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Posted on 19 Apr 2007 at 6:29pm
By Staff Reports

TCC AIDS Fund presenting Mr., Miss Big Thickette Sunday at the Round-Up

The Turtle Creek Chorale AIDS Fund Inc. will host its annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Round-Up, 3912 Cedar Springs Road.

The AIDS Fund, a nonprofit now in its 15th year, provides emergency financial assistance to people impacted by the disease who are members of volunteer or professional vocal groups based in Dallas County.

The fundraiser will feature the Miss Big Thickette and Mr. Big Thickette competitions, with winners advancing to Miss Charity America and Mr. Charity America.

“We’re looking at five vying for the title of miss, and three vying for the title of mister,” said Michael Bradley, CEO and president of the TCC Aids Fund. “It’s just basically having a lot of fun and raising money and supporting a good cause.”

Tickets are $10 for reserved seats or $5 at the door. For more information, call Bradley at 214-394-9064.

Hope for Peace, Justice, to host candidates during COH services

Hope for Peace and Justice will host a Candidates Day during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. morning worship services at Cathedral of Hope on Sunday, April 22.

The organization issued invitations to participate in all of the races to be determined in the May 12 elections, and has received confirmation from candidates in the Dallas mayoral and City Council races, as well as the Dallas County School Board election.

“The turnout for our first Candidates Day, held last November, was tremendous,” said the Rev. Michael Piazza, president of Hope for Peace and Justice. “One of the reasons that Cathedral of Hope founded [the organization] was to ensure that the voices of progressive people of faith are heard by politicians and our civic leaders. It is appropriate for those who want to lead our city to worship with us and experience the values of our families firsthand.”

Trinity Presbyterian planning concert to help replace AIDS agency’s wrecked van

Trinity Presbyterian is planning a concert to help replace AIDS Interfaith’s wrecked van.

The Turtle Creek Chorale Chamber Chorus, the Women’s Chorus of Dallas, the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and the Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir will all perform April 29 in a special concert to raise funds to help replace the AIDS Interfaith Network’s wheelchair-accessible van that was damaged recently in an accident.

The concert, titled “Turtles and More at Trinity,” will be held at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 901 N. Zang Blvd.

For more information, contact Wayne Davis, director of music for Trinity Presbyterian via e-mail at WLDAVIS101@aol.com or by phone at 214-683-6834.

MCC of Greater Dallas presenting “Elements Of Nature” exhibit

The Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas will present an exhibit featuring images from Dallas fine art photographer Bob Munro’s “Sacred Pause” Collection from Sunday, April 22, through Sunday, May 27.

Starting on Earth Day, Sunday April 22, the church’s pastoral leadership will incorporate Munro’s images in the Sunday worship services to illustrate how individuals can find the sacred in the ordinary, everyday elements that surround them.

Monroe’s exhibit features framed photographs from his trips to Europe, Hawaii, Italy, New Mexico, New Orleans and the Pacific Coast. For this exhibit, he selected images that celebrate sacred places near and far, and the spiritual landscapes that exist around everyone. His photographs contain religious icons and symbols as well as serene landscapes and exotic places in nature.

Application deadline approaching for UNT’s scholarship for GLBT students

The application deadline for the University of North Texas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (GLBTA) Scholarship in Honor of Mary Finley and Dan Emenheiser is April 30. The scholarship is given to a student who is either a new, transfer or continuing undergraduate student at UNT.

The GLBTA scholarship was endowed in December 2004 by UNT staff member Sue Young. It is named in honor of Mary Finley, the assistant director of the UNT University Union and a 20-plus year UNT staff member, and the late Dan Emenheiser, UNT’s director of diversity education who died in June 2006.

Finley and Emenheiser co-founded the UNT Ally program in 1999 to help create an environment free of discrimination and harassment for the GLBT community at UNT.

Donations to the scholarship, which are tax deductible, can be made to the UNT Foundation by referencing the GLBTA Finley/Emenheiser Scholarship. For additional information about donations call 1-800-868-1153 or visit www.unt.edu/development.

Scholarship applications are available at www.unt.edu/ally.

For more information on the GLBTA scholarship, please contact Minerva Correa, interim director of diversity education at 940-565-2456.

Cathedral of Hope to mark Earth Day by sponsoring Ecology Awareness Fair

The Cathedral of Hope will observe Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 by sponsoring “Creation Celebration,” an ecology awareness fair, immediately following the 11 a.m. service.

The Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson, rector and senior pastor, will begin the morning by preaching on “Something About Creation” at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

Sponsored by the church’s secular Order of St. Francis and St. Clare, the fair will include tables at which people can learn about environmental care, recycling programs and the greening of the church and new chapel.

There also will be a planting station for guests to pot and take home spider plants and begonias from the gardens of order members. The Cathedral of Hope will also introduce cell phone and ink cartridge recycling programs.

All events are free and open to the public. The church is located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 20, 2007.

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