November 25, 2014

  • VNA Raises $25K With Power of Pie

    The second annual installment of the VNA Meals on Wheels Power of Pie fundraiser has raised almost $25,000 for the program, and donors will begin to reap the benefits tomorrow.

    That’s when customers can pick up the pies they ordered from 11 a.m. to noon in the activities room at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

    Among those baking the pies were Empire Baking Company, Central Market, Hilton Anatole, Abacus, Kent Rathbun Concepts, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Norma’s Café, Spoon Bar and Kitchen, Knife Modern Steak, Front Room Tavern, Brookhollow Country Club, Lakewood Country Club, Café Momentum, 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Bark Chocolate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Haute Sweets Patisserie, Parigi, Collin County Community College, Susie’s Cuisine, Uncle Willie’s Pies, Pie Flutin Pastries, Cydonia, Dessert Dreams Inc., and Karen Cassady.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 2:48 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: November 10 to November 16


    At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 13, a burglar broke into a red 2009 Chrysler 300 at Miracle Mileand stole a Tom Ford purse, a Nancy Gonzalez purse, and two Prada purses with a combined value of $10,950. While trying to flee, the perpetrator ran into a parked black 2009 Cadillac Escalade, causing $1,000 in damage.


    10 MONDAY
    Between 4:15 and 5 p.m., a thief stole a leather wallet containing $125 in cash from a purse inside a shopping cart at Whole Foods Market in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive.

    11 TUESDAY
    At 1:36 a.m., a thief stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue. The perpetrator was spotted on video jumping a fence from the alley to reach the driveway, where the SUV was parked.

    Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief stole a $400 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 pair of headphones from an unlocked black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. The miscreant also took a fire extinguisher, a credit-card case, and paperwork from an unlocked black 2010 GMC Yukon in front of the same house.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 1:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Santa Will be at The Bush Center Friday

    The replica of the 2002 tree stands complete with bird ornaments from all 50 states. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    The replica of the 2002 tree stands complete with bird ornaments from all 50 states. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Last week, we got the chance to take a sneak peek at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Christmas display, “All Creatures Great and Small.” The exhibit is a replica of the 2002 theme when President Bush was in office. That year, each governor had an artist from their state design an ornament with a bird that represented that state. You can see those creations on the Bush Center’s tree this year.

    Not only will you catch the bird ornaments, but you will also see papier-mâché replicas of presidential pets through the ages. That doesn’t just mean the Bushes’ famous pups, Barney and Miss Beazley (Miss Beazley wasn’t even born until 2004) — that means Coolidge’s raccoons, Woodrow Wilson’s sheep, and Teddy Roosevelt’s Shetland pony. Seriously.

    Though the display clearly showcases a wide range of animals, there are also mementos from the holidays during the Bush presidency, such as dinner invitations, drafts of speeches, Christmas cards, gifts from the public, and even a brass menorah from a congregation in Philadelphia.

    A good time to catch all of this is Friday, Nov. 28. Forget Black Friday crowds — get off the couch and away from the leftovers and check out the exhibit, and catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. From 5 to 8 p.m., he will be accompanied by live music, as well as arts and crafts for the kids. There’s also a free shuttle from Mockingbird Station until 8 p.m., if you’re in too much of a turkey coma to deal with parking.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 12:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Forty Five Ten to Partner With Swarovski

    This tote is one example of the available pieces. (Courtesy photo)

    This tote is one example of the available pieces. (Courtesy photo)

    Next month, Forty Five Ten will partner with jewelry designer Kelly Wearstler to launch a limited-edition collection with Swarovski. The items — which include 10 home-decor pieces and accessories — will be available exclusively at the shop. Prices start at $150.

    Dec. 11 is the official, unveiling date.

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 25, 2014 | 11:20 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sponsored Content

    Dallas Summer Musicals’ Kids Club

    DSM Kids Club

    Dallas Summer Musicals’ A CHRISTMAS STORY-THE MUSICAL Kids Club is Saturday, December 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Music Hall at Fair Park in the West Lobby. Kids Club membership is free and a fun way for children to learn about the performing arts. Kids attend these pre-show events where they can join in fun activities, dance to favorite show tunes, win prizes, do arts and crafts and learn about Broadway. Not a member of Kids Club? sign up here.

