Inside Fish City Grill, you might feel like you’ve stepped into a turn-of-the-century seaport warehouse – that is, turn-of-the-century with a whole lot of modern flair. The menu is anything but aged, putting a new spin on seafood with items such as the signature Oyster Nachos – fried oysters atop tortilla chips with chipotle tartar sauce and fresh pico de gallo.

With reasonable prices and a casual atmosphere, this Preston Hollow restaurant is fast becoming a weekly tradition for its surrounding community. And that’s exactly what owner Bill Bayne had in mind when he opened Fish City eight months ago.

“We strive to be a neighborhood seafood joint,” Bayne says. “It’s very affordable for fresh seafood, so we are depending on people coming several times a week, not just on special occasions.”

In order to give back to their community, Fish City Grill donates 15 percent of the entire day’s sales to a neighborhood charity on the first Tuesday of every month, called – easy enough – the First Tuesday Benefit.

And what could be a better way for you to give back than to simply chow down on some Maryland crab cakes, Sefafin’s fish tacos, Tabasco shrimp pasta, or if you’re really hungry, the Beach Party Platter, complete with two pounds of crab, a pound of shrimp and a pound of sausage.

FISH CITY GRILL
10720 PRESTON
214-891-9979
FISHCITYGRILL.COM

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
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He’s an author, songwriter, performer, magazine columnist and general hell-raiser. And – once again, as bumper stickers all over the Hill Country can attest to – a gubernatorial candidate. He’s funny, irreverent and opinionated. Even those who don’t exactly love Kinky Friedman usually love to hate him. Join one of Texas’ most treasured degenerates at Barnes and Noble this month, where he’ll discuss and sign his new book, “Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers.” Publisher Harper Collins has this to say about the Kinkster’s latest: “With his medications on subjects ranging from sleeping at the White House to marriage, his pets, fishing in Borneo, country music, cigars, and the tribulations of possessing talent, Kinky doesn’t deny us the ‘flashes of brilliance and laugh-out-loud observations’ that are present in all his other work.”

Arts & Entertainment

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Oct. 1 – closed for Southwest Regional Folk Alliance; Oct. 8 – closed; Oct. 15 – Mad Agnes with opener BJ Flemming; Oct. 22 – Bluehouse with opener Wishing Chair ($12/$15); Oct. 29 – Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen with opener Richard Berman; Nov. 5 – Harvey Reid. All shows $12, unless otherwise stated. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. All shows start at 8 p.m. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. For information, call 214-363-0044 or visit unclecalvins.org.

The Children’s Hour Through Sunday, Oct. 3, Wed-Sat, 8 p.m., Sat-Sun., 2 p.m. Lillian Hellman’s classic play in which the malicious gossip of one little girl destroys the lives of two women. Part of Meadows School of the Arts’ Second Stage season. In the Margo Jones Theater, Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop on the SMU campus. Tickets are $6-$12. Call 214-768-2787 for tickets and information.

Book Signings Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Join nationally touring author, Jean Shinoda Bolen as she discusses her book, “Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives,” Friday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Best-selling romance author Nora Roberts will discuss and sign her latest book, Northern Lights. Barnes & Noble, 7700 Northwest Highway, 214-739-1124.

Jim Brickman in Concert Sunday Oct. 21, 8 p.m. The National Council of Jewish Women presents this GRAMMY-nominated pianist. At the Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance, Richardson. Tickets are $35-$100. For information call 972-744-4650, or visit eismanncenter.com

Mexican Art and Life Exhibit Through Oct. 31. One of the largest exhibits of Mexican colonial art ever assembled in the United States: Painting a New World; Mexican Art and Life 1521-1821. $8 ages 12 and up; $5 after 4 p.m., and free for children under 12. Meadows Museum of Art, 5900 Bishop Blvd. SMU Campus. 214-768-2516.

American Indian Art Festival & Market Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. The American Indian Arts Council of Dallas hosts this 15th-annual celebration of Native arts and culture, featuring more than 150 American Indian artists from across the nation. Proceeds from the event help support a scholarship program for American Indian students. In the Annette Strauss Artist Square of the Dallas Arts District. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior and $3 for children ages 5-12. For information, call 214-891-9640 or e-mail aiac@flash.net.

Community

Homecoming Parade Friday, Oct. 1. W.T. White High School is gearing up for its annual Homecoming Parade. This year’s theme “Show Your Colors” involves more than 25 entries departing the student parking lot at 4 p.m. and traveling a two-mile route through the neighborhood. White’s varsity football team, cheerleading squad, award-winning Caballeras drill team, and WTW band will be accompanied by floats decorated by elementary feeder schools and Marsh Middle School, along with spirit groups and other sports teams from W.T. White.

Strength for Caring workshop series Oct. 5 and Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m., Medical City Hospital’s Strength for Caring workshops provide education and support for family members that act as cancer caregivers. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Located at Medical City in Building A, 11 South Education Room. For reservations or information contact Jan Tichenor, RN, MS, CNS at 972-566-5793.

Pershing Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 12. Want to find out more about Pershing? Plan to spend the evening with friends and family at the school. Parent/Teacher conferences are in the late afternoon, followed by a PTA meeting, and then it’s time for hot dogs cooked out on the grill and Stories Under The Stars in the Pershing Pumpkin Patch.

Huge Garage Sale Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-noon. Proceeds will benefit the children and teachers of Preston Hollow Elementary. At the school gym, 6423 Walnut Hill.

W.T. White’s Senior Auction Monday, Oct. 25. Highlights include a buffet dinner, silent auction and various entertainment. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Graduating Class of 2005 Activity and Scholarship Fund. All W.T. White Alumnae and guests from the community are invited. For information, contact Christine Plunkett through the W.T. White school office, 972-502-6200.

Jewish Community Center Senior Expo Tuesday, October 26 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The third annual Expo will feature exhibit booths, information, resources and seminars for older adults and children of aging parents and relatives. Admission is free. Box lunches are available for purchase with advance payment and reservation, for $4.50 each; payment must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 19. Call 214-239-7155 or email sbalaban@jccdallas.org for information and specific seminar topics and times.

Health & Fitness

Jazzercise Mondays 10-11 a.m. Dance and get fit at the same time. $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members per session. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact jcohn@jccdallas.com.

Stretching and Exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Stretching and low-impact group exercises with instructor Dorothy Gross. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. For information, contact info@jccdallas.com.

Library

Fire Safety Saturday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m. The Dallas Fire Department will visit with their fire truck. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

East Indian Dance Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m., Alpana Jacobs will educate children on regional dances in India and discuss how each dance specifically derived from the culture of that region. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

African Drumming Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. African Drumming with Leo Hassan. In addition to teaching children how to play traditional musical instruments, Hassan also will share ancient folktales, song, and dances from Africa. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Appalachian Music Wednesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Join Marsha Webb as she teaches children about traditional Appalachian instruments and folk music. Park Forest Library, 3421 Forest. 214-670-6333.

Pajama Storytime Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. Join in for creepy, crawly, swamp things stories. Pajamas, laps and stuffed animals are welcome for this evening storytime for ages 3 and older and their parents/caregivers. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Seniors

Exercise For Older Adults Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 a.m. A stretching and low-impact group exercise class for seniors, led by instructor Dorothy Glass. For information, contact aangorina@jccdallas.org.


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