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Play is one of the most-loved parts of childhood, and experts agree it is one of the most important too. Play is any type of activity that a child finds fun and enjoyable. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes play is essential to development because it contributes to a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. Games and other fun activities help children hone critical abilities that they will use throughout their lives. Acquired skills like problem-solving, creativity, assessing risks, and working cooperatively with others exemplify how play benefits childhood cognitive development. Different types of play can also strengthen critical cognitive areas. For example, children who use their imaginations for make-believe or play pretend in secure environments learn how to create a narrative, assess different emotions, explore newfound interests, and adapt to diverse situations. Playtime with others teaches children how to share, take turns, resolve conflicts, and interact in different social situations. 

For children with developmental delays or disabilities, play can be a unique way to help implement therapy. Play can improve muscles and coordination for children with mobility impairments. For children who have a hearing or visual impairment, certain playtime activities can improve their other senses to help them navigate and explore the world. Children with autistic spectrum disorder may not be as social or imaginative with their play. Instead, they may show interest in non-toy objects and have fun with activities that involve counting or sorting things. A child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may struggle to play socially. Their symptoms may include having difficulty waiting their turn, which can sometimes put other children off while playing with them. Playtime gives children with ADHD a chance to express themselves and exert energy, and with some guidance, they can learn to build relationships with other children.

"It can be overwhelming at times for parents to find meaningful activities to keep their children entertained," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "To help parents overcome this challenge, we have created a seasonal play guide to help inspire parents with unique play opportunities that will help children achieve developmental milestones while also having fun."

The experts at The Warren Center have created a "Year of Play" Guide mapping out seasonal, fun learning opportunities for children from birth to age three.

Winter:

As the temperatures drop, incorporate the change in weather into your playtime routine. Talk to your baby, using the word "cold” to describe touching cold water, snow, or ice. Don’t forget to do this when you open the fridge or go outside in cold weather. Babies develop their vocabulary when they are spoken to. Repetition is key, as is changing the tone of your voice for the word you are emphasizing, "Feel the cold water. Ooooh, that's cold, isn't it? Cold, cold water." Listen to your baby's response. At the age of one, you may hear your baby start to imitate your sounds. For toddlers, talk about how the cold feels. Use other descriptors for "cold"—like "freezing," "icy," or "chilly." You can start to discuss seasons and how we have cold weather in winter, like snow and ice. You can also read winter-themed books such as The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats or Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. 

When playing with your baby (ages six months and up), put a few wet ice cubes on their highchair and encourage your baby to touch and play with the ice. For toddlers, talk about how water turns into ice when it freezes. Then play "freeze" with your toddler. When you say "freeze," everyone stops moving. When you say "go," everyone can move again. Let your toddler have a turn calling "freeze" and "go." You can start/stop the music to enhance this game as well. Children 18 months or older can experiment with ice too. Make shaved ice in a blender or put some in a shallow pan, along with some ice cubes for fun, but cold, play. Add spoons, cups, and bowls for your child to scoop and dump the ice. When it is time to clean up, let your child melt the ice with warm water and pour it down the drain. Discuss how the warm water melts the ice and turns it back into water.

 

Spring:

Springtime brings lots of showers and pretty flowers. Help your child experience this season of growth by singing songs like Rain, Rain Go Away, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Try using hand gestures while you sing Itsy Bitsy Spider—your baby will love the entertainment and may even try to imitate you. Teach your toddler the motions that go along with these songs too. Discuss various weather words like puddle, rain boots and raincoat, raindrops, umbrella, pouring, sprinkling, misting, fog, wind, and clouds. Take a look outside and ask, “How many of these words do you see outside your window?”

Rainy days are a great time to read books together. For babies, try Rain Feet by Angela Johnson or Gossie and Gertie by Olivia Dunrea, featuring Gossie, the duck who loves her red galoshes. For older toddlers, good choices include The Little Cloud by Eric Carle, Rain or Shine: All About Weather by Danielle Denega, and the ultimate rainy day fantasy, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.

Babies can play "rain" inside during bath time by pouring water out of a plastic pitcher. Does your baby like it when the water comes out slow or fast? Does your baby try to grab the water? Try to pour water through a strainer and watch as it sprinkles out, or use a plastic plate and let it splash. Blow bubbles during bath time and sing songs like Rain, Rain Go Away as the bubble "raindrops" float over their head. 

A fun way for toddlers to learn about rain is by making a weather chart. Each morning look outside the window with your toddler and ask them: "What do you see? Is it rainy, cloudy, or sunny?" Draw a sun, clouds, or raindrops on paper with the matching word underneath. Does your child remember the names for each type of weather? Ask your toddler to color and draw with you. You can post your daily forecast and talk about the week's weather on Friday. You can also let your older toddler draw the weather themselves. Create symbols of each kind of weather—a sun, an umbrella, a cloud on pieces of paper and let your child cut out the shape and glue it to the weather chart. 

Older children may enjoy going out on a rain walk. Bundle up in a raincoat and rainboots; put a rain shield over the stroller and take a walk in the rain. Ask your child what they see along the way. Do they see raindrops on plants? Worms? Puddles? Don't fret if your toddler gets wet while exploring; have some dry clothes and a towel ready by the door, so your tot can warm up and talk all about what you've just seen.

 

Summer:

Summertime is a great time to learn more about animals. When talking to your baby, ask, "Do you see any animals outside?". Name the different animals that you can see for your baby: birds, squirrels, ducks, dogs, cats, rabbits. Which animal does your baby like the most? Make each animal's sounds. Which sound makes your baby giggle? Take your toddler on a "safari walk" and ask your tot to tell you when they see an animal. Does your child know the animal's name? The sound it makes? Does your tot understand where it lives? Watch these animals together and discuss what you see. 

Read books that feature different kinds of animals. For babies, try: Whose Nose and Toes? by John Butler, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle, Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, Baby Animals by DK Publishing, and Country Animals, Farm Animals, and Pet Animals by Lucy Cousins. For older toddlers, good choices include Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Mrs. Brown Went to Town by Wong Herbert Yee, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh.

Teaching your child animal safety begins early. Babies are often intrigued by watching animals outside or through the window. Stick with your baby and let them watch as long as they desire, though be cautious of approaching animals you do not know. You can foster your baby's interest in animals by installing a bird feeder to encourage birds to visit. For an indoor activity, give your baby swatches of fake fur and feathers to touch and feel (both are available at craft stores).  

For your toddler, create a fun matching game by cutting pictures of animals out of magazines and gluing them to sturdy cardboard. Ensure there are two pictures of each animal. Lay these pictures face up on the floor and see if your child can match the same animals. Matching games are a fun way to build thinking skills. Toddlers may also enjoy playing "barnyard." Walk and "talk" like an animal with your child—perhaps meow like a cat or "trot" and neigh like a horse. 

 

Fall:

With the fall breeze and autumn leaves in the air, now is a great time to learn about pumpkins which will be popping up everywhere. Fall is a great time to visit your local pumpkin patch or checkout pumpkins at the grocery store. Encourage your baby to touch the pumpkins while asking them how they look and feel—they're big, round, and orange. Are they smooth or bumpy? Knock on the pumpkin. Is your baby interested in this sound? Let your baby try to knock on the pumpkin, too. When talking to your toddler about pumpkins, discuss the pumpkin's color, texture, shape, and size. Use new words to describe the pumpkins to help build their vocabulary. You can also share that pumpkins grow in a pumpkin patch from seeds. Ask your child which pumpkin is their favorite and why. 

Read stories about this most special part of fall—round, orange pumpkins! For babies, try Plumply Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo, The Little Pumpkin Book by Katy Bratun, and My Jack-O-Lantern by Nancy J. Skarmeas. For older toddlers, good choices include. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell, It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall, Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington, and Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.

There are many fun activities to celebrate fall, including arts and crafts and enjoying sweet treats. For your baby, you can get them their very own little pumpkin (or gourd) to finger-paint with washable tempera paints. If your baby is eating solids, let them try a taste of pumpkin pie filling or a pumpkin muffin. Be sure to check with your pediatrician before introducing any new fruits and vegetables into your baby's diet. What does your baby think of this new taste? 

