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Residents speak against closing Hedr ick Elementar y, Boar d disavows A-F system BY L EOPOL D K NOPP knopp@LewisvilleTexan.com The almost- 300 seat board room was filled to the brim at Monday night?s Lewisville ISD school board meeting. Several student organizations received recognition, and two dozen citizens spoke on behalf of Hedrick Elementary School, whose future is in doubt. Also the board formally called on the Texas legislature to repeal the proposed A?F school ranking system. Controversy and worry over Hedrick Elementary School arose in September, when district officials recommended tearing both it and the connected middle school down but said they could potentially only rebuild the middle school. Rebuilding the elementary Hedrick Elementary School PTA president Elizabeth Nash urges the LISD board to rebuild the school. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)
school was listed as $34.2 million out of almost $700 million in total costs of proposed priority 1 projects. Sending students who would have gone to Hedrick to surrounding elementary schools was listed as an alternative to reconstructing the 43- year- old school. There are four other elementary schools within two and a half miles of Hedrick. Hedrick serves more than 600 students, about 300 of whom are English Language Learners. Among those who spoke for the school was current Hedrick 5th grader Jade Jimenez. ?This school is like our second home,? she said. ?How would you feel if the work you?ve had for years that you?re Continued on P6
M ulti-gen center to cost more than initial proj ect budget
Deputy City Manager Eric Ferris goes over the various design mock ups the council will be be choosing from for the design of the multi-generational center. (Photo by Christina Ulsh)
BY CHRI STI NA UL SH ulsh@LewisvilleTexan.com The original project budget for the multi-generational center was $38.1 million, but the city council is considering building options that will add between $7.9 to $8.9 million to it. The MGC will be a combination of a recreation and a senior center as well as an
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aquatics facility for all ages. It will replace the current facilities at Memorial Park. The budget increase is in part due to growing demand for construction in DFW. Deputy City Manager Eric Ferris presented the council with five building options for the multi- generational center on Monday, Jan.9. The options Continued on P4
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Hegar estimates decreased revenue for 2017 session Facing sluggish economic forecasts, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Monday that lawmakers will have $104.87 billion in state funds at their disposal in crafting the next two-year budget, a 2.7 percent decrease from the last session two years ago. BY EDGAR WALTERS Texas Tribune Facing sluggish economic forecasts amid low oil prices along with billions in tax revenue already dedicated to the state highway fund, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Monday that lawmakers will have
$104.87 billion in state funds at their disposal in crafting the next two-year budget, a 2.7 percent decrease from his estimate ahead of the legislative session two years ago. Hegar told state lawmakers he expected a "slow to moderate" expansion of the Texas economy. Still, he said, the
amount of revenue they will be able to negotiate over has fallen. That's largely because lawmakers in 2015 moved to dedicate up to $5 billion in sales tax revenue every two years to the state's highway fund, rather than making it available to spend on other priorities such as schools, Continued on P4
Junior Kannadi Lankford tries to get past the defenders trying to block her. (Photo by Maritza Quintero)
String Sculpture #1 won first place at the "Artrageous" art exhibit produced by the Visual Art League of Lewisville. (Sculpture by Maurice Leatherbury, photo by Matthew Pedersen)
Review: 'ARTRAGEOUS' an unconventional ar t exhibit BY M ATTHEW PEDERSEN The Visual Art League of Lewisville has pulled an assortment of paintings for their ARTRAGEOUS exhibit that are unlike anything art goers will see displayed in a typical gallery. Held in the MCL Grand art gallery, the exhibit runs the gamut from the unusual to the haunting to the flat-out bizarre. The artists who have produced these works have created paintings that are realistic as well as surreal using unconventional materials, including tree branches, melted wax and even metal wire to create a more unique visual appearance. One of the most immediately striking pieces of the exhibit is Daren Fagan?s ?Lucy,? a metal sculpture of a woman Continued on P5
The M om of No: Uphill both ways BY JENNI FER L I NDE The Mom of No momofno@LewisvilleTexan.com The other day, the Teenager registered for the SAT. As a middle?aged person who grew up pre?internet, back in the olden days when kids walked to school even when it was pouring rain outside and there were three channels on TV instead of hundreds, sometimes I'm tempted to pull out that old line, "Back in my day, we had to walk uphill both ways in the snow for miles to get to school," when the Teenager or the Son of Never Stops Eating complains about some aspect of life they find frustrating. In this case, however, I'd have to say the complaints are justified.
