Nutcracker Performance. Numerous Lake Highlands kids will perform with the City Dance Theatre in their Dec. 1-3 performances of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Garland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $11, reserved seating, and may be purchased at GPAC. The performance on Dec. 1 is at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 is at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 3 is at 2:30 p.m. For information, call 972-205-2790.

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Woman of Achievement. The YWCA recently honored RISD Administrator Dr. Margaret Fair, Assistant to the Superintendent. Fair was recognized at the Eighth Annual Woman of Achievement in Public Affairs Luncheon and was one of five women honored, in different categories, for her many years of service in the education category.

Play Ball. Two Lake Highlands girls represented our area in November, sinning the championship tournament of the Plano Sports Authority Fall Fast Pitch Softball 14-and-under League. Allison Dogger and Beth Sutton, members of the All-Stars, were on hand to help their team win the three-round event. Allison is an eight-grader at Lutheran High School and Beth is a ninth grader at Lake Highlands High School.

Cheers. Lake Highlands High School graduate, Jill Gin, daughter of Ms. Susan Gin, was recently elected as one of the 2000-2001 cheerleaders for Austin College.

Charles W. Ingram, Jr. was honored by the State Board Of Education. He was one of 14 honored as “Heroes for Children” for their contributions to their local school districts and the school children of Texas. Ingram is an investment broker and a resident of Lake Highlands, and has been involved in volunteer work with the RISD for the last eight years.

Early Childhood PTA. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA (LHAECPTA) will hold its monthly membership meeting at Highlands Christian Church, 9949 McCree Road, from 9-11 a.m. Susan Wyatt, DAPE will present a program titled, “Handling Holiday Stress.” The PTA offers monthly general meetings, playgroups, a baby-sitting co-op, community service projects, elementary school tours, and adult interest groups such as movie group, book review group, walking groups, dinner groups, Bunko groups and recipe group. For information, call 214-349-0870.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands has announced the October Youths of the Month at Lake Highlands High School. Jaini Shah, a National Merit Semifinalist, is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha. She has a 4.0 grade point average. Mark Allen is also a National Merit Semifinalist and also has a 4.0 GPA. Allen is ranked 5th in his class.

First Class. Lake Highlands Junior High orchestra teacher, David DeVoto, was the 1st week recipient of the Minyard Food Stores First Class Teacher Of The Week contest. Marissa Bailey, a 7th grade student LHJH, entered DeVoto in the contest. He received a $1,000 and Marissa won a Domino’s pizza party for the orchestra class.


Fire Donations. A young neighborhood family recently lost their home and belongings in a fire. Many items are needed, especially for their 8-month old. Items may be dropped off at the Vickery Towers office (located behind the swimming pool) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Call the VPNA Voicemail 214-967-5134 to arrange for delivery of bulk items Cash donations may be made by check to VPNA Fire Victims Fund; VPNA; POB 720192; Dallas TX 75372.

Lake Breaking News. For the Love of the Lake will have their last spruce-up of the year, Sunday, Dec. 10. Register at the Bath House Cultural Center between 8 and 9 a.m. Enjoy hot Starbucks coffee, Great Harvest Bread Company treats, orange juice and chocolate milk from Schepps Dairy, and bottled water Rain Fresh. Give a holiday present to the lake by helping to keep her clean.

New Digs. Beginning in January, For the Love of the Lake will be in a great new space in Casa Linda (under Eckerd’s, facing Buckner and Doctors’ Hospital, just north of Garland Road). Registration for The Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Ups will be held there, as well as monthly volunteer meetings with speakers. The walls are lined with George Boyd’s compelling photographs of wildlife and wildflowers seen at White Rock Lake.


Winter Solstice. An informal not-for-profit movement in Dallas, Celestial Rhythm Celebrations is committed to popularizing seasonal observances because natural holidays like solstices and equinoxes are shared by all ages, races and religions. CRC events are free: donations are appreciated. Volunteers always needed. Please call hotline to confirm date and location. The next scheduled event is a winter solstice celebration on Dec. 21, 7-10 p.m. and will include ceremony, ritual, music, poetry, dance, spiral dance and Yule Log burning.


Holiday at the Chamber. The Dallas Northeast Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Party at the Dallas Arboretum’s Camp House Dec. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Invited guests include Dallas City Council and school board members and other area elected officials. The Chamber will be collecting teddy bears at the door for donation to an area hospital; cost to attend the event is $15 for Chamber members and their spouses and $20 for non-members. Call 214-828-1400 for information.

Book Sale. Skillman Southwestern Branch Library will host a used book sale on Saturday, Dec. 2. , 5707 Skillman. Call 214-670-6078 for information.


Family Story Time is presented by the Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Rd., on Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. with Little Bear’s Christmas puppet Show and a Christmas tree craft. Call 214-670-1350 for information.

Toddler Time. Tuesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library, 5707 Skillman, will present Toddler Time beginning at 10 a.m. with stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children ages 18 to 36 months and their parents or caregivers. Call 214-670-6078 for information.

Preschool Story Fun for at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library, 5707 Skillman, is Tuesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at 10:40 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. Activities are for ages 3 to 6 years-old and groups are welcome. Call 214-670-6078 for details.

Pajama Party. On Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., children ages two and older are invited to join the pajama story time. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal and join in the fun at this evening story time at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library, 5707 Skillman St. Call 214-670-6078 for details.

Young Audiences presents Library Live! on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m., at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library, 5707 Skillman. Ann Bennett will present Beary Merry Christmas. For information call 214-670-6078.

Poetry Too is presented by the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m. Discover the beauty and excitement of the written word with creative dramatics, music and dance with Sara and Tony for grades 4 to 6. The library is located at 5707 Skillman St. Call 214-670-6078 for details.

Kalinka Duo will perform on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 am at the Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Rd. Step into the world of Russia and enjoy sounds of traditional folk music, accompanied by stories and facts. Call 214-670-1350 for information.


Advocate Alum. Gallier and Wittenberg, Inc., a Dallas based, integrated marketing communications firm, has hired Pam Harris, a former East Dallas resident and editor of Advocate Publishing.

Natural Best. For the Love of the Lake won the Texas Corporate Recycling Council’s Environmental Vision Award at their annual convention in Houston. The award, which is made out of recycled computer circuit boards, was in the Non-Profit Community Relations category for FTLOTL’s on-going recycling and litter abatement project at White Rock Lake. The project is a joint effor
t between FTLOTL, The Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Keep Dallas Beautiful, BFI Waste Systems in Plano, The Adopt-A-Shoreline groups, and all of the users of White Rock Lake Park who care enough to "Stash their Trash and Recycle at The Rock!"

Board Member. Lake Highlands resident, Doug Harrison, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Fowler Christian Apartments of Dallas. Harrison is a partner with the law firm of Gardere & Wynne and a member of Northway Christian Church.