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The new Grand Prairie The Summit at Central Park iscurrently pre-selling memberships with a big bonus inadvance of the much anticipated facility’s grandopening in Spring 2010. The 60,000-square-footactivity center targets active adults age 50+ and offers:• Café • Fitness Area • Classrooms• Group Exercise Room • Indoor walking track• 100-Seat Movie Theater • Locker Rooms with Saunas• Banquet Rooms with Full Kitchen• Gym for Basketball and Volleyball• Outdoor Covered Patio Overlooking Lakewith Grill and Fireplace• Indoor Swimming Pool with Lap Lanes,Exercise Vortex, Hot TubThe center is located at SH161 and Warrior Trail in thealso-under-construction new172-acre Central Park.Residents who buy a oneyear membership early gettwo extra months added totheir annual membership.This special available to residents only!Age Annual Early Member Bonus65+ $50/year 2 FREE months addedto annual membership50-64 $200/year 2 FREE months addedto annual membershipWhat a great Christmas presentfor the active adult in yourfamily! To purchase, visit theSenior Center, 925 Conover Dr.,972-264-4975, or go online towww.grandfungp.com and clickon the Buy Early/Save Big icon.Each membership purchased willbe specially gift wrapped.2 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Prairie Lights Drive-Thru Holiday DisplayNov. 26-Dec. 31Lynn Creek Park onJoe Pool LakeOpening Thanksgivingnight, Prairie Lights isback and brighter thanever! With more than 4million lights along a twomile route and the brandnew light show andlighted walk-thruexperiences at HolidayVillage, this event is oneyou won’t forget. And,don’t miss Texas’ largestlighted tunnel as thegrand finale. Go towww.PrairieLights.orgfor more information orcall 972-237-GLOW.Award-Winning ProgramsIn Grand PrairieJust over a year ago, the Grand Prairie Parks &Recreation Department won the highest honorpossible – the National Recreation & Parks Association(NRPA) Gold Medal Award. Keeping true to our goldmedal status, the department continues to win highhonors in 2009.For the second year in a row, the department washonored with the 2009 regional Promotional Award fromthe Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS). Thepurpose of this award is to recognize outstandingpromotional efforts for the entire department.Also from TRAPS, the 2009 regional Excellence inProgramming award was given to the department for theOutdoor Adventure Camp that is held at Loyd Park onJoe Pool Lake during the summer. The purpose of thisaward is to recognize an outstanding, on-going programthat has been offered for two or more years.In 2008, the Diez y Seis Celebration held at BowlesLife Center brought home two awards: NRPA SouthwestRegion Arts & Humanities Award, and State TRAPSClass II Arts & Humanities Award.The citizens of Grand Prairie should be proud toknow that their award-winningParks & Recreation Departmentis striving hard each and everyday to make this city a greatplace to live, work, and play. InGrand Prairie, Life is Grand!Santa’s Mailbox for Mail to the North PoleSanta’s Mailbox for mail thatgoes directly to the North Polewill be open Dec. 1-24 at CityHall Plaza. No postage stampsare needed for good little boysand girls who want to drop offtheir Christmas wish lists at thisspecial mailing spot. Look forthe brightly colored mailboxnear the Water Departmentdrive-thru lanes at City Hall(NW 4th and Church St.).Golf for the HolidaysGive the gift of golf for theholidays. Stop by yourGrand Prairie golf courses,Prairie Lakes and TangleRidge, to get your Christmasshopping done early. Giftcertificates can be redeemedfor green fees, pro-shopmerchandise, and lessons.Prairie Lakes Golf Course1302 SE 14th St.972-263-0661Purchase a gift card of$100 or more, andReceive Certificate fora FREE Round of Golf!Offer expires: December 24, 2009Tangle Ridge Golf Course818 Tangle Ridge Drive972-299-6837NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 5


Fitness forthe New YearFITNESS for Christmas – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Brighten someone’s holiday season with aspecial fitness class package to get in shape for the New Year!From November 30 th -February 1 st purchase your Boot Campday pass or Personal Training Session at 2 people for the priceof 1! Fee: Boot Camp $7/class.Personal Training $40/session.Course # Days Dates Time9001 Mon-Sat Nov-Feb business hoursHoliday Membership Specials – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Looking for a workout facility to meet your NewYear’s goal or a great fitness membership gift idea? Bowlesoffers fitness/aerobics classes as well as a weight roomcomplete with recumbent bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, spinbikes, dumbbells, weight machines and an indoor walkingtrack. Fee: BUY GRAND PLANS AT PRAIRIE PLANPRICES until January 11, 2010.Grand Plan Prairie PlanFamily Year $396 $216Family Monthly $34 $19(one month only)Individual year $296 $216Individual Monthly $34 $19(one month only)Sweetheart Circuit – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. What better way to spend the day beforeValentine’s Day than with YOUR SPECIALVALENTINE! Bowles’ personal trainers will leadSweetheart Circuit and teach you and your Valentinepartner exercises using the weight machines, stabilityand medicine balls, jump ropes, aerobic steps and more.So…Listen to your heart and bring your Valentine over toBowles for a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day date.Fee: $25/couple.Independent Film and Band Festival set for 2010In an exciting and innovativemove the City of Grand Prairieannounces a brand new event for2010. Fall Indie Fest will be acelebration of independent filmand independent music held indowntown Grand Prairie.The idea is to produce DFW’sown SXSW with a focus on localtalent. It is a Texas film and musicfestival for Texas talent. The eventwill include screenings of full lengthand short films created by Texasfilm makers and concerts by Texasartists from all genres. Screeningsand concerts will begin Friday,October 8, 2010. The festival willculminate on October 10, 2010 witha reception and announcement ofwinners at the city’s historicUptown Theater.“We have assembled a dynamicevent team reaching into the musicand film industries to put Fall IndieFest together. With our city’spassion for entertainment andcentral location this event is anatural fit with Grand Prairie. Thisis more than a festival, it’s a mediaextravaganza!” said Rick Herold,Director of Parks and Recreation.Bands or individualartists will self-selectinto one of thefollowing categories:MusicRockCountryUrbanPopTrailerLatinoSpiritualTexasFilmBest Music VideoBest ShortBest FeatureBest Teaser/The Fall Indie Fest teamcontinues making plans thatwill make this inaugural yeara great success.“With a variety of venues, weare looking forward to creating atrue ‘indie’ feel in downtown GrandPrairie,” says Herold, “And withhelp from a great list of partners,unbelievable prize packages arebeing planned for the winners.”For more information visitwww.FallIndieFest.com or getdaily updates by following theevent on Twitter(Twitter.com/FallIndieFest).Course # Days Dates Time9765 Sat 2/13 10 a.m. – NoonPrairie Lakes Golf AcademyComing this SpringComing this spring, Prairie Lakes Golf Course will be home to thebrand-new Prairie Lakes Golf Academy. Professional golfers willhold classes for all ages and skill levels at Prairie Lakes’ first-classpractice facilities, including the largest putting green in Texas!Check out PrairieLakesGolf.com for information coming soon.6 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Special EventsWinter WonderlandSaturday, Dec. 5 • Noon – 4 p.m.Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool LakeFree AdmissionHighlighting the family fun activi ties at thispopular holiday event will be the GrandPrairie ISD fine arts chorus, orchestral anddance perfor mances. The holiday mood willbe set with free barrel train rides, facepaint ers, balloon artists, bounce houses, andfestival foods available for purchase. Ofcourse, Santa Claus will make a specialappearance at Winter Wonder land. For moreinformation call 972-237-8100 or visitwww.GrandFunGP.com/Specialevents.Prairie Lights –Nov. 26-Dec. 31Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool LakeOpening Thanksgiving night, Prairie Lightsis back and brighter than ever! With more than4 million lights along a two mile route and thebrand new light show and lighted walk-thruexperiences at Holiday Village, this event isone you won’t forget. And, don’t miss Texas’largest lighted tunnel as the grand finale.Go to www.PrairieLights.org for moreinformation or call 972-237-GLOW.Breakfast with Santa –Charley TaylorHave you ever wondered what Santa has forbreakfast? Does he eat cookies all day, ordelicious pancakes and breakfast tacos? Cometo Charley Taylor Recreation Center to findout. Don’t miss this special family holidayexperience, Breakfast with Santa Claus! Eachchild will have a Polaroid picture taken withSanta and a chance to chat with himpersonally for holiday requests. Space islimited, so mark your calendars today andregister online through the Charley Taylorblog at charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com.Fees: $10/child.Course # Days Dates Time9637 Sat 12/19 9–11 a.m.Daddy/Daughter Dance –Ruthe Jackson CenterAll Ages. Daughters and fathers of all ages areinvited to attend this special evening of dancingand dining. Dinner is from 7 – 8 p.m. anddancing is from 8 – 10 p.m. All participantswill receive dinner and a memorable gift. Aphotographer will be on site to take picturesfor an additional fee beginning at 6 p.m. Youcan register online through the Charley Taylorblog at charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com.Online registration will close at 9 p.m. onThursday, Feb. 11 th . First come first servespots may be available the night of the event.Call Charley Taylor at 972-264-6890 fordetails. Fee: $20/person.Course # Days Dates Time9673 Fri 2/12 7–10 p.m.Daddy/Daughter Dance –Bowles Life CenterAll Ages. Bring your special valentine overfor a memorable evening of fun! Dads anddaughters of all ages are invited to attend thismagical evening. The night will includedancing, games, and pizza.Fee: $10 per person.Course # Days Dates Time9742 Fri 2/3 7 – 9 p.m.African-American HistoryMonth Carnival and Health Fair –DalworthAll Ages. Let’s kick off African-AmericanHistory Month in style with music, food,games, valuable health screenings and fun.Candy, activities, and bounce houses will beavailable for the children. Health check-ups,preventative screenings, and the bloodmobilewill be on site for this extravaganza. Comecelebrate the blessing of diversity with us hereat the Dalworth Recreation Center. Fee: Free.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Wed 2/3 2 – 7 p.m.Dog Obedience Classes –McFalls BuildingTo have a well-behaved dog with manners,these classes are a must! Taught by ValerieFare, who has 33 years of experience trainingdogs, the beginner class includes a doggiecare course to help you be a better pet owner.Your dog will learn to walk on a loose leash,to sit, down, stand, stay and come whencalled. Classes start Jan. 5, 2010. Classesconducted at the McFalls Building,1300 SW 3rd St. To register, callValerie Fare 972-988-1338. Fee: $70Course # Days Dates TimeBeginner Tue 1/5 7 – 8 p.m.Advanced Tue 1/5 8 – 8:45 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 7


