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Duncanville’s Entrepreneur School Graduates First Class

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Duncanville Entrepreneur School

Duncanville Evaluates Future Of Entrepreneur School

DESOTO—Recently the Duncanville City Council included an agenda item for discussion to take a look at the future of the EON Reality Entrepreneur School after the graduation of its first class. Staff had requested Cliff Boyd give the presentation about upcoming developments. Boyd is the EON Reality Entrepreneur School Advisory Committee representative for the City Council.

It was on October 24, 2014 that the City of Duncanville and EON Reality entered into an agreement for the creation and management of the Entrepreneur School within the city.

Duncanville Entrepreneur School Graduates Seven Students

Boyd said the Duncanville entrepreneur school has been holding classes for one year. The first class just graduated with seven students completing the program.

“Four of the seven were extended offers to work for EON in Duncanville,” Boyd acknowledged via email. “We need to continue to make the opportunity more visible to the public.”

Boyd said that this year there were 80 applicants for the 20 slots available at the school.

“The EON Corporation is very pleased with the first year and happy with high quality applicants for the next class,” Boyd explained. “New clients working with the center include Parkland and UTSW.” Boyd said diabetes education is an area that has also shown much interest by the medical community.

“Graduates receive a certificate of certification in Virtual Reality software development,” he explained. “Our efforts to bring EON to Duncanville should be viewed as planting seeds for future growth of economic development, retaining higher skilled labor resources and high tech support for businesses in the Best Southwest Cities.”

Advisory Committee Role

To keep the Duncanville City Council appraised of the school’s success the Advisory Committee is slated to convene by conference once every month during the first year. Thereafter, quarterly meetings will be held to keep each party to the school’s agreement while also making certain each party is aware of the Entrepreneur School’s activities.

Updates by all parties involved also serve to confirm that coordinating the ongoing collaboration between the City of Duncanville and EON Reality stays on focus while also reviewing and exchanging all information relating to specific projects, reviewing and approving significant contracts, identifying problem areas and preparing respective solutions. The meetings are an ongoing way to review and comment on the Entrepreneur School’s annual budget. This is when they will approve all investments and contracts in excess of $20,000.

The Duncanville City Council voted for Boyd to represent the City of Duncanville on the EON Reality Entrepreneur School Advisory Committee.

With the school located in Duncanville he believes, “We will see higher paying jobs for those who live and work in Southwest Dallas and Ellis Counties.”

DeSoto Track Teams Sweep State Titles

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DeSoto Track teams

DeSoto Track Teams Finish Strong

DESOTO—Congratulations to both the DeSoto Women’s and Men’s Track Teams for winning the 6A State Track Meet at the University of Texas in Austin on May 14. The Lady Eagles won the first five races they competed in – 100M, 100M and 300M hurdles, 4x100M and 4x200M relays; the boys won their first two – high jump and 4x100M relay.

The women finished with 79 points (Cypress Springs in 2nd with 60) to win its first state title since winning three straight from 2011 to 2013. DeSoto finished third in 2014 and was the runner-up last year. Alexis Duncan set a new 6A State Record in the 100M hurdles as she three-peated in the 100M hurdles and repeated in the 300M hurdles – she is a five-time State Champion in the hurdles, and has several relay medals as well! The women earned points in all seven events!

The pressure was on for the men after winning the first two, they only had the 4x200M and 4x400M relays left to compete in and were behind Manvel entering the final relay. A second-place finish in the 4x400M secured the win and a sweep repeat of 2012. DeSoto is the only ‘big’ school to have won the men’s and women’s titles in the same year – and this makes it twice!

Track Meet Results

MEN – 54 points

HIGH JUMP
1st place CJ Gilmore, DeSoto, 6-9

4×100 RELAY
1st place DeSoto, (Savion Drake, Trevin Chambers, LaDarren Brown, London Dunn), 40.34

4×200 RELAY
4th place DeSoto (Frederic Williams, LaDarren Brown, London Dunn, Trevin Chambers) 1:26.58

4×400 RELAY
2nd place DeSoto, (Terrion Spivey, Evan Chambers, Darrin Jackson, Cameron Neely) 3:14.22

WOMEN – 79 points

100M
1st place Kira White, DeSoto, 11.63

200M
6th place Rosaline Effiong, DeSoto, 24.47

100M HURDLES (State and Meet Record)
1st place Alexis Duncan, DeSoto, 13.22

300M HURDLES
1st place Alexis Duncan, DeSoto, 41.88

4×100 RELAY (2016 Fastest in Nation)
1st place DeSoto (Shavonne Jackson, Kira White, Zaria Whittaker, Alexis Duncan), 45.13

4×200 RELAY
1st place DeSoto (Rosaline Effiong, Taylor Armstrong, Zaria Whittaker, Chloe Cavazos), 1:36.29

4×400 RELAY
4th place DeSoto (Taylor Armstrong, Zaria Whittaker, Mariah Crawford, Bryannia Murphy) 3:46

Exploring San Antonio In The 2016 BMW 3 Series

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A Road Trip In The 2016 BMW 3 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series 340i, is as classy as the city where I headed to test it out. The BMW 340i is a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel. This year all the BMW 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i and under the hood there is more power in the 340i than in the previous incarnation.

You can opt for a sedan or wagon body style in the 2016 BMW 3 Series and there are four trim levels; the 320i, 328i, 328d and 340i. Go for the 340i and you won’t be disappointed because it is certainly a road trip vehicle for both the front and back seat passengers and the seats move and recline in a variety of configurations. Take note of the gauges too, which are easy to read and a throwback to pre-BMW design. The 6.5-inch infotainment will give you everything you need to know and there is also the iDrive controller with a menu that works intuitively.

It’s a wonderful driving experience the 340i, the ride is smooth and since this one is a sportier version you can definitely feel that ramped up aspect when driving it. Even better, it’s 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Not bad for a road trip so I headed to the very chic La Cantera Hill Country Resort, part of the larger Destination Hotels collection.

A Hill Country Escape

Sitting on 550 acres of prime San Antonio land close enough to anything you might want to do (like the River Walk or the Alamo), but far enough away for you to enjoy a peaceful vacation. There are five pools on the property so there is never a crowd, two championship golf courses, a soon-to-be very high-end spa to open and 498 rooms.

Diverse Dining Options

Since I write about food and spa, and the spa wasn’t ready yet (there were plans to open this month), let’s focus on the tasty aspect of La Cantera because part of being on a good road trip is eating a good meal. The folks at La Cantera Hill Country Resort are certain they have created not only a relaxed style when it comes to dining, but added to that luxury and sophistication too.

Chef John Zaner, La Cantera Director of Culinary Operations who hauls from The Ritz Carlton-Kapalua in Hawaii says “We want them to say that our food is as unique and satisfying as the thoughtfully designed dining settings we offer.”

Actually, the new restaurants he is speaking of are part of the resorts multi million-dollar transformation that included a refresh all around – and that includes the aforementioned spa that I can hardly wait to visit.

From casual to gourmet there are nine locales to enjoy a meal at La Cantera. I enjoyed SweetFire Kitchen with its American menu and an open-air exhibition style kitchen. Other options are the Primero Cantina with an indoor/outdoor bar, Sire Bar (try a hand-crafted cocktail), Topaz and Vista Grille (that one offering up healthy cuisine).

So if you are looking for a resort that offers everything with comfortable rooms and a friendly staff, this is a prime go to destination. In fact, you really don’t even have to leave the premises during your vacation whether you want to eat healthy farm-to-table, want to relax and dive into a week of golf, spa and happiness, whatever the case may be head to La Cantera Hill Country Resort for a real Hill Country experience that won’t disappoint.