Toddlers may enjoy carving pumpkins; start by lining a table with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth and then cut the top off a pumpkin so that your child can help you scoop out the seeds. Let your child play with what you found inside of the pumpkin. This is a fun sensory activity for toddlers who enjoy getting messy. Be aware, though, that some children might not like the feeling of the pumpkin parts and will want to clean up immediately. After emptying the pumpkin, your child can paint it using washable tempera paints or draw on it with washable markers.

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FAN EXPO Dallas is coming back and promises to bring fun and fandom to the Lone Star State in a BIG WAY for 2023! Joseph Quinn has been announced as the first on a growing list of celebrities who will be at the three-day pop culture extravaganza, known for bringing hundreds of unique experiences, contests, family-friendly activities, and on-site activations to Texas.

FAN EXPO HQ Vice President, Andrew Moyes said, “FAN EXPO is known for bringing the hottest stars to our show, but it’s even more of a win for fans when a guest is as enthusiastic for the experience as Joseph is. We’re delighted he’s on board and looking forward to introducing him in person to as fans as possible in Dallas this summer!”

To see the growing guest list, schedule, and order tickets to the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas go to www.fanexpodallas.com.

WHEN: FAN EXPO Dallas runs Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2023

Friday, June 9 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P. M.

Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 11 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

WHERE:

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is located at 650 S. Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202

 

COST:

Adult tickets are priced from $28-$145. Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com

 

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ:

With over a million fans and counting, FAN EXPO HQ attracts pop culture enthusiasts, locally and internationally, to come together to celebrate all things fandom. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, CALGARY EXPO, FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Cleveland, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and EDMONTON EXPO. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong. 

 

 

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Healthier Choices are Available Nationwide from America’s Dip Destination

 

Health and wellness has become increasingly important in the consideration of the snacking styles of Americans. Reading the labels has become more than a pastime, but an imperative part of the daily choices on how to eat what you love and love what you eat. The rising popularity of ‘better for you’ dips has been defined as an integral part of this beneficial trend and ¡Yo Quiero! continues to lead the charge as the Dip Destination, especially for those who have resolved to a healthier start in 2023.

Historically, 38.5% of US adults set New Year’s resolutions every year, with an overwhelming majority of those focusing on adopting and sticking to healthier habits. Sadly, and predictably, less than 40% of people follow through with their resolutions past the first month.

“A commitment to healthier living doesn’t mean deprivation, and that’s where ‘better for you’ snacking choices can be the game changer for 2023,” says Jay Alley, Co-Owner, and Vice President of ¡Yo Quiero!, the family-owned Texas-based company known for their commitment the help people ‘eat good to feel good’.

From products like guacamole to salsa and the recent introduction of their first-of-its-kind line of avocado cream cheese dips, ¡Yo Quiero!, believes whole-heartedly in the quality and make-up of ingredients in each of their dips to help build a balance that can be sustained past the first month of 2023, when resolutions are initially energized. 

Nutrient-rich avocado as a primary ingredient has become a proven leader in the category.  “Avocado has come out on top as one of the healthiest ingredients to build upon to create dips that have fewer calories, less fat, and less cholesterol than other top-selling dips. When people are satisfied with excellent taste as well as healthier ingredients, they are more likely to stick to a lifestyle choice longer,” he continues.

“Not just limited to a healthier kick-start to 2023, the popularity of ‘Better For You’ snacking options, is growing at a record pace, led by avocado consumption.  Americans now eat approximately 8.5 pounds per person per year—up 278 percent since 2000. Avocados are naturally nutrient-rich, and the array of vitamins and minerals they contain are not often found together in one place,“ Tara Murray, VP of Marketing for ¡Yo Quiero!.

“We are looking at many other products to roll out in 2023 as part of our commitment to the ‘better for you’ snacking revolution. We are putting on the finishing touches on our highly-anticipated bean dip that is made with top quality beans and spices, is low in calories, and provides both 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving,” she concludes.

