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Kidd Springs Recreation Center Community Yard Sale Saturday June 1st from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Space is now available for the annual KIDD SPRINGS RECREATION CENTER COMMUNITY YARD SALE on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 711 West Canty St. Dallas 75208. Space is only $25 and benefits the Kidd Springs Recreation Center.

Participants must be 18 years or older to register and you must bring your own tables, chairs, bags and/ or change. Only family-oriented items will be allowed for sale. See below for complete list of information.

To purchase your spot, please call 214.670.7535 or email Oscar.Zamora@dallascityhall.com.

Important Information for You:

  • Parking Lot Entrance opens at 6:30am for drop off and unloading (Upper Lot)
  • Vehicles must be unloaded and removed from the parking lot by 7:30am
  • You bring your own tables, chairs, racks, bags and change
  • No weapons, ammunition, animals, food, candy or drinks of any kind may be sold from your space
  • Family Oriented Merchandise Only (Any questionable merchandise will be removed at our discretion)
  • All items must fit within your parking space and not extend beyond lines
  • Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis
  • No alcohol or loud music permitted; No dressing rooms available; No electricity available
  • Only Adults 18 & Up may purchase space(s) and space must be purchased to participate in sale
  • Goodwill Donation Truck will be on-site (they will not accept furniture, mattresses or TV’s)
  • May not re-enter the parking lot with your vehicle until 2:00pm—check out with staff before leaving
  • All remaining items and trash must be removed from parking lot by 3:00pm
  • Limited Spaces Available - Stop by today to reserve your space - Open to the community
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Dallas Green Alliance PAC to Host Fundraiser for a ‘Greener’ City Council 

The Dallas Green Alliance, a Political Action Committee (PAC) created to provide campaign funds and support for environmentally friendly Dallas City Council candidates, is hosting “Gather for Common Ground,’ a festive evening of cuisine and conversation at Casa Stellina, 3004 Main Street in Deep Ellum (www.casastellina.com), Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 each.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Jim Schutze. Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.

We will have fantastic food provided by Chefs Sharon Van Meter of 3015 Trinity Groves, Peter David Barlow, Joshua Harmon, David Anthony Temple, and Mark Wootton! Cocktails furnished by Ilegal Mezcal, beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Co and wine! Live music from Deep Ellum's own Gin Jam Band!

The Dallas Green Alliance PAC was founded in June of 2014 with the goal of trying to support Council and Mayoral Representatives to win a majority and build a coalition of Green friendly candidates.

The May 4th municipal and mayoral elections are a pivotal time for new thinking. This may be the most important election Dallas has seen in decades. We want opportunities to improve the quality of life in Dallas, in all neighborhoods, provide green open spaces for generations to come, and help build sustainable, earth friendly policies in one of our Nation's largest cities.

For us to work together and achieve our shared goals we're asking for your support and involvement. This event is a fantastic way to do just that, to meet other friendly folks face to face, maybe present your personal concerns directly to candidates, and to find other avenues for involvement. You are and will meet the other forerunners and pioneers working for a more Equal, Just, and Greener Dallas. 

For more information visit www.DallasGreenAlliance.org. Get your tickets here: https://www.dallasgreenalliance.org/fundraising-party or pay at the door. 

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The Well Community Auxiliary, which supports The Well Community, a nonprofit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, will host its very first benefit WellSpring Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, April 4, at the historical Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $100 and can be purchased online at wellcommunity.org/wellspring.

The event starts at noon and will feature a riveting conversation with Charles Haley—the Dallas Cowboy legend and Hall of Famer. Haley faced the isolating effects of mental illness during his NFL career with his diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Charles will discuss parts of his journey with veteran and award-winning television sports anchor and broadcast journalist Scott Murray. Guests to the luncheon will learn more from them about mental health, stigma and the role the community has in bringing hope and healing. Over time, Haley has helped others dealing with mental health challenges find common ground and acceptance—two key values The Well Community provides for its members as they regain stability and purpose.

