Toast to Life party on Thursday previews gala coming in April

The Toast to Life Preview Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Thirdspace, 1608-C Main Street in Dallas. The event is hosted by 2010 Toast to Life Co-Chairs Dee Pennington and David Lee, M.D.

There will be an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $20 for the preview party, but admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the Toast to Life Gala, which benefits Resource Center Dallas. Tickets to the gala, set for April 17 at the FIG — Fashion Industry Gallery, are $75 and are available online at

For more information contact Ben Leal by phone at 214-540-4424 or by e-mail at

International Women’s Day event to feature Words of Women winner

Words of Women, in conjunction with Peacemaker Inc., presents the eighth annual International Women’s Day celebration at the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, on Saturday, March 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will include the presentation of the winner of the 10th annual Words of Women essay contest, speakers, music, entertainment, cultural exhibits and food.

Maggie Holman, 2009 Words of Women contest winner, will participate, along with other former contest winners, Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso. Entertainment will be provided by MosaicSong, Septien Entertainment Group, Shelly Torres-West, The Mercies, Urban Uke, Hawaiian dancers and Caitlyn Lacy Wright. The movie "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," about Liberian women, will screen at 2:30 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and parking is free. The museum is located in Fair Park. For more information, call 214-319-6696.

UCLSE holding show to fund Easter project at AIDS Services of Dallas

The United Court of the Lone Star Empire and Emperor XXIV John Terrill will present the 13th Annual Hoppy Easter show benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas on Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. at Illusions Dallas, 4100 Maple Ave.

Proceeds from the event will be used to prepare Easter baskets for children living in ASD facilities, and for the annual barbecue luncheon prepared and served by Court members and open to all the residents at ASD. The barbecue will be held Saturday, April 3, the day before Easter Sunday, at 11 a.m. outside ASD’s Hillcrest house. The Easter baskets will be handed out during the luncheon.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 5, 2010.

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