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Popular jewelry designer and philanthropist Kendra Scott has coupled up with Texas lifestyle blogger Emily Travis of Champagne & Chanel to launch an exclusive collaborative bridal collection.

Austin-based Travis co-designed the collection, marking the first-ever influencer-designed partnership for Kendra Scott. The line is available now in all Kendra Scott stores, including those in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Travis started her blog in 2016 while she was a senior studying at Texas A&M University. What began as a creative outlet has garnered more than 1 million followers. As she is a dedicated wearer of Kendra Scott, the brand line has been with Travis during monumental moments in her life, she says.

While on her own wedding journey, Travis couldn’t imagine celebrating her special day without Kendra Scott, she says, and had a vision of what she wanted for her bridal party: timelessness.

“I’m a firm believer that when you find accessories you love, that give you the extra boost of confidence, the rest falls into place — especially on your wedding day,” Scott says in a statement. “We were in the process of expanding our bridal variety and it felt serendipitous when Emily shared her vision for her wedding. I was honored to help her bring this to life for her big day.”

The capsule bridal collection, named after female figures in Travis’ life, features a variety of classic shapes like emerald and round-cut crystals and timeless designs. Included in the capsule collection are dainty drop earrings, tennis bracelets, and necklaces. Together, Scott and Travis created quality pieces at an attainable price point ranging from $58 to $148.

In addition to creating keepsake styles, Travis wanted to design versatile pieces that could not only be worn for black-tie affairs but also more casually every day.

When co-designing the collection, Scott encouraged Travis to incorporate other elements from the big day, such as her floral arrangements. This inspired the Cameron Statement Earring, crafted to effortlessly transition from a formal showstopper to a stud with a unique detachable piece.

“Getting the chance to design a collection with Kendra Scott has definitely been one of the biggest ‘pinch me’ moments of my life,” says Travis in a statement. “This collection is very special to me because it’s inspired by the happiest day — my wedding. I am so proud and honored to have my name on each of these pieces and I hope you love them as much as I do!”

The Kendra Scott x Champagne & Chanel capsule collection is available now.

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The Kendra Scott x Champagne & Chanel capsule collection is available now.
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These are the 10 hottest stories that had Dallas talking in 2021

Hottest headlines of 2021

Editor's note: What was Dallas reading in 2021? We are so glad you asked. In another year dominated by "bad news" headlines around the world, it was a lowly bird that captured CultureMap readers' attention most. Just like robin sightings brought a little joy during a harsh winter, so did later news of a big celebrity wedding with Dallas ties, a spectacular Christmas light display competing on TV, and the arrival of a famous Youtuber who made waves in the local food scene. These are the stories that readers devoured this year. Find out our most popular dining, arts, entertainment, travel, society, and real estate stories; most memorable theater experiences; and best and worst movies in their own lists, too.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth is seeing flocks of robins all over their backyards. Amid wintry weather, power outages, water issues, and bursting pipes last February, Dallas-Fort Worth was enjoying at least one ray of sunshine, in the form of a massive influx of American robins. Robins regularly migrate to the South every winter, but in 2021, they became a spectacular presence, with swarms of robins swooping in and hanging out, everywhere from the courtyards of inner-city lofts to the postage-stamp front yards of the suburbs. Come on back this year, little guys!

2. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton ring up top Dallas planner, baker, DJ for glamorous wedding. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3, and from all the details divulged on social media, this American royal wedding was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The couple relied on some of Dallas' top wedding vendors to pull off the opulent affair, from a renowned event planner to a TV-famous cake artist and a favorite party DJ.

3. Famous food blogger moves to Dallas, calls out brisket at revered BBQ spot. Mike Chen is the host of Strictly Dumpling, a YouTube channel that has amassed 3.7 million subscribers since it launched in 2013. This famous online food reviewer has moved to Dallas to cover its booming restaurant scene. Since his relocation to North Texas in early March, he'd already posted raves about our ramen, Vietnamese food, and sushi. But uh-oh: He was unimpressed with the city's No. 1 most recommended BBQ spot.

