The fifth annual “Much Ado About Hollywood” home tour, sponsored by Advocate Community Newspapers and featuring seven homes in the historic Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood, is scheduled April 28 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

This neighborhood, which has been designated a conservation district by the City, is located south of White Rock Lake and is bordered by Tenison Memorial Golf Course and Lakewood Country Club.

Funds raised by the tour benefit the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Friends of White Rock Lake, the Lakewood Library and the Hollywood/Santa Monica Neighborhood Association.

The showcased homes are primarily English Tudor and Craftsman-style cottages. Common features shared by the homes include adorning stonework, high-peaked roofs, stained glass windows, archways and side porches.

The homes are located at 623 Tenison Memorial, owned by Manny and Betty Alvarez; 523 Cordova, owned by David and Cathy Adamson; 618 Clermont, owned by Patrick and Maria Luna; 6934 Hammond, owned by David Musselwhite and Leslie Murphy; 6700 San Mateo, owned by Lynda Lee Weaver; 407 Valencia, owned by Greg and Mindy Wolchansky; and 6930 Vivian, owned by Andrews Delafosse and Richard Fitzgerald.

Tour tickets cost $8 and are available at the Minyard’s at Gaston and Abrams. On tour day, tickets can be purchased at any of the homes and at Lindsley Park at the corner of Tenison Memorial and Lindsley. Call 327-9081 or 320-1001 for information.

Lakewood Chamber Auction, Bingo Benefit Planned April 19

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce holds its annual silent auction and bingo benefit April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams, to raise funds for the organization. This year’s theme is “1996 Great Evening”.

Money raised during the event will be used to market Lakewood and the Old East Dallas area, assist neighborhood public and private schools, and endow the Eloise Sherman scholarship fund. Sherman, who died last year, was past president and founder of the chamber.

The event is a way for neighbors to meet each other and become involved in our community, says Helen Swint, current chamber president. Tickets cost $25 and include a buffet dinner and three bingo cards. Additional bingo cards are available for a fee.

Bret Wehby of Trice Carpets is event chairman. For information, call the Chamber at 827-8921.

Neighborhood Residents Scrambling for State Senate Post

Election fever is heating up in our neighborhood as several local candidates vie for our attention and votes in races for state offices.

State Rep. John Carona; former City Councilwoman Donna Halstead of Lake Highlands; Steve Matthews, the son of railroad commissioner Charles Matthews; and insurance executive Jan Erik Frederiksen face off in a special election May 4 to fill the seat of Sate Sen. John Leedom, who recently announced his resignation from the 16th Senatorial District. All are Republicans, except for Frederiksen, who’s a Democrat.

The 16th District includes large parts of Lakewood and East Dallas, all of Lake Highlands, East Richardson, Preston Hollow, Mesquite, and most of Garland.

The Lakewood and East Dallas chambers of commerce are sponsoring a candidate breakfast forum for the senate race April 25 at 7 a.m. at Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams. The public is invited. Cost is $10 per person.

Reservations are required. Call the Lakewood Chamber at 827-8921 or the East Dallas Chamber at 321-6446 by noon April 24.

If Carona is elected senator, insurance executive Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham, a Lakewood native, has announced he will run to fill the District 108 state representative seat. The other announced candidate for the post is Carolyn Galloway of the Park Cities.

Festival Celebrates Diversity in Our Neighborhoods

Community leaders are planning the second annual Innercity Life! Festival for May 18 to benefit youth organizations in East Dallas and Bryan, where the festival will be held.

Sponsors, entertainers, vendors and volunteers are needed for the festival, which was created to celebrate diversity in our neighborhoods.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a swearing-in ceremony of approximately 200 new U.S. citizens by Judge Jerry Bruchmeyer. The festival also will include arts and craft vendors, food from local restaurants, free health screenings and immunizations, social service information, a crime prevention and fire safety fair, displays from local businesses, and a variety of entertainers representing several cultures.

Before the festival, the East Dallas Weed and Seed initiative sponsors a 5K run, and volunteers will conduct a neighborhood trash cleanup.

To participate or make a donation to the festival, call the Refugee Services of North Texas at 821-4883.

Volunteer Center Celebrates Anniversary, Honors Outstanding Service

The Volunteer Center of Dallas County, 1215 Skiles, celebrates its 25th anniversary and honors outstanding volunteers at an April 9 noon luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion.

More than 230 nominees for the 1996 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards will be recognized at the luncheon, including 20 from our neighborhood. Ten winners will be named from the group of finalists.

