October 30, 2014

  • Officials Talk Ebola With Faith Leaders

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Gates speaks to faith leaders on Ebola updates. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    On Wednesday morning, local government officials met with faith leaders from all over town at Park Cities Baptist Church to give updates on Dallas’ Ebola situation and discuss best practices and issues going forward. Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins were among the panelists to speak.

    “It has been a challenge for Clay and myself this past month, but we feel blessed,” Rawlings said. He emphasized that with only one fatality, the situation could have been much worse, and pointed to more numerous deaths in the city due to West Nile Virus and domestic violence. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 4:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CARE Fundraiser to Feature Herren, Kershaws

    Chris Herren

    Chris Herren

    Highland Park High School alums Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have built quite a portfolio when it comes to philanthropy and community involvement. Their latest effort will be co-chairing the 30th annual CARE breakfast on Monday at the Omni Hotel.

    The fundraiser for the Dallas-based nonprofit Chemical Awareness, Resources & Education will include a presentation by Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtics player whose basketball career was cut short by substance abuse. His story was the subject of a powerful documentary that aired recently on ESPN.

    The event starts at 8 a.m. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling 214-526-8986 or at infor@care-dallas.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pilates Barre Moves Into Dallas Met Ballet Digs

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Not long ago, we said goodbye to longtime institution Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and pondered what new tenant could possibly take its place — at least in the physical sense. Well, The Pilates Barre, a three-year-old fitness boutique, will open its second Hillcrest Avenue location in that very spot. The new branch is scheduled to open next month. So trade your ballet slippers for some Pilates socks and get ready.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • PC&S Luncheon to Honor Community Heroes

    David Hudgins

    David Hudgins

    Presbyterian Communities and Services will hold its fifth annual Each Moment Matters luncheon at noon Friday at the Hilton Anatole, raising money for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund.

    The luncheon will honor 44 agents of community change and philanthropic visionaries in Dallas. The keynote speaker will be David Hudgins, a television writer and producer for such shows as “Everwood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

    The event is being chaired by Clare Buie Chaney, with Barbara Lord Watkins as honorary chair. You can purchase tickets or table sponsorships by calling 214-316-4575 or at cpatton@prescs.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Baseball Club to Hold 2015 Tryouts

    The 2015 season for Scots Baseball Club doesn’t get underway until next spring, but in the spirit of planning ahead, the youth organization will hold open tryouts beginning this weekend for kids ages 6-18.

    Tryouts are slated for Nov. 1, Nov. 8, and Nov. 15 at Scotland Yard at Highland Park High School. You can visit here to request a tryout by filling out the registration form.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Red Ribbon Week ‘Kicks Away Drugs’

    Benton Cook showed off his Taekwondo and taught students some skills.

    Benton Cook showed off his Taekwondo and taught students some skills during P.E.

    Benton Cook of the Professional Black Belt Academy at Snider Plaza visited Bradfield Elementary School on Oct. 20 as part of Red Ribbon Week.

    Throughout the week, students spent time learning about the importance of living a drug-free life and taking care of their bodies. That’s where Cook came in. One of the activities was to “Kick Away Drugs.” During P.E. class, students enjoyed learning some Taekwondo skills.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 30, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Talking Rockefeller at Authors Live

    rsz_on_his_own_terms_--_coverHPUMC’s next installment of Authors Live will feature Richard Norton Smith’s book, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.”

    The book includes more than 200 interviews — including unpublished documents from Rockefeller himself — to delve into the man.

    The usual details: at the church, 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

    Join in at 6 p.m. if you want to pay $30 and get a signed copy.



    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 30, 2014 | 8:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 29, 2014

  • Lady Scots Await 6A Playoff Debut

    Highland Park enters the volleyball playoffs as the second seed from District 10-6A.

    Highland Park enters the volleyball playoffs as the second seed from District 10-6A.

    After a runner-up finish in District 10-6A play, Highland Park is ready for its first run into the Class 6A volleyball playoffs.

    On Tuesday, the Lady Scots (28-11) fell in four sets to district champion Richardson Pearce (25-22, 25-19, 11-25, 25-23) for the second time this season. That left HP in second place, meaning it will meet the third-place team from District 9-6A.

    The opponent won’t be determined until Irving Nimitz and Irving MacArthur break their tie later this week, with the Lady Scots taking on the lower-seeded of those teams. The bi-district match will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duncanville.

    In the meantime, HP will play a postseason warm-up match at Waxahachie at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

    Courtesy photos

    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bradfield Students Enjoy Spooktacular Carnival

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton held live snakes at the event.

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton took on the scary snakes at Spooktacular.

    Bradfield Elementary School students and friends took part in some Halloween fun on Saturday at the school’s Spooktacular carnival.

    This year there was food, music, and plenty of activities. Students could play at the dunking booth, get scared in the haunted house, and even hold live snakes. The kids may have been spooked, but there seemed to be nothing but smiles at the event.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS