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ColorPalooza delights despite dampening rain

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/16 14:30:00 (2132 reads)

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As part of ColorPalooza, an Eco Alley was held in front of City Hall. Representatives of various environment-related organizations like Keep Lewisville Beautiful and LLELA were on hand to talk to visitors. (Photo by Steve Southwell)


Despite some rain, the City of Lewisville pulled off a successful first-annual ColorPalooza event last Saturday, April 9, in Old Town. The family-friendly outdoor art festival, which was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., was shut down early at 2:30 p.m. when storms moved into the area.

Lewisville spokesman James Kunke said that even though the rain dampened attendance, the city conservatively estimates the turnout at 2,500 people, which was higher than the Chalk This Way events the city has hosted in the past.

“We know that at the food vendors and at the activities, there were lines, but not terribly long lines— 8-10 people normally, and that’s a good thing,” said Kunke. “That means that there was good traffic.”

The City of Lewisville seized the opportunity this year to expand the event formerly known as Chalk This Way into a festival utilizing the newly constructed Wayne Ferguson Park, bringing in live music and performances, food vendors, and hands-on art opportunities for children and families.

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The Free Loaders play swing, blues, and jazz on the Main Stage in Ferguson Plaza. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
The front of Lewisville City Hall was used as a stage for performances from groups like Alma y Corazón Tejano Ballet Folklórico, which performed traditional Mexican dances. The Tribal Traditions Dance Troupe also performed Native American dances in front of delighted crowds.

An Eco-Alley, with booths from local environment-oriented organizations and companies such as LLELA, Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Waste Management, and the Denton County Master Gardener Association was also held below the front steps of City Hall. Guests were treated to demonstrations and information about what the groups and companies had to offer.

On the soft grass lawn of Wayne Ferguson Park, crowds grooved to the sounds of live bands “A Taste of Herb,” a Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tribute band, and The Free Loaders, a 6-piece jazz and blues band. Havana NRG, a Latin band, was scheduled to play at 2:30, but was cancelled due to the rain.

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Calendar of Events: April 16-27

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/15 14:50:00 (2257 reads)

There are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

— 9 a.m. to noon at Marcus High School. No pre-¬registration required. Open to grades 6-¬12. Cost is $25. For more information, email or visit

— 2 to 3 p.m. at the The Colony Library, 6800 Main Street in The Colony. Fancy Nancy lovers ages 4 and up can come dressed as fancy as possible, enjoy readings of Fancy Nancy, and partake in some fancy crafts. Space is limited; Registration is $5 per person at the Circulation Desk. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver aged 12 or older at all times while at the Library. For more information, call 972-625-1900 ext.3, email or visit

HERPS EXOTIC REPTILE AND PET SHOW — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Premier Event Center, 1165 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, inverts, feeders, supplies and more will be on sale at the largest reptile and exotic pet expo in the D-FW area. Talk to top breeders about care and breeding and purchase animals directly from them. Bring the family and enjoy our all-new Kid’s Corner. You can hold and even get your picture taken with exotic reptiles. There will be educational talks and exhibits, and concessions. A silent auction benefits TxARK (Texas Association of Reptile Keepers). The show will also run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17. Per-day admission is $10 for general admission, $5 for kids 3-10 and free for children ages 2 and under. For more information, visit

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY — 5 to 9 p.m. at The Square at Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St. in Coppell. Head over to Old Town Coppell for the second annual Food Truck Frenzy. Grab a couple of chairs and relax on the lawn. Enjoy eats and treats from favorite local trucks. Popular Old Town restaurants and shops will be there, too. For more information, visit

TEXAS TUNES — 8 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Max Stalling’s musical style is modern with a vintage feel. He earned a Best Album and Best Male Vocal nomination from the 2011 Lone Star Music Awards as well as his first #1 single on the Texas Regional Radio Report. His song “Scars and Souvenirs” was used as the title for an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 and Max was featured on the CW Network’s Troubadour television series. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older, and $10 for children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at

THE GIBBONSES CD RELEASE PARTY — 7 p.m. at T's Bar & Grill, 1305 Business 121, Ste. 43, in Lewisville. Musicians Brandon and Jackie Gibbons will release their debut album “Among the Rubble” and perform at the party. Free. For more information, visit

CAMPFIRE AT LLELA — 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. at LLELA Nature Preserve, 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville. Bring a chair to enjoy traditional campfire fun: stories, songs, and of course, s'mores. Wear appropriate clothing and bug spray. Registration cost is $10 per person or $30 per family up to six members. Family members 7 and up will pay the $10 per person fee. If you need to register a fifth or sixth member of your family, call Erin Taylor at 972-219-3550. Registration is required at with code 800006. For more information, email

— 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. at LLELA Nature Preserve, 201 E. Jones St. in Lewisville. LLELA staff and volunteers research migrating songbirds each spring and fall. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of what they are doing and why it is important. Registration is required at with code 800005 by noon on March 15. An adult must accompany minors. Cost is $15, plus a $5 per vehicle entrance fee. The birds' safety is our first priority, so stations must close for high winds or inclement weather. For more information, visit or call 972-219-3550.