4. Tom Landry home for sale near Dallas' Preston Hollow is an oasis of nature. A former home of legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry and his wife, Alicia, located near the moneyed intersection of Bluffview and Preston Hollow, went on the market in June for $2,999,000 (and later sold). The house was built in 1952 and is at the end of a small, heavily wooded, secluded cul de sac off Inwood Road. It has 5,408 square feet, and is one-and-a-half stories, with a lower level that looks out over an intensely verdant backdrop that features a creek with a footbridge, wildlife, and loads of privacy.

5. Frisco family charged up for $50,000 battle on ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight. A Frisco family well-known locally for their "extreme," 70,000-light holiday displays got to shine in the national spotlight on December 2 as competitors on the hit ABC reality series The Great Christmas Light Fight. While the Burkman family didn't win the $50,000 grand prize, they won hearts with their charitable efforts. The lights switched on for the public to enjoy through Christmas.

6. Surprising Dallas suburb named top U.S. city for homebuyers under 35, says study. For some young professionals of Dallas, buying a home in a quiet neighborhood in the 'burbs is proving to be more appealing than a ritzy high-rise within city limits. A study released January 14 by personal finance website SmartAsset ranked the top 50 U.S. cities where homebuyers under age 35 were most commonplace. Just one DFW city made it into the top 10 (drumroll, please): Mesquite.

7. Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in Dallas rebrands, farewell Richard Rawlings. The restaurant and live music spot formerly known as Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in Northwest Dallas announced in September it was rebranding. New name: Amplified, and former co-founder Richard Rawlings was no longer involved. Rawlings then announced he was back with Gas Monkey round two: He's partnered with Refined Hospitality Concepts to reopen Gas Monkey Dallas, at the Mercer Boardwalk development on LBJ Freeway near Luna Road.

8. Major freeway will shut down on east side of Dallas this weekend. There was a major freeway closure taking place one weekend in May, on the east side of Dallas: All lanes of I-30, both eastbound and westbound, would be closed on Saturday May 8, at Galloway Avenue, out by Mesquite. In addition to the mainlanes on I-30, full closures of the Galloway Avenue overpass at I-30 and certain I-30/I-635 direct connectors would also be required.

9. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top-25 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth tumbled out of the top 25 on U.S. News & World Report’s closely watched annual list of the best places to live in the U.S. U.S. News' 2021 Best Places to Live ranking, released July 13, put DFW at No. 37 among the country’s biggest metro areas. That's 13 spots lower than the area’s No. 24 ranking in 2020.

10. President of Uncle Julio's found dead at downtown Dallas hotel. Harper Caron, who was president of the Dallas-based Uncle Julio's Tex-Mex chain, died in a downtown Dallas hotel; he was 45. Police officers were called to the Statler Dallas on Saturday, August 7 where they found Caron at about 5 am. A New Orleans native, Caron worked for Uncle Julio's for 25 years, moving up the ranks to become president in September 2019.

Robin against the snow.

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Robin against the snow.
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Blake & Gwen's wedding takes the cake in our 10 hottest Dallas society stories of 2021

Hottest headlines of 2021

Editor's note: After a year without in-person fundraising galas, parties, and luncheons, Dallas' society scene finally came back, slowly but surely, in 2021. The two biggest events of the year, Cattle Baron's Ball and Crystal Charity Ball, made their glorious returns after COVID cancellations in 2020. This year's most-read society stories also included the sad deaths of two Dallas media personalities. But it was a story about a big wedding of "American royalty" that readers clicked on the most.

1. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton ring up top Dallas planner, baker, DJ for glamorous wedding. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3, and from all the details divulged on social media, this American royal wedding was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The couple relied on some of Dallas' top wedding vendors to pull off the opulent affair, from a renowned event planner to a TV-famous cake artist and a favorite party DJ.

2. Dallas media personality and animal lover Jocelyn White dies at 68. Longtime Dallas media personality Jocelyn White, who had her own successful television show, Designing Texas, died on April 18 following a short illness; she was 68. White was an award-winning TV, radio, and print journalist and a fixture on the local charity scene, with a passion for animals.

