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Registers ring, are you listening?
It's mid-November, which means it may be time to start your holiday shopping. This weekend, there are two pop-up markets to help you out. The first is the Chi-Omega Christmas Market, coming to Fair Park in Dallas through Saturday. More than 180 merchants will be set up here selling holiday decor, clothing, accessories, children's toys and more. This event is a fundraiser for several local charities, including The Family Place, which provides shelter and counseling to families suffering from violence, and Make a Wish North Texas, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical issues. You'll need a ticket to get in and shop; those cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. But if you want first pick of the goods, you can pay $20-$25 to get in first thing Thursday morning.
If you'd rather not pay for a ticket to go shopping, consider hitting the Plano Christmas Market on Saturday at the Carpenter Park Recreation Center. It's a similar deal here: Vendors will be set up throughout the venue selling soaps, jams, dips, clothing, candles, ornaments, all that kind of stuff. Stop by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get a look.
In the lane, ice is glistening
Families can also get in the holiday spirit with some ice skating in Fort Worth. On Friday, the annual Panther Island Ice rink opens for the season. The rink is located at the Coyote Drive-In, however, you do not need to buy a movie ticket to gain entry. Instead, admission costs $12 per person, which includes skate rentals. There are discounts for military personnel, big groups, and Tarrant County College students and faculty.
And if you can't make it opening weekend, no worries: The ice rink will be open through Jan. 15, 2018.
A political sight, we're chattin' tonight
Politics will be a hot topic this weekend at two local events. First, Hillary and Bill Clinton are in town for a speaking gig Friday at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, where they're expected to take questions from the audience about anything and everything. Tickets for that appearance start at $199.50.
Then on Saturday, the Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas is hosting an event called "What Has the Government Been Hiding? 54 Years of Secrets and the Release of the JFK Records." This is a panel discussion featuring the University of Virginia's Center for Politics director Larry Sabato and former New York Times investigative reporter Philip Shenon, who will discuss the newly released files about the JFK assassination. Unfortunately, this event is sold out, but you can join a wait-list in case tickets become available.
Rocking in a musical wonderland
For music fans, Oaktopia music festival comes to Deep Ellum this weekend. This event originated in Denton, however, relocated this year to Dallas to take Friday and Saturday place at several walk-able venues, including Trees, the Bomb Factory and Canton Hall. Headliners include DJs A-Trak and Baauer, rapper Lil Yachty, electronica band Phantogram, and many, many more. Tickets start at $49.50 for single-day access and $89.50 to rock out all weekend.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.