Category: Community

Sons of The Flag To Host Film Festival at HP Village


Sons of the Flag founder Ryan Parrott and Mary Meier-Evans, SOF director of development, listen to U.S. Congressman and former POW Sam Johnson at last year’s luncheon. (Photo: Kristina Bowman Photography)

Popular military-related films will return to the silver screen during the fourth annual Stars & Stripes Film Festival, Nov. 9–12, at Highland Park Village Theater.

The festival supports Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit that funds research, education, and treatment for severe burns.

A luncheon at noon Nov. 10 at the Dallas Country Club will feature Kris “Tonto” Paronto as keynote speaker. Tonto was one of six private military contractors who defended U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, during a terrorist attack in 2012. The attack is the subject of the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which is based on the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.

Park Cities Earn Top Fire Protection Rating


UPFD's new truck and engine

The Park Cities have added another accolade to their prestigious north Dallas zip codes – the highest fire protection rating from a firm whose data property insurers rely on to set premiums.

The higher rating could translate into lower insurance premiums for owners of homes and businesses in both University Park and Highland Park, according to a news release signed by UP Fire Department Chief Randy Howell.

Artist Joins Illustrators Hall of Fame


Bart Forbes creates his art from his home studio. (Courtesy photo)

Time, Sports Illustrated, the NFL, the PGA, the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea all have this much in common: They’ve each featured artwork by Bart Forbes.

Forbes is a North Dallas-based illustrator and painter who has created masterful works of art for a list of clients that includes magazines, sports-team owners, corporations, and the U.S. Postal Service.

During the past 40 years, Forbes has painted his way through a successful career that did not go unnoticed. This year, members of the New York Society of Illustrators inducted Forbes into their Hall of Fame.

Friends of UP Library Honors Moir as Volunteer of the Year


FROM LEFT: Friends of the University Park Library volunteers chair Amy Wesnerm and Irene “Tink” Moir, recipient of the Diane Galloway Volunteer of the Year award for 2016-2017.

Friends of the University Park Public Library has donated $1.5 million to the city for library support since the library opened in its permanent location in The Plaza at Preston Center in January 2013. The most recent gift: $300,000 presented a few weeks ago at the Friends' annual meeting.

Irene “Tink” Moir received the Diane Galloway Volunteer of the Year award for her outstanding volunteer efforts over many years. Melissa Rieman will continue as president of the organization, and Renne Lokey will be president-elect during 2017-2018.

Stand United, Not Divided


The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, is available for streaming at

What a fall! Back-to-school dovetailed with spectacles of Mother Nature – the wonder of the eclipse and the horror of hurricanes brought us together despite our divisive human nature.

We head into November with holidays that usually unite us, but they may be freighted with division this year.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. “Thank you for your service” has now replaced the spitting and name-calling of troops during Vietnam. Now another group in uniform, the police, often experience that.

Share Your Holiday Traditions


During nearly a quarter-century of newspapering in West Texas and Louisiana, I seldom, if ever, managed to return home to Dallas for Thanksgiving.

My holiday tradition, especially during my single years, involved seeking out an invitation so I could enjoy turkey, stuffing, and pie at a different table each year.

Celebrating Philanthropy


Jason Lee. (Courtesy photo)

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will celebrate National Philanthropy Day with the “It’s Our Tomorrow” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Landmark Ballroom.

The 32nd annual luncheon will feature Jason Lee, interim president and CEO of AFP International. AFP International’s more than 33,000 individual and organization members raise more than $115 billion in charitable contributions every year for causes around the world.