The Lakewood Art Show is currently accepting submissions for its 44th annual show. Artists 18 and older can submit up to two entries. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth. For information, call 214.670.1376.

Dallas Water Utilities is reminding residents that time-of-day watering restrictions have resumed. These mandatory restrictions prohibit the watering of landscaping from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1 through October 31, 2008. Failing to follow the conservation ordinance guidelines could result in fines of $250 to $2,000 per incident.

Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law is offering free one-hour tax consultations for anyone who can’t afford attorney services and is facing an IRS audit, appeal or collection process; involved in innocent spouse relief; or needing to resolve a past due tax matter. To schedule a free consultation, call 214.768.2562 or visit smu.edu/law/taxclinic/. The school’s small business clinic also is providing free legal services to new and existing small businesses and nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay legal fees. For information, call 214.768.4935.

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas is offering a week-long summer singing camp for students entering fourth- through eighth-grade. No audition is necessary to attend the camp. Two sessions are offered, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Thanks to a grant from the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, students enrolled in Dallas ISD schools can attend for free; otherwise, the camp costs $125. Registration forms are available at thechildrenschorus.org. For information, call 214.965.0491.

Texas for the Physically Impaired, an organization founded by Lake Highlands resident Robert Langford, is seeking donations of used computers and computer parts, which will be refurbished and then shipped free to visually impaired people. According to the organization, 2,300 computers have been donated to the visually impaired during the past five years, including 450 last year. For information, visit handicapability.org or call 214.282.2581.

Casa de Vida, A a respite care program for caregivers of early onset Alzheimer’s and any other forms of dementia, is offered weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expressway. It is strictly a social program, with no medications or health care administered. Activities include morning snacks, exercise, bingo, crafts and music. A $10 fee covers the entire morning; application required. Call Ann Anderson at 972.783.8780 or Nick Harper at 214.349.6584 to apply or for further information.

The Presby Presenters Toastmasters group meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill. The non-profit public speaking club was founded to help members overcome public speaking fears and develop and enhance their leadership skills. Newcomers are welcome. Meeting rooms and lunch plans change weekly; contact Lynda Waters at 214.288.7959 or LyndaWaters@texashealth.org for information.

Lake Highlands Military Moms is a friendship and support group for mothers with children currently serving in the military. For information, contact Rhonda Russell at lhmama1@yahoo.com.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is looking for members who are also members of local school councils in Lake Highlands in order to establish a club liaison with LH attendance zone public schools. For information contact Larry Lauck at llauck@americanlightingassoc.com.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is compiling a list of names and military addresses of former Lake Highlands students serving in and in order to send supplies, phone cards and letters. Lake Highlands soldiers currently serving overseas are Brett Bedarnik, Matt Booth, Eric Comley, Gabriel Geldert, Casey Kelley, Jeff Kramb, James Rackler III, and James Shoemaker. For a current list of soldiers, visit lhexchangeclub.org and click on “Lake Highlands Military”.

people

District 9 Councilman Sheffie Kadane, along with several other council members, met last month with Congressman Jeb Hensarling in his Washington D.C. office. They discussed issues important to the Dallas community, including the Trinity River project and the city’s proposed use of the James Muchert Army Reserve Center in Lake Highlands, which is scheduled to be closed as part of the latest round of base closings.

students

Lauren Farish and Yingsong Kaping recently received the Character Counts award, presented by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands to neighborhood students who are exceptional in and out of the classroom. Farish’s activities include Girl’s Service League, Highlandettes, National Honor Society, Young Republicans, Mu Alpha Theta, Excel Club, tutoring, Who’s Who, vacation Bible school volunteer, choir and First Baptist Church of Dallas mission trips. She will study business finance and accounting at Baylor University next year. Kaping’s activities include A Cappella choir, varsity soccer, all-district choir, all-region mixed choir, vacation Bible school volunteer and soccer camps for children. He is interested in music and has won numerous soccer awards and accolades.  Kaping will major in Computer Engineering at University of Texas of Dallas next year.

The Lake Highlands Wildcat Club is sponsoring the 2008 Annual Cat Classic Golf Tournament. The online auction begins Thursday, May 9, at midnight and continues through midnight Tuesday, June 10. The golf tournament will be held June 10 at Canyon Creek Country Club. Last year, the event raised $35,000 for athletic programs for Lake Highlands students. Contact Cheryl and Allan Zreet at 214.503.7880 or cherylzreet@sbcglobal.net for information and sponsorship opportunities.

schools

Richardson ISD has set up an anonymous message line called “Report It” that helps students alert administrators to any information that makes them feel unsafe. The “Report It” line can be reached at 469.593.0411.

300 free minutes of on-demand tutoring is being offered to all RISD students, grades 7-12. The tutoring, which focuses on math, science, social studies, and English, is offered from 1 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

volunteers

Dallas CASA is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for abused and neglected children. CASA empowers everyday citizens to speak up in court for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Volunteers gather information for the court and work with the child welfare system and others to quickly find a safe, permanent home for each child. For information or to register for an upcoming information session, call 214.827.9603, ext. 273, or visit dallascasa.org.

Meals on Wheels, a program run by The Visiting Nurses Association, seeks volunteer drivers in our neighborhood. Drivers make weekday deliveries a few mornings a week or month, picking up meals at White Rock Methodist Church, 1450 Oldgate. 214.689.0639.

Assistance League of Dallas has structured and established volunteer programs already in place at Children’s Hospital, Children’s Advocacy Center and Operation School Bell, its newest program. The league was chartered in 1969 and is a member of National Assistance League. New members are welcome. For information call 972.437.1239 or visit assistanceleagueofdallas.org.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dallas and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three
hours, one to two days a week. 214.823.5700 or rsvpd@TheSeniorSource.org.

Mentoring Volunteers are needed to devote up to three hours a week to a Lake Highlands student through the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. lhexchangeclub.org.

Samaritan Care Hospice, a Medicare-certified hospice program, needs volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship to terminally ill patients. If you have one or two hours per week to give as a hospice volunteer, call 972.690.6632 to register for an upcoming class.

Charities Home Center is in need of volunteers to help operate the resale store and also seeks gently used donations for families in the community. Donations can be picked up. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10677 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 240, 214.342.8231.

Heart House Dallas, a free after-school program for low-income children, has a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Work as a mentor, homework tutor, coach, and office helper or in other available capacities. For information contact Meredith Lubenau at 214.750.7637 or mlubenau@hearthouse.org, or visit hearthousedallas.org.