Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium boasts 11 galleries of interactive exhibits, featuring rare and bizarre artifacts inspired by the oddball collection of worldwide explorer Robert Ripley. Glimpse inside the Taj Mahal of the bizarre with astonishing and outlandish displays including odd inventions, ancient gewgaws, a conjoined calf, metallic prehistoric monsters, and a chance to spot a mermaid. The museum is open seven American standard days a week.
Sports stars and memorabilia exhibitors blitz through the doors at Show Business Studios during Gameday Connexion's three-day Gameday FanFest. A still-growing lineup of current and former professional athletes, legends, and Hall of Famers will be on hand throughout the weekend, including Dallas Cowboys icons Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Kevin Williams. Instead of continuing to fill their mantels with caps worn by high-profile tackling dummies, attendees can build up memorabilia portfolios while browsing the trading cards, collectibles, and team attire showcased by more than 80 vendors. Official authenticators will be in attendance to oversee autograph sessions, which will be squeezed into each day's packed agenda of scheduled events.
The DASN recruits and carefully screens dedicated volunteers for afterschool programs, and provides them with the training and resources necessary to serve effectively in critical programs. During a two-hour training session, volunteers learn how to foster a safe and nurturing environment, evaluate a child's level of development based on age, and understand the socio-economic challenges the children face in their communities. After training, the DASN places new mentors in one of its 22 afterschool programs, and provides ongoing management and support to help them succeed in their positions. The organization requires more funding to complete its goal of acquiring and training additional mentors, in order to increase the capacity of its afterschool programs and improve the depth of the education they provide.
[[m:####Sidetracked Pub and Grub
A sports bar just minutes from Cowboys Stadium, Sidetracked Pub and Grub serves grilled burgers and classic pub fare aside Mexican-tinged Camacho's favorites such as chimichangas and fajitas. As patrons push brain cells to work overtime with handheld Buzztime trivia devices, servers ferry plates of tangy buffalo wings and barbecue-pork sandwiches to fuel the festivities. Live acoustic music fills the venue every Friday night, and singers recite their favorite pop melodies and C-SPAN floor speeches during nightly karaoke.:m]]
Mentors pair up with children ages 6–18, who often come from low-income communities and underserved schools. Mentors learn to demonstrate a holistic concern for the children by helping them to deal with day-to-day challenges that may arise both at school and at home. The organization does not currently have enough volunteer mentors to meet demand, and must place many children on a waiting list until they can be matched with a suitable mentor. BBBS needs additional funding to expand its team of volunteers, which includes the costs of recruiting and screening new volunteers, and then training and matching them with children.