Methodist Health Adds New Trustees

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Methodist Health System Foundation has announced the addition of three new members to its board of trustees. They are Allie Beth Allman, founder, president, and CEO of Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Rev. Mark Craig, retired senior minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church; and Rev. Paul Rasmussen, senior minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church.


Marcus named UD Distinguished Alumna

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Nancy Marcus

Nancy Marcus

Park Cities resident Nancy Marcus received one of four 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Dallas National Alumni Board, the highest honor given to UD alumni.

The winners will be honored at a reception on Oct. 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Marcus, a philanthropist, leader in education, and patron of the arts, has also received a presidential appointment as a U.S. Public Delegate to the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly and a gubernatorial appointment to the State of Texas Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities. She is a fellow at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and a faculty member of SMU’s Master’s of Liberal Studies Program.


Mabus to Speak at Navy League Forum

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Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus, the 75th Secretary of the Navy, will speak today at the Dallas Council of the Navy League’s Speaker’s Lunch Forum at Park City Club.

The forum is internationally recognized and is frequently used by the Department of Defense and military leaders to communicate with citizens and leaders. Invited dignitaries and members and friends of the Navy League will be in attendance.


Boys & Girls Clubs Prep For Summer

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas will hold a summer program beginning on June 8 and ending on August 14. Seven club locations will hold programs for youth ages six to 18, and activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will include BGCA Brain Gain Curriculum, field trips, creative arts, mentoring, and college prep. It is $35 per week for 6-12 year olds and $10 per week for teens. Those interested may register online.


Book Signings Hit Barnes and Noble

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If you didn’t get enough America over Memorial Day weekend, that’s OK — Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Park has you covered. Navy SEAL sniper and bestselling author Brandon Webb  will talk about his book, Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice, which he wrote about his personal experiences with eight other SEALs who gave it all. Join in at 7 p.m. on June 1.

If you’re more of a politico, go listen to Brad Meltzer discuss The President’s Shadow, the third book in his Culper Ring series, at 7 p.m. on June 19.

Bonus: Barnes and Noble will also host a “page and screen discussion” of To Kill a Mockingbird at 7 p.m. on June 18 in anticipation of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. Attendees can discuss favorite passages, scenes, characters, and quotations.

 


Group Aims to Shape Preston Center’s Future

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It might not be quite so much fun, but members of the task force charged with steering future development around Preston Center are partying like it’s 1989.

That year is when the city of Dallas adopted recommendations from the Preston Center Area Transition Study, which focused on new zoning regulations in the area in response to new city zoning codes.

As part of that study, recommendations included a comprehensive traffic study for Preston Center every five years. In addition, the second level of the city-owned public parking garage in the aging retail center would be reserved for employees of the surrounding businesses.


Challenges Unite Mothers From Diverse Backgrounds

Adults Reaching Kids began as a partnership between Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. The group teaches parenting lessons to mothers who might need some guidance. (Photo: Sarah Bennett) 0
Adults Reaching Kids began as a partnership between Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. The group teaches parenting lessons to mothers who might need some guidance. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

Martha Jeavons holds up a piece of paper and speaks to a group of mothers in fluent Spanish. Not all the moms in the room speak Spanish, though, so she switches effortlessly between Spanish and English. Her 15 years abroad in Latin America gave her the skills to do so.

She and her fellow Highland Park Presbyterian Church members are volunteering with a group of parents at Amelia Earhart Learning Center in West Dallas. Once a week, they gather with the moms for food, crafts, socializing, and ARK — Adults Reaching Kids, which is a parenting program, or rather, parent support group.

“A lot of people parent the way they were parented, and sometimes there’s a lot of absenteeism,” ARK executive director Jan Nelson said. “We decided we’ve got to get somebody to work with the parents.”


Graduation Traditions Continue at HP

The class of 2014 toss their caps at Moody Coliseum at last year's commencement ceremony. Be sure to check next issue and parkcitiespeople.com for graduation coverage. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
The class of 2014 toss their caps at Moody Coliseum at last year's commencement ceremony. Be sure to check next issue and parkcitiespeople.com for graduation coverage. (Photo: Don Johnson)

It’s that time of year again to turn tassels, toss caps, and lose yourself in a sea of gold and blue (oh, and did we mention the bagpipes?). Highland Park High School returned to its usual Moody Coliseum venue last year, following renovations and rerouting to Allen Event Center in 2013. We’ve got the rundown of graduation events and details so you can properly celebrate the graduates — all 535 of them.

May 28

  • Honors Day Breakfast — HPHS seniors, HP Cafeteria, 9:15 a.m.
  • Honors Day Assembly — HPHS seniors and parents (limited seating), Palmer Auditorium, 10 a.m.

May 29

  • Graduation — SMU’s Moody Coliseum, 7 p.m.

HP Library Offers Online Language Lessons

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Highland Park Library cardholders may now access Mango Languages, an online language-learning program, for free. The courses are taught in the user’s native language and focus on skills in vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and culture. Mango offers 60 foreign-language courses and 17 English courses and can be accessed at the library or on personal devices, such as an iPhone or Kindle. Those interested may contact the library or visit the Mango website for more information.


TV Show Makes Hyer Teacher’s
Dream Home a Reality

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Allen and Gail Holt recently had their Waco home renovated by Chip and Joanna Gaines from the TV show “Fixer Upper.” (Courtesy Photos)

Although this will be Gail Holt’s last year as a science teacher at Hyer Elementary School, her new home in Waco is ready to welcome her and her husband, Allen, thanks to the reality show “Fixer Upper.”

(Watch the episode this Thursday at 8 p.m. on HGTV. Click here to see more air times.)

The couple, a blended family with seven children between them, decided to relocate to Waco for Allen’s job as director of development for Baylor University’s Truett Seminary.

After some of their friends moved to Waco and settled on sections of the Brazos River, the Holts decided to look for a similar location.


Chemistry Drives HPHS Science Team

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The HPHS science team is coached by chemistry teacher Wenzen Chuang (left).

The HPHS science team is coached by chemistry teacher Wenzen Chuang (left).

Four members of the Highland Park High School science team will compete at the UIL state academic meet this week in Austin.

The team — which includes Robert Luo, Khai-Leif Nguyen-Hille, David Wiegn, and Jiamin Zhou — won first place in its Region II meet last month in Waco. Zhou took home an individual gold medal after earning the top score in biology. Nguyen-Hille was the runner-up.

Wiegn also was an individual gold medalist at regionals in current issues, and advanced to the state meet in social studies. The current-issues team finished second at regionals.


Valant Honored For Nursing, Volunteerism

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Nancy Valant

Nancy Valant

Nancy Valant, a Highland Park resident and emergency department nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, has been recognized recently with a pair of awards.

In April, Valant was among the honorees at the 25th annual DFW Great 100 Nurses celebration, which pays tribute to registered nurses honored by their peers for contributions to the profession.

The 30-year nurse also was recognized by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council at its May awards luncheon as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year.