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Dallas Park and Recreation recently broke ground for a 14,794 square-foot expansion project for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center that is currently in its final construction phase. With this second construction phase getting under way soon, the new wing will house a gymnasium, technology center and a senior adult activity area.

Four years ago, the city of Dallas broke ground on a new facility to replace the existing recreation center built in 1973. When both construction phases are completed, Singing Hills will be an ultra-modern 26,000 square-foot facility that features an elevated gymnasium level accessible by stairs and elevator. Outside, a plaza can be used for family-oriented activities including small concerts, movie nights and other special events.

Adjacent to a DART station, city officials have said that when the new Singing Hills opens, it will be a “first-of-its kind” resource for recreation center patrons who use DART, because they can walk directly to the new center from the rail line.

“Singing Hills is one of the most unique and innovative facilities in our park system. The design and amenities are outstanding and reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and rolling terrain. We are proud that this center will give patrons diverse recreational and learning experiences in a wonderfully new facility,” said Dallas Park and Recreation Director Willis C. Winters.


The Dallas Black Dance Academy is preparing for its ninth year of instructing free Dance Integration classes for school districts across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Last school year almost 800 students in nine school districts took part in the dance classes. Students in 21 schools in kindergarten through 12th grade explored abstract concepts like symmetry, gravity and geography through dance. The residencies are tailored to meet the specific academic challenges faced by each school. The classes help students improve creative thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

Schools or school districts that would like to be involved in the program, can send an email to


Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks will host the third annual Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer’s Education Seminar on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon on the campus of Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle in Fort Worth. His mission is to educate the community and provide citizens with the resources needed to care for the elder community and provide support for their caregivers.

There has been a recent increase in the number of African American and Hispanic American citizens diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as medical advances continue to grow as a result people are living longer lives. This event is designed to fill the gap in services and help connect people to the resources and information needed to properly care for loved ones and help them live with dignity.

The seminar will include: Interactive Dementia Live Experience, biomarker screening, educational workshops, industry exhibitors, and updates from experts on the latest discoveries in Alzeimers and Dementia research. The event is free but requires registration. For more information and registration, call 817-531-5600 or 817-370-4500 or visit


A “Being the Boss” Brunch will be held Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Frazier House, located on the first floor of the renovated former Julia C. Frazier Elementary School at 4600 Spring Ave. The session will provide information on becoming a certified customer service/call center agent, jumpstarting a call center career, working from home opportunities, and opening a call center.

Quest for Greater Success and The Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center has collaborated to offer the event to Frazier House clients.

The Holmes Outreach Center is a nonprofit organization creating self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for local families and young adults through education and job placement. Frazier House is an initiative of the outreach center.

For more information, call 496.779.7229 or send an email to To register, visit


The Champion is a new stage play by Amy Evans, inspired by untold events in the life of music legend Nina Simone. The play is set in 1962 North Carolina where Simone and her band are holed up from a snowstorm in a greasy spoon. As tempers flare and secrets surface, it seems the waitress at this small-town diner will soon be the only witness of a historic meltdown. Suddenly, the door swings open and the famous outsiders discover they’re truly in unfriendly territory. Directed by Rebecca McDonald, the play intimately portrays a cultural icon in the turbulent era during which she rose to fame. Performances will be held Oct. 11 through Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Bishop Arts Theater Center, located at 215 S. Tyler St. For more information and tickets, visit or


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