“The thing that I find most intriguing and that took me a long time to understand is that when you have mental illness, you have to take responsibility for it,” says Haley. Haley has done just that and has also become an educator and advocate to help others understand. “When people hear the words ‘mental illness,’ they think there is something seriously, seriously wrong. It’s just a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

At the WellSpring Celebration Luncheon, the Super Bowl champ will also be the first recipient of the new Courage and Advocacy Award. Ann Tabony will receive the Founder’s Award for her years of volunteer service as art teacher at The Well Community.

“We are thrilled to have Charles Haley share his journey with us,” says Vickie Fisk, President of The Well Auxiliary. “His story educates, inspires and encourages all who live with mental health conditions, as well as those of us who want to support them.”

According to Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community, “This Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer not only had the grit to become a five-time Super Bowl champ but even more remarkable, he has learned to manage bipolar disorder and become a spokesman, an advocate, a champion for mental health. I know his words will help us all become better informed and greatly motivated so that we can help combat stigma and become advocates for mental health care.”

Information on becoming a sponsor for the WellSpring Celebration Luncheon is available at wellcommunity.org/wellspringsponsors.

Sponsors for the inaugural WellSpring Celebration Luncheon include*:

K&P Gates, LLP

Elizabeth and Ryan Schorman

Shirlee and Chuck Bealke

Cindy Carpenter-Smith

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Perdue Equities

Gabor Racz

Chad West, PLLC

Lisa Clayton

Eyecon, Inc

Stefani Held

Becky Hicks

*As of  03/04/19

For more information, email info@wellcommunity.org, call 214-393-5878, ext. 604 or visit wellcommunity.org. Sponsorship and tickets available at wellcommunity.org/wellspring

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Dallas Children’s Theater and the Baker Idea Institute convene local and national artists and residents for a new documentary, conversations, presentations and art exhibit on the legacy of Dr. Paul Baker, March 29 and March 30 at Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., 75231, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora St., 75201.

A Baker Weekend is divided into three parts to encourage guests to attend as much of the event as possible. Registration is free but required at BakerWeekend.eventbrite.com.

A Baker Weekend is the best way I can think of to honor the roots of the collective organizations that have evolved in our city as a result of the genius of our own Texas visionary, Dr. Paul Baker,” says Robyn Flatt, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Dallas Children’s Theater. “As founder of the Dallas Theater Center and the first Director of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Baker’s legacy continues to flourish and inspire artists, educators and administrators. A Baker Weekend brings everyone together to look at his philosophy, and his contribution and impact on the field of artistic creativity.” 

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Arts District, Ignite Arts Dallas, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas are joining together to promote and support A Baker Weekend.

“Paul Baker was a visionary artist. His work as the founder and leader of Dallas Theater Center for twenty-five years serves not only as an amazing story that’s a beautiful window into the past, but also as a source of inspiration for all of us as we look to the future. It is for this reason that we are honored to be a partner in A Baker Weekend,” says Kevin Moriarty, Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director.

Dr. Scott Rudes, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, shares “Dr. Paul Baker was the founding Director of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and since 1976 his genius and passion for the arts and academics has propelled generations of students on to a multitude of careers, not only in the arts, but in academia and engineering and in the sciences. That is a true testament to his vision of what this school should be. It should be a place to celebrate the learning and the genius that is inherent in every student.”

A Baker Weekend Program*

Friday, March 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St.

  • Meet and Greet
  • Sneak peek of documentary about Dr. Paul Baker with an introduction by Kevin Moriarty, and remarks from Robyn Flatt and Reis Meyers McCormack, Film Maker
  • Clips from the Archives: The Baker Legacy with introduction by Robert Flynn, Author and Texas Literary Hall of Fame Honoree
  • Reception 

Saturday, March 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Booker T. Washington HSPVA, 2501 Flora St.