East Dallas and Lakewood nominees are Lois Bacon, who volunteers for Legal Services of North Texas; Liz Barrett, Family Gateway Inc.; Howard Bradley, the Visiting Nurse Association; Stella Bressler, St. Paul Medical Center; Ellen Carnes, St. Vincent Center; Larry Cox, People Helping People; Marva Epperson, Central Dallas Ministries; Willie H. Hawkins Jr., Camp Jubilee; C. Randal James, Frontiers of Flight Museum; Anne Joseph, American Institute of Musical Studies; Jeanne Koch, Phoenix House; Kathleen Leos, Fannin Elementary School and the YWCA; Dorothy Moore, Reconciliation Outreach; Payless Shoe Source, for donations to the Wilkinson Center; Kathy Pedraza, Texas Department of Human Services; Amy Ragan, Hug International and the Salvation Army; Suzy Renz, Turtle Creek Manor Inc.; Joe Tierno, North Texas Public Broadcasting; Vicki Weidler, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc.; and the Young Variety Club, for its work at Jonathon’s Place.

Luncheon tickets cost $50. For information, call Julie Clapp at 826-6767, ext. 242.

Neighborhood Residents Purchase MotoPhoto

Neighborhood residents Dennis and Meg Noble are the new owners of two One-Hour MotoPhoto and Portrait Studio businesses at 6333 E. Mockingbird at Abrams and at 4533 McKinney.

The Nobles completed the purchase several months ago and just finished moving the Mockingbird store to a new location in the same Tom Thumb shopping center directly beneath Enchanted Forest Books for Children.

Dennis Noble is a former marketing and advertising executive, while Meg Noble is an attorney with a Dallas law firm. The couple has a three-year-old son.

The Mockingbird location includes two new portrait studios and a makeup/dressing room, with professional makeup artist Martha Jackson available to assist with portrait settings.

Neighborhood resident Ruby Murdick, a 10-year MotoPhoto veteran, is general manager for the stores, which offer on- and off-site portrait photography from two staff photographers, one-hour film development, passport photography, and a variety of photo frames. Call 821-4505 for information.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT WOODROW: Woodrow Wilson High School’s Athletics Booster Club sponsors the fifth annual Tim Brown/Woodrow Wilson Golf Tournament May 6 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to raise funds for Woodrow’s athletic programs. The tournament will be held at the Oak Cliff Country Club, 2200 W. Red Bird Lane, due to a one-year sabbatical of the Lakewood Country Club’s greens and fairways. Entry deadline is April 15. Cost per tournament player is $150, which includes entry, lunch, refreshments, a “goody bag”, tee favors, range and half a cart. The tournament is named after Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Brown, a graduate of Woodrow and the University of Notre Dame. Call tournament co-directors Charles and Carlin Morris at 826-7056 for information.

FREE TAX ADVICE: The American Association of Retired Persons offers free tax assistance on Mondays through April 15 from noon-4 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth. Volunteers from VITA Tax Assistance offer free tax help on Saturdays at the library from 2-5 p.m. For information, call 670-1376.

LAKE TRASH BASH: The non-profit group For the Love of the Lake hosts Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-ups each month from 8:30-10:30 a.m. starting April 13 to clean up trash at White Rock Lake. Registration is at 8 a.m. at the Bathhouse Cultural Center off Buckner at Northcliff. For information, call 622-SAVE (7283).

LUNA HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING: Dallas City Councilman Chris Luna holds a town hall meeting to discuss code enforcement and crime issues April 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Wesley Room at First Methodist Church, 1928 Ross. For information, call 670-4048.

DOES THE COTTON BOWL NEED A DOME?: Attorney Darrell Jordan speaks to the Lakewood Homeowners Association April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Country Club, Gaston and Abrams. Jordan will discuss the future of the Cotton Bowl. For information, call Susan Falvo at 720-1883.

CHAMBER’S NEW PRESIDENT RESIGNS: Nancy Howell, the recently hired East Dallas Chamber of Commerce president, is resigning her position after less than three months on the job. Howell, the former volunteer coordinator for the Dallas Arboretum, says she is resigning to pursue a business opportunity, which she says she can’t reveal. Howell’s resignation is effective April 15, and the chamber is accepting resumes for a replacement. Call 321-6446.

O’REILLY AWARDED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Public Relations Society of America, North Texas chapter, presented its Norman P. Teich Award for Community Service to Trudy O’Reilly last month for her years of pro bono service to our City. O’Reilly, a Swiss Avenue resident, is the president of her own public relations company. She is the current chairperson of the Haskell Boulevard Task Force, and her past positions include Dallas Landmark Commission chair and Historic Preservation League President.

