Can Do! Luncheon Honors Dallas Philanthropists

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Kelcey Hamilto, Beth Thoele, Anne Reeder, and Kristi Francis at the Can Do Luncheon kick off. (Photo: Lisa Means Photography)

Within some Dallas communities, there seems to be a whole separate world dedicated to philanthropy. While countless residents devote their time and money to help those in need, some stand out from the rest.

The Wilkinson Center will recognize some of those people with awards from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9 at the fifth annual Can Do! Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. The recipients of this year’s Can Do Awards will be The Real Estate Council, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Monique Weber. Beth Thoele is chairing this year’s luncheon.


Hill Country Camps

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(Courtesy Camp Longhorn and Camp Lonehollow)

The rugged landscape of the Texas Hill Country offers a great escape for campers looking to get out of town without going too far away.


Get Thee To Camp Shakespeare

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Campers will learn stage fighting, acting, auditioning, and other skills. Sessions end with Shakespeare performances. (Courtesy Shakespeare Dallas)

Not every child wants to spend summer break studying the works of William Shakespeare. But those who do often surprise Julie Osborne-Watts.

“Shockingly, [it is] a lot of different kids,” said Osborne-Watts, education and outreach manager for Shakespeare Dallas, which draws youths ages 2-12 from varied backgrounds and interests to participate each year in its Camp Shakespeare program.

Since 2015, the program has used some of The Bard’s most famous plays to teach theater arts to students. About 50 students are expected to attend this year’s pair of day-camp sessions, scheduled June 19-30 and July 10-14 at the Covenant School of Dallas.


Book for the Ages

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Shirley Boudreau poses for a photo with Jeanne Skartsiaris. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

Author Jean Skartsiaris knows a little about perseverance. For the past 20 years, she’s been slowly but steadily working on the novel she always wanted to write.

During that time, she raised a family in University Park, wrote two young adult books, and started a career as a sonographer at Texas Health Presbyterian. This past December, her efforts finally paid off with the release of Dance Like You Mean It.

The humorous story involves a family woman who is worn down by the routines and obligations of life as a working mother and wife. The protagonist, Cassie, finds her creative outlet by writing a steamy romance novel. Trouble is, she’s too shy to take credit for her work, lest the community look down on her.


Sales, Listings Up, But High-End Lull Not Over

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Real estate activity in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow has picked up following a slowdown leading into last November’s election.

Single family closings and listings are looking up to begin the year, but real estate agencies are still hoping transactions for higher end properties will rebound.

The market for homes priced at $2 million or more hasn’t been up for 18 months, according to Allie Beth Allman, president/CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Participance at All-Time High for Dallas Summer Musicals

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More than 70 schools to showcase productions.

The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards (DMS HSMTA) announced that 2017 has broken all records for schools participating in the summer program.

A total of 76 schools, both public and private, representing 40 school districts across North Texas and Oklahoma will be participating this year. This is more than double the first year’s total of 30 participating schools.

Slated for May 18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, the awards show is a public red carpet affair. Nominees and celebrities walk the red carpet beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the show following at 7:00 p.m.


Police Reports: April 17-23

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: PANTY RAIDS?

Between 2:20 and 2:30 p.m. April 23, shoplifters escaped from Victoria Secret at NorthPark Center with concealed merchandise. A day earlier, a shopper selected clothing around 12:10 p.m., then took it without paying.

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Snatched between 3:30 and 3:55 p.m.: a Plano woman’s wallet from a shopping cart in the Tom Thumb at Market at Preston Forest.

Stolen around 5:40 p.m.: property from USA Cleaners at Preston Forest Square.


Human Resources

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(Photo: Patrick Green)

The secret to a successful tennis program at Greenhill might be more than just serving and volleying. How about scheduling?

The boys program at the school has won four consecutive SPC championships, and is an overwhelming favorite to make it five straight this spring on its home court. That’s due in part to the volume of students at the school who play extensively in junior tournaments throughout the year.

So the on-court performance typically isn’t an issue. Instead, the challenge becomes working around outside travel and tournaments for individual players while finding time for academics, too.


Kenneth T. Novice Named Dallas Summer Musicals President

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Kenneth T. Novice

Kenneth T. Novice

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) named Kenneth T. Novice  its new president. He will begin  May 1.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ken to Dallas as the next President of the Dallas Summer Musicals,” DSM Board Chair Tedd Munselle said. “His experience is the perfect blend of what DSM needs to continue to excel at what we do best, and to build upon our storied history as a leader in the Dallas arts community.”