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Learn how to “go green” at the City of Coppell’s annual Earthfest event, held Saturday, April 11 from 9AM -1PM! EcoCoppell Earthfest aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for future generations, and educate residents on ways to lead more environmentally sustainable lifestyles.  The City of Coppell will have several booths highlighting its continued proactive efforts to reduce the City’s environmental footprint. 

Visit the wide variety of interactive educational booths to learn about easy ways to help the environment.  Booths will cover topics such as alternative energy, water conservation, air quality, conserving natural resources, as well as numerous methods of reducing your impact on the environment.  Several Coppell ISD schools will be in attendance showcasing their sustainability efforts and projects within the schools.

Pick up organic plants for the garden at the plant sale; all proceeds will go to the Coppell Community Garden.  Many craft vendors will sell products that stay true to the spirit of Earthfest.

Bring the kids and enjoy many family activities located throughout the Plaza. Watch a live show by the mad scientist, Professor Brainius, visit balloon artists, face painters, and bounce houses, and listen to Coppell’s own, Definitely, Maybe band, powered by the Solar Shuttle.  Several popular food trucks will also be in attendance, including Hook and Ladder Pizza Co., Easy Slider, Maui Wowi, and Kona Ice. The Coppell Fire Department will sell BBQ to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

During EcoCoppell Earthfest, residents doing some spring-cleaning will have the opportunity to drop off a variety of items at the “Fix - Up, Clean - Up” collection at Town Center Elementary, 185 N. Heartz Road.  Gently used household goods and clothing may be donated to charity.  Secure On-site Shredding Inc, will be available to securely shred documents. Bulky trash items can be disposed of in large containers donated by Republic Services. Household hazardous waste and electronics will not be accepted at this event; however, these items may be disposed of once a month through Republic Services by calling 972-304-3555.

Keep Coppell Beautiful and EcoCoppell partner with the City of Coppell to bring you this event.  KCB strives to involve individuals in the community to promote education and activities that encourage waste reduction, litter prevention, beautification and environmental sustainability.  In addition to their education efforts, Keep Coppell Beautiful sponsors environmental education classes, the Texas SmartScape Tour, and community-wide clean-ups.  EcoCoppell, is committed to improving the environmental standards through providing opportunities for the City of Coppell to promote and continually improve the efficient use of resources. Together we can enhance the beauty and environment we live in!

Town Center Plaza is located at 255 Parkway Blvd. For more information regarding EcoCoppell Earthfest, or other upcoming events sponsored by the Coppell Parks and Recreation Department, please call 972-462-5100, visit www.coppelltx.gov, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Create memories that will last a lifetime at the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center’s annual Be Mine, Valentine Dances! Spend the afternoon dancing, enjoying tasty refreshments, and receive a professional 5x7 portrait to remember the special experience.  Dances will be held at the Center on Sunday, February 8. Mothers and Sons are invited to attend from 1 - 2:30PM, and Fathers and Daughters from 3:30 – 5:30PM. Dress is semi-formal attire, and attendees are encouraged to get dressed up for this special event!

Children up to age 14 are invited to attend with an adult. The cost to attend is $24 per couple, and $9 per additional child, for Coppell residents. Registration is required, register at www.coppellactivities.com. Early registration is encouraged, as the dances are popular and fill up quickly.

For more information on this event, please contact the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center at 972-304-7077, visit www.coppelltx.gov, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityOfCoppell.            The Center is located at 234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019.

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Keep Coppell Beautiful Environmental Education is offering Getting Started in the Garden class on Saturday, January 10 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Parkway at Wagon Wheel Park. 

Starting a garden can seem like an overwhelming process.  There are many decisions to be made, but a little planning can go a long way toward making a garden you will love.  The trick is to envision how you plan to use the space, and to start small by choosing one place in your yard to begin.  Developing a garden is an ongoing process, and can change with new ideas.

There are many physical and mental health benefits of gardening.  Nature has long been known for its calming qualities and as a place to find tranquility and healing.  Gardening is considered a moderate to heavy intensity physical activity, and has been linked to significant beneficial changes in total cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as reduces the risk for obesity, stroke, and depression. 

This class will be taught by Dr. Peter Lecca.  He will break down the process of starting a garden into easy steps.  Dr. Lecca will teach you how to choose a place, clear the ground, improve the soil, and choose the correct plants.  You will also learn how to read a seed packet, when to plant, and how to troubleshoot.  Bring all of your gardening questions to this fun, informal class.

Dr. Peter Lecca’s garden has been featured in the Dallas Morning News and has been chosen to be showcased on several of the Texas SmartScape Tour of Coppell.  His garden boasts both perennial and vegetable gardens, as well as native and adaptive plants. 

With so many benefits to gardening, there is no reason not to get started growing your own vibrant garden!

There is no charge for this class and registration is not required.

There is a 300 meter walk from the parking lot to the Biodiversity Education Center.  Use the Wagon Wheel Park entrance off of Freeport Parkway and follow the signs to the Biodiversity Education Center.

For more information about Coppell Community Garden and other class offerings visit our website at www.coppellcommunitygarden.org.

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Coppell’s kick off to the holidays, the annual Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony, is just around the corner, on Saturday, December 6 at 6:30 PM! This year’s parade theme is “Holiday Heroes.”  Floats will be decorated with a “hero” theme, whether it be Armed Forces, Police, Fire Department, Comic Book Superheroes, or even Frosty the Snowman! To add to the magic of the evening, all floats will be lighted with a minimum of 200 lights. This year’s participants include the Coppell High School Marching Band, the YMCA Adventure Guides, Dana’s Dance Studio, and several Cub Scout Packs and Girl Scout Troops! Line the parade route early for the best spot, watch for the “Best Decorated” and “Most Spirited” floats, and pick your favorites as the floats go by.

The parade will travel north on Samuel Blvd., turn west onto Parkway Blvd. and travel to Town Center. For safety reasons, all intersections along the parade route will be temporarily closed as the parade passes through. Intersections will re-open once the parade has passed.

After the parade, head to the Town Center Plaza for even more holiday fun! Watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony while enjoying holiday treats, including cookies and hot chocolate from Frost Bakery, roasted nuts, popcorn, and hot cobbler. The Justin Cash Trio Band will perform, along with Dana’s Dance Studio. Kids can visit and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and participate in the Candy Cane Hunt, starting at 8:15PM in the Plaza! 

For more information on this event, please contact the Coppell Parks and Recreation Department at 972-462-5100, visit www.coppelltx.gov, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityOfCoppell.      

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Santa’s winter wonderland is coming to the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center! The Center will host Breakfast with Santa, on Saturday, December 13 from 10AM to 12PM. Children up to age 8 are invited to attend for a morning filled with holiday fun! Santa’s elves will serve a delicious North Pole breakfast of muffins and orange juice. Attendees will make holiday crafts to give to friends and family, write a letter to give to Santa, eat breakfast and take photos with him (parents should bring their own camera if they wish to take photos), and get a chance to tell him all about what is on their Christmas list!

The cost to attend is $15 per child, for Coppell residents. Registration is required, register at www.coppellactivities.com. Parents must remain at the Aquatic and Recreation Center during the breakfast.

For more information on this event, please contact the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center at 972-304-7077, visit www.coppelltx.gov, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityOfCoppell. The Center is located at 234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019.

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Looking for fun, free, family-friendly entertainment? Don’t miss Coppell Parks and Recreation’s Halloween movie in the Plaza, Saturday, October 25 at 7PM! Relive the mystery and adventure of Steven Spielberg’s beloved science-fiction classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. (rated PG) Pack a picnic dinner or snacks, bring a blanket and chairs and head to the Town Center Plaza for a fun and relaxing evening under the stars. Come out early for the best seat!

Free popcorn will be provided compliments of Coppell Parks and Recreation. Kona Ice will be on site selling snow cones. Wear your Halloween costume, silly, spooky, or anything in between, to get a snow cone for free!

The Town Center Plaza is located at 255 Parkway Blvd., directly behind the Town Center building. For more information regarding Movies in the Plaza, or other Plaza events throughout the year, please contact the Coppell Parks and Recreation Department at 972-462-5100, visit www.coppelltx.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityOfCoppell.     

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The City of Coppell’s popular fall celebration, Oak Fest, returns Saturday, October 18 from 5-9 PM with fun for the whole family! The perfect way to spend a brisk autumn evening, Oak Fest celebrates Coppell’s roots and growing strength, as well as the diversity of life in the community. Enjoy free miniature train rides, face painting, bounce houses, as well as live performances by local favorite entertainers. The ten-piece party band, “Limelight” will take the stage, with a high-energy performance covering decades of classics as well as hits from today. Professor Brainius returns to entertain audiences young and old with his wild and wacky science show! Visit the Arts and Crafts tent, new for 2014, to find local artists selling a variety of handmade goods.

For those looking to indulge in an assortment of festival foods, Oak Fest will not disappoint! Local vendors will offer favorites including Kettle Corn, Turkey Legs, Funnel Cakes, Roasted Corn on the Cob, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, BBQ Sandwiches, Nachos, and more! Or, pack a meal at home and bring it to the event to enjoy a picnic in the park.

Oak Fest will take place at Andrew Brown Park East, located at 260 E. Parkway Blvd. Parking is available at the park, as well as at Town Center and Andrew Brown Parks West and Central, just a short trail walk away! For more information on Oak Fest, please contact the Coppell Parks and Recreation Department at 972-462-5100, visit www.coppelltx.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityOfCoppell.

