Take at Trip to Narnia at HPMS

Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo) 0
Join the Pevensie siblings in Narnia at Highland Park Middle School next week. (Courtesy photo)

Step back in time and through a wardrobe to enter the magical world of Narnia Feb. 18-21 at Highland Park Middle School.

C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe will come alive with a cast of McCulloch Intermediate School and HPMS students led by drama director Susan McCormick.

“I love this classic story of good triumphing over evil,” McCormick said. “It teaches us the power of courage, loyalty and forgiveness.”

Join Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund on their epic journey from World War II England to Narnia as they battle the White Witch for the freedom of Narnians at the following show times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the MIS/HPMS cafeteria on Feb. 18 and 19 or day of 30 minutes prior to start time.


Family Recipe Puts Spice in Business Venture

Preston Hollow resident Amee Joshi incorporates Indian and Tex-Mex flavors into her Jalsa products. (Photos: Claire Casner) 0
Preston Hollow resident Amee Joshi incorporates Indian and Tex-Mex flavors into her Jalsa products. (Photos: Claire Casner)

Those who frequent the Whole Foods at Preston Road and Forest Lane might recognize Amee Joshi. The Preston Hollow resident and entrepreneur can often be found handing out samples of Jalsa, her product that started with her mother-in-law’s recipe.

After working 20 years in corporate America, and a few years at home, Joshi decided she wanted to go back to work without having to clock in 70 hours a week. Little did she realize the answer was in the salsa recipe her mother-in-law had given to her on her wedding day.

So Joshi launched Jalsa in December 2013. While she got into small stores, such as Bolsa, quickly, it took her six months to make her way to the big retailers.


Jesters Gives Actors a Unique Chance to Shine

Actors in the Jesters theater troupe at Highland Park United Methodist Church have been rehearsing since September for their annual show in February. The production includes 36 special-needs performers. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Actors in the Jesters theater troupe at Highland Park United Methodist Church have been rehearsing since September for their annual show in February. The production includes 36 special-needs performers. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

By Rebecca Flannery
Special Contributor

One month out from the Valentine’s Day weekend premiere, members of Jesters, the Highland Park United Methodist Church special-needs theater troupe, made adaptations to their original time-period murder mystery script. Will they be ready for opening night? Time Will Tell.

That’s the title of this year’s Jesters production, for which the cast is comprised of 36 actors ranging in age from 18 to 60. While not everyone is able to participate with a speaking role, director Lisa Schmidt is sure to work with the roles to meet the needs of each member.

“In this theater, we adapt to the ability of the players,” Schmidt said. “[During rehearsal], we’re working constant modifications into the script. We’re always on our toes.”


Make Way for HP United Way Donors

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Hal & Diane Brierley

Hal & Diane Brierley

At the United Way Second Tuesday Tocqueville Luncheon today, two HP residents were honored for making the largest donation for a couple.

On the heels of the 90th year anniversary of United Way on Feb. 6, Hal and Diane Brierley donated $5 million to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, which was also the largest donation the couple had made to a social service organization.

“Diane and I are proud to be part of the Unite Forever Campaign, and to take this step to perpetuate our support of United Way and its mission to fortify the fabric of this great city for all who live and work here,” Hal, founder of Brierley & Partners, said.

Both Brierley’s have extensive philanthropical backgrounds, including the Dallas Opera, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the Dallas Arboretum, to name a few.


Perot Museum: Calling All Collectors

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science wants the public to be a part of its first full-scale, self-curated exhibition: Eye of the Collector.

From now until Feb. 21, the public is invited to submit items from their collections — whether they are quirky, historic, or of value — to a contest to have them be displayed in the exhibit.

The contest will be sorted into three categories: “Best Youth” (17 and under), “Most Unique”, and “Most Visually Stunning.” Five finalists will be chosen from each category. The overall winning collector will become the People’s Choice contest winner and will receive free admission to the VIP opening party, a one-year family-level membership to the museum, and four tickets to the exhibit.

Eye of the Collector will be on display from April 16 to Sept. 5. The exhibit will also include items from a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan, a world-record setting Star Wars memorabilia collector, and historical pieces from Nancy and Randy Best.

For more information or to enter the contest, click here.


No Arrest for these House Guests

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drunkAs you’ll see in our weekly newsletter (hopefully you’re subscribed), there was yet another house party with minors consuming alcohol that ended with no arrests.

At 10:24 p.m. on Feb. 7, University Park police responded to a noise complaint in the 4000 block of Hanover Street, where juveniles were throwing a party.

Officers released the minors to their parents or guardians, and three citations were issued for minor in consumption.

“It is a Class C misdemeanor, so we can write a citation and release them to their parents,” said Officer Lita Snellgrove in an email. “In a serious offense, the juvenile would be detained and taken to the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center.”


Poll Question: How Do You Support HPISD?

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Whether by volunteering in the lunchroom or supply room, or by lending your professional expertise to a committee, there a lots of ways to support Highland Park ISD.

The district also relies on charitable donations from the community to succeed. How do you give your time or money to helping HPISD? Has that changed post-bond election?

Let us know. Email us at editor@peoplenewspapers.com by Friday at 5 p.m.


Police Report: Feb. 1-7

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: THE MINOR CITATION GENERATION

At 10:24 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, police responded to a noise complaint in the 4000 block of Hanover Street, where juveniles were throwing a party. Officers released the minors to their parent or guardian, and three citations were issued for minor in consumption.

HIGHLAND PARK

1 MONDAY
At 12:29 a.m., Sebastian De Avila, 24, of Dallas, and Jordan Garcia, 18, of Dallas, were arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana in the 4600 block of Versailles Avenue.

Between 8 and 10:28 a.m., a woman walking her dogs found an Astra A-75 pistol, valued at $500, on the sidewalk in the 4600 block of North Versailles Avenue.

At 3:15 p.m., the owner of a white 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe reported the theft of several items from the vehicle in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue. The thief entered the vehicle between 7 and 11 p.m. on Jan. 30, and stole a $180 Orvis coat, a $380 Patagonia jacket, a $600 pair of Orvis sunglasses, and a $600 iPhone 6S.

2 TUESDAY
At 8:42 a.m., the owner of a black 2012 Audi A8 reported the theft of the vehicle in the 4400 block of Beverly Drive. The scoundrel entered the vehicle between 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 9:24 a.m. and stole a $195 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, a $600 Dell laptop, and a $600 TUMI bag.