Norma’s Café hosts its annual toy drive through Dec. 20. Bring a new, unwrapped toy by the restaurant, located at 1123 W. Davis, during business hours. For more information, call 214.946.4711 or visit

The inaugural Latino Arts Festival took place in the Bishop Arts District in November. Oak Cliff-based attorney and former City Councilman Domingo Garcia and his wife, County Commissioner Elba Garcia, sponsored the festival. The event featured music from Denton-based Mariachi Quetzal and Dallas-based Felix Flores Band. There were also salsa dancers, poets, art projects for kids and a visual art competition. The Garcias wanted to put on the festival to showcase our city’s Latino art and culture, says event spokeswoman Esmeralda Orozco. “I don’t think in Dallas we have a lot of cultural events that bring people together,” Orozco says. “We want to celebrate the Latino art and culture that makes Dallas a vibrant community.”

The 47th annual Westapher Golf Tournament took place in October at Oak Cliff’s renovated Stevens Park Golf Course where sports reporter Gina Miller emceed. The event benefited the Nexus Recovery Center, which provides substance abuse support for women, teens 13-17 years old and their children. It is the only treatment center in Texas that works with women in the final stages of their pregnancy and “newly parenting adolescents.” An auction in Preston Hollow resident Faye Briggs’s home was held in conjunction with the tournament.

John Carlo

John Carlo selected as new CEO



Neighborhood nonprofit AIDS Arms selected John Carlo as its new CEO. Former executive director Raeline Nobles leaves the post after 15 years. Carlo’s experience includes the University of Minnesota’s BioWatch Program and Dallas County Health and Human Services, where he helped create a temporary clinic to treat more than 10,000 evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.




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