Tony Doles
God’s Paintbrush

Register today!

Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church is hosting a free one day Vacation Bible School on August 16th.

The theme is “God’s Paintbrush,” and ages 4 and up, including adults, will enjoy wonderful programming that will brighten you day.

Here’s the scoop:

When: August 16th from 9:00 3:00 p.m.

Where: Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church at 8525 Audelia Road

Cost: FREE

Complimentary childcare is available for children ages 3 and under. Reservations are required.

To register and obtain further information, email Associate Pastor Julie Riley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Reel Deal: Movies with Anne

Phillip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man opens tomorrow in select theaters.

The pairing of one the world’s most esteemed thriller/espionage authors, John le Carré with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man, created a superbly intense film based on le Carré’s first novel since 9/11.

Inspired by the real-life story of a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany who was arrested in Pakistan in 2001, detained and tortured in military detention camps in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay then finally released in 2006, the film reflects le Carré‘s outrage over the American intelligence practices during the Bush administration.

Set in a dark and damp Hamburg, Germany, Hoffman plays Günther Bachmann, a middle-aged German intelligence officer finds himself stationed in Hamburg after he mishandled intelligence efforts at his former posting.

Hoffman looks like an unmade bed during the entire film, as he organizes scenes revealing his character’s intent - and perhaps his own on self destruction - by constantly smoking, drinking and shuffling his way through this role.

A young Chechen Muslim, Issa Karpov arrives in Hamburg and arouses suspicion in the German spy community about his possible Islamic terrorist links.

Hoping to retrieve funds his late Soviet father deposited in a Hamburg bank, a human rights group leads Issa to a young lawyer, Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), to help him.

She introduces Issa to Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe), the British bank manager caught up in Hamburg’s spies and counterspies community, who holds his assets. Brue informs Issa his father’s money came from laundered questionable sources, prompting his refusal to claim it.

Bachman, who has been watching Annabel at work, pulls her into his intelligence group, convinces her to help him “turn” Issa away from his former lifestyle while suspecting Issa’s terrorist connections.

Attempting to “trust yet verify”, Bachman arranges a meeting with Abdullah, an Islamic philanthropist who vows to donate Issa’s money to charitable causes.

Throughout the film the plot meanders between the British Intelligence agents and a CIA “interested observer” (Robin Wright) as they confer with Bachman yet shadow his maneuvers.

These intelligence agencies in a post 9/11 world should be allies yet they leave viewers with a question. Are these players real or are they just an illusion?

Hamburg is an ideal locale for this intrigue as it is awash with intelligence personnel, money laundering groups and questionable operatives in every corner. This is the city where Mohammed Atta was able to recruit his 9/11 participants.

Decorating the Hamburg scenery are Nina Hoss as Erna Frey, Bachman’s right hand; Robin Wright (Margaret Sullivan /CIA agent); Medi Dehbi as (Grigory Dobrygin) and Daniel Brühl as Max.

A Most Wanted Man opens tomorrow, July 25th, in select theaters. Click here to view the trailer and to find a theater near you.

MPAA: R for language.

Images ©Lionsgate Films
Pet Set: Beating the Heat in Dallas

Keep your pets safe in the Texas heat. ©Diane Diederich

©Diane Diederich

Although we’ve had an unseasonably “cool” summer so far and were even spoiled with our “July Polar Vortex,” the heat has returned in full force with ozone and humidity tagging along.

The heat doesn’t keep us Texans from going outside and enjoying the outdoors though, and being overeager in hot weather can spell danger for you and your furry friends.

It’s important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets, but by following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun outdoors.

Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating.

Stay in the shade

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

Know warning signs

Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No parking

Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states including Texas.

Water safety

Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool. Not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.

Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

Summer cuts

Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.

Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Street smarts

When the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

Avoid chemicals

Commonly used flea and tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach.

When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets' reach as well.

Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.

Pets at parties

Taking Spot to a backyard barbeque or party? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas.

Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.

Visit your vet

A visit to the veterinarian in the early summer is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren't on year-round preventive medication.

For more information, visit the ASPCA website.
Must-teach cellphone manners

Don't be rude! Read about cellphone manners and safety here. ©ImageegamI

I don’t mean to sound like an old fogey, but we really need to pass on some etiquette tips to certain folks regarding cellphone use, and that includes me!

Who knew that July was National Cell Phone Courtesy Month? I’d never heard of it, and at first smirked at the idea, but truthfully it does bring attention to an ugly issue rearing its head in our society.

The lack of consideration for another person seems to be what shines through when someone talks loudly on their phone while at dinner, a movie, on the bus, or texting while you’re supposed to be catching up at lunch.

The cellphone might be one of the greatest inventions of our time, but now that they are mostly all smartphones, it seems that it’s even more distracting.

And with parents giving their kids these smartphones at early ages, my opinion is that with that gift, a lesson in etiquette is a must!

Even more serious than bad manners, cellphone usage is also to blame for injuries and deaths on our roads.

According to the National Safety Council, cellphone use is now estimated to be involved in 26%of all motor vehicle crashes. That is an increase from the previous year.

It’s also reported that an estimated 5% of crashes involve texting, while 21% involve drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cellphones.

So it seems to me that teaching cellphone etiquette may be about saving lives too!

Jacqueline Whitmore is the author and etiquette expert who founded National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in 2002 with the intent to encourage cellphone users to be more respectful and safe in their surroundings.

Whitmore offers these simple cellphone etiquette principles to avoid offending others and more importantly, to keep us safe:

• Be all there. When you're in a meeting, performance, courtroom or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution.

• Keep it private. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing private or confidential information in public. You never know who may be in hearing range.

• Keep your cool. Don't display anger during a public call. Conversations that are likely to be emotional should be held where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.

• Learn to vibe. Use your wireless phone's silent or vibration settings in public places such as business meetings, religious services, schools, restaurants, theaters or sporting events so that you do not disrupt your surroundings.

• Avoid "cell yell." Remember to use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People tend to speak more loudly than normal and often don't recognize how distracting they can be to others.

• Follow the rules. Some places, such as hospitals or airplanes, restrict or prohibit the use of mobile phones, so adhere to posted signs and instructions. Some jurisdictions may also restrict mobile phone use in public places.

• Excuse yourself. If you are expecting a call that can't be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in; the people you are with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.

• Send a message. Use Text Messaging to send and receive messages without saying a single word.

• Watch and listen discreetly. New multimedia applications such as streaming video and music are great ways to stay informed and access the latest entertainment. However, adjust the volume based on your surroundings in much the same way that you would adjust your ringer volume. Earphones are a great way to avoid distracting others in public areas.

• Alert silently. When using your phone's walkie-talkie feature, send the person you're trying to reach a Call Alert before starting to speak. If you're around other people, turn off your phone's external speaker and use the vibration setting to minimize any disturbance and to respect your contact's privacy.

• Be a good Samaritan. Use your cell phone to help others. According to CTIA, The Wireless Association, more than 224,000 calls a day are made to 911 and other emergency numbers by mobile phone users who report crimes and potentially life-threatening emergencies.

• Focus on driving. Practice wireless responsibility while driving. Don't make or answer calls while in heavy traffic or in hazardous driving conditions. Place calls when your vehicle is not moving, and use a hands-free device to help focus attention on safety. Always make safety your most important call.

For more information on National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, visit Whitmore’s website or the Facebook page.
Environmental Working Group

Which produce is the safest to eat? Find out here. Photo courtesy of the US Dept. of Agriculture

Read about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 here.

Since most of us here in Lake Highlands don’t grow the majority of our food, we can feel a bit helpless when it comes to controlling the quality of the produce and other foods we eat.

Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) helps the consumer be more informed so he or she can make better choices.

EWG publishes an annual guide to help people eat healthier and reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce. The shoppers’ guide uses information from thousands of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

They recommend that you purchase organics instead of conventional versions of the Dirty Dozen™: Apples, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines (imported), Peaches, Potatoes, Snap Peas (imported), Spinach, Strawberries, and Sweet Bell Peppers. Hot Peppers and Kale/Collards are also of concern.

In terms of pesticide residue, the Clean Fifteen™ have minimal amounts: Asparagus, Avocados, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papayas, Pineapples, Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas (frozen), and Sweet Potatoes.

To see complete lists, visit the EWG website. You can also sign up for their newsletter in order to receive the above lists in PDF format.

Buying all organic foods is expensive, but with the EWG’s list, the consumer can focus on buying the organic foods that matter the most.

On this webpage they examine other issues with pesticide use besides the potential health issues for the consumers.

Remember that your consumer dollars make a difference. If customers demand organics, the stores will provide more of them, which means that organic farmers get more business. Currently less than 1% of farm land is organic.

Not only can you make more informed decisions about shopping at the grocery store, but on the EWG research page you can also get information about such things as personal care products, radiation from cell phones, and cleaning products. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Concerned about over-fishing? Click here for a printable guide to environmentally responsible, regional seafood choices.
Rowing for High School kids

Check out Dallas United Crew's Novice Camps! ©Geoff Kuchera

Does your high school student want to learn how to row?

Dallas United Crew has their Novice Camps open for upcoming 9th through 12th graders.

There are two week rowing camps left that are designed for all athletes entering grade 9 and for athletes entering grades 10-12 who have not previously participated in a competitive high school rowing program.

Here's what you need to know:

Practices: Monday through Friday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Dates: July 21st to August 1st

Cost: $150 per week

Find out if rowing is your student's niche! To register, visit the Dallas United Crew's website.

Want to share your good school or sports news, too?

Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with an update about your campus and student activities.
Assist the Officer fundraising success

Assist the Officer volunteers cut meat at Friday's fundraising event at NE division station. ©Michael Mata

©Michael Mata

©Michael Mata

Friday’s Assist the Officer fundraiser at the Dallas Police Department’s Northeast substation was packed with Lake Highlands neighbors ready to help.

The cookout fundraising event was for Senior Corporal John Robinson who underwent a 6 hour craniotomy operation almost a month ago to remove a tumor.

Robinson is still recovering from surgery and is getting better every day, and he will shortly begin radiation treatment for 6 weeks, 5 days a week, in conjunction with chemotherapy.

Prior to his assignment with DPD in Internal Affairs, Senior Corporal Robinson was at the Northeast Division. He is the husband of Northeast Division Neighborhood Police Officer Katie Robinson.

The Dallas Police Department and the Assist the Officer Foundation are fundraising for Robinson and are inviting the community to attend a BBQ Brisket, Chicken and Fried Catfish Fundraiser.

Lake Highlands resident and Dallas Police Officer Michael Mata was one of the many people who showed up to help with and support the event.

“Lake Highlands is an amazing community - people came out in full force to support this officer and the Northeast division,” Mata said.

“People of Lake Highlands are one the reasons I and ever officer in blue show up for work every day.”

Don’t fret if you missed the event on Friday! You can still donate to help with Robinson’s medical expenses by visiting the Assist the Officer website and choosing to make a donation to John Robinson.
What’s up this weekend?

Enjoy 'Til Midnight at the Nasher with friends and family. Photo courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market.

Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas is always a fun place to hang out.

Yoga at Klyde Warren is open to everyone. ©Tyler Olson

Children’s Summer Series
Friday, July 18th
11:00 a.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Royal Lane

Stay cool by enjoying a the movie, Rio, at Studio Movie Grill. These budget-friendly family movies for $2 per person are a great way to start off your weekend!

For more info, visit the Studio Movie Grill website or call 214.361.2966.

‘Til Midnight At The Nasher
Friday, July 18th
6:00 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street

Enjoy a movie at the Nasher! Picnic dining, beverages and snacks available for purchase at Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. Outside food or beverages not permitted.

Children & members free; Adults $10, Seniors $7, Students $5. For more information, visit the Nasher website or check out their Facebook page.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, July 19th
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Rd.

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music. Head on out and enjoy friends, food and fresh everything!

For more info, visit the WRLM website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Read to Rocky
Saturday, July 19th
2:00 p.m.

Audelia Road Library
10045 Audelia Road

Meet in the library's auditorium and spend time with the Heart of Texas therapy dogs. Kindergarten through 5th graders can read to the dogs for fun, while improving reading skills.

Free & open the public. Bring your own book or use the library's. For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.670.1350.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, July 19th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• Tai Chi with El Centro College from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
• Sweat in the Park Boot Camp from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
• Yoga from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Family Yoga with the Crow Collection from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Dallas Children’s Theater Activities from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• Food Trucks from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

34th Annual Basically Beethoven Festival concert

Sunday, July 20th
2:30 p.m.

Dallas City Performance Hall
2520 Flora Street

Enjoy one of the several free concert of the season, hosted by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. This event is free and open to the public.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.520.2219 for details.
Sleep loss and brain damage

Sleep loss can cause brain damage. ©Zeremski

Brain scans from the study showing cellular differences in brains with plenty of sleep and little sleep.

It seems that a lot of things cause brain damage I guess – the glasses of wine I enjoy on occasion, watching too much reality TV, or playing too much Candy Crush.

According to a study that was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, missing sleep may lead to brain damage.

So, technically, as I sit up late writing this, I’m doing a lot of damage. This makes a lot of sense the next day as I struggle for words while attempting simple conversation.

Inconsistent sleep patterns may be hurting your brain, and making up for lost sleep on the weekends doesn't help, according to the research.

"This is the first report that sleep loss can actually result in a loss of neurons," said neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey of the study.

According to the researchers, most people assume that naps and sleeping in on weekends can help you catch up on your sleep, but that tactic won't repair the damage you've already done.

Veasey and her colleagues studied mice who were submitted to a sleep schedule similar to that of shift workers. They slept for short periods during inconsistent hours.

The researchers found that sleeping for only brief periods of time caused massive brain damage: the mice lost 25 percent of the neurons in their locus coeruleus, the section of their brain associated with alertness and cognitive function.

The scientists believe that when the mice slept inconsistently, their newer cells would create more sirtuin type 3, a protein meant to energize and protect the mice.

But after several days of missing sleep, as a shift worker might, the protein creation fell off and cells began to die off at a faster pace.

Let's face it, most of us don’t get enough sleep, especially those with small children to cater to or teenagers to keep up with.

Do yourself (and your brain) a favor. Set a sleep schedule for yourself so you can rest regularly.

For more information on the study, visit the Journal of Neuroscience website.
Drum Corps show at the Boneyard

The Bluecoats from Ohio will be performing in the July 21st performance. Photo ©DCI

On Monday, July 21st, the Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Band will host Drum Corps International (DCI) at Wildcat-Ram Stadium, and everyone is invited!

For more than 30 years, the Wildcat Band has hosted the show which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lake Highlands Area Band Club, supporting the band programs at Lake Highlands High School, Lake Highlands Junior High and Forest Meadow Junior High.

DCI will present a high-powered lineup of 10 World and Open Class corps from across America competing at this exciting event, including Carolina Crown (last year's world champion) from Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Wildcat-Ram Stadium is one of 17 stops on the annual DCI Tour. The youth involved provide entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events all over the world.

"Many people in the Richardson ISD community, as well as people who follow these corps from all over the US, come to our Boneyard to see the show each summer," says parent volunteer, Linda Smith.

Here's the lineup of performing Corps:

Blue Knights – Denver, CO

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC

Cascades – Seattle, WA

Crossmen – San Antonio, TX

Genesis – Austin, TX

Jersey Surf – Camden County, NJ

Madison Scouts – Madison, WI

The Academy – Tempe, AZ

The Cadets – Allentown, PA

Wondering what the show is like? Click here for a sneak peek at one warm up!

Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. The show starts at 6:50 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line or at the gate. On-site parking is available and remote parking will be provided at Lake Highlands Town Center with free shuttles running to and from LHHS stadium.

Come out to the Boneyard and support the Wildcat Band, all while enjoying an extremely entertaining show!

The show is scheduled for Monday, July 21st at Wildcat-Ram Stadium located at 9449 Church Road in Lake Highlands.

To buy tickets, visit the DCI website.
Out & About: Mesquite Rodeo

Check out the Mesquite Rodeo, now through August 2nd.

Lauren Walker with friends, Olivia Yee and Courtney McClain.

One of the many rodeo events for all to enjoy.

After living in Texas for 14 years, it was finally time for me to see how real cowboys and cowgirls spend their weekends.

So I decided to visit the Mesquite Rodeo with my daughter (of course) and a few of our friends.

Side note: my daughter Lauren is my Road Hog, so she’s with me on most occasions.

The championship events consisted of Barebacking (my favorite) Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Barrel Racing.

I was afraid that my daughter and her friends might be a little frightened to see the animals being "handled," but they cheered right along with the crowd. It was also nice that the announcer assured the crowd that the animals were not being abused.

The special guest for the evening was the world renowned Rope Artist, Tomas Garcilazo. He and his beautiful horse were like father/son trusting each other as Garcilazo showcased his roping skills.

He stood on and depended on his horse for balance as he performed. It was rather amazing, and Lauren’s friend, Olivia Yee’s, favorite moment.

"I really liked seeing the cowboy twirl the lasso all around himself and jump through it," she said.

Surprisingly, at least to me, kids were allowed to be actively involved in the show. Interested kids, four and older, were randomly selected to participate in the Mutton Bustin’ event. They were judged on how well they rode a sheep and all received a gift for participating.

The most fun kid event was the Dash for Cash (or calf scramble.) Kids 12 and under ran and tried to capture a flag attached to a calf. The only accidents I saw were falls from kids (my daughter included), but they jumped right back up and continued running and having a great time.

The Mesquite Rodeo offers a free Kids Club for kids, ages 2 through 12. Some of the perks they receive are personalized VIP credentials, a free ticket to the rodeo, a birthday gift, and opportunities to attend exclusive events throughout the year. Sign up is easy on the Rodeo website.

Prior to attending, my point of reference for anything rodeo related was ten or so seconds of what 've seen while flipping television channels. I had no idea how fun it would be to actually see the cowboy and cowgirl athletes live. Yes, it's a sport!

Your family will thoroughly enjoy this fun, family friendly event.

While the show itself was great, my Road Hog, Lauren, shared that the best part of the night was spending time with her friends!

To learn more about the Mesquite Rodeo or to buy tickets, visit the website.
Comedy of Errors

Antipholus and Luciana ©Junior Players

The Comedy of Errors cast

Junior Players’ summer production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors features 24 teens from area high schools with a 1920s Charlie Chaplin theme.

The production opens Tuesday, July 22nd with a total of 6 free performances for all to enjoy.

Junior Players’ Executive Director, Kirsten Brandt James, is a Lake Highlands resident, and Richardson High School 2014 graduate Leah Bell is featured in the production.

The Comedy of Errors is directed by Valerie Hauss-Smith and produced in cooperation with Shakespeare Dallas and with Anastasia Munoz as Assistant Director.

Junior Players’ production will be filled with comedy and slapstick. One of William Shakespeare's early plays, The Comedy of Errors is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity.

The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus.

When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

"My concept for this show is based on the idea that this is Shakespeare's only true farce, with many elements of clowning and slapstick," said Junior Players’ Director Valerie Hauss-Smith.

"But I also think it speaks to our humanity as we feel for the two people lost in a foreign land and root for the Dromios who represent ‘the little guy.’ As I read the play several times I kept thinking about Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and that type of broad physical comedy combined with true humanity."

This year marks Junior Players’ 24th Discover Shakespeare production.

Junior Players’ goals are to introduce children and youth to Shakespeare and use the production experience to help the cast make the transition from high school to college and the professional theater community.

Junior Players provides arts education and programming completely free to children and youth throughout the city.

Come out and enjoy some slapstick humor, Shakespearian style!

The Comedy of Errors opens Tuesday, July 22nd at 8:15 p.m. at the Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheater located at 1500 Tenison Parkway in East Dallas.

All performances are FREE of charge and begin at 8:15 p.m.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and people are welcome to bring their own food and beverages and lawn chairs.

For more information on the production or Junior Players, please contact Executive Director Kirsten Brandt James at 214.526.4076.
Good news for LBJ/Skillman

The highlighted portion is the LBJ/Skillman area that is the target of the initiative.

After years of persistence and hard work, community meetings, surveys and grant money, the LBJ/Skillman Planning Initiative finally made its way to the City Plan Commission (CPC.)

The CPC’s Urban Design Subcommittee Review signed off on the plan last week, and it will move on to the City Council after its summer vacation.

LBJ Skillman Urban Planning Initiative, the brain child of Lake Highlands resident, Susan Morgan, was granted $125,000 back in 2010 by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

"I'm pleased to see the study moving through the city’s approval process as neighborhood desires become a matter of public record," commented Morgan.

A study completed just a few weeks ago on the Skillman Corridor was performed by the company, Omniplan.

"Omniplan's project team did an excellent job surveying the community, and there was exceptional participation at the community workshops," said Morgan.

But it was even further back, beginning in 2006, that Morgan and her team analyzed how to best utilize the assets of the area such as the existing DART station, confluence of major thoroughfares, natural creek areas, vacant property, and the commercial, retail, residential and recreational mix.

In true Lake Highlands style, this neighborhood makeover has been organized by community residents and advocates.

"I'm reminded of the quote by Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,’” said Scott Wynne, president of the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association.

"In our case, the LBJ/Skillman Planning Initiative is moving forward because of the tireless efforts of Susan Morgan and the group of thoughtful, committed Lake Highlands citizens that she has brought together to work on this project for years now."

"She's talked to every politician and administrator with the city, the state, the North Texas Central Council of Governments, and TXDOT that could possibly make a difference in order to keep this project moving forward and find much needed funding for it."

"I think it's fair to say that nothing like this would have seen the light of day without their work, especially that of Susan. I believe one thing that makes Lake Highlands such a great place to live is that we have more people volunteering their time and efforts to improve our community and bring about positive change than any other place I've seen."

"There's still a lot that needs to happen, especially in terms of funding, but if it can be made a reality, it will obviously have a dramatic effect on the intersection itself."

The gist of the study looks at straightening Skillman, adding more retail and bicycle and pedestrian connections, turning the DART station into a transit-oriented development, and overhauling and/or replacing old and vacant multi-family housing.

Stay tuned to LH Today for continued updates on the LBJ/Skillman Planning Initiative.
Camping on the Lake

Camp on the Lake goes through August 22nd.

Canoeing is just one of the activities at Camp on the Lake.

Have you hit a lull in your summer activities for your kids?

There are still weeks open for the YMCA’s Camp on the Lake, a premier waterfront day camp environment created just for kids.

It’s located on Lake Lewisville, but never fear, Lake Highlands kids can hitch a ride at the Lake Highlands YMCA for a day of fun!

At Camp on the Lake, magic happens when children explore, make new friends, and learn. They learn life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community.

Whether they are playing, exploring nature or conquering new experiences, they’re creating memories that will last a lifetime.

What makes Camp on the Lake especially unique is its location and ability to provide kids with a slew of summer camp activities that are usually exclusive to sleep-away camps.

Your camper will enjoy activities such as archery, horseback riding, water activities, crafts and much more...all close to home!

Every morning, the YMCA Camp staff will greet parents and camp kids at the LH YMCA for mandatory sign-in, ensuring the safety of every child.

Children may be dropped off between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. Afternoon pick-up at the YMCA is between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

Need to get to work before 8:00 or work later than 5:30? The Y offers Pre-Care and Post-Care for an additional $30 a week. The hours are 7:30 a.m and 6:00 p.m.

Here’s a sneak peek into what your child will get to experience:

Young Adventurers (6-8 year olds)

At YMCA Camp on the Lake, kids have fun and make new friends while taking part in supervised activities that embrace the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Young campers gain a greater sense of security and community by remaining with their “new” friends and camp counselors.

The Young Adventurers will participate in crafts, archery, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, boating, sailing, riflery, horseback riding, and games.

Campers Choice (9-13 year olds)

Most day camps have a set curriculum of activities that all campers are required to adhere to. In essence, its one size fits all. That doesn’t always work for campers in this age group who crave independence and are focused on exploring their individuality.

Each Monday, your camper will select their activities for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. On these days they will break after lunch into their new group to participate in the activities. This gives the camper a sense of responsibility for their schedule and ability to meet new friends.

Some of the activities offered include: swimming, boating, archery, horseback riding, canoeing/kayaking, crafts, nature exploration, sports, riflery, sailing and much more!

Remaining Camp Dates:

• Week 8: July 21 - July 25
• Week 9: July 28 - August 1
• Week 10: August 4 - August 8
• Week 11: August 11 - August 15
• Week 12: August 18 - August 22

To find out more information or register for Camp on the Lake, click here.

Lake Highlands bus pick-up is at the LH Family YMCA at 8920 Stults Road.

