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May 15-17 Free And Cheap Fort Worth Area Weekend Fun For The Family


This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • Grapevine’s Main Street Days Outdoor Festival
    — Friday until 5pm is FREE!
  • FREE Petty Theft (Tom Petty Tribute Band) Outdoor Concert & Family Fun Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Family Fun — Prairie Day at the BRIT
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Rock climbing, Bootcamps, Crossfit, Social Run, and more!
  • FREE Taste of Bluebonnet Festival & Family Event
  • Herb Society Festival at the Botanic Gardens
  • FREE Saturday Morning Zumba Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Walking Town Hall with Mayor Betsy Price
  • FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Family Adventure Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: Grapevine’s Main Street Days Outdoor Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2015

Bring the family to downtown Grapevine for a weekend festival full of fun family activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts, carnival rides, delicious food, and more. Festival guests will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment on seven stages — a variety of music performances from rock and R&B to bluegrass and country.

Details, details
What: For more details about the festival, click here.
Where:
The festival takes place in historic Downtown Grapevine.
For directions and parking details, go here.
When: Friday to Sunday, May 15-17, 2015
Friday & Saturday ~ 10:00AM-11:30PM
Sunday ~ 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Cost: Friday until 5pm, get FREE Admission (food & rides are extra). Go here for ticket pricing for other times and days.

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:: FREE Petty Theft (Tom Petty Tribute Band)
Outdoor Concert & Family Event, NRH
Friday, May 15, 2015

The City of North Richland Hills 2015 Sounds of Spring Concert Series kicks off with the area’s best bands taking the stage at the NRH Plaza — Friday evenings in April and May. Bring your friends and family out for fun, great music and relaxation under the stars this Spring!  Tonight’s show (rain or shine) offers a fun concert featuring Tom Petty Tribute band, Petty Theft. This free family event also includes a kid zone with games and crafts for the kids, as well as food you can buy from a variety of gourmet food trucks.  Seating for the concert is on the lawn, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Details, details
What:
For more information about this City of North Richland Hills sponsored music event, go here.
When:
Friday, May 15 ~ Gates open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm.
Where: The Sounds of Spring Concert series takes place at the North Richland Hills Centre Events Plaza, 6000 Hawk Avenue, between the NRH Centre and the Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Grand Hall at the same address,
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Family Fun — Celebrate Prairie Day at the BRIT
 ..Saturday, May 16, 2015

Celebrate the beauty of the native landscape of North Texas with BRIT! Join this free family-friendly, annual festival of arts and crafts that includes flight demonstrations of majestic wild birds and live music from Texas musicians. Families will learn about hardy Texas native plants that grow on the prairie. Children will learn how to build a bug house or paint using leaves, and everyone will learn about the cultural and natural history that defines our region through activities and games for the whole family.

Details, details
What: For more information, go here.
When: Saturday May 16, 2015 ~  9:00AM – 1:00PM
Where:  1700 University Drive ~ Fort Worth (Next to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, click here for a map)
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.  This Saturday’s schedule includes a social run with Luke’s Locker, Rock Climbing, StrollerStrides, CrossFit, Interval Workout, and more!

Details, details
What:  See the list of available classes here.  Learn more about The Trailhead and future Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 16 (weather permitting) Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly until noon. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Taste of Bluebonnet Festival & Family Event
Saturday, May 16, 2015

This is a day to celebrate all the amazing restaurants, organizations, and residents on and nearby Bluebonnet Circle in Fort Worth, TX — just south of TCU. Businesses along the circle will host special events that best showcase their craft — from authentic Mexican tortas to German specialties or custom cupcakes, there will be plenty to eat, art education workshops, free “Express” Smart Barre Classes, activities for the kids, and more!

Details, details
What:  Go here for updates on FREE events and activities held on the circle throughout the day.
Where: For directions and parking details, go here.
When: Saturday, May 16 ~ 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Cost: FREE!

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:: Herb Society Festival at Fort Worth Botanic Garden!
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Botanic Gardens

Enjoy the beauty of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens while learning something new at the annual Fort Worth Herb Society Festival. This educational event and sale will feature a variety of classes, ranging from landscaping with herbs to growing antique roses. Other activities include a raffle and festival store.

