Catch a Recap of Last Night’s Forum

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Last night, I had the honor of moderating a forum between two DISD District 1 candidates, Edwin Flores and Kyle Renard. It’s unusual for me to take part in something instead of covering it, so I’ll turn it over to the Preston Hollow Advocate for their recap here.


365 Modern Living Tour: Greenway Parks

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greenway parks house

Just a reminder: be sure to check out the first of three 365 Modern Living home tours and cocktail receptions on Tuesday, May 5.

The first home, located in Greenway Parks, was designed by architect Frank Welch. Visitors to the home can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while hearing from the home’s design team.

Can’t fit this tour into your schedule? A Preston Hollow home will be the third reception on June 17.

Purchase a ticket (for one or all three receptions) on the Dallas Architecture Forum’s website. A confirmation email containing the home’s address will follow.

 


Celebrate Lemonade Day at NorthPark

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Although it’s gloomy weather today, brighten up with a splash of summery goodness tomorrow at Lemonade Day Greater Dallas.

The nationwide event was started in 2007 to teach kids about entrepreneurship and setting goals by creating their own lemonade stands. Dallas is one of 36 cities participating this year.

Head to the Ad Astra sculpture (the giant orange one) at NorthPark Center between 3 and 4 p.m. tomorrow to buy lemonade from our local lemonade entrepreneurs and meet the celebrity judges. Jason Garrett, Rev. S.M. Wright II, Clint Bruce, Carl Dorvil, and Mikaila Ulmer will decide which stand has the best lemonade.


Gail Davidson Honored by Temple Shalom

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Back row: Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Laurel Fisher, and Rabbi Andrew Paley Front row: Anita Warner, Gloria Campos, Gail Davidson, and Ali Rhodes

Back row: Rabbi Ariel Boxman, Laurel Fisher, and Rabbi Andrew Paley
Front row: Anita Warner, Gloria Campos, Gail Davidson, and Ali Rhodes

On April 19, Temple Shalom honored Gail Davidson with the 2015 Temple Shalom Sisterhood Woman of Valor Award. Over 130 guests joined the celebration at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel for dinner, an auction, and the chance to hear from former WFAA anchor Gloria Campos.

She received the award for her many hours of service, mentoring, and inspiring others at Temple Shalom.

“It was so wonderful to see the community come together to honor Gail,” said co-chair Ali Rhodes.

Congratulations Gail!


Providence Students Travel Back in Time

Providence Class Two students Janey Beth Pennington and William Whitaker practice their do-so-do. (Courtesy photo) 0
Providence Class Two students Janey Beth Pennington and William Whitaker practice their do-so-do. (Courtesy photo)

Providence Class Two students got to travel back in time to 1853 and the Oregon Trail on April 1. They even donned costumes for their day of history.

Volunteer dads acted as trail bosses, while moms helped students practice their pioneer songs. Pioneer stations then led the students to pan for gold, practice shaving their faces or carding wool, play pioneer games, and climb aboard a wagon. The grand finale was a picnic lunch and square dancing.

Providence holds a number of living-history days for students throughout the year.


Parish Successfully Shoots For the Moon

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So high school students build lunar rovers now. Sounds pretty cool to us.

So high school students build lunar rovers now. Sounds pretty cool to us.

By Aimee Whitaker / Special Contributor

Competing in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the Parish Episcopal rover team is home with multiple awards and a top 10 finish.

Officially finishing seventh out of 44 high school teams and 11th overall, Parish’s time of 6 minutes, 45 seconds placed them ahead of not only many high school teams, but also several notable universities.

Parish was awarded the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award for the best technical approach to solving the engineering problem of navigating the extraterrestrial terrain of the course. The team was the only school honored with two awards during the ceremony, also bringing home the award for Most Improved Rover in the high school division.


Alcuin Soccer Champs Are Having a Ball

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These Alcuin Hawks achieved quite a feat with their feet this season.

These Alcuin Hawks achieved quite a feat with their feet this season.

Kudos to these fifth- and sixth-grade soccer standouts at Alcuin School, who recently got their kicks by winning the Metro Athletic League championship.

The Hawks finished the season with an undefeated record, including a 2-0 win over Calvary Lutheran in the championship game on Wednesday. It’s the fourth league championship for Alcuin during the current school year.


Author Will Speak at Awareness Walk

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BestBodyCover-ft-smIn March, we told you about author and anorexia-beater, Jordan Knape, and her new book, Best Body: Pretty, Miserable Perfectness. Now, Knape will be the keynote speaker at the National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk on May 2.

The event is hosted by the Elisa Project and begins with an 8:30 a.m. check-in at the Children’s Medical Center at Legacy. The fundraising goal is $15,000. Learn more here.


Solender/Hall Finds New Spot For Mi Escuelita

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Mi Escuelita board members and other civic leaders (Courtesy photo)

Mi Escuelita board members and other civic leaders (Courtesy photo)

Solender/Hall completed the purchase of a four-acre property on Webb Chapel Road for Mi Escuelita Preschool. The price of the property was not disclosed, but it was the former site of Chapel Hills Presbyterian Church and had to go through rezoning with the city prior to its new use.

The facility will house headquarters and space for up to 200 students. Classes will begin at the location in the fall.

Pictured above (back row): Eliza Solender, Ricardo Barrenechea, Betsy Orton, Paul Musgrave, Tom Valant; (front row): Joanna Kim, Monica Alonzo, Gayle Nave, Juliette Coulter.


Nathan Adams Hosts Chess Tournament

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The 2015 Rook ‘N’ Roll Texas Spring Interscholastic Championship will take place at Nathan Adams Elementary School on April 25.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with the first round beginning at 9 a.m. Following a lunch break at 11 a.m., additional rounds will continue through 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three placing participants in each section, and an awards ceremony will follow.

This year’s competition will be led by Akshay Malhotra, the international chess champion from St. Mark’s. He and his classmates will lead the tournament. There’s no registration fee, but preregistering is advised here, or you can risk it and register at the door.

PTA members will be selling lunch and snacks, so bring cash.

 


Residents Get Update on Kenyan School

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Scott, Mary Kate, and A.B. Aston with Betsy and Clyde Jackson, founders of the Imbirikani Girls High School. (Courtesy Photo)

Scott, Mary Kate, and A.B. Aston with Betsy and Clyde Jackson, founders of the Imbirikani Girls High School. (Photo: Deborah Brown)

North Dallas residents gathered at A.B. and Scott Aston’s home to hear updates on the Imbirikani Girls High School in Kenya, started in 2006 by Clyde and Betsy Jackson.

Aston and her daughter, Mary Kate, went to the school last summer thanks to Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

“The gratitude the girls show is beyond belief,” Mary Kate said.

The school is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) and now has capacity for 300.

HPPC has been continually involved in the project and with the PCEA. A mission team with 10-12  members has gone to the campus in Kenya for the past eight years.