Dallas Arboretum Launches ‘Garden Gigs’

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The Dallas Arboretum will host its first full-grounds music event called “Garden Gigs” on Friday, July 24.

The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will feature Salim Nourallah, Sudie, Kaela Sinclair, and John Lefler & Camille Cortinas.

“The Dallas Arboretum is the perfect place for music outdoors,” board chair Bill Graue said. “With locals and visitors looking for things to do in Dallas, we invite everyone to join us at Garden Gigs to hear these talented up-and-coming musicians.”

Tickets are $7 and parking is free. Dinner and snacks will be available via food truck, or you can bring your own picnic and beverages. For more information, click here.


Cooper Institute Gets $1.3 Million Donation

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The Cooper Institute recently received a $1.3 million donation from the Tyler Cup Foundation.

The Tyler Cup Invitational is an annual run for men and women over 40 and in the top 10 of their companies’ leadership, intended to help participants inspire others toward healthier lifestyles. Money from the event was placed into an endowment fund called, you guessed it, the Tyler Cup Foundation.

“For more than 40 years, the Tyler Cup event has been a tradition at Cooper Aerobics demonstrating the link between fitness and leadership,” said Kenneth Cooper, founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics. “Now that the event has literally run its course, we are thrilled that The Tyler Cup Foundation has decided to donate its endowment to The Cooper Institute to continue research on aging and living a long, healthier life.”

The donation will help fund research and education related to global health and wellness.


Workout Group Aims To Heal Mind, Body

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Various props help Women With Balls clients train during water sessions. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Various props help Women With Balls clients train during water sessions. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When Tracy Virant had a stroke nearly 14 years ago, she had to do something to begin the healing process.

Through a recommendation from a family member, Virant was connected with Patsy Shropshire, a stay-at-home mom and physical therapist. Together, Shropshire and Virant work out twice per week for one hour, and both women agree that Virant has improved since starting the workouts.

“You could say I had a very bad stroke,” Virant said. “My right side is totally disabled and I walk with a cane. People who see me say that I’ve improved 200 percent.”


Power Rangers: Spieth Wins, Bell Homers

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Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

It was a big Sunday for athletes from Jesuit’s 2011 graduating class.

The most famous member of that class, Jordan Spieth, chalked up his latest PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic in western Illinois, where he defeated Tom Gillis on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

It was the second title at the Deere Classic for Spieth, who won his first event there in 2013. He shot a career-best round of 61 on Saturday, and gained momentum heading into the British Open next weekend in Scotland, where he will look to capture his third straight major tournament championship. And he’s also on the cover of the July issue of Golf Digest magazine, on newsstands now.


Lunch Panel Focuses on CBD Growth

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Kourtny Garrett

Kourtny Garrett

What’s hot in the Central Business District? Or, perhaps more accurately, what’s “haute” in the CBD? That’s the question that will be posed to panelists at the monthly luncheon for the Dallas chapter for Commercial Real Estate Women on Wednesday at the Park City Club.

Kourtny Garrett, executive vice president of Downtown Dallas Inc., will moderate the panel and give a presentation about the implementation of the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. The other participants include Amy McLaren, vice president with CBRE, and Shelle Sills, director of retail and special projects at Headington Companies and former general manager of the Neiman Marcus flagship store.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $55 if you register in advance or $65 at the door. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or khopkins@crew-dallas.org.


Camps are Music to Kids’ Ears

Young campers get excited. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Young campers get excited. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Allen and Gila Selis are people who believe in education. As the operators of Tech EdVentures and Music Together Dallas, respectively, they believe that education is something parents and children can do together.

For Gila, her story with Music Together Dallas began when she took her then 9-month-old daughter to a class in 2001.

“I loved my demo class so much that I asked the owner of the business if I could take the training to teach on Sunday mornings,” she said. “That magical feeling that I felt touched my soul right there and then, that very first class.”