  • Baker Theatrical Journey Tour and Art Exhibit: 50 Years of Paul Baker with an introduction by Lily Weis, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District
    • Made up of 20 panels each 4’ x 8’ in size, this exhibit was created under the guidance of Kitty and Paul Baker and contains photographs of productions and verbal explanations of the relationship between the production and the visual art that inspired staging concepts.
    • A significant portion of the exhibit will be displayed at the school for the entire week of March 25 - 30.
    • This exhibit was originally developed for a celebration honoring Baker and his work at the Baylor Theater and the Dallas Theater Center in 1990.

Saturday, March 30 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Dallas Children’s Theater.

Dialogue and discussion with esteemed guests from the local, state and national arts scene.

  • Passion of the Vision with Robert Johnson, Sherry Kafka Wagner and Ted Perry on films, visionaries and ideas – panel discussion over lunch.
  • Vision for the Impractical Idea: How Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts became a reality with John Paul Batiste, Dr. Rosann McLaughlin Cox, Dr. Nolan Estes, Rene Martinez and moderated by Dr. Scott Rudes, BTWHSPVA principal – panel discussion.
  • And the Beat Goes On: Paul Baker’s Living Legacy with Octavio Solis moderated by Dr. Deborah Mogford with Other Voices from the National Scene: Open Mic Stories – panel discussion and sharing.
  • The Impractical Vision Lives On with Katherine Krzys, Archivist, Actress, Director and Theater for Youth Historian– video presentation celebrating the opening of DCT’s permanent home at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts.

*Schedule, participants, speakers and event venue subject to change.

The event is free but registration is required at BakerWeekend.Eventbrite.com. Register for all or parts of the program. For more information call 214.978.0110. 

About Dallas Children’s Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (10 in the 2018-19 season), a national -touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

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The Well Community, the non-profit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, will host its Sixth Annual Recovery Live benefit event Saturday, December 1, at the newly renovated Eagle Ford School, 1601 Chalk Hill Road 75208. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. with a Neighborhood Spotlight on local Oak Cliff Students and a Silent Auction. The Texas Gypsies are the featured entertainment. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/wellsix or at the door.

 “We are thrilled to be invited to be the first event to be held at the newly renovated Eagle Ford School, such an iconic building in Oak Cliff built in 1923. It was the school attended by Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame. Recovery Live is our biggest event of the year and will carry a ‘Roaring Twenties’ theme in honor of when Eagle Ford School was built,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community. “The event is always great fun, and a must-attend fundraiser for those who want to help make recovery possible for our members.”

Brooke and Jason Moser serve as chairs for the Sixth Annual Recovery Live and former news journalist Brett Shipp will serve as the master of ceremony. In addition, the Neighborhood Spotlight includes musical numbers from Ben Coleman, Emma Kitto, Nathaniel Ogren, Clare Palmer, Maddie Schuch and South of the Ordinary (Claire Braddick, Reuben Heritage and Larry Johnson)*.  The Texas Gypsies will bring their mix of jazz, swing and other sounds of the Great Gatsby era, providing just the right music for an evening of dancing and fun.

Artwork created by members of The Well Community will be available for purchase during the event. Among the items for the Silent Auction include gift certificates for local dining and retail establishments, entertainment venues and autographed memorabilia. Additional items are being accepted now.

For more information, email info@thewellcommunity.org, call 214.393.5878, ext. 604 or visit www.thewellcommunity.org. Sponsorship and tickets available at bit.ly/wellsix

Sponsors for the 6th Annual Recovery Live*:

Allata

Anonymous

Suzanne & Wayne Braddick

Celina & Jonathan Buchanan

La Calle Doce & El Ranchito

Amy Carenza & Nathan Offerdahl

Cienda Partners

Carol Crowe

Ged Dipprey, Realtor®

David Dunnigan

Duro Pilates

Ellco

Elaine Gadzicki & Jim Malter

Good Space

Rocky Gray

Harlow Cattle Co.

Augustine Jalomo & Philip Nirchi

Sue & Chris Jones

Colleen & Ken Kelley

Beth & Wes Keyes

Jim Lake Advisors LLC

Larkspur

Lawyers Title Latham Pou & Associates

Jane & Stephen Lerer

Master Construction

Masterman

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Brooke & Jason Moser

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

RPGA Design Group, Inc.

