Construction for the second building of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU is underway. The university broke ground on Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall.
In addition, the Simmons family gave a $25 million gift to fund the building. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot building will house the Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education, the Teacher Development Studio, the Department of Teaching and Learning, as well as classrooms, labs, and conference rooms to accommodate the expanding education program at SMU.
The Simmons have made many donations to SMU over the years, making them among the most generous donors in SMU’s history. Harold Clark Simmons Hall is scheduled for completion by late 2015.
Renowned chef Dean Fearing will sign copies of his book The Texas Food Bible from 3-5 p.m. today at the St. Michael Woman’s Exchange in Highland Park Village.
Burn calories and raise money at the same time? What’s not to love, then, about the inaugural “Speedflex-a-thon” slated for Saturday at the new Speedflex location in Preston Center — well, except perhaps the name.
Here’s the deal: There will be 16 teams with 10 members each, working out for 30-minute sessions over a 12-hour period — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — to burn a collective 75,000 calories, as monitored by the Polar Team Pro system and displayed throughout the center.
For motivational purposes, a handful of local celebrity captains also will be on hand, including former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, sportscaster Dale Hansen, health and fitness guru Larry North, former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers, news reporter Calvert Collins, and football legend Roger Staubach.
In August, we brought you stories about wine in the Texas Hill Country. Now that it’s October, aka Texas wine month, and now that the weather has just the hint of coolness, it’s the perfect time to take that weekend getaway we know you’ve been meaning to take. Click on the map for a full guide to towns and cities that are home to wineries and vineyards ripe for visiting. The map is sorted into three groups from shortest to longest driving distances. We hope it proves useful in planning your trip. Safe travels.
The Museum of Biblical Art will launch “Mysteries, Signs and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines” on Oct. 7, kicking off the new National Center for Jewish Art. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 30, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to catch it.
Hines is a Houston-based artist “committed to sharing the beauty of Israel” with the intent of spreading peace. She donates 100 percent of her proceeds from art sales to charitable causes.
To celebrate, philanthropist and art collector Dr. Carolyn Farb will host an invitation-only reception prior to the exhibit’s opening to the public.
Pierce Allman will share his tale of a legendary day in history as part of The Sixth Floor Museum’s October Living History Program on Saturday.
On Nov, 22, 1963, Allman — then a program director for WFAA radio, decided to cover President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas. After shots were fired at the motorcade, Allman asked a man where he could find a phone to alert the radio station. He later learned that man was Lee Harvey Oswald.
Allman, a Park Cities resident, will share his recollections at 2 p.m. The Living History Series consists of firsthand accounts from historic events of the early 1960s. Tickets are $10 for the program only or $5 with museum admission. Advanced tickets can be purchased here.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A Camry in a Pear Tree
At 10:21 p.m. on Sept. 17, the driver of a black 2014 Toyota Camry rear-ended a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the intersection of Knox Avenue and Abbott Avenue. After the collision, the Camry jumped the curb and struck a Bradford pear tree, snapping it in two pieces as the Camry came to rest on top of the tree. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.
Between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a canvas bag containing a portable DVD player and various children’s DVDs from an unlocked black 2002 Lexus SUV in the3600 block of Potomac Avenue. A homeowner two blocks away found the bag discarded on her property later that morning.
Between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a Volvo station wagon from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. The key was stolen along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from an unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer. Police later found the Volvo backed into a detached garage in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue in University Park, where a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $20,000, had been stolen along with a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.
Between 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, a vandal rummaged through a white Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was reported stolen. Read More…
This year’s book-donation recipient following the Highland Park Library’ Summer Reading program is Readers 2 Leaders. During the summer program, when children turned in their reading logs, each one would pick a book to donate in their name. Then on Sept. 16, HP Library staff delivered the books to Booktown, Readers 2 Leaders’ family-literacy center. Congratulations to all participating readers!
Remember the PR disaster that Lululemon created with their little “Partners Card” window reference last year? Well, I guess they learned that in the Park Cities, you don’t mess with Partners Card, or rather its beneficiary, The Family Place, because they’ve actually teamed up with them this year — Lululemon will be hosting a block party from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
tonighttomorrow with The Family Place in order to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Even though this event will benefit Partners Card/Family Place, don’t try to swipe your Partners Card at Lululemon this season. They’re still not listed as one of the 750+ participating stores. Baby steps.
Designer and Round Top Collection owner Jeff Krause will visit Suzanne Roberts Gifts in Snider Plaza tomorrow. That means you’ll get 20 percent off merchandise (minus MacKenzie-Childs) and enjoy free signing, personalizing, and refreshments. Event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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