Final Sets for USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Classic

For those you who pride themselves on remembering the good old days of the Virginia Slims and World Championship of Tennis, you probably already know about the USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Tennis Classic. If that’s the case, you need to read no farther because you already have stellar seats at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for Sunday’s final sets.

As for the rest of us with courtly interest, the tournament has been underway since Sunday with the likes of Valerie Tetreault, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Alexandra Stevenson, Alina Jidkova, Christina McHale, Madison Brengle and Lauren Albanese. Benefiting the North Texas Children’s HopeChest and Special Olympics, organizers have also arranged for free tennis clinics in the evening for area youngsters and adults.

Quarterfinals are taking place right now and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing tennis and to help some very worthy causes. Need ticket info? Here you go!

BTW, if you’re doing office duty right now, check out Radio Tennis.


Despite the weather forecast, the largest women’s tennis competition in Texas is taking place with the final sets taking place Sunday. Benefiting the

Peter Doroshenko Selected To Be Dallas Contemporary Executive Director

Dallas Contemporary announced that Peter Doroshenko (pictured), recently the president and artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Centra in Kiev, has been selected to be its new executive director replacing Joan Davidow. Of course, you’re wondering about Peter’s credentials. After all, his name is not all that familiar locally. Here’s the info provided by DC:

In addition to the Pinchuk Art Centre, Mr. Doroshenko has held Directorship positions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst-SMAK, Ghent; and the Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. From 1991-1995 he was the curator of Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Most recently, [Read more…]

Why Are These Two People Smiling?

The two folks in the picture (Jonnie England, left, and John Shore) are smiling for two entirely different reasons.

Metroplex Animal Coalition Director of Animal Advocacy and Communications (whew) Jonnie is smiling with the hope that she can rustle up some volunteers for “Cars & Stripes Forever,” Saturday’s car and bike wash from noon to six benefiting the Metroplex Animal Coalition. It’s a pretty nifty deal for both volunteers and people who have dirty cars. The volunteers get to sit under tents accepting peoples’ money. The people with the dirty cars not only get their cars washed, they also get to dine on a gourmet buffet and a $20-gift certificate to Stratos. Oh, and they can have their pets paws read by a Paw Psychic. The event is taking place in front of The Lodge and is totally underwritten by animals’ best friend Dawn Mickey.

Understand that MAC Treasurer/Secretary Skip Trimble has been seen around town with a bucket of mud getting cars dirty.

If you have some time on your hands, let Jonnie know that you want to volunteer ASAP.

Now, why is John smiling? Well, not only was he having lunch with Jonnie today at Bolsa, he was bidding farewell to the age of 34. Tomorrow he joins the 35-year old set. Happy birthday, John. Somebody buy him a car wash.

Let’s Sparkle Tonight At Fair Park

If you’re working or not, why not grab a bite to eat somewhere in the Deep Ellum area and watch the fireworks over at Fair Park. Sure, it’s not the Fourth of July, but it’s a great way to kick off the week and besides a lot of fine folks went the extra mile to make the Dallas skies sparkle.

If you want first-class action, then attend the 45-minute patriotic concert performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony in front of the Hall of State at 8:30 p.m. But if you want visual activity in addition to the fireworks, you might want walk along the Esplanade and check out the “dancing waters.” At 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8, the fountains will be choreographed to the Yellow Rose of Texas and Aaron Copeland’s Hoedown.

It’s all free (except for the parking), so thank you notes should be addressed to sponsors Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Gold Metal Recyclers, as well as MetroPCS, Encore Wire Corporaiton, Ben E. Keith and Bud Light, WFAA Channel 8, 98.7 K-LUV, 97.9 The Beat and 94.5 K-Soul.

And don’t forget those wonderful Friends of Fair Park!

Today Is Quite A Day! Thank You, John And Tom

It was just 234 years ago today that the Declaration of Independence was signed.

It was just 184 years ago today that both  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other.

Today is a day to be remembered for a new nation’s birth and the passing of its fathers.

Last Thought Of The Day

“It’s only a great holiday, if you make it home safely. Be careful.”

-MySweetCharity staff

Still Another Thought For The Day

“The United States is like a giant boiler. Once the fire is lit under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.”

-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Another Thought Of The Day

“Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were America.”

Oscar Handlin (1915- )

First Thought Of The Day

“Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.”

-Sinclair Lewis 1885-1951


Cece Cox Named Executive Director Of Resource Center Dallas

Cece Cox (pictured), associate executive director for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community services, has been named the Resource Center Dallas’s new executive director starting Saturday.

As associate executive director for GLBT community services for the Center since 2007, Cox was directly responsible for creating and maintaining programs at one of the largest GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community centers in the United States.

Cox led the Center’s diversity training program, providing curriculum and training for education, business and public sector clients. Last fall, Cox spearheaded a team to provide diversity training for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission — the first state agency in Texas to institute GLBT diversity training for all of its employees. This spring, she was also instrumental in working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to expand its nondiscrimination policies to include gender identity. [Read more…]