I took the SAT many, many years ago. When I took the SAT, big hair was in, I was absolutely convinced a Duran Duran band member was going to show up at my house and ask my father for my hand in marriage and neon was a hot fashion statement. This is what I remember about signing up to take the SAT: 1. I filled out a paper form with a writing implement. 2. My mother wrote a check for the fee. 3. We sent it in through the U.S. Postal Service. 4. I went and took the exam. The Teenager sat down at the family computer and pulled up the SAT website. Be aware, the website instructed, the process will take about 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes to register for a test? We looked at each other in dismay. Apparently registering for the SAT requires much information, including the name of your second grade PE instructor, your paternal grand-
father's blood type, and a copy of your dental records* . The Teenager started to express frustration at the information she was being asked to provide, much of which was requested in a somewhat nebulous way. Perhaps that was actually part of the testing process. I wasn't required to provide that much information about myself the last time I bought a car. These SAT people take this testing stuff seriously. The Teenager muttered and mumbled her way through the registration process, occasionally stopping to ask me a question that I did not know the answer to 100 percent of the time. I sat and observed her, while thinking to myself that this is good practice for adulthood. It's your first introduction to mandatory paperwork ? maybe I should say data entry ? that seemingly makes no sense. We were asked questions about additional items that we might want to purchase. Seri-
ously? I just want the Teenager to take the test. I definitely didn't remember being asked if I wanted all that extra stuff back in 1986. Even if I had been, I grew up in the Household of Frugal so my mother would have said, "No." As the Mom of No, I said, "No," as well. I'm still not sure what we said, "No," to. I hope we didn't say "No," to anything important. I guess we'll find out. Right before we were asked for payment, the Teenager was asked to upload a photo. The photo had requirements, which the Teenager studied carefully. Apparently a state?issued learner's permit is not enough ID for the SAT ? your picture also goes on your entry ticket. This precipitated some selfie?taking, some uploading to Facebook, and some other technical maneuvers to get the photo where it needed to go. I sat and observed placidly while the Teenager expressed annoyance and irritation at the process. Today registering
for the SAT. Tomorrow filing your first 1040. My baby is growing up. Finally we got to the payment page. We had successfully registered for the SAT! Instead of writing a check, I entered my credit card number and the Teenager clicked "Submit payment." We both sighed with relief. What about the ACT? I asked her. Do you want to go ahead and sign up for that, too? She looked at me with horror. I think I'll wait a few days, she said. I think this was enough for one night. She fled from the room. Yes, we are definitely now on the roller coaster ride that is graduating from high school and applying for college. Rumor has it that the rest of the process is just as exciting ? and here, I am being the Mom of Sarcasm. * Just kidding about the dental records. Read more of The Mom of No at themomofno.blogspot.com
Review: Free popcor n! Go see ?Sleepless!? BY L EOPOL D K NOPP Hey! Hey, you! Go see "Sleepless!" Undercover Las Vegas police detective Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) gets in hot water when he steals too much cocaine from the wrong mob boss. Police- issued rounds are found at the scene of the heist, drawing the attention of Jennifer Bryant (Michelle Monaghan), an internal affairs agent with a chip on her shoulder. Casino owner and neophyte drug mover Stanley Rubino (Dermot Mulroney) kidnaps Downs? son, Thomas (Octavius J. Johnson), and demands his merchandise returned that night. Rubino is himself pressured by a much more powerful drug lord, Rob Novak (Scoot McNairy), to whom the coke is promised. Downs brings the snow to Rubino?s club as instructed, but Bryant follows him, confiscates it and stashes it in the women?s spa. The four leads and their partners and/or goons spend the
rest of the night running around the casino trying to kill each other and find the cocaine. Go see "Sleepless!" It?s great! It?s got action! It?s got drama! It?s got genuinely surprising plot twists! It?s intense and violent! It isn?t profiteering from a tragedy that?s not even old enough for pre-school! Regal theater chains will give you free popcorn with your ticket! What more could you possibly want? "Sleepless" is absolutely flush with strong characters. They?ve all got distinctive personalities and competing motivations and they?re all under tremendous pressure and they?re all well- written and very wellacted. Downs is trying to save his son by any available means and make up for his flakiness as a parent. Bryant got beat up by a meth?head before the movie?s start, and she?s trying to bring in a corrupt cop to prove to the department she can still hack it.
Rubino got ripped off on the biggest deal he ever arranged, and he?s trying to not get murdered by his business connection and also not let his club get trashed. Novak?s organization promised the coke in question, which is a relatively small amount from his perspective, as a token to secure their aggressive Canadian expansion, putting a time limit on the whole affair. The action in this movie is textbook?worthy. It?s got the shaky?cam, edit?heavy vibe from the "Bourne" and Marvel movies, but not to the extent of making it unintelligible. These techniques are omnipresent in modern action movies, but more often than not they get way out of control and viewers end up unable to see the action scene they?re trying so hard to frame. In "Sleepless," you can see and follow everything. The camerawork adds the feverishness that it promises without taking anything away.
Bottle movies always get bonus points with me because they?re so hard to write, and "Sleepless" is mostly limited to Rubino?s casino. The movie uses its background masterfully to tinge its atmosphere with that signature Las Vegas sleaze. The characters get beat to a pulp as the movie goes on, which does several things for the film. It makes the alreadystrong characters feel even more lifelike, and adds to the feeling of being trapped in a location with time running out. Downs was stabbed in the stomach while his son was being kidnapped, and he deals with the wound the rest of the movie. All main characters are dead or in the hospital by the movie?s end. Also there aren?t any superhero scenes where the characters lay waste to a ton of stormtroopers to arbitrarily show off. Every gangster represents at least a couple minutes of intense one?on?one fighting.
L etter to the Editor : Rebuild Hedr ick Elem. Dear Editor, I am very concerned regarding an upcoming bond package option that proposes destroying both Hedrick Elementary and Middle schools but only rebuilds the middle school, dispersing over 600 Hedrick elementary kids to whatever schools can absorb them. And I?m not just standing around complaining about it. I am fighting fiercely to get a rebuild for Hedrick Elementary. I am on the bond committee as a representative for Hedrick Elementary. I have lobbied three superintendents, two principals and numerous board members over the last 10 years to rebuild both schools.
I even suggested other nearby locations for the elementary or middle school to be built so that my community can still have two schools within walking distance. Currently more than half of Hedrick?s student body walks to school because their families lack adequate transportation. However these children are relatively safe as there are always adult eyes watching them. Crossing guards and teachers make sure the kids don?t get into trouble as they come from across the street or down the road. If this proposed option is passed, these children will become bus riders, as even the
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closest school is over a mile away. Their parents can?t protect their children at the bus stops, as many of them work multiple jobs to pay rent. Who will make sure there?s no bullying or that an abductor doesn?t snatch one of them while they wait for the bus? Many of these affected kids are new to the country and may not be as savvy as those of us who know about molesters and perverts and what they do. These children are too young and immature to know better, and we owe it to them to protect them. Hedrick Elementary is desperately in need of help. Even the members of our bond com-
mittee agreed when they toured the facility in September. The building is substandard in many areas but our teachers soldier on in spite of that. Hedrick Elementary needs to be rebuilt. The architects say it?s doable. The neighborhood says it?s doable. We just need the board to agree it is something that needs to be done. Regards, Shannon Richar dson L ewisville Send your letters to the editor to editor@LewisvilleTexan.com. Include your phone number and city of residence for verification. L ewisvilleTexan.com
When Downs finally starts losing, it?s not because the last boss was the toughest, it?s because that?s his fifth or sixth go of the night and he already looks like he got put in a blender. "Sleepless" is an angry movie about angry people crammed into a small space and pitted against each other. It?s well-written, it?s well-shot and, seriously, free popcorn. What are you waiting for? Go! Read more from Leopold Knopp at his website, ReelEntropy.com.