Republic Title Turtle Creek

Karen & Bret Schuch

Bettye & Rick Slaven

Nelson Spencer

Square Foot

Kate & Don Thacker

Trinity Floor Company

 

Additional support provided by Shimmy Host Committee Members*:

Shelbi Barnhouse & Chris Schwegmann

Ann Marie & Mason Bishop

Amy & Larry Casto

Connective Agency

Nichole & Chris Culak

The Dye Family

Anne & Jeff Fahrenholz

Gonzalez & Tauriac Group

Emily & Josh Henry

Becky & Mike Hicks

Melodie & Mike Kenney

Amy & Grant Kirchhoff

Meredith & Serge Machial

Allison & Brian Maynard

Jackye McGee & Roger Smith

Allie & John Mitchener

Dirik Oudt

Jenifer & Bryan Parker

Margy & Dale Philips

Elizabeth & Ryan Schorman

The Shultz Family

Shop Companies

Jennifer & Andrew Snow

The Well Auxiliary

Debra Witter & Scott Chase

Alice Zaccarello

*As of 11/01/18

About The Well Community

The Well Community, founded in 2002, is the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who face challenges from severe mental illnesses. The Well cares for and serves people with the profound physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are so prevalent when dealing with mental disorders. Using a holistic approach, The Well provides compassionate programs and services for those who are otherwise isolated and lonely. Visit www.thewellcommunity.org for more information.

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When YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET opens on March 23 at Dallas Children’s Theater(DCT), it will mark the first time that the first people of Texas have been celebrated on a mainstage for their contribution to our nation’s history.  The legacy of the Coahuiltecans(kwah-wheel-teh-kuhns) who originated in Texas more than 14,000 years ago has virtually been erased, but a co-production of Dallas Children’s Theater and Cara Mía Theatre Company, puts their presence and their contributions front and center. Through a limited engagement, historians, researchers, anthropologists, sociologists and others will have five performances to experience stories of the first people to have blessed the Texas lands, seen bluebonnets and created instruments and music from our Southwest region’s precious natural resources.

In a beautiful tale that illustrates the power of ancestry and the value of one’s own story, YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET reminds us of the role we play in helping our neighbor; the responsibility we have to preserve our lands and precious resources like water; and the importance of remembering our ancestors.  Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. 

The 28-member cast and design team, all indigenous except five, are excited and honored to be a part of such a landmark production that gives voice to an ancient language.  They are inspired by the thoughtful and in-depth research that has been undertaken to use the limited references available to create what will now be a permanent part of history. Composer Héctor Martínez Morales used a dictionary that was published in 1940 that he found at the Smithsonian Institution to help him create the music; costume designer Frida Espinosa Müller read about the nomadic first Indians and studied the colors and symbols important to the ancestors to design the costumes, and choreographer Fernando Hernandez is excited to be bringing forth the spirit of the first people’s sacred ceremony through dance.

Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce says when Dallas Children’s Theater’s Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt reached out to her three years ago about this idea, she was humbled.  As the relative of someone who is an Elder of the Miakan-Garza Band of the Coahuiltecan people, she sought counsel from this resource with regard to what she considered a great responsibility, a great calling. Schroeder-Arce shared, “It meant the world to me to be given permission to tell their story.  It has become like a precious child to me, and I’m grateful for the journey of bringing it from its early stages to what I’m seeing now.”  She said being a part of the first rehearsal was awe-inspiring. “The energy in the room was undeniable.  To see people of color preparing to take the stage together to share a part of their own personal story – one in some cases that has been silenced in their own families over a message of assimilation – was truly a watershed moment.  I am confident that everyone will take something away from this experience,” she said.

