Summer Fun Checklist

Summer is the time for fun and that usually means packing up your Chevy and driving somewhere – even if it’s just to the next neighborhood or the other side of town. Most activities take some planning, especially if you have children. Part of the planning should include making sure your vehicle is safe – bring it to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup if you haven’t been for maintenance recently.

Once you have your vehicle serviced or you drive off the lot in your new vehicle, you’ll need a list of summer fun things to do.

  • Go tent camping
  • Hook up the RV for a long road trip
  • Go hiking
  • Go fishing
  • Go tubing
  • Take a bicycle ride
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have a party just to have a party
  • Watch fireworks
  • Visit the zoo
  • Go swimming
  • Go to a concert in the park
  • Go on a city history tour
  • Finger paint
  • Take a boat out on a lake
  • Take a canoe down a river for some white water excitement
  • See a drive-in movie
  • Go to the fair
  • Ride a ferris wheel
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Read a book
  • Have a treasure hunt with your neighbors, then eat all the hotdogs and burgers you can eat at a neighborhood cookout
  • Play Frisbee
  • Play volleyball
  • Go to the beach

Make sure you plan for the activity. Making lists helps so that you don’t forget anything for the bigger activities, such as fishing, camping and a day at the beach. Whether you have a truck, an SUV or a sedan, you can fit just about everything you need in there – well, except for the sedan – if you go tent camping, it might get pretty crowded in the trunk, depending on the size of your tent.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to have your current vehicle serviced or to test drive a new model pickup, SUV, coupe or sedan.

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Upcoming Events in Grapevine!

Grapevine has many upcoming and ongoing events – and planning a dinner out and the attendance of one or more of these events is the perfect way to celebrate that new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevy. Fireworks or a wine tasting – or any other local event is a perfect way to start or end an evening.

Summer Blast runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This event provides family fun including special exhibits, waterparks, outdoor activities, fireworks, shopping, dining and more. The fireworks are every Friday night over Lake Grapevine. Take the kids to Legoland Discovery Center or help catch the outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. You might also want to catch a show at The Texas Star Dinner Theater or take in some music at the Grapevine Opry Show.

The Grapevine Farmer’s Market is going on – it started on April 10, 2014 and will run until October 18, 2014 at the Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main Street, Grapevine. The Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you want locally grown produce and products, this is the place to go.

Stop by the Gaylord Texan Resort for wine and cheese pairings from June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014. The resort is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. The wine and cheese pairings are held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m. You’ll enjoy three wines and an Artisanal cheese selection. You must be aged 21 or over. The price per person is $35.

The Night Watchman Tour is being held from January 2, 2014 through November 29, 2014 at the D’Vine Wine of Grapevine, 409 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Stop by for stories of haunted wineries and haunting history. This is a walking tour – it takes 90 minutes and goes through Grapevine. The tour starts at D’Vine Wine. Tickets include a glass of wine when you return to the winery after the tour. You should be present 15 minutes before the tour starts. Tours are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but call the winery for times. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to get a new sedan, SUV or truck if you haven’t already – that way, you’ll be ready to head out to as many events as you can fit into your schedule.

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July 4th in DFW

If you are looking for the best places to see this year’s fireworks you can catch them in several places. Jump in the brand new vehicle you just bought or leased from Classic Chevrolet, pack some snacks, a picnic lunch and beverages and head out for the fun.

On July 4, 2014, Arlington will be hosting the Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity parade at 9:00 a.m. The parade will start at the southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper Streets. There will be free open seating bleachers, free parking, cool mist stations, convenient restrooms and refreshments for sale. If you have children, be there before the parade or stay after for the Kids Zone face painting, bounce houses and games. The award ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. – after the parade – at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front Street. For more information, visit arlington4th.org.

Six Flags Over Texas will be celebrating the 4th from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. There will be fireworks at night during the entire weekend. If you bring any Coca Cola product, you can get in an hour earlier (9:30 a.m.). For more information visit sixflags.com. ‘

Bedford Boys Ranch Park, located at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive will host a free celebration with family-friendly activities, live music, food vendors, a classic car show and fireworks. You can bring lawn chairs, coolers, blanks and non-alcoholic beverages, but nothing in glass containers. Admission to the Bedford Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3 to 17, and free for those 2 and under. Parking is $5 for limited shuttle service, $20 per car on site and $15 at the Bedford Old School and Bedford Public library.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will be held at Billy Bob’s Texas on July 4 at the Rodeo Plaza in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Live performers include Josh Abbott Band, Dierks Bently, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham. Willie Nelson will perform at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $60 at the gate. Anyone 17 and under must come with an adult. Please leave the chairs, umbrellas, coolers and pets home.

While Classic Chevy is closed on the 4th, you can still stop by during the weekend to test drive your next new vehicle.

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Summer Fun in DFW

If you’re looking for something fun to do or you just need an excuse to drive the new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevrolet, head out for some summer fun for kids of all ages to water parks, golf parks, and tons of entertainment. Some of the entertainment is inside so you will have something to do even on a day that is less than stellar.

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  • Alley Cats is located at 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road in Arlington. It offers 24 bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag arena, a huge arcade, rock climbing wall and billiards. If you get hungry, Alley Cats has a snack bar and an adult full service bar.
  • If you want to do something a little different, check out Bandera, Texas “Cowboy Capital of the World,” located at 126 State Highway 16 S in Bandera, Texas. Kids will be able to meet cowboys, ride horses, see what a dude ranch looks like, see a rodeo, learn rope tricks and more.
  • Bowl & Barrel, located at 8084 Park Lane, Suite 145 in Dallas is an indoor venue that offers boutique bowling. It is a tavern, but offers kid-friendly food, bumpers and ramps.
  • Celebration Station, located at 4040 Towne Crossing Boulevard in Mesquite, Texas has tons of indoor and outdoor attractions for kids of all ages. It’s a great place to hold a birthday party or other family outing. Enjoy bumper boats, go-karts, paintball, miniature golf, a video arcade and more.
  • Dallas Aquatics, located at 833 Sunset Inn Circle in Dallas, provides family fun with one indoor pool and 17 outdoor pools. The pools are located throughout the city so you might find one in your neighborhood. When you just need to beat the heat, take the entire family over to the pool.
  • Water Works Park, located at 2400 Long Road in Denton is a perfect way for the entire family to have fun and cool off. Enjoy four huge slides, the lazy river, a children’s play pool, pavilions for parties, sand volleyball, picnicking and concessions.

Head over to Classic Chevy today to test drive your next vehicle or to get your current vehicle serviced before you head out for some summer fun.

Get Your Father a Chevy!

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Even though Father’s Day 2014 is over, you can still get your dad a Chevy at Classic Chevrolet for Father’s Day! Does your father like hunting, taking trips, fishing or does he work all the time? Choose a vehicle that fits his lifestyle needs and you will have gotten him the best present he’s ever received.

For a dad that likes to go hunting and fishing – or a dad that needs a truck for work – a Silverado would be perfect. For a dad that commutes to the office or likes to take long trips, consider a sedan or SUV. We even have Chevys for dads who have everything they need for work and most types of play. If this is going to be a second vehicle, you might even consider getting dad a Corvette or a Camaro.

If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with the decision because your dad is the greatest and does everything, the 2015 Silverado 3500HD Double Cab with a long bed is perfect. It can haul an RV for hunting, fishing and family trips; it can haul tools for work; it can even double as a comfortable-riding vehicle for long trips. Of course, it won’t catch a Corvette on the highway, but you can still beat a Corvette at the bracket drag strip – and it will turn a lot of heads!

The 3500 features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing. It also runs on E85 or unleaded fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

This combination puts out 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The rear axle features a 4.10 gear and a locking rear; and the suspension includes 51mm twin tube shock absorbers and a 33mm front stabilizer bar.

This model features a trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, independent fused trailering circuits, a connector for four-way use for trailers without brakes or lights, an external engine cooler, an auxiliary external transmission cooler, a heavy-duty battery, an integrated trailer brake controller, frame-mounted front recovery hooks, and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your dad’s next new vehicle and give him the surprise of his life!

Take Your Chevy Out to the Ball Game this Summer

Tailgating is not just for football – take your Chevy out to the ball game with the Texas Rangers this summer. With over 45 home games left, you’ll have plenty of partying to do. Load up the cooler, grill, a baseball, baseball glove and tailgating food for a great time. And, if you don’t have a vehicle that is conducive to tailgating, stop by Classic Chevy to get a certifiable tailgating vehicle.