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L ewisville HS hoops update BY M I K E I BANEZ email@example.com If the high school basketball regular season ended Tuesday night, both of Lewisville High School?s varsity teams would be preparing for playoff competition. The LHS boys team rode the momentum of a Fort Worth ISD Classic championship to a pair of district wins last week, elevating the Farmers to first place in District 5-6A going into
Friday night?s game against Hebron. Meanwhile the Lady Farmers split a pair of district contests to move to 5- 3 in district play, good for fourth place entering Friday night action. The boys defeated Trophy Club Byron Nelson 45?38 at LHS Arena last Friday, then went on the road to capture a 67- 57 win at Hurst LD Bell to improve to 3-1 in district play. ?It?s exciting because we still have areas where we can
Sophomore Nala Hemingway goes to score a basket while trying to pass the defender. (Photo Maritza Quintero)
improve,? boys coach Gary Collier said before a mid- week practice. ? We are still searching for consistency from some players, but it feels good to be in position to control our destiny.? The Farmers (14-5 overall) survived a poor shooting night, but were able to pull away from Byron Nelson with a 17?10 fourth quarter advantage. Point guard Marcus Jefferson led LHS with 17 points, while Patrick Bethea added 16. Jefferson led the Farmers against LD Bell with a 21-point scoring performance. Jawuan Lane added 15 points and Jydonn Griffith contributed 12. While the 6?8? Griffith hasn?t been lighting up the scoreboard, Collier says the transfer from Abilene has created scoring opportunities for his teammates. ?Jydonn forces teams to collapse on him defensively and creates inside/out looks,? Collier said. ?It?s like a football team having a good running game. It opens up the pass, or in our case open jump shots.? The Lady Farmers (11- 11
Senior Jawuan Lane (4) attempts to score a basket as 3 defenders from the opposing team try to block. (Photo Maritza Quintero)
overall) lost to Byron Nelson 47-42 before scoring a huge upset win over area- ranked LD Bell 57-45. Sophomore guard Nala Hemingway nearly outscored Bell standout Lexi Gordon, leading LHS with 23 points. Gordon, a Connecticut commit, led all scorers with 24. McKenzie Bowie added 17 for the Lady Farmers who outscored the Raiders 34-19 in the second half. ?The girls played their tails off against Bell,? Lady Farmer coach Sally Allsbrook said.
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L ewisville High School cheer wins state BY M I K E I BANEZ Recently the sports teams at Lewisville High School haven?t provided many reasons to cheer. But that hasn?t stopped the school from developing a state champion coed cheerleading team. The school strengthened its reputation as a regional leader in school spirit when the Farmer cheerleading team won the University Interscholastic League Large Coed spirit state championship in Fort Worth this week. The Farmer cheer team finished first among a group of 12 coed squads from Class 5A and 6A schools that registered to enter the state championship, which is open to all entrants. LHS took top honors in the Band Dance and Crowd Leading competitions to earn the top preliminary round score. The Farmers extended their advantage in the final round to claim the championship. Azle edged Mesquite Horn for second place. ?The judges loved our energy and add?ons,? first- year
LHS cheerleading coach Jill Van Klink said. ?We modified a few things after preliminaries, then got to see everyone?s final routine before ours. We hit everything nice and pretty and got the title.? The state title is one of LHS cheer?s two competition goals. They will attempt to defend last year?s Universal Cheerleaders Association Large Varsity Coed Gameday Division national championship in mid-February. The UIL competition is similar to the UCA Gameday division? both emphasize cheering and spirit over tumbling and huge stunts often associated with competitive cheer. The state championship will send the Farmers off to the UCA event in Orlando, Florida on a roll, especially since they were able to win the national title after finishing only fifth at last year?s first?ever UIL competition. ?The opportunity to compete for the state championship really helps us prepare for na-
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tionals because it gets us competition-ready, with valuable judge feedback and an opportunity to see what other squads are doing,? Van Klink said. While only 12 coed teams showed up at state this week, there were 435 teams overall that traveled to Fort Worth to compete for the eight classification titles. Flower Mound finished 12th among the 122 noncoed teams that entered from Class 6A. The smaller number of coed teams creates a cozy community of coaches and cheerleaders that are part of a style of cheerleading not common among Texas high schools. ?Getting together at the state event is a neat time to share common practices with other coed teams,? Van Klink said. ?We all stay in touch. It?s cool that the boys here at Lewisville think that cheerleading is OK. Our school has a great culture of cheer being important.?
?They played defense like a unit, had great rotation, and helped each other. It was really fun to watch.? Allsbrook is encouraged at a potential playoff run, but also understands that a higher district finish provides a clearer postseason path. ?Being in the playoffs would be a great feat, but being a fourth- place team creates a difficult road,? she said. ?We?re an interesting team. We can beat any team on any night, but can still struggle against anyone on any given night as well.?
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Hegar gives lawmaker s dour revenue estimate for 2017 legislative session
Ahead of the start of the 85th Legislature, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar offers lawmakers the revenue estimate for the biennial budget. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune)
Continued from P1 health care or reforms to the embattled Texas foster care system. "We are projecting overall revenue growth," Hegar said. "Such growth, however, is more than offset" by the demands of the state highway fund and other dedicated funds. The revenue estimate does not determine the scope of the entire Texas budget. Rather, it sets a limit on the state?s general fund, the portion of the budget that lawmakers have the most control over. The general fund typically makes up about half of the state?s total budget. Two years ago, Hegar estimated that the Legislature would have $113 billion in state funds, also known as general revenue. Adding in federal funds and other revenue sources, lawmakers would have $221 billion in total for its bud-
get, as well as $11.1 billion in the state's Rainy Day Fund, he said at the time. Lawmakers ultimately passed a $209.4 billion budget, which included billions in tax cuts. On Monday, Hegar estimated lawmakers would have $104.87 billion in general revenue and $224.8 billion in total revenue to write a budget for the 2018- 19 biennium, which begins in September. The state's Rainy Day Fund, fed largely by taxes on oil and gas development, will have a balance of $11.9 billion at the end of the next two-year budget, assuming legislators don't tap that savings account during the session that begins Tuesday, Hegar said. ?There are obviously going to be cuts to the budget. We?re just going to have to figure out where those cuts are going to come,? said state Rep. Drew Darby, R- San Angelo, one of
the House?s experts on the budget. He said that the amount of general revenue available to lawmakers is $5 billion to $6 billion less than what it would take to cover current services when inflation and the growth of the state are taken into account. It would take about $109 billion in general revenue to cover the cost of current programs and services provided by the state, a little more than $4 billion more than Hegar estimated the state will have to spend, according to an estimate from the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities. Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Monday that Texas would live within its means. "As fiscal conservatives, we must treat our state budget the way families do ? by funding our priorities, while constraining the size and growth of government," Abbott said. "I will work with the Legislature this session to craft a budget that funds our most vital services without growing faster than the growth of population and inflation.? Hegar's forecast for oil prices Monday was far less rosy than it was two years ago, when he based his estimate on the assumption that a barrel of West Texas crude would average between $65 and $75 over the 2016-17 biennium. At the time, oil was trading at around $46 a barrel. The averages since then have been well below $50 a barrel. On Monday, while a barrel of West Texas crude was trading at around $52, Hegar's office
said his latest forecast assumed oil would trade at $55.11 a barrel for the first year of the biennium and $59.26 for the second year. Hegar has also tempered his views on the state's future economic growth. Two years ago, Hegar and his analysts predicted that real gross state product would grow 3.2 percent in the 2016 fiscal year and 4.1 percent in 2017. In the new estimate released Monday, his office noted that 2016 turned out much worse, with just 0.2 percent growth. He is now predicting growth of just 2.5 percent in the current fiscal year, which ends in August. Looking forward even further, Hegar forecasted real gross state product growing 3 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, in the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. State Sen.- elect Dawn Buckingham, R- Austin, said Monday that lawmakers were bracing for an unfavorable revenue estimate. "I don't think it's any big surprise that we're going to have a tighter budget this session than last session," she said. Still, she did not think lawmakers would need to take any money out of the state's Rainy Day Fund. "Hopefully we'll still be able to carve out some tax relief for our folks." Democrats were less optimistic. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D- Austin, said budget cuts posed a risk of disproportionately hitting programs that benefit low-income and minority Texans. "It's already apparent, for
better or worse, that this session will have massive impact on minority communities around the state," he said at a news conference. "The biennial revenue estimate released today is only one of the major challenges that we'll be facing beginning tomorrow." Before lawmakers face a vote on the next two-year budget, they will likely decide on a supplemental one designed to address immediate needs unaddressed in the budget lawmakers wrote two years earlier. Lawmakers usually pay for the supplemental budget by tapping funds left over in general revenue accounts. Two years ago, lawmakers started their session with $7.5 billion left over and put $300 million of that toward a $564.4 million supplemental budget (the rest of the money came from federal funds). This time, Hegar said lawmakers will have just $1.53 billion in starting cash and that their needs for a supplemental appropriation could be much greater. How state leaders deal with that mismatch between supplemental needs and cash on hand at the start of the session could provide a preview of how lawmakers will tackle even larger funding needs in the 2018-19 budget as the session wears on. Ross Ramsey, Patrick Svitek and Alexa Ura contributed to this report. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans ? and engages with them ? about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
City to allocate funds to affor d multi-gener ational center Continued from P1 ranged from no impact to budget, which would have reduced building amenities, to $10.2 million, which includes an event plaza, a field of flowers and a drop-off circle. Council member Brandon Jones said the option that does not add to the budget, Option 5, is not an option at all. ?It would be a hodgepodge and people would be asking what are we doing. So I think Option 5 needs to be taken off the table,? he said. ?I?m more into the range of 2 or 3 ? that keeps us somewhat conservative.? Option 5 would eliminate the possibility of a gym, reduce the natatorium and pool by 10 percent, postpone the waterslides, eliminate the community room porch, cut natural light by reducing window area by 20 percent and reduce the ceiling quality of the locker room. This would require the city to use the existing parking lot and to consider keeping the original gym
A side-by-side comparison of two options presented to council at the multi-generational center workshop on Jan. 9. (Renderings courtesy of the City of Lewisville)
at the recreation center, Ferris said. A side- by- side comparison of two options presented to council at the multigenerational center workshop on Jan. 9. (Renderings courtesy of the City of Lewisville).
