The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will host its 10th annual Dallas Blooms, its spring festival of flowers, from March 5 through April 10.

The celebration will feature a five-foot-tall Birthday cake made out of flowers, says Jill Magnuson with the Arboretum. The Arboretum also has one of the nation’s largest azalea collections.

Weekend activities for children during the event include landscape painting, bird feeder making, a garden hunt and tree giveaways. A pictorial history of the Arboretum will be on display in the DeGolyer House, which is also open for tours.

Other event highlights are musical entertainment and the Texas State Daffodil Show on March 12 and 13; brunch on March 20; and brunch and Dallas’ largest Easter Egg Hunt on April 3.

The Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road on White Rock Lake and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children. For information or to make reservations for brunch, call 327-8263.

Achieving the Light

Cub Scout Troop 890 at the Lake Highlands United Methodist Church will receive the Arrow of Light, the highest achievement in cub scouting, on March 24, according to scout leader Gary Hill. To receive the honor, the scouts have had to prove themselves in first aid, camping, swimming, athletics and nature.

Members of the troop to be honored are: Scott Hill, Matthew Booth, Jeremy Gray, Jonathan Baker, Joshua Brandt, Jason Chaussee, Scott Lee, Kyle Matthiesen, James West, Marcus Gann, David Kent, Michael Sloan, Matthew Cord, Nicholas Delisse, Brandyn Littleton, Michael Long, Justin Sooggins, Shaun Verucchi, Michael Yearout, Brian Love, Kelly Love, Wesley Schuler and Seth Waits.

Thinking About Our Neighborhood Businesses

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce has formed a new committee, the Development/Strategic Planning Committee, or better known as the “East Dallas Think Tank.”

The 15-member committee will look at the chamber’s mission statement and revamp it to represent the needs of neighborhood businesses, says Sherryl Wesson, chair of the committee.

They will also set short and long-term goals for the chamber based on surveys and evaluations from neighborhood businesses, Wesson says.

Businesses and the community can expect to see results from the “Think Tank’s” work by the end of the year, Wesson says. Member of the committee welcome input, she says. For information, call the chamber at 368-6000.

Engagement Announcement

Lake Highlands 1989 graduate Lt. John Stout recently announced his engagement to Emily Michael of Hagerstown, Md.

Stout received a bachelors of science degree in mathematics from Duke University in 1993 and is serving in the United States Air Force in Fairborn, Ohio. He is the son of Joe and Fredda Stout. Michael graduated with a history degree from Duke and will attend law school at Ohio State University.

The wedding will be Oct. 8 at the Duke University Chapel in Durham, N.C.

News & Notes

MARDI GRAS MADNESS: The Lakewood Service League’s 12th annual Auction Party will be held at the Southland Hotel on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Items donated by Dallas merchants will be auctioned to fund the League’s service projects. For ticket information, call Carol Hensley at 826-0700.

NEW DIRECTOR: Neal Mays was recently appointed executive director of Doctors Healthcare Center. Mays has 19 years of experience in the health care industry. He most recently was the administrator at the Gardens of Richardson. Doctors Health Care Center is located at 9009 White Rock Trail and is a 325-bed facility that serves Lake Highlands.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION: Lake Highlands resident Ward Beaudry was recently honored by the College of the State Bar of Texas, an organization created by the Supreme Court of Texas to recognize State Bar members who continue their legal education.