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Join your neighbors for a fun and safe Halloween event for kids and the whole family to enjoy at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension on Sunday, October 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Ascension will be opening up the upper parking lot to host first annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ for families in the North Dallas area.

Ascension youth, Sunday school and outreach organizations, as well as the Ascension Day School will offer games, candy, and fun for all ages.

What is a ‘Trunk or Treat’? It's a fun Halloween event where children wear their costumes and trick or treat from car to car in a designated parking lot. The ‘Trunk or Treat’ is a way to have a safe and controlled environment for fun and games during the Halloween season.

There will be games and candy, and it's free for all ages. Food will also be available for purchase.

What sort of games and fun, you ask?

Zombie Bowling
Monster Toss
Pumpkin Fishing
Spooky Hoops
Porkula pig racing
Face Painting

Come enjoy the fun at Ascension!

Episcopal Church of the Ascension is located at 8787 Greenville.

Please contact Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 214-340-4196 or visit their website.
What’s up this weekend?

Lake Highlands vs Pearce at the Boneyard tonight! ©Jeff Bargas

It's a weekend of church and school carnivals!

Join in on the Moss Haven Madness!

Join Woodbridge NA for a lovely evening and art.

Enjoy some Wallace Carnival fun!

Lake Highlands Wildcats vs Pearce Mustangs
Friday, October 24th
7:30 p.m.

The Boneyard

The Lake Highlands Wildcats take on Pearce High School at the Boneyard. Bring your noisemakers to the Boneyard and BE LOUD!!

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. GO 'CATS!

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, October 25th
8:00 a.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Get your local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Enjoy non-food items and music too.

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

Moonstruck at Woodbridge
Saturday, October 25th
2:00 p.m.

Join the Woodbridge Neighborhood Association for their annual outdoor exhibition including two-dimensional and three-dimensional art created by Richland College’s art students.

The event will take place at Shadow Way and Woodlake Drive. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Wallace Elementary Country Fair & Carnival
Saturday, October 25th
3:00 p.m.

Wallace Elementary
9921 Kirkhaven Drive

Enjoy a live band, bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, face painting, cake walk, field races, and much more!

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions. Wristbands are $20 at the door.

Brahms’ Magnificent
Saturday, October 25th
3:00 p.m.

Dallas Museum of Art

Enjoy the Bancroft Family Concert Series – enjoyable for all ages. Free admission, and no reservations or tickets required. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.520.2219.

Moss Haven Madness
Saturday, October 25th
4:00 p.m.

Moss Haven Elementary
9202 Moss Farm Lane

Wear a costume and enjoy food, games, cake walk and much more family fun! You won’t want to miss the madness!

To find out more, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, October 11th

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 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Balance and Harmony with Dogfit Dallas from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
• Food Trucks from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• Klyde Warren Park Anniversary Celebration from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

Vickery Meadow Local Market
Sunday, October 26th
9:00 a.m.

Half Price Books
5803 Northwest Highway

Get your local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Enjoy non-food items and music too.

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

MPE Fall Carnival
Sunday, October 26th
3:00 p.m.

Merriman Park Elementary
7101 Winedale Drive

Come have a spooky good time at the MPE Fall Carnival. Food, bounce houses, games, zipline, and more fun for all ages!

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to find out more! Wristbands are $15-$25 depending on age.

Ascension Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 26th
5:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
8787 Greenville

Children wear their costumes and trick or treat from car to car. Fun for the whole family!

For more information, call 214-340-4196.
LHHS Choir Poinsettia Sale

Place your poinsetta order before October 28th!

‘Tis the season for the Lake Highlands High School Choral Department to sell its Holiday Poinsettias.

These poinsettias are available in red, white or pink for $10 each.

If you would like to purchase poinsettias to support our award-winning choir program, please place your order with any LHHS Choir student, or email Deena Peterson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by October 28th. Orders will be delivered Tuesday, December 2nd.

If you would like to place a large order for your business, school or church, please email Deena Peterson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information about price breaks for large volume orders.

Lake Highlands High School choirs set a standard of success for school choir programs around the state and country.

Together, as the tradition continues, help the LHHS choir make 2014-2015 the best year ever.

Also, mark your calendar for the Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the LHHS Auditorium.
Expanding senior care in Lake Highlands

Martins Landing apartments will be included as part of Presbyterian Village North’s expansion plans. ©Pi Architects

Presbyterian Village North recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of a $93 million expansion project that will enrich the lives of residents now and down the road.

With the “re-greening” of Lake Highlands and more of our senior residents moving into assisted living, this will offer even more living space for them close to our community.

The project includes the addition of two independent living buildings, assisted living units, memory care apartments and services, a lifestyle fitness center, a transitional care unit, a chapel and a central park with a water feature and a pavilion.

“We are thrilled to bring more amenities to our campus while enhancing the type of care we provide,” said Ron Kelly, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “This project will allow us to add assisted living memory care to our campus.”

“In addition, a new transitional care unit will enhance our quality rehab services in a specially designed area that focuses on helping patients transition from the hospital to their homes. Our community has a bright future ahead, and I am excited to see our vision become a reality.”

The expansion project will add 350,000 square feet to the Presbyterian Village North community satisfying the needs of an 200 seniors each year, and it will also provide at least 150 new full-time jobs.

“I came to Presbyterian Communities and Services for the opportunity to make this campus a national model of excellence,” said Ric D’Amico, director of project development for Presbyterian Communities and Services.

“We are making deliberate choices in the design and development to ensure that we create a community where the residents will thrive and truly live life to the fullest.”

There will be a new lifestyle fitness center at the center of campus with an additional swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, locker rooms, and an expansion of the group exercise area. The fitness center will also include a spa suitable for massages and other spa-like activities, a clinic for physicians and other clinicians, and a café.

The newest part of the community will have a green space with a water feature and pavilion.

The new transitional care unit will include 60 beds available to residents and the community which will include a second HydroWorx 3500 therapy pool.

The expansion will also include the Leonard Rose Villas and the Martins Landing which will accommodate independent living for over 100 residents. Joyce Hall, Presbyterian Village North’s current assisted living building, will add another 71 new apartments on three floors.

“We are thankful for the support that we have from the surrounding community and from the government officials representing our district,” said Godwin Dixon, chief executive officer of Presbyterian Communities and Services. “Our organization prides itself on making a positive impact on the lives of others, and we are eager to start the expansion, as it will create exceptional opportunities for seniors, their families and members of the public who need our services.”

Presbyterian Village North is located at 8600 Skyline Dr. just south of Forest Lane and west of Greenville Ave.

For more information, visit the Presbyterian Village North website.
Saving from a Rainy Day

Make your own rain barrel! ©Baronoskie

Are you a City of Dallas Water Utilities Customers and want to learn to make your own rain barrel?

You can save your rain - divert it, save it, use it!

Come learn the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment.

Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55-gallon rain barrel.

Here’s the scoop:

Making a Rain Barrel
Thursday, October 30th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Building C (Pavilion)
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252

There are only a few spots left, so hurry and register!

For more information or to register for the workshop, click here.
Moss Haven Madness

Wes and Brooklyn pose at last year's Carnival.

Photo courtesy of MHE

Photo courtesy of MHE

It's going to be Madness! The Moss Haven Madness Carnival, everyone's favorite fall family event, is back on October 25th from 4 to 7 p.m. with an event that will have your little superheroes and fairy princesses jumping for joy.

Everyone is invited (and encouraged to wear costumes!) to this event, which raises funds for the Moss Haven Elementary School PTA to support a variety of school initiatives. The event is open to all families, not just those attending the school.

"Moss Haven Madness is a favorite Lake Highlands tradition that people all over the Dallas area come to enjoy," said Stephanie Stevens, PTA volunteer and co-chair of Moss Haven Madness.

"It's the kind of unforgettable family fun that we loved when we were kids! All families are welcome to come and join the fun."

The highly-anticipated event -- which takes place at Moss Haven Elementary but is open to anyone and everyone -- features kid-friendly games, activities, food and more that make for a great family outing. Activities will include a bounce house, obstacle courses, inflatable slides, Euro Bungee, a zip line, Zorb ball racing and a child-appropriate haunted house.

Kids can try their hand at fun carnival games including a cake walk, hockey slap, putt-putt and more.

Families can jam to the sounds of a DJ, kids will enjoy candy and mystery grab bags full of trinkets and treasures, and they can also learn about the kid-friendly farm that Moss Haven Elementary school students tend as a way to learn about agriculture, fresh food and more.

Adults and kids alike will enjoy fresh food from their favorite restaurant on wheels, as several of Dallas's favorite food trucks will be at Moss Haven Madness. Got a picky eater? No worries, as there will be something your little ones will be "goblin" down, along with the adults.

Moss Haven Madness will have food trucks including: BellaTrino Neopolitan Pizzeria & Cucina, Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs and Ruthie's Rolling Cafe. Concessions will also include snow cones and popcorn.

For more information about the event or to purchase raffle tickets (to win $500 in Northpark Gold) contact Stephanie Stevens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.402.7646.

Moss Haven Elementary is located at 9202 Moss Farm Lane.
A Bicycle Superhighway

The recently approved bike highway Credit North Central Texas Council of Governments

Have you heard?

Transportation planners are putting $7 million dollars toward a commuter bike and pedestrian trail reaching from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas.

That’s a huge deal for cyclists all over North Texas!

This recent approval will go toward building another 10 miles of connecting trails.

This "superhighway of bicycles" will be 64 miles in all, with the trail running most of the way along the Trinity River.

It will start from existing bike paths in downtown Fort Worth through Arlington, then loop through Irving and Grand Prairie and finish off on the new Trinity Skyline Trail in downtown Dallas.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a cyclist herself, came up with the idea after hearing that more folks would get on their bikes if there were more trails.

"Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to connect the whole Metroplex – to encourage people to get out, to use the trail, to see the beauty, to see different cities," Price asked.

Hence, the Fort Worth to Dallas Trail Connection idea was born.

Planners hope the full 64 miles of the Fort Worth-to-Dallas trail will be linked up in four years, allowing North Texas cyclists to journey easily between these two great cities.

You can read more about the project on the North Central Texas Council of Governments website.
DART rail interruptions

Photo courtesy of DART

Beginning next Saturday, October 25th, and concluding Sunday, November 30th, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend to allow track replacement along Pacific Avenue and Bryan Street.

The DART shuttle buses will connect the affected stations however, so passengers can still use DART.

Passengers traveling on these weekends are strongly encouraged to allow plenty of extra time, especially if rail-to-bus transfers are involved.

Fans attending weekend events at American Airlines Center, as well as participants in the Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, may also be impacted by delays.

Here’s what you need to know about interrupted rail segments:

• Red and Blue lines - between Union Station and Pearl/Arts District Station

• Green Line - between Victory Station and Deep Ellum Station

• Orange Line - between Victory Station and LBJ/Central Station (only Red Line will operate on the Pearl/Arts District-LBJ/Central portion of the Orange Line on these days.)

DART shuttle buses will serve the affected stations. Buses will load and unload at the red "Rail Disruption" bus stops located near each station.

Five separate routes will be in operation, including express service between Pearl/Arts District and Union Station. You can see the bus shuttles route map and boarding location maps here.

The good news is that normal weekend service is scheduled to resume in time for the annual Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade.

For more information on service and project updates, visit the DART website.
Wallace Country Fair & Carnival

The Wallace Country Fair & Carnival is next weekend!

The State Fair of Texas is coming to an end, but Wallace Elementary has next Saturday’s Lake Highlands family fun covered!

Grab the family and head over for an afternoon at the Wallace Elementary Country Fair & Carnival.

Enjoy a live band, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, face painting, a cake walk, field races, carnival games, amazing silent auction and food and fun for all.

And you definitely won’t want to miss ice cream from Lake Highlands Creamery, the most delicious local ice cream you’ll taste.

Get your Access Band for just $15 in advance or $20 at the gate.

Want everyone to join in on the fun? You can invite friends through Wallace’s Facebook event by clicking here.

All proceeds support the Wallace PTA, so head on out and enjoy some Wallace Country Fair & Carnival fun!

The Wallace Elementary Country Fair & Carnival will take place Saturday, October 25th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 9921 Kirkhaven Dr.

For sponsorship opportunities or advance Access Bands, please contact Amy Range at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Dallas Sample Sale

Find out more about the Dallas Sample Sale.

The Dallas Sample Sale is set for November 6th – 9th and has something for everyone including gifts, apparel, jewelry, toys, children’s clothing, holiday decorations, home accessories, and furniture from hundreds of booths to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Shoppers can get ahead of the crowds at Preview Night on Thursday, November 6th from 6- 9:30 p.m. for the widest selection of products.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Salvation Army DFW. It is free to attend on November 7th- 9th.

Here’s the scoop:

Location: Market Hall at Dallas Market Center, 2200 Stemmons Fwy. (I-35 & Wycliff)

When: Thurs., Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m; Fri. & Sat., Nov. 8-9 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., Nove. 10 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Lauren Grey, Communications Manager at (214) 749-5405 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Want to know more about the Dallas Sample Same? Here is a recap from last year.

For more information, visit the website or check it out on Facebook.
Christopher’s Crew

Christopher Bowen, a WRE Kindergartener

Christopher Bowen has a lot of friends, especially for someone who is only five years old.

Christopher, a kindergartner at White Rock Elementary School, is at the heart of a fundraising effort that has brought together people across the Lake Highlands community.

Neighbors are rallying behind a shared goal: to help young Christopher and his family as they struggle against a disease that is slowly ending his life.

Christopher is battling a severe case of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in his lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and brain.

Diagnosed at the age of two, the congenital condition is slowly taking the wind out of the sails of this bright and active boy.

His sparkling eyes and ready smile belie the fact that his arteries and veins are no longer working as they should to deliver oxygen-rich blood throughout his body.

Christopher’s family sees to it that he lives as normal a life as possible: learning to read and write at school, playing soccer with his friends, going to church with his family, and attending his 10-year-old sister’s sporting events. The only difference is that he has to do it with breathing tubes and an oxygen tank in tow.

On Saturday, October 25th, some of Christopher’s friends – calling themselves “Christopher’s Crew” – are organizing a kids’ bike ride and family-friendly festival to celebrate Christopher and raise some much-needed funds to offset the staggering medical expenses his family faces.

Everyone is invited to join the fun and “Ride with Christopher’s Crew” down at the Lake Highlands Town Center. The celebration includes a children’s bike ride, bike decorating contest, bounce houses, great music, hot dogs, and fun for all ages:

Ride with Christopher’s Crew is open to all ages with a suggested $10 cash donation per person at the event or online at Christopher's Crew.

All proceeds will benefit the Christopher Bowen Trust Fund. Volunteers from the Lake Highlands community are managing the event.

“No question, seeing Christopher suffer is a sad and painful experience for our family,” says Kaylene Bowen, Christopher’s mom and a Lake Highlands native and alum.

She noted quickly that his two siblings have been sheltered from fully understanding the terminal nature of his condition.

“But sometimes in the midst of a dark time, you receive unexpected blessings when your community and your church rally around you to lift you up.”

Ride with Christopher’s Crew will take place on Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Highlands Town Center

To donate money to Christopher's Crew, click here.
Moonstruck at Woodbridge

Find out more about Moonstruck at Woodbridge on October 25th.

The Woodbridge Home Owner’s Association is happy to announce a new collaboration between Richland College and the Woodbridge neighborhood.

Woodbridge will host “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” an annual outdoor exhibition with this year’s program including two-dimensional and three-dimensional art created by Richland College’s art students.

The outdoor exhibit, hosted by the Woodbridge, is free to the public and will run on Saturday, October 25th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. located near Shadow Way and Woodlake Drive, a quaint and wooded area within Woodbridge.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the 2014 Richland Arts Fest occurring November 3-7 at Richland College.

The theme of the festivities is “Moonstruck” and will focus on cultural celebrations of the full moon as well as the madness that the moon inspires.

The artwork highlighted at the Woodbridge neighborhood will be created by Richland art students enrolled this semester involving painted wood surfaces and clay and wood sculptures.

A jury of Woodbridge residents will award three scholarship prizes to participating students who show exemplary achievement in the 2D and 3D art categories.

This annual festival marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship between the college and the Woodbridge community.

Please join the Woodbridge HOA in this celebration of creativity that connects the community and the college!

To remain in touch with the event’s programming, follow Woodbridge on Twitter @WoodbridgeHOA or for more information about the Woodbridge community, visit their website.
“Big Hero 6” at the Pumpkin Patch

Meet the Big Hero 6 promotion crew at St. James this Sunday! ©Disney

Enjoy St. Jame's Pumpkin Patch while you're enjoying the Disney crew.

Want to meet some “Heroes?”

This Sunday, October 19th from 2-4 p.m., the Disney promotion crew will be at the St. James Pumpkin Patch to promote their upcoming movie, Big Hero 6.

Families are welcome to come and learn more about the movie, and the crew will be handing out cards, stickers and kites to the kids.

What is Big Hero 6?

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter).

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller).

Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), and produced by Roy Conli (Tangled).

The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7th but you can meet the crew in person, which is an experience you won’t forget.

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 9845 McCree Road. Visit their website for more information about St. James.
Free classes at Studio 6

Don't miss the free classes this weekend at Studio 6's new location.

There is a new Studio 6 Pilates at the Shops at Park Lane, and they're offering free classes this weekend!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Studio 6 is offering free pilates, yoga and barre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 17-19.

Studio 6 offers high intensity, low impact workouts that fuse Pilates, strength training and cardio to provide the most effective full body workout in less than an hour.

Give it a try and visit Studio 6 this weekend.

Studio 6 is located at 8180 Park Lane, Suite 343. Visit their website for more information.
A haunting good time

LH kids are invited to the Exchange Club Halloween Carnival at the LH North Rec Center. Photo courtesy of ECLH

Photo courtesy of ECLH

As ghosts and goblins get ready to trick-or-treat, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club is working hard as a sponsor to prepare for the Halloween Carnival at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center.

This spooky event will take place on Thursday, October 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Lake Highlands children are invited to have a howling good time.

As always, there will be game booths, bounce houses, a disc jockey and food for area
Kindergarten through 6th grade children.

VIPs who attended last year’s event included Spiderman, one of the three bears, Vampires, Spiderman, Little Miss Dragonfly, Michael Jackson, Pirates and even a Ladybug.

Horrifying screams will definitely haunt the halls of the Rec Center – most likely from kids going down the giant slide. Music presented by the DJ will rock the gym with teenie boppers dancing in costume.

Halloween is always special at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center!

For more information on the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, visit their website.

Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.
Fall is in the air

Enjoy amazing choral music on October 20th by LH Area choirs.

Get ready for the Lake Highlands area choirs to sing their hearts out at their annual Fall performance in the Lake Highlands High School auditorium on Monday, October 20th.

The concert will be the first performance of the year for most of the ensembles, so you won’t want to miss it!

“Each choir will give just a quick sample of the songs that we have been working on to begin our singing together this school year,” said Kari Gilbertson, who heads up the LHHS choral department.

“And, as always, we will end with our moving and patriotic mass choir performing God Bless America.”

The show will feature the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choirs from Forest Meadow Junior High, Lake Highlands Junior High, Lake Highlands Freshman Center and the High School.

“The choirs are so excited to share what they’ve been working on and are ready to move on to our holiday repertoire for the next concert!”

The show on Monday, October 20th is free, and the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Highlands High School is located at 9449 Church Road.
RISD community meetings

RISD will address the secondary growth plan for Lake Highlands in community meetings.

A few weeks ago, we reported on RISD Board of Trustees’ September 22nd study session in which they heard a comprehensive presentation from district staff about long range plans to accommodate academic programs and student growth at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

It’s obvious RISD has experienced enrollment growth during the last several years, especially at the elementary level in Lake Highlands.

Today a letter was sent home with Lake Highlands students regarding an upcoming meeting about how the District hopes to accommodate this growth as the primary grade students proceed to higher grades.

Here is what the letter said:

RISD’s response to accommodate this growth has been to construct 49 additional classrooms at eight Lake Highlands-area schools over the last three years. The new classrooms are being used, the number of students unable to attend their neighborhood school due to lack of space has dropped, and this year we are requesting only one class size waiver from the state for a single classroom after reaching a high of 291 class size waivers in 2012.

We truly appreciate the support from parents and community members as we have managed our growth. Parents are choosing Lake Highlands and RISD, and that’s extremely positive.

As the enrollment growth moves through grade levels, and in preparation for a potential bond election in 2016, we have begun the process of planning for the impact on Lake Highlands High School (LHHS).

In addition to planning for growth, we are evaluating program and equipment needs at the secondary level as we implement options aligned with the new state graduation plans, additional Career & Technical Education offerings and enhance other efforts related to college & career readiness of RISD graduates.

At a Board of Trustees meeting on September 22, district staff presented an initial idea of moving ninth graders from Lake Highlands Freshman Center (LHFC) to LHHS, making LHHS a comprehensive 9-12 school.

Simultaneously, a portion of the LHFC building could be used to open RISD’s first early college high school for students who want to accumulate college credit and potentially earn an associate’s degree while completing their high school graduation plan.

Over the last three weeks, the idea has been discussed with focus groups of staff members from LHFC and LHHS, a focus group of current students, a focus group of Lake Highlands parents and community members, and then meetings with the entire staffs of both schools. The meetings have resulted in excellent feedback, ideas and questions, and reaction has generally been supportive of formally adding ninth graders to LHHS and implementing an early college high school.

To view some of the questions and answers from the focus group and faculty meetings, please visit the RISD homepage. Our next step includes broader informational meetings for parents and community members to learn more, provide feedback and ask questions.

You are invited to attend one of three identical parent and community informational meetings to learn more about how transitioning ninth graders to the high school might work, what it means for students and staff, what an early college high school is, and how it might operate as an option for LHHS students.

The meeting info is as follows:

Thursday, October 16th at Lake Highlands High School 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 21st at Forest Meadow Junior High 6:30pm

Thursday, October 23rd at Lake Highlands Junior High 6:30pm

Parents and community members are welcome to attend, learn more, ask questions and provide feedback.

Visit the RISD website to view the FAQ section.
Tagging the Monarchs

Visit Texas Discovery Gardens and tag some monarchs during the Fair.

While you’re walking the State Fair of Texas, the folks at Texas Discovery Gardens (TDG) are enjoying seeing thousands of monarchs fly through the TDC grounds.

