August 27, 2014

  • Lady Scots Sweep Past Keller

    Highland Park's Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23.

    Highland Park’s Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park continued its strong showing in early-season volleyball tournament play by winning the bronze division title at the Allen tournament on Saturday. Then, the Lady Scots swept Keller in three tight sets in a nondistrict match on Tuesday, 27-25, 28-26, 25-22.

    At the tournament, HP secured a three-set win over McKinney Boyd to reach the championship bracket. Once in that bracket, the Lady Scots (13-6) fell to Flower Mound before rebounding with victories over Coppell and Amarillo. They finished ninth overall in the tournament.

    Next up, HP will travel to the Plano tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to face Midlothian.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD App Lets Parents Stay Updated

    Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has helped to launch a free app just for HPISD parents. With it, you can check district news, find a staff directory, save favorites, access an activities calendar, and more.

    More academic info will be added in September so parents can see grades, assignments, schedules, and even lunch-account balances.

    Click here to download the app for your Apple device (assuming you have iOS 7 or later).

    “Having five children of my own, I understand the importance of connection, whether that’s people and neighborhoods or families and schools, and this app makes it easy to stay connected to your school community,” Briggs Freeman president and CEO Robbie Briggs said in a statement. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here’s a Twist on the Movies in Pools Trend

    MPW-48904Most of the public events featuring screenings at swimming pools cater to families and showcase kid-friendly films with widespread mainstream popularity.

    But The Lofts at Mockingbird Station is trying a different approach with its first Dive-In Movie Night on Thursday by showing the raunchy comedy Wet Hot American Summer, the cult classic starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, and Amy Poehler.

    You can watch the movie either from the pool deck or while floating in the water. Admission is free, and you can score popcorn and a drink for $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas Film Society. There also will be food from Cafe Herrera and a bar serving mixed drinks.

    Showtime is 8:30 p.m. It would help if you sent an RSVP, which you can do here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Developer Brings Mixed-Use Complex to PH

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    In a neighborhood known for stability and tradition when it comes to restaurants and retail, the new kid on the block will definitely stand out.

    Construction is under way on the first phase of Preston Hollow Village, a 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane, and a few tenants might open their doors before the end of this year.

    The development — which will mix retail, office, and residential uses — is the first of its kind in Preston Hollow and will be the largest commercial development in the area in decades.

    “As a resident of Preston Hollow, I recognize there is no other cool, pedestrian-oriented, walkable development of this kind in our neighborhood,” said Leon Backes, president of Provident Realty Advisors, which has been circling the project for several years. “What we are developing today has evolved over the last decade. This is a fresh, updated approach to development.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Canary Hosts ‘AP Style’ Event

    Looking for something to add a little sparkle to your jewelry box? Canary on Lovers Lane will be hosting “AP Style” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4.

    Apparently, there will be lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and cocktails from 3 to 5 p.m. They’re also debuting Cuckoo For Canary, a boutique within the boutique.

    Is that, like, an Inception thing? Hmm. I don’t know. But you should go and find out.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 8:59 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dates Released For Chi-O Christmas Market

    Are you thinking about Christmas yet? NO?!?! What’s wrong with you??

    OK, well, maybe there’s nothing wrong with you and we’re jumping the gun a bit. Either way, you should mark your calendars for the Chi Omega Christmas MarketNov. 19 through 22 at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. 

    As many of you know, this is a tradition 37 years in the making, thanks to Dallas-area, Chi-O alums. These ladies have pledged $206,500 to 10 local charities, including Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Project Transformation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, and more. This year’s chairs are Sara Koda and Allison Cox.

    So draw a big owl on your calendar and save the date.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 8:49 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Buy Some Cologne, Meet Troy Aikman

    Troy Aikman

    Troy Aikman

    You might know Troy Aikman. He played for the Cowboys, won some Super Bowls, earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and now is an Emmy-winning broadcaster. But apparently he smells good, too.

    We make this assumption based off the fact that the gridiron legend will appear on the second level of at Dillard’s at NorthPark Center from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday as part of a promotion for Hugo Boss.

    Aikman, a Highland Park resident, will sign specially designated footballs for customers who purchase more than $72 worth of Hugo Boss fragrances at the store. You also can call the store to pre-order and get VIP tickets for the line, which sounds like a good idea if you really want to meet him.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 26, 2014

  • Blues Jean Bar to Host Benefit on Thursday

    The Blues Jean Bar in Snider Plaza will host a night of food, cocktails, and shopping on Thursday to benefit Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage.

    Tickets are $20, which includes refreshments from Zoe’s Kitchen and Tito’s Vodka, along with a custom denim fit consultation and styling session. The event runs 6-9 p.m.

    Also that night, 10 percent of proceeds from merchandise sales will help provide scholarships for women living with HIV/AIDS to attend the Grace Project National Conference next May.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 26, 2014 | 10:51 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • UP Wins Award For Municipal Website

    Gary Hooker, vice president of business development for Imaginuity, and Steve Mace, community information officer for the city of University Park, are shown here for some reason in black-and-white.

    Gary Hooker, vice president of business development for Imaginuity, and Steve Mace, University Park community information officer, are shown here for some reason in black-and-white.

    Apparently, the city of University Park is pretty tech-savvy. The city recently won an Internet Advertising Competition award for outstanding website from the Web Marketing Association.

    The city shared the prize with Imaginuity Interactive, the company to which it outsourced the redesign of its website last year. The redesign launched in December. It was the latest of several collaborations between UP and Imaginuity.

    The award came in the competition’s government category. Entries are judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, use of medium, and memorability.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 26, 2014 | 2:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPHS Drama Students Sing ‘The Sound of Plaid’

    The cast of "The Sound of Plaid" has fun during a recent rehearsal at Highland Park High School.

    The cast of “The Sound of Plaid” poses together during a recent rehearsal at Highland Park High School.

    Call it a match made in thespian heaven: The Highland Park High School theater department will start the school year with a production of the musical “The Sound of Plaid.”

    The show is a follow-up to “Forever Plaid,” which became a hit following its off-Broadway debut in 1990. The story is likewise set in the 1960s, following a group of students trying to save their school music program from budget cuts. It features new songs and characters, and even a sci-fi twist.

    The HPHS shows will be held in Palmer Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 14. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $8 for general admission, and they go on sale on Sept. 2 at the HPHS box office (or they’re available at the theater, of course). For more information, call 214-780-3881.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 26, 2014 | 1:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS