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

Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the most recent tornadoes and storms. Please pass along this vital information, as sadly there are scam artists attempting to take advantage of an already difficult situation …

storm damage fallen tree

The last few weeks of 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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Save the Date: 2017 Texas Tax FREE Holiday for Energy Star Appliances & More — May 27-29

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Be sure to save the date!  Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be in the market for new appliances, ceiling fans, air conditioners, or other Energy Star qualifying products (this can save them a bundle!)…even incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs receive tax-free status!

Texas Tax Free Weekend 2017 Washers and Dryers  Texas Tax Free Weekend 2017 Refrigerators and Kitchen Appliances

Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29, Texas shoppers receive a break from paying sales tax on purchases of many energy-efficient products like fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, and energy-star home appliances like refrigerators, washers, and more even energy-star rated college-dorm / compact-sized refrigerators qualify! This is an excellent way to get extra savings on qualifying items, plus save on future energy costs too.

Texas Tax Free Weekend on Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioners

The energy-star products qualifying in 2017’s tax-free weekend include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Delivery, installation, shipping, and handling for any of these items are also excluded from tax!

The 2017 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 27, and ends on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Texas Tax Free Weekend 2017 -- Fluorescent & Energy Star Lightbulbs      ENERGY STAR logo

Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo which will appear on the appliance, the packaging, or the Energy Guide label. The discount also applies to delivery and installation fees and there is not a limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

:: To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

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3-Day Sharon Young and Ladies Designer Brand Clothing Warehouse Sale — Opens to the Public Next Week!

Greetings Frugal in Fort Worth friends! We have been on a bit of hiatus, and wanted to let you know we will be back in full gear next month (we sure have missed talking with you!). Because we’ve had many readers checking in on the next dates for the Sharon Young and Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse sale, we wanted to make a quick “pop-in” to let you know that it’s almost here!

Be sure and save the date as it starts next week!  A readers’ favorite fashion and warehouse clothing sale, The Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Spring Sale runs for 3 days, and sale doors will be open Thursday, May 4 to Saturday, May 6 only!

Here’s a little sample of what’s in store —

Sharon Young 2017 sale    Sharon Young 2017 sale

The direct from the designer, Sharon Young & Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse clothing sale only opens their doors to the public four times a year, and the next sale runs Thursday to Saturday, May 4-6. This rare sale is in a large warehouse venue (behind Sharon Young’s design headquarters in Dallas), and will be huge with over 18,000 designer pieces!

You’ll find everything is marked down 50% to 75% OFF retail, as well as sizes to fit just about anyone ~ from petite to women’s sizes and everything in between. The sale features deep discounts on collections from Sharon Young, John Mark, Tru Luxe, Multiples, A La Carte, and more! You’ll even be able to shop their two new weekend and sportswear/performance lines — Bette & Court and Sport Haley. All prices start at $20 (with nothing over $60!).

You don’t want to miss this fantastic sale, including a surprise Buy One Get One Free offer on Thursday & Friday (May 4 & 5)!

We will be heading over for a preview of the sale to get you an exclusive sneak peek at some of the wonderful finds (get your shopping list ready!). In the mean time, be sure to carve out time to pop over to next week’s sale.

Sharon Young Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Sale  Sharon Young Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Sale

Details, details
When: May 4-6, 2017 ~ Thursday & Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM and Saturday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: 10367 Brockwood Rd ~ Dallas. You’ll see yellow signs directing you where to go (or just follow all the ladies you will see!).
Important to know before going: There is a large dressing room area provided if you want to try on all your wonderful finds, but typical of women’s fashion warehouse sales, it is ladies only but not private — you likely want to keep this in mind when choosing your undergarments : ). Since this is a women only event, husbands, guy-friends and kiddos under 12, please stay comfortable at home.

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THIS WEEK — Sharon Young & Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Clothing Sale, February 2-4

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Woohoo! It’s almost time for our readers’ favorite fashion warehouse sale! The Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Sale will open its doors to the public this week — Thursday to Saturday (February 2-4) with lots of designer clothing deals!    Here’s a little sample of what’s in store —

Sharon Young February 2017

The direct from the designer Sharon Young & Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse clothing sale only opens their doors to the public four times a year, and the next sale runs this Thursday to Saturday, February 2-4, 2017. The sale will be huge (over 18,000 pieces!), and everything is marked down 50% to 75% OFF retail.  You’ll find sizes to fit just about anyone ~ from petite to women’s sizes and everything in between.

The sale features deep discounts on collections from Sharon Young, John Mark, Tru Luxe, Multiples, A La Carte, and more! You’ll even find two new weekend and sportswear/performance lines — Bette & Court and Sport Haley. Prices start at $20 (with nothing over $60!).

