Woodrow graduate Chris Freeman will be one of 12 apprentice chefs to assist Team USA at the International Culinary Olympics this month in Berlin, Germany. The team was chosen nationwide by the American Culinary Federation.

Freeman also has earned one of four spots on the U.S. National Youth Team, which will compete in special cooking contests at the Olympics. He is the only Texan to make this team and to make Team USA.

Freeman has already won silver medals in state and national culinary competitions for apprentice chefs. He is enrolled in the culinary arts program at El Centro College.

Freeman says he became interested in cooking while earning his Eagle Scout rank in Troop 80 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Freeman is the son of Judge Fletcher and Pam Freeman. His mother is also a chef.

Bake Sale Raises Dough for White Rock Lake

Volunteers will raise dough, literally, this month to help fund improvement projects at White Rock Lake.

During the Sept. 29 “Bake for the Lake,” participants will bake bread at the Great Harvest Bread Co., 6627 Snider Plaza, and sell if from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to raise money for the nonprofit group For the Love of the Lake.

Some of the breads available will be honey whole wheat, onion dill rye, cinnamon raisin and harvest white.

Jim and Cheryl Klinkhamer, owners of the Great Harvest Bread Co., have donated baking materials, their facilities and their baking expertise for the event.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and stock up on bread, says Marci Novak, For the Love of the Lake founder.

All proceeds will go toward items for the lake’s park area, such as water fountains, playground equipment, benches and recycling bins.

The volunteer baking crew will begin cooking at 6 a.m.

To participate or for information, call 622-SAVE (7283).

Also this month, For the Love of the Lake will participate in a lake clean-up Sept. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. at the Bathhouse Cultural Center, Buckner at Northcliff. Refreshments, entertainment and children’s activities – including a moonwalk, petting zoo, face painting and magicians – will be available after the clean-up.

The clean-up usually occurs the second Saturday of each month. This month, however, the project is being held on the third Saturday of the month to coincide with a Citywide trash bash. The event is sponsored by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.


Santana Concert Benefits Lake: For the Love of the Lake will sponsor a Santana concert with special guests Buddy Guy and Ottmar Liebert Oct. 1 at the Coca-Cola Starplex. For ticket information, call 622-SAVE (7283). All proceeds go toward improvements at White Rock Lake.

Spanish Classes: Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams, offers beginning and advanced-level Spanish classes in October and November for $25. The tuition money will go toward the church’s community outreach programs. There will be eight evening classes that meet one hour each week starting Oct. 1. To enroll, call Charlotte Gibson at 692-7305 or the church at 823-9623.

Casa Linda Plaza Sold: The 52-year-old Casa Linda Plaza Shopping Center, located near White Rock Lake, recently was purchased by Pacific Retail Trust, a real estate company based in California. The 26-acre historic plaza is located at Buckner and Garland. United Commercial had purchased Casa Linda in May 1995.


Fighting Epilepsy: The 1996 Summer Stroll for Epilepsy is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 21 at the Dallas Arboretum, 8617 Garland, to raise money for the Dallas Epilepsy Association. Five-hundred strollers are expected. Strollers raise fund through pledges. The deadline for obtaining pledges and turning in money is Sept. 16. Call 823-8866 to participate.

Preventing Child Abuse: Family Outreach of East Dallas, a program that provides counseling and education about the causes and prevention of child abuse, is training volunteers this month with sessions beginning Sept. 12. Volunteers provide in-home services to parents, teach parenting classes, help with in-coming telephone calls and referrals, and work on the speakers bureau. Call Gerri Martin at 321-6292.

Concert Benefits Wilkinson Center: The Voices of St. Luke Choir and The Sacred Dance Choirs, also from St. Luke, will perform a benefit concert for the Wilkinson Center at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Munger Place United Methodist Church, 1314 Munger. A buffet dinner donated by Chili’s Grill and Bar will be served in the church parking lot from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds from ticket and dinner sales will benefit the Wilkinson Center, which provides emergency aid and employment assistance to needy neighborhood families. Cost is $10. Call the center at 821-6830 for tickets.


School Board President Speaks to Lakewood Chamber: Bill Keever, president of the Dallas Schools Board, will speak to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at noon Sept. 10 at Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston. The monthly meeting is open to the public and costs $15, which includes a buffet lunch. Call Helen Swint at 827-8921 to make reservations.

East Dallas Chamber Appoints New Board Members: The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recently appointed the following new members to its board of directors: Marilyn Stidham of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society will complete the three-year term of Nancy Howell; Jeannie Terilli of Terilli’s Restaurant will complete the three-year term of Nancy Sorrells, and RISD Superintendent Carolyn Bukhair will complete the three-year term of former Superintendent Vernon Johnson.

Morning News Editor Speaks to East Dallas Chamber: Richard Estrada, associate editor of the Dallas Morning News editorial page, will speak at the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s noon luncheon Sept. 24 at the Radisson Hotel, 6060 N. Central. The monthly meeting is open to the public and costs $15. Call 321-6446.


Economic Development Specialist Meets with Area Homeowners: Manuel Ybarra, vice president of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s economic development group, speaks to the Lakewood Homeowners Association at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston. Call Susan Falvo at 720-1883.


Neighborhood Insurance Agent Honored: Neighborhood resident Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham, a Farmer’s Insurance Group agent, recently was honored by Farmers for outstanding sales achievements in 1995. He has been invited to attend the 1996 Farmers’ Topper Club convention in Panama City, Fla., for top sales producers.

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