Frugal shopping tip: This is a great spot to tap into local experts’ knowledge about gardening with herbs, as well as find a vast selection of native plants & herbs at great prices.  My favorite finds have also included local artisan made soaps created from all natural ingredients and clean burning soy candles scented with essential oils.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, May 16, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Festival events will take place in the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, close to the main entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. For directions to the gardens and other details, click here.
Cost: $2 Admission

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Zumba in Sundance Square
     Saturday, May 16, 2015

Get your shake on and start your Saturday morning with a free Zumba class at Sundance Square Plaza! Classes are presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Zumba at Sundance Square, here.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Walking Town Hall with Mayor Betsy Price
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mayor Betsy is taking to the sidewalks for Walking Town Halls. Strap on your walking shoes and bring your ideas for a casual stroll and an active conversation about your community. These are fantastic opportunities to engage with Mayor Betsy and councilmembers while highlighting individual districts’ improvements and needs.

Details, details
What: Learn more about Town Halls for All here.
Where:
Rosemont Park ~ 4231 Eighth Ave.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 ~ 10:00am
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Join Williams-Sonoma’s weekly Junior Chef Class where they will show kids how fun and easy cooking can be.  They’ll learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.  At this week’s class,  they’ll show you how to make fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. Whether you prefer crunchy tacos or soft ones, the toppings are the best part. Suitable for ages 9 –13.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact time & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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:: FREE Family Outdoor Adventure Event at Bass Pro Shops
    Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2015

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Outdoor Event for families. There will be FREE kids activities including fishing at the pond, crafts, scavenger hunt, photos, cooking & camping demos, and more!

Take a look at the schedule of events here.

Details, details
What:
For more details on activities and events, click here.
When:
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17 ~ 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will receive free admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions on Sunday, May 17 in honor of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day. The Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Details, details
What: Learn more about Free Admission at The Modern here.
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 ~ 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Join Williams-Sonoma for  a cooking technique class that focuses on boosting the taste of grilled foods with aromatic spices. In this weekend’s in-store technique class, they’ll discuss how to use fresh chilies and unique spices to create a Mexican meal with a little Tex-Mex flair. From braised meat for tacos to fresh side dishes, you’ll learn how to whip up a Southwestern-inspired meal that’s packed with flavor—it’s perfect for parties, potlucks and even weeknight dinners. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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May 8-10 Free And Fun Fort Worth Area Weekend Events For The Family


This weekend’s FREE Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE SiNaCa Art Glass Open Studio Night
  • FREE Dale Watson Outdoor Concert & Family Fun Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Rock climbing, Bootcamps, Crossfit, Social Run, and more!
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabelas in Fort Worth
  • FREE Woodworking Skills Class for Kids at Lowes 
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
  • FREE Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series at Sundance Square
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 

:: FREE Sinaca School of Glass Open Studio Night
Friday, May 8, 2015

Join SiNaCa School of Glass for their open studio night and find out more about the “magic” that goes in to creating glass art.  You’ll receive a close-up view of a glass artist creating their work in the studio and an interactive play-by-play of the glass blowing technique. It’s also the perfect time to find out how you can get involved in learning how to work with glass.

Details, details
What: To find out more about SiNaCa’s open studio night, go here.
Where: SiNaCa Studios ~ 1013 West Magnolia Ave.
When: Friday, May 8, 2015 ~ 6:00PM
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.

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:: FREE Dale Watson Outdoor Concert & Family Event, NRH
Friday, May 8, 2015

The City of North Richland Hills 2015 Sounds of Spring Concert Series kicks off with the area’s best bands taking the stage at the NRH Plaza — Friday evenings in April and May. Bring your friends and family out for fun, great music and relaxation under the stars this Spring!  Tonight’s show (rain or shine) offers a fun concert featuring local favorite Dale Watson. This free family event also includes a kid zone with games and crafts for the kids, as well as food you can buy from a variety of gourmet food trucks.  Seating for the concert is on the lawn, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Details, details
What:
For more information about this City of North Richland Hills sponsored music event, go here.
When:
Friday, May 8 ~ Gates open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm.
Where: The Sounds of Spring Concert series takes place at the North Richland Hills Centre Events Plaza, 6000 Hawk Avenue, between the NRH Centre and the Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Grand Hall at the same address,
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Explore the nature trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center on a FREE family friendly naturalist-led nature walk. The Living Science Center is the gateway to River Legacy Parks in Arlington.