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Often gardeners are unaware that the seeds they plant are different than the seeds their ancestors planted, resulting in modified genes.  As a gardener, the best way to ensure seeds are free of cross-pollination is to save seeds from the garden. Gardeners can save seeds from their garden produce each year to plant the following year.  Saving seeds is easy and preserves heritage.  It is thrifty, ensures ecological diversity, and allows gardeners to retain control of their food supply.

Donelle Simmons, of the FarmGirls, is coming to Coppell!  Keep Coppell Beautiful Environmental Education will offer a S.O.S. Save our Seeds class on Saturday, September 6, from 11:00am-12:30pm at the Coppell Senior and Community Center, 345 W. Bethel Rd. 

S.O.S. Save our Seeds will be taught by Donelle Simmons, avid seed saver, garden coach, and co-host of The FarmGirls Organic Gardening radio show.  Gardeners will learn how to choose their seeds wisely from reputable sources, how to harvest their seeds, and how to store seeds for next year.  Questions about all of this talk of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)?  Get the details and find out how gardeners can protect their seeds from the contamination of genetically modified cross-pollination.

Ms. Simmons will bring her passion for gardening and real food into the classroom.  Donelle, along with her mother Marilyn, grow and feed 15 families a year through their educational Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), offer an organic gardening radio show, and garden coaching advice to help others grow bountiful gardens.

Learn all you need to know in order to maintain control of your food supply.  This class is not to be missed!

The class is free of charge and registration is not required.  For more information and other class offerings, visit www.coppellcommunitygarden.org.

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The Coppell Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the arrival of the Fall 2014 catalog of classes and events! A wide variety of classes and camps, designed for all ages, will be offered this Fall. With classes ranging from tennis, sports, and swimming, to music, dance and art, everyone will find something to enjoy. New this Fall, the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center will offer youth basketball skills classes conducted by Bridge Basketball Academy.  Bridge Basketball Academy (BBA) is a nationally known basketball development academy that conducts player skills training and motivational speaking for teams and players across the country.  In addition to a six-week basketball training program, BBA will offer Vertimax lessons, and basketball shooting lessons (using the NOAH basketball shot analysis system) as well as private, one-on-one training sessions.

The Coppell Parks and Recreation Fall 2014 brochure contains complete information on classes, camps, sports, and swim lessons, as well as the registration process.  In addition, the booklet contains valuable information on other events and services, including upcoming events such as the Plaza Music Series and Oakfest, the department’s Senior, Tennis, and Recreation Centers, and a map of the Coppell parks system. Copies of the brochure are available at Parks and Recreation facilities.  The brochure can also be viewed digitally at www.coppelltx.gov/parks-rec. Sign-up for classes at www.coppellactivities.com

Fall registration begins August 4 for residents, and August 11 for everyone. All users will need to have an account set up in the Parks and Recreation registration system in order to register for any classes or use facilities.  Log onto www.coppellactivities.com and select "create new account", or visit www.coppelltx.gov/parks-rec and complete the fillable form and return it to any of Parks and Recreation facility in person or via email.  Once an account is created, registration can be completed online, in person or over the phone.  Please call 972-462-5100 for more information.  

For more information, contact the Coppell Aquatic and Recreation Center, located at 234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell, TX, 75019, by phone at 972-304-7077.  Or contact Wagon Wheel Tennis Center, located at 950 Creekview Dr. Coppell, TX, 75019, at 972-393-5687. 

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The City of Coppell will host annual Independence Day activities beginning Thursday, July 3rd with a concert and fireworks, and wrapping up on Friday, July 4th with the annual patriotic parade. 

Thursday, July 3rd from 7pm – 10pm, come out to Andy Brown Park East, and experience the sounds of the band Cuvee. Get in the “celebration spirit” and enjoy musical hits including R&B, jazz, easy listening, rock alternatives, classic rock and more!  After dark, a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music, will fill the air with patriotism.  Pack a picnic basket and bring it from home, or munch on goodies from local eateries, including BBQ, pizza, ice cream, kettle corn and funnel cakes! Kids will enjoy free facepainters, balloon artists, bounce houses and train rides! A free shuttle will be offered from the parking lot at Andy Brown West. 

Moore Road Park will be temporarily closed all day Thursday, July 3rd to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic to secure a fallout area for the fireworks show.

Coppell’s annual Spirit of Coppell Parade will begin at 9am on Friday, July 4th. The parade route begins on Samuel Blvd., traveling north to Parkway Blvd. where it will turn left and proceed west on Parkway Blvd. to Town Center Blvd.  Intersections along the parade route will be closed beginning at 8:50am and remain closed until all entries have passed.  Commuters should seek alternate routes during this time period.

For more information, contact the Coppell Parks and Recreation Department at 972-462-5100, visit www.coppelltx.gov, or visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoppellParks.