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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Reservations Now Open for Cookies and Castles Gingerbread Extravaganza

Reservations are now open for Cookies & Castles Frisco 2022

December 3rd and/or to-go on December 4th

Reservations are only available while supplies last, so don't delay and don't forget to buy an apron to keep you clean, a t-shirt to keep you warm, and an ornament to help you remember your experience for years to come!

Group Reservations
Reserving 2+ houses? Upgrade to Patron Houses! Packages include aprons and t-shirts and are available for in-person and to-go. For an even more exclusive experience, you can reserve a private room with a private candy bar and a designated visit from holiday characters!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Second Ever Screening of Emmy Nominated 'Farrah's Story', Hosted by Alana Stewart in Dallas, TX

On September 14th, guests gathered at the Inwood Theatre in Dallas, TX for a screening hosted by Alana Stewart, the President and CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.  A meet and greet with Stewart proceeded the screening, which filled the Inwood Lounge with excitement and anticipation. The invitation (selectively) sent explained that the screening of the documentary ‘Farrah’s Story', would be powerful, as it shows Fawcett’s intimate journey of battling cancer. Alana’s opening remarks reinforced the power of the 2009 Emmy-nominated documentary that gave hope to millions of viewers around the world.  

It was a shock to the world when Hollywood beauty icon, Farrah Fawcett went public with her cancer diagnosis.  Farrah was diagnosed (on Sept. 22, ’06) with anal cancer, which eventually metastasized to her liver.  She traveled to Germany to seek alternative treatments. After a valiant fight against the disease, she passed away on June 25, 2009. 

John Terlingo, Brent Rogers, Sami Abboud

During her treatment, she asked her close friend, Alana Stewart, to videotape her visits to the doctor so that she could remember everything that was said. As Farrah and Alana continued to document this journey, the idea of ‘Farrah’s Story’ became a reality.  

Lyn Skibell, Andrea Cohen

Much of “Farrah’s Story” includes real-life footage of Farrah visiting doctors and going through treatments, surgery, & recovery.  Alana, at one point, did not want to film Farrah during a violent episode of vomiting but Farrah insisted that she continue claiming "this is what cancer is"… This 1.5-hour piece does not hold back the behind-the-scenes struggle of this beauty icon ‘fighting the fight’ which gives hope to millions in treatment.  

Brittanie Oleniczak, Hilary Kennedy, Lisa Petty

The documentary aired on NBC to nine million viewers and was later nominated for an Emmy award. This event marks the second time it aired with the goal to raise awareness for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s October 20th Tex-Mex Fiesta Benefit, featuring a performance by Sheryl Crow and benefitting the American Cancer Society and Stand Up to Cancer.

Following the screening, Alana Stewart signed personalized copies of her book, "My Journey with Farrah"

Guests included Sami Abboud, Alesia Coffman, Andrea Cohen, Carolina Coulter, Jessica Courvile, Lea Fisher, Delanie Foley, Abra Garrett, Blythe Grates, Hilary Kennedy, Ginny Lombardi, Sue Loncar, Zsofia Mezey, Jonika Nix, Brittanie Oleniczak, Lisa Petty, Brent Rodgers, Devin Savage, Nellie Scuitto, Lyn Skibell, Gavin Smith, Andrew Stevens, Melissa Spencer, John Terlingo and Tia Wynne.

For more information on the October 20th benefit, visit:

Ticket & Table Order Form - Farrah Fawcett Foundation (

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County Chrysalis Ball 2022


Get your tickets now for the magnificent masquerade ball 
benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County!

The Chrysalis Ball
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Frisco Embassy Suites Hotel

Attire: Black Tie & Romantic Elegance
Masquerade Mask Encouraged

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Autumn at the Arboretum: A Fall Fairy Tale

For the 17th year, Autumn at the Arboretum: A Fall Fairy Tale, presented by Reliant, highlights the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. This year’s fall festival opens September 17 and runs through October 31, 2022.

The event showcases the return of Cinderella’s carriage, along with themed pumpkin houses that make up the acclaimed Pumpkin Village. Other “gourd-eous” displays are based on the classic tales of Jack and The Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, The Sword in the Stone and even a magic carpet ride selfie experience from One Thousand and One Nights. According to the Pioneer Woman, this festival is one of “20 Best Pumpkin Patches in the U.S. to Visit With the Family This Fall.”

Autumn at the Arboretum features the breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers—marigolds, chrysanthemums, pentas and more—accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash.

Many special events take place during the festival. Some highlights:

Live piano music and Dallas’ best party bands every weekend.

