National Hunger Month

National Hunger Month 1

September is National Hunger Month and Feeding America is giving the color Orange a new meaning. On September 4th, Feeding America initiated their program to turn the nation orange in support of hunger relief. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. To learn more about the efforts of Feeding America visit

To get involved in your community you can visit the following food pantries listed below.

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National Preparedness Month

National Prepardness Month 1

In the midst of a disaster you have only seconds to conceptualize a plan in order to protect you and your family. Be prepared by having a plan in place in case of an emergency that you should rehearse annually. Disasters can strike at any moment, it is vital to have a First Aid Kit accessible. Visit for more information on planning for locations, how to make emergency planning fun for kids, and how to get involved in your community for disasters. 

Build a Kit : Listed below are the main necessities you will need when natural disasters strike.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Visit for more on basic supply kits.

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Irving Main Street Event

Irving - Main Event

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Irving Heritage District Admission: Free

Join the City of Irving for their annual street festival at the Irving Heritage District. This annual festival celebrates the hometown feel of Irving with attractions for the entire family to enjoy!Featuring Attractions include live music, the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show, free rides and activities for children, a wide selection of vendors and great food.Parking and admission are free on both days.

For more detailed information please visit the City of Irving website.

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National Night Out

National Night Out

Have you ever wanted to rescue the damsel, or help in the pursuit of catching the cat burglar?  Great….neither has Gru.

For those with the crime fighting spirit -suit up and prepare to prevent crime for National Night Out! This National event unites police and communities to prevent local crime, drug activity, and richens the safety of neighborhoods year round.

If you would like to organize a National Night Out Watch Party contact the Valley Ranch Association to register as a Block Captain.

Also, please stop by the City of Irving web page to read the full details of National Night Out and registration. Links are listed below.

 City of Irving | Irving Police Dept.


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Mini Jack Black Burgers

Mini Jack Black Burgers

Brought to you by: The Neelys

Total Time: 30 min | Prep: 20 min | Cook: 10 min | Yield: 12 mini burgers


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Blackening Spice, recipe follows
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 12 soft dinner rolls, split
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • Special Sauce, recipe follows

Blackening Spice:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Special Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon pickled relish
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon



Heat a large cast-iron griddle over medium-high heat.

Add the ground turkey to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and mix until combined. Form the meat mixture into 12 equal patties. Sprinkle both sides of the patties with the Blackening Spice.

Brush the griddle with some olive oil using a clean tea towel. Cook the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve on split rolls topped with the tomatoes and Special Sauce.

Blackening Spice:

Whisk together the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, and transfer to a small plate.

Special Sauce:

Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, Sriracha, relish and lemon juice in a bowl.


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PTA Back The Future Rally



Date: September 2, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ranchvew High School | 8401 E Valley Ranch Parkway East Irving, TX 75063

Everyone in the C-FB ISD community is invited! Parents, Students, Future Parents of Students, Businesses, Community Members, and Alumni.

Join us for games, food, fun, and meet others in your community that BACK THE FUTURE too! Meet your Council PTA Counterpart.

“And we know there is no commYOUnity without YOU, our members, future members, community leaders, business owners, parents and future families of Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Coppell, Irving, Addison, & Dallas. Student success is everyone’s business because successful schools build strong communities.”

“As we head back to school the door is open for conversations about what PTA really stands for and how families, teachers, students, community members, and leaders can be involved. This is our opportunity to rally the community to back the future, back our schools!”


Sponsored by C-FB ISD Council PTA and Carrollton – Farmers Branch ISD.

For more information on Back the Future Rally, how to sponsor or volunteer, please contact Diane Dobis, C-FB Council PTA President at

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Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

Chocolate Banana Pops


  • 4 medium ripe but firm bananas
  • 8 wooden craft sticks
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped lightly salted peanuts
  • 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), chopped


Peel, then cut each banana in half crosswise and insert a craft stick into each half. Place on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen, about 3 hours.

Place the peanuts in a shallow dish or on a plate. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over the lowest possible heat, stirring frequently. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the top pan. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each frozen banana into the chocolate, turning it to coat, and immediately roll in the peanuts. Place on a tray covered in waxed paper. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap or waxed paper and freeze for up to 2 weeks.


Brought to you by Ellie Krieger: Healthy Appetite.


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