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?Problem: Now you?re operating two facilities. You?d have to staff that,? Ferris said. ?If you don?t have a gym [at the MGC], you?d have to consider leaving the gym at the other one in place. Running that gym, those costs are not in that
figure.? Council members are leaning toward Option 2 or Option 3. Option 2 would include a vehicle drop off, a main entry plaza, a loading area, 24 new accessible parking spaces adja-
cent to the senior wing, 100 new parking spaces, a new access drive from S. Valley Parkway and the starting stages of bioswale drainage, which is tied to Lewisville?s sustainability goals. A bioswale is a landscape element designed to remove pollution from surface runoff water. Option 2 would add $7.9 million to the budget. Option 3 would include all of Option 2 plus 100 additional parking spaces, completed bioswale drainage and a completed new access drive from S. Valley Parkway, making it $8.9 million more than the original budget. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn is in favor of Option 2. Jones and Council member Neil Ferguson would like to see either Option 2 or 3 go into effect. Ferguson said he wouldn?t be able to decide between the two without more in- depth information on how funds will be
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Column: The bir th of an ar t installation BY DUL CE RUQUĂ‰ On an autumn afternoon, a group of Visual Art League artists decided to embark on a new and cool adventure: the creation of an art installation. What motivated us, a group of seasoned volunteer artists, to put our efforts and imagination behind this project? The novelty, the modernity, the craziness of the project? Whatever the motives, without too much hesitation, we plunged in and brought to life the first art installation of Lewisville, and this is how we went about it. With a bunch of ideas and enthusiasm, we started the project searching for a theme. Do we want to attract a specific audience? Is there a message we want to express? Ultimately, we thought, why not make it about art and the making of art? After all, that?s what we do. So, ART
IN MOTION became the theme of our installation. Once we had the subject nailed down, we started to think about how to express it. Do we want to surprise visitors? Let them interact with the installation? What about sounds, movement, action, lights? While we went about finding ideas, the cost and viability of our available resources were also considered. Once we decided the basic elements, we inspected the area where the installation was going to be assembled and decided on the placement of each component. It took us two months to put all the pieces together, thanks to the creativity, enthusiasm, and collaboration of every participant. Then it came the actual setting up. Aaron Kays, MCL?s Art Center Specialist, helped us ar-
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ranging the lights and placing the gallery walls to create a unique, enclosed environment area for the installation. The light sculpture, designed and built by Maurice Leatherbury, took a lot of hard work, extreme patience and love to put it up, but the effort was
Continued from P1 holding up her hands and spinning in place on her foot. What makes this piece so unparalleled is its use of very broad, very heavy metal pieces in its construction, which contrasts heavily with the light and airy movement it makes when in motion. Despite the seeming density and dark coloring of the piece, ?Lucy? seems incredibly light, bringing the piece to life. Certainly, leaning more toward the abstract, C.A. Patulla?s ?Wild Iris? is an oil on acrylic piece which catches the eye for its strangely beautiful mixture of cool and warm colors. Looking at it stirs a feeling of conflict with colors swirling together but unable to blend. ?Wild Iris? gives the impression of a dark, complicated piece with a style that leaves an immediate impression. Collen Drew?s ?Twisted Oak? is a photo encaustic, a
worthwhile. This piece is complemented by a silhouette of a family admiring it. Mary Carradine designed it, and Tom Tansey, the owner of Premier Gallery, cut the sculpture. We wanted the audience to participate in the exhibit. To achieve this, Dave McRedmond built a large board with 16 movable tiles, and the artists in the project painted the pieces with different designs. Visitors were invited to move the tiles around in search
of their own artistic expression and then, of course, immortalize it with a selfie. In the end, Art in Motion was a great and an enjoyable experience for us. We had the opportunity of using various techniques and gadgets, and we learned that a project like this requires more than creativity. It also needs a lot of hard work, dedication and mutual collaboration.
photo which has had wax applied to its surface in order to create a greater sense of depth. The word breathtaking would not be misused on this piece, as its uncommon coating transforms it from an average image of leafless oak into a haunting winter scene. ?Nightmare at the Museum (after Vermeer)? is an acrylic on canvas piece provided by Chuck Hendrickson and presents an incomparible effect which speaks of strong emotion. A ragged tear running through the image ? a mockup of ?Girl with a Pearl Earring? by painter Johannes Vermeer ? creates a dramatic sense of loss and danger, making it a surprisingly energetic piece. The gilded frame also contrasts heavily with the dark, earthy colors of the painting and only serves to further heighten its emotion by reinforcing the damage done
through the rip running through the center. Another piece, a sculpture, won first prize in the gallery for its geometric beauty and otherworldly use of color and light. Maurice Leatherbury?s ?String Sculpture #1? has a fairly selfexplanatory title, being constructed of a number of taut metal wires within a frame that form a beautiful angular pattern. Colored lights, shifting from one hue to another, shine over these wires, causing them to reflect a brilliant display that is as hypnotic as a lava lamp. It?s little wonder that this sculpture was so well received ? the sharp, angular lines created by the iridescent wires contrast with the slow shifting of color. ARTRAGEOUS is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibit is running now through Jan. 28 at the MCL Grand art gallery on 100 North Charles St.
Art in Motion Installation Artists: Alice Agafon, Tina Alvarez, Mary Carradine, Lisa Chittenden, Wanda Grice, Maurice Leatherbury, Chisti Martin, Dave McRedmond, Dulce RuquĂŠ, Alfredo Santesteban, R?Lene Winters
"Nightmare at the Museum (after Vermeer)" by Chuck Hendrickson (Photo by Matthew Pedersen)
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Parents advocate distr ict rebuild Hedr ick Elementar y, school boar d rej ects r ating scheme
Continued from P1 so passionate about, they took it away? That?s how we feel about Hedrick.? Board president Trisha Sheffield said the Facilities Advisory Committee was essentially working with two proposals, one of which rebuilt the elementary school and one of which used the space to expand the attached Hedrick Middle School, which is also rebuilt in both plans. Sheffield said it?s a question of space ? the middle school can?t be updated to the current standard without taking the elementary school?s land. ?Their recommendation is to not rebuild the elementary school so that a middle school could be built to the same standard,? she said. ?They won?t fit on that piece of land.? Sheffield said the FAC has not yet made a formal recommendation and the board has not yet deliberated on the issue. Of the citizens who spoke in favor of keeping the school, some, like Amelia Palmer, who has two children attending Hedrick, said her experience with the school has been too good for it to not be rebuilt. ?My children, over Christmas break, asked me when they could go back to school,? Palmer said. ?They really love to be at Hedrick Elementary School, and I just am brokenhearted on the thought that chil-
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The board hears two dozen residents speak in favor of rebuilding Hedrick Elementary School. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)
dren would miss out on this environment.? Others, like parent of two current Hedrick middleschoolers Stephen Johnson, were openly suspicious of the board?s decisionmaking process. Johnson said rebuilding the Elementary was the only proposal not approved by the FAC, and referred to the Nov. 17 FAC meeting at which superintendent Kevin Rogers and the architect on hand said both schools could be rebuilt on the existing land with minimal adjustments to the plans. ?This project should have been included with the 41 others that were voted upon. This is just a small percentage of the total cost of the future bond, whatever that happens to be If you really want to build
it, it can be done,? Johnson said. ?So my question is, what is the underlying issue of why we do not want to rebuild Hedrick Elementary School? Why do we still not know which schools these kids are going to be bussed to and rezoned to if the school is not rebuilt?? Board members are prohibited by law from speaking about anything not on the agenda, which the Hedrick issue wasn?t. The bond recommendation will go to a public vote in May. After the public addresses, the board took action to formally request that the Texas Legislature repeal the A?F school rating system, which board members say is not a meaningful accountability system and relies too heavily on the standardized STAAR tests,
which LISD found to be improperly scored last year. Board secretary Kristi Hassett spoke about the mathematical flaws in the A- F system, particularly the Texas Education Administration?s decision to weigh ?passed,? ?postsecondary? and ?advanced? scores evenly. ?What this really and truly means is, if every single student in that school happens to pass the STAAR test, and they only pass it, they don?t go to postsecondary or advanced but they do pass it, and they meet the state standards that they have provided, the school can fail. The school can get an ?F?rating in domain 1 if every single student passes the test,? she said. ?That?s bogus.?
