Sunset Lake Concert. The Dallas Chamber Orchestra’s “Sunset on the Lake” series begins with a tribute to our musical heritage from Africa on March 26, 7 p.m. at the Winfrey Point Pavilion. Tickets are $12 adult, $10 senior and $5 student. For information, call 214-321-1411.




Echo Theatre. On March 9 and 17, the group will present “Onerva” by Finland playwright Heini Tola at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. For information, call 214-824-7169.




A Children’s Showcase Concert will be presented on March 26 by the Richardson Community Band, 2 p.m., in the auditorium of the Lake Highlands Freshman Center, 10220 White Rock Trail. The program for the concert will include selections from the motions pictures “Annie” and “Tarzan.” Admission is free; for information, call 972-494-8535.




Photo Exhibit. Doug Taylor will exhibit a collection of his Trinity River photographs, “Life Along the River,” during the month of April at the Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia. For information, call 214-670-1350.







The White Rock Newcomers Club will meet March 7 at the Holiday Inn, LBJ and Jupiter, 9:30 a.m. The program will be a vintage style show; luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. (cost $14) followed by bridge and games. For reservations, call 214-348-4825 or 348-8751.




The Adult Book Club will meet March 8, 6:30 p.m., to discuss “Kick the Can” by Jim Lehrer at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library, 5707 Skillman, 214-670-6078.







Books and Songs. The Skillman Southwestern Branch, 5707 Skillman, will be offering a variety of activities throughout March including an exhibit of handcrafted paper art. On Tuesdays at10 a.m., Toddler Time will feature stories, songs and rhymes for ages 18 to 36 months. At 10:40 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., similar activities for preschoolers are planned. On March 20, 7 p.m., ages two and older can wear their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal to Pajama Story Fun. The branch’s Library Live! event is scheduled for March 11. For information, call 214-670-6078.




Puppets and Stories. The Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia, will present three puppet skits about bath time on March 11; there will also be a craft and film. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the library hosts Toddler Tale Time at 10:30 a.m. for ages 18-35 months. On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., it’s Preschool Story Time with stories, crafts and films for three- to five-year-olds. For information, call 670-1350.








Happy Trails. The landscaping at the southeast corner of White Rock Trail and Kingsley is now complete thanks to David Collins, owner of DLS Landscaping, who donated the labor, and Stephanie Secrest Abbey, owner of Secrest Legal Services, who donated the plants and materials. Collins has also volunteered to maintain the corner.




Texans Credit Union reached $1 billion in assets in February, a significant milestone for the 46-year-old not-for-profit financial institution. Texans was founded with only $55 dollars on Oct. 8, 1953.




Running for Office. Longtime Lake Highlands resident Cliff Stricklin is running for Judge of Criminal District Court No. 2. For information, call 214-341-2642.








Car Wash. Northlake Elementary representatives say, “As our school year winds down, we have decided to have one all-out fund-raiser for the year!” On April 1, volunteers at a free car wash will accept donations to benefit the school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. So support the school — drive your muddy vehicle to the circle drive at Northlake Elementary, on Ravensway behind the Audelia Road Library.




Carnival Fever. Merriman Park Elementary will hold Carnival 2000 on March 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. Planners say you’ll be transported back to 1979 so dig out your disco duds. This year’s carnival will feature Outback Steakhouse, a “Sweets and Treats” booth, the Titanic slide, the “Climb n’ Dangle” rock climb, an inflated obstacle course, a cake walk, a bounce house and other carnival games. The school is located at 7101 Winedale Drive.




Kindergarten Roundup. Moss Haven Elementary will be holding their Kindergarten Roundup on March 15, 22 and 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 9202 Moss Farm Lane. This is an opportunity for parents and kindergartners-to-be to learn about the school, have questions answered, and register for Fall 2000 kindergarten. For information, call Gaye Westerheide at 214-503-7479.




Talk It Out. On the first and third Mondays of each month, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles meet at noon at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center for “Lets Talk It Out,” a program about communicating with kids. Participants are invited to bring lunch. For information, call Barbara Stout at 214-355-8142.








Community Service. The fifth grade students at Wallace Elementary sponsored a book drive benefiting Annie’s House, a home for families of domestic violence. The students collected over 1,300 new and used books during December and took them to the Genesis Women’s Shelter drop-off site.




Football Stars. Two Lake Highlands High School athletes received special recognition for their efforts both on and off the field. Brian Malouf was selected as an Arby’s “Scholar Athlete of the Week” and appeared on the KTVT Channel 11 sports program with Babe Laufenberg. Malouf also received a $1,000 scholarship check at a halftime presentation. Lawton Laurence was selected as a Sonic "Scholar Athlete of the Week” and appeared on the KDFW Channel 4 sports program. Jerry Gayden is the boys’ coach.




Merit Badge. Three Lake Highlands High School students were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program and the Achievement Program, both part of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Juan Villamizar and Christina Seaman were named to the Recognition Program, and Christopher B. Harris was named to the Achievement Program.




Academic Decathlon Winners. The following Lake Highlands High School students competed in the Richardson Academic Decathlon District Competition and will be moving on to regional competition: Varsity — B.J. Potts; Scholastic — Beth Holmes, Cassie Bigelow and Stephen Weir; and Honors — Ivy Le.