Back to school, solar eclipses and 5 other things to know in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake this week, Aug. 21

The total solar eclipse will start at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

The total solar eclipse will start at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

Between school starting, community events, and of course the solar eclipse, it’s a busy week in North Texas. Eclipses happen about once every six months, but for the first time in nearly 40 years the path of the moon’s shadow will pass through the continental United States. Here’s what you need to know to stay on top of this week’s schedule.

1. Grapevine library plans watch party for solar eclipse
The Grapevine Public Library will host a viewing party for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The first 50 attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. The library will also provide pinhole viewers, sunglasses, magnifiers, sunoculars and an EclipseView telescope that will be set up in the courtyard between the library and the Grapevine recreation center for a variety of viewing experiences. A live stream of the eclipse will also be provided for a safe viewing experience. More information can be found here.

Noon-2 p.m. Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine. 817-410-3405

2. Southlake residents to view solar eclipse
The Southlake community can gather to view the celestial event at the Family Park located in front of Town Hall on Aug. 21. The Southlake Public Library will provide 150 solar eclipse viewing glasses and will treat viewers to moon pies and sun chips.

12:30-2 p.m. 1400 Main St., Southlake. 817-748-8243.

3. Carroll ISD board of trustees monthly meeting set
Carroll ISD will hold its regular monthly board meeting Monday, Aug. 21. The meeting will begin with a closed session followed by an open meeting at approximately 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Carroll ISD Administration Center at 2400 North Carroll Ave., Southlake.

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4. GCISD students head back to school
Students attending school in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD return to school on Aug. 21. Convocation for the district’s teachers was held earlier this week as summer vacation comes to a close.

5. Stakeholders to discuss best business practices at Economic Development Partnership meeting
Businesses investing in the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce will meet with city officials on Aug. 23 to discuss ways to bring in new businesses and expand current businesses in the Grapevine community.

8-9 a.m. Grapevine City Hall, City Manager’s Office, 200 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-481-1522.


6. Share coffee with Colleyville’s first responders
Colleyville residents can meet the men and women who work to keep the city safe over a cup of coffee on Aug. 25. Residents and responders can discuss safety concerns and general public safety knowledge in this casual setting.

8:30-9:30 a.m. Market Street, 5605 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. 817-503-1000
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.