San Antonio’s Riverwalk

Of course I’m quite certain that you will want to head to the Riverwalk in San Antonio to get a feel of the vibe there, so when you do, take a meal at Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio. Picture a Spanish colonial type of architecture with a bit of a European vibe and take in the great views outside the restaurant as you dine on the patio overlooking the Riverwalk. The menu features American cuisine and the chef uses local ingredients for fresh tastes from local farmers and artisans in the area. If you want a signature dish from the kitchen try the Lockhart Quail or the Veal Tenderloin and you are definitely not going to want to leave without trying one of the hand-made margaritas.

Texas is all about the perfect margarita and Las Canarias has the perfect blend so make sure you make this your first stop while taking in the river. Near the Omni La Mansion del Rio is the Mokara Hotel & Spa – also part of the Omni family. These guys at Mokara have their own reason to boast with specialty tequilas, more than 70 labels in all, but it was the spa I was seeking when I visited this destination.

Mokara’s spa lays claim to 17,000 square-feet, all of it a truly fine oasis of relaxation. There are a variety of spa treatments to choose from on the spa menu and a very comfortable environment in the restful lounge before and after your treatments. It’s the only world-class spa in the heart of downtown San Antonio and there is plenty to go around with 17 treatment rooms. Of course, you don’t want to miss the outdoor poolside café and rooftop views at Mokara either.

 

 

New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Adds Unique Features

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2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline First Look

It has been years since I have been in a Honda, but this spring when I had the opportunity to drive the new Ridgeline in a special launch event has turned into the perfect time. Although the Ridgeline was first introduced way back in 2006, this is a REAL new generation, completely changed from the original model which broke the mold in terms of design and functionality.

I drove the Ridgeline on the highway, on off-road slaloms, through mid-tire level water, through sand, through mud, up steep inclines and through a forest, and found it as tough and capable as any truck I have ever driven. I did not expect to be as impressed as I was. Honestly, I haven’t driven a “bad” truck in the past few years. Prior to my drive, I felt any Honda would have a hard time even beginning to match up to the leaders in the pickup truck market.

But it did. I would actually venture to say that this fall, come Texas Truck Rodeo time, this new kid on the block is going to give Ford, Ram, Chevrolet, GMC and this year’s Truck of Texas, the Nissan Titan, a real run for the money. Yes, it’s not full-size, but is certainly is fully capable.

The Ridgeline is not only good at things a truck should be able to do. It has features I have never seen on any other truck. Take the in bed audio system. So incredible I had to record a video of it in operation and another of the background behind it. Audiophiles will love it. So will tailgaters everywhere. It is simply amazing.

Another thing that really impressed me is the under-truck-bed-storage area … just like a trunk, but in a pickup truck. Flip up the rear portion of the truck bed and you will find a really neat storage area good for a cooler or any other merchandise you might want to store. Another fantastic idea—why has no one has thought of it before? I hadn’t so no wonder that others have not either. Admittedly, I did not even notice it until the second full day of our launch drive program – an example of why manufacturers shouldn’t shuffle us in and out like cupcakes on an assembly line. When there are a lot of new features, some could very easily escape us.

I should also point out that the under bed “trunk” area is not tiny. It is large enough to actually accommodate a full golf bag. Another key factor is its easy accessibility. The tailgate of the new Ridgeline opens either as a traditional fold-down gate but can also swing outward so that the “trunk” storage area is right at your finger tips with the gate open, just as with any traditional trunk.

The initial vehicle presentations made by Honda were great, but the next set on the second day enlightened me a whole lot more since by then I had driven the truck. I had become more familiar with many features that I was anxious to learn more. There is so much to this truck it would have been impossible to get it all across in less time.

The new Ridgeline has grown from the previous model in every way. It has a longer wheelbase (125.2” vs 122”) and has increased in overall length from 206.9” to 210”. It’s a bit wider too (as are most Americans) now being 78.6” wide versus 77.8”. Previous generation owners had commented that they would like a longer bed, so they were accommodated with a bed nearly four inches longer (64” vs 60.1”). Even though it is that much larger, the overall weight has not grown by much, being only 73 pounds more (4,504 vs 4,431). In terms of payload, the Ridgeline can handle 1,584 pounds and can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

In terms of functionality, it is available as both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive model. Inside, one will find an eight inch display audio touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a completely new satellite-linked navigation system.

Every other creature comfort one has come to desire is onboard: tri-zone climate control, push-button start, remote engine start, a smart entry system, a power sliding rear window, an acoustic windshield, a multi-angle rearview camera, blind spot info system, a lane keeping system and a 115-volt in bed power outlet.

The overall Honda Sensing System is of particular interest. This includes Collision Mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with LaneWatch, rear cross traffic monitor, and blind spot warnings.

Honda anticipates the Ridgeline will be a Top Safety Pick. It’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body construction system with a new three-bone platform, a reinforced cabin, rigid steering hanger beam and roof crush prevention construction. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes, brake-assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, traction control, trailer stability assist, agile handling assist, dual stage multiple threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side curtain airbags.

New two-wheel drive Ridgelines will be available at dealerships in June with a base MSRP of $29,475 while all-wheel drive models will have a base price of $31,275. Of course, like all Honda’s, the Ridgeline is no friend of ExxonMobil, notching 19 mpg combined (26 hwy and 22 city) for the two-wheel drive version and 18 mpg combined (25 hwy and 21 city) on the four wheel drive model.

2016 Dallas Auto Show Recap

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2016 Dallas Auto Show 2017 Ford F250

2016 Dallas Auto Show, More Than Just Trucks

By Harold Allen – Special to Focus Daily News

The 2016 Dallas Auto Show had a host of new cars and trucks to please just about everyone. With over 31 new 2017 vehicles, the media attended seven highlighted presentations before the show opened.

The VIP reception the night before and the early morning media day hosted a huge contingency of media. Highlights included the Texas debut of the 2017 Acura NSX, also Bentley Bentayga, Audi R8, and the Mazda CX-9 debut before the New York Auto Show.

Also on display were a special edition Toyota 2016 4Runner TForce and the Rezvani Beast X a true sports car with no frills, except lots of power and great styling. As Texas is truck country, Ram had a special showing of a Ram 1500 Yellow Rose edition pickup and it was very yellow. Also featured was the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel that was named the full size Truck of Texas this year. On display was the 2017 Ford F250 and this is one unbelievable truck, you have to see it to believe it.

Some of the features on current Ford trucks are now becoming available on other manufacturers trucks shown at the show. The show had over 700 vehicles displayed within a 650,000 square feet exhibit hall. Ford talked about the Escape and Explorer and the double digit growth last year and starting off 2016 with increases in January and February.

Ford spoke to the Life Rolls On Foundation with Jesse Billauer speaking about how important it is to overcome disabilities and help others with his passion of surfing and skateboarding. Jesse was paralyzed in a surfing accident but that did not stop him. It was so uplifting to see what he was doing to help others.

Classic Cars & Luxury Cars On Display

A host of classic cars were also on display including a ‘59 Ford retractable Skyliner, ‘64 Ford 427 convertible along with a ‘58 convertible that looked like new. The NBC Storm truck was on display, this is a Ford custom built truck. Luxury vehicles included Pagani Huayra, Aston Martin Rapide S and DB9GT, Bentley Bentayga and GTC V8 S, McLaren 570S, Maserati Ghibli and Rolls Royce Wraith with no shortage of luxury vehicles for Texas customers.

It looks like customers are in for some great products to choose from and a great group of Dallas and surrounding area dealers to help them select just the right one to take home.

2016 Infiniti QX60 Crossover Gets Refreshed

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2016 Infiniti QX60

2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

Launched in the United States in 2012 as the Infiniti JX, this seven-passenger SUV is this Japanese luxury manufacturer’s first vehicle to be 100 percent built in America. Rechristened the QX60 in 2014 to align with Infiniti’s new naming system, the mid-size premium crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. The goal, to better compete against the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and BMW X5. It has updated exterior design cues, new interior luxury touches, retuned chassis dynamics, and a comprehensive suite of comfort, convenience, and safety technologies.