Details, details
What: To find out more about the FREE nature walk and River Legacy Living Science Center, go here. RSVP to 817.860.6752
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 ~ 2:00PM
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.  This Saturday’s schedule includes a social run with Luke’s Locker, Rock Climbing, StrollerStrides, CrossFit, Bootcamps, and more!

Details, details
What:  See the full list of classes here.  Learn more about The Trailhead and future Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 9 (weather permitting) Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly until noon. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, May 9, 2015

Start your Saturday morning with a free Yoga class at the Sundance Square Plaza.  Classes will take place every other Saturday, through September and will be presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Yoga at Sundance Square, here.
When
: Saturday, May 9, 2015 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: 
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabela’s in Fort Worth
Saturday, May 9, 2015

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If you have always wanted to learn the art of fly casting don’t miss this in-depth overview on gear, techniques, fly patterns, water conditions and recommendations on where to fly fish locally.  Cabela’s expert outfitters will then gear you up at the fly shop for casting lessons at Lone Star Lake.  (Weather permitting)  FREE but RSVP is required by calling the fly shop 817-337-2400.

Details, details
What: For more info about Cabela’s Fly Fishing Class, click here.
When: May 9, 2015, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Where: Cabela’s ~ 12901 Cabelas Drive
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Kids Woodworking Clinic
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE build-your-own Mother’s Day planter project to take home.  Your child will even get a free apron, goggles,  and more! All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores.
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Want to take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Bass Pro in Grapevine offers a kids fishing event every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun experience for kids, and you will love to see the joy that first fish brings to the face of your child! Kids will learn how to bait their own hook and catch live fish in the Bass Pro pond. Equipment and bait provided.

Details, details

What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: May 9, 2015, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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::  FREE Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series at Sundance Square
      Sunday, May 10, 2015

During May and June, Sundance Square invites you to join their FREE Sunday Music Jazz Series in the lovely new plaza. This Sunday series starts this Sunday afternoon and features Adonis Rose & the (16-piece) Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.

Details, details
What: Learn about the Sundance Square Jazz series here.
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015 ~ 3:00 to 4:30PM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, May 10, 2015, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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$59.95 Top Brand Running Shoe Sale at LeftLane Sports PLUS $10 OFF — Zoot, Asics, New Balance, Karhu, & More

Left Lane Sports daily deal site has a GREAT running shoe sale through Wednesday.  If you need new tread under your toes, check out this top-of-the-line outdoor gear site — offering a good  selection of high-end running shoes for men and women, with nothing in the sale priced over $59.95!  The sale includes styles from top running brands such as Asics, Zoot, New Balance, Karhu, Fila, and more.

Here’s the scoop plus info on how to knock an extra $10 off the price…

With spring in the air, there’s no better time to lace up and go for a run! Whether you’re prepping for that next big marathon, or just out letting the dog take you for a walk, you’ll find a great deal on running shoes – all for the screaming deal of $59.95 and under! (through Wed., May 6) at LeftLaneSports!  

Plus, on top of this savings, get an extra $10 OFF your first purchase of $50 or more (for new members of LeftLane only ~ go here to sign up for free and get the $10 credit).


New to LeftLane Sports?  They are a members-only (joining is free!) daily deal site featuring top outdoor, and sports brands — like Pearl Izumi, Salomon, Marmot, Columbia, Patagonia, and Camelbak — typically 50-80% off retail price (we’ve found them regularly LOTS cheaper than REI and Whole Earth for the same brands). Whether you run, cycle, hike, camp, ride, swim, or just like to take a casual stroll, they’ve got top-of-the-line gear at close-out prices.

Membership is free, and since I invited you, you’ll receive an instant $10 shopping credit (here) towards your first purchase.


