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                                    CITY HALL HIGHLIGHTS
                                     CITY HALL HIGHLIGHTS
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                                   Streets receives 2008 Sustainable Leadership Award
                              The Department of Street Services has received a 2008 Sustainable Leadership Award
                              from the Portland Cement Association. The award honors innovative public officials who
        In this               use cement or cement-based products to achieve sustainable benefits.
                              Since 2004, the City of Dallas has been committed to a sustainability policy to make it a
                              “greener,” more environmentally friendly city. Among the environmental issues it faced
                              was disposal of materials resulting from street repairs. In keeping with the City’s Environ-
A message from         2      mental Policy, Street Services established innovative programs to reuse, reclaim and re-
the City Manager              cycle materials used in its street restoration, rehabilitation and partial reconstruction pro-
City Archivist         3
                              One of the most cost-effective, durable and sustainable methods Street Services em-
is keeper of City of          braced was the use of full-depth reclamation, a process that rebuilds worn-out asphalt
Dallas history                pavements by recycling the existing roadway.

                              Through these three programs the City estimates it is recycling an average of 80 percent
Fair Park Holiday             of its existing street materials, thereby reducing road repair debris in landfills - a major
Lights Dec. 13-14             goal of the City.

Acclaimed writers      5
                                  Students sing to go green at Sanitation recycling event
coming to Dallas
for Authorspeak              Folksinger/songwriter Bill Oliver and more than 400 Dallas Independent School District stu-
                             dents came together at the Dallas Convention Center to promote Texas Recycles Day. The
                       6     event is a statewide project of the Recycling Alliance of Texas, a public education effort
Fall adoption event          designed to promote increased recycling.
held at Dallas
Animal Services

WRR receives           7

creative awards

Cultural events        8
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City of Dallas                  DISD students learn about recycling            “Mr. Habitat” promotes Recycle Day
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  06/07-27                   Known as “Mr. Habitat”, Oliver sings songs about environmental issues and conservation.
                             He has been featured in Time Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America,
Trinity Audubon        10    CBS News and This Old House. Hosted by the City of Dallas Sanitation Services Depart-
Center now open              ment, the environmental education initiative targets Dallas ISD elementary students. Dallas
                             Water Utilities, Office of Environmental Quality, Park & Recreation and Public Works and
                             Transportation work together to help students learn about recycling, water conservation and
                             management, air pollution prevention and grease abatement in a fun and entertaining set-

 City Hall Highlights is published every month by the Public Information Office. Send your contributions (and
 photos) to Copy deadline for the January issue is Dec. 19.
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                                Let me talk to the City Manager
                                By City Manager Mary K. Suhm
                                I am so proud of the work all of you have done over the past year. Reflecting upon
                                                  the past twelve months, it’s evident that you have accomplished
    Tulisoma, which                               a lot. Together we’ve implemented a long-term plan to reinvent
                                                  the Code Compliance Department’s structure, priorities, man-
    is Swahili for
“The plan places a “we                            agement and functions. A number of positions were added in-
    read,” was
greater focus on Code                             cluding 30 additional Code Officers.
    started through
Compliance in 2003a
strengthened educa-                              The plan places a greater focus on Code Compliance through a
    by former Dallas
tion effort and                                  strengthened education effort and stronger partnerships with po-
    City partnerships
stronger Councilman                              lice and community prosecutors. We are already seeing changes
    Leo V. Chaney,
with police and com-                             and results. We’ve also continued with our plan to hire more po-
munity prosecutors.”
    Jr., as a way of                             lice officers and we expect to see double-digit declines reported
                                                 for all crime categories soon. That’s really good news and will
    sharing his dis-            Mary K. Suhm
                                                 confirm to our residents and corporate citizens that Dallas is in-
    trict’s distinct            deed safe and clean.
    character while
                                We’ve built new fire stations, opened new libraries and cut the ribbon on the
    also promoting a            Homeless Assistance Center and Trinity River Audubon Center. We continue to
    love for reading            invest in projects in southern Dallas and have partnered with Keep Dallas Beautiful
    among all ages.             to see a number of neighborhood curb appeal projects blossom.
                                We accomplished all of this and more and managed to deliver a FY 2008-09
                                budget to council which did not include a tax rate increase and was subsequently
                                adopted. I am also extremely proud of our environmental sustainability efforts and
                                our “Green Team”. As you know, our organization has been ‘going green’ for many
                                years. Unfortunately, no one but the EPA seemed to know about Dallas’ accom-
                                And so, “Green Dallas” was born a year ago in January 2008. Since then, we’ve
                                received more than one million hits on the Web site and have be-
                                come a source of information for residents, corporate citizens and journalists.
                                The main goal of the Green Dallas campaign is simple: to change perception. The
 “’Dallas is delivering         City of Dallas already had green initiatives in place, we just had to let people know
 because of your                about them and change the way people thought about Dallas from an environ-
 passion and pledge             mental perspective.
 to deliver superior
 customer service               Secondly, Green Dallas is about education. Through our primary vehicle, Green-
 every day, and only   , we are educating businesses and the public from two angles:
 you can keep the                           •   What the City of Dallas is doing to be green; and
 momentum going.”
                                            •   What people and businesses can do to be green
                                Finally, the Green Dallas campaign is about changing behavior. Our city environ-
                                mental experts tell us that in order for Dallas to continuously reduce its carbon
                                footprint, clean the air, conserve water, save energy, etc, it will require the partici-
                                pation of the people of Dallas. The city government can only achieve so much on
                                its own.
                                On many fronts, Dallas is delivering because of your passion and pledge to deliver
                                superior customer service every day, and only you can keep the momentum going.
                                I encourage you to do so and thank you for your commitment to the City of Dallas.
                                Here’s to a very happy and healthy new year for you and your family.
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 Green Dallas update:
   Air pollution reduced, thanks to employees and GreenRide®
Ozone Season (May to October) has come to an end, and thanks to the efforts of City of Dallas employees, the Dallas-Fort
Worth region has come closer to meeting the acceptable level of ozone set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ground level ozone is harmful to human health and the environment. Last year, the
highest measure of ground level ozone reported was 95 Parts per Billion (PPB); this
year, it decreased to 91 PPB. “’We are making progress, and every effort from each of
us, no matter how small, is contributing to better air quality, and a better environment in
North Texas,” said Office of Environmental Quality Interim Director Eric Griffin.

This past ozone season City employees were asked to report their commutes online
through the City’s GreenRide® Web site. GreenRide® is operated by the City of Dallas
Office of Environmental Quality. Each month the department generates reports on mile-
age and emissions savings made by each department and the City as a whole. Reports
from GreenRide® indicate that City employees have saved a total of 11,640,769 miles
and prevented 5,383.456 tons of harmful emissions this ozone season.

How did City of Dallas employees contribute to the region’s reduction in ozone?

GreenRide® reports indicate that of the City employee emissions savings, carpoolers contributed six percent; employees
biking and walking contributed three percent; those riding DART and the T contributed eight percent; and employees working
a compressed work schedule contributed 12 percent. The rest of the savings can be attributed to vacation days and those
working from home. City employees prevented 5.441 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and 6.903 tons of Nitric
Oxides (NOx) from being emitted into the air. These two pollutants combine with sunlight to produce ozone. The main
sources of VOCs and NOx in the DFW region are mobile sources: cars, trucks and construction equipment.

Congratulations and keep up the good work, City of Dallas employees!

Employee spotlight: John Slate
       City Archivist working hard to preserve Dallas history
  Dallas is a city that is rich in history, and the fascinating but demanding job of preserving our heritage falls to City Archivist
  John Slate.

  Since 1986, the mission of the Dallas Municipal Archives has been to document and pre-
  serve the actions of the City. John, who has been on the job for eight years, says historical
  records provide a way of protecting the City’s assets.

  He is responsible not only for records of routine City proceedings, but also for information
  that is alive with history; from Dallas police records relating to the JFK assassination to the
  exploits of Bonnie and Clyde. In fact, he noted, a video crew from the British Broadcasting
  Company came to City Hall just last month to look over the old reports for a documentary
  about the famous outlaws.

  John has a Masters degree in Library Science and is a member of the Academy of Certified
  Archivists. His job is not only to keep records of the City’s history safe, but also to share infor-
  mation with the public. Citizens can make appointments to view materials in person or they           City Archivist John Slate
  access them online. The Archives are also a valuable resource for City employees. For ex-
  ample, if your department needs an old photo to illustrate a report, newsletter or Web site, John can help with research.