Outside, the QX60’s revised form accentuates its looks that are an appealing blend of power and elegance with familiar signature brand design features like Infiniti’s double-wave hood and crescent-cut D-pillar. The dramatic double-arch front grille sports standard bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights; restyled lighting extends along the profile and rear, with side indicators and tail lights that sit flush to the body and incorporate the turn signals in red. The smooth and aerodynamic styling benefits from a front underbody spoiler, integrated rear spoiler, and rear tire deflectors to manage airflow over, under, and around the exterior that promote road holding and high-speed stability, as well as improved fuel economy.

Elegance & Craftsmanship

The interior has an ambiance of elegance and fine craftsmanship with thin chrome accents, uplevel soft-touch materials, and standard leather seating trim with contrast stitching. Three-layer acoustic side glass minimizes wind and tire noise. A flat platform floor and split-fold seating enhance flexibility and increase interior space for a total of 149.8 cubic feet. Second-row seating slides fore and aft by six inches as needed to benefit passenger legroom or increase rear cargo space; this sliding feature also negates the need to remove a child seat strapped into the second row, when accessing the third row. Traditionally a tight space, the third row can accommodate children or adults with impressive head-and knee room; behind is 15.8 cu.-ft. of stowage.

2016 Infiniti QX60
Infiniti has comprehensively enhanced its versatile QX60 premium crossover for 2016, introducing a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seater exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.

V6 Or Hybrid Powertrain

Available in both front- and all-wheel-drive versions, the QX60 offers a choice of two powerful and efficient powertrains. Standard is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine that makes 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with peak torque of 248 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm. Optional is a hybrid powertrain; a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack to produce a total of 250 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are mated to a sport-tuned, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. It features Infiniti’s D-Step transmission logic that adjusts the shift feel of the CVT to mimic the shift patterns of a more traditional step transmission. A manual shift mode allows the driver to select from the preset gear ratios, if preferred. Fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city, 27 mph highway (FWD) or 19/26 (AWD).

An Infiniti Drive Mode rotary selector lets the driver dial in one of four drive modes –- Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow –- to vary throttle response and gearshift patterns to optimize performance for road conditions and preferences. Retuned vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering and updated independent-strut-front and multi-link-rear suspension systems with new shock absorbers and spring units give smoother ride control with less body movement when cornering.

Safety Is a Top Priority

Safeguarding occupants is a top priority, with several advanced safety technologies now available through revised options packages. That includes a comprehensive predictive forward collision system with emergency braking and pedestrian detection. This technology watches the vehicle in front and tracks vehicle speeds to detect and help prevent or mitigate a collision. Around View monitor with moving object detection uses four wide-angle lenses mounted around the vehicle to provide a “birds-eye” view on the center console for a clear picture of nearby hazards during low-speed maneuvers. Backup collision intervention alerts the driver to crossing vehicles and other large stationary objects behind the vehicle when moving in reverse; if necessary, the system will automatically brake to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

Assistive technology features include Infiniti Connection services with 24-hour automatic crash notification, emergency call, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, remote door lock/unlock, alarm notification, maintenance alerts, and scheduled maintenance notification. An especially handy feature is the “My Schedule” function that can automatically sync a user’s schedule through Google Calendar and provide navigation guidance to appointments.

2016 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti “Personal Assistant” concierge service provides 24-hour access to a live team of professionals. They provide assistance at the touch of a button from inside the vehicle or through the owner’s mobile or home phone. Personal Assistant services can also locate points of interest, find a restaurant, make the reservation, and send directions directly to the QX60’s hard drive navigation system.

QX60 First Drive Impressions

We drove the new model over a course of 125 miles in the San Antonio environs. Notable is its quiet, luxury-appointed cabin; its high level of technology and communications features; and its responsive ride and handling. Additionally, the premium model has numerous options packages that bring uplevel technology and equipment as well as elegant trims.

