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Blue Goose Cantina announces the arrival of its summer specials, guaranteed to tantalize taste buds and keep you refreshed all season long! From now until July 31, dive into a fiesta of flavor at any of the Goose’s seven locations in Frisco, Plano, Highland Village, McKinney, Grapevine, Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie.

Indulge in Flavorful Entrees:

  • Tacos Al Pastor: Experience a burst of taste with our street corn tortillas loaded with jack cheese, adobo-marinated pork, grilled pineapple, onion, cilantro, and a spicy cremosa drizzle. ($14)
  • Shrimp Tacos: Get hooked on our corn tortillas packed with adobo-seasoned shrimp, slaw, corn, avocado slices, and a chipotle mayo drizzle. ($14)
  • Huaraches: Transport your taste buds to Mexico with our traditional masa tortilla topped with beans, your choice of chorizo or pork al pastor, lettuce, pico, sour cream, and queso fresco. ($14)

Cool Off with Creative Cocktails:

  • Kiwi Cucumber Margarita: Dive into a refreshing fusion of Corazon Blanco tequila, agave, kiwi, lime juice, and fresh cucumber. In May, the margarita was named Best Margarita during the Dallas Margarita Festival. ($12)

Weekend Brunch Plans: (Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM)

  • Mexican Benedict: Treat yourself to two sopes topped with refried beans, chorizo, poached eggs, salsa verde, sour cream, queso fresco, and cilantro. Served with brunch potatoes. ($12)

Established in 1984, Blue Goose Cantina brings together fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere, and a kick-ass attitude. A division of Peterson Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, For more information, including menu and locations, visit BlueGooseCantina.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #bluegoosecantina

 

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and  tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO. For more information, visit PetersonManagementGroup.net.

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The sixth annual Signature Event, produced by Artists and Musicians in Recovery, returns on Friday, June 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., bringing with it music, art, and culture that is fun for the entire family and that special circle of friends. To be held at Unity of Dallas, located at 6525 Forest Lane in Dallas, Signature is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates artists and musicians in recovery. It’s a big party that includes art exhibits and live music by local artists in popular genres such as rock, blues, alternative, and pop. For those who love to nosh, Signature will have food trucks including Easy Slider & Veggie with its gourmet sliders and King Kups, specializing in Cali-Mex street food and desserts. The event is free to attend, thanks to generous sponsors.

Launched in 2018, the Signature Event began with more than 450 people in attendance and has grown since then. It is the first ever event that showcases talents of artists and musicians to further their recovery from substance abuse and other behavioral health issues. Signature inspires the community to embrace the arts as effective tools for sustained recovery.

Signature is important to the community because the struggle of artists and musicians is real, and so is recovery. They represent a unique population. Many artists and musicians struggle with drugs, alcohol, and other problematic behaviors. Some factors that make it especially challenging for this population to recover include the artists’ lifestyle (schedule, environment and sporadic work), the use of chemicals to create a sense of heightened creativity which can result in impaired functioning, travel and work schedules which can hinder meaningful relationships, financial concerns, and the pressures of appearance, praise and criticism.

"We have gathered amazing artists and musicians to share their beautiful creations,” states Betty Ewing Dicken, founder of Artists and Musicians in Recovery and the creator of Signature. “We all know of talented creative souls who have lost the substance abuse or mental health battles. Many have recovered and courageously use their passions and talents to recover and help others. At Signature, you'll be amazed by the creative talents!" 

To learn more Artists and Musicians in Recovery, a 501(c)3 foundation, and their annual Signature Event, visit artsrecovery.org. Join the conversation on Facebook (@ArtsRecovery) and follow Artists and Musicians in Recovery on Instagram (@ArtsRecovery).

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Photo credit: Texas Woman's University Sitting, left to right: Texas Woman’s University Regent Chair Stacie McDavid, Chancellor Carine Feyten, Mike A. Myers, Henry “Hank” Fink (president of Johanniter Humanitarian Group of Texas), Dr. Jyutika Mehta (Director of the Mike A. Myers Stroke Center). Standing, left to right: Monica Christopher (TWU Dallas president), Regent Jill Jester, Regent Kathleen Wu, Regent Janelle Shepard, Regent Bob Hyde, Student Regent Jianna Covarelli, Regent Ellen Amirkhan, Regent Bernadette Coleman, and Regent Mary Wilson.

