The Lake Highlands Exchange Club’s spring auction is scheduled April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Country Club. Entertainment will be provided by the Lake Highlands High School Wranglers. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Don McCoy at 934-9070.

Items donated by neighborhood businesses and residents will be sold during live and silent auctions. Money raised will fund the club’s service projects in Lake Highlands.

Projects supported by the club include the Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, college scholarships for neighborhood students, youth sports activities, and emergency, medical, dental and eyecare for neighborhood children.

The Lakewood Service League will host its 12th annual auction/party, “Mardi Gras Madness,” April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southland Hotel. Entertainment will be provided by Tommy Loy and the Gateway Jazz band, and the Dancin’ City D.J.’s. For ticket information, call Carol Hensley at 826-0700.

Items donated by neighborhood businesses will be sold in live and silent auctions. Items to be sold include shopping sprees, resort packages, dinners at local restaurants and jewelry.

Proceeds benefit the league’s service projects throughout the year. League members volunteer at neighborhood nonprofit agencies, and the league donates more than $30,000 annually to neighborhood organizations.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for funds from the league can send requests to the Lakewood Service League, P.O. Box 140157, Dallas 75214.

Pate Named Director of Habitat Program

Neighborhood resident Jim Pate recently was appointed as executive director of Dallas Habitat for Humanity by the organization’s board of directors. Pate replaces Wink Dickey, who became executive director of Habitat in Phoenix, Ariz.

Pate began volunteering with Habitat in 1984 through his church in Memphis, Tenn. He gave up his career as a lawyer in 1992 when he became a paid consultant for Habitat and moved to Dallas. He was named deputy director of Dallas Habitat last year.

Pate says he has continued to upgrade the organization’s administration, finances and land acquisition – which is becoming more difficult because Habitat needs large land parcels to build whole neighborhoods of affordable housing.

In the future, Pate says he plans to expand Habitat’s housing services to include more than just families with children. He says he would especially like to serve the elderly and continue to work with other nonprofit organizations to meet housing needs.

“I think decent, affordable housing is a God-given right,” Pate says. “I think mankind, as social creatures, need to take care of each other.”

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Set

One of Dallas’ largest Easter egg hunts will be at the Dallas Arboretum on April 3 at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children.

More than 25,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden in the garden at the Arboretum. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos.

Easter Brunch will be served on the scenic Camp House covered terrace. The price is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 per child. Reservations are a must, call 327-8263, ext. 124.

Volunteer Center Honors Neighborhood Residents

Several Lake Highlands residents and programs will be honored at the Volunteer Center of Dallas County’s 14th Annual Award Luncheon.

The luncheon will be April 20 at noon at the Downtown Hyatt Regency. Tickets are $35. For information, call Julie Clapp at 826-6767, ext. 242.

Lake Highlands residents nominated for their work and the agencies they volunteer for are: Jim Adams, White Rock/Lake Highlands YMCA; Betty Andrews, Contact 214; Cinda Boyd, My Guardian Angel; John Meneghetti, Marillac Social Center; Dana Nickerson, SPCA of Texas; Peggy Powell, Young Life; TeenAge Communication Theatre, Planned Parenthood of Dallas & North Texas; Georgiana Tarte, Dallas Zoo.

Neighborhood Residents Launch Election Bids

Bill Passmore, a Lake Highlands resident for 27 years, is a candidate for Place 2 on the RISD school board. Passmore retired in 1989 after a career as a teacher and principal at Richardson High School, Lake Highlands and Merriman Park Elementaries and as associate dean of El Centro and Richland Colleges.

His wife, Sue, retires this year after teaching 27 years at Lake Highlands High School. Passmore says if elected he will use his experience in education to make sure quality education is provided for all RISD students.

Lake Highlands resident Jay Patterson is running for the 101st District Court judgeship. He and his wife, Jan, have lived in Lake Highlands for more than 20 years.

Patterson is an attorney/mediator and is the immediate past president of the Association of Attorney-Mediators and is chairman of the Dallas Bar Association Mediator Training.

He is a Vietnam Veteran and serves as commander of American Legion Post 581. He also is a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, serves as a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship and is on the Board of Directors of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Patterson was unopposed in the Republican primary, but he will have an opponent in the November election.