The Albertsons grocery store at 1087 W. Main St. in Lewisville will close for good by Feb. 18, an employee said. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
Alber tsons grocer y store to close BY STEVE SOUTHWEL L steve@LewisvilleTexan.com The Albertsons grocery store located at 1087 W. Main St. across from Lewisville High School will be closing its doors for good in mid-February. The Safeway?affiliated grocery store had a sign posted on its door Thursday informing customers that its pharmacy would be closing on January 25. The sign noted that customer prescriptions would transfer to the company- owned Tom Thumb grocery store at 745 Cross Timbers Rd, just across the city limits in Flower Mound. An employee we spoke to
at Albertsons said the store would close for good on February 17 or 18. The store manager deferred our questions to a company spokesperson who did not return our calls Thursday or Friday. In recent years Lewisville gained Aldi and Winco grocery stores just to the west on Main Street. Albertsons also competed with Walmart to the east on Main Street. In 2015 grocery competitor Kroger shut down its store in Lewisville after 28 years in business. Though many residents expressed a desire for another grocery store in that loca-
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tion, Kroger owned the property. A spokesman for Kroger told The Lewisville Texan Journal that any sale would include a non- compete clause to preclude another grocery store. Kroger has locations in far east Lewisville on SH 121 business near Castle Hills, and in Flower Mound on FM 3040. Property records for Albertsons? Lewisville location indicate that the real estate there is also company- owned. Albertsons first bought the property in 1988. Safeway owns the Tom Thumb grocery chain, which has locations at Valley Parkway
and FM 3040, and near Garden Ridge and Cross Timbers in Flower Mound. The Safeway and Albertsons brands are owned by the same company. Albertsons has been rebranding its stores and converting them into Tom Thumb grocery stores in other states, hinting at the possibility of the same happening in North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported in September.
M ulti-gen center may cost up to $8.9 million more than or iginally budgeted Continued from P4 found and allocated. Mayor Pro Tem TJ Gilmore said he would like to see a combination of Option 2 and 3 and referred to it as Option 2.5. Barker Rinker Seacat CBD Steve Blackburn mentioned the possibility of financial hurdles the project may face at December?s public meeting concerning the center. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture is the firm selected by city officials to design the MGC. Blackburn said DFW is currently the hottest area in the U.S. for construction contracts. This drives the prices up. As far as where the additional funding would come from, city management presented a handful of projects that are currently being invested in. City Manager Donna Barron recommended reallocating $8.1 million in 4B funding currently set aside for the nature center. The 4B Sales Tax is a quarter cent tax collected by the city, the proceeds of which may only be spent on parks and library projects. This was passed by voters in 2002. ?Your target, I think, if you want MGC funding from existing projects, is by and large the nature center,? Barron told the council. When the nature center was originally proposed, the City of Lewisville discussed with Lewisville ISD the possibility of co- funding the project together. LISD has since declined jointly funding the construction of the nature center, making the city fully fund the center.
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The 2017 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games Pickleball Tournament is happening Jan. 13-15 at Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive, and Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. Entry cost is $20 per player for one event, $35 per player for two events, and $40 per player for three events. Friday, Jan. 13 will feature singles and doubles matches; Saturday, Jan. 14 will feature doubles matches; Sunday, Jan. 15 will feature mixed doubles matches. Matches start at 8 a.m. on all three days. Medals will be awarded by age brackets. First, second, and third place medalists from each division qualify for State Games of America, Aug. 3-6, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For information, call Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services at 972-219-3550.
a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. The featured speaker at this event will be noted author and entomologist Doug Tallamy. Native plants provide food for the survival of native insects, which then become food for other animals, according to Tallamy, author of ?Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.? Tallamy will speak on the importance of using native plants in residential landscaping to sustain wildlife and reduce water consumption. Mike Merchant, urban entomology specialist at Texas A& M AgriLife Extension, will speak on native plants best suited for use in the North Texas landscape. Both men will join a representative from Neighborhood Services, a professional landscaper and a Lewisville resident in an interactive roundtable discussion on how best to use natives in residential yards. Tickets are $10 for Lewisville residents and $15 for non- residents. For more information, please contact Diane Weatherbee, LLELA Programs Coordinator, at 469-635-5482.
City offices closed for M ar tin L uther K ing Jr. Day
Candidate filing for M ay council election opens Jan. 18
City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. All essential city services will continue to operate. Residential garbage and recycling collection will not be affected.
Residents wanting to run for a spot on the Lewisville City Council can file for candidacy Jan.18 through Feb. 17. Two seats are scheduled to be on the ballot, each for a three- year term. City Council Place 1 is currently held by Leroy Vaughn, and City Council Place 3 is currently held by TJ Gilmore, who has already announced he will run for reelection. The election is May 6. Early voting will start April 24. The City Secretary's Office will receive candidate applications for both positions at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street, during regular business hours. To be eligible for service on City Council, an applicant must be a qualified voter and have lived in Lewisville for at least one year prior to the election date. Candidates cannot owe back taxes or other liabilities to the city, and cannot be a city employee while serving.
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L ewisville City Council adopts City?s L egislative Agenda Lewisville City Council recently approved the City?s Legislative Agenda and authorized the Mayor and City Manager to communicate legislative priorities. The 85th Texas Legislature convened on Jan. 10 and is expected to consider legislation on a wide range of issues with a direct impact on municipal government in general and on Lewisville in particular. Lewisville?s document classifies those important topics into six categories ? Local Authority, Local Revenue, Parks Funding, Public Safety, Transportation and Water. The agenda also identifies 10 critical issues that will receive extra attention during the 2017 legislative session ? Phase 2 Funding for I- 35E, Annexation, Local Revenue Caps, Water Rates, Rights- of- Way, Revenue Redistribution, Land Use, Online Sales Taxes, Water Reuse and Mass Transit. To read the full 2017 Legislative Agenda approved by the City Council, please visit the Legislative Agenda page on cityoflewisville.com.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL S BI L L PAYM ENT OPTI ONS RFP #17-06-A
Sealed Proposals (one bound original and one complete copy in PDF format on a flash drive) addressed to the City of Lewisville will be received at the City of Lewisville?s Finance Department, 151 West Church Street, Lewisville, Texas 75077 until 5:30 p.m. L OCAL TI M E, Thur sday, Febr uar y 2, 2017. Proposals may also be mailed to PO Box 299002, Lewisville, Texas 75029- 9002. Regardless of the chosen delivery method, it is the sole responsibility of the proposer to ensure their proposal is delivered by the due date and time. Late or emailed submittals shall not be accepted. Proposal envelopes should be clear ly mar ked with ?PURCHASI NG?, the proposal number, proposal closing date and company submitting the proposal.
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Request for Proposals forms are available on www.BidSync.com or may be picked up at the Purchasing Office. The City of Lewisville reserves the right to waive any informalities in any proposal and to accept the proposal which represents the best value to the City. The City is not responsible for any costs associated with the preparation of proposals from any proposer. Minority and small business vendors or contractors are encouraged to bid on any and all City of Lewisville projects. Todd White, C.P.M. Purchasing Manager
I N THE SUPERI OR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHI NGTON I N AND FOR THE COUNTY OF K I NG, JUVENI L E DEPARTM ENT IN RE THE DEPENDENCY OF: PEYTON WHI TSETT DOB: 10/22/2010 JORDAN WHI TSETT DOB: 10/21/2006 JADA WHI TSETT DOB: 10/21/2006
NO: 16-7-01999-2 KNT 16-7-01998-4 KNT 16-7-01997-6 KNT NOTICE OF HEARING
TO: * Donald Joe Whitsett, Jr., and/or anyone claiming parental/paternal rights or interest in the child and to All Whom It May Concern: On September 20, 2016, a petition for Dependency was filed in the above entitled Court, and it was amended October 17, 2016, pursuant to RCW 13.34.080 and/or RCW 26.33.310 regarding the above named child, whose parents are Shannon Sutter man and * . [FOR FURTHER I NFORM ATI ON, CAL L 253-372-5738, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.] Said Petition will be heard on February 9, 2017, at the hour of 8:15 a.m., at King County Superior Court, Juvenile Department, 401 4th Ave North, Kent, WA 98032, before a judge of the above entitled court, at which time you are directed to appear and answer the said petition or the petition will be granted and action will be taken by the court such as shall appear to be for the welfare of the said child.
L L EL A?s ?Br inging Nature Home? public seminar on Jan. 14
Dated December 28, 2016. BARBARA MINER KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLERK
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Legal I NVI TATI ON TO BI D BI D NAM E: Rehabilitation PROJECT NO: BI D NUM BER:
2014 Water L ine U91301 17-20-C
Sealed bids will be received by the Purchasing Division at 151 West Church Street, L ewisville, Texas 75057 or mailed and received to P.O. Box 299002, Lewisville, Texas 750299002 until 2:00 p.m. local time, Thur sday, Febr uar y 2, 2017 and then publicly opened and read aloud by a Purchasing Division Representative for the construction project listed above. Bid envelopes should be clear ly mar ked with the bid number, bid opening date and company submitting the bid. The scope of work for the project shall consist of replacement of 8- inch and 12-inch water line on Surf Street, from Main Street to Purnell Street; Kealy Street, from Main Street to Purnell Street; Mill Street, from Parkway Drive to College Street; Old Orchard Lane, from Juniper Lane to Knollridge Drive; Corporate Drive, from Uecker Lane to IH35E frontage road; Autumn Breeze Apartments and Villas at Waterchase Apartments. In addition to the above, there will be other miscellaneous items of construction as defined in the plans and specifications. BI D BOND REQUI REM ENTS Bidders are required to submit a cashier's or certified check issued by a bank satisfactory to the City of Lewisville, or a Bid Bond (with proper Power of Attorney) from a surety licensed to do business in the State of Texas, payable without recourse to the City of Lewisville, in an amount not less than five (5%) percent of the total amount of the base bid submitted to insure that the successful bidder will enter into a contract and execute all necessary bonds within ten (10) days after notice of award of the contract to him. This bid secur ity must be included in the bid envelope along with the bid sheet for the bidder to be considered responsive. The successful bidder will be required to furnish performance, payment and maintenance bonds as described in the specifications. Specifications, instructions to bidders, and bidding documents may be examined at the Office of the Engineering Division and may be obtained for a non-refundable fee of $40.00 per set from the office of the Engineering Division on the second floor of City Hall, 151 W. Church Street, Lewisville, Texas 75057. As a supplement to the plan set a copy of the plans on CD may be obtained for an additional non-refundable fee of $3.00 per CD. Any questions regarding procurement procedures should be addressed to Todd White, C.P.M., Purchasing Manager, at 151 West Church Street., Lewisville, Texas 75057, phone (972) 219-3764. Any technical questions should be addressed to Manjula Krishnamurthy, P.E. (972) 219-3458 In conformance with applicable statutes utilizing Federal Davis Bacon Wage Rates as adopted by the General Services Commission, the general prevailing wage rates in the locality in which the work is to be performed have been ascertained and such rate shall be the minimum paid for labor employed on this project; unless federal monies are used, in which case, specific wage decisions will be listed as part of the overall bid documents. The City of Lewisville reserves the right to reject any and all bids, in whole or in part; to waive any informality in any bid. Award will be issued on the basis of lowest responsible bidder. CI TY OF L EWI SVI L L E Todd White, C.P.M. Purchasing Manager
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Events Calendar 14 - SATURDAY BRI NGI NG NATURE HOM E ? 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Doug Tallamy, author of ?Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants? will speak on the importance of using native plants in residential landscapes during the Bringing Nature Home event, The native landscaping event is sponsored by the Friends of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) and Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services. Also hear from Mike Merchant, urban entemologist. Panel discussion on practical aspects of using native plants in residential landscapes. Tickets are $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, and registration is available online at bit.ly/CoLRegistration, activity code 810007. SECOND SATURDAY HI K E ? 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (come and go) at LISDOLA - SH 121 @ Fish Hatchery Road. On the second Saturday of each month, LISD Outdoor Learning Area?s hiking trails and educational material are available to the public at no charge to attendees. The trails are maintained on a regular basis and are easy to walk. This is a family friendly event, however, pets are not allowed in the area. Restrooms and a drinking fountain are available. Attendees may hike, picnic, play checkers on the outdoor boards provided, bird?watch and photograph the landscape. There will also be virtual education opportunities. There are no vending machines on-site.