The monarchs always seem to hit Dallas just after opening day of the State Fair, and they last through the first few major cold fronts, which means they are still around enjoying the Texas weather.

According to the TDG staff, it's the best kept secret of the Fair, and they say it's worth the price of State Fair admission and parking just to witness!

If you visit TDG during the Fair, enjoy half off Texas Discovery Gardens admission and schedule your trip to coincide with the daily Monarch Tagging Demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the Texas Discovery Gardens website.

Texas Discovery Gardens is located on the Fair grounds, so paid parking and State Fair admission is required.
Market in the Meadow

Get ready for Market and the Meadow this weekend!

This year's Market in the Meadow has over 160 vendors to shop.

There will be plenty of entertainment in between your shopping.

There will be plenty of goodies to choose from this weekend.

Lake Highlands Today is a proud sponsor of Market in the Meadow.

The countdown is on until you can check off those hard-to-shop for folks on your holiday shopping list.

Market in the Meadow is only a couple of days away, and if you thought last year was amazing, wait until you see this year's selection of vendors!

For 31 years, this holiday gift sale, which brings merchants and shoppers to the Forest Meadow Junior High campus, brings a better and better shopping experience each year.

Market in the Meadow will present over 160 booths offering upscale items such as unique apparel and accessories, holiday décor, candles, gourmet food, home accessories, and much more.

The Charger Cafe, featuring delicious food, will also be open for business as usual. And stop by the Bake Shoppe early to purchase baked goods prepared by volunteers because they go fast!

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win wonderful items donated by the vendors, too.

Enjoy live entertainment provided throughout the day by the bands, choirs, cheerleaders, drill teams, and dance teams from Lake Highlands junior highs and high schools.

All proceeds from the event will be returned directly to the classroom for the benefit Forest Meadow Junior High students.

Get ready for a fabulous shopping experience, and plan on joining your friends and family at the 31st Annual Market in the Meadow!

Market in the Meadow will take place Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE!

For more information, visit the event website or "like" the Facebook page.

Forest Meadow Junior High is located at the northwest corner of Abrams Road and Whitehurst Drive.

Don’t forget to observe street signs when parking your car as failure to do so may result in a citation.

Lake Highlands Today is a proud sponsor of Market in the Meadow.
Tacky Box ends bullying

The Tacky Box set helps kids make good choices. Photo courtesy of Tacky Box

Chris Kent Phelps, mother of two and inventor of the Tacky Box and crusader for kindness has a dream.

“I have a dream, and I have a plan,” she said. “I believe we can collectively make the world a kinder place, one child at a time, by celebrating love and kindness at an early age, before bullies are made.”

“We must reach each child before the fear of rejection has been introduced and reinforce love and kindness. When the heart is filled with love instead of fear – words, actions and thoughts will be congruent and unkindness will be eradicated.”

How does Phelps hope to achieve her lofty goal?

She discovered how to work with children to turn negative behavior, like bullying, around into positive life-long habits.

The Tacky Box Set is an effective tool that encourages and teaches children to make positive choices in language and behavior.

It includes an authentic Tacky Box, a copy of Silver Nautilus Award-winning book Max’s (or Margo’s) Magnificent Choice and a notepad.

The story of Max and Margo is a fun way for children to see the positive rewards of choosing kindness. Whenever children hear tacky words or see tacky behavior, they write the actions down, lock them away in their Tacky Box and remove that action/word from their heart.

When the book and box are used together, children are provided with both a visual and hands on lesson.

“Children are not born to be mean – they observe behavior that becomes acceptable to them,” Phelps explained.

“If we can help our kids identify the power of their words and actions at an early age, then maybe, just maybe, we can help prevent children from turning into bullies.”

According to the Federal Government's Stop Bullying Campaign, there are three types of bullying – verbal, social and physical:

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

• Teasing
• Name-calling
• Inappropriate sexual comments
• Taunting
• Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

• Leaving someone out on purpose
• Telling other children not to be friends with someone
• Spreading rumors about someone
• Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

• Hitting/kicking/pinching
• Spitting
• Tripping/pushing
• Taking or breaking someone’s things
• Making mean or rude hand gestures

Phelps believes that to truly reduce bullying, it needs to be an everyday effort.

“It is our goal to see the Tacky Box Classroom Set in every classroom across the country. I have a plan to encourage both corporate and individual sponsors to help make this happen.”

For more information on the Tacky Box Set, visit the website or check out the Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
Vickery Meadows Local Market

Read about the grant that White Rock Local Market recently received for Vickery Meadows Local Market development.

White Rock Local Market was recently recognized by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and is the recipient of $78,565 to support the development of the new Vickery Meadow Local Market.

The USDA has announced the awards of over $52 million in support of the growing organic, local and regional food systems through five grant programs.

Dallas’ newest local farmer’s market at the Half Price Books flagship store on Northwest Highway sets up every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through December 14th and will resume in March 2015.

White Rock Local Market will work with Vickery Meadow Improvement District and other organizations to create a market reflecting the rich cultural diversity of Vickery Meadow, bringing healthy foods and local crafts while developing new opportunities for urban and rural food producers.

The USDA grant will help to facilitate access to healthy locally raised food in the diverse Vickery Meadow neighborhood.

“Local and regional food systems are one of the pillars of our efforts to revitalize rural economies,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“Consumers are increasingly demanding more local and organic options. Investing in local and regional food systems supports the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers, especially smaller operations, while strengthening economies in communities across the country.”

The Vickery Meadow Local Market sets up every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Half Price Books located at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy.

For more information, visit the WRLM website.
Meliza Family FUNdraiser

Allison and Baron Meliza

Lake Highlands resident Baron Meliza was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has begun treatments.

He, his wife, Allison, and their two daughters are determined to fight the cancer and pursue every avenue to improve his chances against the disease.

The Melizas are surrounded by friends, family and a loving community who are willing to stand alongside them in their battle. One of those individuals is Farrel Chapman.

Farrel has organized a fundraiser and wants all of Lake Highlands to know about it!

She is a certified Jazzercise instructor and has planned an awesome FUNdraiser that includes dancing, fun music, door prizes, karaoke and dessert!

This fun event is on Saturday, November 1st at 11:00 a.m. and will last a little over an hour. Please make plans to join Baron, Allison and friends to help support this special family.

If you can’t attend the event, you can donate HERE to help offset their medical expenses.

You can also purchase a locally designed t-shirt in benefit of the family.

The proceeds from the FUNdraiser, medical fund, and t-shirt sales will help cover costs associated with Baron's treatment.

Put on your workout clothes, dance it out, sing it out and get your sweet tooth fix!

The Meliza Family FUNdraiser will be Saturday, November 1st at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Highlands United Methodist Church Gym ate 9015 Plano Road.
Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead opens Oct. 17th. Photo courtesy of DCT

You can’t keep a good zombie down!

Dallas Children’s Theater’s (DCT) Halloween tradition rises again! They’re back…they’re dead…and they’re hungry. The cult classic returns to the DCT stage!

Radiation from a fallen satellite transforms the dead into flesh-eating zombies, and no one is safe. It’s the 1968 black and white, B-movie horror classic brought to life (figuratively speaking.)

Full of thrills, chills, and dark satire, Night of the Living Dead is intended for an audience of teens and adults, 13 years old and above. The production contains strong language and situations and is not suitable for young children.

An ensemble of all-teen actors will tackle the heightened horror in this apocalyptic tale that is the inspiration for such recent hits as Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, and AMC's The Walking Dead. It all started with this unassuming, low-budget 1968 independent film that broke new ground in the horror genre and has continued to terrify audiences to this day.

Don’t miss this gripping terror-filled play that brings the cult classic to life. A blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of humor envelopes the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.

Come see what makes Night of the Living Dead an intense story of ghastly, yet outrageously fun proportions.

“They’re coming to get you!”

Night of the Living Dead opens October 17st and runs through October 31st at DCT located at 5938 Skillman Street.

Visit the DCT website for more info and to purchase tickets.
What’s up this weekend?

Lake Highlands vs Richardson at the Boneyard tonight! ©Jeff Bargas

Get your recycling on at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church's Recycling & Shredding event.

Enroll your little dancer in the Dancing with the Dettes clinic.

Kids of all ages will love watching Eddie Coker at the Dallas Arboretum.

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market or Vickery Meadows this weekend.

Lake Highlands High School Homecoming Game
Friday, October 10th
7:30 p.m.

Lake Highlands High School
The Boneyard

The Lake Highlands Wildcats take on Richardson High School at the Boneyard. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. GO 'CATS!

The State Fair of Texas
Now through October 19th
10:00 a.m.

3921 Martin Luther King Jr.

Don’t miss out on all the fun at the State Fair of Texas

Running today through October 19th, this 24-day showcase of entertainment, exhibits and competitions will thrill folks from all over the country.

For more information, visit the State Fair website or call 214.565.9931.

Lochwood Library Fall Book Sale
Friday, October 10th
10:00 a.m.

Lochwood Branch Library
11221 Lochwood Blvd.

Come find hardcovers, paperbacks, movies, audiobooks, magazines and more! The sale takes place Friday, October 10th & Saturday October 11th.

For more info, emai .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.670.8403.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, October 11th
8:00 a.m.

Green Spot at Buckner & Northcliff

Get your local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Enjoy non-food items and music too.

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

Recycling & Shredding Event
Saturday, October 11th
9:00 a.m.

Lake Highlands United Methodist Church
9015 Plano Road

Bring your electronics, sporting goods, toys, multimedia, books, and clothing to recycle. A shredding truck will also be available for $5 per box.

Click here for a list of items that can be donated. Email Cindy Engel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.348.6835 for more info.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, October 11th

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 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
• Skethcing in the Park from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
• Kirtan at Klyde Warren from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

Vickery Meadow Local Market
Sunday, October 12th
9:00 a.m.

Half Price Books
5803 Northwest Highway

Get your local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Enjoy non-food items and music too.

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

Dancing with the Dettes
Monday, October 13th
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lake Highlands High School

The Highlandettes are hosting their annual community dance clinic for kids in grades K-9.

Get your little dancer moving and grooving, then watch them perform at the end of the clinic and even before a LHHS football game! It’s not too late to register your child.

Visit the Highlandettes website for more info, and click here to download the registration form.

Eddie Coker Columbus Day Children’s Concert
Monday, October 13th
11:00 a.m.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road

Everyone wins with this event! Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, face painting, and arts and crafts while the adults enjoy the Pumpkin Village.

Eddie Coker begins playing at 11:00 a.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage. The concert is free with admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

Visit their website for prices and more info.
Special needs playground at Stultz

Stultz Road Elementary PPCD playground dedication

Playground dedication plaque

Exchange Club president Greg Duval with Board of Trustee Kim Caston and Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner

Stults Road Elementary cut the ribbon recently for its new playground for PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities) students.

The playground was made possible through the hard work and dedication of the Stults Road staff, its PTA, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, and Jessie Torres.

"Our staff and PTA worked tirelessly to raise money, but it wasn’t enough," explains Principal Amber LeBlond.

"Brent Basden, one of the members of the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, saw an article in the paper and contacted me about applying for a grant through their organization."

"We never expected that we would receive this generous grant which covered the rest of the cost."

"We are so excited about what this playground means to our students."

The dedication contained bittersweet moments as the late Jessie Torres, a dedicated volunteer who raised funds for the playground, was remembered by PTA’s Sherry Griffin.

Jaylen Cook, a child who passed away while a student at Stults, was also remembered.

"The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Stults Road Elementary Pre-K playground was a touching reminder of how much a school is its own community," said Tate Hemingson, the Exchange Club liaison to Stults Road Elementary.

"The sincere efforts of those in that community, such as Mr. Torres, to better the school for the benefit of the children was on full display."

"Seeing the excitement on the children's faces at the sight of the new equipment ‒ even with the rain! ‒ is a true testament to those efforts."

For more information on the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, visit the group's website.

Photos courtesy of the Exchange Club
Primo Brothers dough tossing contest

Primo Brothers owner, Luan Vraniqi Photo courtesy of SGPR

Image courtesy of SGPR

How are your pizza dough tossing skills?

Lake Highlands pizzeria Primo Brothers is celebrating National Pizza Month by offering a complimentary whole pizza of any choice to the guest who tosses the best dough in their daily dough lesson.

Each day that Primo Brothers is open in October (Monday through Saturday) guests can arrive at 11:00 a.m., receive a quick lesson on how to toss pizza dough, and then compete for a complimentary whole pizza of their choice.

The best pizza dough toss is conducted and judged by Primo Brothers owner, Luan Vraniqi, who has more than 30 years in the pizza industry.

"A skilled dough toss is key to a great pizza as well as making dough fresh, which we’ve done daily since we opened in 1982."

"If you want to throw dough like a pro learn from a bro," he jokes.

First observed in 1984, October is the official National Pizza Month. It was the returning American soldiers of World War II that brought such a fierce hunger to the US for the Italian dish.

More than five billion pizzas are now sold each year, according to the 2013 Pizza Power State of the Industry Report by PMQ Magazine.

In addition, October continues the six months of international pizza campaign at Primo Brothers.

Luan kicked off the internationally inspired pizza campaign to celebrate and further embrace the diverse nationalities and culture of the city that inspires their New York pizza style.

The Punjabi pizza (an October special) and any other menu item can be enjoyed in person or via delivery.

Head on in this month and try your hand at the Primo Brothers’ pizza tossing contest!

Primo Brothers Pizza is located at 9310 Forest Lane, Suite 334.

For more information, call 214.241.4414 or visit their website.
Columbus Day at the Arboretum

Kids of all ages will enjoy Eddie Coker this Columbus Day at the Arboretum. ©Hoffman Estates Park District

Enjoy music all weekend at the Autumn at the Arboretum festival. ©Dallas Arboretum

Looking for some outdoor fun this upcoming Columbus Day? You’re in luck!

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's fall festival, Autumn at the Arboretum, features the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and a family friendly concert on Monday, October 13th.

Folks of all ages can enjoy the annual Columbus Day children's concert with family favorite Eddie Coker with performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn.

A native of Highland Park and a SMU graduate, Coker has been writing, composing and performing children's music since 1989.

He has composed for television shows such as Barney & Friends. He will perform children's songs, including well-known favorites The Happy One and The Woo Woo Song.

"We invite you to pack a picnic and a blanket and make it a day for you and your families to enjoy this concert," said Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum.

"We also invite children and adults to stroll through our 66 acres of garden, and to visit Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden where you can learn about science and nature in 17 indoor/outdoor galleries with 150 interactive games."

Families with small children can also take part of Mommy & Me Monday, which includes a petting zoo, nature arts and crafts and face painting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in the Pecan Grove.

Guests can also take advantage of live musical performances over the holiday weekend starting on Saturday, October 11th.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can relax on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn while enjoying festive melodies to celebrate the Columbus Day weekend.

All concerts are free with entry fee or Dallas Arboretum membership.

For more information on the weekend’s festivities, visit the Dallas Arboretum website.
Storm debris pickup schedule

Click here to find out about your bulk trash pickup after the recent storm.

If you hadn’t noticed, there were trees down all over Lake Highlands. And now they are being cut to pieces and put on the curb.

What next?

Dallas Sanitation Services started collecting storm debris in Week 1 areas this past Saturday, October 4th.

Any areas that were collected on Saturday will be re-run this week during the normal scheduled collection period for Week 1.

Sanitation Services will be working 6 days a week and utilizing additional resources from other City departments, as well as outside contracted resources in the collection efforts.

The department’s goal is to maintain the established weekly collection schedule for the month of October 2014, but this could change based on the volume of debris.

Residents can put out their storm debris now, but the City has asked that you be patient as collections may not occur until your scheduled collection week.

Additionally, they’re asking citizens to please limit bulky item set outs during this collection cycle to assist with collection efforts. Residents should expect collections to take several weeks due to the volume of debris.

Here is the bulk and brush collection schedule for October (Dates could change based on debris volume):

Week 1 – Scheduled Collection for Bulk/Brush & Storm Debris (Oct. 6-11)

Week 2 – Scheduled Collection for Bulk/Brush & Storm Debris (Oct. 13-18)

Week 3 – Scheduled Collection for Bulk/Brush & Storm Debris (Oct. 20-25)

Week 4 – Scheduled Collection for Bulk/Brush & Storm Debris (Oct. 27- Nov. 1)

Code Compliance will suspend issuance of citations for early set out of storm related brush/debris only through the month of October.

To find out what Bulk Trash week you are, click here and enter in your street address.
Seriously germy places you’re not cleaning

Learn how to clean unsuspecting dirty places during a time of high germ alert. ©Foshydog

Need to know how to clean your kitchen sponge? ©

Do you know what's growing in your toothbrush? ©

Change out your bath mat regularly to prevent bacterial growth. ©

With the first case of Ebola in the United States being diagnosed right here in Dallas, folks are being super cautious of germs.

You know it’s bad when you make your regular trip to Target, and you witness people wearing masks and plastic gloves.

It’s safe to say that your chances of getting Ebola are slim, however this is the time of year that germs seem the happiest, with the common cold and strep at the top of the list.

People avoid touching the obviously dirty things - toilet bowls, garbage cans, anything in a public restroom.

But for every well-known vile surface, there are a plethora of under-the-radar threats we put in our mouths, roll around on all night, and regularly rub on our faces.

In an effort to keep clean, happy, and healthy during this season of sneezing and coughing, here are 21 surprisingly dirty things that were researched and published by Yahoo Health with tips on what to do about them.

Kitchen Sponges
It's easy for bacteria and food particles to get trapped in the crevasses of sponges, creating ideal conditions for bacteria to breed [1]. Moist, dark - what else could bacteria ask for?!

What to do: Try antibacterial sponges and dish soaps to limit the lesser of bacteria evils - but neither are very effective at controlling the spread of big name baddies like E. Coli and Salmonella Be sure to disinfect sponges at least once a week by soaking in a bleach solution for 5 minutes, or microwaving on high for two minutes.

Kitchen Buttons, Knobs, and Handles
A a lot goes into cooking in your kitchen, including any bacteria from that raw chicken or unwashed produce that gets on various appliances and surfaces.

What to do: To minimize the risk, some experts recommend using a disinfectant on any frequently used kitchen surfaces several times a day, especially before and after preparing a meal.

Cutting Boards
This hotbed for cross-contamination is essential to keep clean. Scientists debate whether wood or plastic makes for a better board.

What to do: Keep plastic boards clean by regularly running through the dishwasher. Consider microwaving wooden ones to get the bad guys out, but be careful - some folks have managed to catch their cutting boards on fire. Let both boards air-dry completely before storing to minimize potential bacteria growth.

Drip Coffee Maker
Coffee itself actually has some antimicrobial properties, but the coffee makers still need to be cleaned. Most home coffee makers don't get hot enough to kill anything growing in the wet, dark environment of the water reservoir or the machine's internal piping.

What to do: Run a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar through the machine once a month to help stop the growth of mold and some bacteria. Let half the mixture run through the machine, then switch it off for an hour before finishing the cycle.

Pillows aren’t just packed with feathers, but in fact they can also be host several types of allergy-inflaming fungi. They are also the ideal home for dust mites, another potential allergy trigger.

What to do: In addition to regularly laundering bedding, anti-allergen covers can help protect pillows from outside germs getting in and keep the sneezy stuff inside.

We can sweat up to one liter per night…gross. Add the fungi and bacteria potential growths and dust mites and it’s even dirtier.

What to do: Washing and drying everything on the highest heat available is a good policy, but regular bleaching is a good idea, too.

Bath Mat
Bath mats sit there, soaked with shower water and pressed up against the floor, slowing evaporation and providing the dark, damp environment mold and bacteria love. Add to that the fact bathroom floors have been shown be one of the most contaminated parts of the bathroom (toilet bowl excluded, of course) and it’s obvious why we should regularly clean that bath mat.

What to do: Launder mats once per week on the highest heat and with bleach and keep separate from any bedding or clothes.

Laundry Basket
All the grime from sweaty workout gear, underwear, and bedding sits in that laundry bag, soiling the hamper itself.

What to do: Try using one bag for dirty clothes, and one for the clean stuff, and wash the dirty bag along with the clothes. For hard plastic hampers, use any hard surface disinfectant, but be wary of anything with the potential to discolor.

Makeup and Makeup Brushes
Cosmetics have been known to foster bacterial growth with eye makeup being the greatest cause for concern. One study found that within just three months of use, 40% of tested mascara tubes were infested with bacteria.

What to do: A good rule of thumb is to replace eye makeup every season. Throw out lotions and liquid foundation every six months, and get fresh power-based products, lipstick, and nail polish every two years.

Studies have found that flushing the toilet can spew bathroom-related bacteria into the air. So it’s obvious to say that it’s a good idea to store that toothbrush far away from the potential contaminants.

What to do: Make sure to rinse toothbrushes thoroughly after use, allow them to dry completely, and replace every three to four months. And did you know you can run your toothbrushes through the dishwasher?

We shower to get clean, so it’d be silly to get dirty drying off. But reusing damp bath towels could be doing just that!

What to do: The risks are low if towels are changed out about once a week and are allowed to dry completely between uses.

Contact Lenses
One study found that more than 80 percent of tested contact lens cases were contaminated with bacteria, regardless of the system used to clean.

What to do: Start by wiping out contact lens cases after each use and replace it every month (or at least clean by soaking in near-boiling water for a few minutes).

Using them for just one hour has been shown to coat headphones with bacteria from the ear.

What to do: Using water with electronic accessories is usually a no-no, but audiophiles can clean detachable rubber ear pieces by soaking them for 15 minutes in a vinegar and water solution and letting them sit for 10 more minutes in water before drying. For the un-detachable kind, a gentle mixture of soap and water should be used on the plastic exterior, and a clean toothbrush can remove any lint from the grill.

Even if you don’t need a key for your vehicle, you most likely still carry a set of keys for your home or office. They can be harboring germs too.

What to do: The fact that many keys are made of brass, a copper alloy, offers some protection because it’s naturally antibacterial, but scrubbing keys with soap or using a disinfectant probably won’t hurt every now and then.

A study of office workers found that women’s purses were one of top three dirtiest things they touched throughout the day.

What to do: Obviously don’t rest it on the bathroom floor and regular cleanings are enough to minimize risk. Wipe leather purses with a disinfectant wipe every few days, and put washable ones through the laundry once per week.

Studies have repeatedly shown that mobile phones as risk factors for infection, and we largely have our own unwashed hands to blame.

What to do: The clean up is simple: Power down the device once per week (more during cold and flu season) and wipe with a disinfectant cloth.

TV Remote
A hospital hygiene study found that the remote controls were three times dirtier than anything else in the room, while another study found that nearly half of the remotes tested positive for antibiotic-resistant staph.

What to do: Wipe down remote controls with any hard surface disinfectant or a handy dandy antibacterial wipe regularly, and especially if it’s been used by a sick person recently!
Walk to End Cancer

Light The Night Walk is on November 2nd. Photo courtesy of LLS

Lauren Maurer, the cutie behind the Maurer Power team.

Lauren Maurer is a beautiful pre-school girl here in Lake Highlands who is undergoing treatment for leukemia at Children's Hospital in Dallas.

She was diagnosed with the cancer in February 2013, and over the course of this past year, Lauren has received multiple blood products including red blood and platelets numerous times.

Her family and friends have formed a team and will be walking in her honor at this year’s Light the Night Walk, a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society event.

The 2014 walk will be held at Addison Circle Park this year on November 2nd starting at 5:00 p.m.

This annual event brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Funds raised through The Light The Night Walk are vital:

• Fund breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients.

• Provides Free educational materials, support programs and events.

• Powers advocacy to ensure access to treatments.

• Helps provide personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center.

“Last year, we had a great team and we raised over $7,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society,” said Lisa Maurer, Lauren’s mom. “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer so please join the team and ‘walk the talk.’”

“We will also be having another lemonade stand prior to the walk with all proceeds benefiting our Maurer Power team so stay tuned for further details,” Lisa said.

Every walker who raises $100 or more will be a Champion For Cures and will be recognized on Walk night with:

• A Light The Night t-shirt

• An illuminated Light The Night balloon in red (supporters), white (survivors) or gold (in memory of a loved one)

• A wristband which entitles the wearer to an array of food and refreshments

Patients and survivors will receive these items regardless of fundraising levels.

Register today and let's walk to the end of cancer!

The 2014 Light The Night Walk will take place on November 2nd at 5:00 p.m. at Addison Circle Park located just north of Arapaho Dr. and west of the Dallas North Tollway.

Click here to register for Lauren’s team or to donate.
What’s up at the Library?

Find out what's up at Audelia Branch Library.

We’re very fortunate in Dallas to have an amazing public library system. Curious what’s up at our local branch?

Homework Help for School

Homework Help Now is an online service that provides live homework help in all major subjects, including world languages.

This service is accessible at any branch library or by logging into the Dallas Public Library website using your library card number.

• Papers and other homework can be submitted to the writing lab for proofreading and review; a response with suggestions and corrections is provided within 24 hours of submitting your work online.

• Test preparation is available for the SAT, ACT, GED and more.

• Live tutors in both English and Spanish are available every day from 2 pm to 12 am!

Explore Homework Help Now and some of the other eResources for students that the library offers on the databases page.

Perot Museum at the Library

Ever wonder what the secrets are behind a magician’s tricks?

Come to this after school program presented by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as participants investigate the role that science plays in magic by conducting a few tricks of our own.

This free event will take place on October 16th at 3:30 p.m. at the Audelia Road Branch Library located at 10045 Audelia Road.

Little unsung heroes

Brent Basden presented the award to April Gorman and some of the Little Stewpot Stewards

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recently presented the Unsung Hero Award to the Little Stewpot Stewards.

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.

The money raised by these little givers provides meals and other services to the homeless.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands happily contributed $150 to their cause recently, and the contribution will be used to further the Little Stewpot Stewards efforts to bring understanding, show compassion, and better the lives of those struggling with the issues of poverty and homelessness.

Brent Basden, Director of Community Service, presented the contribution along with the Unsung Heroes Award to April Gorman and several of the Little Stewpot Stewards who were able to make the meeting.

Gavin Strohl, a Little Stewpot Steward and a 2nd grader at Lake Highlands Elementary was very excited about the award.

"I liked spending time with my friends and seeing how happy the clients were when we passed out their Survival Kits," Gavin said.

His big sister, Charlotte, is also part of the group and a 4th grader LHE.

"I liked selling donuts and juice at my brother's baseball game, and I really liked when we gave the clients candy, like Twix," she explained.

"Their Survival Kits are filled up with boring stuff like your mom would give you, like sunscreen and soap, but they were so happy when we gave them chocolate, because it was a special treat."

You can learn more about The Stewpot, a mission supported by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, by clicking here.
A very hairy tale

Rapunzel & her Prince in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

Voscia's daughter, Lauren, with Rapunzel after the show.

The Dallas Children’s Theater has begun the 2014-2015 season, and it’s very hairy around that place…

A young lady with beautiful locks by the name of Princess Rapunzel is being held captive in a tower by her evil, wicked, stepmother!

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale is an entertaining musical production that tells (with a whimsical twist) the story of the evil and wicked Lady Zaza’s (Denise Lee) attempt to become queen by holding her innocent, but naïve step-daughter, Princess Rapunzel (Erika Larsen), captive in a tower.

The musical opens with the long, but funny song, A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, that eventually ends because the characters simply “run out of vocabulary.” It sets the tone for the hilarious scenes to come.

There is an enchanted dragon (Karl Schaeffer) who thinks he’s Socrates and is the reason Princess Rapunzel has interaction with the outside world.

Sir Roderick (Zak Reynolds), a handsome young man and eventual love interest of the princess, and his friend, Edgar (Jason Robert Villarreal), who sees himself as the greatest hairstylist work to free Rapunzel. Along with a gypsy (Noelle Stanley), whom herself has been deceived by that evil Lady Zaza and who holds the key to Princess Rapunzel’s freedom, they work together throughout the play.

The musical numbers, composed by Janet Yates and Mark Friedman, are the centerpieces to this production and do a fabulous job of bringing out each character’s full of life qualities as with Lady Zaza’s boisterous piece, It’s All About ME.

Yes, it’s just as arrogant and self-centered as the title, but fits the persona of Lady Zaza to a T! Booing (hint, hint) just may be an acceptable way to show dismay at her attitude.

As you know, fairy tales, whether written or played out on stage, always have great lessons for kids. Princess Rapunzel doesn’t seem to like her name because it doesn’t rhyme with anything and she thinks it is “repugnant” as we find out in the song Nothing Rhymes With Rapunzel.

Her love interest, Sir Roderick, reminds her that her name is “refreshing” and “remarkable” with his love song Everything Rhymes With Rapunzel. It’s so remarkable that he makes a swell change so it will rhyme with a simple word.

Princess Leia, Beyonce, Ihop, and Rock, Paper, Scissors somehow found their way into favorite, children’s classic!

Want to know how? Well head over to the DCT! The musical runs until October 26th, with a special sensory friendly performance on October 11th.

You will laugh, smile, yell, and twist and turn in your seats at this “very, hairy, fairy tale!”

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale runs until October 26th 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.
What’s up this weekend?

Don't miss the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest fun this weekend!

Charlie Robison will be performing at the Oktoberfest on Saturday. ©Purifoy Photography

Photo courtesy of the Exchange Club

Donate your stuff to the Merriman Park Elementary Recycle Day on Saturday.

Gecko Hardware will have Jeff Raskas teach about chickens.

Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

Get your fresh produce at the White Rock Local Market.

The State Fair of Texas
Now through October 19th
10:00 a.m.

3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Don’t miss out on all the fun at the State Fair of Texas! Running today through October 19th, this 24-day showcase of entertainment, exhibits and competitions will thrill folks from all over the country.

For more information, visit the State Fair website or call 214.565.9931.

White Rock Local Market
Saturday, October 4th
8:00 a.m.

Lakeside Baptist Church, Garland Road

Local, organic seasonal produce and hand-crafted goods. Everything market includes non-food items and music.

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

MPE Recycle Drive
Saturday, October 4th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Merriman Park Elementary
7101 Winedale

Bring old clothes, furniture, electronics, toys, books and much more. All funds raised support MPE students & teachers.

Click here for a list of items that can be donated. Drinks and snacks will also be for sale. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Community Memory Screenings
Saturday, October 4th
9:00 a.m.

Royal Lane Baptist Church
6707 Royal Lane

Encouraging early detection and education about Alzheimer's disease is important. Join in on this free event to educate open to the public about successful aging.

For more information, call 214.537.5019.

Backyard Chickens 101
Saturday, October 4th
10:00 a.m.

Gecko Hardware
10233 E. Northwest Hwy., Ste 409

Learn about the joy of keeping backyard chickens. Beginner and advanced classes available.

Call 214.343.1971 if you have any questions about the class or check Gecko's Facebook page.

4th Annual Lake Highlands Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 4th
11:00 a.m.

Lake Highlands Town Center

Presented by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, come out and enjoy everything Oktoberfest. There will be live music, a Biergarten, food and family fun.

Check out the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest Facebook page for more info or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, October 4th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

• CBS Fall for the Arts from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Family Art Activities with the Nasher from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
• Family Experiments with the Perot from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on individual classes, click here.

Youth Poetry Slam
Saturday, October 4th
4:00 p.m.

Half Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Hwy.

Have fun at the free monthly youth poetry workshop and slam competition. Families with kids ages 13 to 17 may participate.

The writing workshop begins at 4:00 p.m. in the community room. The slam competition is at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call 214.379.8000.
RISD students assessed for Ebola exposure

Wallace Elementary where three students are being assessed for Ebola contact. Photo courtesy of RISD

Here is the latest news from RISD, released to parents this afternoon regarding possible Ebola exposure within the district.

We will keep you updated as we hear more from RISD personnel.

Today, the Dallas County Health & Human Services Department notified the district that three sibling students at Wallace Elementary were recently reported to have been in contact with the individual diagnosed with Ebola.

The health authorities determined the contact as a part of its ongoing investigation. The three students are healthy and are demonstrating no symptoms of an Ebola illness but, as a precaution, have been removed from Wallace Elementary to be monitored.

It is critical for parents to remember that Ebola cannot be transmitted by someone who is not exhibiting symptoms of the illness, including a high fever.

The students at Wallace have attended school all week and have not demonstrated or complained of any symptoms. Coming in contact with a person who is ill with Ebola does not mean a person will contract the virus.

Prior to today’s notification, RISD had no information from the health authorities to indicate that there were any RISD connections to the Ebola contact investigation.

Health authorities have indicated that no other RISD schools, students, parents, or staff members have been linked to the contact investigation at this time other than the three students at Wallace Elementary.

RISD nurses and district Health Services personnel are trained in the recognition of symptoms and protocols of communicable diseases and are constantly monitoring and educating students and staff.

As a precaution, additional health services personnel will be assigned to assist Wallace Elementary as needed.

With the onset of seasonal flu season, the district already has begun increasing the frequency of custodial and cleaning schedules, especially in high-traffic, high-touch areas at all schools. As an added precaution, crews will be conducting additional nightly cleanings at Wallace Elementary.

For more information about Ebola and the Dallas case, parents can review the FAQ document by clicking

The health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority.
Dance with the ‘Dettes

2014-15 Highlandettes ©Southern Images

2014-15 Highlandette Officers ©Southern Images

Dancers and would-be dancers in grades Kinder through 9th are invited to join the Lake Highlands High School Highlandette Drill Team for their Fall 2014 Dancing with the ‘Dettes Community Dance Clinic.

This fun event will be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, October 13th in the Lake Highlands High School Gym.

Participants will have a blast learning a dance from the high-kicking Highlandettes and experiencing what it feels like to be part of this award-winning dance team.

Registration includes a t-shirt, snack, lunch, parent show-off, and the opportunity to perform with the Highlandettes during pre-game lines at the LHHS vs. Pearce Varsity football game on October 24th at the LHHS Wildcat Stadium.

Here are a few more details that are good to know:

• Get your little angels to the LHHS gym between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Monday morning.

• A snack, pizza and drinks will be provided at the clinic.

• Make sure your child comes dressed in comfortable dance attire and shoes.

• A t-shirt will be provided for your child to wear at the October performance.

• Parents bring your picture ID to pick-up and come around 2:30 for a parent show-off.

Your little dancers will love their time learning with the ‘Dettes!

Early registration fee is $50 if registered by October 3rd. Late registration fee is $60. There is an additional $5 registration fee for football pre-game lines performers.

For more information or to download the registration form, click here.
Green events in October

Find out more about recycling events in October.

In the first half of October there are two opportunities right here in Lake Highlands to clean out your home for a good cause!

Recycle Day at Merriman Park Elementary
Sat., October 4th, 9 am – 1 pm

This recycling event will help save the planet and help the school raise money!

Items may be in any condition: damaged, non-working, or fully operational.

Click here for more information on what they are accepting.

MPE will also have food trucks and fun for the kids. Each family that drops off items will be entered into a raffle to win $100 worth of groceries.

Community Recycling and Shredding Event
Sat., October 11th, 9 am – 1 pm
Lake Highlands United Methodist Church (LHUMC)

LHUMC is providing 2 trucks at their fourth annual event: one for shredding your confidential documents and another for your donations of household items

Items accepted include computer equipment, office equipment, video games, cameras, entertainment electronics, portable electronics, multimedia, sporting goods, clothing and accessories, musical instruments, non-fiction books, collectibles, pottery and dinnerware. Click here for a more detailed list.

They cannot accept hazardous chemicals, furniture, old TVs or old computer monitors (CRTs).

LHUMC is asking $5 per box of documents for the on-site shred truck. Protect yourself from identity theft and securely destroy those old bank statements, tax returns, and other sensitive papers on site!

You don’t need to remove paper clips, rubber bands, or staples but please do not include binders.

Funds from the shred truck will help send LHUMC Youth on their next mission trip!

Merriman Park Elementary is located at 7101 Winedale Dr in Dallas (75231). Email Lana Marker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.

Lake Highlands United Methodist Church’s address is 9015 Plano Rd. at McCree (75238). The event will be held in the McCree Rd. parking lot, rain or shine.

Contact Cindy Engel at 214-348-6835 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for questions about the LHUMC event.
RISD releases statement on Ebola

Dallas Presbyterian on Greenville Avenue

Media outlets today are reporting the Dallas Ebola patient, currently in treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, known to most in Lake Highlands as "Presby Dallas" came into contact with up to 18 people, including school-age children.

You can read one of these reports on NBC, published at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials from the Dallas Department of Health and Human Services confirm that five students at different schools (three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school) did have contact with the patient over the weekend.

Richardson Independent School District has released the following statement:

"RISD is aware of the reported case of Ebola in Dallas and is in close contact with health authorities.

The Dallas County Department of Health & Human Services has informed RISD that at this time, there is no indication of a connection between any RISD schools and the case they are investigating.

As with any health situation and illness, RISD Health Services and school nurses are aware of the symptoms and protocols related to the Ebola virus. Ebola is not spread as easily as influenza and other more common illnesses.

For more information about Ebola and how it can be spread, please review the information from Presbyterian Hospital.

The district will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with health authorities.

The health and safety of our students and staff is RISD’s highest priority."

Stay tuned for additional updates.

We will publish all official statements as they are made by Richardson Independent School District.
Loving our area parks

Photo courtesy of Dallas Parks and Rec

Photo ourtesy of FLOL

Dallas Park and Recreation Department is calling on citizens to contribute a few hours of their time to help make city parks cleaner and greener.

They are hosting the 2014 Fall It’s My Park Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 25th.

It’s My Park Day is a citywide community service initiative focused on enhancing Dallas parks.

Individuals, families, homeowners’ associations, companies and civic groups are invited to organize and participate in beautification and clean-up activities at parks throughout the City of Dallas.

Specifically, citizens can organize volunteer projects at a park in their community to help with litter and debris pick-up, weeding and mulching. Some groups include live music, an educational component, a picnic or other activities.

"It's My Park Day is a twice a year opportunity for us to come together as a neighborhood to spruce up our wonderful parks," said Robin Norcross, Parks Board member for District 10.

"Grab your HOA, Girl or Boy Scout troop, or your block and give an hour of your time to make a big difference."

Are you part of a homeowners’ association, friends group, civic club, or service organization?

It’s My Park Day would be a great opportunity for your group to serve the community.

Online volunteer and project registration is under way at this website through October 15th. Only one registration is required per group by the Team Captain.

Once your group is registered, Park Maintenance staff will work with you to ensure that your volunteer effort is successful.

For additional information, call Dallas Park and Recreation at 214.670.8483.

To register your group, click here.
Audelia Friends welcome Luis Farias

Luis Farias with the Texas Water Development Board

The Audelia Road Library Friends continue their Fall Speaker Series on Thursday October 9th with Luis Farias, team manager of the Northeast Region of the Texas Water Development Board.

He will discuss the operations of the Water Board and its plans for meeting the future water needs of Texas communities.

He will also introduce The Texas Water Development Board’s Proposition Six program to create two funds for future water development and revenue funds to finance these projects.

A graduate of St. Edwards University, Mr. Farias has more than 17 years of experience with this important department of Texas water resources.

Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. to area friends and neighbors with Mr. Farias’ commentary commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the library.

All area friends and neighbors are invited to attend this free event.

The Audelia Branch library is located at 10045 Audelia Road.
The Aging (R)Evolution

Find out more about the Dallas Area Gerontological Society forum ©Murillo

In celebration of 25 years serving the Dallas community, the Dallas Area Gerontological Society (DAGS) will present their annual Forum on Thursday, October 16th at Fellowship Bible Church.

The Forum theme is The Aging (R)Evolution: It’s Gonna Be Alright with topics addressing current conditions and important trends in the aging population, including the growing influence of the Baby Boomers on this group.

DAGS is a non-profit, voluntary member organization whose mission is to provide continuing education on gerontological topics, provide scholarships to individuals pursuing a career in the aging field, and to advocate for improved services for the elderly.

Forum Speakers will include Dr. T. Bryan Callister, Dr. Diana Kerwin, and Dr. Paul Tobolowsky. CEUs are available for Nurses, Social Workers, Guardians, LPCs and Administrators. There will be 55 Forum exhibitors with important information to share with attendees.

Professionals, family members and anyone interested in aging issues are encouraged to attend the Forum at a reduced non-CEU rate. Students and Senior Citizens get a discount rate, too. Admission includes breakfast, lunch and snacks and DAGS membership for 2015.

The Forum will also include a 25 year retrospective by founding members on DAGS’ work in the community through the years. Formed in 1989, the founders envisioned DAGS as “a Society of people rather than a network of agency representatives … (whose) intent … is to involve people, not agencies, into working for and with elderly citizens of the Dallas area.”

The group continues in 2014 to include a “good mix of professionals who work with the elders,” according to Laurie Miller, current DAGS President. DAGS’ current membership includes social workers, nurses, senior living administrators and marketers, as well as health and personal care workers.

DAGS holds monthly meetings at various locations in the greater Dallas area that are free and open to non-members. Each program is on an educational topic relating to aging. Dates, topics and locations of past and upcoming events are available on the DAGS website.

Although not part of DAGS’ original mission, the group added scholarship awards to encourage students to enter the field of gerontology. Each year, DAGS grants scholarships to deserving applicants who wish to advance their studies toward a certification or a degree in fields relative to aging studies.

In 2014, DAGS has awarded $10,500 in scholarships, plus two named scholarships at Collin College and Dallas County Community College.

DAGS invites the public to register for the upcoming Forum – come learn, come meet industry professionals, and come for an enjoyable experience.

The DAGS forum will take place on Thursday, October 16th, 8 am- 4pm at the Fellowship Bible Church located at 9330 N Central Expy.

Specific information is available on the DAGS website. Pre-admission through the website is requested.
Why we need a brand in LH

See the meeting presentation about the story behind the logo's creation.

Members of the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (LH PID) board and the Lake Highlands Branding Committee recently went back to the drawing board after the launch of their original logo wasn’t enthusiastically received by a portion of the community.

Sunday night was the latest step in the Lake Highlands branding process, and at a meeting hosted by the LH PID, organizers presented the new brand and explained the development process.

The presentation of the new brand by One Fast Buffalo shed light on why the committee feels the Lake Highlands community would benefit from a brand and clarified how and why they came up with this newest logo.

A less than flattering image of the logo was shared last night on Facebook, and in light of that recent post, the LH PID has shared an abbreviated version of Sunday's presentation with us so the community can get an idea of what was discussed.

"Later this week, we will make the video of the event available so that everyone in the community has a chance to see the amazing work of both the Branding Committee and One Fast Buffalo," says Kathy Stewart, Executive Director of the LH PID.

Why the new brand?

Steward describes the scenario. "It’s happened to all of us – you meet someone new and they ask, ‘Where are you from?’ You say Lake Highlands, and you get a blank stare."

"Three years ago the Branding Committee recognized the need to put Lake Highlands on the map of neighborhoods in Dallas."

"If we want growth and redevelopment, it's important the greater Dallas community and beyond know who we are – what is important to us and what is our story. About a year ago, the Branding Committee asked the Lake Highlands PID to help with the ownership and implementation of the new LH brand."

"Last night, One Fast Buffalo, the design firm hired by the Branding Committee, made a presentation of the new brand for Lake Highlands, launching the brand story, tag line and logo."

The presentation linked to this article includes talking points of last night’s meeting, but in order to get the full story behind it all, stay tuned for the release of the video.

We'll share it with readers as soon we receive it.

Presentation and all images courtesy of One Fast Buffalo.
RISD plans for secondary growth

RISD begins a study on secondary expansion to alleviate crowding at the high school level. ©Mohawk Construction

At its September 22nd study session, the RISD Board heard a comprehensive presentation from district staff about long range plans to accommodate academic programs and student growth at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Questions regarding planning for secondary growth have been asked frequently since expanding elementary schools over the summer here in Lake Highlands.

Our community’s “re-greening” is largely due to families with younger children moving in, and with more kids comes more need for educational space as they grow.

Because of this, RISD staff have been studying projected enrollment patterns at the secondary level, best practice academic offerings under the new state graduation plans, implementation of expanded Career & Technical Education offerings and the physical capacity of high school campuses.

Topics discussed last week included planning for expected enrollment growth in Lake Highlands at the 9-12 grade level, potential new academic programs, moving toward more flexible learning environments in classrooms, and initiating studies related to possible equipment and construction needs in a potential 2016 bond election.

The next steps in this planning process involve engaging staff, parents and community members to share information and gather suggestions and feedback.

Several initial options highlighted the presentation:

1. Study the feasibility of transitioning 9th graders in Lake Highlands to Lake Highlands High School, thereby creating a comprehensive high school serving grades 9-12. A portion of the Freshman Center building could become an early college high school (ECHS) for students interested in earning college credit and/or a college degree while simultaneously completing high school graduation plan requirements.