Ambassador Recalls Middle East Turmoil

Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan is the author of Desert Diplomat. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan is the author of Desert Diplomat. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

You could say that Robert Jordan’s life has turned out to be a real-life episode of “The West Wing.” But there’s much more to it than that.

It all started when the Preston Hollow lawyer represented George W. Bush before he became governor. From there, the two maintained a relationship over many years. Jordan never knew that relationship would eventually land him the ambassadorship to Saudi Arabia and from there, the role of author.

“When he was elected president, I called to congratulate him,” Jordan said. “He said he’d like for me to serve in his administration.”


Drug-Free Students Win Calendar Art Contest

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Several elementary and middle-school artists from local schools were named winners in the 2015 CARE (Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) calendar contest.

The winners include Ilanna Feldman and Jnana Velamuri from Greenhill; Sebastian Guzik and Sam Steubing from ESD; and Cate Goglia, Minjie Kwan, Abby Ruble, Hanna Zhang, and Riley Carter from Hockaday.

Each year, students in grades 1-8 are invited to submit artwork promoting abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The art is displayed at NorthPark Center, and one winner’s art will be published on CARE’s online calendar each month.


PH Residents Selected to DHS Board

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Connie Dufner

Connie Dufner

Preston Hollow residents Connie Dufner and Madeline Jobst have been selected to the Dallas Historical Society’s new board of trustees.

Dufner is the director of communications for Temple Emanu-El. Previously, she was a journalist at The Dallas Morning News and Modern Luxury Dallas.

Jobst is a senior vice president with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, an event advisory board member for the SPCA, and a member of Preservation Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas.


Edgemere Raises Thousands for Alzheimer’s

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The Edgemere senior living community raised more than $17,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas chapter in June.

Throughout the month, residents and staff participated in several fundraising events for Alzheimer’s research, beginning with the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day event on June 2, the summer solstice.

Events included a pay-to-play dunking booth, garage sale, raffle, bridge tournament, and more. Edgemere will host its annual hoedown in September, and the proceeds will be added to the money already raised.

 


Playhouse Parade Lets Architects Give Back

Bob Borson designed The Lantern House for the Parade of Playhouses. (Courtesy photo) 0
Bob Borson designed The Lantern House for the Parade of Playhouses. (Courtesy photo)

By Rosanne Lewis / Special Contributor

Bob Borson

Bob Borson

Dallas CASA first asked Bob Borson to design and build a playhouse for Parade of Playhouses in 2009. He didn’t have to be asked again.

Since 2009, the University Park architect has designed and built nine playhouses. The challenge has so captured his imagination, he now runs an international playhouse design competition for architects and design enthusiasts. Winners of that contest designed three of the 16 houses in this year’s Parade of Playhouses, which runs July 10-26 at NorthPark Center.

“I don’t know how you’d say no when CASA asks,” Borson said. “Between the challenge of designing a playhouse and the cause Dallas CASA stands for, there’s not a way to say no.”


She’s No Cookie Cutter

Kit Addleman keeps busy at her Haynes and Boone office when not acting on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.  TOP: Anne Hyde Clarke Choate |  Bottom: Mary Gale Carter Clarke (Photo: Christ McGathey / Courtesy) 0
Kit Addleman keeps busy at her Haynes and Boone office when not acting on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. TOP: Anne Hyde Clarke Choate | Bottom: Mary Gale Carter Clarke (Photo: Christ McGathey / Courtesy)

From Brownie to Junior Scout in Oklahoma City to a troop leader for her daughters and later a Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas board member, Kit Addleman has already made her own mark in Scouting.

Now, as the recently elected board chair for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the Preston Hollow resident is ready to continue not only her legacy but that of her famous Girl Scout family.

It’s common knowledge that Juliette Gordon Low, a Georgia native, founded the girls’ organization in 1912. Low’s best friend, Mary Gale Carter, was with her every step of the way, and Carter’s daughter, Anne Choate, was Low’s goddaughter. To Addleman, Choate and Carter are family.