Weekly Camp Fee: $260; YMCA Family Member: $210
Northeast Division needs your help

Support Sr. Corporal Robinson and get a meal at a fundraising cookout.

On May 30th, Senior Corporal John Robinson of Dallas Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, was taken to the emergency room at Baylor in Dallas when he began to have trouble speaking on his lunch break at work.

To everyone’s surprise, a Computed Tomography scan showed a mass on the left side of his brain. After undergoing surgery for a brain biopsy in June, Robinson was diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma brain tumor.

It’s been almost a month since Robinson underwent a 6 hour craniotomy operation to remove the visible portion of the tumor, and the surgery left him with only a slight speech deficit which he will likely recover from in no time.

Senior Corporal Robinson is still recovering from surgery and his speech is getting better every day. He will shortly begin radiation treatment for 6 weeks, 5 days a week, in conjunction with chemotherapy. His chemotherapy will continue beyond that.

Senior Corporal Robinson prior assignment (before Internal Affairs) was at the Northeast Division. He is the husband of Northeast Division Neighborhood Police Officer Katie Robinson.

The Dallas Police Department and the Assist the Officer Foundation are fundraising for Robinson and are inviting the community to attend a BBQ Brisket, Chicken and Fried Catfish Fundraiser.

An $8 donation will be greatly appreciated and for that great price, you’ll get a delicious meal!

Here’s the scoop:

When: Friday, July 18th at 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Northeast Patrol Division at 9915 E. Northwest Hwy.

Please come support the Robinsons!

For more information or to make private donations, contact Officer Mitch Gatson at the Northeast Patrol Division by emailing him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling 214.671.0160.
Festival of Independent Theatres
The Bath House on White Rock Lake
We all know that our great city of Dallas is a hot spot for great food, music, art and more.

Building Dallas’ reputation as a city of artistic innovation requires a firm commitment to new work by local talent.

So the Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT), sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, upholds its reputation as one of the area’s premier fringe festivals.

In the 16th season, the line-up for this year’s festival will impress anyone!

Eight companies, all native to the Dallas area, will present eight world premieres by seven local authors for this summer’s festival, which inhabits the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake from now through August 2nd.

This one-of-a-kind annual festival will contain a healthy dose of FIT’s trademark eclecticism as a blend of local theatrical talent joins forces to present eight one-act plays as differing as the contributing companies themselves.

Festival performances will include productions from:

• Churchmouse Productions

• Echo Theatre

• The McClarey Players

• Nouveau 47

• One Thirty Productions

• Prism, Co.

• Sibling Revelry

• WingSpan Theatre Company

Be part of something different and check out the 16th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres!

For more information about the 16th annual FIT Festival, including a schedule of performances, visit the website.

Ticket Prices are $20 - $73 which you can buy online HERE.

The Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive.
What’s up this weekend?

Don't miss the Taste of Dallas this weekend! Photo courtesy of TOD

Enjoy samples of all kinds at Taste of Dallas. Photo courtesy of TOD

Enjoy a morning helping keep White Rock Lake beautiful.

Join the wild side at the Dallas Zoo's Safari Nights.

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market.

Taste of Dallas

Friday through Sunday, July 11-13th

Fair Park at 3600 Grand Avenue

Enjoy food sampling from dozens of Dallas’ best restaurants with no entrée costing more than $3. Menus will include heart-healthy options since the event benefits the American Heart Association.

You can be part of this annual event from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person, kids 5 and under are FREE with accompanying parent.

For more information click here or call 972-590-8898.

Children’s Summer Series

Friday, July 11th
11:00 a.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Royal Lane

Stay cool by enjoying a the movie, Rio, at Studio Movie Grill. These budget-friendly family movies for $2 per person are a great way to start off your weekend!

For more info, visit the Studio Movie Grill website or call 214.361.2966.

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

Friday, July 11th
7:30 p.m.

NorthPark Presbyterian Church
9555 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill

Sara Hickman performs live with Hickman's daughters opening – it’s a show you won’t want to miss!

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and children and teens are half price.

Uncle Calvin's is a smoke-free, alcohol free music venue featuring the best in bluegrass, folk and blues concerts. Get your tickets online here or call 214.363.0044.

White Rock Local Market

Saturday, July 12th
8:00 a.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music. Head on out and let dad do some Father’s Day shopping!

For more info, visit the website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dallas Police Department’s Coffee with Cops

Saturday, July 12th
8:00 a.m.

McDonalds at 6950 Greenville Ave, 75231

Catch up with your neighborhood police officers and enjoy a free small coffee while visiting. Call 214.671.4045 to get more details.

Shoreline Spruce-Up

Saturday, July 12th
8:00 a.m.

White Rock Lake

This Lake-loving monthly event is sponsored by For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) which is located at 1152 N Buckner Blvd. If you’d like to do your part in helping keep White Rock Lake clean, meet at the FTLOTL office and participate for two hours of shoreline and lake clean-up.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.660.1100.

YMCA Member Celebration

Saturday, July 12th
12:00 p.m.

Lake Highlands YMCA, 8920 Stultz Rd.

Lake Highlands YMCA members can enjoy a cookout and swim at the pool all in appreciation of their YMCA membership! To find out more information, call 214.221.9622.

Dallas Zoo Safari Night

Saturday, July 12th
7:00 p.m.

Dallas Zoo

Enjoy a Eagles tribute by FastLane at the Zoo in the evening and let your wild side out while hanging with the zoo animals. Free for Members and cost included in tickets purchased by non-members.

The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. For more info, visit the zoo website or call 469.554.7500.

34th Annual Basically Beethoven Festival concert

Sunday, July 13th
2:30 p.m.

Dallas City Performance Hall at 2520 Flora St.

Enjoy one of the several free concert of the season, hosted by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. This event is free and open to the public.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.520.2219 for details.
YMCA Member Cookout

Lake Highlands YMCA Photo courtesy of the Y

The Lake Highlands YMCA is a core part of our community.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves its members’ health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

It provides support and opportunities that empower people in our community.

From the Youth Sports Program, the Trailblazer and Y Guides programs, to hosting NFL Pro Wade Smith’s annual Youth Football and Cheerleading Camp and much more, the Lake Highlands YMCA does a lot.

In appreciation of their members, the Y is throwing a swimming party with a cookout this Saturday, July 12th at noon on the pool patio.

Join your family and friends for some summer fun!

For more information in the Lake Highlands YMCA, visit their website.

The LH YMCA is located at 8920 Stults Rd.
Preventing Heat Exhaustion

Prevent Heat Exaustion ©Michael Krinke

So far this summer, we’ve been pretty lucky with the weather. Until recently, it didn’t feel like a typical Dallas summer.

With that being said, the blazing temps have finally hit us full-force, so we wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of heat exhaustion.

Signs of heat exhaustion are easy to spot, and action should be taken immediately if these are observed.

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

• Pale with cool, moist skin

• Profuse sweating profuse

• Muscle cramps or pains

• Faint or dizzy feeling

• Headache, weakness, thirst, and nausea

• Core temperature elevated-usually more than 100 F and the pulse rate increased

If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it's essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can't get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommended strategies include:

• Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).

• Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.

• Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.

• Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If the individual is suffering from a heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

Heat stroke symptoms:

• Unconsciousness or markedly abnormal mental status (dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, or coma)

• Flushed, hot, and dry skin (although it may be moist initially from previous sweating or from attempts to cool the person with water)

• Blood pressure may be high or low

• Hyperventilation

• Core temperature of 105 F or more

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control website.
Connecting women in business

Carrie Hill, Renee Barfoot, Marla Ravkind and Tricia Martinez with the WLC

Network with other business women next week.

The Lake Highlands Chamber's Women’s Leadership Connection has organized a joint networking event with their friends at the Lakewood Women in Business group.

On Tuesday, July 15th at Veritex Bank in Lakewood from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., you can join them for Margarita Madness, tons of networking opportunities, door prizes, and of course, and delicious margaritas.

They are asking folks to spread the word to any women that might benefit from networking in East Dallas, Northeast Dallas, and Lake Highlands.

And don't forget, bring your business cards for the Biz Card Table!

Please RSVP directly to Darlene Ellison at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 214.269.2122.

Need more information on the Lake Highlands Chamber's Women’s Leadership Connection?

Check out their Facebook page to keep up with what’s going on or contact Carrie Hill at 214.298.4038 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

Margarita Madness is on Tuesday, July 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Veritex Bank located at 2101 Abrams Rd.
What’s up at the Dallas Zoo?

Don't let summer temps keep you away from fun at the Zoo. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo

Safari Nights evening concert series features great music, extended hours and a chance to mingle with some of the stars of the Zoo.

Safari Nights kicked off back in June and continues through the end of July.

Visitors can explore the Zoo during the day, then relax on a blanket or lawn chair on shady Cat Green and embrace the sounds of original songwriters and tribute bands until 9:00 p.m.

Stars from the Zoo’s Animal Adventures outreach program will be on hand to visit, too.

The concerts are free with the price of Zoo admission and begin at 7:00 p.m. Food is available for purchase, along with soft drinks, cold beer and wine.

July 12 at 5:00 p.m.: Safari Nights featuring FastLane

FastLane is a tribute to The Eagles has been together since 2005 and plays to thousands each year at festivals, clubs and special events such as, Dallas Zoo’s Safari Nights. Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of The Eagles’ music, FastLane can perform show up to four hours in length and include all the hits made famous by The Eagles. Their performances will have you on your feet dancing, singing, and enjoying that "Peaceful Easy Feeling" once more.

July 17 at 9:00 a.m.: Dollar Day
The Dallas Zoo shows its appreciation to the community for its support with dollar deals and $1 admission all day. Take the DART Red Line to the Zoo entrance to avoid traffic and start your adventure sooner.

July 19 at 5:00 p.m.: Safari Nights featuring Petty Theft

Petty Theft is a Dallas based encomium to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The sounds of Petty Theft are the closest fans will get to the real thing – they rock it with purpose. These guys are slavishly devoted to recreating the rock sounds of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

July 26 at 5:00 p.m.: Safari Nights featuring The O’s

“Since forming in 2008, Taylor Young & John Pedigo, aka The O’s, have done just about everything an up-and-coming act can do. They’ve toured throughout the United States, they took off for Europe, played every festival that would have them and had their music pop up on various TV shows. Odds are that if you saw any large indie-Americana act in the last few years, you saw The O’s stealing the show as openers” – Dallas Observer, 2013

The O’s combine Americana and indie pop with alternative country sounds to create a large indie-Americana act – making good music for good people. Similar artists/sounds like: Gram Parsons, The Avett Brothers, The Ramones, The Who.

Regular season admission is $12 for ages 12-64; $9 for ages 3-11 and those 65 and above; and free for ages 2 and younger.

As always, Dallas Zoo members get free admission. Visitors are encouraged to take the DART to the Zoo stop to avoid traffic and parking fees.

The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis).

For more information, visit the Dallas Zoo website or call 469.554.7500.
Cool off with Taste of Dallas

Taste Tavern is a popular spot at Taste Dallas.

Don't miss the Taste of Dallas this weekend at Fair Park!

The Sweet Factory is for "kids" of all ages.

The Taste of Dallas is back, and this year, Fair Park’s favorite summertime activity is now cooler than ever.

The largest tasting event in the DFW area will bring hungry tasters from all over North Texas to Fair Park on July 11th - 13th. They’ll enjoy an expanded indoor restaurant tasting experience to complement everyone's favorite restaurants along the Esplanade.

The 150,000 square feet of indoor, air conditioned space will now feature 20 additional indoor restaurant booths, a culinary marketplace, an informative health and wellness area, and much more.

Taste Curbside is back by popular demand, featuring a collection of some of the most sought-after and unique food trucks. The only thing faster than this food on wheels is its growing popularity!

Taste of the Town indoor tasting experience will also make a return, as well as various wine, beer and liquor tastings throughout the event.

A different theme each day, from craft beer to local breweries to international sampling will keep Taste Tavern hopping all weekend with a variety of beer, wine and spirits to lift yours.

Kids’ Taste Town, with its kid-sized rides, bounce houses, giant slides, interactive games and meet-and-greets with cartoon characters; the Sweet Factory for kids of all ages celebrating all things magical and sugary.

In addition, 50 of North Texas's favorite restaurants will be featured along Fair Park's beautiful Esplanade fountains while more than a dozen food trucks will park outside for curbside culinary delights. Indoor and outdoor restaurants will offer tastings from their menus for $1 to $3 each.

While all this is very cool, Taste of Dallas does not forget to bring the sizzle!

Friday night is an all-new Date Night with special ticket deals and lots of activities, including fun fair games for charity, psychic readings and more to turn up the heat.

And don't miss the exciting soccer tournament indoor watch parties on Saturday and Sunday! Adults and kids alike can try out their soccer skills on Taste of Dallas's own mini soccer field.

Fantastic music includes 80s legend Vanilla Ice, there’s plenty for the kids to do, and lots to eat, shop, and see which makes for a great weekend for eaters of all ages.

Taste of Dallas will benefit the American Heart Association. Get your taste buds ready!

WHERE: Fair Park, with parking available on site, or attendees can ride the DART Green Line

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 11th - 13th

HOURS: 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday

TICKETS: $12 per person for 1-day admission or $8 per ticket at Walgreen's

A family value ticket will admit up to 5 people and can be purchased at Walgreen's for $30 (or $50 at the gate); Kids 5 and under are FREE.

For more information on the Taste of Dallas, visit the website, the Facebook page, or call 972.590.8898.

Photos courtesy of Taste of Dallas.
Sensory Friendly Shows at DCT

DCT offers sensory-friendly shows and Stuart Little is right around the corner. ©DCT

Kids with all kinds of special needs will enjoy the upcoming performance of Stuart Little. ©DCT

Following an enthusiastic response to the sensory-friendly performance of Go, Dog. Go! at Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT), families and professionals who serve the special needs community are now looking forward to the sensory-friendly performance of Stuart Little on Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 p.m.

After years of requests from families, a national grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Theatre Communications Group has enabled DCT to include three sensory-friendly performances for children with autism and other special needs in 2014.

Based on the overwhelming response, DCT is seeking funds to continue providing these special performances in 2015 and beyond. These performances allow many children with special needs to enjoy a comfortable live theater experience for the first time.

Stuart Little actors and production staff have worked with sensory processing experts to develop this next special performance featuring the story of an extraordinary mouse making his way through New York City.

“On the road it worked out really, really well, and it made for such a comfortable and easy experience for the children. Being a part of that is so great,” said Actor Randall Scott Carpenter who plays Stuart.

Beverly Campbell attended the first sensory-friendly show at DCT. “My grandson had a glorious time at his first theater experience, and I was thrilled to let him express joy in his special way,” she said.

The sensory-friendly performance of Stuart Little is Saturday, July 12 at 4:30 at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts. Show goers are encouraged to come one hour early to enjoy some fun pre-show activities! The performance is recommended for all ages.

In an effort to make sure families have no economic barriers to participation, tickets to the sensory-friendly performance are only $5 each.

For tickets or more information on Stuart Little, visit the DCT website or call the box office at 214-740-0051.

Dallas Children’s Theater is located at 5938 Skillman Street.
2014 Staycation series: Downtown

Klyde Warren Park is a great central gathering space for all who venture downtown. ©City of Dallas

Enjoy some cooler indoor temps while exploring the excitment of the rain forest. ©Dallas World Aquarium

The Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens is another great indoor place for fun. ©Baronoskie

Klyde Warren Park is fun for all ages. ©Baronoskie

The Dallas Museum of Art is free except for certain exhibits.

Staycations are getting more and more popular, and with so much to do around the DFW area, we thought it would be a great series for summer.

Our first 2014 Staycation Series topic was geocaching, a treasure hunt for the digital generation. And we’ve heard from several readers that they’ve started the adventure and love it!

Today, we’re shedding light on some of the fun for families in downtown Dallas including the Perot Museum and Klyde Warren Park and much more!

The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated trolleys run 365 days a year, providing local transit service to Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood. All rides, except charters, are FREE. Voluntary fare box contributions are welcomed. Monday-Thursday: 7am to 10pm, Friday 7am to Midnight, Saturday: 10am to Midnight, Sunday and holidays: 10am-10pm

The Dallas Museum of Art offers free admission for regular exhibits during regular museum hours, as well as free special family activities on the first Tuesday of each month.

The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. It is open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; extended hours on Thurs until 9pm; closed Mon. The Sculpture Garden at the base of the statuesque Trammell Crow Center boasts more than 20 statues from the French masters, including Rodin, all of which reside in a peaceful setting with cascading waters and beautiful gardens.

Nasher Sculpture Center is an outdoor “roof-less” museum of 20th-century sculpture and First Saturdays offer families the opportunity to visit for free as well as to enjoy special family programming between the hours of 10am-2pm.

Less than one mile north of downtown Dallas is Freedmen's Cemetery, a pre-Civil War burial ground in what was once the Freedmen's Town Area–a small Dallas community formed by African-Americans freed from slavery in the mid-1860s. This historic and state landmark memorial features figures cast in bronze by artist David Newton.

All summer long, you can enjoy the evenings down to Victory Park with a free movie under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs, popcorn, family and friends and join others on select days throughout the months of June and July in the Plaza near American Airlines Center.

Experience free-flying butterflies in the Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens, a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Butterfly House tickets are sold from 10:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Discovery Gardens also has several acres of outdoor beauty where you can grab a picnic afterwards.

Built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown, Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors all week and weekend long. This highly active space provides daily free programming ranging from yoga to book signings to outdoor concerts and films, and the food trucks are a great perk too.

Celebrating its second summer, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is packed to its concrete walls with exciting exhibitions, programs and films for youngsters to hipsters and beyond. Highlights include The World’s Largest Dinosaurs and Build It Garage exhibitions, three 3D films, second Saturday Discovery Day programs and an adults-only Social Science night plus free admission for military and first responders all summer (with special discounts for their family members). In addition, visitors can find their own adventures through 10 self-guided journeys that take visitors up, down and all around the Perot Museum.

If you’re in the mood for some rain forest or wild animal action, visit the Dallas World Aquarium or the Dallas Zoo while you’re downtown. Both are great fun for all ages! If you go to the zoo earlier in the morning right after it opens, you’ll enjoy the animals getting some fresh air before heading in to avoid the heat.

Whatever you choose to do on your journey downtown, have fun! Dallas has a plethora of amazing things to do while you’re down there, so soak it in and explore it all.
DFW’s July 4th Fireworks Guide

Find the best place to watch fireworks for July 4th! ©Tina_Hager

In a letter to Abigail Adams exactly 237 years ago today, John Adams wrote that Independence Day should be honored “with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

The first Independence Day fireworks show was enjoyed on July 4, 1777. That same year, fireworks also lit up the sky in Boston, where they were exhibited by Col. Thomas Crafts over the common.

So now that you now the history behind fireworks, it’s time to figure out where to watch them in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Enjoy!

July 4th: Fair Park Fourth

When: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (gates open at noon)

What: Free and open to the public, the family-fun event will feature a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic performance, reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums, live music, a children’s area, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, carnival games, plus a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers. For the ultimate experience, guests are encouraged to watch the fireworks from inside the Cotton Bowl.

Where: Dallas’ Historic Cotton Bowl Stadium – 3750 The Midway, Dallas, TX 75215

Cost: Free and open to the public.

July 4th: Richardson Family 4th of July

When: 6:00 to 10:15 p.m.

What: Attractions include strolling balloon artists, bounce houses, and a climbing wall for the kids! This year, the Star Spangled Safety Event aims to make the citizens of Richardson aware of Fire Safety, Crime Prevention and Emergency Preparedness through the means of information pamphlets, goody bags for children, and family fun with a fire truck slide and police car bounce house.

Where: Breckinridge Park

Cost: Free

July 4th: Rowlett Fireworks on Main

When: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

What: Live music by "Time Train" and 80's Legend "Sheena Easton", children’s entertainment area, face painting, vendor booths, fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Where: 4000 Main Street (Downtown Rowlett). Parking is located within walking distance of downtown Rowlett at Coyle Middle School (4500 Skyline), Herfurth Park (4600 Centennial), and the Downtown Rowlett DART Station (5000 Martin). Shuttles will run from Rowlett High School (4700 Kirby) to Downtown beginning at 5 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

July 4th: Firewheel Star Spangled Spectacular

When: 4:00 - 9:30 p.m.

What: Star Spangled Spectacular Fun Zone will have bounce houses, inflatable slides and miniature train rides. Radio Disney will host Patriot’s Plaza, also in The Park area, featuring games, prizes, balloon artists, face painters and great family fun. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive in Garland

Cost: Free and open to the public

July 4th: Plano All American Fourth

When: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, east of U.S. 75 on Spring Creek Parkway.

Cost: Free

July 4th: Mckinney’s Red White and Boom

When: Parade starts at 10 a.m. (Historic Downtown Mckinney), Family Activities and food start at 7 p.m. (Mckinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.) Call 972-547-7480 for more information.

What: Family Activities, Food, Live Entertainment and More. Fireworks start at 9:45pm.

Where: Mckinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch

Cost: Free

July 4th: Denton Kiwanis Club

When: Gates open at 6:00 p.m., music begins at 6:30.

What: Live music by The Dirty Pesos and George Dunham and the Birddogs, followed by fireworks.

Where: University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium

Cost: Free

July 4th: Fireworks Extravaganza at Arlington Heights

When: Event opens at 7:30 p.m. with live music from the Chant Band, Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

What: There will be FREE sno-cones from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (the first 3,000 sno-cones are free - afterward sno-cones will be $1 each.)

Where: Fireworks can be seen from the Arlington Highlands shopping center, but for the best view of the house, claim a spot close to Dave & Busters!

Cost: Free

July 4th: Frisco Freedom Fest

When: Party in the Plaza includes the Frisco Freedom Fest beginning at 4 p.m.

What: Twenty Minute Firework Show starts at 10 p.m. Take a blanket and sit back and enjoy the show. Fireworks are visible around Frisco City Hall and FC Dallas Stadium.

Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall (61010 Frisco Square Blvd). There will be free parking at FC Dallas Stadium.

Cost: Admission to Party in the Plaza is FREE. The children’s activities range in price from $1 to $6 per turn or $25 for an all day “jump pass."

July 4th: Flower Mound Annual Independence Fest

When: 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m

What: The Children's Parade will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the LISD School Administration Building, and a fantastic fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. follows the free concert featuring the band, Kansas, at Bakersfield Park.

Where: Bakersfield Park – 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, TX 75028 Free Shuttle service will start running at 5:00 p.m. and will run continue running to the festival until 9:15 p.m. Shuttle service will resume after the completion of the fireworks show. Shuttle service from Gerault Park (Gerault Rd & Spinks Rd, Flower Mound, TX 75028)

Cost: Free admission and parking

July 4th: Lake Grapevine

When: 4:00 - 9:30 p.m.

What: Family friendly fireworks show

Where: Fireworks can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine.

Cost: Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee.

July 4th: Rockwall Fireworks Show

When: 7:00 p.m.

What: Live music and great fireworks; best viewing areas and parking are at Harry Myers Park, Dobbs Elementary School, Tuttle Athletic Complex, and the RISD Education Center.

Where: Harry Myers Park, 815 East Washington St., Rockwall, TX 75087

Cost: Free
Time for some July 4th fun!

For more than 30 years, the Exchange Club has put on one heck of a July 4th parade.

It’s been happening every July 4th for three decades. The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands puts on the Lake Highlands Independence Day Parade and it’s become a big deal!

Preparations and planning are complete, and people are looking forward to the event’s fun for all.

As usual, the parade will have a variety of participants – floats, fire engines, antique cars, police helicopter, and families walking together decked out in their red, white and blue.

Awards will be given to various categories of parade participants, so you can count on the floats being colorful and unique.

Just like years past, the parade will proceed down Church Road and end at Lake Highlands North Recreation Center, where there will be lots of food, musical performers, games and entertainment for all ages until 12:00 p.m.

District 10 City Councilman Jerry Allen, recently awarded the Public Servant of the Year Award by United Way, is the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade.

"The parade is a long standing Lake Highlands tradition for all," says Phil Kendall, Director of Citizenship and Americanism for the Exchange Club.

"This is one of the biggest community events in Lake Highlands, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun."

Here’s the line-up:

• 8:00 a.m. Floats begin to arrive

• 8:30 a.m. Float judging on the north side of Northlake Elementary

• 9:00 a.m. Parade begins

• 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Post-parade carnival at LH Recreation Center

So get decked out in your red, white and blue and come prepared for some Independence Day fun!

The parade will start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th in front of North Highlands Bible Church at 9626 Church Road.

You can learn more about the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands by visiting their website.
Celebrate at My Office

Emily Herrera and Sarah Price at My Office. ©Baronoskie

Sarah Price is celebrating her first year of ownership of My Office. ©Baronoskie

It’s a celebration tonight at My Office!

Head over this evening, July 2nd, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. to celebrate Sarah's first year as owner of My Office.

Sarah's first year as owner of My Office has been an exciting, successful adventure, thanks to the Lake Highlands community. Please help us celebrate next week with wine and nibbles!

“My Office has been successful under the new ownership of Sarah Price because of the great Lake Highlands community and their commitment to supporting local business like us,” Manager Emily Herrera commented.

“In the past year, we have added additional goods and services like cakeballs, pre-packed school supplies and customizable/promotional printing.”

“We look forward to what the future holds for My Office and Lake Highlands!”

What else is going on at My Office?

Don't forget to order books on the Lake Highlands schools' optional choice reading lists - the long list of books from which students are to select one or two of their choice.

Call or stop by to place your order by 4:30 p.m. on July 14 or August 1. My Office has all books on the required summer reading lists in stock.

And don’t miss the Summer Sidewalk Sale. My Office says it’s time to clean out their inventory! Check out the sidewalk sale bargains starting July 7.

My Office is located at 9660 Audelia Rd., Suite 123, next to Atomic Pie.

They're open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more details and to receive updates about new inventory, sales and specials, visit their website or "Like" them on Facebook.
Out & About: A Table 13 Review

Read Voscia's review on Table 13 in her column, Out & About. ©Table13

Table 13 is open for lunch, dinner, and private parties.

When you constantly see the same Facebook ad pop up in your newsfeed, and you realize the restaurant is within 5 miles of you, you take notice.

With that being said, my next adventure led me back up the road to Addison to what is being hailed as the new era in fine dining, Table 13.

Voted Favorite New Restaurant in Addison’s Magazine 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards, Table 13 is inspired by the original 13 members of the Rat Pack and is set to a 1960’s Vegas theme with a modern twist. The menu consists of vintage inspired foods from Beef Wellington to Chicken Diane.

Specialty cocktails such as the Sinatra 3, 2, 1 and the Dirty 13 (of course) are served up by Mixologist Dave Trosko.

Trosko won the Best Manhattan Award at the Woodford Reserve Mixologist Challenge during the Wings & Wheels event at Million Air Dallas. If you ask for his card, you’ll see he’s been nice enough to share the recipe to his winning creation!

The classy, upscale atmosphere was very inviting and warm. As I walked to my seat, I was immediately drawn to the music that was very soothing and fit the ambiance of the room.

The live entertainment was provided by Goga Denisov who was exceptionally talented! Keeping with the 60’s theme, he belted out songs such as Fly me to the Moon, It Had to Be You, and How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You.

The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. It’s always great to have a staff that is knowledgeable about the menu without having to leave to get answers from the manager or chef.

Now let’s get to the most important reason for my visit…the food!

I began with the Deviled Eggs appetizer in order to leave room for my main entrée which was the Filet Mignon. Oh my!

It was topped with Red Chile Sabayon, Parmesan Cream Sauce and the middle stacked with Smoke Buffalo Mozzarella with a side of the Beer Batter Onion Rings (gluttony at its finest).

I was not disappointed - it was cooked to perfection, very flavorful and tender! Kudos to the chef!

Somehow I left room for dessert and decided on the Bananas Foster and it was very delicious.

This was a superb dining experience. Whether it is date night, a business dinner, or just simply a treat for you, it’s a wonderful choice for a night out on the town.

Table 13 is open for lunch, dinner, and private parties. To learn more about Table 13, visit their website.
Rowing Champions

Binkowski with National Champs, McKinney and Bolt

Collin McKinney and Robert Bolt of White Rock Rowing recently brought home the club’s first National title, winning the Men’s Varsity Pair race at the US Rowing Youth National Championship, held June 13‐15 in Sacramento, California.

McKinney and Bolt, both high school seniors, pulled slightly ahead of the competition and held the lead for nearly 1500 meters.

With 250 meters to go, the duo sprinted to the finish, capturing the National title and becoming the fastest youth pair in the country.

“Collin and Robert have been the heart and soul of the men’s squad,” said Alex Binkowski, director of White Rock Rowing.

“They have led the team in everything - rowing, erg scores, attendance, attitude, and work ethic,” Binkowski continued.

“The pair is one of the more difficult boats to race, requiring great skill and cooperation. They have definitely earned their title.”

Youth Nationals saw more than 1800 athletes, representing 133 clubs and high school rowing programs from 106 cities, racing at the highest level of competition for high school rowing over a three-day period.

The White Rock Rowing juniors’ team has qualified for Nationals four of the last five years, with this year’s championship capping off their most successful season to date.

To learn more about the organization and their upcoming camp sessions, visit the White Rock Boathouse website.

The boathouse is located on White Rock Lake at 2810 White Rock Road, near the intersection of White Rock and Lawther.
Positively Fit: Successful Habits in Fitness

5 Habits of Successful Fitness Clients ©Brocreative

Over the years, many people have walked through my doors and into a small group or personal fitness program.

Men and women of all ages and completely different physical abilities and limitations come in with all kinds of goals.

Many train for weight (fat) loss, but there are other goals as well – enhancing bone and joint health through the aging process, running a 5K, preparing to try out for the basketball team, building some muscle, and more.

They all pay for my services, but some are getting more bang for their buck, and I can usually tell who those people are within the first couple of sessions.

Are you one of them? Here’s how you can tell if you are getting your money’s worth out of your training dollars:

1. Successful clients make exercise a priority and a habit.

Knowing that they have a goal, my most successful clients schedule their workouts and schedule their lives around those workouts. While it’s important and necessary to be flexible, truly driven clients will find a way to work out more often than not.

They schedule their exercise and rest days on the calendar and habitually pack the gym bag each night or book a lunch break trip to the studio around the corner each day. They understand that exercise is as important as brushing your teeth, and they try not to skip it.

2. They are in it for the long haul and act accordingly.

When life gets in the way – as life tends to do – my successful clients don’t fall off the wagon completely. Typically, what my client and I are aiming for is a livable lifestyle with an emphasis on health, so there are going to be plenty of days where a sick kid, a family activity, or a late night at work get in the way of stellar nutrition or the workout plan.

A strong client knows that rolling with the punches is part of life, and she doesn’t throw in the towel and wait until next Monday rolls around to begin again but instead accepts that this is life, and all she can do is refocus and continue.

3. They make big changes in the kitchen when needed.

Let’s face it: most people who seek personal training, no matter the goal, need to refine their eating habits. Obviously, if substantial weight loss is a goal, portion sizes, nutrient timing, and food quality must be examined, since weight loss primarily occurs in the kitchen.

But if the goal is not weight-loss-related, for example the goal is to run a marathon, eating habits will probably need to change to accommodate the energy needs of a training marathon runner, and a successful client will realize that and approach eating with the same goal-oriented mindset as he approaches his training regimen. Sometimes, the help of a nutritionist can make a big difference in the client’s overall success.

4. They take responsibility for their own health.

Most training clients spend 2-3 hours a week with their trainers and (hopefully) another 2-3 hours exercising on their own. That leaves about 163 hours left in the week.

The savvy client understands that health is a lifestyle, not a quick fix, and that failing to get enough sleep, to move around throughout the day, to exercise on his own, and to eat foods that fuel the healthy lifestyle most of the time will counteract the work he does with the trainer.

5. They keep a positive attitude and practice self-love.

The highly successful client engages in positive self-talk, celebrates the milestones as they occur, and values all types of progress. Yes, losing inches and seeing the dropping number on the scale are wonderful! But accomplishing those 10 deep military pushups, finishing the 5K, or gaining the energy to play with the grandchildren are all reasons to celebrate, too!

The ultimate goal for all of us is likely to be to live a healthy, happy life for as long as possible. If we keep that “big-picture” goal in mind and layer it with the shorter-term, achievable goals, we can’t help but to be successful in any endeavor, physical or otherwise.

Mallory Mansour Cislo is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer with additional certifications in nutrition and other areas of wellness and fitness including the TRX® Suspension Training.

She lives in Lake Highlands with her husband and three sons and owns Positively Fit Lake Highlands, a private group exercise and personal training studio devoted to spreading the joy of exercise and health to Lake Highlands, Dallas, and beyond.

Click here to order a copy of her book, Positively Fit: 25 Do-Everywhere Workouts for Busy People, which contains five workouts each for the home, office, playground, street, and minimally-equipped gyms.

Click here to "like" Positively Fit Lake Highlands on Facebook.
Gecko wins the Beacon Award

Congrats to everyone at Gecko Hardware for winning the Beacon Award for their store size.

King George is part of the Gecko family.

Kids enjoy storytime at Gecko.

Congratulations to our friends at Gecko Hardware for being awarded the Beacon Award for the Best New Hardware Store in the Country in the under 20,000 sq. ft. category.

The Beacon Award is given each year by The Hardware Conference, an industry group.

This award is an important recognition program that honors the best of the best dealers who represent the future of the hardware business.

Andrea Ridout at Gecko was delighted about the recognition.

"I've been in business for over 30 years, and I've never see such a warm reception as we have received from the east Dallas and Lake Highlands communities,” Ridout said.

“It's also a real thrill, of course, to be recognized by our peers on the national level. It's been a wonderful year!"

So whether you’ve participated in one of their many classes, gone in to admire King George the rooster, or shopped the variety of amazing products they offer, you know why Gecko Hardware received the Beacon Award.
Head on in to congratulate them and take a look around while your there.

For more information, visit the Gecko Hardware website by clicking here.

You can keep up to date with Gecko by regularly checking out their Facebook page.
Lake Highlands brand update

The logo that was presented by the branding committee but in traditional Lake Highlands colors.

The logo in black in white

The logo in navy and turquoise

For those of you wondering what became of the new Lake Highlands logo that was presented to the community a couple of weeks ago, here’s an update.

In case you didn’t hear the chatter and negative backlash, the majority of folks were not pleased with what they saw.

Members of the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (LHPID) board and the Lake Highlands Branding Committee met last week to discuss the launch of the logo and have officially said they are working together to further develop the launch process.

"We believe we need to share additional information with the community including the Brand Story, which is based on research conducted by One Fast Buffalo, the strategy and reasoning behind the elements of the brand, as well as background information on the work of the committee," explained Kathy Stewart, Executive Director of the LHPID.

"All of this will be coming soon, so in the meantime, we appreciate the patience of the community."

That’s the official update from them. Now I’d like to say something.

I planned to write an editorial after the launch in response to the ugly and horrible things people were saying about the logo, the committee, and each other when they disagreed, but I held off.

I’m not talking about the negative feedback about the logo itself. In all honestly, the color scheme probably wasn’t the best of all possible options to present, especially when it came without the back story to understand it.

I’m talking about the below-the-belt comments that were made about individuals – ones that questioned their integrity and their involvement in the community. It occurred mainly in Facebook groups and newly created pages.

I'm constantly amazed at what people will write on Facebook, and how brazen social media makes people feel.

The point I’m trying to make is similar to an editorial on the Lake Highlands school expansions last fall.

We are all passionate about something, and therefore have an opinion about it. The problem is that a lot of people are losing the ability to hear others’ opinions without slapping labels and calling names.

The Lake Highlands community is a powerful force. We have come together many times to make things happen and to solve pressing issues – this publication shows proof of that every day as we feature the amazing people and organizations that help shape our area.

Somewhere between the love and hate of this new Lake Highlands “branding,” there is a happy medium. Compromise can be a beautiful thing. And while compromise may not happen, working together toward it can be a healthy process. Unfortunately, there are always those who seek to divide.

I've only lived in Lake Highlands for eight years. According to some, I'm an outsider since I was not born and raised here.

However, I've quickly grown to love this community for the people (friends and strangers alike) and the support they offer me and my family.

We’re the type of community that steps up to plate for kids like Malik Little and for causes like Pamper Lake Highlands.

While many residents may not like the logo that was presented, is it worth the division that has been caused by all the stabs at individuals and even allegations of fraud?

At the end of the day, it's a logo.

Stay tuned to the homepage. We're waiting to hear more from the LHPID and the branding committee, and we'll work to keep everyone up to date as they share more details.

As shown above, the logo is easily transitioned to other color combinations depending on the need for use.
LHHS Prinicpal Peggy Dillon promoted

Dr. Waggoner announces LHHS Principal Peggy Dillon's new position and discusses the recruiting process.

Peggy Dillion (L) at a recent Lake Highlands Exchange Club meeting honoring student achievers.

Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner has named Lake Highlands High School Principal Peggy Dillon as RISD’s new Executive Director of High School Instruction, Operations, and Leadership.

Since June 2009, Ms. Dillon has served as principal at LHHS, and after 17 years in education with RISD, this new position that oversees all four RISD high schools seemed like a perfect fit.

"When I came to the ‘School of Champions’ four years ago, I found a supportive and welcoming group of parents and community, an outstanding faculty and staff, and the most thoughtful, academically-focused students with whom I’ve ever worked," says Dillon.

"All that I have learned and faced has prepared me for my next step."

"I’m excited to begin the next part of my RISD journey as Executive Director of Secondary High Schools."

RISD values staff, parent, and community input, so the district has begun collecting names for a campus reflector group.

"The committee will reflect on leadership attributes which are based on experience and research regarding successful principals," commented Dr. Waggoner.

"This committee also will develop a comprehensive principal ‘profile’ to help the district select the best candidates for the interview process."

"My heart will always be in the Highlands, and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this outstanding school and community," says Dillon.

Lake Highlands Today will share information regarding the new LHHS principal search as we receive it.

More details about the selection committee are available on the Lake Highlands High School website.
Stuart Little earns rave reviews!

Brendan with Stuart Little after the show. ©Harvey

Stuart Little ©DCT

Brendan as Stuart ©Harvey

Our Lake Highlands mother-son duo is back at it – the theater, that is!

This week’s review is of The Dallas Children’s Theater national touring production of Stuart Little. It’s a story of a little mouse and his adventures when he leaves his home (and human family) in New York.

This happens to be the last show of the season so be sure to get your tickets today!

Who's the mother-son duo again? Here's a reminder...

Brendan: He's 6 years old (ok, almost 7), a busy summer camper, loves art, reading and video games.

Mom (Allison): She's the mother of boys Brendan and Nicholas (2), a marketing professional, tries to read and doesn’t understand the kids' video games.

So what are their takes on the production of Stuart Little? Read on!

What did you think of the show?

Brendan: “It was epic!”

Mom: “Where did this word ‘epic’ come from all of the sudden? Did you pick that up at camp?”

What did you like most about the show?

Brendan: “I liked it when the little things were little for the big people and for Stuart they were enormous! Like a giant notebook and pencil and giant ping pong ball!”

Mom: “Yes, that was clever! They did some neat things with the props to give the perspective of the mouse in a human world.”

Who was your favorite character?

Brendan: “Stuart. Because he was so smart and nice – he was sweet and did everything his parents told him to do.”

Mom: (Does not answer…too busy contemplating how to use this to get Brendan to do everything HIS parents tells him to do.)

What lesson did you learn from the show?

Brendan: “I don’t know.” (He says this while looking as though he’s done with this interview and ready to play.)

Mom: “Well, immediately following the show Brendan excitedly told me it was about how it didn’t matter if you were small, but if you were good, you could still do great things.”

Should other kids go see this show?

Brendan: “Yeah”

Mom: “Definitely. And parents will enjoy this one as well. It’s clever, humorous and well done.”

Anything else we should know?

Mom: “Take advantage of the theater gift table while you’re there. We picked up a Stuart Little book and have made it our first chapter book for summer reading!”

Stuart Little runs through July 13th at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts at 5938 Skillman Street.

Find show times and reserve your tickets by calling the DCT Box Office at 214.740.0051 or online here.
Where to take non-hazardous waste

In her column today, Cindy Engel tells us how to et rid of non-hazardous household wastes safely.

Fair Oaks Transfer Station

Check the website listed in the article for a list of items they take.

Home Chemical Collection Center is free for Dallas residents.

No need to get out of your car, just drive up and they unload the materials.

Your television, camera, or printer quit working. Where do you take them? What do you do with old paint cans, aerosol cans, and chemicals?

Read on for information on two important local drop-off locations. This article is a resource you’ll want to save for anytime you need to take in your non-hazardous household waste.

Fair Oaks Transfer Station
7677 Fair Oaks Avenue

Dallas residents may dispose of ordinary, non-hazardous household solid waste at no charge at the Fair Oaks Transfer Station in NE Dallas. These materials may only be transported in a passenger car, station wagon, pick-up truck, or trailer less than 15-feet in length at no charge. Common items dropped off include electronics, garbage, common recyclables, and grass clippings.

The following items are prohibited:

Rock and dirt; concrete or cement, brick and tile; tires; air conditioners; refrigerators and freezers; computers; paints; fiberglass insulation; liquid wastes of any kind; used auto filters; dead animals; asbestos waste; pesticides and herbicides; radioactive waste; chemical waste; batteries; fungicides or rodenticides; air filters; antifreeze; aerosol cans; PCB contaminated waste; incinerator waste; excessive dust-generating waste; and commercial vehicles.

It’s a good idea to call first to make sure they will accept their item(s). Have your driver’s license handy when you drop off. Their website incorrectly states that they don’t take garbage (municipal collection) on Thursday or Friday.

For more information on the City’s transfer stations and the landfill, visit this City site.

Home Chemical Collection Center
11234 Plano Road (75243)

Many of the household items that Fair Oaks will not accept (like paint, batteries, used motor oil, and antifreeze) can be taken to the Home Chemicals Collection Center (HC3).

For a list of items accepted, hours of operation, and location, visit their website.

When you arrive at the HCCC, you will be directed to park in the horseshoe drive-thru and fill out some brief paperwork; then someone will remove your home chemicals from your vehicle for you. Bring proof of current address.

It’s quick and easy, and this service is free!
Fire safety for pets

Pet oxygen masks can save animals' lives. Photo courtesy of the Pet Safety Foundation

Every Dallas Fire Station now has 6 pet oxygen masks for their use in fires. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Fire Department

Every year, it’s estimated that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets dies each year as the result of structure fires.

And because pets are often our cherished family companions, this is devastating.

With the right equipment, firefighters and emergency medical responders have the capability to save animals’ lives in the event of a fire, destructive weather, or other life threatening situations.

Earlier this year, we wrote about Lake Highlands’ Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association (HMNA) and its initiative through Petwatch to place pet oxygen masks in every fire station in Dallas.

Joyce Ferguson, Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association Communications/Petwatch chair, explained that there are 57 stations to be exact.

That made their goal a big one, but they were determined to spear-head this project and make it a success.

With the assistance of citizen donations, their progress was moving along but not as quickly as they'd hoped. However, Invisible Fence Brand, a company with 40 years of experience in helping pets stay safe at home, heard about HMNA’s aspiration.

Through their Project Breathe initiative, Invisible Fence Brand agreed to donate the remaining balance of mask sets (81) to accomplish this goal.

As of today, pet owners can rest a little easier knowing that Dallas Fire-Rescue is now equipped with these life-saving kits.

The plastic, cup-shaped animal resuscitation masks were originally developed for use by veterinarians.

Unlike a traditional oxygen mask for humans, these masks create a more patent seal around the muzzle of an animal which helps firefighters to deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet and also protect firefighters from an injured animal that may try to bite out of fear.

Reaching their goal, with the help of the folks at Invisible Fence Brand, HMNA’s Petwatch program has made sure Dallas pets will be well taken care of when in the hands of Dallas Fire-Rescue.

For more information on HMNA, visit their website.
T. Hee closes Hillside Village store

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts in Lakewood is closing, moving all business to Lake Highlands.

Everything in the Hillside location is on sale!

David Farris and Tony Doles, co-owners of T. Hee Greetings and Gifts, have announced the closing of their Hillside Village store located in Lakewood.

After four years, the pairs says they've determined that the location is just too big and too expensive to operate.

Plans call for the consolidation of all of their operations at the Lake Highlands store.

Tony wants to reiterate to the community that the Lake Highlands store is not closing.

"We will continue to operate under normal hours offering all the wonderful things we love."

A moving sale will be underway for the next few weeks at the Lakewood location to clear out merchandise as well as sell in-store fixtures, equipment and supplies.

While the decision to close the Hillside store does sadden the partners, Tony says they are also excited to return to their roots.

"We'll put 100% of our energy and efforts into the store that got it all started – Lake Highlands."

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts in Lakewood is located in the Hillside Village shopping center at Mockingbird and Abrams.

The Lake Highlands location is in Lake Highlands Plaza at 9661 Audelia Rd., Ste. 110.

You can stay up to date on new arrivals and sale merchandise on the store's Facebook page.
What’s up at Positively Fit?

Spin is one of many classes at Positively Fit Lake Highlands this summer.

Each month local trainer and small business owner, Mallory Mansour Cislo of Positively Fit Lake Highlands, shares a wealth of information in her column of the same name: Positively Fit.

You can read her most recent article here.

In addition to providing motivation and education, Mallory also aims to adjust our perception of health and wellness, as well as how we view ourselves and particularly our body image.

But more than reading about these things, it's really important you get moving and put some practice behind the preaching – not that she preaches. I've taken her classes. There's really no preaching.

When Mallory says it's "small and comfortable," she's actually describing a very welcoming environment. One that removes some of the anxiety that can accompany a first-time trip the gym (or a twenty first trip to the gym for that matter.)

The newest class option at Positively Fit Lake Highlands is Small Group Spinning, an energetic, low impact indoor cycling class for all levels.

Certified Spin Instructors guide the group through a cycling workouts, including warm up, uptempo cadences, climbs, steady state ride, and sprints.

The best part is that this new class works well for all levels, since you control the resistance on your bike to make sure it's just what you need in terms of good workout.

Mallory says the TRX Suspension Training is still her most popular class, since it combines intense core work with a full body strength and conditioning workout. During the summer, the TRX class is offered Mondays through Thursdays.

Then there's yoga – my personal favorite.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, PFLH Power Yoga offers an intense blend of strength and flexibility training, clearing the mind through focused breathing.

And for those more familiar with the popular boot camp regimen, Mallory offers a Ladies Social Hour Boot Camp on Mondays and Wednesdays. Consider it a traditional boot camp of games and drill stations combined with all kinds of fun apparatus and – most importantly – socializing, commiserating, and empathizing.

"It’s group exercise therapy!" says Mallory.

"With just four instructors who get to know you and work with your particular needs, it's personal and accommodating." And remember, leave the self judging at the door, because this is a group of wellness friends who won't hear of you putting yourself down.

Join Mallory and the PFLH crew for a class or two – you won't regret it.

New customers are welcome for a free trial class.

View the PFLH summer calendar here and email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to set up your introductory class.
Reel Deal: Movies with Anne

Clive Owen as teacher Jack Marcus in Words and Pictures

Juliette Binoch as teacher Dina DeLsanto

We cheer when a hometown boy makes good, and that is exactly what fans of Channel 8’s film critic Gary Cogill can do after viewing the current film from his production company, Lascaux Films, Words and Pictures.

The plot presents professional and social circumstances involving our leading actors, but the occurrences that leap out take place when teachers, left to exercise their intellectual muscles, enable students to experience the “ah ha” moments…that magic time when pupils find resolution or discovery from critical thought and analysis.

But it's not from marking bubbles on test pages to satisfy data centric commitments that result in mind numbing. Bottom line, these instructors are left to impart knowledge!

Here we find Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and Dina DeLsanto (Juliette Binoch) teaching in the fictional Croyden prep school in New England.

Marcus, an honors English teacher, loves the written word and castigates his students that he calls the "undead" as they tweet and text endlessly affirming his conviction that social media is undermining literature and their minds.

An alcoholic poet, he still demands and gets remarkable results from them, as in one sequence he challenges them to create new words with meanings never defined before. Their efforts are astounding.

Enter Delsanto, a recognized artist who is fighting rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts the job of honors Art teacher but is unremitting in the creative demands she expects from her students.

Determined to continue her own artistic work in spite of her health issues, she paints abstract images that are powerful and actually are the work of Ms. Binoch. She demands as much of herself as she does her students, with astonishing results from them.

With her arrival at the school, a verbal challenge arises as these two pitch bits of the English language back and forth while a mutual attraction emerges.

But wait! Another contest comes into play. The question arises: what is more important, words or pictures?

The query pits Marcus and his students against Delsanto and her pupils. Line up at the box office for the results.

