Curtain Call Gala Celebrates DSM’s 75 Years


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch dinner and a show at Dallas Summer Musicals‘ 11th annual Curtain Call Gala on May 1 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The event, along with celebrating DSM’s 75th anniversary, will benefit the children’s education and outreach programs such as the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Stage Right and Hear Us Now!

Former Anorexic Finds Catharsis in Memoir



Park Cities native Jordan Knape modeled for the cover of her book, which is available on Amazon or on her website,

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Just a few days before that, Knape attended a Christmas party with her mother where everyone raved about how beautiful she looked.

Knape was dangerously thin and suffering from anorexia, a disease common among middle-school and high-school girls.

Expert to Speak About Oil Sector Volatility

Jerry Swank

Jerry Swank

The recent volatility in the oil and energy markets affect different folks in different ways, and it takes an expert to sort through all of those varying perspectives.

One said expert is Jerry Swank, president and CEO of The Cushing Group, who will give a presentation called “Oil Volatility: Its Effect on the U.S. Economy and Energy Renaissance” on Tuesday at the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities.

The program also will feature Bill Carter of Carter Finanial Management in Dallas, who is the sponsor. It begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, call 214-363-4200 or email

Presbyterian Village North Preps For Easter

Presbyterian Village North residents June Cornell, Ann Foster, and Jo Ann Angiel make “no sew” Easter-themed wreaths for fellow residents to enjoy. (Courtesy photo) 0
Presbyterian Village North residents June Cornell, Ann Foster, and Jo Ann Angiel make “no sew” Easter-themed wreaths for fellow residents to enjoy. (Courtesy photo)

Presbyterian Village North residents are ready to celebrate Easter by hosting “stuffing parties.” What’s that? They’re events to stuff Easter eggs for the children of Dallas firefighters, children of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other seniors within their community.

Next Monday, March 23, the residents will stuff eggs at 2 p.m. at New Mount Zion Church and host an Easter egg hunt for the Big Brothers Big Sisters. Way to get in the spirit, PVN!

PH Student’s Art on Display at DMA

"Beggar" (Courtesy photo)

“Beggar” (Courtesy photo)

Preston Hollow resident and Booker T. Washington High School student Carsin Ablon has been featured in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Young Masters Exhibition.

His work, “Beggars” — a wood, metal, plaster, and found-object piece — will be on display in the museum through April 28 with 60 other student works.

His piece was selected, with the other finalists, out of 750 student submissions. Way to go, Carsin!

Music Can Provide Therapy For Aging


Columnist Stephanie Casey

Columnist Stephanie Casey

This year, I am checking off each of the final 365 days of my 30s.

Pre-teens were born after the millennium, notable celebrities who have “stayed the same age” since my youth are suddenly looking “older,” and gas is less than $2 a gallon … wait, one of these things does not belong.

So, time is marching on. There is no getting around or defeating aging. A family friend with Alzheimer’s was recently moved to a very nice nursing home but the place still comes off as an institution — a hospital rather than a home. My grandparents fought (with success) to live out their lives in their own home. Surrounded by the familiar, the comfortable, it’s what most prefer — especially at a time when one is vulnerable and physically weakened.

I certainly hope by the time I am in need of late-life assistance, we have modified our elderly care to something less clinical and more cozy. But in the meantime, a nursing home or non-family assisted care is common.

Children’s Cancer Fund Lunch Set For April

Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach with Bennett (Courtesy photo)

Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach with Bennett (Courtesy photo)

This year’s annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon is set for April 17 at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom. The event also has a fashion show presentation, and young Bennett Williams will be featured. He’s an acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient and pre-kindergarten student at Highland Park Presbyterian Day School.

Park Cities resident Kathleen Strand acts as committee co-chair for this year’s event. Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman will act as event chairmen.

Tickets start at $150, but table sponsorships are also available. Funding earned goes toward pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center, benefiting children worldwide.

The celebrity VIP reception begins at 10 a.m., while the luncheon, fashion show, live auction, and raffle drawing start at 11:30 a.m.

Run, Don’t Walk, to Jesuit-Sheaner Relays


With a history dating back more than 50 years, the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays is one of the oldest and most prestigious high school track and field meets in the Dallas area.

This year’s installment will take place Friday and Saturday at Jesuit, with more than 75 boys teams and 40 girls teams expected to send athletes. Among the competitors will be returning UIL state champions in 32 events.

The 3,200 meters will be held on Friday, with the bulk of the events slated for Saturday. Field events will start at 8 a.m., with running finals at 2 p.m.

Organizers have also put together a terrific website that includes a comprehensive meet history, start lists, links to a live stream, and pretty much everything else you’d want to know.

Primrose Preston Hollow Opens Its Doors


Primrose School of Preston Hollow will hold grand-opening festivities on Saturday highlighted by, naturally, children’s activities such as face painting and balloon animals.

For adults, the event — which runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks by State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) and Primrose executives. There also will be campus tours and refreshments.

The 16,000-square-foot preschool was opened by David and Julia Shelton on Feb. 23 near the southwest corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane.

Construction Rolling on Hospice Center

The first phase of construction is underway for the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Preston Hollow. (Rendering courtesy of Faith Presbyterian Hospice) 0
The first phase of construction is underway for the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Preston Hollow. (Rendering courtesy of Faith Presbyterian Hospice)

Dallas is the largest city in the country without a stand-alone hospice center. But by 2016, that will change.

The Faith Presbyterian Hospice T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center is under construction at Merit Drive and Churchill Way.

The first phase of funding is complete — at a cool $38.6 million — including an initial $18.4 million donation from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation.

Easter Weekend at the Arboretum


Enjoy Easter weekend with your family and friends by stopping by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The Arboretum is hosting special events for all ages April 3-5. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities such as a children’s concert, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. There are even rumors about pony rides on Sunday!

“We invite you to celebrate the Easter holiday with many wonderful activities along with the spring-blooming flowers and azaleas-making it the most photographed place in Dallas,” said Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum’s chairman of the board.

For the full list of the weekend’s events, visit the Arboretum’s calendar here.

Be a Kid Again With RECESS!


recess event photoDon’t miss out on a chance to support a local Dallas organization while enjoying the chance to be a kid again. The third annual RECESS! event to support Dallas Afterschool will be on May 1 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the home of host Faye Briggs.

“Dallas Afterschool prides itself on empowering out of school time providers with the tools to providing quality hands-on experiences for underserved youth in the Dallas community. We are thrilled to be partnering with FD and Neiman Marcus to make this year’s RECESS! the best yet,” said Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool CEO.