In Pictures: DART’s 2018 Older American’s Month Information and Health Fair

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Thank you for attending DART’s 2018 Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair at Fair Park Thursday. Here are a few scenes from the event:

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Happy Mother’s Day! We have warm temperatures in store, and lots of activities indoors and out are accessible by DART. There’s a great music festival, theater, and – of course – something special for mom. 

Friday, May 11

The Full Monty opens tonight at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center, and it runs through May 26. The popular musical comedy is about a group of unemployed, jealous steelworkers who come up with a novel way to make money and win their wives’ affections. You can get to the arts center by taking Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station or Bus Route 505 from University of Dallas Station, and get off and MacArthur and Finley.

If you’re a fan of folk-rock and alternative country, you’re in for a treat this weekend.  The Spring Singer-Songwriter Live Music Series at CityLine happens in the plaza area of the growing development near CityLine/Bush Station. On Friday evening, Raquel Lindeman entertains; on Saturday, it’s Morgan Alana Taylor. You can listen from one of the numerous restaurant patios on State Street, or grab a to-go meal and make a picnic of it in the plaza.

For a very different musical experience, take the Blue Line to the Granville Arts center next to Downtown Garland Station. There, pianist Alex McDonald joins the Garland Symphony Orchestra for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major.

Saturday, May 12

Shopping? Food? Music? They’ve got it all at the Rowlett Main Street Market. There are more than 50 vendor booths, two local shops (Farmhouse Living and Girlfriends Boutique), food trucks and two great restaurants (Bankhead Brewing and El Centro Mexican). A day’s worth of live music is capped off by the pop trio Castro the Band. The market takes place on the plaza in the 3900 block of Main Street, a block from Downtown Rowlett Station.

The popular Homegrown Music and Arts Festival – voted “Best Festival” in the Dallas Observer Music Awards – returns to Main Street Garden for another day of art and music featuring both Texas and national acts. The lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Medicine Man Revival, and many more. The park is a short walk from St. Paul Station; the D-Line will get you there, as well.

Sunday, May 13

 It’s Mother’s Day, and you can Treat Mom Like Royalty at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck – not only is it one of the best views in Dallas, but she’ll also get a keepsake sparkly red rose and crown, a digital photo and a free 5×7 photo to remember the day. It’s all included with a general admission ticket purchase. Reunion Tower is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station, served by the Red Line, the Blue Line, the Dallas Streetcar and the D-Link.

Today’s matinee is the last performance of Dallas Theater Center’s production of The Trials of Sam Houston. On the eve of the state’s secession in 1861, Governor Sam Houston is torn between loyalties, and he weighs his devastating choice. While wrestling with his decision, he tells his office clerk of a time when he himself stood trial. The performance is at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Get there by taking bus routes 36 or 409 from Cityplace/Uptown Station and getting off at Blackburn and Turtle Creek.

 

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Featured Photo: In the Rain

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Thanks Instagram user @high_vis for sharing this photo of a DART bus in the rain.

 

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DART + Bike to Work May 18

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On National Bike to Work Day, May 18, DART is encouraging North Texans to leave their car at home, and instead, ride their bike to the nearest DART Rail Station or bus stop. On your way, stop by any of several “Energizer Stations” from 7-9 a.m. at the following locations:

At each booth, you can get free bike safety checks, drinks, snacks and more.

If you want to leave your bike at the station, DART’s got you covered. Lock up your bike at one of more than 140 bike lids located at most rail stations and transit centers. Bikes also are welcome on DART Rail trains, the Trinity Railway Express and the Dallas Streetcar. Likewise, most DART buses have an easy-to-use bike rack on the front of the vehicle.

For a chance to win a $150 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart, participate in our Bike to Work Challenge by taking a photo of yourself with your bike at a DART rail station, bus stop or on a bus or train and sharing your photo with us on social media using the hashtag #DARTBike2Work.

Find out more about bike transit at DART.org/biketowork.

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DART to Honor Senior Citizens at Annual Health Fair

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Woman dances in the Centennial Building at Fair Park during DART’s 2017 Older Americans Information and Health Fair.

DART invites senior citizens to get on board and get informed at the 2018 Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair, Thursday, May 10, at the Centennial Building at Fair Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DART hosts the free, annual event in partnership with the Community Council of Greater Dallas/Dallas Area Agency on Aging, the city of Dallas, and the Dallas Police Department. Media partners include NBC 5, Telemundo 39, The Dallas Morning News, Al Día, Seniorific News and Seniors Blue Book.

DART has organized what has become one of the largest senior events in North Texas for 24 years to help bring attention to the issues that affect older adults and to provide them with complimentary lunch, information, entertainment, health screenings and prizes.

The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The theme also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Attendees are encouraged to ride public transit to the event. DART’s Green Line is the easiest way to Fair Park Station where it’s a short walk to Centennial Hall.

Learn more by visiting DART.org/seniors or call DART Community/Education Outreach at 214-749-3494.

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May the Fourth Be With You

Whether your transit commute calls for typing up those final report details, listening to music through your earbuds, texting friends, taking selfies or meeting new people, we’re sure the Force will help guide you to your destination.

This weekend, we’re your ride to all things stellar. Check out our Rider Insider list of Star Wars-themed events.

Happy Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with you.

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Faces of DART: Michael’s Story

Faces of DART highlights the stories of everyday North Texans who benefit from a strong transit system.

Today we’re introducing Michael Salinas, a student at Eastfield College who depends on DART to get to school and work and appreciates the role transit plays in contributing to his success in achieving his goals.