The 2016 Infiniti QX60 is available in four models. The QX60 (starting at $42,600), QX60 AWD ($44,400), QX60 Hybrid ($52,050), and QX60 Hybrid AWD ($53,450); destination and handling is $995. Rearview monitor, tri-zone temperature control, and a power sliding moonroof with tinted glass, one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade are standard. Standard connectivity and entertainment features include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and USB connection ports for iPod interface and other compatible devices. Seven equipment packages and seven exterior colors allow customization according to individual needs and preferences.

2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD Redefines Midsize Truck Market

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD

2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD Review

The exterior color was called Red Rock Metallic, the interior was Jet Black. It was a gorgeous pickup which I put to the test during a week-long test-drive. It was the new 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD mid-size pickup, with a crew-cab configuration and a short box bed.
As full-size pickups have seemed to get bigger and bigger, many consumers are once again looking at the mid-size segment of pickup trucks. Chevrolet introduced their redesigned Colorado a few years ago and its popularity is evident by their sales numbers. It meets the needs of many drivers who do not require a larger truck, and want the versatility of a smaller pickup.

The 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD I test drove was powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax, 4-cylinder, Turbo-diesel which was matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sure, there was a minor ‘rumble’ that indicated it was a diesel under the hood, but the performance was excellent. It has been a long time since a diesel engine has been available in a mid-size pickup, so the GM engineers really worked hard to ensure its performance. My impression is that they hit the nail on the head. The minor sound or ‘rumble’ is mostly due to the Colorado not having a muffler, which is not required within the guidelines for noise.

The truck was outfitted for towing and hauling, including a smart-diesel exhaust brake system that provided more control and a lot less brake wear on steep grades. There was also an all-new integrated trailer brake controller that comes as standard equipment on the Colorado diesel model.

Noticeable features on the Colorado, which are not necessarily considered new or unique, were the ‘Corner-Step’ rear bumper, the EZ Lift-N-Lower tailgate, thirteen standard tie-down locations in the bed, four USB ports, a factory-installed spray-in bed-liner, six airbags, very large rearview mirrors, and a really good backup camera system.

The MSRP of the test-drive model was shown as $34,640. The turbo-diesel engine added $3905 and the ‘assist-step’ side rails added $745. Those side rails were very handy and appreciated by a lot of buyers of pickup trucks because it makes getting in and out so much easier. A few other options along with the destination charges bumped up the final sticker price to $41,905. This was not a full-size pickup but a mid-size model, although it was outfitted with so many extras that it justified the price.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD diesel was EPA rated for an average of 23 mpg and 29 mpg highway. During the week, the truck was used in four-wheel drive conditions, for minor towing and hauling, and we spent half the time on the highway. The week concluded with an overall average of 27.6 mpg, which was a pleasant surprise.

The Colorado has a close brother in the GMC Canyon, but they are not twins. Each has their own special features included, like the heated seats that worked fast, the abundance of cubby-holes for putting small items such as keys or cell phones, and the fairly decent rear seat area. One slight inconvenience was that acceleration was a bit slow, unless the pedal was mashed down to kick into other gears.’

The 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD definitely fills the need for those drivers that need a pickup that is not too large. It is a great alternative to a full-size pickup, is easy to drive, very versatile, and provides capability and convenience for many consumers.

Captain America: Civil War Has A Hero For Everyone

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Captain America

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, opened nationwide Friday in the DFW area. The action/adventure, science fiction/fantasy film is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. It runs 2 hours and 26 minutes and is rated PG-13 for extended violence, action and mayhem.

This is one of my favorite Marvel hero films. It has an outstanding cast and some very witty one-liners that make the violence and slightly too long film more palatable to those of us who aren’t Super Heroes trying to save humanity.

Chris Evans once again shines as Steve Rogers (aka Captain America). He’s the leader of the newly formed team of Avengers who refuse to accept government interference for their missions. His team includes Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson aka Falcon), Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man.

