Strokers Dallas Chili Cook Off

Date: Monday January 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Strokers Ice House
Address: 9304 Harry Hines, Dallas, TX 75235
Price: FREE
Category: Food / Beverage

The 9th Annual Strokers Ice House Chili Cook Off

Held every New Year’s Day, chili ‘chefs’ around DFW compete for their first custom trophy of the year at Strokers Dallas!

Bring your finished chili in a crock pot, fixin’s, standard extension cord and we’ll supply the rest! Set up begins inside Strokers Ice House at noon and samplings begin at 1:00 p.m.

1st, 2nd & 3rd place custom trophies & a Judges Favorite Prize will be awarded at 3 p.m.!

Join in the fun and cast your vote for just $5! (Includes tasting cup and ballot ticket)

Email or Call 214.357.0707 TO SIGN YOUR CHILI UP or with any questions.

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At The Circus – Hobbes Vincent

Date: Through Saturday January 20, 2018.
Time: All Day Event
Location: Jen Mauldin Gallery
Address: 408 N. Bishop Ave, Suite 103, Dallas, TX
Category: Arts / Exhibits

Hobbes Vincent, the enigmatic sculptor who is rarely seen without a mischievous grin and a tall tale on his lips, premiers a collection of new works at Jen Mauldin Gallery.

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David Fokos

Date: Saturday January 6, 2018 through Saturday February 17, 2018.
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Cris Worley FIne Arts
Address: 1845 Levee Street
Price: Free, Open to the Public
Category: Arts / Exhibits

Cris Worley is proud to present our third solo exhibition of San Diego-based artist David Fokos. Sea Stones opens with an artists reception Saturday, January 6, and will run through February 17, 2018. The artist will be in attendance from San Diego.

A former student of Japanese art history, film, and poetry, Fokos distills the grace, stillness, and simplicity found in a traditional haiku into his images. Sculpting the light and dark areas of his prints to guide the eye, each photograph inspires a sense of quiet contemplation. Sea Stones will feature select works from the artists portfolio along with five new prints of rock formations on the Massachusetts seaside. In the title work from the show, two islands of rock interrupt a misty vista, drawing the eye to the seemingly endless horizon. In The Sentinel, a jagged peak stands impassively on the shore, conveying the power of the natural world against a dreamy backdrop where sky and sea blend as one.

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The First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival

Date: Tuesday January 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Address: 3839 W. Kiest Blvd
Price: Free
Category: Film / Movie

The First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival
Co-Sponsored by the Dallas Peace & Justice Center

At 7:00pm on the First Tuesday of each month the UUCOC hosts free screenings of socially relevant films followed by a (usually intense) discussion of actions we can take.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff

3839 W. Kiest Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75233
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Dallas Vert Mile

Date: Saturday January 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Reunion Tower
Address: 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas, TX 74207
Price: $45 – $75
Category: Sports

The Dallas Vert Mile is a world-class stair climb race and fun walk at Reunion Tower on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

It is one of only three stair climbs in the United States and 12 worldwide to be part of the Towerrunning World Association’s World Tour, and it brings some of the best stair runners on the planet to Dallas.

The race is also open to the public, and there are four vertical – or vert – distances available. All participants do the Vert Sprint Race and Fun Walk, which climbs 50 floors and 470 feet.

You may also do the 3-lap Vert 1/4 Mile; 6-lap Vert 1/2 Mile; or the 12-lap, 600-story, Vert Mile Challenge. The challenge is to finish all 12 laps within the 2 1/2 hour time limit.

The event will benefit participants – who will get stronger, fitter, and happier – along with a number of non-profit organizations.

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Improv for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers

Date: Saturday January 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Moody Family YMCA Park Cities
Address: 6000 Preston Rd, Dallas, Texas 75205
Price: $40
Category: Educational

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater brings this innovative workshop to Dallas. Flexibility. Adaptability. Spontaneity. Listening. Courage. Generosity. Acceptance. Trust. These are all characteristics of an excellent caregiver. They are also qualities of an excellent improv comedy performer. These worlds are parallel and the Improv for Caregivers class builds upon these parallels. Employing improv games and exercises, we provide caregivers with the methods to become better at what they do.

This introductory workshop gives Caregivers the chance to explore improv techniques while meeting other Caregivers with similar challenges. It is not a performance-based class; this is a Beginner-level workshop; no improv experience is necessary. This class is taught by Andrea K Baum, who is a an improviser and a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years experience working with members of the Alzheimer’s Dementia, and Brain Injury population and their Caregivers; it is assisted by veteran improv instructor Lindsay Goldapp.

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Owl Prowl

Date: Friday January 19, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Trinity River Audubon Center
Address: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
Price: $15
Category: Kids / Family

Visitors will take a guided night hike through the Great Trinity Forest and explore how our senses change with the setting of the sun. We will learn how nocturnal animals have adapted to the night life. Guests will search and call for the owl species that call Dallas home. The night will end roasting smores over the fire!

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Truluck’s to present Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner


Date: Friday January 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Truluck’s
Address: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Price: $150
Category: Food Special

Join Truluck’s on Friday, January 26, 7:00 PM, for a four-course wine dinner event featuring wines from Napa’s Duckhorn Vineyards, meticulously paired with Truluck’s menu selections. This is an exclusive, limited seating dining experience and reservations are required in advance. Cost is $150 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Please call 214-220-2401 to claim your seat at the table.

Course One

  • Scallop, Lobster and shrimp aguachili with smokes jalapeño coulis
  • paired with Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc

Course Two

  • Mini-heirloom tomato salad with buttermilk dressing, dill and bacon
  • paired with Duckhorn Chardonnay

Course Three

  • Filet au poivre and au gratin potatoes
  • paired with Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon and Duckhorn Merlot

Course Four

  • Chocolate malt cake, berry sauce and ice cream
  • paired with Duckhorn, Three Palms, Merlot

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Stand Your Ground

Date: Saturday January 27, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Address: 215 South Tyler Street
Price: $15 to $22
Category: Arts and Literature

National bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s brings her novel, Stand Your Ground, to the BATC stage in our first Speaker Series of the season. Ms. Murray speaks to the themes of her book, race, motherhood, marriage, and vigilante justice, in this forum to bring a deeper awareness of the fragile relationships facing families of color and civil enforcement.

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6th Annual Hypnotic Donuts Polar Plunge

Date: Sunday January 28, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles 3018
Address: 8500 Arturo Drive
Price: $10 to jump
Category: Fund Raiser

The Polar Plunge will take place at the pool of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Eagles 3018, on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Doors open at 3:00 PM. Jump starts at 4:00. Pay $10 to jump into the pool and then warm up in the FOEs heated Tiki Bar area afterwards. Spectators and donations are definitely welcome. New this year is the 4 person relay race. Winners of this race will each get a free day swim pass. A raffle will also take place for an office brunch catered by Hypnotic Donuts. All donations raised will go to the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimers Association. Emergency Ice will again be providing snow for everyone to enjoy in the kids play area. Food and drinks can be purchased at the FOE throughout the event.

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