Ten for 10, a new nonprofit co-founded by Lakewood residents Sheryle Coyne-Batson and Bryan Batson, launches on May 2 with a party from 8-11 p.m. at Off the Grid, 1723 Kelly (the historic Dallas Power and Light building). The nonprofit’s mission is to provide clean drinking water to people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Advance tickets are $50 per person when you make a reservation online, or $60 at the door; the cost includes wine, beer and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, plus covers the cost of one person’s drinking water for 10 years. Proceeds will go to the installation of manual water pump systems in rural African communities. To make a reservation online, or to learn more, visit

SeniorNet of Dallas Learning Center offers members a range of in-depth computer courses — learn to e-mail friends, search the internet, send electronic greeting cards, pay your bills, shop, and more using your computer. These are small classes with patient instructors, convenient parking, plus a brand new classroom and equipment. Call 214.841.2818 to save your spot.

Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law offers free one-hour tax consultations for anyone who can’t afford attorney services and is facing an IRS audit, appeal or collection process; involved in innocent spouse relief; or needing to resolve a past-due tax matter. To schedule a free consultation, call 214.768.2562 or visit The school’s small business clinic also is providing free legal services to new and existing small businesses and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay legal fees. For information, call 214.768.4935.

Lakewood Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) needs neighbors to join the program. While on patrol, volunteers observe and report suspicious behavior to the Dallas Police. The program is non-confrontational in nature. It requires a minimum of two hours a week tailored to each volunteer’s schedule. For information contact Roger Parks at 214.319.2924 or

Casa de Vida, a respite care program for caregivers of early onset Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, is offered weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expressway. It’s strictly a social program, with no medications or health care administered. Activities include morning snacks, exercise, bingo, crafts and music. A $10 fee covers the day’s program; application required. Call Ann Anderson at 972.783.8780 or Nick Harper at 214.349.6584 to apply or for information.

The SPCA of Texas runs an injured animal rescue ambulance service to help strays. SPCA will respond to calls in our neighborhood from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Field officers will evaluate injured animals and take them to the SPCA, Highland Park Animal Clinic or an emergency clinic for treatment. 214.651.7387.


The Woodrow Wilson High School PTA is seeking alumni donations for college scholarships. Seniors who have not received more than $5,000 from other scholarship sources will be eligible for this PTA scholarship. Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible donation can mail it to: Woodrow Wilson PTA, 100 S. Glasgow, Dallas, Texas, 75214. Woodrow alums are asked to write their graduation year and “PTA Scholarship Fund” on the memo line of the check. Donations also can be made online at Call 214.327.0068 for more information.

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