Soak This One In

The drought of 2011 is resulting in lawns of straw and growing water bills. All of that is pretty obvious. But what may not be registering yet is the incredible damage the lack of water is doing to trees. The folks at the Texas Trees Foundation have been in high alert about the situation.

According to Texas Trees Foundation Urban Forester Matt Grubisich, “Under normal summer conditions, trees and turf should be watered three days a week. Because we’ve had so many days of extreme heat and drought, it’s crucial to water trees at least that often, including deeper watering.”

No, that doesn’t mean getting your shovel out, digging a trench around your trees and creating a moat. It means “it is best to water manually with a hose or a soaker hose; water slowly for about an hour in the root zone under the tree canopy. Once the area is soaked, relocate and repeat watering process until all the root zones have been well watered. Be sure to break up the watering times, if necessary, to prevent surface runoff. If the soil is dry, then it is time to water.”

Oops, it’s time to move the soaker hoses.

Just In: Bernadette Is Out And Kristin Is In At The Nasher

Let’s get the not-so-good news over with. Broadway babe Bernadette Peters had to cancel her chat at the NasherSalon Series due to her starring role in the revival of “Follies” on the Big White Way.

Now that you’re recovering from that disappointment, gear up. Itty-bitty-cutie-pie Kristin Chenoweth has been scheduled for a November 15th salon at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Oklahoma native is simply amazing. Whether it is television (“Pushing Daisies,” “American Idol,” “The West Wing”) or the stage (“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Wicked,” “Promises, Promises”), she’s absolutely steals every scene in which she appears.

And, she also proves you can’t judge a talent by its size. Kristin is about as big as Tinkerbell (4’11”) and has a voice that has a range that knows no limits.

Since the seating at the salon will be limited to 200, you’ll want to sign up for Nasher membership. Why? Because members get first dibs on tickets, of course. Don’t bother calling about the tickets yet. They won’t even be available until Tuesday, October 4.

Oh, and did we mention that Kristin is starring in a new television show for ABC? Something called “Good Christian Belles.”

Speaking of GCB, word is coming down the pipeline that executive producer Darren Star is no longer on set of the series. Seems that the fictional female characters of the dramedy weren’t the only ones having friendship problems.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Individual Tickets Are On Sale And Goals Are Being Topped For The October 15 Extra-Extravaganza

Cattle Baron’s Chair Jennifer Dix and her posse have been working through the summer’s heat to bust all records for their Rhinestone Cowboy extravaganza on Saturday, October 15, at Southfork. You already knew about the ultra-fab pre-party for big boot scooting sponsors with Clint Black as the entertainer and the fact that Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley will be handling the music at the gala. Now for the new news from Jennifer:

  • The individual tickets to the gala itself are now on sale. No one is supposed to officially know until the very end of August. But Jennifer said we could let our “friends know now so they can get their tickets ASAP. We WILL sell out!” Better do it now before it’s grovel time.
  • Other big buck news involves the Big Board and the Live Auction. The Big Board’s goal was to have a $1-million-valued offering. The gals have already rustled up $940,000 worth of goodies and are within a lipliner’s distance from achieving their numbers.
  • On the other hand, the Live Auction’s total value is over the $1 million mark. Boy, are the CBB gals and their cowbells going to be jangling this year during the bidding.
  • And speaking of donations, here’s a little behind-the-scenes info. Thanks to the in-kind donors, more and more money is raised for the American Cancer Society. If it weren’t for these donations, $550,000 would have to be spent by CBB for services and materials. For instance, Tracy Locke has provided CBB with amazing, award-winning creative elements for the past few years including the program book, which is as thick as a telephone directory. This year’s book is 40 pages bigger than last year’s because of all those auction donations.  Jennifer is giving a tip of the hat to CBB committee member JB Hayes, who coordinated all aspects of the book.

But the real clincher of the whole night will be event planning guru Tom Addis‘s interpretation of Rhinestone Cowboy. We’ve seen Tom’s story board and have been sworn to secrecy. Let’s just say that thanks to Mr. Addis, this event is going to be oh-so-over-the-top that it will make Viva Las Vegas seem like a knitting bee.

Could-We-Use-The-Help-And-How: Human Rights Initiative

Human Rights Initiative

Human Rights Initiative depends on volunteers to assist our clients and our organization in a variety of ways. HRI provides free legal representation to victims of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the United States, victims of human trafficking, victims of spousal or child abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, immigrant children who flee from violence and travel to the U.S. alone, or immigrant children that have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents in the U.S.  

“Volunteers have assisted HRI with many different projects, including:

  • Event planning, including assisting with our upcoming Annual 5k Run for Human Rights
  • Donation drives for our clients (blankets, toiletries, toys, diapers, etc)
  • Administrative work such as data entry, sorting and scanning files
  • Volunteer interpreter/translator program to help translate documents for our clients’ cases and occasional in-person interpretation
  • Planning social events for our clients, including monthly dinners and educational classes
  • Spring, Summer, and Fall internships for students interested in assisting our Asylum and Women and Children’s Programs
  • Public service and community service hour opportunities for law and undergraduate students
  • Volunteer attorneys to work on legal cases
  • Volunteer physicians to conduct forensic exams for clients

“We recently updated our volunteer application, so if you would like to volunteer for HRI, please fill out this application and indicate which opportunities you are interested in. If you have any other questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about a specific opportunity, please contact Zainab Abdulqader, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 214-855-0520.”

Zainab Abdulqader, Volunteer Coordinator

Cooking Provides Greater Insight Thanks To Nick And Sam’s Samir Durandhar

Samir Durandhar

KRLD’s Restaurant Week started August 15 and had chefs throughout the city in a tailspin preparing for the flood of folks to eat and benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home. However, one chef showed up at work at 6 a.m. last Tuesday because he had an added special event on his agenda. He was Nick and Sam’s Samir “Chef” Dhurandhar. In addition to preparing beef tenderloin with wild mushroom and blue corn crusted salmon with roasted corn relish with all the extras for the evening diners, he was expecting some very special guests for lunch  — 17 youngsters who were going to learn how to cook.

Unlike the typical kids’ cooking class, this one was going to be totally unique. The students were legally blind and part of the  Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’s Division of Blind Services program . Chef hosts classes for visually challenged youngsters twice a year. Why? His reason is two-fold. One, Samir appreciates the well-being of his family and realizes that others aren’t as fortunate. Second, he acknowledges, “It’s the experience for the kids. After a few minutes of working together, it becomes apparent that the experience is also one for the staff as they watch their junior chefs learn their way through the rigors of preparing a meal.”


There were definite challenges and perks for these cooking newbies. For instance, working with a knife took on a whole new danger and the finished cupcakes tended to be more modern art than traditional fru-fru. While the kids may not have been able to appreciate the walls of art and fine furnishings, they could tell through their other finely tuned senses that their surroundings were truly special. Perhaps it was the scents of perfume worn by guests the night before, or the feel of the marble prep counter.

Luke Newcombe, Corbin Carson and Aaron Trevino

But once the kids started working with Chef and his staff in the open kitchen, it became apparent to those with perfect 20/20 vision that the kids were introducing them to a whole new element of cooking: the aromas of fresh foods being cut by Luke Newcombe, Corbin Carson, Aaron Trevino, Libby Daughtery and Felicia Hackett; the feel of the frosting  as it was squeezed out of the pastry tube on to the cupcakes by Stephen Daughtery, Anthony Trevino, Javier Martinez and Jessica Aguirre; the heat

rising from the stove as the meat was cooking; learning how to transport glasses of water to the tables without spilling a drop; the eye moisture resulting from the onions as the knife

Libby Daughtery and Felicia Hackett

blades cut into them; the feel of the linens and silverware as Libby Daughtery placed them on the white table clothes; and the sound of marvelous piano music flowing nonstop.

No, the music was not provided by a tape nor a highly paid professional pianist. The grand piano fronting the kitchen was being played by Joseph King, who was not only one of the students but also self-taught. Samir was so impressed that he arranged for Joseph to return on another occasion to play for Nick and Sam’s evening guests.

French fries

After the bowls of food were ready to be served on the perfectly set tables, the novice chefs took their place to a feast. And, like most kids, they laughed and shared tales of their lessons learned that day.

Anna Martinez

Summing up the whole occasion, little Anna Martinez told DAR staffers, “I want to come back here next year.”

With The 2011 Junior League Gala A Recordbreaker, D’Andra Simmons And Colin Duchin Are Making Engaging Plans

Just as the Monarch butterflies return to Mexico for the winter, the mega-fundraisers of Dallas are preparing to wing back to Dallas from all parts to raise more money for the nonprofits. But don’t think they’ve been lolling around working on their tans and recovering from various types of “refreshening.”

There you go again. You want an example. All right, since you demand.

Colin Duchin and D'Andra Simmons

Made-by-Mattel-adorable D’Andra Simmons and Colin Duchin have taken each other officially off the most wanted list of beautiful eligibles. D’Andra had hinted that once she had marshalled a successful Junior League of Dallas campaign and closed the books, she and Colin would focus on their future. Well, Ms. Simmons’ JLD gala broke past records and the accountants were smiling when the final total was written in ink.

But D’Andra’s cross-country travels put a detour in plans. Well, a girl’s got to take care of business and Ultimate Living had her making personal appearances all over.

Finally, this weekend the twosome managed to escape the Texas heat and the demands of work. They headed up to Colin’s sister Courtnay Duchin‘s place in Bozeman, Montana. Friday a slew of Duchins were on hand including Courtnay, her husband Jason Bill, their two kids (Eli and Teddy) and Courtnay’s brother Jason when Colin popped the question just like a vintage Cary Grant scene.  According to D’Andra, “It was very sweet. He said, ‘Now that you have met my family and they all love you and I love you, and since you do not have any brothers and sisters, I propose that we be married and you become part of our family.'”

Now, most gals have female intuition when something big is going to happen. But Colin is a romantic at heart and loves to do things with panache. D’Andra was “so shocked that it was in front of his brothers and sisters that I was totally taken aback!! It was hard to process it all and then he was on his knee and I was saying to myself, ‘What just happened?'”

Despite a temporary state of shock, our gal D’Andra didn’t lose her bearings. “My face was bright red! Of course, I said, ‘Yes!’ before I even looked at the ring!!”

The Simmons-Duchin engagement ring

Speaking of gems, Colin came through in true Duchin style. The engagement ring is an 8- to 10-carat oval Tanzanite surrounded by diamonds. Don’t you just know it dazzles with D’Andra’s deep blue eyes. Dang, but Colin has great taste and knows how to win a girl’s ring finger.

Saturday the now-engaged twosome spent the night at Becky Fonda‘s ranch. It was rather bittersweet. Yes, they continued the engagement celebration, but it was probably the last time the group would gather there. Seems Becky was forced to sell the ranch as part of her divorce agreement with her ex-, Peter Fonda. Also on hand were fabulous photo Bruce Weber and his equally fabulous wife Nan Bush, who picked up the tab for dinner at The Bistro in Livingston.

Dee Simmons and Peter Duchin

And how are the folks of the two beautiful people reacting? D’Andra claims, “My parents (Dee and Glenn Simmons) are in shock!! Everyone is happy!! Peter (Duchin) was yelling, ‘Colin just got engaged’ to his group of friends on the phone in Sun Valley. Family is so happy!!!”

Planning next year’s wedding in NYC should be a snap after chairing the JLD gala. Want to bet the theme will be, “And they lived happily ever after”?

Driver’s Ed: School Zone Mentality Is Back In Session

Remember that a lot of schools are back in session today. Translation: Return to school zone mentality — no cell phones and no speeding. Speaker phones and hands-free are okay, but they can still be distracting.

Also, be smart and get a ten-minute-early-start. Not only will the slow-down at school zones add a couple of minutes to your commute, there will be more traffic out there.


Hall Of State Is Closed For A Great Reason, So Don’t Go There

Cancel any plans you had about wandering through the Hall of State at Fair Park. It’s closed. No, Dallas Historical Society Executive Director Jack Bunning didn’t forget to pay the electric bill and no ghosts have been sneaking around bothering people. It’s closed until late September due to the installation of “Texas! The Exhibition.”

Insiders report that this incredible exhibition of 175 years of Texas history is well worth the wait. Of course, it will be front and center for the State Fair and in residence at the HoS until December 4.