Tencel Skirt Vest   Black Top & colorful Leggings Sharon Young

In a nutshell, you’ll find:

  • Gorgeous high-end boutique and department store brand ladies designer clothing & accessories — 50% to 75% OFF retail.  There is a huge selection that covers a wide variety of styles from trendy to traditional and from super casual to night-on-the town dressy.  These are top quality collections carried in high-end department stores and fashion boutiques ~ you’ll find them at this designer warehouse sale at a big discount!
  • Ladies, Petite and Plus Sizes ~ something for everyone!  Sizes range from Ladies & Petites sizes 2-18 and a stylish selection of Women’s Plus 0X-3X.

Sharon Young   Sharon Young November 2016 sale

Details, details
When: February 2-4, 2017 ~ Thursday & Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM and Saturday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: 10367 Brockwood Rd ~ Dallas. There is free parking, and you’ll see signs directing you where to go (or just follow all the ladies you will see!).
Do note: All Credit Cards are accepted, along with cash or check, but no credit card gift cards are accepted. Also, there is a large dressing room provided for trying on all your finds, but typical of women’s fashion warehouse sales, it is ladies only and not private. Since this is a women only event, husbands, guy-friends and kiddos under 12, please stay comfortable at home. 

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November 18-20 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


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

  •  FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE Sundance Square Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Pictures with Santa
  • FREE 34th Annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, Kickboxing, and More!
  • FREE DIY Stocking Holder Class at Home Depot
  • FREE Christmas Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Santa’s Wonderland and Family Event at Bass Pro
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Thanksgiving Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, November 18, 2016

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 18, 2016 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Sundance Square Annual Christmas Tree
Lighting Event, Plus Pictures with Santa
Saturday, November 19, 2016

It’s time for the annual Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting! Come join the fun in Sundance Square Plaza to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the beautiful 57′-foot tall live Christmas tree. Festivities start at 4:00pm — watch for Toy Soldier stilt walkers, beloved cast members of The Nutcracker ballet, and sing-a-long to holiday carols, before a visit with Saint Nick, himself. After the lighting, kids can get their picture taken with Santa too!

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Sundance Square tree lighting and pictures with Santa, click here. To see the full schedule of Photos with Santa, click here
When:
November 19, festivities begin at 4:00PM with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:30PM. Go here for dates and times you can visit Santa on his sled by the Sundance Square Tree (November 19 through December 23).
Where: Sundance Square Plaza
Cost: FREE Event! Photos with Santa are available for a $10 cash donation (Proceeds benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities International Scholarship Fund).

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:: FREE! 34th Annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Sunday, November 20, 2016

The 34th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights will be held in Downtown Fort Worth on Sunday. With over 100 highly illuminated entries, 500,000 lights, and the brilliant Sundance Square Christmas Tree, the Parade of Lights will “Let The Season Begin” in style.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Parade of Lights , click here.
When:
Sunday, November 20, 2016 ~ 6:00PM
Where: Downtown Fort Worth ~ Go here for a parade route map.
Transportation & Other Tips:
For parade parking, transportation tips and street closure information related to the parade, go here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, November 19, 2016

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 offers free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturday mornings. This Saturday’s schedule includes Kickboxing, Stroller Strides, Yoga, and more.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, November 19 (weather permitting) classes begin at 8:00AM and run hourly until 11:00AM. 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 DIY Stocking Holder Class at Home Depot
Saturday, November 19, 2016

This Saturday, learn how to build a Christmas stocking holder at Home Depot. Join the free workshop to learn to use a saw, drill, and other carpenter tools to cut and craft a decorative and sturdy holder for all your family’s Christmas stockings. Then, give your project some personality with paint or wood stain and celebrate the holidays with a cute way to organize those stocking stuffers.

Details, details
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Christmas  & Holiday Decor Class at Pottery Barn
    Saturday, November 19, 2016

Get new ideas for decorating for Christmas and the holidays!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share great tips — from festive centerpieces to glistening treetops, learn easy tips for turning your home into the ultimate holiday haven.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:
Saturday, November 19, 2016 ~ Times vary by store
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.
Cost:
FREE!  

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:: FREE Santa’s Wonderland Family Event at Bass Pro With FREE Santa Pictures, Toy Giveaway, and More
Now through December 24, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Get a FREE picture taken with Santa  and stay for FREE games, crafts, plush toy give-aways, and activities that celebrate the season.

