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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Carrollton Office to be Held March 22

In celebration of 50 years of service, The Warren Center and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Warren Center’s new Carrollton office. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the services offered at The Warren Center and meet with Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce members.

1968, The Warren Center has been one of DFW’s most valuable resources by assisting children and their families, who are affected by a disability, to reach their full potential. With the opening of the new facility, The Warren Center hopes to continue their work and better serve the Carrollton community, as well as providing services to an additional 245 children through this one location. The opening of the Carrollton center will also allow The Warren Center to expand their services to children and families in Northwest Dallas, North Irving and Carrollton who need early childhood intervention and is the third operational center in the DFW area.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, March 22

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



The Warren Center’s Carrollton Office

1345 Valwood Parkway, Ste. 302

Carrollton, TX 75006


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Adoption Event to be Held March 20


Operation Kindness – North Texas’ largest and original no-kill shelter



“We’re staying open late to end their wait” – Usually closed to the public Tuesdays, Operation Kindness will open its doors for a very special opportunity for experienced pet owners to meet a select group of adoptable cats and dogs. These are pets that have been at the shelter longer than usual due to a behavioral or medical issue.

Potential adopters will have plenty of one-on-one time with these prospective pets, including dog walks along the wooded trails and gardens at Operation Kindness, or play with the cats in the indoor/outdoor “catio.” Operation Kindness staff will be on hand to provide information about each pet and answer any questions.

Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In the 42 years since their inception, Operation Kindness has saved more than 100,000 animals. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.


Tuesday, March 20

4 – 7 p.m.


Operation Kindness 

3201 Earhart Drive

Carrollton, TX 75006


This event is for experienced pet owners who can provide a little extra love to any of these pets. Adoption fees are $185 for dogs and $135 for cats. To adopt an animal from Operation Kindness, adoptee must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid, government-issued photo ID with a current address
  • Be able to verify that they can have a pet at your residence


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Solis Mammography Offers Four Compelling Reasons to Start Annual Mammograms at Age 40

ADDISON, Texas (March 6, 2018) – Turning 40 is a benchmark birthday for many women in the United States. While a pessimist might view it as a signal that their glory days are over, more and more women are optimistic about the milestone, seeing it as a kickoff into the best years of their lives. But one thing is true for all women – health needs and preventative wellness routines should begin to change at age 40.

“For some women, they have health history or specific reasons to begin mammography before age 40.  But for the average woman who has never had a breast screening, we recommend she begin a routine annual wellness mammogram, starting at age 40,” said Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer, Solis Mammography. “Simply put, women in their 40s have the most to gain from being proactive about early detection. Major studies have shown time and again that in addition to saving lives, early detection offers greater quality of life as treatment at earlier stages is less invasive and less costly.”

Solis Mammography is expected to complete nearly 1 million procedures in 2018. Making them the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services. With this, Solis Mammography has some of the nation’s most comprehensive research data supporting its claim that women should begin annual mammography starting at age 40. This is in contrast to some confusing and conflicting advice from various media and non-physician-led organizations. 

“While it’s true that breast cancer treatment has come a long way in recent years, this should in no way deter a woman from participating in the benefits of annual mammography,” said Solis Mammography CEO James Polfreman. “The fact is that cell growth replicates at a faster rate in younger tissue.  So, the younger you are, the more important it is to find any anomaly earlier. Research and technological advances in mammography have led to an all-time high in survival rates from breast cancer diagnosis.  This tells us we’re on the right path, and annual mammography is a key part of that success story.”

Four compelling reasons to begin annual mammograms at 40

  1. The numbers. According to the American Cancer Society, 20 percent of all breast cancers are found in women under 50. If the cancer is found early, in what is known as stage zero or stage one, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Simply stated, early detection is the closest thing to a cure, and mastectomies are no longer the first line of defense.

  2. Women in their 40s have the most to gain. “Today’s high-quality screenings benefit 40-year-old women the most,” explained Dr. Rose, a radiologist with more than 25 years in the field of breast screening specialization, involved in several published national studies. “Advancements like 3-D mammography (digital breast tomosynthesis), and breast specialization have a significant impact on the quality of the mammography result. Today, we know one mammogram isn’t the same as another. It’s important to know what to look for in your provider to ensure the most accurate results.”

  3. A chance for women to take charge of their health. Conflicting recommendations from some non-physician led organizations have suggested a “reasonable trade-off” to the “fear, anxiety and stress” of a “false positive” (otherwise known as a recall for additional images) is to delay annual screenings for five to 10 critical years. This advice encourages a foolhardy “Russian Roulette” approach to monitoring breast health.  It suggests no alternative to mammography; instead suggesting screenings be ignored entirely.  The studies and clinical evidence are clear.  Early detection provides women with the greatest opportunity for long-term survival and quality of life through the least invasive treatment when caught at the earliest possible stage.

