North Dallas Early Childhood PTA hosts its member round-up 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway. The organization is for moms of preschool children, offering playgroups, monthly meetings, moms’ nights out and book clubs. For more information, visit

Preston Hollow Early Childhood PTA starts off the year with its general meeting at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. New members are invited to join the moms group, which offers playgroups, educational programs and a book club. For more information, visit


Dallas ISD is set to begin the 2011-12 school year on Aug. 22. The calendar includes a total of 175 instructional days, seven staff development days, four teacher preparation days and two early release days.


Dr. P. Gregory Warden, university distinguished professor of art history and associate dean for academic affairs at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, received the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity and the title of Cavaliere (knight) in the name of the President of the Italian Republic.  The award was presented by Fabrizio Nava, the Consul General of Italy in Houston, at the Italian Club of Dallas as part of a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Italian Republic on June 2 and the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy that was proclaimed on March 17, 1861.

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