LOCAL BRIEFS • February 27, 209

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 at 5:59pm
By Staff Reports

LGBTs, other minorities sought to possibly serve on grand jury
LGBT people and other minorities are being sought as applicants to serve on a Dallas County grand jury that will meet from April 1 through June 29.

Don Maison, executive director of AIDS Services of Dallas, has been appointed commissioner for the grand jury, meaning he’s charged with recruiting qualified applicants. 

To be eligible to serve on the grand jury, applicants must reside in Dallas County, be able to read and write English, and have a criminal record that’s free of convictions for theft or any felony, Maison said.  The grand jury will meet from 9 a.m. until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Compensation is $40 per day.  Those interested in serving on the grand jury should contact Maison at 214-941-0523.

TCU student seeking bisexual women with substance abuse issues for study
Susan Harz, a social work student at Texas Christian University, is looking for bisexual women with a history of substance abuse to participate in a university-related research project. Harz will be conducting hour-long interviews through March 15 with participants. The interviews are completely confidential. Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Harz by e-mail at s.s.harz@tcu.edu or by phone at 817-683-2693 to discuss the research project or set up an interview.

7th annual International Women’s Day Celebration set for March 15
The seventh annal International Women’s Day Celebration will be held on March 15 at The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, 3800 Parry at Exposition in Fair Park from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Herstory Initiative in partnership with the Women’s Museum and features the presentation of the "Words of Women 2009 Essay of the Year" award and the Woman of the Year award, along with cultural displays, arts and crafts, booths by organizations and sponsors, unique refreshments, music and other entertainment.

Admission and parking are free. For information on participating as a volunteer, exhibitor, sponsor or entertainer, call 214-319-6696 or e-mail wordsofwomen@aol.com.

Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce holding ‘Texas Top Star’ singing competition
The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce presents "Texas Top Star," a singing competition modeled after "American Idol," beginning March 19 at 5 p.m. The first night will offer 90 contestants 30 to 60 seconds to impress the judges. Then the top 20 will advance to the second night, on March 20, to compete for a grand prize that includes a large studio package.

Celebrity judges will include Celena Rae, a top contestant in the fourth season of "American Idol," and Grammy Award-winning performers Yarbrough and Peoples.

For more information call Kiyundra Armstrong at 214-943-4567 or e-mail her at occ@oakcliffchamber.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 27, 2009.

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