A word from Buckley's colleague, Joanne McIntyre, regarding Words and Pictures:

This film is a lovely, understated performance by Juliette Binoche as an artist dealing with the brutal effects of rheumatoid arthritis and how it affects her ability to paint.

Clive Owen gives a bravura performance as a writer-turned-teacher, battling alcoholism, but his love for language and its usage is thrilling, especially for those of us who love "words" and how they are used by writers/authors.

The way the students react to the "Words vs. Pictures War" between these teachers is uplifting.

This movie deserves five stars!

Words and Pictures is now showing at Magnolia Cinema at 3699 McKinney Avenue.

Click here to view the trailer.

MPAA: PG-13 for sexual material including references, drug content, violence and some mature thematic material.

Images ©Lascaux Films
Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

It's not too late to join the Mayor's Summer Reading Club. ©Gregoire

Reading can bring a family together. ©Gregoire

Are your kids getting too much screen time so far this summer?

Don’t fret! There’s still over a month left to participate in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club!

Kids, teens and parents alike are invited to hop on the book bandwagon this summer for a fun-filled journey of fables, fiction and more.

The free program, which runs through August 2nd, encourages reading throughout the Dallas community.

Regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, enhances comprehension and vocabulary, and best of all, puts in place the habit for young people to become lifelong readers and learners.

Children seven and older are asked to read at least five hours per week, and children six and under are required to read three hours.

Young club members can win weekly incentive prizes, from free books and fun foods to zoo, circus and baseball tickets, simply by reporting what they read at any Dallas Public Library or online.

You can also donate online to support this great program.

Founded in 1993, the Reading Club has served over 250,000 children by encouraging them to pick up a book to read during the summer months.

So get out those books and get to reading, kids!

For more information on the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, visit your favorite Dallas library, click here, or call 214.670.1671.
July 4th at the Arboretum

Enjoy July 4th at the Arboretum with fun for all ages. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

Our Nation’s independence celebration is right around the corner, and the Arboretum is offering a phenomenal weekend of fun for all ages.

You can celebrate July 4th weekend with patriotic music, flags and FREE admission Friday through Monday, July 4-7, for all active and retired military personnel with valid photo ID.

Don’t worry, general garden admission for non-military guests will be just $5 on those days.

Also, July 3rd marks the final Cool Thursday concert of the spring/summer series.

Bring family and friends and enjoy the Dallas Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. that evening on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

And on July 4th, children can enjoy fun activities such as a petting zoo and face painting in the Pecan Grove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get outdoors and spend your quality family time in one of the most gorgeous gardens in Texas!

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Rd.

There are limited tickets remaining for the Dallas Wind Symphony performance, so purchase them soon on the Arboretum website.
Dog Days in the Park

ABOTC Dog Training at Flag Pole Hill can get your pooch (and you) in your best behavior. © Mandy Godbehear

ABOTC Dog Training class Photo from the ABOTC FB page

The Harvey family dog, Winnie, has enjoyed her ABOTC training.

If you’re a dog owner, or thinking of becoming one, there is a little Lake Highlands gem you need to know about.

All Breed Obedience Training Club (ABOTC) Dog Training trains pooches. Well, actually they teach owners how to train their dogs.

And while Dallas has its share of dog training services, what makes this one unique is that the training is done at our very own Flag Pole Hill – and has been for more than 40 years.

“We started the group in the 60s,” shares training director Bill Martin. In fact, Bill himself began as a client.

“A few years later I became an instructor and helped run the Club,” Bill explains. When the founder passed away about 14 years ago, he left the club to Bill.

About a year ago my family took the plunge and adopted our rescue dog Winnie. She is sweet, wonderfully tolerant of the play of 2 and 6 year old boys and desperately wants to please.

But she can also be very afraid and nervous and is not comfortable walking on a leash. As this is our first dog, I’m a newbie to training, so need some help.

So when a friend told me how successful the training had been with her rescue dog, I was ready to take Winnie to Flag Pole Hill. Plus, they give a fantastic rate to rescue dogs!

Armed with hope and excitement, I went to check it out. And here, my fellow dog-owners or prospective dog-owners, is what I learned!

Good for what kinds of dogs?

ABOTC accepts all sizes of dogs at all levels of obedience training. In fact, ABOTC is one of the few training centers in Dallas that will accept aggressive dogs. Even fearful dogs like Winnie should do well. “You’ll be surprised the confidence that will be built as she interacts with other dogs – and makes buddies. Our dogs look forward to coming to class – they know they’re going to see their friends,” Bill shared.

What is the training like?

Typically clients start in the beginners’ classes, which last 8 weeks. Here you’ll learn things like what’s the right collar for your dog, how to hold your leash and basic commands (heel, sit, stay). Dogs are split into two classes (no more than 25 dogs in each): small dogs and medium/large and aggressive dogs.

Advanced Training

After completing the 8 weeks participants get promoted to the intermediate class. ABOTC can also help you train for dog competitions (Bill himself is an award winning competitor) or to prepare for therapy dog and canine good citizen certification.

Trainers with Giving Spirits

All ABOTC trainers are volunteers. Like Bill, they are former clients who loved the training and got involved to help run the organization. In lieu of paying the trainers ABOTC donates to local rescue organizations in their names. “We have donated from $100-$1,000 to mostly animal rescue organizations throughout the year,” shares Bill.

What You Should Know Before You Go

“The main thing is you have to be committed to the training,” Bill advises. “You have to put the time in to train your dog.” Just how much time? You have to spend time every day working on it. Even if you can only spend 15 minutes a day during the week – do it. And try for more on weekends.

The Details

ABOTC meets every Wednesday evening at Flag Pole Hill. New class terms start the 1st Wednesday of every month and last for 8 weeks.

Pricing is $80 for non-rescue dogs, $40 for rescues, and annual dues of $50.

Classes are limited to 25 participants so sign up early by visiting the ABOTC website. You can also keep up with what's new by visiting their Facebook page.
Out & About: LOOK Cinemas

Voscia reviews LOOK Cinemas in the first of our series, Out & About. Enjoy!

Lauren enjoys the big servings of popcorn at LOOK.

Movie goers can relax in the comfy leather recliners while watching their movie.

It’s summer time, which means it’s a great time to leave the boundaries of Lake Highlands and explore more of what the DFW area has to offer.

Welcome to Out & About, our new series about venues outside of Lake Highlands. We’ll review an experience, restaurant, staycation lodging and more, then give you the scoop.

For the first in the series, I traveled up the road to Addison (it’s really not that far from Lake Highlands folks) after hearing about the luxury LOOK Cinemas.

Really? Was there yet another movie theater option in DFW? Would it really be any different from what I’ve experienced?

Typically, we go to the movies to watch what we hope will be a great movie, spend our monthly allowance on a bag of popcorn and a coke, share thoughts with family and friends, and we wait until the next blockbuster.

So what was going to be any different about LOOK?

While planning my adventure, I discovered that the cinema offers FOUR different experiences:

• Evolution (big screen experience)

• Living Rooms (classic movie watching)

• The Lofts (intimate lounge setting)

• Look & Dine (luxury in-theatre dining)

Four different experiences, so of course I had to check out at least two of them…right?

The first was the Living Room Experience, and I took my daughter, Lauren, along with me.

With our feet propped up on ottomans (which she loved the most), the cozy sofa chairs definitely made us feel as if we were in our own living room as we watched Maleficient. The sound effects were fabulous!

I think we definitely had the best seats in the theater! Sorry, I can’t share the seats or row number that was the best because you might beat me to them if we show up on the same day!

For my second visit, I decided on the Look & Dine Experience. I enjoyed the-oh so comfortable leather reclining chairs as well as the opportunity to order food from the adjoining restaurant, Nick & Sam’s Grille.

While enjoying the movie, I indulged on delicious Flatbread Pizza and Mimosas. YUMMY! That had to be the first time that I felt I received my money’s worth on a food order at a movie theater!

LOOK has special deals during the week such as the Mid-Week Date Night on Wednesdays and First Look Matinee deals before 1:00 p.m.

Their Summer Kids’ Series offers $1 movies on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. They will be showing movies such as The Lego Movie, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Rio 2 through August 9th.

In case you couldn’t tell, I really enjoyed my two experiences at LOOK Cinemas and will definitely be heading back there soon!

LOOK Cinemas is located at 5409 Belt Line Road in Dallas.

To learn more about LOOK Cinemas, please visit their website.
Our Hometown in the City

The new LH logo can be replicated in a multitude of colors for schools, sports teams, and much more.

Capturing the small town atmosphere and community spirit of the Lake Highlands neighborhood in Dallas, the Lake Highlands Branding Committee (LHBC) unveiled a new neighborhood brand during the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (PID) Annual Meeting yesterday.

A subcommittee of the Lake Highlands PID, the branding committee includes members of several Lake Highlands community groups including the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, Lake Highlands Women’s League, Lake Highlands PTA, Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA and the Lake Highlands TIF.

“We are excited to announce the new brand for Lake Highlands,” said Robin Norcross, co-chair of the branding committee.

“The tagline, ‘Our Hometown in the City,’ speaks for the rich tradition and history of our neighborhood and will serve Lake Highlands well as we continue to grow and change.”

Norcross noted the significance of having so many Lake Highlands-area groups involved in the development of the new brand.

“Lake Highlands is proud to be a diverse and welcoming community, and the unified voice behind this brand will help us to be even more recognized,” she said.

Convened in 2011, the committee has worked to develop a new brand for Lake Highlands to unite the neighborhood under one name and motto.

The committee met regularly to invite input and worked with local graphic design firm, One Fast Buffalo, to conduct research and develop the look and feel for the brand. The beauty of this brand is that is can be replicated in a multitude of colors for schools, sports teams, and much more.

In the coming months, the Lake Highlands Branding Committee will meet with community groups to introduce the brand and discuss its use in the neighborhood.

Car decals will be available for $3.00 each and two for $5.00 at several Lake Highlands businesses beginning in July. Proceeds from the decal sales will fund the expansion of the brand throughout the neighborhood, such as on sign toppers, neighborhood and median signs, and on other distinguishing markers.

The new brand is available for public use by contacting Ginger Greenberg, Lake Highlands PID Board member, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information, you can also “like” the group’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Furry friends welcome

Dogs, cats, birds, fish... all welcome!

NorthPark Presbyterian Church is located at 9555 N. Central Expwy. at Walnut Hill Lane.

All God's creatures are welcome this Sunday at NorthPark Presbyterian Church for two pet blessing services.

The first of its kind for the church, NorthPark hopes to see many new faces – and lots of new fur.

"I'm so grateful to be partner in a ministry in our church where 'aliveness' is fostered in so many ways," says lead pastor, Rev. Brent Barry.

"This Sunday is another way that NorthPark is fostering 'aliveness' with our first ever pet blessing."

"Our members and guests get blessed by God every week in our sanctuary, so why not allow our pets to be blessed one Sunday out of the year in this holy and beautiful space?"

Visitors are welcome at the early service at 8:30 a.m. or the 11:00 a.m. service.

Casual dress is encouraged and pets should be on leashes or in kennels or cages. Bowls and terrariums are acceptable too, of course.

NorthPark recommends visitors choose a seat in the church's sanctuary based on the comfort level and sociability of your pet.

For pets who are deceased, or if the crowd might be too overwhelming, pet owners are welcome to bring a photo instead.

The theology behind pet blessings is hundreds of years old says Barry.

"We can look to Genesis, Isaiah, Romans, and Colossians among many other books of the Bible to find that God loves all of creation and is in the business of redeeming all of creation," says the pastor.

"An animal blessing has roots deep within our faith going back at least 800 years."

And what about loud pets? Especially barking dogs or maybe a howling cat?

"God will be found in the disruptions during this service," says Barry. "Bring your pet anyway!"

NorthPark Presbyterian is located at 9555 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane.

Additional details can be found on the church's website.

The pet blessing services will take place Sunday, June 22nd at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
DCT’s “Believe in You” Contest

Let your child create something they believe in for DCT's Believe in You contest! ©Sandeep

Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) exists to help children discover their own special talents, whatever they may be, and to give them the tools to shine.

Continuing the theater’s popular summer contest for the third year in a row, this year, all youth from Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in DCT’s Believe in You Contest.

Children enthusiastically participated in last summer’s Hat’s Off to 30 Hat Design Contest, so this summer DCT is asking young artists to create original artwork in the medium of their choice to accompany the eleven shows in the 2014-'15 season.

Kids will have the opportunity to express what they believe in, in any format they choose: video, photography, design, drawing, creative writing – the sky is the limit!

Prizes for each winner will be a backpack, a pair of shoes and a lunchbox from Chooze Footware and Accessories, because they, like us, believe that creativity and confidence are two of the most important qualities we can foster in kids.

The DCT productions, beginning with the world premiere musical, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairytale in September, will each represent beliefs in which DCT is firmly rooted, including: friendship, imagination, happy endings, the power of choices and more.

Winners will have their artwork displayed on the DCT website and Facebook page.

Winning entries will also be displayed at selected times in the DCT lobby. Eleven grand prize winners will receive a prize pack including creatively designed shoes, lunchbox and a backpack from Chooze Footware and Accessories!

Other cool prizes include the winners’ picture along with their entry featured on the DCT website, a bio in the show program, 4 tickets to an opening night, and recognition on the stage.

Students in grades K-12 can make their creative ideas a reality by following these 5 steps:

1. Choose a medium.
2. Choose one of the believe statements from DCT’s Inspiration Kit.
3. Create!
4. Download, print and fill out DCT’s registration form from the website.
5. Deliver your artwork and registration form to the theater or send by mail to:

Dallas Children’s Theater
Believe Contest
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, Texas 75231.

All entries must be RECEIVED by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14th. Get creating and good luck!

Winners will be announced on Friday, August 4th at a special gathering!

Call 214.740.0051 or visit the DCT website for complete details and tips.

Dallas Children’s Theater is located at 5938 Skillman Street.
Dallas Indie Festival

25,000 Miles To Glory is showing this week at the Dallas Indie Festival!

The Dallas Indie Festival is this week and you won’t want to miss out!

This festival combines film, art, music and food for a four-day multi-genre festival June 19th through 22nd at the historic Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake.

Designed as a vehicle for both emerging and experienced artists including filmmakers, fine artists and musicians to gain exposure to a wider audience, Dallas Indie Festival is a unique experience for artists and attendees alike.

Film screenings begin Thursday, June 19th and will run through the duration of the festival in the Bath House.

Film standouts include Left Over by Jim Kuenzer about a chef in search of a restaurant. Instead of saving money and finding investors, Chef John Baker decides to take the "easy" route and win a cooking reality show.

25,000 Miles to Glory by Rhett Grametbauer is the journey of two friends in a 1967 VW Bus across American roadways to visit every NFL stadium and document the human spirit through freedom, friendship and sports in America.

More than 10 films will screen repeatedly throughout the festival.

For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, you can visit the Dallas Indie Festival website.

On Saturday June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., over 50 different types of artists ranging from jewelry, painting, mixed media and sculpture, musicians and food trucks will be set-up against the beautiful White Rock Lake shoreline.

Featured artists include Roger Beveal, who has been called the Andy Warhol of the digital age whose larger than life iPhone mixes both media as well as creative interpretation, and Sarah Manning from Dallas who layers acrylic paint and mixed media.

Folk singer Vanessa Peters has played over 1,000 shows in 11 countries and has received accolades from abroad as well as her home town of Dallas and joins other musical talents including Catamaran, Dynamite, Kaela Sinclair, Lauren Grant, Lazy Summer and Sarah Sellers throughout the weekend.

There will be food trucks galore on site as well including Eat Joe’s Dawgs Food Truck, Enticed Shaved Ice Truck, Flatlanders Taco Company and much more!

Get your fun on at the Dallas Indie Festival this week!

The Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas 75218.

For more information and to purchase tickets ($5-$30) visit the event website or contact Adam Zoblotsky at 214.908.6990.

For up to date notifications, follow Dallas Indie Festival on Facebook.
Dallas Lutheran Golf Benefit

(L to R) David Bangert, Jason Bangert, DeWayne Hunt & John Bronkhorst

(L to R) Coach Jessica Krueger & Alum Alex Zimmerman

Dallas Lutheran School recently had their 22nd Annual Golf Benefit, and it was a hole in one!

The event featured a foursome scramble, lunch, prizes and a ton of fun, all benefiting the school’s student athletes.

Seventy golfers participated in the benefit at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, and they played hard for the DLS athletics department.

Dallas Lutheran’s Executive Director David Bangert enjoyed the benefit as well on a team with his son Jason Bangert, DLS parent DeWayne Hunt, and head football coach John Bronkhorst.

Even though school is out, there are always great things to report about our fantastic Lake Highlands schools.

Stay up to date on all the latest neighborhood school news on the LH Today Schools Page.

Want to share your good school news, too?

Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with an update about your campus and student activities.

Photos taken by Kathy Koeneman, DLS Staff
Wellness & Safety

Wellness and Safety Breakfast is on Wednesday, June 25 at 8:15 a.m.

Save the date!

The Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division is hosting a Wellness and Safety breakfast for folks over the age of 55.

Head on down to Highland Park Cafeteria on Wednesday, June 25th and enjoy breakfast before the presentations begin.

DPD is excited to have Dr. Laura DeFina speak on the subject of wellness. Dr. DeFina is the Chief Science Officer and acting CEO of The Cooper Institute.

Organizers will also have information on how to stay active by volunteering with the Northeast Division.

Sponsors include the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, Highland Park Cafeteria, The Cooper Institute and Walgreens.

To RSVP by June 23rd or to find out more information, email Officer Bervin Smith at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call him at 214.202.6255. You can also contact Officer Katherine Robinson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 214.681.3476.

The Wellness and Safety Breakfast is on Wednesday, June 25 at 8:15 a.m. at Highland Park Cafeteria which is located at 1200 N Buckner Blvd.
2014 Staycation Series: Geocaching

Geocaching is fun for all ages. Find out how to get started here! ©John Millar

Summer break is in full swing, and everyone I know has plans for a fun vacation. I hate to admit it, but I’m a bit jealous.

Since my family isn’t flying off to some mountainous or tropical paradise this summer, we have decided to make the best of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

With my staycation research well underway, I thought it only fair to share what I’ve found with you. There is a lot to do in our great city!

I decided to start this staycation series off with geocaching, something that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family – a treasure hunt for the digital generation, where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside and discovering new places. All you need is a handheld GPS and a sense of fun!

I have numerous friends here in Lake Highlands who enjoy family geocaching expeditions and have found some fun treasure “buried” in our community.

What are they looking for? A geocache or ‘cache’ is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors.

Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by a GPS enabled device which uses coordinates, or ‘waypoints’ downloaded from or

So how can you get started with your geocaching adventure?

At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 6 steps:

1. Register for a free Basic Membership here.
2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page and enter your zip code.
3. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
4. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device and begin your search.
5. When you find it, sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
6. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

There are many other levels to the geocaching game if you and your family decide to take it up a level of difficulty.

There are some rules of geocaching though that are good to follow.

1. If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value.
2. Write about your find in the cache logbook.
3. Log your experience at

Geocaches can be found all over the world, and their locations can be quite diverse. They may be hiding at the park near your neighborhood, at the gas station by your house, underwater at the Town Center or on the side of a city street.

There are 2,422,443 active geocaches, so imagine what fun treasures they may be leaving for you to find.

So what are you waiting for?

Connect with local geocachers by clicking here, and get your 2014 summer staycation fun started!
Youth and Strings

Enjoy concerts by the Institute for Strings. ©Sosnytskyi

Some of the most talented young musicians from North Texas will come together this month for The Institute for Strings (TIFS).

This chamber music seminar was founded and directed by Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Jan Mark Sloman.

TIFS attracts string musicians from ages eight to early twenties who are looking to hone their skills and develop their talent.

This year’s concerts are open to the public and will be held at the Bray Performance Hall at the Episcopal School of Dallas.

The concerts include solo and chamber performances by these talented youth. Here are the details:

• Monday, June 16th at 6:30 p.m. - solo and chamber concerts

• Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17-18th at 6:30 pm. - chamber concerts

Join other Lake Highlanders in supporting these fabulous young musicians!

For more information on The Institute for Strings, visit the website.

The Episcopal School of Dallas is located at 4100 Merrell Rd.
What’s up for Father’s Day?

Enjoy some Father's Day weekend fun!

Dad can learn to make his own unique salsa at Gecko Hardware!

Take Dad to the Rory Meyer's Children's Garden for some quality learning time. ©John B. Sutton Jr.

Relax in the Park with Yoga at Klyde Warren. ©Tyler Olson

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market.

Family Fun Friday
Friday, June 13th
9:00 a.m.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd.

Enjoy time with the family at the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden every Friday in June & July.

Besides the amazing garden itself, additional kid-friendly activities will include face painting, petting zoo animals and music for the little ones.

For more information, visit the Arboretum website, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 214.515.6500.

Fair Park Sparks
Friday, June 13th
5:00 p.m.

Fair Park
3939 Grand Avenue

Fair Park Sparks! will light up the night with millions of sparkling lights, food, and fun for all ages. You’ll also be able to enjoy the artists’ gallery while sampling outstanding Texas wines.

Nationally recognized pop/rock bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Sugar Ray will headline two performance stages too!

Take your special man in your life and celebrate Father’s Day early. Admission is free and parking is $5. Visit the Fair Park website to find out the details.

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse
Friday, June 13th
7:30 p.m.

NorthPark Presbyterian Church
9555 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill

David Roth performs live with Julie Jean White opening – it’s a show you won’t want to miss!

Doors open at 7:30; Show at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and children and teens are half price.

Uncle Calvin's is a smoke-free, alcohol free music venue featuring the best in bluegrass, folk and blues concerts. Get your tickets online here or call 214.363.0044.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, June 14th
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music. Head on out and enjoy dad with friends, food and fresh everything!

For more info, visit the WRLM website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Urban Homesteading: Salsa Soiree
Saturday, June 14th
10:00 a.m.

Gecko Hardware
10233 E Northwest Hwy.

This fun salsa making class is led by Carol Castillo from Cita’s Salsa. If your dad loves being crafty in the kitchen, he’ll love this class.

Get new and unique recipes and leave with homemade salsa. The cost is $30 per person.

For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.343.1971.

Chickens at Half Price Books
Saturday, June 14th
10:00 a.m.

Half Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Hwy.

Half Price Books and Gecko Hardware are putting on a super-sized chicken event! You are invited to join in on the fun, fellowship and learning.

Exhibitors, sponsors and speakers already include: Jeff Raska from Texas A&M Ag Extension, Gecko Hardware, Roach Feed and Seed, Texas Natural Feeds, John Ramos, Urban Acres and many more.

Call Gecko Hardware at 214.343.1971 for more information.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, June 14th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• Tai Chi with El Centro College from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
• Sweat in the Park Boot Camp from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
• Yoga from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Yoginis: Yoga for Youth from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Build Your City! with Dallas Center for Architecture from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Voly in the Park from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

Garden Explorers Walk: A Rosy Celebration
Saturday, June 14th
11:00 a.m.

Texas Discovery Gardens
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Is your dad a stellar gardener? Get out in the Heirloom Rose Garden on this family friendly walk and smell the roses. This event is free with entry fee and free for members.

You can learn more at the Texas Discovery Gardens website or call 214.428.7476.

Happy Fathers Day!!
Sunday, June 15th
The Vine: Red wine & remembering

Can red wine and dark chocolate help us remember? ©Fianchini

Dark chocolate also contains resveratrol. ©Shaiith

It seems that every week, a new study comes out about all the foods that are bad for me.

The fact that my favorite salad dressing and trail mix will put me one step closer to sky-high cholesterol nearly broke my heart!

So when I saw this study about red wine and dark chocolate possibly helping my memory, I was ecstatic…especially considering I can’t remember much these days with carting my three kids all over creation.

So are these delectable treats the brain boosters scientists think they are?

A substance found in red wine and dark chocolate called resveratrol has been touted for its supposed anti-aging effects and may improve people's memory, new research suggests.

Aside from red wine and dark chocolate, sources of resveratrol include red grapes, peanuts, blueberries and Japanese knotweed. According to doctors, the compound might mimic the effects of a restricted-calorie diet on the body.

Most of us are aware that some studies have linked resveratrol to benefits in aging, heart health and anti-cancer effects, but other studies suggest the compound has no effect on longevity (there are always those that have to burst the bubble!)

In this recent study, those who received resveratrol supplements remembered more words on a list that they had seen 30 minutes previously than those who received the placebo.

Moreover, the brain scans showed more communication within the hippocampus, a memory-related brain region, and the blood tests showed reduced levels of a blood sugar marker, in the people who took resveratrol.