Crystal Charity Ball Applications Are GoingTo Be Online For The First Time

Hot news from Crystal Charity Ball! For the first time ever, the 59-year-old mega-fund raiser will be making applications available online for the 2012 grants. No, don’t go to the website. It’s way too early. Thanks to 2012 CCB chair Aileen Pratt and Charity Selection Chair Vinnie Reuben, the following timeline has been provided for children’s charities to begin the process of applying for CCB’s funds.

  • Thursday, September 1 — Applications will be available online at or by calling the CCB office (214.526.5868, Ext. 18).
  • Wednesday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. — Orientation meeting for prospective applicants will be held at Communities Foundation of Texas (5500 Caruth Haven Lane). No, you absolutely don’t have to attend, but you’re encouraged to. Heck, why not? Afterwards, you could always cross the road for a bite to eat at In-N-Out Burger.
  • Monday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. — Absolute, no-second-chances deadline for applications. They can be hand delivered or snail mailed, but the applications cannot be emailed. Sorry.
  • Thursday, February 2 — 2012 beneficiaries will be selected.

But before you start getting all in a tizzy about applying, make sure that you fulfill CCB’s requirements. The applying agency must:

  • serve children in Dallas County
  • have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
  • have had an office in Dallas County for three years
  • have provided services in Dallas County for at least three years

“We are so grateful to our longtime partners, Communities Foundation of Texas and The Meadows Foundation, for their continued assistance in the detailed charity selection process,” said Aileen.  “Their collective resources and unsurpassed knowledge of non-profit organizations have been vital to our success.”

BTW, if you wonder what happens between the October 31 deadline and the February 2 announcement besides the December 3 ball, the CCB members scrutinize the applicants more diligently than the highest-ranking IRS agents and CSI lead team combined.

3,000 Professionals In Town Next Week For 23rd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference

Elizabeth Smart

Next week a very important event will take place and you’re probably not invited. But you’ll be grateful that it’s taking place. It’s the 23rd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference at the Sheraton Dallas. Thanks to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, this remarkable gathering of 3,000 professionals from around the country provides these specialists with instruction, information and strategies they need to protect child victims and prosecute their offenders.

Among the 3,000 will be 30 who are attending the four-day seminar thanks to’s providing $15,000 in scholarships.

To get things started, Elizabeth Smart will be the keynote speaker at the Monday breakfast. As you know, Elizabeth is a remarkable person who survived kidnapping and abuse. She was booked for the DCAC event long before being named a contributor for ABC News.

Like MSC said before — the conference is not open to the public, but it’s nice to know that DCAC is out there once again helping those who protect children.

Photo provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Fight The Blistering Heatwave of 2011 Before It Kills Again

This week’s heatwave started with a bang — 107 degrees! You’ll be able to tell your grandkids that you survived the summer of killer temperatures, literally. In order to beat the heat especially this week, consider —

  • Conserve electricity by turning your thermostats up a smidgen. No, not 10 degrees, but just one or two. It will help the folks who provide electricity avoiding giving us a rolling blackout especially between 4 and 5 p.m. Also, if you’re going to be away from your office or home, turn off the lights and other electrical machinery, except for the A/C.
  • Check on elderly family and friends. They’re funny critters and don’t like to admit that the heat is getting to them. Perhaps they’re concerned about their electrical bill or just plain stubborn. Why not invite them over for some ice tea during the afternoon, or take them to a movie? Also, don’t forget the people watching at the area malls. It’s great, it’s cool and it’s free!
  • Drink water. Drink water. Drink water. Not only will you hydrate yourself, you’ll have a dewy complexion.
  • Leave the pets at home indoors. If you leave ’em at home, you won’t have to worry about leaving them in the microwave. . . uh, car. Walking your dog is also a no-no. Even if it’s a slo-mo walk, their paws suffer from the heat. How would you like to walk on the sidewalk in your bare feet? Also, they don’t handle the cooling process the same way that humans do, so go for that walk/run solo for a while. If you absolutely have to leave your pet outdoors, provide plenty of shade and water. 
  • Put a sunscreen on under your makeup. Oops, that suggestion was for the ladies. You chaps should wear sunscreen regardless.
  • If you start showing signs of heat sickness like profuse sweating, dizziness, nausea, headache and/or muscle cramps, don’t be brave. Bravery rarely scores points in the MySweetCharity community. Get some water or sports drinks in you. If, on the other hand, you stop sweating, become disoriented or have a seizure, you’re dealing with a heat stroke. Call 911, get to a cooler place, remove your clothing, apply cold compresses and get close to an electric fan.

Sorry for the melodrama, but this situation has already killed nine people in the area and that’s nine too many.

Allie-Coosh Kicks Off Two-Week Sale Benefiting The Bridge Breast Network

Karen Luter, Paulette Martsolf, Terry Wilson-Gray

The very best four-letter word is “Sale!” Allie-Coosh‘s Paulette Martsolf is an old hand when it comes to a sale and knowing how to kick it off. Last Thursday she held a “Summer Reception” benefiting The Breast Bridge Network complete with fashion showing, refreshments and new handcrafted jewelry.

As if that wasn’t enough, she also let guests have a sneak peak at what’s on the horizon of fall fashions.

If you’ve ever attended the Attitudes & Attire fashion show, you know Paulette’s taste in clothes has its own fan club.

Better hustle on over to Allie-Coosh. You’ve only got a week left to enjoy that four-letter word.

Photo provided by Allie-Coosh

Shh, Can You Keep A Secret? Kevin Bacon?

Kevin Bacon

Monday, August 1, tickets officially go on sale for the public to attend actor/musician Kevin Bacon‘s evening talk at the September 8th Nasher Salon Series. In addition to appearing in 71 films (“Animal House,” “Diner,” “Footloose,” “Tremors,” “A Few Good Men,” “Murder in the First,” “Frost/Nixon,” etc.) and playing with his brother Michael in The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and his wife Kyra “The Closer” Sedgwick were some of the folks who were victimized by Bernard Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

Did you know that in 2007 Kevin, who had gained fame for being the subject of the board game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game,” started the nonprofit According to Kevin,

“you can support your favorite charities by donating or creating fundraising badges — as well as check out the favorite causes of other people, including celebrities.  You can also pay it forward with Good Cards® – gift cards for charity that can be redeemed as a donation to more than 1 million charities.”

BTW, it’s times like this when being a Nasher patron member really pays off. Not only do you get a discount, you get a head start on picking up one of the 200 tickets. Patrons can purchase their tickets starting Friday.

P.S. — If you want to start the day off on a high note, hit the link for “Footloose” and turn up the sound. Even in this heat, you’ll feel cool. Betcha you can’t help but want to dance.

Photo provided by the Nasher Sculpture Center.

New Friends New Life’s “Cut For A Cause” Snipped With Extensions

Anyone who had been planning on having their haircut today (Sunday) as part of the Cut for a Cause fundraiser, stop! Make other plans. Go do something else.

Seems that Salon D, the Irving Bible Church and New Friends New Life decided to cancel the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. snipping. No, let’s say they replaced today’s hair axing with offering haircuts to benefit New Friends New Life for the remaining days of July.


Dallas Film Society Launches Membership Drive With Stars In Its Future

Robert Duvall and Lynn and Allan McBee

The Dallas Film Society made a pretty darn big impact in the past nine months. In November they had Robert Duvall over at the Hall of State for a chat. Stellar evening! At the end of the evening, the “Lonesome Dove” star was just “Bobby” to everyone.

Larry Hagman and Peter Fonda

Then the DFS had established stars (Ann-Margret, Dennis Quaid, Peter Fonda, Larry Hagman and Jerry Jeff Walker) and future cinema headliners in for the Dallas International Film Festival. Talk about film-watching fun and living on popcorn!

After all this hard work by Tanya Foster, Michael Cain, James Faust and the other DFS staff and volunteers, the challenge was to rise to the next level. Yipes!

Not to worry. The DFS crew proved it was ramping up with news just days after the DIFF. First, on April 29 they announced that they had managed to get Lynn “Energizer Bunny” McBee to take over the chairman role from Michael.

Then on June 28 they came out with a list of remarkable folks as new members for its board.

