After 46 years, Meletio Lighting recently closed its Preston Forest Square Shopping Center location and consolidated the store into the company’s 10930 Harry Hines and 4855 Ohio Road in Frisco locations, says owner Ken Reiser. The Harry Hines location recently was remodeled to update showroom space, and the Frisco location is new, Reiser says.


Casa de Vida is a respite care program for caregivers of early onset Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Group meetings begin Tuesday, Aug. 28, at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expwy. The program will be offered weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It is strictly a social program, with no medications or health care administered. Activities include morning snacks, exercise, bingo, crafts and music. $10 fee applies; application required. Call Ann Anderson at 972.783.8780 or Nick Harper at 214.349.6584 to apply or for further information.

Dallas Water Utilities reminds residents that time-of-day watering restrictions have resumed. Following the conservation ordinance guidelines will avoid possible fines of $250 to $2,000 per incident. These mandatory time-of-day restrictions prohibit watering landscaping between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through October 31.

Disabled American Veterans Big D Chapter 57 meets every first Saturday at 1 p.m. at 8630 Thurgood Lane for discussions and lunch. Meetings include various activities, presenters and topics. The group is also informed about legislative matters of interest to our group at federal, state and local levels. All disabled veterans are welcome. For information, call 214.343.8643 or e-mail

The SPCA of Texas runs an injured animal rescue ambulance service to help strays. SPCA will respond to calls in our neighborhood from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Field officers will evaluate injured animals and take them to the SPCA, Highland Park Animal Clinic or an emergency clinic for treatment. 214.651.7387.

Teen Community Bible Study meets Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Schreiber Methodist Church. Teens from North Dallas public and private high schools are invited. 4525 Rickover. For information call 972.387.0188 or visit


T.C. Marsh Middle School principal Kyle Richardson has won the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award. The national award program recognizes the most collaborative public school principals in 25 cities. All middle and high school principals in the Dallas Independent School District were eligible. Richardson will be given a $5,000 grant for his school. 

An online tutoring service is now being offered on the Dallas Public Library’s website, tailored for students grades 4-12. The service is free to all holders of a DPL library card. The service can be accessed by visiting and clicking DASH.


The Hillcrest High School Panaders for the 2008–2009 school year have been announced, and they include: Esmeralda Romero, Crystal Casas, Alex Villarreal, Alex Ruiz, Rubi Romero, Nicole Rios, Darsheikqua Coleman, Viviana Munoz, Stephanie Torres, Eva Semo, Stephanie Gore, Madeleine Sherrington, Lizette Garcia, Karen Montejano, Melissa Scupham, Daniella Samano, Elizabeth Cabral, Stephanie Casteneda, Nancy Garcia, Jahiderlyn Elis, Yanemi Sarabia, Dulce Velazquez, Ariel Hodge, Jashari Jackson, Cierra Fields, Erica Chiles, Kameshal Cooper and Shamieka Anderson.

The W.T. White High School tennis team placed first in both the men’s and women’s divisions of the district competition. This is the fifth year in a row for the team to place first in the district competition. Individual awards also went to the following students: Steve Laukoter, first place in Men’s Singles; Adrian Picasso, second place in Men’s Singles; Hannah Powers, second place in Women’s Singles; Lexi Aussem, third place in Women’s Singles; Shahbaz Hasas and Nick Lawrie, second place in Men’s Doubles; Caitlin Boyle and Katee Voirin, second place in Women’s Doubles; Yohanna Tesfai and Marely Castro, third place in Women’s Doubles; Heather Boyle and Julius Anselmo, second place in Mixed Doubles


Assistance League of Dallas is a volunteer group dedicated to assisting the elderly, children, and the abused. Volunteers work in structured and established programs for Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and Dallas ISD. The fall membership drive is beginning now. To join or for information, call 972.437.1239 or

Bea’s Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and personal development opportunities to low-income children so they will stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. The organization is seeking volunteers to assist center directors in providing after school homework help, and give encouragement to low-income pre-K through high school students. The center is located at 13450 Maham and hours are Monday through Thrusday, 4-6 p.m. throughout the school year. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Bea’s Kids, please contact Director of Volunteers Lisa Vaughn at 972.417.9061, or More information at

CONTACT Crisis Line is seeking volunteers to help callers through some of their life’s most critical moments. Those interested will be taught crisis management techniques, will develop their listening skills, and will enhance their interactions with family, friends and co-workers. CONTACT Crisis Line specialists provide a caring human connection, a trained listening ear, and a connection to resources, to help people through tough times. For information, call 972-233-0866, ext. 311.

Dallas CASA is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA empowers everyday citizens to speak up in court for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.  Volunteers gather information for the court and work with the child welfare system and others to help quickly find a safe, permanent home for each child. For information or to register for an upcoming information session, please call 214.827.9603, ext. 273 or visit

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dallas and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three hours, one to two days a week. 214.823.5700 or

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