An ECHS would initially be available to the Lake Highlands feeder pattern students. Other portions of the Freshman Center could be used to house classes for LHHS students, including expanded Career & Technical education offerings.

This possibility would implement a 9-12 high school model in Lake Highlands, similar to the successful implementation at RISD's other three high schools, and provide potential benefits for students related to alignment of 9-12 curriculum, direct access to college & career readiness resources, and direct exposure to high school clubs and activities that engage students.

Next steps in this evaluation involve discussion of the ideas with teacher and parent focus groups in Lake Highlands in advance of public stakeholder information meetings.

The creation of an early college high school would require an application to the State of Texas this fall.

One element staff will be discussing with focus groups is whether to pursue preparation of a non-binding ECHS application to keep district options open. Submitting an ECHS application would not obligate the district to open an ECHS, but would allow RISD the flexibility to move forward if parent and community feedback is supportive.

2. Study ways to support the district's Secondary Instructional Model to create independent, successful learners who can demonstrate mastery of the curriculum while also acquiring the skills necessary to navigate an ever-changing global marketplace. These skills include the ability to think critically, problem solve, collaborate, communicate and manage time.

Classrooms should be a place where students are involved in complex tasks or problems working individually and collaboratively to learn the content required. Learning should be an experience designed by the teacher based on students' interest and ability. Teachers should use a variety of assessment strategies to understand where their students are in the learning process.

Additionally, the district wants to continue to expand programs of choice in RISD to allow more students to take advantage of dual-credit, AP and magnet opportunities.

3. Study innovative methods of providing a more flexible physical learning environment in schools that reflects the modern instructional model and practices used in RISD. Instructional initiatives such as differentiated instruction, integration of personal technology into learning, and project-based learning in small groups are more difficult to support in traditionally-equipped classrooms.

Options may include furniture that offers more flexibility in configuration, utility, and accommodation of technology; further strengthening the district's online infrastructure to allow students to bring their personal computers, tablets or devices to school in support of learning; and/or using tools such as idea paint that allow students to use parts of a classroom in ways previously unavailable.

Information developed from the reviews about possible construction or equipment needs in a potential 2016 bond election will be shared with stakeholders for feedback and ideas as part of the bond planning process in 2015.

Stay tuned as we'll report what we hear from RISD when they release more information.
Celebrate National Night Out

Find out why some Texans celebrate National Night Out in October.

National Night Out is an annual event designed to promote neighborhood spirit and is traditionally held the first week in August.

However, because it's not always pleasant to be outside in the Texas summer heat, some folks in our great state are celebrating it this year on October 7th.

National Night Out is a great time to meet new neighbors, reconnect with friends and get to know your local first responders.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

There are multiple neighborhoods all over Lake Highlands that have planned events on the 7th, and it’s still not too late to get in on the celebration.

If your HOA, Crime Watch or Neighborhood is in the Northeast Division and would like to participate, Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division wants to know about it to help make it great.

You can contact Officer Katherine Robinson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the location, organizer and time of your event.

For more information on National Night Out, visit the event’s website.
Beware the One-Stop-Fitness-Shop

Read Mallory's column today on mixing up your fitness practice.

“Take 25 barre classes in 25 days and see big results!”

“Try our pushup challenge: Perform 100 pushups every day in October to stretch those limits!”

“I know I should lift weights, but I hate it. I just run outdoors for exercise.”

Sound familiar? If not, it probably will soon. As private, specialized fitness studios pop open on every corner and workout challenges dominate Pinterest bulletin boards, the idea of a one-stop-shop workout spreads.

But is there really such a thing as one workout that has it all? If we find one workout we love, could we do it day after day, week and week, and expect to be healthy and fit?

The answer is a resounding no. There are ten elements of fitness, and a well-rounded, healthy individual should at least dabble in each of them:

Cardiorespiratory Endurance is the body’s ability to efficiently use and deliver oxygen to all the internal systems. In essence, it’s exercise for the heart. You address this element through traditional cardio: running, dancing, walking, rowing, cycling, swimming, sustained athletics, aerobics, etc. Steady state or interval training in this realm 4-5 days a week is a good practice, either for 60 minutes at moderate intensity or 30 minutes at vigorous intensity. Stamina goes hand in hand with cardiorespiratory endurance, as the same types of activities will help the body learn to recruit energy stores during longer bouts of physical activity.

Muscular Strength and Endurance is the muscle’s ability to apply force (strength) and hold it continuously (endurance). The more strength you have, the more you can do functionally and safely – pick up children, move furniture, even get out of bed in the morning as you age. Engage in strength training by lifting weights, practicing power yoga or Pilates, using a suspension trainer, or doing bodyweight exercises such as pushups; 2-3 times a week for general wellness ought to keep you in great shape!

Flexibility is the ability the body to move around a joint. Staying flexible over our lifetimes is important, as a wide range of motion tends to protect us from injury. Yoga is the most notable way to push the limits of flexibility, but daily stretching as well as prolonged stretching after a workout while the muscles are warm are also good practices. Workouts which include twisting, rotational movements keep the spine flexible as well and should be performed regularly.

Another imperative aspect of fitness as we age is Balance, or the body’s ability to stabilize itself when under unstable conditions. Often, injury results from a combination poor flexibility and losing one’s balance. Engaging in exercises that require core stabilization such as suspension training, barre, or Pilates as well as activities performed on unstable or less-stable surfaces such as a BOSU balance trainer or even one-leg will keep you balanced for the duration.

Speed, Coordination, Agility, and Accuracy are all related to movement patterns and are, again, crucial to staying healthy as we age. Imagine walking down a wooded path that hasn’t been cleared in a while. You need speed to dodge animals or branches quickly; coordination to hold an arm out while moving your feet safely; the agility to move your body in the direction it needs to go without pulling a muscle, and the accuracy to land where you want to. Ways to get all this? Sports, which use lateral movements and require arms and legs to work together to perform a task, such as tennis, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, or skating.

As tempting as it is to throw ourselves into what we love most and stick to it, one type of workout just can’t cut it. People who love indoor cycling – or yoga, or barre, or weight lifting, or long-distance running – should make that activity a big part of every week.

But lack of variety both leads to overuse injuries – like “Runner’s knee,” “Tennis elbow,” “Swimmer’s shoulder” – and cuts off other areas of fitness imperative to our overall health and well-being.

I challenge you to mix it up by adding another fitness practice to your routine. It’ll prevent injury, boredom, and an unbalanced body.

And, who knows – it might even be fun!

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.
“Black Out” night at the Boneyard

Lake Highlands vs Berkner at the Boneyard tonight! ©Jeff Bargas

The Wildcat Football teams began District play this week, and folks have been excited to support the ‘Cats!

The Varsity team is gearing up for tonight’s game at the Boneyard against Berkner, and it’s a “Black Out” night so fans are preparing to make a statement.

The ‘Cats are the visitors tonight so will be sitting on the east side of the stadium.

Want to buy your tickets in advance?

You can purchase them today from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Highlands High School front foyer.

Advance ticket prices are $7.00 for Reserved, General for $5.00, and Student for $3.00. All general tickets at the gate are $6.00 and reserved are $8.00.

There will be a Black Out pep rally today too in the LHHS gym at 1:50 p.m., so you can come out and start the cheering early!

And don’t miss the Tailgate party which begins at 4:30 p.m. in front of the school group performances where there will be hot dogs and drinks for sale.

Come out to support the ‘Cats and get your “Black Out” t-shirt, available for $12 each.

The Lake Highlands vs Berkner game kickoff is tonight at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on purchasing a “Black Out” t-shirt, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 469.593.1119.
Chili Showdown Time at WRLM

Get ready for the 4th annual White Rock Local Market Chili Showdown!

Calling all chili aficionados! The fourth annual White Rock Local Market (WRLM) Chili Showdown is right around the corner.

This fun and delicious event will take place Saturday, October 18th at Lakeside Baptist Church with up to twenty teams providing samples for a public tasting from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Celebrity guests include Daniel Vaughn BBQ Snob, author and BBQ editor at Texas Monthly, Chef Sharon Hage of Farm to Fork Consulting and Nancy Black, editor of White Rock Lake Weekly.

They will judge the competition and decide winners within the categories of Vegetarian, Spicy, Traditional and Wild Card.

Proceeds from this event will benefit programs offered by WRLM including Love Your Farmer volunteer days, Sprouting Healthy Kids - a hands-on gardening and nutrition after school program, and White Rock Local Garden.

The entry fee is $25 per team. Deadline for registration is October 15th and participation is limited.

To register click here or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can also pick up forms at the information tent at White Rock Local Markets.

Tasting tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at WRLM Information Desk or the day of the event.

White Rock Local Market is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through December 6th.

The first and third Saturdays of the month markets will be located at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9150 Garland Road. Markets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at the Green Spot are located at 702 North Buckner Boulevard.
What’s up this weekend?

Don't miss opening night at the Texas State Fair! Photo courtesy of the State Fair

Cheer on the 'Cats tonight at the Boneyard! ©Steve Clary

The Wrangler's dinner and auction is bound to be a good time. Photo courtesy of the Wildcat Wranglers

Get your fresh, local produce at the White Rock Local Market.

It's opening weekend for the St. James Pumpkin Patch. ©Baronoskie

Visit the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum. ©Baronoskie

The State Fair of Texas

Friday, September 26th
10:00 a.m.

State Fair grounds
3921 Martin Luther King Jr.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for - opening day of the State Fair! Running today through October 19th, this 24-day showcase of entertainment, exhibits and competitions will thrill folks from all over the country.

For more information, visit the State Fair website or call 214.565.9931.

Greek Food Festival

Friday, September 26th
4:00 p.m.

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
13555 Hillcrest Rd.

This annual event kicks off Friday and continues Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The fun includes live music, dancing, cooking demos and church tours.

Admission is $6 for adults, and it’s free for ages 12 and younger. For more info, call 972.991.1166.

Lake Highlands High School Black Out Tailgate

Friday, September 26th
7:00 p.m.

Lake Highlands High School Boneyard

Come out to support the ‘Cats and get your “Black Out” t-shirt, available for $12 each. Tonight begins District play with the Lake Highlands vs. Berkner game.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 469.593.1119.

Jazz on the Corner

Friday, September 26th
7:00 p.m.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church kicks off its 140th anniversary celebration with an evening of live music and fun.

An ice cream party for community members and concert attendees will take place following the performance. Call 214.521.5197 to find out more about the concert.

White Rock Local Market

Saturday, September 27th
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).

Autumn at the Arboretum

All weekend! Gardens open at 9:00 a.m.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road

Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Pumpkin Village and the Fall color throughout the gardens and pumpkins galore.

Garden events included in the price of regular admission.

For ticket prices and more information, visit the Arboretum website.

LHHS Wranglers Dinner, Dance & Auction

Saturday, September 27th
6:30 p.m.

Royal Oaks Country Club
7915 Greenville Ave.

Learn to line dance, bid on fabulous auction items, and enjoy a delicious meal. The cost is $50 per person and it’ll be well worth it!

Live music by Wes Niles and the Texas Skeeters. For more info, visit the Wranglers website.

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities
Saturday, September 13th

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.
• Balance and Harmony with DogFit from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
• United Way Health Fair from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
• Instrument Petting Zoo from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
• Kirtan at Klyde Warren from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.

St. James Pumpkin Patch Opens

Sunday, September 28th
12:00 p.m.

St. James Episcopal Church
9845 McCree Rd.

The most famous Pumpkin Patch in Lake Highlands opens daily from Sunday, Sept. 28 to Friday, Oct. 31. Hours are: Sunday - Thursday, 12 - 6 p.m. Friday & Sat, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Call 214.348.1345 to find out more about school group visits.
Out & About: Disco Kids in Dallas

Dance and socialize in a fun and safe environment at Disco Kids. ©Walker


Parents get in FREE! ©Walker



School's back in session so that means homework, projects, sports practice, and yes, more homework!

What’s a child to do for fun? My daughter Lauren and I recently found the perfect hangout – Disco Kids at It’ll Do Nightclub.

Don’t worry parents, it’s not what you think!

The brainchild of Alicia Duncan, she started Disco Kids because she saw there was a need in Dallas for something like it.

“I had my son’s 8th birthday party at It’ll Do Nightclub because he wanted a break dance party,” Duncan says.

“When word got out, I had friends bringing friends and their friends, and the next thing I knew, I had a room full of people I didn’t know dancing with their kids.”

Disco Kids has been going strong since June of 2013. Held two Fridays per month, kids of ALL ages (yes, your toddler is welcome, too) gather to dance and socialize in a fun and safe environment from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Don’t feel like cooking? Don’t worry! Food trucks are on site to help you with dinner, and additional snacks and neon party favors can be purchased on site.

Marion Walters and her son Zen really enjoyed their night on the town.

“This is such a great idea to get kids’ excess energy out before bedtime,” said Walters.

Want your own space? VIP party spaces are available during the event for a fee.

Make sure your kids save that allowance because the cover charge for kids is $5. Even better news? Adults get in free!

So put on those boogie shoes and head to the next Disco Kids to shake your groove thang!

To stay up to date with Disco Kids events, like their Facebook page.
The softball game of the year

Photos ©Liz Muder

The LHE Wildcats played a mean game of softball.

The Wallace Wolverines for ready for the game! Photos ©Liz Muder

The teacher trading cards were a hit! Photos ©Liz Muder

Fans of all ages enjoyed the game. Photos ©Liz Muder

Photos ©Liz Muder

Photos ©Liz Muder

As loud as the cheering was, you may have heard last week’s most intense softball game in Lake Highlands.

Lake Highlands Elementary Wildcats met up with the Wolverines of Wallace to square off in the 2nd annual LHE vs. Wallace staff softball game.

Game organizers came up with the idea in 2013 with a goal of providing a fun, community-building event.

What's better than a game of softball?

"If the teachers play, the kids would come," said LHE parent Jo Anna Carter after last year’s event.

Even better, the kids had the opportunity to trade teacher playing cards which were on sale to raise funds for the schools.

Just like in 2013, the staff's enthusiasm energized the crowd last week, making this an annual event everyone will look forward to.

The Wildcats came back this year with a win after Wallace boasted the trophy last year.

In the end though, it's all fun and games and a great way to raise money for the two great 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.
The Pumpkin Patch opens Sunday

St. James' Pumpkin Patch opens Sunday. ©Baronoskie



It’s that time of year when I purposefully drive down Audelia so I can gaze at the St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch.

It’s definitely a sight to behold!

The famous Pumpkin Patch opens this Sunday, and thousands of pumpkins in every shape and size will be piled up and ready to find a home.

Volunteers young and old will be passing the pumpkins and making beautiful displays of orange on Saturday morning to get ready for the patch’s opening.

The Pumpkin Patch is the main fundraiser for the St. James Youth Ministry, and according to the Youth directors, enough money is raised each year so the church doesn’t need to underwrite the youth program.

The funds provide scholarships and support youth outreach activities as well as local, national and international mission trips.

The Pumpkin Patch will open every day to the public through October 31st, so you’ll have more than enough time to go pick out some beauties.

"This event truly has become a Lake Highlands tradition," said patch director, Claudia Stephens.

Business hours are Sunday through Thursday from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Families and groups are also welcome to come and take pictures during normal operating hours. School groups and special events are also welcome by appointment.

Don’t miss out on finding the perfect pumpkin this fall, and be sure to tell your friends and neighbors the same!

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 9845 McCree Road. Visit their website for more information about St. James.

Please contact Claudia Stephens at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions about the patch.

If you want to schedule a visit for your school group, please contact the church office at 214.348.1345.
Get ready for Market in the Meadow

The 31st Market in the Meadow is on Oct. 18th & 19th

Enjoy entertainment from various Lake Highlands groups. Photo courtesy of MIM

Shop over 150 booths for your holiday gifts. ©Baronoskie


The best shopping weekend we've all been waiting for is almost here!

The Forest Meadow Junior High PTA has been working hard for months to host its annual fundraiser, Market in the Meadow.

This holiday gift sale, which brings merchants and shoppers to the FMJH campus each year, is in its 31st year and the goods get better and better each year.

Market in the Meadow will present over 150 booths offering upscale items such as unique apparel and accessories, holiday décor, candles, gourmet food, home accessories, and much more.

The Charger Cafe, featuring delicious food, will also be open for business as usual. And stop by the Bake Shoppe early to purchase baked goods prepared by volunteers because they go fast!

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win wonderful items donated by the vendors, too.

Enjoy live entertainment provided throughout the day by the bands, choirs, cheerleaders, drill teams, and dance teams from Lake Highlands junior highs and high schools.

All proceeds from the event will be returned directly to the classroom for the benefit Forest Meadow Junior High students.

Get ready for a fabulous shopping experience, and plan on joining your friends and family at the 31st Annual Market in the Meadow!

Market in the Meadow will take place Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE!

For more information, visit the event website or "like" the Facebook page.

Forest Meadow Junior High is located at the northwest corner of Abrams Road and Whitehurst Drive.

Don’t forget to observe street signs when parking your car as failure to do so may result in a citation.

Lake Highlands Today is a proud sponsor of Market in the Meadow.
Wranglers to perform in London

Former Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth, invited the Wranglers to London. Photo courtesy of RISD

Bob Bone, Executive Director of the London New Year's Day Parade ©Baronoskie

Longworth praised the Wranglers for their talent. ©Baronoskie

The Wranglers performed for the British guests on stage. ©Baronoskie

The Lake Highlands Wildcat Wrangler Dance Team received a formal invitation yesterday from the Former Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth, to perform in London’s 2015 New Year’s Day Parade.

Catherine Longworth, Senior Patron of the Parade and Festival, traveled to Texas with several other patrons to present a formal invitation and see the students perform.

The London parade has almost has 9,000 participants from 20 different countries that are part of the annual New Year’s parade, in comparison to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade 4,500 participants.

"Two-thirds of a million of people come out every year on New Year’s day in London to watch the parade," explained Bob Bone, Executive Director of the London New Year's Day Parade.

"I promise you they don’t come because of the weather…it’s generally speaking quite chilly."

"Come out they do, and they come to see you because you are fresh, exhilarating and tremendous entertainment to the crowds. They just love you!"

After an introduction by Bone, Catherine Longworth sang the praises of the Wranglers, including how much she loved their outfits.

"You will have the most wonderful time in London," Longworth said.

"I am looking forward to seeing you guys dance in a minute. I’ve enjoyed every minute so far of seeing the school and seeing what you do. My goodness you work hard – that commitment and dedication you have to do so many things all at once – I’m so impressed."

Wrangler mom Glenda Gerteisen was there to watch daughter Anna and her friends perform.

"Anytime they have an opportunity to experience a different culture, they grow and learn from seeing this different world and have an appreciation for what they have and an understanding of others," Glenda said.

"I think Anna is most looking forward to the performance itself and getting the reaction from the Londoners."

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was there with a film crew to video the invitation presentation, the Wrangler performance, and highlight the school.

The video will be used on Parade Day in the worldwide broadcast, so mark your calendar to keep your eyes peeled for the Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers!
Kicking off Autumn

Visit the 2014 Autumn at the Arboretum ©Baronoskie

Pumpkins lining Crepe Myrtle Alley ©Dallas Arboretum

Arboretum guests enjoy Cinderella's carriage. ©Baronoskie

There are 4 storybook houses to enjoy. ©Baronoskie

Too Many Pumpkins storyboook house ©Baronoskie

Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch ©Baronoskie

With the cooler Fall air comes one of the Dallas Arboretum’s most anticipated festivals, Autumn at the Arboretum!

The 2014 festival opened this past weekend on September 20th, and folks from all over headed to the Arboretum to check out the plethora of pumpkins and gourds and the famous Pumpkin Village - the only one of its kind in the world.

The highlight of the festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team.

However, this year, the Arboretum hauled in over 65,000 pumpkins and gourds to decorate the entire grounds. It took 12 tractor trailer loads and was a three week process with about 50 people working hard to make the setup happen.

“Fall is our most colorful time of year,” said Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens. “Many of the summer flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color.”

“Our thousands of pumpkins bring out the color in banks of chrysanthemums that are layered with ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush,” he explained. “When the pumpkins come out at the Arboretum you know it's almost time for fall, and the cooler weather is on its way.”

What happens to the pumpkins and gourds when Autumn in the Arboretum is all said and done?

The pumpkins are composted and returned back to the garden beds, and the gourds are given to the Texas Gourd Society where they are repurposed into something new, such as birdhouses.

There are activities for all ages on weekdays and weekends during the festival, and you won’t want to miss out on the discounts either:

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village
Daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., now through November 26th

Pecan Grove
Storybook houses, hay bale maze, Cinderella’s Carriage, Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Tea
Mondays–Fridays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Restaurant DeGolyer

Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission, Reservations are required. Seated Tea is available to guests 13 and older.

Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays
Mondays & Tuesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature art, face painting and Kindermusik.

$1 off General Garden Admission
September 20 –November 26

Tom Thumb will offer $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum. Discounted tickets will be available to purchase at area Tom Thumb locations.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays
September 24-November 26

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
September 25-November 20

General admission tickets are $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

Oktoberfest Garten
Daily, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Celebrate autumn with mittagessen (that’s lunch, in German) at Café on the Green, serving a traditional German menu until Thanksgiving.

Piano Melodies by Keith Schmorr
Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Brinegar Patio near Restaurant DeGolyer

Garden Melodies
Weekends, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities
Saturday, October 11-Sunday, October 12, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Guests are invited to listen to live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage, and can linger with a picnic on the lawn overlooking picturesque White Rock Lake.

Monday, October 13, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
These Eddie Coker performances, sponsored by Dallas Child, take place on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Families of all ages are invited to these spirited concerts.

Family Fun Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat throughout the gardens with costumed characters and other family fun activities. Children are encouraged to wear festive costumes.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road. Visit their website for more info.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under.
LHJWL supports our schools

Thurgood Marshall Principal Michelle Zupa and Asst. Principal Ishii Tavarez

The Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League (LHJWL) recently collected school supplies for Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Northlake Elementary as one of their many projects of giving back to the neighborhood schools.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to assist our neighborhood schools who need our help and resources,” said Jennifer Wilcox, LHJWL Board member.

“Later in the year, the LHJWL will adopt angels from Lake Highlands schools and provide new school uniforms and shoes for local children in need,” Wilcox explained.

Michelle Zupa, Thurgood Marshal principal, was thrilled with the support her school received from the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League.