The Rangers’ home games for the summer are:

  • Saturday, June 6 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
  • Monday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9 and 10 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Marlins;
  • Tuesday through Thursday, June 24 through 26 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Tigers;
  • Friday, June 27 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
  • Saturday, June 28 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
  • Monday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 9 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Astros;
  • Thursday, July 10 and Friday July 11 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Saturday, July 12 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 at 6:05 p.m. versus the Athletics;
  • Monday, July 28 through Wednesday, July 30 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Yankees;
  • Monday, August 11 through Thursday, August 14 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Rays;
  • Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, August 17 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday August 24 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Royals.

The games continue into September – the Rangers are playing the Mariners, Angels, Braves, Astros and Athletics at the home games.

While you’re in the area for the games, consider making a complete day of it and visiting Six Flags Over Texas, The Parks at Arlington, and Seven Seas Marine Life Park. You’ll have a blast at the parks, then have a tailgate party and watch some all-American baseball.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to the games to pick up your next new Chevrolet or to get your current vehicle serviced.

June Events in DFW

If you just bought or leased a new vehicle at Classic Chevy, or just had your vehicle serviced, it’s time to hit the road and enjoy some local events in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Art shows, history, music and sporting events are happening throughout the area in the month of June.

Enjoy the Featured Artists Show and Reception at the Giddens Gallery of Fine Art from June 5, 2014 through June 15, 2014. The show starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs through 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and there will be complimentary wine and hors d-oeuvres. The gallery is located at 624 S. Main Street, Grapevine, Texas, 76051. For more information visit giddensgallery.com or contact Cherie Giddens at (817) 488-8600.

If you prefer sporting events, visit the 24 Hour Fitness to attend a Harlem Globetrotters Summer Clinic. The clinics run from June 8, 2014 through June 10, 2014. Hours are 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. through 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m.

The clinics in Dallas are only part of the 471 summer clinics throughout the United States. The clinics are coached by the Globetrotters stars. Kids will be able to spend two hours with their friends and the Globetrotters. They’ll learn not only the fundamentals, but how to be a good teammate on and off the court.

The kids will get an official clinic certificate, ticket voucher to the Globetrotters’ 2015 North American Tour, and personalized nickname. There will also be a photo and autograph session. The clinics are open to children ages 6 through 12, regardless of skill level. Registration is $69 per two-hour session.

The Globetrotters will be at the 24 Hour Fitness located at 2701 Halloran Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 761047. If you can’t make these session, the Globetrotters will be at the 24 Hour Fitness Castle Hills Super Sport, 4866 State Highway 121, Lewisville, Texas, 75056 on June 5, 2014 through June 7, 2014. For more information and tickets, visit harlemglobetrotters.com/fun-basketball-clinics/summer-2014.

Before you head out on the road, even though these might be short trips for you, stop by Classic Chevrolet to have your vehicle serviced. If you are thinking about buying or leasing a new Chevy, stop by to pick something up before the summer event season gets going in full swing!

Summer Fun in DFW

Summer is the time to enjoy doing things together as a family. Since the kids are out of school, you can do things on “off” days when you take vacation – this means less people at attractions, giving your family more time without standing in lines or being jostled by crowds. Because you’ll do a lot of extra traveling during the summer, make sure your vehicle is “up to date” on service and maintenance by bringing it in to the service department at Classic Chevy.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is a must-see for all ages. The museum is also accommodating to children with special needs. You will see the history of flight, learn about planes and aviation history with the help of Jay Jay the Jet Plane and can even attend a program just for kids. The museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75209. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children aged 3 to 17, and children that are younger than 3 get in free. For more information, visit flightmuseum.com.

Teach your children about wildlife at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2155 County Road 2009, Glen Rose, Texas. The park opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m. daily, however, no admissions are allowed after 5:30 p.m. Prices for admission vary depending on what kind of tour you will be taking.

You can explore the wildlife center in safari vehicles, in your own car or on foot. The park features zebras, giraffes, rhinos and tons more animals. Families will learn about the preservation of endangered and threatened species. For more information, visit fossilrim.com.

Entertain your children at the Fritz Park Petting Zoo, located at 444 West Second Street, Centennial Park. The zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sundays during the months of June and July as long as the weather is nice.

Children will enjoy animals such as chickens, sheep, cows, goats, horses, turkey, deer, peacocks and rabbits in a shady setting. You might even get to see eggs hatching in the incubator. Enjoy watching ducks and geese on the pond. You can even book the Fritz Park Petting Farm Party Room for a child’s party. For more information, visit cityofirving.org/parks-and-recreation/fritz.asp.

