The Swiss Avenue Historic District holds its annual Mother’s Day Home Tour and Antique Fair May 13-14.

The homes on the tour are 4706 Swiss, 4902 Swiss, 5002 Swiss, 5105 Swiss, 5521 Swiss, 5815 Swiss and 5528 Live Oak.

The tour includes a Queen Anne cottage, three Prairie-style houses, a Mediterranean villa and two Jacobethan-style houses.

Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Minyard’s Food Store at Gaston and Abrams. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $10 at Triangle Park, where food and beverages will be available during the tour weekend. On Saturday, the tour is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Senior citizens receive a $1 discount, and tickets for children ages 4-12 are $3. Children under 3 are free.

Tour proceeds benefit various neighborhood beautification and restoration projects and community organizations, such as area schools and libraries.

Free parking is available at First Interstate Bank, 6301 Gaston. Buses will shuttle people from the bank parking lot to the homes on Saturday and Sunday.

For information, call Katy Sauser at 826-9316.

SPCA Lakewood Love Run Planned May 6

The SPCA of Texas holds its seventh annual Lakewood Love Run May 6 to coincide with the American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week.

The event kicks off at 7:45 a.m. with a Celebrity Doggy Dash, followed at 8 a.m. by the 5K run and a one-mile Pets and Their Parents Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Trophies and Big Dog clothing packages will be awarded to winners.

Check-in is at First Interstate Bank, 6301 Gaston at LaVista.

Dogs on leashes can participate with their owners.

Other race-day events include a Blessing of the Animals, a Precocious Pet Trick Contest and the Lakewood Love Run Raffle, with a laptop computer as grand prize.

Exhibitors of pet products will run information and sample booths, and the SPCA will have animals for adoption.

For information, contact Aimee Coody at the SPCA at 651-9611, ext. 143.

Contractor Problems Delay Library Opening

The opening of the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library has been delayed due to construction problems.

The library was expected to open this month, but it won’t be completed until January 1996, says City Councilman Glenn Box.

Construction began approximately a year ago, but the City cancelled its contract with J.F. Lawrence Inc., the company building the library, due to construction delays, Box says.

The contract was then awarded to Coronado Builders Inc., and construction is scheduled to resume this month.

The delay will not increase the price of the project, Box says.

Delays have plagued the library since 1978, when the City decided to build a library for area neighborhoods. Land was purchased in 1982, but due to tough economic times, the project was not formally approved until fall 1993.

“It’s very frustrating for me,” Box says. “I worked very hard to get this for the neighborhood.”

News & Notes

CELEBRATING SAFETY: The Northeast Operations Division of the Dallas Police Department hosts a Safety Fair May 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Northeast substation, 9915 E. Northwest Highway at Audelia. McGruff the crime dog will be attending, and displays will include a police helicopter, the mobile storefront, police motorcycles, squad cars, a fire truck and an ambulance. Lunch will be available. Call 670-4762 for information.

WHOLE FOODS HELPS LAKE: Five percent of Whole Foods Markets’ gross sales May 10 will be donated to the Friends of White Rock Lake for lake improvement projects.

All four Dallas-area Whole Foods will participate in this program, including our neighborhood store at 2218 Greenville at Belmont.

Whole Foods periodically sponsors five percent days to benefit various community projects. Friends of White Rock Lake work to preserve the lake area. The money raised will go to reforestation, hike and bike trails, and improving the shorelines.

NEW HISTORIC DISTRICT: The Peak Suburban Historic District recently WAS approved by the City Council, says neighborhood resident Renee Mones. The district is bounded by Sycamore, Fitzhugh, Worth, Peak and Carroll and includes single-family, commercial and multi-family properties. Neighborhood residents worked three years to obtain the designation, which will include tax incentives for property owners to renovate their properties, Mones says.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION: Our neighborhood is being targeted by the Children’s Trust Fund of Texas Council for its Family PRIDE initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect. The council was established in 1985 by the Texas legislature to help fund community-based programs preventing child abuse. This state agency has formed a Family PRIDE Community Council comprised of neighborhood residents to evaluate prevention programs.

