Lamplighter Fourth-Graders Make Grand Exit

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Lamplighter graduates flaunt their senior status during the parade. (Courtesy photo)

The Lamplighter School fourth graders — the big kids on campus — celebrated Senior Days with a parade on Tuesday. The kids, who graduated on Monday, rode down Ring Road in decorated cars as current students, faculty and staff cheered. Other Senior Days celebrations include a cookout and a talent show.


Hockaday Model Isn’t Just a Pretty Face

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(Photo Illustration: Elizabeth Ygartua)

(Photo Illustration: Elizabeth Ygartua)

Evan Miller has always been a naturally driven performer.

She learned piano at age 3, joined her church choir at 6, and taught herself guitar at 12. The Hockaday junior recently added modeling and poetry to her resume.

So Miller wasn’t afraid of the spotlight when she landed her first big modeling gig when she was just 14 at New York Fashion Week.

She got a call that 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target was interested in having her model for their “Stylescape” ad in 2013. She never auditioned; they requested her specifically.


Temple Emanu-El Amps Up Its Mid-Century Modern Campus

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Temple Emanu-El’s entrance is covered in construction. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Temple Emanu-El has been a landmark in Dallas since its founding in 1875, but its Northwest Highway and Hillcrest Avenue location has been even more in the spotlight since it emerged in 1957.

Even with its mid-century modern design and large spaces for worship, the congregation of more than 2,500 families still needed more room.

“Our congregation is one of the largest [Reform Jewish communities] in the country — certainly west of the Mississippi,” Temple president Scott McCartney said.

Studying the spatial needs of the community began eight years ago through focus groups with a small number of families. Once a project was drawn up with a target cost, the temple began its simultaneous architectural and fundraising tracks. A groundbreaking was finally held on May 5, 2014 with Mayor Mike Rawlings in attendance. It also honored Rabbi David Stern’s 25th anniversary with the temple.


Rangers, Scots Face Playoff Showdown

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Jesuit will face familiar foe Highland Park this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit will face familiar foe Highland Park this week in the regional quarterfinals. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

It’s the matchup that many fans from both Highland Park and Jesuit have been anticipating since the playoff brackets were finalized.

The Scots and Rangers — whose campuses are separated by less than six miles on the Dallas North Tollway — will have a showdown this week in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at HP before shifting to Jesuit at 7 p.m. Friday for Game 2. A third game, if necessary, would return to HP at 10 a.m. Saturday.


History Buffs: Learn More About Fair Park

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Willis Winters

Willis Winters

The Preston Royal Library Friends will host a program on Tuesday featuring Willis Winters, director of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, and the topic is an interesting one for local history aficionados.

Winters will bring his massive collection of photos, prints, and sketches about the history of Fair Park, emphasizing its renowned art-deco embellishments and architecture.

Winters is the author of six books and a winner of several public-service awards. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s auditorium.


Real Estate Quarterly: Mediterranean Manor

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While maintaining its archtectural history on the exterior facade, the estate at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has indoor and outdoor patio space to go with an extensive indoor recreation room with wooden ceiling beams.

After deciding to put their house on the market, owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas replaced a batting cage with an authentic Italian court for bocce, or lawn bowling. The house, which was once the home of renowned realtor Henry S. Miller, includes two stories with abundant windows and interior balconies, and a swimming pool and outdoor bar area next to a completely renovated guest house. (Courtesy Photos)

As it approaches 100 years, the house at 4412 Lakeside Drive in Highland Park has found a balance between architectural integrity and modern convenience.

Preserving some of the exterior elements of the 1918 design by Hal Thomson — best known for a series of Mediterranean mansions that line Swiss Avenue — has been integrated into both a 2002 remodel down to the studs, and upgrades since then by current owners Jim and Mitzi Lucas.

“It has the same feel. The quality just got elevated,” said Jim Lucas, who bought the home in 2008 for $11.6 million. “People want the old look but they want all the modern appliances and gadgets.”


PALC Program to Feature Longtime Judge

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From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

The Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club will hold its final meeting for the 2014-15 season on Monday when it welcomes guest speaker John Sholden to the Park City Club.

Sholden serves as Dallas County Truancy Court magistrate and has a decorated judicial career that includes stints as assistant district attorney in Dallas County and Collin County, as well as a Dallas County justice of the peace.

PALC holds its luncheons at noon on the third Monday of each month, except during the summer. For more information, contact Sue Kidwell at 214-361-1318 or sk6716@sbcglobal.net.


Yellowjackets Sting Longhorns in Game 3

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Rockwall eliminated W.T. White in the area round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs on Saturday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Rockwall eliminated W.T. White in the area round of the Class 6A Region II playoffs on Saturday. The Yellowjackets won 16-2 in Game 3. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The third and decisive game might have lasted five innings, but in reality, the outcome of W.T. White’s area round playoff series against Rockwall was determined in one inning.

The Yellowjackets scored 14 runs in the first inning on Saturday as part of a 16-2 win that eliminated the Longhorns from the Class 6A Region II playoffs.

White upset Rockwall 2-0 in the series opener on Thursday, thanks to a three-hit shutout from Michael Rojas, before falling 5-2 on Saturday morning to set up the third game later that day.


Palisch, Ready Lead Jesuit Past Rowlett

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Jesuit blanked Rowlett 5-0 on Saturday to win the area round playoff series. The Rangers will face Highland Park next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit blanked Rowlett 5-0 on Saturday to win its area round playoff series. The Rangers will face Highland Park next week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

PLANO – Jacob Palisch threw a shutout as Jesuit beat Rowlett 5-0 in the decisive third game of a Class 6A Region II area round series on Saturday.

Palisch fanned seven Rowlett batters, and Nic Ready blasted a three-run homer in the first inning as the Rangers secured a spot in the regional quarterfinals against familiar foe Highland Park.

It was quite a difference from Friday night’s game against Rowlett, the second game of the series, when Jesuit’s bats were cold in a 1-0 defeat.


Join DAF, Nasher at Dallas Design Symposium

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Kaufmann House (Photo: David Glomb)

Kaufmann House (Photo: David Glomb)

Want to learn how to style your home to mimic a scene from Mad Men? Join the Dallas Architecture Forum at its “Modernism” Dallas Design Symposium. The event will be at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Oct. 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Leo Marmol will be the afternoon’s keynote speaker. He is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic mid-century modern and international style residences, including the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs.

Tickets are available for purchase on the DAF website.


Tech Camps Keep Aspiring Engineers Plugged In

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What comes to mind when you think “summer camp?” Is it a three-week, sleep-away camp with log cabins and dining halls? Maybe the term evokes sports day camps for baby cheerleaders or other athletic hopefuls, or even a summer reading program at the local library.

But for plenty of kids, summer camp is a way to get up on the latest technology. Campers, schools, and camp sponsors alike are seeing a surge in tech-based camps, be it robotics, coding, or video-game building.

SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering hosts three different engineering camps in July, broken up by grade level: one for seventh and eighth grade, one for ninth and 10th, and one for 11th and 12th. The camps include hands-on experience in electrical, mechanical, civil, and environmental engineering for your would-be engineer.


New Coach Leads WTW Into Area Round

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Matt Whatley

Matt Whatley

Longtime coach David Shepherd is no longer in the dugout, but the playoff success at W.T. White is continuing.

Under new head coach Matt Whatley, the Longhorns are in the playoffs for the 33rd consecutive year. And for the first time since 2011, they’ve reached the second round.

White snapped a string of three straight bi-district exits by upsetting Mesquite Horn in two games last weekend. That sets up an Class 6A Region II area round series against Rockwall that begins today at Tillery Field in Mesquite.