Athletics DivisionYouthYouth Basketball Recreational League –Bowles/TrumanGirls 10 – 16, Boys 13 -16. This league will help establish agood foundation for basketball and will also allow kids tobecome or remain physically and socially involved in apositive atmosphere. Fees: $65/player.Course # Days Dates Time9762 Sat 1/9 – 3/5 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Youth Flag Football Recreational League –ParkhillAges 9 – 14. This program will provide a fun and exciting atmospherewithout engaging in contact. The action will be continuous andfast-paced. Players will be taught about the game of football while alsolearning about sportsmanship, teamwork, skills and lessons that willhelp them on and off the field. Fees: $65/player.Course # Days Dates Time9766 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Youth Flag Football Competitive League –Parkhill - Team registration only.Ages 9 – 14. This program will provide a fun and exciting atmospherewithout engaging in contact. The action will be continuous andfast-paced. Players will be taught about the game of football while alsolearning about sportsmanship, teamwork, skills and lessons that willhelp them on and off the field. across the board. Fees: $375/team.Course # Days Dates Time9767 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Girls Youth Volleyball Recreational League –BowlesAges 10 – 16. This league will be devoted to the developmentof youth volleyball by teaching basic skills, technique, teamwork andsportsmanship while offering a fun and exciting atmosphere.Fees: $50/player.Course # Days Dates Time9768 Sat 4/24 – 6/5 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.AdultsMen’s D Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. The city of Grand Prairie offers leagueplay for adult men, women, and coed five nights a week. Men’s andCoed will be offered each night. Bring your family and friends out toplay and have a good time at the ballpark.Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team.Course # Days Dates Time9787 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9788 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9786 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9001 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9001 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.Men’s E Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. The city of Grand Prairie offers league play foradult men, women and coed five nights a week. Men’s and coed will beoffered each night. Bring your family and friends out to play and havea good time at the ballpark.Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team.Course # Days Dates Time9789 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9790 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9791 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9792 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9793 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.Mixed D Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. The city of Grand Prairie offers league play foradult men, women and coed five nights a week. Men’s and coed will beoffered each night. Bring your family and friends out to play and havea good time at the ballpark.Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team.Course # Days Dates Time9797 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9798 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9799 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9001 Th 3/18 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.9001 Fri 3/19 – 4/30 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.WANT TO BE AVOLUNTEER COACH?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteercoach for sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1. Pick a sport2. Contact a Recreation Centeror the Athletic Office3. Fill out applicationAthletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec.: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec.: 972-264-7670*background checks and drug tests arecompleted on all applicantsNRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 9


Women’s Softball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. The city of Grand Prairie offers league play foradult men, women, and coed five nights a week. Men’s and coed willbe offered each night. Bring your family and friends out to play andhave a good time at the ballpark.Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team.Course # Days Dates Time9801 Wed 3/17 – 4/30 6:30 – 10 p.m.Men’s/Coed Church Softball League –Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. The city of Grand Prairie offers league play foradult men, women, and coed five nights a week. Men’s and coed willbe offered each night. Bring your family, friends out to play and havea good time at the ballpark.Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $315/team.Course # Days Dates Time9802 Mon 3/15 – 4/30 6:30 – 10 p.m.9804 Tue 3/16 – 4/30 6:30 – 10 p.m.Men’s Six Feet Under Basketball League – BowlesAges 18 and Calling all Guards!!! This will be a up tempo leaguewith players no taller than six foot reigning three pointers.Fee: $350/team.Course # Days Dates Time9810 Sat 3/13 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Coed 6x’s Volleyball League – BowlesAges 16 and older. Take the volleyball challenge and let’s see whatyou can do. Bring your best team to the court and spike your waythrough the competition Fee: $150/team.Course # Days Dates Time9811 Th 2/25 6 – 10 p.m.Women’s Volleyball League – Mike Lewis ParkAges 16 and older. Take the volleyball challenge and let’s see whatyou can do. Bring your best team to the court and spike your waythrough the competition Fee: $150/team.Course # Days Dates Time9813 Tue 1/19 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.All Sports RegistrationOn January 9th come to the Bowles Life Center toregister your child in any one or all of our youth sportsleagues. All Grand Prairie Youth Sport Associations willbe present under one roof to register your kids in oursports leagues. Come and meet the local sports leadersin each association and get tons of information onwhat we have to offer..Where: Bowles Life CenterWhen: January 9, 2010Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.10 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Grand Prairie Parks and RecreationYouth Sports AssociationsGrand Prairie BoysBaseball Inc. (GPBBI)Boys Baseball has a level of play for everyone from the beginner tocompetitive. Games are played at Jennifer McFalls West, Charley Taylorand Waggoner Parks depending on the age division. A 3-4 year old T-Ballleague known as Wam Ball was formed in 2009 and has been a greatsuccess. Visit our web site at www.gpbbi.orgLeague registration will be held at the Grand Prairie Boys Baseballoffice, 113 S. Center St. in downtown Grand Prairie. For moreinformation call 972-266-0801.Grand Prairie Youth Football Association (GPYFA)Grand Prairie Youth Football Association provides a tackle and flagfootball program for Grand Prairie youth. Also, GPYFA has aCheerleading program that coincides with the fall football season.All games are played Saturday’s beginning in August.Registration is on-going.ALL GAMES ARE PLAYED IN GRAND PRAIRIE.NO TRAVELINGRegistration Fees:Flag Football - $45Tackle Football - $100Cheerleading - $245For more information on football or cheerleading, visit www.gpyfa.netor call (972)237-5919.Grand Prairie GirlsSoftball Association (GPGSA)Girls Softball provides a variety of leagues and levels for those wantingto play and learn the game of fastpitch softball. Games are played atJennifer McFalls East Park. Girls Softball spring sign-ups will beconducted every Saturday starting January 16th from 12pm – 4pm.at Jennifer McFalls East Park. Visit our web site atwww.gpgirlssoftball.com or call 469-767-9107.Registration Fees:Blast Ball – Ages 3 and 4 (boys and girls) - $256U, 8U and 10U – Ages 5 thru 10 - $65All ages above 10 - $75The above registration fees include uniforms.For more information please visit our website atwww.gpgirlssoftball.comDownload registration form online.Grand PrairieSoccer Association (GPSA)Grand Prairie Soccer Associationprovides soccer leagues for all ages,including adults. Games are playedat the 18-field Mountain CreekSoccer Complex.Registration Fees:Under 6 – Under 10 - $80(Includes uniforms, practice sessionsand insurance)Under 11 – Under 19 - $80 (Includes practice sessions and insurance)Adults - $80 (includes insurance)Visit our web site at www.gpsoccer.net, or for more information call(972)264-4424. Online registration is available at the website.Registration is also available at the GPSA office located 2305 Oak LaneSte. 127 during posted hours. Please email questions to nfo@gpsoccer.netNRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 11


AquaticsLEARN TO SWIMAmerican Red Cross LessonsRegistration is first come first serve. Due tolimited enrollment in each class, register early bycalling 972-263-8174 or stop by Kirby Creek IndoorPool at 3201 Corn Valley Road today.Session 1 Session 2 Session 3T/Th 1/5 – 28 T/ Th 2/2 – 25 T/Th 3/2 – 25M/W 1/4 – 27 M/W 2/1 – 24 M/W 3/1 – 24Session 4 Session 5 Session 6Wed 1/6 – 2/24 Wed 3/3 – 4/21 Sat 1/9 – 2/27FIRST SPLASH – This “Mommy/Daddy & Me” introductory classhelps young children ages 6 mths - 3 yrs become more comfortable inand around the water with your help. An adult is required to participatein class. 30-minute class. Fee: $30.Course # Days Dates Time9588 Sat Session 6 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.9589 9590 Wed Sessions 4, 5 6:30 – 7 p.m.9591 9592 9593 M/W Sessions 1 ,2, 3 Noon – 12:30 p.m.LEVEL 0 – This preschool class is for young beginners to beintroduced to the pool in a safe and comfortable manner. A grouplesson without a guardian in the water. 30-minute class. Fee: $35.Course # Days Dates Time9594 Sat Session 6 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.9595 9596 Wed Sessions 4, 5 6 – 6:30 p.m.9597 9598 9599 M/W Sessions 1, 2, 3 12:30 – 1 p.m.9634 9635 9636 T/Th Sessions 1, 2, 3 7–7:30 p.m.LEVEL 1 – This water exploration class teaches the basics of assistedswimming. Students must be comfortable putting their face in thewater. 30-minute class. Fee: $35.Course # Days Dates Time9600 Sat Session 6 10:50 – 11:20 a.m.9601 9602 Wed Sessions 4, 5 6–6:30 p.m.9603 9604 9605 M/W Sessions 1, 2, 3 12:30 – 1 p.m.9606 9607 9608 T/Th Sessions 1, 2, 3 7 – 7:30 p.m.LEVEL 2 – This primary skills class teaches the basic skills necessaryto swim unassisted. Students must be comfortable on their own, fullysubmerged in an area where they can touch. 40-mintute class. Fee: $45.Course # Days Dates Time9609 Sat Session 6 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.9610 9611 Wed Sessions 4, 5 6:35 – 7:15 p.m.9612 9613 9614 T/Th Sessions 1, 2, 3 7–7:40 p.m.LEVEL 3 – This stroke readiness class improves front and backstrokes while increasing basic endurance. Swimmers must be able toswim unassisted front crawl and backstroke for 10 strokes. 40 minuteclass. Fee: $45.LEVEL 3 –Course # Days Dates Time9615 Sat Session 6 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.9616 9617 Wed Sessions 4, 5 6:35 – 7:15 p.m.9618 9619 9620 T/Th Sessions 1, 2 ,3 7:35 – 8:15 p.m.LEVEL 4 – This stroke development class teaches front and backstrokes while introducing breaststroke, sidestroke, dolphin kick,treading water and front dives. Students should be able to swim thewidth of the pool. 40 minute class. Fee: $45.Course # Days Dates Time9621 Sat Session 6 11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.9622 9623 9624 T/Th Sessions 1, 2, 3 7:35 – 8:15 p.m.HOME SCHOOL – School aged daytime classes will be brokendown into Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Students will learneverything from floating to proper stroke techniques. Fee: $35.Course # Level Days Dates Time9625 Beginner M/W 1/4 – 1/27 1 – 1:45 p.m.9626 Beginner M/W 2/1 – 2/24 1 – 1:45 p.m.9627 Beginner M/W 3/1 – 3/24 1 – 1:45 p.m.9628 Intermediate M/W 1/4 – 1/27 1 – 1:45 p.m.9629 Intermediate M/W 2/1 – 2/24 1 – 1:45 p.m9630 Intermediate M/W 3/1 – 3/24 1 – 1:45 p.m9631 Advanced M/W 1/4 – 1/27 1 – 1:45 p.m.9632 Advanced M/W 2/1 – 2/24 1 – 1:45 p.m9633 Advanced M/W 3/1 – 3/24 1 – 1:45 p.mLEVEL 5/6 SPLASH – Join this fun-filled group designed tointroduce skills and techniques for swimming as a competitive sport.Practices focus on stroke technique and endurance training to newswimmers, as well as more advanced athletes. Spend this seasonswimming with us! Fee: $45.Course # Days Dates Time9704 M/W 1/11 – 3/31 7–7:45 p.m.9705 T/Th 1/12 – 4/1 7–7:45 p.m.WAHOO USA Competitive Year-round Swim Team –The main goal of this age appropriate competitive team is to helpyoung athletes have fun as they benefit from the great sport ofswimming. Try today with a free practice! Fee: $35/month.Course # Days Dates Time9706 M-F 1/4 –1/29 4:15 –6p.m.9707 M-F 2/1 – 2/26 4:15 – 6 p.m.9708 M-F 3/1 – 4/2 4:15 – 6 p.m.BLAZE - Adaptive Swimming – Introduce swimming to the youngperson in your life with special needs. Classes are organized to fit theneeds of all participants. Parents or guardians may assist in the waterif needed. Fee: $25 season.Course # Days Dates Time9709 Wed 1/6 – 4/21 6–7 p.m.12 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


