Children Take Center Stage at Camp Bravo!

Liliana Henry laughs on stage during a performance with Rainbow Days' Camp Bravo! at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on Friday, July 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Liliana Henry laughs on stage during a performance with Rainbow Days' Camp Bravo! at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on Friday, July 24. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Eddie Coker and some 300 children from local homeless and domestic violence shelters put on a good show for Rainbow Days’ Camp Bravo! final performance last Friday at Lovers Lane United Methodist.

Every year, Rainbow Days invites children to express their creativity in a week full of photography, pottery, music, and theater classes.

“Exposing children to the arts and giving them a week filled with creative learning opportunities with caring adults and instructors from our community makes a significant positive impact in children’s lives,” said Cathey Brown, Founder and CEO of Rainbow Days. “It only takes one moment, one mentor, one memorable experience,to expand a child’s world,introducing them to new possibilities.”


HPISD Wants Your Feedback on Bonds

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The plans for a November bond election are chugging along for HPISD trustees, who are now trying to secure community support before the state-mandated deadline for filing the necessary paperwork.

So the school board, as well as its Facilities Advisory Committee of community volunteers, have planned two public forums this week to solicit feedback on their ideas. They will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Highland Park Middle School auditorium, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Highland Park High School auditorium.

The latest proposal is for a whopping $358.3 million, which is far more ambitious than any such plan in the district’s history. It includes several ideas for accommodating enrollment growth that already has led to overcrowded campuses, with more students projected in the future. There’s talk of a fifth elementary school, as well as the tearing down and rebuilding of three existing elementary campuses, with extensive renovations to other buildings.

We’ve written in great detail about the proposals, and what they might mean to your property tax rate, so you can do your own cost-benefit analysis before attending. You can also comment online here.


Tragedy Prompts Widow to Fill a Need For In-Home Care

Lollie Scheble is pictured with her late husband, Phil, and children. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Lollie Scheble is pictured with her late husband, Phil, and children. (Courtesy Photo)

As Lollie Scheble dealt with her husband’s case of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a malignant tumor affecting the brain, she struggled to find adequate in-home care.

“From the time my second daughter was born until the time he passed away, it was really chaotic in my house,” the Park Cities resident said. “And I couldn’t find an agency. I went through several in Dallas and I couldn’t find anyone to help us — someone that could come in and assimilate into our home.”

Because she couldn’t find help through an agency, Scheble decided to take matters into her own hands. She began recruiting freelance nurses, and that’s who helped her and her family during the last two months of her husband’s life.


Congrats to Our Coloring Contest Winners

Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, poses with his winning drawing. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Congratulations to our Fourth of July Coloring Contest grand-prize winner Axton Byrd, age 4, who won from a drawing among the four finalists: Byrd, 7-year-old Bess Prather, 11-year-old Bridget Stammel, and 13-year-old Caroline Conway. Have fun on your vacation to Telluride Resort Byrd family!

Thank you to all our young readers for sending in their entries. Swing by St. Bernard Sports at Inwood Village to see your pages on display through Aug. 10.


Dickey’s Owners Look to Back the Blue With Barbecue

Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Maurine Dickey smiles with police officers during a Barbecue, Boots & Badges event. (Courtesy Photo)

Maurine Dickey and her husband met and married while they were students at SMU. Before they graduated, they were running her father-in-law’s barbecue company after his unexpected death.

Now, with the company nearing 75 years in the barbecue business, Dickey decided it was time to focus on philanthropic pursuits. That’s why she’s founded Barbecue, Boots & Badges, an organization that gives back to families of fallen law enforcement officers and officers or departments in need.

“There are not a lot of organizations out there that help the police,” she said. “When police or law enforcement have a tragedy or death, the fellow officers pull money out of their own pockets.”


PCYMCA Youngsters Bring ‘Pippin’ to Stage

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Aspiring thespians from the Park Cities YMCA will take their turn with one of Broadway’s biggest hits on Saturday.

The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts will perform “Pippin” at the Dallas Children’s Theatre, with showtimes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The show will feature performances from students 10 and up who have spent the last three weeks in rehearsals as part of an intensive musical theater workshop.

DSM just concluded a two-week run of “Pippin,” which won multiple Tony Awards in 2013.