  He can be reached at (214) 670-5270 or at He’s also available for speaking engagements
  to share his knowledge and experience.
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                          Fair Park Holiday Lights to feature family-friendly activities
                         A Texas holiday two-step will get underway with entertainment, kids activities, horse-drawn car-
                         riage rides, tours and outdoor movies Dec. 13-14 during Fair
                         Park’s Holiday Lights celebration. On both days, visitors will
                         enjoy free admission to all the Fair Park museums from 3 to 7
“This is another         p.m., holiday concerts by the Dallas Wind Symphony at 4:30
wonderful holiday        p.m. in the Band Shell, and tours of the newly renovated Cot-
activity that every-     ton Bowl from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
one can enjoy as
a family. Like last      Free parking will be available at Gate 2 (Perry Ave. and Has-
year, it will be         kell Ave.), Gate 6 (Robert B. Cullum Blvd. and Martin Luther
great fun for            King Blvd.), Gate 10 (Fitzhugh Ave. and Exposition) and Gate
                         11 (Fitzhugh Ave. and Lagow). Handicap parking entrance is
everybody,” said         at Gate 6. Concessions will be sold including cider, hot
Fair Park Execu-         chocolate, hot dogs, chili dogs, beer, wine and much more. A
tive General Man-        nominal fee will apply for various holiday activities including
ager Daniel              selected crafts ($1), tubing down the snow hill ($1), puppet
Huerta.                  shows ($1.50), horse-drawn carriage rides ($5), pictures with
                         Santa ($7), Texas Skyway Gondola ride ($5 – open Saturday

                         Other festivities will include “Holiday on Strings” by the Dallas
                         Puppet Theatre; a Yule log; and pictures with Santa and the Mrs.! The Texas SkyWay gondola
                         ride will be open, so guests can get a birds-eye view of Fair Park. The City of Dallas’ Office of
                         Cultural Affairs Neighborhood Touring Program will feature musical artists performing at the Cot-
                         ton Bowl Plaza, Big Tex Circle and various stages throughout the park.

                         The City of Dallas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl
                         Plaza. A concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Quintet is also scheduled, and holiday mu-
                         sic and a special candlelight tribute to those serving in our armed forces will be held both nights.

                         “This is another wonderful holiday activity that everyone can enjoy as a family. Like last year, it
                         will great fun for everybody, said Daniel Huerta, Fair Park executive general manager.
Conference atten-
dees participated          Park and Recreation Department receives state award
in educational ses-
sions including           The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department received
                          the Texas Recreation and Park Society Regions 2 & 3 Lone
park operations,          Star Programming Award for creating a professional training
leadership, recrea-       workshop for using costumed characters and mascots for
tion programming,         special events.
facilities planning,      Park and Recreation welcomed more than 500 North Texas
seniors and thera-        leisure services professionals to the Texas Recreation and
peutic recreation,        Park Society Regions 2 & 3 Conference held Nov. 21 at the
marketing and spe-        Dallas Convention Center. Attendees included City of Dallas
                          Park and Recreation staff members and other park and rec-
cial events, aquat-       reation professionals from the North Texas area.
ics and fitness and
athletics                 Conference attendees participated in educational sessions that included such topics as
                          park operations, leadership, recreation programming, facilities planning, seniors and
                          therapeutic recreation, marketing and special events, aquatics and fitness and athletics. A
                          total of 35 conference vendors sponsored the event and also provided additional educa-
                          tional opportunities and attendees. Pre-conference workshops were also held at the newly
                          renovated Cotton Bowl.
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        Acclaimed writers coming to Dallas for Authorspeak 2009
                     The Dallas Public Library’s Authorspeak series returns in 2009 with an appearance on Feb. 12 by the lead-
                     ing historian of the Civil War. James McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander
                     in Chief. McPherson is also the author of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (a New
                     York Times bestseller) and many other books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. Tried
                     by War offers a revelatory portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation
                     has ever endured. How Lincoln overcame feckless generals, fickle public opinion,
                     and his own paralyzing fears is a story at once suspenseful and inspiring.

James McPherson     Next in the series will be Amy Chua, on March 10. Chua is the author of Day of
                    Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall. A
Yale law professor and daughter of immigrants, Chua’s book examines a number of world-dominant                 Amy Chua
powers and argues that tolerance and multiculturalism are indispensable features of global economic
                and military success. Chua offers an illuminating survey of the benefits of tolerance and pluralism, often as a
                   tacit brief for maintaining America's generous immigration policies.

