Susan G. Komen North Texas is one of more than 120 local affiliate offices connected to Susan G. Komen, a global leader in the fight against breast cancer. As part of the countrywide network, the North Texas affiliate has poured more than $10 million into local organizations providing breast health education, screenings, and treatments. Up to 75% of the North Texas affiliate's net income remains right in North Texas, and gets invested into surrounding counties. To raise such impactful amounts, the North Texas team organizes special fundraising and awareness events throughout the year, including the Plano Race for the Cure, Denton Race for the Cure, and Ride for the Cure..
Cooking demonstrations, live bouzouki music and dancers, and a dazzling array of Hellenic treats from local gastronomes highlight the Mediterranean merriment of the 54th Greek Food Festival, a weekend celebration of all things Aegean. Mountains of classic Greek cuisine compete for the grabby mitts of attendees alongside carefully crafted goods—including jewelry, pottery, and worry beads—found in the Agora shopping area. Local melody makers The Unexpected Boys will soundtrack the festivities with the lilting croons and harmonies of The Four Seasons (three shows over the weekend), providing patrons and their Hellenic honeys an opportunity to steal a nostalgic promenade while the kids (ages 12 and under get free admission) keep occupied with sand art, caricature artists, and face painting in the children's area. Whether you wish to learn about your Greek heritage or challenge a bust of Socrates to a rousing one-sided debate, the festival is a fine way to explore the roots of Western culture without eating hemlock.
Every fall, the traffic around a certain corner in Dallas starts to look a little strange. Where there are usually only parked cars, an assembly of gourmet food trucks takes over. Their assortment of pizza, sushi, sliders, desserts, and many other treats are the stars at Food Truck Palooza, but there's lots to do once you're full. Vendors overtake sidewalks and grass with booths of jewelry, crafts, and art. An outdoor stage features a constant rotation of musical acts, and kids have an entertainment sphere of their own where they won't be forced to encounter unfamiliar vegetables. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Jewish Family Services.
The Heart of Texas Arts and Crafts Show unites thrifty makers and buyers for two days full of antiques, gifts, collectibles, and home décor. A jury screens all vendors before letting them set up shop, ensuring an eclectic medley of quality crafts, baubles, and long tables. Procure a unique present in time for Father's Day or well in advance of Illegitimate Clone's Day, or simply relish in the handiwork of local hands. Visitors can hitch their wagons in their wagon in the free parking lot, before ambling in and entering a drawing to win a 44-inch wide burned metal art piece from Hawley-based LB Enterprises. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the U.S. Military K-9 Fund, which sends care packages to dogs working with U.S. soldiers fighting overseas.
Deemed one of 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2010 by Movie Maker, the Dallas International Film Festival annually screens more than 800 new motion pictures from nearly 50 countries. Championing Hollywood entrants, independent flicks, and international cinema, the festival's competition awards filmmakers with more than $270,000 in prize winnings divided among categories such as Narrative Feature, Environmental Visions, Student Short Film, and Excellence in Slow-Motion Explosions.
Sudsy brews slosh in clink-ready cups at the third annual North Texas Beer and Wine Festival, which takes up residence at the new Irving Convention Center on Saturday, May 12. Once the doors open to the general public at 2 p.m., imbibers can snack on high-end eats from the likes of Velvet Taco and The Ranch in Las Colinas, and sample the wares of local and international brewers from Imperial and Franconia. These brewmasters sling samples of hundreds of different beers, from classic signature brews to new, experimental creations. Just one of several enriching presentations on the schedule, Kelly Harris of Homebrew Headquarters edifies entrepreneurs and enthusiasts at 2:45 p.m. with an introductory course to home brewing. In a sprawling beer garden, live music from The Superkings and Dallas All Stars Blues Jam serenades sippers in the afternoon hours, easing eardrums into the VIP-only event featuring Band of Brothers and Zionaura.