National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Guests May Want To Rethink Their Route Friday

Those planning to attend the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency on Friday might want consider taking a different route to the event or getting an earlier start. Why? Because despite Veteran’s Day officially being on Saturday, the Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade honoring vets starts at 11 with streets in the area being blocked off just as guests arrive for the luncheon.

2017 Dallas Veterans Day Parade Route*

On the other hand, if you don’t have plans, why not check out the parade honoring the men and women, who have served this country?

*Graphic courtesy of Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade

Equest Gala Organizers Have The Ponies Rearing To Party And Umbrellas Aplenty Just In Case Of Predicted April Showers Prove To Be True

Saturday’s Equest Gala at Texas Horse Park is being threatened by local weather guessers with stormy weather. But according to Gala Emcee and former weather-caster Jocelyn White, it’s always a guessing game.

So, don’t let the threats of showers dissuade you from heading to the protected stable area leading to the covered arena, where all the dining and dancing will be taking place. The horses have been spiffing up all week for the big fundraiser, and the humans have been taking precautions.

Jocelyn White (File photo)

Kathy Fielder (File photo)

Co-Chair Kathy Fielder reports, “We are still hoping our Field of Dreams will be dry, but we are prepared if spring showers come our way. Thankfully, the event areas, including the beautifully transformed arena, are covered. If needed, we will have plenty of umbrellas to keep folks dry, and bourbon to warm them up. Our Equest Clients and Therapy Horses are ready to shine.”

What’s more, you won’t have to worry about driving to and back from the festivities. The buses will be running come sleet, snow, soggy roads or whatever. Just make sure you have your spot on the shuttle saved by checking in with Amanda Fastle at 972.412.1099, Ext. 215.

Come Rain Or Shine, Sunday’s “Change Is Good” Is On

If you believe the weather guessers, lower temperatures and wet stuff are coming to the ‘hood this weekend. It will be nice to have the cooler weather. As for the rain, lawns will appreciate it, but event planners like the Plano Balloon Festival, the 6th Annual 5K “One Run” and Flight of the Monarch Festival may be tapping into their back-up plans.

Just heard from Community Partners of DallasJoanna Clarke about the status of Sunday’s 10th annual Change Is Good. Usually the outdoor/indoor kids’ fest turns Brook Hollow Golf Club into a mini-Six Flags Over Texas complete with mammoth bounce houses and bungee jumping.

Change Is Good Come Rain Or Shine*

Change Is Good Come Rain Or Shine*

Okay, so maybe the bungee jumping won’t be work in the ballroom, but the CPD team has managed to have a bounce house be bopping in the ballroom. In addition, there will be loads of face painting, sugary delights, games, prizes, music by DJ Bill Cody and the Rad Hatter, who will be making super-duper hats. BTW, both Bill and Rad have been part of the fun since it started ten years ago.

Cellphone photo alert: There will a huge “10” in balloons that will be a perfect spot for a photo of the munchkins.

It will be the perfect way to spend a wet afternoon (3 to 6 p.m.) with the kids just before the Cowboys play the Bears at 7:30. And do try to stay until the end because there’s gonna be a surprise.

So typical of CPD, they’re turning a rainy day into a play day. After all a little “change is good.”

JUST IN: Rainy Day Backup Plans Announced For Friday’s North Texas Food Bank’s 17th Annual Empty Bowls

Weary of the rain? Well, it’s probably hanging around a bit longer, so don’t retire those raincoats quite yet. In fact, the drippy stuff is supposed to stay until sometime Saturday.

Mother Nature's tears

Mother Nature’s tears

Oops! Didn’t anybody tell Mother Nature that the North Texas Food Bank’s 17th Annual Empty Bowls is taking place Friday at the Meyerson? Wouldn’t have done any good. She still was gonna rain on the foodie parade.

Ah, but those wonderful NTFB folks were prepared for such a situation and had a back-up plans in place.

According to NTFB’s Anna Kurian, “If it rains, our plan is to move the VIP entry inside. VIPs will be able to enter starting at 10:30 a.m. at the main entrance on Flora Street and at the Lower Level — Basement Area entry — where we will also move the handcrafted bowls.

