Thanks to a group of Lakewood children, a once mangy and sickly stray cat has become a healthy, happy neighborhood pet.

Jennie Hargrove says she and many of her neighbors on Lakeshore Drive have been feeding the orange and white tomcat this summer.

The cats seems to have adopted the neighborhood children, who call him P.C. – Public Cat. When Hargrove realized P.C. wasn’t leaving, she told the children he needed to be vaccinated and neutered. On their own, the children opened a lemonade stand, which raised $13.06.

But they needed more money.

So they went door-to-door on their street asking for donations, Jennie says.

They took P.C. to Lakewood Animal Clinic, where veterinarian Manny Yzaguirre cared for P.C. at a reduced cost.

Hargrove says the parents would have paid for P.C.’s care, but they wanted their children to learn responsibility.

“I’m real proud of them,” Hargrove says. “They all rallied around instead of counting on their parents to bail them out.”

Chamber Sponsors Taste of East Dallas Aug. 26

More than 30 neighborhood restaurants will provide food samples at the first annual Taste of East Dallas Aug. 26.

The event, sponsored by the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Fair Park Tower Building from 5-8 p.m. There will be children’s activities, prizes and entertainment.

Neighborhood residents Elizabeth Rivera of A.G. Edwards 7 Sons Inc. and Martin Zisman or Martin Cocina are cochairing the event.

The $15 tickets include unlimited food samples, and are available at Minyard’s Food Stores and at the door. Children 6 years old and younger are free. Proceeds benefit the Chamber and Friends of Fair Park. Call 321-6446 for information.

Win a Trip To Paris from Visual Art Center

Supporters of the arts can win a trip to Paris in September.

The Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss, is holding a fund-raising raffle. The grand prize is an all-expense-paid, five-day and four-night art tour for two in Paris. The trip includes round-trip airfare accommodations at the Westminster Hotel, all meals and a tour of museums and private art collections with a personal tour guide.

The Visual Art Center teamed with the Perrier Group of America, the maker of bottled water, to offer the trip. This summer, Perrier began dressing its bottles in translucent canvases of original American art and teamed with art organizations to promote the product.

Other businesses that have donated raffle prizes include Dallas Summer Musicals, the Hotel St. Germain, the Deep Ellum Café, PIP Productions, the Dallas Museum of Art’s gift shop, Amaya’s Grill, Mattito’s Café, Virtual World and New Orleans Seafood Parlour.

The drawing will be held Sept. 22 at the Visual Art Center. Tickets cost $5 and are at local grocery stores and at businesses supporting the raffle. To purchase tickets, call 821-2522.

All proceeds benefit the Visual Art Center, a non-profit group in the Wilson Historic District.

New Film Store Uses Computer Technology

When old photos turn yellow, neighborhood resident Stephen Iu can restore them quickly and easily, and he can do it without the negative.

Iu recently opened Filmless Photo, 1916 Abrams Parkway. He does photo reproductions, restorations and enlargements without negatives or chemicals. Instead, he uses a computer and a scanner. With digital processing, he touches up old photos and creates reprints.

Iu says most jobs take 10 minutes.

“This kind of service is very new, with its emphasis on technology to do your photo work,” Iu says.

Call 828-2480 for information.

News & Notes

VOLUNTEERS HONORED: Two neighborhood residents were among the 13 regional winners of the annual JCPenney Golden Rule Award, which recognizes volunteerism. Rip Parker and Dorothy E. Moore received engraved crystal sculptures and are eligible for the National Golden Rule Award, to be presented in September.

Every day for three years, Parker has made sandwiches and delivered them to homeless people wandering in Downtown underpasses. His unofficial relief effort has grown to include blankets and clothing, which are donated by organizations and individuals who have heard of his work.

Moore founded Reconciliation Outreach Ministry, a non-denominational Christian organization that reached out to inner-city youths and their families. Her ministry received $1,000 from JCPenney. Moore has spearheaded efforts to open a women’s resource center in East Dallas and runs a summer camp.

BOX TO RUN FOR CONGRESS: Former City Councilman Glenn Box announced that he will join former East Dallas Chamber chairman Pete Sessions in the Republican primary race for the U.S. House seat held by John Bryant, a Democrat who has held the position for 13 years. Former Dallas mayors Steve Bartlett, Starke Taylor and Jack Evans have endorsed Box. Box served three terms on City Council from 1989 to 1995 and is the former chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

A FAMOUS POET: Lakewood resident Nancy Lamsens was recently named a 1995 Famous Poet by the Famous Poet Society in Hollywood, Calif., for her poem “Heavy Heart”. Lamsens entered a contest sponsored by the society last year after reading about it in Advocate Community Newspapers. Lamsens was among a select group of poets invited to attend a three-day convention at Cinderella’s Castle in Anaheim, Calif., but decided not to attend because of the cost.

A PRIZE CATCH: A fisherman recently made a $10,000 catch in White Rock Lake. The Exchange Club of Uptown Dallas released several tagged Black Bass into the lake, each worth cash and prizes, during the club’s first Cash Fish Tournament, with sponsor’s including Whiteside Associate Realtors. Although only three fish were caught. Thomas Ward Johnson hooked the grand prize fish worth $10,000. Kenny Jenning caught a fish worth $100, and Monty Rorie caught one worth $50. Fishermen paid an entry fee of $20. Proceeds benefit the Police Athletic League and the lake. The Uptown Exchange Club plans to hold the tournament again next summer.

NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER: The 11th Street Theatre Project is bringing the works of two famous American playwrights to our neighborhood Aug. 11-26: “The Shawl” by David Mamet and “The Dreamer Examines His Pillow” by John Patrick Shanley. Both will be presented at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5100 Ross at Henderson. Shanley wrote the screenplay for the movie “Congo”, as well as the screenplays for “Moonstruck” and “Alive”. Mamet wrote the plays “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “American Buffalo”, as well as the screenplays for “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Billy Bathgate”. Appearing in conjunction with the two plays is an exhibit of paintings by Mikhail Cegelski. Call 522-PLAY for tickets.

PET ADOPTION MADE EASY: Through Aug. 31, any dog or cat can be adopted from the SPCA of Texas, 362 S. Industrial Blvd., for a minimum donation of $39. The usual cost of adoption is $59. The price includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, fecal examination and worming, grooming and I.D. tags. Call 651-9611 for information.

YWCA FUND-RAISER: On Aug. 5, the YWCA, 4621 Ross, holds its annual garage sale to benefit its programs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations of household and kitchen items, furniture, clothing, books, and other products in good condition are needed, as well as volunteers for the event. Donations can be dropped off at the Y until Aug. 2 from 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For information, call Paulina at 827-5600, ext. 2107.

GARAGE SALE RAISES HOPE: The White Rock Center of Hope, 9353 Garland, holds a garage sale Aug. 3-4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds will be used to buy school clothes for needy children. The White Rock Center provides emergency assistance to neighborhood residents.

HELPING KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Child Protective Services and CPS Community Partners are teaming up with the Container Store and Kroger Co. for the second annual Back To School Drive to benefit abused children. Bins are located in Container and Kroger stores throughout Dallas for school supply donations, which will be given to children who would otherwise go without such items. The drive runs through Aug. 17.

HABITAT BUILDS HOMES: Dallas Habitat for Humanity is building two homes between July 13 and Aug. 12 during its second annual Build-A-Thon. These homes will be sold to low-income families for cost. Hundreds of volunteers registered for the Build-A-Thon last month. Each raised a minimum of $100 to participate. These funds are being used for construction costs on the two homes at 10414 and 10418 Shayna Drive.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS AT CHAMBER: The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recently appointed two new members to its board of directors. Deputy Chief John Martinez of Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Operations is to complete the three-year term of Susan Meadows, and Karen Trees-Beeson of Heller First Capital will complete the three-year term of Anne Burke.

GOLF CHAMPIONS: The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce recently held its 12th annual Golf Classic at Eastern Hills Country Club with 84 players participating. The first place team was Bert Roofing with Chuck Arista, David Jones, David Spaans and Eldon Westrand. Southwestern Bell Telephone won second with Mike Rambo, Curtis Browne, Mary Cain and Mike Lee. Third Place went to Fastsigns with Rex Miller, Mike Miller, Steve Miller and Ted Croft.

ONE-ON-ONE FITNESS: Mia Kronesater, a personal fitness trainer for eight years, opened a private fitness center in our neighborhood this summer. Mia’s Health Garden, 4723 Swiss, specializes in one-on-one training for people at least 70 pounds overweight, who do not want to go to large public gyms, Kronesater says. Kronesater has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas Christian University, is a springboard diving champion, and has coached swimming and diving for 10 years. For information, call 821-8986.

STEPPING ON BOARD: Neighborhood resident Kerry L. Goodwin, vice president of Rehabilitation Services for the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, has been reappointed to the Board of Trustees of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Goodwin will serve on the nine-member board until 1999. The school, located in Austin, provides public education to people ages 6 to 21 with vision or multiple disabilities.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Zero Tolerance for Violence, a group started by neighborhood parents, needs volunteers for its Power Breakfast Program that serves DISD schools. Each volunteer meets once a week with an at-risk middle school student for a meal and conversation. For information, call Anne Groben at 750-7400 or Zero Tolerance at 904-9399.

PROVIDING DIRECTION: Aaron Waggoner, son of Woodrow Wilson High School teacher Pat Cruse Waggoner, was named art director of the Optimist newspaper at Abilene Christian University, where he is a computer graphics/design major. Aaron graduated from Dallas Christian High School in 1991.

MEGA MOVIE THEATER ON ITS WAY: A 14-screen Sony movie theater is being built in Cityplace, 2600 N. Haskell. Precept Builders Inc. is scheduled to finish the project in November. The theater will be capable of accommodating 4,000 patrons.

STORY TIME: Every Thursday this month, except Aug. 3, the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, will present bedtime stories for children ages 3 and older at 7 p.m. Call 670-1376 for information.

TOP DOG: Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham, an agent for the Farmers Insurance Group, has been honored for outstanding sales achievements during 1994. He was invited to attend the Topper Club convention in San Antonio last month, where Farmers’ top sales producers and district managers discussed insurance business trends and customer service ideas. Cunningham’s office is at 6301 Gaston, Suite 168.

HEALTHY COOKING: Lakewood resident Katie Medlin recently graduated from Eureka’s Kids Kooking Klass, where students ages 7-10 were taught to prepare healthy meals. The three-day class was taught by dietitian Barbara Gollman at the restaurant, 4011 Villanova.

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