Dallas businessman and philanthropist Mike A. Myers has given a $2 million gift to Texas Woman’s stroke center to be used to expand research, patient and family services, and inter-professional training opportunities.

In recognition of the Myers gift, the Texas Woman’s University System Board of Regents on Friday renamed the center the Mike A. Myers Stroke Center.

“This gift is truly transformative,” said Jyutika Mehta, PhD, the Stroke Center’s director. “We will be able to grow significantly and support many more individuals and families who need neuro-rehabilitative support, assist those from bilingual backgrounds and continue to support those who are uninsured and underinsured. Additionally, this will allow the center to train many more students in cutting-edge, clinical and research-based protocols.”

The center, established in 1992 by Texas Woman’s University to provide specialized treatment for patients who experience a stroke or head injury, also conducts research and training for TWU graduate students. The center does not charge patients and is funded primarily through grants and contributions.

The gift will be used to support a variety of operations, including research and patient services, which includes adding bilingual clinicians and programming and expanding services to include hearing assessments and treatment directed at improving feeding and swallowing.

“This extraordinary center is a lifeline to the Dallas community and provides a critical service to so many patients who otherwise may not be able to afford this level of treatment. It is personally gratifying to see centers such as these improve the lives of others,” Myers said.

Myers, a successful real estate developer and banker, has been a longtime philanthropist and has given generously to many higher education institutions across Texas.

“Mike Myers has a generous spirit and has dedicated his life to improving lives and strengthening communities. His gift today further demonstrates his desire to see others soar,” TWU System Board of Regents Chair Stacie McDavid said. “On behalf of the board of regents, we are honored to name the center the Mike A. Myers Stroke Center.”

Since 2020, Myers has supported Johanniter Humanitarian Group (JHG) of Texas, an organization led by President Henry "Hank" Fink. Together, JHG Texas and the Mike A. Myers Foundation have provided more than 50 annual scholarships for undergraduate nursing students and established the Myers-JHG Tutoring and Academic Support Center at TWU’s Dallas campus.

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Dallas Pride is proud to announce that acclaimed actor, singer and LGBTQ+ advocate Billy Porter has been named its first-ever Honorary Grand Marshal of the Dallas Pride Parade, set to step off in Fair Park on June 2. 

Porter, a trailblazer in the entertainment industry and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, has captivated audiences worldwide with his remarkable talent and unwavering commitment to inclusivity and equality. With a career spanning decades, Porter has earned critical acclaim and been awarded  for his roles on stage and screen including an EMMY®, GRAMMY® and two Tony Awards, winning his first Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in "Kinky Boots.” 

In addition to his contributions to the arts, Porter has used his platform to advocate for marginalized communities, championing LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice and gender equality. His unapologetic celebration of individuality has made him a beloved icon and an inspiration to millions around the globe. Porter will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award this year, his third, recognizing his dedication as an activist and spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ communities including his work for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the Entertainment Community Fund, among others.

“We are thrilled to welcome Billy Porter to Dallas Pride,” said Sherrell Cross, executive director of Dallas Pride. “He symbolized the spirit of unity, pride and resilience within the LGBTQ+ community, and will undoubtedly electrify audiences with his spirit and sparkle.”

The Dallas Pride Parade, one of the largest LGBTQ+ pride events in Texas, attracts thousands of participants and spectators each year, uniting people from all walks of life in a vibrant celebration of diversity and acceptance. 

Weekend of Activities

Dallas Pride kicks off on Saturday, June 1, with the Dallas Pride Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Dallas Pride Festival & Parade on Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m. with a pre-parade festival and activities before the parade begins at 2 p.m. Vendors will have refreshments, DJs will spin, and attendees can engage in Teen Pride and the Family Pride Zone, in addition to enjoying shopping and other fun. The parade is a rainbow feast for the eyes, with outrageous costumes, inventive floats, bands, groups and more marching in support of the LGBTQ+ community in a mile-long event featuring more than 150 parade entries. Admission for the Dallas Pride Parade is free.

Tickets are on sale now for the Dallas Pride Music Festival on Saturday, June 1, which will feature musical headliners CeCe Peniston and Ha Sizzle. A variety of musical and dance performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages will include singer Lardi B, DJ Sedrick, and other talented entertainers that keep the festivities going. Morphine Love Dion, a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Aquaria, season 10 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be featured performers who will also wow the crowds at the Dallas Pride Music Festival. Tickets are $10 (+ services fees); admission for children 12 and under is complimentary. To get your tickets, visit dallaspride.org.

The Dallas Pride Music Festival features more than 200 vendors, who will have booths to see and shop at the festival. Family Pride Zone, an area designed for families, will feature several bounce houses, face painting, entertainment for the kids and the Pride Train ride in the Automobile Building at Fair Park. The festival also includes Teen Pride, which fosters a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 19 and their friends to enjoy live entertainment from artists and DJs, and other age-appropriate activities. Local animal rescue groups will also be on-site for guests to meet a possible new furry family member. 

About Dallas Pride

The mission of Dallas Pride is to strengthen, support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. By prioritizing inclusiveness, Dallas Pride fosters a feeling of belonging for everyone from youth to seniors by creating events, initiatives and programs that foster connections between members of the community, its allies and its supporters.

Follow @DallasPride on Facebook, @DallasPrideOfficial on Instagram, @DallasPrideOrg on Twitter, or via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for all the tea.

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Minutes count when someone is having a stroke, and many strokes are preventable.

Those are key takeaways for National Stroke Awareness Month, according to Jyutika Mehta, PhD,  director of the Texas Woman’s University Stroke Center-Dallas, located at the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences in the Southwestern Medical District.

“Stroke can happen to anyone, but it’s not always inevitable,” Mehta said. “There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.”

One important step is to talk to your doctor about your risk for stroke, Mehta noted. “Family history and lifestyle are factors in stroke risk,” she said. “If you’re at higher risk, your doctor can help you identify the factors you can control or influence — such as physical activity, smoking, weight, diabetes and high blood pressure management, and stress management — and offer advice, resources or interventions to help you significantly reduce your risk.”

Mehta also stressed the importance of seeking immediate medical attention when stroke is suspected.

“Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and long-term disability in the U.S., which means that everyone should familiarize themselves with the symptoms of stroke,” she said. “When a stroke happens, getting help quickly can greatly increase a person’s chances of recovering from a stroke. In some cases, a quick response can literally save someone’s life.”

Established in 1992, the Stroke Center-Dallas is a specialized facility providing internationally-recognized research and state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation of stroke and traumatic brain injury, as well as hands-on training for TWU graduate students.

Patients who qualify for the program receive intensive, customized treatment plans designed to improve speech, language, cognition and motor outcomes, at no cost to the patient. The Stroke Center also provides treatment options for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia (swallowing and feeding dysfunction).

“Stroke is a dangerous and deadly disease, but there is hope for stroke survivors,” Mehta said. “Research happening at Stroke Center-Dallas and at facilities around the world are leading to continually improving, advanced rehabilitation treatment protocols and technology that are helping healthcare providers help their patients achieve positive, sometimes life-changing outcomes.”

STROKE AWARENESS:

Symptoms of stroke include numbness, confusion, trouble walking or seeing, dizziness, and severe headache. Since these symptoms can be caused by many conditions, use the FAST test to help you react quickly:

F (Face): Is any part of the face drooping? Can the person having symptoms smile? Does the smile appear uneven?

A (Arms): Can the person lift their arms? Does one arm drift downward?

S (Speech): Is the person’s speech slurred or nonsensical?

T (Time): Remember that time is critical. If stroke is suspected, call 9-1-1 immediately.

LEARN MORE ABOUT STROKE CENTER-DALLAS

To learn more about Stroke Center-Dallas clinical trials or treatment programs, visit twu.edu/stroke-center-dallas or call/email 214-689-6592 or strokecenter@twu.edu. To find out more about eligibility for treatment, visit https://twu.edu/stroke-center-dallas/how-to-apply-for-treatment/. To make a donation to the Stroke Center, visit giving.twu.edu.     

