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Spring is in the air and the outdoor event season has begun. As we seek to take sunshine and fresh air in whilst finding open air events with great community vibes, farmers markets naturally come to mind as the ideal way to spend a Saturday morning.

Two of the areas most popular farmers & artisan markets are gearing up to start their 2017 season. The Marketplace Garland and The Marketplace Mesquite begin in April.

The Marketplace Garland will be launching its 5th season on April 1st and for the many who frequently shop this market, expect to see the local growers, artisan and craftsmen that you love along with some new products to discover. And with the downtown area of Garland continuing to experience strong growth, there are several eateries and shops that you’ll definitely want to check out as well. One notable change to The Marketplace Garland this year is the addition of another date each month. In previous years the market ran solely on 3rd Saturdays, however because of high demand, 1st Saturdays have now also been added to the schedule.

The Marketplace Mesquite will be returning on April 8th to launch its 4th season and will continue to be held in Mesquite’s historic downtown square. This market also started off as merely a once a month event. But after the first year it was apparent that crowds wanted to have additional dates set, so in its second year The Marketplace Mesquite began running on both 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

As with The Marketplace Garland, this year you’ll be able to find favorite vendors including the wildly popular Tamales Over Texas and La Esperanza Farms, as well as new booths that you won’t want to miss.

The city of Mesquite has made many patron friendly improvements to downtown, as the area has been rapidly revitalizing & becoming a highly sought after spot for new businesses. When visiting, take time to enjoy the gazebo area and additional seating that has been put in place. In addition, be sure to check the City of Mesquite calendar for concerts that often take place in the square after The Marketplace.

Both Marketplace DFW locations run April through October from 9 am to 2 pm. And while having morning through mid afternoon to shop the markets is convenient, it’s always best to make your way out early as many items, especially those that shoppers have been eargerly awaiting, tend to sell out quickly.

For vendor or sponsor information for either of these Marketplace DFW events, please contact Kirk Lovett at 469-340-0183 or Kirk.Eventive@Live.Com And for addresses and directions to each market visit www.TheMarketplaceDFW.Com

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Each year January through March offer up many opportunities for soon to be brides & grooms to connect with the wedding professionals who will help shape their big day.

For those who have recently gotten engaged, perhaps during the holiday season or maybe on Valentine’s Day, excitement often mixes with being a bit overwhelmed by all of the planning that is about to come with creating the wedding of their dreams.

Bridal shows can remedy a big chunk of the anxious feelings that many tend to experience. By bringing brides and grooms together with a variety wedding industry pros all within the span of one day, can make the process of shaping wedding plans much less stressful. And being able to have conversations with several wedding professionals certainly also gives brides a good sense of the individual style and personality of those that she chooses to work with.

While having an array of services at their fingertips is extremely helpful, brides and grooms should also come to a bridal show prepared with an overview of the vision they may already have, a set of solid questions they want to ask, and of course the date of their wedding so that when they find the wedding pros they want to work with, they’ll be able to begin taking a look at some planning basics with them.

Mark your calendar to visit two upcoming bridal shows happening in Royse City and Richardson over the next few weeks. Soiree Boutique Bridal Shows will be presenting spring bridal soirees on Sunday, February 26th in Royse City and Sunday March 12th in Richardson. Both events will run from 11 am - 4 pm and will include sampling as well as prizes throughout the day, including a Grand Prize drawing toward the end of each show. 

Tickets are $10 at the door, however if your pre-register you can receive free tickets for you and all of your guests. Simply visit www.SoireeBoutiqueBridalShows.Com and get signed up.

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Join the merchants at The Harbor Rockwall to celebrate the holiday season on Friday, December 2nd from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Families can get the evening started by enjoying Pizza With Santa At Campisi’s from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. While this is a free event at Campisi’s, seating is limited so pre-registration is required. If you are not pre-registered, any available seating will be on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed.  To pre-register, send your name & number of family members planning to attend to the following email address HarborPizzaWithSanta@Gmail.Com 

There will also be Story Time With Mrs. Claus & and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa at Twisty Treats from 6:40 pm – 7:20 pm. And to top off the night, the Harbor Tree Lighting featuring Victorian Carolers  will be happening at 7:30 pm. 