Check out the video below to hear what transit means to Michael – and how it’s helping riders in our region look forward to a brighter future.

Stay tuned for our next Faces of DART story highlighting the benefits of a strong transit network for North Texas.

Do you have a story about how transit benefits you, your family, or your community? Visit the Faces of DART page and you could be one of the many Faces of DART.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Get in touch with your inner Star Wars geek this weekend – after all, it’s “May the Fourth,” otherwise known as Star Wars Day. You can also buy some original art, check out a great film festival, or celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a pair of DARTable events. Check out this weekend’s offerings:

Thursday, May 3

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrates the power of the Force with special activities, performances, and treats both Thursday and Friday. This two-day event will explore holograms, cloning, and life on other planets. There will be Star Wars-themed music, food, crafts, experiments, and more. You can get to the Perot Museum by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station, then walking three blocks north.

Friday, May 4

A free event on the Carrollton square also marks “May the 4th be With You” with booths, face painting, an awesome laser tag arena, plus two free screenings of The Last Jedi in the Plaza Arts Center. The fun is centered on the 1100 block of South Broadway Street, a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.

Film buffs take note! The Dallas International Film Festival started Thursday and will run through May 10. Today is High School Day – an opportunity for educators to connect their students with industry professionals – and the theme, of course, will be Star Wars. All competition feature and short film screenings are at The Magnolia in Uptown’ West Village – a short walk from Cityplace/Uptown Station and an even shorter walk from the M-Line Trolley. The festival features 110 films from 25 countries. Tonight, there will be screenings of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Roxanne, documentary and narrative shorts, and several other features.

JMBLYA is a three-day, three-city hip-hop festival that takes place in Dallas at the Fair Park Coliseum. The festival showcases some of the most sought-after talent in that vibrant genre, including J. Cole, Migos, Kevin Gates, Playboi Carti and Trippie Redd. The venue is accessible by Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations, both on the Green Line. No word on whether Star Wars will crop up in any of the lyrics or performances.

Saturday, May 5

Saturday and Sunday, Cottonwood Art Festival features works from the nation’s top visual artists. There’s a lot more than just art, though; the festival also has great local bands, food and spirits. The event is at Richardson’s Cottonwood Park. Get there by taking bus routes 402 or 403 to Belt Line and Brockwood. Both depart from Addison Transit Center and Downtown Carrollton Station.

The Dallas Cinco de Mayo is a full-fledged parade and a fiesta rolled into one. After the parade, Jefferson Boulevard will be transformed into a street fair, with DJs on every corner, performances by mariachi bands and ballet folklorico, and 200 storefronts adding to the festive atmosphere. It all takes place on the historic boulevard’s 200 to 600 blocks. You can get there by taking Bus Route 11, which departs from the West Transfer Center in downtown Dallas.

For a different kind of cultural experience, hit Plano AsiaFest at Haggard Park, right next to the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station. The numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors should be fun for the whole family.

Sunday, May 6

Downtown Garland is getting in on the Cinco de Mayo fun, too, with a Cinco De Mayo Celebration taking place Sunday on the town square. There will be live music, as well as food, a car show and a kid’s zone. The square is a few blocks from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Like the idea of a quaint downtown, but your idea of fun is shopping? Bubbles & Boutiques in the Downtown Plano Arts District is the event for you. At this “sip & shop,” you can enjoy complimentary champagne while browsing the area’s shops and boutiques. Looking for a one-of-a-kind git for mom? The force will be with you on that one – many of the retailers have special Mother’s Day offers. The neighborhood is situated on several blocks adjacent to Downtown Plano Station.

 

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Welcome to Bike to Work Month

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Happy May! This Bike to Work Month, make lasting impacts on your health and the environment when you combine your bicycle and DART trips and bike to work.

Participate in our Bike to Work Challenge now through May 16 for a chance to win a $150 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart.

Challenge Rules:

  • Take a selfie with your bike at a DART station, bus stop or on a train or bus.
  • Share the photo with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on Our DART Daily blog using the hashtag #DARTBike2Work.
  • Share your photo by 2 p.m. May 16.

DART also invites you to participate in our Bike to Work Day event May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Charge up at the following Charging Stations and receive free bike safety checks, refreshments and more.

Energizer Stations:

Bike DFW, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, area bike groups and local bike shops help bring this event to you.

For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit DART.org/biketowork.

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Plano Student Wins 2018 DART Student Art Contest

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Doreen Chen, best of show winner, with DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas and DFW television personality Teresa Gonzalez

Chen’s work, based on the theme “Oh the places DART goes” was selected from 1,157 entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The 10th grader received a $1,000 cash prize by Dallas Contemporary and her winning art will now be displayed on the side of a DART bus traveling across the agency’s 13-city service area.

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Best of Show Winner – Doreen Chen, Jasper High School (Plano ISD)

The winning entry along with 29 various grade-level first, second, third place and honorable mention winners can be seen at DART.org/artcontest and on display at the Dallas Museum of Art through May 4.

The winning entries will also be shown at Dallas Love Field Airport from mid-May until the end of June and in the lobby of Plano’s historical Courtyard Theater, located in the Downtown Plano Arts District near Downtown Plano Station, from the end of June through early August.

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DART’s student art contest is a 20-year tradition that helps promote the use of public transportation and is supported by community partners DMA, Dallas Contemporary, Half Price Books, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Zoo and media partners NBC 5, Telemundo 39, Dallas Morning News, Al Da, Suburban Parent and Plano Profile.

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