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Optimism Is Stepping Up | Frost

Corporate Sponsor Spotlight -
Frost is proud to be a Lakewood neighbor
Ever since we opened our Lakewood Financial Center in 2013, Frost has been playing an important role in the East Dallas neighborhood. Residents and business people in the area know that they can come to the location for a wide array of financial services – from loans, deposits, and checking to financial planning – or maybe just a friendly smile.
It’s all part of Frost’s commitment to personalized customer service and being a part of the communities that we serve.
And in the time the Frost Lakewood Financial Center has been open, we have been expanding around Dallas and elsewhere in the state. Frost now has more than 150 financial centers across Texas, and there are plans to add more. Locations for Frost’s new financial centers, including the Lakewood center, reflect modern thinking about what customers want from bank branches. The new sites feature an open and friendly design, and the locations were chosen to make banking convenient for consumers and business customers.
It’s one of the ways we focus on helping customers – whether it’s providing them a pleasant location for an in-person meeting with a banker, or being available 24/7 for your financial questions via our customer service phone line, or our award-winning mobile app and online banking website.
Come by one of our 15 Dallas-area Frost financial centers today.
Corporate Spotlights are a benefit for Sponsors of the Annual Economic Summit. Underwriters $2500 and above are featured in the series.

Optimism is more than a feeling. It’s a catalyst for change and a force for good. With it, anything is possible—and we’re proving it. From beach cleanups and...

Khao Noodle Shop has re-opened! It is a Laotian gem in East Dallas that serves some of the most unique, creative dishes ...

Khao Noodle Shop has re-opened! It is a Laotian gem in East Dallas that serves some of the most unique, creative dishes in Dallas. Khao Noodle Shop is pandemic friendly with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the menu. It won Bon Appetit's Best New Noodle shop award in 2019 and they were overwhelmed with customers. Then COVID-19 shut them down. They are open again check their website:
Khao Noodle Shop 4812 Bryan St #101 Dallas, TX 75204 (972) 803-3373

Hall of State Winter Storm Damage

Now for the documentary about the devastation at the Hall of State after the arctic vortex winter storm. Be sure to see the separate post with the film of the beautifully restored Hall of State (just before the destruction). t

Just weeks after a brilliant restoration, The Hall of State in Fair Park was inundated when sprinkler pipes burst. We appreciate your support and concern dur...

Hall of State + Redux

Filmmaker Mark Birnbaum made an excellent documentary - the restoration of the Hall of State. Also in another post is the film of the devastation created by the arctic vortex storm right after the renovation was completed.

After a year-long restoration, The Hall of State in Dallas' Fair Park gleamed once again as it did when built, in 1936. Then an arctic storm caused it to flood.…

Coming soon! Lakewood Office Spaces - Private suites and Co-Working
Lakewood Office Space Available Soon for Rent | Executive Suites | Coworking Spaces

Coming soon! Lakewood Office Spaces - Private suites and Co-Working

Caddo Office Reimagined Lakewood will offer a wide range of affordable individual office spaces, executive suites, conference rooms and coworking spaces beginning Spring 2021. Sign up today for a hard hat tour when they are available!

A sad closing for East Dallas!
20 Feet Seafood Joint permanently closes

A sad closing for East Dallas!

Local favorite 20 Feet Seafood Joint has permanently closed, the owner told the Dallas Morning News. The restaurant at 1160 Peavy Road closed last March during Dallas County's shelter-in-place order and never reopened for takeout or limited-capacity service. Owner Marc Cassel last posted on

From Chamber Member Sabrina Ames - Farmers Insurance I would like to promote some of the business in our Chamber. I am s...

From Chamber Member Sabrina Ames - Farmers Insurance

I would like to promote some of the business in our Chamber. I am sponsoring the Louisiana State University Golf tournament 3/27/2021. See attached flyer.