In addition, throughout the evening families are invited to enjoy face painting at Cold Stone Creamery, balloon art at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, photo booth fun at Dodie’s, train rides near City Salon Suites & Spa and a strolling elf juggler & carolers.

And to make the season brighter for area children in need there will be collection bins for new / unwrapped toy donations. These donated items will support Rockwall County Helpings Hands. The Harbor hopes to fill these bins to the top and your donations are greatly appreciated!

For more information on The Harbor Rockwall, please visit www.TheHarborRockwall.Com

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It's that time of year again, filled with family gatherings & festivities to be enjoyed by all. Lakeside Market Plano is ready to get the holiday season underway with their annual Holiday CHEER celebration taking place on Saturday, November 19th. 

This event is an annual tradition and will have a lot of fun for the entire family to enjoy again this year.

Beginning at 3 pm, vendors will be displaying unique finds where you just may be able to pick up some great gift items you're looking for. Then from 5 pm - 8 pm all of festive fun begins featuring Santa & Mrs Claus, a giant sno globe that patrons can enter and have their picture taken in, bounce house fun, Choo Choo Express train rides, games and prizes, a performance by KJ Dance and it will all be topped off by the lighting of the Lakeside Market tree.

This is a free family fun event, and this year it's also supporting Toys For Tots, so be sure to bring new/unwrapped toys to give to area children in need. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Lakeside Market Plano is located at 4025 Preston Rd., Plano TX 75093. You can visit their website at www.LakesideMarket.Com


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Planning your big day?? Occasions at Stone River is where you need to be on Saturday, February 27th!

The Soiree Spring Bridal Show 2016, brings together premier area wedding pros to assist you in creating the day of your dreams. Occasions at Stone River is an award winning venue that provides an absolutely lovely setting with both a chapel and reception venue on site. Enjoy the beautiful grounds which include a pond with a bridge crossing & gazebo, plus take part in the delicious tasting buffet from their sought after catering staff. 

There will be dove releases, valuable prize give-away's, gorgeous gowns on display, and much more!

Pre-register for FREE tickets for you and all of your guests (the more guests you bring along, the more grand prize entry tickets you'll receive!) Visit www.SoireeBoutiqueBridalShows.Com to register for your tickets today!

Occasions at Stone River is located at 1250 FM 2453, Royse City, TX 75189. The bridal show will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 11 am - 4 pm. Prizes will be given away throughout the day, with the grand prize drawing taking place at 3:45 pm. 

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Bring The Entire Family For The 3rd Annual Toys For Tots Party at Preston Village Shopping Center!

This family fun event is a yearly favorite joining the joy of the season in giving back along with a day filled with holiday festivities. Bring new unwrapped toys to support Toys For Tots and enjoy holiday activities that include visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, holiday train rides, bounce house obstacle course fun, live performances from the great talent at Pink Couch Studios, Jack Frost, a creation station, holiday shopping with great local vendors, letters to Santa and more! 

The event will be held on Saturday December 5th beginning at noon until 5 pm.


Preston Road and Highway 121  www.PrestonVillageShoppingCenter.Com



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Join The Harbor Rockwall, Fox 4 and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in supporting Toys For Tots on
Friday, December 4th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Harbor Rockwall is honored and thrilled to be able to host this great annual evening of giving along with Fox 4 again!

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

This year, The Harbor would also like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy a night of family fun and holiday festivities that include visiting with Santa, Choo Choo Express train rides, strolling carolers, the lighting of The Harbor Christmas Tree and more!

We Appreciate Your Support In Bringing New Unwrapped Toys To Help This Amazing Organization That
Makes Christmas Brighter For So Many Children Every Year.