¡Yo Quiero!’s dips are available at select Costco, Walmart, and Albertson’s locations across the U.S.  To learn more about ¡Yo Quiero! visit www.yoquierobrands.com and www.freshinnovationsllc.com.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services, and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, recently received a donation of $10,550 from CoVerica Insurance as a part of their CoVerica Cares initiative. 

CoVerica Cares was founded in 2017 by CoVerica founders Mike and Heidi Sterlacci as an extension of their vision to use their business to support and give back to the community and their employees. “It was evident that CoVerica’s employees had a sincere interest in rallying together to serve local causes, so Mike and I identified a path that we believe maximizes our potential,” says Heidi Sterlacci, founder of CoVerica Insurance. “The meaning of the name CoVerica came from combining two purposes— “Cover America” with “Veritas”, the Greek word for truth. CoVerica Cares, therefore, is a logical extension of the same concept. We serve the less fortunate within the community we insure and more. As we cover America better, we can also help others as ourselves, specifically those in need.”

CoVerica Cares partnered with Communities Foundation of Texas to select charities that are truly in need. Funds raised at Cars & CoVerica, the company’s Annual Golf Tournament, North Texas Giving Day, and by generous associates will help children with developmental delays and disabilities who receive treatment at The Warren Center reach their full potential. 

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marks The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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‘Tis the Season for North Texas’ Favorite Holiday Menu

 

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que brings the holidays home with their hassle-free holiday menu available at all 19 North Texas Locations. Those who choose to enjoy the holidays stress-free can pre-order until Sunday, December 18, 2022, from their award-winning holiday menu that showcases two holiday heat and serve options.

“At Soulman’s, we celebrate the season of family and friends, tried-and-true traditions, abundant gratitude, and delicious food. In our time-honored tradition, we use Soulman’s smoking techniques and recipes passed down from generation to generation to celebrate the holidays with food,” says Brett Randle, CEO of North Texas-based Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.

This season, North Texans can choose Soulman’s traditional holiday meal, including bone-in hickory-smoked turkey, or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides including cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and traditional cranberry sauce. The family meal serves approximately 10-12 people for $169.99. The Soulful Holiday Meal features Soulman’s sliced brisket and sausage with baked mac & cheese, ranch house beans, dinner rolls, and Soulman’s signature Bar-B-Que sauce for $159.99 to serve 10-12 people. For dessert, Soulman’s has homemade buttermilk and pecan pies available to make any holiday meal complete for $18.99.

New this year, Soulman’s is tailoring holiday offerings for savings in two additional ways. They can bundle traditional and soulful holiday meals to feed 20 people for $299.99, saving $30 on the larger holiday gatherings. Guests can add a half smoked ham of half boneless smoked turkey to any holiday meal for $44.99, saving $5. Preorders are required at https://soulmans.com/holiday-menu/.

“Our holiday catering business is busier than ever. So many families and companies come to us year-after-year to help bring in the feasts for seasonal events large and small,” says Randle.

For North Texans looking to branch out from the traditional holiday dinner, Soulman’s offers party packs to make catering holiday parties easy and delicious. From succulent beef brisket to delicious pulled pork, Soulman’s catering brings something to the table for everyone throughout the season. For all holiday orders, visit https://soulmans.com/holiday-menu/.

 

 

 

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Four children treated at The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services, and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, recently received the gift of custom ride on cars ahead of Christmas from generous donors at EPAM Systems.

Four children with motor impairments who are clients at The Warren Center now have a new way to become mobile this holiday season. Thanks to a generous donation of ‘Go Baby Go’ adaptive cars from EPAM Systems, the ride-on cars, like those found at toy stores, have been adapted specifically for each child to use as part of physical or occupational therapy. The designs were specifically tailored to each child with feedback from therapists at The Warren Center.

