Dancing Catfish: Poetry Writers Workshop @ Ideation Station
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 13 @ 8:30 pm

“Write a poem — any poem!” At Dancing Catfish we do just that. We know that poems come in all shapes and sizes, all sorts of moods, up and down (and sideways), and we get together for a full evening each week to share what we are doing, and help one another figure out what will make our poems bounce, tap dance and sing (if that’s what they want to do), or change the world (if they can). Under the guidance of prize-winning poet Peter Anderson, we aim to figure out together how to make each poem as strong and effective as it can be. Which is exactly what our poems want us to do.

This is a five-week long, poetry writers workshop held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Workshops are held at Ideation Station led by Dr. Peter Anderson, an award-winning poet. Peter has over twenty years’ experience running writers’ workshops, formal and informal, both in South Africa and the United States.

Learn more about Peter’s work: http://writerpeteranderson.com/


Call for Artists! 22nd Annual Members Show @ The MAC
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm

Calling all artists and art lovers! Take part in The MAC’s 22nd Annual Members Show. Submit works in all media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance; it can be something old, or new, or experimental.

Interested in showing your art and your support during our biggest membership drive of the year? It’s easy, become a member at $50 level or above ($30 for students) and bring a work of art during the specified drop-off dates.

This year, The MAC invites artists to respond to the theme Assembly. Each year, a theme for the exhibition is selected by The MAC staff and Board of Directors. Previous themes include Δ (Delta), Trans-, Meltdown, and Border.

The Annual Members Show is one of the cornerstones of the spirit and mission of The MAC. The exhibition celebrates emerging to established artistic talent in Dallas and surrounding areas. While fostering an inclusive worldview, The MAC continues to shape perceptions and attitudes towards contemporary art on a local level by acting as a societal meeting point between artists and art patrons. The Annual Members Show provides a meeting point, a place for creative expression and experimentation, and importantly, supports our future programming.

Details on eligibility and submission requirements are outlined below. Full Eligibility & Requirements and printable forms available at the-mac.org/members-show.


Exhibition Dates:
The exhibition is on view Saturday, July 27 through Sunday, September 1, 2019. A public opening reception will be held Saturday, July 27, 6-9 PM. The MAC is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5 PM.

Drop off dates are Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 20 from 12-6 PM. All entries must be received no later than Saturday, July 20 at 6 PM. Please contact The MAC to set up an appointment to drop off your artwork if these dates/times conflict with your schedule.

Pick up dates are Tuesday, September 3 through Saturday, September 7 from 12-6 PM. The MAC will send email notification after the closing of the exhibition for all works to be collected. Please see Notification and Return of Work section below.

Entrants must be or become members of The MAC at the time of submission. All persons with memberships valid through August 2019 are eligible to submit artwork. Membership applications and information about membership benefits can be found at the-mac.org or by contacting assistant(at)the-mac.org.

Each artist may submit one artwork as an individual or participate in one collaborative work.

• Visual Art: 2-D and 3-D art cannot exceed 16-inches in any dimension and must be ready to install on the date of delivery. 2-D works must have sturdy hanging hardware such as d-rings or wire.
• Video Art: Videos must be single-channel and under 5 minutes in duration. All video submissions will be screened in succession on one 49” monitor.
• Performance Art / Literary Readings: Performance art and literary readings will be presented during the opening reception.
• Collaborative Works: Please contact The MAC to obtain the criteria for participation and guidelines for collaborative works.

1. Dimensions of artwork, including the frame, must not exceed 16-inches in any dimension and video works must not exceed five minutes in duration.
2. Work must be display ready (i.e. 2-D works must have hanging hardware, videos must be on a thumb drive). The MAC reserves the right to reject work that cannot be safely displayed.
3. All works must be labeled with the following information:
• Artist’s first and last name
• Title, year completed, media, and duration for videos
• Indication of top of image if necessary for visual art
4. For expedited drop off process, print at home and bring a completed Loan Form available at the-mac.org/members-show.


Dinosaurs and Meteorites: A Flash from the Past @ The Sherman Museum
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Sherman Museum’s annual “Dino Days” is open and T-Rex (Bill) is back!! This year we have expanded our Dinosaur exhibit to include meteorites. Our theme this year is Dinosaurs and Meteorites: A Blast from the Past.

Why include meteorites?
65 million years ago, a major galactic event triggered a massive reaction on earth – a monstrous meteorite (falling star) hit the earth. Possibly, this event led to the demise of the dinosaurs. The search continues to find more clues as to what happened to end their time on the planet. Was it meteorites? What are meteorites? How do we find them? What happened to cause their extinction? Where did it happen?

Two well-known experts — Geoffrey Notkin, CEO Aerolite Meteorites & President of the National Space Society, and John Bennitt, owner Dinosaur Brokers & PaleoBOND, — have loaned their collections to the Museum so the public can understand how space and time touched the earth and changed the future of the dinosaurs forever!

More information about Geoffrey Notkin can be found on his websites: www.geoffnotkin.com and www.aerolite.org. John’s website: www.dinosaurbrokers.com.

The Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4pm. Please call 903-893-7623 for more information or buy tickets online at https://theshermanmuseum.org/tickets/


July 18 Story Time: Penguin on Vacation @ Pickles & Pottery
Jul 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Story Time is every Thursday at 10:30 am! Any age is welcome, but stories and activities are geared toward 2 – 5 years.

We’ll be reading “Penguin on Vacation” by Salina Yoon. Penguin is tired of the snow and cold – so he decides to visit the beach! But when his favorite activities like skiing and skating don’t work so well on sand, can a new friend help Penguin learn how to have fun in the sun?

Following story time we’ll paint Penguin’s friend, Crab! ($11.20, reg. $14)

No sign-up required, we hope to see you at the studio!


D&D and Board Games Night @ Sherman Public Library
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hats Off to America!
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Main Street Mall wants YOU to help us celebrate the Red, White, and Blue at Hats Off to America!

Please join us on Thursday, July 18th from 5-9 p.m. for patriotic fun, food, and live music!

There will be an Old Fashion American Bake Sale benefiting local veterans.

Calling all Guys and Gals to join the fun at our USO inspired event!

*If you are a veteran or current service member, please feel free to come in uniform. 🇺🇸 We Thank You for your service!

Main Street Mall hopes to see you there!



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