Other scientists have praised the study, but all agreed that more research was needed to confirm resveratrol's brain-boosting effects...of course it does.

Regardless, this is a story millions of us would be happy to drink to!

But not too much - we all know that everything is better in moderation.

It seriously just took me 5 minutes to remember the word, moderation.

Time to drink up!
Donate blood, and save a life

Donate blood in honor of Audrey on June 21.

Audrey is a special 15 year old girl who should be about to enjoy her summer vacation and thinking of graduation and college.

Instead, she’s battling leukemia.

Audrey and her parents, Pat and Terry, are a wonderfully generous Lake Highland's family who are always ready to help others all the time.

They are very active members of The Knights of Columbus and blood donors, and now it’s time for the Lake Highlands community to give back to their family.

Please support Audrey on June 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and donate blood in her honor.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but early signups help us staff properly for your ease of donating.

You can find more information and register HERE.

Please call Tim King at 214.536.0288 with any questions.

The Knights of Columbus hall is located at 10110 Shoreview Drive in Lake Highlands.

Visit the KayCee Club Facebook page to keep up with current events by clicking here.
Summer at Kids-U

Kids-U volunteers make a difference in kids lives.

Study hall and reading time are part of the summer fun too.

In late 2010 Lake Highlands became the number one focus area of an organization called Kids-U.

Kids-U is a non-profit that offers a free tutoring program to children in low-income apartment communities.

They designed their tutoring programs to mirror what students are learning in the everyday classroom and use a hands-on approach to teaching so that they can successfully support all types of learners.

“We intend to diminish the achievement gap between poor and non-poor students by working with these low-income students as they enter their academic careers,” explained Diana Baker, CEO and co-founder of Kids-U, formerly the Dallas Community Lighthouse

“While tutoring these low-income students in math, language arts and reading, we are also focused on building positive self-esteems within each student,” Baker said.

“There is no better way to support a child than by increasing the child’s opportunity to obtain academic success.”

Since October 2010, Kids-U has opened four programs in four different apartment communities in Lake Highlands, and with school out, the learning isn’t over.

The program’s summer theme this year is "Summer of Science" which includes computer camp, indoor & outdoor games, video making, field trips and much more. They also have a 3 day per week study hall and 20 minute reading which is all about preventing summer learning loss.

Diana Baker also recently recognized some of her amazing volunteers.

Nila Miller, Graeme Scruggs, Aleksey Vashchenko & Curtis Jones are four amazing individuals who have spent the past 4 years of their college careers impacting the students at Kids-U with their wisdom, knowledge and love.

We all have that one person in our lives that made a positive impact on us, and these four people have touched many lives in Lake Highlands.

For more information on Kids-U, visit their their website.
Beyond the Tie

Get Dad the perfect gift. ©Futcher

Have you done your Father’s Day shopping yet? Or maybe you’re crafty and enjoy making gifts?

Father’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re still searching for something to get for Dad, here’s a go-to guide we found on that can send you shopping/crafting in the right direction.

What is your Dad like?

His Heart is Behind His Stomach

Men do love to eat. It’s a scientifically proven fact that gets tested three to six times per day and quite often in the middle of the night when you find Dad staring into the refrigerator.

You can put together a basket of his favorite snacks, candies and treats, or you can assemble together some gourmet foods that you know your foodie dad will love.

You + Dad + Camera = Great Gift

Photos create memorable and heartwarming gifts for dads or hilarious gifts that the whole family will enjoy.

Photo-related gift options are seemingly limitless and include the ability to put that priceless picture on a canvas, a mug, a cell phone or iPad case, on a collage, in a beautiful frame and much more.

Turn that photo into a Father’s Day tie, a caricature or even a beautifully hand-drawn pencil sketch. No matter what you do, pictures keep the memories alive.

The Outdoors is His Second Home

Is Dad more of a golfer or a hiker? Does he camp in tents or hotels?

Whatever his passion, there are limitless gear and gadgets to peak his interest and fuel his hobby. You can even introduce him to new outdoor hobbies with an adventure experience gift.

So send Dad outside to play in the wild with all the other kids.

Want to make a homemade gift?

Pinterest is the go-to source for homemade goodies, but if you’re like me, the end product may not turn out anything like it’s supposed to.

Your Dad may not be flying around in a cape, but the truth is, most superheroes don’t wear them because they get in the way of going to work, picking up the kids at school, coaching or attending a game, helping with homework and any of the countless other things dads (and moms) do on a daily basis.

This Father’s Day, give Dad something to tell him that underneath that suit and glasses is a Spandex outfit featuring a big "S".

Good luck shopping and crafting and enjoy your Father’s Day!
Reaching out to Lake Highlands

LHE had a successfull diaper drive collecting over 5,800 diapers. Photo courtesy of April Gorman

Pamper Lake Highlands needs volunteers to help at Saturday's event.

Our article about Pamper Lake Highlands was a huge hit, and hundreds of people have stepped up and donated diapers, wipes and more.

That’s how Lake Highlands rolls, folks.

When Caren Bright had a vision to help those in need right here in our community, she had no idea that people would step up so quickly to help get the project started.

The goal was to collect 20,000 diapers to pass out at the Saturday event, and so far over 12,000 have been collected.

From individuals to schools, the diapers have poured into the drop off locations. Lake Highlands, Merriman Park and Moss Haven Elementary schools even had diaper drives in the last weeks of classes!

Everything is coming together, and the event is being held this Saturday, June 14th at the Lake Highlands North Rec Center under the large pavilion from 12 – 2 p.m.

Since Caren can’t run the event by herself, she’s looking for several giving hearts to lend her a hand.

She needs numerous volunteers including those who can speak Spanish to help her pass out diapers and provide resource info from various organization around town.

The event is still in need of waters to pass out to folks who come take advantage of the services, and Caren needs tables to help set up all the stations as well.

You can view ways to sign up and help, by clicking here. Can’t be at the event? There are still ways to contribute, and Caren would love your help!

Just want to donate diapers? You can drop off donations to the following addresses:

• 9408 Summerhill Lane, 75238
• 7310 Hundley, 75231
• 9661 Audelia Rd #338

Come help Pamper Lake Highlands this Saturday and transform lives.

Caren is ready to get Pamper Lake Highlands ministering to those who need it, whether it’s through diapers or the knowledge that someone out there cares.

The Pamper Lake Highlands event is Saturday, June 14th at the Lake Highlands North Rec Center under the large pavilion from 12 – 2 p.m.

The Lake Highlands North Rec Center is located at 9940 White Rock Trail.

You can contact Caren Bright with any questions by calling her at 214.757.9253 or emailing her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
LYFE Kitchen opening soon

A LYFE Kitchen is opening soon close to home. Find out where! Photos courtesy of LYFE Kitchen

Quinoa Pancakes Photos courtesy of LYFE Kitchen

Photos courtesy of LYFE Kitchen

Photos courtesy of LYFE Kitchen

This summer, Dallas residents will be introduced to a unique dining experience that breaks conventions when it comes to delicious food that's good for you.

LYFE Kitchen is opening in Preston Center on June 27th and in West Village on July 25th.

"The LYFE Kitchen mission is to ensure you Love Your Food Everyday, so we are constantly challenging ourselves to create recipes that get people excited about eating well," says Art Smith, executive chef of LYFE Kitchen.

"I would describe our menu as 'guilt free indulgence' because everything on it is as delicious, familiar and fun as it is good for you."

The culinary team of chef Art Smith (formerly Oprah's personal chef), vegan consultant chef Tal Ronnen and executive chef Jeremy Bringardner have taken great care to develop dishes using the highest quality, freshest ingredients that meet LYFE Kitchen's standards for taste, nutrition and social responsibility.

Every dish takes advantage of locally sourced ingredients, is flavored with fresh herbs and spices, and is under 600 calories and 1000 milligrams of sodium.

The restaurant is also committed to making sure the menu caters to individual eating philosophies. There are several signature meat and fish dishes, as well as a full menu options for those who choose to eat gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.

LYFE Kitchen is also one of the most ethically and environmentally conscious restaurants in the country, using 100% grass-fed steaks, antibiotic and hormone free meat and poultry, and as many organic ingredients as possible. The restaurant is also LEED certified, using low-voltage lighting and 100% recycled material for table and countertops, among other sustainability criteria.

"The LYFE Kitchen mission is to transform the way people eat," says co-founder and CEO Mike Roberts.

"We are thrilled that the residents of Dallas will now have access to fun, flavorful, naturally spicy foods that are nutritious, affordable, and can be enjoyed in a warm, inviting, eco-friendly dining environment."

LYFE Kitchen is also hiring about 100 positions including LYFE ambassadors who greet and inform guests and guide them through the menu to baristas and dining room specialists who make up the heart of the restaurant, to a full culinary team to bring to life these great new recipes.

"We are looking for fellow Texans who share our belief in eating good, feeling good and doing good," says Roberts.

"LYFE Kitchen offers more than just a job, it's an avocation and the first step on a career path to build this new lifestyle brand."

The Preston Center location will be at 8315 Westchester Drive. West Village location at 3699 McKinney Ave.

LYFE Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers full catering and delivery.

Visit their website for hours and check them out on Facebook.
Reel Deal: Movies with Anne

John Favreau & Emjay Anthony in Chef

Before heading to the theater to watch Chef, arrange to have dined earlier.

You’ll be entering foodie heaven watching the enticing dishes being prepared by John Favreau, as Los Angeles chef Carl Casper, who takes your taste buds into overdrive.

This adventure in gourmet magnificence opens with Carl being celebrated and admired as a kitchen hot shot, but his gastronomic stardom is soon ended when a snooty LA restaurant critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) pans his work.

To challenge the critic’s review, he creates an unusual new menu and publicizes it, but its delivery is prevented when restaurant owner Rive (Dustin Hoffman) insists he stay with his established offerings. Fireworks erupt and Carl finds himself out of a job and broke.

Entering the scene is Carl’s ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) who invites Carl to leave Los Angeles and come to Miami with her and take care of their son Percy (Emjay Anthony) while she works. Lacking any other option, he goes along, and there he finds his future in a Cuban sandwich.

Laughs come immediately when Carl has a visit with Inez’s former husband, Marvin (Robert Downy, Jr.), who after an ethereal conversation gives him a beat up food truck.

At this point, the film takes on a new rhythm creating this equation: Carl’s food truck, plus Miami salsa music, plus Cuban sandwiches, plus being with Percy equals excitement, challenges and rewards.

A workaholic all his life, Carl realizes his career has damaged his role as a parent with Percy and by repairing the truck and their relationship, Carl and Percy find life gets more interesting.

Carl’s former sous chef, Tony (John Leguizamo), joins them lending his skills as they drive their Cuban sandwich truck across the country with stops in New Orleans and Austin to torture viewers with even more mouth-watering food.

Percy’s expertise with social media sends tweets along the way pulling in crowds at every stop, making their endeavor a huge success.

This is a great getaway film in that viewers can become immersed in the endless bounty found in diverse and international cuisines and the healing powers that lie within them.

Chef is now showing at theaters everywhere.

Click here to view the trailer and find a theater near you.

MPAA: R for language, including some suggestive references.

Images ©Open Road Films
What’s up this weekend?

Find out about all the great events around town this weekend! ©Heylings

Butterfly House Discovery Tour at Texas Discovery Gardens

Waterwise Landscaping tour around Dallas

Target Frist Saturdays are always fun.

Gecko has a great soda and sauerkraut class this weekend.

Don't miss the White Rock Local Market!

Relax with some yoga at Klyde Warren. ©Tyler Olson

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, June 7th
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lakeside Baptist Church, Garland Rd.

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music. Head on out and enjoy friends, food and fresh everything!

For more info, visit the WRLM website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Water-Wise Landscape Tour
Saturday, June 7th
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Self-guided tour around Dallas

The City of Dallas is teaming up with several other organizations to demonstrate the beauty of Water-Wise and EarthKind™ gardening with the 20th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour.

The first 100 visitors at each of the three tour headquarters will receive a free hose spray nozzle.

Click here for a map of the self-guiding Water-Wise Landscape Tour.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, June 7th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• Tai Chi with El Centro College from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
• Yoga from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Yoginis: Yoga for Youth from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Family Experiments with the Perot Museum from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
• Son of God movie screening from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

20th Annual Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, June 7th
9:00 a.m.

Flagpole Hill at 8007 E. Northwest Hwy.

This is the largest festival in Dallas celebrating dogs and the people who love them. All funds raised benefit Operation Kindness.

There is free admission and parking, and food and vendor merchandise is available for purchase.

Come enjoy the beginning of summer with your pooch pal! For more information call 972.418.7297.

Soda & Sauerkraut
Saturday, June 7th
10:00 a.m.

Gecko Hardware
10233 E Northwest Hwy.

Enjoy this Urban Homesteading Class with Lisa Staffelbach from 24 Carrot Health. You can learn how to make your own home-made root beer and sauerkraut!

The cost is $30 per person and includes take-home root beer and natural sauerkraut.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.343.1971.

Target First Saturday
Saturday, June 7th
10:00 a.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street

Target sponsors some amazing children's art activities, scavenger hunts, family tours and more. Admission is FREE on First Saturdays!

Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center website to find out more about this awesome monthly event!

Butterfly House Discovery Tour
Saturday, June 7th
11:00 a.m.

Texas Discovery Gardens
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Join entomologist John Watts for a family-friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.

This is a tour that the whole family will enjoy! Sign up at the Texas Discovery Garden website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Hugelkultur Horticulture
Sunday, June 8th
9:00 a.m.

White Rock Local Garden
702 N. Buckner Blvd.

This informative class led by Heather Rinaldi with Texas Worm Ranch will teach you all you need to about creating a hugelkultur garden bed. Not sure what that is? Come to the class and find out!

The cost is $30 per person and you’ll learn to use twigs, branches, logs and leaves to make you garden bed.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to find out more about the class and to sign up.
An Update from Dr. Waggoner

Dr. Waggoner gives a final 2013-'14 update.

Each year seems to pass more quickly, and the final days bring both bittersweet endings and new beginnings.

Our staff members bid sad farewells to current students, but they are happy for them as they move forward in their personal journeys.

The 2013-'14 school year has been rewarding and full of student and staff achievements.

Our students and staff are state and national winners in numerous areas.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without your ongoing help and support.

We are extremely fortunate to have parents, community members, and volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year as district partners.

On behalf of Richardson ISD, please accept my genuine appreciation for the time, energy, and enthusiasm you have devoted to our students, teachers, and staff members.

You have played a vital role in another successful year!

To keep up with Richardson ISD news, visit the district website.
Red, White & Blue Lake Highlands

Find out more about this year's July 4th parade and how you can be part of the fun! ©Baronoskie





Mark your calendar!

It’s time once again for the Lake Highlands Exchange Club Annual Fourth of July Parade and Carnival.

This year’s parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th in the same place as every year, on Church Road just east of Lake Highlands High School at the North Highlands Bible Church.

This is where the floats, kids on bikes, trikes, and wagons along with their pets will meet to get ready to parade through the crowd.

The kids’ parade judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the east side of the church, and float judging will also begin at 8:30 a.m. east of the church along Church Road.

After the parade finishes, folks of all ages can enjoy the carnival at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center.

Here’s the scoop:

8:00 a.m. – Floats begin to arrive to line up
8:30 a.m. – Float judging on north side of Northlake Elementary
9:00 a.m. – Parade begins
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Post-parade carnival at LH Recreation Center

The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade is Jerry Allen, who has served as City Councilman of District 10 for the last 7 years.

"This parade is a long standing Lake Highlands tradition for all," says Phil Kendall, Director of Citizenship and Americanism for the Exchange Club.

"The post-parade carnival will feature train rides, a climbing wall, bounce houses, and face painters. This is one of the biggest community events in Lake Highlands, and we encourage everyone to join in the fun."

Make plans to wear red, white and blue and cheer for the USA and Lake Highlands!

More information can be found on the Exchange Club’s website.

If you have any questions or would like to register a float or participate in the parade carnival, please contact Phil Kendall at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Annie at the Bath House

Annie Benjamin ©Karen Irwin Halsey

Annie Benjamin ©Karen Irwin Halsey

It’s been over two years since we wrote about local musician Annie Benjamin, and we decided it was time to catch up with her again.

With her upcoming performance at the Bath House Cultural Center on June 28th, we wanted to find get the scoop on the show.

A musician, performer, writer, activist, an amazing mom who rocks at soccer, and a Gecko Hardware employee, Annie stays busy making a difference in our community.

And after a break of nearly seven years, Lake Highlands resident Annie Benjamin is happy to announce that she is going to record a new CD, The Love and The Light, which she’ll be recording live at the June 28th performance.

Dallas musicians Neeki Bey, Johnny Sequenzia and Jeff Wallace will be joining her, and the songs she will be recording are a mix of pop, swing, and gospel.

During a period of three years, Annie sent her oldest off to college, and dealt with the death of her younger sister and her father.

This collection of songs is by far the most spiritual I’ve written,” commented Annie. “But they also include some good fun love songs too!”

Annie was also recently involved in a number of theater productions with Echo Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater with the playwright David Marquis.

“I was honored and thrilled to help develop, write and produce Her Song at Echo Theater in February of 2014,” she explained. “I’m really looking forward to getting back on stage with my guitar and my songs though.”

Head on down to the Bath House Cultural Center on June 28th for the unique experience of being part of the audience as Annie records with an ensemble of wonderful Dallas musicians.

Here’s the scoop:

When: June 28th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Bath House Cultural Center at 521 E. Lawther Dr.

Cost: $25 benefiting The Bath House and Annie

To purchase tickets, click here. Hope to see you there!

For more information on Annie Benjamin and her music, visit her website or "Like" her Facebook page.
Celebrate National Running Day

Photo courtesy of National Running Day FB page

Photo courtesy of National Running Day FB page

Today is National Running Day. Held annually on the first Wednesday in June, it’s a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running.

No matter what the reason for running, there are millions of people who love it!

Since 2009, the country's foremost running organizations have worked together to celebrate the sport with thousands of participants. Runners are encouraged to join in by planning a run, spreading the running bug to a friend, signing up for a race, or setting a new goal.

This day isn’t just for runners, although it’s a time for longtime lovers of the sport to reaffirm their love of running. But it’s also a day for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

This year, organizers are encouraging everyone to run or walk on National Running Day and track it through Charity Miles. Your mileage will help great causes earn critical funds!

Here’s how it works:

• Download the free Charity Miles app to your iPhone or Android.

• Choose the charity you want to support.

• Select walk or run, and start moving! Every mile logged produces a donation toward your selected charity.

• Every outing is an opportunity to support a new charity.

So whether you enjoy long runs on a weekly basis, or you’re wanting to get into the sport, kick it off today and make it count. The MPE Running Club is getting in on the fun too.

Be a part of this coast-to-coast celebration, and run today!

For more information on National Running Day, visit the website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can also “Like” their Facebook page to keep up with current events.
MPE Dads’ Club Serving Fun

MPE Dads' Club gets kids excited about summer.

Ric Moseley opens the door for MPE students.

MPE Dads dress up for carpool sometimes to start students' day with a smile.

John Mina high fives kids before they head into the school.

Several dads dressed up ready for the annual MPE Auction.

Christmas time is always fun for the dads who dress up.

Dads entertain the kids at a school assembly.

The MPE Dads' Club cooks for the annual Family Picnic.

Sometimes the dads even stay in their pajamas to provoke giggles helping the kids have a fun start to the day.

Over 100 strong, the Merriman Park Elementary Dads’ Club not only gives their time and resources to the students of MPE, but has fun doing it!

On any given day, you will see Dads’ Club members opening car doors in the morning carpool line – many times in costume.

They are always giving high fives to the students as they head to class in the hallways, encouraging kids with tutoring help or opening milk cartons and ketchup packets during lunch.

The MPE Dads Club also helps with the large school events as well – carnival set up and clean up, flipping burgers at the All School Picnic, assisting with Auction set up and being the leadership behind the Blue Panthers Program.

Principal Katie Kirkpatrick says the school couldn’t run as efficiently as it does without them.

“One of the first things I heard about MPE was that we have an amazing Dads’ Club,” she commented. “I have been beyond impressed with our dads’ commitment to our students!”

“They contribute to our school community in so many ways, my favorite of which is providing all students with a warm welcome each morning and a positive start to their day.”

“It is great to be a part of a community where dads set such a strong example of leadership and service for our kids,” Kirkpatrick said.

John Mina has been part of the MPE Dads’ Club for five years. “I'm happy to be part of a great group of dads who all want the best for every child in our school,” he explained.

“It's not just opening car doors or milk cartons and helping them with their homework, but it’s about teaching our kids how to be good citizens and showing them how to treat others with respect.”

“It is important to me and the other dads that our kids are surrounded by good role models,” Mina concluded.

And when those good role models are dressed up in an elf costume at Christmas time or a hula skirt during the last week of school, it leaves a positive impression to all the students of MPE and a meaningful connection to our community for the dads!

For more information on the Merriman Park Elementary Dads' Club, visit the MPE PTA website.
New season lineup at Dallas Children’s Theater

Check out Dallas Children's Theater's new season schedule for 2014-2015.

DCT announces an amazing roundup for the theater’s 31st season and encourages its young patrons to believe in worlds of imagination and possibility.

From fairy tales to heroic feats to everyday choices, DCT is a playground for children of all ages to become their own best selves and to achieve their dreams.

“Dallas Children’s Theater creates unmatched meaningful experiences because we work hard to craft a season that can tap into the wonderful inner drive that ignites creativity,” says Robyn Flatt, DCT’s Executive Artistic Director.

“We encourage every child to believe in themselves and to pursue their unique inner thoughts and ideas,” she adds.

“If a child spends a season with us, I argue it’s one of the best personal learning experiences around!”

The 2014-2015 Season kicks off in September 2014 and continues through July 2015 with eleven productions, including regional and world premieres.

Believe in happy endings with the Dallas premiere of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.

The world premiere musical of Skippyjon Jones by resident playwright Linda Daugherty and her composer sidekick/DCT alum Nick Martin will have you believing in the furthest reaches of your delightful imagination.

Veteran actor and DCT favorite Karl Schaeffer learns to believe in friendship as the star of the regional premiere of Balloonacy, a charming and silly show about a man and a balloon.

You’ll believe in heroes with the regional premiere of Jackie & Me, by traveling back in time with a young boy to meet baseball’s legend, Jackie Robinson.

And since DCT always believes in family and adventures, you can count on the return of blockbuster favorites, holiday magic and colorful stage adaptations of beloved books such as Miracle on 34th Street, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley by DCT’s National Tour, and more.

For more details on the 2014-2015 season, visit the DCT website.

Watch DCT’s Believe video and admire the talents of students from the Academy announcing the round up by clicking here.
Get ready for Safari Nights

Safari Nights are back and you won't want to miss out on them! Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo

Enjoy the zoo then relax for some entertainment. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo

Save your Saturday nights this summer!

The Safari Nights evening concert series sizzles again with live music, extended Zoo hours, and a chance to mingle with some of our wildest stars.

Safari Nights kicks off June 7th and runs for eight consecutive Saturdays. In just a few hours, guests can explore the Zoo during the day, and then relax on a blanket or lawn chair on the Zoo's shady Cat Green for the entertainment.

Embrace some of the best live music from original songwriters and tribute bands until 9 p.m. and visit stars from the Animal Adventures outreach program.

The summer concert lineup includes:

June 7: The Killdares (Celtic rock)

June 14: Brave Combo (polka/rock/world beat)

June 21: Escape (Journey tribute)

June 28: Sara Hickman (Texas singer/songwriter)

July 5: A Hard Night's Day (The Beatles tribute)

July 12: FastLane (Eagles tribute)

July 19: Petty Theft and Bird Dogs (Tom Petty tribute)

July 26: The O's (acoustic country/bluegrass)

The Killdares kick off the series this upcoming weekend and combine sizzling fiddles and bagpipes with electric guitar, bass and drums to create an alternative Celtic rock sound that’s unique and energizing.

So if you want to let out your wild side, head to the Dallas Zoo for Safari Nights and let loose with music and fun!

Regular season admission is $12 for ages 12-64; $9 for ages 3-11 and those 65 and above; and free for ages 2 and younger.

As always, Dallas Zoo members get free admission. Visitors are encouraged to take the DART to the Zoo stop to avoid traffic and parking fees. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis).

For more information, visit the Dallas Zoo website or call 469.554.7500.
STEM summer camps galore!

Image courtesy of Richland College

Summer + Richland College camps = tons of fun and learning!

Richland College is offering two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for children ages 7 to 17 this summer.

