Do you have plans for the weekend yet?

We made it through another work week and the weekend is finally upon us. At Lon Smith, we will still be out there roofing Dallas homes but we hope that you can get out and enjoy some of the celebrations because there is a lot going on in Dallas this weekend for Cinco de Mayo. Check out some of the ideas below. Things To Do For Cinco de Mayo in Dallas – D Magazine Fiestas, parades, live music, and art to celebrate the holiday.

1. Eat and drink: Plenty of restaurants and bars around town are hoisting up food and drink specials and bringing in mariachi bands for the occasion. So many, in fact, that a guide to eating and drinking on Cinco de Mayo requires its own post.

2. Spend a day at the museum(s): The Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico 1900-1950 exhibit is a stunning testament to modern Mexican art. With work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as a number of lesser-known but no less great artists, the show is a powerful document of Mexican culture. (DMA Director Agustin Arteaga will talk about the exhibition Thursday night.)

Another bilingual exhibition exploring the much more distant past is at the Perot Museum, where Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed showcases ancient artifacts and gives guests an interactive look at the culture and history of the Mesoamerican civilization.

3. Celebrate with a parade and fiesta: The best Cinco de Mayo party in Dallas is on Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff, where on May 6. The parade kicks off at 10 am, while the afternoon is filled with live performances, food trucks, and vendors hawking their wares.

4. March in a parade: Want to actually be a part of a parade? Join the second line behind a mariachi band touring through Bishop Arts. Check in at Better Block at 7 p.m. on May 5.

5. Listen to some classical music: Ensembles from Sunset High School and members of the Dallas Chamber Symphony play a free concert at Lake Cliff Park on May 5 at 6 p.m. Expect some light-hearted and brass-heavy programming at a very scenic venue. Via


Northampton middle school students take flight

Do you remember the excitement of your first flight? Can you imagine what it must have felt like if you were in middle school when it happened?

Stories like this one are so inspiring for pilot schools in Colorado. Independence Aviation loves when communities get involved with the education of youth – especially when they’re allowed to explore their passion in aviation and flying. middle school students take flight | NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Dreams took flight for 17 students at Northampton Airport Monday morning. For ten weeks, the select 8th graders from JFK Middle School in Northampton learned about aviation in an after school program known as Northampton Airport Wright Flight.

The program is now in its 6th year and is also offered at schools in Chicopee and Springfield. For one hour after school each week, students learn about plane manufacturing and flying. They also toured Barnes Airport Control Tower as well as Advance Manufacturing in Westfield and Gulfstream in Westfield.

Students paired up, and like any trained pilot, they began with pre-flight inspections.

Then, with the help of an instructor, one student pilot took off from Northampton and landed at Orange Airport. Then it was their partner’s turn to fly home.

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Self-Storage Tips and Tricks

Over the years, it’s highly likely you may have changed your place of residence several times, so you might be aware of the good sides of using storage units. There are quite a few great reasons why you would want to rent one and the following tips will give you the tips and tricks you need to know to get the job done right.

There are so many different elements to moving; packing correctly, using the right containers, finding the right people to help, and much more. Before you pack up and begin your journey, be sure you are doing it as efficiently as possible.   You may be moving from Colorado Springs to Denver, so you need a storage container to hold your things. Read through some advice about how to wrap, lock, and label so this process can go smoothly for you and your family.

Focusing on pallets: If you want to keep your items away from the floor, then you will need to do so with pallets. You should always make sure you have a few available unless you want to experience damage when an accident happens. Floods may not be common, however things happen and it’s best to be prepared for them ahead of time. Depending on the type of self-storage facility you’re using you may need it, so better to be safe than sorry.

Wrap your belongings: Each time you’re using a storage unit of your choice, you should wrap things in either bubblewrap or industrial plastic to ensure things are tightly sealed up and safe from bugs and vermin. You could do that with shrink wrap as well in most cases due to its flexibility.

