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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/9 5:47:46 (1528 reads)

ColorPalooza set for April 9, replacing Chalk This Way
The City of Lewisville will hold its first ColorPalooza festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in Old Town Lewisville. The free festival replaces the popular Chalk This Way event.

This year, ColorPalooza will carry the theme of “A Celebration of Spring.”

The event features sidewalk chalk art, art and nonprofit vendors, live art creation, inflatable play structures, arts and crafts stations, food trucks, a combination of strolling musicians and bands playing on the Wayne Ferguson Plaza stage, and cultural music and dance groups.

The event team is looking for exhibitors to display, sell or create art on site. Art vendors must create or manufacture all art on display, from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, jewelry, quilts or leather- or metal-working. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to provide an interactive craft or art project during the event to reinforce the festival theme.

ColorPalooza has a limited number of vendor spaces. Visit for artist-exhibitor, non-profit vendor and food truck vendor applications and deadlines.
Adam Schrader

Symphony, ballet to perform ‘Peter and the Wolf’
Chip Waggoner from Fox 4 will narrate the Lewisville Lake Symphony's production of Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf." Lewisville Lake Symphony and Lake Cities Ballet will perform the music and dancing show at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Frederick Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle.
Kids get to sprawl on the gym mats in front of the action. Parents have a good time watching from the nearby chairs and bleachers. Symphony volunteers operate an Instrument Petting Zoo after the concert where kids can try out orchestral instruments.
Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults and $25 for families. Purchase tickets at or at the door. For more information, call 972-874-9087.
Adam Schrader

Garden Secrets class to focus on “spring vegetable gardening”
Keep Lewisville Beautiful and Texas AgriLife Extension will hold a free Garden Secrets class, “Spring Vegetable Gardening,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street.
To participate, register by Feb. 17. The class is free. For more information, call 972-538-5949 or email
Adam Schrader

Symphony presents “The Spanish Mozart” at MCL Grand
Lewisville Lake Symphony will present music by “The Spanish Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
Juan Crisóstomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga y Balzola was nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” after his death. Both composers were child prodigies that died young. They had the same first and second baptismal names and the same birthday, although they were born 50 years apart.
Arriaga’s Symphony in D Major will anchor this performance. Johnathan Wu, Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Vernell Gregg Young Artists competition, will be the featured violinist.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors age 65 and older and $10 for students. Purchase them at
Adam Schrader

Allison Lassahn to seek election for LISD, Place 5
Highland Village resident Allison Lassahn filed to run for Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees during the upcoming May 7 election.

Lassahn works as the hospitality and events coordinator for Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. She serves as a committee chair on the Heritage Elementary PTA board and on Highland Village’s Board of Ethics. She is partaking in the INSIDE LISD program.

Lassahn previously worked as geographic information manager and coordinator in Flower and Coppell respectively. She served as the president and vice president of membership of the Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA and as a committee chair on the Flower Mound Elementary PTA board.

Lassahn grew up and attended public school in Tyler. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. With her husband, Lloyd, she has lived within LISD for 17 years. They have two sons attending Heritage Elementary School.
Adam Schrader

Flower Mound, Grapevine partner to land Mercedes-Benz facilities
Flower Mound and the Grapevine have partnered to land Mercedes-Benz USA facilities at a 50-acre site at the intersection of Lakeside Parkway and Enterprise. The land sits in both Grapevine and Flower Mound city limits.

The proposed project incorporates two facilities. The 254,000-square feet regional parts distribution center will be designed to support the sales and distribution of spare parts.

The learning and performance center will relocate from Houston to a 59,000 square-foot facility in the Grapevine, Flower Mound location. It will employ approximately 50 full-time employees with the ability to train up to 200 Mercedes-Benz dealership technicians per week throughout the Southwest region.
Adam Schrader

First Zika virus disease contracted in Texas
The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported the first case of Zika virus contracted in Texas, with the possibility of sexual transmission from an infected person who had recent travel history from areas where Zika is currently being transmitted.
Primary transmission of all previous cases in Texas has been related to foreign travel. At this time, there have been no cases of Zika virus contracted or imported into Denton County.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
Around 20 percent of those bitten by a Zika virus-carrying mosquito may experience mild symptoms such as fever, rash, headache, fatigue and conjunctivitis. The disease also has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during their pregnancy. Approximately 80 percent of those bitten by an infected mosquito will not experience any symptoms.

Denton County Health Department will conduct disease investigations of any reported cases.

Take reduce the risk of getting Zika virus: drain standing water around homes, use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in water that cannot be drained, be aware of mosquitoes during times that they are active: dawn, daytime, dusk and evening hours; apply an insect repellent that contains DEET to exposed skin and to clothing when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends Picaridin (KBR 3023); and dress in pants and long sleeves when outside and wear permethrin-treated clothing.

For more information, visit

Mayors to speak at State of the Cities luncheon
Waste Management will sponsor the State of the Cities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 785 State Highway 121 in Lewisville.

The Mayors of Lewisville, Highland Village, and Flower Mound will recap 2015 and discuss the growth and reinvestment plans for 2016 to members of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Highland Village Business Association and Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce.

To register, visit
Adam Schrader

Torchy's Tacos to join The Shops at Highland Village
Torchy’s Tacos has signed a lease for 5,262 square feet at the recently renovated The Shops at Highland Village.

Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property Co., the operating partner for shopping center, said Torchy’s will be the first of many new tenants to sign at the center.

The taco joint began as an Austin food trailer. It has grown to include more than 30 locations in Texas and one in Colorado. Torchy’s will have a bar featuring local beers and craft cocktails. For more information, visit

Runway Seven has experienced steady growth at The Shops at Highland Village. Its flagship store will soon relocate to a larger, redesigned space across the property from its current location.

Runway Seven, founded in 2008, currently operates 15 boutiques in seven states. The new spot, next to Claire’s and across from Zumiez and Buckle, will be the brand’s largest store. For more information, visit
Adam Schrader

City announces Main Street closures for February
The Texas Department of Transportation has announced the following closures associated with the Main Street Widening Project for Feb. 1-29: alternate lane closures on northbound and southbound FM 423 from Stewarts Creek Road to State Highway 121 and various lanes of eastbound and westbound Cougar Alley/Ridgepointe Drive at FM 423. TxDOT has also lowered the Main Street speed limit to 35 mph.

For more information, visit
Adam Schrader

CycleBar opened studio on Feb. 4
CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling facility, officially opened its Flower Mound location at 2550 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 136.

The studio features 50 bikes, LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and a DJ booth with enhanced sound. Every class playlist is original and never played twice, according to a news release. After each class, riders receive an email with links to the playlist and to view and track performance data. Amenities also include towels, showers, lockers, shoes, towelettes, fresh fruit and filtered water.

CycleBar offers a pay-per-class model. Rides range from $14-21 each for 30, 50 or 75-minute classes.
For information, visit

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