Here’s a sample of some of the bargain finds at LeftLane’s running shoe sale (we counted 130 styles from which to choose in a large variety of widths and sizes):

:: Zoot Tempo Trainer Shoe – Mens $57.95 (reg. $110)

:: ASICS GEL-Exalt Shoes – Mens $44.95 (reg. $85)

:: ASICS Gel-Equation 7 Shoe – Womens $47.95 (reg. $80)

:: Fila Hyper Split 3 Shoes – Womens $30.95 (reg. $70)

https://www.leftlanesports.com/invite/FrugalInFortWorth

:: Scott eRide Trainer 2 Shoes – Womens $39.95 (reg. $115)

https://www.leftlanesports.com/invite/FrugalInFortWorth

Insider tip:  Quantities are limited for this sale and due to the popularity, some styles will sell out really fast… you will want to hurry if you want to have the best selection of styles and sizes.


…And Here’s the Scoop on LeftLane Sports’ EXTRA $10 Credit Offer For New Members!

It’s a great time to get signed-up for LeftLane Sports daily deals!  When you sign up for the first time, you’ll get $10 credited to your account to use towards any LeftLane Sports  order of $50 or more ~ including these already discounted shoes!  It looks like you have 6 months to use the credit before it expires, but other than that, there are no other strings attached (love that!). Do note that the $10 credit is only offered for new account sign-ups and that it is FREE to join.   Go here to sign up for free and get the $10 credit!

How to get the Extra $10 OFF LeftLane Sports credit:

  1. Join LeftLane Sports for FREE and get a $10 Credit. Once you are signed up as a new member, a $10 credit will be waiting for you to use on your minimum $50 Purchase.
  2. Find and select the Running Shoe Sale by scrolling through the discount “boutiques” listed (look for the below image).
  3. Make your purchase before Wednesday. There are limited quantities of styles available, so I would recommend not waiting too long to make your purchase.  As usual with LeftLane Sports many of the items will sell out fast.
  4. That’s all there is to it!  Easy breezy.  : )

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May 1-3 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend


This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • Fort Worth’s 2015 Mayfest Family Event and Festival
  • FREE Me and My Monkey (Beatles Tribute Band) Outdoor Concert & Family Fun Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Rock climbing, Bootcamps, Social Run, and more!
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • FREE Saturday Morning Zumba Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth
    Science and History Museum & Perot Museum
  • FREE First Saturday Family Fun Day at Nasher Sculpture Center (In Dallas)
  • FREE Woodworking Class for Kids at Home Depot 
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: Fort Worth’s 2015 Mayfest Family Event and Festival
    Now through May 3, 2015

Enjoy a fun time with your family and friends at the 2015 Mayfest celebration on the banks of the Trinity River. This 40+ year Fort Worth tradition is packed with 7 stages of live music and performing arts, carnival rides, children’s activities, festival food, and more attractions for the family.  Military savings tip:  Be sure to bring your military ID if you are active duty, retired, reserve, or student cadets to receive FREE admission!

Details, details
What: Get more details and a full list of events at the Mayfest website, here.
When: Now through May 3, 2015.  View the entertainment schedule here.
Where: Mayfest is held in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park (along the banks
of the Trinity River).   Go here for directions and free parking info.
Cost: Group Pass for up to 5 people is $25, Ages 13+ are $8, Adults 60+ are $5, Children 3-12 are $5, and Children 2 and under are FREE.  All profits from Mayfest, Inc. are returned to the Fort Worth community.

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:: FREE Me & My Monkey (Beatles Tribute Band) Outdoor Concert & Sounds of Spring Family Event in North Richland Hills
Friday, May 1, 2015

The City of North Richland Hills 2015 Sounds of Spring Concert Series kicks off with the area’s best bands taking the stage at the NRH Plaza — Friday evenings in April and May. Bring your friends and family out for fun, great music and relaxation under the stars this Spring!  Tonight’s show (rain or shine) offers a fun concert featuring local favorite Me & My Monkey (the ultimate Beatles Tribute band). This free family event also includes a kid zone with games and crafts for the kids, as well as food you can buy from a variety of gourmet food trucks.  Seating for the concert is on the lawn, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Details, details
What:
For more information about this City of North Richland Hills sponsored music event, go here.
When:
Friday, May 1 ~ Gates open at 6:00pm.
Concert starts at 7:00pm.
Where: The Sounds of Spring Concert series takes place at the North Richland Hills Centre Events Plaza, 6000 Hawk Avenue, between the NRH Centre and the Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Grand Hall at the same address,
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, May 1, 2015

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. Teens and adults can sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion beginning one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

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What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Friday, May 1, 2015 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.  This Saturday’s schedule includes a social run with Luke’s Locker, Rock Climbing, Stroller, Strides, Bootcamps, and more!

