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Free Sandwich for Gramercy Residents

Who wants a FREE SANDWICH?? The first 20 residents to come to the Smiling Moose Deli this Friday, 9/23, and show their Gramercy Resident Key Tag Pass will get a free regular size sandwich.

The Smiling Moose Deli was started in Vail, CO and has been rapidly expanding in the Central United States thanks to their delicious menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps. This is their first location in the Lone Star State so let’s give them a big Texas welcome!

Bring your appetite and your access card this Friday to 3216 Hebron Parkway. See you there!

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Things To Do In Dallas This Labor Day Weekend

Gramercy on the Park Apartments in North Dallas

The weather forecast predicts the 100 degree heat to continue through Monday, so being close to water is a must this labor day weekend. You can always keep cool at our refreshing West End Pool, but if you want to venture outdoors, here are a few things to do around Dallas:

Hit the Lake – Did you know Dallas has 63 lakes within a 100-mile radius? That’s a lot of water! You can keep cool in any one of them, including Lake Lewisville, which is just 10 miles from Gramercy on the Park. Rent a boat or jet ski at the marina or if you’re more of a landman, sit on the shore & play a game of sand volleyball at Sneaky Pete’s Bar & Grill. There is also a Fireworks show over Lake Grapevine this Friday night, just a 20 minute drive from Austin Ranch.

Hit the Malls – Beat the heat & shop in the air conditioning. According to Wikipedia, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the U.S. Lucky for you, some of the best shopping is right down the street from Gramercy – Stonebriar Centre, Willow Bend Mall and The Galleria are all within a few short miles of our community.

Hit a Concert – Whether you want a big concert or small, intimate show, there is a music venue to fit every taste in Dallas. Labor Day concerts include – Kid Rock & Cheryl Crow at Gexa Pavilion, Better Than Ezra at the House of Blues, Drive By Truckers at the Granada Theatre, Marvin Hamlisch at the Dallas Symphony, Asleep at the Wheel at the Dallas Arboretum (includes an outdoor picnic)….and the list goes on and on. Catch more details at Guidelive.com.

Hit the Spot – KRLD Restaurant Week is still in full swing, with select restaurants extending reservations through September 4th. $35 gets you a gourmet prix-fixe dinner at some of Dallas’ top restaurants and $7 of each dinner sold will go to the North Texas Food Bank. Be sure to book in advance at Open Table to secure a spot!  If you can’t book a table, try one of the on-site restaurants at our sister property, Austin Ranch! They have plenty of great food & drink specials at Cafe Gecko, Zen Bar, McSwiggan’s Irish Pub, Centro Tex Mex and Lone Star Coffee Bar.

As always, play it safe, stay hydrated and enjoy your 3-day weekend!

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Dog Park Update

Dog lovers rejoice!   The City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department has begun construction on a new dog park next door to Gramercy on the Park.

The Dog Park plans include spaces for large & small dogs as well as a wet dog area near the pond and an area for agility training.

They haven’t forgotten about pet owners either – there will be a shaded pavilion with seating areas and adventure trails with access to White Rock Creek.

If all goes as planned, the city hopes to complete the park by the Spring of 2012 (parts of it could be open as early as November 2011 – fingers crossed!!).

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Top 5 Independence Day Celebrations in Dallas

You can’t think of the 4th of July without thinking pools, barbecues and fireworks!  We’ll keep the pools cold and the grills hot at Gramercy on the Park, but there are several other fun events happening in the area.  Here are the top 5 4th of July celebrations in Dallas!

KaboomTown

Sunday, July 3rd, 5pm-Midnight
The annual fireworks display in Addison, Tx gets bigger & better every year.  Rated one of the top places to watch fireworks in the country by USA Today, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal, the fireworks show can be seen from anywhere in Addison, including the Addison Circle Park watching party.  The dazzling 30-minute fireworks show is choreographed to music and a live radio simulcast on 100.3 JACK FM. Plus there is great food, live music on the Dos Equis Stage and the spectacular Addison Airport Air Show featuring the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover.

For more information, visit: http://www.addisontexas.net/events/kaboomtown/

Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks

Monday, July 4th, 9:30-10:45pm

Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show from the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve.  Tune into 97.5 KLAK radio for a simulcast of the fireworks show which will be synchronized to patriotic music.

For more information visit http://planocvb.net/eventscal/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=566&year=2010&month=07 or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 972-941-7250.

