August 28, 2014

  • 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
  • August 27, 2014

  • Lady Scots Sweep Past Keller

    Highland Park's Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23.

    Highland Park’s Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park continued its strong showing in early-season volleyball tournament play by winning the bronze division title at the Allen tournament on Saturday. Then, the Lady Scots swept Keller in three tight sets in a nondistrict match on Tuesday, 27-25, 28-26, 25-22.

    At the tournament, HP secured a three-set win over McKinney Boyd to reach the championship bracket. Once in that bracket, the Lady Scots (13-6) fell to Flower Mound before rebounding with victories over Coppell and Amarillo. They finished ninth overall in the tournament.

    Next up, HP will travel to the Plano tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to face Midlothian.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:12 pm | No 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
  • Here’s a Twist on the Movies in Pools Trend

    MPW-48904Most of the public events featuring screenings at swimming pools cater to families and showcase kid-friendly films with widespread mainstream popularity.

    But The Lofts at Mockingbird Station is trying a different approach with its first Dive-In Movie Night on Thursday by showing the raunchy comedy Wet Hot American Summer, the cult classic starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, and Amy Poehler.

    You can watch the movie either from the pool deck or while floating in the water. Admission is free, and you can score popcorn and a drink for $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas Film Society. There also will be food from Cafe Herrera and a bar serving mixed drinks.

    Showtime is 8:30 p.m. It would help if you sent an RSVP, which you can do here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Developer Brings Mixed-Use Complex to PH

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    In a neighborhood known for stability and tradition when it comes to restaurants and retail, the new kid on the block will definitely stand out.

    Construction is under way on the first phase of Preston Hollow Village, a 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane, and a few tenants might open their doors before the end of this year.

    The development — which will mix retail, office, and residential uses — is the first of its kind in Preston Hollow and will be the largest commercial development in the area in decades.

    “As a resident of Preston Hollow, I recognize there is no other cool, pedestrian-oriented, walkable development of this kind in our neighborhood,” said Leon Backes, president of Provident Realty Advisors, which has been circling the project for several years. “What we are developing today has evolved over the last decade. This is a fresh, updated approach to development.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 11:00 am | 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
  • Dates Released For Chi-O Christmas Market

    Are you thinking about Christmas yet? NO?!?! What’s wrong with you??

    OK, well, maybe there’s nothing wrong with you and we’re jumping the gun a bit. Either way, you should mark your calendars for the Chi Omega Christmas MarketNov. 19 through 22 at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. 

    As many of you know, this is a tradition 37 years in the making, thanks to Dallas-area, Chi-O alums. These ladies have pledged $206,500 to 10 local charities, including Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Project Transformation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, and more. This year’s chairs are Sara Koda and Allison Cox.

    So draw a big owl on your calendar and save the date.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 8:49 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Buy Some Cologne, Meet Troy Aikman

    Troy Aikman

    Troy Aikman

    You might know Troy Aikman. He played for the Cowboys, won some Super Bowls, earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and now is an Emmy-winning broadcaster. But apparently he smells good, too.

    We make this assumption based off the fact that the gridiron legend will appear on the second level of at Dillard’s at NorthPark Center from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday as part of a promotion for Hugo Boss.

    Aikman, a Highland Park resident, will sign specially designated footballs for customers who purchase more than $72 worth of Hugo Boss fragrances at the store. You also can call the store to pre-order and get VIP tickets for the line, which sounds like a good idea if you really want to meet him.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS