Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Fourth Of July Four-Day Weekend With $5 Admissions And Activities Like Tadpole Feeding

If there’s a holiday, the Dallas Arboretum is going to dress the place up in the right way to celebrate for young, old and those who can’t decide what age they are.

Independence Day at the Dallas Arboretum*

Independence Day at the Dallas Arboretum*

And for this 4th of July, have they got a deal for every age group. From Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6, everybody gets in for $5! Well, almost everybody. Those active and retired members of the armed services get in free, but they have a proper ID proof at the door.

The really, truly great news is that you can also get into Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for just $5 and, boy, do they have plans for Rory Meyers during the unofficial four-day holiday wingding. Here goes:

Rory Meyers Children's Garden entrance (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Garden entrance (File photo)

Friday, July 3 thru Sunday, July 5

  • 9 a.m. – Craft Corner: The Stars and Stripes (Main Entry Plaza)
  • 9 a.m. – Patriotic Scavenger Hunt (Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden)
  • 10 a.m. – Storytime (Petroglyph Walk Pergola)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Puppet Show: Finding My Way Home (Glade Puppet Theater)
  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Elephant Toothpaste (Exploration Center Plant Lab)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Puppet Show: Finding My Way Home (Glade Puppet Theater)
  • 12 p.m. – Red, White and Fruit (Incredible Edible Garden)
  • 2 p.m. – Eddie the Eagle: Our Nation’s Emblem (Exploration Center)
  • 2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation: A Star Spangled Galaxy (OmniGlobe Theater)
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden's plaza (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden’s plaza (File photo)

Monday, July 6

  • 10 a.m. – Little Adventures Activities (First Adventure)
  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – H2Osmosis (Exploration Center Plant Lab)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Tadpole Feedings (Exploration Center)
  • 2 p.m. – Mega Metamorphosis (Texas Native Wetlands)
  • 2:30 p.m. – OmniGlobe Presentation (OmniGlobe Theater)
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (File photo)

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (File photo)

If you’ve heard about but haven’t ventured into Rory Meyers, this is the opportunity that you have been waiting for. There are activities and you’re gonna get it as such a bargain! Suggestion: Go early and you’ll feel the breezes coming off White Rock and discover the wonderment that others have been talking about. And if you don’t have a kiddo to escort you around, that’s okay. Adults seem to become kids when entering Rory’s garden, too.

BTW, sorry but no fireworks. The Arboretum closes at 5 p.m. and the gardens need their sleep time.

* Photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum

Don’t Waffle Around When It Comes To The 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball Raffle

Raffles are funny things. Folks buy a chance to support the fundraising effort and discount the idea of winning anything. Then they hear their name called and they’re shocked.

A couple of years ago, a gent, who swore he never ever won anything, had his ticket drawn for a five-figure debit card. Needless to say, his Christmas gifts shopping list for family and friends was over the top and it didn’t hurt his wallet one iota.

That’s why raffles are so much fun.

One of the annual fav raffles is held at Cattle Baron’s Ball each year. Those gals muster up the most incredible items that require no bidding, just one ticket to score. The raffle Co-Chairs Carolyn Goelzer, Terra Najork and Missy Wyszynski have just revealed the slew of items that will be up raffling on Saturday, October 3, at Gilley’s.

Only problem is trying to pick which one to take a chance on. Ah, shucks, that’s not a problem — buy one or two or three raffle tickets for each item!

Here’s the rundown:




  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster or ML Sport Utility (Estimated value: $55,000) — You will win big whether you chose the SLK Roadster which is shaped by racing heritage and wraps purebred performance in perfectly proportioned muscle OR the ML Sport Utility Vehicle which ruggedly delivers the balance of luxury, performance, comfort and safety. Donated by:  Park Place Motorcars


PlainsCapital debit card*

PlainsCapital debit card*

  • PlainsCapital Bank $10,000 Debit Card (Value: $10,000 debit card)Buy a ticket for a chance to win a $10,000 debit card from Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank, one of the largest banks founded and headquartered in Texas. PlainsCapital specializing in meeting the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and middle- market businesses, including commercial real estate, treasury management and wealth management services. Donated by PlainsCapital Bank
  • Highland Park Village*

    Highland Park Village*

    $10,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Highland Park Village (Value: $10,000) The lucky winner will revel in the attention and professional guidance of the Highland Park Village Personal Shopper, who will coordinate a $10,000 shopping spree at Highland Park Village, the premier venue for upscale shopping and dining in Dallas. Get the latest in high fashion from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Harry Winston, James Perse, Peeper’s and many others. Donated by Highland Park Village

  • Rolex*


    Eiseman Jewels And Rolex (Value: $10,000)Eiseman Jewels and Rolex will “rock your wrist” with a new Rolex timepiece, the renowned symbol of performance and prestige for more than a century. Come shop Eiseman’s dedicated Rolex space with your $10,000 gift certificate and choose from an extensive selection of the latest timepieces for Barons and Baronesses. Donated by:  Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center and Rolex

  • Inspirato Luxury Vacation In Punta De Mita, Mexico (Value: $5,000) — One lucky winner will enjoy a 7-night Inspirato luxury vacation of their choice of a 3 or 4 bedroom “Signature Residence” luxury villa in Punta de Mita, Mexico.  Trip includes personalized trip planning, daily housekeeping services and dedicated Inspirato concierge services from start to finish. Donated by:  Inspirato
  • Celine Handbag By Forty Five Ten (Value $4,250) — Forty Five Ten, Dallas’ premier boutique destination, is honored to donate a Goat Fur Mini Luggage handbag by French luxury brand Celine.  Forty Five Ten houses a world class mix of the top collections for women, men and the home, all merchandised with its own distinct point-of-view. Donated by:  Forty Five Ten

Now that you’re all hyped up on getting yourself some raffle tickets, here’s how to do it. You can either go online, or you can make a Cattle Baroness a very happy camper by buying one from her. If you don’t know one, just look around for the cutest gal with the biggest smile and a handful of raffle tickets.

