 L1 # 8501 L2 # 8549 PR # 8618 PR # 8623 PR # 8633 PR # 8638

TAAF SPLASH Recreational Swim Team

L0 # 8471 L1 # 8515 L2# 8553 L3 #8584 L2 # 8558 L3 #8589 FS # 8601 L0 # 8476 L2 # 8563 L0 # 8487 L1 # 8526 AD# 8608

L0 # 8472 L1 # 8516 L2 # 8554 L3 #8585 L2 # 8559 L3 # 8590 FS # 8602 L0 # 8477 L2 # 8564 L0 # 8488 L1 # 8528 AD# 8609

Sat 10:20 am L3 # 8594

June 13 – Aug 8 10:30 am FS# 8606

11:00 am L0 # 8577 L2 # 8571

No Class July 4th

11:30 am L1 # 8578

11:45 am L2 # 8573 L3 # 8595

12 noon L4# 8607 AD# 8613

BLAZE - Adaptive Swimming

WAHOOS USA Days Dates Mon - Fri School Year Mon – Fri Summer

L0 # 8473 L1 # 8517 L2 # 8555 L3 # 8586 L2 # 8560 L3 # 8591 FS # 8603 L0 # 8484 L2 # 8565 L0 # 8489 L1 # 8530 AD # 8610

Time 3:45- 5:45 pm 7 am – 8:45 am

Location Kirby Creek Kirby Creek

Introduce swimming to the young person in your life with special needs, we aim to fit the needs of all participants. Parents or guardians may assist in the water if needed. Fee: $25 season. Course # Days 8144 Wed

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Dates 6/10 - 7/22

Time 6-7 p.m.


AQUATICS

Grand Prairie Outdoor Pools Aquatic American Red Cross Learn To Swim Lessons Outdoor Pool Fees: $30 Session SPLASH $45 Session (must swim length of pool)

Bowles Outdoor Pool

2714 Graham Street 972-264-4872

Mon-Thurs June 8- June 22- July 6July 20Classes June 18 July 2 July 16 July 30 11:30 am - L0 #8427 L0 #8421 L0 #8424 L0 #8428 12:00 noon L1 #8460 L1 #8461 L1 #8462 L1 #8463 12 noon - L2 #8496 L2 #8500 L2 #8502 L2 #8504 12:40 pm 12:00 noon- TAAF SPLASH Recreational Swim Team 1:00 pm

McFalls Outdoor Pool 505 Dickey Road

972-264-1203

Mon-Thurs June 8- June 22- July 6Classes June 18 July 2 July 16 11:30 am 12:00 noon 12 noon 12:40 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:45 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:55 pm

July 20July 30

L0 #8430 L0 #8431 L0 #8432 L0 #8433 L1 #8464 L1 #8465 L1 #8466 L1 #8467 L3 #8518 L3 #8527 L3 #8529 L2 #8531 L4 #8533 L4 #8538 L4 #8539 L4 #8540 TAAF SPLASH Recreational Swim Team L1 #8468 L1 #8469 L1 #8479 L1 #8480 L2 #8511 L2 #8512 L2 #8513 L2 #8514 BLAZE - Adaptive Swimming $25 Wednesday’s Starting June 10 - July 22

2327 Tyre Street 972-660-6269

11:30 am 12 noon

ALL City Pool Passes – Can be used for open swim or adult lap swim. Kirby Pass – 30 visits $40 Annual - $100 Family Pass - $250 (4) Lap Swim/ Water Walking Come in for a great workout or just to relax your muscles in our 25meter heated indoor pool. Swim, walk or float to tone and strengthen your body. Rehabilitate injured or sore muscles in the water. Come check it out. Fee: $2 daily or annual pass. Days Dates Time Location Mon - Fri Summer 7:00-9:00 a.m. Kirby Creek Mon –Fri Year-round 11:30a.m. -1 p.m. Kirby Creek Mon – Thur Year-round 8:00-9:00 p.m. Kirby Creek Sat Year-round 10:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Kirby Creek Arthri-cize – The Wellness Workout The Arthritis Foundation, in partnership with Kirby Creek Indoor Pool offers this year-round wellness class with exercises including range-of-motion workouts, muscle strengthening and endurance building activities. This class is fun and great exercise. Registration is continuous. Fees: $3 single/ $5 couple daily or $30 single/ $50 couple monthly. Days Dates Time Location M-F Year-Round 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kirby Creek "Wetworks – The Aerobic Workout This unique water exercise works you out aerobically, tones, strengthens, and burns fat. It's fun, good for you, excellent in promoting cardio-vascular fitness and offered year round. Vernetta Turner and her staff of expertly trained instructors teach it. Unlimited classes and registration is continuous. Fee: $38/single; $34/senior 55+; $59 couples; $34 student. Days Dates Time Location M/W/TH/F/S Monthly 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Kirby Creek M/T/W/ TH Monthly 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Kirby Creek

Summer at the Outdoor Pools

Tyre Outdoor Pool

Mon-Thurs June 8- June 22- July 6Classes June 18 July 2 July 16

Fitness Tone your muscles while building confidence and self esteem in the water. Great instructors and coaches are waiting for you!

July 20July 30

L0 #8422 L0 #8423 L0 #8425 L0 #8426 L1 #8455 L1 #8456 L1 #8457 L1 #8458 L2 #8492 L2 #8493 L2 #8495 L2 #8494

12:00 noon1:00 pm TAAF SPLASH Recreational Swim Team

All Pools Open Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend Spend the first summer holiday weekend, May 23rd 2009 all the way through the last summer holiday weekend, September 7th 2009 with us at the pool! Come cool off with us this summer.

Open Swim Daily 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Splash Factory Water Playground 601 East Grand Prairie Road 972-266-5272 Tyre Outdoor Pool 2327 Tyre Street 972-660-6269 Closed Wednesday

Bowles Outdoor Pool 2714 Graham Street 972-264-4872 Closed Thursday McFalls Outdoor Pool 505 Dickey Road 972-264-1203 Closed Tuesday

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AQUATICS Opening Day Summer Bash It’s a party at the pool. Cannonball contest, games, prizes and a good time by all. Swim, slide, & climb your way into a GRAND summer. Day Date Time Location Sat 5/23 1:00-6:00 p.m. Outdoor Pools

Have a party at the Pool Make a splash at your next party with a private party rental, with the pool to yourself on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Open swim party rentals, during open swim hours are available on Saturdays. All guests attending a party are included in the party count and fee. Reservations are scheduled in person at Kirby Creek on a first come first serve basis and require a full payment with completed contract in advance. Check availability at 972263-8174.z

Private Pool Party 3 Tables/ Max 40 guests included; fees increase with additional guests

Open Swim Pool Parties

Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium Days Fri, Sat Sunday Sunday

Time 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Fee $150 $150 $150

Splash Factory Water Playground Days Fri, Sat, Sun

Time 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Fee $125

3 Tables/ Max 40 guests included; fees increase with additional guests

Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium Days Saturday Saturday

Time 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Fee $75 $75

Splash Factory Water Playground Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor Pools Days Fri, Sat, Sun

Time 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Fee $100

Days Sat, Sun Sat, Sun

Time 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fee $75 $75

Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor Pools Days Sat, Sun Sat, Sun

Time 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fee $50 $50

Aquatic Special Events GPA Summer Kick-Off Calling all swim lessons, home school, swim clinic, SPLASH, WAHOO, BLAZE and GPISD swimmers and parents; this is for you. Start the summer off with a splash at our potluck pool party. Day Date Time Thurs 5/28 6:30-8:00 p.m.