BULLDOG IS KNIGHTED: Neighborhood resident and insurance agent Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham has been knighted. He recently was named a knight of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the MDRT, for his contributions to the organization. Cunningham is a 20-year member of the round table, an international association that represents the top six percent of all life insurance producers. Since its inception in 1959, the MDRT Foundation has donated more than $5.8 million to more than 600 charities throughout the world.

CRIMEFIGHTER OF THE YEAR: State Senator David Cain received the Crimefighter of the Year award last month from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas. Cain was recognized for his legislation targeting juvenile crime and his co-sponsorship of the Penal Code clean-up.

MUNGER PLACE ON TOUR: Five homes will be on display during the Munger Place Home tour scheduled April 13-14. The tour starts at Munger and Victor and includes a beer garden and tea room. For information, call 824-3406.

MAKING EASTER BRIGHTER: The East Dallas YWCA Teen Club will throw an Easter party April 5 for 50 third graders at Sam Houston Elementary as a community service project. The party, which will include an Easter egg hunt, will be at Maria Luna Park, 4500 Maple, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed, as well as donations of bandannas, books educational supplies, candy, Easter baskets, face paints, balloons, piñatas, confetti and eggs. Call Ruth Ramirez at 824-8139 or Jorge Perez at 954-0655.

PRESIDENT’S TEA: The daughters of the American Revolution, Greater Dallas chapter, recently held its annual Presidents’ Tea at Jeanette Kloppe’s home. Members Joslin Sigler and Nancy Bagwell received recognition for 25 years of service to the organization. Haley Adams, a fifth-grader at Highlander Carden School, was honored as winner of the organization’s 1996 American History Essay Contest.

BUILDING A CAREER WITH PRECEPT: Neighborhood resident Ken Kristofek has joined Precept Builders Inc. as project coordinator. Prior to his new job, Kristofek was project coordinator for Skidmore Owings and Merrill/Chicago. He has worked in Mexico, Malaysia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia and London.

Doctors Hospital Teaches Senior Safety

Doctor’s Hospital, 9440 Poppy at Buckner, launched its SeniorSafe program last month, a free educational series for older adults.

April 3 at 10 a.m., SeniorSafe offers a workshop about avoiding con games and scams targeted at the elderly.

April 13 and 17 at 10 a.m., a travel safety workshop called “Trains, Planes and Buses” is offered.

Other topics will be presented in upcoming months, including fitness, drug and medication safety, avoiding falls, anxiety/depression, coping with loss, home security and retirement planning.

Workshops are held in Doctors West Tower Conference Center on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. To make reservations or to be put on the mailing list for upcoming workshops, call 324-6640.

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NEIGHBORHOOD SENIORS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL SPELLING BEE: Three neighborhood residents will compete in the eighth annual regional Senior Spelling Competition April 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Hospital’s auditorium, 2222 Welborn. They are Maria Carrizales, Leola Boutwell and Tex McGrew, who placed first, second and third, respectively, in the White Rock Senior Center’s qualifying spelling bee. The competition was created for people 60 years and older to promote mental alertness and a positive image of aging. Cash prizes in the regional competition, which is open to the public, range from $75 to $125 and will be awarded to the top three winners. The winner will advance to the state competition Sept. 27 in Temple. For information, call the Aging Information Office at 741-5244.

MEETING NEW NEIGHBORS: The White Rock Newcomer’s Club, a social club for Dallas women, meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Holiday Inn, LBJ and Jupiter. Meetings include hospitality time, lunch, a program on the selected topics and bridge. The club is open to all ages, but the majority of members are 50 years or older. For information, call 826-9474 or 495-2397.

SHEPHERD CENTER OFFERS LEARNING ADVENTURE: The Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center offers the spring semester of its Adventures in Learning program from March 29-May 24. Adventures in Learning offers a variety of classes to senior citizens, from world religions to Spanish to wellness to bridge. Classes are held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 3204 Skillman. Newcomers are welcome to begin attending classes anytime during the semester and are invited to visit at no cost before joining. Late registration costs $17. For information, call 823-2583.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS RECORD THEIR LEGACIES: Neighborhood residents Milly Innocent and Frank Deason were the winners in a local legacy writing contest for senior citizens, sponsored by the Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center. Innocent’s reminiscence “We Didn’t Grow Macaroni” received first place and Deason’s “Riding the Rails” received second place. The contest which is funded by the Liebovitz Foundation of New York, is designed to encourage and reward creative writing of people 60 years and older. Local winners are awarded gift certificates from Bookstop. National winners are eligible for prizes totaling $15,000. The Shepherd Center plans to hold future legacy writing contests. For information, call 823-2583.