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The second White Rock Lake Trash Bash kicks off Oct. 10

White Rock Lake Trash Bash Cleanup Set for Oct. 10

The second White Rock Lake Trash Bash kicks off Oct. 10, with games, seminars, lunch, children’s activities and a closing party to celebrate this volunteer effort to clean up the lake shore.

Registration for volunteers begins at 8 a.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther (at the corner of Buckner and Northcliff) for east side volunteers, and at the Fisher Road parking lot, 3800 W. Lawther, for west side volunteers. The cleanup is scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m., followed by entertainment and events for volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes or nets or to help collect “hard-to-reach” trash, according to organizers. Volunteers also are encouraged to wear protective shoes and gloves during the cleanup, which is intended to help spruce up the lake’s shores.

Throughout the day, games, seminars, door-prize giveaways and lunch (for volunteers) will be offered. Among the seminar topics are fruits/nuts, planting, design, soils, tree pruning and tree care. Children’s activities include a “Trash Treasure Hunt”.

The event will close with the “Trash Bash” party, featuring a live band.

“Without the commitment of Dallas-area volunteers,” says Jacklyn Kayne, district manager for the Dallas Park and Recreation Dept., “the White Rock Trash Bash project cannot succeed.”

For information, call 670-8281 or 670-0280.

Event sponsors include the City, the Texas General Land Office, Clean Dallas East, White Rock Kiwanis Club and the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Service League Donates $33,000 to Area Charities

More than $33,000 has been disbursed this year to charitable causes by the Lakewood Service League, says league past president Vickie Thompson.

League members include approximately 75 neighborhood residents who assist charitable organizations through donations of time and money. League members logged more than 7,500 volunteer hours this year, Thompson says.

“It takes a lot of team effort, not only among the members, but individuals and businesses in the community as well,” Thompson says.

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Individuals and businesses contribute to the league’s annual fund-raiser, with donations for the party’s auction ranging from car washes to catered dinners to diamonds, Thompson says.

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Among the beneficiaries are the Wilkinson Center, which provides food, shelter, clothing and job counseling for families; the YWCA-Club Young at Heart; St. Matthew’s, Lakewood United Methodist Church and the East Dallas Community School, which provide children’s tutorial services; the Visiting Nurses Association, which furnishes Meals on Wheels to the elderly and disabled; the Vietnamese Mutual Assistance Association, which assists needy in the Asian Community; Our Friends Place, which works with children; the Woodrow Wilson High School science program; and the Lakewood Park maintenance fund.

Work already has begun on the 1993 fund-raiser, Thompson says. If you are interested in league membership or in providing support for the fund-raiser, call 733-5017.

Chairmen for this year’s event included Donna Lannie, Nancy Segner, Valli Hale, Jan Worrall and Sandy Secor.

Realtors Plan to Paint the Town Oct. 2

Greater Dallas Association of Realtors members and volunteers plan at least 15 homes owned by elderly, handicapped and needy citizens as part of the group’s 9th Annual Paint the Town program Oct. 2, says Madge Green of Ebby Halliday Realtors. (In the event of rain, the program will be rescheduled to Oct. 16.)

Participants will receive free lunch and a Paint the Town T-shirt for helping with the project. Neighborhood paint and hardware stores have donated materials, and Pepsi-Cola has agreed to supply soft drinks for volunteers.

Coordinating the effort in our neighborhoods are Carol Werther of Ebby Halliday, Jay Gavit of Provident Bank, Barbara Hollingsworth of CTX Mortgage Company and Jerry Scott of American Federal Bank. Call 368-9958 for information.

Annual Lakewood 4th of July Parade Needs Volunteers

Halloween may seem like an unlikely time to be worried about Lakewood’s annual 4th of July parade, but volunteer organizers Jim and Sandra Hicks say it’s not too early to begin planning for next year’s parade.

Of particular importance, Jim Hicks says, is an understanding of who stages the parade. Although the Lakewood Homeowners Association is one of several financial sponsors, individual neighborhood volunteers organize and stage the annual event.

And apparently, during the past few years, residents have begun to assume that “someone else” is taking care of the organizational details, Hicks says. (Editor’s Note: Part of the problem may have been caused by the Advocate parade articles that implied the Homeowners Association alone stages the parade.)

“In truth, the group that puts on the parade is open to anyone who wants to help,” Hicks says. “If we have enough people, you’re not looking at having to devote more than three or four hours to it.”

The bottom line: Hicks says more volunteers are needed. And if you volunteer today, you aren’t expected to begin carrying out your assigned task (obtaining ice, soft drinks, the parade permit, and other such jobs) until April or May.

If you would like to volunteer or would like additional information concerning the parade, contact Hicks at 827-8481.

