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Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center has made an important discovery in the fight against breast cancer. The researchers identified a gene involved in the cancer‘s growth—a finding that could lead to potential new targets for treatment. You can find the study, published in Cancer Research, here.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre has an upcoming virtual performance. The repertoire, which will be filmed in unique locations, will include ODETTA by Matthew Rushing and The Mourner’s Bench by Talley Beatty. Both pieces focus on two major periods in history, the reconstruction period following the Civil War and the Civil Rights Era. The performance is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 per household; group tickets are also available. More information is available on the website

Lake Highlands’ Montessori Children’s House and School in Lake Highlands is preparing to host an online open house—giving parents the opportunity to learn more about the Montessori method and how it differs from other approaches. The open house will take place Jan. 28; registration is required.  For more information, email info@mchsdallas.org or call 214/348-6276.

It’s time to make Valentine’s Day plans! The Virgin Hotel in Dallas is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 13 and 14 ($75 per person), along with its regular menu, and a Valentine’s comedy show on Feb. 14. Want to turn it into a getaway? During February the hotel is offering the “Month of Love” package, which includes 20% off your stay, dessert, a bottle of Chandon Rosé and a 2pm late check out. For more information, visit the website.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart will soon debut his very own children’s book, Marcus Makes a Movie. The book, which will be for ages 8–12 goes on sale June 1, pulls from Hart’s experiences as an individual and father bringing dreams to life. This book will be the first in a series.

Fort Worth’s Lena Pope’s Early Learning Center recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This accreditation places the center as among the top 2% of childcare centers in Texas and top 10% in the U.S. Currently, only 7,000 programs nationwide hold this accreditation.

Downtown Fort Worth steakhouse Wicked Butcher, located at The Sinclair Hotel, reopened its dining room Jan. 8. The restaurant’s main dining room will be open for dinner Fridays and Saturdays from 5–10pm. The first floor dining room is open Monday–Thursday from 7am–9pm; and Friday and Saturday from 7am–10pm.

Nikia Lawson, a DONA International Certified doula and doula trainer who has been working in the Metroplex for over 25 years, is offering free virtual childbirth education classes. Lawson hopes these classes will reduce the number of birth complications. Learn more about Lawson and the online classes here.

Join the Fort Worth Stockyards for some fun events this month. Listen to live music Jan. 29–31, and participate in the Stock Show Anniversary & Western Wear Celebration Jan. 29–31. Find more information on the website.

After the pandemic forced many event cancellations throughout 2020, The Town of Addison plans to hold of its well-known events from Oktoberfest to Kaboomtown. After creating ways for guests to gather safely, the town will kick off this year of events with Addison After Dark: Fiesta Noche on April 17. Visit the town’s website for dates and updated information on each event’s schedule.

Groundhog meteorologist Arboretum Annie will return for the third annual Groundhog Day celebration at the Dallas Arboretum Feb. 2. From 6:30–9am, guests may join the festivities including the shadow-watching. The event is free with garden admission. Admission to the arboretum is $5 through Feb. 19. Tickets must be purchased online or by calling 214/515-6615. Masks are required during your visit.

Looking ahead to spring or summer camps for your kiddos? Sci-Tech Discovery Center has some great options for those who enjoy experiments, inventions and coding. The Frisco center will have camps running from 9am–4pm March 8–12 and during selected summer weeks; click here to reserve your spot.

Need something to do with your preschooler? Sci-Tech also has science time for littles each Wednesday at 10am. They will get to hear fun science stories, sing and dance and try some hands-on STEM activities (sure to get them all messy!). This month focuses on creepy crawlers and snakes. Free with admission; registration is required to reserve your spot.

Join the Dallas Museum of Art as it shares a rare opportunity to view not only one but five works by acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The exhibit will be available to the public Feb. 28 through June 20. Find more information on the museum’s website.

Autism Response Team Texas recently finalized its contracts to implement training on autism specific resources for Texas State Health employees. This will allow dedicated support for those with autism in more places. The team will also be opening its third clinic location this spring, in addition to two clinics that are already open in Frisco and McKinney.

