Experience the fabulous events happening around town starting in January!
More Than Just Cookies
Jennifer Bartkowski — CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Through Girl Scouts, Jennifer Bartkowski learned how to make friends and how to be a friend. Through Girl Scouts, she learned to manage time and money. She learned leadership skills and how to adapt to change. And she learned to love and respect nature.
“I was a Girl Scout through ninth grade,” Jennifer said. “My mother was my leader. Her mother was her leader. Scouting was a big part of our youth. I’m the oldest of five children, four girls and one boy, and all the girls were Girl Scouts.”
Cirque Italia Water Circus invites you to go on a thrilling pirate adventure to discover buried treasure and features a custom-designed water stage holding 35,000 gallons of water! The story begins with the Ringmaster fishing. He unexpectedly catches a bottle with a treasure map stuffed inside. His next journey takes you through storms on the high seas, dreams of angelic aerialists, and more. Experience swashbucklers balancing upside down on a rum barrel, juggling knives, and a run-in with a mermaid.
Where: Stonebriar Centre | 2601 Preston Road, Frisco
When: Thurs., Jan. 5 – Mon., Jan. 16
Where: Grand Prairie Premium Outlets | 2950 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie
When: Thurs., Jan. 26 – Mon., Jan. 29
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Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North is a magical evening that will transport you into ancient worlds full of color, history, and stunning imagery. This inspirational epic from ancient Persia comes to life in an incredible multi-disciplinary performance created through shadow puppetry, projected animation, music, movement, and theater. Four hundred eighty-three handmade puppets tell the story of Manijeh, a courageous heroine who uses her strengths and determination to rescue her beloved and help prevent a war. Enjoy this unique experience celebrating culture, collaboration, and unity.
Where: Winspear Opera House | 2403 Flora Street, Dallas
When: Fri., Jan 13 – Sat., Jan 14, 8 – 10pm
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Astrocast for January and February 2023
By Catherine Young
As the New Year begins, we take on the last Mercury retrograde that began Dec. 29 in Capricorn. Now is the time to review the past year and make any necessary changes to embrace 2023.
It is an essential retrograde as it pushes change that can be hard but incredibly powerful — especially for the earth signs of Capricorn and Taurus, both of which can be stubborn and hang on to outdated notions.
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is back! Take your whole family to the most authentic western lifestyle experience anywhere – since 1896. It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s 23 days of what makes Fort Worth a fantastic city in Texas. There are livestock and horse shows, kid-friendly activities and exhibits, live music, a carnival, a midway, great food, and plenty of rodeo action. And fabulous museum to visit.
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center | 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth
When: Fri., Jan. 13 – Sat., Feb. 4
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KidFilm Festival is back for a stellar selection of films and activities for kids and adults of all ages. This year’s USA Film Festival features some of its favorite children’s books and movies that celebrate diversity, equity, tolerance and empowerment, the importance of friends and family, animated adventures, imaginative journeys, nature, science, and environmental awareness. Tickets for all shows are free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available on the day of the shows, beginning one hour before each show time.
Where: Angelika Film Center | 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas
When: Sat., Jan. 21 – Sun., Jan. 22
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New Year, New You — with Yoga
By Kassandra Reinhardt
Start the New Year by experiencing the life-changing benefits of yoga!
If you’ve wanted to make yoga a part of your wellness routine, let me reassure you that it doesn’t need to be overly strenuous, lengthy, or complicated to be effective. One of the best ways to start and maintain a new routine is by setting realistic goals. Perhaps that means committing to 10 minutes of yoga poses to begin your day or a short meditation each night to end it. Whatever you choose, it needs to suit your lifestyle and feel meaningful to your life.
The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs hosts its annual model train exhibit, the Dallas Area Train Show, at the Plano Event Center. Young and old new to model train collecting, and seasoned engineers will enjoy experiencing operating layouts, dealer displays, video displays on both days, and door prizes and features nine clinics on a variety of model railroading topics and are free to attendees. Click HERE for the how-to clinic schedule and HERE for the home layouts on tour.
Where: Plano Event Center | 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
When: Sat., Jan. 21, 10am – 5pm | Sun., Jan. 22, 10pm – 4 pm
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Thin Mint Chocolate Cake
Created by Chef Eric Carlson, Dallas Omni Hotel
In honor of Girl Scout Cookie season and the entrepreneurial spirit of scouting, here is a recipe created by Chef Eric. One bite will make you crave this iconic cookie even more. So this year, buy a few extra boxes of Thin Mints from your friendly scouting troop so you can bake this delicious cake for your family long past the end of the season. This recipe will have your taste buds singing! For the recipe, CLICK HERE
Musicals, Mayhem, and Moments to Ponder
By Nancy Churnin
Kick off the year with productions that challenge and celebrate. Savor old favorites, enjoy regional premieres, and explore original plays and shows through theater offerings that reflect local companies’ diversity.
LOOKING FORWARD TO FEBRUARY
The Wonderful World of Orchids is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s beautiful Rainforest Conservatory. Experience the stunning and exquisite beauty of all shapes, sizes, and colors of thousands of orchids arranged in breathtaking displays. As a bonus, you can learn about the orchid’s habitats and how to grow them in your home.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
When: Fri., Feb 24 – Sun., Apr. 9, 9am – 4:30pm