Lakewood Service League Solicits Donations for March 7 Fundraiser

Lakewood Service League members are soliciting donations of goods, services or cash for the volunteer organization’s annual fund-raising auction gala, scheduled March 7 at the Doubletree Inn at Campbell Centre, says member Margie Artieschoufsky.

The “Lone Star Over Lakewood” benefit features a country-western theme, with music provided by Woody Leath & Wildcard. The band, as well as dance instructions provided by Anita Williams throughout the party, are being underwritten by Cowboys country western club, 7331 Gaston.

The public is welcome to attend; tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 733-5017 or 348-7537 for information.

The group’s fundraisers have raised more than $261,000 for a variety of non-profit organizations in East Dallas and Lakewood, as well as improvements for Lakewood Park on Williamson Road.

Yacht Club Moves; Outdoor Sports Setup a First for Neighborhood

The first phase of the new White Rock Yacht Club opens Feb. 3, says owner Rand Popp, with indoor pool, shuffleboard, pinball, basketball and skeeball games, as well as an interior featuring more than 13,000 pieces of antique teakwood and mahogany removed from old railroad box cars.

But the club’s second phase, which opens in May, is what makes this club unique in East Dallas. Behind the club’s new 1.8-acre facility, 7530 E. Grand at Gaston (just across E. Grand from the club’s old location at the White Rock Lake Spillway), will be two sandlot volleyball courts, a water volleyball pool, a tropical lagoon-style outdoor dining area with swimming pool for adults and children, a stocked fish pond, a children’s area with playground equipment, two stages for live entertainment, and a lawn big enough for private parties and lawn games, Popp says.

Traditional club food will be served, he says, but a “lite” menu featuring health-conscious entrees developed by personal trainer Larry North also will be available. The club also will join with the Police Athletic League to sponsor sports leagues weekly for underprivileged children, Popp says.

Organic Gardening Venture Offers Area Residents Back-to-Nature Chance

When East Dallas building inspector Paul Magedson decided to grow organic vegetables, he didn’t just turn some dirt in the backyard. He bought a farm 75 minutes from East Dallas and started soliciting assistance from neighborhood residents for his “community-supported agriculture.”

Last year, produce from Magedson’s 80-acre Celeste farm was sold in the produce section of Whole Foods Market, Richmond and Greenville. This year, Magedson says he wants to sign up “shareholders” interested in sharing his farming risk by paying $395 to receive about 500 pounds of produce during the growing season. His produce will continue to be available at Whole Foods, Magedson says.

Magedson plans to include recipes and herbs in the weekly food baskets, which he says will average 15 pounds. Shareholders can help harvest their produce at the farm, Magedson says, or join together with other East Dallas residents to establish a neighborhood pickup point.

“There are a lot of frustrated people who would like to learn organic farming,” Magedson says. “This is their chance.”

Magedson is a member of the Texas Organic Growers Association who has been farming the Celeste farm since 1982. Call 827-4490 for information.

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Donations to Outfit Office

When they aren’t out helping those who need housing assistance in Dallas, the Habitat for Humanity employees and volunteers are in their Garrett Park East Neighborhood office planning various programs.

But according to Habitat executive director Wink Dickey, the group needs donations of furnishings, computer equipment and assorted office supplies to assist its efforts.

Among the items needed are a couch, chairs, lamps, a microwave and color television, VCR, tableware, pots and pans, silverware, framed pictures/prints, wood desks, file cabinets, a 35-mm camera with flash, slide projector, IBM-compatible computer, Macintosh computer, Quark 3.0 (for Macintosh), clip art (for IBM or Macintosh), VGA graphics card (IBM), and Norton Utilities software (IBM).

Habitat has become best known for the efforts of former President Jimmy Carter. The group provides housing assistance through sweat equity and no-interest mortgages to qualifying families.

To donate items or for more information on Habitat programs, contact Habitat at 827-3990.

Drama Group Plans Play, Workshop at Lee Elementary

Young Audiences is presenting “Drama is Conflict” Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. as part of the Children’s Theater at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, 2911 Delmar.

Following the play, actors will perform workshops in Lee classrooms, says principal Jane Lampton, and students will have an opportunity to create their own conflict for a play.

“It helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the conflict resolution aspect of play,” Lampton says.

Arts Group Relocates to D-Art Building

The Texas Accountants and Lawyers recently moved its offices to D-Art Visual Center, 2917 Swiss, says attorney Mary Murphy, president of the group.

The move is designed to make legal and accounting services more accessible to artists, Murphy says.

The organization is a local affiliate of a statewide non-profit group offering free legal and accounting aid to qualifying artists and arts organizations. The group also offers business seminars for artists.

Other non-profit organizations officing at D-Art include the USA Film Festival, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Artists and Craftsmen Associated.

Family Outreach Schedules Volunteer Training Program

A nine-week training program for volunteers interested in helping to prevent child abuse and neglect begins later this month, according to Family Outreach of East Dallas officials.

Training will be offered to volunteers interested in joining the Family Outreach program, which works with the Texas Department of Human Services to provide one-on-one services for families with problems.

Training topics include lay therapy such as in-home services to parents “at risk” of abusing or neglecting their children; parenting classes with alternatives to punishment and methods to build communication skills and self-esteem; community education; and crisis counseling.

“Family Outreach depends upon a trained volunteer force to carry out its mission – the prevention of child abuse and neglect,” says Lucia Frenkel, president of the local group.

Classes are scheduled from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 321-6292 for information.

Arthritis Self-Help Course Will be Offered in March

The Arthritis Foundation and the Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center will be offering a six-week course designed to assist adults suffering from arthritis.

The course will offer tips on exercise, relaxation, medication, nutrition, and coping with depression, pain and other arthritis-related problems, says Sylvia Sanders, director of the Shepherd Center. Many of the instructors have arthritis, Sanders says, and the course is designed to provide practical information that can make a difference for arthritis sufferers.

Studies conducted at Stanford University indicate people who have completed similar courses complain of less pain, tend to exercise and relax more, and have more overall knowledge about the problem, Sanders says. The class encourages those attending to assume responsibility for their daily care and helps the attendee remain as independent as possible, she says.

Registration deadline is Feb. 19 for the program, which is designed to complement and not replace professional healthcare services, Sanders says. Call 823-2583 for information.

News & Notes

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: The Volunteer Center of Dallas is seeking nominations for its annual Volunteer of the Year awards luncheon May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, according to the Center’s Julie Richey. Categories include individuals, groups, youth, businesses (large and small), disabled and volunteer coordinators. Winners will be announced at the luncheon. Call the Volunteer Center, 826-6767, for information.

CODE CALL: The Old East Dallas Code Alliance’s monthly meeting will be at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 6 in the community room of First Interstate Bank, 6301 Gaston. The alliance brings together City staff, interested East Dallas and Lakewood residents, and neighborhood groups. Discussion involves code enforcement issues affecting East Dallas and Lakewood, as well as ideas to improve neighborhoods. Meetings are free and open to the public.

ROUND-‘EM-UP: East Dallas elementary schools are scheduling new student round-ups (informational meetings for parents who have children scheduled to enter kindergarten in the fall). Contact your elementary school for details.

SOCCER/AEROBICS SIGN-UPS: The East Dallas YMCA, 6220 Worth, holds spring soccer sign-ups throughout February for pre-kindergarten to 12-year-olds. Member cost is $22; $37 for non-members. The YMCA also offers bench aerobics Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; babysitting is offered for morning classes only. Classes are free for members; $25 monthly plus $3 per class for non-members. Call 824-8139 for information.

REALTOR RECEIVES DESIGNATION: Whiteside Associates Inc. vice president Scott F. Carlson recently received designation as Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI), following completion of required coursework in subjects such as marketing, commercial and investment property, financing and professional standards.

ALL ABOARD: East Dallas realtor Missy Vanderbilt of RE/MAX Associates of Dallas, was elected to the 1992 board of directors for the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors. An installation ceremony was held recently at the Anatole Hotel.

PUPPET THEATER PLANS SHOWS: The Dallas Puppet Theater presents “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m., at the theater, 3018 Commerce (between Oakland and Hall). More than a dozen large hand puppets are featured in the play, which chronicles a trip to Oz by a munchkin boy and his companions. Tickets are $4, and reservations are suggested. Call 939-0004 for information.

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