Schroeder-Arce’s primary script resource, María F. Rocha, became such an advisor to the project that Flatt and Schroeder-Arce decided that she should have the credit as playwright, too.  So now, Rocha, who is also the executive director of Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, is co-playwright with her daughter.  Rocha hopes that American Indians as well as indigenous people who are labeled as Mexican American, Hispanic, and Latino, and all people will appreciate this important story.  She said, “Our Native children can now hear their own story of the first bluebonnets in Texas.  It brings tears to my eyes to know that our children will see themselves and their ancestors on stage, telling an ancient story that reflects their culture and actually belongs to them.”

Executive Artistic Director Robyn Flatt has always had a deep respect for the first people and has admired their ability to persevere despite the daunting and unfair obstacles placed before them.  She said, “I have quietly wanted to be a part of telling this story for a long time, but as a White woman, I was not sure how to make it happen.  I credit Larissa FastHorse, an award-winning Native American playwright and choreographer who encouraged me to move forward.  She told me that everyone else has a book or reference point to advance their story, but indigenous people will be forgotten without allies who are interested in collaborating to tell these important stories from our Native American’s history which is truly the history of all of us.”  Flatt said that message of inspiration gave her the resolve she needed to pursue the project.

Flatt’s next decision was to enlist longtime friend and respected colleague David Lozano of Cara Mía Theatre Co. to join the project as co-producer.  Lozano says that this effort is a perfect example of how a “mainstream” theater company can bring together people from all backgrounds to produce a culturally-specific work.  According to Lozano, "The power of this collaboration is that both companies are truly listening to each other and respecting each other's vantage point. I'm very inspired to tell this story together, bridging each of our respective communities, building new audiences for both companies and having a real impact. This would not be possible if either organization tried to do this work on their own.”  Lozano observed that Cara Mía brings a strong cultural understanding of Latino/Mexican/Indigenous cultures experience while DCT’s experience in the children/family/education space is unmatched.

Funding for this project came from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund and DCT longtime friends and supporters, Diana and Thomas Klein.  Everyone is excited that the production is being evaluated for national distribution and inclusion in historic annuals.

Tickets for this limited engagement production range from $15-$28 and can be purchased at dct.org or by calling 214-740-0051.  Please note the specific public show dates for this limited engagement production: 

Friday, March 23 at 7:30PM 

Sunday, March 25 at 1:30PM 

Saturday, April 7 at 1:30PM

Sunday, April 8 at 1:30PM

Sunday, April 8 at 4:30P (ASL)

There is also a special performance available for children and families with sensory-sensitivities.  Tickets for this performance on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30PM are $5 and are only available by calling 214-740-0051. 

Free and supporting events

The following free and supporting community conversations are being curated by co-producing partner Cara Mía Theatre Company.  All events will be held at Dallas Children’s Theater. 

March 24, 2018, 3:00 PM Conversation Circle #2:

THE HEALING POWER OF FAMILY TRADITIONS AND CULTURAL PRACTICES
Purpose: To understand how family traditions and cultural practices teach love, respect and cultivate renewal for individuals and communities.
Action: A panel of indigenous leaders will share examples of cultural practices that strengthen values for quality living that can apply to non-indigenous participants. Participants will have the opportunity to make parallels to their own family traditions that fortify their positive values.

April 7, 2018, 3:00 PM Conversation Circle #3:

THE SACREDNESS OF WATER FROM INDIGENOUS AND SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES
Purpose: To learn more about conditions of water on our planet and worldwide efforts to protect water. We will explore the significance of water through the lens of science and indigenous thought and discuss ways our local community can respond to oncoming challenges regarding water in the near future.

