A drive to give
Carly Geraci/Staff Photographer
Santa Claus left his sleigh at home and instead hitched a ride on a vintage fire truck to deliver gifts to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program last week. Joining him on the ride down Victory Avenue were Plains- Capital Bank mascot Mo the Buffalo, Salvation Army major Jonathan Rich and J.J. Gomez, president of Plains- Capital Bank Victory Park. Employees from the bank, Hilltop Holdings and Haynes and Boone law firm and HFF of Dallas collected hundreds of bags of toys to donate to the Salvation Army program for the 10th year.

Allen Community Band to perform Sunday 

The Allen Community Band will perform a holiday concert 3 p.m.

Sunday at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive. Admission is free. For details, call 214-509-4911.

Deborah Fleck 


Cultural Tourism Council accepting grant applications

 The Arlington Cultural Tourism Council is accepting applications for its arts grant program. The grants are for events in Arlington with the potential of attracting overnight visitors who are interested in history, arts, music, life/heritage and other cultural offerings. Recent recipients include Frame 4 Frame, the International Folk Art Market and the Arlington Museum of Art.

The application deadline is Dec. 28. For more information or to submit an application, visit arlingtonculturaltourism.org.

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Airport noise to continue until February 

Coppell residents should expect a continued increase in air traffic and noise as DFW International Airport runway 17C/35C remains closed for rehabilitation. The runway rehabilitation project included a partial closure from late May to early August and a full closure that began in August.

The airport initially projected that the runway would reopen in mid-November, but because of weather and unforeseen site conditions, the closure has been extended.

The projected date the runway will reopen is in February, based on weather.

While the runway will be open during the day, it will continue to close nightly until all of the construction has been completed. For more information, visit dfwairport.com/aircraftnoise or call 972-973- 5573.

Deborah Fleck 


Church to feature singer David Phelps 

Dove- and Grammy Award-winning recording artist David Phelps will perform in concert 7 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Christian Church, 6450 S. State Highway 360.

The concert is part of the singer’s It Must Be Christmas 20th Anniversary Tour.

For details, call 817-557-2277 or visit itickets.com.

IRVING Public meeting set about Williams Plaza Deborah Fleck ThecityofIrving, the LasColinas Association and the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District will host a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Towers at Williams Square lobby, 5221 N. O’ConnorBlvd.

The meeting will be about the final preferred design alternative for Williams Plaza. To send questions in advance, email kbilbrey@kstrategies.com.

Deborah Fleck


Student-run coffee shop opens at academy 

Déjá Brew, the student-run coffee shop inside iSchool High Lewisville Entrepreneurial Academy, a Responsive Ed school, has opened for business. The Lewisville Chamber of Commerce along with district administrators, local officials, community members and students attended a recent ribbon-cutting at the new facility at 1800 Lakeway Drive.

In addition to the coffee shop, the academy offers a learning environment in which global-minded students are empowered to design their pathway to entrepreneurial success.

Find more at responsiveed.com.

Deborah Fleck RICHARDSON Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday Breakfast with Santa for children ages 2 to 5 will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Road. The event includes a craft activity.

The cost is $10 per person. Registration is required by Tuesday. To register, visit cor.net/parksonline (activity No. 11619).

Deborah Fleck ROWLETT Theater group presents ‘White Christmas’ musical Company of Rowlett Performers will present the musical White Christmas from Friday through Dec. 22 at Plaza Theatre, 521 W.

State St. The director is Donna Covington.

Performances will be 8 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m.

Sundays. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the box office or online at corptheatre.org.

Deborah Fleck 


TxDOT meeting seeks input from seniors, disabled 

The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a listening session regarding public transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities in rural communities.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m.

Thursday at Riter C. Hulsey Public Library, 301 N. Rockwall St.

The federal Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program provides funds for public transportation services aiding seniors and individuals with disabilities. The public is invited to provide input regarding local needs.

More can be found at txdot.gov.

Deborah Fleck