A town meeting will be held May 4 at Samuell Grand Recreation Center, 6200 E. Grand, at 7 p.m. to determine which prevention programs are needed. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Christie McFarland at 324-4504 or Mercedes Patterson at 270-1694 or Lisa Ward at 327-7446.

MOTHER’S DAY AT ARBORETUM: The Dallas Arboretum will celebrate Mother’s Day May 13-14. On Saturday, the St. Philip’s Children’s Chorus performs at 12:30 p.m. and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra performs at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas SRO Small Ensemble performs at 1:30 p.m., followed at 2:30 p.m. by the big band sounds of Swing Time.

Seating for Sunday brunches begins at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Brunch costs $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3-12. Children under 2 are free. Pre-paid reservations are required.

The Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road on White Rock Lake. Call 327-8263 for information.

KIWANIS CLUB HOLDS FUND-RAISER: The White Rock Kiwanis Club holds a spring garage sale May 19-20 next door to the Carpet House, 1100 Garland Road, across from the White Rock MarketPlace. All money raised benefits the club’s international project to defeat iodine deficiency disorder.

Key Clubs from Bryan Adams and Lake Highlands high schools and the Builders Club from Robert T. Hill Middle School will assist with the garage sale.

To make a donation or for information, call 327-1542.

CITY TEACHES BICYCLE SAFETY: CycleDallas ’95, the City’s annual bicycle safety and education exposition, will be held in Fair Oaks Park along the White Rock Creek Trail May 7 from noon to 5 p.m. The exposition includes free bicycle safety inspections and bicycle seat and handlebar adjustments, as well as free minor adjustments to derailleurs and brakes. Representatives from area bicycle clubs and shops will be present. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for May 28. CycleDallas is sponsored by the City of Dallas’ Department of Planning and Development and the Park and Recreation Department, in cooperation with “Texas Athlete” and the Greater Dallas Bicyclists club. Call 670-4039 for information.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES: The Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth, has several events planned for May.

Three exhibits are on display – a miniature menagerie from Cecil Hynds-Riddle: Latin artwork from local artists Lynn Richardson and Solange Mariel and from Richardson’s students; and fauna forms from Susan Brown.

At 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, the new children’s librarian, Lloyd Loving, reads during preschool story time. Ashley Forbes presents a story time May 2 and May 16 at 10 a.m. Registration is required for Forbes’ event.

On Thursdays, the Mental Health Association conducts parenting classes in Spanish at 6:30 p.m., and May 3 a Senior Citizens Celebration with accordionist Dee Schligar takes place at 1:30 p.m.

On May 13, investment advisor and broker Sam Shimek presents “Investment Self Defense” at 10:30 a.m.

For information, call 670-1376.

CHILDREN’S READING CLUB REGISTRATION: The Dallas Public Library’s 1995 Summer Reading Club, Once Upon a Planet, opens registration May 27 at all library locations. To join, a child spends one hour reading. The club offers a variety of prizes for children who meet reading goals. For information, call 670-1671.

RAISING FUNDS FOR LAKEWOOD LIBRARY: A three-month book review series at Lakewood Library raised $250 for Lakewood Library Friends. Meg Glass chaired the committee that scheduled the reviews. She was assisted by Kathy Glenn and Judy Solganick.

HOLLYWOOD’S HISTORY PRESERVED: Memorabilia of Joe B. Salmon, developer of the Hollywood-Santa Monica neighborhood, has been donated to the Texas-Dallas Collection at the Downtown library. The collection includes personal letters, land deeds, newspaper clippings, stock certificates and other historical documents of the Hollywood Land Co. Rob Parks, a Hollywood-Santa Monica resident, and Sharon O’Rourke and Joe O’Rourke Jr., the great-granddaughter and grandson of Salmon, compiled the collection. Copies of selected articles from the collection will also be added to Lakewood Library’s archives.