3. Nicole Barrett, Dallas media personality and Kinky Friedman Cigars mogul, passes away at 46. Nicole Barrett — Dallas talk show host, barrier-breaking entrepreneur, social justice advocate, and friend to many local charities — passed away unexpectedly on August 10; she was 46. Charismatic and charming, passionate and principled, Barrett felt just as comfortable discussing hot-button topics with politicians as she did cracking jokes with close friends over long lunches, her friends say.

4. Cattle Baron's Ball 2021 comes blazing back as Dallas' ultimate party. Well, Dallas didn't forget how to party during the pandemic. In fact, "Double Down" proved the perfect theme for Cattle Baron's Ball 2021, which emerged from last year's COVID-cancellation to a sell-out extravaganza that packed 2,600 revelers into Gilley's Dallas on Saturday, October 23.

5. Regal gowns take the crown on Dallas' best dressed at Crystal Charity Ball 2021. The best-dressed dames in Dallas turned heads in their brilliant and breathtaking gowns at the 2021 Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday, December 4. Themed "Peace, Love, London," the fabulous fete brought out Dallas fashion queens and groovy beauties ready to walk the red carpet and rock the dance floor.

6. Dallas' most glorious gala and art auction draws a surreal $11 million. Here's a statistic that'll make you drop your Dom Perignon: Of the $104 million raised for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art in Two x Two Gala's 22 years, an eye-popping $11 million of it came at the 2021 event. On October 23, the black-tie dinner and contemporary art auction attracted 490 guests to the Rachofsky House for what has become one of fall's grandest galas.

7. Glamorous Dallas wedding whisks in fun Hollywood surprise — complete with swear jar. Kristin Sanders and James Hallam had a specific intention for their post-pandemic dream wedding in April 2021: provide an event where friends and family can finally get dressed up again and dance the night away to incredible music. To pull off a two-day wedding extravaganza, the Dallas couple surprised guests by bringing in a famous band from Los Angeles and re-creating a funny scene from a Hollywood movie, swear jar and all.

8. Dazzling Dallas debutante ball canceled for first time in its 35-year history. Dallas debutantes got an extra year to practice their "Texas dip," as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League in January canceled its 2021 Presentation Ball due to COVID-19 concerns. It was the first time the ball had been canceled since its inception in 1987. Originally planned for February 13, organizers had pushed the date to June 12, then decided to call it off altogether. The 2022 Presentation Ball is set for February 12.

9. $3.3 million Dallas benefit with favorite governor's daughter shatters Planned Parenthood record. In a year that continued to challenge women’s health in Texas, supporters rallied and raised a record $3.3 million for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas at the annual fundraising event September 23 at Winspear Opera House. That's a full $2 million more than the event's fundraising total in 2020.

10. Fashionable Dallasites go wild with sky-high hats at the Arboretum. It had been more than a year since Dallas' society set had been able to safely toast, twirl, and fundraise together. What better way to welcome back in-person events than an open-air afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum, celebrating one of the wildest traditions in the city? In April, the 2021 Mad Hatter's Tea invited the ladies who lunch to don their most daring chapeaux.

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The vintage cake was created by Dallas' Fancy Cakes by Lauren.
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Why you should let a pro handle all the details for your next big event

Party Pros

Planning an event of any size — from a small-scale wedding to a massive corporate party — can be incredibly overwhelming. And executing a great event is all about logistics, organization, taste, and style.

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Total Events DFW has everything you need for a successful event. Their services include live entertainment, event planning and coordination, venue scouting, and even decor and lighting. Instead of wasting time frantically calling dozens of people to locate vendors for your next party, you can get everything from a single, reputable source.

The dream team
Before founding Total Events DFW, Renee Hart spent more than 20 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth events industry — she’s seen and done it all.

Hart has formed strong vendor relationships through her years of curating corporate events, weddings, festivals, and private events for anywhere between 10 and 10,000 guests.

