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.
  • More Mosquito Fogging Headed For UP Tonight

    Tell this guy to buzz off.

    Tell this guy to buzz off.

    Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus were found next to four HPISD campuses: Hyer Elementary, University Park Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.

    In response, University Park will fog for mosquitoes for three nights in a row, beginning tonight. Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

    Streets and alleys will be sprayed beginning 11 p.m. tonight through Thursday night.

    All four campuses will be sprayed beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, and then at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    As always, find more “Fight the Bite” tips here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 2, 2014 | 12:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Patrons have left loving notes on the windows of the ballet studio. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    For years, drivers on Hillcrest Avenue have been able to spot tiny ballerinas shuffling in and out of Dallas Metropolitan Ballet on Hillcrest Avenue. But this summer, many passersby found the doors closed and the signs taken down.

    In their place, parents and young dancers alike have left kind notes in pastel colors all over the windows.

    “Thank you for helping me to become the ballerina that I am today,” one message reads.

    The messages remind all those who stop by that longtime owners Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson have finally decided to retire.

    “It was a pleasure,” Atkinson said of running the studio.

    He and his partner, Etgen, built their own careers as dancers in New York, Canada, and South America before opening the doors of their studio in 1960. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 1, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors

    Pastor Takes Church to the Great Outdoors in Caruth Park

    Pastor Grant Myers spends time focusing on the children during a Sunday service. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Blankets and camping chairs may not immediately come to mind when you think of Sunday church service. But that’s the vibe built around Life Dallas, an outdoor church developed by pastor Grant Myers.

    “God opened the door,” he said. And he means that rather literally. “If Jesus walked here on Earth again, the last place he’d enter is a church — church didn’t start in a building.”

    Myers admits his own love of the outdoors. He grew up in Georgia, attended seminary in Tennessee, and worked in ministry in Colorado for a few years. He enjoys taking his dogs, Huckleberry and Sammy, out on hiking trips.

    But the church is about more than just his own passions.

    “I think you’ll see that God’s here,” he said. “What better place to meet than in God’s creation?” Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 29, 2014 | 11:30 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Cafeteria’s Name Defies Location

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    Jeff Snoyer reopened the doors of Highland Park Cafeteria as its new owner in 2007, going back to the original name. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    “What’s that doing there?” It’s a question many drivers may ask themselves on their way to White Rock Lake when they see Highland Park Cafeteria sitting in a Casa Linda shopping center.

    The answer dates all the way back to 1925, when Carolyn Goodman first opened the original Highland Park Cafeteria on Knox Street, just across the street from the equally historic Highland Park Pharmacy.

    “There would be a line around the block,” modern-day owner Jeff Snoyer said of the original location.

    The cafeteria eventually grew to eight locations, including Casa Linda. But after the bank failures of the late 1980s, only the original location and Casa Linda were left.

    By the mid-1990s, Goodman had died and the family was no longer involved in the business, so the cafeteria changed hands. Unfortunately, the new owner could not keep the business afloat long.

    “It was a sad day when it closed,” Goodman’s grandson David Yates said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • TexProtects Anniversary Features Ashley Judd

    The TexProtects’ 10th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 14 will feature Ashley Judd as the keynote speaker.

    John Castle chairs the board of directors, while Lisa K. Simmons acts as honorary chair. Pat Albritton Harloe also serves as event chair.

    The evening’s events will take place at 7 p.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Make a donation or purchase tickets here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Arboretum’s Reardon Hangs Up Her Sneakers

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Parkie Karen Reardon is handing over the reins at the Dallas Arboretum, as far as the Tour Des Fleurs event is concerned. She’s been organizing the staff efforts for the 10K and 20K race since its beginning eight years ago. Now, Dana Murrell will resume her duties with staff organization.

    “I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet,” Reardon said in a statement.

    The 7 a.m. race takes place on Sept. 20 and is presented by Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. It kicks off the opening of”Autumn at the Arboretum,” a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pumpkin village/storybook installment. Roughly 2,800 runners are expected to attend.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • SHŌNA Helps Celebrate Meyerson Anniversary

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Local jewelry designer Shona Gilbert is helping the Meyerson Symphony Center celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering her pieces in the DSO boutique during the upcoming season.

    SHŌNA Jewelry will be showcasing two collections: Departed and DisKo. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:11 am | 5 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
  • 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
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