Saturday is shaping up to be another family-friendly day at NorthPark Center. The Center Park garden will host a Sam’s Day event from noon to 3 p.m., and North Court will be the site of a Baby Loves Disco party from 1 to 4.
Want to drop a few pounds before consuming all that Halloween candy? You’ve got options. Billy Blanks Jr. is bringing his Dance With Me program back to the JCC. And the Town North YMCA will host its Fired Up 5K and Fun Run on Sunday.
Looking for something a bit slower? Then check out my favorite event of the weekend. To raise money for its sophomore class, W.T. White High School is hosting a Zombie Walk at 4 p.m. Saturday. Yes, a herd of decaying “walkers” will stumble around the campus; you’ve been warned. The cost to participate is $5, or $3 plus three cans of protein that can be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. We’re talking chicken, tuna, or salmon here, not human brains or flesh.
With the NHL embroiled in another lockout, you won’t be seeing ice hockey anytime soon. But you can enjoy some field hockey this afternoon. ESD will host Houston St. John’s at 4 p.m., and then, somehow, Hockaday will host the same team at 5:45. Sounds like an easy win for the Daisies.
OK, enough sports. How about music? Lu Mitchell is scheduled to take the stage at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse this evening. Looking for something more kid-friendly? The Hey Lollies will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in NorthPark Center’s North Court.
While you’re at the mall, you can check out ”On My Own Time.” This annual, regional art competition, which closes Sunday, features the artistic talents of business professionals throughout North Texas. Each year, area companies hold in-house exhibits featuring artwork created outside of working hours by their employees. The winners from each company’s competition are displayed on NorthPark’s first floor, between Macy’s and Dillard’s.
TONIGHT: W.T. White’s football team is off this week, so Longhorns fans are strongly encouraged to support the volleyball team when it takes on Richardson Berkner at 7 this evening. The Booster Club will be there selling merchandise to create an “Orange Out” effect in the stands.
SUNDAY: The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas will celebrate the first anniversary of the PJ Library at 10:30 a.m. The party will feature children’s performer Shira Kline, aka ShirLaLa. Also at the JCC, the Jewish Film Festival of Dallas continues with a screening of Mabul at 7 p.m.
Former W.T. White standout Terrance Williams had a big game in Baylor’s season-opening 59-24 win over SMU last Sunday in Waco.
Williams, a senior, led the Bears in receiving yards with 138 on seven catches. He also had one run for eight yards.
Baylor has a bye this week. The Bears will play host to Sam Houston State one week from Saturday.
The body of 21-year-old Adolfo Vega-Suazo was found floating in Turtle Creek early Monday morning.
The 2010 W.T. White High School grad had been reported missing on Aug. 24. The last contact he had with anyone was through a phone call from a party that night.
At 9:35 a.m., a man walking his dog saw something in the creek and, upon investigating, realized it was a body, according to police reports.
Dallas Fire-Rescue pulled the man from the creek and the medical examiner has identified him as Vega.
Dallas Police have classified it as an unexplained death and homicide detectives are actively investigating the offense.
Got a W.T. White incoming freshman?
This Wednesday, The Purple Cow on Royal Lane is hosting a fundraiser for the class of 2016. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., any customer that pledges their support for the school will get 15 percent of their check donated.
Dining in, taking out, or purchasing gift certificates are all a part of the fundraiser. So maybe stop in for lunch, take out dinner, and buy a few gift cards? The Purple Cow IS one of the best burger joints in Preston Hollow, so why not!
The W.T. White coaching staff will host a Football 101 clinic for moms from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow. It’s an opportunity for Longhorns’ mothers to learn more about the program, meet the coaches, and get all their questions answered.
W.T. White opens the season Aug. 31 at Irving. Homecoming is scheduled for Sept. 28 against Sunset.
W.T. White graduate Dennis Bowsher will be competing in the modern pentathlon on Saturday morning at the Olympics in London.
Modern pentathlon consists of fencing, swimming, equestrian, and combined (running plus laser pistol). All of the events are completed in the same day. The men’s event begins at 8:45 a.m. with fencing.
Bowsher, a 2001 graduated of W.T. White, is competing in the Olympics for the first time. He is in the Army and lives in Colorado. Bowsher nearly made it to the Olympics in 2008. He is vying to become the first American to medal in modern pentathlon since 1960.
And there’s another W.T. White alum with an Olympic connection.
I’ve been watching the Olympics nonstop. Yesterday’s diving events? Holy cow I was entranced. But we have another reason to watch the Olympics, now that a W.T. White alumna is involved.
Shannon Gillespy, a graduate of the DISD school in 1979, was recently named the general manager and assistant coach of the United States Olympic Open Water Swim Team. She is currently in Quebec helping with some last minute cold-water training, and will arrive in London tomorrow where her team will compete in the women’s 10-kilometer on Aug. 9, and the men’s 10-kilometer Aug. 10.
“I remember telling my husband and he was so excited. He kept saying, ‘You’re going to the Olympics.’ Now that it’s here, I’m the one jumping up and down in my living room. I mean, it’s the Olympics,” Gillespy told the Denton Record-Chronicle last week.
Last night, a “robo call went out to teachers and parents announcing Michelle Thompson” is the new principal of W.T. White High School, said Louisa Meyer, a parent of a student who attends the DISD school.
Thompson is the longtime principal of Lakewood Elementary School, and will be taking over the position immediately. A meet-and-great reception is planned for this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the White school library.
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