PETA Provides Hot Tips Plus "Don't Call 311!"

Just checked the temperature it’s a toasty 95 degrees outside. It appears the dog days of summer are yelping. With that in mind, PETA has provided some reminders for canine care: [Read more…]

Bring On The Fans For The Hot Times

The only ones celebrating the rising temperatures are the air conditioning repairmen. It’s their time of the year. Having just had lunch with a charming fellow who used me as an excuse to get out of his office while the A/C paramedics were resuscitating the company’s exhausted system, it’s time to face the reality of the season.

Yes, it’s miserable when you move from you air-conditioned vehicle to your air-conditioned office/home, but there are people without any cooling at all. You can help by checking on neighbors who might be in need of A/C. Yes, we all assume that everyone has it, but you’d be surprised how older folks especially are cutting back on costs. They also tend to keep their houses locked up for fear of break ins and are much more susceptible to heat stroke.

If you know of any organizations in need of donated fans to give to the poor, feel free to mention them in the comments.

We're So Proud Of You

Congratulations, Dallas. In the most recent ranking of charitable cities by Charity Navigator, Dallas is #3. Yes, we know, we know. Houston is #2. But when you consider the recessionary environment, you have to be so proud that you’re part of a community that has dug a little deeper than the rest to help others.

Did you know the last time the survey was conducted we weren’t even in the top five a year ago? Go ahead. No one’s looking. Go ahead and smile. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Now let’s see if we can’t nudge Houston out of that #2 spot next year.

The Samaritan Inn Got Wonderful News

Located in McKinney, The Samaritan Inn has been a haven for many homeless. Presently there are 129 people living at the Inn, of which 43 are children. The recent economic challenges have created an even greater demand for the shelter in a county that everyone just assumed was terribly affluent.

After three years of planning and raising funds, The Samaritan Inn organization has purchased Victory Christian Church. Located on two acres across the street from the shelter, the 4,500-square foot building will provide accommodations for single men and free up space in the current facility for 11 family rooms.

The church will be vacated within 45 days, but renovations will take place immediately. They’re looking for plumbers and electricians to donate their services. For those of us less skilled, they have buckets of paints and brushes. If you’re taking off for the summer, you can always donate bunk beds, linens, lockers and money, of course.

Early Morning Call for Memorial Day Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend. A perfect time to sleep in. More than perfect would be heading out to D/FW International Airport to greet the returning troops. Yes, you have to be there by 7 a.m. when the plane arrives, but when you see the soldiers’ expressions as they see the people welcoming them home. . . well, you’ll want to be there daily.

The organizers have even arranged for you to have free parking.

Did you know that D/FW International is one of two U.S. airports where troops arrive before going to their hometowns? That means the first time they touch American soil is right in our backyard.

For details, just go here.

TACA Lexus Party On The Green Brings Home A Lot Of Green

Just a week ago today, the TACA Lexus Party on the Green was held at the Rosewood Mansion. While there are more than a dozen chefs throughout the world in various stages of recovery from the epic epicurean soirée, the nimble fingers of the TACA elves have been hard at work tallying up the grand total. And what a total it is!

Almost $350,000 was raised thanks to Event Chair Ashley Tripplehorn and the support of 550 guests, event sponsors (ALON USA, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Lexus, American Airlines, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, 103.7 Lite FM, PaperCity and Texas Monthly) and chef sponsors (Artesana Rosewood Residences/Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Baker Botts L.L.P., Bickel & Brewer, Diane and Hal Brierley, Faye C. Briggs, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Carreker Family Foundation, Dianne Cash, Don and Barbara Daseke, Jennifer and Tim Doke, Jennifer and John Eagle (pictured), Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Ford, Tara Lewis and John Swords, Neiman Marcus, The Rosewood Corporation, Jacquelin Sewell and Travis Wolff Independent Advisors & Accountants.

Suggestion: Put Friday, September 24, on your calendar for the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala.

"We're Talking Baseball" Is Your Get-Out-Of-Jail Card

When you play Monopoly, your “get out of jail” card frees you from just about anything. For baseball players, it’s, “We’re talking baseball.” Remember that later.

Sunday night after a sour defeat to the Cubs, the Texas Rangers regrouped for the Eighth Annual Triple Play Game Show Extravaganza at the Anatole hosted by Cristina Barbosa-Young and Michael Young, Dana and Josh Lewin and Lisa and Ken Schnitzer. Benefiting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation that supports programs for improving the lives of children in need, this was definitely a big league event. With Tivo’s set for Lost Sunday night, baseball fans of all ages were chatting it up with their Rangers.  Ron Washington, Jim Sundberg, Rusty Greer, José Guzmán and other Rangers, both past and present, moseyed around the aisles and aisles of silent auction items talking with fans like Oscar Howard and Chris Batiste (pictured right with from the left Oscar and Ron). [Read more…]

Sting And The Winspear Were Stage-jacked Saturday And Didn't Mind It All

Photo provided by North Texas Super Bowl XLV

See the picture to the left? Looks like a lollaplooza moment? Did designer Norman Foster envision this scene at the Winspear? More about that later. [Read more…]

Keith Cerny, Welcome To The AT&T PAC Hood

Today is Dallas Opera General Director Keith Cerny‘s (pictured) first day on the job. Why not drop him a note or just give him a call to say, “Hello and welcome.”

Remember you pronounce his last name “SUR-nee.” It rhymes with “Ernie.”

TACA Lexus Party On The Green Brought Out Chefs And Cool Clothes

Poor Oliver Ridgeway! The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi chef was probably thinking, “Veni, vidi, edi” (“They came, they saw, they ate!”) after Friday night’s TACA Lexus Party on the Green at the Rosewood Mansion. He had meticulously prepared 550 crisp ahi tuna tacos with piquant mango salsa, avocado mousse, wasabi tobiko and southwest microgreens for the 500+ guests. That should have been enough with over a dozen other world-class chefs stationed with their signature dishes in other parts of the Mansion. But, alas, he found himself scrambling around on the Terrace trying to pull together a Reader’s Digest version with what materials he had left over to feed with masses who returned with empty plates for “more, sir.” You would have thought the darlings hadn’t eaten since last year’s Party On The Green.

But Oliver wasn’t alone in fulfilling the demands of the glamorous chow lines. [Read more…]

Rachel Whiteread and Kenny Goss Celebrate Newest Nasher Show

Did you know that Rachel Whiteread (pictured) is the first female artist ever to be “showcased” at the Nasher Sculpture Center? Really? But that was not the deciding factor for Nasher Director Jeremy Strick‘s bringing her and her exhibition of 150 drawings to Dallas this week (thru August 15). According to Jeremy, it’s much simpler than that

“She’s one of the most important sculptors of our time. I knew about the show and said, ‘I want that here!'”

Not only did Jeremy get what he wanted, he also had Kenny Goss (pictured) and his sis-in-law Joyce Goss of The Goss-Michael Foundation host both a delicious seated dinner at the Nasher and a post-dinner reception at Kenny’s home in the Bubble.

Want a rundown of the night’s activities, people and stuff? You’ll get it after the jump, but don’t get your hopes up for photos of folks in front of Rachel’s drawings. Photo flashes were prohibited from the gallery with the drawings, so you’ll just have to go to the Nasher to see the collection of 150 drawings/collages.

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No Buck But Plenty Of Sting Tomorrow

Bad news: If you don’t have tickets to Sting‘s concert at the Winspear benefiting the North Texas Super Bowl, you’re too late. It’s a sell out!

Good news: If you have Sirius|XM, you can catch Sting on Channel 77 on Saturday at 8 a.m.

By the way, we understand that Joe Buck (he had a prior commitment) won’t be joining Troy Aikman in concert warm-up duties. Instead, Troy and Roger Staubach have recruited some Cowboys to help out.

Wining To Dine At The Rosewood Mansion For TACA Tonight

TACA Lexus Party on the Green organizers are expecting their biggest crowd in history tonight at the Rosewood Mansion — 550!

Understand that everyone from valets to wine stewards are looking forward to the two days of wining and dining for the arts.

Word has it that Mother Nature is going to behave herself tonight.

A Story About A Cheeseburger And A Cherry

One year ago today, I got suckered into trying to help rescue a dog in need. It was a malnourished Great Pyrenees that had been traded by a homeless man for a cheeseburger and $20 in downtown Dallas. Due to circumstances, the pooch (let’s call him “Cheeseburger”) ended up at the Dallas Animal Shelter in danger of euthanasia.

Thanks to the dedicated rescue groups like the Collin County Humane Society and Metroplex Animal Coalition, Cheeseburger (pictured) was to be rescued if someone could transport the  young GP from DAS to a foster home in Collin County. Shoot! I had nothing else going on that day and I had a gas guzzling SUV that could handle such a project.

The problem? [Read more…]

Retired Staubach Is Busier Than Ever

Since joining LaSalle Lang Jones Jones Lang LaSalle as Executive Chairman of Americas and moving into his new digs in the Preston Hollow area, Roger Staubach has become the energizer bunny rabbit of community involvement. Besides spearheading such projects as the North Texas Super Bowl, he’s been a very hands-on force for the recent Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show and AWARE luncheon.

Now it’s just been announced that he’ll be serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas honorary chairman with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas President J. Darren Rodgers serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas Chairman. The walk will take place September 11 at Victory benefiting the American Heart Association.

Attention, Nonprofits: Opportunity For $$$ And Services

Let’s all be calm. Yes, The Real Estate Council Foundation (TRECF) has money and services that it wants to give away to nonprofits. It’s all a part of its 2011 Community Initiatives program.

