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the O’Briens offer a free tour explaining Fair Park’s architecture, artwork and history

Free Fair Park Tours Offered by Gallery

Two years ago, Jerry and Deb O’Brien, owners of White Horse Gallery in Fair Park, decided to educate the public about the history of Fair Park.

“Lots of people come to the park for events, but they don’t stop and look at the park,” Mrs. O’Brien says. “We try to make people aware of what a treasure they’ve got here.”

Each Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the O’Briens offer a free tour explaining Fair Park’s architecture, artwork and history.

If you are interested, meet at the White Horse Gallery, 3607 Parry, at 7:30 p.m. or call 824-7885. Tours are not offered during the State Fair but resume afterwards on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

East Dallas Chamber Symposium Features Sports Theme

Anne B. Duncan, president of the Dallas International Sports Commission, is the keynote speaker for the August 27 Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Symposium.

The event will be held at the Tom Landry Sports/Medicine Clinic and Research Center from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Duncan speaking at the noon luncheon. Afternoon seminars will address the topic, “How Sports in Dallas Impact Our Economic Development.”

Tickets range from $15 for lunch and a tour of the Landry Center ($20 for non-Chamber members) to $40 for lunch, tour and seminars ($50 for non-Chamber members). Call 321-6446 for information; registration is requested by August 22.

SPCA Warns Against Pet-Snatching Ring

Dixon, an East Dallas pit bull, is a victim of the increasing, gang-related crime of dog-snatching, selling and fighting, according to local SPCA officials.

“Large, organized dog-fighting rings are not unusual,” says Bobby French, SPCA director of field services. “We are hearing more reports of animals being fought because more kids are out of school and have more time on their hands.”

Four stolen-animal reports have been filed in East Dallas this year, French says, and he believes numerous other such incidents have not been reported.

“It could happen anywhere. These people (in East Dallas) have just contacted us.”

East Dallas resident David Anderson and his dog, Dixon, know firsthand about the problem.

“I had been gone for approximately two hours to my sister’s birthday party, and I had left Dixon in the backyard,” says Anderson, who at that time left his backyard gate unlocked.

When he came home, Dixon was gone. The following day, Anderson’s neighbors were walking in the area and thought they saw Dixon at an apartment complex. Anderson went to the complex and talked with some children, one of whom mentioned she had seen a boy with a similar dog. When Anderson confronted the boy, he denied involvement. Three days later, however, Anderson saw the same boy walking a different dog.

“I asked him where he got it, and he said it was his new dog. About an hour later, the boy brought my dog back.” The boy told Anderson that his own dog had been stolen, but a dog matching Dixon’s description had instead been given to him. As a result, the boy wanted Anderson to pay him a reward for returning Dixon. After some discussion, Anderson kept the dog without paying a reward.

“He looked like he’d been fought more than once. He also looked like he’d been beaten. He limped for about a week and had big welts on his back,” he says.

Anderson reported the incident to the police and the SPCA, and he discovered a neighborhood gang reportedly had been involved in other area dog snatchings.

The SPCA’s French suggests pit bull, Rottweiler and Doberman pinscher owners watch for kids walking down alleys and looking into yards, “especially in East Dallas.”

The best protection is to keep dogs inside, he said. But if they must be kept outside, keep the gates locked at all times.

If your pet is taken, French suggests notifying the authorities and seeking their help. Don’t put yourself in danger by attempting to retrieve a pet yourself, he says.

“You don’t know who you’re dealing with. If kids are going to do this to animals, then they’re not going to think twice of harming you,” French says.

Neighborhood News Briefs

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting from Noon to 1:30 p.m. August 13 at the Tom Landry Sports Medicine and Research Center. The meeting includes a $10 catered lunch and center tour. For more information, call 827-8921.

The East Dallas Nutrition Center, 911 St. Joseph, offers seniors ages 62 and older an opportunity to gather and play bingo from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A hot lunch is served. Call 821-5398 for information.

Throughout August, Lakewood Presbyterian Church School, 7020 Gaston Avenue, is registering students in grades 7-9 for fall classes. Classes begin September 3. Call 321-2864.

D-Art offers a variety of fall classes, including watercolor, basic bookmaking, journal-writing for women, decorative textile design and painting, bead jewelry and others. Each class costs $25, plus $10 for materials. Call 821-2522 or stop by the gallery at 2917 Swiss Ave.


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