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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
One theory when Highland Park jumped to Class 6A before this season was that the Scots — after many years as a 4A powerhouse — would be able to navigate the regular season just fine, but might have a harder time in the playoffs.
The second part of that hypothesis will be tested tonight, when HP meets undefeated Waco Midway in the Division II Region II area round. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium in Midlothian.
Facetious headlines aside, I got to take a tour of GOOP in Highland Park Village today, and it was fabulous. As many know, GOOP is Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle blog, and the pop-up store is set up to reflect just that — a lifestyle. (Paltrow called this blog-to-shop concept “click and mortar,” and I nearly died of joy.)
As you enter, you will find gifts and clothing from the affordable (read: candles and floral arrangements) to the high-end (such as pieces designed for the store by Monique Lhuillier).
One room reflects the “kitchen” of this make-believe home, with Paltrow’s cookbooks and a line of luxury soaps. Another represents a bedroom, with loungewear and skincare goods.
“My favorite, favorite products that I use and love are in there,” Paltrow said of the “boudoir” room.
Sorting through the clothes, you will find everything from crisp linens and tailored blazers to casual button-downs and runway-ready cocktail dresses. It’s fun to wander through the collections and think, would Gwyneth wear this?
We’ve been excited since August, but the time has finally come for the annual Chi Omega Christmas Market. Basically, this place looks magical. I will be attending for the first time this weekend, but it’s a longstanding tradition around here — 37 years long, to be exact.
Come check out more than 175 vendors to help you check your list twice and cross everything off it. Remember, you can also get your carefully selected gifts wrapped there, too.
Head out to Fair Park until 6 p.m. tonight or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday for the fun.
What’s most important? It’s all for a good cause. Here are this year’s beneficiaries: Chi Omega Education Corporation; Bea’s Kids; Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County; City Square; Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center; Dallas Children’s Theatre; Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation; Letot Center Capital Foundation; Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas; Project Transformation; and Chi Omega Collegiate Scholarships.
“Each year we strive to top the year before, and after a record- breaking year in 2013, we have our work cut out for us,” co-chair Sara Koda said. “This year, we have pledged $206,500 to our fantastic beneficiaries, and we would love nothing more than to surpass that goal.”
Do you need MORE Christmas spirit? Lovers Lane United Methodist Church‘s Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday for even more holiday fun.
Jazz in Cox Chapel
Lunch in Cox Parlor followed by a congregational conversation
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Highland Park United Methodist Church
Some aspiring writers take decades to get published. That’s not the case for one St. Mark’s sophomore. Gopal Raman has published his first volume of poetry, called Beyond the Edge.
“I started writing creatively in seventh grade, and I would compile a folder,” Raman said.
Raman is also a dedicated student of photography, which highly influenced his work.
“It just started as a side project I was working on in my spare time,” Raman said. “Most of [the poems] are nature-themed. A lot of times, the poem will complement the photo.” Read More…
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