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J.A.D.N. Beginning Tap Dance – Charley TaylorAges 5+. This class focuses on beginning tap dance and will focus ondifferent technique. More information from the instructor on classmaterial at werjadn@yahoo.com. Fee: $30/month.Course # Days Dates Time9703 Mon Nov 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Basketball Youth League – DalworthAges 6-8. We will provide quality instruction from volunteer coaches.This league will help establish a good foundation for basketball andallow kids an outlet to remain physically and socially involved in apositive atmosphere. Players will have one scheduled night of practicewith their teams once a week. All players will receive jersey andawards when league is completed. Fee: $75.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Sat 1/9 – 3/6 NoonJ.A.D.N. Ballet – DalworthCome be a part of Julia’s Artistic Dance Network, where yourinstructors believe in serving the community by bringing the arts backwith dance. “You will only grow as far as you know”. Classes willemphasize the development of classical ballet skills with a focus onproper placement and alignment. Students will learn ballet vocabularythrough the bare and center work while building strength andflexibility. Fee: $30/mo.Course # Days Dates Time4-7 yr olds9815 Th Dec 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.9816 Th Jan 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.9817 Th Feb 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.7-12 yr olds9818 Th Dec 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.9819 Th Jan 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.9820 Th Feb 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Lil Tots: Let’s Get Active! – DalworthAges: 3-5. This four-week class is designed to help children growsocially and physically. Games, activities, and fun will be the focusfor the children. Fee: $25/4 weeks.Course # Days Dates Time9805 T/Th Jan 1 – 2 p.m.9806 T/Th Feb 1 – 2 p.m.Pre-K Flag Football League – Dalworth @ Freedom ParkAges 4-6. Down, Set, Hut! This league will focus on the basic aspectsof youth football such as offense, defense, and teamwork. This leagueis held on a condensed field at Freedom Park (next to Truman MS)with a seven on seven style of play. Scores and standings will not bekept but there will be plenty of end zone celebrations. Fee: $50/child/6games. Includes jersey and trophy.Course # Days Dates Time9803 Sat 3/13 – 4/24 10 a.m. – NoonTiny Tots Basketball Camp – DalworthAges 3-5. Looking for an opportunity to entertain your child with thegame of basketball? Our Tiny Tot Basketball Camp will introduceyour child to the basics of basketball through drills, coaching andinstructional game play. In this class, every kid is a winner and willreceive a certificate upon completion! Fee: $20/4 weeks.Course # Days Dates Time9109 Mon Dec 6 – 6:45 p.m.9807 Mon Jan Noon – 12:45 p.m.9809 Mon Feb Noon – 12:45 p.m.FUNBirthday Parties – Bowles Life CenterHave your birthday celebration at the Bowles Life Center! Choosefrom two different meeting rooms or the Bowles game room. Meetingroom rentals range from $20-$75 an hour depending on time, and seatup to 120 people! Game room rentals include use of all game roomequipment: air hockey, ping pong, pool tables, and foosball. Bring yourown food and drinks, and have a great time!Holiday Camp – Bowles Life CenterAges 6-12. Winter Vacation is here and Bowles is the place to be!Campers will participate in fun field trips, exciting games and creativearts. Bowles campers will participate in library and game roomactivities. Campers must bring a sack lunch. A morning and afternoonsnack will be provided. Fee: $16/day/child.Course # Day Dates Time9256 M-W 11/23 – 11/25 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.9257 M-W 12/21 – 12/23 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.9735 M-W 12/28 – 12/30 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.Holiday Camp – Charley TaylorAges 6-12. Winter Vacation is here and Bowles is the place to be!Campers will participate in fun field trips, exciting games and creativearts. Bowles campers will participate in library and game roomactivities. Campers must bring a sack lunch. A morning and afternoonsnack will be provided. Fee: $16/day/child.Course # Day Dates Time9424 M-W 11/23 – 11/25 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.9669 M-W 12/21 – 12/23 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.9670 M-W 12/28 – 12/30 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.BLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand PrairieBlaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physicaldisabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthylifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs tocommunities across the United States through community-based parksand recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and RecreationDepartment officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!!NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 17


The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays from Noon – 2 p.m.,see online calendar for details. Contact Gina McWilliamsgmcwilliams@gptx.org by voicemail at 972-237-7526 or online atgpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates and informationon upcoming programs as well!Birthday Parties – Charley Taylor Rec Center!Looking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday? CharleyTaylor has one big multipurpose room, playground, and gym tocelebrate in style in. Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 per hourwith a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to 80 people! Bringyour own food and drinks, and have a great time! Food is not permittedin the gym. Call a staff member for more details!Spring Break Camp –March 8-12 th at Charley Taylor, Dalworth and BowlesAges 6-12. Have spring break plans set yet? If you and your familydecide to stay home during this week, send your child over CharleyTaylor, Dalworth and Bowles! We have fun activities planned fromplaying sports to playing games on the Nintendo Wii, arts and crafts,and much more! Look for more details on our blog in late February atcharleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com! Fee: $16/day.Pre-K Basketball League – Charley TaylorAges 3-5. SWISH!! This six week league focuses on fundamentalsaspects of the basketball. Your child will learn dribbling, passing,and shooting in a non-competitive team play atmosphere.League updates can be found on the blog atcharleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com. Games will be played at CharleyTaylor Recreation Center. Jersey is included. Fee: $50/child.Course # Days Dates Time9672 Sat 1/9-2/13 9 – 11 a.m.Pre-K Soccer League – Charley TaylorAges 3-5. Now is the time to sign your little one up for some fun andchallenging soccer play! This new league is looking for toddlers readyto use their soccer skills and have fun in the process. Bring your soccerball and a friend to your new team! League updates can be found on theblog at charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com. Teams or individuals maysign up, so come and join! Don’t let your child be left out! Jersey, shortand socks are included. Fee: $50/child.Course # Days Dates Time9702 Sat 3/6-4/10 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Breakfast with Santa – Charley TaylorHave you ever wondered what Santa has for breakfast? Does he eatcookies all day, or delicious pancakes and breakfast tacos. Now youcan find out! Santa is coming to town and he will be stopping by theCharley Taylor Recreation Center. Don’t miss this special familyholiday experience Breakfast with Santa Claus! Each child will have aPolaroid picture taken with Santa and a chance to chat with himpersonally for holiday requests. Join us for a great holiday event forthe whole family. Space is limited, so register now online through theCharley Taylor blog at charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com.Fees: $10/child.Course # Days Dates Time9637 Sat 12/19 9 – 11 a.m.Breakfast with Santa – DalworthAll Ages. Bring your child to have Breakfast with Santa onSaturday Dec. 12. A holiday themed arts and craft projectwill be provided as well as breakfast. Photography is permitted andthere will be a photographer on hand.Fee: $15/parent and child. $5/additional child.Course # Days Dates Time9106 Sat 12/12 9 a.m. – NoonHoliday Break Camp – DalworthAges 5-12. It’s cold outside, but you can stay warm by having fun inour Holiday Break Camp! Campers will participate in a fun field trip,exciting games, and creative arts and crafts during the week. Eachcamper needs to bring a bag lunch. We will provide a mid-morning andafternoon snack. Space is limited, so register now! Limited CDBGfunding may be available for those who qualify. Fee: $16day/camperCourse# Days Dates Time9825 M-W 12/21 – 23 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.9826 M-TH 12/28 – 31 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.“Just Say No” Youth Power Club – DalworthAges 5-12. This club is designed to teach leadership, character,and drug prevention. The club members and volunteers participatein many positive activities like Girl’s Circle, Boy’s Council,Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful, and Dalworth Community GardenProject. Volunteers are welcome.Course # Days Dates TimeNA T/Th Weekly 3:30 – 5 p.m.WANT TO BE AVOLUNTEER COACH?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteer coachfor sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1. Pick a sport2. Contact a Recreation Centeror the Athletic Office3. Fill out applicationAthletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec.: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec.: 972-264-7670*background checks and drug tests arecompleted on all applicants18 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Teen & TweensBasketball Youth League Continued –Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Sat 1/9 – 3/6 NoonEDUCATIONAfrican American History MonthCarnival and Health Fair – DalworthAll Ages. Let’s kick off African American HistoryMonth in style with music, food, games, valuable health screenings andfun. Candy, activities, and bounce houses will be available for the children.Health check-ups, preventative screenings, and the bloodmobilewill be on site for this extravaganza. Come celebrate the blessing ofdiversity with us here at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Fee: Free.Course# Days Dates TimeNA Wed 2/3 2 – 8 p.m.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day –2men2dream4peace CelebrationJoin the city of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department,Grand Prairie Independent School District, and Grand Prairie NAACPfor the 2men2dream4peace Celebration. Festivities begin with a peacemarch, which begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, followed by aprogram at David Daniels Elementary Academy and concluding theevening with a banquet/gala at Ruthe Jackson Center. For moreinformation, call Dalworth Recreation Center at 972-264-7670.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon 1/11 10 a.m.Teens in the Kitchen – DalworthAges 13-17. This four-week class will consist of teens having funwhile learning some of the basics of the kitchen. Simple meals andsnacks will be demonstrated by the instructor before assisting the kidswith them. Teens will be supervised and instructed the entire timewhile in the kitchen. Fee: $10/4 weeks.Course# Days Dates Time9785 Th 1/7 – 1/28 7 – 8 p.m.FITNESSBasketball Youth League – DalworthAges 8-10 & 11-12. We will provide quality instruction from volunteercoaches. This league will help establish a good foundation forbasketball and allow kids an outlet to remain physically and sociallyinvolved in a positive atmosphere. Players will have one schedulednight of practice with their teams once a week. All players will receivejersey and awards when league is completed. Fee: $75.Boxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 12-15. Boxing class will teach participants properconditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness,confidence, and self-defense. Fees: $40/month.Course # Days Dates Time9651 T/Th Nov 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Nov 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9743 T/Th Dec 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Dec 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9744 Sat Jan 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9745 Sat Feb 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learnKarate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed onself-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthlymembership pass at time of purchase. Monthly Pass Fee: $45.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th Nov 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Dec 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Jan 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Feb 6:30 – 8 p.m.Middle Eastern Dance Fusion – Charley TaylorAges 15+. Step into a different world of music and dance! Learn toswirl a veil, dance with a cane, play zills; for fun or exercise; or thatnext talent show! Line dance, anyone? Come and learn a middleeastern line dance choreographed especially for this program! Bellydance has many forms! Dance - for the young and the young at heart!Bring a towel for warm-up; hip scarf or belt for hip movement, andcomfortable clothes! Instructor: Mari-Anna. Fee: $20/session.Course # Days Dates Time9699 Wed Nov 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.9700 Wed Dec 6:30 – 7:15 p.m9701 Wed Jan 6:30 – 7:15 p.mModern/Lyrical Dance – Bowles Life CenterAges 12+. Learn music interpretation through sustained extensionsand expressive motion. Movements are based upon a directrelationship between the lyrics of various artist and specific dancemovements. Come experience the freedom of dance in this in-depthclass. You will develop great flexibility and strength.Fees: $30/month or $10/class.Course # Days Dates Time9746 Sat Nov Noon – 1:30 p.m.9747 Sat Dec Noon – 1:30 p.m.9748 Sat Jan Noon – 1:30 p.m.9749 Sat Feb Noon – 1:30 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 19


