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The Dallas Examiner | 5/22/2015, 9:32 a.m.
The Lupus Foundation of America – Lone Star Chapter will host its annual Rally for Lupus/Annual Educational Conference on May ...

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The Lupus Foundation of America – Lone Star Chapter will host its annual Rally for Lupus/Annual Educational Conference on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Texas Health Resources University, 8194 Fogelson Lane. The rally is a daylong educational program designed to provide education, collaboration and motivation to lupus patients, their families and caregivers. Topics will include: dental health, alternative medicine, natural energy boosters, the different stages of lupus, skin disorders, a session for caregivers and a motivational session.

“It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans, and 120,000 Texans have a form of lupus. Lupus is a chronic and potentially life-threatening disease that can be devastating not only for the patient with lupus but for their family as well. No cure or satisfactory treatment exists, but there is hope. Your support is greater than ever so we can get closer to finding a cure for lupus and give hope to those affected by this cruel disease,” according to the foundation.

The foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy.

For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.lupus-northtexas.org.


The Teacher Retirement System of Texas will present the 14th annual Purchasing and HUB Connection, a Historically Underutilized Businesses networking forum. The forum is free and will be held May 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the TRS facility, located at 1000 Red River St. in Austin.

A HUB is defined as: A for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by Texas Administrative Code and has its principal place of business in Texas; and is at least 51 percent owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or service disabled veteran, who resides in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations and management of the entity’s affairs.

TRS will provide information about their purchasing needs and contracting opportunities for HUBs for the rest of the fiscal year. Representatives from other state agencies also will be present to discuss their contracting opportunities. A networking session will allow vendors to meet with purchasing staff, key agency decision-makers, and potential partners and subcontractors.

For registration and information, contact Darryl Gaona, at 512-542-6312 or darryl.gaona@trs.texas.gov.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 from noon to 5 pm. at the Martin Luther King Community Center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The festival is a celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the anniversary of when Texas slaves learned they had been emancipated back in 1865. It’s an opportunity to bring the Dallas community together in an effort to commemorate the importance of that moment in the nation’s history.

The free, family-friendly event will feature local vendors, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, children’s train rides, free giveaways and more. All children’s activities are free.

Businesses who are interested in securing a vendor booth should contact LaRhonda Bacon at 214-670-8419. For more information or event applications, visit http://www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org.