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In-Sync Exotics, Wylie

Join us for a private tour of a wonderful, non-profit facility that accepts large cats from neglected, abused and unwanted conditions. The stories of each cat are posted on the cages so that you can learn about the tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, bobcats, lynx, servals and ocelots that call In-Sync home. They neither buy, sell, trade nor breed these animals; but, instead, provide them with a safe, loving, nurturing home for the remainder of their lives.

Dallas Main Street District Architecture Walking tour

Who built it?  Beginning at the recently completed Main Street Garden, our trained tour guide will lead us on a 90-minute walk (so wear comfortable clothes) and a discussion of a variety of architectural icons, including the Adolphus Hotel, the Magnolia Building, the Statler Hilton, and the Wilson Building. Along the way, you'll view examples of Beaux Art, Art Deco, Post-Modernist, Renaissance Revival and Victorian designs and how they were adapted specifically for a rapidly growing metropolis.

Lone Star Racing, Grand Prairie

TIAA members have so much fun at the thoroughbred horse races that we’re going back to see them again and “Party in the Park” with live music and live racing.  There is no minimum age (although children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent) and there is no dress code so wear comfortable clothes.  We will load the bus at 5:00 pm and the first race is at 6:35 pm which gives us time to travel, find our reserved counter seats in the second level of the glass-enclosed, air conditioned grandstand, get something to eat (at your own expense), check out the horses in the paddock area and place y

Dallas Reserve Bank Tour, January 17, 2018

The subfreezing temperatures didn't keep 20 hardy TIAA members and guests from registering for a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank in Uptown Dallas.  Their building was finished in 1992, has 17 floors and contains a vault full of money that is loaned to other banks in the 11th district.  This area includes parts of southern New Mexico, Texas and upper Louisiana which explains why, when Houston called right after Hurricane Harvey and said "We need $500M", Dallas could say "Send the armored truck tomorrow -- it will be ready."  We cleared security without a hitch an

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Art Collection Tour

As one of twelve regional Reserve Banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Dallas Fed serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District which consists of Texas, northern Louisiana and southern NM.  Prior to our private, guided tour all guests will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID. (For international guests, a valid passport must be presented.) Children are not required to present identification but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Guests will undergo security screening upon arrival.

TrainTopia and Videogame Museums at Frisco

This is a two-for-one trip!  Never have we seen a train exhibit approaching the size and scope of the one that was donated to the Frisco Discovery Center by the Sanders family of Dallas – they plan a grand opening in June so let’s go fix that fact! Valued at more than $1 million, the G-scale model layout spans more than 2,500 square feet with multiple  trains running on different tracks. All of the little pieces that bring the scenes to life — from the woman in a blue dress with her luggage to the guy hauling a crate of Spud King potatoes — are in place.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” performance & Granbury Parade

This musical is a happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping which recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until Miss Mona finds her business suddenly under attack from a television evangelist and local politicians, with even the local sheriff unable to do much to stop the sudden switch in public opinion.

Fair Park Tram Tour, November 15, 2017

On a cool, cloudy day 25 TIAA members/guests journeyed by bus to Fair Park and hopped on a covered tram.  Craig Holcomb, President of the Friends of Fair Park,  entertained and educated us as we traversed these 277 acres the easy way.  We left from Magnolia Lounge which was built in 1935 in the shape of an ocean liner (well, yes, that's obvious after he tells us!)  He said approximately 2.2 million folks attended the State Fair this year (about half of the estimated 5.4 million annual visits) and spent $54.5 million on food, rides, etc.

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