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Hurricane evacuees living in Texas can have free access to an ER physician via a video and text messaging app from CirrusMD through UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Docs Care program.

“As Houston continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey, we know some areas won’t be easily accessible and some doctors’ offices will likely be closed for some time, but medical needs still must be met,” said Dr. Deborah Diercks, chairman of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern.

With the program, Texans will be able to download the app and share images, video chat, or send a secure text message to a UT Southwestern doctor on a computer or mobile device – at no cost.

UT Southwestern’s physicians will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to address concerns such as refilling prescriptions, obtaining substitutions for medical equipment damaged or left behind in the floods, and discussing symptoms and other issues for those who can’t reach their physicians.

“By giving patients a complimentary, HIPAA-compliant, virtual-care option to text, image share, or video chat directly with a UT Southwestern doctor, we can remove barriers to care and help ensure they’re seeing the right doctor at the right time,” said CirrusMD CEO Andy Altorfer.

The service is available to those residing in Texas by registering for the platform online at TexasDocs.Care. FEMA ID is needed to register. After registering, individuals can download the app to their smartphone through the iTunes/Apple App Store or Google Play store.


District Judge Staci Williams presents The Citizens’ Civil Academy for residents of all ages whom would like to know more about the civil court process from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Grauwyler Park Branch Library, located at 2146 Gilford St.

The free program aims to give citizens a better understanding of the court system as well as the inner workings of the George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building. Participants will learn jury duty secrets, gain access to legal resources, earn prizes and much more.

The event will be hosted on Saturday mornings on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. Certificates will be awarded attendees after the completion of the program. For more information and registration,


HTBI & Be Made Whole Communities is hosting the 2017 Levitate Leadership Conference Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Friendship-West Baptist Church, located at 2020 W. Wheatland Road, at no cost. For more information and registration, contact Tiffany Fuller at 972-228-5200 or


The STOP HIV. GET TESTED! Workshop will be held Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church, 1107 E. Oak St. in Denton. Topics focus on HIV basics and testing, issues facing people living with HIV, domestic violence, medications, health care, living with HIV, tissue and organ donations, counseling and supportive services.

Lunch will be served following the workshop. Gospel music provided by Total Witness Inc., Michelle Boulden, LeBarian Stokes, Kendrick Sammons and Jonathan James. For more information, call 940-441-5530 or 940-387-1223.


St. Philip’s School and Community Center’s Parent University presents It Still Takes a Village workshop for students first grade and up Oct. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The focuses will be the importance of parents, grandparents, primary and secondary caregivers, adult males involved in a child’s life, and the general public while also covering other topics that affect today’s youth such as bullying, internet safety and social skills.

Workshops are free, but attendees must register. Childcare will not be available for children 2 years of age and younger, and there will be activities for pre-K and kindergarten students. To register, call 214-421-5221 or go to


The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, will hold 11 free legal clinics for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. All clinics begin at 5 p.m., with the exception of the veteran’s clinic, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Clinic schedules:

• Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius at Haskell

• Oct. 6 at Veterans Resource Center at for veterans and their families only

• Oct. 10 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 2922 MLK Blvd.

• Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 at 2828 Fish Trap Road

• Oct. 17 at St. Phillip’s Community Center at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

• Oct. 18 at Friendship West Baptist Church at 2020 West Wheatland Road

• Oct. 19 at Salvation Army, 451 W. Avenue D in Garland

The clinics offer free legal advice and consultation in civil matters for those who qualify under Legal Aid’s income eligibility guidelines. Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, legal papers, etc. with them to the clinic. For more information, log on to For media inquiries about these clinics, contact DVAP Managing Attorney Michelle Alden at 214-243-2234.


For the seventh year, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department will host a free National Night Out against crime event Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public can meet police, fare enforcement officers, staff and neighbors in the parking lot of police headquarters, 2111 S. Corinth Street Road, located at Illinois Station on DART’s Blue Line.

National Night Out is to the public and designed to help build strong relationships between children, families and the police by sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The event is designed for the entire family. It will include health and wellness literature, crime prevention and safety information, food, beverages and music. Free face painting, giveaways and haircuts, with student ID, will also be provided to children.


People Generation Inc., a Houston-based event production company, has partnered with Lone Star Park to expand the Magical Winter Lights show, the largest lantern festival in the U.S., to the Metroplex.

The festival will be held from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7, 2018 including major holidays.

“Magical Winter Lights has become a new holiday tradition for Houstonians in two short years. We are excited to bring this new holiday tradition to the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Yusi C. An, Magical Winter Lights founder.

The show will feature several themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Christmas Candy Land, The Lone Star State, Dinosaur Land and Mystery of the East along with an entrance castle lantern inspired by the Dallas County Courthouse, a giant cowboy and Dallas’ iconic Pegasus.


The Dallas Opera is taking applications for the expanded Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on April 27, 2018, at 11 a.m. Although this competition is primarily focused on artists ages 18 to 34, singers of any age may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Also eligible are active members of any young artist program associated with an American opera company.

“The Guild Competition took a bold step forward in recent years and the result has been tremendously gratifying,” commented General Director/CEO Keith Cerny. “Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra have brought a significant level of excitement to these performances and, clearly, have inspired our finalists to rise to the occasion. However, each competition brings an entirely new set of challenges along with fresh opportunities for success.”

Applications must be submitted via YAP Tracker, along with an entry fee, at vocal for the link. The deadline for applications is Nov. 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Those chosen to advance to the competition semifinals in the acoustically acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will be personally notified in mid-January 2018, with a public announcement to follow in early February.

The Finals Round, held April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Winspear Opera House, will be accompanied by The Dallas Opera Orchestra, conducted by TDO’s internationally acclaimed Music Director, Emmanuel Villaume. Up to six finalists will participate, singing two arias each.


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