“I am so appreciative of the generosity and support that Thurgood Marshall receives from so many organizations in Lake Highlands,” Zupa commented.

“The Lake Highlands Junior Women's League went above and beyond to supply hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies for our students. These supplies will help students prepare for learning.”

“We also received generous donations from the Lake Highlands Exchange Club and the Lake Highlands Women's League. The partnerships we have with these Lake Highlands organizations help to provide so many opportunities for our students and teachers.”

“Their support has been overwhelming, and I am extremely grateful to all who have contributed to our students' educational success,” Zupa said.

For more information on the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, visit their website.
Rallying around the Meliza family

Allison and Baron Meliza

As Lake Highlands is a community known for their generosity and giving spirit, it’s time to support another one of our own.

Baron and Allison Meliza are long time Lake Highlands residents and have two beautiful daughters at Lake Highlands High School.

The family attends Park Cities Baptist Church, and Allison is a preschool teacher at CCDC at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church.

Baron was recently diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and has been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis.

The family thankfully does have insurance, but they will be incurring so many additional expenses such as co-pays, travel expenses, medication fees, parking fees, and on the go meals, just to name a few.

Those extra fees, coupled with the fact that Baron and Allison will both be unable to work their regular work schedules, means they need help.

Please consider making a donation to this sweet family as they travel this difficult path, and let's help Baron and his family fight this disease!

You can also purchase a locally designed t-shirt in benefit of the family.

Like the medical fund, proceeds from t-shirt sales will help cover costs associated with Baron's treatment.

Click HERE to donate to the Meliza family.
Rebranding Lake Highlands

The first brand unveiled was taken back to the drawing board. Find out how you can be a part of the discussion for the newly proposed brand of Lake Highlands.

The Lake Highlands Branding Committee (LHBC), a subcommittee of the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (PID), has been back at the drawing board to come up with a Lake Highlands “brand” that will better depict our community.

“Based on a lot of comments and ideas generated throughout the development process, including those from this summer, we are excited to unveil a proposed brand we believe captures both the rich tradition and vibrant future of Lake Highlands,” said Kathy Stewart, Lake Highlands PID Executive Director.

The entire community is invited to the unveiling of the proposed new brand, which the committee describes as providing a unified mark and message for the “defiantly hometown” Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, September 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: KayCee Hall at 10110 Shoreview Drive

The committee hopes that residents and business owners will all attend the unveiling and join in the discussion of the proposed new brand.

The brand concept is the culmination of extensive research and discussion, led by the committee comprising of representatives from several community organizations including Lake Highlands Exchange Club, Lake Highlands Women’s League, Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, Lake Highlands High School PTA, Lake Highlands Early Childhood PTA, and the Lake Highlands TIF.

As we reported several months back, the LHBC met over a three-year period to direct the development of the brand with input from member organizations.

Throughout the branding process, LHBC committee members were tasked with reporting and inviting feedback on the branding process from their respective community groups.

In addition, more than 2,000 Lake Highlands residents and businesses provided valuable insights by participating in a community survey early in the branding process.

During the summer, the LHBC, the PID leadership, and brand strategy and design firm, One Fast Buffalo, considered feedback following the rollout of an earlier brand concept in June.

Now they want you to learn the story behind “Our Hometown in the City” and the new visual concept.

“We hope the community will join us on Sunday evening, September 28 – before the Cowboys kick off – to learn about the brand story and participate in the unveiling of the proposed new brand for our beloved neighborhood,” commented Stewart.

For more information, attend the meeting on Sunday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 10110 Shoreview Drive.
West Nile in 75243

A resident in zip code 75243 was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

A fifth human case of the West Nile virus was diagnosed Thursday, this time in zip code 75243, an area that encompasses parts of Lake Highlands and Far Northeast Dallas.

The resident was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, the more rare form of West Nile which includes meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis.

For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, the City of Dallas is not providing additional identifying information.

We’ve had a lot of readers ask about the varying forms of West Nile, so we gathered some info from the Center for Disease Control and WebMD.

According to these sources, “four out of five people infected with West Nile virus don't have any symptoms, but a few of these people may develop lingering infections that might cause problems years later.”

1 in 5 infections results in West Nile fever, which was diagnosed in a resident in the 75238 zip code in mid-August. The CDC says people with West Nile fever can be quite ill for quite a long time.

The symptoms of West Nile fever are much like the flu and can include:

• Fever
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Skin rash on the trunk of the body (in some cases but not in others)
• Swollen lymph glands (in some cases but not in others)
• Eye pain (in some cases but not in others)

Even more rare is West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, as is this case with the most recent diagnosis in 75243. In 1 in every 150 infections, the virus gets into the brain (encephalitis) or into the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

According to the CDC, about 10% of people who get West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis die. Most people with neuroinvasive disease have either encephalitis or both encephalitis and meningitis. Some 25% to 35% get meningitis only.

The symptoms of West Nile meningitis include:

• Fever
• Headache
• Stiff neck

The symptoms of West Nile encephalitis include:

• Changes in consciousness ranging from mild (sluggishness) to severe (mental confusion, convulsions, or coma).
• Fever and headache.
• Neurological symptoms, including paralysis of one or more limbs or palsy, may occur.
• Tremors and movement problems sometimes occur.

This news hitting so close to home reiterates the importance of practicing the 4 D’s.

• Wear insect repellent with DEET

Dress in long, loose, and light-colored clothing

Drain standing water

• Limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active

The City’s protocol is to conduct targeted ground spraying in areas where West Nile Virus has been diagnosed, confirmed in mosquitoes, and in areas where trapping has indicated significant increases in the number of mosquitoes that have the potential to carry West Nile Virus.

We will keep you posted about any additional spraying scheduled by the City of Dallas.

UPDATE: Mosquito pools were confirmed positive for West Nile Virus in the 75238 zip code area. Weather permitting, the areas delineated below in Lake Highlands are scheduled for mosquito control spraying on Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.

The areas to be sprayed are within an area generally bounded by 9000 block of Rolling Rock Lane (75238): Wallbrook Drive on the north, Plano Road on the west, Kingspoint Drive and Pandora Drive on the east and Northwest Highway on the south.

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.

To report standing water or mosquito problems Dallas residents should call 3-1-1.

For additional information on Mosquito Control visit the City's website.
Lake Highlands Youth Awards

L to R: Chris Brown, Sam Iheke, Valeria Escalante, Micael Lonergan, Brady Diffee, and Frank Miller

Last Friday, the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands gave out their September Character Counts and Youth of the Month awards at Lake Highlands High School.

The awards were presented by Chris Brown and LHHS Principal Frank Miller. These awards are selected by LHHS staff.

The Club extends its thanks to Frank Miller, Karen Clardy, and other LHHS staff for hosting this breakfast and the meeting.

Character Counts Awards

The Character Counts awards are given monthly to recognize young men and women at LHHS who display strong character traits as a vital part of their daily routine, whether at school or in the community.

They are nominated by the faculty, staff, and other students at the high school for serving as peer role models, student leaders, and positive participants in school or community service and extracurricular activities.

Valeria Escalante is the daughter of Juan and Martha Escalante. Valeria is an alto saxophonist in the Wildcat Band, a Peer Mediator, and a member of the bowling team. Valeria invited her parents and teachers, Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Lara, and Ms. Laster to the presentation.

Sam Iheke is the son of Gabriel and Lovina Iheke. Sam is a captain on the Wildcat football team, a Senior Young Life Leader, a Peer Mediator, and a member of the Student Council. He invited his family and coaches Scott Smith and Nathan Hattemer to the presentation.

Youth Of The Month Awards

The Youth of the Month awards recognize Lake Highlands graduating seniors, along with their parents and mentoring teachers, who have excelled in academics, leadership, and school and community service.

Each recipient is required to write an essay on the topic of "Investigating the Possibilities: Making the Community a Better Place to Live," and both awardees this month prepared and presented excellent essays about ways to improve an already great Lake Highlands community.

Micael Lonergan is the daughter of Dave and Kim Lonergan. Micael is the President of the Student Council and the Theater Club. In addition to her family, Micael invited influential teachers Casey Boland and Jennifer Scarborough to the presentation.

Brady Diffee is the son of Darrin and Robin Diffee. Brady is the Head Drum Major for the Wildcat Band and is also in the choir. It is no surprise that he has an interest in possibly teaching music one day. Brady invited his band director Jeff Bradford and assistants for recognition at the awards presentation.

For more information on the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands, visit their website.

Photo courtesy of the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands
Go Green at the Dallas Green Fest

Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Photo courtesy of the City of Dallas

The Saturday the 20th, the 6th Dallas Green Fest is being hosted by the environmental outreach teams of your City of Dallas departments down on the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

They want to help educate Dallas residents and visitors on the many ways we can all live healthier, greener lives while reducing our footprint and supporting our local economy, businesses, and food growers.

Learn about:

• Energy efficiency and conservation

• Alternative energy sources

• Water conservation

• Trinity River watershed protection

• Alternative transportation

• Gardening and community gardens

• Bee keeping

• Recycling and composting

• Electronics recycling

• Rainwater harvesting and reuse

• Sustainable living

Come join City staff for a day of information, education, family fun and activity with vendors, artists, and advocates for healthy life-ing from across Dallas.

Bring your appetite too because food trucks will be there serving up tasty dishes!

The 2014 Dallas Green Fest takes place on Saturday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge located at 115 Continental Ave.

Admission is free. For more information, visit the Dallas Green Fest website or call 214-670-1200.
Kicking off the LHWL Home Tour

©Chris Dishman

©Chris Dishman

©Chris Dishman

Last Thursday, September 11th, the Lake Highlands Women’s League kicked off its 36th Annual Holiday in the Highlands Homes Tour with a party at the Lake House Bar & Grill.

The group announced the four homes that are part of this year’s December 5th tour. The featured homes are:

James and Kandy Smith
9425 Estate Lane

Chuck and Diane Cheatham
One Vanguard Way

Steven and Tiffani Mackenzie
9276 Cliffmere Drive

Ben and Stephanie Jeffery
9332 Forestridge Drive

New to this year’s 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tour are added evening hours from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This will allow more flexibility in touring so that attendees don’t have to take off during work hours.

Tickets can be purchased from any Lake Highlands Women’s League member beginning Friday, October 24th. They also will be available online through the Lake Highlands Women’s League website in late November.

As always, tour proceeds benefit Lake Highlands area students and community projects.

If you have questions about vendors or the Holiday Market, please contact Chairpersons: Julie Bonahoom at 214.537.0820; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Katie Mueller at 214.418.9272; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Luncheon tickets are $15 and Home Tour tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Home Tour tickets can be purchased from any LHWL member or contact Nancy Plotts for more information at 214.240.7096 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can also visit the LHWL website or "like" the group's Facebook page.
Favorite Fun at the Fair in 2014

The Pee Wee Stampede at the State Fair are just one of the staff's favorite things.

Take a picture with Big Tex.

Visit the Children's Barnyard.

Enjoy the night time lights.

The dog show is a favorite of all ages.

Don't miss out on the various fried foods.

The 2014 State Fair of Texas is only days away, and folks from all over are ready to start making memories!

If you’re like me, I want to be efficient in my Fair grounds visit, because with three kids in tow, there’s not much time before the melt-downs send us marching back to our car.

So when I saw this list that the staff of the State Fair compiled of their favorite things to do with their families, I wanted to hug each and every one of them.

The staff who put the list together made sure that everything is included with admission to the Fair and can provide an entire day of family fun.

Pig Races
A SFT tradition, the wiggly piglets take the track three times a day in the Pan Am Arena.

Pee Wee Stampede
The kiddos put on their cowboy gear and participate in mock rodeo events while the crowd cheers them on in their own special rodeo.

Pumpkin Painting
Let your artistic side go and become the Picasso of pumpkins. The best part, you get to bring your artistic creation home.

Take a walk through the Livestock Barns
Walking through the Barns is one of the best kept secrets at the Fair. Anyone can go in and just walk though. It is a great way to get up close to the animals and the students showing the animals are always happy to answer your questions.

Visit the Errol McKoy Greenhouse on the Midway
Yes, there is a Greenhouse on the Midway of the State Fair of Texas. It is a great oasis in the middle of the lights and sounds of the Midway. Plus, there is an amazing model train display that the entire family will enjoy.

Backyard Circus
The circus gives little ones the chance to dress up in costumes and take part in a show that features lion tamers, tight-rope walkers, ballerinas and a host of circus favorites.

See Ronald McDonald
Ronald performs daily shows at the State Fair every year. This year, he will have a new stage in the McDonald’s Kids Boardwalk which will be home to lots of additional free kid’s activities.

Little Hands on the Farm
Take a tour of a miniature farm that teaches kids how food gets from farm to table.

Children’s Barnyard
Want to feed a giraffe at the Fair? You can do that along with a whole host of other animals. The Barnyard is a great way for kids to see all different kinds of animals.

See the Butter Sculpture
Each year the State Fair Butter Sculpture is one of the most popular attractions. It is a sculpture created entirely of butter. And while you are in the Creative Arts Building, don’t forget to stop by and see the marionette show “World on a String.”

Illumination Sensation
The Illumination Sensation is the perfect way to end your day at the Fair. The spectacular evening show features sparkling fireworks, liquid-fire fountains and dancing waters across a picturesque reflecting pool.

Starlight Parade
The nightly parade features a colorful assortment of illuminated floats, life-size puppets, stilt-walking performers and animated characters in ornate costumes. The parade runs throughout the grounds.

Watch the school bands enter the Cotton Bowl Stadium on a game day
There is nothing more exciting than seeing the bands marching through the grounds on their way to the stadium.

Take a picture in front of Big Tex
A family tradition since 1952.

Be sure to check the daily schedule for times and locations of all activities on the 2014 State Fair webpage.

Worried about losing your kids at the Fair? Stop by an Information Booth and fill out a Safe Kid Wristband so the Fair staff and police can locate them if they do go missing.

Want to avoid parking altogether?

Additional DART Rail Service for the State Fair of Texas begins Monday, September 22nd and runs through Sunday, October 19th. The Saturday, October 11th DART Rail schedule will be a little different due to the game traffic, and that will be published soon.

Gates to the 2014 State Fair of Texas will open at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 in Fair Park and will run through Sunday, October 26th.

For more details, visit the State Fair of Texas website or “Like” them on Facebook.

Photos courtesy of the State Fair of Texas
Healing Hands Tailgating

Tailgate with the folks at Healing Hands!

Participate in the North Texas Giving dayfun!

Healing Hands Ministries is gearing up for North Texas Giving Day by hosting a fun-filled Tailgate Party on Thursday, September 18th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This community event will feature performances by the Lake Highlands High School Wranglers, Highlandettes and Cheerleaders, along with a variety of food trucks.

The Tailgate will take place in the parking lot of the clinic, located on the northwest corner of Greenville Avenue and Royal Lane.

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides local non-profit organizations the opportunity to gain exposure, build relationships with new donors, and assist in their fundraising efforts!

Every gift of $25 or more will be matched by Communities Foundation of Texas and help Healing Hands Ministries do even MORE for their Dallas neighbors.

Healing Hands Ministries is the medical and dental home for over 4,000 uninsured Dallas County residents, and they are partnering with Communities Foundation of Texas for North Texas Giving Day.

Come and support Healing Hands Ministries at their Tailgate on Thursday, September 18th or by donating online at!

Healing Hands Ministries is currently located at 7475 Skillman, Suite 103B in Lake Highlands.

Photos courtesy of Healing Hands Ministries.
School construction open houses

Wallace Elementary was one of several schools renovated this summer. Photo courtesy of RISD

White Rock Elementary Photo courtesy of RISD

Merriman Park Elementary Photo courtesy of RISD

One of the new classrooms at Merriman Park ©Lindsay Baronoskie

If you drove near Merriman Park, Wallace or White Rock Elementary schools this summer, you would have witnessed the massive construction projects that took place.

Classes have been in session for weeks, and students and teachers are enjoying the extra space and the new technology that came with it.

Richardson ISD is inviting all community members to drop in for a “New Construction Open House” at these schools.

Stakeholders, neighbors and parents alike will be able to tour the new classrooms and other areas that were constructed and renovated this summer.

Here’s the information you need to know for each school:

Merriman Park Elementary Open House

Thursday, September 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
7101 Winedale Dr.
Dallas, TX 75231

For more information, please call 469.593.2800.

Wallace Elementary Open House

Monday, September 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
9921 Kirkhaven Drive
Dallas, TX 75238

For more information, call 469.593.2600.

White Rock Elementary Open House

Tuesday, September 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
9229 Chiswell Road
Dallas, TX 75238

For more information, please call 469.593.2700.

You can read more about Richardson ISD and their schools by visiting the RISD webpage.
Food Forward: Clean Eating

Read more about clean eating here. ©BHMpics

You’ve probably noticed that theories and points of view on what you should eat are everywhere, and new ones pop up all the time.

If “clean eating” sounds like the latest fad, we’d like to explain and simplify things a little.

Eating whole foods or eating clean is really just about eating food in its natural state or as close as possible. It’s not very complicated and it’s not a fad.

During the time period that processed/packaged food has been available (approximately 50 years), we have seen dramatically increasing rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and all sorts of auto-immune disorders.


• Processed food is altered from its natural state – these processes strip away nutrients or impact the body's ability to use those nutrients.

• Processing removes natural fiber – and even when this fiber is artificially added back in (which it is in many “high fiber” processed snack foods), our bodies don’t get the same benefit. Fiber is crucial, not only for digestive health, but for generally clearing our bodies of toxins which can cause all sorts of issues.

• A diet high in processed foods is automatically limited in the number of ingredients and is primarily derived from corn and soy. And this is not corn and soy in its natural state. We need a variety of foods to be healthy.

• Preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals are added to processed foods to make them palatable, attractive, and longer-lasting. These ingredients are not nutrients and new research on the negative effects comes out every day.

Here’s one example. You may have heard that we are generally deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids and more and more foods tout this healthful nutrient. Omega 3 fatty acids are not inherently better than Omega 6’s (which get a really bad rap).

The issue is that our bodies function well on a roughly equal balance of the two. Sadly, all of the corn, soy, and safflower oil that is added to processed food has Omega 6 fatty acids -- while Omega 3’s naturally occur in whole nuts and seeds.

So diets high in processed breads, chips, crackers, and even seemingly healthy items like granola bars – including those labeled whole grain – cause this imbalance.

(Note: Omega 3’s are also prevalent in meat, but not in factory-farmed meat – that’s a story for another day.)

Michael Pollan said it best…“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”

In other words, eat actual food (in its natural state) and focus on reasonable portions of plant-based foods. We’ll talk more about the plant-based aspect in our next column (and no this does not mean everyone has to be vegan).

If you are looking for recipes to help clean up your diet, a couple of our favorite sources are Oh She Glows and Forks Over Knives.

Or if you prefer, we can do the cooking for you…

Check out the Nature’s Plate website by clicking here or "like" their Facebook page.

Annette and Marianne love to hear feedback and suggestions and are happy to answer questions anytime. Email them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Oktoberfest pre-party fun

Get in the Oktoberfest mood this Thursday! ©PolkaDotImages

This Thursday is the 2014 Oktoberfest pre-party, and you won’t want to miss the fun!

Massey Cadillac and Franconia Brewing Company want all of Lake Highlands to come hang out, enjoy some free food and drinks – beer of course – on Thursday, September 18th.

Franconia Brewing Company will be providing guests with a taste of what’s to come at this year’s Oktoberfest, and food and fun will be enhanced with live music performed by Whiskey Pants.

The best part? This event is free and open to everyone!

This pre-party promises to get the community amped up for Oktoberfest which will take place on Saturday, October 4th at Lake Highlands Town Center.

You’ll get your fill of Oktoberfest food, spirits and fun including headliner Charlie Robison, playing at Oktoberfest After Dark.

So come on out to Massey Cadillac this Thursday night, and get in the Oktoberfest spirit. See you there!

Complimentary beer, wine and food will be provided by Oktoberfest sponsors Massey Cadillac and Franconia on Tuesday, September 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Keep up with the Oktoberfest news and schedule of events go to the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest Facebook page or visit the website.
Peace, Hope & Butterflies

Cancer warriors release their butterflies at last year's event. ©Shana Anderson Photography

Sponsor a butterfly on September 21st at the Peace, Hope, & Butterflies music festival. ©Shana Anderson Photography

Join Miracle Players Foundation for their fourth annual Peace, Hope, & Butterflies music festival and butterfly release at Flagpole Hill on September 21st.

Not only will you be supporting the search for a cure for childhood cancer, but you can help set a Guinness World Record right here in Lake Highlands!

The fun event will host live music, tons of activities for the kids, arts & crafts for everyone, a petting zoo, an obstacle course, a pirate ship, and the release of 500 butterflies by Dallas area childhood cancer warriors.

Sponsoring a butterfly for $15 is a great way to show support for a loved who has been affected by cancer. Or just sponsor one to show your compassion.

Also, paper butterflies will be placed throughout the event to represent those sponsored, too.

100% of proceeds from the event will benefit childhood cancer research at Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

Saving the best for last, the event will culminate in the release of hundreds of monarch butterflies by our Dallas area childhood cancer warriors and the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human butterfly image!

Miracle Players Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support pediatric cancer research programs at Children's and also provides in-hospital arts programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Join them for an event to remember!

Peace, Hope, & Butterflies will take place on Sunday, September 21st 1:00 p.m. at Flag Pole Hill in Lake Highlands.

Flag Pole Hill is located at 8100 Doran Circle.

For more information or to sponsor a butterfly, visit the Miracle Players Foundation’s website, like their Facebook page or call 972.743.6416.
Dealing with bullies

Image courtesy of Public Health Watch

After a few weeks of settling into a new routine at school, your kids are most likely feeling more comfortable with everything.

Hopefully the stomach butterflies have flown away, and they are moving forward with their new studies and friendships.

Although a new school year is exciting for most kids, it can be nerve-wracking for those who are feeling bullied in a place that should feel safe.

Dr. Brad Schwall is an author, producer and the creator of Cool Kids. He equips schools with tools and strategies for developing healthy learning environments, encouraging positive classroom behavior, and teaching students social and emotional skills that support academic success.

Dr. Schwall created the Cool Kids curriculum and it’s used by public and private schools across Texas, including schools in the Dallas, Highland Park, Frisco, Lewisville, Richardson, Ennis, Tyler, and Burleson ISDs.

