Equality TX estate planning seminar
Texas law gives preferential treatment to next of kin and “traditional” families. There is virtually no default protection for LGBT families.

With current laws in Texas that prohibit the freedom to marry, same-sex couples need to know about ways to better protect themselves and their families.

Equality Texas is presenting an estate planning for the LGBT community program about issues dealing with property ownership, wills and other documents.

Amy Ford from New York Life and Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck Smith will present the program on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Greenland Hills United Methodist Church, 5835 Penrose Ave. RSVP to Amy Ford at 512-844-7907 or at AEFord@ft.newyorklife.com.


Reverchon restoration dedication
Stonework built by the Works Progress Administration in Reverchon Park in the 1930s has been restored. Councilmen Adam Medrano and Philip Kingston will attend the ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Tours of the stonework follows the ceremony.

The WPA constructed three sets of stonework from 1935 to 1937: the Iris Bowl near the park’s recreation center, the Pecan Grove park entrance and Hillside Terrace, a series of stairways and seating areas adjacent to the Katy Trail. The restoration cost $2.1 million.

The 36-acre Reverchon Park opened in 1915 as Turtle Creek Park and was later renamed for botanist Julien Reverchon and expanded to 46 acres.


GLBT chamber expo
The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce is having a Business Expo Mixer on Oct. 10.

The mixer takes place at the Renaissance Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway on from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Exhibitor tables are still available at $100.

General admission is free to the public. For information, visit GLBTchamber.org.


AIN’s Great Gatsby
AIDS Interfaith Network is hosting its annual The Great Gatsby, an afternoon of decadence, dressed in 1920s style.

AIN provides prepared meals and transportation services to its clients and operates The Daire Center. AIN serves more than 2,000 men, women and youth who have HIV/AIDS and makes 5,000 contacts with at-risk individuals through outreach and HIV prevention.

The Great Gatsby takes place at the North Dallas home of Faye Briggs on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. $100. Ticket price includes admission, open bar and heavy hors oeuvres. For more information, visit AINGreatGatsby.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 4, 2013.