GPA Summers End Swim Meet

Corner of Carrier & Polo, Grand Prairie Register at 972-642-LOVE or CometoVBS.com A ministry of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Joseph's Church, & Summit Baptist Church

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Calling all swim lessons, swim clinic, SPLASH, WAHOO, BLAZE, TRI-CLUB and GPISD swimmers and parents; this is for you. Come experience what a competitive swim meet is all about or come to try for your personal best time. Swimmer will have a chance to watch the more experienced athletes and ease into a competitive swim meet in a fun filled way. A variety of events will take place. Parent volunteers are needed! 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. warmups Day Date Location Time Fri 7/ 24 Bowles 5:30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


YOUTH

ADAPTIVE

SPORTS BlazeSports America offers community-based sport, recreation, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle programs for children with physical disabilities. Whether you dream of being a Paralympic athlete, just want to shoot some hoops, or learn to swim, BlazeSports America has the program for you! At BlazeSports Grand Prairie, we invite children and adults to participate in our developing program. Children will be able to participate in adapted tennis, golf, basketball, swimming and volleyball throughout the year. Adults that choose to participate as coaches and/or volunteers will be required to complete a background check through the city. Call Gina McWilliams at 972-237-7526 to sign up or by email at gmcwilliams@gptx.org. For updates visit us online at gpblaze.blogspot.com

Fitness Basketball Junior NBA/WNBA Youth League DALWORTH

Ages 8 & under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under. We will provide quality instructions from volunteer coaches. This league will help establish a good foundation for basketball and allow kids an outlet to remain physically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere. Players will have one scheduled night of practice with their teams each week. All players will receive jersey and awards when league is completed. Fee: $65. Days Dates Time 10-11 yrs Sat 6/13-8/1 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 8-9 yrs Sat 6/13-8/1 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 6-7 yrs Sat 6/13-8/1 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Basketball Pre-K League CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 3-5. SWISH!! It's back after another sucessful season. This six week league focuses on fundamentals of basketball. Your child will learn dribbling, passing and shooting in a non-competitive atmosphere. Spots will not be held until payment is received. Jersey and trophy included. Fee: $50 per child. More information on the next page...

BLAZE – Multi-Sports Days Multi-sports days include participation in basketball, tennis, volleyball, tee-ball, and bowling. Ages 2-7 will meet from 12pm1pm and Ages 8 and up will meet from 1pm-2pm. Location: Charley Taylor Recreation Center. Free. Course# Days Dates Time N/A Sat 5/9 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 5/23 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 6/6 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 6/20 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 7/11 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 7/25 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 8/15 12-2 p.m. N/A Sat 8/29 12-2 p.m.

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YOUTH Days Fri

Dates 6/12-7/24

Time 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Basketball Tiny Tots Camp DALWORTH

Ages 3-6. Looking for an opportunity to expose your child to the game of basketball? Our four week Tiny Tot Basketball Camp will introduce your child to the basics of basketball through drills, coaching and instructional game play. In this class, every kid is a winner and will receive a certificate upon completion! Fee: $30. Days Dates Time Mon 6/8 6-7 p.m. Mon 7/6 6-7 p.m. Mon 8/10 6-7 p.m.

Dance - We Can Dance Too! CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 5-8. Eight weeks of movements and dance to varying music. Children will participate in exercise and dances such as the limbo, twist, cane dancing, the hukilau, etc. using props as needed. Children will perform routine or two for your enjoyment at the end of the course. Fee: $20/month per person. Course # Days Dates Time 8663 Th 6/1-7/20 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Julia’s Artistic Dance Network DALWORTH

Ages 3-5, 6-12. Come be a part of this great network where your instructors believe in serving the community by bringing the arts back with dance. “You will only grow as far as you know”. $30/mo Ballet - Classes will emphasize the development of classical ballet skills with a focus on proper placement and alignment. Students will learn ballet vocabulary through the bare and center work while building strength and flexibility. Days Dates Time Sat 6/6 9-10 a.m. Sat 7/1 9-10 a.m. Sat 8/8 9-10 a.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthly membership pass at time of purchase. Monthly Pass Fee: $45. Course# Days Dates Time N/A T/Th May 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th June 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th July 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th Aug 6:30-8 p.m.

Tumbling for Fun - Pre Tumblers CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 3-5. Tumbling stars will learn basic tumbling moves beginning with the log roll, crab walk, forward roll and front straddle roll. Tumbling is great for developing coordination skills. All children should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Girls should tie back long hair. Class lasts four weeks. Fee: $25 14 • Life is Grand • Summer 2009 • GrandFunGP.com

Course# 7944 8654 8655 8656

Days Tue Tue Tue Tue

Dates May June July Aug

Time 6-7 p.m. 6-7 p.m. 6-7 p.m. 6-7 p.m.

Education After-School Program CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 6-12. Looking for a friendly, safe place to send your child during the academic year after school? The Charley Taylor Rec Center After-School Program is a five-day-a-week program that provides your child with homework time, a snack and recreation. We pick up from nearby Crockett Elementary School and offer organized games, crafts, movies, computers and more! The after-school program is available during the school year. Payment is due weekly. Pickup will begin on Monday, August 24th. Fee: $30/week. per child. Contact the Rec Staff for more details at (972) 264.6890

Pre-K Camp CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 4-5. ABC, 123, Shapes, Colors and much more! This fourweek class makes learning fun for your child. Arts and crafts, gym time and learning in creative ways. Give your child a jump on kindergarten success. Will be returning in the Fall of 2009 beginning Monday, August 31st. Class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Call the Charley Taylor Recreation Center for more information in July on fall enrollment!

Pre-K Learning Camp II CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 3-4. This new class is designed to introduce your child to ABC's, 123's, shapes, colors and much more. Your child will learn through the use of music, repetition, story time, learning to spell their name, games, simple arts and crafts and much more. Fee: $40/session. Minimum of six students for class to make. Course# Days Dates Time 8678 T/Th May 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 8644 T/Th June 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 8645 T/Th July 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 8646 T/Th Aug 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Fun Birthday Parties BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Have your birthday celebration at the Bowles Life Center! Choose from two different meeting rooms or the Bowles game room. Meeting room rentals range from $20-$75 an hour depending on time, and seat up to 120 people! Game room rentals include use of all game room equipment: air hockey, pin pong, pool tables, and foosball. Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time!

Drop-In Child Care CUIDADO DE NINOS

Ages 3-5 years. Child Care is available for parents/guardians while they work out! More information on the next page...


YOUTH Parents/Guardians must stay in the building at all times. Fee: $1/visit or $15/month Course# Days Dates Time 7897 M-Fr May 9-10:30 a.m. Sa May 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 8712 M-Fr June 9-10:30 a.m. Sa June 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 8713 M-Fr July 9-10:30 a.m. Sa July 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 8714 M-Fr Aug 9-10:30 a.m. Sa Aug 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Pre-K Soccer League CHARLEY TAYLOR

Now is the time to sign your little one up for some fun and challenging soccer play! This new league is looking for toddlers ready to use their soccer skills and have fun in the process. Bring your soccer ball and a friend to your new team! Teams or individuals may sign up, so come and join! Don't let your child be left out! Fee: $50/child Course# Days Dates Time 8810 Sat 8/22-9/26 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Summer Camp BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages 6-12; 13-15. Summer Camp Mania at Bowles begins June 8th! Campers will participate in organized and supervised activities, play time in the Bowles gymnasium, game room, meeting rooms, and park. Campers will visit the Bowles Branch Library, go swimming in the Bowles pool and take part in weekly field trips or special evens. Camp runs for 11 weeks, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Course# Day Dates Time 8767-8777 M-Fr June 9 - Aug 21 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Summer Camp Mania CHARLEY TAYLOR

“Just Say No” Youth Power Club DALWORTH

Ages 6-12. This youth club focuses on issues that face today’s kids. The members learn about issues and promote the use of this knowledge to help their peers. The club members and volunteers participate in many positive activities and awareness events. The membership continues to grow. Food, movies, and games will be apart of every meeting. Volunteers are welcome. 972-264-7670. Center membership required. Course# Days Dates Time n/a 2nd/4th Tue Monthly 4-6 p.m.

Pre-K Basketball League CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 3-5. SWISH!! This six week league focuses on fundamentals aspects of the basketball. Your child will learn dribbling, passing, and shooting in a non-competitive team play atmosphere. Games will be played at Charley Taylor Recreation Center. Jersey is included. Fee: $50/child Course# Days Dates Time 8809 Sat 6/27-8/15 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages 6-12. Sign up now for summer camp! Camp is full of fun, excitement and learning opportunities. Daily activities, arts and crafts, gym play and field trips will keep your kids entertained all summer long. All parents will need to attend a Parent Orientation. Call the recreation center for details. Pre-registration is $20 which includes holding the child’s spot in camp for the entire summer and the purchase of their camp T-shirt. Financial assistance will be available the last week in April for low-income families through CDBG applications. Fee: $80/week. Course# Days Dates Time N/A M-F 6/8-8/21 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer Camp Parent Meetings CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 6-12. Are you looking for a fun and exciting place for your child to attend this summer? Visit us for our camp parent meetings about our upcoming summer camp. Meeting will include frequently asked questions about the camp, schedule of field trips, and much more. It is mandatory that parents attend one (1) of the meetings. The following dates are official camp parent meetings: Course# Days Dates Time N/A Mon 5/11 6:30-7:15 p.m N/A Th 5/14 6:30-7:15 p.m N/A Mon 5/18 6:30-7:15 p.m N/A Wed 5/20 6:30-7:15 p.m N/A Wed 5/27 6:30-7:15 p.m N/A Th 5/28 6:30-7:15 p.m

Want to be a Volunteer Coach? Coaches Needed! Three easy steps to becoming a volunteer coach for sports leagues in Grand Prairie: 1) Pick a sport. 2) Contact a Recreation Center or the Athletic Office 3) Fill out application Athletic Office: (972) 237-7533 • Bowles Life Center: (972) 237-PLAY Charley Taylor Rec.: (972) 264-6890 • Dalworth Rec.: (972) 264-7670

Interested in coaching a sports league with the City of Grand Prairie? Dalworth Recreation Center is looking for coaches who can help in basketball and flag football leagues. If you are interested, please contact Chris or Terrance at 972-264-7670. Background check and drug test will be required before coaching.

*background checks and drug tests are completed on all applicants.

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TWEENS & TEENS

Fitness Basketball 3 on 3 Tournaments BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages 12-19. The summer is almost over and it’s time to go back to school, but before you do, don’t miss this end of the summer 3 on 3! Tournament play will be divided into two divisions: 12-15 and 16-19. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games. For more information, call the Bowles Life Center at 972-237-7529.Registration deadline is Thursday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m. Fee: $20/team. Course# Days Dates Time 8761 Th Aug 13 Game times TBA

(New)GP Girls Basketball Skills Academy BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages: 9-16. This is a basketball fundamentals camp for individual players designed to provide the necessary skills foundation for successful team play. Each session is 60 minutes of progression instruction one day a week during a four week cycle. The Academy provides a need for quality instruction with an experienced instructor using a program focused on fundamentals and fun. Course# Days Dates Time 8748 Tue 6/2 7 - 8 p.m. 8782 Tue 7/7 7 - 8 p.m. 8783 Tue 8/4 7 - 8 p.m.

GP Volleyball Skills Clinic BOWLES LIFE CENTER

8789 8791 8792 8793 8794 8795

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Ages: 9-12, 13-17. This is a volleyball fundamentals clinic for individual players designed to provide the necessary skills foundation for successful team play. Each session is 60 minutes of progression instruction one day a week during a four week cycle. This clinic provides a need for quality instruction with an experienced instructor using a program focused on fundamentals and fun. Course# Days Dates Time 6/9 10-11a.m. 6/11 10-11a.m. 7/7 10-11a.m. 7/9 10-11a.m. 8/4 10-11a.m. 8/6 10-11a.m.

Jr. NBA/WNBA Youth League BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages: 9-16 Girls, 13-16 Boys. We will provide quality instructions from top area coaches. This league will help establish a good foundation for basketball and allow kids an outlet to remain physically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere. Players will have one scheduled night of practice with their teams once a week. All players will receive jersey and awards when league is completed. League Fee: $65. Course# Days Dates Time 8371 Sat 6/13 - 8/89 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jr. Tennis Program SGPHS TENNIS COURTS

Ages 6-17. Children will learn the basic skills of tennis. The instructor will teach fundamentals such as the forehand, backhand and serve. Class Fee: $25/4 week session Course# Days Dates Time 8755 Sat 5/30 9 - 10 a.m. 8755 Sat 6/27 9 - 10 a.m. 8755 Sat 8/1 9 - 10 a.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthly membership pass at time of purchase. Monthly Pass Fee: $45. GrandFunGP.com • Summer 2009 • Life is Grand • 17


TWEENS & TEENS Teen Thursdays BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages 12-18. Teen Time on Thursday nights is an opportunity for teens to have a good time with friends while participating is some great activities! Activities include: 3 on 3 basketball tournaments; XBOX, Playstation and Wii Tournaments; pool, ping pong and air hockey tournaments; guest speakers, special events, volunteer opportunities and computer lab time in the library. $2 entry fees apply to some tournaments. $20/team fee for teen 3 on 3 tournaments. Course# Days Dates Time 7638 Th May 6-8 p.m. 8762 Th June 6-8 p.m. 8763 Th July 6-8 p.m. 8764 Th Aug 6-8 p.m.

Teen Council DALWORTH

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Time 6:30-8 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m.

Volleyball Youth League BOWLES LIFE CENTER

Ages 9-17. This outstanding league provides a great way for kids to continue their development in volleyball and offers an outlet to remain physically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere Call 972-237-7533 to register. League Fee: $45/player. Course# Days Dates Time 8756 Sat 9/12 9am – 5pm

Ages 13-17. Come be apart of the new Dalworth Teen Council. Teens will be the inspiration for positive change in our community through community service, positive activities, sports, and trips. Teen Council will meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays to plan and prepare upcoming activities. Food, movies, and games will be apart of every meeting. Volunteers are welcome. 972-2647670. Center membership required. Course# Days Dates Time N/A 1st/ 3rd Mon Monthly 6-8 p.m.

XBOX 360 Tournaments DALWORTH

Ages 13+. Think you got game on the sticks? Then come on down for video game tournaments on our XBOX 360 and HD flat screen television. Tournaments will take place every two weeks and games will vary. Call 972-264-7670. Fee: Membership required Course# Days Dates Time N/A T/Th June-August TBD

Fun Movie Madness Wednesdays DALWORTH

Ages 13+. Want to catch the latest blockbuster on DVD? The Dalworth Recreation Center is showing them every other Wednesday this summer. Call 972.264.7670. Course# Days Dates Time N/A 1st/ 3rd Wed June - Aug 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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GROWN UPS

Fitness

Abs & Buns BOWLES LIFE CENTER

This class focuses on abs while still remembering other areas of the body including legs, gluts and lower back. Class is taught in English and Spanish. Fee: $25/month. Course# Days Dates Time 7894 M-Th May 9-10:30 a.m. 8734 M-Th June 9-10:30 a.m. 8739 M-Th July 9-10:30 a.m. 8740 M-Th Aug 9-10:30 a.m.

Belly Dancing - Middle Eastern Dance Plus CHARLEY TAYLOR

Ages 15 & Up. Instructor Mari - Anna. Beginners belly dance for the young and the young at heart! Mixed with a few spanish steps, you too can use this dance to liven up your dancing! Come and dance for fun, exercise, or just because! Bring a towel for warmup, hip scarf or belt, and comfortable clothes! Well will have a halfa (dance party) on the last day! Fee: $20/month per person. Course# Days Dates Time 8662 Th 6/4-7/23 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Body Shop

Boot Camp BOWLES LIFE CENTER

“You can feel the pain of change, or you can feel the pain of remaining the same!” Boot Camp is a total body workout good for all ages. This total fitness workout is effective and guarantees results. You will lose fat and build lean muscle. Fee: $7/class or $80/month. Course# Days Dates Time 7902 Mon May 5:30-6:30 a.m. Wed May 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fri May 7-8 p.m. Sat May 10-11 a.m. 8718

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This intense and fast-paced aerobics workout will focus on all areas of the body. Individual fitness assessments are conducted and personal workout plans and goals are developed. Fee: $35/month. Course# Days Dates Time 7897 T/Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m. 8715 T/Th June 6:30-7:30 p.m. 8716 T/TH July 6:30-7:30 p.m. 8717 T/TH Aug 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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GROWN UPS Bridal Boot Camp

Weight Room

CHARLEY TAYLOR

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Are you getting ready to say “I DO?” Do you want to fit into your ideal wedding dress? Come join our Bridal Boot Camp workout class devoted to getting you ready for your big day. Fee: $35/month. Course #Days Dates Time 7938 T/Th May 7-8 p.m. 8647 T/Th June 7-8 p.m. 8652 T/Th July 7-8 p.m. 8653 T/Th Aug 7-8 p.m.

Enjoy the workout setting at the Charley Taylor Weight Room. A perfect place to come and get fit. Pricing: Weight Room Membership is $7/month, $35/six months or $60/year. All grand-plan memberships from Bowles Life Center are welcome here as well. Summer Special: June-August Buy two six month plan memberships at regular price and receive a third six month membership for $20. A $90 value!!! See staff for details! Weight Room Hours: Days Time Mon-Th 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sun Closed

Yoga BOWLES

Enjoy the benefits of yoga and Pilates in this class for an overall mind/body fitness experience. Yoga will teach proper body alignment, breathing and muscle control. Fee: $35/month. Course # Days Dates Time 7393 T/Th May 7-8 p.m. Sa May 8-9 a.m. 8731 T/Th June 7-8 p.m. Sa June 8-9 a.m. 8732 T/Th July 7-8 p.m. Sa July 8-9 a.m. 8733 T/Th July 7-8 p.m. Sa July 8-9 a.m.

Fitness Assessments/Equipment Orientation BOWLES

Ongoing by appointment for customers 16 years and older. Fee: $10.

POWER Boot Camp BOWLES

Ages 16+. POWER Boot Camp is taught by Bowles Life Center's Personal Trainer, Rod Walker. Class includes a combination of body sculpturing and muscle toning. Participants enrolled in this class receive a one-day free pass to a Bowles afternoon or evening class of Boot Camp Training. Workout schedule: - Mondays- Legs - Wednesdays- Chest, Triceps, Back, Biceps - Fridays- Shoulders & Combat Training (Self Defense) Course # Days Dates Time 8200 M/W/F May 9-10:15a.m. 8738 M/W/F June 9-10:15 a.m. 8739 M/W/F July 9-10:15 a.m. 8740 M/W/F Aug 9-10:15 a.m.

Personal Training BOWLES

Your very own personal trainers are available at Bowles Life Center daily during operating hours. Call 972-237-7529 to schedule your workout. Group training also available. Fee: Range in price starting at $20/session

Spinning BOWLES

Spinning is a group exercise workout performed on a stationary bike. This class is an excellent cardio workout to great music. Class is taught in Spanish. Fee: $25/month. Course # Days Dates Time 7916 M/T/Th May 7:30-8:30 p.m. 8728 M/T/Th June 7:30-8:30 p.m. 8729 M/T/Th July 7:30-8:30 p.m. 8730 M/T/Th Aug 7:30-8:30 p.m. 20 • Life is Grand • Summer 2009 • GrandFunGP.com

Fun “Big 6” Domino Tournament DALWORTH

Ages 18+. Calling all domino players. Join us for a fun afternoon of challenging dominoes. Sit down with some of the best players in town. Crown the “Best Domino Player in Town”. Refreshments will be available. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. $5.00/person 972-264-7670 Course # Days Dates Time n/a Sat Aug 21 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Education Toastmasters Club #6332 CHARLEY TAYLOR

Improve leadership and communication skills with the Grand Prairie Club #6332. You will develop your communication skills in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. Visitors are welcome at no charge. Toastmasters is a must for improving public speaking! The $23 semi-annual dues are payable in April and September. Fee: $23. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue Weekly 7:30-9 p.m.

Dalworth Citizen Advisory Committee DALWORTH

Dalworth Recreation Center Needs You! The Citizen Advisory Committee Needs You! Are you interested in helping to improve Dalworth Recreation Center? Then consider joining our advisory committee…You will help advise the Parks and Rec. Dept. of residents’ needs, desires and recommend programs and activities that will further enhance the quality of life for local residents. For more information, please call Rosalind @ 972-264-7670. Course # Days Dates Time n/a 2nd Mon Monthly 6:30-7:30 p.m.


ACTIVE ADULTS

Fitness

Weight Room CHARLEY TAYLOR/DALWORTH

Come out and enjoy the perfect workout setting at the Charley Taylor or Dalworth Weight Room. A perfect place to come at the end of a long day’s work. Weight Room Membership is $7/month, $35/six months or $60/ per year. Business Hours: Days: Time: Mon-Th 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun Closed Summer Special: June-August Buy two six month plan memberships at regular price and receive a third six month membership for $20. A $90 value!!! See staff for details!

Health Screenings SENIOR CENTER

Come get your blood pressure, iron, glucose, and overall health checked by trained nurses. FREE! Course # Days Time N/A Every 3rd Mon 8:30-11 a.m.

Light & Lively Exercise SENIOR CENTER

This exercise class focuses on improving your muscle tone, cardiovascular system, endurance and balance. Exercise at your own pace. Free! Course # Days Dates Time N/A M/W/F weekly 9-10 a.m.

Yoga with Love SENIOR CENTER

Shirley Love, certified Yoga instructor, has practiced and taught Yoga for over 20 years. Come join her as she teaches you the intricacies of Yoga. Yoga has been proven to improve flexibility in muscles and joints, release tension and stress, and strengthen the body and immune system. Fee: $3 per class! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 8-9am Thu weekly 8-9am

Creative Arts Cards for the Troops SENIOR CENTER

Join in this creative & worth-while effort! Make custom greeting cards that will be sent to our troops! Free. Course # Days Dates Time Class began in April. Please call 972-264-4975 for details!

Ceramics SENIOR CENTER

Let your creativity shine through in ceramics. No matter what your skill level is, you are sure to discover your creative side in this class. Fee: $5/month. Course # Days Dates Time 3665 Wed weekly 10 a.m.-2 p.m. GrandFunGP.com • Summer 2009 • Life is Grand • 21


ACTIVE ADULTS Creative Jewelry

Line Dance Beginning

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Design and make your very own jewelry. Share ideas and designs with fellow classmates. Once you get started you'll be hooked! Come to the first class to find out what supplies are needed. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri weekly 1-3 p.m.

If you love to dance but do not have a partner, this class is for you. Line dancing is a great form of exercise. Instructors Ann and Barbara can teach anyone to dance and they make it fun, too! FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon weekly 1pm-3pm Fri weekly 10 a.m.-noon *3rd Friday of month meets at 8:30 a.m.

Crocheting Class SENIOR CENTER

Learn the quick and easy styles of crochet. Supply your own yarn and needles. Crocheting builds strength in your hands and fingers and helps regain eye hand coordination. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon weekly 1-3 p.m.

Oil Painting

Line Dance Intermediate SENIOR CENTER

In this class you will learn all the dances for the next Jamboree. Great exercise and fun, too! Catch a piece of the excitement! FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Wed weekly 1-3:30 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER

Painting brings pictures in your mind to canvas. Instructor Mattie Kenney will teach you the basics or help refine your style. $10/class. Course # Days Dates Time 3699 Fri weekly 9 a.m.-noon

Quilting Golden Threads

Line Dance Advanced SENIOR CENTER

After the beginning and intermediate classes, you are ready for the next step. Learn complex steps and perform around the community. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th weekly 10 a.m.-noon

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Sit around the frame, quilt as a group and socialize. Participants help quilt each other’s quilts. Great for strengthening your hands and fingers. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 1-3 p.m.

STAINED GLASS SENIOR CENTER

Thursday Night Dance SENIOR CENTER

Dancing, a live band and the best food in town…come on out to our Thursday Night Dances. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner, you’re sure to find one at the dance. A delicious dinner provided. Fee: $5. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th weekly 7-10 p.m.

Learn the basics of glass cutting, layout and pattern design. Make lamp shades, windows, or anything else you can imagine. Fee: $10/month. Course # Days Dates Time 3727 Tue weekly 10-11:30 a.m.

Woodcarving SENIOR CENTER

Learn how to whittle, carve, chisel and make impressive pieces of art that will awe your family and friends. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 7-8 p.m.

Dancing BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS - SENIOR CENTER

Free lessons every Thursday night before the weekly dance are offered 6-7 p.m. Included when you pay for the Thursday Night Dance $5. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th weekly 6-7 p.m.

Educational Book Club SENIOR CENTER

Do you enjoy reading interesting novels? What better way is there to find exciting new reading material than to join the Senior Center Book Club?! Fee: FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue every 2 weeks 11a.m.-noon

Hula SENIOR CENTER

Don’t lei around. Join us to learn the basics of the ancient Hawaiian dance, Hula. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th weekly 12:30-2 p.m.

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Computer Class SENIOR CENTER

Learn the basics of the personal computer. We will teach you Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet and Email. FREE. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 2:30-3:30 p.m. N/A Wed every other wk. 3-4 p.m. N/A Fri weekly 11-12 a.m.


ACTIVE ADULTS Defensive Driving SENIOR CENTER

Instructor Johnny Price makes defensive driving entertaining! Learn to improve your driving skills and be aware of other drivers. This course can be used for a discount on car insurance. However, it does not meet the requirements for removing a ticket. Fee: $12/class w/AARP card, $14 w/o card. Course # Days Dates Time N/A T TBA 12:30-5 p.m. N/A Sat TBA 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dog Obedience Classes MCFALLS BUILDING

To have a well-behaved dog with manners, these classes are a must! Taught by Valerie Fare, who has 33 years of experience training dogs, the beginner class includes a doggie care course to help you be a better pet owner. Dog will learn to walk on a loose leash, to sit, down, stand, stay and come when called. Classes start Jan. 13, 2009; March 10, 2009; May 5, 2009; June 30, 2009; Aug. 25, 2009; and Oct. 13, 2009. Classes conducted at the McFalls Building, 1300 SW 3rd St. To register, call Valerie Fare 972-988-1338. Class times: Beginner 7-8 p.m. Advanced 8-8:45 p.m.

German Class SENIOR CENTER

Learn the basics of conversational German. Easy and fun to learn. Taught by Ron Engle. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 10-11:30 a.m.

Recipe Class SENIOR CENTER

Join Zelda as she teaches you a delicious new recipe every month! Fee: $1/class. Course # Days Dates Time 3726 Mon TBA 6:30-8:30 p.m.

competitive spirit. Winner receives a traveling trophy. FREE. Course # Days Dates Time N/A last Fri monthly 8-10 a.m.

Bingo SENIOR CENTER

B-I-N-G-O! Come win great prizes and have fun with your friend while playing! FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Wed TBA 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Blackjack SENIOR CENTER

All levels of players are welcome. Fee: Bring a dish! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon every other wk. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

SPANISH BEGINNERS

Bridge for all levels

SENIOR CENTER

SENIOR CENTER

Learn the basics of Spanish, from vocabulary to grammar, from the ground up! FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 1-2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to play bridge – a fun and stimulating card game. FREE. Course # Days Dates Time N/A T/F weekly 1-4 p.m.

Spanish Intermediate

Shuffleboard

SENIOR CENTER

As you advance from beginners, learn more complex aspects of the Spanish language. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 11am-12 noon

Games

Open Play at the Senior Center Open almost all business hours.

Shuffleboard League SENIOR CENTER

In this fun competition we draw for partners before every game. Fee: Bring a dish! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 5-9 p.m.

Billiards Open Play at the Senior Center Open almost all business hours.

Billiards 9 Ball Tournament SENIOR CENTER

Texas Hold’em SENIOR CENTER

All levels of players are welcome. Fee: Bring a dish! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon every other wk. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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ACTIVE ADULTS Texas Hold’em

Father’s Day Breakfast

SENIOR CENTER

SENIOR CENTER

Learn the intricacies of this world-wide craze! If you’re not comfortable playing on Monday nights, or if you want to brush up on your skills, play on Thursdays for FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th weekly 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate the joys of being a dad, as we serve a delicious breakfast, and say thanks, Pop! Fee: $5 Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri June 19th 9:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Picnic SENIOR CENTER

Celebrate our nation’s independence and show your pride in America as we celebrate with a good old fashioned cookout/picnic! We’ll have burgers, potato salad, and apple pie! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th July 2 12 noon

Golden Age Club SENIOR CENTER

This club gathers for good food, entertainment and to socialize. All meetings are covered dish and a special program is provided. Fee: Membership required $2 fee without covered dish. Course # Days Dates Time N/A 1st Wed monthly 10:30 a.m.

Mother’s Day Luncheon

Special Events

SENIOR CENTER

AARP Luncheon SENIOR CENTER

The American Association for Retired Persons helps retirees enjoy their retirement, build stronger communities and increase knowledge on political issues. Covered dish lunch and special entertainment provided. Membership required $2 fee without covered dish. Course # Days N/A Fri

Dates every 3rd Fri

Time 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a party celebrating being a Mother! Enjoy a great lunch, some pampering, and gifts & prizes! Fee: $7. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri May 8th Noon-1:30 p.m.

Movie Matinee Fridays SENIOR CENTER

Come enjoy a FREE movie every Friday at the Senior Center! Refreshments are sold separately. Course # Days Time N/A Every other Fri 2 p.m

Birthday/New Member Party SENIOR CENTER

Celebrate your birthday with your friends! Each month we honor our birthday guys and gals and new members. Fee: $2/new members and birthdays, $3 for everyone else Course # Days Dates Time N/A varies monthly 2 p.m.

Nintendo Wii Fridays Join us as we have tennis, bowling, homerun and golf tournaments in our own activity room! FREE!! Course # Days Time N/A Every other Fri 2 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER –

2009 EDS Byron Nelson Championship SENIOR CENTER

Come join us for a week at one of the most exciting PGA golf tournaments on the Tour. Each year we run concession tents to raise funds for the Grand Prairie Senior Center. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Grand Prairie Senior Center at 972-264-4975 or email dconoley@gptx.org . Food, beverages, and transportation will be provided, and we have an incredible “Thank-You” party each year after the tournament for volunteers!

Commission on Aging SENIOR CENTER

Please join us and listen to important information regarding Senior Citizens in Grand Prairie. The commissioners, appointed by City Council and Mayor, make Recommendations to the City Council based on public suggestions. This is a great chance to make sure your voice and input are heard by the group that is dedicated to serving seniors. Contact Senior Center for date, time and location. Roxcie McCuller, William (Bill) Krug, Galdino Castro, Alta Brown, Mike Rehfeld, Ouida Smith, Greg Wiggins, & Dr. Carolyn Williamson. 24 • Life is Grand • Summer 2009 • GrandFunGP.com

Senior Store SENIOR CENTER

At the senior store you’ll find only the finest hand-made crafts. Very affordable, you’re sure to find that perfect gift! Call for store hours. Anyone can shop at the senior store, but you must be a member of the Senior Center to become a vendor in the store.

Travel Throughout the year we take dozens of day trips to local attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we take overnight trips to exciting places like Branson, Missouri. Below are just a few of the regular trips that we take.

1st Friday Tea Room Trips DALWORTH

Join us on the 1st Friday of every month to go to lunch at a different tea room in DFW. Transportation provided. Each person pays for their meal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27th of each month for the next trip. Membership Required. Fee: varies.


ACTIVE ADULTS Course # N/A N/A N/A

Days Fri Fri Fri

Dates June 5 July 3 & 10 Aug 7

Time 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - 2p.m.

Canadian Rockies Rail Highlights w/Collette Vacations SENIOR CENTER

This is truly the trip of a LIFETIME! Experience the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies with this vacation that features the world famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the Icefields Parkway, Banff, 2 days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train, Kamloops Lake, Vancouver, and scenery beyond your imagination. Call the Senior Center 972-264-4975 for more details.

Discover Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria w/Collette Vacations SENIOR CENTER

Highlights on this INCREDIBLE trip include: Bern _ Chateau de Chillon _ Montreux _ GoldenPass Panoramic Train _ Gstaad Lucerne _ Bernese Oberland _ Woodcarving Museum _ Interlaken _ Grindelwald _ Innsbruck Austrian Alps _ Bavaria _ Oberammergau _ Salzburg _ Mirabell Gardens _ St. Peter’s Restaurant Tyrolean Folklore Show Double Occupancy: $3219 10 days, 14 meals, only 2 hotels! Airfare included! Informational Meeting: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10:30am

Dinner Out SENIOR CENTER

Enjoy a dinner out at a local area restaurant with your friends. Join us once a month for a great night of food and fun! We take a bus, so you can ride with all of your friends! Fee: varies. Course # Days Dates Time 3680 varies monthly 4:30-8 p.m.

Lunch Bunch SENIOR CENTER

This new program has been popular from the start! Join our group of active seniors as they board the bus and visit different upscale restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fee: varies. Course # Days Dates Time 3697 varies monthly 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mystery Trip SENIOR CENTER

Have a sense of adventure? Every so often we plan a trip that is a complete mystery. We won't even give you hint! A popular classic, these trips are always sure to surprise and wow you. Fee: varies. Course # Days Dates Time N/A varies varies varies

Church Street Sr. Center 503 W. Church St. • 972 262-6673 • Se habla español The Church Street Sr. Center invites you to join in the fun 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Participate in dancing, exercising, outings, health screenings, parties and quilting. A hot delicious lunch is served daily. Lunch for anyone 60 or older is a suggested donation of 75 cents. Lunch for anyone younger than 60 is $3.82. Please call the center before 11 a.m. to make reservations for lunch. Transportation is also provided for anyone who is 60 or older and does not have a way to get to the center. Please call the center for more details. Hope to see you soon!


PARK BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

PARKS & RECREATION

YOUR DEPARTMENT &YOU NRPA – Healthy Lifestyles. Livable Communities For 40 years, the National Recreation and Park Association has advocated the importance of thriving, local park systems, the opportunity for all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of great community places. As a city park and recreation department, we are proud to be a member of the NRPA. Go online to nrpa.org to see what the NRPA is doing to fight obesity in America, and promote healthy living.

TRAPS The Texas Recreation and Park Society is a non-profit professional and educational organization founded more than 65 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. As a state affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society also maintains professional affiliate relationships with several state universities, athletic and civic organizations, recreational entities, state agencies, and commercial vendors who provide services or programs related to parks, recreation, and leisure service management. We are a proud member and supporter of TRAPS and their efforts to make a difference in peoples’ lives through recreation.

TAAF The City of Grand Prairie is one of more than 140 organizations that are members of Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. TAAF is a nonprofit organization that promotes, organizes and conducts amateur athletics in our state and allows amateur athletes to compete in similar leagues across Texas under the same rules and regulations. To find more about the TAAF organization, visit taaf.com.

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GRAND PRAIRIE PARKS – Boards and Commissions Parks and Recreation Board The Parks and Recreation Board is an advisory board to the City Council on parks, recreation and related developments. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide valuable input. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month at City Hall Briefing Room at 6:30 p.m. • Steve Chutchian, Chairman • Joe Arredondo • Shawn Connor • Greg Giessner • Patrick Greenwade • Gloria Holbert • Christina Kang • Tony Lawrence • BJ Nichols

Commission on Aging The Commission on Aging is an advisory committee that makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the senior population in Grand Prairie. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide valuable input. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 11 a.m. and location varies to garner additional input. Please call 972-237-8100 for monthly locations. • Alta Brown • Galdino Castro • William Krug • Roxcie McCuller • Mike Rehfeld • Ouida Smith • Greg Wiggins • Dr. Carolyn Williamson


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City Section Calendar of Events MAY JUNE MAY 21 11:30 A.M. Grand Prairie Historical Organization Luncheon, Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy., $5 for members and $10 for non-members, RSVP to 972-262-5151. ________________________

JUNE 1 - 7 P.M. Planning and Zoning Commission, City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255 ________________________

MAY 21 6-8 P.M. Make It and Take It Rainwater Barrel Class, Public Works Training Center, 317 N. Beltline Road, $35 for residents, $50 for nonresidents, registration required 972-237-8377. ________________________

JUNE 2 - 6:30 P.M. Thomas & Friends, NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, tickets: 214-373-8000 or NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________

MAY 22 5 P.M. AirHogs first home game of the season, QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, airhogsbaseball.com ________________________ MAY 22 Hip Hop Fest, Bowles Life Center, 2750 Graham St., 972-237-7529 ________________________ MAY 23 City pools open for summer, 972-263-8174 ________________________ MAY 25 Memorial Day, city offices and schools closed ________________________ MAY 25 - 10 A.M. Memorial Day Ceremony, Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover, 972-237-8100 ________________________

JUNE 2 - 6:30 P.M. City Council, City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________

JUNE 3 10:30 A.M., 6:30 P.M. Thomas & Friends, NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, tickets: 214-373-8000 or NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JUNE 3 Last day of school GPISD, AISD, Mansfield ISD ________________________ JUNE 4-6 - 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. United Southeast Neighborhood second annual neighborhood garage sale, Boundaries are Jefferson, S. E. 14th, Skyline, Gramley and S.W. 3rd. 972-916-1402. ________________________ JUNE 4 Last day of school Cedar Hill ISD ________________________ JUNE 4 Summer food program starts for kids ages 0-18, various locations, 972-237-8100 ________________________

JUNE 4 - 7 A.M. - 6 P.M. City Recreation Center Summer Camps start various locations, www.grandfungp.com, 972237-8100 ________________________ JUNE 4 Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meeting 6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover, 972-206-2723 ________________________ JUNE 5 Darden Smith Concert 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., 972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.com ________________________ JUNE 5 End of School Dance 8-11:30 a.m., Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes, 972-264-7670 ________________________ JUNE 12 Ultimate Doo Wop Show 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JUNE 13 Swim Meet Bowles Life Center, 2750 Graham St., 972-237-7529 ________________________ JUNE 13 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day 9-11:30 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Register: gptx.org/wq/hhw, 972-237-8055 ________________________

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JUNE 14 Yanni Voices 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JUNE 16 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ JUNE 18 Lifeline Freedom Luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 972-262-5151 ________________________ JUNE 20 Juneteenth Parade and Festival Tyre Park and Dalworth Recreation Center, 972-264-7670 ________________________ JUNE 21 Il Divo, 7:30 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JUNE 25-28 The Music Man 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. Tickets: UptownTheaterGP.com, 972-237-UPTN ________________________ JUNE 27 Games of Grand Prairie brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the centennial, Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Road. Business/corporate teams compete in crazy games for bragging rights. 972-264-1558. ________________________

JULY Parks and Recreation Month, an event every day of the month. Check grandfungp.com for events ________________________ JULY 2 Grand Prairie Genealogical Society “Antless Picnic” 6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover, 972-206-2723 ________________________ JULY 2-5 The Music Man 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. Tickets: UptownTheaterGP.com, 972-237-UPTN ________________________ JULY 3 Independence Day Holiday, City Offices CLOSED ________________________ JULY 3-4 - 10:30 P.M. Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks show follows the races Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, lonestarpark.com ________________________ JULY 6 Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255 ________________________ JULY 6-11 Grand Prairie Arts Council July at the Uptown Summer Children Arts Series Children of the Strings Summer Music Camp, 972-642-ARTS Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. ________________________


CITY SECTION JULY 7 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ JULY 11 Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago 7:30 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JULY 13-18 Grand Prairie Arts Council July at the Uptown Summer Children Arts Series Children’s Theater Production, Missoula Children’s Theatre, 972-642-ARTS Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. ________________________ JULY 17 Dora the Explorer 7 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JULY 18 Dora the Explorer 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JULY 20-25 Grand Prairie Arts Council July at the Uptown Summer Children Arts Series Dance Camp, 972-642-ARTS Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. ________________________ JULY 21 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ JULY 21 All-Star Baseball Game, American Association of Professional Baseball QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, airhogsbaseball.com

JULY 26 Rod Stewart 7:30 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets: 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com ________________________ JULY 27-AUG 1 Grand Prairie Arts Council July at the Uptown Summer Children Arts Series Art Explosion, 972-237-ARTS Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. ________________________

AUG AUGUST 3 Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255 ________________________ AUGUST 4 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ AUGUST 6 Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meeting 6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover, 972-206-2723 ________________________ AUGUST 18 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ AUGUST 20 Grand Prairie Historical Organization Luncheon 11:30 a.m., Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP to 972-262-5151. ________________________ AUGUST 22 Hatch Chili Cookoff Market Square, Main and Center streets, 972-237-8100 ________________________

AUGUST 23 Last day outside pools open, 972-263-8174 ________________________ AUGUST 31 Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255 ________________________

SEPT SEPTEMBER 1 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ SEPTEMBER 3 Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meeting 6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive, 972-206-2723 ________________________ SEPT 5 Doggy Paddle 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Road, 972-237-8100 ________________________ SEPT 5 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Grandparent Day Carnival Senior Center, 925 Conover Dr., 972-264-4975 ________________________ SEPT 7 Labor Day City offices, schools closed ________________________ SEPT 11 6-8 P.M., United Southeast Neighborhood 4th Annual Patriot Day Celebration, Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Rd. Free and open to military, police/fire departments and the public. Bring your family and a picnic dinner and join us for the celebration. For information, 972-9161402. ________________________

SEPT 11-13 47th Annual National Championship Indian Pow Wow, $3 parking. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, 972-647-2331 ________________________ SEPT 12 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day, 9-11:30 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St., Register: www.gptx.org/wq/hhw, 972-237-8055 ________________________ SEPT 12 Doggy Paddle 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Road, 972-237-8100 ________________________ SEPT 12 - 8 P.M., Joe Ely concert Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., uptowntheatergp.com, 972-237-UPTN ________________________ SEPT 13-26 Grand Prairie Art Council’s Annual Juried Art Exhibition and Sale. Open to artists ages 18+. 972-642-ARTS Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. ________________________ SEPT 15 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 ________________________ SEPT 15 - OCT 6 Green Meadows Petting Farm Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway greenmeadowsevents.com ________________________

SEPT 19 Doggy Paddle 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Road, 972-237-8100 ________________________ SEPT 24 Happy Birthday GP: 2009 Taste and Tour of Grand Prairie brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce 4:30-8 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972264-1558. ________________________ SEPT 25-NOV 28 Quarter Horse racing season Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, www.lonestarpark.com ________________________ SEPT 26 Doggy Paddle 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Splash Factory, 601 E. Grand Prairie Road, 972-237-8100 ________________________ SEPT 26 Kids Fishing Day 1-4 p.m., Mike Lewis Park, 2600 N. Carrier Parkway, 972-237-8112 Personal Document Shredding and VIN Auto Window Etching, GPISD School Administration Parking Lot, 2600 S. Belt Line Road, sponsored by the Grand Prairie Crime Commission/Crime Stoppers. A $5 donation is appreciated but not required of Grand Prairie residents, three boxes per visit. Questions, call 972237-8790. ________________________

SEPT 16 6-9 P.M. Diez y Seis Bowles Life Center, 2750 Graham St., 972-237-7529 ________________________

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Top 10 Grand Prairie

Hot Summer Hits

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Watch the red hot Grand Prairie AirHogs play America’s game at QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. Ballpark family fun includes the Wide World of Parks kids’ zone and a swimming pool. www.airhogsbaseball.com or 972-504-9383.

2. Sun and splash at Lynn Creek Park’s white sand beach on Joe Pool Lake, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway. The kids will love the S.S. Prairie Dog mega-playground. You’ll love the shade structures, picnic areas and bathhouses. Grand Prairie residents get in free with a drivers license. www.GrandFunGP.com or 817-467-2104.

Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Road. From hot water to satellite TV, a fire pit to rocking chairs with a lake view, roughing it has a whole new meaning. www.LoydPark.com or 817-467-2104.

Camp in style in a camping cabin at Loyd Park on Joe

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Studs run with their jockeys at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. Thoroughbred racing through July 26; Quarter Horse racing Sept. 25 – Nov. 28; Lone Stars & Stripes fireworks July 3-4, www.lonestarpark.com or 972-263-PONY. Dance in the aisles to your

Hike and bike your way Around Grand Prairie on new trail systems. South of I-20, Fish Creek Trail connects Grand Prairie and Arlington. North of I-30, the Good Link Trail connects Mike Lewis and Waggoner parks. And, east, the new Lone Star Trail winds through the entertainment district along the Trinity River. www.GrandFunGP.com or 972-237-8100.

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Favorite band at Nokia Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. Get your groove on to rock, jazz, funk or ballads, as Nokia presents a wide array of artists and music this summer. www.nokiatheatredfw.com or 800-745-3000.

6. 3.

Lakes Golf Course. www.tangleridge.com or 972-299-6837; www.prairielakesgolf.com or 972-263-0661.

Swing with abandon at one Of Grand Prairie’s great golf spots: top ranked and newly renovated Tangle Ridge Golf Course or “best economy course in the state” Prairie

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Catch big air at Alliance Extreme Skate Park, 1002 Lone Star Parkway. From lessons to camps, lock-ins to concerts, ramp up for extreme fun. www.allianceskateparks.com

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Feed your face with fresh fruits and veggies at Grand Prairie’s Farmers Market Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – sell out on City Hall Plaza, 317 College St. 972237-8036.

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The Games of Grand Prairie, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, will combine

“Survivor” and “Amazing Race” type games to challenge team survival skills, June 27, Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. To enter or for more information, call 972-264-1558. Traveling in or out of Texas? Come by the Tourist Center, 2170 N. Belt Line Road, for info, maps and brochures. 972-263-9588 www.gptx.org www.GrandFunGP.com www.gptexas.com


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Market Square Opens in Late Summer

The Farmers Market will have a new home this summer in Market Square at the northeast corner of NW 2nd and Main streets. This one-half-acre park will feature a building with bays for vehicles to sell produce and other goods. Landscaping, benches and a paved

On the Grow

area will provide a space for outdoor entertainment. Market Square is currently under construction and the Farmers Market is scheduled to open there in late summer. The Farmers Market is currently open every Saturday in Grand Prairie, 8 a.m. to sellout, in City Hall Plaza, one block north of 300 W. Main St., between NW 3rd and NW 4th streets. The Farmers Market will go back to the full schedule of Thursdays and Saturdays beginning June 4. The market will continue in City Hall Plaza until Market Square is completed.

Site work continues on the 172-acre Central Park site on SH 161 between Warrior Trail and Arkansas Lane. The last in a series of lakes is under excavation. The park will be the home of the city new Public Safety Building and Active Adult Center. The structure of the new Public Safety Building has been topped out and is ready for framing, roofing and other elements that will enclose the building’s walls. The center, scheduled to open in April 2010, will house Police Administration, Fire Administration,

LIBRARY LAUNCHES LOIS WEBER FILM COLLECTION Texas actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights) helped launch the Library’s new Lois Weber Film Collection in March. The collection includes historical and contemporary films by female directors. Named for one of the first successful women directors, the collection of more than 160 films shows the exciting variety of motion pictures directed by women.

research material. This collection was made possible by a Lone Star Libraries grant from the Texas State Library. Movies may be checked out free of charge using a Grand Prairie library card, available to anyone with current photo identification. For more information, visit www.gptx.org/library or call 972-237-5700. The library is located at 901 Conover Road.

The goal is to create a growing collection that becomes the most expansive and diverse library of movies directed by women in the world, supported by books and

Criminal Investigations, Field Operations and Support Services, Jail, Police/Fire Communications, Records, Property and Evidence and Community Relations…Construction is in the early stages on the new Lake Parks Rescue Facility, the replacement building for the current Fire Station #7. The site has been cleared, and pier drilling has begun. The current station will be moved from Matthew Road to Lake Ridge Parkway near the Lynn Creek Park entrance for improvement of response times. Also included will be a Police Department component for the Lake Patrol Division and a Parks Department component that will feature an information kiosk, offices, a

conference room and second floor for future expansion. The complex is scheduled to be complete in April 2010. The foundation and piers have been poured for the new Active Adult Center, which will be full of amenities for adults ages 50 and older. The 59,000 square-foot facility will feature an indoor aquatics center, small gym, fitness area, classrooms, a theater and banquet room. The center is scheduled to open in April 2010…A new outdoor garden special event area is now open at the Ruthe Jackson Center. The garden features a wedding pavilion, lawn, pond and creek with waterfall, trees, sidewalks and landscaping.

Road Construction Update I-30 Construction contracts for ramp relocations on Belt Line and MacArthur will be awarded in late 2009. The off ramps will be moved back and frontage roads will be built. Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2010.

SH 161 Frontage roads from I-20 to Carrier Parkway are open. (Frontage roads stop at the railroad tracks north and south on Jefferson and Main Streets. The railroad crossings will be completed at a later date.) All main lanes and frontage roads between I30 and SH 183 are scheduled to be complete by 2010. Construction for main lanes from I-20 to I-30 will be awarded by TxDOT in summer 2009 with construction scheduled to be complete by early 2012.

I-20 A concept plan is currently in the approval phase at TxDOT for frontage roads from Carrier to Belt Line eastbound and westbound. Great Southwest Parkway at I-20 Design is complete to add right and left turn lanes from Sara Jane Parkway to Bardin Road. Construction contracts were awarded by TxDOT in November 2008 and construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2009. Lake Ridge Parkway will be widened to six lanes from Great Southwest Parkway to Joe Pool Lake at Lynn Creek Marina. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2009 and complete by late 2010.

Camp Wisdom Road Construction on an extension from Robinson Road to Carrier Parkway will begin in late 2009 and is scheduled to be complete in late 2010. Mayfield Road Reconstruction has begun from SH 360 to Great Southwest Parkway. The new road will include drainage improvements and two lanes each direction with a center turn lane. The intersection of Mayfield Road and Great Southwest Parkway will be widened and is scheduled to be complete in early 2010. January Lane Design work is complete on the extension of January Lane and right-of-way acquisition is underway. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2009. Arkansas Lane Construction has begun to widen Arkansas Lane to a four-lane divided roadway from Fall Drive to Carrier Parkway. The project is

scheduled to be complete in early 2010. Warrior Trail Construction is underway on Warrior Trail for a four-lane divided and undivided roadway from Green Vista to Field Crest. The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2010. Crossland and Forum Extension The city is currently designing a four-lane divided thoroughfare from Robinson Road to Waterwood Drive. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2009 with completion in late 2010. Sara Jane Extension The city is currently designing a four-lane undivided roadway connecting the current Sara Jane Parkway north to Forum Drive. This project will include a bridge over Fish Creek and includes water, sanitary sewer and drainage improvements. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2009 with completion in late 2010.

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Call for 2010 Photos

Amateur and professional photographers who live in Grand Prairie are invited to enter the 2010 City Calendar Photo Contest. Entries accepted through Oct. 1, 2009. A panel of judges will select photos most appropriate for the 2010 City Calendar. Photo must feature Grand Prairie: • City services, facilities, programs, employees at work • City events • Pretty places in Grand Prairie • GPISD students, facilities, activities (only one month in calendar may feature the schools)

Format may be 8 x 10 inch print or 300 DPI TIF file on CD or email with your name, address, phone number to asprinkles@gptx.org. Prints can be returned if return address is on back of photo. Winning photos will be published in the calendar and may be used in other city publications and websites. Credit will be attributed in calendar, but may not be possible in other uses. No cash awards will be offered. Entrants must include name, address and phone number with entry. Winners will be notified in November 2009. The city calendar will be printed in December 2010 and distributed through city offices. Send entries to: Amy Sprinkles Marketing and Public Information City of Grand Prairie P.O. Box 534045 Grand Prairie, Texas 75053 asprinkles@gptx.org

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The Games of Grand Prairie Combining the strategy of "Survivor," the momentum of "The Amazing Race," and the teamwork of friends, family and co-workers, the Games of Grand Prairie is an all-day event of land and water challenges. The Games will be conducted Saturday, June 27, at Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. The Games are physically and mentally challenging. Teams of four, with two alternates, compete in 10 games to culminate in championships at the end of the day. Teams are still being accepted by the Chamber of Commerce, 972-264-1558. 34 • Life is Grand • Summer 2009 • GPTX.org • GrandFunGP.com

New Web site showcases Grand Prairie’s award winning green initiatives Grand Prairie’s Green Team – a group of city staff uniting resources to improve green programs throughout the city – recently introduced a new Web site, www.gptx.org/green, that presents a comprehensive look at the city’s numerous conservation, environmental and beautification efforts. “The Green Grand Prairie Web site pulls together in one place all the things the city is doing to conserve our natural resources,� said Mayor Charles England. “We have a number of practical energy and money saving programs in place and have a variety of

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green classes and services for citizens.� The Web site lists the city’s green programs in a variety of categories, volunteer opportunities, now and future projects, events, environmental education classes, awards and recognitions and sections with tips on how citizens can live a green lifestyle, too.

The Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league baseball team is hitting home runs and thrilling crowds now through August at QuikTrip Ballpark  Lone Star Parkway Get your tickets now by calling  

  or at wwwairhogsbaseballcom


Life is Grand Summer 2009  

City of Grand Prairie quarterly news and recreation guide.

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