Know Before You Go: Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair is Next Week

Are you are coming? We hope you are!

Seniors are invited to “Connect, Create, Contribute” at DART’s 25th annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair. This FREE event is next Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Dallas’ Fair Park.

Here are some tips to make your Older Americans Fair outing a success:

TELL US YOU ARE COMING!

  • Let DART know you plan to attend by registering online at DART.org/seniors.
  • Although the event is free, we ask that you register before the event so we can plan for your attendance.
  • You do not need to register in advance to attend the fair.

 GET HERE ON DART

  • Attendees are encouraged to ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station. Centennial Hall is located just inside the Fair Park gate.
  • Volunteers will be at Fair Park Station to help you get from the train station to the front door of Centennial Hall.
  • A Local Midday Pass (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) – at $2 each – is the best value for taking DART to the event.
  • Reduced fares also are available for senior citizens ages 65 or older (with a valid DART photo ID), non-paratransit certified persons with disabilities (with valid DART photo ID) and Medicare card holders. Reduced Local Day Passes are only $3 each. Everyone age 15-64 pays regular fare and a Local Adult Day Pass is $6.

 KNOW THE SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES

  • Doors open at 9 a.m. Opening remarks begin at 9:45 a.m. The even ends at 1 p.m.
  • Arrive early to get the best seats and the most freebies.
  • Experience free health screenings, valuable information for seniors, games, giveaways, live entertainment, food and more!

GET REWARDED FOR RIDING

  • Present your valid DART pass at the DART table to receive a special prize.
  • DART will recognize the center or organization that brings the most seniors on DART.

VISIT THE DART SENIOR PHOTO ID BOOTH

  • During the Older Americans Fair, attendees who are 65 or older will be able to obtain a DART Senior Photo ID, which is needed to ride with a Reduced fare and is valid for DART, TRE, Trinity Metro and DCTA buses and trains.
  • Seniors should bring $2 cash and proof of age such as a Driver’s License, birth certificate, passport, Texas Department of Public Safety photo ID, or other substantiating documentation.
  • A DART Store agent will take the picture and create the DART Senior Photo ID card on site.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT?

We’ll see you Thursday, May 16!

The 25th annual Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair is hosted by DART in partnership with:

A special thank you to our media partners:

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DARTable Staycation: Summer Camps

Wild animals, natural history, adventures and learning – these are what summers are made of when you make DART a part of the journey. Keep the kids entertained this summer and start your DARTable staycation with a trip to the following summer camps:

Club SciKidz Dallas
Ages: Entering Pre-K through 7th grade
Where: Trinity Christian Academy, 17001 Addison Road, Addison; Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas
By DART: Bus Route 347 (Trinity Christian), Bus Route 428 (Lovers Lane Methodist
When: June 10-Aug. 2
Description: Two dozen unique summer day camps introduce children to the mysteries of science through hands-on interactive make-and-take projects and experiments. All lessons meet or exceed National Science Standards.

Dallas Wild Zoo Adventures
Ages: Pre-K-entering grade 12
Where: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas.
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station
When: June 10-Aug. 9
Description: Themed camps feature zoo tours, games, arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters, and more.

Firehouse Theatre Acting Out Improv Summer Camps
Ages: Entering grades 3-8
Where: Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station
When: June 10-28
Description: Through games, choreography and scene work with theatrical professionals, kids will learn improvisation techniques that will improve their creativity and make them stand out in a crowd.

Perot Museum of Nature band Science Summer Discovery Camp
Ages: Pre-K – 6th grade
Where: 2201 N. Field St., Dallas
By DART: DART Rail Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station; the Perot Museum is a short walk.
When: June 3–August 16
Description: A wide variety of programs is offered including engineering and “maker” camps, such as Maker (Build It) and Destination Innovation. There’s also Amazing Animals, Future Inventors, Cool Chemistry, Little Paleontologists, Space Explorers and much more. All are led by amazing museum educators. weeklong full day camps for Kindergarten-6th grade and half day camps for Pre-K offered June 3-August 16.

Spark! Summer Camp
Ages:7-14
Where:409 S. Lamar St., Dallas (in the basement of South Side on Lamar)
By DART: DART Rail Red or Blue lines to Cedars Station
When: June 10-Aug. 2
Description: Campers can get creative and fully immersed in fun-filled creative adventures. Each week-long camp offers a unique opportunity to learn about the creative process through numerous forms of art, science and technology. Play games, spend time on the 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture and work together on collaborative projects.

Texas Discovery Gardens Camps
Ages: Age 4-entering grade 4
Where: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (inside Fair Park).
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station
When: June 10-Aug. 12
Description: Campers are divided by age in themed nature camps, such as Seedling Scientists, Wiggly Week Bug Camp, Budding Botanists, Backyard Buddies, Land to Sea With the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and more.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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Tell Us What You Like About Riding DART for a Chance to Win

Taste Addison is just a few weeks away.

Tell us what you like about riding DART for your chance to win two Taste Addison general admission tickets and a backstage meet and greet with the headlining musical artist for that day.

On Friday, May 31, the headliner is Josh Abbott Band, and on Saturday, June 1, it is The All-American Rejects. Winners to be chosen by 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Taste Addison features a 3-day food and music extravaganza from May 31-June 2 at Addison Circle Park. The event bursts with local flavor and musical talent from North Texas and beyond, and offers chef demonstrations, wine tastings, face paintings and more. Ride DART to Addison Transit Center, and Addison Circle Park lies a short distance away.

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Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Taste of Oak Cliff 2019

Taste of Oak Cliff

We seem to have a heroic weekend lined up. You might find Luke Skywalker, one of the signers of the Constitution and a guitar hero. It’s also a great weekend for foodies, with Oak Cliff’s annual food festival one day, and lots of great Asian food the next. Read on for all the DARTable fun you’ve got in store.

Friday, May 3

The Dallas International Guitar Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities will all be in one place to buy, sell, trade or simply check out thousands of guitars. You can find a variety of vintage and new guitars, as well as basses, amps, banjos, mandolins, effects pedals and memorabilia. In addition to the 800 booths, nearly 60 musical acts perform on four stages – including bona fide guitar hero Eric Johnson. The festival takes place at Dallas Market Hall, about a 9- or 10-minute walk from Market Center Station on the Green and Orange lines.

Saturday, May 4

Taste of Oak Cliff showcases the best of the restaurant-rich neighborhood’s culinary offerings. From haute cuisine to hash houses, the ’Cliff’s got the goods, and today you can sample it all on the corner of 10th Street and South Beckley (and environs). That’s only about a 6-minute walk south of the Dallas Streetcar’s Bishop Arts stop. Expect food trucks and vendors, of course, but also novelty shops, bookstores and other one-of-a-kind establishments that make Oak Cliff what it is. There are more than 80 vendors in all. The event happens from noon to 7 p.m. You can catch the Dallas Streetcar at Union Station. Red and Blue lines as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) service the station.

May the 4th Be with You is a day dedicated to Star Wars – or, more accurately, Star Wars fans. Head to Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line for arcade games, crafts, laser tag, and a screening of The Force Awakens at sunset. You’ll find the fun a couple blocks south of the station in the town square.

May the Fourth Be with You is a two-day (today and Sunday) extravaganza at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Put on your favorite sci-fi gear and travel to a galaxy far, far away. Enjoy saber battles on the plaza, droid races, virtual reality, performances, character meet-ups and more. Discover the science behind the famous films by exploring robotics, futuristic technology and life on other planets. Don’t miss special film showings of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Activities take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; they’re free with general admission. Films require an additional ticket. The Perot Museum is about a 10-minute walk from Victory Station on the Green Line.

Plano AsiaFest showcases the rich cultures of Earth’s largest continent. You’ve got Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in the southeast. The festival makes for a fun, family-friendly day, with cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors. There’s also music: Japanese Taiko, the Korean Samulnori, and Chinese drums, all accompanied by graceful dances. Add a fashion show, martial arts and – just as you’d hope – food from all over Asia, and you’ve got a great time in Plano’s Haggard Park. It’s conveniently located right next to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and free admission until 5 p.m. Create, discover, make new memories together and check out the Nasher’s renowned collection. The venue is in the Dallas Arts District, about a 6- minute walk from St. Paul Station. You can also get there via the M-Line Trolley.

Spring Main Street Market is a biannual event in the Village of Rowlett Downtown. There are food trucks, shopping, photo-ops and giveaways. The free event takes place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Village Green, only a 2- or 3-minute walk south of the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Sunday, May 5

Hamilton gets its last performance today at the Music Hall at Fair Park – and as of press time, there were still tickets left! The wildly popular musical is about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander what’s-his-name (it’s on the tip of our tongue). The play received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, and won 11, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Today’s matinee is at 1:30 p.m. Avoid parking hassles and take the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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In Pictures: Weekend Track Improvements Continue

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DART continues to build a better future for your North Texas.

Rail service in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Weekend construction began March 30 and will last for roughly six months.

Track improvement benefits include:

  • Creating a smoother ride through downtown.
  • Eliminating ongoing maintenance issues.
  • Increasing the number of areas where trains can switch tracks, which will reduce service disruptions.

Check out a few construction scenes from the weekend: 

Learn more about how these improvements can impact your commute at DART.org/Plus.

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Ride DART Free to Vote May 4

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DART is making it easier for you to get to the polls with a free ride on Election Day, Saturday, May 4.

All you need is to show your valid voter registration card, then you can board for free from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Your free ride includes trips on DART bus, light rail, Paratransit or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between CentrePort/DFW Airport station and EBJ Union Station.

Learn more about how you can ride DART to vote at DART.org or by calling DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement will begin March 30 and last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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In Pictures: Experience Ways to Sustain Your World at EarthX Through April 28

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EarthX continues through April 28 at Fair Park. DART to EarthX and learn how you can better sustain our world.