She’s a pro at sourcing the best vendors and ensuring that each element comes together beautifully and seamlessly. Her assistants — many of whom have been with her from the start — are also a key element in making it all come together.

Celebrations always reflect her clients and exceed expectations, thanks to Hart's keen attention to detail and ability to understand her clients’ visions.

What they offer
Total Events DFW specializes in corporate events, weddings, and social engagements like birthday gatherings and bar/bat mitzvahs. No matter how big or small the event, Hart takes care of everything, using her insider knowledge to curate the best details, design, styling, and, crucially, inviting her clients to be part of the planning process along the way.

Anything is possible
Unique, dynamic entertainment vendors range from fire performers and jugglers to live bands and musicians and more. Accessory options and services include face painters, a green screen, marquee lights, photo booths, and corporate team-building activities, among many other unique offerings.

To create an experience that no one will forget and incorporate those special touches that will have your guests raving, it’s time to let the pros take over.

To learn more about Total Events DFW and to book your next event or party, visit here.

Whether 10 or 10,000 guests, Total Events DFW can handle it all.

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Blake and Gwen's wedding takes the cake in this week's 5 most-read Dallas stories

This Week's Hot Headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.

1. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton ring up top Dallas planner, baker, DJ for glamorous wedding. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3, and from all the details divulged on social media, this American royal wedding was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The couple relied on some of Dallas' top wedding vendors to pull off the opulent affair, from a renowned event planner to a TV-famous cake artist and a favorite party DJ.

2. Tex-Mex brunch and tacos make this Dallas restaurant news extra tempting. This roundup of Dallas restaurant news has a mergers & acquisitions vibe. There's a new owner of Taco Cabana; a big tradeout of Zoe's Kitchen; and new partnerships with DoorDash. But there's also some good old-fashioned food news including tacos, ice cream, seafood, more tacos, lunch, and brunch.

3. Dallas Morning News files lawsuit against website for stealing stories. The Dallas Morning News is going after a website creator for stealing its articles. The newspaper filed a lawsuit against Holly Starks, a website creator and "SEO queen" for copyright infringement, and asks for injunctive relief and damages.

4. 3 Dallas restaurants open and one closes in a surprise July spree. July is generally not a time for news about Dallas restaurants opening and closing. It's the sleepy summer. But with the pandemic turning 2021 upside down, everyone's ready to get back with a vengeance, and this is why we have three high-profile restaurants that opened this very week, as well as a Greenville Avenue restaurant that closed.

5. The astounding Texas athletes competing for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. After a long, excruciating extra year of waiting, the Tokyo Olympics are finally off and running this month. The event still known as the "2020 Olympic Games" starts Friday, July 23, and Team USA is set to jet over its best athletes — dozens of whom are Texans. Here's a quick look at top Team USA athletes from Texas and how to follow them on Instagram.

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The vintage cake was created by Dallas' Fancy Cakes by Lauren.
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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton ring up top Dallas planner, baker, DJ for glamorous wedding

Celebrity wedding

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3, and from all the details divulged on social media, this American royal wedding was B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

"The ceremony was a perfect blend of country and glamour, of course, just like Blake and Gwen," Carson Daly, their Voice-co-star, who officiated the ceremony, said on Today. "... The wedding, the best way to describe it, is it was perfectly them .. It was as elegant and refined and cool as Gwen is and it was as country and down-home and fun as Blake is."

It's no wonder the couple relied on some of Dallas' top wedding vendors to pull off the opulent affair, which took place at Blake's ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, about two hours north of Dallas.

From their renowned wedding planner to their TV-famous cake artist, here are the Dallas vendors who brought Gwen and Blake's stunning day together — and got big shout-outs from the new Mr. and Mrs. on social media.

Wedding planning and design: Todd Fiscus

Dallas-based wedding planner to the stars, Todd Fiscus, was the very first tag in Gwen and Blake's Instagram post about their wedding on Saturday. He dropped his own Insta-hint that he was making "a magical weekend happen," and was among the first to repost some of the happy couple's wedding snaps.

The owner of Todd Events, one of the country's premier event planning firms, said one of his favorite details was their opulent vintage cake with the special cowboy cake topper (read on).

