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By Angela Enright |

If you really want to get into die Christmas spirit, participate in the First Annual Jingle Bell Run December II in downtown Dallas. Proceeds will help pay for a new mobile blood unit for the Wadley Blood Bank and Research Institute.

But before you decide to run, read Eric Miller’s story about Dallas’ blood banks on page 102, so you’ll understand the importance of the run. The holiday season typically finds local blood banks with critical shortage

The 2-mile race begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive, and ends at the same location. Runners will be dressed in Christmas costumes and will have bells attached to their running shoes. Entry fees are $5 for individual runners, $15 for family teams and $100 for corporate teams. Radio stations KAAM and KAFM will help sponsor both the race and a post-race party in the hotel’s Grande Ballroo

Speculation that Mayor Starke Taylor won’t be running for re-election in the spring should be laid to rest this month at a December 11 campaign fund-raiser at the Chantilly Ballroom of the Loews Anatole Hotel.

If the mayor gets the $500,000 he hopes to raise, he’ll be looking, acting and sounding like a true mayoral candidate.

You may not appreciate this information right now, but come springtime, after what is sure to be another long, cold winter, you’ll be glad to know this bit of trivia.

Bill McLaughlin, assistant director of the Bachman Region of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, reports that $25,000 has been donated by the Market District Business Owners Association (MDBOA) and developer Trammell Crow to pay for more than 1,500 pounds of wildflower seeds, which will be planted on medians and at parks in 26 different locations around the city. Those locations range from medians around Greenville Avenue and Love Field to the Market District and Rochester Park.

McLaughlin says that the 10 varieties of seeds include bluebonnet, gallardia, crimson clover, black-eyed Susan, Indian paintbrush, lemon mint, phlox, plain coreopsis and blue-eyed grass. The wild-flowers will be planted so that as one variety dies, another will soon take its place.

But here’s the best part: It’s estimated that the flowers will save the Park Department $38,000 annually in maintenance. And the MDBOA and Crow have pledged to give another $25,000 next year.

There’s talk around City Hall that City Councilman Paul Fielding has dug a hole so deep for himself that he might not survive another election. The two names that have surfaced as competitors for Fielding’s seat are Bill Nelson of the Dallas Gay Alliance and Joe May of the Small Business Administration.

And believe it or not, it’s rumored that former Dallas Cowboy tight end Billy Joe DuPree may throw his hat into the City Council ring.

The 1985 Maid of Cotton Pageant is being held in Dallas this year for the first time in its 46-year history.

The National Cotton Council voted to move the pageant to Dallas from Memphis because of Dallas’ reputation as a fashion center. The pageant, which includes about 20 contestants, is December 29 at the Loews Anatole Hotel. That date is during Cotton Bowl Week, which precedes the Cotton Bowl Parade and gam

We all know that it’s better to give than to receive, and that’s what students at St. Mark’s School of Texas are hoping area residents will do when the students go door-to-door seeking donations of canned goods during the school’s annual “Canpaign.” The food collected will be distributed throughout the year to organizations that will deliver it to needy familie

The Canpaign is sponsored each year by the senior class, and this year, students Lawrence Pice agi i. Rick Lane and Mark Mullen are helping to organize it. Piccagli says that the Canpaign is one of the most fun times of the year at St. Mark’s because the students do everything from presenting talent shows to sponsoring cake auctions to help collect food and money for the needy families. He adds that everyone from first-graders to seniors go door-to-door to collect cans and that girls from Hockaday also volunteer to help.

Last year’s efforts raised $11.000 and about 64,000 cans of food, and St. Mark’s wants to surpass last year’s totals.