  4. Treatment is an option; knowledge is not. Instead of focusing on overdiagnosis as the problem, the real question at hand is overtreatment. With the advancement of medicine and less invasive treatments, women have more options for success. And in some cases, patients may opt not to treat at all, rather to monitor changes over time. These are discussions a woman can and should have with her doctor AFTER getting all the facts. Avoiding the facts is not a solution.

Pea versus walnut: Why mammograms help with early detection

Dr. Rose suggests thinking of a pea versus a walnut, when considering why early detection is so important. The average size of a lump found in a woman who gets regular annual mammograms is the size of a pea. The size of a lump found by a woman who does only occasional self-exams is the size of a walnut. 

“Imagine the difference in treating the pea versus the walnut.  It’s the pea that gives us our best options for treatment,” Dr. Rose advised. “Put simply, the larger the lump, the more invasive and costly the treatment options become, and the more risk that is associated with long-term outcomes.” 


About Solis Mammography

With more than 32 years dedicated to breast health, Solis Mammography is a specialized health care provider focused on delivering patients an exceptional experience and exceptionally accurate results in mammography and screening services. Headquartered in Addison, Texas, Solis Mammography operates 45 centers across six major markets – North Texas; Houston; Phoenix; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro, North Carolina; and, through its affiliated brand Washington Radiology, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The company operates both wholly-owned centers and multiple successful joint ventures with hospital partners. Completing 700,000 procedures last year, both Solis Mammography and Washington Radiology offer dedicated experts in breast screening and diagnostic mammography (2-D and 3-D), breast ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound-guided biopsy. In addition, Washington Radiology offers a full range of diagnostic services including general ultrasound, general biopsy, X-ray, MRI and CT screening. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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The Fort Worth Boat Expo will be docked at Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18. Presented by The United Boat Dealers of North Texas, the show will feature hundreds of the latest in water craft, dozens of exhibitors and draw thousands of visitors keen to explore all aspects of the recreational boating industry and build their ideal lake lifestyle.

Covering 94,000 square feet of the venue, the show provides boating enthusiasts the opportunity to put their winter weather woes behind them and start planning warmer weather activities on the water. Visitors will navigate through exhibits of boats of all kinds and sizes, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, decking, dock building, winter storage, shoreside activities, destinations and even nautical home decor.

“Now in its third year, the Fort Worth Boat Expo is an annual mainstay of the regional boating community and representative of the variety of recreational boating opportunities there are across our state,” said Bron Beal of United Boat Dealers of North Texas. “This year’s show really has something for every type of boater in Texas, from those who ski and wake board on our lakes to those who fish in our rivers to those who cruise the Gulf of Mexico. For many boaters who will be going into the water for the first time this year within the next eight weeks, it’s a great time to start to make plans about purchases and trips.”

Show hours are Thursday, March 15, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday, March 16, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For schedule details and a full list of exhibitors, please visit www.fortworthboatexpo.comAdmission for all attendees is FREE each day and parking ranges between $3-10 depending on length of stay.

For more information about the Fort Worth Boat Expo, please visit Connect on Facebook at and Twitter at @dfwboatexpo.

Boating Brands Represented:

Bennington, Regal, Yamaha, South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba, Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Epic, Clearwater, Veranda, Skeeter, Supreme, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White and more.

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Concert for Kindness to be held March 11


Artists for Animals and Operation Kindness

Artists for Animals – Dallas-based nonprofit that brings artists, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support North Texas animal rescue charities

Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter



Artists for Animals’ largest event, now in its seventh year, Concert for Kindness is a multimedia performance with 45 Dallas-Fort Worth area artists. The event features classical music and jazz from some of the area’s finest musicians along with dance, stunning photography and art starring Operation Kindness’ cats and dogs – all available for purchase. The event includes a silent auction featuring rescue animal artwork, gift baskets, and drawings and paintings from the advanced life drawing students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Cocktails, catered hors d’oeuvres and desserts are served. WFAA/Channel 8 meteorologist Colleen Coyle will serve as master of ceremonies.


Highlights include:

  • Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, including Principal Oboe, Erin Hannigan
  • Photography by Teresa Berg
  • Brian Piper Jazz Trio
  • Dallas Harp Duet
  • Beatbox flute player, Jemini Lee
  • Dallas Symphony Young Strings
  • Performances by students of the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University
  • and more!



Sunday, March 11

6 p.m.



Dallas Moody Performance Hall [MAP IT]

2520 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201



Individual tickets are $100 and include the performance, refreshments, cocktails and catered hors d’oeuvres. Sponsorships are available. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit:

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The Warren Center Celebrates 50 Years with 50 for 50 Campaign

In honor of celebrating 50 years of service, The Warren Center – a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities – announces the 50 for 50 Campaign. This yearlong campaign aims to raise 50,000 hours of therapy, equaling $1.2 million, for children with special needs in the Dallas-Fort Worth community served at The Warren Center.

