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Dallas Examiner | 8/12/2013, 10:01 a.m.
The Sale Tax Holiday will be held from Friday through Sunday. The annual tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend began in 1999 ...

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The Sale Tax Holiday will be held from Friday through Sunday. The annual tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend began in 1999 to help lessen the cost of shopping for most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. For a list of tax -exempt items, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us.


Actress Lynn Whitfield and award-winning journalist Bob Ray Sanders will join authors, poets and artists at the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 in Fair Park.

The free festival, promoting literacy and highlighting businesses and arts in south Dallas, will kick off at 2 p.m. with the Heart and Soul Tour of South Dallas historical sites and landmarks. The following day the African American Museum will feature book readings, storytelling, writing workshops, spoken word poetry and performances.

The South Dallas Cultural Center will also host programs and workshops for teens and young adults. More than 30 local and regional authors will be in attendance and books and merchandise will be for sale.

For a list of tour sites, author information and other festival details, visit www.tulisoma.com.


The Texas Literacy Connection and The Dock Bookshop will host the fifth annual Literary Soulfest Sept.12 through Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cobb Park, 3600 New Cobb Park in Fort Worth. The event promotes literacy, celebrates literary arts, and builds the community.

It will feature a chocolate social pajama jam at the Hilton Anatole Hotel,

children’s book show, poetry in the park and much more.

For more information, visit http://www.literary-soulfest.com.


The Margaret and Gilbert Herrera Student Intake Center will re-open for the 2013-2014 school year with a grand reopening ceremony Aug. 9 to welcome new immigrants as they adapt to Dallas ISD schools and to life in their communities. The school is located at 2617 N. Henderson Ave.

The center first opened in 2003 to provide guidance to immigrant students and their parents in adapting to life in the U.S. and help them learn about Dallas ISD programs and services. The facility closed in 2011 and services were moved to the campus level. The center will open Monday.

Services will include school registration, language proficiency assessments and counseling with academic specialists for information about educational programs specific to the student’s grade level.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org.