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The Stories series, which spotlights often-forgotten women composers of early music, features Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in its next chapter. A famous Mexican nun from the 17th century, she is known as a writer, poet and composer. The episode debuts at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

 

DALLAS - Lumedia Musicworks debuts a short comedic documentary film and performance about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, online. The event is the latest installment of Stories, a celebration of women composers in early classical music.

 

Register to watch the episode at no charge at https://tinyurl.com/JuanaInesDeLaCruz. Donations are accepted and go toward funding Lumedia artist performances at senior centers throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. The installment will be available through Jan. 6.

 

Dallas-based nonprofit Lumedia is an early classical music ensemble working across multiple mediums to draw in new and diverse audiences. Lumedia offers both live and online performances accompanied by short films it produces. It’s short films have won national and international awards. Lumedia boasts fans from as far away as South Africa and Australia.

 

De la Cruz (1648-95) was a Mexican nun, writer, poet and composer during the Baroque period. She’s known as the Phoenix of Mexico.

 

“Sor Juana is a respected philosopher and artist who spoke out against abuses of the Spanish government and the Catholic church,” said Julianna Emanski, Lumedia’s artistic director and a Grammy nominee. “She was a champion for the indigenous people.”

 

Hannah Ceniseros of Rowlett plays the composer. Jendi Tarde of Lewisville directed the film.

 

Other installments of the Stories series are available on Lumedia’s website https://www.lumediamusicworks.com/stuff-for-nerds.

 

 

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Soulman’s Bar-B-Que brings the holidays home by doing the cooking for North Texans this year. Soulman’s hassle-free holiday menu brings friends and families together to spend the season sharing great food, tried-and-true traditions and abundant gratitude.  

“At Soulman’s, we take ‘home for the holidays’ very seriously. We cook our meats low and slow over hickory in our time-honored tradition and our favorite recipes have been passed down from generation to generation,” says Brett Randle, CEO of North Texas-based Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

North Texans can choose Soulman’s traditional holiday meal, including bone-in hickory-smoked turkey, or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides including cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and traditional cranberry sauce. The family meal serves approximately 10-12 people for $134.99. The new Soulful Holiday Meal features Soulman’s sliced brisket and sausage with mac and cheese, ranch house beans, dinner rolls and Soulman’s signature Bar-B-Que sauce for $149.99 to serve 10-12 people. For dessert, Soulman’s has homemade buttermilk and pecan pies available to make any holiday meal complete for $17.99. 

To give this year’s holiday meal a bit more kick, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que introduces their new Cajun Fried Turkey to the menu. “Our Cajun fried turkey has been in the works for quite some time,” says Randle. “Delicious, juicy and other-worldly tender, this unique Cajun flavor has quickly become a favorite of ours.” The Cajun Fried Turkey can be added to the traditional holiday meal for $4.99 or ordered on its own for $84.99. It is to be noted that all Cajun Fried Turkeys are fried in peanut oil.

For North Texans looking to branch out from the traditional holiday dinner, Soulman’s offers party packs to make catering holiday parties easy and delicious. From succulent beef brisket to delicious pulled pork, Soulman’s catering brings something to the table for everyone throughout the season. Those who choose to enjoy the holidays stress-free can pre-order from the holiday catering menu.

This family-owned and operated company has prepared family meals that have customers coming back year after year for more than four decades. Soulman’s has remained true to its original strive for consistent quality and is honored to be considered the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout & Delivery (2020).

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DALLAS - Lumedia Musicworks, a Dallas-based nonprofit ensemble known for combining early classical music with modern short films it produces, aims to raise $10,000 during the annual, national Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign Tuesday, Nov. 30. Lumedia's short films have won national and international awards at film festivals and are programmed into weekly broadcasts in local pediatric hospitals.

Lumedia, which launched its fifth season in September, performs early classical music - music composed before 1750 - both in-person and online.