About TWU: Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest woman-focused university system with campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Founded in 1901, TWU has built a reputation on contributions in nursing, healthcare, education, the arts and sciences, and business. TWU’s inclusive culture prioritizes experiential learning, leadership, service, discovery and health and wellbeing, and national media have recognized the university as a top college for student-parents, veterans and social mobility. In 2023, TWU publicly launched Dream Big, a $125 million fundraising effort to support programming, equipment, scholarships and faculty. To learn more about the campaign or the university, visit dreambig.twu.edu or twu.edu, or connect with TWU on Facebook @TexasWomansUniversity, Instagram @txwomans, Twitter @txwomans, and LinkedIn @texaswomansuniversity.

About TWU Dallas: Texas Woman’s first established a presence in Dallas in 1954, when the nursing program was launched at Parkland Hospital. Today, the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center is a 190,000-square-foot facility that sits in the heart of the Southwestern Medical District. Since then, Texas Woman’s has become a notable contributor to the healthcare workforce, graduating an average of 2,000 nursing and allied health professionals each year.

The Dallas campus also is home to the renowned Stroke Center, which provides more than 5,000 hours of clinical, neuro-rehabilitation services annually at no cost to members of the community. In addition to an MBA and graduate level Healthcare Administration programs, the Dallas campus offers upper-level undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

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In honor of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI North Texas, a chartered affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and NAMI Texas, is raising awareness of mental illness and supporting individuals in their mental health journey. This year, NAMI North Texas is emphasizing the importance of normalizing mental health care through Take the Moment, the 2024 Mental Health Awareness Month campaign. Activities to support Mental Health Awareness Month include the lighting of Downtown Dallas Buildings and the annual NAMIWalks North Texas fundraiser.

“It is essential to foster an open and safe environment for sharing stories, and during Mental Health Awareness Month, we are calling on mental health advocates across the country to come together and address the stigma around mental health by providing testimonies and offering support,” states Dr. Athena Trentin, Executive Director of NAMI North Texas. “Take the Moment encourages individuals to prioritize and talk about their mental well-being without feeling guilty or ashamed. Our upcoming activities further emphasize our initiative.”

One of the activities in May includes Downtown Dallas buildings that will light up in green to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week. In collaboration with the City of Dallas, on Monday, May 13, this special honor by building owners will shine light on the fact that each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. It also will shine light on the importance to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Participating buildings include Reunion Tower, Bank of America, and One AT&T Plaza.

On Saturday, May 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m., NAMI North Texas will hold its annual fundraiser, NAMIWalks North Texas, at Riders Field in Frisco. The pet-friendly event includes a resource fair, activities for kids, and free parking. There is no registration fee for the walk. All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers, business associates, and other mental health advocates. All walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMIWalks North Texas event t-shirt and other recognition gifts. Sponsors include Denny’s, Texas Health Behavioral Health, Julie and Pierce Noble, Pillar Clinical Research, Carrolton Springs/Well Bridge Health Care/Collin Springs, Medical City Green Oaks Hospital/Medical City Behavioral Health McKinney, Medical City Mental Health & Wellness Center/Frisco, Teva, West Coast University, Connections Wellness Group, Neurocrine Biosciences, and NBC 5 / Telemundo 39. To participate, donate or support a team, visit www.naminorthtexas.org/namiwalksntx.

Founded in 1982, NAMI North Texas, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit organization, advocates for equitable access to mental health services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community of hope for all of those in need. Serving Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Rockwall counties, NAMI North Texas provides essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs. For more information, visit www.naminorthtexas.org.

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Get ready to shake your maracas and join the ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration at Blue Goose Cantina, complete with a day filled with delicious drinks, lively entertainment, and irresistible Mexican cuisine. The Sunday, May 5th fiesta will take place at all seven Blue Goose Cantina locations in Frisco, Plano, Highland Village, McKinney, Grapevine, Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie.

To mark the occasion, sip on Blue Goose’s signature Bloody Marias or enjoy refreshing frozen and on-the-rocks house margaritas and mimosas for just $5 all day long. In addition to delectable drinks, indulge your taste buds with Blue Goose's famous fajitas, top shelf queso, homemade tortillas, enchiladas, tacos, and more. And for the little ones – and the young at heart – all locations will feature paletero carts offering fruity popsicles for the kids and boozy popsicles for the adults, adding an extra touch of sweetness to the festivities. Blue Goose Cantina even puts a spin – literally – on the holiday with blender bikes at the McKinney, Grand Prairie, Frisco, and Fort Worth locations. Margarita lovers who want to keep in shape while having fun will be able to pedal their way to making a great Goose margarita and then quench their thirst afterwards. Whether you're craving savory, spicy or sweet, Blue Goose’s menu has something to satisfy every craving.

But that's not all – prepare to unleash your inner piñata master as Blue Goose Cantina hosts piñata smashing sessions at all seven locations! Swing for sweet victory as custom-made piñatas burst with candy, gum, and even gift cards. Piñata sessions will be held at 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM, ensuring plenty of chances to join in on the fun.

Experience the vibrant sounds of Cinco de Mayo with live mariachi bands performing at Blue Goose locations throughout the day. From Grapevine to Grand Prairie, immerse yourself in the rhythmic melodies of mariachi music while savoring mouthwatering Mexican fare. Mariachi bands will be playing at the Grapevine restaurant during 12:30 - 1:30 PM and 5:30 – 8:30 PM, and at Frisco from 12:00 – 2:00 PM and 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Mariachis will be at Highland Village from 2:00 – 6:00 PM while Grand Prairie will have bands at 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Mariachis will also be at the Fort Worth location from 12:00 – 3:00 PM, at McKinney  from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and at the Plano restaurant from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

Established in 1984, Blue Goose Cantina brings together fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere, and a kick-ass attitude. A division of Peterson Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, For more information, including menu and locations, visit BlueGooseCantina.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #bluegoosecantina

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and  tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary cocktails, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO. For more information, visit PetersonManagementGroup.net.

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On Wednesday, March 27th, Texas Woman’s University marked a significant milestone as Monica Christopher was formally installed as the inaugural president of the Dallas campus, culminating as a poignant addition to Women’s History Month. The ceremony, held at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences — Dallas Center, located in the Southwestern Medical District, was accompanied by a vibrant celebration and reception attended by esteemed dignitaries.

Celebrating the enduring stability rooted in Texas Woman's 120-year legacy in Texas including 70 years in Dallas, the event spotlighted the institution's commitment to innovation and inclusivity. Chancellor Carine Feyten delivered a keynote address, underscoring the importance of diverse voices in shaping TWU's future.

Other speakers included Dr. Ann Stuart, TWU chancellor emerita, who shared anecdotes of TWU's history and her instrumental role in establishing the Dallas campus during her tenure as the inaugural chancellor. Dale A. Petroskey, president and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber, expressed enthusiasm for Christopher's leadership at TWU Dallas and emphasized the pivotal role of innovation in healthcare workforce development.

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, highlighted TWU Dallas's impactful presence in the Medical District and its collaborative efforts with UT Southwestern in advancing healthcare research. Lottye Brodsky-Lyle, Ph. D., a TWU alumna and friend of Christopher’s, lauded the university's supportive environment, where both faculty and leadership prioritize listening and valuing individuals. Bob Mong, president of the University of North Texas at Dallas, conveyed excitement about Christopher's new role. Meanwhile, academic departments showcased their achievements, and staff presented engaging videos.

Special surprises included a proclamation from Dallas City Council Member Jaynie Schultz, officially designating March 27, 2024, as "Texas Woman's University Day” from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. The TWU Student Government Association presented Christopher with a stethoscope in a beautifully framed shadow box, symbolizing the breadth of healthcare programs at the Dallas campus. Dianne Baker, who lettered in five sports at Texas Woman's and later became the winningest head coach of the Pioneers’ softball team, humorously gifted Christopher a TWU "undefeated" football helmet, playfully nodding to the absence of a football team at the university. Finally, Nancy Barry, Christopher's first supervisor, sent a heartfelt video message and a copy of her book When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent Graduates To Know, which includes a mention of Christopher and further highlights her impact and contributions.

In February, Christopher assumed leadership at TWU Dallas, renowned for its exceptional academic programs and groundbreaking research initiatives in nursing, allied health professions, and health care administration. Christopher's appointment marks a significant milestone during a period of dynamic growth for Texas Woman’s University, the largest woman-focused university system in the nation.

In 2021, the Texas Legislature granted university system status to Texas Woman’s, which boasts campuses in Denton, Dallas, and Houston. Currently, efforts are underway to appoint an inaugural president for the Houston campus.

Furthermore, last September marked the launch of Dream Big, Texas Woman’s University's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Set to culminate with the university’s 125th anniversary in 2026, Dream Big aims to raise $125 million to support the university's continued pursuit of excellence and innovation.

Christopher, a veteran fundraiser and community affairs strategist whose previous posts include executive and senior leadership roles at Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Morning News/WFAA, is charged with growing campus engagement and raising the visibility of TWU Dallas, particularly with respect to increased enrollment and expanded partnerships with health care, business and community organizations.

"Today marks an exciting milestone for Texas Woman’s University in Dallas with the installation of Monica. Her profound grasp of our educational and research objectives, coupled with her exceptional ability to engage with corporate and nonprofit sectors, positions her as a catalyst for fostering community involvement and shaping a strategic vision for our Dallas campus," Feyten said. "With Monica at the helm, I am confident that our Dallas campus will emerge as a pivotal hub, propelling Dallas into a premier destination for top-tier higher education opportunities."

Following the March 22 celebration, Christopher said, "I am deeply honored and filled with excitement to assume the role of the inaugural president of the Dallas campus at Texas Woman’s University." She adds, “The university holds a rich legacy in Dallas, and I am eager to collaborate with our exceptional faculty, staff, and students to expand the campus, uphold its tradition of excellence, and spotlight the exceptional degree programs it offers."

About TWU Dallas

Texas Woman’s first established a presence in Dallas in 1954, when the nursing program was launched at Parkland Hospital. Today, the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences ? Dallas Center is a 190,000-square-foot facility that sits in the heart of the Southwestern Medical District. Since then, Texas Woman’s has become a notable contributor to the healthcare workforce, graduating an average of 2,000 nursing and allied health professionals each year.

The Dallas campus also is home to the renowned Stroke Center, which provides more than 5,000 hours of clinical, neuro-rehabilitation services annually at no cost to members of the community. In addition to an MBA and graduate level healthcare administration programs, the Dallas campus offers upper-level undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

About Monica Christopher

Christopher is the inaugural Dallas Campus president. A seasoned fundraiser and community relations professional, she has served in key positions in both areas for the last 25 years, forging numerous successful private-public sector partnerships and amassing extensive experience in cultivating and stewarding major donors, grant making, program management, and public speaking. During her 15-year tenure at Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas, she rose to the level of senior vice president and chief giving and community impact officer, leading several teams in fundraising efforts that set new benchmarks in gifts and funds created. While at The Dallas Morning News/WFAA, she also held several positions over nearly 10 years in community relations aimed at building community engagement, raising brand awareness and coordinating charity events. Additional leadership roles for Christopher include involvement in the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Summit, Junior League of Dallas, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, and the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center, among other organizations.

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Dust off your bibs and roll up your sleeves because Aw Shucks is back with their highly anticipated 11th Annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 27th! Located at 1630 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX 75067, the festivities kick off at 11 AM and continue until 5 PM, promising a day filled with delectable Cajun crawfish, lively entertainment, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Join hundreds of dedicated crawfish enthusiasts as they converge upon Aw Shucks for a parking lot party like no other. Indulge in ALL YOU CAN EAT CRAWFISH with sausage, corn, and potatoes for just $49.95, ensuring you never go home hungry. Feast on these savory crustaceans prepared to perfection, Cajun-style, right before your eyes.

But the fun doesn't stop there! Aw Shucks is pulling out all the stops with an array of exciting activities and entertainment. Sip on refreshing drinks while enjoying live music from The Big Daddy Band, who will be rocking the stage from Noon to 4:00 PM. Sing along, dance, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this annual tradition.

Feeling lucky? There are several opportunities to win fantastic prizes and gift cards, including strutting your stuff in the crawfish T-Shirt contest for a shot at fame and glory.

For those craving additional fare, Aw Shucks has you covered with mouthwatering options available inside the restaurant, including fried shrimp with fries, hush puppies and coleslaw, catfish filets with fries, hush puppies and coleslaw, blackened tilapia tacos with rice, chicken strips with house-made ranch, and tantalizing desserts like Key Lime Pie.

Quench your thirst with a variety of drink specials, including frozen margaritas for $9, draft beer and bottled beer for $7, buckets of beer for $30, pitchers of beer for $20, boozy Jello shots for $3, and sodas and water for $2.