TREC President Michelle Corson said, “Throughout our 20-year history, we have provided numerous philanthropic causes in excess of $75 million dollars of pro bono professional services supported by more than $8 million dollars.  We are seeking projects from agencies that complement our mission and can utilize our members’ professional expertise to increase our positive impact on the community.”

It’s all the more amazing when you realize how tough things have been for those in real estate.

But, as you suspect there is a catch. No, you don’t have to enroll in their Facebook Fan Page nor pick up cans on the side of the road. So, what do you have to do? Follow the jump, read the criteria and please apply, if you can fit the requirements. The deadline for pre-applications is Tuesday, June 1, so hop to it.

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Kidney Texas Is Already In Motion For September 8 Fashion Show

Last night Kidney Texas fashion show/luncheon triumvirate Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley (pictured left with Patty Jo)and Renee Winter gathered the troops to celebrate  the naming of Dr. Goran and Mrs. Tina Klintmalm as honorary chairs for the group’s tenth anniversary event.

The gals know they have their work cut out for them. Having raised over $2M since 1999, Kidney Texas has provided funding for all aspects of kidney disease.

While the Bentleys and Mercedes were parked out front of Lauryn and Tom White‘s marvelous estate in Preston Hollow, [Read more…]

Just In: A Celebration Of Reading 2010 Is Announced!

Get your agendas out. Former First Lady and Former Presidential Mother Barbara Bush (pictured with children) has just sent news about A Celebration of Reading for 2010.

Once again it will take place at the Meyerson. This year it will be on Monday, November 8.

Now, we know what you’re waiting for. Who’s in the lineup? Follow the jump and you’ll see someone who recently appeared at the Genesis Women’s Shelter luncheon. . .

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Shout Out To The "Dallas Area Young Lawyers"

UPDATE: We’re down to two cats and three dogs still in need of legal assistance.

When you hold your “Second Annual Adopt-a-Thon” Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Animal Services on Westmoreland, ask the staff to introduce you to the animals on death row. This week there are two kitties (Standley and Delphi) and eight dogs including Ulysses, a Flat-Coat Retriever, who are slated for the needle on Monday.

If ever there death row inmates that needed a little help from young legal eagles, these ten are r-e-a-l-l-y are desperate.

Can’t Wait til Midnight At The Nasher This Friday

According to those wonderful folks who swore we would be washed out last weekend, they’re claiming tomorrow (Thursday) is going to a gully washer. Ah, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The rest of the weekend is supposed to be sunny. . . very sunny. Congratulations, Byron Nelson organizers!

Now, if you’re looking for something to do Friday night and find local movie theater tickets financially challenging, head to the Nasher Sculpture Center.

What? Instead of a movie, enjoy a new exhibition, wander gorgeous grounds and have Wolfgang Puck-type cuisine available. But, wait! There’s been something added to the Nasher activities.

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Big Blue Beam Is Trinity Strand Trail Highlight

Photo provided by Trinity Strand Trail

While our cuzzins over at FrontBurner are trying to figure out what the big blue beam (pictured) is, we’re here to tell you that it was unveiled this morning as part of the completion of the first plaza of the Trinity Strand Trail.

The beam is 14-feet tall and represents the height of the Trinity River back in 1908 when Dallas experienced a Noah-like flood. In addition to the commemorative beam, the plaza has two free-standing kiosks with a map of the trail and history, as well as commemorative engraved bricks purchased by Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail.

Diets Die! It's TACA Proscenium Weekend At The Rosewood Mansion!

Attention, all dieters. You’re getting the weekend off from celery and Slim•Fast. Come rain or snow or shine, it’s the TACA Proscenium presented by ALON USA and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Imagine chefs from around the world coming together to compete for your taste buds for two days. And we’re not talking just any old chefs with a white apron and a spoon. Here’s a rundown — [Read more…]

Dallas Is Going To The Dogs!

Let’s review the checklist of summer must do’s. Graduations handled? Check! Wedding gifts ordered? Check! Summer vacation plans made? Check!  But what about your dog (pictured)? Doesn’t s/he deserve a little summer activity, too. You know they’re good sports and would be agreeable to any shenanigans.

Here are a couple of solutions to your pooch guilt. Not only will be you have fun, you’ll help other less fortunate critters. [Read more…]

Saturday's Sting Concert is Nearly Sold Out

Those wonderful folks who have been organizing  the concerts benefiting the North Texas Super Bowl’s concert have only 100 tickets left for Saturday night’s Sting concert at the Winspear.

What you haven’t seen it advertised around town? Nope! And you won’t. Why? Because it’s a private concert, so no promo has been allowed.

But we just know the right person to check with about getting tickets. It’s Special Event Manager/Wunderkind Kristen Miles. You can give her a call at 214.252.5107 or just email her at [email protected] Be forewarned — she’s a busy gal and the tickets are flying.

UPDATE: They’re down to 75 tickets.