Saturday Morning Pick Up Games – DalworthAges 13-18. It is show time on Saturday morning at the DalworthRecreation Center. Come play with some of the best competition in thecity. Bring your A-game and come for some fun.Fee: Membership required and $2 person.Course # Days Dates TimeNA Sat Ongoing 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.Teen Club – Bowles Life CenterAges 12+. 2750 Graham is the place to be for Teen Night at Bowles!Teens will participate in homework tutoring, game room challenges,library and computer time, aerobics, sports, fun trips and awesome volunteeringopportunities. Free with Center Membership.Course # Days Dates Time9246 Sat Nov 6 – 8 p.m.9247 Sat Dec 6 – 8 p.m.9750 Sat Jan 6 – 8 p.m.9751 Sat Feb 6 – 8 p.m.FUNTeen Night – Thursdays at Charley TaylorAges 13-17. Come out and explore a great time at the Rec with somebasketball, fun in the game room, and snacks. Open to all teens.Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. throughout the fall/winter.Check the Charley Taylor Programs blog at:charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com to see the latestschedule. Center membership required. See staff to register!!!“Just Say No” Teen Power Club – DalworthAges 13-17. Teens will be the positive inspiration for change in ourcommunity through community service, positive activities, sports andtrips. Teen Council meets twice monthly. This club is designed toteach leadership, character and drug abuse prevention. The clubmembers and volunteers participate in many positive activities. Themembership is continuing to grow. Join us, become a leader and makeyour pledge to lead a positive life. Food, movies and games are a partof every meeting. Volunteers are welcome.Course Days Dates TimeN/A 1st & 3rd Mon Monthly 6 – 8 p.m.Valentine Teen Dance – DalworthAges 13-17. It’s cool outside but it’s hot inside on the dance floor.Come celebrate the winter break in style with us here at theDalworth Recreation Center. Live DJ, games, and concessionstand will be available. Fee: $2.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Fri 2/12 7 – 11 p.m.Stay up-to-date with CT Blog!Check out the Charley Taylor After-School, Camps and Programs blogfor the latest information on what is going on at the rec center:charleytaylorprograms.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates andinformation on upcoming leagues too!BLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand PrairieBlaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physicaldisabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthylifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs tocommunities across the United States through community-based parksand recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and RecreationDepartment officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!!The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays from12 p.m. – 2 p.m., see online calendar for details. Contact GinaMcWilliams gmcwilliams@gptx.org by voicemail at 972-237-7526 oronline at gpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates andinformation on upcoming programs as well!PARK BOARDBack Left to Right: Jonathan Head,Dr. Tony Lawrence, David Pecor,B.J. Nichols (Chair) Jim Dart,Patrick Greenwade and Joe Arrendondo.Front Left to Right: Sallye Moore andChristina Kang (Co-Chair)Parks and Recreation BoardThe Parks and Recreation Board is anadvisory board to the City Council onparks, recreation and relateddevelopments. Citizens are encouragedto attend and provide valuable input.Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of themonth at City Hall Briefing Roomat 6:30 p.m.GRAND PRAIRIE PARKS – BOARDS AND COMMISSIONSJoe ArredondoJim DartPatrick GreenwadeJonathan HeadChristina KangTony LawrenceSallye MooreBJ NicholsDavid PecorCommission on AgingThe Commission on Aging is an advisorycommittee that makes recommendationsto the City Council regarding the seniorpopulation in Grand Prairie. Citizens areencouraged to attend and provide valuableinput. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesdayeach month at 11 a.m., and location variesto garner additional input. Please call972-237-8100 for monthly locations.Alta BrownGaldino CastroWilliam KrugRoxcie McCullerMike RehfeldOuida SmithJeanne StreeterGreg WigginsDr. Carolyn Williamson20 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Grown Up 18+FITNESSAbs & Buns – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. This class focuses on abs while remembering other areasof the body including legs, gluts, and lower back. Fee: $25/month.Course # Days Dates Time9233 M/W/F Nov 9 – 10 a.m.9234 M/W/F Dec 9 – 10 a.m.9695 M/W/F Jan 9 – 10 a.m.9696 M/W/F Feb 9 – 10 a.m.Basketball/Wednesday NightPick Up Games – DalworthAges18+. It is show time on Wednesday night at the DalworthRecreation Center. Come play with some of the best competitionin the city. Bring your A-game and come for some fun.Fee: Membership required and $2 person.Course # Days Dates TimeNA Wed Weekly 7 – 9 p.m.Boot Camp – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Boot Camp is a total body workout good for all ages. Thistotal fitness workout is effective and guarantees results. You will losefat and build lean muscle. Fees: $80/month or $7/class.Course # Days Dates Time9544 M/W/F Nov 6 – 7 a.m.M/W Nov 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.M/W Nov 7 – 8 p.m.Fri Nov 6 – 7 p.m.Sat Nov 10 – 11 a.m.9543 M/W/F Dec 6 – 7 a.m.M/W Dec 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.M/W Dec 7 – 8 p.m.Fri Dec 6 – 7 p.m.Sat Dec 10 – 11 a.m.Boot Camp Continued – Bowles Life CenterCourse # Days Dates Time9682 M/W/F Jan 6 – 7 a.m.M/W Jan 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.M/W Jan 7 – 8 p.m.Fri Jan 6 – 7 p.m.Sat Jan 10 – 11 a.m.9683 M/W/F Feb 6 – 7 a.m.M/W Feb 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.M/W Feb 7 – 8 p.m.Fri Feb 6 – 7 p.m.Sat Feb 10 – 11 a.m.POWER Boot Camp – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. POWER Boot Camp includes a combination of bodysculpturing and muscle toning. Workouts include legs, focus on thechest, triceps, back, and biceps conclude with shoulders and combattraining. Fees: $40/month of $7/class.Course # Days Dates Time9341 Sat Nov 9 – 10 a.m.9452 Sat Dec 9 – 10 a.m.9719 Sat Jan 9 – 10 a.m.9720 Sat Feb 9 – 10 a.m.Boxing – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning,weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence,and self-defense. Fees: $60/month.Course # Days Dates Time9651 T/Th Nov 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Nov 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9743 T/Th Dec 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Dec 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9744 T/Th Jan 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Jan 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.9745 T/Th Feb 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Feb 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Bridal Boot Camp – Charley TaylorAre you getting ready to say “I DO?” Do you want to fit intoyour ideal wedding dress? Come join our Bridal Boot Camp workoutclass, devoted to getting you ready for your big day. Fee: $35/month.Course # Days Dates Time9657 T/Th Dec 7 – 8 p.m.9658 T/Th Jan 7 – 8 p.m.9659 T/Th Feb 7 – 8 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 21


Clogging – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. This class will introduce you to traditional clogging stepsand contemporary footwork. Clogging is a great workout and tons offun with friends! Additional performance dates will be scheduled.Fee: $40/8-week session.Course # Days Dates Time9678 Th Nov 6 – 9 p.m.9679 Th Dec 6 – 9 p.m.9680 Th Jan 6 – 9 p.m.9681 Th Feb 6 – 9 p.m.Fitness Assessments – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Ongoing by appointment. Fee: $25/assesment.Course # Days Dates Time9546 M-Sat Nov by appointment9547 M-Sat Dec by appointment9715 M-Sat Jan by appointment9716 M-Sat Feb by appointmentKarate-Tae Kwon Do –Charley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditionalTae Kwon Do. You will learn Karatefrom white belt through black belt.Emphasis is placed onself-discipline and self-esteem.Charley Taylor classes are taught by9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson.Students will receive monthly membershippass at time of purchase.Monthly Pass Fee: $45.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th Nov 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Dec 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Jan 6:30 – 8 p.m.N/A T/Th Feb 6:30 – 8 p.m.Middle Eastern Dance Fusion – Charley TaylorAges 15+. Step into a different world of music and dance! Learn toswirl a veil, dance with a cane, play zills; for fun or exercise; or thatnext talent show! Line dance, anyone? Come and learn a middleeastern line dance choreographed especially for this program! Bellydance has many forms! Dance - for the young and the young at heart!Bring a towel for warm-up; hip scarf or belt for hip movement, andcomfortable clothes! Instructor: Mari-Anna. Fee: $20/sessionCourse # Days Dates Time9699 Wed Nov 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.9700 Wed Dec 6:30 – 7:15 p.m9701 Wed Jan 6:30 – 7:15 p.mPersonal Training – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Your very own personal trainers are availableat the Bowles Life Center daily during operating hours.Fees: vary starting at $40/session.Course # Days Dates Time9241 Sat Nov by appointment9686 Sat Dec by appointment9687 Sat Jan by appointment9688 Sat Feb by appointmentSpinning –Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Spinning is agroup exercise workoutperformed on a stationarybike. This class is an excellentcardio workout to great music.Fee: $25/month.Course # Days DatesTime9260 M/T/Th Nov 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.9689 M/T/Th Dec 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.9690 M/T/Th Jan 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.9691 M/T/Th Feb 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Yoga – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Enjoy the benefits of yoga and pilates in this classfor an overall mind/body fitness experience. Yoga will teachproper body alignment, breathing, and muscle control.Fee: $35/month or $7/class.Course # Days Dates Time9268 Mon Nov 7 – 8 p.m.Thurs Nov 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Nov 9 – 10 a.m.9692 Mon Dec 9 – 10 a.m.Thurs Dec 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Dec 9 – 10 a.m.9693 Mon Jan 9 – 10 a.m.Thurs Jan 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Jan 9 – 10 a.m.9694 Mon Feb 9 – 10 a.m.Thurs Feb 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.Sat Feb 9 – 10 a.m.Zumba – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. Zumba is exercise in disguise. Zumba is a greatquality workout to fantastic music. Come on out and get fit whiledancing and exercising at the same time! Fee: $30/month.Course # Days Dates Time9549 W/F Nov 6 – 7 p.m.9674 W/F Dec 6 – 7 p.m.9675 W/F Jan 6 – 7 p.m.9676 W/F Feb 6 – 7 p.m.WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER COACH?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteercoach for sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1. Pick a sport2. Contact a RecreationCenter or the Athletic Office3. Fill out applicationAthletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec.: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec.: 972-264-7670*background checks and drug tests arecompleted on all applicants22 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Volleyball Co-Ed – DalworthTake the power volleyball challenge and spike your way intocompetition! Bring your best team to compete for court domination.Each team plays a one-match game. The winning team maintains courtdomination. Fee: Center membership required and $2.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon Weelky 7 – 9 p.m.Walking – Fit For Life – DalworthThis program provides participants the opportunity to walk in aclimate-controlled gymnasium or use the Dalworth Weight Room.Through a regular regimen of exercise and healthy living, you canturn your life around. Come join an easy workout that fits yourschedule. Free with center membership.Course # Days Dates TimeNA M-F Weekly Noon – 2 p.m.Weight Room – DalworthAge: 17+. Come check out the perfect work out setting at theDalworth Weight Room. There are two treadmills, one ellipticalmachine, and one exercise bike, and flat screen televisions insideof the weight room. Weight Room Membership is $7 per month,$35 for six months or $60 per year.Weight room hours:Days TimeM-Th Noon – 8 p.m.Fri Noon – 6 p.m.Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.EDUCATIONGED –Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. GED PreparationClasses assist those looking totake the GED Test. Class also offersjob search assistance and assistancewith admissions to college. Fee:$20/month.Course # Days Dates Time9754 M/T/Th Nov 8:30 – 11 a.m.9755 M/T/Th Dec 8:30 – 11 a.m.9756 M/T/Th Jan 8:30 – 11 a.m.9757 M/T/Th Feb 8:30 – 11 a.m.Charley Taylor FREESpring Gardening Classes Return!Interested in spring landscaping tips? Look no further than right herein your community at Charley Taylor Rec Center. As we approach our4th spring series, we have tips and tricks everyone can use. Join SusanHenson, City Horticulturalist and Certified Arborist as she launches herinformative sessions for the spring series. More information will beposted on our website at charleytaylorgarden.blogspot.com. Check outour series of FREE classes right here in the neighborhood.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day –2men2dream4peace CelebrationJoin the City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department,Grand Prairie Independent School District, and Grand Prairie NAACPfor the 2men2dream4peace Celebration. Festivities begin with a peacemarch, at 10 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, followed by a program at DavidDaniels Elementary Academy and concluding the evening with abanquet/gala at Ruthe Jackson Center . For more information, callDalworth Recreation Center at 972-264-7670.Course # Days Dates TimeMon 1/11 10 a.m.Nutrition for Beginners – DalworthAges 18+. This class will focus on the positive and negative impactthat food can have on our life. Get tips and access to resources thatwill get you on the right track for a healthier future. Taught by DallasFood and Nutrition, Inc. Class is free with center membership.Course # Days Dates Time9827 Wed. 1/6 – 1/27 7 – 8:30 p.m.FUNBLAZE Adaptive Sports in Grand PrairieBlaze Sports offers and enables children and adults with physicaldisabilities to realize their potential through sport and healthylifestyles. Blaze Sports brings disability sports programs tocommunities across the United States through community-based parksand recreation agencies. Grand Prairie Parks and RecreationDepartment officially became a Blaze Sports Club in July of 2007!!!The program hosts multi-sports days on Saturdays fromNoon – 2 p.m., see online calendar for details. Contact GinaMcWilliams gmcwilliams@gptx.org by voicemail at 972-237-7526 oronline at gpblaze.blogspot.com. Sign up for email updates andinformation on upcoming programs as well!Birthday Parties – Charley Taylor Rec CenterLooking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday?Charley Taylor has one big multipurpose room, playground, and gymto celebrate in style in. Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 perhour with a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to 80 people!Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time! Food is notpermitted in the gym. Call a staff member for more details!Weight Room – Charley TaylorCome out and enjoy the perfect work out setting at the Charley TaylorWeight Room. A perfect place to come at the end of a long day’s work.Weight Room Membership is $35 for six months or $60 per year. Allgrand and prairie plan memberships from Bowles Life Center arewelcome at this location. December/January Special! – Buy a yearlyweight room membership and get a 2nd for a family member at halfprice!!! All additional family members will be charged at the 6-monthrate per person. See staff for details!Hour of Operation:Days TimeM-Th Noon – 9 p.m.Fri Noon – 6 p.m.Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.Build a Wreath – DalworthWant to hang a beautiful wreath on the front door and don’t knowwhere to start? This will take the mystery out of wreath decorating.Course # Days Dates Time9136 Th 12/3 6 – 9 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 23


