Posts by Sarah Bennett

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    • Sarah Bennett
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    • After graduating from SMU with a creative writing degree, Sarah interned with D Magazine and joined the People Newspapers team in January 2013. She enjoys annoying coworkers with her ceaseless Mustang pride. After a freelancing hiatus, she returned in May 2014.
  • Museum of Biblical Art Launches New Exhibit

    rsz_cf016638_bhines_akcropped--muchsmaller_2The 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.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 3:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP Library Teams up With Readers 2 Leaders

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children's assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    Librarian Kortney Nelson, Readers 2 Leaders program director Norma Nelson, office manager Victoria Ramirez, and HP Library children’s assistant Pam Hatcher (Courtesy photo)

    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!

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lululemon Learns From Mistakes, Hosts Party

    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. tonight tomorrow with The Family Place in order to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    The party will be held at Social Mechanics, while its neighbor, HG Supply, will supply concessions. Gift baskets will also be raffled through the evening.

    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.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 30, 2014 | 9:15 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Jeff Krause Visits Suzanne Roberts

    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.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 29, 2014 | 6:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HP’s Temporary Book Ban Reversed

    A lot has been happening since HPISD temporarily suspended seven books from HPHS classrooms. First, there was an online petition with more than 2,000 signatures, and then one of the books — The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was reinstated.

    Last night, the district sent out an email to parents on behalf of superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr that the temporary ban has been reversed, and the district will follow board policy EFA (LOCAL) [see below] for further review of the materials. Therefore, the titles are once again fair game for approved reading.

    “I made the decision in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict, and I readily admit that it had the opposite effect,” Orr said in the email. 

    The email also stated that HPISD will continue to seek further transparency in literature selection. As a step in that direction, more information on how books are chosen has been posted online. There’s also a Q&A. Parents will also receive permission forms for books with questionable material, and an alternative will be selected should the parent express concern regarding that text.

    One formal request regarding one of the originally banned books has been received regarding The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. A “reconsideration committee” will be chosen to review it and make a recommendation on its use. That committee will be made up of 10 members including parents, faculty, staff, and counselors.

    “We are encouraged to see that several students are interested in serving, and we plan to include them, as well,” the email stated. 

    Access to the “challenged material,” as it is labeled, will not be limited during the review process.

    EFA(LOCAL)

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 29, 2014 | 11:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Author Visits Angelika Film Center

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    James Ellroy will appear at the Angelika. (Photo: Jennifer Carroll)

    Author James Ellroy will visit the Angelika Film Center as part of the USA Film Festival on Oct. 7. His book, Perfidia: A Novel, details Pearl Harbor Day events from the Los Angeles Police Department’s perspective.

    A reception starts at 6:30 p.m., while the actual event begins at 7 p.m. Then, L.A. Confidential will be screened at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are $24 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes a copy of the book. 

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 28, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • YMCA Teams up With Rise School of Dallas

    Touchdown Club president Kurt Steves, Touchdown Club past president Corby Farrell, Rise School director Kari Zerbe, Park Cities YMCA Pathways campaign chair Will Beecherl, and YMCA president and CEO Gordon Echtenkamp (Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Byrom)

    Touchdown Club president Kurt Steves, Touchdown Club past president Corby Farrell, Rise School director Kari Zerbe, Park Cities YMCA Pathways campaign chair Will Beecherl, and YMCA president and CEO Gordon Echtenkamp (Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Byrom)

    During a reception at the Dallas Country Club last night, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas president and CEO Gordon Echtenkamp announced the Y’s formal merge with the Rise School of Dallas. The Park Cities Y and the Rise School will still operate individually until the opening of the new Moody Family YMCA.

    “I am very excited the YMCA and the Rise School have taken his next step to merge to best serve our community,” Echtenkamp said in a statement. “The work and mission of the YMCA for 130 years in Dallas has been evident in our effort to serve and nurture all children and families.”

    Kurt Steves, president of the Rise School’s Touchdown Club, also announced a $1 million gift to the YMCA Pathways Campaign for the new, Moody Family campus. That donation puts the Y at the 55 percent mark, with $15.3 million total.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 25, 2014 | 4:45 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • TEDxSMU Alum Speaks at PHPC Tomorrow

    Renowned Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell will kick off Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church’s fall talk series at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Individual tickets are $10, or you can get a season pass for all three talks for $25. Make reservations here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 24, 2014 | 1:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tesar, Boys and Girls Club Host ‘Foodiepalooza’

    John Tesar of Spoon and Knife fame is joining the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club to bring you “Foodiepalooza,” a food-happy event at Times Ten Cellars. Head out tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. to join the fun. Tickets start at $65. More info here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 24, 2014 | 12:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Leigh Bailey Has Released Campaign Video

    Meanwhile, Republican candidate Morgan Meyer hosted a fundraiser at Harlan Crow’s library last night. Guests included politicos Rep. Dan Branch, Ron Natinsky, Don Huffines, Susan Hawk, and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller.

    The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6, so make sure your registration is up to date.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 24, 2014 | 10:52 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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