Ride the Green Line to Fair Park Station and the entrance gates are just a short walk away. You can also catch the Green Line to MLK, Jr. Station, near Fair Park’s Gate 6 entrance and Cotton Bowl Stadium.

When you get there, make sure to stop by our booth and check out one of our electric buses.

Want a sneak peek at some of the things you’ll experience at EarthX? Check out our photo gallery:

 

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement will begin March 30 and last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Earth Day was April 22 – but Dallas’ big annual celebration will be taking place all weekend long. Be sure to stop by and say hi to us! We’ll be glad to show you around DART’s cool, all-electric bus that will be on site. Elsewhere this weekend: Shakespeare, murderous nuns, make-out music, and a great festival being held by our neighbors up north. Read on to find out more.

Friday, April 26

EarthX Expo is one of the world’s largest gatherings of its kind. The free, three-day festival in Fair Park takes place all weekend. Springtime fun will be in the air, with live music, food and beer. You’ll also find environmental organizations, academic institutions and other subject-matter experts on hand to educate and enlighten. To get to the celebration of all things green, take (you guessed it) the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

Stravinsky Firebird puts two of Stravinsky’s most popular works in one concert for a four-day run. The great composer wrote Fireworks as a wedding present for a friend; the enchanting and exotic The Firebird was the work that put him on the map. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the pieces is part of the SOLUNA Festival happening in the Dallas Arts District (for the most part) throughout April and early May. After the concert, you can stay after to talk about the performance with the musicians and enjoy a beverage from the cash bar. Take any DART Rail line to Pearl Arts District Station, then walk about 6 minutes north to get to the Meyerson Symphony Center. There are shows Friday and Saturday evenings, plus a matinee on Sunday.

Al Green – that’s the Reverend Al Green to you – needs no introduction to fans of classic soul music. The maestro of make-out music is touring for the first time in seven years, but it’s only a five-date run – luckily for us, one of those is tonight at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Let the soft-voiced Reverend “Take You to the River” and deliver a slew of other classic hits, along with his awesome, more recent material. The venue is about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.

Saturday, April 27

Nunsense has become a classic since its first production nearly 35 years ago. The musical comedy concerns Sister Julia, who has accidentally poisoned 52 of her fellow sisters. How will she raise money for all the burials? Why, put on a musical, of course! (Cue opening notes of “Turn Up the Spotlight.”) The production by Garland Civic Theatre is playing at the Granville Arts Center, right next to the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. It opened on Thursday and runs through May 12

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is an annual celebration in the music capital of North Texas. There’s great music, good food and beautiful art. The free event kicked off Friday evening and runs through the weekend. Multiple stages showcase the best in jazz and blues, artists and crafters sell their unique wares, and delicious food abounds. There are even kids’ activities. To get there, take the Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then transfer to DCTA’s A-train. At MedPark Station, there is a free shuttle that will take you to Quakertown Park, where all the fun is happening.

Sunday, April 28

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, and Dallas Theater Center’s production gets its last performance at today’s 2 p.m. matinee. Viola has just lost everything in a shipwreck, including her twin brother. In a strange land, she disguises herself as man to get work. (This subterfuge always seems to work in Shakespeare plays.) She’s hired as a servant to a duke, but falls in love with him. Outlaws! Rescues! Love triangles! Adventure! They’re all here, at the Wyly Theatre, about a 7-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

The Sounds of Spring is a free concert by the Plano Community Band, with music by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, and Plano’s own David Lovrien. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Eisemann Center, right across the plaza from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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What’s Next: More options for you

Our region is constantly growing and evolving. And DART is evolving too. That’s why we’re looking toward What’s Next – a new approach to mobility that helps North Texans experience more of the benefits of living in a diverse metropolitan area.

To learn more about What’s Next for North Texas, check out the video below.

As we look to the future, we understand that North Texans expect more from public transit than just trains and buses. That’s why we’re becoming a true critical connector for North Texas – bringing together traditional DART services with newer forms of transit like ride sharing, bike sharing and car sharing.

We’re also ensuring that transit is no longer about fitting into someone else’s schedule. We’re about giving you access to all of your transport options at the touch of a button. Tools like GoPass, for example, seamlessly integrate transit into your everyday life, by letting you plan every detail of your ride, buy tickets for DART services, and book trips with ride sharing companies. It’s a one-stop transit shop!

As much as DART evolves, there’s one thing that will never change: DART’s unwavering focus on bringing the communities of North Texas together, all while fostering economic growth and success in the place we love to call home.

Want more information? Check out DART.org/WhatsNext or subscribe to DART Daily for regular updates.

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In Pictures: DART’s Get on Board Day Blitz

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Happy National Get on Board Day!

Today DART joins Trinity Railway Express (TRE), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), Trinity Metro and other public transportation systems nationwide to celebrate the value public transit brings to our community.

Thanks for joining us on the System today for our morning blitz. Check out a few scenes from the event:

 

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