Seasonal daily samples that use in-season plants from A Tasteful Place garden.

Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase and more.

From September 10 to December 31, 2022, the garden presents 50 of the statues from “#IfThenSheCan - The Exhibit,” the largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together, to be installed throughout the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

 Admission ranges from $12-$20; $12 for children 2-12 years old; $16 for seniors 65 years old and up; $20 for adults; free for children under 2.

Guests can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include free Monday cooking demonstrations with Dallas College Cooks along with cooking, floral and horticulture demonstrations.

Visitors can explore the eight-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden where science and fun become one. Plenty of daily hands-on activities await children such as STEM Stops, science and plant labs and demonstrations, many of which have the fairy tale theme incorporated.

In addition to Reliant’s presenting sponsorship, other sponsors include Bank of Texas, Kirkland & Ellis, Oncor, Park Place, CC Young, Doyle & Associates, Kimberly-Clark and Rosewood Corporation.

Check the website,, and social media (Facebook & Twitter: @dallasarboretum Instagram/YouTube:@thedallasarboretum) for up-to-date information.

Monday, September 5, 2022

The BOO Yard Sign Challenge


The BOO Yard Sign Challenge, sponsored by Advancial, takes simple neighborhood trickery to a community fundraiser. BOO your friends and neighbors by secretly leaving the sign in their yards and Halloween treats at their doorsteps without them seeing you.

For every sign purchased, proceeds benefit Children’s Health and a patient will receive a treat.

Signs are on sale online for $20 each and available for pickup starting on Sept. 7. Your signs can be picked up from neighborhood captains across Dallas and Plano. Find your closest location during checkout by searching the zip code of your home, work or school address, then select a pickup date and time.

When you BOO your neighbors, instructions on how to join the fun are on the back of every sign.

Purchase your BOO now:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Big D Reads Launches Sept 1

Big D Reads officially launches on September 1st!

50+ community organizations including civic institutions, corporations, and nonprofits have volunteered to come back together to fund and host events centered around advancing equity. 

Together, they're distributing 30,000 free paperback copies of Jim Schutze’s The Accommodation, republished last September by local nonprofit Deep Vellum Publishing. 

The goal of this initiative is to spark dialogue and community around Dallas’ history, and perhaps more importantly, get disparate groups talking about our city’s future. 

The free paperback special edition books are available starting September 1st.

There are a number of distribution points across the city where you will be able to pick up your FREE copy - check out the location list here

If your organization would like 40 copies or more, please email

Monday, August 29, 2022

Final Week of DFW Restaurant Week!


This is the final week of DFW Restaurant Week! 
Extended Week 4  -  August 29 through September 4

DFW Restaurant Week is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, serving up support for longtime charity partners the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Lena Pope with every delicious meal for a deal.  View the official list of participating restaurants at
Diners can join in the foodie festivities with a month of dining for lunch, dinner, and newly added weekend brunch (along with other special anniversary offerings) with top restaurants across the Metroplex.

Explore a variety of cuisines with premier restaurants across Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties through an expanded selection of anniversary prix-fixe menu dining options – including new weekend brunch and Signature Experience dinners. Approximately 20% of the cost of each meal will be donated to NTFB in the Dallas area or Lena Pope in the Tarrant area.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

AWARE Announces New Board and 2022-2023 Grant Recipients


Dr. Holly Hull Miori, 2022-2023 President of AWARE, is delighted to announce the new board of directors and the 2023 Grant Recipients. 

The 2022-2023 board members are: Karisti Julia, Immediate Past President; Emily Collins, Treasurer; Carol Stabler, Recording Secretary; Mari Epperson, Membership; Jolie Humphrey, Grant Review; Stacey Angel, Finance; Catherine Dickson Weber, Corresponding Secretary; Veronica Shanklin, Communications/Website; Barbara Mathes, Directory/Yearbook; Karen Koop, Programs-Logistics; Margo Crofford, Programs-Logistics; Gail Plummer, Grant Review-Elect; Dr. Kamilia Smith, Program Chair; Rev. Nicole Bates, Inspirational; Dr. Cindy Marshall, Webinar; Erin Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator; Jack Broyles, First Vice President; Bob Walker, Second Vice President. 

AWARE 2022-2023 Grant Recipients are: 

Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation:  Salary support for the Baylor AT&T Memory Center to provide a trained care-navigation specialist on site at the Center.  At the point of care, patients and families are provided with disease education, caregiver training and support groups, elder law and financial planning, and a 24/7 helpline. 

