1,300 Meet President Bush at Book Signing

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Former President George W. Bush signs copies of his book, " Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors." (Photo: William Taylor)

Former President George W. Bush signed copies of his new book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, during a ticketed event June 5 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

For the sold-out event, 1,300 paid $45 each to get a signed copy of the book, meet the president, and view an accompany exhibit. The hardcover normally retails for $35, $250 or more for signed copies.


Local Artist’s Reception to Benefit SPCA

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Turtle Creek artist and Half Price Books wholesale sales representative Hillary Higgins will show new works in charcoal and oil during a reception from 5-8 p.m. June 9 in the Community Room at the Half Price Books Dallas flagship store,  5803 E. Northwest Highway. Refreshments will be served. A portion of each sale will benefit SPCA of Texas.

Higgins’ artwork exhibits photorealistic draughtsmanship and narrative storytelling through animal allegories based on idioms and literature. Creating art for 25 years, she majored in sculpture at the University of North Texas and developed strength in photorealistic draughtsmanship with a focus on animal anatomy, the natural world and architecture.


Now And Then

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‘Tis the season of commencement for high schools, colleges, universities, and graduate schools of all kinds.

Everyone from newscasters to sports figures to politicians to entertainers will be on podiums adjuring, encouraging, proselytizing, or imparting some ostensible words of wisdom.

I was fortunate to attend excellent schools, but for the life of me I cannot recall who my graduation speakers were or what they said. Yet I’m sure they were distinguished, even famous. If anything resonated with me, it did so subliminally. However, the experiences I had at these schools – those I remember.


Cliff Harris JDRF Golf Classic to Celebrate Super Bowl XII Champs

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Courtesy Cliff Harris Award

JDRF, a global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will host the annual Cliff Harris JDRF Reunion Golf Classic June 19.

This year’s tournament will take place on the 40th anniversary of Super Bowl XII, when the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos. In honor of this, JDRF for has arranged Craig Morton, the Broncos quarterback from Super Bowl XII, to attend the tournament. Morton was also the backup quarterback for Cowboys great Roger Staubach during this era.


Partners Card Sign-up Deadline Nears

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Calling all interested retailers…don’t miss your chance to get involved in one of the most highly anticipated shopping events each year and give back to a good cause! By signing up to participate in the 25th anniversary of Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place, you will not only see a busy week of increased sales at your store, but you will be part of a program that, in its history, has provided more than 242,857 nights of shelter to women, children and men affected by family violence.


Buckner High Rise to Open in 2019

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Ventana by Buckner retirement towers are being built at North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway. (Courtesy photo)

With adult children in Dallas and a church they love near Highland Park, Rick and Melissa Owens don’t want to move far, but up works just fine.

The retired American Airlines pilot and his wife look forward to moving to Ventana by Buckner and enjoying the “high-rise living, which will be new to us,” he said.

Buckner International, a Dallas-based nonprofit, is building the 12-story continuing care retirement community on three acres just beyond the University Park city limits and across from NorthPark Center. Whiting-Turner serves as lead contractor for the project designed by D2 Architecture.


‘Temporary’ Job Lasts 51 Years And Counting

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Co-workers describe Sonia Moss as a leader of their office family. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

In 1965, Sonia Moss took what she thought would be a temporary job at the front desk of a downtown office. She intended to stay around six months before going back into the business world. More than five decades later, she’s still not sure when she will leave.

“It’s because [there’s] never a dull moment, and I guarantee you that today,” she said.

Moss, or “Miss Sonia” as she is known around the office, is the first staff member most customers see at the U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management office on Preston Road.


Summer Lovin’

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Click “Read More” to view all the items included in our gift guide! (Photo: Tanner Garza. Design: Imani Chet Lytle)

It’s time for some outdoor entertaining! Here’s a few fun ideas to add some punch (or margaritas) to your party!


Girl Hopes for Better Birthdays

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Diyaa Shah, 11, models with Amy Vanderoef at the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala. (Courtesy VGS Marketing)

Diyaa Shah was taken by ambulance to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas on June 2, 2016, where she spent the night in the ICU being poked and prodded while undergoing a battery of emergency tests.

It also happened to be her 11th birthday.