The Grape Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

Twenty years after partners Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker decided to invest $9,000 in a corner of Lower Greenville Avenue, their wine bistro – The Grape – celebrates its anniversary.

Over the years, the partners have expanded the original cheeseboard based menu to a variety of items; only the mushroom soup remains from the original menu, McDaniel says.

In 1977, the partners purchased most of the block on which The Grape is located, adding a bar in what originally was Vernice’s Beauty Shop. Adjacent to this space was the original Pietro’s Italian restaurant, which has since moved to Richmond and Greenville.

Later, McDaniel and Parker leveled a corner gas station and constructed ground-floor retail and second-story apartments surrounding their restaurant.

McDaniel also operates the City Market cafe in Trammell Crow Center Downtown.

News & Notes

KIWANIS HONORED: Three members of the Kiwanis Club of White Rock recently were recognized for their club contributions at the group’s district convention. Mike McKinney was honored for his work with the Sponsored Youth Committee, Joe Lorraine for efforts as Interclub chairman, and Jack Morgan as editor of the Kiwaniroc. The group meets each Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.; call Ruth Tisdale at 327-1542 for information.

ARTISTS HONORED: Works by East Dallas artists Joseph Melancon, Walt Davis and Kim Bonar have been accepted for The Southwestern Watercolor Society’s 29th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, open to the public Oct. 16-22 at D-Art, 2917 Swiss. Of 600 entries, 119 were chosen for the exhibit. NorthPark Center, near the Jas. K. Wilson store, hosts the exhibit Oct. 24-Nov. 6.

ST. JOHN’S RIBBON-CUTTING: The new Middle School wing of St. John’s Episcopal School was dedicated recently, with Parents Council president Sandy Secor cutting the ribbon. The Parents Council raised more than $60,000 through a crafts fair, silent and live auctions, and a carnival, to fund completion of the art room. Others present at the ceremony included Patria Richardson, Grace Cook, Martin Delebano, Carol Graham and Cory Brummett.

STONEWALL PTA OFFICERS: This year’s executive committee of the Stonewall Jackson Elementary School PTA includes Sandra and Leon Parton, Elizabeth Zaby, Diane Flowers, John Smith, Judy Haldeman, Rebecca Hutchens, Gayle Wise, Rebecca Tolentino and Kay Neal. Standing committee chairmen include Pam Norman, Sherry Houpt, Dwight Deuring, Sue Human, Nancy Cunningham, Cindy Hess, Debbie Harris, Judy McMillen and Karen Stone.

AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: The Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas (formerly Girls Club of Dallas) is soliciting nominations for the “She Knows Where She’s Going Award”, which will be presented to three Dallas women who have “significant career achievements and for the contributions they have made by serving as role models to young women and girls”, says Sharon King, awards committee chair. Deadline for nomination is Oct. 30; call 979-9430 or 821-9595 for information.

ART CLASSES PLANNED: D-Art, 2917 Swiss, sponsors a number of art classes throughout October and November, including Mural Painting (Oct. 17), Folk Art Papier Mache (Oct. 24), Exploring Block Printing (Nov. 7), Faux Finishes (Nov. 14), Decorative Box Making (Nov. 21) and Miniature Screen Making (Dec. 5). Classes are scheduled from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; cost is $25 for D-Art members, $20 for non-members. Call 821-2522 for information.

THEATRE GRANTS ANNOUNCED: The Pegasus Theatre, 3916 Main, recently received $2,500 grants from The 500 Inc. to support its 1992-93 season and the Southwestern Bell Foundation to underwrite the group’s fall 1992 Children’s Theatre production of “The Beastly Creature and the Magical Flower”, says artistic director Kurt Kleinmann. The play will be presented to more than 5,000 students in Dallas-area elementary schools in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The non-profit Pegasus Theatre was founded in 1985 to produce new and original plays.

DISABILITY ACT INFO: The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas Inc. is offering a free pamphlet for owners and managers of retail stores, auto sales and service businesses, restaurants and bars, health and outpatient facilities, grocery stores and fun and fitness centers affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which took effect Jan. 26. The pamphlet outlines ways for businesses to make their facilities accessible to the disabled. To receive the information, send a self-addressed envelope with 52 cents postage for “Access Equals Opportunity – Your Guide to the Americans With Disabilities Act”, and identify your business type from among those listed earlier in this news item. Mail the request to BBB, 2001 Bryan, Suite 850, Dallas 75201.

BANK EXPANDS: First Lakewood National Bank announced recently that it has agreed to acquire the assets of three Benchmark Bank locations in Preston Center and Allen. According to Lakewood bank chairman Edward D. Phillips, the sale is expected to be completed early next year.


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