Multitalented country-music artist Sara Evans draws from her arsenal of chart-topping hits at the 6th Annual Fundraising Gala for the Mesquite Education Foundation. Sara has specialized in old-fashioned country music since 1997, when her debut album started a snowball of multiplatinum successes and fans piled up like breaking-and-entering charges against Santa. After a sabbatical of scribing faith-based novels such as Love Lifted Me and hoofing it on Dancing with the Stars, Sara returned to her chart-topping perch with her latest album, Stronger, featuring the hit “A Little Bit Stronger.” Although striking enough to be voted one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005, it’s Sara’s buoyant croon that breaks and mends hearts as she bellows anthems such as “No Place That Far” and “Born to Fly.”
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning Center’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Artistic Gatherings unleashes inner artists with a schedule of drop-in classes, multi-week courses, and children's art camps. Classes furnish students with materials to express their creative sides, including premade ceramics, blank canvases, and lumps of clay awaiting transformations into coil-formed bowls or slightly altered lumps of clay. Meanwhile, adults can bring their favorite beverages to evening BYOB classes, during which wine and paint flow freely in two-hour sessions of artistic revelry.
The doors at Brooks Peoples Academy & Art are open every day after school and during long breaks, welcoming students in for creative and educational learning sessions. One-on-one sessions and group lessons are designed to enrich and supplement schooling, helping kids foster confidence and a love of learning. Classes range in concentration from drawing and painting to fashion design and learning the guitar rhythms of Beethoven's Greatest Hits. Classes for adults are also available, including BYOB painting and sessions that cater specifically to parents-to-be, where they can paint, relax, and bond with other parents.
Dallas Pro Audio & Tint specializes in mobile electronics and security. On the electronics side, they boast the products and the staff to bring cars into the 21st century. This includes sound, video, and accessories from leading brands and technicians with the knowhow to seamlessly integrate the new technology. In addition to stereo systems and the like, the team installs LCD monitors, backup cameras, portable DVD players, and navigation devices.
Then there's the security side of things, which helps protect newly installed electronics. Technicians outfit rides with alarm systems, remote starters, breathalyzers, and window tints. They offer window tints from brands such as 3M, which add a sleek look to the car and keep its insides safe from the sun, the heat, and the envious gaze of horse-buggy drivers.