This is the first time EPAM has donated Go Baby Go cars to four families in the DFW area. They hope to create more for The Warren Center kids in the future. Each car took about a few hours to design. What makes them adaptive is the protective tubing around the back, a button on the steering wheel a child can press to make the vehicle go, and a seat belt. A parent also gets a remote control so they can control the car. The car has lights and a radio that plays music, too. A sibling of one of the donation recipients said, “thanks to this gift, he can now finally play with his younger brother.”

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marks The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 Generations Share Why They Support Maggie's

'Tis the season of giving, and holiday shoppers are checking off their holiday shopping lists on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the true meaning of the holiday season comes to life on Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Created in 2012 and celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it is a day that encourages people to do good by offering their time, a donation, or the power of their voice to support philanthropic causes throughout the holiday season. The Magdalen House, a nonprofit organization, helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles, has benefitted from many generous community supporters over their 35 years in existence and is proud to share how three generations of women have worked to grant miracles for alcoholic women in recovery. 

Alicia Cassity is a founding member of The Magdalen House. The Magdalen House was created in June 1987 by four women after realizing an imperative need: there was no safe place in North Texas for an alcoholic woman with no money and no insurance to get help for her alcoholism. Alicia and the other women drove to Houston in March of 1987 when they heard of a facility doing just that so they could create a similar organization in Dallas. Since its founding on Lovers Lane, Alicia has supported The Magdalen House in many ways. 

Alicia shares, "Sharon and I spent the first night in the house… and I don't think we slept a wink all that night. Wondering, 'Oh my God, is it going to work?'. It was five in the morning — something like that when we got a call from the 24-Hour Club. 'Are y'all open?', 'Yep,' 'Got a woman for ya.' 'Bring her on.'."

Laurie Evans met a group of other loved ones of alcoholics in her Al-Anon group. In the group, they studied the Big Book and worked the 12-steps together, but they felt there needed to be something more for new members. The group believed there needed to be a place for a first touch point for those who loved an alcoholic- in recovery or not- to learn more and get better connected with others going through the same things they were. Laurie and the other founders of The Magdalen House's Family Support group went to Lisa Kroencke, Executive Director of The Magdalen House, and asked if they could begin the group there.

Laurie says, “There were plenty of times I would come and sit down, and nobody would show up...and sometimes we didn't have enough room in the room...I have a lot of peace today and so do many committee members. We live with a lot of peace even though we all live with alcoholics - some recovered, some unrecovered. It not only fulfills our 12th step, but it is a desire to give back something that was so freely given to us."

Carolyn Ross graduated from The Magdalen House's First Step and Next Step program while at Redwood Circle and has been a huge supporter and volunteer at The Magdalen House ever since. She volunteers by chairing meetings, staying overnight with the women in First Step, helping with several events, and serving on the Maggie's Women's Group Committee, to name a few. Volunteers like Carolyn keep Maggie's open day in and day out.

According to Carolyn, "When they moved into the new house on Gaston, they had a registry for everything the house needed. One of the things that came to me that was so important to buy was a bed for the house. That bed was discontinued when we were there to unpack and put everything together. So, the house had to purchase the other 19 beds in a different style. There was one bed, the one that I had donated, that was a little bit taller than all the other beds, and they had kept it. For me, it's such a blessing when I overnight, when I come in and do dorm check, or when I wake up the ladies and see that bed. It reminds me of what The Magdalen House did for me and how it touched many lives. It's just a constant reminder of the miracle that Maggie's gave me.” 

Support for alcoholic women across D/FW and beyond continues to grow. According to a recent study, women increased their drinking by 41% more than before the pandemic. Today, there are over 250,000 alcoholic women in D/FW alone. Less than 1 in 15 alcoholic women (only 6.9%) will seek formal help. Because women face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than men, they frequently have co-occurring disorders and are less likely to seek treatment. If you're an alcoholic who can't stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House is not only a leader in education around alcoholism, but also provides in-house services, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery.  

Give the gift of a miracle at The Magdalen House this holiday season by making a donation of any amount.

  • Donations of $100 help provide 10 Big Books, the curriculum used for women enrolled in The Magdalen House programs. 
  • Donations of $850 will sponsor one women's completion of the Next Step Program. 
  • Donations of $1,800 will sponsor one women's entire 14-day residential stay in our First Step Program. 