    Show tickets are not required for Kids Club, but if you’d like to attend A CHRISTMAS STORY-THE MUSICAL it begins at 1:30 p.m. – tickets.


    By Patricia Martin Nov. 25, 2014 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Falcons Fly High With Another PCYMCA Title

    Front Row L to R: Asher Meyer, Dashell Whitaker, Miles Lodewick, Jackson Muncy, Brant Williams 2nd Row: Charlie Schneider, Benton O’Banion, Dylan Holliday, Sam Lembcke Back: Coach Don Schneider

    The undefeated Falcons include, from left, front row: Asher Meyer, Dashell Whitaker, Miles Lodewick, Jackson Muncy, and Brant Williams. Back row: Charlie Schneider, Benton O’Banion, Dylan Holliday, and Sam Lembcke. The team is coached by Don Schneider.

    Congratulations to the Armstrong Falcons third-grade football team, which recently wrapped up another undefeated season by defeating Hyer in the championship game of the Park Cities YMCA league at Curtis Park. It was the fourth straight unbeaten season for the Falcons.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 25, 2014 | 8:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 24, 2014

  • Local Ballerinas Performing in ‘Nutcracker’

    Lyida and Caleigh Nutcracker

    Caleigh and Lydia England

    If you stuck around for the program at the end of yesterday’s tree lighting at Snider Plaza, you saw an enchanting performance by members of the Texas Ballet Theater, dancing in excerpts from The Nutcracker.

    Among the performers were Lydia England, a sixth grader at McCulloch Intermediate School, and Caleigh England, a third-grader at University Park Elementary School, who each play roles in the production being directed by Ben Stevenson.

    You can see the full performance at the Winspear Opera House on Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. Visit here for ticket information.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 24, 2014 | 1:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Vieira, Learning Express Help Wishes Come True

    Meredith Vieira

    Meredith Vieira

    Here’s a heartwarming tale to get you in the holiday spirit of giving. It started with talk-show host Meredith Vieira setting up a Wish Booth in Dallas, which attracted the attention of Michelle Brown, owner of Katie’s Little Angels Learning Center, a daycare facility with 67 children mostly from low-income families in west Dallas.

    “My wish is for the children at my daycare,” Brown said in the booth. “I just wish that they have a wonderful Christmas.”

    Enter Hal Cook, owner of Learning Express Toys of Dallas in Snider Plaza. Vieira’s show contacted Cook about helping Brown’s cause, and he offered a $2,500 gift card, which recently was presented to a surprised Brown on the nationally syndicated show. You can see the segment here.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 24, 2014 | 7:51 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 21, 2014

  • Midway Rallies to Eliminate Scots

    HP's Campbell Brooks is defended by Midway's Keith Henson during Friday's playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Campbell Brooks is defended by Midway’s Keith Henson during Friday’s playoff game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    MIDLOTHIAN – Waco Midway is a former Class 4A powerhouse that in recent years has transferred that dominance to the state’s largest classification. That’s the same path that Highland Park hopes to follow.

    On Friday, however, the undefeated Panthers used advantages in size and speed to hold off a late HP rally and eliminate the Scots from the playoffs, 35-28, in a Division II Region II area-round showdown.

    Midway scored 28 consecutive points to seize the momentum and the Scots (10-2) couldn’t keep pace. Yet their first 6A season still qualifies as an overall success, with HP barely losing a step against the improved competition.

    “We had a great year and I’m very proud of our senior class,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “They did a tremendous job of leading us into 6A. We had a tremendous football team and got beat by a good football team.”

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    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 21, 2014 | 11:56 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • New Friends New Life Home Tour is Sunday

    Here’s a reminder that the 15th annual New Friends New Life home tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, showcasing four lovely Park Cities homes.

    The tour includes stops at 3831 Windsor Lane, 3432 Southwestern Blvd., 3721 Beverly Drive, and another home on Lakeside Drive that’s not being disclosed.

    Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for the three-hour event, which starts at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit New Friends New Life, which provides assistance for women who have been exploited or trafficked, as well as their families.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 21, 2014 | 10:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS