Posts by Michelle Saunders
Here’s a look at some of the crimes that happened in your ‘hood this week. I noticed a trend of car burglaries involving purses that had been left in plain sight on the vehicle’s front seats. Ladies (and gentleman!) — please take your bags in with you — it only takes five minutes for a burglar to break in and steal your stuff.
At around 4 p.m. on July 23, a burglar broke into a gray 2008 Acura SUV at a post office in the 8600 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard and stole a $100 purse containing a $400 pair of glasses, a $150 wallet, 10 credit cards, and five blank checks. The victim had left the purse in plain sight on the front seat.
Between 4:40 and 4:45 p.m., a miscreant tried to break into a red 2010 Chevrolet SUV at a post office in the 8600 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard, causing $600 worth of damage. The victim had left a purse in plain sight on the front seat.
Between 9:30 and 9:38 a.m. on July 25, a burglar broke into a black 2013 Cadillac SUV at Summertree Shopping Center in the 12200 block of Inwood Road and stole a $500 Michael Kors purse containing a $300 Michael Kors wallet, various credit cards, and a driver’s license.
Between noon and 2:30 p.m. on July 26, a burglar broke into a gray 2009 Nissan sedan at NorthPark Center and stole a $120 briefcase containing an $1,800 Dell computer, a $150 pair of sunglasses, and a $150 Seagate hard drive.
Between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on July 28, a burglar broke into a black 2008 GMC pickup at Summertree Shopping Center in the 12300 block of Inwood Road and stole a purse containing $500 cash and a Social Security card.
Skies may be gray today, but things should clear up just in time for the weekend. Here’s a look at what’s happening.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, bring your kids to Bookmarks at NorthPark Center, for “The Dramatic Difference,” a special events that explores stories through songs, instruments, and games. At 2 p.m., in the North Court, Xtreme Kidz Ntertainment will present “The Texas Show,” a “high-energy, fast-paced kids’ comedy production with dances, characters, puppets and audience participation.” Also at 2 p.m., artists from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas will continue their live demonstrations, on level one, near Nordstrom.
At 2 p.m. on Sunday, on level one, by AMC, the Friends of the Dallas Public Library are hosting a family-friendly tea party in honor of what would have been beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter’s 147th birthday. Tickets are $10 for kids an $15 for adults; get yours here.
Here’s a look at some of the crimes that happened in your ‘hood last week.
Shortly after 5 a.m. on July 15, a couple of thieves stole a $600 5-foot-tall palm tree from Nicholson-Hardie Nursery in the 5000 block of West Lovers Lane before fleeing in a gray Dodge sedan.
After 5:30 p.m. on July 16, a thief stole a couple of tractor tires with a combined value of $400 from Larry North Fitness at Preston Royal Village.
At 3:45 a.m. on July 17, a resident of the 7100 block of Stonetrail Drive was woken by a loud banging sound coming from the front of his house. A burglar shattered a window before unlocking the front door, but he fled when the resident yelled.
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At 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dr. Timothy B. Jones will discuss and sign Education for the Human Brain.
NorthPark Center has plenty of fun, family-friendly events happening this weekend. The list follows.
- Spanish storytime with Emilia Lozano happens at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Bookmarks. While you’re there, stop by Dillard’s Court to register as a bone-marrow donor and then check out all the amazing semi-annual sales happening in just about every store.
- Also at 11 a.m., Paper Source is hosting a “Board-Game-To-Go Workshop,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Kids will get to make their own travel board game — perfect for that long road trip. The workshop costs $30, but if you sign up with a friend, you can save 10-percent. Call 214-696-4400 to register.
- Children’s Medical Center is presenting an afternoon of summer fun, stretching from the North Court to Macy’s. It begins at noon and events will include face painting, bandana art, free photos, and more.
- At 2:45 p.m., head over to NorthPark Center’s North Court, where “Uncle Mike” will teach kids of all ages letters, numbers, and occupations — all set to a bouncy polka beat.
Here’s your usual preview of some of the crimes that happened in your ‘hood last week; more details are always in Friday’s paper.
After 6:45 p.m. on July 8, a thief stole $500 worth of clothing, a couple of pairs of shoes with a combined value of $270, a $200 curling iron, and $100 worth of makeup from an unlocked gray 2012 Volkswagen sedan in the 7700 block of Greenway Boulevard.
At 10:15 a.m. on July 9, an armed robber stole a couple of lawn tools with a combined value of $700 from a landscape trailer in the 5300 block of Rock Cliff Place before fleeing in a gray 2005 Nissan Altima.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on July 10, police were called to Walmart in the 9400 block of Webb Chapel Road, where a shoplifter had been detained for trying to steal a $1.94 tire gauge.
