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Dallas Examiner | 9/23/2013, 11:31 a.m.
DALLAS DART officials introduced the mobile ticketing app GoPass at a ceremony at Union Station on Monday. The mobile app ...


DART officials introduced the mobile ticketing app GoPass at a ceremony at Union Station on Monday.

The mobile app will allow customers to buy, store and activate passes on their smartphones. The passes are good for DART, the TRE and DCTA making them among the first in the country to offer mobile ticketing. GoPass also offers trip-planning tools, making it unique among other mobile ticketing apps. For more information, visit www.dart.org.


The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts Inc. hosted its 2013 Hidalgo Awards Luncheon on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Calle Duce Restaurant located at 415 W. 12th St. The luncheon will included a recognition of individuals and organizations that have contributed positively to the arts and education through their professions or by supporting the OCCA in their programming. The event will also included the Grito, the calling of arms, originally given by the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, which initiated Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain in 1810.


City officials will present a four-part series called Conversations about Race, a dialogue and discussion about race.

The first event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Panelists will include Bob Ray Sanders, Crystal Ayala and Mollie Finch Belt. The series is a prelude to the Dallas Faces Race: Face Race 2014 National Conference, which will be held Nov. 13 through Nov. 15.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.conversationsaboutrace.eventbrite.com.


Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson held her 21st Annual Community Appreciation Day last week for constituents of the 30th congressional district at DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road. The program included live music, blood donation drive, blood pressure screenings and other family oriented activities. The congresswoman used this day to celebrate and showcase the diversity that is within the community and to thank the many people who contribute to the local community.


Judge Tonya Parker of the 116th Civil District Court in Dallas County has been chosen as president-elect of the Texas Association of District Judges. Parker was nominated by immediate past-President Judge Craig Smith and elected by acclamation by the membership.

TADJ is a non-partisan organization that monitors the Texas Legislature for issues that impact the state’s district courts and also promotes legislation that supports the state’s justice system. Judge Todd Blomerth of the 421st District Court in Calwell County is the current president.

“I am honored to be selected by my peers and I thank Judge Smith for having faith in my ability to lead this organization,” Judge Parker said. “I am excited to use this position to advance ideas that will improve our justice system.”

Parker is particularly interested in volunteer attorney programs and working to improve access to pro bono legal services. Parker was first elected to the 116th Civil District Court in 2010. Visit http://www.judgetonyaparker.com for more information.

Parker addressed the NAACP Garland Freedom Fund Brunch on Saturday at Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland. For information, visit http://www.garlandtxnaacp.org.