Wednesday, November 25th


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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 25 at 9:14 AM


The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country.  Starting from humble beginnings 41 years ago at White Rock Lake, it has grown into the undisputed "Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day" for thousands of locals as well as those who travel to share in our great event. The Trot tradition has now extended through generations of participants who celebrate the holiday with grandparents, relatives, friends and their youngest who we look to see with their own families in the years ahead.  The Dallas YMCA supports strong kids, strong families and strong communities – all of which are represented at the Trot.  Participants are also helping to support important YMCA programs.  We look forward to seeing you – bring a big group! – to this year’s Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot.This year participants have the option of being timed on either the 8 mile or the 5K events.
The Timed portion of the race will begin at 9am.  The Un-timed event begins at 9:15am. Details are available online at


Nanny's Taco Soup!
1 pound Ground Beef
1 onion finely chopped

2 cans whole kernel corn

2 cans cream corn

2 cans hominy

2 cans ranch style beans

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can rotel

1 pkg taco seasoning

1 pkg ranch dressing mix (powder)
Brown ground beef in Large Skillet.  Transfer to Large Pot.  Combine ingredients and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Also can be frozen!



In The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero, the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels through the West of 1906 pursuing thieves and killers . . . and sometimes criminals who are even worse.  Now comes the much anticipated sequel: the audacious new historical thriller, THE WRECKER, from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and grand master of adventure, Clive Cussler, along with co-author Justin Scott, which Putnam will publish on November 17, 2009 ($27.95).  
THE WRECKER picks up in the year 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line, and desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West.  This saboteur is a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he an anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the “privileged few”? A criminal mastermind?
Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done—that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk—it could be the future of the entire country.
Filled with intricate plotting and dazzling set pieces, “THE WRECKER” is one of Clive Cussler’s most entertaining thrillers. 



Born and raised in the south, Angela grew up singing in church where her dad led the music.

In her early adulthood, she made the move to nashville to pursue a music career. In Nashville, Angela wrote with great artists and writers such as Big Kenny and John Rich. She also joined a band with Shooter Jennings, where his father,Waylon, would come to hear them play.

After a couple years in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles to write and record. Trying to stay afloat in the big town, Angela joined the band “West Indian Girl” where she developed her “road legs” for a short while, then decided to get back to business with her own music.

...Which led her back to Nashville and country music. She is currently working with producers in Nashville and making monthly visits to write and record her favorite music to date.

Today, in addition to playing many live shows, Angela can be found on numerous national commercials (burger king, bud light, scope, tgi fridays, payless, to name a few) and music videos, including “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” by Blake Shelton.

Keep your eyes open.. you never know where Angela Wood will pop up next!
She's back in town doing a Thanksgiving eve performance at Poor David's Pub


Dallas County
Galleria Dallas-8am
Irving Mall-5am
Northpark Center-9am
Towneast Mall-1am  
Valley View Mall-9am

Tarrant County
Hulen Mall-6am
Grapevine Mills-Midnight
Northeast Mall-5am
Parks at Arlington-6am
Ridgmar Mall-5am

Collin County
Collin Creek Mall-6a
Shops at Willow Bend-8a
Stonebriar Centre-6a
Vista Ridge Mall-6a

Denton County
Golden Triangle Mall- 7a

Various Stores
Bed Bath and Beyond-6am
Best Buy opens-5am
Costco opens -9am
Khols opens -4am
Sams -5am.


NorthPark Center's holiday celebration has been a time-honored Texas tradition for more than four decades. This year, NorthPark invites you to join us for a "Season of Wishes," as we think about our holiday gift lists, as well as share our wishes and good tidings for our families, friends, and the community in the year ahead.

Holiday Kickoff at NorthPark Center
Friday, November 27, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
Here comes Santa Claus, right down NorthPark Lane!  Santa and friends will parade through NorthPark Center, culminating in NorthCourt where Santa will pull a special Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree.  This event is free and open to the public.

NorthPark’s first HO! HO! HO! Holiday Party in the Park, Presented by Cadillac
Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 5 p.m.
Join NorthPark and Cadillac for a holiday kickoff celebration for families in CenterPark. NorthPark’s famous Santa Claus will host a special story hour before the screening of a kid-friendly holiday movie. The evening will come to a close with the gentle falling of real snow flakes! Additional family entertainment will include face painting, balloon artists and a performance by David Chicken.  This event is open to the public; admission is free with a donation of canned goods or cash to the North Texas Food Bank.  Patio seating is available by reservation at Caffé & Ristorante Cibus by Lombardi or La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio; open seating is available on the grass.