If you think it’s time for a new vehicle just in time to take summer trips, visit Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Tahoe, Silverado, SS or any other model on the lot.

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Cinco de Mayo 2014 in DFW

Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us and that means parties and lots of fun. You have the rest of the week to make sure your vehicle is just as ready as you are, so be sure to stop by Classic Chevy for maintenance or repairs before you head out for the weekend.

Even though Cinco de Mayo is, as the name would suggest, on May 5, the festivities start as early as May 3. The 2014 Cinco de Mayo Multicultural Festival and Educational/Health Fair in Irving starts on Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. The festival will be held at the Senter Park Recreation Center until 4:00 p.m. Head out to enjoy multicultural entertainment and food from different countries, and fun and games for the entire family, including the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo 2014 Pageant.

Also worth mentioning is the Cinco de Mayo Big Parade 2014, which is taking place in Dallas on Saturday, May 3. This annual event is in its 24th year and is the largest Cinco de Mayo parade in North Texas, with 20,000 attendees expected this year.

After whichever fiesta you attend, if you’re still hungry after sampling the vendor food, or you just want to enjoy more party atmosphere, stop by any of the restaurants holding their own celebrations, such as Urban Taco in Dallas, which will be holding a fiesta on Sunday, May 4, on the patio. They’ll also have drink specials including five for $5 on frozen lime, hibiscus, and urban rocks margaritas. Drinks also include tequila slammers and plenty of beer. The venue will feature a mariachi band and a DJ during the festival.

El Ranchito in Dallas will also have a celebration. Though this place seems to celebrate every night, the festivities for Cinco de Mayo will be kicked up a notch. Enjoy $5 enchiladas and $5 margaritas.

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Jump in a new Impala to make this year’s Cinco de Mayo more memorable than ever!

Reservoir Bar, Patio and Kitchen in Fort Worth will also be having its own festivities. Join the venue on its patio for the annual Cinco de Patio Weekend. The venue will feature DJs D-Roz and Traax, plus Mark McEuen will be playing. Enjoy $7 Patron shots and frozen Hornitos or $5 Hornitos tequila shots and Pacific schooners. You’ll also have plenty to eat, including Cinco de Mayo-inspired tacos and appetizers.

Of course, if you have a favorite Mexican restaurant that’s not one of the above, chances are it will have some sort of special going on.

The last thing you want to do is to ruin a night because your vehicle decides to act up on the way to a festival or on the way home. Make sure everything is working properly so you have less chance of having a problem by visiting Classic Chevrolet’s service department before you go. And, if you think your vehicle is beyond help, stop by to lease or buy a new car for the events!

Have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo and remember to drive safe!

Spring Fun in DFW

Sometimes, you just have to get out and enjoy life; and when you have a brand new vehicle from Classic Chevy, that is the perfect excuse to drive it. In the Spring, you can find plenty of excuses to enjoy that new car smell – some things the kids will enjoy, and some things, such as date night, you just have to do without the kids.

  • Load the kids up and head out to Six Flags Over Texas for a day or two. Everyone will enjoy over 50 rides, live bands and other entertainment within the park. The park is located at 2201 Road to Six Flags St E, Arlington, TX 76011.
  • Head over to the West End Historic District and the Dallas World Aquarium for a relaxing and educational day with the kids. Exhibits include the Orinoco Crocodile Cove, South Africa, the Aquarium and Mundo Maya. The aquarium is located at 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202.
  • Find a babysitter and grab some tickets to an upcoming concert at Billy Bob’s Texas. Make sure you hire the sitter overnight since this date night might go on into the wee hours of the morning. Billy Bob’s Texas is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164.
  • Pack the hiking boots, fishing poles and a picnic for a relaxing day at White Rock Lake. With over 9 miles of trails and over 1,000 acres of lake, you’re sure to stay occupied for a day or a weekend. White Rock Lake is located at 8300 East Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218.
  • Another great historical site to visit is the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Learn about distinguished southwestern women of pioneer times and more. The museum and hall of fame is located at 1720 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

If you have a Chevy truck, coupe, sedan or SUV, make an appointment for Spring service; and if you want another vehicle or it’s time to trade for something newer, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive your next new vehicle. Be sure to check our web site for service, purchase or leasing specials often, as the specials change often.

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