November 25, 2014

  • Rangers Fall in Road Opener at Highland Park

    Jesuit's Dixon Smith drives past Highland Park's Pete Davis on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Jesuit’s Dixon Smith drives past Highland Park’s Pete Davis on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While Highland Park was playing with its full squad for the first time, Jesuit was still shorthanded. That disparity contributed to a lopsided result, as the Scots rolled past the Rangers 63-50 in a nondistrict clash on Tuesday.

    HP had the services of varsity returnees Mitchell Kaufman and Campbell Brooks, who were added to the roster after their football season finished over the weekend. Both started and made significant contributions before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

    Brooks had nine points and played some tenacious perimeter defense, while Kaufman tallied five points and a game-high six rebounds.

    “They’ve been staying in shape. They just needed one day of practice and they were ready,” said HP head coach David Piehler. “Their leadership and experience showed.”

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    By Nov. 25, 2014 | 11:22 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hollow Dwellers: Get in The Christmas Spirit

    PHPC's Living Creche last year. (Photo: Dana Moffatt)

    PHPC’s Living Creche last year. (Photo: Dana Moffatt)

    With Thanksgiving just days away, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas festivities. If you’re looking to get in the mood, there are lots of events around town to help you out. Here are a few of our favorites:

    • Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting at Galleria Dallas — You have more than one chance to catch this action. Join in at noon on Nov. 28, or at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13, and 20. The show features ice skating, back flipping, and a “pyrotechnic Santa Claus.” Hey, I just report the news; I don’t make it.
    • The Living Creche at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church — Starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16, watch a reenactment of the Christmas story every 30 minutes. For the first time this year, kids can pet the sheep and goats in between shows.
    • Preston Royal Library’s “Bob Humbug” Reading — Rolanda Brigham will will be reading this Christmas comedy to children and helping them make crafts. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 16.
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  • Seeking Ways to Give Back? Look No Further

    From the Community Partners' toy drive (Courtesy photo)

    From the Community Partners’ toy drive (Courtesy photo)

    Many of us are in the giving spirit this time of year. So we’ve rounded up a number of ways you can help give back to the community this season:

    • Thanks-Giving Square Sock and Glove Drive — Donate socks and gloves for the homeless at downtown’s Thanks-Giving Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Monday and Tuesday) through Dec. 3. More info here.
    • Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive — CPD is looking to fulfill more than 8,000 wishes of abused or neglected children under the care of Child Protective Services. Individuals or organizations can donate, but items must be dropped off by Dec. 12. More here.
    • Dallas Foundation’s Giving For Good Card — basically, it’s like a gift card that the recipient can use to donate to a charity for a refreshing change of pace in gift-giving. Buy one worth $25, $50, or $100.
    By Nov. 25, 2014 | 10:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • From Classroom to Farmers Market

    Students practiced adding money for the vegetables they sold.

    Students practiced adding money for the vegetables they sold.

    Pre-kindergarten students at Lamplighter have been little worker bees lately, preparing for their outdoor farmers market that took place last week.

    Students and teachers have worked on every aspect of the market, from planting seeds to advertisements. They have tended to the crops, watering and then harvesting them, and in science classes they learned about cycle systems and compost. When hungry rabbits threatened the crops, they came up with ways to keep them away from the vegetables.

    The students also learned some business skills, practicing salesmanship and customer service interaction. In art class, they created advertisement posters and in math they practiced counting money.

    Farmer's MarketAll of their lessons and practice were put into action at the farmers market, where all the crops they tended were up for sale, as well as some store-bought produce, popcorn, popsicles, pinch pots, and flowers.

    By Nov. 25, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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    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.


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  • November 24, 2014

  • Change Makers Inspire At Lamplighter

    Dr. James McLurkin gave some fourth grade students an exclusive look at his SwarmBots.

    Dr. James McLurkin gave some fourth grade students an exclusive look at his SwarmBots.

    The Lamplighter School’s Dolores Evans Speaker Series began on Nov. 10 with “Change Makers,” featuring three people who have improved the lives of children through their innovative thinking.

    Adam Braun, author and founder of Pencils of Promise, talked about his book, which explains his inspiration and journey to creating the nonprofit. After his semester at sea and his visits to more than 50 countries, he became intrigued with international development. While in India, a little boy begged for his pencil, the defining moment for creating an organization for building schools and giving children in the developing world opportunities to learn.

    Next up was the co-founder of Food Tank, Ellen Gustafson. Her passion lies in food as a solution, not only to feed the hungry, but for families to eat dinner together. She has founded multiple organizations and campaigns emphasizing world hunger as well as obesity in the U.S.

    Finally, Dr. James McLurkin showed off his “SwarmBots.” The little robots function much like ants, bees, or termites. He discussed the positive impact robots can make, like rescuing people in danger or exploring other planets.

    Questions from the audience led to discussions of change and thinking outside of the mainstream mentality. The speakers addressed the parents in the audience, telling them to encourage their children to make their life a story worth telling.

    By Nov. 24, 2014 | 12:35 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hodges to Receive Free Enterprise Award

    Don Hodges

    Don Hodges

    Preston Hollow resident Don Hodges will be honored with the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award at a dinner reception tonight at the Hilton Anatole.

    Hodges is the founder of Hodges Capital Management, which has been in operation since 1989. His career in mutual funds spans more than 50 years. Past recipients of the award include such Dallas luminaries as John Stemmons, Trammell Crow, Ebby Halliday, Tom Landry, Kenneth Cooper, Boone Powell, Ross Perot, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Tom Leppert.

    The dinner raises funds for scholarships at Dallas Baptist University.

    By Nov. 24, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 23, 2014

  • Rockwall Eliminates Rangers; Parish Advances

    Rockwall's A.J. Blacknall runs past Jesuit defenders during a Class 6A playoff game on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rockwall’s A.J. Blacknall runs past Jesuit defenders during a playoff game in Wylie. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

    WYLIE — In a rematch of last year’s area-round playoff game, Rockwall scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Jesuit 48-27 on Saturday.

    Billed as a match-up of high-scoring heavyweights in Class 6A Region II, neither team disappointed; and in spite of the lopsided final score, this contest was anything but one-sided. Before Rockwall (12-0) took over complete control of the momentum in the final quarter, the game featured five lead changes and Jesuit (8-4) led 20-19 at halftime.

    The Rangers struck first on their opening possession when Central Florida commit Bo Schneider connected with Garrett Amy for a 32-yard strike for a 7-0 lead with 10:21 left in the first quarter. Schneider put up big numbers in his last game as a Ranger, throwing for 469 yards and three touchdowns.

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    By Nov. 23, 2014 | 6:17 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 21, 2014

  • Jesuit-Rockwall Clash Could Be a Shootout

    Jesuit will face Rockwall in the area round of the Class 6A playoffs on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Jesuit will face Rockwall in the area round of the Class 6A playoffs on Saturday. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Here’s an understatement: Expect a lot of points when Jesuit and Rockwall meet in the second round of the Class 6A Division II Region II playoffs on Saturday.

    In yet another sign that high school football these days is about offense first, and defense somewhere down the line, the two teams average more than 100 points per game combined. So when they clash at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wylie ISD Stadium, the scoreboard could really light up.

    It will be a rematch of an area-round game from last season, which the Rangers won 46-26 but might find difficult to repeat.

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    By Nov. 21, 2014 | 1:58 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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    Join Us This Sunday for a Cox Chapel Celebration


    Jazz in Cox Chapel

    Charles Winslow and the Dallas Jazz Ensemble

    Charles Winslow and the Dallas Jazz Ensemble

    Lunch in Cox Parlor followed by a congregational conversation
    Sunday, November 23, 2014
    11:00 a.m.
    Highland Park United Methodist Church

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