"We've grown tremendously in the past few years and have fans worldwide, but we rely on individual donations," said Julianna Emanski, Lumedia's founder and artistic director. "Most of our online content is free, and any ticket sales cover only a portion of production costs."

Giving Tuesday is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The event encourages people to give back during the holiday season, especially to nonprofits. Lumedia Musicworks graciously accepts donations at this link https://tinyurl.com/LMGivingTuesday.

Lumedia also named its Audience Ambassadors for the 2021-22 season. They are:

Patricia and Robert Brooks of Dallas

Kat Krone of Dallas

Jim Nugent of Dallas

John Michael Cooper of Georgetown

Jana Irwin of Bedford

Shea Landor of Prosper

Anne Leek of Houston

Ed and Janet Hess of Houston

Ruth Ann Herrera of Texas

Judy Pruitt of Clarksville, Ga.

Olivia Sparkhall of the United Kingdom

The ambassadors are those who assist with audience development by watching, attending and sharing Lumedia's content with others. They are based locally and internationally.

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Patricia Cowlishaw, Barbara Glass, Nancy Sanders, Executive Director of Belmont Village Senior Living

Buy Your Holiday Poinsettias to benefit AWARE | Dedicated to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease Since 1989
        

AWARE president Karisti Julia announces a very special opportunity for the community to support AWARE in its fight against Alzheimer’s disease by purchasing holiday poinsettias to benefit AWARE.
        
These high-quality poinsettias may be ordered in pink, red or white. There are two options for purchase: Priced at $25.00 each for the 6” pots and $35.00 each for 10” pots, protected with plastic sleeves. 100% of the proceeds benefit AWARE. Order online now through December 3rd at https://awareevent.kimbia.com/poinsettias  or contact Karen Koop at kckoop@swbell.net
        
AWARE is working in partnership with Belmont Village Senior Living, which is the pick-up point, located at 3535 N. Hall Street, Dallas, 75219. Pick up times are on Thursday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, December 10th from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. If you can’t pick up your order, let AWARE know and delivery can be arranged.

        

What is AWARE? AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. In other words, the funds raised by AWARE stay in our local community. To learn more about AWARE, membership benefits, special events, educational programs and more, visit the website at www.AWAREDallas.org  Instagram:@awaredallas. Facebook: @awaredallas The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of AWARE.

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Uplift Education’s College and Career March has been known as the College March for the past 6 years. This event will be held at Uplift’s ten high school campuses during the first week of December.

College and Career March is celebrating Uplift’s seniors and their hard work. This high-energy event kicks off the final semester for Uplift’s seniors as they begin to make concrete decisions for their future. Seniors make their way to a symbolic mailbox and drop in letters or applications that will help determine their future.  Whether the envelopes contain an application to a college, trade school, or the military, or a letter to a potential employer, this is the moment when Uplift students put their years of hard work and planning into action.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/GczHpKKRuP0

This event also allows their underclassmen a glimpse into what’s in store for them when they become seniors. This event brings around 940 senior students to “march” through crowds of fellow students, staff, community supporters and family, cheering them on as they make their way to the mailbox.

 

While Uplift believes that a college degree is the best pathway to achieve a comfortable income and a fulfilling life, they also acknowledge that college might not be the right path for every graduate. The career component to this event is inclusive of all students and their aspirations post high school.  Uplift not only helps students get into their best fit college, but they also provide college persistence support and career counseling post-graduation.  For those students who chose to pursue a career out of high school, Uplift provides supports to alternative pathways for earning college credit, guidance for obtaining training for in-demand jobs, apprenticeships, and more.

The Uplift College and Career March furthers the college, military and career-bound culture and encourages the underclassmen in their pursuit of them all. We cannot wait to feel the energy of our live event and are excited to watch the creativity and enthusiasm unfold!

Uplift students earn college degrees at a rate four times the national average of their peers and more than twice the average of low-income students in the state of Texas. 100% of Uplift’s eligible high schools were named among the Best High Schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report for 2021. All of Uplift’s high schools were within the top 29%.

