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Texas Rangers v. Detroit Tigers Game

This game is against one of the teams that ended the Rangers try for the World Series last year -- the Detroit Tigers. Let’s go cheer for our team as they start toward the grand prize in baseball with some new players.  The seats are in the protected Upper Reserved section looking right down the third base line and offer a great view of this beautiful stadium. We will leave at 5:00 p.m., grab something to eat and drink at our own expense at one of the many ball park vendors, enjoy the 7:05 game and return around 11:30. Price is $22 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Ham Orchard Trip

It’s time for our annual trip to stock up on the “jewels of the summer “ (ripe peaches) but don’t forget the fat blueberries, fresh blackberries, red tomatoes, etc.  We will leave the Texins Activity Center at 11 a.m.; shop in the store for locally-grown veggies or home-made jars of fruit or pieces of twenty different types of fudge; enjoy a hamburger and a Cider Slush at their outdoor pavilion restaurant (at your own expense) and savor a homemade peach or strawberry ice cream cone before we head back to TI at 2 p.m.  Be sure to bring your heavy-duty shopping bag.  Coolers will be available

Turandot -- Opera at the Cowboy Stadium

Turandot, Arlington, TX, Saturday, April 13 –  The Dallas Opera will be performing Puccini’s famous opera, “Turandot”, on the Dallas Winspear stage while we’ll be watching it on the huge, high-definition screen hanging over the Cowboy Stadium’s playing field.  Enjoy this intriguing “battle of the sexes” as a barbarian prince tries to win the hand of Princess Turandot while failure means death.  This is their second simulcast and another chance for us to soak up some culture while sitting in comfortable seats and in comfortable clothing!  You can view their contemporary art collection, visit

Chef's Gallery Tour and Lunch

Located in a business development zone close to North Park Mall, The Chef’s Gallery at The International Culinary School is your next food experience as you enjoy a meal prepared by the future chefs. The open kitchen view provides an interesting atmosphere for a casual dining setting at lunch and a guided tour will explain the preparation. The menus are created by the chef instructors focusing on seasonal ingredients and the students create a daily special according to the station they are working that week.

Bluebonnet Photo Shoot and Festival

Grab your camera and let’s head to Ennis, the "Official Bluebonnet City of Texas."  David Drake, a professional photographer, will guide us in how to take great pictures of this spectacular wildflower show.  (We will send out his hints for equipment and ideas for interesting shots before we leave.). There are 40 miles of Bluebonnet Trails and the bluebonnets normally peak each year around the third week of April.  We will leave at 9 a.m. to first drive the trails and take pictures.

Chandor Gardens "Spring Fling" Trip

Chandor Gardens “Spring Fling” Trip, Weatherford, TX, Saturday, April 6 – We will eat lunch at our own expense on the grounds. Then we will celebrate the arrival of Spring at this popular annual event by viewing the Gardens which will be in full bloom. Chandor Gardens captures the ornate design of ancient Chinese architecture and the elegance of a formal English garden. From the 30-foot waterfall, to the various fountains, the 3.5 acre gardens have something new at every turn.

Texas Rangers Stadium Tour

Texas Rangers Stadium Tour, Arlington, April 29 – Get ready for the 2013 baseball season by touring the most exciting behind-the-scenes areas of the ballpark including batting cages, press box, City of Arlington Suite, dugouts, and much more. This is a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes. These tours are handicap accessible via elevators with the only exception being that the stairs that lead from the tunnel to the dugout will prevent wheelchair fans from visiting the dugout. We will leave Texans at 10 a.m. and take the tour at 11.

"Gift of Lights" Trip

Texas Motor Speedway. Children, and the young at heart, will be awed by the beautiful and whimsical drive-through holiday displays. Families and visitors can drive the 1.7-mile route and experience sparkling displays made with more than 2 million lights. Six hundred displays include Santa Claus, carolers, a toy drum, a nativity scene, and the Old Lady who lived in a shoe.  Proceeds benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Goodwill Industries and KLTYChristmas Wish.  We’ll leave at 4:30pm, eat at Mi Cocina on your own, enjoy the displays and return at 9:00pm.

Shakespeare in the Park performs "The Winter's Tale"

TIAA has reserved the pavilion at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre so we will have great seats for a performance of “The Winter’s Tale” by our beloved Bard.  “The Winter’s Tale” is sometimes classified as a romance and sometimes as a comedy but there is always plenty of intense psychological drama, too, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide what to call it.  However, it does have a happy ending – no dead bodies lying on this stage. You may eat before you arrive, or food trucks will be available prior to the performance or you may bring a picnic basket (and don’t forget the wine).

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