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
  • Tootsies Picks ‘Top Bloggers’ of 2014

    Winner Kendall Clay Louis and emcee Courtney Kerr (Photo: James Edward Photography)

    Winner Kendall Clay Louis and emcee Courtney Kerr (Photo: James Edward Photography)

    Tootsies held their third “Top Blogger” event earlier this month, and named Kendall Clay Louis of Dallas Tidbits as the top blogger of 2014.

    Six local bloggers were chosen as finalists, and each had to put her own spin on Tootsies merchandise. The other finalists were: Lauren Murphy, Blair Flowers Butler (together with her sisters Ellen and Janie Flowers), Tanya Foster, Kelley Barnes, and Cristina Zaragoza.

    Elizabeth and James hosted a trunk show while Courtney Kerr acted as emcee.

    Congrats, bloggers!

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 26, 2014 | 8:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 25, 2014

  • Happy First Day of School, HPISD!

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    Armstrong principal Skip Moran greets parents and students on Monday morning. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Parents, teachers, and students celebrated the first day of school at Armstrong Elementary School this morning (click on the photo to see the gallery). Do you have any photos of your little ones on their first day of school? Submit them here, and we’ll feature the best ones on our blog.

    By Curtis Thornton Aug. 25, 2014 | 2:22 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kershaws Return Home For HPISD Convocation

    HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr welcomed Clayton and Ellen Kershaw to the district's convocation last week.

    HPISD superintendent Dawson Orr welcomed Clayton and Ellen Kershaw to the district’s convocation last week.

    One of the really cool things about Clayton Kershaw is that regardless of whether he’s winning Cy Young awards, becoming one of the richest pitchers in history, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” or dominating on the mound again this season, he never forgets where he’s from.

    Last week, for example, the Dodgers standout returned to Highland Park ISD for its annual convocation breakfast for school district staff members and teachers. He made an appearance in support of his wife, Ellen, also an Highland Park High School graduate, who gave the keynote address.

    Ellen’s speech referenced how her education in HPISD helped to inspire the Kershaws to launch various philanthropic initiatives, including those in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Africa.

    The convocation included speeches from the district’s two Teachers of the Year — Ashley McCutchin and Chad Coffey — and performances by the Highlander Strings Orchestra and the HPHS bagpipers.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 2:09 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Lululemon Helps Moms Prep For School

    This morning, the Lululemon on Knox Street helped moms adjust to the once-again busy schedule of the school year by opening early and offering mimosas and coffee to the carpool-weary.

    They opened at 8:30 a.m., but normal hours (opening at 10 a.m.) will resume tomorrow.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Opens New Gym With Hawaiian Flavor

    Surf's up for Hyer fourth-graders, from left, Vivian Downie, Elizabeth Sweet, Kendall Evans, and Katelyn Tanner.

    Surf’s up for Hyer fourth-graders, from left, Vivian Downie, Elizabeth Sweet, Kendall Evans, and Katelyn Tanner.

    Hyer Elementary School’s renovations this summer include a new gym, and the school didn’t waste any time showing it off by hosting a Luau Party with incoming fourth graders on Friday. The theme of the event was “Stay Cool.” Good luck with that.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:34 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Football Fans: Help Fill Backpacks With Contest

    Yucatan Foods and The Ryan Broyles Foundation have teamed up to fill backpacks of local children in need. How, you ask?

    First, you enter here to win a backpack full of school supplies and autographed NFL memorabilia from Ryan Broyles, Calvin Johnson, Demarco Murray, Kenny Stills, and others. Then, Yucatan Foods donates 50 cents to the “No Backpack Goes Empty” campaign for every entry into the contest. Plus, you get a $2 coupon for Yucatan guacamoles. 

    “The opportunity arose to partner with The Ryan Broyles Foundation and Community Partners of Dallas and we excitedly accepted,” Yucatan marketing director Jessica Brown said. 

    Winners are announced Sept. 15.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Magers Wins Award For Wealth Management

    Whitney Magers

    Whitney Magers

    Congratulations to Highland Park High School graduate Whitney Magers, who has been named as a “Five Star Wealth Manager” for his work in the financial services industry.

    Magers is an associate with Probity Advisors. He earned a finance degree from the University of Virginia and is an active philanthropist and guest speaker on topics such as estate planning and charitable giving. He also is a former president of Calyx Club.

    Magers started his career in investment banking with firms in New York and San Francisco before transitioning to wealth management and returning home.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS