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Contacts Administration

Facilities

Rick Herold

Bob McGlothlin

Duane Strawn

Chip Nami

Director of Parks & Recreation 972.237.8375 • rherold@gptx.org Manager of Parks and Lake 972.237.8106 • dstrawn@gptx.org

Danny Boykin

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

Tim Shinogle

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

Facility Services Manager 972.237.8017 • kbenson@gptx.org

Dalworth Recreation Center Supervisor 972.264.7670 • rmiller@gptx.org

Sr. Recreation Supervisor 972.237.7529 • plowery@gptx.org

The Summit Assistant Manager 972.264.4975 • dconoley@gptx.org

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

Susan Henson

Uptown Theater Manager 972.237.8409 • elmcdonald@gptx.org

Linda Long

Rosalind Miller

Dan Conoley

Michael Levy

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

Horticulturist/Arborist 972.237.8102 • shenson@gptx.org

Amanda Alms

Supervisor of Special Events 972.237.8112 • dbeich@gptx.org

Rod Hayes

Community Events Coordinator 972.237.8329 • bgrogan@gptx.org

Jamie Miller

Marketing & Communications 972.237.8355 • ccato@gptx.org

Glenn Sockwell

Doug Beich

Beverly Grogan Chris Cato

Kelly Eddlemon

Marketing & Communications 972.237.8339 • keddlemon@gptx.org

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.

Athletics Bowles Life Center

2750 Graham St. 972.237.7529 Mon – Thurs 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun Closed Mon-Fri open at 6 a.m. for Grand Plan Members

The Summit Manager 972.237.8243 • llong@gptx.org

Steve Plumer

Alliance Skate Park

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

Gregg Driggers

Manager of Business Operations 972.237.8178 • gyakesch@gptx.org

Parish Lowery

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2750 Graham St. 972.237.7533 Mon-Fri

Elspeth McDonald

Kurt Benson

326 W. Main St. 972.237.8100 Mon-Fri

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

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

Gary Yakesch

Administration Office

Aquatics Supervisor 972.263.8174 • aalms@gptx.org Athletics 972.237.8109 • rhayes@gptx.org Golf Course Superintendent 972.264.9034 • jsmiller@gptx.org Prairie Lakes Head Golf Professional 972.263.0661 • gsockwell@gptx.org

Mark Viskoski

Tangle Ridge - Director of Golf 972.299.6837

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bowles Life Center

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

601 E. Grand Prairie Rd. 972.264.6890 Mon – Thurs Noon – 9 p.m. Fri Noon – 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 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dalworth Recreation Center

2012 Spikes St. 972.264.7670 Mon – Thurs Noon – 9 p.m. Fri Noon – 6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sun Closed

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.

Prairie Lakes Golf Course

3202 S.E. 14th St. 972.263.0661 Everyday Dawn – Dusk

Ruthe Jackson Center

3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. 972.237.7500 Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior Center

925 Conover Dr. 972.264.4975 Mon & Tues Wed & Fri Thurs

8 a.m. – 9 p.m. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tangle Ridge Golf Course 818 Tangle Ridge Dr. 972.299.6837 Everyday Dawn - Dusk

Uptown Theater

120 E. Main St. 972.237.UPTN Call for hours.

Athletic Field Rentals 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

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Call on or after: Friday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


Park Board

GRAND PRAIRIE PARKS BOARDS & 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.

Joe Arredondo Jim Dart Patrick Greenwade Jonathan Head Christina Kang

Tony Lawrence Sallye Moore B.J. Nichols David Pecor

Commission on Aging

Back Left to Right: Jonathan Head, Dr. Tony Lawrence, David Pecor, B.J. Nichols (Chair) Jim Dart, Patrick Greenwade and Joe Arrendondo. Front Left to Right: Sallye Moore & Christina Kang (Co-Chair)

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 Jeanne Streeter Greg Wiggins Dr. Carolyn Williamson

Consider the lush garden at Ruthe Jackson Center for your special day. Nestled within stone walls, you will find a special location for the garden wedding and reception event of your dreams.

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Central Park, Public Safety Center & The Summit Grand Opening The city’s new Public Safety Center and The Summit at Central Park will open June 2010. Located on SH 161 between Warrior Trail and Arkansas Lane the construction is running at full throttle on both facilities. The 150,000-square-foot Public Safety Center will become the new headquarters for the Police Department and for Fire Administration, while the 59,000-squarefoot Summit will be an activity center for adults age 50+. The first phase of Central Park, the 172acre park where both buildings are located, is still under construction. The park features five lakes, a grand lawn, boardwalk and walking paths.

Join us for the Grand Opening of two new trend setting facilities this summer. Come for music, tours, guest speakers, art, cooking and dance demonstrations and much more! Fireworks will close out the night.

PRE-OPENING SPECIALS: Current Special: Through April 1st get 14 months for the price of 12 Final Pre-Opening Special: Join for one year and get a free month plus a gift! Offer valid: 4/2-5/13.

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Grand Prairie Brings Home

Two More State Awards

In keeping with tradition of an award winning Gold Medal Parks & Recreation Department, two more awards will be given to Grand Prairie at the state TRAPS (Texas Recreation and Parks Society) conference in March. Promotional Award - This statewide award honors the most outstanding promotional efforts of a park recreation and leisure agencies for the past year. From the marketing efforts online with Facebook and Twitter, to the branding of the NRPA gold medal award, the Parks & Recreation Marketing Division uses creativity and technology to communicate news and information to the citizens in a variety

Lynn Creek Park Opens for Season Feb. 27

of ways. Lone Star Programming Award Each year one event is selected based on the degree of creativity, efficiency and number of participants. The winner was the “Prairie Lights Sneak-APeek 5k Run.” Nearly 500 runners from all across the DFW area came to Lynn Creek Park at 6 p.m. in the evening for a fun run through the lights. Participants got a sneak peek of the Christmas lights the weekend before the park opened for cars. The GP Parks & Recreation Department is working hard to create a Grand Lifestyle for all citizens.

Lynn Creek Park opens for the season on Feb. 27. This day-use park is perfect for that sunny weekend picnic on the shore of Joe Pool Lake. With 100 individual picnic pavilions,

“Life is Grand” No Longer Mailed to Every GP Home

As you all know the economic slowdown has affected millions of people and businesses around the country and across the globe. Budgets have tightened, spending has decreased and everyone is cutting back to endure the times. The City of Grand Prairie is no different. We are looking at all of our operations to find ways to increase efficiency while reducing cost. As a result, this issue of the “Life is Grand” magazine will be the LAST issue to be mailed to every citizen for a while. The publication will continue to be

several group picnic shelters, a sandy beach, big playground for the kids, and plenty of open space, this park is great for family outings. Free vehicle admission for GP residents with valid

produced but will NOT be mailed to every home. Instead, we will have copies available at city facilities and local businesses across the community. Of course you can always see the latest copy online at www.gptx.org or www.GrandFunGP.com. The City of Grand Prairie is committed to delivering “World Class Service” to every citizen Dream Big. Play Hard.

Visit GrandFunGP.com/classes for a list of locations where you can pick up a copy.

driver’s license (excludes trailers, boats, holidays, and during several special events throughout the year). Other restrictions may apply.

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Disc Golf Comes To Grand Prairie

HISTORIC UPTOWN THEATER

SWINGS INTO SPRING Join your friends, family and fans at the beautifully restored historic Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie, for memorable shows and exciting experiences during its spring 2010 season. Upcoming shows:

“Turner Park’s new disc golf course is quickly becoming one of the most popular such courses in the area,” said Jim Dart, Grand Prairie Park Board Member and Lone Star Laser Disc Association founder. “The course is challenging and fun as it rolls with the hills of the park and weaves among the many trees and creeks. People come from all over just to play this course.” The course opened in October 2009, and offers 18 holes of disc golfing fun. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use flying discs (think highly specialized, uniquely aerodynamic Fris-

bees), which they throw into elevated baskets. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and the game’s objective is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws of a disc. The Professional Disc Golf Association rates Turner Park with a Scratch Scoring Average of 53 and par is 58. It has been conservatively estimated that since the course opened more than 5,000 rounds of disc golf have been played at Turner Park. New additions within the past month include bridges across the creeks, stairs going up some of the steeper hills, and concrete tee pads.

Visit www.pdga.com/course_directory/course/turner-park for information and a course map.

COMPETE AT FALL INDIE FEST FILM & MUSIC CATEGORIES MUSIC: • Rock • Country • Urban • Pop

• Latino • Spiritual • Texas

The city of Grand Prairie will be hosting the Fall Indie Fest in downtown Grand Prairie Oct. 710, 2010. Texas bands and film makers will compete for cash and prizes. This festival will showcase the finalist’s independent films and bands. Category winners in both the open divisions and the student divisions will re-

FILM: • Music Video • Short Film • Feature Length Film • Teaser/ Trailer ceive excellent prize packages including a $25,000 recording contract from Kirtland Records going to the overall band winner. Visit www.fallindiefest.com for more information on entering your film or band! Questions? Call Jessica Story at 972.237.8074.

Saturday, March 6 @ 8 p.m. Celebrate Texas: Singer Songwriters Celebrate Texas Independence with the independent spirit of Texas singers and songwriters on the Uptown stage. A trio of remarkable players, Jon Dee Graham, Darrell Scott and Guy Forsyth will swap songs and stories in this intimate performance. Tickets: $31.

Jon Dee Graham

Darrell Scott

Friday, March 19 Tejas Brothers with Mingo Saldivar Featuring Grand Prairie’s own David Perez, the band was one of the Dallas Observer’s Best Bands in 2009. Amazing live show! March 25 - 28 The Odd Couple: Female Version Presented by the Grand Prairie Arts Council. Tickets: $11. Saturday, April 17 @ 8 p.m. Simply Sinatra Simply Stunning. Veteran performer Steve Lippia and his big band bring Ol' Blue Eyes' tunes back to life in a big way. He is a staple on the orchestra pops scene and in Las Vegas where his shows amaze sold-out audiences. Close your eyes and you'll swear Sinatra is on our stage. Tickets on sale March 1.

Simply Sinatra

June 17 - 20, June 24 - 27 Summer Musical: Beauty & the Beast Presented by the Grand Prairie Arts Council. Tickets: $21, $16, $11. For tickets and info: www.uptowntheatergp.com or 972-237-UPTN.

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Prairie Lakes Golf Academy

S TA R T I N G A P R I L 2 0 1 0

Class Categories: Women, Beginning Adults, Player Improvement, Corporate & Juniors

Women Tuesdays in April: April 6, 13, 20, 27 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $20 per session, $65 per series*

Player Improvement Tuesdays in May: May 4, 11, 18, 25 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $25 per session, $80 per series*

Beginning Adults Thursdays in April: April 8, 15, 22, 29 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $20 per session, $65 per series*

Women Thursdays in May: May 6, 13, 20, 27 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $25 per session, $65 per series*

Free Junior Clinic Saturday, June 5 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Juniors Tuesdays in June: June 8, 15, 22, 29 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $15 per session, $50 per series*

Sign up by calling 972-263-0661

Juniors Tuesdays in July: July 6, 13, 20, 27 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. $15 per session, $50 per series* July & August Series – TBA *All series prices include extras: • Green Fees • Range Use • Merchandise Discounts • More!

Tangle Ridge Golf Club is pleased to announce the 201 0 G ol f A ca d e my P ro gra m S ch e d ul e . The Golf Academy Program will be conducted by our PGA Director of Instruction, Alan Rasberry. Our goal is to introduce the game of golf to all walks of life and to teach a solid foundation of the golf swing. Call Tangle Ridge Golf Club at 972-299-6837 or Alan Rasberry at 972-740-1032 for more information.

USGA RULES SEMNAR: USGA Rules Expert, Jeff Kinsel will conduct an extensive Rules Seminar with a Q&A. COST: FREE DATE: Thu., Mar. 18 WHERE: Tangle Ridge Pavilion TIME: 7 – 9 p.m. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– THURSDAY NIGHT SCRAMBLES: FORMAT: 4-Person (9) Hole Scramble. ELIGIBILITY: ANYBODY INTERESTED IN MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND PLAYING GOLF! (Limited to first 72 players)

DATES: Every Thu. night during Daylight Savings Time.

(Weather/Daylight permitting)

TIME: 6 p.m. Shotgun

(Check in by 5:30 p.m.)

ENTRY FEE: $30 $20 for Annual Pass Member ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: • Green Fee / Cart • $5 Drink Tickets • Hamburger Buffet After Play Prize Fund

2 – 3 HOURS OF FUN!!!!

SATURDAY OPEN CLINICS: These clinics are designed for all levels of players 16 years of age or older. COST: $20 per student or (3) for $50 TIME: 4 – 5:30 p.m. DATES: • Feb. 27 (3:30 – 5 p.m.) • Mar. 20 • Apr. 17 • May 22 • June 12 • July 17 • Aug. 21 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

JUNIOR (4) DAY GOLF CAMPS: These (4) day camps are designed for children between the ages of 8 – 14. COST: $80 TIME: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. DATES: • Mar. 16 – 19…1 – 3 p.m. • June 14 – 17 • June 28 – July 1 • July 12 – 15 • July 26 – 29 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LADIES CLINICS: COST: $20 per Student or (3) for $50 TIME: 3 – 4:30 p.m. DATES: • Mar. 21 • Apr. 18 • May 16 • June 6 Includes Ladies Apparel Trunk Show • July 18 • Aug. 15 • Sept. 19 • Oct. 17

LADIES WEDNESDAY PLAY DAY: Ladies will receive a special rate of $30 between 10 a.m. and noon on the following dates. Rates includes green fee & cart (Regular Rate $45.00)

• Apr. 28 • May 19 • July 21 • Aug. 25 • Sept. 15 • Oct. 13 • Nov. 17 Dates and times are subject to change. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

WEDNESDAY OPEN CLINICS: These clinics will be held every Wednesday evening and are designed for all levels of players 16 years of age or older. COST: $30 per Student… includes sandwich & soft drink TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m. DATES: Apr. 7 – Sept. 29 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

JUNE: WOMEN’S GOLF MONTH WHAT: Discounted rates for women. DATES: Mon. – Thu. (Non-Peak Days) COST: $30 Green Fee & Cart (Regular Rate $45)

JULY: WHAT: DATES: TIME: COST:

FAMILY GOLF MONTH Parent / Child Bonding Every Tue. & Wed. Evening After 5 p.m. Parents – Twilight rate Children - FREE

PGA…PLAY GOLF AMERICA: APRIL: CLUB FITTING MONTH WHAT: Free club fitting with possible Demo Day DATES: Apr. 11 & Apr. 25 TIME: TBA COST: FREE MAY: WHAT: Dates: Time: Cost:

FREE LESSON MONTH Free 15 minute lessons May 2 Noon – 5 p.m. FREE

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Special Events Spring Personal Training Special Mon - Sat, March 1 - 31, by appointment Bowles Life Center Ages 16+. Did you let your New Year’s Resolution of “Getting in Shape” slip away? It’s not too late to Step Up To Health and get back into the routine! Purchase 2 Personal Training Sessions and a Fitness Assessment for only $50! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kids’ Fishing Day

Saturday, March 6, 1 - 4 p.m. Mike Lewis Park, 2600 N. Carrier Pkway. Kids 16 years old and younger are invited to fish for trout that will be stocked in the Mike Lewis Park lagoon. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories. Anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing tackle and bait; however, a limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available on a first-come basis. No pre-registration is required. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Summer Camp Registration Day

Friday, March 12, 8 a.m. (until spaces are full) Bowles Life Center Bowles will offer Summer Camp for youth ages 5-12 and Teen Camp for teens ages 1315. Camp will run for 11 weeks beginning June 7, 2010. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekly activity schedules include play in the game room, aerobics, library, gymnasium and playground. Campers will swim twice a week and take a weekly field trip. Camp Fee: $80/week/child. Financial aid applications and Teen Camp Volunteer applications are also available. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Teen Job Fair

Wednesday, March 17, 4 - 6 p.m. Charley Taylor Recreation Center Ages 15-18. Come out and explorer the opportunities for summer jobs after school. This two hour event focuses on teens and potential job opportunities that local businesses may be offering this summer. Event is FREE to Rec. members with membership card.

Easter Trail

Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. - noon Bowles Life Center All Ages. Hippity hop through the Bowles Easter Trail as you enjoy activities on your way. Activities include bounce houses, carnival booth games, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Fee: Free. Day Date Time Sa April 3 10:00 a.m. - noon

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Easter Egg-Stravaganza Hunt

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy. Children 12 years old and younger will hunt for 100,000 hidden Easter eggs. Kids will be divided into three age groups in three different hunt fields. The Easter Bunny, Easter arts and crafts, bounce houses and other entertainment will be featured. Free admission to Lynn Creek Park with proof of city residence, or $10 per carload. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Spring Fling

April 17, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Farmers Market, bouce houses, arts, crafts, food and fun. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Ultimate Outdoor Experience

April 24-25, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. At Loyd Park enjoy the 2nd annual Ultimate Outdoor Experience where you can see a variety of displays and exhibits including RV’s, boats, motorcycles, ATV’s, personal watercraft, cars and trucks! Enjoy outdoor recreation, live music, food, and plenty of brand new outdoor toys!

Concerts in the Park Series

First 4 Friday nights in April Turner Park, 600 block of N.E. 8th St. (Belt Line). Enjoy a fabulous lineup of musical entertainment every Friday night, April 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Turner Park Gazebo. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnic dinner and non-alcoholic drinks in the natural amphitheater setting. \The series is sponsored by the Grand Prairie Arts Council and Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Hall Plaza Grand Prairie will celebrate its 26th year as a Tree City USA participant with environmentally themed festivities. Free seedling trees will be given away while the supply lasts. Musical entertainment will be provided by GPISD elementary school performers. Tree care tips and landscaping and water conservation exhibits will also be featured. The 2010 Grand Prairie Living Memorial Forest honorees will be announced. A free hot dog lunch will be provided. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Saturday, May 1, Noon - 6 p.m. City Hall Plaza The city’s largest parade will start at 10:30 a. m. (Main St. from N.E. 14th to City Hall) will kick off the afternoon’s celebration. Free entertainment will be staged from noon-6 p.m., a long with Grand Prairie ISD performers, mariachi bands, folklorico dancers and vocalists. The festival will feature arts and crafts, festival foods, kiddie rides and more.

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Cinco de Mayo Carnival

Wednesday, May 5, 6 - 8 p.m. Charley Taylor Recreation Center All Ages. Join us for our annual Cinco de Mayo Carnival at Charley Taylor. There is fun for the entire family including bounce houses, arts/crafts, candy and fun! Event is open to the public. For more information contact the Center at 972-264-6890. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Mother’s Day Dinner & Dance

Friday, May 7, 7 - 9 p.m. Bowles Life Center All Ages. The whole family is invited to attend this special dance to celebrate and honor all mothers. The evening will include a special dinner and dancing to great music. Fee: $5/person. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Mayfest

Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kirby Creek Park Nature Center, 3400 Corn Valley Road Mayfest visitors will enjoy a wide variety of free entertainment including Grand Prairie ISD fine arts performers, “green” exhibits and

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Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 31, 10 - 11 a.m. Veteran’s Memorial, 925 Conover Drive The observance of Memorial Day will include a tribute to the service men and women who

made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A bagpipe-led processional, 21-gun salute and flyover will be part of the service. A free hot dog lunch will be served after the program. Presented by the Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation Department, the Metro Rotary Club of Grand Prairie, the Grand Prairie Rotary Club and the Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Dog Obedience Classes

McFalls Building To have a well-behaved dog with manners, these classes are a must! Taught by Valerie Fare, who has 36 years of experience training dogs, the beginner class includes a doggie care course to help you be a better pet owner. Your dog will learn to walk on a loose leash, to sit, down, stand, stay and come when called. Classes conducted at the McFalls Building, 1300 SW 3rd St. To register, call Valerie Fare 972-988-1338. Fee: $70. 7 week sessions. Course Dates Time Beginner 3/2, 4/27, 6/22 7-8 p.m. Advanced 3/2, 4/27, 6/22 8-8:45 p.m.

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Athletics Division learning about sportsmanship, teamwork, skills and lessons that will help them on and off the field. across the board. Fees: $375/team Course # Days Dates Time 10169 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Girls Youth Volleyball Recreational League – Bowles

Ages 10 – 16 This league will be devoted to the development of youth volleyball by teaching basic skills, technique, teamwork, sportsmanship while offering a fun and exciting atmosphere. Fees: $50/player Course # Days Dates Time 9768 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Youth Tennis Class – SGPHS

Ages 6 – 14. This class will be devoted to the development of youth tennis by teaching basic skills, technique, teamwork, sportsmanship while offering a fun and exciting atmosphere. Fee: $25/ 4 sessions Course # Days Dates Time 10171 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

ADULTS Adult Tennis Class – SGPHS

YOUTH Youth Basketball Recreational League – Bowles/Trumann

Ages 10 – 16 Girls, 13 -16. This league will help establish a good foundation for basketball and will also allow kids to become or remain physically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere. Fees: $65/player Course # Days Dates Time 10163 Sat 6/5 – 7/31 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Youth Flag Football Recreational League – Parkhill

Ages 9 – 14. This program will provide a fun and exciting atmosphere without engaging in contact. The action will be continuous and fastpaced. Players will be taught about the game of football while also learning about sportsmanship, teamwork, skills and lessons that will help them on and off the field. Fees: $65/player Course # Days Dates Time 10170 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Youth Flag Football Competitive League – Parkhill

Ages 9 – 14. This program will provide a fun and exciting atmosphere without engaging in contact. The action will be continuous and fastpaced. Players will be taught about the game of football while also

Ages 18 and older. This class will focus on drills that will help you learn the fundamentals of tennis and also improve your overall game. Work on all strokes of the game and it will also give you an excellent cardio workout Fee: $35/ 4 sessions Course # Days Dates Time 10162 Sat 3/6 noon – 1p.m.

Men’s D Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. The City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men, women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and coed will be offered each night. Bring your family, friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play At Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team Course # Days Dates Time 9787 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9788 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9786 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9001 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9001 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 10139 Mon 5/24 – 7/5 6:30-10 p.m. 10140 Tue 5/25 – 7/6 6:30-10 p.m. 10141 Wed 5/26 – 7/7 6:30-10 p.m. 10142 Th 5/27 – 7/8 6:30-10 p.m. 10143 Fri 5/28 – 7/9 6:30-10 p.m.

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Men’s E Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. The City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men, women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and Coed will be offered each night. Bring your family and friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team Dates Time Course # Days 9789 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9790 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9791 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9792 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9793 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 10145 Mon 5/24 – 7/5 6:30-10 p.m. 10146 Tue 5/25 – 7/6 6:30-10 p.m. 10147 Wed 5/26 – 7/7 6:30-10 p.m. 10148 Th 5/27 – 7/8 6:30-10 p.m. 10149 Fri 5/28 – 7/9 6:30-10 p.m.