JUST BURY IT — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. The “Just Bury It,” M.F.A. exhibit by Melody Vaughan will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during performances at the MCL Grand through April 30. Vaughan is an artist and printmaker from Nashville currently a Teaching Fellow and Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton. As an artist, she explores the impact of urban sprawl upon pristine nature. Free. For more information, visit or call 972-219-8446.

FATHER DAUGHTER PROM — 6 to 9 p.m. at DFW Hilton, 1800 Highway 26 in Grapevine. Fathers and their daughters are invited to dress to impress for a memorable evening of dancing, entertainment, food and bonding time. Registration is required by April 9. Cost is $80 per couple. Each additional child is $30. For more information, call 972-874-6276.

EARTHFEST COPPELL — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coppell Town Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd. Earthfest Coppell is a celebration of Coppell’s commitment to the environment – an entertaining and educational experience! Visit the many environmental education booths to learn how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Don’t forget to shop the plant sale, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a lively performance by Definitely, Maybe. Free. For more information, visit

HOMESTEAD HOW TO DAY — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Road in Carrollton. Topics to explore will include keeping bees, raised bed and community gardening, food preservation, and fiber arts. Create your own natural cleaning supplies using tried and true methods and basic ingredients. A children’s arts and crafts area will be available to keep the little ones busy. For more information, visit or call 972-466-6380.

— 2:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. The Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra is made up of professional, and amateur volunteer musicians. The Symphony performs the standard professional orchestral repertoire, as well as pop and jazz. No registration is necessary. Free. For more information, call 972-874-6165.

HANDS-ONLY CPR CLASS — 10 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, 3911 S. Broadway Ave. in Flower Mound. This class, open to residents ages 12 and older, will teach about cardiac arrest and how to recognize its symptoms, the three simple steps of Hands-only CPR, and a basic overview of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Free. Reserve your spot by calling 972-874-6270.

MOVIE ON THE SQUARE — 8:30 p.m. at Historic Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St. in Carrollton. Bring the family for an aca-awesome free screening of Pitch Perfect. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. In case of rain, this event will be canceled. For more information, visit

SPRING BLOOMS — 5 to 7 p.m. at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Road in Carrollton. Enjoy photo opportunities with bluebonnets and other wildflowers, old-fashioned games, cookies and lemonade, and a bluebonnet craft for kids. Free.

DRIVING MISS DAISY — 8 p.m. at Theater Coppell, 157 S. Moore Road in Coppell. Theater Coppell will perform the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning play through April 24. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The theater’s ticket policy does not permit children under 6 years of age. For more info, call 972-745-7719 or visit

COBRA BREWING TOURS — noon to 5 p.m. at Cobra Brewing Co., 146 Whatley Ave. in Lewisville. Cobra Brewing is pet friendly. The brewery also has corn hole, ladder golf, cards, darts, ping-pong, pool, arcade games and life-size Jenga. For more info, visit

WITHERSPOON DISTILLERY TOURS — 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Witherspoon Distillery, 225 S. Charles St. in Lewisville. Public tours of the distillery are held Fridays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5.p.m. (excluding major holidays). Make reservations by calling 214-814-0545 or at

— 1 to 5 p.m. at LaRue Vineyard, 1491 N. Kealy Ave., No. 55, in Lewisville. The family owned business holds free wine tastings on Saturdays and Sundays. The custom winery can adapt its label to meet your specifications for weddings, anniversary’s, holiday gifts and promotional events. Free. For more info, visit

GATEWAY GHOST TOURS — 6:45 p.m. starting at Tierney's Café, 208 E. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance or $25 at the door, and $10 for children 12-6 years of age. Purchase tickets by visiting or calling 972-922-4675.

MHS MARQUETTE SPRING SHOW — 7 p.m. at Marcus High School, 5707 Morriss Road in Flower Mound. The MHS Marquettes will perform “Unspeakable Joy” for their 2016 Spring Show through April 16. Purchase tickets at

— 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. Enjoy a special screening of The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne. This special event coincides with the library's presentation of Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.

— 1 to 5 p.m. at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive in The Colony. The Wheelmobile tours the country in search of contestants for Wheel of Fortune. Free.

WIZARD OF OZ — 2:30 p.m. at Studio B Performing Arts Center, 2400 Justin Road in Highland Village. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Tickets are $10-$15. The show also runs April 17 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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Longtime firefighter, son run feed store in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/15 3:50:00 (5314 reads)

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Mike Johnson, left, and his father, Gayle Johnson, operate the Johnson Feed Co. at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, in Lewisville. The feed company has been in operation in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years. (Photo by Dan Eakin)

Many people in Lewisville may think that once the Lewisville Feed Mill, on Main Street just east of Mill, closed down a few years ago that there was no longer a feed store in the city.

But the truth is that Johnson Feed Co., which has been in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years, continues to thrive at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, where it has been since 2007.