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Active Adults 50+CREATIVE ARTSBuild a Wreath – DalworthWant to hang a beautiful wreath on the front door anddon’t know where to start? This will take the mysteryout of wreath decorating.Course # Days Dates Time9136 Thu 12/ 3 6 – 9 p.m.Cards for the Troops – Senior CenterJoin in this creative and worth-while effort! Makecustom greeting cards that will be sent to our troops!FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN//A Mon 12/7 10 a.m.N/A Mon 1/4 10 a.m.Ceramics – Senior CenterLet your creativity shine through in ceramics. No matter what yourskill level is, you are sure to discover your creative side in this class.Fee: $5/month.Course # Days Dates Time3665 Wed weekly 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Creative Jewelry – Senior CenterDesign and make your very own jewelry. Share ideas and designs withfellow classmates. Once you get started you’ll be hooked! Come to thefirst class to find out what supplies are needed. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Fri weekly 1 – 3 p.m.Crocheting Class – Senior CenterLearn the quick and easy styles of crochet. Supply your own yarnand needles. Crocheting builds strength in your hands and fingersand helps regain eye hand coordination. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon weekly 1 – 3 p.m.Oil Painting – Senior CenterPainting brings pictures in your mind to canvas. Instructor MattieKenney will teach you the basics or help refine your style. $10/class.Course # Days Dates Time3699 Fri weekly 9 a.m. – NoonQuilting Golden Threads – Senior CenterSit around the frame, quilt as a group and socialize. Participantshelp quilt each other’s quilts. Great for strengthening your handsand fingers. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 1 – 3 p.m.Stained Glass – Senior CenterLearn the basics of glass cutting, layout and pattern design. Make lampshades, windows, or anything else you can imagine. Fee: $10/month.Course # Days Dates Time3727 Tue weekly 10 – 11:30 a.m.Woodcarving – Senior CenterLearn how to whittle, carve, chisel and make impressive piecesof art that will awe your family and friends. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 7 – 8 p.m.DANCINGHula – Senior CenterDon’t lei around. Join us to learn the basics of the ancient Hawaiiandance, Hula. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Th weekly 12:30 – 2 p.m.Line Dance Beginning – Senior CenterIf you love to dance but do not have a partner, this class is for you.Line dancing is a great form of exercise. Instructors Ann and Barbaracan teach anyone to dance and they make it fun, too! FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon weekly 1 – 3 p.m.N/A Fri weekly 10 a.m. – Noon3rd Friday of month meets at 8:30 a.m.Line Dance Intermediate – Senior CenterIn this class you will learn all the dances for the next Jamboree.Great exercise and fun, too! Catch a piece of the excitement! FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Wed weekly 1 – 3:30 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 25


Line Dance Advanced – Senior CenterAfter the beginning and intermediate classes, you are ready for the nextstep. Learn complex steps and perform around the community. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Th weekly 10 a.m. – NoonThursday Night Dance – Senior CenterDancing, a live band and the best food in town…come on out toour Thursday Night Dances. Don’t worry if you don’t have apartner, you’re sure to find one at the dance. A delicious dinneris provided. Fee: $5.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Th weekly 7 – 10 p.m.EDUCATIONBook Club – Senior CenterDo you enjoy reading? Come and join the Book Club at theSenior Center. Dive into a new book each month and discuss yourthoughts, views, and ideas. Fee: FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Second Tue Monthly 11 a.m. – NoonComputer Class – Senior CenterLearn the basics of the personal computer. We will teach youWindows, Microsoft Office, Internet and Email. FREE.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.N/A Wed every 2 wks 3 – 4 p.m.N/A Fri weekly 11 – NoonDefensive Driving – Senior CenterInstructor Johnny Price makes defensive driving entertaining! Learn toimprove your driving skills and be aware of other drivers. This coursecan be used for a discount on car insurance. However, it does not meetthe requirements for removing a ticket. Fee: $12/class w/AARP card,$14 w/o card.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A TBA Jan TBADigital Camera 101 – Senior CenterBring your camera and questions the 3rd Thursday of the month.Fee: FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Thu 11/ 19 3 p.m.N/A Thu 12/17 3 p.m.N/A Thu 1/21 3 p.m.Dog Obedience Classes – McFalls BuildingTo have a well-behaved dog with manners, these classes are a must!Taught by Valerie Fare, who has 33 years of experience training dogs,the beginner class includes a doggie care course to help you be a betterpet owner. Your dog will learn to walk on a loose leash, to sit, down,stand, stay and come when called. Classes start Jan. 5, 2010. Classesconducted at the McFalls Building, 1300 SW 3rd St. To register, callValerie Fare 972-988-1338. Fee: $70Course Dates TimeBeginner 1/5 7 – 8 p.m.Advanced 1/5 8 – 8:45 p.m.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day –2men2dream4peace CelebrationJoin the City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department,GPISD, and Grand Prairie NAACP for the 2men2dream4peaceCelebration. Festivities will include a parade, which begins at10 a.m. at City Hall Plaza, followed by a program at David DanielsElementary Academy and concluding the evening with a banquet atRuthe Jackson Center . For more information, call DalworthRecreation Center at 972-264-7670.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon 1/11 10 a.m.German Class – Senior CenterLearn the basics of conversational German. Easy and fun to learn.Taught by Ron Engle. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 10 – 11:30 a.m.Nutrition for Beginners – DalworthAges 18+. This class will focus on the positive and negative impactthat food can have on our life. Get tips and access to resources thatwill get you on the right track for a healthier future. Taught by DallasFood and Nutrition, Inc. Class is free with center membership.Course # Days Dates Time9827 Wed 1/6 – 1/27 7 – 8:30 p.m.Recipe Class – Senior CenterJoin Zelda as she teaches you a delicious new recipe every month!Fee: $1/class.Course # Days Dates Time3726 Mon 12/21 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.3726 Mon 1/18 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.S.T.A.R. Partnership – DalworthStar stands for students, teachers, and retired seniors. Seniorswill help kids with homework, reading, math, story time, andencouragement, but most important be a friend.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A M-F Dec-Mar 3 – 6 p.m.FITNESSFitness Membership – Bowles Life CenterAges 62+. Stay fit after 62 for only $8 a year! A Senior Pass Plan includesaccess to the Bowles Life Center Fitness/Weight Room whichincludes recumbent bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes, dumbbells,and weight machines, and indoor track. Fee: $8/year.26 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


Fitness Membership – Hours of Operation:M-Th 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.Fri 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Light & Lively Exercise – Senior CenterThis exercise class focuses on improving your muscle tone,cardiovascular system, endurance and balance. Exercise at yourown pace. Join us for Exercise Luncheon 2nd Monday of the month,bring your favorite dish. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A M/W/F weekly 9 – 10 a.m.Seniorcize – Bowles Life CenterAges 50+. Low impact aerobics specifically for Seniors. A generalmovement class where participants keep one foot on the floor at alltimes (no jumping). Patterns and sequencing are designed for basicmovements only. Fee: Free with Bowles Life Center membership.Course # Days Dates Time9250 M/W/F Nov 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.9251 M/W/F Dec 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.9758 M/W/F Jan 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.9759 M/W/F Dec 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.There are special birthday parties and arts and crafts. TheCarter-Oliver Seniors have adopted nursing homes in the city.Come visit for good fellowship where friends meet and greet.Course # Days Dates TimeNA 2 nd Tue & 4 th Fri monthly NoonBirthday Potluck – DalworthBring a dish to share, and a place setting for a potluck style lunch.Following the meal, we will celebrate three months of birthdays.Center membership required.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A 4th Fri quarterly NoonSinging - Willing Workers – DalworthWe do in-home visits for shut-in’s, church groups,hospitals, rest homes and others.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A 2 nd Tue monthly NoonWalking – Fit For Life – DalworthThis program provides participants the opportunity to walk in aclimate-controlled gymnasium or use the Dalworth Weight Room.Through a regular regimen of exercise and healthy living, you canturn your life around. Come join an easy workout that fits yourschedule. Free with center membershipCourse # Days Dates TimeN/A M-F Continuous Noon – 2 p.m.Weight Room – DalworthCome check out the perfect work out setting at the Dalworth WeightRoom. There are two treadmills, one elliptical machine, and oneexercise bike, and flat screen televisions inside of the weight room.Weight Room Membership is $7 per month, $35 for six months or$60 per year.Weight room hours:Days TimeM-Th Noon – 8 p.m.Fri Noon – 6 p.m.Sat 9 a.m. –1p.m.Yoga with Love – Senior CenterShirley Love, certified Yoga instructor, has practiced and taught Yogafor over 20 years. Come join her as she teaches you the intricacies ofYoga. Yoga has been proven to improve flexibility in muscles andjoints, release tension and stress, and strengthen the body and immunesystem. Fee: $3 per class!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 8 – 9 a.m.Thurs weekly 8 – 9 a.m.FUNCarter Oliver Senior Club – DalworthAge 50+ Join this jolly group for a fun afternoon of entertainment.GAMESBilliards –Open Play at the Senior CenterOpen almost all business hoursBilliards 9 Ball Tournaments –Senior CenterParticipate in a monthly tournament to see whois the best pool player. Playing in the tournamentis fun and will bring out your competitive spirit.FREE.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Fri 1/29 8 – 10 a.m.Blackjack – Senior CenterCompete against other players to see who has the bestpoker skills. Fee: Bring a dish to share.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Last Fri Monthly 6 – 8:30 p.m.Bridge for all levels – Senior CenterAll levels of players are welcome. FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 1 – 4 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 27