FITNESS FAIR: The White Rock Athletic Club, 718 Buckner, celebrates its seventh anniversary with a One Big Healthy Family all-day fitness fair and open house May 12 with free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and a walk around White Rock Lake. Kenny and the Kasuals will perform. Free food has been donated by Whole Foods Market. Activities start at 9 a.m. and last until 9 p.m. For information, call 320-0446.

FREE ART WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: Children ages 8-18 can participate in a free art workshop May 20-21 from 1-5 p.m. at the 5501 Columbia gallery. Art in the Neighborhood is a project sponsored by Contemporary Culture Inc. and the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs. Each participant receives a canvas and frame, as well as paints and brushes. Instructors John Hernandez, Leticia Huerta, Carl Lewis, Viola Delgado and Albert Shaw will run the workshop. The resulting artwork will be exhibited May 25-June 17 at the gallery. Reservations are required. Call 823-8955.

WOODROW REUNION: Woodrow Wilson High School’s class of 1985 celebrates its 10-year reunion in June. June 2, there will be a happy hour at the Greenroom in Deep Ellum, 2715 Elm St., for members of the classes of 1984, 1985 and 1986. A semiformal gathering is scheduled for June 3 at Kempi’s High Energy Night Club at the Grand Kempinski Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway, and on June 4, there will be a picnic at TeePee Hill at White Rock Lake. Danielle Drury Petters, Kim Russell, Brigitte Scott Ross and Laura Quillin Olivo planned the reunion. Call Petters for times at 824-8183.

KIDS KAMP: The Central Dallas Church and Central Dallas Ministries hold an eight-week summer Kids Kamp in East Dallas for children ages 2-18, beginning June 5. Camp meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday with free lunch provided. For information call 826-9535.

NEW GARDEN SHOP OPENS: Splendor in the Grass, a new garden and gift shop, opened recently at 8626 Garland Road across from the Dallas Arboretum. The owners transformed the white Victorian house in which the store is located into an indoor garden. Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 328-5011 for information.

ART GALLERY OPENS: The Adkins Hoover Gallery, a contemporary fine arts gallery located at 1315 Skiles, opened recently with “But, Will It Go With the Sofa?” This exhibit of Southwest artists runs through May 20. For information, call Anni Adkins or Joe Hoover at 826-7405.

NEIGHBORHOOD AUTHORS HONORED: Neighborhood residents C.W. Smith and Nina Schwartz were honored at the annual Authors’ Award Luncheon. Both teach English at Southern Methodist University.

Smith has been with SMU since 1980 and is the director of the school’s creative writing program. His latest book is a collection of short stories called “Letters Form Horse Latitudes.”

Schwartz came to SMU in 1984. Her first book, “Dead Fathers: The Logic of Transference in Modern Narrative,” was published last year.


May 3 – The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a free Care Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak. Call 827-0062.

May 6 – The Central Dallas Ministries spring clothing giveaway, 9:30 a.m.-noon at 409 N. Haskell. Call 826-9535.

May 11-June 3 – Kitchen Dog Theater presents “The Pitchfork Disney” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary theater, 3120 McKinney. Call 520-ARTS.

May 11-June 4 – Moosyn Productions presents “The Golden Pyramid” at Theatre Three II in the Quadrangle. Tickets are $10. Seniors and students pay $8. Call 497-1773.

May 13-14 – Parents can get a free picture of their children with a magnet frame at Whole Foods Market, 2218 Greenville.

May 22 – The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce board meeting at the Dallas Arboretum’s Camp House, 8617 Garland Road, at 4 p.m. Call 321-6446.

Through May 13 – 11th Street Theatre Project presents two one-act plays, “Vincent: The Heart of Madman” and “Stage Directions,” at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral, 5100 Ross. Call 744-PLAY.

Through June 9 – Dallas Visual Arts Center, 2917 Swiss, presents “Flags and Banners: A Hundred Years of Student Movements in China.”