Not long ago, Dr. Schwall wrote about five ways to take away a bully’s power. If your child is feeling bullied, share these 5 simple yet powerful tip with them to take with them to school.

1. Ignore bullying

• Encourage children to avoid reacting in frustration to bullies.
• Help children brainstorm responses to bullies.

2. Be confident

• Affirm children and help them learn how to think positive thoughts about themselves.
• Confidence keeps children from letting the words and actions of others affect they way they feel and think about themselves.

3. Build good friendships

• Guide children to develop skills for building good friendships.
• Help children connect with their peers in the classroom and out of the classroom.
• Isolated children make easier targets for bullies.
• Friendship skills can even help bullies stop bullying - bullies often act meanly because they do not know how to interact positively with others.

4. Don't stoop to the bully's level

• Retaliation leads children to make bad choices and face consequences.
• Children can stand up for themselves and be strong without trying to retaliate - guide children to speak firmly to bullies and to talk to adults about problems with bullies.

5. Give respect

• Teach children how to give respect - it is not enough just to tell children not to bully, we must teach them what to do instead.
• Affirm and reward children when they give respect - creating a respectful environment limits the effect of bullies.
• Do not model bullying behaviors.

According to Dr. Schwall, bullies bully to get a reaction. He says reactions reward bullies with a sense of power over the feelings, thoughts, and actions of others.

“Children can deal with bully behavior by taking away the bully's power - not allowing the bully to affect the way he or she thinks, feels, or acts,” Dr. Schwall explains.

Parents, counselors, and teachers can encourage children to use these bully-power-sapping strategies.

For more information on this and to read more from Dr. Schwall, visit the Cool Kids website.
Reel Deal: Movies with Anne

Anne reviews Cantiflas during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Layevska as Miroslava Stern and Jaenada as Mario Moreno in Cantiflas

Ramones as Montequilla and Jaenada as Cantiflas

The Latino Cultural Center, sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this September at their location at 2600 Live Oak in Dallas.

They have a full program this month celebrating Latino arts and culture with films speakers, and many family friendly activities.

A perfect accompaniment to this celebration is the biopic film, Cantiflas, currently in wide release. It's the story of Marion Moreno who was known professionally as Cantiflas, a Mexican comic film actor, producer and screenwriter.

He created the persona, Cantiflas, as an impoverished slum dweller and spokesperson for the downtrodden, garbed in baggy pants with a robe for a belt and distinctive mustache.

He performed as this person in tent shows across Mexico, dancing, acting and delivering monologues that appealed to his audiences as he took on those in power and joked about them.

Hugely popular with his audiences, it wasn’t long before he made his film debut in 1936 that eventually led to a career that made his name known throughout Latin America.

He became the voice of the people not only in this role, but as leader of Mexican labor against Mexico’s corrupt entertainment union and broke it up into a group that more fairly represented it members. Rejecting Mexican film companies, he began working with American studios.

The current film moves back and forth in both English and Spanish as it tracks his early days, until the plot settles on the tale of the intrepid film producer, Mike Todd, as he went about securing talent for his blockbuster production, Around The World in Eighty Days.

He had decided he needed Cantiflas for a key role in the film along with several other important Hollywood stars. His brash determination to succeed in this endeavor is the heart of the script.

Production principals chose Oscar Jaenada, a Spaniard, to play the role of Cantiflas. A talented Mike Todd look alike named Michael Imperioli was convincing as he slid into this character.

Barbara Mori recreated Elizabeth Taylor while Charlie Chaplin was portrayed by Julian Sedgwick, and Jose Sefami became Diego Rivera.

These performances added the look and feel of the fifties. In spite of insurmountable odds, Mike Todd produced Around The World in Eighty Days and won a 1956 Golden Globe for his efforts.

Cantiflas is now showing in wide release throughout DFW.

Click here to find out more about the film and view its trailer.

MPAA:PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and some suggestive material.

Images ©Kenio Films and Pantelion films
Learn to compost for free

Learn how to compost for free at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church! ©Steve Schug

The City of Dallas and Lake Highlands United Methodist Church are partnering again to provide a FREE composting class on Tuesday, September 23rd from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The City of Dallas’ Waste Diversion Unit will present on how to start an outdoor composting project and how to create an indoor Vermi-composting bin.

Participants will learn:

• What is compost and why it is valuable

• How to choose a composting method

• What compost can do for your yard and your garbage

• What is Vermi-composting and what it means to be a ‘worm-farmer’

• What you need to get started and stay motivated

The class will be led by Kathleen Graham, Dallas Master Composter and long-time Lake Highlands resident.

Why compost?

Over 20% of what currently goes into the City of Dallas landfill is compostable organic kitchen and yard waste.

When you compost, your food scraps, leaves, and other compostable items get broken down into rich soil that you can put back into your yard or vegetable garden – for free! It’s a win-win for both the City and the resident.

Door Prizes include two shepherd compost bins worth over $90 each!

Register by clicking here.

Lake Highlands United Methodist (LHUMC) is located at 9015 Plano Road at McCree. The class will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

LHUMC will also be hosting its annual recycling event on Saturday, October 11th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year they’re adding an on-site shred truck to the mix.

Stay tuned for more details in Cindy Engel’s next “green” article in early October!
Celebrate 3 years wth Positively Fit

Celebrate with Positively Fit on September 15th!

Make plans to join staff and friends of Positively Fit Lake Highlands on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate their 3rd birthday.

You’ll get a chance to meet instructors Ann Marie, Jennifer, and Positively Fit’s newest addition, Cheryl. In addition, you can learn more about the newest classes, Pedal & Pump and Barre Belles.

Pedal & Pump: You’ll love this new one-stop-shop program! This class begins with a 25 minute indoor cycling program which will give you an intense cardiovascular workout and calorie burn powered by the lower body. You'll follow that up with a 25 minute strength class using body weight, the ballet barre, the TRX Suspension Trainer, free weights, barbells, and/or other apparatus. Beginners to the bike are welcome!

Barre Belles: The new Barre classes fuse ballet, yoga, and Pilates with an athletic coaching style to tone your body, relieve stress, and aid in balance and stability. You'll begin with a dynamic warm up to prepare you for intense muscle work. The Standing Strength segment tones your major upper and lower body muscle groups, and the burn is complete during our Floor Work segment which targets the core. Though the workout is intense, it is low impact, and all moves are done within your personal range of motion, making it suitable for all levels. Please wear grippy socks or bare feet.

“I have to say our Barre classes are up there with any of the other private studios at a much lower price point so we can be accessible to more people in the area,” said owner Mallory Mansour Cislo.

“As for our three year birthday, I’m so proud of all that has happened in these past three years. The program began with just me and a small boot camp class and a running class, plus one personal training client.”

“Now it has expanded to include 15 small group fitness classes a week, 4 instructors and a slate of regular subs, and a packed full personal training schedule with our two personal trainers,” Mallory commented.

“I feel like I’m doing what I initially set out to do – establish a community in which Lake Highlands folks can come to enjoy the benefits of group fitness but in a small group training environment.”

“I’m also really proud of the fact that we were the first and still possibly the only studio to bring TRX Suspension Training in a group setting to this part of Dallas.”

“The community support for this program has been overwhelming, and I’m so grateful to be living my dream as a result of the amazing people who walk through the doors each day to get their endorphin fix.”

While you’re there, drop your name in the hat to win a PFLH goodie basket – there may be some free classes in it for you.

Enjoy a glass of wine, a healthy treat and some conversation with your favorite people. All are welcome!

Email Mallory at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to RSVP and get the location address.

For more information on Positively Fit Lake Highlands, visit the PFLH website.
RISD College and Career Fair

Get your student ready for the college experience. Photo courtesy of RISD

Don't miss your chance to learn about your future college and career.

Richardson Independent School District is gearing up for its annual College and Career Fair to be held at the University of Texas at Dallas tomorrow, September 13th.

Colleges and Universities from around the country will be available to meet with Richardson ISD parents and students to explore college pathways based on individual needs and interest.

Plan to attend this great community event sponsored by Richardson ISD, University of Texas at Dallas, and the RISD Council of PTAs.

One goal of the College and Career Fair is to increase awareness with the students who attend, and another is to offer high school internships so they can be more aware of those opportunities.

Your student can also attend one of the many educational sessions that are being offered starting at 8:30am-9:15am and again at 9:30am-10:15am in The School of Management Building. Seating is limited and sessions will close after starting.

College Interviewing and Essay Writing

Rm #1.118 Nan M. Davis, VP for Institutional Enrollment, Austin College

First impression may be the only impression! Any student’s college essay or interview may be the deciding factor that secures a college admission offer or a coveted scholarship. This session will provide valuable tips for essay writing and for having a successful college interview.

College Services for Students with Disabilities

Rm# 2.103 Panel of Experts from UTD,DARS, Richland College, and RISD

Students who are currently receiving accommodations and /or modifications are encouraged to learn about self-advocacy and how to request those same services in a post-secondary setting. In this session, parents/students will learn about SAT/ACT/Accuplacer/THEA tests, how to access the disability office and potential agency support to help finance post secondary education.

Financing Your Future

Rm# 1.212 AJ Garcia Assistant, Director Of Financial Aid, UT at Dallas

Ready to write the BIG CHECK? At this session, parents and students will take a look at the different types of financial aid: grants, loans, and work- study. Examples will be given of the formula used to determine the financial aid packages that schools can offer.

College 101- Insiders Perspective

Rm# 1.117 Matt Sanchez, Director of New Student Enrollment, UT at Dallas

This session will help students and parents better understand the college admissions process. The importance of self-evaluations, how to set yourself apart from other applicants, admissions do’s and don’ts, writing the application essay and how admission decisions are made will be discussed.

Naviance for RISD Students and Parents

Rm# 2.106 Debbie Knox, RISD High School Counselor

What is Naviance? Naviance allows you to investigate, research, and track information/data as you work through the college selection and admission process. This session will provide you with overview of Naviance/Family Connection.

NCAA Information for the Student Athlete

Rm# 1.217 Bob Dubey and Leslie Slovak, RISD Athletics Department

Student athletes must plan early and know the ropes to qualify for college athletic scholarships. Credits earned by correspondence, non- approved courses, and failing grades can disqualify a gifted athlete from earning that long-sought after scholarship. Hear the “real deal” about NCAA rules and regulations for high school athletes.

If you are a student interested in attending, be sure to register here for the college scanner technology then click on students, then click on TACRAO and find your school!

The University of Texas at Dallas located at 800 W. Campbell Rd. in Richardson.

Check out the RISD College & Career Fair Facebook page for more info.
What’s up this weekend?

Get your food-trucking on this weekend at Klyde Warren!

Join the LHAECPTA for their annual kick-off party at Merriman Park Elementary.

Enjoy a morning helping keep White Rock Lake beautiful.

Get your fresh, local produce at the White Rock Local Market.

Benefit from the RISD College & Career Fair on Saturday.

Get your yoga fix at Klyde Warren. ©Tyler Olson

White Rock Local Market

Saturday, September 13th
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).

Shoreline Spruce-Up

Saturday, September 13th
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.

RISD College and Career Fair

Saturday, September 13th
8:30 a.m.

University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd.

Check out colleges and attend workshops, and talk to recruiters. Register here.
Parking is limited, so please make plans to utilize the bus service that will be provided from all four RISD high schools.

Water-Wise Landscaping Seminars

Saturday, September 13th
9:00 a.m.

Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Avenue

Plan to attend one or both free seminars at the Performance Hall (Building “E”.) Landscape designer and author, Bonnie Reese, will speak at 2 sessions.

Seminars are free but require advance registration. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 214.670.3155.

2014 Dallas Heart Walk

Saturday, September 13th
9:00 a.m.

Base of Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd.

There’s no entry fee, and anyone can walk! Walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. Support research for the #1 killer in the United States.

Click here for more info or to register or call 866.430.9255.

LHAECPTA Kick-off Event

Saturday, September 13th
10:00 a.m.

Merriman Park Elementary, 7101 Winedale

This fun event is open to all residents with preschoolers to help kick off another great year. There will be live music, a trackless train, face painting, art projects and more!

Visit the LHAECPTA website for more information or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Butterfly House 5th Birthday Bash

Saturday, September 13th
10:00 a.m.

Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Enjoy special activities and crafts throughout the gardens. All visitors will get the chance to enter to win a pair of tickets on Southwest Airlines tickets.

For more info, check out the TDG website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Milkweed and Butterfly Class

Saturday, September 13th
10:00 a.m.

Gecko Hardware, 10233 E Northwest Hwy.

Gardening expert Randy Johnson will share his knowledge of our North Texas eco-system and gardening and will teach you how to make your garden more inviting to butterflies.

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

Klyde Warren Saturday Activities

Saturday, September 13th

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.
• Food Trucks from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
• Jiu Jitsu from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Skyline 360 Tour with DCFA from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
• Dallas Symphony Orchestra Simulcast from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

For more information on the individual classes, click here.
New Farmer’s Market near home

You'll now have even more local produce to choose from. ©James Rajotte

White Rock Local Market has partnered with the Vickery Meadow Improvement District (VMID) and Half Price Books to launch a new farmers market close to home!

Vickery Meadow Local Market will open on Sunday, September 21st at the northwest corner of Half Price Books flagship store on Northwest Highway.

This newest local farmer’s market will take place every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through December 14th at the Half Price Books location.

Vickery Meadow Local Market will bring healthy foods, as well as arts and crafts, while developing new opportunities for urban and rural producers.

White Rock Local Market, VMID and other organizations are working hard together in hopes to create a market that reflects the rich cultural diversity of the neighborhood.

"We are looking forward to the new Vickery Meadow Local Market and our partnership with the Vickery Meadow Improvement District as well as Half Price Books," says Sarah Perry, Director of White Rock Local Market and affiliates.

"Farmers markets inherently nurture a community through social interactions while providing small businesses the opportunity to grow, which is in line with the mission of the VMID."

Vickery Meadows Local Market is currently seeking vendors for the initial season.

You can fill out an application on the White Rock Local Market’s webpage.

To apply as a vendor or get more information, click here.

Half Price Books is located at 5803 E. Northwest Highway in Dallas.
LHAECPTA kicks off their year

Help LHAECPTA start their year at the annual kick-off party.

The Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA (LHAECPTA) would like to invite all residents to help kick off another great year!

Join them on September 13th from 10 am to noon at Merriman Park Elementary.

There will be live music, a trackless train, face painting, art projects and more for all to enjoy.

For over 50 years, the LHAECPTA has been providing support and fellowship for families with pre-school aged children.

The organization holds meetings on the second Wednesday of every month, and members also coordinate regular playdates, parties, community outreach events and adult interest groups.

This year’s fall schedule includes lots of fun activities for children and parents alike.

For the most recent information about the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA, the group's events and fundraisers, you can visit the LHAECPTA website.

Images courtesy of LHAECPTA
Residents on edge after assault

Ollier was attacked on Walnut Hill east of Audelia.

If you have any information about this asault, call the Dallas Police Department.

Lake Highlands residents need to be on alert following an assault that occurred last night at 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Walnut Hill and Audelia.

Seventeen-year-old Vaughan Ollier was walking home from work, less than a mile from her house, when a man attacked her by grabbing her pony tail and pulling her to the ground.

The suspect was intent on getting her purse, and as Ollier didn’t let go, he continued to assault her until he finally gave up and ran off, giving her a chance to escape.

Ollier ran toward the nearest neighbor's home. The resident, who let her in, called the police.

Authorities report the suspect is described as a black man, between 20-25 years old, about 5'11" and 160 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, gray pants and a ball cap.

Police are strongly encouraging anyone with details to contact the Dallas Police Department by calling 911.
Before the Bell

Don't miss the LHAIA meeting on Sept. 15th.

Hear an update from Dr. Waggoner and Board of Trustees Adam Meierhofer and Justin Bono.

We all know that one of the biggest reasons a lot of folks call Lake Highlands home is because of the schools.

Our strong community consists of neighbors who are willing to get involved, whether that’s at the schools, their churches, or in any of the various organizations that we have here.

The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association (LHAIA), an umbrella group for Lake Highlands homeowner, crime watch and business groups, is full of these involved volunteers, and their upcoming State of the District “Before the Bell” meeting is one you won’t want to miss.

On Monday, September 15th at 7 p.m., Dr. Kay Waggoner and Board of Trustees Adam Meierhofer and Justin Bono will sit on a panel and answer questions you have about the district and schools.

In addition, Dr. Waggoner will give an update on the Vision 2020, where RISD stands in the state’s new accountability system, fill you in on the construction that happened this summer and much more.

Each panel member will give an update then will be open to questions that need to be submitted prior to the meeting by emailing them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You will also get the opportunity to meeting the new Lake Highlands High School principal, Frank Miller.

Send in your questions by September 12th and plan on attending a very informative meeting.

The “Before the Bell” meeting takes place on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Highlands Christian Church located at 9949 McCree Rd. in Lake Highlands.

Keep up to date by joining the LHAIA mailing list on the LHAIA website. Click on the icon in the upper right hand corner.

MPE Recycling Day

Bring your stuff to be recycled to Merriman Park Elementary on October 4th. © Jani Bryson

Have you been cleaning out your closets, garage or office?

If not, now’s the time so you can donate to the Merriman Park Elementary Recycling Drive on Saturday October 4th.

Before you head over to the Exchange Club’s Oktoberfest for the afternoon, you can do your part in saving the planet and raising money for kids at MPE.

There will be food trucks and fun for the kids. In addition, each family that drops off items will be entered into a raffle to win $100 worth of groceries!

Items may be in any condition – damaged, non-working or fully operational, and there are a ton of items that you can donate:

• Computers Desktops - laptops, servers, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, and all other computer components.

• Cameras Camcorders - and all non-disposable film and digital cameras.

• Office Equipment - Fax machines, typewriters, inkjet cartridges, printers, scanners, routers, shredders, and copiers.

• Entertainment Electronics - Car and home audio equipment, satellite and cable boxes, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, headphones, and multimedia projectors.

• Multimedia - DVD and VHS movies, audiobooks, and music CDs. All multimedia items must include original covers.

• Clothing & Accessories - Pants, coats, shirts, purses, belts, shoes, hats, etc.

• Toys & Games - Action figures, blocks, dolls, stuffed animals, etc.

• Portable Electronics - Cell phones, GPS devices, calculators, portable CD and DVD players, PDAs, and MP3 Players.

• Video Games - Video games, systems, and accessories.

• Sporting Goods - Golf clubs and bags, athletic helmets and pads, baseball bats and gloves, basketball shoes, cleats, hockey sticks, ice skates, and roller blades.

• Musical Instruments - Guitars, percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass, and electric keyboards.

• Home and Garden - Air purifiers, baby monitors, vacuum cleaners, power tools, electric razors, sewing machines, & medical equipment.

• Food- Non-Perishable and Canned Foods.

• Jewelry - Gold, silver, costume jewelry, watches, etc.

• Books - Cookbooks, craft books, children’s books, Fiction and Non-fiction

And your donations don’t just have to come from your home. Have stuff at your place of work you need to get rid of? Organizers can schedule a pick up at your location, and MPE will get the credit.

So mark your calendar for October 4th, and let’s recycle!

MPE’s Recycling Day will take place on Saturday, October 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Lana Marker .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.
Indoor play in LH

The LH North Rec Center will soon have an indoor playground. ©Joingate

The 2014 Run the Highlands race this past spring was a huge success, and if you were there, you can understand why.

The Lake Highlands Junior Women's League (LHJWL) knows how to organize an event, and this year they raised over $70,000.

These funds are currently being used for the design, construction and installation of an indoor play area in the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center.

It will be the first of its kind not only in the Lake Highlands area but in all recreation centers for the entire City of Dallas.

The LHJWL expressed how appreciative they are of the time and efforts the City of Dallas as they’ve put a lot of hard work into tackling the project.

The play space will cater to ages 5 and under as it provides plenty of opportunities for crawling, climbing and exploring.

The anticipated opening date to the public is in November, and meanwhile, the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center staff are busy planning the open playtime schedule and play space rental logistics.

Stay tuned as more details will come this fall on the indoor play space.

To learn more about the LHJWL, visit their website.
Beware of the enterovirus 68

Watch for severe respiratory symptoms. ©Baronoskie

Authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put out a warning for doctors and parents to be on the alert.

A rarely seen virus is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections, and the CDC says the situation is evolving quickly.

"Hospitalizations are higher than would be expected at this time of year," Dr. Anne Schuchat, head of infectious diseases for the federal CDC. Her statement came yesterday at a press briefing on enterovirus 68 (EV-D68).

So far about a dozen states have reported higher-than-usual numbers of severe respiratory infections, and the CDC is working with them to figure out if EV-D68 is to blame.

The good news is that no one is known to have died from it, however some patients have become sick enough to end up in the intensive care unit on oxygen.

Enteroviruses are very common, with 10 to 15 million infections in the United States year. They usually cause cold-like symptoms, if they make people feel sick at all. Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of having complications due to the virus.

These viruses are spread through close contact with an infected person or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

According to the CDC though, the EV-D68 is an even rarer virus. It was first identified in California in 1962, but then was almost never seen until 2009 to 2012, when there were outbreaks in Japan, the Philippines and the Netherlands, and small clusters of cases in the United States.

According to Schuchat, the strain of the virus in these current cases is not new and is the same as earlier EV-D68 cases in the United States and in other countries. What is baffling experts is why it's making people sicker than before.

The CDC believes that EV-D68 may be following the same pattern as cold season which typically peaks in September when children return to school.

Schuchat says parents shouldn't worry about runny noses and sniffles, but they should get their child to the doctor immediately if he or she has difficulty breathing. "This can be a scary thing to hear about for parents," she says. "If your child is having difficulty breathing you want to get medical attention."

And parents of children with asthma should make extra-sure that the children are taking medications and the asthma is well controlled, she adds.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for EV-D68. As always, it's important that kids (and adults) be reminded of hand-washing and anti-germ spreading habits during this time of year.

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.
The great State Fair of Texas

State Fair opens in just 3 weeks! Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil received the Best Tasting prize. Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

Don't miss the State Fair dog show, a crowd favortie! Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

In just three weeks from now, Fair Park will be hosting the 2014 State Fair of Texas.

People are getting in the mood, ready for their first taste of this year’s fried favorites.

The Big Tex Choice Award winners were announced recently with the the Best Tasting prize going to Clint Probst’s Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil and the Most Creative given to Justin Martinez’s Funnel Cake Ale.

