Save the Community Gardens. For the past 10 years, the Community Gardens at Fitzhugh and Bryan have been a part of our neighborhood — enriching our environment and providing sustenance to the large Cambodian population in the area. Maybe you buy vegetables grown in the Garden’s rich soil, and you probably never miss their annual plant sale. But now the Garden is facing severe financial difficulty, and its loss will be a loss for our community. Neighbors Bob Booker, Mary Jane Beaman, Harryette Ehrhardt, and Arch and Cassandra McCall ask you to join them in sending a tax-deductible donation to: Gardeners in Community Development (a 501(c)(3) organization); 901 Greenbriar Lane; Richardson TX 75080.


Math Competition. SCHOOL teams recently competed at the Science and Engineering Magnet. The 7th grade number sense and science teams placed first; the 8th grade number sense, math and science teams placed first; the 7th grade calculator and math teams were second; the 8th grade calculator and math teams were second. Overall, adding all contests, the 7th grade team was second, the 8th grade team was first, and the combined 7th and 8th grade team won the first place sweepstakes trophy. Individual competition results were: 7th Grade Number Sense — Branden Oliver, first; Stephen Rogers, eighth; Daniel Tesfay, 13th; Carey Crozier, third; Ben Odeski, 10th; George Shearin, 15th; Gracie Wright, sixth; Liz Holub, 11th; Jose Rodriguez, 20th; 8th Grade Number Sense — Eric Hickey, first; Katy Curtis, fourth; John Shepherd, ninth; Joel LaRocca, 12th; Walter Hinz, second; Ellen Smith, fifth; Josephine Bibby, 10th; Mary Beth Schuerger, third; Amanda Bailey, eighth; Erin Frisbie, 11th; 7th Grade Calculator — Chase Heckendorn, 12th; Brenden Oliver, 15th; Daniel Tesfay, 19th; 8th Grade Calculator — Eric Hickey, first; Ellen Smith, sixth; 7th Grade Mathematics — Stephen Rogers, fourth; Liz Holub, ninth; Ben Odeski, 18th; Carey Crozier, sixth; Gracie Wright, 13th; Laila Lott, 19th; Brenden Oliver, seventh; Daniel Tesfay, 15th; Jose Rodriguez, 20th; 8th Grade Mathematics — Eric Hickey, first; Mary Beth Schuerger, sixth; Erin Frisbie, 11th; Joel LaRocca, 15th; Walter Hinz, second; John Shepherd, seventh; Katy Curtis, 12th; Ellen Smith, third; Amanda Bailey, eighth; Josephine Bibby, 13th; 7th Grade Science — Cameron Robertson, third; Daniel Tesfay, ninth; Quentin Bell, 12th; Cass Rea, sixth; Samantha Simpson, 10th; Ryan Savard, 16th; Martha Hargrove, seventh; Erika George, 11th; 8th Grade Science — Eric Hickey, first; Stephen Short, fourth; Alex Wagner, ninth; Will Bonner, second, Eric Swanfeldt, seventh; Sara Cervantes, 17th; Samuel Colquitt, third; Melissa Stauble, eighth; Jenni Seckel, 19th.

Writing Honor. 1999 Woodrow graduate Jadranka Poljak was named with four other Texas journalism students as “one of the top scholastic writers of the decade” by UIL Academic Director Bobby Hawthorne.

Photojournalism. Four Woodrow photojournalism students won awards from the Association of Texas Photography Instructor’s statewide contests. Senior Ashley Lindsey won first place in Beginning Color Sports, Sophomore Ty Halazse earned second place in Beginning Color Sports, Junior Tyler Wolfe won third place in Beginning Color Sports, and Senior Ryan Daume earned first place in Beginning Color Student Life.

Montessori Garden. What do you get when you combine school children eager to learn with a love of nature? The new Discovery Garden at White Rock Montessori School. The project was an extension of a Montessori education’s teaching of environmental awareness and stewardship of the earth. The master design for the new garden and environmental center includes native Texas plants, a hummingbird and butterfly garden, wildflowers, paths to roam, a covered observation area, garden art, a pond, a graduate garden and compost bins. The ground breaking took place in mid-November; student will be taught how to use organic gardening techniques that are “earth friendly” as the garden progresses.


DVAC Exhibit. The Dallas Visual Art Center, 2801 Swiss, will be presenting “Queen of My Room: A Survey of Work by Julie Speed, 1989-1999” from Jan. 15 through March 15. The gallery hours are M-W, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 214-821-2522.

Dallas Museum of Art. This month brings several opportunities for personal enrichment. On Jan. 13, 7 p.m., take in a lecture by Zahi Hawass, Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments, and learn about the remarkable discovery of 105 mummies, hailed as the greatest archaeological find in Egypt since King Tut’s tomb. On Jan. 20, 6 p.m., Michael Van Valkenburgh, a Harvard professor and leading landscape architect, has some information pertinent to Dallas’ Trinity River Project. And on Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m., DMA offers a creative writing workshop the explores parallels between the art of Georgia O’Keefe and the process of writing poetry. For program prices and registration, call 214-922-1826. DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood.


Seeking Nominations. Preservation Dallas is seeking nominations of meritorious renovations and restorations of historic structures, sensitive new construction within historic districts, and individuals or firms with notable accomplishments in the field of preservation to be recognized at an awards program on Feb. 25. Applications are available by calling 214-821-3290. Submit your “preservation heroes” by Jan. 14 to: Preservation Dallas; 2922 Swiss Avenue; Dallas TX 75204-5928.

The White Rock Newcomers Club will meet Jan. 4 at the Holiday Inn, LBJ and Jupiter, 9:30 a.m. The program is “Lucy in the Afternoon: Memoir of Lucille Ball”; luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. (cost $14) followed by bridge and games. For reservations, call 214-348-4825 or 348-8751.


Channel 8 Family First Day, Jan. 9, 1-4 p.m. (free) at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, will give the whole family a chance to create art projects, listen to storytelling and enjoy a special performance by Cuarterto Ensamble Clasico de Guadalajara.


Breast Cancer Screening. The YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, 4621 Ross, is asking for volunteers, donations or sponsorships for the ENCOREplus program that provides free breast cancer screenings for thousands of uninsured women. To help, call 214-821-9595, ext. 2323.

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