LOCAL BRIEFS • April 10, 2009

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 6:41pm
By Staff Reports

DIFFA/Dallas names new board members
Ron Brady, president of The Dealey Group, and Mikael Coursey, sales account manager for Elegant Additions Hardware, have been named to the board of trustees of The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS: DIFFA/Dallas.
Dr. Gary A. Tigges, chairman of the board, said DIFFA/Dallas officials are "thrilled" to have Brady and Coursey join the board, and that their dedication and support for the organization will be great assets.

DIFFA/Dallas raises funds to help support HIV/AIDS funding, awareness and prevention efforts in North Texas and has granted more than $4 million since 1988. DIFFA/Dallas’ premier annual event is Dallas Collection, set this year for May 2.

Queer Liberaction staging ‘Tax Day’ rally
Queer Liberaction will hold a rally on "Tax Day 2009," Wednesday, April 15, at Dallas’ main post office, located on Sylvan Avenue and I-30 West, just west of downtown Dallas, beginning at 5 p.m.

Presentation on housing trends set
Resource Center of Dallas’ GAIN (GLBT + Aging Interest Network) will hold a presentation on housing trends for aging members of the GLBT community Thursday, April 16 featuring Dallas Morning News writer Bob Moos.
The free program starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Resource Center of Dallas, 2701 Reagan St.

Moos is a business writer whose stories focus on the choices and options people have as they reach the second half of their lives.

Breaking the Silence rally set at SMU
Friday, April 17 is National Day of Silence, in which students across the country take a vow of silence for one day to raise awareness about the issue of anti-LGBT violence in school. In Dallas, the local chapter of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, in partnership with SMU’s LGBT group SPECTRUM, will stage the second annual DFW Breaking the Silence Rally at 7 p.m. at the Doak Walker Plaza on the SMU campus.

This year’s event will also feature the music of Eric Himan.

Exhibition to benefit Bryan’s House
Dulce Interior Consignment Showplace presents an art exhibition and cocktail party featuring the work of Patrick Lewis on Friday, April 17, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Dulce showroom, 2914 Oak Lawn Ave. Proceeds will benefit Bryan’s House, an organization for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The exhibition, "Natural Forms," features Lewis’ paintings capturing rock formations, clouds, plants, flowers and waters in bold colors. It is the third exhibition of Lewis’ work coordinated by Dulce as fundraising events for Bryan’s House. During the opening reception, a painting will be auctioned and the full amount collected from it as well as part of the proceeds from the sale of Lewis’ paintings for one week will be donated to Bryan’s House.
The exhibition will continue at Dulce for two months.

Reception to mark library’s anniversary
The board of directors of the Oak Lawn Library Friends will celebrate the library’s 80th anniversary Saturday, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an event featuring refreshments, a silent auction and entertainment by the Booker T. Washington String Quartet.

Event tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple, and will be available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance send a check or money order to The Oak Lawn Library, 4100 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75219, and the tickets will be waiting at the door on the night of the event. RSVPs reserving tickets can be e-mailed to OakLawnAuction@aol.com.

Town hall set on religion, faith issues
The Religion and Faith Subcommittee of the Human Rights Campaign DFW Steering Committee will hold a town hall meeting on the topic "Refugees from Religion: Reclaiming Your Spiritual Power," on May 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Resource Center of dallas, 2701 Reagan St.

The panel of speakers will include the Rev. Carol West, pastor of Community Celebration Church in Fort Worth; the Rev. Eric Folkerth, pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas; the Rev. Steve Colladay, pastor of Dallas Unity Church; and the Rev. Deneen Robinson, pastor of Living Faith Covenant Church..

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 10, 2009.

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