The feed store offers feed for just about any area animals including horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. The owners promise, “If we don't have it, we can get it.”

The store also has a wide variety of seed and plants for vegetables, flowers and grasses. It also sells fertilizer.

Before moving to the N. Mill Street location, Gayle and Glenda Johnson had operated a feed store since 1979 on their property, which was on what is now Kirkpatrick Lane in Flower Mound.

“In those earlier days, it was in the county and it was a dirt road,” said Gayle Johnson, “and when it rained it was a muddy road.”

Johnson, 79, retired from the Lewisville Fire Department in 1999. He served 30 years, achieving the rank of Captain.

“In 1979, I decided I needed to be doing something in addition to being a firefighter,” he said.

He said he built some extra buildings on their property there where he and his family raised livestock, and began selling feed there.

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Upcoming Closures on the 35Express Project

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/14 12:54:47 (1995 reads)

Open in new windowThe following upcoming closures were provided by AGL, the contractor working on the 35Express expansion project for I-35E:

Lane Reduction on Southbound Interstate 35E Frontage Road near Fort Worth Drive
Various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road between Lindsey Street and Fort Worth Drive in Denton will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 through Monday, April 18.

Lane Reduction on Northbound Interstate 35E Frontage Road near Knight Street
The right lane of the northbound I-35E frontage road between Knight and McCormick Streets in Denton will be continuously closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

Flagging Operation at Lake Dallas Drive and Hundley Drive
A flagging operation will be in place in Lake Dallas on north and southbound Lake Dallas Drive and east and west Hundley Drive nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 20.

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Record breaking attendance at KLB’s 30th annual Spring Clean Up event

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/14 12:24:54 (1521 reads)

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 30th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday April 2, 2016 with a special Earth Day Expo. This free event was held in conjunction with theKeep Texas Beautiful Trash Off and the Keep American Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. 779 volunteers showed community spirit by working hard and helped remove more than 6.75 tons of litter from Lewisville streets, parks, historic cemeteries, and creeks. Volunteers contributed 3,186 volunteer hours valued at $78,566.76 in litterabatement services for the Lewisville community and cleaned 75+ locations across town.

Lunch, T-shirts, goody bags, and door prizes were provided by KLB and event donors. An environmental expo and Earth Day Celebration were also held onsite, with a special interactive “volunteer tree” where volunteers were able to leave their thumb print and sign a special 30th anniversary art piece. A big thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make Lewisville a better place to work, live, and play!

Five teams were awarded trophies for their hard work: Youth group winners included the LHS National Honor Society and E-Club who picked up 52 bags of trash for the large youth category (10+ participants), and Girl Scout Troop 4907 who picked up 17 bags of trash in the small youth group (under 10 participants) category. For the adult small group, The Neal Ashmore Family Law Group removed 17 bags of trash. The Lewisville Texan Journal team took home the adult large group trophy, by removing 100+ bags of trash from a local illegal dump site.

Several unusual items were found, including a teal classic ford truck hood with a small tree growing out of it, pink running shoes, a projector, a seat from a car, weather antenna, karaoke machine, vacuum, foam tombstone, a love letter, trading cards, a pick axe, and multiple car bumpers and car parts. Stacey Musser’s Girl Scout troops 4910 and 3533 won “most unusual item” trophy for bringing back the classic Ford Truck hood.

“We are excited to announce that these are our best Spring Cleanup number yet, with record breaking volunteer attendance. It is amazing to see so many people who care about our community and our environment by getting involved with the KLB organization. We can’t thank our volunteers, sponsors, and donors enough for their help in making our 30th anniversary cleanup a huge success” said Amy Wells, KLB Executive Director. “You would think that after 12 years of being with the organization that I wouldn’t be surprised at these events, but you never know what volunteers are going to bring back. They work so hard and truly make a difference in our community. We are so grateful for their support of the organization, and to be able to work with them to make our community a more beautiful place to live, work, and play”.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible. Sponsors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Services, Downing & Rink, PLLC, Pei Wei, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lone Star Storage, Don't Mess With Texas/ TxDot, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Philip Calvanico, Bahama Buck’s, Dallas Zoo, Starbucks, Red Hot & Blue, BJ’s Brewhouse, Fairytale Tea Time, Datcu, Home Depot, Target, Applebees, Main Event, Lowes, On The Border, and Schlotzsky’s. KLB would also like to thank our Earth Day booth sponsors: the Lewisville Police Department, Lakeside Art’s Foundation, Lewisville Lion’s Club, Rich Lubke Organic Community Garden, LISDOLA, Waste Management, Home Depot, Pei Wei, Buffalo Wild Wings and the City of Lewisville Environmental Programs for providing education and giveaways to event participants.

If you did not make the April 2nd date, there is still time to organize your own clean up, Adopt-A-Spot, or have your own Clean Stream Team that you can care for year round. For more information or to become a member Keep Lewisville Beautiful please email or call 972-538-5949.
Follow KLB on twitter: @KLB_Lewisville

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