February 12, 2009

From John Gould, Friends of the Audelia Library

NOTE: The library will be closed on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Stories and activities suitable for the whole family.

Tuesdays, February 3 - 24, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Please bring your W-2, Form 1099 or any other current tax information to fill in your form and a copy of your previous year’s tax return. AARP will help anyone, if there are no persons age 55+ waiting for tax help.

Thursdays, February 5 and 26, 3:30 p.m. G-rated Disney movies shown. All ages welcome.

Thursday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.
Join our discussion group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with Belinda Glenn, coordinator of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program of the City of Dallas. Please call ahead if you are bringing children or require Spanish assistance. For questions, call Belinda Glenn at 214-243-2049.

Tuesday, February 10, 10:30 a.m. Acting with Donna Farrell
* LIBRARY LIVE! Chase presents LIBRARY LIVE! Big Thought’s FREE monthly program that offers interactive, culturally diverse performances and workshops for students and families. The program brings literary traditions to life through dance, visual art and music. Check out the educational fun at the branch nearest you! Other sponsors include The Dallas Morning News, City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs, The Constantin Foundation, Target Stores, and Centex Corporation.

Thursday, February 12, 4 p.m. A children’s African American History Month program by Janice Fowler.

Saturday, February 14, 1 p.m. Children learn about water conservation

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. This is a discussion group, not a book review, and we always welcome new members. RSVPs are not required, but are encouraged. The book selection for this meeting is Echo Park by Michael Connelly. Please call 214-670-1350 to RSVP.

Thursday, February 19, 3:30 p.m. Kids make craft products in the branch to donate to organizations that serve children in need.

READ TO ROCKY Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m.
Children read to Heart of Texas therapy dogs. Grades K - 4. Read for fun and to improve reading skills. The dogs are good listeners. Bring your own book or use ours.

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m. This is a discussion group, not a book review, and we always welcome new members. Please RSVP to 214-670-1350.

Adopt -A-Station Project

The Dallas Fire Department's Adopt-A-Station program is designed to assist the city in its efforts to maintain, refurbish, and renovate fire stations. Citizens and businesses are encouraged to involve themselves within the community and contribute time, funds, goods or services to benefit our men and women firefighters and paramedics. Guidelines, Donor & Volunteer forms and Station Locations and Wish Lists are available at the Dallas Fire Department website: http://www.dallasfirerescue.com.

Petition for Saving Northlake Post Office

Petition for Saving Northlake Post Office at
8919 Hackney – Front Porch During Daylight Hours

The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association (LHAIA) is initiating a petition drive to save the Northlake Post Office. Currently, petitions are located at Ebby Halliday Realtors, Inc. (faces NW Hwy), and RESELL IT! (near Post Office), both located in Northlake Shopping Center. A petition is also located in Highland Meadows at the home of Joyce Ferguson: 8919 Hackney Lane, on the west side of Hackney between Rolling Rock and Quail Run. Clipboard/pen are on the porch in small basket—no need to call beforehand.) What you are signing--the petition says: “We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the USPS to realize the importance of the Northlake Post Office (known to the UPS as the Northlake Finance Center) to our community and our willingness to support its continued operation by utilizing its services.”

Rep. Vaught Named to Committees

AUSTIN-- State Representative Allen Vaught (Dallas) was appointed to serve on two key committees for the 81st Legislative Session. Rep. Vaught was named Vice-Chair to the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs and to the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve on these two House Committees. I appreciate the confidence Speaker Straus places in me with this appointment as Vice-Chair,” said Rep. Vaught. “I am excited to be selected once again to serve on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and welcome the opportunity to take a leadership role on the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.”

Rep. Vaught said that his committee assignments allow him to work closely on issues that affect his constituents.

The Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee is responsible for the defense of the state, emergency preparedness, and veterans issues. The Committee also oversees the realignment and closure of military bases. “The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to over 420,000 veterans, and as a veteran myself, I look forward to working with our community leaders to improve the quality of life for our veterans,” said Rep. Vaught.

Rep. Vaught first took office in 2007 and is in his second term representing House District 107. He is the managing attorney of the Dallas office of Franklin, Cardwell, & Jones, P.C. Rep. Vaught also served as a U.S. Army Reserve Captain and fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

District 107 covers the area in east Dallas surrounding White Rock Lake--including Lakewood and part of Lake Highlands. The eastern portion of the district covers parts of Garland and Mesquite. He lives with his wife, Donna, their son Jonathan, and daughter Morgan in Lakewood.

For more information on committees or any other issue, Rep. Vaught encourages interested individuals to contact his office at (512) 463-0244, e-mail him at Allen.Vaught@house.state.tx.us or visit the Texas House of Representatives website at www.house.state.tx.us.

Calloway's Timely Tips for March Gardeners

Create Instant Color!

Container gardens are fun and easy to create. They can be as simple as three small flowers potted together or as elaborate as a small tree or shrub planted in the center of pot with annual color planted around. Follow these simple steps when planting or plan on attending one of our FREE Container Garden Clinics in March.

First select a container appropriately sized for the job. Make sure it has drainage holes and is large enough for making an impact. Second, choose a well blended potting soil that drains well. Third, choose plants that require the same lighting and water needs. The fourth step is to start planting. Fill the container half way with soil, position the plants, and start filling in with the rest of the potting soil. You can also add a fertilizer such as Calloway’s Professional Flower Food into the soil. Last, add a top dressing of decorative bark or mulch. This adds the finishing touch, plus it will keep the soil cooler and prevent it from drying out as quickly.

After you have completed your masterpiece, sit back and watch it grow! Now you are ready to start planning your next one! Enjoy!

Check our website for Calloway’s/ Cornelius upcoming clinics: http://www.calloways.com/clinics.pdf