Shuffleboard – Open Play at the Senior CenterOpen almost all business hours.Shuffleboard League – Senior CenterIn this fun competition we draw for partners before every game.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Tue weekly 5 – 9 p.m.Texas Hold’em – Senior CenterAll levels of players are welcome. Fee: Bring a dish!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Mon every other week 6 – 8:30 p.m.Texas Hold’em – Senior CenterLearn the intricacies of this world-wide craze! If you’re not ready forthe Monday night competition, or if you want to brush up on yourskills, play on Thursdays for FREE!Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Th weekly 1 – 3 p.m.SPECIAL EVENTSAARP Luncheon – Senior CenterThe American Association for Retired Persons helps retirees enjoytheir retirement, build stronger communities and increase knowledgeon political issues. Covered dish lunch and special entertainment orspeaker provided. Fee: $2 AARP membership.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Fri 11/ 20 11 a.m.N/A Fri 12/18 11 a.m.N/A Fri 1/15 11 a.m.Commission on Aging – Senior CenterPlease join us and listen to important information regarding Senior Citizensin Grand Prairie. The commissioners, appointed by the CityCouncil and Mayor, make recommendations to the City Council basedon public suggestions. This is a great chance to make sure your voiceand input are heard by the group that is dedicated to serving seniors.Members include: Roxcie McCuller, William (Bill) Krug, Alta Brown,Mike Rehfeld, Greg Wiggins and Dr. Carolyn Williamson.Location Days Dates TimeSenior Ctr. Wed 12/9 11 a.m.TBA Wed 1/TBA 10:30 a.m.Golden Age Club – Senior CenterThis club gathers for good food, entertainment and tosocialize. All meetings are covered dish and a special programis provided. Fee: $2 + GA membership.Course # Days Dates TimeN/A Wed 11/4 10:30 a.m.N/A Wed 12/2 10:30 a.m.N/A Wed 1/6 10:30 a.m.Senior Angel TreeDo something worthwhile this Holiday Season and sponsor a seniorfor the holidays. Many seniors in our community that live alone or inassisted living facilities truly have no one to lean on. Visit the SeniorCenter to pick an “Angel” to sponsor. Most of the requests are verysmall and affordable, and mean so much to those in need. Angels willbe available starting November 16th.Senior Store – Senior CenterAt the senior store you’ll find only the finest hand-made crafts.Very affordable, you’re sure to find that perfect gift! Anyone canshop at the senior store, but you must be a member of theSenior Center to become a vendor in the store.Hours of Operation:Day TimeM-F 1 – 3 p.m.Thurs 6:30 – 9 p.m.TRAVELThroughout the year we take dozens of day trips to local attractions,restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we takeovernight trips to exciting places like Branson, Missouri.28 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | GrandFunGP.com | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | NRPA Gold Medal Department


DiscoverSwitzerland,Austria, andBavaria withCollette Vacations –Senior CenterHighlights on thisINCREDIBLE trip include:• Bern • Chateau de Chillon • Montreux • GoldenPass Panoramic Train• Gstaad Lucerne • Bernese Oberland • Woodcarving Museum• Interlaken • Grindelwald • Innsbruck Austrian Alps • Bavaria• Oberammergau • Salzburg • Mirabell Gardens• St. Peter’s Restaurant Tyrolean Folklore ShowDouble Occupancy: $321910 days, 14 meals, only 2 hotels! Airfare included!April 28-May 7, 2010Dinner Out – Senior CenterEnjoy a dinner out at a local area restaurant with your friends. Join usonce a month for a great night of food and fun! We take a bus, so youcan ride with all of your friends! Fee: variesCourse # Days Dates TimeN/A varies monthly 4:30 – 8 p.m.Grand Prairie Nutrition Program503 W. Church St. • 972 262-6673 • Se habla españolThe Grand Prairie Nutrition Program invites youto join in the fun 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.Participate in dancing, exercising,outings, health screenings, parties and quilting.A hot delicious lunch is served daily. Lunchfor anyone 60 or older is a suggested donationof 75 cents. Lunch for anyone younger than 60is $3.82. Please call the center 2 days in advanceto make reservations for lunch. Transportation is alsoprovided for anyone who is 60 or older and does not have away to get to the center. Please call the center for more details. Hope tosee you soon!1st Friday Tea Room Trips – DalworthJoin us on the 1st Friday of every month to go to lunch at a different tearoomin DFW. Transportation provided. Each person pays for his or hermeal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27th of each month for the next trip.Membership Required. Fee: varies.Course # Days Dates TimeNA Fri 12/4 10:30 – 2 p.m.NA Fri 1/8 10:30 – 2 p.m.NA Fri 2/5 10:30 – 2 p.m.NA Fri 3/5 10:30 – 2 p.m.NRPA Gold Medal Department | Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | GrandFunGP.com | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 29


CalendarOF EVENTSNov. 26 – Dec. 31 • • • • • • • • • • •Prairie Lights6-9 p.m. nightly,5700 Lake Ridge Parkway972-237-GLOW, prairielights.orgFriday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Nov. 29 •3 Redneck Tenors ChristmasSpec-tac-YULE-arUptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.972-237-UPTN, uptowntheatergp.comSaturday, November 28 • • • • • • •Farmers Market at Market Square8 a.m. – 1 p.m. More vendors! GreatTexas gift items!120 W. Main St., www.gptx.orgTuesday, December 1 • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Wednesday, December 2 • • • • • •Aventura8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre,1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000 or972-647-5700,www.NOKIAtheatreDFW.comThursday, December 3 • • • • • • • •Grand Prairie GenealogicalSociety Meeting6:30 p.m., Grand Prairie MemorialLibrary, 901 Conover, 972-206-2723Thursday, December 3 • • • • • • • •GPISD/City Tree Lighting Ceremony6-8 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8100Thursday, December 3 • • • • • • • •Christmas Craft Fair9 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center,925 Conover Dr., 972-64-4975Friday-Saturday, December 4-5 • •Rockapella Christmas Concert8 p.m., Uptown Theater,120 E. Main St., 972-237-UPTNSaturday, December 5 • • • • • • • •Farmers Market at Market Square8 a.m. – 1 p.m. More vendors!Great Texas gift items!120 W. Main St., www.gptx.orgSaturday, December 5 • • • • • • • •Winter Wonderland FestivalNoon-4 p.m., Lynn Creek Park,5700 Lake Ridge Parkway,972-237-8100Saturday, December 5 • • • • • • • •Free tours of historic Copeland Home1-4 p.m., Copeland Home,125 SW Dallas St., 972-237-8086Saturday, December 5 • • • • • • •Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)Collection Day,9-11:30 a.m., Development Center,201 NW 2nd St.http://www.gptx.org/wq/hhw,972-237-8055Saturday, December 5 • • • • • • • •Candle Light Memorial Service5 p.m. Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens3001 S. Belt Line Road, 972-237-3001Saturday, December 5 • • • • • • • •3118 p.m., NOKIA Theatre,1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000 or972-647-5700,www.NOKIAtheatreDFW.comMonday, December 7 • • • • • • • •Planning and Zoning Commission7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8255Monday, December 7 • • • • • • • •Quilters Guild of Grand Prairie7-9 p.m., first Monday of each month,First Presbyterian Church,310 S.W. 3rd St.All visitors, ages 10 and up,are welcome to attend. 972-264-5656Thursday, Dec. 10- Friday, Dec. 13Miracle on 34th Street8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.www.UptownTheaterGP.com,972-237-UPTNThursday, Dec. 10 –Wednesday, Dec. 30 • • • • • • • • •Radio City Christmas SpectacularNokia Theatre, 1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000 or972-647-5700,www.NOKIAtheatreDFW.comSaturday, December 12 • • • • • • •Farmers Market at Market Square8 a.m. – 1 p.m. More vendors!Great Texas gift items!120 W. Main St., www.gptx.orgSaturday, December 12 • • • • • •GPAC Awards Gala8 p.m., Uptown Theater,120 E. Main St.Tickets: www.UptownTheaterGP.com,972-237-UPTNSaturday, December 12 • • • • • • •Free Nativity Scene Exhibit11 a.m.- 4 p.m., West Fork PresbyterianChurch, 908 Santerre Dr.972-641-1167 or 972-237-9158Sunday, December 13 • • • • • • • •Elf, the movie, at the Uptown Theater6 p.m., 120 E. Main, 972-237-UPTNMonday, December 14 • • • • • • •Planning and Zoning Commission7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8255Tuesday, December 15 • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Thursday, Dec. 17 –Sunday, Dec. 20 • • • • • • • • • • •Miracle on 34th Street8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.Tickets: www.UptownTheaterGP.com,972-237-UPTNSaturday, December 19 • • • • • • •Farmers Market at Market Square8 a.m. – 1 p.m. More vendors!Great Texas gift items!120 W. Main St., www.gptx.orgMonday, Dec. 21 –Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 • • • • • • • •GPISD student holidayMonday, Dec. 21 –Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 • • • • • • • • • •AISD, Mansfield ISD, CHISDstudent holidayThursday, Dec. 24 –Friday, Dec. 25 • • • • • • • • • • • •Christmas holidayCity offices closedThursday, December 31 • • • • • • •3 Redneck Tenors Broadway Bound –All new show!8 p.m.-midnight, Uptown Theater,120 E. Main St.www.uptowntheatergp.com,972-237-UPTNFriday, January 1 • • • • • • • • • • •New Year’s Day, city offices closedSunday, January 3 • • • • • • • • • •BB King8 p.m., Nokia Theatre,1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000 or972-647-5700,www.NOKIAtheatreDFW.comTuesday, January 5 • • • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Monday, January 18 • • • • • • • • •Martin Luther King Jr. DayCity offices and schools closedTuesday, January 19 • • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Tuesday, February 2 • • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Saturday, February 6 • • • • • • • • •Farmers Market at Market Square8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Grand openingfor the season120 W. Main St.www.gptx.orgFriday, February 16 • • • • • • • • • •Shaquille O’Neal Presents:All Star Comedy Jam8 p.m., NOKIA Theatre,1001 Performance PlaceTickets: 214-373-8000 or972-647-5700,www.NOKIAtheatreDFW.comSaturday, February 13 • • • • • • •The Best of Broadway Love SongsUptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.Tickets: www.UptownTheaterGP.com,972-237-UPTNSaturday, February 13 • • • • • • •Daddy Daughter DanceBowles Life Center7 - 9 p.m.972-237-PLAYTuesday, February 16 • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Tuesday, March 2 • • • • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Saturday, March 6 • • • • • • • • • • •Lynn Creek Park opens for season5700 Lake Ridge Parkway817-467-2104Saturday, March 6 • • • • • • • • • •Songs Celebrating Texas8 p.m., Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.Tickets: www.UptownTheaterGP.com,972-237-UPTNSunday, March 15 • • • • • • • • • •Daylight-saving time beginsSunday, March 15 –Sunday, March 21 • • • • • • • • • •Spring break GPISD, AISD, MansfieldISD, Cedar Hill ISDTuesday, March 16 • • • • • • • • • •City Council6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St.,972-237-8035Tourist Center2170 Belt Line Rd.972-263-9588gptexas.comQuikTrip Ballpark,1600 Lone Star Parkway972-264-1558Ruthe Jackson Center3113 S. Carrier Pkwy.972-237-7500NOKIA Theatre1001 Performance Place214-373-8000 • 972-647-5700NOKIAtheatreDFW.comSplash Factory601 E. Grand Prairie Road972-237-8100Uptown Theater120 E. Main St.uptowntheatergp.com972-237-UPTNTraders Village2602 Mayfield Road972-647-2331Lone Star Park1000 Lone Star Parkwaylonestarpark.com30 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.org