Tarrant Area Food Bank recently resumed its Mega Mobile Markets  to serve those in need. The Mega Mobile Markets will be held every Friday at Herman Clark Stadium from 10am–1pm. If you are interested in volunteering with registration, traffic control or food distribution, you can sign up here.

SkinSpirit—a new spot for medical grade skin, face and body care—opened its doors in Plano Jan. 13. The location meshes aesthetic skin care with spa-like settings. This is the brand’s second location in Texas. You can check out some of the products (think brush-on sunscreen) as well as services including microneedling, laser hair removal, Botox and filler treatments, skin tightening, dermaplaning and more. The clinic is located at the corner of Highland Drive and Preston Road.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s DBDT: Encore! show, filmed in Dallas’ East Quarter, will be shared virtually on Feb. 6. Both shows will feature emerging and established choreographers using the city of Dallas as their stage. For ticket details and more information, click here.

Fort Worth Country Day students recently donated over $7,000 to Maudrie Elementary School in southeast Fort Worth. The elementary school’s library had been destroyed in a fire this past September, and FWCD students wanted to help. They launched a fundraiser in which FWCD students sold “Be Kind” T-shirts. After a month, over 500 shirts had been sold. All of the money raised will go toward the rebuilding of Maudrie’s book collection.

AT&T Performing Arts Center recently announced the partial performance schedule for the 2020/2021 season of The Elevator Project. The project will feature diverse work of small and emerging art groups (eight in all) that will perform in the Dallas Arts District. Six of the groups set to perform have dates and venues confirmed, and tickets are now on sale. General admission to the shows is $29.50.

Texas Ballet Theater recently announced its approach for the remainder of the 2020/2021 season. The company canceled performances of Serenade, Star Crossed, and World Premiere by Tim O’Keefe—which were slated for Feb. 2021—and performances of Bartok, Image, and Imbue slated for March. Instead, the company will film new works created specifically for a digital format. Following these performances, Texas Ballet Theater plans to explore both digital and re-imagined in-person opportunities. To learn more, visit the company’s website.

A new documentary featuring a little girl with Rett syndrome called Magnolia’s Hope will be available to stream Dec. 1. The documentary follows the first several years of Magnolia’s life following her diagnosis at age 2. To watch the trailer, click here. The film will be available to stream through the end of the month.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board National Recognition Programs recently recognized 13 Fort Worth Country Day seniors for their academic achievements. Seven were acknowledged as National Merit Semifinalists, two as National Merit Commended students and five National Hispanic Scholars.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History recently launched its Little Scholars program where Fort Worth area students will watch their regular online school classes from the museums’ galleries. During their free time, the students will be able to explore all 166,000-square-feet of the museum and experience interactive science and history exhibits (such as watching live animals like prairie dogs, snakes and a possum). The program runs Monday–Friday from 8am–3pm for students in first through fifth grade. To learn more about what all is included and tuition, or to enroll in the program, email littlescholars@fwmsh.org.  

Researchers at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute recently developed a tool that uses video game technology to determine if a child has autism. The institute’s team created and tested its Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI) using Xbox motion-tracking technology—which automatically measures a child’s imitation ability as they play a one-minute game. During the game, the kids try to copy the actions of a model on a computer screen. The results showed that the CAMI method could identify autism diagnosis with more than 87% accuracy. The full results of the study were published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Walmart stores in the DFW area will soon have Mamava pods—clean, private breastfeeding suites accessed through the Mamava app—to provide more breastfeeding support to Walmart associates and customers. Some of the stores included are Bedford, Rowlett and North Richland Hills.

The Behavior Exchange—a leading provider of ABA therapy in North Texas—recently earned a 2-year BHCOE reaccreditation for its dedication to continued improvement in ABA therapy. The BHCOE accreditation is the only ABA-specific accreditation globally and provides feedback on best practices and consumer protection among other aspects. Only a handful of ABA providers in North Texas have received this honor.

Two rising Plano East Senior High School seniors have created a nonprofit, Creativity for Cancer, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Currently, they are hosting an art competition focused on “What Positivity Means to Me” and will choose four winners in four age categories. To learn more about their organization or to participate, click here.