Three sessions of Programming & Game Design camp will be available through a partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas.

This camp features several levels:

• Level 1 (3rd graders and up) – animations using Scratch and animations using Logo and advanced Scratch

• Level 2 (Level 1 graduates and 6th graders) – programming using JavaScript

• Level 3 (Level 2 graduates) – introduction to programming in Java and introduction to programming in C++

Five sessions of robotics camp will be available through Robots-4-U.

During this camp, youngsters ages 7 to 17 will learn about science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills, gaining valuable hands-on experience and knowledge as they build robots.
The first session for both camps starts in June. Class sizes are limited, so campers need to register early.

For more information, click here or contact Heather Lozano at 972.238.6918 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Early Dallas Culture

Early Dallas churches contributed to the settlement's culture. ©Elys Joy

The Webb Chapel Cemetery on Webb Chapel Road, just north of the LBJ Freeway, has the graves of many early Farmers Branch settlers. ©Campbell

Historical Marker at Webb Chapel United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch ©Campbell

Welcome to Part 9 of Dr. Ted Campbell’s series on Dallas history. In Part 8, he discussed Dallas’ original trailblazers, and today he is telling us about the early culture of Dallas.

While infrastructures for transportation and communication were developing in the Dallas area in the early years before the Civil War, some cultural infrastructures were also growing. Early settlers to the Dallas area brought with them the cultures of the southwestern frontier of the United States, organizing schools, Christian congregations, and Masonic groups in these early years.

The earliest schools in the area were typically held in settlers’ homes, though the Duck Creek community had a separate school building from the 1840s and by the 1850s other communities had buildings dedicated for use as schools. Cumberland Presbyterians established a school in the 1850s that later became the Cumberland Hill School in Dallas. The dispersal of settlers from the Réunion community in the late 1850s brought a very different kind of teachers into the Dallas area, some who had specialties in languages, music, and botany.

Typical of the southwestern frontier of the US, early settlers in the Dallas area planted Christian congregations representing Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian traditions as well as the distinctly American movement, at this point still very new and undifferentiated, that would later become the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Churches of Christ.

Isaac B. Webb, one of the earliest settlers on Farmers Branch, organized a Methodist society in January, 1844, and the first itinerant Methodist preacher arrived to preach a sermon and conduct formal worship in March of that year. The little society later divided into two groups: one at Webb’s Chapel in Farmers Branch, the other at Cochran Chapel, now on Northwest Highway in Dallas. Webb Chapel Road in Farmers Branch and northern Dallas once connected the Webb and Cochran settlements. By the 1850s there were Methodist societies in Dallas, Duck Creek, and other communities in the area.

Farmers Branch also saw the organization of the first Baptist congregation in the area. Peters Colony settlers Thomas and Sarah McAllister Keenan organized a Baptist congregation in their cabin in 1846. Led by Rev. David Myers, it came to be known as the Union Baptist Church. After members of that congregation moved to Carrollton (1870), a remaining group reorganized themselves into a congregation that became the First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch. A Baptist congregation was organized in 1847 in Dallas and originally called itself the First Baptist Church of Dallas, but it later moved to the Pleasant View area in northeast Dallas.

The earliest Presbyterian congregations in this area tended to be Cumberland Presbyterians, a group that originated on the US frontier in the early 1800s. Cumberland Presbyterians led by Rev. George L. Blewett settled near the present intersection of Arapaho Road and Grove Road in Richardson in 1853 and established a congregation that eventually became the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson.

Presbyterians in Dallas organized a congregation in 1856 that became the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, aligned not with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church but with the larger Presbyterian Church in the USA. In 1861, the congregation would follow most southern Presbyterians into the PCCSA (Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America), later the PCUS (Presbyterian Church in the United States). Lancaster Presbyterians organized a congregation in 1857.

Lancaster was also the site of a very early congregation of the Disciples/Church of Christ movement. The earliest Peters Colony settlers to the Lancaster area were led by Elder Roderick Rawlins, who began holding services after settlers arrived in the area in 1844. The congregation would eventually become the First Christian Church of Lancaster.
Summer at the Arboretum

Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum Photo ©Dallas Arboretum

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden ©John B. Sutton Jr.

Kids at the Children's Garden Photo ©Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum has announced Summer at the Arboretum, which runs June 1st through August 31st.

"As you are making your summer plans, join us for outstanding floral displays, summer camps, amazing discounts and fun for the whole family this summer at the Dallas Arboretum," says Brian Shivers, Dallas Arboretum board chairman.

As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During summer at the Arboretum, the beds will burst with ageratum, impatiens, lobelias, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias.

As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.

For children from 18 months to 8th grade, there are a number of summer day camps, including new ones, thanks to the opening of the acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden where several are held.

Organized by age, these camps cater to a child's interests and needs for an unforgettable summer adventure. For more information on summer camps and to register online, click here.

Those looking to spend a few hours or a day at the Arboretum are invited to visit the newly opened Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, an 8-acre interactive and scientific garden for all ages.

In addition, the Arboretum has added a number of programs to celebrate the opening-all of which are part of The Year of the Children's Garden.

These programs are presented by respected professionals in the field of nature and chaired by exceptional community leaders.

Upcoming programs include the following:

"Nature Thru the Lens" Early Morning Photo Stroll
Tuesday, June 10 at 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Students who want to rise and shine to learn to photograph nature during the best time of the day will get the exceptionally rare experience of having the gardens open at 6:00 a.m. just for them.

Mentors will offer tricks of nature photography during the student-only Photo Stroll. During the student-only Photo Stroll, parents may relax over a cup of coffee and pastries in the Parent Lounge. "Nature Thru the Lens" is free and open to students entering grades 6-12.

"Into the Garden" Fundraiser
Monday, June 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Sounds of sheer delight and merriment will drift from this morning fundraising event that will be held in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Chair Marisa Huckin and her committee are planning an exclusive opportunity for children, parents and or grandparents to have the Children's Garden to themselves.

Docents will be in each gallery to help guests learn how science and fun become one. Special entertainment includes puppet shows, music, Arboretum characters, family photos and other surprises. There will also be refreshments from Children's Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters.

"Gardenlicious Kids Cook-off"
Sunday, June 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

To complement the educational takeaways of the Incredible Edible Garden at the Children's Adventure Garden, Chairwoman Carol Goglia has enlisted the help of beloved Dallas chefs Kent Rathbun and Scott Gottlich and restaurateur Lynae Fearing for a children's healthy food cook-off.

Using at least one ingredient grown in the Incredible Edible Garden, children will cook and submit a healthy item to be judged by celebrity chefs. The tables will turn when children get to judge dishes from the participating chefs.

Family Fun Fridays
June 6th through July 25th

Plan the family's summertime adventures at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July. Bring the whole gang out to experience the new internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden featuring the wonders of life and earth science combined with hands-on fun for all ages!

Additional kid-friendly activities will include face painting, petting zoo animals and music for the little ones. Picnics are always a fun option. The Children's Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters, which is open until 4 p.m. daily, also offers a variety of food, which can be eaten indoors or on the outdoor patio.

Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating Independence Day, the last concert of spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concert series features the Dallas Wind Symphony playing patriotic music amidst the summer sunset and view of White Rock Lake. An additional ticket is required. The Cool Thursdays Concerts will resume in the fall on September 4 with Emerald City.

Friday, July 4th through Monday, July 7th

Continuing the celebration of the nation's independence in true red, white and blue style, both active and retired members of the esteemed armed services will receive FREE admission Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. General garden admission for non-military guests will be just $5 on those days, and everyone will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.

August Dollar Days
August 1st through August 31st

The dog days of summer bring Dollar Days in August at the Arboretum. Throughout the entire month visitors can enjoy general admission for only $1. As always, members receive free general admission and parking year-round.

This is a perfect opportunity for new Arboretum visitors to bring the kids out to experience the eight-acre Children's Adventure Garden. For just an additional $3 per person, guests can enjoy a summer day filled with wonder and excitement!

Labor Day Weekend
Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1

Plan to give the summer a well-deserved send-off and celebrate Labor Day at the Arboretum.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will still be part of August Dollar Days, and on Labor Day (Monday, September 1), general garden admission will be just $5 PLUS admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is FREE for all. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the Arboretum for one of the best deals of the season.

For more information on any of these events, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum's website.
Conserving water in Dallas

Xeroscaping can be pretty and conserve water. ©Engel

Mulching holds in moisture. ©Engel

Rocks beautify and reduce erosion. ©Engel

When it comes to watering, I am glad that I live in Dallas!

Did you know that other local cities have much stricter watering restrictions than we do?

That’s probably in part because Dallas city planners started implementing watering restrictions earlier than surrounding cities.

Garland, Richardson, and other North Texas cities are currently in Stage 3 of watering restrictions, which means that their customers must limit lawn watering to one day every other week on a specified schedule.

In Garland, residents are allowed to water their foundations, new shrubs, or trees via hand watering, soaker hose or drip irrigation at any time. They will probably say goodbye this summer to flowers and other plants that aren’t drought-tolerant.

In Dallas, you can irrigate your landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems no more than twice per week according to the mandatory schedule.

Even addresses can run sprinklers on Sundays and Thursdays; odd addresses are Saturdays and Wednesdays.

No watering is allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays and watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the allowed watering days. Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-watering are allowed on any day at any time.

A few other rules include:

• Automatic sprinkler system owners are required to have rain and freeze sensors installed.
• Don’t water during any form of precipitation.
• Don’t allow your sprinkler system to water driveways, sidewalks and streets.
• Don’t waste water by allowing runoff onto a street or other drainage area when you’re watering.

For more details, visit the City’s website and learn more about the water conservation ordinance.

Besides following the city ordinances, another way to save water is by xeroscaping.

Xeroscaping, also called drought-tolerant landscaping and smart scaping, is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.

This spring I made a step in the right direction by xeroscaping parts of my yard. I tore out the Saint Augustine grass and planted Mexican feather grass in my side yard, accompanied by some river rocks for beautification and to reduce erosion. It looks nice now but should be really beautiful once it gets established and grows more. I also buried the soaker hose so it waters my foundation more efficiently.

Out front I added flagstone and planted some dwarf mondo grass, which does well in shade. I placed landscaping stones and mulch around my trees to help trap moisture. Some tree services, like Lindsey’s on Northwest Hwy near Plano Rd., offer free mulch for the taking if you bring your own pitchfork and containers.

I’m still far from having a totally eco-friendly yard, but I’ve made some steps in the right direction.

Xeroscaping is very attractive when done properly, and it requires little maintenance after it gets established the first couple of years.

In case you are wondering if xeroscaping is allowed in your neighborhood, Texas passed a state law last Sept. prohibiting HOAs from outlawing xeriscaping, water conservation, composting, etc. in their covenants and bylaws. That probably doesn’t impact a lot of our covenant-free older Lake Highlands neighborhoods, but it’s good news for the newer neighborhoods across the state.

Hopefully if homeowners and landlords work to reduce their water usage, Dallas can at least delay the move to twice-monthly watering.

For more information about having a quality yard that uses less water, take the self-guided Water-Wise Landscape Tour on Saturday, June 7th sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
‘Cat Classic Tourney: A hole in one

Register now to play in the 2014 'Cat Classic Golf Tournament! Photo courtesy of the 'Cat Classic organizers

You can join a score of other Wildcat fans at the 13th Annual ‘Cat Classic Golf Tournament!

It's not too late to tee off and join the fun on Tuesday, June 10th for a day of food, excitement and golf at Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson.

Since 1987, the Wildcat Club has raised over $1 million dollars in support of its athletic programs and annual college scholarship program. Much of the funds raised are possible thanks to the generosity of club members and the Lake Highlands community.

This year’s golf tournament will include:

• Prizes for 1st 2nd, and 3rd place in addition to the longest drive, closest to the hole, and hole-in-one

• Noon lunch provided prior to 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start

• Dinner and awards immediately following tournament play

• Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers, longest drive, closest to the hole, last place, and a hole in one opportunity to win a new car

The goal of the Wildcat Club is to build stronger athletic programs, starting at the junior high level, through improved fitness and training.

Through private contributions, the club supports the coaches and athletes of all sports in their quest to be competitive in the Richardson Independent School District.

Proceeds from the ‘Cat Classic will continue to benefit the athletic programs at Forest Meadow Junior High, Lake Highlands Junior High, Lake Highlands Freshman Center, and Lake Highlands High School.

Make plans to join golfers, Wildcat fans and supporters on June 10th for a day of fun in honor of a worthy cause.

The 2014 ‘Cat Classic Golf Tournament will take place on Tuesday, June 10th at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson.

To register or pay online, visit the Wildcat Club website.
“Charlotte’s Web” catches rave reviews

Charlotte's Web runs through this weekend, June 1st. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Children's Theater

Mother-Son reviewers, Allison and Brendan at the show ©Harvey

Brendan with Wilbur ©Harvey

Lake Highlands is lucky enough to be home to nationally recognized Dallas Children’s Theater, and their latest production is another childhood favorite - Charlotte’s Web.

Thinking about catching this tale of a pig and his spider pal? It runs through this weekend, so hurry and get your tickets for one of the last shows.

Our reviewers for this production are Lake Highlands residents and mother-son duo, Allison and Brendan.

Allison is a mom of 2 boys (ages 2 and 6) and a marketing professional who hopes to soon be able to watch anything other than animated films.

Brendan is a 6-year-old aspiring artist who loves reading and playing video games involving zombies, creepers and other things Mom doesn’t understand.

They had two different reviews of Charlotte’s Web which we’re sharing with you so you’ll know the parent/child perspectives.

Would you recommend the show?

Allison: Yes! It was very well done. Great staging and effects, an engaging story and some really well-played and fun characters.

Brendan: Yes. It was funny.

Why did you go see Charlotte’s Web?

Allison: It’s a great “date night” – an opportunity for Brendan and I to spend time together, just the two of us! We get to talk about the show, the characters, school and anything else that Brendan’s interested in these days. Plus, I love the story.

What was your favorite part?

Brendan: When the pig ran around crazy. That was funny.

Anything parents should be aware of?

Allison: As with the original story, Charlotte does die. So be aware of your child’s age and ability to deal with this part of the story line. Oh yeah, and they sell Sprinkles cupcakes at intermission!

What do you think other kids should know if they go see the show?

Brendan: Watch out because Wilbur is going to be running through the chairs!!! Also, be sure to get all the actors to sign your book [program]!

Was it hard to sit through as an adult?

Allison: We all know that sometimes watching kids’ shows can be trying. But this wasn’t one of them. Of course it’s a wonderful story to begin with, but it was also well executed and moved along at a good pace.

What did you learn from the show?

Brendan: That pigs eat slobbery stuff that we don’t eat.

Any favorite moments or characters?

Allison: In the movie my favorite by far is Templeton! And here, I’d have to say he is again. The actor delivered all the disgusting charm of the animated Templeton! You might recognize the Zuckermans and Charlotte if you saw Twas the Night Before Christmas - and these actors again deliver terrific performances.

What did you learn about friendship?

Brendan: That friends will always be with you. Just like in Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte was always with Wilbur.

Charlotte’s Web is definitely enjoyed by all ages. It runs through June 1st, so get you tickets now!

Charlotte’s Web runs through this weekend, June 1st, at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts at 5938 Skillman Street.

Find show times and reserve your tickets by calling the DCT Box Office at 214.740.0051 or online here.
Reel Deal: A Movie with John

Godzilla 2014 entered theaters with a bang!

“It was everything you could want in a Godzilla Movie.” That was a comment from my friend, John, as we exited the movie theater, and he was right.

If you haven’t already seen “Godzilla 2014,” I highly recommend you witness the latest incarnation if you are one of the following:

• A fan of the Godzilla franchise

• You enjoy special effects

• You are looking for a male bonding exercise

• You like to watch things blow up

• All of the above

Not that I would spoil the plot because you pretty much know what you are going to get when you watch a Godzilla movie, so I’ll spare you the summary and focus on what I really enjoyed from the movie:

• A dramatic upgrade in the real villain – a much scarier “Mothra” monster (kind of looks like the monster from Alien.)

• The constant befuddled face of Japanese scientist Dr. Ichiro Serizawa as he can’t believe what he is witnessing.

• The US Army, Navy and Air Force soldiers continuing to shoot Mothra and Godzilla with small arms like rifles and pistols when bombs have proven to be ineffective.

• Godzilla is a now a “good guy” and decides to take on both Mothra monsters.

• The audience erupting in applause as Godzilla uses his fire against Mothra.

• My personal academy award nomination for the movie screenplay for gem’s such as when the US Admiral and Dr. Serizawa were debating if they should they drop the nuclear bomb on the two Mothra or let Godzilla intervene.

“This alpha predator of yours, doctor, do you really think he has a chance?” asks Admiral William Stenz.

“The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight,” answers Dr. Ichiro Serizawa.

As Joe Bob Briggs used to say in the old days, “check it out!”

Godzilla is now showing at theaters everywhere. Click here to view the trailer and find a theater near you.

MPAA: PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.

Images ©Legendary Pictures
Rowing into summer

Check out Dallas United Crew's summer camps! ©Geoff Kuchera

Dallas United Crew (DUC) has announced their summer camp rowing programs for grades 6 to 12.

DUC is the first and oldest youth rowing program on White Rock Lake, established in 2002, with high school and middle school rowers from throughout the Dallas area.

Their programs reward teamwork rather than individualism and seek to develop a lifetime love of the sport to allow athletes success in college and beyond.

Dallas United Crew’s Novice rowing camps introduce incoming 9th graders and inexperienced high school rowing athletes to the fundamentals of rowing and prepares them for rowing in high school.

The middle school programs (6th - 8th grade) focuses on safe practices and teamwork and tailors the experience to the needs of middle school students, both physically and emotionally.

The DUC high school development camp is designed for rowers entering grades 10-12 who have previously participated and/or are currently participating in a competitive high school rowing program.

All participants will have fun while they improve their fitness, discipline and rowing skills, as well as form new friendships and develop confidence.

To see the list of all summer camps on DUC's website and to find out how to register, visit their website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.
Northlake promotes college readiness

Northlake students recently visited the UNT campus.

Northlake Elementary students recently visited the University of North Texas campus.

Promoting college and career awareness, Northlake sixth graders recently visited the campus for a full day tour exposing students to campus life and academic opportunities.

The young students also received some eye-opening information about the college application process and the cost of tuition, living and book expenses.

For some students, it was their first experience on a college campus. The trip was enjoyable and informative for all!

For more information on Northlake Elementary, visit their website.

Want to share your good school news, too?

Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with an update about your campus and student activities.
Required reading with cake balls

Cake balls & required reading are now available at My Office.

Get all your required reading books at My Office!

Cakeballs and required summer reading – two very different things, but necessities for summer, some say.

My Office is the go-to place for when you need to mail, ship, copy, fax, or scan to email anything, and now they’ve added some very important items to their list of supplies.

RISD students can find their required summer reading books right here close to home.

There are 163 titles on the high school list, some being level books and some are additional choice books, and there are 75 titles for 7th and 8th graders.

Although My Office can’t store all those books on their shelves, they will have the required reading books in the store and you can order the student choice books directly from them.

They will have four dates that you can order the books, then you can plan on picking them up about a week later.

Order your books on May 30th, June 16th, July 14th and August 1st by 4:30 p.m. on each of those days, and you’ll be good to go!

Does the idea of summer reading stress you out? You’re in luck!

My office is now carrying cake balls from The Cake Ball Company in the store, and you can special order too.

Choose from a variety of flavors such as birthday cake, brownie, sea salt caramel, chocolate buzz, lemon and many more. They even have some special My Office combo boxes you can purchase.

So whether you need books, cake balls, a notary, shipping services or gifts and gadgets, My Office is the place to go.

Remember, on the My Office website customers can special order anything that can be found at any big box store.

If you can dream it, My Office can do it!

Check out more about My Office at their website or “Like” their Facebook page to keep up with specials.

My Office will be at the high school parent meeting on May 29th at 6:30 p.m. selling all the books you will need for the summer for both English and AP Human Geography.
What’s up Memorial Day weekend?

A concert and fireworks at Flagpole Hill will end the holiday weekend.

Food trucks will be all around Dallas this weekend waiting to feed you.

Support Camp Sweeney and enjoy a 5k and family fun at the LH Town Center.

Honor the men and women who have served our country at Carry the Load.

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market.

There will be plenty of Memorial Day weekend fun at Klyde Warren Park.

For many Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, but most importantly it’s a holiday to honor and pay respect to those who have given their lives in service to our country.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and can spend time with your friends and families enjoying many of the wonderful events going on around town.

Food Truck Frenzy
Friday, May 23rd
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fair Park

Enjoy lunch from a plethora of food trucks (including Butcher’s Son, Mad Grill, Texas Burrito Company and many more) while the Fair Park Esplanade musical water show entertains you. Free admission and parking. Enter Gates 3 or 4 to park or ride DART Green Line.

For more information on the event, visit the Fair Park website.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, May 24th
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Shop for your local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Head on out and enjoy friends, food and fresh everything!

For more info, visit the WRLM website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Little Stewpot Steward Lemonade Stands
Saturday, May 24th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

T.Hee Greetings and Gifts
9661 Audelia Rd., # 110

To kick off their stewardship, volunteers are having lemonade stands at both the Lake Highlands and the Lakewood T.Hee! Greetings and Gifts locations this Saturday, May 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lemonade, sweet treats and lots of excited kids ready to help the homeless beat the heat.

For more information, visit the Little Stewpot Steward Facebook page.

Carry The Load
Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th
3:30 p.m.

Reverchon Park/Katy Trail ending at Flagpole Hill

This 20-hour Memorial Day event honors service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. Participants are invited to march at any point during the 20 hours.

The event kicks off with opening ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and the march begins at 4:00 p.m. The march ends at 12:12 p.m. on Monday, followed by closing ceremonies.

For more info on Carry The Load, visit the website or read our article here.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, May 24th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• SWEAT in the Park Boot Camp from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
• Yoga from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
• Yoginis: Yoga for Youth from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
• Note-Star Piano Concert from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
• Classics at Klyde Warren – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

Memorial Day weekend at the Arboretum
Saturday, May 24th – Monday, May 26th
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd.

In honor of our armed forces, there will be flags and patriotic music in the gardens along with FREE admission all four days for all active and retired military personnel with valid photo ID.

In the Pecan Grove, children of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting, and on Monday, May 26th, festive fare includes $1 hotdogs, popcorn and fried pies. The weekend of the patriotic celebration will conclude with two free Eddie Coker concerts on Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

For more information on parking, cost and hours of operation, visit the Arboretum website.

Lake Highlands Art & Play Festival
Monday, May 26th
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lake Highlands Town Center

The Lake Highlands Public Improvement District is hosting the 2nd Annual Lake Highlands Art and Play Festival and Camp Sweeney 5K at the Lake Highlands Town Center on May 26th.

Kicking off with a 5K at 8:00 a.m., the event will wind down with a fun family festival including artist booths, food trucks, live music and a kids’ zone.

For details and to register, click here.

Memorial Day Concert & Fireworks
Monday, May 26th
8:00 p.m.

Flag Pole Hill
8007 E. Northwest Hwy.

Kick off the end of a great weekend with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance at Flagpole Hill. Bring a blanket and get comfortable while listening to great music followed by a fireworks display. This event is presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is free and open to the public.

Call 214.692.0203 to find out more!

RAIN SITE: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas Arts District
Kicking off a season of stewardship

Enjoy some lemonade and help raise money for the Little Stewpot Stewards! ©viafilms

These little Stewards are just a few of the 60 who helped last summer.

Children work hard putting together summer survival kits for the homeless.

Kids work together to get the survival kits assembled.

The Stewpot is a safe haven for the homeless.

The weather is about to get hot here in Dallas, and the Little Stewpot Stewards are ready to get busy helping the homeless fight the heat!

The Little Stewpot Stewards is a grass roots volunteer group whose mission is to help the homeless clients of The Stewpot in downtown Dallas, a safe haven for the homeless.

Lake Highlands is home to dozens of these Little Stewpot Stewards and they’re ready to do their part!

Every Little Stewpot Steward is responsible for planning at least one collection or fundraising event of which the money collected is being pooled to purchase items requested by The Stewpot to create Summer Survival Kits.

The Little Stewpot Stewards have already scheduled their dates this summer to tour The Stewpot, assemble Summer Survival Kits and distribute those kits directly to the clients of The Stewpot.

Last summer, these 60 children and their families collected over $3,500 and distributed over 600 summer survival kits. We are very excited to see what this summer brings.

