PASL, Parents and Advocates for Slower Learners is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide social opportunities for adult slow learners in our community. Visit or contact Wade Mercer at for a list of August activities.

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 can’t 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 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 National League of American Pen Women has announced a call for entries for Expressions 2009, A Visual Arts Dallas Branch Competition. The annual show will be at the Lakewood Library, Nov. 12 through Dec. 5, with the artists’ reception Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m. Deadline for entries is Oct. 7. Entry is open to all artists, men and women, over the age of 18. Judging will be Enrique Fernández Cervantes, curator at the Bath House Cultural Center. For the prospectus and entry form, visit or call Susan Moss Cooper at 214.327.6648.


The Woodrow Wilson High School PTA is seeking alumni donations for college scholarships. Seniors who haven’t received more than $5,000 from other scholarship sources will be eligible for this PTA scholarship. Mail tax-deductible donations to Woodrow Wilson PTA, 100 S. Glasgow, Dallas 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 information.

The 7th Annual Light Up Lakewood has been announced for Friday, Dec. 4, from 6-9 p.m., with a tree lighting at 7 p.m. Master of Ceremonies will be councilmen Sheffie Kadane, and events include photos with Santa Claus, a petting zoo, carriage rides, a bounce house, and performances by Woodrow Wilson’s Variations Carolers. Lakewood Shopping Center, 1908 Abrams.

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