Through the 50 for 50 Campaign, every $25 raised provides one hour of therapy for a child in need. Donors will have the opportunity to support a family or one of The Warren Center’s educational programs. Every donation received will help provide the following services:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Developmental services
  • Nutrition
  • Family education
  • Support

“What better way to celebrate 50 years than through our yearlong campaign, which will give The Warren Center the tools that we need to not only service, but empower the children we see every day and their families,” said Amy Spawn, executive director of The Warren Center.

In addition, a series of fundraising events will take place throughout the year, and donors can text “TWC” to “91999” or visit The Warren Center website to donate an amount of their choice. All funds raised will get The Warren Center closer to the 50,000 therapy-hours goal.

For the past 50 years, The Warren Center has continued to serve children from across North Texas and their families. The center has provided resources and care to children with disabilities and their families. For more information on The Warren Center or on how to donate to the 50 for 50 Campaign, please visit

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Beloved Film Stars Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon and Wallace Shawn Reunite at Texas’ Largest Pop Culture Convention

FAN EXPO Dallas – the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas – has announced that Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon and Wallace Shawn from the cult classic film “The Princess Bride” will make a sword-dropping appearance at this year’s Fan Expo Dallas, April 6-8, 2018, at the Dallas Convention Center.

The endlessly quotable film has become a staple in pop culture since its release more than 30 years ago. Elwes played the quick-witted hero Westley who had an ongoing squabble with Prince Humperdinck, played by Sarandon. Joining them is Shawn, who played criminal antagonist Vizzini- the man hired by Prince Humperdinck to capture Buttercup. During the con, the “Princess Bride” stars will greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo ops- as guests wish.

“The Princess Bride” cast tops a celebrity roster at FAN EXPO Dallas that includes the recently announced cast of “Back to the Future”; Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson; Paul Reubens, Chuck Norris, Jeff Goldblum, and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, as well as Jason Momoa, Morena Baccarin, Ben McKenzie, Richard Dean Anderson, Felicia Day and Famke Janssen. Additional celebrity guests will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information about each of the guests, including bios and photos, please visit

FAN EXPO Dallas 2018 will take place April 6-8, 2018. For the full list of appearances and family-friendly activities, tickets and other information, please visit Stay connected with the show for announcements and updates by registering for the newsletter and following FAN EXPO Dallas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For vendor information, please click here. Those interested in joining the FAN EXPO Dallas team can find more information here . Accredited media can request press passes by applying for accreditation at


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Celebrating 50 years, The Warren Center – a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities – presents its annual Art of Music Gala at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75215. The evening is a festive night packed with musical performances, stunning visuals, food and drink, and topped with headliner, rhythm and blues superstar Vivian Green.

Vivian Green is a critically acclaimed R&B singer from Philadelphia. A musical prodigy, Green began her career in music at the age of five. By the age of 17, she had recorded with music group Boyz II Men and received her first professional songwriting credit on the song “Dear God.” Green went on to work with artists such as Jill Scott and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson.

She made her film debut in the Oscar-nominated biopic “De Lovely,” portraying a jazz singer performing the classic “Love for Sale.” She appeared in the TV series “American Dreams” as Brenda Holloway, singing “Every Little Bit Hurts.”  Green wrote the songs for playwright/filmmaker David. E. Talbert’s stage play “Love in the Nick of Thyme.” She is featured on Cyndi Lauper’s album “The Body Acoustic” and the late Guru's “Jazzmatazz Vol. 4.” She was featured on “Soundtrack to a Revolution,” a compilation of spiritual songs featuring artists like Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, The Roots and Mary Mary. Most recently she collaborated with jazz pianist Brian Culbertson for his album “Dreams” and produced the top-10 adult contemporary hit “Still Here.”

Children with disabilities are near and dear to Green. In 2004, Green gave birth to her son Jordan, who was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. As he grew older, he had to undergo multiple surgeries, which led her to take a hiatus from releasing albums and focus her time and attention to the care of her child. Her strength and resilience pushed her to continue making music through this difficult time.

“Being Jordan’s mom is my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Green.

Today Green is an advocate for children with special needs and has created her own PSA campaign, which accompanied the release of her fifth album, “Vivid.” The vision behind her #IamDifferentIamHuman campaign is to fight for the rights of special needs children nationwide, an issue that has personally touched her life.

Called “the most talented Dallas gala,” four musical artists have been selected to compose an original work inspired by “Wonderland.” The four compositions will be performed live during the gala. Additionally, four visual artists have been chosen to create four original masterpieces inspired by “Wonderland.” The art pieces along with the original Wonderland scores will be auctioned off during the gala. Proceeds from the live auction will directly benefit The Warren Center.

The night will also include performances and artwork by:

  • Jamar Jones – Golden Globe-nominated singer and piano composer, Jones is famous for his soundtrack work in the recent movie release, “The Greatest Showman.”
  • Ryan Berg Dallas native, musician and songwriter, he released his first debut album early last year.
  • K.C. King Acoustic guitarist, vocalist and composer, King has been writing and performing music for over 15 years.
  • Abel Garcia, Christina Yielding, Milessa Murphy Stewart and Jonathan Ramirez– DFW visual artists

This annual black-tie optional event includes valet parking, dinner, drinks, music and art. Individual tickets are available starting at $200, as well as table sponsorships beginning at $2,500. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, please visit

 The Art of Music Gala is co-chaired by David Call and Jordan Roberts and presented by Melody and Rick Rogers and The Moglia Family Foundation on behalf of Amy Heuerman and Joseph Moglia. For more information, please visit




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Artists for Animals – a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that brings local artists, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support North Texas animal nonprofits – is pleased to announce that the 2018 Concert for Kindness will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Dallas Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201. This event was made possible in part by the generous donors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Grant for Principal Musicians.

 “We are so fortunate to be in Dallas-Fort Worth, where we can collaborate with a multitude of talented local artists for this event,” said Erin Hannigan, co-founder of Artists for Animals. “It is an honor to be surrounded by individuals who are willing to devote their time and talent to raise funds and awareness for local animals in need.”

 Each year, hundreds gather to enjoy a night of festivities and fine art to benefit Operation Kindness – the largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. Guests will be treated to refreshments, sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and musical performances by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Harp Quartet, Brian Piper Trio and musicians from the SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Tickets start at $100 and include complimentary wine and dessert.

In addition to entertainment, the event will have a silent auction where attendees can bid on a variety of animal-themed paintings and photography, including a gallery highlighting artwork by students from Booker T. Washington High School.

Concert for Kindness is Artists for Animals’ largest annual fundraising event with all proceeds benefitting Operation Kindness. Artists for Animals was formed seven years ago by professional photographer Teresa Berg and Erin Hannigan, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Oboist. The idea behind the organization was to fuse their talents of photography and music to support animal rescue charities in North Texas.

 For more information on event and ticket purchases, please visit

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Artists for Animals – a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that brings local artists, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support North Texas animal rescue charities has announced their 2017 grant recipients. In order to help rescue groups of all sizes across the metroplex, Artists for Animals raises money throughout the year to provide grants. These local Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits are directly involved in saving animals or helping owners keep their pets, and have a sound organizational process and positive relationship with the community.

“We are pleased to announce the recipients for our 2017 grants,” said Erin Hannigan, co-founder of Artists for Animals. “Through the generous support of our community, sponsors and donors, we are able to raise funds throughout the year to assist animal organizations of all shapes and sizes with their hard work to save the lives of homeless pets. We proudly sponsor these organizations’ initiatives and look forward to seeing them flourish this upcoming year.”

The 2017 grant recipients are:

•Angie’s Friends

This organization was established in 2008 for the sole purpose of aiding neglected and abused dogs in economically depressed neighborhoods of Dallas. The organization is named after Angie Manriquez, who is known throughout the community as "The Fairy Dogmother of Dallas.”

•Basset Rescue Across Texas

Staffed solely by volunteers, this organization is devoted to the rescue of unwanted, abused and homeless basset hounds in the Dallas, Texas, area and surrounding regions.

•Denison Animal Welfare Group

DAWG is a nonprofit organization established in 2014. Its volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of pets in need.

•EPIC Animal Rescue

Epic Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving the homeless and abandoned animals of Texas. They provide a safe haven for these animals, providing food, shelter and veterinary needs for animals in their care.

•Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes

Recycled Pomeranians’ mission is to locate, foster, vet and place otherwise unwanted dogs in forever loving homes. They rescue purebred dogs previously used as breeders in puppy mills, surrendered dogs, lost and abandoned dogs on death row at local shelters, and strays.

•Road Trip 4 Paws

Road Trip 4 Paws is a volunteer-based nonprofit, dedicated to transporting dogs and cats to forever homes in other states. They are veteran animal rescue volunteers who wanted to find a way to save more animals from euthanasia in Texas.

•Rockwall Pets

Rockwall Pets is an all-volunteer, Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit company formed by dedicated no-kill advocates. Their innovative programs get pets out of shelters alive.

•The Street Dog Project

Dauntless Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit that created DBA The Street Dog Project. This project focuses primarily on rescuing dogs directly from the streets of Dallas, Texas, and is comprised of a small group of volunteers who are passionate about saving street dogs.

Applications for the 2018 grants begin in October. For more information on Artists for Animals, go to