YANA WANA’S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha; Music by Héctor Martinez Morales (Recommended for ages 6 and up)

Dallas Children’s Theater

Rosewood Center for Family Arts

5938 Skillman Street

Dallas, Texas 75231 

Ticket Prices: $15-$28 for single tickets.Prices subject to change.Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for sensory-friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org

Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips

Cast

-       María: Rosalinda Olivares

-       María’s Mother / Ancestor: Mindamora Rocha*

-       Abuela: Cecilia Flores*

-       Teacher / Ancestor / Librarian: Mark Quach**

-       Consuelo / Ancestor: Tiffany Solano DeSena*

-       Tcakei / Ancestor: Edwin Aguilar

-       Chief / Ancestor: Joey Castorena

-       The Deer / dance captain: Fernando Hernandez*

-       Ancestor / The Deer alternate: Omar Padilla

-       Ancestor / Lead Singer: Adolfo Becerra**

-       Ancestor / Kis: Karla Gonzalez

-       Ancestor / Yana Wana’s Mother / Lead Singer: Gazelle Garcia

-       Yana Wana / Ancestor: Jennifer Reyna and Remi Swan

-       Matzán / Asawan: Eva Harris and Kitty Coderre

-       Cultural Advisor / Musician: Evelio Flores

-       Abuela understudy: Priscilla Rice

-       Ancestor understudy: Robyn Flatt* 

Production Team

-       Director: Robyn Flatt

-       Composer:  Héctor Martínez Morales

-       Musical Director: S-Ankh Rasa

-       Choreographer: Fernando Hernandez

-       Scenic Designer: Scott Osborne

-       Lighting Designer: Linda Blase

-       Props Designer: Josh Smith

-       Sound Designer: Marco Salinas

-       CostumeDesigner: Frida Espinosa Müller

-       Stage Manager: Dwight Sandell*

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association. **Denotes Equity membership candidate.

2017-18 Season Sponsors are: Texas Instruments, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Anonymous Family, The Shubert Foundation, and The Carlson Foundation. General Sponsors Include: The Rosewood Corporation, Melinda & Jim Johnson, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc., Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, March Family Foundation, Maintenance, Inc./Maintenance, Inc. of America. Additional Support is Provided By: Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Legacy Texas Bank, Frost Bank, Orien Levy Woolf & Dr. Jack Woolf Charitable Trust, The Graham & Carolyn Holloway Foundation, Stephen M. Seay Foundation, TXU Energy, Karen & Jim Wiley, Green Mountain Energy, DCT's official renewable energy partner. Sensory-Friendly Sponsors Include: The Crystal Charity Ball, Bank of America,  Anonymous Foundation, The Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation, W.P. &BulahLuse Foundation. DCT's National Touring Sponsor is Neiman Marcus.

About Dallas Children’s Theater 

Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (11 in the 2017-18 season), a national -touring company, and an arts-in-education program.  As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

About Cara Mia Theatre Company

Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit theatre company that presents live accessible theatre by producing critically acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S.

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The Well Community, the non-profit organization serving adults dealing with severe mental illnesses, host its Fifth Annual Recovery Live benefit concert Thursday, November 30, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St. 75208. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Neighborhood Spotlight on local Oak Cliff Students. Floramay Holliday and Over the River and The Rosemont Kings are the featured entertainment. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased here or at the door at The Kessler.

 “Recovery Live has become a great fun, must-attend fundraiser for those who want to make a difference toward recovery and have a direct impact on the lives of our clients,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well Community. “We’re adding a silent auction with items donated from local businesses to this year’s event but even more exciting, we’re instituting a Founder’s Award to commemorate fifteen years of The Well Community. This award has been created to acknowledge those whose actions have opened up new avenues of recovery and hope to individuals suffering with mental illnesses. We’re delighted that two individuals will receive this award – Joel Pulis and Sheriff Lupe Valdez.”

Joel Pulis, who, while serving as Associate Pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church, saw the deep poverty, isolation and hopelessness faced by people in the Oak Cliff community who struggled with mental illnesses. What began in 2002 as a simple church outreach to a handful of individuals has grown into The Well Community – a flourishing, holistic ministry among adults recovering from serious mental illnesses. Pulis will be the first recipient of the Founder’s Award. 

Sheriff Lupe Valdez for her innovative attention to the needs of inmates affected by mental health disorders makes her the Founder’s Award second honoree. In partnership with Parkland Hospital, she established a health center in the Dallas County jail and staffed it with professionals who could administer medications and provide counseling and other assistance. Because many inmates with mental health issues may be held on minor, non-violent crimes, Valdez, with her staff, is developing a diversion program to enable eligible inmates to have an expedited release. She also hopes to enlist inmates with mental health disorders to help train dogs for adoption through Home for the Hounds, a partnership with Dallas Animal Services.