                     The final author in the series, on May 6 will be Reza Aslan, author of How to Win a Cosmic War: Confront-
                     ing Radical Islam. Surveying the global scene, Aslan explores why religion is again becoming the supreme
                     marker of identity in nearly all parts of the globe. In doing so, he launches a revolution in the way we under-
                     stand – and confront -- radical Islam. Aslan is a fellow at the University of Southern California's Center on
                     Public Diplomacy and Middle East Analyst for CBS News. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles where
                     he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.
   Reza Aslan

         Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas is empowering parents
 This fall the Dallas Public Library has been busy spreading the word about Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas! The early
 literacy program uses free interactive workshops to introduce parents to six pre-reading skills: narrative, print motivation,
 vocabulary, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and print awareness. Every Child Ready to Read workshops are now
 held at seven recreation centers at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Workshops are also being held at DISD
 schools and day care centers, and Family Literacy Nights were especially exciting for parents, children, and library staff in-

 The pre-reading skills are easy to involve in your daily routines and also fit in with busy holiday activities. For example: Bake
 cut out cookies and talk with your child about the shapes, like stars, bells, and trees; Sing simple holiday songs like Jingle
 Bells; Ask children to draw pictures of what they like to do this time of year, then listen to them tell a story about their draw-
 ing. For more information about Every Child Ready to Read @ Dallas go to

      New merchandise and new operating hours for BookEnds
 There’s something new about BookEnds, the Dallas Public Library’s used bookstore, located on the first floor of the Central
                                                Library, 1515 Young St.

                                                      The store’s expanded hours of operation now coincide with the regular
                                                      hours of the main library. BookEnds is now open Monday through Thurs-
                                                      day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday
                                                      1 to 5 p.m. BookEnds is also offering new merchandise: computer flash
                                                      drives, 2009 calendars, greeting cards, tote bags, coffee mugs, door
                                                      magnets with the store’s logo, jelly necklaces, holiday gift baskets, and

                                                      Customers will also find the usual gently used books, current magazines,
                                                      autographed books, high value books, videos and other bargain priced

                                                      Now that the holiday season is here and economic conditions require
                                                       creative gift choices, consider some of BookEnds many affordable book
 BookEnds has many affordable gift ideas.              selections, gift ideas and presents for every member of your family.
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        Dallas Animal Services and partners host fall adoption event
Dallas Animal Services (DAS) has been working wonders with their adoption events lately.

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) attracted outside exhibitors and 25 vol-
unteers to help showcase animals available for adoption. On Nov. 15, the success was
repeated. An adoption event at Highland Park Village resulted in eight dogs being adopted
in a matter of hours.

“In addition to improving the lives of our animal friends, other City of Dallas departments -
Storm Water Management, Sanitation, and Dallas Water Utilities’ Cease the Grease pro-
gram – participated by providing educational information and giveaways for all visitors
during the event,” said DAS Community Outreach Coordinator Lisa Fullerton.

“Look for more fabulous adoption events from Dallas Animal Services in the coming months,” Fullerton said.

For more information or if you would like to adopt a dog or cat, visit Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center, seven days a
week at 1818 N. Westmoreland Road (corner of I-30 and Westmoreland). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Fri-
day; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. All pets adopted have current vaccinations, are spayed/
neutered, and are microchipped. Dog adoption fees are $85; cats are just $55.

        Firefighters save the night, keep Christmas lighting Grinch at bay
  It was the best of times but could have been the worst of times for one of Dallas’ premier downtown events of the season.
  But some quick thinking and the power of persuasion allowed the 2008 City Lights event to go on without a hitch. On Nov.
  14, just hours from the Neiman Marcus annual Christmas tree lighting, another downtown tenant was planning a fire hydrant
  test and set to release more than 50,000 gallons of water right down Elm Street and onto the path of a lot of pedestrians set
  to witness the holiday lighting event.

  The test couldn’t be canceled, the lighting couldn’t either. But quick thinking by Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Tanksley
  saved the night. In what would become ‘The Great Christmas Lighting Compromise,’ Tanksley ordered in booms to divert
  the water while enlisting police to block traffic. The whole thing was captured by the Home and Garden Television Network
  (HGTV), taping their annual holiday department store windows display program. The program will air beginning Dec. 14 on

  Rodman Goode reappointed to Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council
     Sergeant Rodman Goode has been re-appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to another term on the Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory
     Council. A five year veteran of the Marshal’s Office, Sgt. Goode was first appointed to the Council in January 2004. He will
     continue his service through January 2010.
                                     “It is a very rewarding experience to be selected by Governor Perry in the first place,” Goode
                                    said. “The fact that I was offered an opportunity to serve again is a great honor that I don’t take for
                                    granted.” Court and Detention Services Assistant Director Mary Lynn Morris emphasized the
                                    important work the Institute does for crime victims.

                                    “The Institute’s research can help with public education and bring a sense of closure after a ter-
                                    rible situation,” she said. “Sgt. Goode’s appointment is an excellent example of our department’s
                                    guiding principle of customer service, community involvement and team work. This demon-
                                    strates our commitment to serving the citizens, and is an excellent example of our guiding princi-
                                    ple of customer service, community involvement and team work.”

     Sgt. Rodman Goode              Goode serves as one of two law enforcement representatives assigned to the Council. The insti-
                                    tute’s responsibilities include using information gathered from crime victims to publish educational
     materials for the public and for state legislators. The Institute was created in 1995 to study the impact of crime on victims, sur-
     vivors and their family members, and society; evaluate the effectiveness of criminal and juvenile justice policies, and develop
     policies to assist the criminal justice system to prevent the victimization of society by criminal acts.
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                                   WRR Radio receives MarCom Creative Awards
                               WRR Classical 101.1 FM received seven 2008 MarCom Creative Awards from the
  This year’s competi-         Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals. The awards recognize out-
  tion included more                          standing achievements by marketing and communication professionals.
  than 5,000 entries
                                                                          broadcasting classical music, part of the
                                             “WRR is in the business of Volunteers are needed tobut our entire
  from volun-
  The corporate mar-                                                      Love Family by joining creative individu-
                                             staff consists of a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and the Love
  keting and communi-
  teers, who
  cations departments,
                                                                          Helpers. Do you want to learn more
                                             als,” said WRR General Manager Greg Davis. “That we are recognized by
                                                                          about for airport environment? Do
                                             an international awards committee theour creative endeavors is a testa-
  “float” around
  advertising agencies,                      ment to the caliber of the individuals at WRR.”
  public relations firms,                                                you have 4 hours once or twice a
  the airport                                                            week to be a 5,000 entries
                                             This year’s competition included more than volunteer? from corporate
  design shops, produc-
  are companies and
  tion called                                marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, public
  freelancers.                               relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. Win-
  Love Help-                                                             For more information on joining the
                                             ners range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and
  ers.                                       Fortune 500 companies. Love Helpers Team, please contact

                                                                        excellence in quality, Aviation at (214)
                               WRR received three Platinum Awards for the Department ofcreativity and resourceful-
                                                                        the high standards our industry at
                               ness and four Gold Awards for exceeding 670-6076 or visitof the websitenorm. The
                               station also received two honorable mentions in the Radio/Single Spot category.

                                   Greg Davis wins Texas Tech Outstanding Alumni award
                                Greg Davis, WRR General Manager has received an outstanding Alumni Award from
                                Texas Tech University’s Department of Mass Communications.
                                The Awards recognize Texas Tech alumni who have made out-
                                standing contributions to the field of mass communications.
                                Davis received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Texas
                                Tech and joined the City of Dallas as a public affairs television
                                producer before becoming WRR general manager in 1993. In
                                1997, he received the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the
                                Black College Radio Association and has also received seven
                                Marconi Awards of Merit for classical music broadcasting. He
                                has received the Texas Public Relations Association Best in
                                Texas Award for Advertising Excellence. Under his tenure,         WRR GM Greg Davis
                                WRR has received two White House special recognitions for
                                classical music broadcasting from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
  “I am proud of the
  WIC Team,” said Di-
  rector of Environ-             WIC employees achieve new record of service
  mental Health Ser-            The Environmental Health Services (EHS) Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)
  vices Karen Rayzer.           employees were recognized by the WIC State Agency for reaching a new record of
  “’They have worked            serving more than 100,000 Dallas County WIC participants in September. These record
  extremely hard during         numbers were achieved while all 210 WIC employees participated in a mandatory train-
  a year of great               ing for the new State Agency EBT Automation System.
  change and pro-               “I am proud of the WIC Team,” said Director of Environmental Health Services Karen
  gress.”                       Rayzer. “They have worked extremely hard during a year of great change and

                                Other accomplishments of EHS/WIC Program employees this year include implementa-
                                tion of Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment for expanded training in counseling and
                                documentation; training and placement of 23 WIC Nutritionist and two registered dieti-
                                tians; renovation and/or relocation of 13 clinics to improve services , clinic flow, and
                                create child friendly play spaces; and implementation of an electronic benefits transfer
                                automation system.
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    Don’t miss these events coming to a Cultural Center near you
The City of Dallas Cultural Centers provides a wide range of community-based and culturally diverse artistic pro-
grams. Attend an event at a cultural center near you!
Bath House Cultural Center
Dec. 6 through Jan. 3, 2009 - Three unique artistic exhibitions: The In/Materiality of the Everyday: Photographs by
Marilyn Waligore; Dallas Arts Revue’s Winter Show; and Layered Journeys: Re-
cent Artwork by Jeanne Sturdevant. For more information call (214) 670-8749.