Donations from generous supporters help to ensure that The Magdalen House can continue providing no-cost services to alcoholic women.

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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The Magdalen House, a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles, held the annual Leave a Legacy “Live Loud and Free” community concert on November 3 at The Rustic, with guests decked out in their finest western wear. Those in attendance were treated to compelling stories of recovered alcoholic women from the community and live entertainment by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. Guests were able to bid on incredible auction items — all while celebrating The Magdalen House’s 35th anniversary and raising awareness and much-needed funds to help D/FW women achieve sobriety and sustain long-term recovery from alcoholism.

“Leave a Legacy is our favorite event of the year,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. “We created this event with the inspiration of the very women we serve in mind. Witnessing recovered alcoholic women come together and help others find freedom and recovery from alcoholism is incredible. Leave a Legacy was designed to demonstrate the importance of the services The Magdalen House provides to all alcoholic women and reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism while inspiring attendees to make a lasting impact that will help alcoholic women. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our community.” 

This year’s event was co-chaired by Alyson Griffith, Kathleen Powell, and Kristy Hoglund Robinson. Nancy and Jack Zogg were recognized as honorary chairs this year for their integral role in advancing the mission and realizing the vision of The Magdalen House. The couple generously gives both time and gifts in hopes of ensuring that the life-saving services provided by The Magdalen House are available to any alcoholic woman desperately seeking a transformed life. Robin Bagwell was also honored at this year’s Leave a Legacy event as the 2022 Paul Tate Advocate Award Recipient. Robin is a longtime supporter of The Magdalen House and has helped transform the lives of countless alcoholic women and their families throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community. Bagwell generously supports many causes across the D/FW community, she has also supported a handful of other recovery initiatives, nonprofits, and events, including, but not limited to, Nexus, CARE, New Friends New Life, Recovery Resource Council, and the Dallas 24 Hour Club throughout the last twenty years. Robin values her own recovery and has been a part of a 12-Step fellowship for over 20 years. Service and fellowship are both essential to her recovery, and she finds purpose in helping others to live happy, joyous, and free.

Support for alcoholic women across D/FW and beyond continues to grow. According to a recent study, women increased their drinking by 41% more than before the pandemic. Today, there are over 250,000 alcoholic women in D/FW alone. Less than 1 in 15 alcoholic women (only 6.9%) will seek formal help. Because women face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than men, they frequently have co-occurring disorders and are less likely to seek treatment. If you’re an alcoholic who can’t stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House is not only a leader in education around alcoholism but also provides in-house services, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery. Fundraising events like Leave a Legacy help to ensure that The Magdalen House can continue providing no-cost services to alcoholic women.

 

Event supporters:

The Hoglund Foundation; Klint & Natalie Guerry; Nancy & Jack Zogg; Dr. Kay Colbert and Carlos Barroso; Seale Wealth Management; Sewell Automotive Group; The Moozie Foundation; Align Capital Partners; Cornerstone Home Lending Inc.; Margaret Paine; Julie & Kregg Jodie; Barb & Mike Tonti; Lisa & Dave Kroencke; Sueie & David O’Hara; JoAnne & Eddy Moore; Matthew Fleeger; Maura & Tim         Costello; Neva   Cochran; First United Bank; Comerica; Buford Hawthorne; Hailstone Insurance Group; Maria Pope Interiors, LLC; Hirsch Family Foundation; Bob Bracken; Deborah & David Burch; Dina Steele; Karen & Mark Carney; Louise Hallam; Paige & Richard Sowden; North Dallas Bank and Trust; Children's Health System Texas; Alli & Ben Parkey; Amanda & Michael Dickstein; Anne & Jeremy Besser; Jenny & Brant Landry; Carol & Tim Savins; Cissy & Whit Moses; Claudia & Rick Ferrara; Roxanne & Colin Pero; Kallie & Craig Myers; Darlene & Jim Kroencke; Libby & Dean Lucas; Debby Baker; Nancy & Doug McMahon;           Kathleen & Rocky Powell; Nancy & Jim     Montgomery; Read & Steven Gendler; Sara Lee & Stan Gardner;  Susan & Dave Cook; Diane & John Brooks; Berkeley & Jason Downie; Gwen Parker; Mary Covington;  Cari Hood & Sheryl Baker; ABCO Inc.