Bishop Arts Theatre Center:  Support for the PatioLive! Creative Aging Program, a continuing program provided by trained theater artists.  The program incorporates stories, music, visual arts, and dance to improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias living in low income memory care, independent living, and adult day care facilities.

C.C. Young:  Support for staff training on Alzheimer’s and dementia and programs in art and music therapy, service dog visits, exercise and movement programs designed to increase activity and interest for patients in the memory care unit of the retirement community.

Center For Brain Health:  Support for expansion of Alzheimer’s Voices, an online training series communicating brain health strategies, action items to create a plan, and testimonials from families sharing the power of practicing these concepts. Training will be accessible online via the CBH You Tube Channel enabling outreach to a wider, more diverse audience. 

Christian Care Communities And Services:  Support for a series of programs providing dementia and Alzheimer's awareness and education to the general public and healthcare workers. The curriculum is designed to increase participants' technical abilities in caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as their empathy and understanding of these diseases.

Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Society:  Support for the expansion of the Memory Garden project held onsite at the Arboretum.  Individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers spend time in the gardens experiencing the tastes, scents, and textures of the herb/fruit and vegetable garden, and chef demonstrations of foods cooked with herbs and vegetables straight from the garden.  To further extend the Memory Garden outreach, the program includes the creation of 12 interactive videos to be shared with offsite Alzheimer programs.

For Love And Art:  Support for an interactive program bringing the art experience to people with cognitive impairment and limited mobility in 77 senior community long-term care facilities. The program is designed to stimulate art enrichment and memories to community residents while empowering caregivers to love people in creative and transformative ways. 

Foundation For The Callier Center And Communication Disorders:  Support for the continued development of TheraBeat, an easy-to-use innovative solution for Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment with a non-invasive and cost-effective therapeutic.  TheraBeat is a sound therapy app that integrates beat stimulation with the patient’s own favorite music with goals of boosting memory and language function, known to be disrupted in such patients.

Jewish Family Service:  Support for the Older Adults Program staff  to provide in-home mental health counseling, care management, and daily living support to older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, allowing them to remain living in their own home. 

Juliette Fowler Communities:  Support for the salary of a director-level staff member to be responsible for the expansion of the nationally recognized I’M STILL HERE program into additional Fowler community neighborhoods. The program provides training, oversight, and engagement for professionals and families working with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. 

NorthPark Presbyterian Church:  Support for the Casa de Vida Respite Program giving respite relief to caregivers every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The program provides trained volunteers who give one-on-one care and stimulating activities to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 

Plano Symphony Orchestra:  Support for Healing Notes, a free music therapy-influenced concert designed and directed PSO Director of Educational Outreach, Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, to be an interactive experience for seniors.  Concerts are performed by professional orchestra members and targeted toward over 400 low-income seniors who are living in 17 memory care facilities and dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  

Songs & Smiles:  Support for publication of Joyful Memories, a 24-page printed magazine designed for families to share with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Published and distributed quarterly,  the magazine’scontent is timeless and intergenerational, featuring original and curated pictures, stories, poems, and jokes designed to stimulate conversation and evoke memories. 

Stomping Ground Theater and Training Center:  Support for Improv for Caregivers, a fun and interactive program for family and professional caregivers that uses improvisational comedy techniques to teach effective communication skills that are specific to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Through interactive activities and games, participants gain a new understanding and a roadmap for effectively communicating with loved ones.

Texas Winds Musical Outreach:  Support for the Concerts for Seniors program providing 106 interactive concerts in 89 nursing homes and adult day care facilities bringing joy, relief from isolation, and peace to individuals affected by memory loss, and new communication skills to their caregivers. 

The Senior Source:  Support for the Senior Companion Program matching trained volunteers with low income individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families needing in-home assistance with meals, errands, and light housekeeping, providing caregivers with respite and/or time to work outside the home.   

UT Southwestern Medical Center:  Support for a second year of Dr. Christian LoBue’s research trial to further evaluate Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) as an intervention in dementia associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, and to train an advanced doctoral student having clinical skills in Alzheimer’s Disease on how to deliver the stimulation as an intervention. 

Wilshire Baptist Church:  Support for the Friday Friends Program addressing the need to provide respite to those who care for a dementia relative at home, and who have little or no assistance for relieving them of the constant care and supervision of their loved one.  Trained volunteers provide the Alzheimer’s patient with a stimulating day of art, music, and games for the individual with Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund:   Scholarship support for nursing students at Baylor University, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas Christian University toward studies in gerontology, especially in the field of dementia.

Join AWARE now and join the fight