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Special to The Dallas Examiner


Spay Neuter Network’s SAVE Dallas! will provide pet services at no cost to 23 zip codes in the city. The three-year initiative is dedicated to serving southern Dallas pet owners by issuing free spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccinations, Parvo/Distemper vaccinations and microchips at a low cost, as well as FVRCP vaccinations for cats.

For location information, visit or call 972-472-3500.


The “Can We Talk?” Youth Conference, presented by the City of Dallas, will be held Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, in Building A, located at 2922 MLK Blvd. The conference will focus on issues faced by youth such as anti-bullying, self-image, social justice and education. High school students are able to attend for free. Lunch will be provided with RSVP.

To register, visit Registration is open until Oct. 17.

For more details about the event, contact 214-670-8418.


Foremost Family Health Center has launched Healthy Lifestyles University, which will offer free interactive classes to promote community health improvement. The courses are provided every third or fourth Monday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, in the Tapley Training Room in Building B, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Blvd.

The next class will be held Oct. 22 and focus on scald prevention and Halloween safety. To sign up, contact the front desk at 214-426-3645 to be added to the list.


The Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant Program was created to encourage neighborhood organizations to identify and implement projects that address specific neighborhood needs while increasing resident engagement, promoting neighborhood pride, and building neighborhood organization capacity through collaborations and partnerships. Projects must serve a public purpose and provide community benefits by promoting the creation of strong, safe and vibrant neighborhoods. The grant is a refresh of the GrowSouth Neighborhood Challenge Grant.

It will offer funding on a reimbursement basis to top-ranked neighborhood enhancement projects through a competitive process. Project proposals must be submitted by neighborhood organizations. This grant places strong emphasis on projects that engage neighborhood residents and are ready for implementation. Funding ranging from $1,500 – $10,000 would be considered for neighborhood physical improvements projects and neighborhood engagement enhancements projects.

The grant program – created to promote citywide neighborhood pride, resident engagement and community improvements – will begin accepting applications Oct. 23. For questions, call 214.671.8900, email or visit Information about the grant and registration for information sessions is available at


The 44th Annual Harambee Festival, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the Dallas Harambee Steering Committee, will be held for free on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MLK Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Blvd.

Harambee is East African Swahili for “Let’s Pull Together” or “Unity.” This year’s theme will be centered on “Unity in The Community,” encouraging everyone to put aside differences.

The long-standing event provides an alternative to Halloween with an array of activities such as dancing, games, an African mask contest, the Margaret Burns Heritage Unity Walk and a unity balloon release. It will also include storytelling, face painting, African art, health information and more.

For questions regarding the festival, contact chairman Willie Minor at 214-978-7164 or, or contact Bobbie Murkledove at 214-533-2054 or For more information, visit


Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center will host their Healthy Harvest Festival and Wellness Expo, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center, located at 4500 Spring Ave.

The event is open to residents of all ages and aims to promote healthy habits and activities throughout the city. The participants will enjoy a morning dedicated to fitness challenges, healthy cooking demonstrations, free flu shots, face painting and more.

For more information, call 214-865-3095 or email Candace Thompson at


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