Child ID event at Fruit Bowl

Brian Walker, an agent with New York Life will be conducting a Child ID event at the HRC Disco Fruit Bowl fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 7, with bowling sessions starting at noon and 3 p.m. Organizers have said the session starting at noon is being especially geared for couples with children, although children are welcome to attend both sessions.

Disco Fruit Bowl is being held at 300 Dallas, located at 3805 Beltline Road in Addison. For information on registering, go online to

Walker explained that the Child ID program is designed to help LGBT children and children with LGBT parents “stay same in the home, at play or wherever they happen to be.”

Child ID cards will be printed, free of charge, for each parent or guardian of a child in only three to five minutes. Each card includes the child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information and other important information police might need in case of an emergency.

For more information or to schedule a Child ID event, contact Walker by calling 214-629-8558.

Program offered on keeping love alive

Licensed professional counselor Randy Martin will be facilitating an eight-session group in September and October for long-term couples who want to learn how to keep their romantic love alive through the years.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples, using information laid out in Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight.

The series of eight two-hour sessions will be held each Wednesday in September and October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $500 per couple.

Martin, who has worked as a therapist in the LGBT community for 10 years and who has been in private practice in the Oak Lawn area for the last five years, stressed that participation is limited, and that the sessions are an education program, not couples’ therapy. The program, he said, is not appropriate for all couples.

For more information, contact Martin at 214-520-7575.