by Steven Doyle Trinity River Audubon Center’s signature event, Scissor-tails & Cocktails, presented by the Omni Dallas, is the party to support outdoor education for North Texas children. With tasty treats from celebrity chefs, s’mores around the campfire, birds of prey, live music from the Dallas Family Band, a silent auction and so much more, it’s a fun and festive celebration benefiting Trinity River Audubon Center’s outdoor educational programs for kids. Ben Jones, Trinity’s Center Director, says “At Audubon Texas, we’re passionate about connecting kids to nature and building a foundation for conservation stewardship. Kids from Pleasant Grove to Preston Hollow from Lakewood to Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff to East Dallas – kids from every background and stripe; we believe every child deserves a proper introduction to the outdoors – No child left inside!” Celebrity chefs include Matt Blake from The Rustic, Andrew Bell from Bolsa, Graham Dodds from Hibiscus, Abraham Salum from Komali, Nathan Tate from Boulevardier, and Jason Weaver from Omni Dallas. The silent auction will feature unique artist-designed birdhouses from 17 local artists, including Billy Hassell, W. Tucker, Susie Phillips, and Jules Buck Jones. Kathy Rogers, from Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the only wild bird rehabilitation center in North Texas, will be on hand with owls, hawks and other birds of prey to delight event attendees. There will be a campfire to gather around, share s’mores and enjoy the evening sunset. Scissor-tails & Cocktails is Thursday, May 8th from 6:30-9pm and tickets are $75. To purchase sponsorship or tickets, go to their website.