“Our salads are so good, even guys like them,” jokes Chris Dahlander, owner of Snappy Salads, a fast-food joint that offers healthful alternatives to burgers and fries. Here, health-conscious diners on the go can customize salads with their favorite fresh veggies and yummy gourmet add-ins such as grilled portabellas, smoked salmon, organic beef and even pulled pork. Soups and dressings are made in-house, which Dahlander says “makes them hands down better than the stuff poured out of a bottle elsewhere.” And Snappy’s goes green in more than one sense: Just about everything inside the restaurant is eco-friendly, right down to the forks, which look like plastic but are actually made from potato starch so they’re biodegradable. The cups, straws and salad containers are made from cornstarch, tables are made from reclaimed barn wood, employees shirts are made from hemp, and the paint on the walls is milk-based. “People love that eating here is good for them and good for the environment,” Dahlander explains.


HOURS: Mon-Sat
11 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 1 – Wednesday, Jan. 31
Martin Lawrence Galleries
13350 Dallas Pkwy
Suite 3080

The holiday shopping frenzy is finally behind us, and now you probably don’t want to go anywhere near a mall. But what if we told you that tucked away within the retail powerhouse otherwise known as the Galleria is a new art exhibition featuring original pieces of Pablo Picasso? And what if we told you this event was totally free? We thought you’d change your mind. The Martin Lawrence Galleries on the third level of Saks Fifth Avenue is displaying 26 original sugar-aquatints from Picasso’s “La Tauromaquia Suite.” The collection of etchings was inspired by the art of bullfighting (la tauromaquia), which is a cultural signature in Picasso’s native Spain. So come on: Brave the crowded mall parking lots for an afternoon because after all, it’s not every day you get to see original work by one of the 20th century’s best artists for free. For more information about the art exhibition or for gallery hours, call 972-716-5335 or 800-950-1750, or e-mail Dallas@martinlawrence.com.

Arts & Entertainment
Free Monthly Stroll Saturday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. The hour-long, docent-led walking tour highlights architecture, tradition and history of the district. Tour begins in front of the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora. RSVP 214-953-1977 or visit artsdistrict.org.

Bancroft Family Concert Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. Graeme Jenkins conducts Dallas Opera musicians in works of Wagner and Bartok. Presented by Fine Arts Chamber Players. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. 214-520-2219 or fineartschamberplayers.org.

Intimate Evening Concerts Friday, Jan. 5, Guy Forsythe; Saturday, Jan. 6, Charlie Sexton; Friday, Jan. 12, Adam Carroll; Saturday, Jan. 13, Trish and Darin Murphy; Friday, Jan. 20, Sorla and Deadman; Friday, Jan. 27, Billy Harvey and special guest Robert Gomez. All shows start at 8 p.m. Discounts available for advance purchase. Bend Studio, 5014 McKinney. Call for ticket prices, 214-841-9642 or bendstudio.com.

Fridays at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Jan. 5, Emily Kaitz; Jan. 12, Wheatfield ($15/$18); Jan. 19, Jeff Black; Jan. 26, The Laws ($12/$15). All shows start at 8 p.m. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. $12 unless otherwise noted. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. 214-363-0044 or unclecalvins.org.


T-Bar Tea Club Monthly club devoted to friendship and learning about the world of tea. All tea lovers welcome. Free. Call for meeting dates and times. Reservations for each meeting must be made in advance. The Cultured Cup, 8312 Preston Center Plaza Dr. 972-960-1521.

Oil Painting Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $20 per month with ID card. Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway. Contact Mary Ann, 214-352-7366.

One-Act Play Ages 5-8 on Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Ages 9 and up on Mondays, 4-5 p.m. Young children of all ages will perform in seasonal holiday plays. Participants will learn how to memorize lines and create costumes. Each play is performed in a dinner theater setting. Participation is free, reservations for shows are $6. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Carol Burris, 214-670-6477.

Ramblin’ Round Dance Lessons Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Dancing in the round with cues given by a professional. $50 per couple per quarter. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Christine Hixon, 972-270-7292 or 214-670-6477.

