A Gentle Reminder: 4th Of July Closures And Limited Services

Old Glories

Old Glories

The 4th of July holiday is Monday. But there are those crafty, creative types who are turning that one-day holiday into a four day weekend. Yup! The scheduling part of their brains figured out if they took Friday off, they could take full advantage of the weekend plus the Monday holiday. Some are already checking out.

However, not everybody could do just that. Here is a rundown of Dallas City offices and services that will experiencing holiday closures or limited operation.

Closed on Monday, July 4

  • City offices
  • Libraries
  • Park and Recreation administrative office and Recreation Centers
  • Animal Services — The Shelter and Administrative offices will be closed. However, Animal Services staff will be available to respond to emergency call that will be handled thru 311. The Everyday Adoption Center at 16821 Coit Rd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Police administrative offices.
  • Dallas Fire Rescue administrative offices.
  • Sanitation administrative offices.

Closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4

  • Municipal Courts Building

Business as usual

  • Police
  • Dallas Fire Rescue
  • Sanitation

Regarding the U.S. Postal Service and banking institutions, they will be closed on Monday.

On the other hand, retailers, entertainment facilities and many restaurants will be wide open for business. And, of course, there are the neighborhood parades. So, don’t forget the sunscreen and DEET, while celebrating the U.S.’s 240th birthday. No gifts necessary.

Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage Fashionably Ranged From Neon Catsuits To Posh Needle-point Slippers

John Lemak in blue cheaters and needle-point evening slippers looked right at home on the Winspear terrace on Saturday, May 14. Smiling, he summed up the 70+ degree temperatures, the breeze and the beautiful peeps in for the Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage fundraiser: “It’s California weather.”

Neon gals

Neon gals

Just a few yards away, DTC fans like Rebecca and Barron Fletcher, Bess and Ted Enloe and Nancy Cain Marcus strolled past shapely gals in neon second-skin body suits. One guest admitted that had she been in such get ups, she would have required double-duty Spanx. Still another dowager sniffed, “They look like balloon creatures.”

Jonh Lemak

Jonh Lemak

Muffin Lemak

Muffin Lemak

John Lemak's slipper

John Lemak’s slipper

Muffin Lemak's purse

Muffin Lemak’s purse

As the crowd grew inside the Winspear, the Lemaks seemed to have created a satellite operation on the terrace with John’s rehabbed knee and wife Muffin Lemak’s still ailing eyes. But still the Lemaks’ fashion trumped all with Muffin’s Gucci purse, her Forty Five Ten dress and John’s slippers topped off with natty socks. John couldn’t help but gig his wife, revealing that in cleaning out her closet he had discovered a half-finished needle-point cummerbund that Muffin had started a while or so ago.

Debra Hitzelberger, Deanna Mahowald, Eleanor Bond, Ann Mahowald, Patricia Reyher, Michelle Moussa, Cindy Pierce and Ann Wood

Debra Hitzelberger, Deanna Mahowald, Eleanor Bond, Ann Mahowald, Patricia Reyher, Michelle Moussa, Cindy Pierce and Ann Wood

Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson

D'Andra Simmons Lock

D’Andra Simmons Lock

Hamilton Snead

Hamilton Snead

Peter Dewar and Yvette Ostolaza

Peter Dewar and Yvette Ostolaza

Regen and Jeff Fearon

Regen and Jeff Fearon

With Centerstage Co-Chair Melinda Johnson laughing on the sidelines, Co-Chair Ann Mahowald rounded up her gals buds (Debra Hitzelberger, Deanna Mahowald, Eleanor Bond, Patricia Reyher, Michelle Moussa, Cindy Pierce and Ann Wood) for a photo or two just outside the Winspear. DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty in his signature red sneakers looked blissful as the guests like Helen and Frank Risch, Carol and Don Glendenning, Kit and Kemp Sawers and Yvette Ostolaza and Peter Dewar, Regen and Jeff Fearon, Dolores and Larry Barzune, D’Andra Simmons Lock and Hamilton Snead arrived.

Helen and Frank Risch

Helen and Frank Risch

Kemp and Kit Sawers

Kemp and Kit Sawers

When the signal was given to head into the concert hall, all heeded the call. Soon, they found themselves on stage enjoying a delightful dinner: corn cakes, braised beef, and a layered parfait dessert. After that, energetic Justin Guarini & The Payback took the bandstand, cranking out old favorites such as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered” that had the likes of Helen and Frank and Julie and Ken Hersch showing off their moves on the dance floor. Later it was time for still more rug-cutting into the wee hours, courtesy of DJ Lucy Wrubel.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Be Keynote Speaker At Goodwill’s “The Lunch”

All these memories about Secretary of the Treasury from way long ago is fascinating, but there are some folks who have been on recent frontlines of America’s history making. One of those is Condoleezza Rice, who was Secretary of State (2005-2009) during the former President George W. Bush administration. Not only was she on the front row of the infamous 9/11, the second woman to hold that position and the first African American to be SOS, she has achieved greatness at everything she tackled. Whether it was playing piano or holding her own on the subject of professional football, Condi is a force to be reckoned with.

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

Condoleezza Rice (File photo)

Perhaps that’s why she’ll be the speaker at ‘The Lunch” on Friday, September 9, at the Omni Dallas Hotel benefiting Goodwill Industries of Dallas Inc.

According to Goodwill President/CEO Rodney K. Ginther, “Last year’s lunch was a great success thanks to our donors, but much more remains to be accomplished to provide services to every person that comes through Goodwill’s doors. Financial donations fund Goodwill’s education and training programs to give opportunity to many low-income, unskilled workers seeking economic independence.  ‘The Lunch’ is our opportunity to thank those who make our mission possible, because together we develop job opportunities for people in our community.”

David Miller (File photo)

David Miller (File photo)

Carolyn Miller (File photo)

Carolyn Miller (File photo)

Co-Chairs Suzanne and James Johnston have been joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Carolyn and David Miller in the organization’s second fundraising luncheon. BTW, The David B. Miller Family Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Also on board are Belle and Donald A. Berg, Jane and Pat S. Bolin, Ann and Brad Brookshire, Kelly Compton, Elana and Jerry Crawford, Lucky and R. Brooks Cullum Jr., Melinda and John F. Dickerson, Barbara and Steven A. Durham, Kevin J. Hanigan, Anne and George Killebrew, Kristina and John Hallam, Merrie Ann and Frank A. King, Michele and Jack M. Lafield, Lizbeth Minyard and Paul Lokey, Penny and Paul B. Loyd Jr., Pat Morgan and Charles McEvoy, The Honorable Jeanne L. Phillips, Holli and Kelley E. Roach, Diane and John Scovell, Ana Lucia and King Scovell, Lynne and Roy Sheldon and Mimi and William H. Vanderstraaten.

Sponsorships and table sales are available, but individual tickets will be at a minimum.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Centerstage

Whenever the Dallas Theater Center peeps throw a party, you just know beige is not going to be anywhere in the area. And the 2016 Centerstage was so typical, complete with gals in neon catsuits and guests in evening slippers with needle-pointed teddy bears.

Neon gals in catsuits

Neon gals in catsuits

And to add to the festivities, Co-Chairs Melinda Johnson and Ann Mahowald arranged to have a DTC fav Justin Guarini at the mic and DJ Lucy Wrubel in charge of the sounds for the after party. While the post is being prepared, the pictures can be found over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

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Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley (File photo)

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