SOUTHLAKE OKTOBERFEST CANCELS 2020 EVENT Southlake Oktoberfest 2020, originally scheduled for the first weekend of October, has been canceled. The Southlake Chamber of Commerce announced the news on Wednesday, September 16 via social media. “We are saddened to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Southlake Oktoberfest,” the chamber says on Facebook. “We tried to think out of the box and look at different dates and venues, unfortunately nothing worked out.” Southlake Oktoberfest fans will have to wait until October 1-3, 2021 to enjoy the event. GREATER KELLER WOMEN’S CLUB DISTRIBUTES OVER $100,000 Despite the pandemic, the Greater Keller Women’s Club still managed to support 14 charities and 13 graduating Keller seniors in their 25th year of giving, with $112,500 raised this year, according to a press release. The funds were distributed at the group’s 2020 Distribution of Funds Meeting and Luncheon. Fourteen charities — Arts Council Northeast, Battered Women’s Foundation, CASA of Tarrant County, Christ’s Haven for Children, Community Enrichment Center, Community Storehouse, Friends of the Library, Metroport Meals on Wheels, MidCities Care Corp., Neuro Assistance Foundation, North Texas SNAP, SafeHaven, Summer Santa, The Warm Place and Victory Therapy Center — benefitted from the group’s $72,500 donation. Thirteen graduating seniors received scholarships: Saige Allen, Kaylee Billstone, Helen Bui, Aynika Cleveland, Brenna Downey, Leslie Hill King, Maddalena Lupold, Alyssa Moreno, Susan Snow, Danielle Conejo, Gavin McGruffin, Alyssa Rodriguez and Susanna Lewis. Since GKWC’s establishment, the group has donated more than $1.5 million in grants and scholarships. JOE MCFADDEN HONORED BY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL The accolades just keep coming for the Dragons. On September 16, the All-American Bowl honored Dragon kicker Joe McFadden as he unboxed his AllAmerican jersey. The first seven Adidas All-American Athletes were honored through the first episode of “NBC Sports’” “All-American Bowl 2021: Road to the Dome” on YouTube. After unboxing and putting on his jersey, Joe thanks several people, including his family, coaches and teachers. “What being an All-American means to me is that all my hard work and dedication in the game of football has paid off,” Joe says in the video. “And I have the opportunity to represent myself, my family, my high school and my community in the best game in high school football.” “NBC Sports” will continue to honor the rest of the 100 All-American athletes every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on its YouTube channel. There will be a preview before the bowl called “All-American Dream” that will air on December 26. The 2021 All-American Bowl is currently scheduled for January 9.
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GAYLORD TEXAN ANNOUNCES POP-UP CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine has announced a new Christmas pop-up experience that will debut in November, according to a press release. The pop-up, dubbed “I Love Christmas Movies,” will be a “multi-sensory exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies in a completely new way,” according to the press release. Movies featured in the pop-up include “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” among others. There will be over 13 immersive scenes for guests to enjoy, as they listen to audio clips and view film props. While a full lineup will be announced soon, guests can look forward to other facets of this pop-up experience, including snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating, character breakfasts and much more. The pop-up will run from November 13 to January 3. This news follows The Gaylord Texan's announcement that ICE! will not take place this year. GLOBE LIFE FIELD TO HOST 2020 WORLD SERIES The ultimate baseball showdown will be coming soon to a field near you. On Tuesday, September 15, Major League Baseball announced that along with the National League Division and Championship Series, Globe Life Field will host the World Series this year. Unlike previous years with teams playing at two different fields, the entire World Series will be played in Arlington. The first game is currently scheduled for October 20 and a potential game seven is scheduled for October 28, according to the press release. The MLB postseason started on September 29, and other fields hosting postseason games include Minute Maid Park in Houston and Petco Park in San Diego, CA. More information can be found at MLB.com.