The power of labeling: You should always be aware of what you’re putting inside the storage unit at all times, so this means you will need some type of labeling system now. You will want to avoid any confusion further down the line if possible. Make sure you label all the objects you store while also keeping tally of what you have in there. Making a floor plan or a numerical system of boxes also doesn’t hurt in the long run.

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Are you looking for some weekend plans in San Antonio?

The weekend is once again upon us and there is no short supply of happenings in San Antonio. Guests at Dwelling Suites, doing an extended stay in San Antonio can load up their calendars this weekend with Cinco de Mayo celebrations and Kentucky Derby parties! Check out just a few of the shindigs below. Things to do in San Antonio This Weekend: May 4-7 – Online – May 2017 Urinetown
It’s the opening weekend of The Playhouse San Antonio’s latest production. Set in the not-so-distant future, the satirical musical tells the story of a town where a severe, prolonged water shortage prompted the government to ban private toilets. Those who can’t afford to use paid public toilets are exiled to the mysterious Urinetown. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. The Playhouse, 800 W. Ashby Place, 210-733-7258,

Cinco de Mayo
Market Square will come alive with live music by the Palacio Brothers, Patsy Torres, Ruben V and others throughout this free three-day Cinco de Mayo celebration. On Friday, there will also be live Cinco de Mayo performances at the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita. Friday noon-Sunday 7 p.m., Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., 210-207-8600,

The Art of Music
Musicians from the San Antonio Symphony will perform throughout the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Cowden Gallery as part of an event celebrating the visiting Of Country and Culture exhibition, which features Aboriginal Australian contemporary art. A cash bar also will be available. Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., 210-978-8100,

Cinco de Derby
Don your bowties and derby hats to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby in one event. Enjoy games, margaritas, mint juleps, tasty eats and more. Proceeds support the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. Quarry Golf Club, 444 E. Basse Road, 210-225-4728,

Black Swan
Violinist Tim Fain, who performed on screen and in the soundtrack for Black Swan, stars in this free concert presented by Musical Bridges Around the World. Robert Koenig, a UC Santa Barbara professor and renowned pianist, also will perform. An 8 p.m. reception follows the performance. Sunday, 7 p.m. San Fernando Cathedral, 115 W. Main Plaza, 210-464-1534,

A night at the Magik
Celebrate the past and future of the Magik Theatre during a cocktail party with pop-up performances, live music by the Latin Playerz Big Band and bites from Biga on the Banks, Piatti and Paloma Blanca. Proceeds benefit the theater’s arts and education programs. Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St., 210-227-2751,  Read more…


Did you Celebrate Star Wars Day in San Antonio?

May the 4th or Star Wars day, as it is colloquially known, has come and gone but the photo evidence that it left behind is nothing short of awesome. Take a look at some of them below. San Antonio ‘Star Wars’ fans celebrate May the 4th with costume contest, movie – San Antonio Express-News The Force was strong with San Antonio “Star Wars” fans as devotees – both young and old – headed to Northwest Vista College for a May the 4th celebration.
The family-friendly event called for a costume contest, a Chewbacca call contest, games, music and a rad “Star Wars” selfie station.
Hosted by Slab Cinema, a free screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” topped the starry

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Fort Collins do you know what you are doing for Cinco de Mayo?

It’s Cinco de Mayo and for all our friends in Fort Collins, there are a lot of ways you can celebrate today! At Interstate Roofing our Fort Collins roofing contractors will be busy repairing and replacing your roofs. While we are busy working we hope you get a chance to go enjoy some of the festivities! Have a taco for us and see how the city is celebrating below. What’s on your social calendar this Cinco de Mayo?

Whether you’re interested in family fun, a salsa-making lesson or a demonstration of the other salsa — the dance — take your pick from this list of Northern Colorado offerings.