Ruth Altshuler Honored by Pi Phi

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Ruth Altshuler with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd

Ruth Altshuler with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd

Ruth Altshuler was honored by the national chapter of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi (woo!), with the Member of Distinction award. She received this recognition at the group’s convention in Chicago.

As many know, Altshuler’s honors are practically too numerous to list. The SMU grad has served on the university’s board for decades and served with The Salvation Army and United Way, just to name a few.

“It is with great pride and joy we honor Ruth for her incredible charitable work,” said Pi Beta Phi president Paula Shepherd. “Ruth has lived an extraordinary life and has given back to her communities every step of the way.

Congrats, Ruth. We think this honor is simply angelic. Pony up.

 


Catch Meadows Exhibit Before Closing

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A photo of a work from the Abelló collection: Juan de Flandes (Flemish, c. 1465-1519), Baptism of Christ, c. 1496-1499. Oil on oak panel. P48 - 6/1986, Archive Abelló Collection (Joaquín Cortés)

Juan de Flandes, Baptism of Christ. (Joaquín Cortés)

The Meadows Museum’s Abelló Collection, the first exhibition of its kind in the U.S., will close on Aug. 2.

The four-month blockbuster exhibition features more than 100 works from the 15th to 20th centuries, including Picasso and Degas, all collected by Juan Abelló and Anna Gamazo, two of the world’s top art collectors.

The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters also celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary. Information about hours and more may be found on the Meadows Museum website.


Directors of Dunk

Armstrong Simms and his brothers can often be found at a basketball hoop, recording trick shots for their BasketBros channel. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Armstrong Simms and his brothers can often be found at a basketball hoop, recording trick shots for their BasketBros channel. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Siblings grow viewership for trick-shot vidsArmstrong Simms is getting accustomed to the attention.

“My brother the other day was getting his hair cut and this guy came up to him and said, ‘Hey, I know you, you’re from BasketBros,’” said the Highland Park High School junior.

With hundreds of views on their trick-shot videos, Simms and his three brothers hope to make a name for themselves online through their YouTube channel.


Police Report: July 6 to July 12

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Skulduggery of the week: Late-Night Beer Run

At 2:45 a.m. on July 7, police stopped a blue 1992 Toyota Previa van for a traffic violation in the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane. Inside were seven passengers 18 and under, along with multiple open cans and bottles of beer. All of the underage occupants — including two 18-year-olds from University Park — were cited and released to their parents, and the remaining beer was poured out.

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Between 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, a vandal cut the lock on a fence and a trailer at a construction site near the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road, but nothing was stolen.

Between noon on June 29 and 9 a.m. on July 8, a thief entered an unlocked white 2012 Toyota SUV in the 3500 block of St. Johns Drive and stole a leather change purse containing $15 in coins.

At 1:54 p.m., a resident of the 4600 block of Mockingbird Lane reported that between May 15 and June 11, a thief stole two framed documents from a house — a declaration that the home is among the 100 most significant architectural homes in Dallas, and a magazine article about the home. The house recently changed hands, and the new homeowner wasn’t there at the time, but several contractors were around.


Pulitzer, Tony Winner to Work with UNT

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Doug Wright

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright will serve as the 2015-2016 artist-in-residence for UNT’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.

Wright, who grew up in the Park Cities, will visit UNT for three weeks in the fall and spring, where he will work with students and conduct research for upcoming works.

The playwright won the Pulitzer and Tony for his 2003 play, “I Am My Own Wife,” a portrayal of a transgender woman in Nazi Germany. He studied at Yale and NYU and has taught at both schools, as well as The Juilliard School.

 

 


Driven in The Desert

Bryan Garvey is in his fifth season competing in organized rally races in desert locales including Mexico and South America. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Bryan Garvey is in his fifth season competing in organized rally races in desert locales including Mexico and South America. (Courtesy Photo)

Entrepreneur has passion for off-road racingBryan Garvey doesn’t care about driving on pavement or going in circles. He’d rather traverse desert dunes and navigate weather-related obstacles.

The Park Cities entrepreneur has had a lifelong passion for off-road racing that he’s only recently begun to realize as a frequent competitor in international rally races.

“I’ve always had an interest in it,” Garvey said. “It’s not just a pavement event. The terrain changes all the time, and every corner is different.”