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.
Two high-profile philanthropists with Preston Hollow ties teamed up on Monday when the Hamon Charitable Foundation announced a $2 million donation toward construction of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Dallas.
The donation comes in the middle of a fundraising campaign that aims to secure $38.6 million to begin the first phase of construction by Oct. 8, which would assure a $500,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. That would take another $2.7 million in the next few weeks.
Pickens himself donated the first $18.4 million for the project, and the Hamon Foundation has contributed another $3.5 million.
Officials said the Pickens Center, which is part of Faith Presbyterian Hospice and will be operated by Presbyterian Communities and Services, will serve about 1,800 patients per year and will be the first standalone hospice center in the city. It is scheduled to open in 2015.
If you “thought Theta” in college, you’ll appreciate that the Dallas chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae are hosting Heart to Heart, a luncheon benefiting Dallas CASA and Theta scholarships on Nov. 11. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. WFAA film critic Gary Cogill will act as the featured speaker.
If you can’t wait to start the celebrations, then head to the premiere party and auction the night before, from 6 to 8 p.m.
As many know, Dallas CASA’s Beverly Levy handed off her executive director baton to Kathleen LaValle earlier this year. CASA has been the designated philanthropy for Kappa Alpha Theta chapters across the country for 25 years.
Ziziki’s owners Costa and Mary Arabatzis are parents, so they know you could use a little help during back-to-school week. That’s why, if you use the phrase “back to school” when ordering, you’ll get free Ziziki Bread today through Wednesday.
Then Wednesday through Friday, nominate a teacher on Ziziki’s Facebook page and tell them why your teacher is special. One teacher will win dinner for two at either the Preston Forest or Travis Walk location.
Finally, on Thursday, post a past or present photo of your kiddo heading off to school on Ziziki’s Facebook page and one winner will get a free lunch. Sounds good to us.
We’re not sure what to make of the news that Rusty Taco, the eatery with a handful of locations in the Dallas area — including one near Inwood and Forest in Preston Hollow — has seen a majority stake in its company purchased by Buffalo Wild Wings.
Anyway, The Dallas Morning News has details on the purchase by the growing chain of wings-and-beer restaurants based in Minnesota, where Rusty Taco also has a significant presence.
Congratulations to The Cambridge School of Dallas, which recently was named one of the best 50 Christian high schools in the country by thebestschools.org.
Schools included in the listing were all co-ed day schools, which means no boarding schools. Criteria included academic excellence, extracurricular offerings, centrality of faith, geographic and demographic diversity, and reputation.
Bradley Laye is the new president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas after serving briefly as the interim head of the organization.
Laye, who lives just outside Bluffview, had been the chief operating officer for the JFGD since 2010. Before that, he served as an administrator for Jewish Federation offices in Rhode Island and Atlanta.
“I am honored and humbled to take on this role permanently as we continue to grow our community and federation locally while taking care of those in need here in Dallas, in Israel and around the world,” Laye said. “Our professional team is strong and motivated as is our lay leadership — everyone is ready and excited.”
The Preston Hollow Early Childhood Association will launch its series of meetings for the 2014-15 year with “Brain Focused Strategies for Developing Social Emotional Health” at 9 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church.
The speaker will be Michelle Kinder, executive director of the Momentous Institute in Dallas, formerly known as Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers. Click here to RSVP or reserve child care for the event.
Your humble city councilman, Lee Kleinman, would like for you to help tell the world how awesome Dallas is. Namely, he wants you to vote for Dallas’ skyline.
It’s for USA Today‘s 10 Best competition. We’re up against Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, St. Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.
Umm, that’s a lot of cities. Couldn’t we at least break it down by continent? Also, the description of us is a little cliché (oil, banking, 1980s TV show, et cetera). But it’s an honor just to be nominated, right? Check it out — and vote — here. It’s what JR would want us to do.
— Lee Kleinman (@LeeforDallas) August 22, 2014
For those who can’t wait another week until the start of the high school football season — which is understandable, by the way — most area teams will be involved in scrimmages tonight to help shape their rosters, gauge their progress, and develop their skills.
Following the jump is a rundown of some of the games today, although we don’t take responsibility for time or location changes, which sometimes happens with these sorts of things.
August 26, 2014
August 25, 2014
August 24, 2014
August 22, 2014