For the festival fans
2017 Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival
Where: Old Town Square Fort Collins
When: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with two days of free events, including a car show, Zumba in the Square, live music, dancing demonstrations, face painting, a kids zone and more. Enjoy the festival’s beer and margarita garden (21+ only), as well as music from local bands and arts and crafts and food vendors. For a complete schedule and list of offerings, visit

Cinco de Mayo Greeley Festival
Where: Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. Fourteenth Ave., Greeley
When: Starts at 8 a.m. Saturday

Enjoy a family-friendly day at the Cinco de Mayo Greeley Festival. Hosted by the city of Greeley and the Northern Colorado Latino Foundation, start the morning with the Fiesta 5K at 8 a.m., a parade at 9 a.m. and booths, vendors and entertainment for the rest of the day.

For the dancers
Salsa Dancing
Where: Yum Yum’s Mediterranean Restaurant, 1300 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins
When: 9 p.m. Friday

Try your hand — or hips — at Latin dancing with free salsa, bachata and merengue dancing at Yum Yum’s. Intermediate dance lessons go from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and free social dancing goes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Event is 21+ with a $5 cover.

For the cooks
Cinco de Mayo cooking class
Where: 502 W. Lake Street, room 237 (Gifford building)
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday

Try something different with an interactive cooking class. Make margarita-marinated chicken, fajitas, homemade corn tortillas, Mexican chocolate avocado mousse, margaritas and more with registered dietitian nutritionists of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center. Cost is $75 per couple. Call 970-491-8615 for more information.

For the foodies
Fiesta at Los Tarascos
Where: Los Tarascos, 622 S. College Ave.
When: 12 p.m. to midnight Friday

Try traditional dishes and tasty margaritas at Los Tarascos’ Cinco de Mayo fiesta. read more at


Get Out and Enjoy the Weather this Weekend Colorado Springs!

It is starting to feel like summer in Colorado Springs and this weekend it will be in full force. The unseasonably warm weather may usher in a few showers but your outdoor plans are safe according to the Colorado Gazette. That means that our roofers in Colorado Springs will be hard at work repairing and replacing your roofs. While you can hopefully get out and enjoy the outdoors! ahead and make outdoor plans for warm, sunny Colorado Springs weekend | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

An unseasonably warm weekend in Colorado Springs might bring scattered showers, meteorologists say.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted highs of 72 degrees Friday, 79 degrees Saturday and 76 degrees Sunday.

Average high temperatures are 66 degrees May 5 and 6 and 67 degrees May 7, weather service data shows.

“For the weekend we’ll stay warm and a few spotty afternoon or early evening showers will be possible in the mountains and Pikes Peak Region,” according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

“Spotty is the key word,” KKTV reported. There’s “no need to cancel your outdoor plans.”

Friday is expected to be sunny, but Saturday’s sunny skies might be interrupted by a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms begins after 3 p.m., according to the weather service. Sunday is expected to have partly sunny skies and a 20 percent of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

“Better storm chances come back to the forecast by early next week along with slightly cooler weather,” KKTV reported.


Can learning like a child combat cognitive aging?

Keeping the mind active as one grows older is a well-known tactic to battle the onset of cognitive aging and dementia. The old “use it or lose it'” saying turns out to be pretty accurate when we look at aging brains. Rachel Wu, a psychology professor at University of California, Riverside has proposed that we can dramatically increase our cognitive health as adults if we continue to learn new skills the way we did as children.

It is well known that aging adults should always continue to keep their minds and bodies active, but some of these activities may require learning a new skill. Just as some of us felt as children, learning a new skill can be intimidating, especially as adults. When we reach the time in our lives where we live in a Denver retirement community, we can find ourselves at a standstill when finding new interests. Some scientists have said that to learn more and to increase our cognitive ability, we should take some advice from the learning experts, children!

“We argue that across your lifespan, you go from ‘broad learning’ (learning many skills as an infant or child) to ‘specialized learning,’ (becoming an expert in a specific area) when you begin working,” Wu explains.

Wu defines “board learning” across six different factors: (a) open-minded input-driven learning or learning new skills outside of one’s comfort zone, (b) individualized scaffolding or learning under the direction of a teacher or mentor, (c) growth mindset, understanding that ability takes effort and practice, (d) operating in a forgiving environment, (e) serious commitment to learning, and (f) learning multiple skills simultaneously.