Surprisingly, Tony Stark/Iron Man leads another group of Avengers who fight to bring Captain America’s team to their side. Iron Man’s team: Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson); James Rhodes/War Machine played by Don Cheadle; Vision, played by Paul Bettany; and Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), a newcomer to the Avengers, is willing to sign government accords in order to stay together.

Also helping Captain America’s team is Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who’s been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Another ally is Agent Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter’s niece who’s with the CIA.

Iron Man recruits an unexpected Super Hero when he convinces young Peter Parker/Spider Man (Tom Holland) to join the battle. It was good to see one of my favorite actors, Marisa Tomei, as Peter’s Aunt May.

The bad guys are played by Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo, who lost his family in a terrible incident he blames on the Avengers, and William Hurt. As Secretary of State Hurt’s not supposed to be a bad guy, but he sneers and threatens better than a Bond villain.

If you or any of your friends are Marvel Comics fans, you’ve probably already bought your tickets. Even those of you who don’t know who all of these Superheroes are, will enjoy Captain America: Civil War. It’s definitely worth the price of a ticket and a bag of popcorn.

Artisan Children’s Theater Proudly Presents Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

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Artisan Children’s Theater proudly presents THE CAT IN THE HAT at its 150 seat Second Stage facility. The theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. The show runs Friday, May 6, 2016 through Saturday, June 11, 2016. Performances are at 12:00pm and 5:00pm on Tuesdays, 5:00pm on Fridays and 10:00am and 12:00pm on Saturdays through May 28.

Beginning May 31, performances are 10:00am and 12:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Reserved seating tickets are $7.00 for children 12 and under and $10.00 for adults. The box office number is 817-284-1200. More information can be found on the website at ArtisanCT.com.

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. But what will mum find when she gets home…?

THE CAT IN THE HAT will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing on May 20 at 5:00pm.

Artisan Children’s Theater now provides STUDY GUIDES for educational trips and groups to assist in classroom discussions. Call the A.C.T. box office to book your field trip today! (Group rates available for 15 or more.)

Charley Pride Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Upcoming 2016 Tour

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Charley Pride

Country trailblazer Charley Pride is celebrating 50 years in the recording industry as he announces upcoming North American tour dates throughout 2016. At tour stops, the 36-time chart-topper will perform many of his biggest hits, including those that helped him win the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971. With timeless classics like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “All I Have to Offer You is Me,” fans will enjoy a journey through time as they relive some of the country crooner’s most memorable anthems.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member will hit the stage at music venues both nationwide, and into Canada. Pride will make his return to the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage on June 10 and 11, where he has been a member since 1993. The show also broadcasts on 650AM / WSM The Legend, or country enthusiasts can listen in live at Opry.com.

“I feel blessed that I’m still going strong after 50 years” says Pride. “I’ve always loved to sing for audiences and that’s never going to change. It’s been a joy to visit so many different places in the US over the years. And, of course, I always enjoy travelling Canada. The people of Canada have been wonderful to me going back to the very start of my career.”

Fans can keep up with the latest Charley Pride news stories, tour date additions, music and more by visiting the Grammy award winner’s website, charleypride.com. And more information can be found on the singer’s official Facebook page.

Charley Pride on Tour:
Apr 30 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Isleta Casino
May 27 – Gulfport, Miss. – Beau Rivage
Jun 09 – Nashville, Tenn. – Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast
June 10-11 – Nashville, Tenn. – Grand Ole Opry
July 09 – Arlington, Texas – Arlington Music Hall
Jul 23 – Tunica, Miss. – Gold Strike Casino Resort
Aug 12 – Mahnomen, Minn. – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sep 24 – Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Oct 12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 13 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
Oct 15 – Orillia, ON, Canada – Casino Rama
Nov 18 – Wendover, Nev. – Peppermill Concert Hall

Charley Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of Country Music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first African-American to become a force within the genre.

A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping Country hits, including Kiss An Angel Good Morning, a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and the Top Male Vocalist awards of 1971 and 1972.

A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years.

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