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Dallas Examiner | 7/26/2013, 12:42 p.m.

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Dallas Home Connection will host an event July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to help potential buyers understand what is needed to purchase a home. The center is located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Dallas neighborhoods targeted for this program include Pleasant Grove, South Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and West Dallas. Interested first time homebuyers can learn more about the advantages of being a club member, the dynamics of the purchase process, and how to maintain ownership-post purchase.

For more information, visit www.dallashomeconnection.org.


A one-stop shop for all the back-to-school basics, the 17th annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair will take place Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Automobile and Centennial Buildings at Fair Park.

The event will offer free school supplies fro 15,000 schoolchildren, plus immunizations, vision and dental screenings, haircuts, kids activities and more. A photo ID, proof of residency and proof of income are required to qualify. Families must pre-register by Saturday to be eligible for the school supplies. See The Dallas Examiner Community Calendar for dates and locations to register. The first day of class is Aug. 26.

For more information, visit http://www.dallas-cityhall.com.


The Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church will have a conference Aug. 5 through Aug. 8 at the DFW Westin Hotel.

The topics covered are addressing the priorities of ministry, eating healthy and expanding ministry through the vehicle of social media. Participants can register at http://www.blackclergywomenumc.com. The cost of meals and the closing banquet is included in the registration.

For more information, call 214-729-0655.


The Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation this past spring to alter the start and end times for secondary and elementary schools.

The new school hours are the following:

Secondary: 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Campus opens at 7 a.m.)

Elementary: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Campus opens at 7 a.m.)

The committee’s rationales for making this change were that high school students can take college courses or internships as early as 3 p.m. and staff will have more opportunities for professional development and training. The first day of class is Aug. 26.

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