Park Cities Parade & 5k Fun Run

Monday, July 4th, 9am

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Euclid Avenue near Highland Park Town Hall and will travel up Preston Road and east on University Boulevard to Goar Park, adjacent to University Park City Hall.  Before the parade, you can take part in the 5k Fun Run through the beautiful streets of University Park at 7:30am. Following the parade, make sure you take time to visit the many free activities in the park.

For more information, visit http://uptx.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID=000017&ArticleID=624&fromHome=1

Southlake Stars & Stripes

Sunday, July 3rd, 6-10pm

Southlake does everything big & their 4th of July celebration is no exception.  Join them in the Southlake Town Square for live entertainment, activity booths, an interactive gaming area and an amazing fireworks display that starts at 9:30pm.  Bring your own blankets & chairs or walk around and enjoy 4 live bands, kid and adult craft stations and a playground area with inflatable attractions for the kids.

For more information visit http://www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/stars_and_stripes/general-info.htm

Lakewood Parade

Monday, July 4th, 10am

The Lakewood Parade is a slice of Americana in the middle of the bustling city. If you’re looking for a small, neighborhood parade with homemade floats & kids selling lemonade, then you’ll want to visit Lakewood for the 4th.  Refreshments, music & awards for best float, best costume, etc will be given out following the parade.  For those of you who need to let off some steam, there’s a Fun Run prior to the parade that starts at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Lakewood Blvd & Cambria.

For more information, visit http://lakewoodparade.com/

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Celebrating Easter in DFW

Springtime is beautiful in Dallas (despite the recent rain) and luckily, most of us get to enjoy a 3 day weekend this week to celebrate the Easter Holiday.

Here is a list of several fun and family-friendly events around the metroplex & a few down the street at our sister property, Austin Ranch:

LONE STAR LIVE @ Lone Star Coffee Bar at Austin Ranch – Live Music this Friday & Saturday nights at Lone Star Coffee Bar! For more info, visit www.lonestarcoffeebar.com.

GOOD FRIDAY – HAPPY HOURS @ Zen, Cafe Gecko, McSwiggan’s & Centro  at Austin Ranch – grab a chair on the patio & enjoy happy hour prices at all of our on-site restaurants on Friday. Specials & hours vary, check their Facebook pages for details.

EASTER BRUNCHES @ Centro, McSwiggan’s & Lone Star Coffe Bar  at Austin Ranch – McSwiggan’s & Centro offer delicious brunch every Saturday & Sunday. Centro will offer $2 mimosa special for Sunday brunch this weekend. Lone Star is offering all you can eat Texas Shaped waffles for $5.00, breakfast Tacos-buy 2 get one free, and a free small cup of coffee with breakfast (Sunday 10am – 2pm)

POOCH PARADE & EASTER IN THE PARK – Lee Park in Uptown Dallas. Sunday, April 24, 11am. Bring your dog & a picnic blanket to enjoy the outrageous costumes and performance by the Dallas Symphony. Pooch parade at 11am, food & drink vendors start serving at noon. Dallas Symphony Orchestra to perform at 5pm. For more info visit www.pegasusnews.com/events/2010/apr/04/179544/                                                                                                                                    .

CUPCAKE CAMP – Saturday, 12-3pm – 43 bakers and over 4000 cupcakes -what more can you ask for? You can buy tickets at www.cupcakedallas.com – proceeds to benefit the LEAP Foundation.

COPPELL EGG-STRAVAGANZA @ Wagon Wheel Park – April 23, 11am. Open to the public, this free event features an eater egg hunt for children up to 10 yrs old. For more info, visit www.coppelltx.gov.

EARTH DAY DALLAS FESTIVAL @ Arts District, Downtown Dallas – April 22-23. FREE public event including live music, green films, educational speakers, yoga, engaging art zones, & more. For more info, visit www.earthdaydallas.org.

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Have a safe & happy Easter holiday!

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Dog Park Coming Soon

Dog lovers rejoice!   The City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department is set to begin construction on a new dog park in April 2011…and it will be located right next door to Gramercy on the Park!

The NorthBark Dog Park plans include spaces for large & small dogs as well as a wet dog area near the pond and an area for agility training.

They haven’t forgotten about pet owners either – there will be a shaded pavilion with seating areas and adventure trails with access to White Rock Creek.

If all goes as planned, the city hopes to complete the park by the Spring of 2012.

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