The light-bodied ale that so many are talking about will only be available during the run of the fair, from September 26 to October 19, so you’ll definitely want to swing by to try it out.

There were eight finalists including a deep fried “breakfast for dinner”, a chicken-fried loaded baked potato, and the spicy fried Sriracha balls which you won’t want to miss either.

With the State Fair of Texas being the Fried Food Capital of Texas, we also can’t overlook the Fair’s celebration of all types of Texas food and wine.

With its 24 days of Texas chefs, Texas wine, Texas craft beer, and Texas-based food companies, there is something for everyone.

• More than 100 celebrity chef demos in the Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen: Watch demos and sample food from noted chefs like John Tesar, Jack Perkins, Norman Grimm, and David Hollister.

• More than 20 cooking contests in the Creative Arts Competition Kitchen provided by The Home Depot: Each day home chefs compete for the coveted blue ribbon in a variety of cooking competitions.

• Daily Texas wine and craft beer tastings in the State Fair Wine Garden.

Do you make amazing BBQ ribs and chili? Have you always wanted to win a blue ribbon at the State Fair of Texas?

On Sunday, September 21, the State Fair will host its annual Chili cook-off and BBQ cook-off -- perfect for amateurs and those looking to gain CASI points for a trip to Terlingua’s International Chili Championship.

New for 2014, the Fair has added an IDOS Three-Pot Dutch Oven Cook-Off. This will be a Cook-Off where contestants are required to cook a main dish, a dessert and a bread. Get your grills ready and register today!

So whether you’re craving a Fletcher's Corny Dog or some funnel cakes, you can expect all your favorite foods and events including the Starlight Parade, Illumination Sensation and Midway Lights.

So start getting your Midway pitching arm ready and your tasting palette set for the 2014 State Fair of Texas.

See you there!

Gates to the 2014 State Fair of Texas will open at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 in Fair Park and will run through Sunday, October 26th.

For more details, visit the State Fair of Texas website or “Like” them on Facebook.

Photos courtesy of the State Fair of Texas
Bring on the Butterflies

Find out how to RSVP to Gecko's Butterfly Class happening next weekend. Photo courtesy of Gecko Hardware

Learn how to invite more butterflies into your garden. ©Lindsay Baronoskie

Do you want more butterflies to come visit your garden?

Randy Johnson, an expert in the Texas organic gardening scene, is coming to Gecko Hardware on September 13th from 10:00 a.m. to noon to lead a class on Butterfly Gardening, Milkweed and Diversity.

Randy will share his knowledge of the North Texas eco-system, and as a bonus, you’ll enjoy his wry wit and humor that accompany all of his presentations.

Randy Johnson is an Aggie horticulturist and is well known for his work at the Texas Discovery Gardens. He is currently the Horticulture Manager for the Dallas Zoo.

Each attendee will receive a milkweed plant, as well as discounts on other plants and seeds on class day.

Bring on the butterflies!

Cost for this special class is $20. Space is limited. RSVP on Facebook or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a place.

Gecko Hardware is located at 10233 E Northwest Hwy., Suite 409.
LHABC Spirit Night

Support the LHABC on Spirit Nights every Tuesday! Image courtesy of LHABC

Craving some Chic Fil-A?

Well all during the month of September on Tuesdays, the Chic Fil-A on Skillman and Northwest Highway will donate 15% of your bill to the Lake Highlands Area Band Club (LHABC) if you tell them you’re there for Spirit Night.

The LHABC helps provide private lesson scholarships to low income students, college scholarships to graduating seniors, as well as supports the general operations of the band programs at Lake Highlands High School, Junior High, and Forest Meadow Junior High.

The LHABC also pays for clinicians, band competition entry fees and transportation, color guard uniforms, show props, marching band show designs and numerous other things that are not covered by Richardson ISD.

And if you’re a frequent Chic Fil-A visitor, ask around at your school or check with other organizations to find out when their Chic Fil-A Spirit Night is. It’s a great way to support your group while you’re grabbing drive through.

The LHABC Chic Fil-A Spirit Nights are every Tuesday in September from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be sure to mention that you are supporting the LHBAC.

The participating Chic Fil-A for the LHABC Spirit Night is located at the corner of Skillman and Northwest Highway.

Call 214.890.7551 for more information.
North Texas Giving Day is back

North TX Giving Day is almost here! Image courtesy of CFT

Be a part of the celebration down at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Photo courtesy of CFT

Photo courtesy of CFT

Photo courtesy of CFT

After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back!

With the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again, 90 nonprofits from the Lake Highlands and surrounding communities registered to receive donations this year.

Even more exciting is that this year there are new community events, extra time to donate, and additional prizes! The sixth annual North Texas Giving Day hopes to raise the goal for giving day once again.

On September 18th, donations can be made from 6:00 a.m. until midnight to more than 1,500 certified nonprofits listed on the new website. Donations of $25 and above will be magnified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

The prizes for this year’s Giving Day range from $1,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded in various categories, including most donors, largest increase in unique donors, best integrated marketing campaign and random prizes. A full list of prizes can be found on the website under “Rules/Prizes.”

“Giving Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the community and support the important work of nonprofits serving North Texas,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas and North Texas Giving Day founder. “Each year, we are amazed by the continued generosity of the donors that participate in this day and we hope that this year we raise even more money for North Texas nonprofits.”

Want to be a part of the giving fun in person? You can head over to Communities Foundation of Texas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., same time and place as last year.

Kids Give will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change as well as do hands-on philanthropic and kid-friendly activities:

• Assembling “Hope” packages for hospitalized children

• Learning Circus skills like juggling

• Making bookmarks for foster children

• Creating dog and cat toys for shelter animals

• Goodwill clothing drive and food drive

• Planting seeds for community gardens

• And much more!

Donors can also watch the complimentary showcase of performances by several nonprofits and purchase lunch from local food trucks.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free Onsite Appearances:

• Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkloriko

• Dallas Children’s Theater

• Dallas Black Dance Theatre

• Dallas Zoo

• Equest Ponies

• Junior Players

• Lone Star Wind Orchestra

• Shakespeare Dallas

• SPCA of Texas

The North Texas Giving Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 18th at the Communities Foundation of Texas, located at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane starting at 11:00 a.m.

For more information on Communities Foundation of Texas and North Texas Giving Day, visit their website.
Solar Panel Shingles

This straight on view shows the panels on the roof. Photos courtesy of Scotts Exterior

The panels from a bird's eye view. Photos courtesy of Scotts Exterior

The meter boxes on the side of the house. Photos courtesy of Scotts Exterior

The meter panel shows all the settings and levels. Photos courtesy of Scotts Exterior

The control box can fit in anywhere in your home. Photos courtesy of Scotts Exterior

Lake Highlands residents and owners of Scott Exteriors, Kirk and Christine Scott, are the first to install a new kind of solar technology on a home in the DFW area ‒ on their own home, right here in Lake Highlands.

Conventional racked solar panels are mounted to a home's roof, above the shingles, and require dozens of holes in the roof. The new solar shingle solution, like the ones the Scott family installed, integrates the shingle and the solar panel into one and requires only roof penetration.

The shingle itself is the solar power source, with no shingle underneath or panel above. These integrated solar shingles blend and are more attractive than other solar roofing solutions.

According to the Scotts, it’s perfect for anyone who plans to live in their home for many years, has southern exposure on their roof, wants to decrease their home's draw on the grid and wants long-term energy savings.

"We’re excited to be the first to bring this new technology, which makes the roofing shingle your solar power source, to homeowners in the Dallas area," said Kirk, co-owner and president of Scott Exteriors.

"Enough solar energy hits the earth in one hour to satisfy the planet’s energy needs for one year. It makes a lot of sense, ecologically and economically, to tap into this natural resource to help power your home."

"Our house needed a new roof, and with four children and good southern exposure on our home, we wanted to be the first to experience this new, energy-saving product we’re now offering our customers," said Christine, Kirk’s wife and co-owner at Scott Exteriors.

"They look more beautiful than any other solar roofing option out there, and we look forward to years of energy savings, especially in the Texas summers."

The solar shingles install quickly. Most jobs will take about 2 to 3 days on the roof and 1 to 2 days for the electrical.

The biggest benefit of the new solar shingle technology is that you are giving back by going green ‒ you're doing something that is good for the environment. You can also save money on your electric bill each month, and there is a 30% federal tax credit for the initial purchase.

"We've had the new solar shingles for a year now, and we're seeing a 20 to 25% reduction in our electric bill each month," said Kirk. "Put another way, we are generating 20 to 25% of power for our use."

The most important two questions someone needs to ask themselves if they are interested in the solar shingles are:

1) Do I plan to live in my home for many years to come? and 2) Do I have southern exposure to the sun on my roof?

Another great perk of the panels are that the shingles are extremely durable. In general, they are hail resistant, wind resistant, and they can be walked on.

What are all the benefits of these CertainTeed Apollo ll solar shingles from Scott Exteriors?

• Energy savings

• Eco-friendly / environmentally-conscious roofing choice

• Federal tax credit (good through 2016)

• Solar power, with one roof penetration vs. up to 36 with traditional solar panels

• Efficiency: 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicone solar cells per module for a power rating of 54 watts per module

• Low-profile: the slim profile provides a clean, integrated look that a rack-mounted solar system cannot match

• Lightweight: no need for structural reinforcements or analysis; each module weighs only 12 pounds (about as many pounds per square foot as a typical asphalt shingle)

• Aesthetics: black frame, cells and backsheet visually blends with the surrounding roof and provides a more beautiful and visually-pleasing solar roofing option

• Load rating: modules are rate to 250 pounds per square foot

• Wind rating: Apollo ll solar roofing systems achieve a 110 mph wind resistance rating

• Wire management: open space under the modules allows for easy wire/installation and eliminates the possibility of wires being pinched between the module and the roof deck

Give Scott Exteriors a call if you’re considering solar energy for your home.

You can learn more about integrated solar shingles by clicking here.

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Arboretum’s Tour des Fleurs

Karen Reardon is handing in her race shoes as chairman.

Todd Howard will be the new Tour des Fleurs chairman.

Todd Howard, th+a architects president and Dallas Arboretum board member, has been appointed chairman of the 2014 Tour des Fleur, a 10K and 20K race benefiting the Dallas Arboretum. Assisting him will be Logan Burgess, coordinator for race mechanics and participation.

An East Dallas resident, Howard has been active in the Dallas community for many years including a former board member of Doctor’s Hospital at White Rock Lake. A former president of the board of the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, he created the Emerging Leaders Program, which later received a national AIA award. He is also the former president of the Dallas Architectural Foundation and is active with the Texas Society of Architects.

Having organized the staff effort for Tour des Fleurs since the race’s beginning days eight years ago is Park Cities resident, Karen Reardon. This year, she is literally hanging up her tennis shoes and passing the baton to staff newcomer Dana Murrell who is in charge of the garden’s public events. Reardon, who is special projects director and the Hoffman Family Gift Store buyer, will still continue to work at the Arboretum in the latter roles.

"Eight years ago, Dallas Arboretum president Mary Brinegar asked me to coordinate the promotion, printing, budgeting, in-kind donations, volunteers, etc. for this new run, which benefits the Arboretum’s programs," said Reardon. "I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet."

Those who have ever attended a member’s event at the Dallas Arboretum, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Goblins in the Garden, the Caroline Rose Hunt Society Dinners or a Friends of the Arboretum Dinner, have probably seen Karen Reardon hard at work making sure everything would run like clockwork. But her days of running the Tour Des Fleurs are literally coming to an end.

Tour des Fleurs has become a tradition for more than 2,800 runners, and registration is now open for the September event.

This year’s 9th annual Tour des Fleurs, presented by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, is Saturday, September 20th. The race begins and ends at the Dallas Arboretum.

The race also kicks off the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum, which features the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring houses created out of 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash along with Cinderella’s carriage and storybook houses.

This 10/20K race around the beautiful White Rock Lake starts at 7:00 a.m. and is followed by a post-race celebration with food and beverages at the Dallas Arboretum’s Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. The after-party band is the Good Times Van Band.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road.

For more information about the Arboretum, visit their website.
Phone Scam Alert

Be on the alert of a phone scam in our community. ©Burakpekakcan

The Dallas Police Department Northeast Division issued a warning recently about a telephone scam, and the community needs to be on the alert.

In the fraudulent call, the unknown suspect calls a home and states that someone at that address has an I.R.S. Tax Fraud Warrant out for their arrest, and they request a call back.

If you call back, the suspect tells you to buy gift cards and give them the access codes over the phone to get the warrant lifted.

The scammer also has the ability to make your caller ID display any phone number they choose. Recently, the suspect made caller IDs display DPD Chief Brown's office phone number.

People see the caller ID info and think the call is legit. It seems everyone is a target, too.

These scammers have called a police officer's house twice this week who lives in Lake Highlands.

Authorities feel the Lake Highlands community is being targeted, and urge residents not to fall for the scam. Sadly though, some already have.

Lake Highlands North resident Toni Stroud, however, knows better and is on alert after getting a similar and disturbing phone call. She was contacted on August 28th and decided to dig deeper by calling the con artist back.

"I’m just always doubting, and I couldn’t believe what this guy was saying," Stroud commented. "It was just crazy. I decided to call the number back and he actually answered. He acted like he was somebody else and even gave me a badge number."

"Good try. I’m not falling for this," Stroud told the guy.

He said, "Who’s your criminal lawyer?" He then threatened to send the police.

"I’m a lawyer," she told him. "I’m not scared of your threat, and I don’t believe the police are coming."

Stroud called 3-1-1, and they told her to call the fraud department. Unfortunately, nothing came of that.

Stroud also called Channel 5, and was told the station does reports on these calls all the time. "So I kind of felt like everyone blew me off."

"You know you hear about it – a cousin of mine fell for a scam. A friend of mine got a similar call about his wife being arrested, and it freaked him out," she explained.

Even more disturbing, another friend of Stroud’s was told that they were at her front door as they spoke on the phone with her.

"It makes me so angry because usually it’s the elderly who are scammed and taken advantage of."

Please be aware and don’t fall for the various telephone scams now underway. The story may vary, but they’re all out for one thing – your money.

Pass this information along to your family, friends and neighbors.

Sadly it happens in every community, not just Lake Highlands, but the more aware our community is, the better.

Always call 911 for emergencies.
Discovering new stars

Ken Taylor with LHHS physics students who did research during the QuarkNet program. ©Farley Ferrante

Artist’s impression of an eclipsing binary star system. Credit: European Southern Observatory/L. Calcada

Last spring, we wrote about Lake Highlands High School physics teacher Ken Taylor and his four students joining him at Southern Methodist University’s School of Physics to perform research with Professor Robert Kehoe, a particle physicist and an astrophysicist.

Well, the summer has wrapped up for them with a bang – and a few star discoveries!

LHHS students Jason Barton and Dominik Fritz discovered five stars as members of the SMU summer physics research program, QuarkNet. This program is a physics teacher development program in which LHHS physics teacher Ken Taylor has participated in since 2000.

This summer, the Lake Highlands students were able to analyze data gathered from a high-powered telescope named ROTSE-I, located in the New Mexico desert.

During the intense summer program, Barton and Fritz found five new binary stars. The stars are considered new because no one had ever classified them and submitted them for official recognition by the proper organization, until now.

All five stars are eclipsing contact binary stars. What does that mean?

They are pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one appears from behind the other.

Barton and Fritz spent countless hours working in one of the SMU science building basement laboratories. Their patience and perseverance paid off with their discoveries.

“It was stimulating to walk into the lab on the SMU Campus and immerse myself in the world of particle physics,” Barton explained when asked about his experience.

“I have to admit that the work was tedious, and it took a lot of perseverance to go in each day and sift through the data, but discovering the stars made the experience gratifying and worth the effort.”

Fritz told us there were two difficult challenges he faced this summer during the research.

“First, we had to learn how to use Linux computers and the software associated with them in order to analyze the data.”

“Second we had to compile the limited data we found into a light curve suitable for submission to VSX (variable star index), this included a search for data other than ROTSE-I.”

“As for the field of astrophysics, I very well could involve myself in it, as it’s very interesting. The studies we did in preparation for our searching for variable stars has shown me the true nature of astrophysics, and peaked my interest due to the various nuclear reactions that stars undergo throughout their lifetime,” Fritz commented.

Teacher Ken Taylor did a lot of physics calculations during the summer research and didn’t search for “new stars,” although all the researchers did something with the same types of stars.

“While Jason and Dominik searched for unreported binary star systems, I performed calculations on known binary systems,” Taylor explained. “The binary systems that we all worked on are contact binary stars. The stars in these systems are so close to each other that they orbit each other in less than a day!”

“That’s really phenomenal considering the large sizes of stars. In addition, their nearness to each other has a great influence on the shapes of the stars and on the mass transfer from one star to the other. As Sir Isaac Newton taught us in his theory of gravity, the moon and the sun cause the tides of oceans on the earth.”

“The tides are caused because the pull of the moon (and sun) on the earth is stronger on the side of the earth toward the moon than on the far side of the earth. This force difference leads to the term “tidal” force. Since the moon is much nearer the earth than the sun, its tidal force is greater than that of the sun.”

"Both as a physicist and as a teacher I found the work to be very satisfying and challenging," Taylor said. "It was quite gratifying to observe my students in a different academic setting, and as this setting was not textbook based, but data based. Of course, data are useless if you don’t know how to use them, but the students were prepped on many of the ideas involved in what we were doing."

"I enjoyed seeing students that had been under my so-called tutelage for one year, enter into a scientific environment that took them far beyond their academic experience level. It was a growth opportunity for me as a teacher to see them apply methods of critical thinking to their search programs," Taylor commented.

"It was rewarding to me as a teacher to see their successes reveal themselves on their faces and in their demeanor; It was also rewarding to see that success breeds success and can initiate constructive habits."
Food Forward: Nature’s Plate

Marianne and Annette, owners of Nature's Plate

The Nature's Plate menu is all plant-based. Photo courtesy of Nature's Plate

Only fresh ingredients are used at Nature's Plate. Photo courtesy of Nature's Plate

Meals are packaged in recyclable containers that are easy to take on-the-go or for school lunches.

Each meal is clearly labeled.

Stay tuned to read more from Annette and Marianne in Food Forward!

Welcome, Lake Highlands, to our newest column, Food Forward! Today we are introducing you to a company so pure, you’ll feel healthier just reading about it.

In 2012, two Lake Highlands sisters, Annette and Marianne, created Nature’s Plate, a plant-based meal delivery service. The company was established in response to friends’ requests for convenient, healthy lunches based on what they witnessed the sisters eating.

Their mission was simple – to make plant-based, whole food accessible and convenient, while also delicious and satisfying.

Today, you’ll get a glimpse into the company and learn why Annette and Marianne are so passionate about what they do. Then each month, you’ll have the pleasure of reading directly from them about healthy eating for the whole family.

One of the reasons the sisters put so much time and effort into Nature’s Plate’s menu is because they believe we all need to be a part of combating the childhood obesity epidemic. One way to do that is to stay away from the “convenience foods” that are so accessible.

“Convenience foods are full of processed ingredients and are usually high in refined sugar,” explained Annette. “Diets rich in these ingredients have only been eaten for a short period of time, beginning in the last 50 years.”

“During that time period, our society has seen sharp increases in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. There’s no doubt that obesity is a related issue, but the scientific community is just beginning to understand the wide variety of ways these foods affect us.”

“And for children, there is evidence that these processed, artificial ingredients can cause mood and behavior issues as well,” Annette said.

While the research may not be fully conclusive at this point, the sisters point out that it’s obvious a whole food diet, rich in plants is health-promoting and results in much lower rates of these diseases and conditions.

“Whether it’s the absence of processed food or the presence of so many nutrients in a plant-based, whole food diet doesn’t really matter – either way, we know it’s healthier.”

And the Nature’s Plate menu is chocked full of nutritious, whole food meals! When asked to share which their favorite meals on the menu are, there was little hesitation.

“My favorite is the Beans and Greens soup,” Marianne exclaimed. “Mostly because it's delicious, but also because I am a huge fan of the one pot meal - I love soups and stews that contain beans and vegetables, especially greens.”

“I am always looking for recipes that contain beans, greens, and grains - and of course that taste good. My five-year-old daughter's favorite is actually a soup that is not on the menu yet but will be for Fall. It's a kale soup that is chock full of kale (obviously), sweet potatoes, and other vegetables. She loves it and has been eating it since she was a toddler.”

Annette’s family’s favorites have changed over time, but her current favorite is the Stir Fried Rice with Edamame & Asparagus.

“It has great flavor and a large variety of vegetables. And the Un-Tuna Salad is great for lunch, especially over mixed greens (we offer it in a wrap too). On the snack/treat menu, the Gluten Free Brownies are my favorite - the texture and flavor are amazing.”

“My kids are older (18 and 21), and they love testing the food. They are meat-eaters, so it probably makes sense that their favorites are very much in line with our biggest sellers: Veggie Mac, Lasagna, and Black Bean Tacos. And they like the Tofu Scramble Tacos as snacks,” Annette explained.

I got to taste test some of the meals and they were all amazing! The Trail Mix Cookies were by far the favorite in our house. As Marianne explained, they taste like dessert but are actually full of seeds and nuts and are healthier than almost any snack bar you can find.

Annette has lived in the L Streets for 7 years, and moved to Lake Highlands to be close to her sister and because she loves the area. She has two children (ages 18 and 21, Kyle and Andrea).

“Both kids have been a big help tasting recipes the last few years, and Andrea helped out with Nature’s Plate deliveries over the summer,” said Annette. “A couple of the original menu items are recipes my kids have always enjoyed.”

“Although both enjoy the occasional fast food / junk food, they also know a lot about healthy eating. Andrea (who attends Texas Tech) has been known to text me pictures to show off her healthier meals. She also designed the Plant-Powered Superheroes for the Kids’ Meals.”

Marianne has lived in the L Streets for 9 years with her husband, John, and her 5 year old daughter, Claire.

“Claire loves to talk about food (I wonder where that comes from) – one of her favorites is freshly cooked beans, straight out of the pot,” she said. Marianne’s older son, Chris, lives in Richardson and has also provided lots of great taste testing assistance over the years. He even hosted a Nature’s Plate sample and information session at his office!

Curious about the menu and how ordering and delivery works?

* The kids’ lunch menu includes items like peanut butter and jelly (on a sprouted grain English muffin), hummus with veggies and whole grain pita chips, and sweet potato hash.