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AutumnFest 2015 is happening this Saturday, October 17th starting at 10 am in Garland's historic downtown square. This annual Fall fun event is a great place for the entire family to come out and enjoy the festivities. 

With a free KidZone that includes bounce house fun, a basketball challenge, a bungee run, games, prizes, face painting, crafts with Art of The Hatter, and a football toss with the U.S. Army, there will be plenty of ways for the kids to enjoy themselves! And for the adults there will be good food, great local vendors that will feature an array of seasonal products, artisan and craftsmen pieces, and some delicious culinary items. 

There will also be live entertainment throughout the day provided from a variety of performers from Pink Couch Studios, a pumpkin patch area to grab your Halloween pumpkins and to top off the day, there will be a Doggie Costume Parade at 3 pm. So, yes there's even some fun to be had for our furry friends and family members!

This event supports New Beginning Center in Garland, which provides counseling and outreach services to those affected by domestic violence. And is sponsored by Suburban Style Magazine, City of Garland, First Choice Emergency, Pink Couch Studios and Add A Bounce. 

Join the fun this Saturday from 10 am - 4pm, at 150 N. Sixth St., Garland TX 75040 (Downtown Garland Square.)

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Come Out and Enjoy The Marketplace Garland This Saturday!

This Saturday The Marketplace Garland will feature the great artisan, craftsmen and growers and their local products, that shoppers love and look for when they visit the market every month. In addition, there will be some new vendors and products on hand to definitely check out. You just may find a few items that would be perfect gifts for dad...Remember, Father's Day is on Sunday!

There will also be live entertainment to enjoy, and appearances from the cast of The Wizard of Oz, which will be playing at The Granville Arts Center later this month, and will be presented by the Company of Rowlett Performers. Grab some great pictures with the cast, who will be appearing in costume. 

The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans, which is a non-profit organization that helps those in need throughout the community on a daily basis. Because of all of the rain that covered the area in May, the amount of families in need increased considerably, and the Good Samaritans food pantry now has many bare shelves and is need of replenishment.

Please show your support for Good Samaritans and all that they do to lift up those in need, by visiting their booth at The Marketplace Garland, finding out about their tremendously valuable programs and drop off some of the food items that they are in need of, which are: Boxed Meals, Pasta & Rice Packaged Side Dishes, Canned Pasta (spaghetti, ravioli, etc.) and Macaroni & Cheese. Your donations are very much appreciated. 

The Marketplace is held in the heart of Garland's Historic Downtown Square, and runs from 9 am - 2 pm every third Saturday of the month, through September. For more information about this event, please visit www.TheMarketplaceDFW.Com or contact Kirk Lovett at Kirk@EventiveMarketingSolutions.Com

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Join Us For A Special Marketplace Mesquite This Saturday!

June is going to be special at The Marketplace Mesquite! Not only will you be able to enjoy the great artisan, craftsmen, growers and other local merchants that The Marketplace Mesquite hosts each month, but you'll also be able to take in some amazing vintage cars!

Car enthusiasts from all around the DFW area are coming to take part in the first annual "Marketplace Mesquite Vintage Auto Show." This event will be a "Show & Shine" and will give you the opportunity to see some spectacular classic cars up close and chat with the owners. 

The Marketplace Mesquite is a monthly community market event that is held in the heart of Mesquite's Historic Downtown Square. It brings together many great local merchants and products, and supports Community Heart of Mesquite, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Old Town Mesquite. 

Entry fee for the classic cars is $10, with all proceeds being donated to Community Heart of Mesquite. 

For more information about this event, or to find out how to be a vendor or sponsor for The Marketplace Mesquite or any Marketplace DFW event, please contact Kirk Lovett at Kirk@EventiveMarketingSolutions.Com or 469-275-9616. You can also find out more about The Marketplace DFW events on social media or at  TheMarketplaceDFW.Com

The Marketplace Mesquite & Vintage Car Show  Saturday, June 13, 2015  9 am - 2 pm  120 W. Main St., Mesquite, TX 75149