So yesterday was Earth Day, but I figured since Earth Day Dallas isn’t until this weekend I’m not late. Recently I attended an event at Dallas Audubon, just a few minutes from Downtown Dallas and worth the trip by the way. The center director Ben Jones gave a talk and mentioned that we can all do something every day to improve our environment. He picks up at least one piece of trash a day; That resonated with me and I’m trying to do the same thing. It made me remember the “Keep America Beautiful” commercial from 1970 (I’m dating myself), which touching and still relevant.
I know this isn’t news, but aren’t they cute? Speaking of adorable pictures of animals, our annual Pets section is coming up in June. Send us cute pictures of your pet with a short bio by May 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Episcopal Dallas (@EpiscopalDallas) April 23, 2014
The Lamplighter School held an Earth Day assembly on Tuesday that was led by teachers Claude White and Liz Curlin.
In addition to performing songs about the earth and recycling, students also recited poems, explained what they can do at home to be green, and provided “do’s and don’ts” of recycling.
Hope Cottage is hosting an e-mail based auction starting today at 9 a.m. for packages of tickets to see the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox in June, and the Yankees vs. Texas Rangers in July at Yankee Stadium.
The auction will end tomorrow a 5 p.m. Bidding will be suspended between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday.
All proceeds will benefit Hope Cottage’s Foster to Adopt Programming. Bids can be submitted via email to Leslie Clay. Bidders will be kept abreast of competing bids via email and online. The two top winning bids for each game will receive a parking pass. The starting bid for each ticket pair is $500.
The seats are in the Legends Suite in Row 8. Nothing like watching a little baseball in style. For more information on times, dates, and package options, click here.
Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non faith based adoption agency in Dallas. Disclosure: I am a member of the Hope Cottage Leadership Council. We raise money and organize events to support the organization.
If you’re a member of a charity in Dallas hosting an event or auction, please feel free to email me. We’re always looking for new things to blog about.
SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: Caught in the Act
At 5:07 p.m., a homeowner reported a theft in progress at a vacant house in the 6000 block of Burgundy Road. Police stopped a woman who crawled out an open window with work gloves and a flashlight; an accomplice fled in a white 2004 Dodge pickup. Several items that the pair intended to steal were stacked by the rear fence, including a $100 brass Indian head, 10 glasses cases with a total value of $100, a 19-inch Sansui television valued at $85, a $75 radio, a $50 clock, a $30 heater, and a $25 picture frame. Lyndsey Leigh Brennan, 29, was arrested on two burglary charges.
At 9 a.m., a burglar caused $900 worth of damage by breaking the window on a back door in the 11600 block of Hillcrest Road with a rock. Moments later, a burglar caused $500 worth of damage to a door while trying to break into a house in the 11000 block of Hillcrest Road.
Between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., a burglar broke into a house in the5900 block of Woodland Drive and stole $1,000 worth of jewelry.
At 8:05 p.m., thieves stole three iPhone 5 units, along with a Samsung S4 and a Samsung tablet, from the Verizon Wireless store at Preston Center. The electronics had a total value of $2,800.
W.T. White High School opened in 1965, so a committee is forming to plan next year’s 50th anniversary celebration. The first meeting will be at 6:30 on April 30 in the school’s library. Alumni, parents, and neighbors are all welcome.
If you’ve been wanting to sign the DISD home-rule petition but have never had a Support Our Public Schools person put a clipboard in your hands, today’s your lucky day. I’m told signatures will be gathered from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Preston Royal Library. That’s right — they’re returning to the scene of this brouhaha.
If you’re going to buy groceries today, I suggest you buy them at the Whole Foods Market in The Shops at Park Lane. The store is going to donate 5 percent of the day’s net sales to Dallas Challenge. Staff and volunteers from the nonprofit will be at Whole Foods from 10 to 7 to display pieces that will be sold April 25 during the fifth annual Art From the Heart Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. (Among the celebrities contributing art to the cause are Preston Hollow residents Mark Cuban and David Feherty and Hockaday graduate Lisa Loeb.) And if all that weren’t enough, the Easter Bunny will be at the store between 11 and 3 to give out hugs.
Cambridge School of Dallas Senior Tutorial competition with her paper, “Victor Hugo’s Waterloo: Focal Point of Les Miserables.”Congratulations to Preston Hollow resident Elena Frattaroli, winner of this year’s
Senior Tutorial is the capstone of the curriculum at Cambridge and a requirement for graduation. Its purpose is to provide students with an occasion to study a topic in depth, write a rigorous academic paper on that topic, and present and defend the thesis of that paper publicly before an academic committee. This year’s other finalists were Maddy Chance (“Biological Weapons: Unjust and Morally Wrong”) and Parker Smith (“Law, Morality, and Human Flourishing”).
The Senior Tutorial begins in the student’s junior year. A student selects an area of research, and faculty recommends books to read. Over the summer, students will read widely and deeply in their selected areas. At the beginning of their senior year, the students turn in annotated bibliographies and begin working individually with a faculty tutor to develop a substantive, defensible thesis statement. After much writing, additional research, rewriting, meetings with their faculty tutors, and some careful thinking along the way, the students turn in 15-page defenses of their theses.
After the papers are submitted, the questioning process begins. The final drafts of the papers are sent to the semi-finalist judges. The judges read the tutorial papers, develop objections and questions, and give the students a chance to answer questions and objections publicly.
Three students are chosen to go before a second academic committee in the finalist round, where an outside committee of distinguished judges selects the winner.
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