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To support the families and prospective students for the 2022-2023 school year, Uplift Education will be holding Discover Uplift Day, on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 2:00p-5:00p at TWO locations: Dave & Buster’s – Dallas and Altitude Trampoline Park-Cityview in Fort Worth.

“This is a great opportunity for families interested to learn more about Uplift Education within a fun and festive environment. Discover Uplift Day is designed for curious families of prospective students who want to learn how Uplift can change their child’s future with an education that prepares them for college, career, and life,” says Yasmin Bhatia, CEO of Uplift Education.   “At each event, parents, students, and caregivers can learn more about the excellent programs at Uplift, meet some of our amazing and caring teachers and staff, and hear from students and parents on how Uplift has impacted their lives.”

“Since 1996 we have provided high quality, college-prep education to students. Our results are nationally recognized, and our success is proven,” says Bhatia. “Uplift Education is known for our inclusive environment, strong culture, great partnership with our families, and focus on every child’s well-being. Discover Uplift Day is the opportunity to learn how to help your child achieve their dreams with a plan provided by Uplift”

During the events in Dallas and Fort Worth, there will be food, drinks and free entertainment for the kids (game cards and jump time), so entire families are invited to attend.

Uplift Education requests RSVPs by Monday, November 9, 2022 at this link: https://uplifteducation.org/preview/

 

ABOUT UPLIFT EDUCATION:

Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 46 college-preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach over 21,000 students in Pre-K- 12th?grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit?uplifteducation.org?or?facebook.com/uplifteducation.

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The Most Exciting Light Show South of the North Pole Opens November 4, 2022 in Arlington

In the spirit of blazing new trails and making memories, The Light Park has announced that they will be opening their expertly-lit gates to holiday revelers and fun-seekers on November 4, 2022. “By opening a bit earlier in the season than most area holiday light displays, we can add more accessibility and early-bird options for our guests who come from near and far,” says Matt Johnson, Co-Creator of The Light Park, now celebrating its second year in the Dallas area. “The best advice we can give our guests is to plan early and prepare to be awed by the seemingly countless lights across this wildly energetic drive-thru holiday park. While the lights go up, the prices stay down with early-bird pricing on pre-purchased tickets.”

For those in the dark, The Light Park is an immersive, mile-long, drive-thru spectacular at the Hurricane Harbor Parking Lot. It has been heralded as “one of the coolest ways to brighten your holiday season”, where guests witness millions of lights synchronized to an electric mix of music powered by DJ Polar Ice from the North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio station, K-GLO.

“We take pride in watching guests of all ages make memories that can last a lifetime. Our team encourages everyone to safely pile in their cars because our entrance fee is per vehicle, not per person.  This way, everyone (pets, too) can experience the magic of traveling through the longest holiday light tunnel in the world, rocking out to the coolest tunes and kicking off the holiday season with the most Instagram Reel-worthy shots, for just one admission fee,” says Johnson. So, pack your cars, bring some (or buy some) treats, and enjoy the ride. Keep in mind that tickets must be purchased online in advance with a reserved show time.

Those interested in learning more or purchasing admission can visit www.thelightpark.com. Cost starts at $29 per vehicle* for pre-purchased tickets, and admission varies per showtime (weekdays and weekends). The Light Park will remain open until January 1, 2023. Visitors must stay in their vehicles the entire time while visiting the park and while on the park property. Guests are encouraged to bring their snacks to enjoy while in their cars, but there are wonderful ways to upgrade your experience with pre-purchased snacks and fun souvenirs to enhance the experience of The Light Park.  

*Please note no vehicles over 30ft will be allowed in the park; this includes limousines, trailers, and buses. 

For more information, visit www.thelightpark.com