I am looking to market any of our chamber business services and exposure by including them for FREE in my swag bags. Things to provide include coupons, gift cards, small marketing gifts, etc to their business. This is a strong opportunity with lots of exposure! I would need these items by 3/26/21. You can drop off at my office (temporary location due to winter storm in Richardson: 2100 North Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75082 or we can arrange pick up).
Thank you!!

COVID-19 Impact on East DallasEducation, Economic Development, Healthcare Virtual/Zoom ProgramTuesday, March 23, 202111:...

COVID-19 Impact on East Dallas
Education, Economic Development, Healthcare

Virtual/Zoom Program
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
11:45 a.m.Join call - 12:00 p.m. Program

Chris Wallace - North Texas Commission

Hon. Dustin Marshall - DISD Trustee
Gloria Tarpley, Past Chair of Dallas Planning & Zoning
Steve Love, Chair of DFW Hospital Council

Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Presented by the Legislative and Economic Development Committee of the GEDCC

Welcome new Chamber Member Tracey McCurley/Caddo Office Reimagined. Construction going on now with the Ribbon Cutting to...

Welcome new Chamber Member Tracey McCurley/Caddo Office Reimagined. Construction going on now with the Ribbon Cutting to come in the next few months.

Update from Councilmember Paula Blackmon D9D9 Crime Watch Meeting Recap: This week, the District 9 Crime Watch group met...

Update from Councilmember Paula Blackmon D9

D9 Crime Watch Meeting Recap: This week, the District 9 Crime Watch group met with the new Dallas Police Chief, Eddie Garcia, as well as the command staff at the Northeast Subdivision - Major Rhodes and Chief Griffith. The working group received the great news that crime is DOWN in District 9. The group also heard about the progress that the Dallas Police Department is seeing in street racing - in the past 3 weekends, throughout the City DPD has:
Made 459 car stops
Responded and answered to 542 calls
Issued 72 hazardous citations, 379 regulatory citations and 55 spectator ordinance citations citywide
Towed nearly 70 vehicles
Made 15 felony arrests and 107 misdemeanor arrests
Confiscated 11 guns
16 drug cases
Recovered 5 stolen vehicles
The Dallas Police Department - Northeast Division also shared that the RIGHT Care program has started at the subdivision and has already responded to 54 calls in the past 11 days since it has begun. It is helping their response times and is providing more comprehensive care for those experiencing mental health crises.
The Northeast Division is home to the largest Volunteers In Patrol Program in the City of Dallas - and CM Blackmon is an active member of this impactful program. Thank you to DPD for their incredible work, to the men and women who wear the badge to keep us safe, and to all of the members of our crime watch group for being great advocates for their community!

Replanting Work Begins at the Old Fish Hatchery at White Rock Lake: In coordination with Dallas Park & Recreation, Oncor has partnered with the Texas Discovery Gardens to facilitate the replanting of the Right Of Way within the Old Fish Hatchery at White Rock Lake. The work should begin over the next week which will include treating or removing any invasive species that have regrown in the area as well as general clean up necessary before planting and seeding begins. Oncor has contracted with the Texas Discovery Gardens for the next 3 years to ensure this replanting effort is successful. Additionally, Park & Recreation is creating a long-term agreement with Oncor to collaborate on the management of the area in the Right of Way, which will require annual onsite inspections by both groups in an effort to avoid the need for any future clearing within the Old Fish Hatchery.

A "Friends" group is also being established to assist with volunteer efforts as well as advocacy for this important nature area. Please contact Maria Hasbany, District 9 Park Board Representative for questions or to participate in the Friends group. Maria can be reached at [email protected]

Home Repair Program: On February 25, 2021, the Department of Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization (Housing) started receiving proposals from nonprofit program administrators of the Emergency Home Repair Program. Volunteers of America applied for and will receive $1M to serve approximately 100 people in areas that are most affected. By using the CDC Social Vulnerability Index and layering data related to the storm, a list of prioritized zip codes that could be determined to be most at risk was produced. VOA will use this list of zip codes to prioritize applicants as they apply until they exhaust their resources.