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center
November 27 – December 24, 2009
Children of all ages gather to hear Santa Claus' tales about life at the North Pole with his elves and reindeer.  Santa’s Storytime is held at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 12:00 noon on Sunday.  Storytime is a free event and is open to the public.  No Storytime is held on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus at NorthPark Center Visits and Portraits with Santa
November 27 - December 24, 2009
NorthPark Center offers free one-on-one visits with Santa Claus.  Tickets are available starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and starting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Parents may take their own photographs of their children with Santa or purchase high-quality portraits by Marc Robins Photography available in several different sizes and formats. 

Celebrated as "one of the country's premier Santa's" by CBS News, NorthPark Center's Santa Claus is a Dallas favorite.  Carl Anderson, Ph.D., has been portraying Santa Claus for 27 years, the last 21 at NorthPark Center.  Anderson, who has an uncanny resemblance to Old Saint Nick, is an adjunct professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas in Austin, an award-winning storyteller, and distinguished author or “All I Want For Christmas Is….Children’s Letters to Santa Claus.” He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, USA Today and other national publications as well as on NPR, CNN, The Movie Channel and MTV.

Times for photos and one-on-one visits with Santa Claus:
Monday – Saturday  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                     2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
                                     5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday                      12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                                      3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve            10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Scrooge Puppet Theatre
November 27 - December 24, 2009
Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, Scrooge returns with his acerbic wit and humor in a fun, interactive puppet show.  The performance series features the despicable, yet lovable, Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presented in hilarious light by puppeteer extraordinaire, John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette.  This show is free and open to the public.  Located on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s, in the hallway between XXI Forever and Ann Taylor Loft.

Show times for Scrooge Puppet Theatre are every hour on the hour:
Monday – Saturday  12 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday   12 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre
November 27 – December 24, 2009
Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre, subtitled “The Toymaker’s Dilemma,” animates the story of a toymaker and his hard-of-hearing elves. The 12-minute performance has a cast of characters of more than 30 colorful puppets. The central character, the busy toymaker, is modeled after the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. The other characters include a team of elves and several animated animals – a buzzard, a dog, and a bunch of clucking chickens engaged in “fowl” play.  This show is free and open to the public. Located in EastCourt near Dillard’s and Banana Republic.

Show times for Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre are every hour on the half-hour:
Monday – Saturday  11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday   12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve  11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Trains at NorthPark™ benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
November 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Celebrating its 11th year as part of the NorthPark Center holiday tradition, The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas, is the most elaborate toy train exhibit in Texas, with vintage locomotives whizzing by on a journey across America.  More than 40 Lionel-type O-Gauge and larger G-Gauge locomotives chug on 2,500 feet of track winding past miniature national landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, the Southwest's Painted Desert, Dallas' Reunion Tower, the Statue of Liberty and New York City's Times Square.
Located on Level One between Macy’s and Dillard’s, ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children aged  2-12 years and senior citizens (65 and older).  Children under the age of 2 years are admitted free of charge. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb stores.
Proceeds from The Trains at NorthPark provide almost half of the $1.3 million operating budget for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, raising more than $5 million in the ten years the exhibit has been at NorthPark Center.   A hallmark of the Dallas holiday season, The Trains at NorthPark™ has proven a successful fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. 

The Trains at NorthPark early closing dates:
November 25 – 6:00 p.m.
December 24 – 4:00 p.m.
December 31 – 6:00 p.m.
January 1 – 6:00 p.m.
The Trains at NorthPark closed dates:
November 26
December 25


Sights and Sounds of the Season
December 1 – December 24, 2009
NorthPark Center features one of the most extensive holiday performance schedules of any shopping center or community venue in Texas.  More than one hundred different orchestras, choral and dance groups from throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area perform at NorthPark Center during the holiday season, including Dallas Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker, Plano Children’s Choir, Texas Ballet Theater School and more. All performances are free and open to the public.

Pecan Reindeer and Candy Santa
November 27 – December 24, 2009
Don’t miss the delightful pecan-covered reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh, a NorthPark Center tradition for more than 40 years, located near Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co.  Conceptualized in 1965 to commemorate the shopping center’s first holiday season, the all-natural materials used to create Santa and his reindeer include more than 18 bushels of whole pecans, 8 bushels of whole almonds, 10 pounds of raisins and a number of other candies and edible delights.

A Season of Wishes Concert Events, Presented by Cadillac
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. – Turtle Creek Chorale
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. – Dallas Wind Symphony
Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. – Phat Strad string quartet
    *Doors open at 4pm
Enjoy NorthPark’s new series featuring live holiday concerts by some of the area’s most renowned performing arts groups.  Turtle Creek Chorale will perform traditional holiday tunes, the Dallas Wind Symphony will play classical holiday music, and Phat Strad will entertain with their popular holiday sounds.  Concerts will be held in beautiful CenterPark, but in the in case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to NorthCourt, located between Nordstrom and Macy’s. This event is open to the public; admission is free with a donation of canned goods or cash to the North Texas Food Bank.  Patio seating is available by reservation at Caffé & Ristorante Cibus by Lombardi or La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio; open seating is available on the grass.

NorthPark Center prides itself on being a center of the community in its commitment to giving during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year.  NorthPark hosts events and programs to help raise funds and awareness for its charitable community partners, including the SPCA, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the Salvation Army and more. 

Holiday Wish Fountain
November 27 – December 24, 2009
Help support the North Texas Food Bank and share a holiday meal with a family in need.  Make your own wish by tossing a coin into NorthPark’s Holiday Wish Fountain. All proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Located in Dillard’s Court.

SPCA of Dallas Remote Pet Adoption Center
November 27 – December 24, 2009
The SPCA of Texas celebrates its 19th year at NorthPark Center with adorable dogs and cats available for adoption.  Volunteers are available at NorthPark Center to work with families to help choose each family's new best friend.  The SCPA of Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, the State of Texas, the federal government, the ASPCA or any other humane organization.  For more information, please call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit  Located on Level One between Macy's and Dillard’s.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
November 13 – December 14, 2009
Celebrate the holiday season by bringing happiness to children, senior citizens and others in need in our community through the NorthPark Center Salvation Army Angel Tree located on Level One near Macy’s.  Select an angel, purchase appropriate gifts and deliver them to the NorthPark Center Angel tree by December 14.  The Salvation Army will deliver your generous gifts to your angels in time for Christmas.  Volunteers are available to assist visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Program
November 6 - December 24, 2009
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program is collecting donations from November 13 through December 24 at multiple locations throughout NorthPark Center. Kettle donations support year-round programs provided by The Salvation Army’s 13 Dallas-Fort Worth community centers.

Camp Gingerbread
Saturday, December 5, 2009; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2009; 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Celebrating the holiday season in sweet style, this event gives children ages 4 and up the opportunity to assemble and decorate their very own gingerbread cookie.  Fun for all age groups, the entire family can come together to decorate delicious gingerbread cookies with nuts, dried fruit, candies and other sprinkles.  Proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need.  Entrance fee is $10.00 per child.  Located on Level One near Macy’s.

Treats of Christmas
Saturday, December 19, 2009; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Treats of Christmas offers hand-made cakes, pies, cookies and other confectionery delights created by premier local chefs for this one-day event. The Texas Chefs Association donates these delicious treats, and all proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank-Operation Front Line, an educational program promoting nutrition, budgeting and cooking, offered to clients of Dallas-area nonprofit agencies. Located on Level One near Macy’s and Level Two near NorthPark Cafés, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

For a complete listing of performance schedules and attractions, please call 214.363.7441 or visit

About NorthPark Center
As one of the premier shopping centers in the United States, NorthPark Center proudly offers shoppers the best of the best in every category represented including the finest in luxury retail and exclusives in the Southwest. Presenting an unparalleled selection of international designers set amid timeless modern architecture and a world-class art collection, NorthPark Center has established a new standard in the United States for innovative retail destinations.
NorthPark Center is owned, managed, operated and leased by husband and wife David J. Haemisegger and Nancy A. Nasher. After a $250 million expansion in 2006, NorthPark Center became the largest shopping center in North Texas and one of the top shopping destinations in the United States. NorthPark Center will continue to open more luxury boutiques, exclusive stores and dining options throughout 2009 and beyond, culminating in more than 235 stores and restaurants. 
NorthPark Center is located at the intersection of North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway in the heart of Dallas. Stores are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Department store, theatre, restaurant, holiday and spa hours vary.

On Sunday, November 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., thousands of Dallasites will gather for the 6th annual “Light Up Lee Park!” an event that rings in the holidays with hundreds-of-thousands of LED lights, festive music, Santa and other holiday characters; a movie screening by the Dallas Film Society, and a spectacular fireworks display.  Eighty trees will be illuminated.
Staged by the Lee Park Conservancy, “Light Up Lee Park!” was started to raise awareness of the park and to generate interest in the Conservancy.  Over the years, it has become the kick-off festival for the holiday season for the city of Dallas, and is the Conservancy’s “gift” to the community.  The event is free and open to the public.
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