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What:  See the full list of classes here.  Learn more about The Trailhead and future Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 2 (weather permitting) Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly until noon. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist at River Legacy Living Science Center. Space is limited, please RSVP to 817.860.6752

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What:
 To find out more about the FREE  program, go here.
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 ~ 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Zumba in Sundance Square
     Saturday, May 2, 2015

Get your shake on and start your Saturday morning with a free Zumba class at Sundance Square Plaza! Classes are presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

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What: Learn more about free Zumba at Sundance Square, here.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science &
History and the Perot Museum in Dallas

Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2015

Bank of America’s 2015 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

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What:
To learn more about the Museums On Us program, go here.
How: Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission for each Bank of America Card Holder.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum is located at 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). The Perot Museum can be found at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2015
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders

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:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families ~ bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Target First Saturdays are designed especially for children in preschool to elementary school and feature a lineup of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Children can engage in art projects and experience creativity in action through scavenger hunts, performances, storytime and more.

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What:
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
When:
Saturday, May 2 ~ FREE admission: 10 am – 5 pm
FREE Family activities from 10 am – 2 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost:
FREE

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:: FREE Home Depot ~ Kids Woodworking Skills Workshop
Saturday, May 2, 2015

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and build their very own picture frame to take home or give to Mom! Each Kids Workshop participant will receive a kid-sized orange apron (similar to a Home Depot associate apron) and an achievement pin. All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.  For ages 5-12.

Details, details
What:
Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 ~ 9:00 am to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores.
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Want to take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Bass Pro in Grapevine offers a kids fishing event every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun experience for kids, and you will love to see the joy that first fish brings to the face of your child! Kids will learn how to bait their own hook and catch live fish in the Bass Pro pond. Equipment and bait provided.

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What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: May 2, 2015, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
….Saturday, May 2, 2015

Join Williams-Sonoma’s weekly Junior Chef Class where they will show kids how fun and easy cooking can be.  They’ll learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.  At this week’s class, kids will learn how to treat Mom to an awesome brunch that they prepare themselves including Mini Asparagus Frittatas, Blueberry Blast Smoothie, and more. We know she’ll be impressed! Suitable for ages 5 –13.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.  

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact time & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 2, 2015

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, May 2, 2015, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Infused olive oils are an easy way to add amazing flavor to foods. Using these versatile oils, the experts at William’s Sonoma will show you how to cook an entire meal that includes fresh pasta with grilled vegetables, roasted chicken and even olive oil–infused ice cream.  Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

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What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, May 3, 2015. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times and date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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FREE Summer Fun — Amon Carter Museum Family Storytime (With Live Animals)!

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Here is a fun and FREE event to add to your family’s summer activity calendar: The Amon Carter Museum will be hosting Storytime, a free public program for young children and their families on Wednesdays in June and July.

Here’s the inside scoop…

Amon Carter Storytime 2015

Go wild during Amon Carter’s Storytime — all about animals! This free program connects beloved children’s books with a variety of artworks on view in the Amon Carter’s galleries.  And to make Storytime even more fun-filled, some of the dates will feature live animals from the zoo on  June 17 (small mammals), July 1 (reptiles), and July 22 (birds)!

The dates and weekly themes are:

  • June 10 — Awesome Amphibians
  • June 17 — Marvelous Mammals
  • June 24 — Sensational Sea Creatures
  • July 1 — Radical Reptiles
  • July 8 — Incredible Insects
  • July 15 — Fabulous Fish
  • July 22 — Brilliant Birds
  • July 29 — Wonderful Water Beasts

Each program also includes art making and a snack, and is best for families with children ages eight and under and their adult companions. 

Details, details
What: Go here to learn more about Amon Carter Museum’s Storytime.
When: Storytime will take place every Wednesday, June 10 through July 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: The museum is located at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Directions and parking details can be found by clicking here.
Cost: FREE! Entrance to this event and the Amon Carter’s permanent collection is always FREE (but donations are appreciated)!

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FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead in Clearfork

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Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails in the new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.