Duplicate and Party Bridge Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for duplicate bridge; and Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon for party bridge. Duplicate players will need a partner. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Bill Frye, 972-247-5619.

Big-D Barbershop Harmony Chorus Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Men of all ages who love to sing are invited to participate. Experience not required. Town Village North at 12271 Coit. 972-247-4345.


Storytime Saturday Saturdays, 11 a.m. Parents and children are invited to participate together in interactive storytelling, improvisational comedy routines and sing-a-longs. Children’s Play Place, Level 3 (near Saks Fifth Avenue), Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway. 972-702-7100 or galleriadallas.com.

Alert Child of Texas Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. for ages 4-7, and 10-11 a.m. for ages 8 and older. Self-defense and anti-kidnapping classes brought to you by the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. $8 per class with a $12 registration fee. Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway. 972-578-7555.

Health & Fitness

Holistic Yoga Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. This class focuses on the mind/body connection while increasing flexibility, strength and balance. $85 a month or $10 per class. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Greg Moffett, 214-769-3889.

Tai Chi Wednesdays 10-10:45 a.m. Gentle movements release stress by relaxing and rejuvenating the body while refreshing the mind. Participants of all ages and physical conditions can do the 20 simple movements. $6 per class, $5 for those 60 and over. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Sister Bernice Eidt, 214-350-5860.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Every fourth Wednesday. All patients, family members and friends affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and myeloma are invited to attend these support group programs. Free. Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas, 7777 Forest, Ste. 400, 972-354-8303.


Dallas Lace Society Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested in learning how to make bobbin lace, knit, tat or crochet is invited to attend informal and fun lessons, or to work on individual projects. No experience required. Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest. 214-670-1335.

Purls Knitting Group Fridays 1-3 p.m. Experienced knitters or come to learn. Everyone is welcome. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Computer Classes Mondays, 5 p.m. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. For this month’s schedule, call 214-670-6376.

Library Live! Story Soup with Dream Up Tuesday, Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. Professional actors create a wonderful batch of story soup that includes storytelling, improvisational and audience participation. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Library Live! Fairy Tale Adventure Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. Take part in this fun interactive story of Bangalee and Grunk the dragon. Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest, 214-670-1335.

Library Live! Saturday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. Hear energetic, interactive storytelling in English and American Sign Language. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Library Live! Wednesday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. Hear engaging stories from around the world. Park Forest Library, 3421 Forest. 214-670-6333.

Infant/Toddler Development Time Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Children and parents/caregivers learn fun, inexpensive ways to practice speech, motor, cognitive and social development. For infants and toddlers. Park Forest Branch Library, 3421 Forest. 214-670-6333.

Preschool Storytime Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers. Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest Lane. 214-670-1335.

Preschool Storytime Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers. Park Forest Branch Library, 3421 Forest. 214-670-6333.

Preschool Storytime Thursdays 11 a.m. Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caregivers. Walnut Hill Library, 9495 Marsh. 214-670-6376.

Preschool Storytime Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.

Toddler Time Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Stories and activities for ages 18-36 months and their parents/caregivers. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal. 214-670-7128.


The Shepherd’s Center of North Dallas Thursdays, Jan. 4-Feb. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join active, inquisitive seniors ages 60 and older for exercise, line dancing, discussion of current events and books, bridge, games and interesting speakers at this interfaith organization. Bag lunch. Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood. 214-350-0465 or shepherdscenterofnorthdallas.org.

SeniorNet Computer Classes This non-profit organization offers a variety of “how to” computer classes for today’s active older adult. Seven per class, one-on-one instruction with easy-to-follow instruction manuals. C.C. Young Retirement Community, 4847 W. Lawther. For a complete list of classes and dates, contact Mary, 214-841-2818.

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. Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven, aangorina@jccdallas.org.

Senior Aerobics Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15-9:15 a.m. A vigorous workout with less of the jumping, twisting and impact of traditional aerobics. $56 for eight classes. Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill. Contact Charles Plafcan, 214-954-0777.

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