TACA Announces 2018 Board Chair


(Courtesy photo)

TACA announced its next board chair will be Michelle Thomas, who will serve a two-year term beginning in January. She will succeed Donna Wilhelm.

“We are thrilled that Michelle will chair the board of directors, and I know TACA will be in excellent hands with her at the helm,” Wilhelm said. “Michelle has a rare combination of leadership abilities, strategic insight, and skills that will help elevate TACA and its mission of providing financial support and resources to the arts.”

Comings and Goings

The newly opened TreeHouse store offers eco-friendly products. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

Now Open

Republic Texas Tavern
12300 Inwood Road

Republic Texas Tavern recently opened in North Dallas. This Texas-themed, bar-centric restaurant comes from John Kinzer, who helped open Barley House, and Scott Smith, a restaurant industry veteran. Texas products will be available as often as possible on a menu featuring classic dishes with Texas flair. Burgers and bourbon are the mainstays at this new casual hangout open daily from 11 a.m.

NorthPark Center

The newest location of Shinola Detroit opened June 12 at NorthPark Center. Known for beautifully crafted timepieces and soft leather bags, Shinola is located between Warby Parker and Sam Edelman on level one of NorthPark. The store adds to the Detroit-based company’s growing number of brick-and-mortar locations around the country.

8021 Walnut Hill Lane

Sustainable home improvement store TreeHouse opened June 1 in the Hill development near the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway. This is the Austin-based store’s second location, featuring eco-friendly products designed to promote sustainable, environment-friendly homes.

Class of 2017

Trinity Christian Academy students of the class of 2017 participate in their commencement at Prestonwood Baptist Church. (Courtesy photo)

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

Click “Read More” to view the full photo gallery from the graduation ceremonies.



July 4 marks the 246th anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. For many of us, it is a time to step back, take a breath, and enjoy some downtime with those we love most.

Maybe people still understand that this is actually a historic occasion, but we can talk about that another day. I’m ready to get in the pool. Thanks, founding fathers!

Unfortunately for us in Dallas, there is another somber day that we are obligated to remember: July 7, the day of the downtown mass shooting that left five police officers dead.

Gone in 40 Seconds

What happens to third-row seats and other stolen parts? (Photo courtesy: thinkstock.com)

While sunglasses, purses, and computers left in often-unlocked vehicles lure opportunistic burglars, pilfering parts instead proves profitable for many thieves working the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

A review of crime reports from the Highland Park Department of Public Safety and University Park and Dallas police departments finds frequent thefts of parts such as side mirrors, tailgates, wheels, and especially third-row seats.

Most cases involve unlocked vehicles parked in driveways or streets in front of their owners’ homes.

Police Reports June 12 – 18


Between 8:03 and 8:13 p.m. June 12, a robber threatened bodily harm and took property from Ulta Cosmetics in Inwood Village.


12 Monday
Before 10:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of Stanford Avenue, a dog bit a 62-year-old Dallas woman on the leg, breaking the skin.

Burglarized between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.: a home in the 5400 block of Northmoor Drive.

Not Too Hot for Dallas #Adulting


“By the definition of today, I’ve been adulting since I was about 12.”If you’re reading this column, chances are you’re in the city, fricasseeing your body in the triple-digit heat.

It’s that time of year when the car never cools off, when all errands need to be done by noon or after sundown, and when it stays light until nine at night, but it’s too hot to sit outside and enjoy those long evenings.

Anybody that can is cooling off in the mountains, or catching an ocean breeze, or traveling the planet.

Award-Winning Violinist Named SMU Chamber Music Director


Aaron Boyd

Award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd, a member of the acclaimed Escher String Quartet, has been named director of chamber music and professor of practice in violin in the Division of Music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

“During the past two years, Aaron has worked with many of our students and faculty as a member of the renowned Escher String Quartet and, this past year, as interim associate director of chamber music,” director of the Meadows Division of Music David Mancini said.

Providence Eighth-grader Completes 140 Books


Elizabeth Thompson

Providence Christian eighth-grader Elizabeth Thompson recently completed her 140th book, becoming the first student to complete every work in the school’s Headmaster’s Reading Society list.

Many years ago, a group of school parents and staff compiled an exhaustive recommended reading list. The general consensus was that there were too many works included, making it overwhelming to students and parents.

To ensure students were reading the very best works, outgoing headmaster Dr. Tony Jeffrey asked librarian Sue Netherland to compile a “Top 35” list for each grade level.