Bishop Lynch High School is now accepting vendor applications for its annual Christmas Bazaar set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the school, 9750 Ferguson. Drill team parents host the event, and the registration deadline is Nov. 1. For details, email

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas hosts mammography clinics every Saturday in October at the Darlene G. Cass Women’s Imaging Center, Baylor Medical Pavilion, 3900 Junius, Suite 200. Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.  Patients must bring their insurance card and a photo ID to their appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit

Chacon Autos won a community service award at a national convention earlier this year, and the dealership’s prize was a $5,000 donation to the cause of their choice. Chacon donated the money to Martha Turner Reilly Elementary School. The school has become a pet cause for the family-owned dealership’s employees, and several tutor Reilly students. They volunteer at the school’s field day, and they sponsored a 5k run fundraiser.

The American Forests’ online 2011 National Register of Big Trees has crowned 23 new Texas “big tree champions,” and one of them is the Dallas Arboretum’s Mexican-buckeye tree. The tree has an 11-foot circumference, is 14 feet tall, and has a “crown spread” of 14.5 feet. Average Mexican-buckeye trees are 8 to 12 feet tall, although in rare cases they can grow up to 30 feet, according to the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Leadership Program Today Foundation invites residents to dispose of old drugs at a take-back event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Northeast Police Station, 9914 E. Northwest Highway. The foundation is partnering with Safer Dallas Better Dallas, The Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Dallas Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency to to raise awareness that unused or expired prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused, or illegally sold.

St. Thomas Aquinas church and school has purchased the adjacent property to its site at Abrams near Mockingbird and plans to expand its athletic facilities. All Saints Episcopal Church, a neighbor to St. Thomas for more than 25 years, has closed, and St. Thomas will turn the property into green and athletic-use space.


Dallas County school districts, including Dallas ISD, participate in a program run by Alpha Media that offers school bus advertising to local and national businesses. Companies purchase one ad per bus, which is placed above the windows on either side of the bus or below the windows on the driver’s side, and school districts receive 66 percent of revenue from ad sales.

Woodrow Wilson High School teacher Catherine Pate, who also is a ’98 graduate of Woodrow, recently was named runner up for the 2011 International Educator of the Year award from the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Pate serves on the Woodrow International Baccalaureate Committee, sponsors the Junior World Affairs Council and regularly presents at World Affairs Council teacher training. As runner up, Pate won a World Affairs Council membership and program passes worth more than $300.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.