After 6:30 p.m. on July 10, a burglar broke into a garage in the 6900 block of Waggoner Drive and stole a $425 pressure washer and a couple of saws with a combined value of $280.
Between 5:25 and 6:15 p.m. on July 14, a burglar broke into a black 2002 GMC SUV at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and stole a purse containing a wallet and two credit cards.
Sunday is Bastille Day — how do you plan to celebrate? Sure, you could head to La Madeleine, but personally, I’d recommend Inwood Village’s Rise No. 1 for a more authentic experience. Everything is extremely fresh, and there’s nothing like a sweet or savory soufflé or some “Soupe a L’Oignon Gratinée” (that’s French onion soup) to make you feel like a true francophile. In the meantime, here’s some other fun events to check out.
Head to Bookmarks in NorthPark Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday as Stephanie Spelt leads your kiddos in a “literary journey through yoga.” At 2 p.m., Farmer Jason (Emmy award-winning children’s entertainer Jason Ringenberg) uses music to educate kids about the wonders of nature and farm life.
The JCC is having a free yoga session for families at 1 p.m. Sunday. At 3 p.m., there will be an Israeli Scout performance.
At 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, pediatric heart surgeon Hisashi Nikaidoh will discuss and sign Healing Hearts.
Here’s your weekly preview of the crimes happening in your ‘hood.
Between 4 and 5:45 p.m. on July 1, a burglar broke into a white 2007 GMC SUV at Preston Center and stole a golf bag containing $1,200 worth of clubs and a couple of pairs of golf shoes.
At 9:30 a.m. on July 2, a woman was unloading her gray 2004 Chevrolet SUV in an alley in the 7800 block of Inwood Road. She left her iPhone 4 on the car’s bumper while she went inside a business; when she returned, the phone was nowhere to be found.
At 9:53 a.m. on July 2, a woman left a diaper bag on the passenger seat of her brown 2008 Nissan SUV at Northaven United Methodist Church. When she returned to her vehicle just five minutes later, she discovered that a burglar had broken in and stolen her wallet containing $100 cash, seven credit cards, a driver’s license, and a checkbook.
Between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on July 3, a burglar broke into a white 2001 GMC Yukon at NorthPark Center and caused a total of $2,000 worth of damage to the ignition and steering column.
Between 2 and 5:50 p.m. on July 6, a thief entered a white 2004 Cadillac SUV at NorthPark Center and stole a boxing bag containing almost $500 worth of equipment — including a couple pairs of boxing gloves, a uniform, headgear, and a cup — and the $200 stereo.
I hope everyone had a safe, fun holiday, and I suspect many of you are extending the festivities into the weekend and taking the day off. Downtown is pretty vacant, but here at the paper, we’re busy prepping for next week’s issues. If you’re in town, here’s a look at some weekend options.
If you haven’t seen Denise Fulton’s “Painted Forest” exhibit at Norwood Flynn Gallery, a warm weekend would be the perfect chance to be refreshed in the gallery’s cool atmosphere. Just looking at Fulton’s smooth brush strokes, cool-toned palette, and landscapes of trees and shaded glens make me feel a little less hot.
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center is raffling off 13 unique birdhouses, each designed and constructed by local artist and area businesses. Stop by their table by Gap at NorthPark Center this weekend for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind addition to your garden. The tickets are just $5 each (or five for $20), and they benefit the organization’s ESL programs.
Reading and yoga are two of the most relaxing things I can think of, so combining them strangely makes sense. This one is for your mini yogees; We Yogi’s Stephanie Spett will lead them in a “literary journey through yoga breathing, storytime, and shavasana,” at 10:30 a.m. today in NorthPark Center’s North Court.
At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Lindi Li from the Park Cities Chinese Class will lead a storytime in Mandarin Chinese and English, in Bookmarks in NorthPark Center.
Does the warmer weather mean a spike in garden/plant thefts? That certainly seemed to be the case last week. Thieves stole a total of more than $2,600 worth of shrubs and trees from Nicholson-Hardie Nursery last week, hitting the business on three separate occasions – the night of June 25, 26, and 29. The first two thefts involved milk crates — no word on weather they were already in the alley, or if the thief supplied his own (likely). On June 26, the thief stacked the crates behind the nursery and then climbed over the fence; on June 27, he climbed the crates and then reached a pole over the fence and lifted plants over. Thieves also stole a couple hundred dollars worth of plants from Cristina’s Garden Center overnight on June 29.
Tonight is your last chance to catch a free flick at The Shops at Park Lane. Tonight’s film, The Blind Side, begins at 8:30 p.m. in the park across from Bowl & Barrel. Popcorn will be available for $1 per bag, with soft drinks and more adult snacks (think real food, beer, and wine) provided by Gordon Biersch.
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