Market Square120 W. Main StreetMarket Square is a one-half acre park indowntown Grand Prairie with a building thatfeatures bays for up to six vehicles to sellproduce and other goods. The architecture isreminiscent of a red barn with a corrugatedtin roof, evoking ties with the city’s historyduring this its 100th year of incorporation. Apavilion extends the ability to include morevendors for farmers market just to the westof the barn. Shade structures, landscaping,benches and a paved area provide space foroutdoor entertainment. And, a “pot-belly”water tower sits on the corner near the samelocation a similar tower stood in the early1900s acting as a directional beacon forthose looking for Market Square. FarmersMarket opens at 8 a.m. on Sat. throughoutthe year through Dec. 19 and will reopenFeb. 6. Vendors will be selling fruits, veggies,salsas, mixes, gifts, soaps, Texas oliveoil and more.


CITY NEWSGRAND PRAIRIE COMMUNICATIONPROGRAMS NAB NATIONAL AWARDSCity of Grand Prairiecommunication programs nabbed fivenational awards in the annualCity-County Communications andMarketing Association (3CMA) SavvyAwards Competition. This prestigiousand competitive process recognizesthe best of the best in city and countypublic relations, public informationand marketing efforts across theUnited States. Grand Prairiewinners were:The annual calendar featured historicphotos celebrating the city’s centennialin 2009. Citizens submitted the photosthrough a photo contest. The WorldClass Wisdom book captures the city’scustomer service philosophy of creatingraving fans by delivering worldclass service and is a training tool forcity employees. The city’s billboardcampaign featured one billboard onInterstate 30 and one on Interstate 20that rotated six billboard designsthrough the year.“We are thrilled to be sorecognized by the leaders in ourprofession,” said city of Grand PrairieCommunications Director AmySprinkles. “Our team works hard tooffer the best in communication toolsto our citizens. We like to try newAward Program/Project Category1st Place World Class Wisdom book Printed Publications1st Place Annual Calendar Calendar Category1st Place Billboards Print Advertising2nd Place World Class Wisdom book Most Innovative3rd Place World Class Wisdom book Printed Guidesthings, get out of the box, andexperiment with creativity.”Grand Prairie has been honoredto receive 35 national and 11 stateawards for its various communicationprograms and services in thepast 15 years.Whitney Fowler,Cami McKillop andAmy Sprinkles displaytheir recent nationaland state awardsfor excellencein communication.Kingswood Boulevard Now OpenThe 1,600-foot extension of Kingswood Boulevard is nowthrough from Lake Ridge Parkway to Water Oak Road,completing a vital new through street from Lake Ridge Parkwayto State Highway 360 for public safety purposes, as well asresidential convenience.The $1.3 million project, funded by the city of Grand Prairieand RVW Sunchase Development, began construction in August2008 and included engineering, design, drainage, subsurfacemedian irrigation and street lighting. Gilco Contracting, Inc.completed the project in September 2009. A traffic signal atLake Ridge and Kingswood should be installed by March 2010.Texas Community Forestry Award WinnerGrand Prairie Deputy MayorPro Tem Ruthe Jackson(center) was awarded the2009 Lifetime AchievementAward from the Texas UrbanForestry Program in its 2009Texas Community ForestryAwards program. Theaward was given at the 2009Community Forestry AwardsLuncheon in October at the30th Texas Tree Conferencein Round Rock. Presenting the award were Grand Prairie CityManager Tom Hart (left) and Interim State Forester and Director ofthe Texas Forest Service Tom Boggus (right).More than 300 City Employess Walk Across TexasMore than 300 city of Grand Prairieemployees have signed up for the state’sWalk Across Texas campaign Oct. 3through Nov. 28, 2009, as part of thecity’s ongoing WOW Working on Wellnessprogram. Forty-two teams of eightemployees have committed to eachwalk 830 miles in the 57 day event.The WOW program was created in2007 to increase the health of cityemployees, and reduce the cost ofhealth insurance. In the first year of theprogram, health insurance rates heldsteady. At the end of two years, healthcosts declined. WOW includes healthfairs, a monthly newsletter, groupactivities, fitness center discounts,sports leagues, health risk assessmentsand rewards for healthy lifestyles.34 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.org


On the GROWThe city’s new public safetycenter and adult activity centerwill open in spring 2010 on SH 161between Warrior Trail and ArkansasLane. The exterior structures aremostly finished on both buildingsand interior work is running at fullthrottle. Inside the public safety center,the four story administrativetower has been dried in, the air conditioningunits are in and working,raised computer flooring has beeninstalled, and interior walls and otherfinish work continues to progress.The western portion of the 60,000-square-foot adult activity center exterioris mostly complete andconstruction is in progress to close inthe eastern portion. The pool shellhas been installed and tested. Interiorwalls and finish work are inprogress in the banquet rooms, theater,kitchen and office areas. Mechanical,electrical and plumbingwork are ongoing throughout thebuilding. The first phase of CentralPark, the 172-acre park where bothbuildings are located, is still underconstruction. Lakes are completeand retaining walls and water fallsare under construction along withgrading work and grass seeding.The esplanade paving is nearingcompletion and the esplanade bridgeis underway. The boardwalk surroundingsome of the lakes is partiallycomplete. Construction hasbegun on the two pedestrian bridgesthat will cross one lake for access tothe grand lawn.Concrete slabs are in place andsteel framework is going up on theLake Parks Rescue Facility, thereplacement for the current FireStation #7. The building is scheduledto open in July 2010.Market Square, a new home forthe city’s farmers market, on the cornerof NW 2nd and Main Streets iscomplete. The one-half acre parkfeatures six interior vehicle bays forsale of produce and other goods.Farmers Markets is open at 8 a.m.Saturdays year-round. A “pot belly”water tower sits on the corner nearthe same location a similar watertower stood in the early 1900s andacts as a directional beacon for thoselooking for Market Square. TheGrand Prairie Sports FacilitiesDevelopment Corporationcontributed $450,000 to the cost ofthe $1.2 million park.Industrial Real Estate FindsSweet Spot in Grand PrairieDespite the sluggishnessof the national industrialmarket, Grand Prairiehas managed sweet dealsthroughout 2009, startingwith Farley’s & SathersCandy Company. One ofthe world’s top 25 candymakers signed a lease for a1.06 million-square-footwarehouse in January –the largest industrial leasein Texas in nearlya decade.By July, Grand Prairiehad served up another oneof North Texas’ largestindustrial deals when disposable-productssupplierSolo CupThe city ofGrand Prairie isoffering discounts on foreclosedhomes through the federallyfunded 4-Gov and 4-Home programs.Assisting qualified low, moderateand middle-income families, the 4-Home program provides a $20,000 grantto qualified buyers to assist with closingcosts, down payment and approved rehabilitationwork.Co. signed a 10-year leaseon a 603,354-square-footdistribution center offState Highway 161.Just as the final certificateof occupancy was issued,Crow Holdingspartnered with the city androlled out a deal forDiscount Tire DistributionCenter to move into a305,000-square-foot buildingat 3254 Trinity Boulevard.Discount Tire choseGrand Prairie to expand itsnational operations, signinga 10-year lease for itsnew regional distributioncenter to handle distributionof passenger andlight-truck tires and aftermarketwheels in a growing277-store service area.Most recently, LadyPrimrose, a high-end cosmeticsmanufacturer, hascome to town, signing alease to relocate its distributionand packaging operationsfrom Dallas to anewly built warehouse/distribution center off RoyOrr in Grand Prairie. Aftera six month search, includingtouring 12 other locationsin the DFW area,Lady Primrose chose theGrand Prairie site in theCrosspoint developmentowned by Duke Realty.Home Buying Discounts Offered in Grand PrairieThe 4-Gov program assists qualifiedgovernment employees working inGrand Prairie (including federal, state,county, city and school districtemployees) purchase newly restoredforeclosed homes at a 20 percentdiscount, which includes half of thedown payment and assists with closingcosts, fees and a principal reduction.For more information,visit gptx.org/housing.Historic Copeland Home Open HouseGrand Prairie’s historicCopeland Home,125 SW Dallas St., willcelebrate the city’s100th year ofincorporation with aFREE open house from1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Historic Commission memberswill give tours and answer questions about the quaint100-year-old home during the open house. To get to thehome, from Main or Jefferson streets in Grand Prairie, turnsouth on SW 2nd Street, and east on SW Dallas Street. Theopen house, tours and refreshments are free.Located within the original 239.5-acre town site ofGrand Prairie, the Copeland Home was built in 1902 byB.P. Hale and his wife, Ruth. The home was purchased bythe Copeland family in 1908.The white clapboard home was designed with a highpitched roof, narrow windows and a back door entrance.The beautiful oak hardwood floors, interior woodwork,front door, 12-foot ceilings and windows are original. Theentrance hallway is unique to the early 1900s and includes aclassic ornamental antique hall divider made of cherrywood. The home’s study includes Dr. Copeland’s deskfrom the 1800s set just as he used it, holding his physician’sbag and books donated by his family. The family also donatedmuch of the home’s original furnishings.Grand Prairie Police Giving CitizensOnline Access to Crime StatisticsCitizens can now access GrandPrairie crime statistics onlineusing an interactive reportingsystem on CrimeReports.com.Just type in a Grand Prairie streetaddress or ZIP code, and an interactivemap pulls up crime datafor the specified area. Citizensalso have the option of receivinge-mail alerts for crime offensesreported in their neighborhood.For more information aboutcrime statistics in Grand Prairie,go to www.gptx.org/crime.gptx.org | City of Grand Prairie | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 35