* Photos and graphics provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center And Comerica Launch “Give Back, Buy A Backpack” Fundraising Campaign in July

Not even halfway through the summer and thoughts of “back to school” are already floating in minds. Actually, the thoughts have been going on for quite a while to help kids in need get ready for the August start date. After all, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes arrangements that have to take place to get things going.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

One such program is the “Give Back, Buy a Backpack” campaign that will “provide backpacks with school supplies and school uniforms to 1,000 children in need.” It the result of a partnership by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Comerica Bank for a second year.

A campaign kicked off today to help provide the resources for the backpacks. For each $25, a a backpack will be provided for a child. If the goal is surpassed, then “the dollars will be directed to the life-changing work DCAC provides.” But the campaign will run through the month of July.

According to DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis, “This campaign is a quick and easy way to make a difference in the life of a child, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to be successful in school. We are thankful for companies like Comerica who truly care about children in the Dallas community.”

To say these munchkins don’t have much is an understatement. A loaded backpack would would ease their return to school more than most adults can imagine. If you would like to donate, check here.

* Graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

JUST IN: 2015-2016 Dallas Historical Society Leadership Announced Plus New Board Of Trustees Revealed

Before everybody starts heading out early for the Fourth of July three- or four-day weekend, the Dallas Historical Society’s leadership for 2015-2016 has been announced. Seems sorta fitting at this time of year when traditions, parades and fireworks will take place in the days ahead.

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee will be returning as co-chairs and they’ll be joined by the following slate:

  • President/Chair Elect: William Helmbrecht
  • Secretary: Alison Hunsicker
  • Treasurer/Finance Chair: Ken Jackson
  • Nominating Chair: Diane Bumpas
  • Development Chair: Andrew Clendenen
  • Collections Co-Chairs: Shannon Callewart and Karl Chiao
  • Marketing Chair: David Feld
  • Education Chair: Richard Stanford
  • Facilities Chair: Searcy Ferguson
  • Governance Chair: Stephen Coke
  • Members At Large: Ban Bywaters, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Verna Mitchell and Mary Suhm
Connie Dufner (File photo)

Connie Dufner (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Joining the board will be newbies Connie Dufner, Nancy Gopez, Madelyn Jobst, Dotti Reeder and Glenn Solomon. Sure, you know the new kids-on-the-board, but you just might be surprised by their rundown. Want proof? Here you go:

  • Connie Dufner is a Dallas communications professional who has had the privilege of being on the front lines of Dallas history for more than three decades as a writer and editor. She serves as director of communications for Temple Emanu-El. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, she worked full-time in journalism at The Dallas Morning News and Modern Luxury Dallas. A native of Houston, she and her husband are the parents of two grown children.
  • Nancy Gopez serves as senior accountant at Brinker International, where she has been employed since 1990. She is a board member of the North Texas Food Bank, where she co-chaired the Harvest Event, and is the productions co-chair for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. She has also served as co-chair of the Mission Ole Event for Trinity River Mission and Milestone Luncheon Sustainer co-chair for the Junior League of Dallas. Gopez is a board member of Turtle Creek Manor, Visiting Nurses Association, The Family Place and Community Partners of Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Madeline Jobst is a fifth generation Dallas resident who attended Highland Park High School and then the University of Arkansas and The University of Texas at Austin. She descends from the Cockrell families of Texas including Joseph Elmore Cockrell, prominent attorney and one of the “fathers of SMU” and Alexander and Sarah Horton Cockrell, pioneer business and real estate developers who purchased the John Neely Bryan headwright in 1852 which included the “town of Dallas.” She has been selling real estate in Dallas for 36 years and is currently with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Jobst is a fundraiser for the SPCA and sits on its event advisory board. A past recipient of the SPCA Spencer Humanitarian Award for her dedication to animal welfare, she is also a member of Preservation Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas.
  • Dotti Reeder serves as managing director on the client advisory team at Tolleson Private Wealth Management. As a Dallas native, she takes an active role in the community. In addition to serving at Executive Women of Dallas, she assists in leadership roles the Business Council for the Arts, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, Child Care Group and Nexus Recovery Center. Reeder attended high school in Highland Park and is a graduate of The University of Texas.
  • Glenn Solomon is involved in commercial real estate development and management, commercial theater development and management, and commercial finance. He is president of Dallas-based Simbol Commercial and has also served as president of Gulf States Theaters. He supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of North Texas, which he served as president from 1994 to 1996. He serves on the boards of the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas National Golf Club and is a past DHS Trustee. During his last term, he helped developed and underwrite Texas Treasures. He and his wife, Margaret, are former co-chairmen of the Fellows as well as the DHS’s Awards for Excellence in 2014.

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Merriman Park/University Manor banner*

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Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

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Shirley Miller (File photo)

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Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

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