Paint the Town Project Aids Neighborhood Homes

Several East Dallas houses were among 17 City homes repainted during the recent Greater Dallas Association of Realtors Eighth Annual Paint the Town project.

Homes owned by elderly and disadvantaged residents were painted at no cost by Realtors, mortgage loan officers, and title company closers, says Elise Daniel of Ebby Halliday, Realtors, who was the East Dallas area team captain.

“What we try to do is restore some of the pride they (the occupants) once had in their properties and, at the same time, improve the appearance of the whole neighborhood.”

Paint and supplies were provided by People Helping People of the City of Dallas and the Center for Housing Resources. NCNB proved T-shirts for volunteers.

Eagle Scout Rank Awarded to Local Boys

Eagle Scout rank recently awarded to Michael Franco and Casey McCullar of Boy Scout Troop 64, sponsored by Northridge Presbyterian Church.

Franco, 14, attends Woodrow Wilson High School and is Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 64. His Eagle service project was a community recycling project benefiting the Dallas Services for Visually Impaired Children. Franco is the son of Martha Ybarra and Richard Franco Jr.

McCullar, 14, attends Bryan Adams High School and is a former Troop Senior Patrol Leader. His Eagle service project involved painting, gardening, refurbishing the atrium at Bayles Elementary School. McCullar is the son of Dawn and Terry McCullar.

Patrons Fill Library Shelves With Donations

Earlier this year, when the Lakewood Branch Library’s existence was threatened during the City budget process, library patrons took matters into their own hands.

“We received more than 3,000 gift books in a month,” says Betty Brown, library manager. “That is what we (usually) get in over a six-month period.”

The library kept some of the books in its collection and sent others to the Downtown library gift center so that other branches could benefit from the donations.

Even though the library escaped serious budget cuts in staffing and programs, “we still have a very limited materials budget,” Brown says.

“Many of our gifts were brand-new best-sellers that we couldn’t be able to add to our collection without the gift.”

Holiday Programs Set at Area Schools

The holidays bring a plethora of special events and programs, as noted:

Stonewall Jackson Elementary performs Winter Holiday Around the World at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the school auditorium. Kindergarten through grade 3 students will sing, recite poetry and perform a puppet show reflecting holiday celebrations of different cultures. The sign choir also will perform. For information call 841-5155.

J.L. Long Middle School: The Holiday Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 featuring the band, orchestra and choir performing holiday selections. For information call 841-5270.

Woodrow Wilson High School PTA presents a multicultural holiday program at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the school auditorium. The orchestra, concert and jazz bands, choir and show choir will perform holiday songs, and Hispanic dance students will perform ballet folklorico. During scene changes, mariachi guitarists will entertain the audience. For information call 841-5100.

Lakewood Elementary School’s fourth and fifth graders will present Winter Around the World at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the school’s auditorium. African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish and Christian cultures will be represented in song. For information call Carlin Morris at 826-7056.

Bryan Adams High School Parent/Teacher/Student Association presents a holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the school’s auditorium, featuring the band, orchestra and choir playing holiday songs. For information call Oleta Norris at 324-1245.

Robert E. Lee Elementary School presents its holiday program Dec. 16-17 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, featuring songs and a play. For information call 841-5240.

Area Churches Plan Holiday Events

Area churches also plan special holiday programs, including:

Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 7020 Gaston Ave., hosts a Christmas Music Program at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The adult and children’s choirs will sing holiday songs, and children will mime the Christmas story amidst carols and a reading. The programs is open to the public; call 321-2864 for information.

Lakewood Assembly of God, 2707 Abrams, presents Charlie’s Christmas, a children’s version of the Christmas story, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the sanctuary. The Sanctuary Choir presents Christmas Greetings/Four Musical Christmas Cards at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Both programs are free and open to the public. Call 821-4290 for information.

Neighborhood Organizations Schedule Holiday Programs

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a holiday open house from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Dallas Arboretum. Admission is a toy or canned food item. Call 321-6446 for information.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is organizing its annual Christmas drive for toys and clothing for disadvantaged children, says Eloise Sherman. Collection boxes will be available at local banks, Wyatt’s Cafeteria in the Lakewood Shopping Center and Minyard’s. 2118 Abrams at Gaston, during the drive, scheduled Dec. 1-18. The Chamber also hosts its annual Christmas party from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Lakewood El Chico in Medallion Center, Northwest Highway at Abrams. Admission is a new toy or children’s clothing; the public is invited. For information call 827-8921.

Neighborhood Notes

LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual leadership breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at Lakewood Country Club, says Judy Summers, Chamber president. Native East Dallasite Stanley Marcus will be the guest speaker. Leadership awards will be presented, including the Les Kelley Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and guidance. Tickets are $25 per person, and the public is invited. For information call 321-6446.

CLUB MANAGER HONORED: Lakewood Country Club manager Sally Rambo was named International Club Manager of the Year by Club Managers Association of America, a worldwide organization of 6,000 country, city, military and yacht clubs. She is the first woman to receive the award since its inception seven years ago, Rambo says.

Rambo will receive the award in San Diego during a January ceremony, and she will be featured in the group’s December magazine. Rambo has managed Lakewood Country Club for 15 years.

REALTOR RECEIVES DESIGNATION: John Whiteside, president of Whiteside Associates, Inc.’s Realtors, recently completed the final coursework necessary to receive Certified Real Estate Brokerage designation. The CRB designation is awarded by the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council.

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