Empty Bowls (File photo)

Empty Bowls (File photo)

“We do hope that Mother Nature cooperates, but if it does rain, we know that our guests will undoubtedly appreciate a nice cup of soup even more!”

And that soup will be provided by Blue Mesa Grill, Celebration Market and Restaurant, Empire Baking Co. & Mozzarella Company, Green Door Public House, Kroger, Low Country Quisine, McAlister’s Deli, Meso Maya, Mi Cocina, NTFB Community Kitchen, Panera Bread, Royal Cup Coffee, Snappy Salads, SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, Tejano Brothers, True Food Kitchen, Urban Crust and Wolfgang Puck Catering plus cheese from Paula Lambert’s Mozzarella Co.

Tickets are still available.

Batten Down The Hatches

It sounds like the next few hours and possibly days may be a bit rocky. Back on May 8, 2014, the area got hit hard by storms and winds, So, pull out the bumbershoot, drive carefully, bring the pets in, check on your elderly friends and make sure your batteries are available just in case you lose power.

May 8, 2014 storm damage

May 8, 2014 storm damage

If you’ve got a back-up plan for an outdoor event, you might want to make it frontrow.

Yes, this rainy stuff is getting old, but so was the drought.

Change Of Plans: Lemonade Day Greater Dallas Best-Tasting Lemonade Contest

The weather predictors are having event organizers kick in their back-up plans. First, The Great Create revealed that it’s all ready to move inside if the guessers are right.

Now, word just arrived that this Sunday’s Lemonade Day Best-Tasting Lemonade Contest that was scheduled to take place “at Klyde Warren Park has been move due to predictions of inclement weather for that day.”

Front row: Sonny Alaniz, Michael Salazar, Albert Morales, Natnael Asrat; Back row: Mike Rawlings and Robert Alpert* (File photo)

Front row: Sonny Alaniz, Michael Salazar, Albert Morales, Natnael Asrat; Back row: Mike Rawlings and Robert Alpert (File photo*)

The event where celebrity judges like restaurateur Phil Romano, Dallas Cowboy coach Jason Garrett, State Senator Royce West, Klyde Warren, Hockaday senior Maddie Bradshaw (founder of m3 girl designs, a jewelry company with $1.6 million in annual revenue), and Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation founder Gail Warrior, will now select the best tasting lemonade at Trinity  Groves restaurant and entertainment district.

While we all know that there have been weather threats recently that have fizzled out, this ain’t a case of crying, “Wolf!” If you have an outdoor event, you really need to a back-up plan for the sake of your guests, staffs and vendors.

* Photo provided by Lemonade Day Greater Dallas

JUST IN: The Great Create Will Take Place Sunday

The weathercasters are all in a tizzy! Seems hail, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, plague and locusts are preparing to take over on Sunday. Okay, so the plague and locusts are staying at home, but the rest is supposedly on the agenda.

Sunday afternoon is also when The Great Create at the Nasher Sculpture Center is to commence. And, yes, it still will, regardless of the weather. Despite its original plan is to once again take place in the OMG garden, Nasher Maven Of Information Kristen Gibbins reports, “In case of rain, it will be inside and be awesome!”

The Great Create 2013 (File photo)

The Great Create 2013 (File photo)

And everybody knows that when someone from the Nasher uses the word “awesome,” they’re understating plans.

Oh, boy! Can’t wait for the kids, colors and creative types Sunday come rain or shine from 1 to 4 p.m. Family co-chairs include Tonya and Todd Ramsey plus their kids Truett, Maggie and Berkeley and Courtney and Jeff Sinelli plus their munchkins Story and Sky.

The Great Create 2013  (File photo)

The Great Create 2013 (File photo)

Dallas Arboretum’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Gala Has Backup Plans Well Planted In Case Of Rain

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden*

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden*

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Gala organizers have revealed backup plans just in case Friday’s predictions of rain come true.

If the weather is lovely, then cocktails will be at the Children’s Garden with festivities held in Rosine Hall. However, if the skies drip away making a cocktail party in the Children’s Garden too wet for enjoyment, they’ll have cocktails on the terraces adjacent to Rosine Hall. And, yes, the patio area will of course be tented.

* Photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum