Racine Reid, operating room supervisor at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, has been selected as one of the great 100 nurses in Dallas-Fort Worth by the Texas Nurses Association. The association for the past 18 years has honored nurses from a wide variety of clinical specialties and through this event has also raised scholarships funds for local nursing students.

Terry Pothier, a nurse at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, was recently named the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Employee of the Year.

Frances Desmond, an eighth-grader at J.L. Long, was selected to attend the Girls’ Leadership Institute summer program at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She is one of just 30 girls selected to participate in the program. The institute was founded by Rachel Simmons, author of “Odd Girl Out” and a nationally recognized speaker on female aggression. The girls at GLI learn skills for leadership and conflict resolution.

Lakewood Library needs your used books and other media items for The Lakewood Library Friends annual book sale on Saturday, Sept. 13. Consider donating your gently used books, paperbacks, music CDs, DVDs and videos for this sale. All proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the Lakewood Branch Library. Items may be brought during regular business hours to the Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth. For information, call 214.670.1376.

The Advisory Board of the Boys & Girls Club Dallas will hold its 12th annual dinner to benefit Dallas’ young people, Sept. 12 at the Lakewood Country Club. The organization aims to inspire and empower all youth, with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances, to achieve their full potential. Please contact event chair Winnie Harris to learn how you can get involved, wharris@bcdelectro.com.

Lakewood United Methodist Church summer music and art camps are accepting registration now for Art Camp, Aug.18-22, with an exhibit at the Lakewood Summer Arts Faire Sept. 5-7. For information or to register, call 214.823.9623 or email lakewoodumc@sbcglobal.net. Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams.

The local coordinator for the Academic Year in program is searching for potential host families in our neighborhood for the 2008-2009 school year. Students are selected from hundreds of applicants. The students speak English, are covered by full medical insurance, and have their own spending money. Contact Shannon Thornton at 214.454.9101 to learn more about the opportunity to welcome an exchange student into your family.

Taste of White Rock is in its second year, with the Peninsula Neighborhood Association announcing that the 2008 Taste Of White Rock Dinner Club Book is now on sale. The $12 book is a buy-one, get-one-free dinner club good until Oct. 31, 2008, with proceeds benefiting organizations that support White Rock Lake. Thirteen locally owned restaurants near the lake are donating free meals: Terilli’s, St. Martin’s Wine Bistro, Barbecs, Bonnie Ruth’s Café, Corner Market, Franki’s Lil Europe, Kitchen 1924, Papou’s, La Parrillada Mexican Kitchen, Lakewood Tavern, Bangkok City, Sol’s Nieto Mexican Grill and White Rock Sports Bar & Grill. Taste of White Rock books can be purchased at Albertson’s in Casa Linda Plaza, Albertson’s at Mockingbird and Abrams, and Professional Bank in Lakewood. In 2007, the book’s first year, $5,000 was donated to the following organizations: White Rock Lake Foundation, For The Love Of The Lake, the Dog Park, the Bath House Cultural Center, the White Rock Volunteers in Patrol, and the White Rock Lake Conservancy. The goal this year is to double the amount of donations.

Dallas Water Utilities is reminding residents that time-of-day watering restrictions have resumed. These mandatory restrictions prohibit the watering of landscaping from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. now through Oct. 31. Failing to follow the conservation ordinance guidelines could result in possible fines of $250 to $2,000 per incident.

Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law offers free one-hour tax consultations for anyone who can’t afford attorney services and is facing an IRS audit, appeal or collection process; involved in innocent spouse relief; or needing to resolve a past-due tax matter. To schedule a free consultation, call 214.768.2562 or visit smu.edu/law/taxclinic/. The school’s small business clinic also is providing free legal services to new and existing small businesses and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay legal fees. For information, call 214.768.4935.

Lakewood Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) needs neighbors to join the program. While on patrol, volunteers observe and report any suspicious behavior to the Dallas Police. The program is non-confrontational in nature. It requires a minimum of two hours a week tailored to each volunteer’s schedule. For information contact Roger Parks at 214.319.2924 or rogparks13@tx.rr.com.

Casa de Vida, a respite care program for caregivers of early onset Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, is offered weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expressway. It’s strictly a social program, with no medications or health care administered. Activities include morning snacks, exercise, bingo, crafts and music. A $10 fee covers the day’s program; application required. Call Ann Anderson at 972.783.8780 or Nick Harper at 214.349.6584 to apply or for information.

The Presby Presenters Toastmasters group meets Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill. The non-profit public speaking club was founded to help members overcome public speaking fears and develop and enhance their leadership skills. Newcomers are welcome. Meeting rooms and lunch plans change weekly; contact Lynda Waters at 214.288.7959 orLyndaWaters@texashealth.org for information.

City Pet Rescue, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from area kill shelters, needs foster homes for puppies, dogs, kittens and cats. To give a pet a second chance, e-mailinfo@citypetrescue.com, or visit citypetrescue.com.

The Agape Clinic recently celebrated 25 years of serving Dallas’ poor and uninsured in the historic Grace United Methodist Church near the Baylor Campus. Find out more about the Agape Clinic and how to help by contacting Kay Dial at 214.460.5938.

Dallas CASA is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA empowers everyday citizens to speak up in court for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Volunteers gather information for the court and work with the child welfare system and others to quickly find a safe, permanent home for each child. For information or to register for an upcoming information session, call 214.827.9603, ext. 273, or visit dallascasa.org.

Robert E. Lee Elementary’s award-winning garden needs volunteers to help maintain the grounds, from the courtyard butterfly garden to the newly landscaped areas. For information, call 972.749.7400.

Meals on Wheels, a program run by The Visiting Nurses Association, seeks volunteer drivers in our neighborhood. Drivers make weekday deliveries a few mornings a week or month, picking up meals at White Rock Methodist Church, 1450 Oldgate Lane. 214.689.0639.

The Wilkinson Center, a neighborhood non-profit agency, offers a free after-school tutoring and mentoring program, CLIMB (Changing Lives Improving Minds and Bodies) at seven sites. The program runs Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Share your knowledge and compassion by volunteering as a tutor/mentor. For information contact Jane Waters at 214.821.6380, ext. 202, or jane_waters@wilkinsoncenter.org.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dallas and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three hours, one to two days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1215 Skiles. 214.823.5700 or rsvpd@TheSeniorSource.org.

The Child Abuse Prevention Center needs volunteers to work with children of divorcing parents one Saturday morning a month during its Families First seminars. The CAP Center also has opening for volunteers in the Parents Aide Program. Volunteers work in the home with parents and families are risk for child abuse and neglect. Training is provided. 2902 Swiss. Contact Ashly, 214.370.9810.

Women’s Chorus of Dallas has many volunteer opportunities, including ushering at concerts, helping with mailings, answering the phone and helping with office work and committee participation. 214.520.7828 ortwcd.org.

East Dallas Community Garden needs volunteers to help plant, tend and harvest crops and take produce to area food banks. Individual garden plots are also available. 972.231.3565 or gardendallas.org.

Globe Aware, a nonprofit organization promoting cultural awareness and sustainability by conducting humanitarian assistance programs in Latin America and Asia, is in need of volunteers who can translate Spanish and conduct Internet research to prepare various projects that will be implemented abroad. 214.823.0083 or info@globalaware.org

The Boys & Girls Club is looking for alumni to join the BGCDallas Chapter. Alumni meet monthly to brainstorm new and creative ways to contribute to their clubs. For information call Carolyn Jordan at 214.821.2950.

Heart House Dallas, a free after-school program for low-income children, has a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Work as a mentor, homework tutor, coach, office helper or in other available capacities. For information contact Meredith Lubenau at 214.750.7637 or mlubenau@hearthouse.org, or visit hearthousedallas.org.

Charities Home Center is in need of volunteers to help operate the resale store and also seeks gently used donations for families in the community. Donations can be picked up. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10677 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 240, 214.342.8231.

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