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Dallas Examiner | 6/23/2013, 6:43 p.m.
Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday ...

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Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at 5200 Buckner Blvd.

A Buckner representative will give an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. International adoption options, through Buckner’s affiliate Dillon International, will also be discussed.

For information or a reservation, call Sheree Scott at 214-319-3425 or email sscott@buckner.org.


City officials held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony last week for the Great Trinity Forest Gateway and Horse Trails. The forest park is located at Interstate 20 and Dowdy Ferry Road.

The park includes new amenities such as fishing piers, pavilions and approximately a half-mile of multipurpose concrete trail. Officials participated in walking tours and horse rides were available for the children.

The park is part of the Trinity River Corridor Project. Projects opening this summer include Moore Park Gateway near Corinth Street Road and Eighth Street.


Last week, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, hosted the second forum in her newly launched Small Business Series.

The purpose of the forum was to promote voluntary efforts in strengthening the role of women business owners within the community. It also provided education, financial or managerial assistance to enhance women’s business ownership.

The panel discussion took place at the Bill J. Priest Center for Economic Development and Yolanda Olivarez, U.S. Small Business administrator, welcomed attendees.

“Here in Dallas, the U.S. Small Business Administration has loaned more than $75 million to women-owned businesses and I attribute that to strong initiatives like these programs that connect communities with resources,” she said.

The Small Business Series is a program designed to provide current and aspiring business owners the educational and operational resources necessary for managing successful small businesses.


The Dallas Police Association honored Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba with an award last week for his commitment he displayed during the 83rd Legislative Session to work with law enforcement in order to protect our Texas residents. Villalba represents House District 114.

This is the first time the DPA has bestowed such an honor since its creation in 1959.


New York Knicks power forward and Dallas-native Kenyon Martin along with city officials kicked off the 4th annual Hoops for Kids Basketball Camp during an event on June 18 at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

The event gave local youth an opportunity to sharpen their skills, learn from the pros, and focus on health and nutrition.

The camp will be offered free of charge to 150 boys and girls, ages 8 to 16 years old and is designed to instruct youth of all levels of ability and skill while promoting sportsmanship, respect for oneself and others, and healthy lifestyles.

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


Last week, the First Tee of Greater Dallas hosted its 3rd Annual College Scholarship Awards Ceremony at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.

More than $20,000 was given to graduates of the program who are interested in higher education.

Founded by corporate partners McKool Smith and BKD, the TFTD Scholarship Fund has distributed nearly $40,000 in college scholarships in its brief history.

The First Tee provides young people with character building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. More than 20,000 youth in Dallas are impacted annually through a variety of in-school, afterschool, weekend and summer programs. For more information, visit http://www.thefirstteedallas.org.


Council member Angela Hunt presided over the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge at the Katy Trail. The ceremony was held outside Residences at Hotel Palomar, 5656 N. Central Expressway. The bridge links the Katy Trail to the White Rock DART Station.