To kick off their stewardship, volunteers are having lemonade stands at both the Lake Highlands and the Lakewood T.Hee! Greetings and Gifts locations this Saturday, May 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lemonade, sweet treats and lots of excited kids ready to help the homeless beat the heat.

T.Hee will also be the Little Stewpot Stewards "donation station" for the length of the summer where donations and in-kind items can be collected as needed.

“We have developed a wonderful relationship with the staff at The Stewpot and have been encouraged to grow our mission and our involvement there,” explained volunteer April Gorman.

“We completed a Christmas Program adopting the Representative Payee Clients of The Stewpot and hosted a lovely party and gift distribution. We also have current conversations going on about volunteer days in the Encore Park Community Garden,” she said.

So as the summer goes on, these little Stewpot Stewards will continue to gather supplies and make Summer Survival Kits for our less fortunate Dallasites.

They continue to prove that regardless of your age, you can make a huge difference in others’ lives, and you can help them do that by visiting one of their T.Hee lemonade stands this weekend!

The Little Stewpot Steward lemonade stands are this Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Lake Highlands T.Hee location is at 9661 Audelia Rd., # 110.

The Lakewood T.Hee location is at 6465 E Mockingbird Ln., Ste 314.

To keep up with the Little Stewpot Stewards, like their Facebook page by clicking here.

For more information in the Stewpot, click here.
The State of Lake Highlands recap

Speakers Villalba and Allen discuss local & state affairs.

Rep. Jason Villalba and City Councilman Jerry Allen

Meeting attendees discuss Lake Highlands affairs.

Allen stayed after the meeting to speak with residents with further questions.

The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association (LHAIA) recently held their 2nd meeting of the year, “The State of Lake Highlands.”

The key speakers, Representative Jason Villalba and Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen, spoke on the current state of the community and the state.

Over 100 residents attended the meeting at the Dallas Children’s Theater in hopes to hear more from the speakers and to ask questions.

Councilman Allen started off the meeting with a thank you to Chief Acord from DPD’s Northeast Division who was in attendance.

Allen focused on talking about the Lake Highlands schools, service clubs, faith-based organizations, and the people that make the community what it is.

“I describe Lake Highlands by its supportive neighbors and great schools, and I'm proud to call it home for my family,” said Allen. “With all the young families here, our community’s great traditions will be held high and carried on.”

Allen also spoke some on the Lake Highlands Town Center and the anchor that should be announced within the next few weeks. “The last details for an anchor are being hammered out,” he said.

Lastly, he announced that there's new ownership of the Palms apartments off of Royal Lane that include approximately 720 units.

“They're putting pencil to paper and will most likely go to the Lake Highlands TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to make future plans,” Allen said. There’s discussion that the land will be used for single-family properties, but the decision hasn’t yet been made.

Allen then introduced Representative Villalba who began with a summary of the 83rd Legislative session highlights.

He delved into the big wins for education that came out of the session including restoring funds for education and his co-authoring of House Bill 5 (HB5) which lowered the number of tests for students. The next session, even more money will be put back into Texas school districts, Villalba explained.

“Water is an issue that isn't talked about much, but we have a water crisis in Texas,” Villalba continued. “We came up with a Region 13 water plan, but next we have to figure out how we will pay for it?”

Villalba discussed the water act that he co-authored that will take money from the rainy day fund to help pay for these projects which include new reservoirs, new pipelines, conservation efforts, and much more.

He then discussed what he believes will be big topics in the 84th session. “We'll have to fix glitches with HB5, and we’ll most likely talk more on vouchers,” he said.

Villalba vetoed the vouchers for charter/private schools in the 83rd session, but he does support the issue when it involves students with special needs and money following them to a school that can support their needs.

Another topic in the 84th will most likely be transportation as the state needs more money to help with roads around the state.

According to Villalba, tolling isn't the answer and raising taxes isn't either. “Lawmakers will have to research and examine ideas as it's a topic that will hit the wall fast,” he explained.

A third big topic will be a special session issue and will be about school funding. How are resources allocated to the different ISDs and their schools? Villalba predicts that there may be a fight on this topic.

The meeting ended with great questions and comments from the audience and many residents stayed longer to catch up with each other and have more in depth discussions with Rep. Villalba and Councilman Allen.

For more information on the LHAIA, visit their website.
Break-in is 7th for The Store in Lake Highlands

"Smash and Grab" burglary at The Store in Lake Highlands.

Clothes looked to be the main target of the thieves.

As in past burglaries, the perpetrators used a large rock to smash one of The Store's main windows.

Quick moving thieves, faces covered with bandanas, made off with large quantities of apparel in an early morning burglary at The Store in Lake Highlands.

A favorite local boutique, The Store is located in Northlake Shopping Center, just down from Gecko Hardware and the Dutch Art Gallery.

Cheryl Calvin, owner of The Store, says the burglary occured around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"This was our seventh incident. They are all the same. Smash and grab."

A large rock was the weapon of choice (seen in the photos provided by Calvin.)

"We now have laminate on our glass that makes it more of a deterrent. So a few of the incidents were just replacing the glass doors, but they cost about $600 a piece to replace."

This time the perpetrators made off with what looks to be large amounts of clothing.

Recently installed security cameras show the thieves entering the store and taking the clothes. Calvin says the cameras were installed just two weeks ago.

"The tapes show them come in, get the clothes and leave. All in one minute."

Aside from the hassle of clean up and the unsettling nature of the crime is the economic impact.

"It's hard as a small business to survive in today's economy," says Calvin. "And add something like's just very difficult."

"We do have insurance, but with our deductible we might be better off absorbing this loss."

"We will just have to wait and see. Guess we will be doing an inventory this weekend."

Calvin and her staff posted this morning on The Store's Facebook page that they would open as usual, at 9:30 a.m.

Today might be a good day to drop by and offer a few words of encouragement. Their gift selection is awesome, by the way!

The Store in Lake Highlands is located at 10233 E. Northwest Highway at Ferndale Road.

Weekly hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Welcome home, Sadie!

Sadie with friends and neighbors in her yard being welcomed home.

Sadie was excited to see all the signs and banners welcoming her home after surgery.

Neighbors waved to Sadie and her parents as they drove home from the hospital.

Organizers of the warm reception home were thrilled with the neighborhood's participation.

It was a heart-warming day for everyone involved.

Amazing things go on in Lake Highlands every day proving that this community has a heart of gold!

A recent example of neighbors embracing each other was the welcome home of five-year-old Sadie Bono, daughter of Justin and Debbie Bono.

Sadie was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome and recently had surgery to help with craniofacial differences. On the return home from the hospital, she received a surprise that would warm anyone’s heart.

Friends and neighbors joined forces to decorate the neighborhood with ribbons on trees and hand-made signs lining the street leading up to their house.

These colorful banners and words of encouragement from her current class of Lake Highlands Elementary Wildcats, future classmates of Moss Haven Elementary and other children in the neighborhood brought smiles to everyone who saw them.

The welcome home project was the brain child of Blythe Layne who wanted Sadie to be excited about coming home and saw it as a great way to recycle Justin Bono campaign signs.

As organizers reached out to the street to seek permission to tie bows and hang signs, everyone was on board immediately.

“As you well know, in Lake Highlands, being neighbors means something - a community pulling together and celebrating a milestone for this five year old little girl and her family,” explained neighbor and friend, Lisa Johnson.

“While everyone might not know Sadie per se, everyone on our street and in our neighborhood knows Sadie's story and wanted to welcome her back home in a big way.”

“We had bow-tiers, bow-hangers, sign makers, sign displayers, balloon buyers, balloon deliverers - one neighbor even managed to get the Lake Highlands High School flock of flamingos and 'flocked' Sadie's yard!”

“Everyone did a little bit, and it all came together,” Lisa summed up.

And all those little things coming together made a big difference in one little girl's life.

Welcome home, Sadie!

Photos courtesy of Kelley Allton
Melinda Ann Lee Scholarships

Scholarship recipients Forrest Brown, Deon Harris & Martin Taylor

The Melinda Ann Lee Scholarship Awards of $2,500 each were recently presented to three Lake Highlands High School Seniors.

Forrest Brown has received one of two Melinda Lee Texas Tech Endowed Scholarships. An honor graduate, Brown has been a member of the Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta Math honor society, Espree music group, and the Wranglers Country Western dance group. An active member of Wilshire Baptist Church, he will be a business major at Texas Tech. He is the son of Chad and Allison Brown of Dallas.

Deon Harris is also a recipient of the Texas Tech Endowed scholarship. He has been a peer mediator, an AVID leader, and a participant in several community clean up organizations. He has received the Exchange Club "Accepting the Challenge of Excellence" award. He is the music leader at his church, Believers Tabernacle. He will be a pre-pharmacy major at Texas Tech and attended the Texas Tech Pharmacy Camp in 2013. He is the son of Shanjula Harris of Dallas.

Martin Taylor has received the Melinda Lee Memorial Scholarship which is presented through the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands each year. He is an honor graduate and is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and is Captain of the wrestling team. He is an Eagle Scout (Troop 890) and attends Lake Highlands United Methodist Church. Martin will be a business major at Texas Tech. He is the son of Brad and Jill Taylor of Dallas.

These awards were established by Don and Patsy Lee in 1995 to honor the memory of their daughter, Melinda, a 1992 graduate of Lake Highlands High School, who was killed by a drunk driver in Lubbock in 1994.

Melinda was a junior honor student at Texas Tech at the time of her death. Thirty-seven Lake Highlands graduates have received scholarship awards in memory of Melinda to date.

For more information on Melinda Ann Lee Scholarship Awards, please email Don Lee at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Making waves to fight cancer

Last year's LH participants in the Swim Across America Dallas event

2013 Swim Across America Dallas

Lucy LaVigne and Sophia Relyea at last year's event

Join the SAA participants tonight at Big Shucks Oyster Bar to eat crawfish and support the cause!

If you’ve ever known someone who has participated in Swim Across America (SAA), then you know what kind of heart and soul is put into their swimming.

The Dallas SAA is coming up in a couple of weeks, and Lake Highlands has several dedicated swimmers that plan on being a part of it.

The ones I’m extremely impressed by are a group of kids who swim in honor of friends and family including two of their very own coaches who were diagnosed with cancer and beat it!

Since 1987, SAA has been dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

The SAA community is made up of swimmers, friends, parents, sons and daughters, teachers, and coaches. Many of the most loyal supporters aren't swimmers, but honor family and friends by donating, volunteering, or by helping raise money in the continued effort to find a cure.

Michael Hernandez, Audrey Jacobson, Ryan and Sophia Relyea, Lucy and Roman LaVigne, Avery Smithen, and Anja and Malcolm Cronhaeger are an amazing group of kids who will participating in the upcoming Dallas event to help raise money for SAA.

Lucy LaVigne, a 5th grader at Merriman Park Elementary, is especially motivated to swim hard this year.

"I swim as a way to raise money for my close friends like Mrs. Lyons, Malik and Hannah and others who are fighting cancer. It’s my way to help fight for them!"

Their swim coach, Karen Miller, is thrilled that the kids are doing it again this year!

"I'm so glad I can share my love of open water swimming and raising money for a great cause with the kids," said Coach Miller. "My swim kids are the best!"

In this one year alone, 1,334,000 cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US. This staggering statistic offers compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to research and treatment.

Tonight at Big Shucks Oyster Bar on Mockingbird Lane, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish that will benefit Swim Across America Dallas.

Head on over for some patio fun and do your part in helping make waves to fight cancer!

For more information on Swim Across America or to find out how to donate, visit the SAA website.
Water-wise gardening tour

20th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour is one you won't want to miss!

The 20th annual Water-Wise Landscape Tour is right around the corner!

The City of Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, City of Dallas Park & Recreation, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and the Dallas County Master Gardeners are teaming up to demonstrate the beauty of Water-Wise and EarthKind™ gardening on the tour.

Dallas County Master Gardeners will have demonstrations and be conducting free 30 minute talks on Water-Wise gardening every hour on the hour at the Central and North tour headquarters.

Dallas County Master Gardener volunteers will also be assisting homeowners and helping answer questions about the plants and landscapes on the tour.

The first 100 visitors at each of the three tour headquarters will receive a free hose spray nozzle!

Here’s the scoop on the happenings at each tour headquarters:

Central Tour Headquarters
White Rock Pump Station
2900 White Rock Road, Dallas, TX 75214

9:00 a.m. – WaterWise Gardening
10:00 a.m. – Great Plants for Dallas
11:00 a.m. – Shady Herbs for Shady Places
12:00 p.m. – Bringing Nature Home
1:00 p.m. – Do’s and Don’ts of Container Gardening
2:00 p.m. – Adding Natives to Your Landscape

North Tour Headquarters
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75252

Trees Q&A (ongoing)
Soil Demo/Native Plants (ongoing)
Container Gardening Demo/Shade Plants (ongoing)

South Tour Headquarters
Lake Cliff Park
E. Colorado Boulevard at N. Zang Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75203

10:00 a.m. – Easy Care Roses
11:00 a.m. – Plant Reproduction Demo

Click here for a map of the self-guiding Water-Wise Landscape Tour. Maps will also be available all tour headquarters.

Questions? Call 214.670.3155 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Photos courtesy of tour organizers.
Come & play at the Town Center

Come out and play at the Town Center on Memorial Day. It's for a great cause!

Come Out & Play 5K benefits Camp Sweeney.

Enjoy food trucks while playing at the festival.

Come Out and Play!

The Lake Highlands Public Improvement District is hosting the 2nd Annual Lake Highlands Art and Play Festival and Camp Sweeney 5K at the Lake Highlands Town Center on May 26th.

Kicking off with a 5K at 8:00 a.m., the event will wind down with a fun family festival including artist booths, food trucks, live music and a kids zone.

The race starts and finishes on Wildcat Way and utilizes the great trails winding through Watercrest Park. Last year’s runners can attest it was a great course with sites and challenges alike.

The Camp Sweeney 5K benefits Camp Sweeney, one of few camps designed specifically for kids with diabetes. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States and is located just up the road near Gainesville, Texas.

Many families in Lake Highlands and the Dallas area are involved with Camp Sweeney and are working hard to fund scholarships for future campers.

At the family festival after the race, Camp Sweeney counselors will be on-site manning the Children’s Art Corner, an obstacle course and several sports challenges for the young and the young-at-heart.

To make it easy for parents and fun for kids, $10 Activity Cards will be available for purchase that can be punched to participate in certain games and activities.

The main event entrance for cars will be at the north side of the Town Center, entering off Walnut Hill. Bike riders are encouraged and are invited to check their bikes at the Camp Sweeney Bike Valet for a small donation while enjoying the festivities.

Whether you want to run, walk, or just come out and play, there's something for everyone to enjoy this Memorial Day!

You can visit the Lake Highlands Art & Play Festival Facebook page for more details.

Camp Sweeney 5K and Festival will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Highlands Town Center on Monday, May 26th.

Photo are courtesy of LHPID from last year's event.
Reel Deal: Movies with Anne

The Railway Man is now showing at the Magnolia.

Jeremy Irvine as the young Eric Lomax

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

Stellan Skarsgard as Finlay

Chills still run up the spine upon hearing the cheery and determined whistling tune announcing scenes from The Bridge on the River Kwai, a 1957 British World War II film based on the French novel (1952) by Pierre Boulle.

This film, a work of fiction, deals with the plight of World War II British prisoners of war from late 1942 through May 1943 that were forced by the Japanese Army to build a bridge from Thailand to Burma to ship supplies and their men.

This classic has been preserved in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry and is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.

Now comes The Railway Man, a film about a British Army officer tortured at a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. Colin Firth plays Eric Lomax who years after his imprisonment is still fitfully tormented with flashbacks of the horrors he experienced leaving him with untreated post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Based on the memoir written by Eric Lomax, the film begins in the 1980’s when he first meets wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) on a train, falls in love and marries her.

The plot then moves backward revealing flashbacks showing the fall of Singapore in 1942. Eric and other British soldiers were forced to build the Burma to Thailand railway under hideous circumstances. The young Eric scenes are played by Jeremy Irvine, who resembles Colin Firth and does an admirable portrayal.

Watching him re-live those terrible episodes prompts Patti to speak with an ex-prisoner veteran Finlay (Stellan Skarsgard) who reluctantly reveals Eric’s terrible experiences.

There is no release from Eric’s trauma until he learns that the Japanese soldier Nagase (Tanroh Ishida) who tormented him while he was incarcerated now operates the former prison as a museum.
This news prompts the former prisoner to return to Southeast Asia, to confront his demons and seek revenge.

At the prison he finds Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada,) now an older man, making his living explaining the tragic incidents that took place at that site, causing Eric to erupt with anger and threaten Nagase with his own tortuous medicine. This is a powerful sequence while these two enemies struggle with how to find satisfaction in this intense encounter.

Once again Colin Firth demonstrates his amazing facility at slowly revealing what his character is all about. He easily shoulders the image of the fusty meticulous train enthusiast lacking connection with the real world, leaving one to wonder what he is going to do with Nicole Kidman’s Patti? She is an aide to his story, hits all her marks as instructed, yet her only performance requirement is to exude stability in her role.

The filmmakers were graphic in their depiction of torture episodes and left little to the imagination. Location scenes lent veracity to the tale, as, for the most part, they were shot in actual sites where incidents occurred, sparing viewers the corruption of computer generated graphics. Time transitions keep the pacing of the work moving, a difficult feat for the production team to accomplish.

The Railway Man is in a limited engagement at the Magnolia, but should be on your list as an important war film depicting remembrance and reconciliation.

The Railway Man is now showing at the Magnolia Theater located at 3699 McKinney Ave, #100 and at the Angelika Film Center in Plano at 7205 Bishop Rd.

Click here to view the trailer and find a theater near you.

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing prisoner of war violence.

Images ©2013 Lions Gate UK Limited
Connecting & empowering women

Carrie Hill, Renee Barfoot, Marla Ravkind and Tricia Martinez

Attendees enjoyed wines and appetizers

Lake Highlands women enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.

Carrie Hill welcomed attendees

Caren Bright spoke to the group about Pamper Lake Highlands

The Women’s Leadership Connection, a group within the Lake Highlands Chamber of Commerce, welcomed women from all over Lake Highlands to their launch meeting last night.

Co-founders Carrie Hill and Marla Ravkind both work full time, and they saw an opportunity within the Lake Highlands Chamber to reach out to other like-minded professional women in the community.

“There are many other groups for women in our neighborhood focusing on family, children, and various philanthropies, and we adore and support all of those groups, but we wanted a dedicated place for the business women of Lake Highlands to come together,” explained Hill.

“Whether you live in Lake Highlands or you do business in Lake Highlands, we want you to network with us!”

“Networking is so different for women than men, and our belief is that women bond first, then do business together,” Hill stated. “Our meetings, events, and socials will all be centered around that premise.”

The group’s community ambassadors, Renee Barfoot, Courtney Crawford-Slater, Tricia Martinez and Michele Zupa, were equally as excited to get the networking started.

After brief introductions, Hill introduced Caren Bright, founder of Pamper Lake Highlands, who spoke about her mission and why it was an important neighborhood charity.

Darlene Ellison, the creator of the East Dallas Women in Business in Lakewood, mentored Hill and Ravkind and graciously offered to guide them in the development of the group – hence the Women’s Leadership Connection was born.

What’s their mission? To empower and promote business-minded women in Lake Highlands.

“There is no membership fee to attend our events right now,” Hill said. “We want everyone to be able to attend and network. Of course, we would love all of those attending to join the Lake Highlands Chamber, but it isn’t required.”

Some events will be presented by or hosted by local businesses which will pick up the costs for attendees, and the group is definitely carrying on the Chamber’s mission to grow the existing businesses in Lake Highlands.

The Women’s Leadership Connection meetings are slotted for quarterly events at this point, along with additional social events, but if there’s strong demand organizers say they’ll have more.

Stay up to date with meeting dates and events, by visiting their website regularly.

For more information on the LH Chamber or the Women’s Leadership Connection or if you’re interested in sponsoring a meeting, visit their website.

Please contact Carrie Hill at 214.298.4038 or Marla Ravkind at 214.471.8960 with any questions you may have.
Wildcat Summer Camps are open

LHHS summer sports camps are open for registrations!

It’s time to sign up for Lake Highlands High School Summer Sports Camps. A sports camp experience not only keeps your kids moving during the summer months, but also teaches them the importance of living an overall healthy lifestyle.

Hurry and fill out the applications in a timely manner today, as each camp is expected to fill up rather quickly. With LHHS coaches from all sports teaching young and upcoming kids, these camps are guaranteed to be a good time.

What are you waiting for? Sign your kids up for one or multiple camps offered below. It doesn’t matter if your child is a boy or a girl, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Lake Highlands Football Camps
Session 1: August 4-7 for Grades 3rd through 6th
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: August 4-7 for Grades 7th through 9th
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LHHS Football Stadium
$75 Fee includes t-shirt ($80 late)

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Softball Camps
June 9-11
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LHHS Softball Field

Open to girls in Grades 3rd through 9th, including incoming freshman
$70 Fee includes instruction, awards, t-shirt and door prizes

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Tennis Camps
June 9-13
June 16-20
June 23-27
LHHS Courts

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Grades 1st through 8th
$115 Fee; please bring racquet & water

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Baseball Camps
LHHS Baseball Field
Overall Skills Camps and Pitcher/Catcher Skills Camps
June 9th through June 18th
Grades K through 9th
$50-$60 Fee depending on camp

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Basketball Camp - BOYS
June 23rd through June 26th
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
LH Freshman Center
Open to boys in Grades 4th through 9th
$60 Fee includes instruction, awards, t-shirt and basketball

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Basketball Camp - GIRLS
July 14th through 18th
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LH Freshman Center
Open to girls in Grades 3rd through 9th
$75 Fee includes instruction, awards, t-shirt and basketball

Click HERE for registration form and contact details.

Lake Highlands Wrestling Camp
July 7th through 11th
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LH Wrestling Room
Open for boys in Grades 2nd through 9th
$100 Fee

Click HERE for registration form and contact information.

Wildcats Summer Strength & Conditioning

June 16th through July 31st for incoming 7th through 12th grade students

Each week consists of 4 days of training M-TH.
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lake Highlands High School Weight Room
$140.00 for the 7-week session

Click HERE for registration form and contact information, and click HERE for the application.

For more information, visit the Lake Highlands Wildcat Club’s website.

Lake Highlands High School is located at 9449 Church Road.
The State of Lake Highlands

Hear about the "State of Lake Highlands" on Monday, May 19th at the Dallas Children's Theater.

"It’s been a heck of a decade for Lake Highlands," says Murray Morgan, Executive Vice President of the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association (LHAIA).

"In the past, we saw our property values plummet, crime increase, and a decline in folks moving to Lake Highlands. Yet, we persevered through all that and have seen some amazing and positive change!"

"The hard working and dedicated homeowner and neighborhood associations, residents, and the many hundred committed community groups, activists, advocates, and government officials who have worked long and hard to bring that positive change deserve a standing ovation."

The LHAIA was founded in 2001 and has quietly worked behind the scenes to bring improvement to Lake Highlands.

The group was instrumental in bringing the Northeast DPD Division Headquarters to Northwest Highway. They helped stop a lot of bad development ideas and were instrumental in promoting the good ones.

The LHAIA works closely with homeowner and neighborhood associations to give voice to residents in dealing with government entities and developers.

"We’re here to provide information, educate residents on what’s going on in Lake Highlands, coordinate battles, and help fight the good fight," Morgan simply states.

"To that end, we have scheduled a series of meetings that will help enlighten and educate Lake Highlands residents of current activities and concerns."

The first meeting back in March, "Keeping Lake Highlands Safe," was a huge success, drawing residents from all over Lake Highlands to hear Chief Acord with DPD’s Northeast substation speak.

This coming Monday, May 19th, LHAIA will sponsor the second meeting addressing "The State of Lake Highlands."

Key speakers, State Representative Jason Villalba and Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen, will provide a broad overview of city and state activities and plans.

Representative Villalba will give an overview of the accomplishments of the 83rd Legislative Session and a preview of what he believes will be the biggest issues of the 84th.

Councilman Allen will address his perceptions on the "State of Lake Highlands" both now and in the future.

All residents, HOA’s, and neighborhood associations are welcome to attend. Membership in LHAIA is not required.

There will be ample time after the presentation for one-on-one conversations with the speakers.

Here are the details:

When: Monday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Dallas Children’s Theater at 5938 Skillman (corner of Skillman and NW Hwy.)