Details, details
What: For more info, click here
When: Free photos with Santa and events, daily now through December 24, 2016. Go here for the schedule of daily events.
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, November 20, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission to The Modern here.
When: Every Sunday in 2016
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, November 20, 2016

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, November 20, 2016, 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, November 20, 2016

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will share recipes for seasonal sides that will impress your guests yet are easy on the cook. Do-ahead tips will help you host a stress-free Thanksgiving gathering, too. 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, November 20, 2016. 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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November 4-6 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


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

  • FREE American Paint Horse World Championship
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden ~ Japanese Garden Fall Festival
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, Zumba, and More!
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth Science and History Museum or Perot Museum in Dallas
  • FREE First Saturday Family Fun Day at Nasher Sculpture Center (In Dallas)
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinics at Home Depot
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro ~ Grapevine
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Drawing Classes at The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE! Annual American Paint Horse Association
World Championship Show & Competition

Now through November 13, 2016

Paint Horse World Championship

Experience quintessential Fort Worth at the World Championship American Paint Horse Association Show! This year’s 52nd Anniversary show and competition will feature some of the finest horses and riding talents in the country.

Details, details
What: For more information about the event, click here.
To find out more about the American Paint Horse, click here.
When: Now through November 13.
For a daily schedule of events, click here.
Where: Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth

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:: Fort Worth Botanic Garden ~ Japanese Garden Fall Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016

Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall 2  Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall

The Fort Worth Botanic’s Japanese Garden, voted as one of the most beautiful places in Fort Worth by the Star Telegram’s readers poll, is celebrating their annual Fall Festival this weekend! Feast your eyes on this beautiful garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, demonstrations, papermaking, tea ceremonies, and more!

Details, details
What: For more information about the festival, click here.
Where:
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.  Located inside the historic Japanese Garden inside the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. All festival parking will be in the Linden Street lot — click here for directions to the gardens and other details.
When: November 5-6,  Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM,
Sunday: 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Adults $8.00, Children (4-12yrs.) $4.00, and Children 3 and under free

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:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of River Legacy’s native animals during a live animal observation with an expert at River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
What:
 To find out more about the FREE program for all ages, 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, November 5, 2016 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, November 5, 2016

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 Saturday mornings.  Saturday’s schedule includes Zumba, Stroller Strides, PT Fitness Bootcamp, Yoga, and more.

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, November 5 (weather permitting) classes begin at 8:00AM and run hourly until 10:00AM. 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 Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, November 5, 2016

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, November 5, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
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, November 5 and 6, 2016

Bank of America’s 2016 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums and cultural institutions 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, November 5 and 6, 2016
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, November 5
, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

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, November 5 ~ FREE admission 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
and family activities 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost:
FREE

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:: FREE! Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 2016

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and Toy Helicopter in honor of Veterans Day. After the project is built, your child can decorate their project with stickers if they wish. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones since supplies are limited.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Learn more about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 ~ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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, November 5, 2016

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: November 5, 2016, 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, November 5, 2016

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 share tips and tricks for how to cook some amazing side dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. Suitable for ages 8-13. 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, November 5, 2016. 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 Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Modern Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Kids Drawing Program

FREE Drawing From the Collection classes for kids:  Two sessions of this free program for children are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises that relate to works in the Modern’s galleries. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited; early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet can be found at the information desk.

FREE Drawing From the Collection class for adults:  Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk

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What: 
For more information, visit the the Modern’s event website.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2016 ~ 2:00PM
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, November 6, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!

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What: Learn more about free Admission to The Modern here.
When: Every Sunday in 2016
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, November 6, 2016

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.

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What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 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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Sharon Young November 2016

Be sure to save the date for the next Sharon Young & Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse clothing sale ~ it starts next Thursday and runs November 10-12. Our readers tell us that this is their favorite fashion warehouse sale and definitely worth the drive to Dallas ~ we agree! We always save a bundle off retail prices (50 to 75% OFF) and end up with gorgeous clothes at below wholesale, usually only found at higher end ladies boutiques and department stores.

The direct from the designer warehouse clothing sale only opens their doors to the public four times a year. This sale will be huge with over 15,000 pieces starting at $20 and sizes to fit just about anyone ~ from petite to women’s plus sizes and everything in between (sizes 2-18 and 1X-3X).  They even have 2 new ladies’ weekend leisure and sports clothing lines you’ll want to check out — Bette & Court and Sport Haley.

INSIDER TIPS: The sale will feature a special Buy One Get One FREE” deal on Thursday and Friday on a surprise category, so be sure to ask about this special offer to stretch your savings. 

Stay tuned…

We will head to Dallas to get a sneak look at the sale and share some of our favorite finds with you before the sale doors open. In the mean time, be sure to carve out time on your calendar and save the date!

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When: November 10 to 12, 2016 ~ Thursday & Friday, 8:00AM to 7:00PM and Saturday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: 10367 Brockwood Rd ~ Dallas. There is free parking, and you’ll see signs directing you where to go (or just follow all the ladies you will see!).
Do note: All Credit Cards are accepted, along with cash or check, but no credit card gift cards are accepted. Also, there is a large dressing room provided for trying on all your finds, but typical of women’s fashion warehouse sales, it is ladies only and not private. Since this is a women only event, husbands, guy-friends and kiddos under 12, please stay comfortable at home. 

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