GATEWAY GHOST TOURS ? 8 p.m. starting at Tierney?s CafĂŠ, 208 E. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance or $25 at the door and $10 for children 6 to 10. More info: gatewayghosttours.com ARTRAGEOUS ? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the MCL Grand Theater art gallery. Come see the Visual Art League of Lewisville's interactive exhibition of innovative and unusual art. Free admission. Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. More info, visit visualartleague.org COBRA BREWI NG TOURS ? 12 - 5 p.m. at Cobra Brewing Co., 146 Whatley Ave. in Lewisville. Cobra Brewing is pet friendly. The brewery also has corn hole, ladder golf, cards, darts, ping- pong, pool, arcade games and life- size Jenga. More info: cobrabrewingco.com. WI NE TASTI NGS ? 6 to 10 p.m. at LaRue Vineyard, 1491 N. Kealy Ave. No. 55 in Lewisville. The family owned business holds free tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Saturday night, an artist teaches acrylic painting. The $25 cost includes wine, canvas and paints. For more info, visit laruevineyards.com. CHRI STM AS TREE RECYCL I NG ? Daily. Residents looking to dispose of their live Christmas trees can do so now through Monday, Jan. 16, at the Lewisville Lake Park soccer fields (near Lake Park Road and North Mill Street). The trees will be recycled into mulch. Recycling Christmas trees helps reduce waste, extend landfill life, provide useful compost, and save money. Trees must be stripped
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of all nails, wire, ornaments, lights and tinsel prior to being dropped off. Free mulch will be available at the drop-off site.
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children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at mclgrand.tix.com.
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TAAF WI NTER GAM ES PI CK L EBAL L TOURNAM ENT ? 8 a.m. at the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Dr., and Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. Entry fees $20 per player for one event, $35 per player for two events, and $40 per player for three events. Tournament continues Sunday at 8 a.m. Friday features singles and doubles matches. Saturday is doubles matches, and Sunday is mixed doubles matches. Medals awarded by age brackets. For more information call Lewisville PALS at 972-219-3550.
PRI M E EXPL ORATI ONS STEAM CL ASSES ? 4 to 5 p.m. at the Lewisville Public Library. Join the library every week for S.T.E.A.M. classes that incorporate age- appropriate science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities for children 6 to 8 years of age. The classes will be held in the Bennett Program Room. Space is limited. A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets are distributed from the Youth Services Desk on a firstcome, first- served basis beginning 30 minutes before the start time.
L EADS POWER NETWORK I NG ? 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Fat Cow BBQ, 850 Valley Ridge Parkway, #128. Sponsored by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, this weekly networking meeting gives attendees the chance to share their business with others and make valuable contacts. For more information, visit LewisvilleChamber.org or call 972-436-9571. Free.
16 - M ONDAY MLK DAY OBSERVANCE: DREAM I NG I N COL OR, L I VI NG THE DREAM ? 6:30 p.m. at Flower Mound High School Auditorium - 3411 Peters Colony Rd., Flower Mound. MLK of North Texas holds its 24th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Keynote speaker is Rev. Thomas Bessix, Senior Pastor of Westside The Greater Works Church. Entertainment by Downing Middle School Orchestra, Notes of Hope Chorale, and other dancers and singers. Also see MLK art, essay and photo contest winners. Admission: Free, but donation of a canned food item is appreciated. GEEK S WHO DRI NK ? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Coyote Drive-In. This weekly trivia contest offers prizes for winners including free passes, gift cards, and drinks. $10 entry fee
FREE FOOD PANTRY ? 5 p.m. to 6 :30 p.m. at Eagle Believers International Church - 1569 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The church offers free food assistance every Thursday for those in need. For more information visit www.eaglebelievers.org or call 817-488-3434 Ext. 1. TRAVEL I NG RED RI VER SONGWRI TERS TOUR ? 7 p.m. at the MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. The Traveling Red River Songwriters Tour is part of the Black Box Songwriter Series. Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, Josh Grider and Brandy Zdan are stopping at the MCL Grand for a special performance on their way to New Mexico for Texas Red?s Red River Songwriter?s Festival. Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson and the gang will song swap the night away so get ready to hear tunes like 1999 CMA Single of the Year ?Wide Open Spaces? and a lot more! Tickets are are $15 general admission, $10 seniors 60 and older or
ACOUSTI C JAM ? 7 p.m. at MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Join local musicians in the art gallery of the MCL Grand Theater for an acoustic jam session. Bring a song and your guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, banjo, ukelele or other instrument and join the the fun. If you don't play, you can come and sing along, or just listen. Free. SPECI AL NEEDS DANCE ? 6 - 8:30 p.m. Special Love Outreach of Lewisville will be hosting a Special Needs Dance every third Friday beginning in August going through May. Free for special needs people, giving them a chance to meet and socialize with other special people. Parents and caretakers are welcome also. Pizza, cookies, soft drinks, water and music are provided. The party will be held on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 10, April 21 and May 19. Visit specialloveoutreach.org or contact Joyce at 972-436-0832. Visit L ewisvilleTexan.com to see more of the calendar, including events from sur rounding cities. To submit your event, email calendar @L ewisvilleTexan.com