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Mayor Mike Rawlings will join Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young to reveal plans for an innovative hub for entrepreneurs in South Dallas/Fair Park. The Fair Park Entrepreneur Center – known as The District – is an initiative developed by The Zip Code Connection along with other partners to encourage individuals to start small businesses.

“When people have an opportunity to invest in themselves and their ideas, they can dream big dreams,” Young said. “I know this project will be an economic generator for the area and surrounding communities.”

The District will be housed in a 5,000 sq. ft. space at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Malcolm X. When doors open in spring, local entrepreneurs will have access to education, training, mentorship, capital, co-working space, programs, events and more.

“The District is a project that is significant to our GrowSouth efforts in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. I am excited about the long-term impact, as well as the value this initiative will have throughout Dallas and beyond,” Rawlings stated.

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center is expanding a culture of entrepreneurship in South Dallas. The Fair Park location will be the organizations sixth location in Texas. Additional centers in the Southern Sector include a Red Bird Mall campus and two satellite locations at Paul Quinn College and UNT Dallas.


Bryce Gheisar, Walk the Prank Disney actor, is hosting a red carpet event for his new Universal Studios movie, A Dog’s Purpose, to benefit Dallas Pets Alive!, a non-profit rescue group dedicated to eliminate the killing of companion animals, Jan. 28 at noon at Moviehouse and Eatery in McKinney Craig Ranch, located at 8450 SH 121.

Guests will have the opportunity to play with adoptable puppies, mingle with Gheisar and his family, snap pictures in the Moviehouse digital photo booth and donate to Dallas Pets Alive!

Fans can purchase raffle tickets to win an array of prizes such as Moviehouse auditorium rental for a private party and tickets for up to 90 guests at any DFW locations, a year’s worth of Moviehouse tickets, and two $150 gift buckets.

All funds raised through donations and the raffle will benefit Dallas Pets Alive!, and Moviehouse will donate 50 percent of all food and beverage sales to the organization.

The first movie showing starts at 1:30 p.m., and the second movie showing starts at 2:30 p.m. Autographed copies of the A Dog’s Purpose book will be available on sale at the event.

To purchase your tickets and reserve your seats, visit:

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Jarvis Christian College will be having a grand opening for its African American Museum Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Olin Learning and Resource Center on campus, located at Private Road 7631, HW 80 E., to unveil the Rodney Lamar Atkins Collection, Life in America: 1900-1979.

The exhibit will feature more than 200 pieces that Atkins, director of the Olin Library, has collected for 30 years, including Negro League baseball, autographed baseballs, figurines, rare photos, farming equipment and kitchen utensils. The grand opening will, also, feature a video presentation and tour.

For more information or to make reservations for future tours, call 903-730-4890, Ext. 2173.


The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team classes for neighborhood and community organizations and workplaces starting Feb. 18 at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Training Academy, located at 5000 Dolphin Rd.

The free classes are taught by OEM emergency personnel and cover basic emergency response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, terrorism, team organization, disaster psychology and more.

“Community leaders, particularly those working with homeowner associations may wish to build more community spirit and enhance cooperation when disasters happen – such as a public health emergency and severe weather events,” said Rocky Vaz, director of emergency management.

Classes can be designed for a specific neighborhood and scheduled at convenient days, times and locations. Each class must include at least 10 participants. The appropriate time to complete all sessions is 20 hours, and all sessions are required to be completed for certification.

To learn more about CERT, class schedules, and to sign up for a class, go to:


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