Historic Uptown TheaterLaunches Strong SeasonJoin your friends, family and fansat the beautifully restored historicUptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.,Grand Prairie, for memorable showsand exciting experiences during its2009-2010 season. Shows include:An Elvis Kind of Christmas7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 21, 2009Tickets: $23 - $28World premier Elvis Tribute Artist,Kraig Parker, returns to the Uptownwith his Royal Tribute Band to rock youinto the holiday season with AN ELVISKIND OF CHRISTMAS.3 Redneck Tenors HolidaySpec-Tac-Yule-Ar8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 27-28, 20092 p.m., Sat.-Sun., Nov. 28-29, 2009Tickets: $21 - $26Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe, and BillyBillee as they mix NASCAR withBeethoven, lite beer with Pucciniand kick up a little dust with Ave MariaDixie! You'll travel with our threeredneck cousins from their modestbeginnings in Paris, Texas, where theydiscover that belting out a high C causesbar brawlers to scatter faster than thesheriff arriving; all the way to theirtriumphant debut at New York'sfamous Carnegie Hall.Rockapella Holiday8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-5, 2009Tickets: $51Celebrate the season with "ARockapella Holiday" tour, spreading thejoy of the holiday season through theirmusic. USA Today puts it simply,"Some say the best instrument of all isthe human voice. If you've seenRockapella you know that's the truth."Often imitated, never duplicated,Rockapella remains an innovative burstof talent continuing to sell out venuesaround the world.Miracle on 34th Street, presented bythe Grand Prairie Arts Council2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 10-13,Dec.17-20, 2009Tickets: $21-$26A small girl's belief in Santa and themagic of the holiday is at stake whenKris Kringle is put on trial. A Christmasclassic for the entire family.3 Redneck Tenors Broadway Bound8 p.m. Thur., Dec. 31, 2009Tickets: Call for pricingJoin our three singing cousins as theystampede through Broadway’sgreatest hits in this all new, fabulousshow.Best of Broadway: Love Songs8 p.m. Sat., Feb. 13, 2010Tickets: On Sale SoonThey wowed our sold out audience lastseason - wait until you see and hearwhat they have in store for us this year.Jill Blalock, Ann Sanders and friends returnto the Uptown for a romanticevening of Broadway's best love songs.Celebrate Texas: Singer Songwriters8 p.m. Sat., March 6, 2010Tickets: On Sale SoonIn March we celebrate TexasIndependence and that independentspirit will be reflected in the artists onthe Uptown stage. A trio of remarkableplayers will swap songs and stories inthis intimate performance.Simply Sinatra8 p.m. Sat., April 17, 2010Tickets: On Sale SoonSimply Sinatra - Simply Stunning.Veteran performer Steve Lippia and hisbig band bring “Blue Eyes” tunes backto life in a big way. He is a staple onthe orchestra pops scene and in LasVegas where his shows amaze sold outaudiences. Close your eyes and you'llswear Sinatra is on our stage.Tickets are available atwww.UptownTheaterGP.comor by calling 972-237-UPTN.36 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.org


Our Newest Show!RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE REDNECKSRing in the New Year with the worldfamous,fabulously funny and talented 3Redneck Tenors and their all new 3Redneck Tenors - Broadway Bound show,debutting at the city’s historic UptownTheater, 120 E. Main St., New Year’s Eve.Our boys have finally landed – trailerand all – smack dab right in the middle ofTimes Square. Join our three singingcousins as they stampede their way throughBroadway's greatest hits. "Phantom of theOpera," "The Sound of Music," "Little Orphan Annie," "LesMiserables," "A Chorus Line" and many others. Join Billy Joe, BillyBob and Billy Billee as they put the odd in Broadway for a roofraising,unforgettable good time.Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, with dancin’ and hangin’with the Redneck Jazz Combo after the show ‘til we ring in the NewYear at midnight. Tickets available for purchase online atwww.uptowntheatergp.com or by calling 972-237-UPTN.NATIVITY SCENES ON DISPLAY FOR CENTENNIALMembers of the historic West Fork Presbyterian Church, 908Santerre Dr., will be celebrating Grand Prairie’s 100th birthdaywith an exhibit of nativity scenes at the church. The eventwill be 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Admission is free.If you have a nativity scene you’d like to display, call ConnieSingleton at 972-641-1167 or csingleton1@att.net or HilmaEmmick at 972-237-9158 or hilmadon1973@sbcglobal.net.Rockettes Kick Off the HolidayDon’t miss the Radio CityRockettes ChristmasSpectacular Dec. 10-30 atNokia Theatre in GrandPrairie. Starring the worldfamous Radio City Rockettes,the show is unparalleled,featuring the Rockettes’signature eye-high kicks, andprecision choreography inmultiple show stoppingnumbers including thelegendary "Parade of theWooden Soldiers” and "NewYork at Christmas."Bring your entire family!Audiences of all ages willdelight in this multifacetedspectacular as Santa flies highabove the crowd, childhooddreams come true in theNutcracker and hearts aretouched as the true meaningof Christmas is brought tolife with the awe-inspiringLiving Nativity.Call today 214-373-8000 orgo online now for your ticketsto www.nokiatheatredfw.com.Not YourGrandfather’sLand Fill!By Patricia RedfearnGrand Prairie Landfill ManagerFor more than a decade, landdisposal has been regarded as the lastchoice in an integrated waste managementsystem after waste minimization,reuse, recycling and incineration withand without energy recovery. In fact, aSeptember 2009 Sierra Clubpublication recommends phasinglandfills out of municipal solid wastemanagement as we move toward a zerowaste environment. Like them, Ioptimistically look forward to the daywhen we spend more time thinkingabout the long-term effects ofproduction than we thinkabout consumption.That said, we often give tours of theGrand Prairie landfill to students,special interest and civic groups andforeign tourists. Invariably, one of thetouring party will tell a story of whentheir father or grandfather used to takethem to the “dump.” They recount thesites and smells of a time whenmaterials were piled all over the place,open burning was common andscavenging was not only allowedbut encouraged.If that’s how you remember it, I’mpleased to tell you, it isn’t anything likethat anymore. Today, a landfill isn’tjust an area for disposing items that wejust can’t reduce, reuse or recycle. It’sthe last point where we have anopportunity to educate the communityabout the real-life effects of ourcommunal consumption. If handledcorrectly, it is the also last point ofdiverting to appropriate disposalfacilities materials such as concrete,landscaping and wood waste,televisions and computer materials,metals, batteries, paint, tires and freon.For the last two decades, landfillshave evolved into areas where air andwater quality are closely monitored.One of the primary air quality concernsis methane. For a while now, methanehas been closely watched for migrationat the boundaries so that neighboringareas are kept safe. Now, methaneproduction is viewed as an opportunityfor projects that might direct-fireboilers or produce electricity.Water quality also is a high priorityfor solid waste operations. In the past,dumps were unlined, allowingrainwater and the liquids in the waste tofilter down to the groundwaterunderneath. Landfills are now requiredto be lined with a thick geomembraneliner and a system for pumping theliquids out to collection tanks toprevent them from intruding onunderlying aquifers. As the nextnatural progression, some area landfillshave wetlands adjacent to them. Thecity of Grand Prairie is currently in theprocess of constructing a functioningwetland between the landfill and theTrinity River.In conclusion, waste managementis changing in exciting ways. Trips tothe dump are things of the past.Landfills today contain opportunitiesfor environmental education and a lesspollutant tomorrow.gptx.org | City of Grand Prairie | Winter 2009 | Life is Grand • 37


City’s 2009 Holiday Ornament Flies High for CentennialThe city’s annual custom-designed2009 city of Grand Prairie holidayornament, which embraces thecity’s 100th year of incorporationthis year, is now available. Revenuesbenefit local charities. Ornamentsretail at $15 each andmay be purchased at:City Hall,Marketing Department317 College St.Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Tourist Center2170 N. Belt Line RoadMon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sun 1-5 p.m.This sixth in a series of annual ornamentscelebrates the city’s centennial,honors the city’s longaviation history and celebrates theindustry that was responsible forthe city’s rapid growth duringWorld War II with a F4U Corsair,produced by Chance Vought Aviationin the late 1940s and early1950s. The classic blue bent-wingfighter soars through the clouds ina frame “celebrating a century.”Also available for $10 each are theinaugural 2004 ornament, recognizingLone Star Park at GrandPrairie’s World ThoroughbredChampionship Breeders’ Cup; the2005 “I Love Grand Prairie” ornament;the 2006 “Starry Nights” ornament;the 2007 “UptownTheater” ornament; and the 2008“Prairie Lights” ornament. FirstLady Janice England created theornament project as a way to celebrateGrand Prairie. For more information,call 972-237-8000.In Grand Prairie, it is not a matterof if you’ll get caught, but whenyou’ll get caught if you drink anddrive. We’ve increased DWI patrolsby 200 percent to help drop the 37percent of traffic fatalities that are alcoholrelated.In addition, Grand Prairie Policeregularly conduct sting operations atretailers who sell alcohol, arrestingclerks who sell to minors and adultswho buy alcohol for minors. In a recentoperation, five adults were arrestedfor buying beer for an underageyouth. This year, police issued 408 citationsfor Consumption by Minor and63 citations for Minor in Possession.The city of Grand Prairie and itsnon-profit partner, Impact GP, aim toeliminate underage drinking, drug useand drinking and driving in GrandPrairie. For more information, checkout www.impactgp.org.New Grand Prairie T-Shirtsin Stock at Tourist CenterAll new men’s and ladies’T-shirt designs are now on salefor $15 at the Tourist Center,2170 N. Belt Line Road.The Tourist Center is openMonday-Saturday8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday1-5 p.m. www.gptexas.comGARBAGE COLLECTIONSCHEDULEGarbage and recyclableswill not be collected on:Thanksgiving DayThursday, Nov. 26Christmas DayFriday, Dec. 25New Year’s DayFriday, Jan. 1There will be no makeup day.Please put your garbage and recyclingout on your next scheduled collection day.The landfill will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26; Friday,Dec. 25; and will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31.HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAYSResidents can drop off household hazardouswaste on the following dates:Sat., Jan. 9, 9 -11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd StSat., Feb. 6, 9 -11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd StSat., March 6, 9 -11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd StSat., March 27, 8 a.m.- noon, Landfill, 1102 MacArthur BlvdHousehold and automotive batteries, pharmaceuticals, motor oil, cookingoil, paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs, and household, landscape, and poolchemicals will be accepted. Not accepted are explosives, gas cylinders,fireworks, medical waste, radioactive materials, municipal trash orcommercial waste.Registration is required. Register by calling 972-237-8055 or on-line atwww.gptx.org/WQ/HHW. Weather conditions may require that events becanceled or rescheduled. Registrants will be notified of any changes by emailor telephone.38 • Life is Grand | Winter 2009 | City of Grand Prairie | gptx.org


LIFE IS GRAND!City of Grand PrairieP.O. Box 534045Grand Prairie, TX 75053-4045PRESORTED STANDARDU.S. POSTAGEPAIDGRAND PRAIRIE, TXPERMIT NO. 178Residential CustomerGrand Prairie, TexasThis coupon is good for$2 OFF ADMISSIONAT PRAIRIE LIGHTS 2009Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake.Valid Monday – Thursday, excludes holidays.One coupon per vehicle,expires December 30, 2009

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