Local Briefs

Posted on 28 Feb 2008 at 9:24pm
By Staff Reports

First Wednesday on strip to feature St. Patrick’s Day theme
St. Patrick’s Day will arrive 10 days early on the Cedar Springs strip this year.

"The Clover Leaf Crawl" is the theme for the monthly First Wednesday promotional event sponsored by the Cedar Springs Merchants Association.

During the event, which will be from 6 p..m. to 9 p.m. March 5, shoppers can collect a four-leaf clover by visiting any four participating retailers. The clovers then can be entered in a drawing for a Cedar Springs shopping spree.

There will be entertainment outside Sue Ellen’s provided by DJ Jimmy Smith, as well as a fashion show stage in front of Outlines. Shoppers can pick up event listings at the main tent in front of Buli.

Tribute to black lesbians set for March 1 at South Dallas Cultural Center
The Senators, a local organization that plans social events and educational forums aimed at increasing the visibility of black lesbians, will present "Comfort Woman: A Tribute to Black Lesbians" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Cost is $10.

The event will feature musical performances, spoken word artists and a dance interpretation of Me’Shell Ndegéocello’s music. In addition, scenes from the play "All in the Name of Luv" will be performed, along with the first installment of an episodic show called "Say What" that organizer Q Ragsdale plans to broadcast through MySpace.

Ragsdale explained that the event is being held in honor of Black History Month, and that it wasn’t held in February because the space was not available then.

For more information, contact Ragsdale by e-mail at q_ragsdale@yahoo.com or go online to myspace.com/dfwsenators.


Friends of Reverchon Park, Scottish Rite plan beautifcation project
Friends of Reverchon Park and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children are sponsoring the annual "Reverchon Park Roundup" beautification project on Saturday, March 1. The project is intended to replant flower beds, clear fallen limbs and clean up trash in the Oak Lawn area park.

Registration and orientation will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., fopllowing by cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and a picnic lunch with beverages provided by Cadbury Schweppes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those who want to participate are asked to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and gloves, and to bring rakes and small hand tools if possible.

Parking for volunteers is available at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, located at the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Maple Avenue. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Volunteer Services at the hospital at 214-559-7825.

Malcolm Gage of Dallas joins board of Victory Fund
Malcolm R. Gage Jr. of Dallas announced this week that he has been elected to the national governing board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the country’s largest LGBT political action committee.

"I truly believe, this being an election year, that the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund could help influence many of the upcoming elections, both locally and nationally," said Gage, who works for Park Place Motorcars. "I look forward to this great opportunity and consider it a major honor from both a personal and business perspective."

Gage noted that among the candidates the Victory Fund is assisting is Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is running for re-election this year.

‘For the Bible Tells Me So’ to be screened in Carrollton
The Equality Texas Foundation, Collin County Gay and Lesbian Allliance and the Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church will present Daniel Karslake’s documentary film "For the Bible Tells Me So" on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Horizon Unitarian, 1614 Hebron Parkway in Carrollton.

The screening, which is free and open to everyone, will be followed by a panel discussion with panelists Dennis Hamilton, senior minister at Horizon; Tim McLemore, senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church; Jan Sullivan, senior pastor of Grace Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and Kathy Collier, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Forney.

The Rev. Colleen Darraugh, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas, will moderate the discussion.

The film follows the lives of five Christian American families dealing with the revelation that one family member is an LGBT person.

Donations will be accepted to offset costs. For information call 972-492-4940.


Democratic Women of Collin County moves to new meeting space
After a "banner year" in 2007, with more than 100 paid members and the excitement surrounding the 2008 elections, and with more members expected to join this year, the Texas Democratic Women of Collin County have announced plans to move to a larger meeting space.

Membership chair Lynn Wolfe said attendance at meetings in 2007 averaged between 25 and 30 people, with 55 attending the January 2008 meeting. To accommodate the growing membership, President Barb Walters announced at the February meeting that the organization will be moving to new meeting space on the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College.

Beginning with the March 24 meeting, the organization will gather in the Founders Hall, Shawnee Room F148 on the campus located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

For more information, visit the organization’s Web site at www.tdwcc.org.


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 29, 2008.

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