The Greater Lakewood Shepherd Center celebrates its 10-year anniversary June 16 with a luncheon at Lakewood Country Club.

The center is a volunteer-run organization that provides activities and classes for senior citizens in our neighborhood through an Adventures in Learning program. The program offers four eight-week semesters each year.

“The programs are designed to help senior citizens remain independent and involved in their communities,” says Executive Director Carolyn K. Dennis.

At the anniversary celebration, the Dixieland Survivors will perform, and the center’s founder, Sylvia Sanders, will make a presentation. The keynote address, “Change Is Good,” will be given by Camille Keith, the senior vice president of marketing for Southwest Airlines.

Cost is $25, and the public is invited. For information, call 823-2583.

Pastor Leaves Grace United Methodist

Pastor William Jennings Bryan III leaves Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius, on June 15 after 12 years to go to Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Bryan will succeed Don Benton at Lovers Lane United Methodist, who has been at the church for 17 years.

The move takes Bryan from an East Dallas church with 300 members to a North Dallas church with more than 6,000.

“I feel like for years we have been doing the impossible,” say Bryan about working with his congregation. “Now, we’re going to be doing the immense.”

Bryan says he is excited to go to a church with the tradition and influence of Lovers Lane, but sad about leaving Grace. At Lovers Lane, Bryan plans to work for unity in Dallas like he has at Grace, he says.

“I’m working on a bridge across the divisions in Dallas,” Bryan says. “I’m in the bridge-building business.”

During Bryan’s tenure at Grace, the church played a key role in the development of the East Dallas Cooperative Parish, which is an organization of neighborhood churches that provides a variety of social services. Grace hosts the free Agape Medical Clinic, the Open Door Pre-School and a free legal clinic. Grace is also in the middle of a $2 million capital campaign to renovate the church.

Chuck Cox will be the new pastor at Grace. He comes from First United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas. In the five years Cox was in Allen, the church membership grew from 900 people to 1,600 people and a sanctuary was built, Bryan says.

News & Notes

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT LAKE: The third annual Summer SolstiCelebration is scheduled June 17 along the eastern shore of White Rock Lake. This free festival celebrates the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and is organized by Celestial Rhythms Celebrations. The festival opens at 4:45 p.m. with a martial arts performance and ends at 10 p.m. after a belly dance performed by members of Troupe Orientale. Parking is free on East Lawther just south of Mockingbird Lane and off North Buckner and Lake Highlands near the Dreyfus Club. Rain date is June 18. For information, call metro 817-477-5134.

FREE SAILING LESSONS: The Butterfly Fleet of the White Rock Boat Club, 340 E. Lawther, offers free sailing lessons at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 5. Participants can join any time and should bring a sack dinner and life jacket. Casual clothes and deck or tennis shoes are recommended. For information, call Jackie Carver at 826-6946 or Bill Keckler at 387-8420.

STUDYING CITY TRANSIT: Hollywood/Santa Monica resident Robert Parks, the manager of service planning for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, is one of 14 U.S. transit professionals participating in a European study funded by the International Transit Studies Program.The team is examining transit operations and mobility concerns in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; Munich and Freiburg, Germany; and Strasbourg and Paris, France. The study began May 18 and ends June 4. Parks was selected from 74 finalists. He plans to use information gathered by the study to make recommendations for the DART system.

THEATER CLASSES FOR KIDS: The Dallas Theater Center is accepting applications for its summer theater classes for teens and children. Four two-week sessions begin June 5 and continue through Aug. 4. Classes include creative theater, acting and improvisation, musical theater, dance, and creative movement. Session one will be at Bishop Lynch High School, 9750 Ferguson, and sessions two through four will be at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek. Each class includes a final performance. Cost ranges from $140 to $160 per class with a $40 deposit. Advanced programs are also offered: Kid Co. for grades five through seven and the Teen Company, which requires an audition, for grades eight through 12. Call 526-8210, ext. 304.

WHOLE FOODS JUNE CALENDAR: Whole Foods Market, 2218 Greenville, hosts several events in June.

June 3, Keith Webb with Proud Pets Vaccination Services visits the store from 9 a.m.-noon with his mobile pet clinic to provide low-cost pet vaccines.

June 10, the Greenville Whole Foods teams up with the Skillman store to offer a series of cooking classes for kids. The class begins at 10 a.m. at the 7205 Skillman at Kingsley location. Call 341-5445 for information.

Also June 10, Whole Foods hosts an Organic Farm Tour. Four farms, including a blueberry farm, will be on the tour. Cost is $40 and includes samples, a light breakfast, lunch, raffle tickets and a canvas bag of Whole Foods products. Space is limited and registration is required.

June 17-18, the buyers on Whole Foods grocery team will meet the public, offer free samples and recipes, and distribute product information from noon to 4 p.m.

In the cafe, every Monday from 7-9 p.m. is open microphone poetry night, and Friday is open microphone night for musicians. No drums allowed.

For information or to register for events, call 824-1744.