“Our student's virtual march is symbolic of hours, days, and years of hard work and commitment that they put in. We could not be prouder of the way our seniors are maintaining their academic goals, often while working to help support their family. They have also shown amazing creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a pandemic,” said Yasmin Bhatia, Uplift CEO.

“I love Uplift because of the opportunity they can give you; if it were not for Uplift, I do not think I would be where I am right now. Before going to Uplift, I honestly never thought about going to college and did not know what I wanted in a career; it really changed my life.” - Roberto Moreno, Uplift Williams, Class of 2012

“Having teachers truly believe in me really fueled my fire and pushed me to learn more and become a well-rounded student.” – Mariah Steward, Uplift Luna, Class of 2016

We encourage the community to post to social media using the hashtag #Upliftcollegeandcareermarch to support our seniors. While we all have adapted to this “new pandemic normal”, we are confident that NOTHING has changed for our seniors as they prepare for their future.  They are equipped with solid, globally focused academic knowledge, key critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.

Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 45 college preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach over 21,000 students in Pre-K- 12th?grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit?uplifteducation.org?or?facebook.com/uplifteducation

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The holidays can be stressful, and Two Sisters Catering understands that while family get-togethers may continue to look a bit different this year, this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying classics your family looks forward to during the holidays! Two Sisters Catering is bringing back its holiday-favorite catering boxes so you can take cooking off of your plate. With that extra room, you can enjoy the holidays stress-free… and maybe even an extra slice of pie!

The Holiday Dinner catering box serves 8-10 adults and includes: artichoke and spinach crostini; blood orange cranberry salad; herbed garlic roasted beef tenderloin; Yukon mashed potatoes; grilled asparagus; creamy brussels sprouts asiago bake; fresh baked whole wheat rolls; holiday fruit crisp. The Holiday Dinner box is $380.

The Feliz Navidad Buffet catering box serves 8-10 adults and includes: queso de casa, salsa roja, guacamole and house made tortillas chips; chopped southwest salad; grilled beef tenderloin fajita; shredded chicken and green chile tamales; Spanish rice; refried beans; red velvet cake. The Feliz Navidad box is $365.

Christmas pick-up orders will be ready on Friday, December 24, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Two Sisters Catering or can be delivered for an additional $35 after 10 a.m. The deadline for orders is Monday, December 20, 2021, at 12 p.m. Call 214-821-4343 or email Alexv@twosisterscatering.com to place your Christmas order today!

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'Tis the Season to Support the SPCA of Texas
#GivingTuesday is Tomorrow

 

(DALLAS, TX); November 29, 2021 – You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?! This holiday season, the SPCA of Texas has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates generosity worldwide! Occurring tomorrow on November 30, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday which kick-off the holiday giving season. This year, thanks to anonymous donors, all gifts up to $75,000 will be matched until midnight.

The SPCA of Texas invites the North Texas community to support the animals on #GivingTuesday through donations to help the organization rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each animal that comes through our doors. Whether it's $10 or $200, every dollar makes a difference in an animal’s life. During last year's #GivingTuesday, 1,179 gifts were made to the SPCA of Texas, helping the organization raise over $124,000. This year, the goal is $130,000.

Entering its ninth year, #GivingTuesday is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that provides a platform for people to encourage the donation of time, resources and talent. As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. The SPCA of Texas is participating in #GivingTuesday this year to spread the word about the importance of adopting, spaying/neutering and vaccinating pets to serve the most vulnerable animals in our community and make North Texas and beyond safer and healthier for pets and people alike.

Show your support for the SPCA of Texas on #GivingTuesday, by donating at spca.org/GivingTuesday. All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.
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Park Cities Christmas Dolls and Toys Drive

Kickoff for drive featured talk and display of rare dolls owned by a senior resident of The Preston of the Park Cities

 

For nine decades, Virginia Myers, 99, and her daughter, Brenda Myers, 66, have channeled their mutual love of dolls into a collection that numbers in the hundreds. Now, their passion has inspired a “Christmas Dolls and Toys Drive” sponsored by Virginia’s senior living community to ensure that homeless children in North Texas have a special doll or toy to love this holiday season.