Sponsors for the 5th Annual Recovery Live include*:

Good Space

Ged Dipprey Realtor

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate

Bret and Karen Schuch

Steven and Dawn Camp

Roland Warnock

Haynes and Boone LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Beth and Wes Keyes

Jim Lake Advisors LLC

Republic Title Turtle Creek

Amy Carenza and Nathan Offerdahl

Potpourri of Silk

Soap Hope

Shirlee and Charles Bealke

Suzanne and Wayne Braddick

Diana and David Ezzell

Scott Griggs

Colleen and Ken Kelley

Cornerstone Home Lending Masterman

La Calle Doce and El Ranchito

Methodist Medical System

Norma’s Cafe

RPGA Design Group

Ryan Frahm - Origins Bank Home Lending

Square Foot

Vickie Turner

*Sponsors as of press time

Joel Pulis and Sheriff Lupe Valdez will be awarded The Well Community’s Founder’s Award at the 5th Annual Recovery Live Thursday November 30 at The Kessler. For more information call 214.393.5878, ext. 604 or visit www.thewellcommunity.org. Click here to purchase tickets now.

About The Well Community

The Well Community, founded in 2002, is the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who suffer from mental illnesses. The Well cares for and serves people with the profound physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are so prevalent when dealing with mental disorders. Using a holistic approach, The Well provides compassionate programs and services for those who are otherwise isolated and lonely. Visit www.thewellcommunity.org for more information.

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This month, the City of Dallas, through its Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), is launching a year-long process to create a cultural plan. The Dallas Cultural Plan—our first since 2002—will analyze the city's cultural priorities, determine how Dallas residents experience culture in their daily lives and plan how the city can continue to stay arts-friendly. Dallas' cultural plan will provide a roadmap for increasing equity and access to art and culture for city residents.

“Dallas already has an amazing arts scene and arts community,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “It has grown tremendously, and there is something to do, see and experience artistically, every day and in every part of Dallas. But, we need to think about the future to further the growth of the arts. This cultural plan will guide our policies and programs, and I encourage everyone to take part in this process.”

Through community events held across the city, residents of Dallas are invited to contribute to the development of the plan. “Tell us what you like, what you need, what you imagine,” said Jennifer Scripps, Director of the OCA. “Whether you attend events in the Arts District or in your neighborhood, whether you like making art or just experiencing it, you are a vital part of Dallas’ cultural ecosystem.”

OCA will kick-off community engagement with a four-part series of conversations across the city. All events are free and will be held at the following locations, dates and times:

• 6 – 8 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Dallas Museum of Art

• 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Dallas Children’s Theater

• 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Walnut Hill Recreation Center

• 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Southwest Center (Redbird) Mall

“Share your thoughts on ways that arts and culture are part of your life and help shape a creative and equitable vision for our City,” said John Paul Batiste, Chair of the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission.

Visit dallasculturalplan.com to sign up for updates, get the latest information about the plan, and share feedback throughout the year.

About the Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance the vitality of the City and the quality of life for all Dallas citizens by creating an environment wherein arts and cultural organizations thrive and people of all ages enjoy opportunities for creative expression and the celebration of our community’s multicultural heritage. Our mission is to establish a cultural system that ensures all Dallas citizens and visitors have an opportunity to experience the finest in arts and culture.

MEDIA CONTACT: Director of Cultural Affairs: Jennifer Scripps - jennifer.scripps@dallascityhall.com Assistant Director: David Fisher- david.fisher@dallascityhall.com

 

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Dream Weaver Foundation has declared that 2017 will be a year dedicated to the juvenile volunteer by helping young people to take action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the 29th Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) April 21-23, 2017 partnering with cities and non-profit organizations throughout North Texas.

