Dallas Habitat for Humanity received the Grand Award for its Garrett Park East Neighborhood Master Plan from the 13th Annual Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards Competition.

The Grand Award honor excellence in community planning and design.

Dallas Habitat is one of 39 winning projects chosen by a national panel of judges from 450 entries. A Focus on Affordability award was also given to Dallas Habitat.

Dallas Habitat builds quality homes and sells them at cost, with zero percent interest, making them affordable to families averaging $11,000 to $22,000 per year.

Swiss Avenue Home Tour Returns in December

The Swiss Avenue Historic Holiday Home Tour will be Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.

Ten turn-of-the-century homes, in the historic East Dallas neighborhood, will be on display. Also scheduled are an auction and an antique jewelry sale.

Horse and carriage rides will be available, and children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus on Dec. 4. Choirs, bands and the Dallas Puppet Theatre will perform throughout the weekend.

Proceeds benefit the Swiss Avenue Historic District. The district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Dallas landmark and a Texas Historical Site. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 220-XMAS (9627).

Ehrhardt to Run for House

Harryette Ehrhardt recently announced her candidacy for the East Dallas District 107 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Ehrhardt, a former member of the DISD board, wants to succeed Rep. David Cain, who is running for the Texas Senate.

She has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Southern Methodist University. She earned a doctorate in education from the University of Houston. She has taught at several colleges.

Conference on Violence Set for Nov. 13

“Violence in Dallas,” a conference and resource fair will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at First United Methodist Church, 1928 Ross Ave.

The conference will deal with youth and family violence and violence and the media. Registration is $10.

Service agencies dealing for youth violence, drug abuse, family violence, family counseling, rape and sexual assault counseling, child abuse treatment and prevention, parenting skill, police programs, and peace groups will have booths at the resource fair.

For information about the conference, call Greater Dallas Community of Churches at 824-8680.

Volunteer Center Needs Holiday Help

Volunteers are needed Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 to put together toy bags, and Dec. 6 to host cookie parties in the classrooms at Fannin Elementary.

The program is part of an 11-school project organized by the Volunteer Center in an attempt to bring holiday joy to more than 5,000 children. Each child will receive a bag of small toys, crayons and a coloring book of the Saint Nicholas legend.

Children in the program can be adopted with a $15 contribution, which will pay for a toy bag. For information, call 826-6767, ext. 240.

Jaycees Looking for Former Members

The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce wants to celebrate its 75th anniversary with all area Jaycees, past and present from any chapter.

The local chapter has planned a Diamond Jubilee banquet and ball 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 5, 1994 at the Doubletree Inn, Campbell Center. A 15-piece orchestra will entertain and there will be a silent auction.

Tickets cost $65 per couple and $35 for a single. After Nov. 15, they will cost $75 per couple and $40 for a single.

The Dallas chapter of the Jaycees, founded in 1918, is the second oldest chapter in the world. For information, call 748-6885.

News & Notes

PUPPET SHOW: The St. Thomas Aquinas Church Mother’s Association and the Dallas Puppet Theater will present Rumplestiltskin on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of St. Thomas Aquinas School, 3741 Abrams. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door.

SWIMMING CLASSES: Adult and child swim lessons are available at the Central YWCA’s indoor heated pool. There is also a water walking class available, which combines stretching, toning, conditioning and aerobic exercises. For information, call 827-5600.

CURB REPAIRS: Cracked curbs and sidewalks can be replaced through a program offered by the City. Your curb can be replaced at no cost and the City will share the cost of replacing your sidewalk. There is a one-year wait. For information, call 948-4214.

NEW OFFICERS: The Dallas Federation of Women’s Clubs and The General Federation recently elected new officers: Dorothy Kluczak, president; Amelia Ward, first vice president; Ruth Oats, second vice president; Jan Abbott, third vice president; Louise Sellers, treasurer; Marjorie Sullivan, recording secretary; Frieda Wilhelm, corresponding secretary; Mitzi Rodgers, parliamentarian.

BOOK DRIVE: The Dallas Public Library will hold its first city-wide book drive on Nov. 6. Any books, magazines, recordings or cassettes can be donated to your neighborhood branch. Collected items will either be added to the library’s collection or used in the April book sale.

PLANTING TREES: Mount Auburn residents will plant trees in public and open spaces in their neighborhood on Nov. 20. Five gallon size trees cost $3 and 10 gallon size trees cost $5. Order trees from Bud Melton at 828-2144.