* Each lunch also comes with fruit and a healthy treat, such as a trail mix cookie with oats, nuts, seeds and no refined flour or sugar.

* Deliveries are made on different days of the week to Dallas neighborhoods including Lakewood and Lake Highlands. Meals are delivered refrigerated and remain fresh for five to six days.

* Not only are the meals and snacks 100% plant-based, many of the ingredients are organic and all are non-GMO.

Stay tuned to hear more from Annette and Marianne about clean, plant-based eating in Food Forward!

Check out the Nature’s Plate website by clicking here or "like" their Facebook page.

Annette and Marianne love to hear feedback and suggestions and are happy to answer questions anytime. Email them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Nature’s Plate items are listed on My Fitness Pal under the brand Nature’s Plate.
Wildcats at the Boneyard tonight!

Lake Highlands vs Plano East at the Boneyard tonight! ©Steve Clary

Tonight is the night!

The Wildcats open their season with a game against Plano East at the Boneyard at 7:30 p.m.

Before the game, you won’t want to miss out on the tailgating. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. next to the Rec Center in the grove directly south of the stadium.

Organizers have nicknamed this tailgating spot the Litter Box!

This is a BYOB and BYOF (food) event, so plan accordingly. And help spread the word, too, so everyone can enjoy the tailgating fun.

Have a pop-up tent? Share the love, and bring it along with you for some shade and shelter.

Help cheer on the boys as they take on Plano East in the first home varsity game!

Labor Day weekend highlights

Enjoy the last of Dollar Days at the Arboretum and Children's Garden. ©John B. Sutton Jr.

Enjoy a special Labor Day at the Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the Arboretum

Enjoy food trucks while playing at the festival on the bridge.

Walk with the dinosaurs one last time at the Perot. Photo courtesy of the Perot Museum

Looking for something to do this weekend that everyone will enjoy? Check out these special events we’ve chosen to highlight that you won’t want to miss!

Food Frenzy Friday

Kick off your Labor Day weekend tonight enjoying food on the bridge while you take in the spectacular view of Downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge at night!

There will be food trucks (of course), face painting, balloon animals and live music for everyone to enjoy.

Food trucks include Ruthie’s Food Truck, Yummy Pizza, Maui Hawaiian, MC Snowcone, Say Kimchi and Best Bayou Bites.

The festivities start tonight, August 29th, at 6:00 p.m. down on the Continental Bridge at 109 Continental Avenue. Check out more of the details on the bridge’s website.

Dallas Arboretum

As the month ends, the Dallas Arboretum invites the community to visit during the final weekend of August Dollar Days in which garden admission is only $1 and the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden admission is an additional $1.

On Labor Day, September 1, admission is $5, which includes free admission to the Children's Garden. Children will be able to enjoy special activities including the "How Sweet is It?" Lab, "Quest for Life in the Solar System" program in the OmniGlobe Theater and "Camouflaged Creatures" in the Habitats area.

To learn more about these programs and times, visit the Arboretum website or call 214.515.6500.

August Dollar Days and Labor Day tickets must be purchased at the gate in order to receive this special offer, subject to availability. However, discounted parking is available online for $5.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road.

Perot Museum

It’s the last weekend of the Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia exhibit at the Perot Museum. Don’t miss your chance to walk with the dinosaurs one last time.

If it weren't for a series of cataclysmic events, a comet impact being first on the list, our planet could still be the domain of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs fascinate us so much, that many people wish they were still among us. Find out what it would have been like!

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 North Field Street. You can find out more on the Perot’s website.
Links of Love

Lake Highlands residents Tate Gorman and Adam Meierhofer with their foursome at the 2013 Links of Love. Photo ©CCA

Enjoy dinner and drinks after a fun round of golf. Photo ©CCA

The Bono family participated too in honor of their daughter, Sadie.

September is right around the corner, and it’s when Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) will observe Craniofacial Acceptance Month across the nation.

Each year CCA families, friends, volunteers and related support groups band together to widen the circle of acceptance for individuals with facial differences.

The vision of Children’s Craniofacial Association is very simple: CCA envisions a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look.

Each year approximately 100,000 children are born in the United States with some form of facial difference. In many cases, reconstructive surgeons can correct these problems early - often while the children are still infants.

In other cases, however, reconstruction is not so easy or even possible. CCA is the premier organization that supports these children and their families.

Being accepted by others is a natural human desire, but it’s not often easy for those with facial differences, particularly at school, on the playground and in social settings.

Programs helping children—and adults—to look beyond differences and search for similarities will take place across the country during September.

Want to make a difference and support CCA with their mission?

CCA is having its annual golf tournament and silent auction, Links of Love, on Friday, Sept. 12th at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas.

The entry fee is $100 per person ($400 for a four-person team), which includes lunch, dinner and drinks throughout the day.

Links of Love is guaranteed to be fun for all, and the proceeds go to a wonderful organization who makes countless differences in the lives of many children and adults.

To learn more about CCA and its programs, please visit their website.

To learn more, register or find out how to be a sponsor for Link of Love, visit the tournament’s website.
Free landscape seminars return

Both seminars are free with advance reservations.

Waterwise landscapes in North Texas. ©Lawn Whisperer

Make plans to attend one or both of these no-cost seminars Saturday, September 13th.

Landscape designer and author Bonnie Reese will be the speaker at both sessions.

Ms. Reese has more than 20 years experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in North Texas and is the owner of her own landscape design and consulting company Beautiful Landscapes.

Attendees at each session will receive a copy of Bonnie’s book, “Common-Sense Landscaping” (hard copy or electronic version – limit one per household.)

Attendees can also enter a drawing to win a bag of Green Sense organic fertilizer from Rohde’s Nursery & Nature Store. There will be three drawings per session.

Water-Wise Landscape Design 101
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Whether you have a new landscape or plan to update an existing area, it is critical to begin with a good design. This program teaches the principles of landscape design with an emphasis on how to create a beautiful landscape that will save resources - natural and financial!

Fantastic Plants for North Texas
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Using colorful photographs, Bonnie demonstrates the natural beauty of native and adapted plants that thrive in the North Texas region. Learn when, where and how to plant each of the recommended plants, their size and height at maturity, seasonal color, texture and more. This program provides information on trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and turf grasses.

Reservations are required, as space is limited.

Please register online at SaveDallasWater or by calling 214.670.3155.

Seminars sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities Conservation, City of Dallas Stormwater Management, and Mountain View College.

The September 13th seminars will be held in the Performance Hall (Building “E”) at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Avenue, Dallas 75211.

Questions? Contact Noel Nielson at 214.670.5378.
MPE sees double

Five sets of twins in MPE kinder class

The current Kindergarten class of 2014 has been famous at Merriman Park for years, known simply as that class "with all the twins."

Five sets of twins happily marched into MPE this week: 2 sets of girls and 3 sets of boys. Three of the twin families have older siblings already at the school, so they were eager to join the fun.

Dee Ann Baggett, Merriman Park Elementary PTA President, is mom to one set of twins.

"After being a parent at the school for five years, I know they are going to have such a special year with Mrs. Lyons and Ms. Call," Baggett said. "They will learn so much and meet new friends."

Geoff and Virginia Berbary have twin girls who are new to the school but have attended the German International School of Dallas for the past three years.

"Sophia and Isabella were excited to start school again since they recognized some of their MPE classmates from their Sunday school and German school classes," Berbary explained.

The twins are divided among the four Kindergarten classes, but Ms. Call is the only teacher who has one from each of the five families in her classroom.

Jennifer Leavell has twin girls who she decided to separate this year into different classes.

"I was worried about the girls being split up, but I love how it's going to help them grow as individuals and not rely heavily on one another," she said.

"That is one of the great things about MPE – the teachers bring the best out of each child, and they see each of mine as their own person, not just a twin."

The Everett boys, Ellis and Truman, love their new teachers.

"I have heard nothing but ‘Ms. Maturi this and Mrs. Gray that’ since we met them last week at the Kinder Reveal party," mom Kiersten said.

"Chance and Patrick were so excited to go to school where their big brother is, and the fact that they will have a locker thrilled them," said another twin mom, Tiffany Lawson. Both Lawson boys said they are excited to meet the other twins, "but maybe not the girl ones!"

The twins in the Baggett house are the last of their four children to start elementary school.

Dee Ann had somewhat mixed emotions about it, too.

"I know I need to cherish every moment and remember they are growing up so fast, but I have to say that at 8:01 a.m. yesterday, I was cheering!"

For more information on Merriman Park Elementary, visit the school's PTA website.

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.
The Facts & Myths of Dallas Recycling

Find out the facts and myths of Dallas recycling. ©Tim Sloan

These are items you can place in your bin to recycle.

These are items you cannot place in your bin to recycle.

In 2011, the City of Dallas was awarded the Green City Award for having the most effective recycling education program for a large city in the United States.

It’s true that our beloved city does an effective job of getting the recycling word out to our schools and communities, but every blue moon we need a reminder.

One of our readers recently wrote in with a request for a recycling update article because she noticed conflicting information going around on some Next Door neighborhood message boards.

Thankfully, Lake Highlands Today contributor Cindy Engel came to the rescue!

One of the biggest topics in the neighborhood discussions were the blue plastic bags that people sometimes put their recyclables in.

According to Martin Riojas Jr., the Assistant Director of Sanitation Services with the City of Dallas, blue plastic bags (or any plastic bag) are not part of the City’s recycling program and by themselves, they are considered contamination.

"Placing your recyclables in a blue plastic bag does not mean that they are sent to the landfill," Rojas explained. "In a processing facility for recyclable material, several items travel through a conveyor belt and are sorted by people on the line. Contaminants are pulled out by these sorters and separated to be thrown away."

"A blue bag signals to the sorter that recyclables are inside," he continued. "The blue bag is opened up so that the recyclables can continue down the line but the blue bag is sorted as trash. Sorters are aware that blue bags are used to store recyclables."

"We advise residents to place their recyclables in their recycling roll cart without a bag," suggested Rojas. "This creates less contamination and our processor actually charges the City for sorting out the contaminants and sending them to the landfill. Not bagging the recyclables also reduces the amount of waste that is generated."

Cindy went the extra mile and also sent along all the info you need to know about Dallas recycling…

How do I get a Blue Recycling Roll Cart?

You may order a recycling roll cart by calling 3-1-1, or going to the Dallas Recycles website and using the online service request system. The City of Dallas will deliver your cart within 2 weeks of the request.

I live in an apartment. How can I recycle without a recycling roll cart?

Residents of multifamily properties can drop off their recyclables at one of the community recycling containers. There are over 140 community recycling containers throughout the City. For a list of sites, please call 3-1-1 or visit the Dallas Recycles website.

Is it OK for me to place my recyclables in a plastic bag before it goes in the roll cart or community container?

No, recyclables should be thrown into your roll cart or community recycling container without any plastic baggage. Plastic bags are considered contamination; they also damage the machinery that processes your recyclables. However, you may place recyclables into paper bags.

What about the grocery store plastic bags?

If residents do have grocery store plastic bags, they can recycle them at local grocery stores. There are quite a few grocery stores in Dallas that recycle plastic bags. Click here to find one near you.

Where can I go to find out if an item is recyclable?

You can find more information on the Dallas Recycles website or by clicking here. If you’re still having trouble locating its proper place, please call the Waste Diversion Hotline at 214.670.4475.

Where can I recycle items that are not currently collected by the City of Dallas?

Spring & Fall Round-Up Events – Spring and Fall events are held annually to provide residents an opportunity to recycle many items that are not easily recyclable.

These events are typically posted as a news item on the Dallas Sanitation webpage at least 14 days prior to the event. There are also several churches and schools in Lake Highlands that hold annual recycling events. Check the Lake Highlands Today calendar for more information on those.

Electronics – Electronics can be taken to any City of Dallas transfer station or to Spring and Fall Round-Up Events. For more info, please call 214.670.4475.

Household Hazardous Waste – The most common types of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are Batteries, Oil, Paint & Antifreeze. These 4 items can be taken to the monthly BOPA collection events.

Other forms of HHW, such as cleaning chemicals, fluorescent light tubes or aerosol sprays can be taken to the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center. For more information, please call 214.670.4475 or check out this website.

What Happens When I Recycle Right?

• The usage of water and energy to create new material is reduced
• You save trees!
• Recyclable material is diverted from the landfill
• Additional revenue is created for the City of Dallas

What Happens When I Recycle Wrong?

Placing unaccepted items into the recycling roll cart can:

• Create serious risks for the employees who collect and sort your recycling
• Contaminate an entire load of recyclables causing the material to be sent to the landfill
• Decrease the amount of revenue that goes back to the City of Dallas
• Cause expensive damage to the machines that process and sort the recyclables

For more information on the City of Dallas recycling program, visit the Dallas Recycles website or call 214.670.4475.
LHWL Holiday Home Tour

One Vanguard Way, a home on the tour this year.

9276 Cliffmere Drive

The date is set and the kick-off is scheduled!

The Lake Highlands Women’s League (LHWL) Holiday Home Tour will take place on Friday, December 5th. The homes on the tour this year will be one of a kind, and you absolutely won't want to miss the amazing décor and intricate details of each house.

The featured homes are:

James and Kandy Smith
9425 Estate Lane

Chuck and Diane Cheatham
One Vanguard Way

Steven and Tiffani Mackenzie
9276 Cliffmere Drive

Ben and Stephanie Jeffery
9332 Forestridge Drive

Why should you attend the Holiday Home Tour with all your friends?

• Relish in the festive homes decorated for the holidays
• Get creative new ideas for decor, architecture, design and furnishings
• Enjoy seeing modern updates and traditional beauty in your own neighborhood
• Treat yourself or someone special to a day of fun, food and shopping!
• Contribute to the worthy projects of the Lake Highlands Women's League

You can also kick off the fun with the featured home owners and LHWL members on Thursday, September 11th starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake House Bar & Grill on Northwest Highway at Lawther.

The event will include complementary hors'eouvres and a cash bar. Dining from the menu will also be available.

Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased for $20 per person online or checks can be mailed/dropped off to Penne Collett at 10110 Ferndale, Dallas, 75238.

The LHWL's 36th annual "Holiday in the Highlands" Home Tour and Luncheon will take place Friday, December 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Holiday Market will be open Thursday, December 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Friday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Highlands Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, just east of Plano Road.

If you have questions about Vendors or the Holiday Market, please contact Chairmen: Julie Bonahoom at 214.537.0820; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Katie Mueller at 214.418.9272; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Luncheon tickets are $15 and Home Tour tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Home Tour tickets can be purchased from any LHWL member or contact Nancy Plotts for more information at 214.240.7096 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can also visit the LHWL website or "like" the group's Facebook page.
What youth sports is really about

What is youth sports really about? Read more here. ©Baronoskie

With the beginning of school comes the launch of a new season of youth sports, and the busy schedules commence.

But there’s something about it all that puts a little pep in our steps, especially for the kids who look forward to practicing their favorite pastime, seeing their friends and being outside.

As parents, it’s easy to get caught up in the logistical side of youth sports – $100 registration, another small fortune on the gear, coordinating carpool to practices, figuring out schedules when there are several kids involved, etc.

But recently we were reminded what all of it is truly about, thanks to Dave Belisle, the coach of the Rhode Island team that represented the Northeast in the Little League World Series.

Belisle gave an inspiring speech to his team after a tough loss against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West. At the end of the elimination game, many of Belisle's players were in tears, feeling disheartened.

Belisle's speech, which gained national attention, reminded us why we enroll our kids in youth sports – to build character and shape children into well-rounded adults who contribute to society in a positive way. Or at least that’s how I see it.

After asking his team to keep their heads up, saying he wanted to see their eyes, Belisle gave his inspiring talk. If you missed it, Providence Journal transcribed his speech, and you can read it in entirety here.

His words definitely tugged at the heartstrings, but the parts that stood out will be remembered forever by those boys.

“There’s no disappointment in your effort – in the whole tournament, the whole season. It’s been an incredible journey. We fought. Look at the score – 8-7, 12-10 in hits. We came to the last out. We didn’t quit. That’s us! Boys, that’s us!”

“The lessons you guys have learned along the journey, you’re never going to forget. We’re going to have some more fun. We have two more days of fun.”

"It’s okay to cry, because we’re not going to play baseball together any more. But we’re going to be friends forever. Friends forever. Our Little League careers have ended on the most positive note that could ever be. Okay? Ever be.”

“So, we need to go see our parents, because they’re so proud of you. One more thing. I want a big hug. I want everyone to come in here for one big hug. One big hug, then we’re going to go celebrate. Then we’re going to go back home to a big parade.”

Some of us have been lucky to have a role model in our lives that changed us forever, whether it was a teacher, coach, or friend. They not only lift you up in the good times but during the tough times, too.

Lake Highlands resident Matt Feldman has been coaching for three decades and has been a role model to many youngsters throughout the years. We asked him his thoughts on it all.

“I thought Belisle’s speech showed how close the Coach was to his players,” Feldman commented.

“Often you think about how much a coach meant to his players. You hear stories of how coaches changed kids’ lives, how adults look back and remember a special coach who they admired, but you rarely think about how much a special group (or player) means to a coach. There are kids I coached 25 years ago that I still remember.”

“The goals of team sports are about working together as a team, learning to treat your teammates and opposing players with respect, and working hard to get results,” Feldman explained.

When asked what a coach’s #1 responsibility was, Feldman’s answer hit the nail on the head.

“Someone once told me regarding youth sports…safety, follow the rules, have fun, and if they get better along the way, that's a bonus.”

Belisle finished his speech with what could be the closing monologue to a great movie.

“I love you guys. I’m gonna love you forever. You’ve given me the most precious moment in my athletic and coaching career, and I’ve been coaching a long time – a looooong time. I’m getting to be an old man. I need memories like this, I need kids like this. You’re all my boys. You’re the boys of summer.”

That, my friends, is what it’s all about. That’s everything youth sports should be.

Want to get your child enrolled in youth sports? Check out some of the possibilities through the Lake Highlands YMCA, Lake Highlands Soccer Association and Spring Valley Athletic Association and Dallas Little League.
Backpack of Burdens

©Malcolm MacGregor

How much did your child’s backpack weigh this morning?

Most likely it weighed more today than it will other days due to new school supplies, but you don’t want to make a habit of weighing down your kids with heavy backpacks.

According to, some kids have backaches because they're lugging around their entire locker's worth of books, school supplies, and assorted personal items all day long.

Chiropractors say many children are overloading their backpacks, wearing them the wrong way, or carrying ones that are not age appropriate.

The new backpack students get to show off is one of the joys of going back to school. But as kids get older and bigger, so does the load they carry.

According to experts, the average recommended weight for a backpack is 10% to 15% of a child's body weight, but that might even be too much for some children especially if they’re carrying it wrong.

Most chiropractors suggest buying those roller book bags if your child's school allows them.

Check with your student’s teacher or encourage your older kids to brainstorm on scaling down the load so they won’t be carrying a backpack of burdens.
Crossing the bridge to Trinity Groves

Trinity Groves restaurants Photo courtesy of Trinity Groves

Building graphics at Trinity Groves by local artists ©Baronoskie

Youc an enjoy the Continental Avenue Bridge park while you're down there. Photo courtesy of CAB

There's something for everyone at the newly renovated park. Photo courtesy of CAB

If you haven’t been down to Trinity Groves yet, you’re missing out on a great new Dallas locale.

My family and I ventured down there for a back-to-school celebration yesterday, and we could have stayed for hours.

What is Trinity Groves, you ask?

This 15-acre restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination is located at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas.

Central to the Trinity Groves project is the Restaurant Concept Incubator program, which encourages chefs and restaurateurs “to create and present unique restaurant concepts to a team of experienced restaurateurs who will then support them to bring their ideas to reality.”

What were formerly industrial warehouses are now rehabilitated spaces adapted to house these incubator program opportunities.

Restaurants that are currently part of the “incubation” include a variety of concepts such as Spanish Tapas, Middle Eastern, Latin-Asian fusion, Central-American, Italian, and sushi.

Remember Four Corners Brewing Company we featured last week? It’s party of the Trinity Groves family too.

Along with the restaurants and microbrewery, Trinity Groves also hosts many exciting events such as art and theater shows, live musical performances and chef cook-off competitions and even a pop-up farmers market.

Besides crossing over the impressive Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, another cool thing about heading down to Trinity Groves is the new park that was created on the Continental Avenue Bridge, running parallel to the Margaret Hunt.

The newly renovated Continental Avenue Bridge re-opened this summer and has already become a popular gathering place for Dallasites.

Much like Klyde Warren Park, Continental Avenue Bridge has something to offer for everyone in the family.

Kids can scale the colorful, geometric climbing blocks or play in the misting fountain. All ages will enjoy a game of bocce ball or life-size chess. There are also yoga sessions to calm you while watching the sunrise ascend over the Dallas skyline.

So whether you need a back-to-school celebration like my family did or you’re a foodie just looking to try out new restaurants, check out Trinity Groves and take in the sites while you’re there.

For more information, you can visit the Trinity Groves website or go in person to their info center located at 425 Bedford Street.
Wildcat March-A-Thon tonight

LHHS Wildcat Band will perform a sneak peek of their 2014 half-time show, Save Me.

The day of hard work is finished off with a fun snowball fight.

The Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Band has one heck of a year planned!

They’ve designed one of the most exciting marching shows, Save Me, and will be traveling to Corpus Christi and competing in the South Coast Music Festival.

However, with these opportunities come financial commitments with which each of the 170 members needs help.

To raise money they're hosting a March-A-Thon tonight, August 22nd, and they're hoping folks in the community can help.

“Their show, Save Me, has a superhero/good vs. evil theme,” said band mom Charlotte Williams. “It's going to be a fun and very visually entertaining show!”

This all day event will consist of marching rehearsals, indoor music rehearsals and master classes on instruments from professionals. Each student is committing about 10 hours to this event, which will improve on their instruments, body movement for marching and overall product of unity for the band program.

The event will conclude with a free 6:00 p.m. showcase performance at Wildcat-Ram Stadium (a sneak peek of the fall halftime show), followed by a Snow Ball War between hot (and exhausted) band members.

The kids are asking for pledges for every hour they work on Friday (you can give a flat dollar amount instead) and their goal is $200 per student or $34,000 total.

Come on out tonight and enjoy the show and help the Wildcat band members get their year started right!

If you'd like to contribute to the LHHS Band program, you can donate Friday night or email band mom Charlotte Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Jeff Bradford at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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