Wedding cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren

To create their dream cake, Gwen and Blake called on baker Lauren Kitchens, owner of Fancy Cakes by Lauren off Central Expressway in North Dallas. Kitchens, one of the most sought-after wedding cake artists in Dallas and a winner on Food Network Challenge, created a five-tier vintage-inspired cake that was as sentimental as it was stunning.

"This wasn’t just a wedding cake we made for two superstars," Kitchens says in an Instagram post. "Our bride wanted to make a sentimental statement by recreating her parents' wedding cake. Both of Gwen’s parents were there to see her honor them with this cake."

In a sketch posted on Instagram, Kitchens reveals the cake featured 4-inch-tall tiers with swan pillars to separate three tiers; heavy piping, large ruffle garlands, drop-string work, puffy boards on tier edges, tiny sugar flowers, sugar filigree, bells, and lace ruffled under cake.

Kitchens used what she called the "lost art of free-hand piping called Lambeth Cake Design ... Complete with white swan pillars, bells, tiny sugar flowers, and white chocolate cherubs…. All of the small piping details are layers upon layers of intricate Royal icing that creates an elaborate cake design fit for (literally) America royalty."

And, the cake topper? A bride and her cowboy, of course.

Fiscus posted that, per Gwen's request, his team "purchased one and repainted it for them."

Reception DJ: DJ Lucy Wrubel

Blake and Gwen could've hired any singer, band, or DJ in the world to perform at their reception, and they went with Dallas' favorite DJ, Lucy Wrubel.

"[S]aturday was pure magic ... y’all make me believe in the Glory of True LOVE," Wrubel posted on Instagram.

Their first dance as husband and wife was performed to "If you Leave," better known as the Pretty in Pink song, Wrubel revealed.

"CUE 'If You Leave' by OMD and turn it up….. was so super sweet and cool…." she posted.

So this is officially the song of summer, and the '80s are officially back, right?

Catering: Art 2 Catering

Dallas-based Art 2 Catering catered meals for the wedding weekend, from Friday night to Sunday brunch.

Co-owners Cassandra Moses and chef Juan Garrido, formerly of Cassandra Fine Catering, got a special shout-out by name in Gwen's Instagram post.

While she couldn't reveal much about the big event, Moses says the menu was written especially for them, keeping with the feel of the entire weekend.

"The food was casual, taking into consideration all the children that were there," Moses says, "and totally family oriented, and Blake’s love of Tex Mex!"

Decor: Posh Couture Rentals

Many a Dallas party planner has called upon Posh Couture Rentals party supply and rental shop for dishware, seating, and much more. They supply rentals for parties all over the nation, they say online.

"We’re all just a girl watching America’s sweethearts @blakeshelton @gwenstefani follow true love," they posted on Instagram. "Congrats to one our favorite couples of all time! ... Thank you for bringing us to the table. We will forever geek out over this."

Is it possible the Champagne coupes Gwen and Blake were toasting with came from Posh? We don't know for sure, but if they needed some delivered to Oklahoma on a dime, all they had to do was call the Posh Emergency Haute Line.

Ceremony music: Dallas String Quartet

Did Gwen process down the aisle — toward groom Blake and officiant Carson Daly — to "Here Comes the Bride" or something (no doubt) a little less traditional? No word on this important note yet, but we do know the ceremony music was provided by the Dallas String Quartet.

As first reported by CBS 11, "The DSQ performs as a quartet or with a full accompaniment of drums, guitar, and piano. It isn’t clear which took part in the Shelton-Stefani wedding."

DSQ is a popular choice for Dallas couples who want instrumental music performed by classically trained musicians; their selections range from Bach to Bon Jovi.

"Congratulations @gwenstefani and @blakeshelton and thank you for inviting us to be a part of your big day!," the group posted on Instagram. "As musicians, it was an absolute honor to play at the wedding of two music industry legends. We’re raising a glass to you both and @toddevents for such a beautiful evening!"

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Top-ranked high schools make the grade in this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.