Surrounded by dozens of antique, vintage, and modern play and artist dolls from their personal collection, Brenda Myers discussed “Dolls Through The Decades” at an event for residents and family members on November 19 that served as the kickoff for The Preston of the Park Cities “Christmas Dolls and Toys Drive”.

Donated dolls and toys from the drive will be given to Hope Supply Co., a North Texas nonprofit dedicated to meeting critical needs and enhancing the lives of homeless and at-risk children, on Wednesday, December 15, at 3:00 pm, during a festive “Dolls and Toys Christmas Tea Party” at the community.

The Preston of the Park Cities “Christmas Dolls and Toys Drive” is open to the public now through December 15 for donations of new dolls and toys for children ages 0-18. The community is located at 5917 Sherry Lane, Dallas 75225, parkcities.watermarkcommunities.com/.

 

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“Anatomy of Nature 1”
by Regina Davis
Gallery Wrap 36 x 24"
Oil & Wax on canvas

“This painting is a reminder of Grace… Reminiscing about lands not discovered and making ones that eventually dissolve. Experiencing the warmth of the sun, and sounds that only leaves and birds make. The forgettable and unforgettable, never to be seen again. Always there, every day.”

Painting info: https://giddensgallery.com/artwork/anatomy-of-nature-1-regina-davis/

Click here to read Regina’s story and view additional work by her: 
https://giddensgallery.com/artist/regina-davis/

Visit Grapevine often, and while there,
make Giddens Gallery of Fine Art one of the places you visit.
You won’t be disappointed and each time you’ll see new pieces.

The Gallery has 18 local resident artists.
https://giddensgallery.com/about/

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COMMISSIONING ART HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
“Create Your Own”
https://giddensgallery.com/create-your-own/

Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine
624 S Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-488-8600
www.giddensgallery.com
www.facebook.com/GiddensGallery/

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am till 6pm
Private showings are available by appointment on Sundays at 1pm or after, and Mondays.

We will always appreciate your “Share” on Social Media

The gallery exhibits 150+ art pieces at any given time. However, if you find a particular piece that you’re coming in to see, whether in a promotion or on our Website, make sure to call first as we have over 750 pieces that we promote and are listed on the Website.

Be among the first to see new art work and upcoming art Shows.
https://giddensgallery.com/subscribe/
We do not display nor sell prints or reproductions.  Be assured that you will always be buying originals when you purchase from Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine.

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“Quiet Beauty”
by Sara Joseph
Framed 22 x 15"
Acrylic on Paper

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Rom 1:20

Painting info: https://giddensgallery.com/artwork/quiet-beauty-sara-joseph/

Click here to read Sara’s story and view additional work by her: 
https://giddensgallery.com/artist/sara-joseph/

Visit Grapevine often, and while there,
make Giddens Gallery of Fine Art one of the places you visit.
You won’t be disappointed and each time you’ll see new pieces.

The Gallery has 18 local resident artists.
https://giddensgallery.com/about/

Make it a date night – Short Video

COMMISSIONING ART HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
“Create Your Own”
https://giddensgallery.com/create-your-own/

Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine
624 S Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-488-8600
www.giddensgallery.com
www.facebook.com/GiddensGallery/

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am till 6pm
Private showings are available by appointment on Sundays at 1pm or after, and Mondays.

We will always appreciate your “Share” on Social Media

The gallery exhibits 150+ art pieces at any given time. However, if you find a particular piece that you’re coming in to see, whether in a promotion or on our Website, make sure to call first as we have over 750 pieces that we promote and are listed on the Website.

Be among the first to see new art work and upcoming art Shows.
https://giddensgallery.com/subscribe/
We do not display nor sell prints or reproductions.  Be assured that you will always be buying originals when you purchase from Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine.