OLIVA ITALIAN EATERY
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Keller Texas 76244
Prader-Willi Syndrome is a complex syndrome affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function, and behavior. The hallmark characteristics of PWS that typically begin around age three to five include:
• An insatiable appetite that cannot learn to be controlled because of a dysfunction of the hypothalamus region in the brain.
• Rapid weight gain on few calories because of a malfunctioning metabolic system. Therefore a closely monitored diet must be a maintained to restrict calorie intake.
• Ironically, babies typically show no interest in eating and have difficulty sucking, breathing and swallowing. This is known as “failure to thrive” stage.
• Those with PWS need strict external controls, including access to food. Possibly to the extent of padlocking food. This may be necessary as a life-saving intervention. Children as young as three have died of weight related problems. These problems are
life threatening and include perforation in the lining in
the stomach from sudden eating binges.
It is estimated that PWS affects one in 12,000 to 15,000 births. This syndrome affects both males and females and all ethic groups. Currently there is no cure to date, no medications or procedures are successful in staving off the relentless hunger. However, growth hormone has been effective in increasing height, improving body mass and metabolism, and boosting strength and energy.
Emerson is a very sweet girl with an incredibly infectious smile! We are fortunate for an early diagnosis, along with a handful of specialists and daily therapies. The biggest factor in our success has been the growth hormone therapy, a daily injection that she will need for the rest of her life. Although we are not experiencing the food seeking issues at this time, we know that the road ahead will be challenging for her as the second phase of this syndrome emerges.
Please help us in our efforts to activate PWS knowledge & to enlighten others about this syndrome. To learn more about PWS visit the website of PWSA (USA) at: www.pwsausa.org
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NORTH TEXAS VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE
The Volunteer Center of North Texas will engage more than 800 participants in 30 service projects throughout Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties during the 2nd Annual North Texas Volunteer Challenge (NTVC) from 8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, October 23, 2010. The event date is also recognized as Make a Difference Day, a national day of neighbors helping neighbors.
The NTVC, presented by American Airlines, is a four-hour day of service bringing together individuals, youth, families, employees, and groups to “lend a helping hand” to nonprofit organizations in Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant counties. This is a signature event and fundraiser for the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Service projects include renovation & revitalization, food sorting, community enrichment, arts & crafts for senior citizens and children, painting projects, landscaping, graffiti removal, care package assembly, classroom organizing and more.
“The North Texas Volunteer Challenge is a very important initiative for us,” said Julie Thomas, CEO of the Volunteer Center of North Texas. “Through this one event we are able to mobilize the community, increase awareness about the nonprofit sector and introduce many to the impact and power of volunteerism. They also have fun!”
All North Texans are encouraged to Take the Challenge by participating in a service project and contributing a required donation of $15 for adults and $10 for students (ages 12 to 17) to the Volunteer Center. Donations cover the cost to stage the event and help the Volunteer Center continue to provide programs and services to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations throughout Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties.
The business community has responded in great numbers to Take the Challenge. Fort Worth-based American Airlines, presenting sponsor for the event, has committed to engage 100 of its employees via projects throughout the region.
“We are proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for this tremendous community initiative,” said Roger Frizzell, Vice President, Corporate Communications – American Airlines. “For years, the Volunteer Center has been a major source of connection for this region. Through this event, the Center continues to demonstrate its ability to tie a community together through one of the wonderful things we can provide as human beings: service. American Airlines is excited about this opportunity to make a difference in our own backyard.”
Event sponsors Tom Thumb, briefing, and the Business Press have each dedicated not only sponsorship dollars, but have also committed employees to lend a helping hand through the event. The local offices for Alcon Laboratories and Citi have committed to engage 100 employees for their respective companies as well.
NTVC Participants must be at least 12 years-old to take part in the event. Persons interested in participating can sign-up on the Volunteer Center’s website by visiting www.vcnt.org. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, NTVC pin, gift bag, and an invitation to the event kick-off on Thursday, October 21 at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park
Participating Nonprofit Organizations
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Dallas Chapter
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
Camp Fire Child Development Center
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc.
Central Dallas Ministries
City of Dallas - People Helping People
City of Dallas - Stormwater Management
Donated Goods Program (VCNT)
Family Gateway, Inc.
Head Start of Greater Dallas – Sunnyview Center
Heritage Farmstead Museum
In-sync Exotic Wildlife Rescue & Education Center
Jubilee Park and Community Center
Junior Achievement of Dallas
Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mothers Against Drunk Driving - North Texas Affiliate
PRIDE in Your Neighborhood
Recovery Resource Council
River Legacy Living Science Center
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Texas Discovery Gardens
Texas Trees Foundation
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Youth Volunteer Corps of North Texas (VCNT)
HALLOWEEN NIGHTS AT THE DALLAS ZOO
Dress up the ghouls and boys in their Halloween finest and head over to the Dallas Zoo for a new kind of holiday celebration. The Dallas Zoo’s gates creak open at dusk for a not-so-scary event – Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo. The Zoo will close at 4 p.m. on October 28-31 and reopen at 6 p.m. for a spooktacular evening that lasts until 8 p.m.
You know you are in for a few tricks when you see the Endangered Species Carousel – running backward. The brightly decorated attraction adds a new twist to taking your turn, putting it in reverse.
No Halloween event would be complete without trick-or-treating. There will be 10 colorful candy stations located throughout the Zoo. Meet the good witch and all her friendly sisters as you troll the grounds for goodies. Redeem the six coupons that you receive free with admission for six handfuls of treats at the candy stations.
Take the littlest ones to visit the nursery-rhyme characters in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. The kids will go wild for this very tame adventure. You can offer them another adventure and take them on a lumpy, bumpy camel ride in ZooNorth.
Head to the Monster Mash on Cat Green, with singing and dancing to the tunes of the Witchy DJ. Watch out for the witches who tease the audience in the Witch-heckler Puppet Show. It’s all in good fun, so feel free to talk back to them. Enter the hula-hoop contest and stay in shape after eating all that candy with a little Witch-ercize. And beware of the “living” trees around the Zoo. Their antics may grow on you.
If you dare, venture through the black-light tunnel to the Wilds of Africa. Don’t be afraid to encounter the Giants of the Savanna. They are not the jolly green type of giants; these are the largest land mammals such as elephants, giraffes, and lions. You’ll also view cheetahs, ostriches, zebras, impalas, warthogs, and red river hogs. See elephants smashing pumpkins throughout the evening and feed special treats to giraffes. Don’t miss the special animal show in this area. Before you leave, stop for a snack and roast your own s’mores. You can buy a package with graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and tongs for $5 each.
Admission for Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo is $12 for ages 12-64; $9 for ages 3-11 and 65+; and free for ages 2 and younger. DZS members receive a $2 discount off admission. Parking is $7 per car or take the DART Red Line to the Zoo entrance. Extra candy coupons are six for $5. Camel rides and giraffe feeding are $5 each per person. The Endangered Species Carousel is $2 per person. For more information, call (469) 554-7500 or visit www.DallasZoo.com.