The Dallas Examiner


Volunteer attorneys will available Jan. 18 to answer legal questions from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. through the LegalLine call-in program, sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association. There is no charge to call in. DFW residents can call 214-220-7476.

LegalLine is a community service provided on the second and third Wednesday of each month. Each night, anonymous lawyers will be available to answer questions in many law-related areas from divorce and child support matters to wills, insurance, employment and criminal law.

The attorneys will typically answer between 50 and 90 calls each night, and individuals will also be referred local, legal, or social service agencies.

Residents needing assistance should call the program during the schedule time.


The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, will hold a free Small Business Clinic for Dallas residents who meet certain financial guidelines Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 4105 Junius St.

Services are free and will assisted residents with legal counsel on starting and organizing a new business, drafting or reviewing formation documents, contracts, or leases, legal advice regarding business permits and licenses, referrals to lenders and other assistance programs, and other applicable laws and regulations.

The clinics are regularly held bi-monthly on the third Thursday, in conjunction with the East Dallas Legal Clinic. The volunteer program also holds other legal clinics held in the Dallas area several times each month. A full listing of clinics can be found at


Dallas Furniture Bank will host its 12th annual CHAIRity Friendraiser and Luncheon Feb. 15 at noon at the Belo Mansion, located at 2121 Ross Ave. to raise awareness about poverty in the area. Victor Rivas Rivers, The Bold & Beautiful actor and author, will serve as keynote speaker for the event.

Since 2003, DFB has provided furniture for more than 3,700 families touching the lives of some 15,000 individuals. Many of the families assisted by the organization are homeless, survivors of domestic violence and others in need.

“Most of us take ‘going home’ for granted,” said Aliah Henry, DFB chief executive officer. “This fundraiser helps Dallas Furniture Bank continue its mission to provide homeless individuals with basics – a bed, sofa, a table and chairs – an other items they need to create their own place of comfort and safety – their home.”

The organization is on track to impact more than 500 families this year, according to Henry.

For tickets and more information, visit


Dallas Public Library will host Real Talk, highlighting African American literature during Black History Month, Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St.,

The event will spotlight literary depictions of African heritage, advocating equality, and giving audience members’ insight into a diverse range of African American authors.

The program is free to the public. Featured speakers will be Dr. A’jaydin Roberts, English professor at Paul Quinn College, and Dr. Darryl Dickson-Carr, Literature professor and Chair of English at SMU.


In honor of Black History Month, the NAACP Garland chapter will host its 17th annual Winter Ball Feb. 10 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place, 5105 N. President George Bush Highway.

This year theme is “Recognizing the Doorkeepers of God’s House.” Usher ministries from different churches around the area will be honored for their dedicated service in coordinating the orderly flow of worshippers throughout church sanctuaries every Sunday at each of their respective churches.

This is a black tie gala and will have live entertainment, dinner, dancing and presentation of honorees. For ticket and more information, visit


The Last Night In Black History, presented by Top Knotch Officials and Devin James Production, will be held Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St.

The event will include singing, dancing, re-enactments and storytelling, live music, poetry, art, educational lessons, and more in celebration of Black History Month.

For more information about tickets and vendor opportunities, visit For sponsorship opportunities, go to


In the wake of the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015, the need has arisen to prepare church leadership, ushers, greeters and safety teams for the ever-evolving dynamics of managing congregations with a sense of both spirit and safety in mind.

To support this endeavor, the Cedar Valley College Continuing Education Department has assembled a team of professional counselors, law enforcement commanders, safety security experts, marketing managers and clergy to design comprehensive training to meet the needs and challenges of all stakeholders responsible for managing church congregations.

The course will concentrate on multiple areas including stressing how lack of preparation can impact a congregation for generations to come, reviewing the current safety environment, providing key information and strategies for a comprehensive safety management plan.

Training facilitators are also available for on-site inspections and safety plan development. Each student will receive a Certificate of Training upon completion of Day 1 training. Those participating in Day 2 training will be certified as Church Safety Officers.

“To keep aligned with the affordability of a community college, the cost of the seminar is $35 per student for each class,” said Chief Anthony Williams, the commanding officer at CVC. “Compared to private consulting firms and other higher education institutions, this fee is a great return on investment considering the wealth of information and guidance provided.”

Training started Jan. 7, and future training will be scheduled based on demand. Anyone interested in receiving information about a future training date, can contact Williams at 972-860-8286 or

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