As the largest service event in the world, GYSD recognizes the contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year. Youth-led community projects are taking place in all 50 U.S. states and DC, and in over 100 countries across 7 continents April 21 to 23. Youth are working to achieve the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and to make their communities healthier, greener, smarter, fairer, cleaner and safer. 

“We are thrilled to once again be designated a GYSD lead agency and to expand our partners to include Impact Grand Prairie/City of Grand Prairie and the City of Dallas for 2017,” says Kim Phipps, Executive Director of Dream Weaver Foundation. “We’ve seen an amazing outpouring of interest from organizations and individuals for volunteer opportunities as we start the new year. As part of our mission to mobilize and inspire middle- and high-school youth to leave a legacy of service in their communities, we want to create a bigger awareness campaign of our efforts and celebrate the volunteer accomplishments of these youth kicking off with GYSD 2017 and working throughout the year.”

This year Dream Weaver Foundation is partnering with Earth Day Texas, State Fair of Texas, Volunteer Now, YMCA Grand Prairie and Young Women’s Preparatory Network for GYSD 2017. Additional partners, organizations and civic groups who would like to participate in the GYSD 2017 initiative can submit an email to Kim Phipps at kphipps@dwfoundation.org or call 214.716.0266. Deadline for project submission is January 31, 2017. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.

Dream Weaver Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 soon after Hurricane Katrina by Kim Phipps and Martrina Reed-Holmes, both former middle school teachers who recognized the need to engage young people in productive activities during out-of-school time. Sadly, however, Martrina passed away from Stage IV breast cancer in 2009 and never had the opportunity to see the full reality of Dream Weaver Foundation – connecting middle and high school youth to service projects in their communities. Dream Weaver Foundation is in Grand Prairie in Dallas County and serves the North Texas communities. 

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Kidd Springs Central Concert Festival for the free DallaSymphony Parks Concert Tuesday, June 7, 2016 starting at 6 p.m. Concert Festival

Kidd Springs Central, the Friends of Kidd Springs Park, is holding their annual CONCERT FESTIVAL for the free Dallas Symphony Parks Concert on Tuesday June 7, 2016 in Kidd Springs Park at 711 West Canty Street from 6 to 9 p.m. The KSC Concert Festival benefits the Dallas Parks Foundation for the Kidd Springs Park Japanese Garden Project. Special pre-concert entertainment provided by The Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy Presidential Jazz Band.

KSC, the Friends of Kidd Springs Parks, and the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks are at the beginning stages of planning for a full restoration of the Japanese Garden located in Kidd Springs Park. Volunteers are encouraged to contact KSC on how to get involved. The Japanese Garden was at one time, one of the most elaborate Japanese Gardens in the United States and listed among the top 10 in its heyday. The bones are in place to restore this aspect of Kidd Springs Park to magnificence. Please help us!

The “for all ages” concert festival will have vendors, artisans, Fun Time Faces TX face painter, bounce house provided by Kidd Springs Recreation Center, Friends of North Oak Cliff Library storytelling, Dallas Fire & Rescue and THE LADYBUG SPRINKLE. Food trucks will be on-site or you can bring your own picnic. Special thanks to Goodspace, The Kidd Springs Recreation Center, Friends of North Oak Cliff Library, Alamo Manhattan, PSW, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff for their Concert Festival sponsorship.

Concert Festival is from 6 to 8 p.m. and The DSO plays at 8 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m.

This is the Dallas Symphony’s 8th return to Kidd Springs and KSC’s 7th Annual Concert Festival. This year, we would like to build that number to 3,000 PLUS. Nothing says we appreciate the DSO, than coming out to support them. Please help us spread the word!

If you are interested in sponsoring the Kidd Springs Central Concert Festival or participating as a vendor or children’s activity, please contact kiddsprings.central@gmail.com.

The Dallas Symphony Parks Concert, presented by Bank of America, is sponsored by Cigna and ExxonMobil. The DSO is supported in part by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas. Visit www.MyDSO.com for more information.