Compiled by ELLEN RITSCHER SACKETT
Published: 07 June 2012 02:37 PM
CONTRA/BARN DANCE AND POTLUCK
FREEClap your hands and do-si-do! All ages and experience levels are welcome to dance to live music with this American folk-dance group that meets once a month in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. You don’t need a partner, just take yourself and some food to contribute to the potluck dinner before the dance begins. Lightweight, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.
June 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Garden and Arts Building, 906 S. Senter Road, Irving. Potluck starts at 6 p.m.; the dance begins at 7. Free; organizers request that attendees add to the tip jar to help cover expenses. 972-546-8858. nttds.org.
IRVING CHAUTAUQUA SERIES: CHINESE FOLK DANCE
FREE! Jin L. Liu of Richardson and Happy Feet Dance School and Performance of Plano will present a traditional Chinese folk dance demonstration. It’s part of a continuing cultural series for all ages that takes place on the second Saturday of each month at the Irving Central Library.
June 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Irving Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd., Irving. Free. 972-721-2606. cityofirving.org/library.
ORVIS FLY FISHING CLINICS
FREE! Through July, Orvis is offering two-part weekend fly-fishing lessons at participating retail stores and dealers. Sign up for Fly Fishing 101 to learn the basics of casting and outfit rigging, and then go back for Fly Fishing 201 for a water outing to practice your skills and hopefully catch a fish.
June 17-18 (101 class) at 8:30 a.m. at the Orvis Company Store, 8300 Preston Road, Dallas; and June 30 and July 1 (201 class) at Bethany Lakes Park, 745 S. Allen Heights Drive, Allen. Free; registration is required. All ages are welcome; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 214-265-1600. orvis.com/ff101.
NEW CREWEL EMBROIDERY 101 WORKSHOP AT OIL AND COTTON
Both beginners and advanced embroiderers will benefit from this class led by Katherine Shaughnessy, a visiting artist from Marfa, who will offer instruction in crewel embroidery basics and essential “new crewel” stitches. She’ll also include some history and explanations of materials, finishing techniques and pattern-transfer tricks. Her unique crewel works, wool and hoop kits, and autographed copies of her books, including her latest, New Crewel: The Motif Collection, will be for sale.
June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oil and Cotton, 837 W. Seventh St., Dallas. $65, includes all supplies. 214-942-0474. oilandcotton.com.
RODEO CAMP 101
The African American Museum teaches attendees how rodeo competitors train with mechanical bull riding, calf- and steer-roping classes, and more. The family-friendly Rodeo Camp 101 event on June 9 is leading up to the Texas Black Invitational Rodeo on June 16.
June 9 from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the African American Museum in Fair Park. One empty Coca-Cola can required for admission. 214-565-9026. aamdallas.org.
FREE! Support the Balch Springs Visual and Performing Arts Alliance by attending this monthly outing that features plenty of kid-friendly activities, shopping with some 30 vendors, karaoke, product demos and food for sale.
June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Oaks Shopping Center, 4000 Pioneer Road, Balch Springs. Free. 972-557-1555. balchspringsartsalliance.org.http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/headlines/20120607-go-do-a-contrabarn-dance-orvis-intro-to-fly-fishing-rodeo-camp-101-new-crewel-embroidery-workshop-top-this-week-s-list-of-fun-things-to-do.ece