“When you look across the lifespan from infancy, it seems likely that the decline of broad learning has a causal role in cognitive aging. But, if adults were to engage in broad learning via the six factors that we provide (similar to those from early childhood experiences), aging adults could expand cognitive functioning beyond currently known limits,” Wu said.

Can learning like a child combat cognitive aging?




Colorado Landscaping Tips

Colorado is one of the trickier states to landscape in. It encompasses no less than five USDA hardiness Zones — from a chilly Zone 3 (-40 degrees F) all the way to Zone 7 (0 degrees F) — and much of the state receives precious little precipitation. Combined with higher altitude in some parts of the state as well as high-pH soils, it can be frustrating for gardeners of any experience. Fortunately Colorado can be divided into a trio of regions to provide some landscaping guidance.

Colorado is a beautiful state, but you already know that! During our time as a Denver fence company, we have seen some homeowners struggle with finding the perfect way to landscape their yards.  Our high altitude and somewhat dry climate makes landscaping a challenge and creates some limitations. There are various plants that will survive if planted and taken care of, yet our options are different than those that would survive in a more humid climate. If you are thinking of starting a garden, or plan to landscape on your own, make sure you know what will thrive and what will not survive.

Most people picture what’s called the Front Range when they picture Colorado: the picturesque stretch of topography from Wyoming to New Mexico, comprising the intersection of the Plains and the mountains, which lie to the west. That includes the Denver metro area and Boulder, as well as two-thirds of the population of the state. Front Range Colorado landscapes get lots of snow and lots of wind, as well as about the same amount of moisture as the eastern part of the state. But winter weather in the Front Range isn’t as severe as elsewhere, which “presents difficulty for some plants, which can’t figure out if it’s winter or spring,” Cox says. That means successful Colorado gardeners stick with tried-and-true plants. “We don’t have a huge palette of landscape plants,” Cox says. “Our choices are more limited, and so we often become overly dependent on certain species.”

Across the Continental Divide, the rest of the state is at a higher elevation, with fewer towns and cities, even when the elevation drops. This area offers an extremely dry climate, particularly in winter and summer, with humidity well below 10 percent at times. The low humidity in those Colorado landscapes is hard on broad-leaf evergreens such boxwood, though less so on green ash and, to a certain extent, cottonwoods.

Colorado Landscaping Tips




Luxury Loews Hotel to be built at Texas Live! complex in Arlington

A $150 million luxury Loews Hotel and convention center will be part of the Texas Live! entertainment complex being built near Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Texas Rangers announced Thursday. The hotel, Live! by Loews-Arlington, designed by HKS Architects, will be a 14-story glass tower with 302 guest rooms, including 26 suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving wide views of Arlington’s entertainment district.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is always expanding and these developments are adding to the appeal of the area. This newly announced Luxury hotel will provide a great option to those visiting the area for sporting or business events. Dallas roofing companies need a break once and while, so what better way to relax than to spend the day watching a game at the entertainment complex? The complex is in the process of being completed now, but we look forward to seeing the final product in our great state!

“The Cordish Companies and the Texas Rangers are two world-class organizations with an incredible vision for the Arlington Entertainment District that is highlighted by their commitment to quality of design and architecture,” Jonathan Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co., said in a statement. “This partnership allows us the opportunity to bring Loews Hotels back to Texas after a more than 20-year hiatus and presents what we plan is the first of several new hotels under the Live! by Loews partner brand.”

The complex, a joint venture of the city, Rangers and Cordish, is located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium and adjacent to the site where a new $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Rangers will be built in time for the 2020 season…Officials expect Texas Live! to create 2,000 construction jobs and 1,025 permanent jobs in Arlington and Tarrant County, and many opportunities for vendors. Officials project an annual $100 million economic benefit to the city and county, and $2 billion in direct and indirect salaries during its first 40 years.

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