Dallas Can Academies To Honor Philanthropists Janelle and Larry Friedman


Janelle and Larry Friedman

Dallas Can Academies, a non-profit dropout recovery high school system, will honor longtime philanthropists, Janelle and Larry Friedman at the annual Dallas Can Academies Cares for Kids Luncheon this March.

Janelle and Larry Friedman will be recognized for their generosity and dedication to helping children overcome obstacles. Demonstrating early on their commitment to education, family, and community, event planners say the Friedmans added two young children to their family who were in need of a safe and secure home and raised them along with their own children. The couple has now worked together for 34 years to help children throughout the community.

PCLDA Spring Flower Sale to Begin


Clean out your vases because the Park Cities Learning Difference Association Spring Flower sale begins March 1.

Herbs, Flowering Annuals, Ornamental Grasses, Bulbs and more are available for ordering online. Orders can be placed at pclda.org.

Free delivery will be available for all orders on April 19 just in time for spring planting. Orders can be placed through March 25.

PCLDA is a group which raises funds and hosts educational events, which are geared to HPISD families who have students with learning differences. This sale raises money that goes toward teacher training and special programs for HPISD students.

The Dallas Arboretum is Blooming


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, named by Architectural Digest as one of the "15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season," will present Dallas Blooms, its annual floral festival that is the largest in the Southwest, from February 24 to April 8.

Themed "A World of Flowers," this year's festival will feature an explosion of color from more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

Conner Leads Scots to State Tourney


Defending state champion Aidan Conner will be one of six Highland Park wrestlers competing at the state tournament. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park will send six wrestlers to the UIL state tournament this weekend after a runner-up finish in the team standings at the Class 5A Region III meet on Feb. 17 in Bryan.

The Scots won regional titles in two weight classes, including Spencer Buchholz at 138 pounds and defending state champion Aidan Conner at 195 pounds.

Conner, a junior, is unbeaten in 45 dual matches this season. He will start his state-title defense against Lubbock Monterey’s Makyiah Sandoval (31-7) on Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress. Sandoval was fourth at the Region I meet.

Krewe de Kidds Masquerade

Dr. Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber, Big Al Mack, Melissa Rycroft, Dalton Rapattoni, Kellie Raspberry, Jenna Owens, J-Si Chavez, and Jason Castro. (Courtesy photo)

The inaugural Krewe de Kidds masquerade presented by Ideal dental, benefiting the Kidd’s Kids Teen Trip with Caroline took place on Jan. 27 at the House of Blues in Dallas.  More than 300 guests attended the Mardi Gras-themed event and enjoyed Cajun food and drinks with music by DJ Mike Morse of Radio DJs and live performances by The Castro’s (including front man Jason Castro from Season 13 of “American Idol”) and King, Dalton Rapattoni who was one of the top three finalists on Season 15 “American Idol.”

‘Stormin’ Norman’ Bagwell a Hands-On Leader


Bank of Texas CEO Norman P. Bagwell serves on several boards, including those for the Baylor Healthcare System and the Salesmanship Club foundations. (Photo: Bob Lukeman)

Norman P. Bagwell, CEO of Bank of Texas and executive vice president of BOK Financial, loves hardware stores and do-it-yourself projects.

“I’ll try pretty much anything once,” he said, recalling how when he was young and broke he installed a sprinkler system, an arduous endeavor that involved, “digging holes, laying pipe, and running wires.