Don't miss the ultimate crawfish extravaganza at Aw Shucks! Bring your appetite, your dancing shoes, and your competitive spirit for a day of unforgettable fun.

Celebrating 40 years, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar have been the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and tasty crawfish when in season. With its eclectic seafood shack atmosphere, guests are guaranteed to have the best shuckin’ time. A division of Peterson Management Group, a family-owned and operated restaurant management company, there are five locations in North Texas. For more information on Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, visit awshucksdallas.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and promotions. #shucksdallas

ABOUT PETERSON MANAGEMENT GROUP

Peterson Management Group is a family-owned and operated restaurant management company with 12 restaurants located across North Texas. Founded by Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, two guys with larger-than-life personalities, it all started in 1983 with eclectic seafood shack restaurants, Aw Shucks and Big Shucks Oyster Bar. They are the best places in North Texas to get raw oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab legs, po'boy boy sandwiches, a nice cold beer, and some tasty crawfish when in season. In addition to Aw Shucks and Big Shucks, Peterson Management Group opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984, where fantastic made-from-scratch Mexican food, legendary drinks, top-notch service, a fun atmosphere and a kick-ass attitude come together. The restaurant chain has repeatedly been voted the best in North Texas for its winning combination of food, fun, and signature margaritas. Today, Nick Peterson, son of Bob, leads the family business, serving as its CEO.

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Get ready to celebrate! Dallas Pride, the non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community returns to Fair Park June 1-2, 2024, with an expanded festival and a spectacular parade with the theme of “Unity in the Community.”

“This year’s events are a celebration of the work that is done year-round to uplift the LGBTQ+ community,” said Sherrell Cross, executive director of Dallas Pride. “This year, we expanded our celebration to include even more people who have found the love, support and information we are able to offer as a non-profit whose mission is to lift others. It’s time to party.”

New for this year: By popular demand, the festival at Dallas Pride in Fair Park is now a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2024. Bring the whole family to Fair Park for these all-ages events, which make for a weekend of fun honoring the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, sponsors and supporters. 

The Dallas Pride Music Festival on Saturday will feature a variety of musical and dance performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages. More than 200 vendors will have booths to see and shop at the festival. Family Pride Zone, an area designed for families, will feature several bounce houses, face painting, entertainment for the kids and the Pride Train ride in the Automobile Building at Fair Park. The festival also includes Teen Pride, which fosters a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 19 and their friends to enjoy live entertainment from artists and DJs, and other age-appropriate activities. Local animal rescue groups will also be on-site for guests to meet a possible new furry family member. 

The Dallas Pride Music Festival is Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10; admission for children 12 and under is complimentary. Tickets go on sale in April at dallaspride.org. Watch Dallas Pride’s social media for daily updates on ticket sales and other event news. Vendor registration is open now, with more details available at dallaspride.org.

Then, on Sunday, Dallas Pride kicks off at 10 a.m. with a pre-parade festival and activities. Vendors will have refreshments, DJs will spin, and attendees can engage in Teen Pride and the Family Pride Zone, in addition to enjoying shopping and other fun. 

The Dallas Pride Parade winds its way through Fair Park on Sunday, June 2, starting at 2 p.m. Free to attend, the parade is a rainbow feast for the eyes, with outrageous costumes, inventive floats, bands, groups and more marching in support of the LGBTQ+ community in a mile-long event featuring more than 150 parade entries. 

Admission for Dallas Pride’s festival and parade on Sunday is free. Paid parking is available at Fair Park, or attendees may take the DART Green Line directly to Fair Park. Parade entry registration is open now (please note that the order of parade line-up is based on the order of completed applications and payments received).

Individuals, companies and organizations that would like to participate in a festival at Dallas Pride on June 1-2 or the Dallas Pride Parade on June 2 can find vendor, sponsor and parade participant registration links at dallaspride.org/registration/.

About Dallas Pride

The mission of Dallas Pride is to strengthen, support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. By prioritizing inclusiveness, Dallas Pride fosters a feeling of belonging for everyone from youth to seniors by creating events, initiatives and programs that foster connections between members of the community, its allies and its supporters.

Follow @DallasPride on Facebook, @DallasPrideOfficial on Instagram, @DallasPrideOrg on Twitter, or via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for all the tea.