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Jason Starkey Shares Addiction Recovery Journey at Stars in Recovery

Robin Bagwell, Jason Starkey, Quida Bradshaw, and Nolan Bagwell(Photo by Stanley Johnson, PE Images) The 34th Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event with featured speaker Jason Starkey took place on Thursday, April 21st at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, with more than 150 live and virtual attendees. Growing up in West Virginia, Starkey was the captain of an undefeated, Division 1 football team and received a scholarship as a walk-on at the University of Marshall where he played alongside Chad Pennington. Starkey went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals for 4 years. He bravely shared the journey of his spiral into addiction and how his wife's love, family support, and a “Thundering Herd” brotherhood helped Jason win his battle against addiction. With more than 15 years of sobriety, Starkey now travels to colleges and treatment programs sharing his story of recovery, inspiring hope, and insights on how to conquer addiction.
FORT WORTH, TX
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Scenes from the 3d Annual Frisco Uncorked festival

Inside the VIP tent hosted by Trinity Falls at the 3d Annual Frisco Uncorked Festival(Credit: Gernelle Nelson for Trinity Falls) The 3d Annual Frisco Uncorkedfestival presented by H-E-B took place on Saturday, April 30th at Frisco Square. Trinity Falls, a master-planned community located in McKinney, hosted the VIP tent complete with a photo booth, Blue Fizz sparkling cocktail with edible flowers, and an appearance from W Durable Goods who customized Trinity Falls-branded bandanas for attendees. Twenty-one award-winning wineries, fifteen delicious restaurants, and a wide variety of retailers were on hand for shoppers to enjoy and shop. The event was held in partnership with the Frisco Arts Foundation.
MCKINNEY, TX
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Tillman House Sober Living Home Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Jennifer Shaw and Nancy McPherson with Nebraska Furniture Mart(Source: Erick Carlson) On April 14, Dallas 24 Hour Clubhosted donors and supporters in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Tillman House, an 18-unit apartment complex that provides affordable sober living for up to 41 residents. The building is named Tillman House, after Dallas 24 Hour Club's Founder Lee Tillman, and was created to positively impact The 24's ability to provide safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women seeking a brand new life away from drugs and alcohol.
DALLAS, TX
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Hop Over To Truluck's This Easter

In addition to Truluck's usual amazing menu of seafood and steak selections, all locations will showcase some special offerings for the Easter holiday served Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Specialty items include a Florida Lobster Thermidor made with chunks of spiny lobster tail simmered in a creamy shellfish sauce with Havarti, mushrooms and tarragon ($125). An Easter Bloom Cocktail made with Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Almond Orgeat Syrup, Angostura, Lemon and Lime Juice strained into a martini glass and garnished with Dried Tea Roses and an Orchid ($14.5). And Easter wouldn't be complete with a delicious Carrot Cake. Enjoy a rich and moist slice made with with fresh carrots, crushed pineapple, cinnamon, pecans and layers of sweet cream cheese icing ($14).
SAN DIEGO, CA

Broadway Dallas Debuts Name Change and New Spotlight Dinner Series

Maya Michalski, Curtis Wood, Bennett Cooper, Riley Jones, and Jill Wright with interpreter, Andrea Raye perform a song from Moulin Rouge!Thomas Garza. On Wednesday, March 23, Dallas Summer Musicals announced a name change to Broadway Dallas and its 22/23 Germania Broadway Series Season, at the first in an exciting new “Spotlight Dinner Series” of fundraising evenings generously sponsored by PNC Bank.
DALLAS, TX

Irving-based Shoebacca Donates $40,000 of Shoes in Honor of Shoe the World Day to Those Seeking Recovery From Addiction

Representatives from Shoebacca join residents and staff of Dallas 24 Hour Club to unload 500+ boxes of shoes(Source: Gangway Advertising) On Tuesday, March 15, Irving-based Shoebacca delivered a donation of 500 pairs of shoes ($40,000 retail value) to residents of Dallas 24 Hour Club (The 24). March 15 was selected as the day for donation because it was National Shoe The World Day, which was created to shed light on the importance of footwear and the need for quality footwear for millions of people worldwide who can't afford or don't have access to it.
DALLAS, TX

The Collab Festival To Celebrate Female-Owned Brands

Shopper at The Collab Festival 2021(Source: The Collab Festival) The Collab Link returns to Dallas with its first Collab Festival for 2022. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the focus this time will be on female-owned brands. Participating vendors will display and sell jewelry, women's clothing, home décor, and personal accessories. Among the businesses and brands that will be on site at the March 20 Collab Festival are:
DALLAS, TX

