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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)

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:: 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.

Details, Details
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!

Details, details
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

Details, details
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!

Details, details
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.

Details, details
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

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays
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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.

Details, details
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.

Details, details

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.

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 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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Starbucks Frappuccinos 50% OFF Happy Hour Starts Friday Afternoon, May 1

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Friday, Starbucks kicks off its 10-days of afternoon happy hours!
May 1-10, from 3-5:00pm (extended to 6:00pm for Starbucks Rewards members), Starbucks will be providing all Frappuccino blended beverages at 50% OFF!

:: Go to Starbuck’s happy hour link here to learn more.

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April 24-26 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend


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

  • FREE Southlake Art in the Square Juried Art Show & Sale
  • FREE Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
  • FREE Memphis Soul Outdoor Concert & Family
    Fun Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Arbor Daze Family Festival in Euless
  • CHEAP Fort Worth Botanic Garden Spring Festival
  • FREE Fire Engine Push-In Ceremony & Open House in Keller
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
  • FREE Gardening Day at the Watauga Public Library
  • FREE Container Garden Demonstration and P. Allen Smith Book Signing at Calloway’s in Hurst
  • FREE Low and Zero Water Use Landscaping Workshop 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 Southlake Art in the Square Juried Art Show & Sale
Friday to Sunday, April 24-26, 2015

Southlake Art in Square 

Experience Art on the Square in Southlake this weekend!  This annual three-day juried art festival offers over 150 national and local fine artists, children’s activities, 2 stages of continuous live music & entertainment, delicious food, and more in the beautiful setting of Southlake Town Square.

Details, Details
What: For more details about the art show, click here.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 24-26.
Where: Southlake Town Square – Main St. at Southlake Blvd.
Click here for directions and a map.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
Friday to Sunday, April 24-26, 2015

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The annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of music and the visual arts. This free event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, food, games and more in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Live music includes a long list of national and local favorites.

Details, details
What: To find out more about the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, visit the event website. To see the music line-up for the weekend, click here.
When: April 24-26 ~ View the daily schedule, here.
Where: Quakertown Park in Denton ~321 East McKinney
Get a map and directions, here .
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Memphis Soul Outdoor Concert & Sounds
of Spring
Family Event in North Richland Hills
Friday, April 24, 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 Memphis Soul. 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, April 24 ~ 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 Arbor Daze Family Festival & Tree Giveaway ~ Euless
Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015

This weekend, the City of Euless is hosting their annual family fun festival featuring live music and entertainment, free tree give-aways, Arts and Crafts Booths, Arbor Dazzling Kidz Zone, Forestry Village, a Tongan cultural tent, activities at the library, a petting zoo, bungee jump, rock wall, zipline, and lots of great food!

Details, details
What: For the full schedule and for more information, click here.
When:  Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015
Where: Euless, City Hall Complex ~ 201 N. Ector Dr.   Parking is available at both the Euless City Hall Complex  and at First Baptist Church Euless.
Cost: FREE!

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:: Fort Worth Botanic’s Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
   Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015

     Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall

Feast your eyes on the spectacular spring color of the beautiful Japanese gardens while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, martial arts demonstrations, music, papermaking, docent-lead tours, tea ceremonies and more.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: April 25 and 26, Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM
Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. Japanese festival parking will be near the Linden Street lot click here For directions to the gardens and other details, click here.
Cost: Adults $5.00, Children 4-12 $3.00, under 4 free.

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:: FREE New Fire Engine Ceremony & Station Open House in Keller
Saturday, April 25, 2015

    

Join Keller Fire Station No. 2 to celebrate the addition of a new engine to the Keller Fire Department fleet. The department will host its first “Push-in Ceremony” that morning, inviting members of the public to assist in drying the engine off from its wash and join in pushing it into its bay.  Following the push-in, Station 2 will host an open house until noon. Members of the public are welcome to stop by for station tours, a look at KFD’s equipment and vehicles, and light refreshments.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:  Saturday, April 25, 2015 — The wash and dry will start at 9 a.m. and the push-in is scheduled for 9:15 a.m.
Where: Fire Station No. 2 •  737 Keller-Smithfield Road
Cost: FREE!

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, April 25, 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, April 25, 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 Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for free monthly Star Parties. You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and even more astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way through the skies. Star Parties are held once a month in the Museum’s South Parking Lot.

Details, details
What: For more info about Noble Planetarium’s Star Parties, click here.
When: Saturday, April 25 ~ begins at dusk (weather permitting) until 10:30PM
Where: In the parking lot, just south of the Science & History Museum at the corner of Montgomery and Harley. Click here for directions.  Note, parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.
Cost: FREE

P.S. Noble Planetarium recommends a wonderful & FREE resource for star-gazing from the comfort of your backyard. If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky, visit this link.

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:: FREE Gardening Day at the Watauga Public Library
Saturday , April 25, 2015

Join the Watauga Library for a day devoted to gardening. The Library will host a lecture about container gardening, hold a plant exchange and introduce the new Watauga Public Library Seed Exchange.  A Tarrant County Master Gardener —who also happens to be our favorite local garden blogger from Grapevine ( find Signature Gardens blog here and here) will give a presentation called “All About Container Gardening” from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. At the presentation you will learn how to grow beautiful plants that will brighten your yard and satisfy your palate.  After the presentation, stay for a perennial plant exchange or help the Library start a seed exchange by donating seeds from your home garden.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, April 25 — 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Watauga Library, 7109 Whitley Road
Cost: FREE! 

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:: FREE  P. Allen Smith Container Garden Demonstration and
Book Signing at Calloway’s in Hurst

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join Calloway’s Nursery and P. Allen Smith, an absolute master at container gardening — he will show you how to make dramatic inspired creations and will be available to sign his books too (copies will be available for purchase) after the presentation.  Plus, the first 10 people attending will receive an autographed book. And everyone can enjoy refreshments and participate in terrific door prizes featuring plants and baskets from Proven Winners, and container gardens made by P. Allen himself!

Details, details
What: Calloway’s spring gardening event and demonstration. Learn more here.
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 — 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: At the Calloway’s store location in Hurst only.  Get detailed location information, here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Home Depot Low & Zero Water Landscaping Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Home Depot DIY workshops

This Saturday, pop over to Home Depot to learn how to design a low or zero water landscape.  In this workshop you will also learn how to choose the right plants and ground cover for a drought tolerant garden design.

Details, details
What:
Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 ~ 10:00 am
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, April 25, 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: April 25, 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,  April 25, 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 make bundt cakes in different flavors and sizes and then finish them with three scrumptious glazes: vanilla, chocolate ganache and lemon. 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, April 25 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, April 26, 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, April 26, 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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