Ice House Cultural Center
Dec. 5 through Jan. 2, 2009 - 17th Annual La Virgen de Guadalupe Art Exhibi-
tionThe Virgen de Guadalupe, considered by many as the patron saint of Mex-
                           ico, will be honored with a multimedia art exhibition
                           by various artists. Artist Reception Dec. 13, 6-8
                           p.m. Call (214) 670-7524 for more information.

                               Latino Cultural Center
                               Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. - In celebration of the holiday
                               season, the fifth Annual Posada will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A posada is a
                               Latin American festivity that begins with processioners singing traditional Hispanic carols
                               and culminates with a celebration. Call (214) 670-3320 for more information. Free.

                               Dec. 8 through Feb. 21, 2009 - Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of
                               Cheech Marin. The new exhibition features 23 works of art by Chicano artists, depicting
                               the Chicano experience from the 1980s. Call (214) 670-3320 for more information. Free.

South Dallas Cultural Center
Dec. 18, 7 p.m. - An Evening of Spoken Word
Hosted by Fort Worth Poetry Slam National Champion Michael Guinn, this open mike event features local and re-
                                      gional poets. For more information call (214) 670-0315. Free.

                                          Dec. 18, 9 p.m. - Let Go! An African Diaspora Dance Experience
                                          Dance and let go of all your stress as deejays O Williams and Lumumba Ban-
                                          dele spin music from Reggae to Salsa to Soka to Hi-Life! Call (214) 670-0315
                                          for more information. Free.
                                       Dec. 31, 7 p.m. - Kwanzaa at
                                       the Center. Coordinated by
                                       The Third Eye organization,
                                       the principle showcased by
                                       the Cultural Center is
Kuumba-Creativity. Everyone is invited to the kinara lighting, chil-
dren’s performance, and resident companies’ performances. For
more information call (214) 670-0315. Free.
For a list of cultural center locations and other information go to and click on “cultural centers.”
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                      Joppa Freedman Harvest Clean Up a big success
The Joppa Freedman Harvest Clean Up held on Saturday Nov. 22 was a big success. Dallas Fire Rescue installed 85
smoke detectors; Animal Services impounded 5 dogs, issued 7 citations, and provided 5 spay/neuter coupons; and MOW
CLEAN collected 6,920 lbs of debris in trash bags and 13.05 tons of brush!

                    2008 Jet Preview takes flight at Executive Airport
About 800 people attended the
annual 2008 Porsche/Cutter
Aviation Business Aircraft and
Jet Preview, held at Dallas Ex-
ecutive Airport. Thirty-two tran-
sient aircraft and 20 static dis-
play state of the art aircraft
were included in the preview of
the latest business aircraft.

     Diabetes Awareness Expo held
 More than 500 persons attended the First Annual Passport
 to Health Diabetes Awareness Expo held Nov. 5 in the Mu-
 sic Hall at Fair Park. The goal was to increase diabetes
 awareness and educate the public about how a healthy
 lifestyle can lead to a healthy body. The free event featured
 workshops, health screenings, a Health Expo, information
 booths, and a book signing event with former Miss America
 Nicole Johnson. Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrell
 Owens kicked off the event at a press conference held at
 City Hall on Oct. 28.

         Dallas Executive Airport hosts Aviation Youth Summit
The 2008 Aviation Youth Summit was held Nov. 2 at Dallas Executive Airport. The community outreach program sponsored by the
Claude R. Platte DFW Tuskegee Airmen Chapter to get students ages 8 to 18 interested in aviation concepts, including math, sci-
ence and piloting principles. Participants included American Airlines/American Eagle, Department of the Navy the Organization of
Black Airline Pilots and Flight Safety. “The participants were able to view up close several civilian and military aircraft on static
display around the airport’s apron” said Dallas Executive Airport manager Lana Furra.
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