Now, the membership opportunities for the 2011-2012 year have just been announced. They range from $25 for students to $25,000 for “visionaries.” You really need to eyeball the various perks associated with each level. And keep in mind that members get the inside track on events and news. . . and this group makes news that is really news. Just a few of the member benefits include:

  • VIP seating at Premiere Screenings
  • Screening vouchers to the 2012 DIFF
  • Members-only ticket offers and discounts
  • Recognition on the DFS website and selected printed materials
  • Exclusive event invitations year-round and during the DIFF

It’s so simple to join. Just go online or if you don’t want to fiddle faddle with the online form, contact Renee Contreras at 214.720.0555, Ext. 32.

See you at the movies.

Hector’s On Henderson Is Over And Out

Hector Garcia and Craig Holcomb

One of the restaurants evidently not participating in KRLD Restaurant Week will be Hector’s on Henderson.

Our bud Nancy “Lady SideDish” Nichols is reporting that Hector Garcia has closed the restaurant.

Need Something To Do? Head To Charity Navigator

If you’re looking for something to break the holiday weekend frivolity, you might want to check out your favorite charity on Charity Navigator. Yes, you savvy types probably bookmarked it ages ago, but still it’s always smart and fun to check in on status updates.

The great news is that no North Texas group is on the

  • Top 10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble,
  • 10 Charities Routinely in the Red,
  • 10 Highly Paid CEOs at Low-Rated Charities or
  • 10 Inefficient Fundraisers.

On the other hand, North Texas didn’t score on any of the other more positive lists.

The year’s half over, so let’s see if we can’t get to work and see if we can get a couple of the nonprofits on a “wannabe-top-10 list.”

A Last Night Of Lights — Dr Pepper Snapple Group Fair Park Fourth

Fireworks addicts are on a real high, especially those who were watching the flares over Addison at last night’s Kaboom Town! Real estate associates with properties in highrises must be positively giddy. Just imagine roughing it viewing the light show from highrises in air-conditioned comfort and a frig just a couple of feet away!

Tonight even those with skyscraper seats are going to to shift their view south. The Dr Pepper Snapple Group Fair Park Fourth is the grand finale for the 2011 Fourth of July weekend.

Before doing a breakdown of the evening’s events, here are a few friendly reminders:

  • Admission is free.
  • The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park. Parking will be available at Gates 2, 5, 6, 10 and 11. Handicap parking at Gate 5.
  • If you’re a DART fan, take Green Line Rail to the Fair Park Station.
  • Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, fireworks and firearms are not permitted on Fair Park grounds. Concessions will be sold and guests are invited to bring their own picnics.

The Fair Park gates open at 4:30 with plenty to do. Many of the museums (the African American Museum, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad) will be open free for guests. The “dancing water’ shows at the Esplanade Fountain will look very cool, but remember to apply lots of sunscreen. Red faces are already popping up all over town from sun abuse.

Here’s the game plan for the patriotic music and fireworks:

  • 7 p.m. — Seven-time Grammy nominated Stefani Little Band will perform in front of the Hall of State.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Museums close down for the evening.
  • 8:00 p.m. — The Grammy-nominated Dallas Wind Symphony will be led by guest conductor/University of North Texas’ Mean Green Brigade’s Nicholas Williams. No, they won’t be playing Bach, silly. You just know they’ll be performing the DWS’s “Red, White and Blue Concert,” featuring “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the “Washington Post March,” “A Salute to America’s Veterans” and other patriotic tunes.
  • 8:45 p.m. — Gate D of the Cotton Bowl opens. Don’t go to another gate; only D will be open. Sorry, but strollers, coolers and pets are not permitted inside the Cotton Bowl.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks show commences. Yes, you’ll probably be able to see them from all over Dallas, but organizers recommend sitting inside the Cotton Bowl. That’s why Gate D was open.
  • 10 p.m. — Fireworks end and everyone heads home to get some sleep before heading back to work Tuesday.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Fair Park Fourth is hosted by Friends of Fair Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Other sponsors are Gold Metal Recyclers, MetroPCS, Baylor Healthcare Systems, and Statewide Remodeling. Media partners are WFAA, Univision 23, Al Dia, The Greensheet, 98.7 KLUV, 90.9 KCBI, 97.9 The Beat, 94.5 K-Soul, 107.9 La Kalle and 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo.

Stay safe and happy.