Mixed D Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. The City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men, women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and Coed will be offered each night. Bring your family, friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team Course # Days Dates Time 9797 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9798 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9799 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9001 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9001 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 10154 Tue 5/25 – 7/6 6:30-10 p.m. 10153 Th 5/27 – 7/8 6:30-10 p.m. 10155 Fri 5/28 – 7/9 6:30-10 p.m.

Women Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. The City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men, women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and Coed will be

Women Softball League – continued

offered each night. Bring your family and friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team Course # Days Dates Time 9801 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 10156 Wed 5/26 - 7/7 6:30-10 p.m.

Men’s/Coed Church Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. The City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men, women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and Coed will be offered each night. Bring your family, friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team Course # Days Dates Time 9802 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 9804 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30-10 p.m. 10158 Mon 5/24 – 7/5 6:30-10 p.m. 10157 Tue 5/25 – 7/6 6:30-10 p.m.

Coed 6x’s Volleyball League – Bowles

Ages 16 and older. Take the volleyball challenge and let’s see what you can do. Bring your best team to the court and spike your way through the competition Fee: $150/team Course # Days Dates Time 9811 Th 2/25 9a.m. – 5p.m 10159 Th 5/6 9 a.m.-5 p.m

Women Volleyball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16 and older. Take the volleyball challenge and let’s see what you can do. Bring your best team to the court and spike your way through the competition Fee: $150/team Course # Days Dates Time 10160 Tue 4/13 6:30-10 p.m.

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Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation

Youth Sports Associations Grand Prairie Girls Softball Association

Girls Softball provides a variety of leagues and levels for those wanting to play and learn the game of fastpitch softball. Games are played at Jennifer McFalls East Park. Girls Softball spring sign-ups will be conducted every Saturday starting January 16th from Noon – 4 p.m. at Jennifer McFalls East Park. Visit our web site at www.gpgirlssoftball.com or call (469)767-9107. Registration Fees: Blast Ball – Ages 3 and 4 (boys and girls) - $25 6U, 8U and 10U – Ages 5 thru 10 - $65 All ages above 10 - $75 The above registration fees include uniforms. For more information please visit our website at www.gpgirlssoftball.com or to download a registration form.

Grand Prairie Soccer Association

Grand Prairie Soccer Association provides soccer leagues for all ages, including adults. Games are played at the 18-field Mountain Creek Soccer complex.

Grand Prairie Soccer Association Grand Prairie Boys Baseball Inc.

Boys Baseball has a level of play for everyone from the beginner to the competitive. Two levels of play from the recreational league (A Division) to the more competitive league (AA Division). Games are played at Jennifer McFalls West, Charley Taylor and Waggoner Parks depending on the age division. A 3-4 age T-Ball league known as Wam Ball was formed in 2009 and has been a great success and continues to grow. Visit our web site at www.gpbbi.org. League registration will be held at the Grand Prairie Boys Baseball office, 113 S. Center St. in downtown Grand Prairie. For more information call (972)266-0801. Registration Fees: Recreation League A Division (Boys and Girls) T-Ball – Ages 3-4 $50.00 includes uniform T-Ball – Ages 5-6 $60.00 includes uniform Coach Pitch – Ages 7-8 $90.00 includes uniform Player Pitch – Ages 9-14 $100.00 includes uniform

Registration Fees: Select League AA Division Ages 7U-8U $900 does not include uniform Ages 9U-12U $1100 does not include uniform Ages 13U-14U $1200 does not include uniform

Registration Fees: Under 6 – Under 10 - $80 (Includes uniforms, practice sessions and insurance) Under 11 – Under 19 - $80 (Includes practice sessions and insurance) Adults - $80 (includes insurance)

Visit our web site at www.gpsoccer.net, or for more information call (972)264-4424. Online registration is available at the website. Registration is also available at the GPSA office located 2305 Oak Lane Ste. 127 during posted hours. Please email questions to info@gpsoccer.net

Grand Prairie Youth Football Association

Grand Prairie Youth Football Association provides a tackle and flag football program for Grand Prairie youth. Also, GPYFA has a Cheerleading program that coincides with the fall football season. All games are played Saturday’s beginning in August. Registration is on-going. ALL GAMES ARE PLAYED IN GRAND PRAIRIE. NO TRAVELING. Registration Fees: Flag Football - $45 Tackle Football - $100 Cheerleading - $245 For more information on football or cheerleading, visit www.gpyfa.net or call (972)237-5919.

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Aquatics Registration is first come first serve. Call or stop by today due to limited enrollment. American Red Cross Learn To Swim Lessons Session 1 M/W 3/1-3/31 T/TH 3/2-4/1

Session 2 M/W 4/5-4/28 T/Th 4/6-4/29

Session 3 M/W 5/3-5/26 T/Th 5/4-5/27

Session 4 Wed 3/3-4/28

Session 5 Sat 3/6-4/24

½ Session 6 Sat 5/1-5/22

Adult (AD) – Just starting out or want to start to training? This class will teach you everything from floating to efficient strokes at a personalized speed. Small classes for individual attention. Fee: $45. Course # Days Dates Time 10046, 10047, 10048 T/Th Session 1 2 3 8-8:45 p.m. 10049, 10050 Sat Session 5 6 Noon-12:45 p.m.

First Splash (FS) – This “Mommy/Daddy & Me” program helps young children ages 6 month to 3 years become comfortable in and around the water with help. An adult is required to participate. Fee: $30. Course # Days Dates Time 10051, 10052 Sat Session 5 6 10:15-10:45 a.m. 10053 Wed Session 4 6:30-7 p.m. 10054, 10055, 10056 M/W Session 1 2 3 Noon-12:30 p.m. Level 0 (LO) – A 30-minutes 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. Course # Days Dates Time 10057, 10058 Sat Session 5 6 10:15-10:45 a.m. 10059 Wed Session 4 6-6:30 p.m. 10063, 10064, 10065 M/W Session 1 2 3 12:30-1 p.m. 10062 M/W Session 3 7-7:30 p.m. 10061, 10060, 10066 T/TH Session 1 2 3 7-7:30 p.m.

Level 1 (L1) – A 30-minute water exploration class that teaches the

basics of assisted swimming, as well as an orientation to the deep water swimming. Students will be without a guardian in the water and must be comfortable putting their face in the water. Fee: $35. Course # Days Dates Time 10067, 10068 Sat Session 5 6 10:50-11:20 a.m. 10074 Wed Session 4 7-7:30 p.m.

Level 1 (L1) – Continued 10072, 10073 10076 10070, 10071, 10075

M/W M/W T/Th

Session 1 2 3 12:30-1 p.m. Session 3 7-7:30 p.m. Session 1 2 3 7-7:30 p.m.

Level 2 (L2) – A 40-minute primary skills class that teaches the basic

skills necessary to progress toward swimming unassisted. Students must be comfortable fully submerged in areas where they can touch. Fee: $45. Course # Days Dates Time 10077, 10078 Sat Session 5 6 10:50-11:30 a.m. 10079 Wed Session 4 7-7:40 p.m. 10080 M/W Session 3 7-7:40 p.m. 10081, 10082, 10083 T/Th Session 1 2 3 7-7:40 p.m.

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Level 3 (L3) – A 40-minute 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. Course # Days Dates Time Sat Session 5 6 11:30-12:10 p.m. 10084, 10085 10086 Wed Session 4 7:35-8:15 p.m. M/W Session 3 7:35-8:15 p.m. 10087 10088, 10089, 10090 T/Th Session 1 2 3 7:35-8:15 p.m. Level 4 (L4) – A 40-minute 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. Course # Days Dates Time 10091, 10092 Sat Session 5 6 11:40-12:20 p.m. 10093 Wed Session 4 7:35-8:15 p.m. 10094, 10095, 10096 T/Th Session 1 2 3 7:35-8:15 p.m.

SPLASH Recreational Swim Team – The best time to join a fun filled group designed to introduce swimming as a competitive sport. Practices focus on stroke technique to introduce training to new swimmers, as well as more advanced athletes. Spend your summer with us! (Swimmers must swim 25 yards) Fee: $45. Course # Days Dates Time 10106 M/W 4/5-5/26 7-7:45 p.m. T/Th 4/6-5/27 7-7:45 p.m. 10107 WAHOOS USA Competitive Year-round Swim Team –

The main goal of this age appropriate competitive team is to help young athletes have fun as they benefit from the great sport of swimming. Fee $35 monthly. Course # Days Dates Time 10108 M-F 3/1-4/2 4:15-6 p.m. 10109 M-F 4/5-4/30 4:15-6 p.m. 10110 M-F 5/3-5/28 4:15-6 p.m.

Blaze – Adaptive Swimming – Ages 3+. Introduce swimming to the

young person in your life with special needs. Classes are organized to fit the needs of all participants. Parents or guardians may assist in the water if needed. Fee: $25 season. Course # Days Dates Time 9709 W 1/6-4/21 6-7 p.m.

Aquatic Fitness Stimulate and tone your muscles while building confidence and self-esteem in the water. Great instructors and coaches are waiting for you today!

ALL POOL PASS – Passes can be used for open swim or adult lap swim at Kirby Creek and all city outdoor pools. Kirby Pass - $40 for 30 visits Annual Pass - $100 Family Pass - $250 (Family of four)

Home School (HS) – Ages 6-18. School aged daytime classes will

be broken down into Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Students will learn everything from floating to proper stroke techniques. Fee: $35. Course # Days Level Dates Time 10097 M/W Beginner Session 1 1-1:45 p.m. 10098 M/W Beginner Session 2 1-1:45 p.m. 10099 M/W Beginner Session 3 1-1:45 p.m. 10100 M/W Intermediate Session 1 1-1:45 p.m. 10101 M/W Intermediate Session 2 1-1:45 p.m. 10102 M/W Intermediate Session 3 1-1:45 p.m. 10103 M/W Advanced Session 1 1-1:45 p.m. 10104 M/W Advanced Session 2 1-1:45 p.m. 10105 M/W Advanced Session 3 1-1:45 p.m.

Lap Swim/Water Walking – Kirby Creek 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 in and check it out. Fee: $2 daily or annual pass. Days Dates Time M-F year-round 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. T&Th year-round 8-10 a.m. M-Th year-round 8-9 p.m. Sat year-round 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Arthricize – The Wellness Workout

The Arthritis Foundation and Kirby Creek offer 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 M-F year-round 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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Wetworks – The Aerobic Workout

This unique water exercise works you out aerobically, tones, strengthens and burns fat. It’s fun, good for you and offered year round. The workout is excellent in promoting cardiovascular fitness. Vernetta Turner and her staff of expertly trained instructors teach it. Classes are unlimited and registration is continuous. Fee: $38/single; $34/senior 55+; $59 couples; $34 student. Dates Time Days M/W/F/S monthly 9-10 a.m. M/T/Th monthly 6-7 p.m.

Pool Party Have a Party at the Pool!

Make a splash at your next party with a private party rental, with the indoor 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 for availability, 972-263-8174. Fee: $150.

Pool Parties

Private Party: Max 40 guests included; fees increase with additional guests. Days Date Time F/Sat weekly 6:30-9 p.m. Sun weekly 2-5 p.m. Sun weekly 5:30-8:30 p.m. Open Swim Party: 4 Tables/Max 40 guests included; $2 each additional guest. Fee: $75. Day Date Time Sat weekly 1-3 p.m. Sat weekly 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Special Events

Funtastic Swim Meet

Calling all Kirby Creek Natatorium swim lessons, home school, swim clinic, SPLASH, WAHOO 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. Swimmers 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! Day Date Time Fri 5/7 5:30-7 p.m. Meet Information 3:45-4:45 p.m. warm-ups 4:45-5:30 p.m. starts 5:00-5:30 p.m. meet with coaches about events 5:30-7 p.m. meet

American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes

Interested in learning about how you can help save lives? Kirby Creek Indoor Pool has a Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications for you. Successful completion of all course work will award certifications. Register for classes at the Kirby Creek Natatorium. Fee: $150. Prerequisites: Must be 15 years of age on or before the end of the scheduled course. Must be able to pass the pre-course test. 300 yard swim as follows: 100 yards of free-style, 100 yards of breaststroke, 100 yards of either stroke. Swim 20 yards using free-style or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 ft, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point to exit the water without using steps or ladder in 1 minute, 40 seconds. Day Date Times Mon 3/15 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues 3/16 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed 3/17 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs 3/18 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 3/19 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kirby Creek Indoor Spring Break Hours

Swim on your day off at the heated indoor pool! Fee: $2. Day Date Lap Swim Open Swim Mon 3/15 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-5 p.m. Tues 3/17 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-5 p.m. Wed 3/18 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-5 p.m. Thurs 3/19 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-5 p.m. Fri 3/20 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 1-5 p.m.

Kirby Creek Heated Indoor Pool Eggstravaganza! - Come in

ready to swim and hunt for eggs in the heated indoor pool. Take turns with your age group to hunt for eggs in the water and on the deck. Open swim starts at 1 p.m. Egg hunt will be at 3 p.m. Stay and swim until 6 p.m. Fee: $2 Day Date Time Sat 4/3 3 p.m. NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Spring 2010 | Life

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Youth 2-12 En Espanol: Tiene a un nino que solo habla Espanol, y quiere prepararlo para la escuela. Venga al centro de Charley Taylor donde se le encenara lo basico de Ingles para el primer ano de escuela. Fee: $15/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10127 T/Th March 1-2 p.m. 10128 T/Th April 1-2 p.m. 10129 T/Th May 1-2 p.m.

Pre-K Learning Camp - Charley Taylor

EDUCATION After-School Program – Bowles

Ages 6-12. The after-school program at Bowles runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Students participate in activities in the Bowles Branch library, game room, gymnasium, aerobics room, and multipurpose rooms. A daily snack and daily homework help is provided. Fee: $20/week/child. Course # Days Dates Time 9977-10176 M-F Mar-May 3:20-6 p.m.

After-School Program – Charley Taylor

Ages 6-12. The five-day-a-week program provides your child with homework time, a snack and recreation. We pick up from Crockett Elementary 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 once liability form and first week fee is paid. Financial aid is available. Contact staff for details or visit the CT blog: charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Fee: $30/week per child. Course # Days Dates Time N/A M-F Mar-May 3:30-6 p.m.

Ages 4-5. ABC, 123, shapes, colors and much more! This four-week 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. Class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the Charley Taylor Recreation Center for more information on spring enrollment! Fees: $80/child per course. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Course # Days Dates Time 10133 M/W/F March noon - 2 p.m. 10134 M/W/F April noon - 2 p.m. 10135 M/W/F May noon - 2 p.m.

“Just Say No” Youth Power Club - Dalworth

This club is designed to teach leadership, character, and drug abuse prevention. The club members and volunteers participate in many positive activities. Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. The membership is continuing to grow. Join us, become a leader, and make your pledge to lead a drug-free life. Volunteers are welcome. Course # Days Dates Time N/A T/Th Cont 3:30-5 p.m.

FITNESS Ballet Folklorico - Bowles

After-School Program - Dalworth

Ages 5-12. WE WILL PICK UP (Daniels & Roark) – limited seating, first come first serve. The Dalworth After-School Camp is a five daya-week program that provides your child with homework time, a snack and recreation. We offer organized games, crafts, movies, computers, field trips and more! The After-School Camp is available during the school year. Payment is due weekly, the Friday prior to each Monday. Fee: $10/wk and Center membership is required. If pick up is required, there is an additional $10 fee/child/wk. Course # Days Dates Time 9771-9780M-F 1/4-6/4 3:30-6 p.m.

Pre-K ESL Class - Charley Taylor

Ages 3-5. Do your children only speak Spanish and do you want to get them ready for school? Children can learn the basics of English to get them started for kindergarten. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com

Ages 5-10. Ballet Folklorico dance classes will teach the traditional dance steps from various regions in Mexico. Fee: $25/month. Course # Days Dates Time 9741 M/T March 6-7 p.m. 10199 M/T Apr 6-7 p.m. 10200 M/T May 6-7 p.m. 10201 M/T June 6-7 p.m.

Ballet/Tap – Bowles

Ages 5-6. Students will learn the positions of the feet and hands, along with specific terminology to assist with proper execution of dance moves. Both girls and boys will gain strength in posture and rhythm. Fees: $30/month. Course # Days Dates Time 9729 Tue Feb 6-7 p.m. Sa Feb 11 a.m.-Noon

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Mar Mar Apr Apr May May

6-7 p.m. 11 a.m.-Noon 6-7 p.m.. 11 a.m.-Noon 6-7 p.m. 11 a.m.-Noon

7-12 yr olds 10258 Th 10259 Th 10260 Th

Mar Apr May

6:30-7:30 p.m. 6:30-7:30 p.m. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do - Charley Taylor

Ages 3-5. Looking for an opportunity to entertain your child with 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: $20. Course # Days Dates Time 10251 Mon Mar 6-6:45 p.m. 10252 Mon Apr 6-6:45 p.m. 10253 Mon May 6-6:45 p.m.

Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on selfdiscipline 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. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Course # Days Dates Time N/A T/Th Feb 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th March 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th April 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th May 6:30-8 p.m.

Boxing - Bowles

Lil’ Tots: Let’s Get Active! - Dalworth

Basketball Tiny Tots Camp - Dalworth

Ages 7-12. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees: $40/month. Course # Days Dates Time 9745 T/Th Feb 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sa Feb 12:30-1:30 p.m. 10228 T/Th Mar 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sa Mar 12:30-1:30 p.m. 10229 T/Th Apr 6:30-7:30 p.m. Apr Sa Mar 12:30-1:30 p.m. 10230 T/Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sa May 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Creative Movement/Tap - Bowles Ages 3-4. Class time will be divided between tap and ballet. Tap will be introduced following the basics of ballet. Fees: $30/month. Course # Days Dates Time 9733 Mon Feb 6-6:45 p.m. Sa Feb 10:15-11 a.m. 10203 Mon Mar 6-6:45 p.m. Sa Mar 10:15-11 a.m. 10204 Mon Apr 6-6:45 p.m. Sa Apr 10:15-11 a.m. 10205 Mon May 6-6:45 p.m. Sa May 10:15-11 a.m.

Julia’s Artistic Dance Network - Dalworth 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.” Fee: $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. Course # Days Dates Time. 4-7 yr olds 10255 Th Mar 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10256 Th Apr 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10257 Th May 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages: 3-5. This is a four-week class designed to help children ages 3-5 grow socially and physically. Games, activities and fun will be the focus for the children. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Fee: $25/4 weeks. Course # Days Dates Time 10249 T/Th Mar 1-2 p.m. 10250 T/Th Apr 1-2 p.m.

Physical Fitness Skills Challenge - Dalworth Ages 6-12. Let’s work hard to get in shape! Youths will participate in a variety of challenges such as push-up and sit-up competitions, relay races and jump rope challenges. The Challenge promotes fitness, gives youths the opportunity to learn new movements and skills and help them improve their speed, strength and agility while enjoying the excitement of preparing for their favorite sport. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th 4/15 4-6 p.m.

Pre-K Flag Football League - Dalworth Freedom Park Ages 4-6. Down, Set, Hut! This six-game league will focus on the basic aspects of youth football such as offense, defense and teamwork. This league is held on a condensed field at Freedom Park (next to Truman MS) with a seven-on-seven style of play. Scores and standings will not be kept but there will be plenty of end zone celebrations. Fee: $50 per child. Includes jersey and trophy. Course# Days Dates Time 9803 Sa 3/13-4/24 10 a.m-Noon

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/session. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Course # Days Dates Time 10130 T March 6-6:45 p.m. 10131 T April 6-6:45 p.m. 10132 T May 6-6:45 p.m.

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Memberships – Charley Taylor

Ages 6+. Memberships are available year around at Charley Taylor. Youth and adults have access game and media room as well as the gym. See staff for details on how to get your membership. Youth memberships are $5 and adults are $10 for the year. Membership is required at all recreation center locations. Also ask about our $35 six- month and $60 one-year weight room passes.

Soccer - Bowles

Ages 3-6. The Youth Soccer League will introduce the fundamentals of soccer while developing skills and sportsmanship through organized sport. Practice will be held during the weeks with games played on Saturdays. Fee $50/player. Course # Days Dates Time 10311 Sa Begins May 15 9 a.m.-Noon

T-Ball Clinics - Bowles

Ages 3-6. 60-minute sessions will include game instruction and play. Basics of swinging a bat, throwing, running and coordination exercises will be taught. Fee: $10/session or $25 for all three sessions. Course # Days Dates Time 9739 Tue Mar 9 6-7 p.m. 10245 Thu Mar 11 6-7 p.m. 10246 Tue Mar 16 6-7 p.m.

FUN Birthday Parties - Bowles

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, ping pong, pool tables and foosball. Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time!

Birthday Parties - Charley Taylor

Looking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Charley Taylor has one big multipurpose room, playground and gym to celebrate in style in. Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 per hour with a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to 80 people! Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time! Food is not permitted in the gym. Call a staff member for more details.

Stay updated with recreation programs at CT

Stay up-to-date on the latest new programs coming out! Come check out the Charley Taylor After-School, Camps and Programs blog for the latest information on what is going on at the rec center: charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates and information on upcoming leagues too!

BLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand Prairie

Blaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physical disabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthy lifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs to communities across the United States through community-based parks and recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!! The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m., see online calendar for details. Contact Gina McWilliams gmcwilliams@gptx.org by voicemail at (972) 237-7526 or online at gpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates and information on upcoming programs as well!

Kids in the Kitchen - Dalworth

Ages 8-12. This four-week class will consist of children having fun while learning some of the basics of the kitchen. Simple meals and snacks will be demonstrated by the instructor before assisting the kids with them. Children will be supervised and instructed the entire time while in the kitchen. Fee: $10/4 weeks. Course # Days Dates Time 10248 Th April 6-7 p.m.

CAMP Cinco De Mayo Drop in Camp - Dalworth

Campers will participate in a fun field trip, exciting games and creative arts on this fun filled day. Each camper needs to bring a bag lunch, but we will provide daily snacks. Space is limited, so register now! Limited CDBG funding may be available for those who qualify. Fee: $16 day/camper. Course # Days Dates Time 10266 M 5/3 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Spring Break Camp - Bowles Life Center

Ages 6-12. During Spring Break have fun in the Bowles library, game room, gymnasium and aerobics/dance room as well as activities in the multi-purpose rooms. Campers must bring a sack lunch. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Fee: $16/day/child. Course # Day Dates Time 10241 M-F 3/15-3/19 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Spring Break Camp - Charley Taylor

Have spring break plans set yet? If you and your family decide to stay home during this week, send your child over Charley Taylor! We have fun activities planned from playing sports to playing games on the Nintendo Wii, arts and crafts, and much more! Look for more details on our blog in late February at charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com! Fee: $80/week or $16/day. Course # Days Dates Time 10136 M-F 3/15-3/19 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Spring Break Camp - Dalworth

Ages 5-12. Spring Break Camp! Campers will participate in fun field trips, exciting games and creative arts and crafts during the week. Each camper needs to bring a bag lunch, but we will provide daily snacks. Space is limited, so register now! Limited CDBG funding may be available for those who qualify. Fee: $16 day/camper. Course # Days Dates Time 10265 M-F 3/15-3/19 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 20 • Life is Grand | Spring 2010 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Tweens & Teens EDUCATION Toastmasters Club #6332 – Charley Taylor

Ages 18+. 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. A must for improving public speaking! Come to a meeting for FREE. Course # Days Dates Time N/A T weekly 7:30-9 p.m.

FITNESS Boxing - Bowles Life Center

Ages 12-15. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees: $40/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10228 T/Th Mar 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sat Mar 12:30-1:30 p.m. 10229 T/Th Apr 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sa Apr 12:30-1:30 p.m. 10230 T/Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sat May 12:30-1:30 p.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 selfdiscipline 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 N/A N/A N/A

T/Th T/Th T/Th

Dates Mar Apr May

Time

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

Modern/Lyrical Dance - Bowles Life Center

Ages 12+. Learn music interpretation through sustained extensions and expressive motion. Students will develop great flexibility and strength. Fees: $30/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10191 Sat Mar noon-2 p.m. 10192 Sat Apr noon-2 p.m. 10193 Sat May noon-2 p.m.

FUN 3 on 3 Basketball Shootout - Dalworth

Boys 13-17. Come join us for some exciting basketball as teens compete in a single elimination tournament in Junior High and Senior High Divisions. Fees: $25/player. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Sat 3/27 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Just Say No” Teen Power Club - Dalworth

Ages 13-17. Teens will be the positive inspiration for change in our community through community service, positive activities, sports, and trips. Teen Council meets twice monthly. This club is designed to teach leadership, character and drug abuse prevention. The club members and volunteers participate in many positive activities. The membership is continuing to grow. Join us, become a leader and make your pledge to lead a positive life. Foods, movies and games are a part of every meeting. Volunteers are welcome. Course# Days Dates Time N/A M Monthly 6 - 8 p.m.

Last Day of School Teen Dance - Dalworth

Ages 13-17. Beat the heat on the dance floor. Come celebrate the last day of school in style with us here at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Live DJ, games and concession stand will be available. Fee: $2. Course # Days Dates Time N/A F 6/4 7 -11 p.m.

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Teen Nights - Bowles Life Center

Ages 12+. Teens participate in homework tutoring, game room challenges, library and computer time, aerobics, sports, fun trips and awesome volunteering opportunities. Free with Center Membership. Dates Time Course # Days 10188 M-Th Mar 6-8 p.m. 10189 M-Th April 6-8 p.m. 10190 M-Th May 6-8 p.m.

Teen Night – Thursdays at Charley Taylor

Ages 13-17. Come out and explore a great time at the Rec with some basketball, fun in the game room, and snacks. Open to all teens. Thursday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. throughout the spring. Check the Charley Taylor Programs blog at: charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com to see the latest schedule. Center membership required. See staff to register.

Teens in the Kitchen - Dalworth

Ages 13-17. This four-week class will consist of teens having fun while learning some of the basics of the kitchen. Simple meals and snacks will be demonstrated by the instructor before assisting the teens with them. Teens will be supervised and instructed the entire time while in the kitchen. Fee: $10/4 weeks Course # Days Dates Time 10248 Th April 7-8 p.m.

BLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand Prairie

Blaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physical disabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthy lifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs to communities across the United States through community-based parks and recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!! The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m., see online calendar for details. Contact Gina McWilliams gmcwilliams@gptx.org by voicemail at 972-237-7526 or online at gpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for e-mail updates and information on upcoming programs as well!

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER COACH?

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

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

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Grown Ups 18+ FITNESS Abs & Buns – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. This class focuses on abs while remembering other areas of the body including legs, gluts and lower back. Fee: $25/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10225 M/W/F Mar 9-10 a.m. 10226 M/W/F Apr 9-10 a.m. 10227 M/W/F May 9-10 a.m.

Basketball Wed. Night Pick Up Games – Dalworth

Ages18+. It’s show time on Wednesday night at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Come play with some of the best competition in the city. Bring your A-game and come for some fun. Fee: Membership Requred or $2 person. Course # Days Dates Time N/A W Ongoing 7-9 p.m.

Boot Camp – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. 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. Fees: $80/month or $7/class. Course # Days Dates Time 10210 M/W/F Mar 6-7 a.m. M/W Mar 5:30-6:30 p.m. M/W Mar 7-8 p.m. T/Th Mar Noon- 1 p.m. T/Th Mar 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fri Mar 6-7 p.m. Sat Mar 10-11 a.m. 10211 M/W/F Apr 6-7 a.m. M/W Apr 5:30-6:30 p.m. M/W Apr 7-8 p.m. T/Th Apr Noon-1 p.m. T/Th Apr 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fri Apr 6-7 p.m. Sat Apr 10-11 a.m. 10212 M/W/F May 6-7 a.m. M/W May 5:30-6:30 p.m. M/W May 7-8 p.m. T/Th May Noon-1 p.m. T/Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fri May 6-7 p.m. Sat May 10-11 a.m.

POWER Boot Camp – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. POWER Boot Camp includes a combination of body sculpturing and muscle toning. Monday’s workouts include legs. Wednesdays focus on the chest, triceps, back and biceps. Fridays conclude with shoulders and combat training. Fees: $40/month of $7/class.

Course # 10235 10236 10237

Days M/W/F M/W/F M/W/F

Dates Mar Apr May

Time 9-10 a.m. 9-10 a.m. 9-10 a.m.

Boxing – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees: $60/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10228 T/Th Mar 6:30-7:30 p.m. 10229 T/Th Apr 6:30-7:30 p.m. 10230 T/Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bridal Boot Camp – Charley Taylor

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. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Course # Days Dates Time 10124 T/Th Mar 7-8 p.m. 10125 T/Th Apr 7-8 p.m. 10126 T/Th May 7-8 p.m.

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Clogging – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. This class will introduce you to traditional clogging steps and contemporary footwork. Clogging is a great workout and tons of fun with friends! Additional performance dates will be scheduled. Fee: $40/8-week session. Dates Time Course # Days 9681 Th Mar 6-9 p.m. Th Apr 6-9 p.m. 10195 10096 Th May 6-9 p.m. 10197 Th Jun 6-9 p.m.

Fitness Assessments – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Ongoing by appointment. Fee: $25/6 sessions. Course # Days Dates Time 10232 M-Sat Mar by appointment 10233 M-Sat Apr by appointment 10234 M-Sat May by appointment

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 selfdiscipline 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. charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com Course # Days Dates Time N/A T/Th Mar 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th Apr 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th May 6:30-8 p.m. N/A T/Th June 6:30-8 p.m.

Personal Training - Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Your very own personal trainers are available at the Bowles Life Center daily during operating hours. Fees: vary starting at $40/session. Course # Days Dates Time 10213 Sat Mar by appointment 10214 Sat Apr by appointment 10215 Sat May by appointment

Spinning – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Spinning is a group exercise workout performed on a stationary bike. This class is an excellent cardio workout to great music. Fee: $25/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10219 M/T/Th Mar 7:30-8:30 p.m. 10220 M/T/Th Apr 7:30-8:30 p.m. 10221 M/T/Th May 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yoga – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. 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 or $7/class. Course # Days Dates Time 10222 Mon Mar 7-8 p.m. Th Mar 6:30-7:30 p.m. 10223 Mon Apr 7-8 p.m. Th Apr 6:30-7:30 p.m. 10224 Mon May 7-8 p.m. Th May 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Zumba - Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Zumba is a great quality workout to fantastic music. Get fit while dancing to Salsa, Mambo, and Chacha with a belly dance twist! Fee: $30/month. Course # Days Dates Time 9676 Mon Mar 6-7 p.m. Fri Mar 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10238 Mon Apr 6-7 p.m. Fri Apr 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10239 Mon May 6-7 p.m. Fri May 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10240 Mon Jun 6-7 p.m. Fri Jun 5:30-6:30 p.m.

EDUCATION FREE Spring Gardening Classes Return! Interested in spring landscaping tips? Look no further than right here in your community at Charley Taylor Rec Center. As we approach our 4th spring series, we have tips and tricks everyone can use. Join Susan Henson, City Horticulturalist and Certified Arborist, as she launches her informative sessions for the spring series. More information will be posted on our website at charleytaylorgarden.blogspot.com. Check out our series of FREE classes right here in the neighborhood. Classes begin Thursday, March 11.

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NEW Computer Classes-Bowles

Ages 18+. New Computer Classes at Bowles include Introduction to Computers, Internet and Email, Microsoft Office: Excel, Publisher, Word, and Power Point. For class days and times, please call the Bowles Life Center at 972-237-7529. Fee: $25/session

Weight Room – Dalworth

Class will meet twice a week. Session I: March Session II: April Session III: May

Age: 17+. Come check out the perfect workout setting at the Dalworth Weight Room. There are two treadmills, one elliptical machine, and one exercise bike, and flat screen televisions inside of the weight room. Weight Room Membership is $7/month, $35/six months or $60/year. Hours of Operation: Days Time M-Th Noon-8 p.m. Fri Noon-6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

GED – Bowles Life Center

Weight Room – Charley Taylor

Ages 16+. GED Preparation Classes assist those looking to take the GED Test. Class also offers job search assistance and assistance with admissions to college. Fee: $20/month. Course # Days Dates Time 10206 M/T/Th Mar 8:30-11 a.m. 10207 M/T/Th Apr 8:30-11 a.m. 10208 M/T/Th May 8:30-11 a.m.

Nutrition for Beginners - Dalworth

Ages 18+. This four-week class will focus on the positive and negative impact that food can have on our life. Get tips and access to resources that will get you on the right track for a healthier future. Class is free with center membership. Course # Days Dates Time 10267 W April 7-8 p.m.

Come out and enjoy the perfect work out setting at the Charley Taylor Weight Room. A perfect place to come at the end of a long day’s work. Weight Room Membership is $35 for six months or $60 per year. All Grand and Prairie Plan memberships from Bowles Life Center are welcome at this location. March-May Special! – Buy a yearly weight room membership and get a 2nd for a family member at half price! All additional family members will be charged at the 6-month rate per person. See staff for details! Hour of Operation: Days Time M-Th Noon-9 p.m. Fri Noon-6 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Toastmasters International #6332 - Charley Taylor

All Ages. 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. A must for improving public speaking! Visit their website for more information about the club at grandprairie.freetoasthost.com Course # Days Dates Time N/A Continuous Tues 7:30-9 p.m.

FUN BLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand Prairie

Blaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physical disabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthy lifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs to communities across the United States through community-based parks and recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!! The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays from Noon-2 p.m., see online calendar for details. Contact Gina McWilliams gmcwilliams@gptx.org, by voicemail at 972-237-7526 or online at gpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for e-mail updates and information on upcoming programs as well!

Birthday Parties – Charley Taylor Rec Center!

Looking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Charley Taylor has one big multipurpose room, playground and gym to celebrate in style in. Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 per hour with a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to 80 people! Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time! Food is not permitted in the gym. Call a staff member for more details! NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Spring 2010 | Life

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Active Adults 50+ Oil Painting - 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 - Senior Center

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 Mon weekly 1-3 p.m. N/A Tue weekly 1-3 p.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 CREATIVE ARTS 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.

Creative Jewelry - Senior Center

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.

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.

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.

Line Dance Beginning - Senior Center

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 1-3 p.m. N/A Fri weekly 10 a.m.-Noon 3rd Friday of month meets at 8:30 a.m.

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.

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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! Dates Time Course # Days N/A Th weekly 10 a.m.-Noon

German Class – 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 is provided. Fee: $5. Course # Days Dates Time Th weekly 7-10 p.m. N/A

Recipe Class – Senior Center

EDUCATION

FITNESS

Book Club – Senior Center

Fitness Membership – Bowles Life Center

Do you enjoy reading? Come and join the Book Club at the Senior Center. Dive into a new book each month and discuss your thoughts, views and ideas. Fee: FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue 3/9 11 a.m.-Noon N/A Tue 4/13 11 a.m.-Noon N/A Tue 5/11 11 a.m.-Noon

Computer Class – Senior Center

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

Learn the basics of conversational German. Easy and fun to learn. Taught by Ron Engle. FREE! Dates Time Course # Days N/A Tue weekly 10-11:30 a.m. Join Zelda as she teaches you a delicious new recipe every month! Fee: $1/class. Course # Days Dates Time 3726 Mon 3/15 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3726 Mon 4/19 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ages 62+. Stay fit after 62 for only $8 a year! A Senior Pass Plan includes access to the Bowles Life Center Fitness/Weight Room which includes recumbent bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes, dumbbells, weight machines and indoor track. Fee: $8/year. Hours of Operation: M-Th 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Light & Lively Exercise - Senior Center

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 TBA Mar TBA

Digital Camera 101 – Senior Center

Bring your camera and question the 3rd Thursday of the month. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Thu 3/18 3 p.m. N/A Thu 4/15 3 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. Your dog will learn to walk on a loose leash, to sit, down, stand, stay and come when called. Classes conducted at the McFalls Building, 1300 SW 3rd St. To register, call Valerie Fare 972-988-1338. Fee: $70. 7 week sessions. Course Dates Time Beginner 3/2, 4/27,6/22 7-8 p.m. Advanced 3/2, 4/27,6/22 8-8:45 p.m.

This exercise class focuses on improving your muscle tone, cardiovascular system, endurance and balance. Exercise at your own pace. Join us for Exercise Luncheon 2nd Monday of the month, bring your favorite dish. FREE! Course # Days Dates Time N/A M/W/F weekly 9-10 a.m.

Seniorcize - Bowles Life Center

Ages 50+. Low impact aerobics specifically for Seniors. A general movement class where participants keep one foot on the floor at all times (no jumping). Patterns and sequencing are designed for basic movements only. Fee: Free with Bowles Life Center membership. Course # Days Dates Time 10216 M/W/F Mar 9:30-10:30 a.m. 10717 M/W/F Apr 9:30-10:30 a.m. 10218 M/W/F May 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Walking – Fit For Life - Dalworth

Ages 18+. This program provides participants the opportunity to walk in a climate-controlled gymnasium or use the Dalworth Weight Room. Through a regular regimen of exercise and healthy living, you can turn your life around. Come join an easy workout that fits your schedule. Free with center membership. Course # Days Dates Time N/A M-F Weekly Noon-2 p.m.

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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 8-9 a.m. Thurs weekly 8-9 a.m.

FUN 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 his or her meal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27th of each month for the next trip. Membership Required. Fee: varies. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri 3/5 10:30 a.m-2 p.m. N/A Fri 4/2 10:30 a.m-2 p.m. N/A Fri 5/7 10:30 a.m-2 p.m. N/A Fri 6/4 10:30 a.m-2 p.m.

Birthday Potluck – Dalworth

Bring a dish to share and a place setting for a potluck style lunch. Following the meal, we will celebrate three months of birthdays. Center membership required. Course # Days Dates Time monthly Noon N/A 4th Fri

Build-A-Kite!

Build your own kite for flying on your own, or bring it to the “Spring Day at the Park” event! Materials and instruction will be provided. Fee: $3 Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri 3/26 3 p.m.

Carter Oliver Senior Club – Dalworth

Age 50+ Join this jolly group for a fun afternoon of entertainment. There are special birthday parties and arts and crafts. The CarterOliver Seniors have adopted nursing homes in the city. This club meets on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Friday of each month for good food, entertainment and to socialize. Course # Days Dates Time N/A 2nd Tue & 4th Fri monthly Noon

Singing - Willing Workers – Dalworth

We do in-home visits for shut-in’s, church groups, hospitals, rest homes and others. Course # Days Dates Time N/A 2nd Tue monthly Noon

S.T.A.R. Partnership – Dalworth

Star stands for students, teachers and retired seniors. Seniors will help kids with homework, reading, math, story time, and encouragement, but most important will be a friend. Course # Days Dates Time N/A M-Th weekly 3:30 -5 p.m

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

Billiards 9 Ball Tournaments - Senior Center

Participate in a monthly tournament to see who is the best pool player. Playing in the tournament is fun and will bring out your competitive spirit. FREE. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri 2/26 8-10 a.m. N/A Fri 3/26 8-10 a.m. N/A Fri 4/30 8-10 a.m.

Blackjack - Senior Center

Compete against other players to see who has the best poker skills. Fee: Bring a dish to share. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon every other week 6-8:30 p.m.

Bridge for all levels - Senior Center

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

Shuffleboard - 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. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue weekly 5-9 p.m.

Texas Hold’em - Senior Center

All levels of players are welcome. Fee: Bring a dish! Course # Days Dates Time N/A Mon every other week 6-8:30 p.m.

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Texas Hold’em - 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 Th weekly 1-3 p.m. N/A

SPECIAL EVENTS 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 or speaker provided. Fee: $2 AARP membership. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri 3/19 11 a.m. N/A Fri 4/16 11 a.m.

Commission on Aging - Senior Center

Please join us and listen to important information regarding Senior Citizens in Grand Prairie. The commissioners, appointed by the 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. Members include: Roxcie McCuller, William (Bill) Krug, Alta Brown, Mike Rehfeld, Greg Wiggins, and Dr. Carolyn Williamson. Location Days Dates Time 503 W. Church Wed 3/10 10 a.m. Senior Center Wed 4/14 11 a.m.

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: $2 + GA membership. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Wed 3/3 10:30 a.m. N/A Wed 4/7 10:30 a.m. N/A Wed 5/5 10:30 a.m.

Senior Store - Senior Center

Spring Day at the Park!

Enjoy a beautiful day at Mike Lewis Park with your friends! Activities include: Outdoor games, kite flying, picnic, easter egg hunt! Fee: $5. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Fri 4/2 10 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Party!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! Join us for a fun filled afternoon of Irish music, sing-alongs and a traditional Irish meal! Make sure to wear green! Dates Time Course # Days N/A Wed 3/17 1 p.m.

TRAVEL

Throughout the year we take dozens of day trips to local attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we travel overnight, out of state, or even internationally! Below are just a few of the trips that are coming up! And, be on the lookout for an Ireland trip in 2011!

Alpine Christmas w/Collette Vacations – Senior Center

Highlights on this INCREDIBLE trip include: • Innsbruck • Golden Roof • Munich • Oberammergau • Salzburg • Christmas Markets Double Occupancy: $2399 8 days, 10 meals, only 1 hotel! Experience a European Christmas! AIRFAIRE INCLUDED! Departs Dec. 6, 2010 Informational Meeting: March 9, 11:30 a.m. at Senior Center, 925 Conover Drive, 972-264-4975. Refreshments included!

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 N/A varies monthly 4:30-8 p.m.

At the senior store you’ll find only the finest hand-made crafts. Very affordable, you’re sure to find that perfect gift! Anyone can shop at the senior store, but you must be a member of the Senior Center to become a vendor in the store. Hours of Operation: Day Time M-F 1-3 p.m. Thurs 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy an overnight trip to a luxurious hotel and casino! Deluxe motor coach transportation is provided, so all you have to do is enjoy the fun! Perks: $10 food coupon & $20 cash perks. Fee: $50/double occupancy, $75/single. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Tue/Wed 3/23-3/24 Departs 6 a.m. Return 8 p.m.

Spring Carnival - Dalworth

Grand Prairie Nutrition Program

All Ages. Are you ready for some fun? If so, we’re bringing the community together to enjoy foods, games, face painting, bounce houses, entertainment and more. For more info, call Dalworth Recreation Center at 972-264-7670. Course # Days Dates Time N/A Th 5/13 4-6 p.m.

Paragon Casino & Resort – Marksville, LA

503 W. Church St. 972 262-6673 Se habla español The Grand Prairie Nutrition Program invites you to join in the fun 8 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 $1. Lunch for anyone younger than 60 is $5.50. Please call the center two days in advance 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!

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YOUR DEPARTMENT &YOU PARKS & RECREATION

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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Turner Park Disc Golf Course

Turner Park is the oldest park in Grand Prairie and it just got a tune-up with the addition of a disc golf course. The course opened in October 2009, and offers 18 holes of disc golfing fun. It has been conservatively estimated that since the course opened more than 5,000 rounds of disc golf have been played at Turner Park. In December, the Parks & Recreation Dept. added concrete tee boxes, bridges over the creeks, and stairs going up and down the steeper hills. Go to GrandFunGP.com to see the hole layout.


OF EVENTS

Calendar Tue, March 16 • • • • •

Sat, March 27 • • • • •

David Gray 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Angie Stone 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Fri, March 19 • • • • •

Sun, March 28 • • • • •

Tejas Brothers 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 972-237-UPTN uptowntheatergp.com

Gilberto Gil 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

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The Odd Couple: Female Version 2 p.m., Uptown Theater, $11, 972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.com

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Beach Boys with Glen Campbell and BJ Thomas 7:30 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Thu, March 25 • • • • • The Odd Couple: Female Version 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, $11, 972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.com

Fri, March 26 • • • • • The Odd Couple: Female Version 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, $11, 972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.com Bowles Dance Recital 7-8 p.m., Bowles Life Center 2750 Graham St., 972-237-7529

Sat, March 27 • • • • • The Odd Couple: Female Version 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, $11, 972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.com Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

Fri, April 2 • • • • • • • GPSID student holiday - pending bad weather make-up day Concert in the Park 7 p.m., Turner Park Gazebo, 600 Block of NE 8th Street 972-642-2787 Alicia Keys 7:30 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Sat, April 3 • • • • • • • Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway

Mon, April 5 • • • • • • Planning & Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255

Microchip Your Pet – for Grand Prairie residents only 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or first 200 animals. Prairie Paws Adoption Center, 2222 W. Warrior Trail. $15 per pet includes registration, limit 5 pets per household. All dogs need to be on leashes, cats must be in carriers, 972-237-8575

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Sat, May 8 • • • • • • • •

Tue, May 25 • • • • • • •

Pat Metheny 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

City Election Visit www.gptx.org or call 972-237-8035 for info.

AirHogs vs. Shreveport-Bossier Captains 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, airhogsbaseball.com

Sat, April 24–Mon, April 26

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

Thu, April 15 • • • • • • Chris Botti 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Fri, April 16 • • • • • • Concert in the Park 7 p.m., Turner Park Gazebo, 600 Block of NE 8th Street, 972-642-2787

Ultimate Outdoor Experience Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Road, 972-237-8100

Sat, April 24 • • • • • • Chelsea Handler 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035

Concert in the Park 7 p.m., Turner Park Gazebo, 600 Block of NE 8th Street, 972-642-2787

Sat, April 10 • • • • • • Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Register: gptx.org/wq/hhw, 972-237-8055 Russell Peters 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Tourist Center 2170 Belt Line Rd. 972-263-9588 gptexas.com Air Hogs Baseball 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Register: www.gptx.org/wq/hhw, 972-237-8055

Fri, May 14 • • • • • • •

Gallagher 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Document Shredding Sponsored by the Grand Prairie Crime Commission. 8 a.m.-Noon, 2600 S. Belt Line Road. For more info. call Rita Cleghorn 972-237-9555

AirHogs vs. Pensacola Pelicans 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

Sat, April 17 • • • • • •

Sun, April 25 • • • • • •

Sat, May 15 • • • • • • •

Spring Fling 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St.

Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to the public 1-5 p.m., Main Library, 901 Conover Dr. Half price day! 972-237-5700

Simply Sinatra – Simply Stunning 8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 972-237-UPTN uptowntheatergp.com Owl City 7 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Tue, April 20 • • • • • • City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview Night 5-7:30 p.m., Main Library, 901 Conover Dr. Must be a Friends of the Library. Member, memberships available for $10 per family. 972-237-5700

Jeff Beck 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Wed, April 28 • • • • • • Grand Prairie United Charities Golf Tournament 8 a.m. registration and breakfast, 9 a.m. shotgun start. Prairie Lakes Golf Course, 3202 SE 14th Street. Four person team: $350, Individual: $100. To register call 972-262-2014 (ext. 11) or debby.blubaugh@gpuc.org

Wed, April 21–Thu, April 22 Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to the public 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Main Library, 901 Conover Dr., 972-237-5700

Fri, April 23 • • • • • • Concert in the Park 7 p.m., Turner Park Gazebo, 600 Block of NE 8th Street, 972-642-2787

Sat, April 24 • • • • • • Friends of the Library Book Sale Open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Library, 901 Conover Dr., 972-237-5700 Destination Grand Prairie 5K Run 9 a.m., Grand Prairie Entertainment District, 2170 N. Belt Line Road. 972-237-8084

Ruthe Jackson Center 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. 972-237-7500 ruthejacksoncenter.com NOKIA Theatre 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • 972-647-5700 NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Mayfest 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kirby Creek Nature Center, 3303 Corn Valley Road 9792-264-8729 AirHogs vs. Pensacola Pelican fireworks 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

Sun, May 16 • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Pensacola Pelicans 2:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

Fri, April 30 • • • • • • •

Mon, May 17 • • • • • •

Arbor Day Celebration 11 a.m.-1 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8102

AirHogs vs. Sioux City Explorers 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

Tue, April 6 • • • • • • •

Fri, April 9 • • • • • • • Trash Off and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day 8 a.m.-Noon, Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Blvd. Register: www.gptx.org/wq/hhw, 972-237-8055

Tue, April 13 • • • • • •

Sat, May 1 • • • • • • • • Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Cinco de Mayo City Hall Plaza, 317 College St. Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart 8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre, 214-373-8000, 972-647-5700, NOKIAtheatreDFW.com

Mon, May 3 • • • • • • • Planning & Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8255

Tue, May 4 • • • • • • • • City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035

Wed, May 26 • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Shreveport-Bossier Captains 10:30 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, airhogsbaseball.com

Thu, May 27 • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Shreveport-Bossier Captains 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, airhogsbaseball.com

Fri, May 28 • • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Fort Worth Cats 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, www.airhogsbaseball.com

Sat, May 29 • • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Fort Worth Cats fireworks 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, www.airhogsbaseball.com Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. BBQ Cookoff Tyre Park, 2327 Tyre Street, 972-264-7670

Mon, May 31 • • • • • • Memorial Day, city offices, schools closed Memorial Day Ceremony Grand Prairie Veterans Memorial 10 a.m., 925 Conover Dr. (behind the Grand Prairie Senior Center) 972-237-8100

Tue, June 1 • • • • • • • City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035

Wed, June 2 • • • • • • • Tue, May 18 • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Sioux City Explorers 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, airhogsbaseball.com City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035

Wed, May 19 • • • • • •

AirHogs vs. Fort Worth Cats 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

Thu, June 3 • • • • • • • AirHogs vs. Fort Worth Cats 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 972-504-9383, airhogsbaseball.com

AirHogs vs. Sioux City Explorers 10:30 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, airhogsbaseball.com

Fri, June 4 • • • • • • •

Sat, May 22 • • • • • • • • •

Sat, June 5 • • • • • • •

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. Games of Grand Prairie, Sponsored by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Ripley’s Believe It or Not & Palace of Wax 601 E. Palace Parkway 972-263-2391 Uptown Theater 120 E. Main St. 972-237-UPTN uptowntheatergp.com

Last day of school GPISD

Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square, 120 W. Main St. GPISD graduation at Nokia Theater 10 a.m., GPHS, 3 p.m., SGPHS

Traders Village 2602 Mayfield Road 972-647-2331

Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway lonestarpark.com

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Accomplishments

1. Celebrated 100 years of in- 4. corporation with festivals, special events, displays, brochures and more.

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Approved a new city logo reflecting the city’s casual, friendly, unpretentious, fun, family-oriented, hometown personality as evidenced by research; and tagline: Dream Big • Play Hard.

3. Opened Market Square in October to thousands excited about the new weekly farmers market and event venue.

Landed big industrial and distribution economic development deals: • Solo Cup distribution center • Discount Tires distribution center • Lady Primrose Cosmetics distribution and packaging center • Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company warehouse

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Built Fire Station 214 with Cedar Hill in April 2009, serving Lake Ridge and the southern sector.

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Connected Kingswood Boulevard from Lake Ridge Parkway to SH 360; extended Warrior Trail through from Carrier to Great Southwest Parkway; achieved a Railroad Quiet Zone through downtown; and opened the Belt Line Road Overpass over Main and Jefferson streets.

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Began driving on State Highway 161 between SH 183 and Interstate 30.

ple the ¼ cent sales tax for street improvements.

Opened the fabulous outdoor Gardens at the Ruthe Jackson Center, offering a new element to the popular conference center.

a John Peter Smith Public Health Clinic at Sherman St. and Great Southwest Parkway.

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FARMERS MARKET IN MARKET SQUARE OPEN SATURDAYS February-December

Continuing its popular beginning last fall, the all new, expanded Farmers Market is now open in Grand Prairie’s new Market Square, 120 W. Main St., from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays now through December. Market Square is on the corner of Main Street and NW 2nd St. gptx.org/farmersmarket.

2010 GOALS

1. Open the new 60,000-square-foot Summit activity center for active adults age 50+ at SH 161 and Warrior Trail in early summer.

2. Open the new Public Safety Headquarters at SH 161 and Arkansas Lane in early summer. 3. Open the new Lake Parks Operations Center across from the Lynn Creek Park entrance in summer 2010.

4. Open Central Park at SH 161 between Warrior and Arkansas, a 172-acre park with lakes, waterfalls and trails.

7. Complete Mayfield Road widening from SH 360 to Great Southwest Parkway.

5. Clear former Army-Navy store site to make way for a new Dallas Cou nty Courthouse to be built downtown.

8. Open Arkansas Lane as a widened four-lane divided road from Robinson and Carrier.

6. Work with downtown merchants to renovate and restore the facades to their 1950s glory; and operate a farmers market at Market Square Saturdays from Feb. 6-Dec. 18, 2010.

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9. Begin construction in late 2010 to extend Lake Ridge Parkway as a six lane road from Polo to the intersection of SH 161/I-20 and widen Lake Ridge from four lanes to six lanes between Polo and Joe Pool Lake. 10. Work with Lone Star Park to transition to a new management lease and continue success of track.


2010 Census Arrives in March

Road Construction Update

You Have 10 Minutes to Define Who We Are As a Nation

Your United States Census questionnaire was mailed to your home in March. When you receive your Census, please complete it and mail it back. With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Households are asked to provide key demographic information, including whether a housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of others living in the household. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s

responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. A requirement of the U.S. Constitution, the census is conducted once every 10 years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census counts everyone living in the United States—both citizens and non citizens. The Importance of Census Data Every year, the federal government allocated more than $400 billion to states and communities

based, in part, on census data. Census data are used to determine locations for retail stores, schools, hospitals, new housing developments and other community facilities. Census data determine boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do no return questionnaires to take a count in person. For more information, visit www.census.gov.

SH 161 All main lanes and frontage roads between I-30 and SH 183 are scheduled to be complete in 2010. Main lanes from I-20 to I-30 will be built by the North Texas Tollway Authority. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2010 provided an agreement with TxDOT and Union Pacific Railroad is finalized. This segment is scheduled to be complete by late 2012. I-30 Construction contracts for frontage roads between Belt Line Road and MacArthur Boulevard will be awarded by October 2010. The off ramps will be moved back and a frontage road will be built with a new park and ride on the south side of I-30 east of Belt Line. Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 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 Construction is underway to add right and left turn lanes from Sara Jane Parkway to Bardin Road. The lanes will be complete in early 2010. Lake Ridge Parkway Construction will begin in late 2010 to widen Lake Ridge Parkway to six lanes from Great Southwest Parkway to Joe Pool Lake at Lynn Creek Marina. The project is scheduled to be complete by late 2012.

Also beginning in late 2010, Lake Ridge Parkway will be extended from I-20 where it intersects SH 161. Lake Ridge will become six-lane arterial roadway to Polo Road and will be widened from four lanes to six lanes from Polo to Great Southwest Parkway. Design and right-of-way acquisition are underway and construction is scheduled to be complete by late 2012. Lake Ridge and Lynn Creek Parkway Intersection improvements are underway at the entrance to Lynn Creek Park and a traffic signal is proposed to be installed. Construction will be complete in spring 2010. Carrier Parkway Construction has begun on intersection improvements at Carrier Parkway and SH 360 in conjunction with the City of Arlington’s widening of Green Oaks Boulevard to the west. An additional left and right turn lane will be added. Construction is scheduled to be complete in mid 2010. Mayfield Road Reconstruction is underway from SH 360 to Great Southwest Parkway and most of the new concrete lanes are now open to traffic. The new road includes drainage improvements and two lanes each direction with a center turn lane. The intersection of Mayfield Road and Great Southwest Parkway has also been widened to include turn lanes. Construction is scheduled to be complete in spring 2010.

Mayfield and SH 360 The City of Grand Prairie is working with the City of Arlington through TxDOT on making intersection improvements at this location. Construction is scheduled to be complete in spring 2010. January Lane Design and right-of-way acquisition is complete on this proposed extension. The project is currently on hold. Arkansas Lane Construction is underway to widen Arkansas Lane to four lanes from Fall Drive to Carrier Parkway, with the new concrete lanes now open to traffic. The project is scheduled to be complete in by Spring 2010. Warrior Trail Construction is underway for a four-lane roadway from Green Vista to Field Crest with the new concrete lanes now open to traffic. The project is scheduled to be complete in by Spring 2010. Crossland and Forum Extension Construction will begin in summer 2010 on a four-lane divided thoroughfare from Robinson Road to Waterwood Drive. The project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2011. Sara Jane Extension The City has awarded a design contract for a four-lane undivided roadway connecting the current Sara Jane Parkway north to Forum Drive. This project will include a bridge over Fish Creek, water, sanitary sewer and drainage improvements. The project is currently on hold pending resolution of Transportation and Engineering issues.

Household Hazardous Waste

COLLECTION DAYS

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste on the following dates:

Sat., March 6, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Sat., March 27, 8 a.m.-noon, Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Blvd. Sat., April 10, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Sat., May 8, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Sat., June 12, 9-11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St.

Household and automotive batteries, pharmaceuticals, motor oil, cooking oil, paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs, and household, landscape and pool chemicals will be accepted. Not accepted are explosives, gas cylinders, fireworks, medical waste, radioactive materials, municipal trash or commercial waste.

Registration is required. Register by calling 972-237-8055 or online at www.gptx.org/WQ/HHW. Weather conditions may require that events be canceled or rescheduled. Registrants will be notified of any changes by e-mail or telephone.

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Swing with abandon at Grand Prairie top ranked golf spots: Tangle Ridge and Prairie Lakes golf courses www.tangleridge.com, 972-299-6837; www.prairielakesgolf.com, 972-263-0661.

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

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Camp in style in a cabin at the Good Sam rated Loyd Park on Lake Joe Pool, 3401 Ragland Road. From hot water to satellite TV, a fire pit to rocking chairs with a view, roughing it has a whole new meaning. 817-467-2104 or www.LoydPark.com.

Stare all you want at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze – three kinds of fun in one wild place, 601 Palace Parkway, www.palaceofwax.com or 972-263-2391.

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

Shop till you drop at Traders Village. America’s largest weekend flea market, 2602 Mayfield Road, www.tradersvillage.com or 972-647-2331.

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Boat, swim, fish, camp, picnic, play all day at Lake Joe Pool. www.lakeparks.net or 817-467-2104.

Watch studs run with their jockeys at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. Thoroughbred racing AprilJuly; www.lonestarpark.com or 972-263-PONY.

Feed your face with fresh fruits and veggies at Grand Prairie’s Farmers Market Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 120 W. Main St. 972-237-8036 farmersmarket or www.gptx.org/downtown.

Dance in the aisles to your favorite band at Nokia Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, as Nokia presents a wide array of artists and music this summer. 800-745-3000 or www.nokiatheatredfw.com.

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

Enjoy concerts, plays and special events at the historic Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., in downtown Grand Prairie. 972-237-UPTN or www.uptowntheatergp.com.

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Why Is The Water Running?

Have you ever seen a city of Grand Prairie truck sitting in front of a fire hydrant that was wide open allowing water to flow down the street? When you passed that truck, did you ask yourself, “Why are they wasting water?” Well, there are many reasons why we are flushing these hydrants and all of them have to do with protecting public health.

Dead End Flushing All cities in the state of Texas are required to flush areas of their water system called dead ends. Dead ends in the water system are like dead ends on the street; they are points of no return. Water in these areas is flushed at least once a month to maintain disinfectant residual and palatable water.

New Construction Before new water lines are put into service, they are disinfected with chlorine. Since the disinfection dosage is so high, the water in the pipe must be “dumped” and replaced with potable water before customers can use it.

Super Chlorinating Just as you have to clean your car or bath tub, the water system has to be occasionally cleaned. This cleaning is accomplished by adding high doses of chlorine to the pipes, a process called SuperChlorination. Super-chlorinated water cannot be consumed by the public, so it must be “dumped.” After allowing the high chlorine dose to do its work, usually overnight, a fire hydrant is opened

to release the non-drinkable water.

Water Quality Occasionally, citizens will contact city offices with concerns about the taste, odor, or appearance of their water. In addition to checking our water system and collecting analytical samples, city crews will often open fire hydrants to “dump” water of poor quality and “pull” water of favorable quality to the area of concern. Unidirectional Flushing Program This is a method of cleaning the water mainlines through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water move-

ment in one direction while opening specific hydrants at the end of that sequence. Fire Department Tests Annually, the Fire Department is required to test water system to make sure adequate pressure exists to fight fires. This system check may include opening fire hydrants. For more information regarding fire hydrant flushing, visit: www.gptx.org/Environmental Quality.

2009 by the NUMBERS

DEMOGRAPHICS Land Area Population Median Age Avg. Price of a New Home Avg. Household Income

DEVELOPMENT New Single Family Building Permits Issued Value of Average Single Family Permit New Commercial/Industrial Sq. Ft. (projects underway)

81 sq. miles 168,500 32 $212,000 $46,955 316 $222,668 449,206

TOP TAXPAYERS • Bell Helicopter, Inc. • Republic Beverage • Hanson Pipe & Precast, Inc. • Oncor Electic/Texas Utilities • Cardinal Health 200, Inc. • AT&T Communications • Prologis • Lockheed Martin • Catellus Development Corp. PROPERTY TAX RATES (Per $100 Assessed Property Value) City of Grand Prairie Grand Prairie ISD Arlington ISD Cedar Hill ISD Mansfield ISD Dallas County Tarrant County

$0.669998 $1.465000 $1.272000 $1.500000 $1.450000 $0.22810 $0.26400

RETAIL SALES TAX RATES City AirHogs Ballpark Active Adult Center Parks Improvements Street Improvements Crime Control District State Total Sales Tax

1.00000 0.12500 0.12500 0.25000 0.25000 0.25000 6.25% 8.25%

GRAND PRAIRIE’S TOP EMPLOYERS Grand Prairie ISD 3,400 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control 2,800 Poly-America, Inc. 1,800 Bell Helicopter 1,300 Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie 1,200 City of Grand Prairie 1,100 Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. 700 Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. 500 Hanson Pipe & Products, Inc. 500 Wal-Mart 500 American Eurocopter 500 Arnold Transportation Services 500 SAIA Motor Freight Line, Inc. 500 Turbomeca Engine Corp. 400 OPERATING BUDGET (2009-2010) (Total appropriations and reserves) General Fund Water/Wastewater Other TOTAL

$98,097,926 $50,787,116 $49,622,352 $198,507,394

MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES Full Time Police/Fire Civil Service Full Time General Employees Seasonal/Part-Time Employees LIBRARIES Main Library Total Collection Warmack Branch Total Collection Bowles Branch Total Collection

411 701 159 149,177 43,086 10,844

PARKS AND RECREATION Acres of Park Land 5,002 Number of Parksites 58 Rounds of Golf Played 80,740 Ruthe Jackson Center Events 919 (more than 80,000 guests) Loyd Park Campers 19,306 Lynn Creek Park Attendance 203,250 Cemetery Spaces Sold 231 UTILITIES Water Production (Avg. Gallons/Day) Fire Hydrants Miles of Water Lines Miles of Collection Line Customer Accounts SOLID WASTE Tons of Garbage Disposed Tons of Commercial Recycling (at landfill) Tons of Residential Recycling at the Landfill at the Curb at Drop Sites

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24.5 million 7,134 776 752 44,228 168,386.66 24,731.50 4,753.95 3,738.13 1,091.40

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New programs offer discounts on foreclosed homes

Two new home buying programs in Grand Prairie offer discounts on purchasing foreclosed homes in an effort to get empty homes owner occupied, benefiting the property and neighborhood. One program, 4-GOV, offers a special deal for government employees working in Grand Prairie. The program purchases foreclosed homes, rehabilitates them and resells the homes at a discount to government employees working in Grand Prairie – including federal,

state, county, city and school district employees. As the city buys and rehabilitates properties, the houses for sale will be posted on the city Web site, www.gptx.org/4gov. As homes are sold, the city will recycle the program income off the sale of the property and purchase another home to rehabilitate and sell to eligible applicants. The second program, 4-HOME, helps any eligible person purchase a foreclosed home at a discount. A grant provides up to $20,000 to assist qualified buyers with down payment, closing costs and rehabilitation costs. The city has assisted 21 buyers so far with the purchase of a foreclosed home in Grand Prairie through this grant. For details , visit www.gptx.org/4gov or www.gptx.org/4home. The discount offered by the city is made possible by federal funds for creating home ownership opportunities and stabilizing neighborhoods through the buying and rehabilitating of foreclosed properties.

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Get Your Garage Sale Permit Online

Ready to host a garage sale? Residents can register for garage sale permits and receive the required documentation without waiting for a certificate to be mailed or applying in person. Just go to www.gptx.org (look for the “garage sale permits” icon on the home page) and complete the online application process. You then have the option of printing your certificate and permit number for your garage sale signs. Code Enforcement also provides an interactive map that shows the location for upcoming garage sales in Grand Prairie. For more information on garage sale permits, visit gptx.org/CodeEnforcement.


Grand Prairie

On the Grow Grand Prairie On the Grow The city’s new Public Safety Center and The Summit at Central Park will open early summer, along with the first phase of improvements to Central Park, located west of SH 161 between Warrior Trail and Arkansas Lane. The exterior structures are mostly finished on both buildings and interior work is running at full throttle. Inside the 150,000-square-foot Pu b l ic Sa f e ty C e nt e r, the four story administrative tower has been dried in, the air conditioning units are in and working, raised computer flooring has been installed, and interior walls and other finish work continues to progress. The 59,000-square-foot Su mmit is mostly complete on the exterior and is also dried in. The pool shell has been installed and tested. Interior walls and finish work are nearing completion in the banquet rooms, theater, kitchen and office areas. Interior work also continues on the active side of the building, including classrooms, senior store, gym, track, fitness area and aquatics. The first phase of C e nt r al Pa r k, the 172-acre park where both buildings are located, is still under construction. The five lakes, stone retaining walls and three waterfalls are complete. The Esplanade paving that con-

nects Arkansas Lane with Warrior Trail within the site is complete. The boardwalk surrounding lakes 2 and 3 is also near completion. The piers and paving of the pedestrian bridges crossing lake 3 is in place. Landscaping has begun with irrigation lines being installed and tree selections and site layouts underway.

The former Army Navy store property on 130 W. Church Street has been acquired and demolished by the city of Grand Prairie. Dallas County has plans to construct a ne w co u nty s u bc o u r th ou s e on the property, which will replace the current county courthouse at 630 W. Main St. The county’s tax and driver’s license offices will also be combined into the new facility. Construction may start by year end, with a tentative opening for early 2011. P ar kl an d H o sp it al S ys te m has entered into an agreement with the city of Grand Prairie to build a new clinic in Grand Prairie at

clinic is expected to be operational in early 2012. John Pe te r Smith Hos pital is already operating a clinic serving Tarrant County Grand Prairians at 2737 Sherman St. New Commercial Development D isco unt Tir e has moved into a 305,000-square-foot building at 3254 Trinity Boulevard. The company signed a 10-year lease for its new regional distribution center to handle distribution of light truck tires and aftermarket wheels. L ady Pr im r o se, a high-end bath and body products manufacturer will relocate its distribution and packaging operations

Lake Park Operations Center The Lak e Par k s Re scu e F acility construction is taking shape. Exterior stone and roofing is nearing completion and interior work is well underway. This complex will provide a replacement for the current Fire Station #7 that is better situated within its service area. The facility will also include a new Parks administrative facility for the Lake Parks and new Police offices for the Lake Patrol. The complex will open in July 2010.

801 Conover Street, the site of the current police headquarters. The proposed 25,000-squarefoot clinic would provide primary preventive care for infants, children, adults and seniors. A full service pharmacy would also be available. Construction will start after the police department moves to the new Public Safety Center in early summer. The

from Dallas to a newly built warehouse/distribution center in the Crosspoint development just off Roy Orr. The company chose Grand Prairie after a six-month search, including tours of 12 other Dallas-Fort Worth locations. Lady Primrose products are predominantly sold in luxury hotels worldwide.

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