Saturday, May 2 Recreational Schedule

8:00 am – Social Run with Luke’s Locker Have you wanted to get into running? Or are just looking for a group to run with? Join Luke’s Locker at The Trailhead for a social run on the Trinity Trails!

8:00 am – Fitness Bootcamp with PT Fitness. Break a sweat with PT Fitness. The fitness boot camp is a fun, motivating, dynamic self-paced class geared towards developing cardiovascular and muscular strength endurance.

 9:00 am – 11:00 am Rock Climbing Wall with Summit Climbing Gym.  Reach new heights at The Trailhead climbing Summit’s mobile Rock Climbing Wall. This activity is family-friendly and no experience is necessary!

9:00 am – Stroller Strides with Fit 4 Mom. Stroller Strides is a total fitness workout that moms (and dads) can do with their babies. This family friendly workout weaves songs and activities into the routine. Be sure to bring water, a yoga mat, your children and stroller!

10:00 am – FitBody Bootcamp with FitBody. Fit Body Boot Camp is a results driven and energetic fitness program that includes motivation, accountability and dynamic resistance training; all designed to get you the body that you want in a safe, fun and non-intimidating atmosphere.

12:00 pm – Express Barre Class with Smart Barre. Ladies, Smart Barre Express is an efficient workout that won’t waste your time. Combining core elements of yoga, pilates, and ballet into one class, you will receive a full body workout that will energize you for the day!

  

:: Learn more about The Trailhead and available classes here.

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15 Tips to Avoid Storm Damage Repair Scams and Other Rip-Offs

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Last week’s storms wreaked havoc on much of North Texas, leaving damage and destruction of vehicles, homes, property, and more. To avoid another disaster at the hands of scam artists, be sure to use caution with these useful tips from Fort Worth’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the FTC:

Avoid Home Contractor and Repair Scams

  1. Check with your insurance company first to determine your home and repair coverage and filing requirements; keep their contact information handy.
  2. Be leery of door-to-door workers or telephone solicitors who offer home repairs, inspections, heating/cooling services, or speedy insurance processing.
  3. Shop around for contractors. You may need to make temporary repairs, but permanent repairs made by a contractor should be the result of multiple work bids and contractor research.
    Require written bids that clearly identify the project’s materials, associated costs, labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Be sure that the bids are comparable.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from the contractor’s past customers.
    • Check out the contractor’s history with the BBB and relevant trade association(s). Always research a business with the BBB before you sign any contracts.
  4. Require copies of all contractor licenses, permits and liability insurance prior to any work commencing.
  5. When work is complete, be sure to get a notarized statement that all sub-contractors have been paid in full to avoid a contractors lien on your property.
  6. If you have an HVAC repair, allow heating/cooling units to be cleaned out and dried before determining what, if any repairs are actually needed.

Steer Clear of Vehicle Damage Scams

  1. Similar to home repairs, shop around for a quality vehicle repair service. 
    • Require written bids that clearly show the repair parts, associated costs, mechanic labor charges, as well as the timing of work including the beginning and expected completion dates.
    • Do not pay in advance for any work and do not pay in cash.
    • Get references from past customers.
    • Check out auto mechanic’s history with the BBB or business review sites like Yelp.
  2. If you are shopping for a used vehicle, look for signs of flood or hail damage like rust, mud, watermarks, discolored upholstery, mismatching carpet or a musty odor.
  3. Request a vehicle report based on the VIN to check for past reported auto damage of any kind.

Protect Yourself From Charity & Financial Solicitation Scams
Take the following precautions to make sure your donation benefits the people and organizations you want to help.

  1. Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  2. Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.
  3. Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.
  4. Find out if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.
  5. Ask if the caller is a paid fundraising company. If so, ask the name of the charity they represent, the percentage of your donation that will go to the charity, how much will go to the actual cause to which you’re donating, and how much will go to the fundraising company.
  6. Learn the basic signs of a Charity scam and more ways to protect yourself at the FTC’s helpful online guide.

Help stay clear of all scams by using the free resources at the Better Business Bureau.  Be sure to check out all businesses and charities online or by phone (800)-621-8566.

If you find yourself a victim of poor workmanship or a scam artist, immediately contact the BBB to try to recover your investment or alert others about the business or individual(s) involved. Consumers or small business owners victimized by a scam can learn more or file a complaint at fwbbb.org.

 

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