Residents of Dallas who are under 80% of Area Median Income and had damage caused by the 2021 Texas Severe Winter Storm who need to have their home repaired are eligible for a grant up to $10,000. Sharable graphics are attached to this email in both English and Spanish. Learn how to apply at

Sidewalk Master Plan: The City of Dallas Department of Public Works will host an online public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on March 18 to discuss the Dallas Sidewalk Master Plan (SWMP) and answer questions from the public about its purpose and implementation. The goal of the SWMP is to improve and expand Dallas’ sidewalk network to create a more walkable, safe and explorable city for all visitors and residents. To accomplish this, the SWMP will take a public participation and data-driven approach to better understand the sidewalk needs of Dallas. For more information on how to participate and virtually attend the public meeting, use the following LINK. Residents who have questions about the public meeting or who need further assistance to join, please contact Ryan Wagoner at [email protected].

Dallas Public Library Pairs Laptops with Hotspots to Get Folks Online: Dallas Public Library is making it easier for residents who need computer access: laptops bundled with hotspots to borrow using their library cards. The first 100 Chromebook+Hotspot bundles will roll out this week at nine library locations. Chromebooks are laptops built exclusively to access the internet. An additional 1,125 Laptop+Hotspot bundles will be released in April at 20 locations. Those computers will be loaded with Microsoft Office.

Laptops can be placed on request just like a library book and picked up through the Library To Go curbside service at the designated locations. Laptops must be returned in person to the same location where they were borrowed during library open hours. For information on the many free programs and services available at Dallas Public Library, visit

From Councilmember Paul Blackmon:Disaster AssistanceCity of Dallas residents and business owners who sustained Feb winte...

From Councilmember Paul Blackmon:
Disaster Assistance

City of Dallas residents and business owners who sustained Feb winter storm damage may apply for assistance by registering at or calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.

Residentes y dueños de negocios de la Ciudad de Dallas que hayan sufrido daños por la tormenta de invierno de Feb., pueden solicitar asistencia a través de: o llamando al 1-800-621-3362 o al 1-800-462-7585.

Water Distribution beginning Sunday (including Harry Stone Recreation Center)

City of Dallas will be setting up 4 points of distribution to quickly distribute bottled water to affected residents. Due to COVID-19 residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. Due to limited supply only 1 case will be provided to each residential vehicle. No ID is required to receive a case of water.

La Alcaldía de Dallas organizará 4 puntos de distribución para repartir, con urgencia, botellas de agua para los residentes de la ciudad afectados. Debido al COVID-19, se les pedirá a los residentes quedarse en sus vehículos. Se entregará sólo 1 paquete de agua por cada vehículo, ya que las cantidades son limitadas.



Launch postponed to March 1 due to weather; includes DCT-led March 11 Event

(DALLAS, TX) – In an areawide call to action, Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) and partners are bringing youth groups together to watch three DCT-produced short plays about race and to share experiences and thoughts on how to eradicate the societal challenges associated with racism. The second phase of DCT’s Social Justice Play Series Initiative is called Youth Chats for Social Justice and will now begin on March 1 after weather-related challenges forced DCT to delay the launch and run through March 26. Interested persons are invited to lead a group in conversation or participate in at least one of these virtual gatherings. On Thursday, March 11 at 7PM, DCT will host a free event featuring a panel of Dallas dignitaries and celebrities including: actress and advocate Denise Lee, Pastor Rev. Payton Parker of the First United Methodist Church of Lancaster and others. DCT’s website, is where people can register for the March 11 event, see the growing list of partners and watch the featured videos.

As part of each gathering, one or all of the less than 15-minute short plays will be viewed and will be followed by a facilitated discussion. In THE WATER GUN SONG (recommended for ages 6 and up), a mother tries to find the words to explain to her child why a water gun isn’t simply a toy. The second show, NOTHING RHYMES WITH JUNETEENTH (recommended for ages 9 and up) finds a parent and child trying to complete a rap for a school project that helps people understand the true meaning of the holiday celebration. The third show, #MATTER, (recommended for ages 14 and up) features two former high school friends debating matters of life and race.

Written by playwright, poet, director, educator and organizer Idris Goodwin as his personal contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement, these plays were provided to youth theaters with an eye toward offering thought-provoking ways to open up the dialogue about race among young people and those who love them. According to Goodwin, “Through the stories of others, we reflect on our own. Since racism lives at the intersection of misinformation, ego, and unchecked power, the arts must counteract by cultivating personal reflection, learning, conversation and compassion.”

Dallas Children’s Theater is excited to use the power of theater to move these needed conversations forward. Small and large group sessions will be offered via churches, schools, corporations and youth-oriented organizations. To date, the following partners have been agreed to host a session and participate in the March 11th event:

Capital One

Boys and Girls Club of Collin County

Faith Forward Dallas

First Unitarian Church of Dallas

First United Methodist Church of Lancaster

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas

Greenhill School

Lake Highlands Area Moms and More Against Racism

Project Unity

United Way Dallas Women of Tocqueville Group

Dallas Children’s Theater is interested in supporting anyone desiring to host an event themselves. Trained facilitators and talking prompts are available at no cost upon request by emailing [email protected].

On Thursday, March 11 at 7:00PM, Dallas Children’s Theater will host a virtual community wide DCT-led event facilitated by actress and activist Denise Lee, Pastor Rev. Payton Parker of First United Methodist Church of Lancaster and numerous youth advocates. Participants will share their observations of the play scenarios and their own personal experiences. Registration details for this and all other events are located at

This initiative is made possible with funding support from the Melinda and Jim Johnson Family Charitable Fund, The MR & Evelyn Hudson Foundation and Deborah and Craig Sutton.

Interested in hosting an event?

1. Email [email protected]. Please provide:

a. the group name,

b. your contact info

c. an approx. # of participants

d. the target date for your event.

e. We would also like for you to identify one or more advocates to join us for the event on March 11.

2. Receive all project information and links including starter questions.

3. Need a facilitator? Just ask.

We are excited to work with area partners on these community conversations around the important subject of race and young people.

About Playwright Idris Goodwin

Across two decades Idris Goodwin has forged a multi-faceted career as an award-winning playwright, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer. Idris is the newly appointed Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good. His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with Nico Wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins co-written with Kevin Coval, and the play This Is Modern Art also co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association.

About Dallas Children’s Theater

Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions, a national touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art, and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.

2020-21 Season Sponsors are: Texas Instruments, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Anonymous Family, The Carlson Foundation, March Family Foundation, and Hoblitzelle Foundation. General Sponsors Include: The Rosewood Corporation, Lisa K Simmons, The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc., Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, and Vibeke Jarnum & Niels Anderskouv. Additional Support is Provided By: Capital for Kids, TXU Energy, Frost Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hersh Foundation, Stephen M. Seay Foundation, Orien Levy Woolf & Dr. Jack Woolf Charitable Trust, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Perot Foundation, Legacy Texas Bank, Which Wich, Maintenance Inc., and Green Mountain Energy, DCT's official renewable energy partner. Sensory-Friendly Sponsors Include: The Melinda & Jim Johnson Family Charitable Fund, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, and The Sapphire Foundation. In loving memory of Kory Ballard. Building Fund Supported By: The Carlson Foundation, The March Family Foundation, Laurie Sands Harrison, The Rosewood Corporation, Anonymous Family, Elizabeth & Bart Showalter, Karen & Ken Travis, The Hersh Foundation, and Everett & Becky Spaeth. National Touring Sponsor and Brighter Days Sustainability Campaign: Neiman Marcus.


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