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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

ReuNight for The Family Place - An Evening in Provence


Co-Chairs Marisa Howard, Roni Proter Kelly, and Max Trowbridge invite you to ReuNight for The Family Place on Thursday, May 12. Returning to The Nasher Sculpture Garden, this year’s event will be An Evening in Provence with a French-inspired four-course elevated dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Patrons will dine al fresco, enjoying the lovely spring evening under twinkling lights amidst exquisite modern art. Bryan Long with Grey Gardens Florist will again set the tone for the evening with modern, architectural flowers and fabulous design. A small, curated luxury live auction will end the evening’s festivities.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Registration is now open for Summer Zoo Camp at the Fort Worth Zoo


Registration is now open for Summer Zoo Camp
Each week is filled with immersive learning experiences for kids ages 3 to 17. Programs vary by age groups but each one explores the wonders of wildlife and nature through exciting activities and animal encounters. Plus, campers get to enjoy the best of the Fort Worth Zoo and the great outdoors!

You can even camp overnight!  Don't wait. Spots are filling up fast.

Friday, May 6, 2022

New Friends New Life Announces 2022-23 Board of Directors

 New Friends New Life proudly introduces their newly elected Board members for the 2022-23 year!

Read more about incoming Board of Directors 
and new leadership over Circle of Friends and the Men's Advocacy Group here:

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Dallas Arboretum Presents Second Annual Black Heritage Celebration on May 14 and 15

The Dallas Arboretum announces the second annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, taking place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The weekend will place the spotlight on the unique talents, art and businesses from the local black community. This event is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.
The BHC will feature an array of exciting highlights for the entire family to enjoy. A highly anticipated “Art of Fashion” show will showcase the works of local black designers including Donna Rose, Aundrea Love and Pink Lucy, among others. Guests will also be entertained by lively performances from the award-winning Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center as well as by musical selections from Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist. Additionally, both days will feature cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses and the opportunity to explore the Dallas Arboretum’s many gardens and exhibits.
New this year, is an art exhibit coordinated by the South Dallas Cultural Center that will feature a curated collection of art from local African American galleries showcasing their artwork in the DeGolyer House. Artists include Emmanuel Gillespie of Pencil on Paper Gallery, Barbara and James Mason of Msanii House Gallery, Natasha Johnson of South Dallas Cultural Center and Sharidyn Barnes, Jennifer Monet Cowley and Kumiko Johnson of Daisha Board Gallery.
Tickets to attend the event are included in the admission to the garden and must be pre-purchased online at
The Black Heritage Celebration planning host committee consists of Linda Todd (chairperson), Marissa Horne, Tiffaney Hunter, Janet Jack, Katrina Keyes, Willow Sanchez, Celia Walker, Maurice West and Z.L. Williams.
This year’s honorary council includes LaJuana Barton; Trudy Bourgeois; Dr. Chandra Brown; Neisha Strambler Butler; Richie Butler; Bryan Carter; Stephanie Carter; Mahisha Dellinger; Sharron Evans-Jackson; Dr. Arlene J. Ford, Ph.D; LaChon Jacobs; Dean Jones; The Honorable Racquel Jones; April Leonard; Wilton Munnings; Tom and Venita Owens; Christopher P. Reynolds; The Honorable Toni Rose; Rodriqua Ross; James and Deidre Summers; Kimberly Bizor Tolbert.

Exclusive Screening: In a Different Key


29 Acres
proudly presents
an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary

In A Different Key

A true story of love, autism, and the fight to belong

May 12, 2022
7:00 PM
Angelika Film Center - Dallas

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Festival of Joy '22


Ushering in the summer season with a colorful celebration of Indian culture and spirituality, the third annual Festival of Joy will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park.

The free festival, presented by Kalachandji’s, Sewell Lexus and American Airlines, brings together thousands of families, young adults and dignitaries for a fun-filled day of bright colors, beautiful flowers and a free vegetarian feast, along with riveting music, dance and interactive holistic living and cultural activities.

The Dallas festival starts at 11 a.m. with a welcome ceremony at Klyde Warren Park, followed by a parade at noon through the Dallas Arts District, which returns to the park at 1:30 p.m.

The main stage will feature kirtan (musical mantra meditation) and bharat-natyam (classical Indian dance), and stalls will present Ayurveda, yoga, traditional crafts, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, cultural displays and more.

A free, multi-course vegetarian feast will be served, and many varieties of ethnic vegetarian food items will be available for purchase. New this year is Kalachandji Konnect, an opportunity to continue some of the festival experiences throughout the year at Kalachandji’s, which hosts cooking, yoga and meditation classes.

Learn more at

Thursday, March 10, 2022

High-Tech High Heels - North Texas announces Winter 2022 grantees

High-Tech High Heels – North Texas, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to invest in the education and development of young women to increase the number who pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, announced its winter 2022 grantees. The newly selected nonprofits located across North and Central Texas will provide STEM activities and training to over 1,600 girls and young women, and 60 educators.

Grantees include:

Design Connect Create (DCC) – to support their AccelerateHER Physics and CodeHER Coding Camps in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) – to deliver STEM Gender Equity training to one cohort of Educators in Mesquite ISD

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas – will deliver the #FemSTEM academic enrichment club, exclusively for female students at 6 Dallas schools, reaching an estimated 220 girls

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas - to fund Eureka!, a STEM program for girls as well as internships/externships for 10th graders

Friends of Solar Prep - STEM Professional Development for 30 Solar Prep teachers that will impact 750 girls.

GEMS (Girls interested in Engineering, Mathematics and Science) - for capacity building to hire one part time staff member to support their STEM Camps for 120 middle school girls.

Aggie STEM - for their summer program that would provide up to 40 female students with a scholarship to attend a five-day residential or online STEM summer camp

Girlstart - to reach over 350 North Texas high-need girls every week with high quality, hands-on STEM educational experiences through several after school programs

Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) - to support their new Girls of Color Discovering STEAM camp. The students will also engage in one-on-one mentoring with the UT Dallas STEM undergraduates and professors

More information about the impact our grantees make in our community, visit 

The High-Tech High Heels North Texas Chapter Board of Directors is led by President Amber Scheurer.  Amber and the entire North Texas Chapter is committed to supporting organizations focused on improving STEM education, providing learning opportunities to girls and young women across the entire K-12 STEM academic pipeline, and increasing the number of females pursuing STEM careers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to "United with Ukraine: A Benefit Concert"


St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to come together for “United with Ukraine: A Benefit Concert,” on Monday, March 21, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Andrew, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, in Plano. The concert will feature songs of solidarity from some of the finest orchestral musicians across Dallas and Fort Worth, including members of the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, as well as St. Andrew’s Chancel Choir.  All proceeds will go to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which is actively serving internally displaced people and refugees within and from Ukraine with food, water, shelter, and other needs.
Opening with an orchestral performance of The Great Gate of Kiev, the concert will include music selections from Dmitri Shostakovich, Myroslav Skoryk, John Williams, John Rutter, and more.
“It has been said ‘when words fail, music speaks,’ and this conflict in Ukraine has us all speechless,” said Taylor Davis, Director of Music and Worship Arts, St. Andrew UMC. “My involuntary response, as director of music, is to gather musician friends and create unity and peace through art. Individually, we can’t change the world, but music can help change the molecules in the room, which can change hearts and minds across lines of division.”

Tickets are $50 and $25 and may be purchased online at

“Please join us for this special evening to lift up our brothers and sisters of Ukraine,” said Rev. Arthur Jones, St. Andrew UMC. “This is a unique opportunity for us to come together and raise funds for so many in harm’s way as we hold a vigil with music of hope, peace and comfort.”

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Introducing the 2022 NorthPark Ambassadors


NorthPark Center has named 15 high-profile individuals as 2022 Ambassadors as part of its mission to support key area nonprofits.

Since its inception in 2017, the Ambassador program has raised awareness and funds for more than 40 charities in social and health services and the arts. It augments multiple other long-running philanthropic programs at NorthPark.

All NorthPark Ambassadors are prominent individuals who consider it a personal duty to help make Dallas a better place for all. They will host various charitable initiatives at NorthPark, which attracts some 26 million visitors each year.

Stay tuned to see what special events each Ambassador brings to NorthPark!

The 2022 NorthPark Ambassadors and their selected charities are:

Jennifer Dix - Dallas CASA
Susan Farris - The Crystal Charity Ball
Nancy Gopez - Cattle Baron's Ball
Kris Johnson - Cattle Baron's Ball
Gunjan and Anurag Jain - North Texas Food Bank
Babe Laufenberg - Luke Laufenberg Fight Scholarship Fund
Bina Palnitkar Patel - Methodist Health System Foundation
Janelle Pinnell - Vogel Alcove
Quincy Roberts - Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jan Showers - Dwell with Dignity
Amanda Dillard Shufeldt - Children's Cancer Fund
Michelle and Jason Witten - The Salvation Army
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman - Children's Health