Junior Players. Aug. 1-6 the Junior Players will perform William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This production will feature 23 youth ages 15 to 18 from 14 area schools. Performances are at Samuell Grand Park Amphitheater, 6200 East Grand Avenue; show time begins at 8:15 p.m. The director is Matt Tomlanovich and area students include Erica Barnes and Rosaura Cruz from Bryan Adams High School, and Jenny Wood from Bishop Lynch. Admission is free, and you are encouraged to bring food and drink. For more information call 214-526-4076.

Cool Thursdays. It’s back to the scenic Arboretum for another summer of casual musical evenings through Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., on the Camp Concert Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. The venue features a variety of music ranging from light jazz, classical, swing and country — just bring your blanket and picnic basket. For information and a list of performers, call 214-327-8263. The Arboretum is located at 8617 Garland Road.

DVAC Summer Schedule. The Dallas Visual Art Center’s (DVAC) summer hours at the new 2801 Swiss Ave. location will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 5 p.m. Currently on display is the 2000 Critic’s Choice Exhibition. Organizers hope that the new hours will make the center more accessible to visitors that normally would be unable to attend during business day hours. For information, contact Barbara West at 214-821-2522.

White Rock Lake Bird Watching Tours meet each Saturday morning at Casa Linda shopping Center in front of Chili’s at 8 a.m. sharp. From there the group will go to various places of birding interest around the lake for two to three hours. For information, call 214-823-9521.

Photo Retrospective. The Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, will host an exhibit of photographs by Carl Sidle through July 15-Aug. 31. The well-known local artist tells a powerful story of the African American community in Dallas. For information, call 214-670-1376.

20,000 Babes Beneath the Sea is another one of the Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s less-than-reverent stage offerings. The fourth in a trilogy by Leon Rain Award winning playwright Steve Lovett, the adventure runs through Aug. 12. Seating, food, and beverage service begins at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on Sundays) and shows begin at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sundays). The Theater is located at 5400 E. Mockingbird, suite 119. The box office is open daily between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Call 214-821-1860 for tickets.


Isaac Kaufmann a graduate of Bishop Lynch High School and the son of Drs. William and Meg Kaufmann, was nominated by the Psychology department of Austin College to complete his senior honors project.

Brennen Greef, 1999 Graduate of Woodrow Wilson, is serving as the ExxonMobil summer intern with the Volunteer Center of Dallas county where she assists the Director of Youth Programs coordinating the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. Brennan has completed her freshman year at Boston College where she was one of 50 freshmen in the Emerging Leader Program, one of four elected Student Rights Advocates for the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, a member of the BC Women’s Rugby Team, an office management volunteer for the student admissions program, and a newly selected member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She will return to Boston in the fall.

Patrick Sheehan, a seventh grader at Lakehill Preparatory School, is one of more than 150 students from seven states to be selected this summer to participate in Southern Methodist University’s 2000 Talented and Gifted program.

Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School students dedicated a new pond that they created in observance of Earth Day. Sixth-grade students led the pond digging effort while fourth and fifth-graders completed landscaping and planted a butterfly garden. Students in the lower grades created a wildflower garden. U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and Mayor Pro Tem Mary Poss attended the dedication ceremony.

Dallas Public Schools are back in session on Monday, Aug. 14.


Spanish for Adults. Conversational Spanish Classes for adults will be offered at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams Road, beginning Sept. 19. Beginners and Intermediate classes are available; tuition is $25. This is a community outreach program of LUMC and the East Dallas Cooperative Parish. Tuition is contributed to the Firehouse Ministries. Call Charlotte Gibson at 214-692-7305 for information.


The Casa Linda American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7 at the Family Life Center of Casa Linda United Methodist Church (CLUM), 1800 Barnes Bridge Rd. Esther Kelley from the Deaf Action Center will demonstrate and inform about the latest aids for hearing loss. AARP is for all persons over 50 years of age.

Adventures In Learning. The Greater Lakewood Shepherd’s Center offers new activities for seniors through Aug. 25. Participate in activities ranging from water aerobics to square dancing. Attend lectures and learn to play bridge. Participants bring a sack lunch;  beverage and desert are provided. Cost is $20 a semester per person. Visitors welcome. Please call 214-823-2583 for more information. Activities will be held on Fridays at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 3204 Skillman Ave. The Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center is located at 6255 East Mockingbird Lane in east Dallas.


CPR Classes. The Baylor-Tom Landry Center through the American Heart Association is offering CRP classes. Get certified in adult, child and infant CPR, airway obstruction and rescue breathing on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 411 N. Washington Street. Anyone interested in becoming certified should call Rachelle Young at 214-820-4076. Registration fee is $25.


Business of the Year Awards were presented recently by the Dallas Northeast Chamber. Area award winners include: New Business Development, Studio 3D, owners Pat Sweet and Chris Hoyte; Community Contribution & Development, Herb’s Paint & Body, owner Alan Walne; Innovative Concept, Texas Can (Dallas Can Academy), Grant East owner; The Cave, owner Elizabeth Reindell; Extraordinary Customer Service, A & T Builders, owners Time and Shirley Speaks; and Eastside Flowers, owner Renaldo Parker. The awards were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Business Award Luncheon.

The Lakewood Service League has awarded a grant of $3000 to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The grant will benefit the important work of the Center and their efforts to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect in the Dallas community.

For the Love of the Lake was honored as a finalist at the JC Penney Golden Rule Award ceremonies. Penney’s award, created in 1982, is presented to groups and individuals who have performed outstanding volunteer service in their communities. The group received a framed certificate and a $250 contribution.

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