LAKEWOOD LIBRARY EVENTS: The Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, has several events scheduled this month.

On June 6, the Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary brings an owl and hawk to the library at 1:30 p.m. for a free program.

June 13, there will be a magic show with an environmental lesson from Professor Pflugelhorn at 2 p.m.

June 20, Dan Gibson’s “Watch Out! He’s Got a Banjo” concert is at 2 p.m.

June 27, Solina Marquis tells tales of Mexico in Spanish and English. Throughout the month, radio microphones dating back to the 1920’s from Arrow disc jockey Robert Wrinkle’s collection will be on display.

Call 670-1376 for information about these events.

NEW PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER: The new Sports and Industry Care Center at Doctors Hospital, 9440 Poppy Drive, opened last month. The 23,000-square-foot facility provides outpatient physical therapy services, as well as outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation classes. The center is located in the hospital’s west tower. Call 324-6000 for information.

FREE ART CAMP FOR KIDS: The Wilkinson Center, 5200 Bryan, hosts free summer art camps for children of East Dallas. There will be four eight-day workshops held Monday through Thursday. Camp one runs from June 5-15. Camp two is from June 26-July 6. Camp three is from July 10-20, and camp four is from July 24-August 3. Ages 6-9 meet from 9-11 a.m., and ages 9-12 meet from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children are provided with materials and a juice break. To register, visit the Wilkinson Center or mail the participant’s name, address, phone number, age and camp number to P.O. Box 720248, Dallas. 75372.

BENEFIT CONCERT: On June 4, the Barley House presents Barleypalooza to celebrate the release of its live compact disc from noon-2 a.m. Various bands on the disc will perform, including Lone Star Trio, Old ’97’s, The Cartwrights, Homer Henderson, Liberty Valance and the Sutcliffes. There will also be arts and crafts vendors. Admission is two cans of food for the I Am That I Am Training Center’s annual summer camp. For information call 824-0306.

MUSIC FESTIVAL IN PLANNING STAGES: The Friends of White Rock Lake is planning the White Rock Music Festival for the Spring 1996 to raise money for lake beautification projects. The group is looking for volunteers for a wide variety of tasks. Sponsors are needed, as well. To help, call Tim A. Forgerson at 747-2100 or 821-2773.

BILLY BLUES REOPENS: Billy Blues Cafe & BBQ Emporium celebrated its grand re-opening last month with a weekend outdoor concert and barbecue. Located at Hillside Village shopping center at Mockingbird and Abrams, Billy Blues previously offered cafeteria-style service, but now has a restaurant setting with full service and a new menu. In addition to the barbecue restaurant, the Emporium sells sauces, charcoals, specialty woods and chips, and gift baskets.

NEIGHBORHOOD GOLFER TOPS LADY NELSON PRO-AM: Golf pro James Williams Jr. of Lakewood led a pro-am team that tied for first place at the Lady Nelson, a tournament conducted last month at the Northwood Country Club in conjunction with the Byron Nelson. The team birdied 17 holes and eagled the eighteenth. The amateur golfers on the team were Lou Davies, Janet Werner and Pat Fingler.

POLICE OFFICER HONORED: Neighborhood Officer Tri Ngo of the Dallas Police Department’s East Dallas Storefront recently received the Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Ngo has been with the department for seven years and serves as a liaison between the police and Vietnamese residents in East Dallas.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT HELPS TEENS: Lakewood resident Alan Schonborn chaired the 1995 Adolescent Symposia last month entitled “Victory Over Violence: New Visions for Our Youth,” sponsored by Juliette Fowler Homes and the Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas. Workshop topics included the revised Texas family code, gangs, teenage sexuality, cultural diversity and child welfare.

MARKING LAKEWOOD: The Lakewood Homeowners Association is purchasing markers that say “Lakewood” to be posted by the City on top to street signs in the neighborhood. Each sign topper costs $25, and two are needed for each intersection. Individuals or businesses can sponsor a sign topper. Tamie Cooper, Gene McGarrah, Richard and MaryAnn Johnson, Susan Falvo, and Bobbie Johnson have been the first to make contributions. For information or to purchase a topper, call Carol Bell Walton at 320-3204.

TOURS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPES: Dallas Water Utilities and North Texas Xeriscape Garden Club sponsor a free tour of eight award-winning xeriscape landscapes June 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Xeriscape is a type of landscaping developed in the early ’80s that conserves water and protects the environment.

Tour headquarters is at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at White Rock Pump Station, 2900 White Rock Road, where there will be tour maps. For information, call 670-4297.

INFORMATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS: “Highlight,” a monthly newsletter for senior citizens, is being published by the city’s Office of Senior Affairs with information on health, safety, public transportation and employment. City residents who are 55 years or older receive the newsletter without charge. Call Judy Carrion at 670-5227 to be placed on the mailing list.

NEW BUSINESS GROUP MEETS: The new north central chapter of the Texas Home Based Business Association holds meetings the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Plano Bank & Trust building, 3512 Preston Road in Plano. For information, call Jim Harper at 390-7731.

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