Celebrate National Corn Dog Day with Fletcher's Corny Dogs

Fletcher's Original Corny Dog debuted at the 1942 State Fair of Texas(Source: Fletcher's Original Corny Dog) On March 19 the world will celebrate NationalCornDogDay. Join Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs at a pop-up at Knox Street’s Pop-Up located at 3311 Knox St. - just steps away from The Katy Trail - on Saturday,March 19 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Fletcher’s will be onsite with their 22’ mobile kitchen selling Corny Dogs Funnel Cakes and Lemonade. Amber Fletcher is the granddaughter of Corny Dog inventor Neil Fletcher and will be onsite from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to meet customers. Amber is the third generation of Fletcher family members carrying on the family legacy to spread the love of corny dogs across the nation!
DALLAS, TX

Tour of Trees Provides Holiday Decor Inspiration

Trinity Falls in McKinney, Texas is home to over 1,700 families and growing! Find out why so many families call this community home and get in the holiday spirit this year by attending the opening of their newest phase, Heritage Crest, while exploring beautiful model homes accented with holiday-themed Christmas trees to celebrate the season.
MCKINNEY, TX

World Food Championships' Issues Last Call For Chefs

World Food Championships 2019World Food Championships. Coming to Fair Park this November 5-7, the World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live event culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak). In addition to becoming the Official Higher Education Partner, Dallas College is also being named as the official host and sponsor of WFC's Inaugural “Last Chance Qualifier” Chef Challenge, which is scheduled for October 10, 2021. WFC will use the Last Chance Qualifier as a way to fill its remaining competitive spots in its 10 category championships: Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak.
DALLAS, TX

Ray Wylie Hubbard Shares Personal Recovery Journey

Ray Wylie Hubbard Speaks at Stars in Recovery 2021Thomas Garza Photography. The 33rd Annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event featuring the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard took place on Thursday, April 15th at Artspace111 in Fort Worth, with hundreds more watching the program virtually. A longtime cult figure among fans of outlaw country, Hubbard is a singer/songwriter specializing in hard-edged character studies and rough-hewn, compassionate meditations on life and relationships. Upon entering the venue, guests browsed the silent auction items while enjoying a stripped-down performance from local musician, Rachel Stacy. Once inside the reception hall, Event Chair Shauna Jenkins, welcomed attendees and brought Recovery Resource Council CEO, Eric Niedermayer and Board of Directors Chairwoman, Maureen Maidlow to the stage to share new findings about how alcoholism and drug addiction are impacting our North Texas community. They talked about the many ways the Council is supporting those seeking recovery and the programs in place to those seeking a life in recovery the tools to do so.
FORT WORTH, TX

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Dr. Mona Stone Shares Risk Factors

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Mona Stone of Stone Surgical Arts is passionate about educating the community on oral health and early prevention. Each year more than 45,000 Americans receive a diagnosis of oral cancer from their doctor and sadly more than 8,000 Americans will die from this preventable disease. If detected early, oral cancer can be treated effectively using radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy. Your dental professional is best equipped to detect early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer, but you can monitor your own body for symptoms which include:

Test Here Offers Same-Day PCR Testing In Dallas

Concerned North Texans can now access same day PCR COVID-19 test results, along with Rapid and Antibody testing at locations in the Dallas-area from Test Here. Open 7 days a week, Test Here provides testing that is ultra-convenient with no prescription needed, no long waits in line or days for results. They use highly accurate Made in the USA, FDA-EUA authorized tests which look for strains and variants of the virus so you, your family, and community can feel safe and secure that you are doing your part by helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Interested parties can book an appointment same day appointments on the Test Here website. Once you arrive to the testing location, just pull up and stay in your car. A nurse or EMT will greet you and ask for your name and date of birth. Their medical staff will explain how it works, ask if you have any questions, and administer your test. If there is more than one person getting tested, the nurse will collect one sample at a time, and then return to test each person to maintain accuracy. Results will be emailed and, if you provide, sent via text message right to your phone. No need to wait at the facility. Test Here offers a concierge service if you would like to have them set up on site at your business, church, or school to test a large number of people at your convenience.
DALLAS, TX
CynthiaSmoot

Stone Surgical Arts Opens in Westlake, TX

Dr. Mona Stone recently hosted an open house to debut Stone Surgical Arts to clients and supporters. Dr. Stone specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery to correct conditions of the mouth and surrounding facial structures, including the head, neck, and jaw. Specialized services include dental implants, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, sinus lift, and other dental services. This new Westlake practice will also offer the community cosmetic facial services such as Botox and facial fillers, neck and face lifts, chin sculpting and reshaping, skin lesion removal, and other facial services. Dr. Stone’s goal with this new practice is to maximize her patient’s quality of life and care by collaborating with different providers (PCP, bariatric surgeons, physical therapy, nutritionists etc). Guests in attendance were treated to a tour of the new practice, enjoyed Texas-shaped Truffles from Chocolate Hangover and champagne from Get Cozy, a vintage mobile bar. Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat and members of the Chamber of Commerce were present to give encouraging words and welcome Dr. Stone into the community as well as John McGreevy, CEO of Methodist Southlake, and staff from the Department of Surgery from Baylor Grapevine.

Live Entertainment Returns to Truluck's

Located in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood at the corner of Maple and McKinney Avenues, Truluck’s sits just north of downtown, blocks from the Museum District and American Airlines Center, and a short drive from Love Field. As the city continues to slowly open up, live entertainment has returned to Truluck's in Uptown each Wednesday-Saturday from 6:00 pm to closing. There's something so fun and romantic about being serenaded over dinner or a cocktail that just makes a good night something special! Visit the Stone Crab Lounge on the first floor of Truluck's to enjoy music spanning from the 70's to today performed live from Clay Davis, Jennifer Perryman, and other exceptional entertainers. My insider tip is to come early to take advantage of Cocktail Hour where all spirits under $25 are 25% off and select wines by the glass are $9 every Monday through Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm. Curbside service is available for those who wish to enjoy Truluck’s menu options at home. Truluck's is located at 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401, www.trulucks.com.
DALLAS, TX

From Seaside to Curbside. Truluck's Brings The Beach To You.

For a limited time only, Truluck's is bringing the beach experience of a seafood boil to you. The Seaboard Social is a feast for your senses. Enjoy a crab and seafood boil stocked with shellfish, 3 kinds of crab, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn, artichokes and plated alongside crisp coleslaw, tater salad, and Chef Brian’s noteworthy adult banana pudding.
DALLAS, TX

From Seaside to Curbside. Truluck's Brings The Beach To You.

For a limited time only, Truluck's is bringing the beach experience of a seafood boil to you. The Seaboard Social is a feast for your senses. Enjoy a crab and seafood boil stocked with shellfish, 3 kinds of crab, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn, artichokes and plated alongside crisp coleslaw, tater salad, and Chef Brian’s noteworthy adult banana pudding.
DALLAS, TX

Discover the Power of Prevention featuring Laura Baugh

On September 16, Recovery Resource Center will present a morning with former LPGA golfer, Laura Baugh. Just recently celebrating her twenty-third year sober, Laura Baugh will share her experiences as a young mother while touring with the LPGA and her struggles with fame and alcoholism. Attendees to the Power of Prevention event will enjoy Laura’s story of recovery via theater-style seating to maintain appropriate social distancing with a takeaway boxed lunch. Virtual tickets are also available for post-show viewing starting September 21 for those who would prefer to watch from home.
GOLF

Recovery Resource Council Offers Financial Assistance To Veterans Affected By Pandemic

Recovery Resource Council is fervently working to provide temporary financial assistance to low-income veterans and their families affected by the recent pandemic through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. In addition to including rent and utilities, qualifying participants in SSVF may also receive case management services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and public assistance, and referrals and connection to other community services. The SSVF serves individual qualifying Veterans and their families, Veterans who are literally homeless or imminently at risk of homelessness. The household income must not exceed Tarrant County Area Median Income of $26,600 for an individual, $30,400 for a family of 2, or $38,000 for a family of 4.
HOMELESS

Face Masks Kids Will Actually Wear

Masks. Yes, kids need to wear one. Kathy Fielder Boutique is offering great masks for kids in terms of fit, style, and color. Convincing kids to wear masks can be a challenge, so parents want to look for masks that are comfortable, adjustable, and most of all, appealing to kids thanks to bright colors and child-friendly patterns. According to the CDC, the only people exempt from mask-wearing are children under the age of 2 and those who cannot remove a mask themselves or have trouble breathing. Having a comfortable mask, in a breathable fabric, can help and having parent model good compliance can go a long way (hint, hint). Fielder's own 8-year old son, Harrison, served as a sounding board when selecting designs and styles for the store. Kathy understands firsthand the challenges parents face and hopes that the styles she and her son have chosen help make the transition back to school a little easier for families.
DALLAS, TX