If your organization is not a member of LHAIA and would like to join the organization, contact Murray Morgan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Scott Wynne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

LHAIA is also in need of updates to its HOA/NA email list with current presidents and board members. If you can provide this information to one of the above email addresses it would be greatly appreciated!

Keep up to date by joining the LHAIA mailing list on the LHAIA website. Click on the icon in the upper right hand corner.

The remaining 2014 LHAIA meetings are as follows:

• Monday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.: RISD Update with RISD administration – Dallas Children's Theater

• Monday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.: Economic Development with key community leaders – Location TBD
Blue Mass at St. James Church

Offer thanks for our LH officers at St. James this Sunday.

St. James Episcopal Church will be holding a Blue Mass this Sunday to offer thanks to God for the dedication and sacrifice made by the officers at the Northeast Dallas Police Station and all the women and men in law enforcement and for their families and communities.

All members of the community are invited to attend and enjoy a reception in the Parish Hall following the service.

Here are the details you need to know:

WHAT: "Blue Mass" Honoring Police

WHEN: Sunday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: St. James Episcopal Church at 9845 McCree Road

Our community is so grateful to these men and women who spend their days and nights protecting Lake Highlands.

For more information, contact Carol Hernandez at 214.348.1345 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

On the day of the mass, please call Gayle Lynch at 214.415.9694 with any questions.
Positively Fit: Back to the Basics

Are you over-doing your weight routine? Find out in Mallory's column today. ©Edyta Pawlowska

About this time of year, college kids return home and start hitting the local gyms, bringing with them to the fitness floor a fair amount of “creativity.”

Instead of a regular triceps dip, for example, you may see someone at the dipping station with his buddy hanging or sitting on him for extra weight.

You might find a genius who has decided that a standard overhead barbell squat is insufficient – wouldn’t it be better to perform that squat while standing on the tips of some dumbbells?

Yes – there are the obvious attention-seekers who will be lucky to survive their trips to the gym with their skulls intact, but there are also plenty of well-meaning people working out with too much weight, performing too many repetitions, and maintaining sloppy posture and form.

This innocent but risky method of exercising is sometimes promoted by trainers and coaches and is definitely promoted by the fitness marketing machine; unfortunately, more often than not, it’s the physical therapists who are left to sort it all out.

This month, the mantra at my studio has been “Back to Basics.” That is, before we do that pushup with one leg in the air, let’s make sure we can do that basic push up with perfect form. Before we launch the barbell overhead, let’s make sure we have proper posture to ensure our own safety.

And as we complete row after row with the heaviest of dumbbells, let’s make sure that we don’t let a sagging midsection pull a disc out of place or a bicep take over for a tired upper back. It’s amazing that so many of us try to push through the bad reps just to say we did them. Some pay a heavy price; others get off lucky.

I believe two widespread ideas about fitness are to blame for this careless weight room behavior. The first is the idea that exercise must be painful in order to work. The fitness marketing machine wants us to believe that more is better – more reps, more weight, in faster time.

In the mantra of acclaimed trainer Mindy Mylrea, More is not better. Better is better! Three sets of eight perfect bench presses is safer and more effective than five sets of twelve sloppy ones. Period. Pushing past the pain will only lead to more pain and decreased ability to move – trust me – I learned it the hard way myself.

The second fitness principle that has been released into the general population is the idea of muscle confusion, which means progressively changing an exercise to make it more challenging as the person performing the exercise gets better and better at it.

This principle is a sound one – after all, our bodies adapt quickly to what we throw at them, so if we curl 15 pounds, 3 times a week, month after month, year after year, we won’t progress in our strength gains but instead will be really good at curling 15 pounds 3 times a week. So for sure, muscle confusion is good when done methodically as a slow progression.

However, in the industry’s well-intentioned desire to introduce “muscle-confusion” to the average exerciser, we have a created a pressure to make things new, different, and more difficult even before the participant has “earned the right to progress,” a mantra made familiar by the TRX team at Fitness Anywhere.

By going back to basics, we ensure that the muscles for which the exercise is designed are the ones doing the work. We also ensure that we protect the ankles, knees, hips, spine, and shoulders. We work on flexibility, mobility, agility to make sure that those parts of our body that are supposed to be moving are able to move. We work on core strength and proper positioning to make sure that those parts of our body that are supposed to stay stable remain stable.

If you are looking to get back to the basics or want an introductory lesson, there are weightlifting books and videos online that can assist you, but it’s hard to monitor your own form, so be sure to have a fitness friend help assess you.

I highly recommend hiring a trainer for a few sessions just to check your form and teach you the ropes. Key phrases you should hear are neutral spine, tighten the glutes, knees soft, relaxed neck, shoulders back and down off your ears. She or he should explain the form and purpose of the move, demonstrate the move a few times, and monitor your breathing and your body, insisting that you stop when the lifts begin to pull you into bad form.

If you plan to exercise – and move well – for the rest of your life, learning the basics is absolutely crucial. So get to it!

Mallory Mansour Cislo is a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer with additional certifications in nutrition and other areas of wellness and fitness including the TRX® Suspension Training.

She lives in Lake Highlands with her husband and three sons and owns Positively Fit Lake Highlands, a private group exercise and personal training studio devoted to spreading the joy of exercise and health to Lake Highlands, Dallas, and beyond.

Click here to order a copy of her book, Positively Fit: 25 Do-Everywhere Workouts for Busy People, which contains five workouts each for the home, office, playground, street, and minimally-equipped gyms.

Click here to "like" Positively Fit Lake Highlands on Facebook.
LHHS Choir Spring Concert

Enjoy the LHHS Choirs in the Spring Concert. ©Mattabbe

The LHHS Choirs in 2013

If you're in the mood to enjoy the voices of angels, then you don't want to miss the last Lake Highlands High School Choir concert of the year!

Here's the scoop:

What: Lake Highlands High School Spring Choir Concert

When: Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Highlands High School Auditorium

This evening of wonderful music will be performed by the supremely talented LHHS Choirs​. ​Their show will feature ​songs from ​their ​UIL appearances ​as well as new music that the choirs have learned for this final concert.

​They​ will end wit​​h the​ traditional singing of The Benediction and all alumni are invited to come back and join us in this moving finale.

To keep up with our great Lake Highlands schools, check out the LH Today Schools section.

Want to share your good school news, too?

Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with an update about your campus and student activities.
Pamper Lake Highlands

Caren's daughter helps with the very first Pamper Lake Highlands event.

Donations for Pamper Lake Highlands

Pruchased diapers for the first event

LH resident Caren Bright is on a mission to Pamper Lake Highlands. But it’s more than a mission, it’s her calling and a ministry she wants to share with everyone she can.

Caren’s oldest son took his first steps in a homeless shelter, and one of the things she remembers most about those tough times was how expensive diapers were.

Since diapers aren’t covered under any government assistance programs, a baby will many times stay in diaper until there is rash because their families cannot afford more than 1 diaper a day.

While in the shelter, Caren vividly remembers a very kind person gifting her with money and diapers – it’s a memory she’ll always cherish, and she is determined to pass on that generosity.

When Caren moved to Lake Highlands 12 years ago, she was embraced by the community and was taught about Christianity and how to be a loving parent.

“What I witnessed was so different than the abusive environment I grew up in,” she explains. “Through the community, I was able to transform myself, learned how to be engaged with my children, and even lost weight – it all changed my life!”

Within the last few years, Caren has reached out to her faith and is working on writing a book called Fifty Dates with the Lord. She spent a lot of time in solitude with God learning about herself and her faith.

“I knew God would grow me in ways I didn’t know possible,” Caren says. “ I also knew that I wanted to use my past to help others.”

In her recent experience on a Walk to Emmaus, Caren’s calling was made clear. She needed to serve those in need through Pamper Lake Highlands.

Caren created Pamper Lake Highlands to help families in need right here in our community to have access to diapers for their babies.

Back in February, Caren had the first Pamper Lake Highlands event by setting up a lemonade stand locally and handing out diapers to Lake Highlands families who needed them.

“There were several women so touched by this that they broke down in tears,” Caren says in describing the situation.

“We’re starting off with the necessities these families need for their babies and toddlers, and we hope to eventually be able to provide school supplies for their older children.”

Saturday, June 14th is the next Pamper Lake Highlands event. Caren has rented out the Lake Highlands North Rec Center’s large pavilion from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. so she and volunteers can pass out diapers and other basic necessities to Lake Highlands families in need.

“I’m a completely new woman thanks to the Lake Highlands community!”

“This community is so amazing that it can transform people, and I’m a perfect example of that.”

Caren is ready to get Pamper Lake Highlands ministering to those who need it, whether it’s through diapers or the knowledge that someone out there cares.

If you would like to learn more about Pamper Lake Highlands or support the mission by donating diapers, papers for flyers, or even helping set up the non-profit status, please contact Caren Bright at 214.757.9253 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can drop off donations to the following addresses through Wednesday, June 11th:

• 9408 Summerhill Lane, 75238
• 7310 Hundley, 75231
• 9661 Audelia Rd #338
Dallas’ original trailblazers

The La Réunion Cemetery on Fishtrap Road in West Dallas. ©Campbell

Texas State historical marker at the Garland Pioneer Cemetery, noting the earlier Duck Creek settlement. ©Campbell

Welcome to Part 8 of Dr. Ted Campbell’s series on Dallas history. In Part 7 he discussed Dallas and Texas Statehood.

Texas statehood propelled the movement of settlers to the area, and they tended to come by way of Arkansas and the Oklahoma territory rather than Louisiana. That may seem counter-intuitive, but southerly routes had to cross multiple wide rivers, bayous, creeks, and marshes, and there were no bridges over major streams.

The first bridge over the Mississippi River was not built until 1855, and that was at Minneapolis, far to the north. St. Louis would not have a bridge until 1874. The northerly routes had fewer and smaller streams to ford or to cross by ferry boats.

Even settlers from southern states like Tennessee and Kentucky came to northern Texas by way of Missouri and Arkansas. This had an important effect on the settlement of northern Texas and perhaps the continuing culture of Dallas: relatively few of the early settlers came directly from the deep South.

The 1850 federal census of Dallas County showed that of 435 families, the largest groups of settlers had been born in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri, and Iowa.

One early settler to northern Dallas County, Benjamin Prigmore, described his family’s trek from Missouri to Texas in 1844:

“When we were moving to Texas we stopped on the East Fork of the Trinity several days to rest. There were some eighteen or twenty immigrant wagons along, and we were a pretty jolly crowd. The fourth day of July found us here in camp, and we thought we ought to celebrate our great national birthday; so we had the biggest sort of a dance upon the green grass of the prairie. The fattest yearling in the herd of cattle was killed and barbecued; and perhaps no festive occasion was ever more enjoyed than that 4th of July was by us – a little band of pioneers on this, the Texas frontier, at that time.”

This is the earliest documented reference to barbecue in the history of the Dallas area. It’s interesting that they celebrated the Fourth of July with such glee, since of course they were no longer in the United States.

At the same time in the 1840s and 1850s, when settlers like the Prigmore family were moving into north Texas, ranchers in Texas had begun sending cattle to railheads in Missouri.

One of the earliest Texas cattle trails, the Shawnee Trail, forded the Trinity in the Dallas area. From here it went north to Oklahoma either by the Military Road (Preston Road) or by other branches of the trail, then through eastern Oklahoma where it was called “The Texas Road,” through a little corner of Kansas, and then on into Missouri.

By 1842, Chickasaw people in Oklahoma operated a ferry across the Red River at a point east of Coffee’s trading post. This was known as Colbert’s Ferry from 1849, and it was also used as a river crossing in addition to the ford at Preston Bend where Coffee’s Station was located.

The trail from Colbert’s Ferry down to Dallas became an alternative to the Preston Road to its west. Benjamin Prigmore’s family seems to have followed this branch of the trail, since his account states that they camped on the East Fork of the Trinity, near the present site of McKinney, Texas.

The Shawnee Trail served as an immigrant road for thousands of settlers moving to north Texas before the Civil War. We have to imagine large groups of settlers with their wagons and families, their horses, mules, dogs, pigs, and chickens, moving slowly southwest along the trail, passing herds of cattle moving northeast, all under the very interested eyes of native peoples scanning the area.

We must also imagine enslaved people accompanying some of the early settlers. Slavery had been illegal according to the laws of Mexico, but it was legalized in the Republic of Texas. One of the principal grounds of opposition to the annexation of Texas on the part of United States was that it would bring another slaveholding state to the union.

The practice of human slavery existed for two decades in the Dallas area, from the time of the earliest settlements in the 1840s to June 19, 1865, when federal troops in Galveston announced the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state.

Slavery did not last in this area beyond the first generation of settlers, and in this respect also the culture of early Dallas differed from that of most southern states – even border states like Kentucky – where slavery had been an entrenched institution across multiple generations.

The earliest federal censuses taken in Texas show 207 enslaved people in Dallas County in 1850 out of a total population of 2,743 (8%), and then 1,074 enslaved people in 1860 out of a total population of 8,665 (12%). In the latter year, just before the Civil War, there were 228 slaveholders in the county.

Percentages of enslaved people in Dallas County were considerably lower than those for the state of Texas as a whole: 27.4% of the state’s population in 1850 as opposed to 8% in Dallas County, and 30.2% of the state population in 1860 as opposed to 12% in Dallas County.
Summer Urban Homesteading

Summer Urban Homestead Classes begin soon.

White Rock Local Market and Gecko Hardware are kicking off summer with a series of five, fun and informative Urban Homestead Classes taught by WRLM vendors including JJ&B, 24 Carrot Health, Texas Worm Ranch, Cita’s Salsa and In a Pickle.

On May 17th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., guests at "The Jam Jam" will join Kathy Neumuller from JJ&B Jellies, Jams and Butters to make two seasonal fruit preserves. Cost is $30 per person and includes a jar of each preserve made in class.

Lisa Staffelbach from 24 Carrot Health teaches "Soda and Sauerkraut" June 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and includes take home root beer and natural sauerkraut from class.

During "Hugelkultur Horticulture" at White Rock Local Garden June 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Heather Rinaldi from Texas Worm Ranch teaches how to use twigs, branches, logs and leaves to make a hugelkultur bed.

Students will build a “carbon sink” garden – a method that will grow into a fertile, water-efficient bed within a couple of seasons to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables. Cost is $30 per person.

On June 14th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Carol Castillo from Cita’s Salsa teaches "Salsa Soiree" walking students through some new and unique recipes. Cost is $30 per person and includes a jar of each salsa made in class.

Expert pickler James Felps from In a Pickle Foods hosts a "Pickling Party" June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will make two kinds of pickles and take home a jar of each. Cost is $30 per person.

A vibrant celebration of community and neighborhood, White Rock Local Market strengthens the local food economy and creates awareness of the social, environmental, and health benefits of eating local foods. Artisans, farmers and ranchers are located within 150 miles.

WRLM incubates small businesses and provides crucial support to small farmers. The market also hosts a community garden as well as workshops and field trips for kids and adults.

All classes will be held at Gecko Hardware, except Hugelkulter Horticulture.

Gecko Hardware is located in Northlake Shopping Center at 10233 E Northwest Hwy., Ste. #409.

White Rock Local Garden is located at 10222 Galway.

To purchase tickets, visit the WRLM website.
What’s up on Mother’s Day weekend?

What are your plans for Mother's Day? ©April Motl

Take mom to the Zoo for some art fun!

Shop for local produce at the White Rock Local Market.

What's more fun than a family walk/run with mom?

Moms love home tours and the Swiss Avenue tour is a blast.

Catch a concert at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Help mom relax with some yoga at Klyde Warren. ©Tyler Olson

Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse
Friday, May 9th
8:00 p.m.

NorthPark Presbyterian Church
9555 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill

Doors open at 7:30; Show at 8:00 p.m. The Flyin' A's and Grant Peeples perform, and it’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleasing show.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and children and teens are half price.

Uncle Calvin's is a smoke-free, alcohol free music venue featuring the best in bluegrass, folk and blues concerts. Get your tickets online here.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, May 10th
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music. Head on out and enjoy friends, food and fresh everything!

For more info, visit the WRLM website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Shoreline Spruce-Up
Saturday, May 10th
8:00 a.m.

White Rock Lake

This Lake-loving monthly event is sponsored by For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) which is located at 1152 N Buckner Blvd. If you’d like to do your part in helping keep White Rock Lake clean, meet at the FTLOTL office and participate for two hours of shoreline and lake clean-up.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.660.1100.

Paw Prints Art Fair
Saturday, May 10th
9:00 a.m.

Dallas Zoo

This 2-day art fair showcases works of art, including a wide array of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, and much more.

The event is free to members or with regular Zoo admission and is a great way to treat mom to a special Mother’s Day weekend!

For more information, visit the Dallas Zoo website or call 469.554.7500.

Skyview Elementary Splash Dash
Saturday, May 10th
9:00 a.m.

Skyview Elementary at 9229 Meadowknoll

Enjoy a 1 mile family fun walk/run fundraiser along with some delicious delights from food trucks. Let the kiddos jump in the bounce houses, get silly in the obstacle courses, and win at lots of other games and fun.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Bancroft Family Concert
Saturday, May 10th
3:00 p.m.

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art at 1717 N Harwood Street

You won’t want to miss this concert featuring Fine Arts Chamber Players and Avant Chamber Ballet.Admission to the museum and the concert is free and no reservations or tickets are required.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or call 214.520.2219.

Swiss Avenue Home Tour & Art Fair
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday May 11th
Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, noon–6pm; Brunch, 11am–2pm

Swiss Avenue Historic District

Those gorgeous, historic houses on Swiss Avenue are just dying to open their doors to your mom. There are eight homes on the tour this year and an art fair across the street from Savage Park to visit when you’re done. Over 20 local artists will be selling their wares.

Tickets are $15/advance; $20 at the door; $20 for brunch. To make reservations for brunch, call 214.748.5566 or visit the website for details.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, May 10th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• SWEAT in the Park Boot Camp from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
• Yoga from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
• Yoginis: Yoga for Youth from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
• Butterfly Trunk with Dallas Holocaust Museum – 10:30 a.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Classics at Klyde Warren – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

Jazz Under the Stars
Sunday, May 11th
6:00 p.m.

LHHS Wildcat Stadium

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the Lake Highlands Jazz Band perform. Enjoy some time with mom, friends, family and neighbors on Mother’s Day in this annual community favorite!

This event is free and open to the public. Please call 469.593.1000 for more information.
Merfolk at Dallas Lutheran

Ed Schwieterman & Hannah Isett as Prince Eric and Ariel

Sebastian and Ariel

Scuttle and Ariel

Flounder and Mersisters

Chef Louis

Prince Eric's ship

King Triton and the merfolk

Mermaids and sea creatures may just be fantasy, but they certainly looked and acted real at the recent spring musical by Dallas Lutheran School.

Performing to enthusiastic audiences of Disney fans, Dallas Lutheran students took to the high seas on a theatrical adventure of The Little Mermaid.

Ariel, played by sophomore, Hannah Isett, longed to be Part of Their World and moved from water to land in search of her true love, Prince Eric, junior Ed Schwieterman.

Eager to capture Ariel's beautiful voice, evil sea witch, Ursula and her hissing eels, performed by Hannah Barry, Rebecca Bartel and Anna Champion, respectively, lured the unsuspecting little mermaid away from her family.

Ariel's sea-bound friends, Sebastian (Rachel Franko) and Flounder (Katerina Fuller) were asked by King Triton (Davis Belt) to keep an eye on Ariel and away from the humans. Even with help from Scuttles the seagull (Rebecca Franko), plans to protect Ariel were soon dashed.

Chef Louis (Alexis Stephens) and her chef apprentices (Mary BeMent, Rachel Bowman, Lydia Reed) sang and chased each other around the second floor kitchen, narrowly missing the edge of the second-story scene.

The mermaid sisters (Gabriela Noriega, Falishia Fischer, Sloane Walker, Anne Talbot, Celia Hall, Elizabeth Fuller) and the colorful merfolk (Mary BeMent, Rachel Bowman, Elizabeth Bruder, Elizabeth Fuller, Bailey Payne, Lydia Reed, Alexis Stephens) characters created a beautiful background to the underwater adventure but could not convince Ariel to find contentment under the sea.

Following the designs of Director Doyle Fluegel, student construction crews built an elaborate, two-story set, depicting scenes of land and sea as well as Ariel's grotto and Ursula's dark lair. Special effects of moving water, bubbles during Under the Sea and the crack of a lightening bolt contributed to the realism of the performance.

Like all good love stories, Ariel did find her prince charming, Eric, and after the performances, little girls decked out in their dress-up costumes eagerly posed for photos with many of the characters - even Ursula!

The DLS production, directed by Doyle Fluegel, consisted of 40 students in seventh through twelfth grade and featured a live band under the direction of Dr. Michael McBride. DL Art teacher, Marcie Dodd, guided art students in backdrop designs/prop painting. Michael Albee choreographed the show, and Tricia Fuller served as costume designer.
Teaching manners and etiquette

The Little Ladies Charm and Modeling class teaches manners and etiquette.

UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflicts, the Little Ladies Charm and Modeling classes will now take place at the Lancaster Recreation Center. Please visit their website for more information.

There is a new program coming to the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center just for your daughter.

Ms. Casey Williams is introducing her Little Ladies Charm and Modeling class next weekend for girls, ages 4 to 10 years.

Ms. Williams’ class teaches manners, etiquette and basic modeling to girls. Her program is designed for girls to learn how to act properly in public, become gracious young ladies, and also build high self-esteem through basic modeling.

Each student will have the opportunity to learn charm through weekly lessons, in class role play, and take home review sheets. The students will show off their modeling skills in fashion shows for the community at the recreation center.

Ms. Williams has always had a passion for teaching girls the right way to act, look, and feel. She started in 2011 with directing local community pageants and fashion shows for children.

Her students have been featured on print advertisements for Sugar & Spice Entertainment, Dallas Urban Kids, Whataimage Photography, and in two issues of Encore HD Hair magazine.

In fashion shows, the students have modeled clothing for Sears Department Store, Kids for Less Department Store, NGozi’s Fashions, and several high end fashion shows and charitable fashion shows benefiting children with terminal illnesses and fundraisers.

She currently holds classes at Lancaster Recreation Center and is excited to now offer her services to the North Dallas area.

Little Ladies Charm and Modeling classes are scheduled every Saturday from 12- 1 p.m. Classes start on May 17th and are $30 per month or $8 for a drop-in.

For more information, you can email Ms. Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or you can register at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center at 9940 White Rock Trail.

The recreation requires each student to have a recreation center card which is $5.
Help DPD honor their fallen

DPD Team: Northeast Patrol invites you to support them.

This year's event is on Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th at Reverchon Park.

Participants walk for over 20 hours.

Team: Northeast Partol is celebrating Officer Joshua Burns

Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division has formed a team for the 2014 Carry the Load, and they’re inviting you to take part in supporting an event that will change your life.

During the 20 hours and 14 minutes of the event, Carry The Load strives to connect Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel.

This year, Team: Northeast Patrol celebrates Officer Josh Burns, a Northeast Division officer who was seriously injured in the line of duty in February.

The team will also honor those Northeast Patrol officers who were killed serving the citizens of Dallas:

• Sergeant Don Flushce Jr, #3305 – KLOD 3/17/01

• Officer John McCarthy, #4162 – KLOD 2/23/81

• Officer Sunny Lov, #5892 – KLOD 11/4/90

• Senior Corporal Richard Lawrence, #3066 – KLOD 11/9/93

When you support Team: Northeast Patrol, you will help Carry the Load provide interactive ways for Americans to remember, honor and celebrate Memorial Day in dedication to these heroes.

It will also provide this year’s charities with visibility, resources and meaningful connections:

• Assist the Officer Foundation
• Friends of Dallas Fire-Rescue, Inc.
• Tip of the Spear Foundation
• Sons of the Flag
• Hooves for Heroes
• Brain Performance Institute
• Attitudes & Attire

By supporting their team, you are joining in the mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.

If walking for a day isn’t your cup of tea, please donate to the Team: Northeast Patrol officers who are participating.

And share the link with everyone you know as well – the more people that know about Team: Northeast Patrol, the more money they can raise for the charities that are doing great work in the community.

Support Team: Northeast Patrol by donating on the personal fundraising page of one of their members. Remember, no amount is too small when the cause is this big!

This year's Carry the Load is on Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th at Reverchon Park.

You can join Team: Northeast Patrol or donate to their cause by clicking here.

Learn more about Carry the Load by visiting the website.

You can also keep up with Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division by “liking” their Facebook page.

The Hardt Group The Store in Lake Highlands Christy Norcross Thomas Group Longhorn Flooring