The Hindu Temple of Greater Fort Worth started in 2007. Part of a strip shopping mall in Hulen Bend, the small temple served about 1,500 families. But the community quickly outgrew the facility. Plans were made for a new and larger home. Now, the first phase of that new home has opened.
Members will celebrate the new temple with festivities through Sunday. They’ve invited several saints, priests and other dignitaries from around the world to participate.
“Our mission is to provide a place of worship and spiritual center to learn, preserve and promote Hindu values,” temple board chair Subrahmanyam Boyareddi said in a news release. “It will also enhance the practicing of yoga, meditation and other healthy lifestyles.”
Consecration ceremonies will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with Balaji Kalyanam (ceremonial marriage) at 9 a.m. Sunday. The temple is at 3000 Longvue Ave. in Fort Worth. Visit fortworthhindutemple.org.
The Texas Rangers already hold Japan-America Night each summer. Now the organization will host its first Korean American Heritage Night on July 11.
Cultural festivities will include drumming by Jiae Park and her team, a performance of Korean percussion music called “Samulnori” by Hansol Dallas and demonstrations of Taekwondo by Olympic gold medalist Nan Yool Choo and former Korean National Demonstration Team members.
The National Korean Tourism Organization also will support the event by providing giveaways and information on Korean culture and customs. For instance, Koreans call player Shin-Soo Choo by his surname, Choo, as is the custom in Korea. It’s a sign of respect for the family, said Ted Kim of the Korean Society of Dallas, one of the event sponsors along with News Korea Texas Inc.
Tickets are now on sale at texasrangers.com/group. Click on the link for Korean organizations and use the password KOREA14. Or call the Korean Society of Dallas at 972-241-4524, or News Korea Texas Inc. at 972-247-9111.
East Meets West, an exhibit by the Association of Oriental Arts, will feature Chinese brush paintings of Texas subjects along with Ikebana floral arrangements by members of the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters of Ikebana International. The free exhibit will run June 15 to July 6 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. An opening reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 15. Call 972-252-7558.
The Islamic Center of Irving, 2555 Esters Road, will hold a grand opening for its new multipurpose hall at 6 p.m. Free. 972-812-2230.
The Crow Collection, 2010 Flora St. in Dallas, presents a “Sail Away to China” program on dragon boat racing at 10 a.m. Free. 214-979-6430.
A celebration of Independence Day of the Philippines will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road in Grand Prairie. Free. email@example.com.
CIE/USA-DFW will hold its annual math competition from noon to 7 p.m. at Collin County CommunityCollege, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. $10 and $15. cie-dfw.org.
Chin Woo Lion and Dragon Dance Team will perform at 8 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion, 505 E. Border St. in Arlington. Free. 817-543-4308.