A New Kind of Bubbly

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This is a subject I never, ever thought I’d be writing up. Several months ago, a yoga friend suggested a lifestyle change to which my response was, “Ha! Not for me. I mean, I’d probably lose 10 pounds and save a bunch of money but … ” However, something clicked that day.

We were talking about drinking alcohol. A casual and regular part of my entire adult life. It’s everywhere. So prevalent in society that almost all events, meet ups, and experiences are centered around it.

My friend was talking about how he decided to drop it a year and a half ago and what an impact it made on him physically and mentally. As I was guffawing and saying, “I don’t drink that much,” and, “I enjoy it with food and don’t want to give that up,” he encouraged, “Just try it for 30 days.” Me: “Pffffft.”


What To Do? Zoo To Do!

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Put on your walking shoes and get ready for the Dallas Zoo’s 25th annual Zoo To Do Silver Safari. The event will be held on Oct. 1. from 5:30-11:30 p.m and will feature interactive animal demonstrations, food prepared by top Dallas chefs and restaurants, and live music, as well as a raffle and live and silent auctions.

For questions or more information, call 469.554.7441 or [email protected]


Community-Building Website Aims to Fight Tech Isolation

Mambo founder Deanna Charles, left, takes notes during a meeting with her staff. (Photo by Laura Buckman) 0
Mambo founder Deanna Charles, left, takes notes during a meeting with her staff. (Photo by Laura Buckman)

Deanna Charles, the woman behind Park Cities Opoly, is preparing to launch what she hopes will be the cure to a social phenomenon called the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). FOMO can be a real anxiety on some college campuses, Charles said, where students hear about fun things happening after the fact.

“I always hated learning about fun events after they happened,” Charles said. “Mambo will not only help people avoid that, but [also bring] everything to them in one place and within their specific hobbies or interests.”

DoTheMambo.com, which launches in September, is an online community platform designed to enhance face-to-face relationships. Like the dance it is named after, the website involves both leaders (creators) and followers (participants).

“Both parties work in sync to produce coordinated movements that flow beautifully together,” Charles said.
Chautauqua, New York, a hustle and bustle community-centered city with constant activities, was Charles’ model; she wanted to create a similar atmosphere in the Park Cities.


Woodrow Wilson Rolls Past Hillcrest

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Woodrow Wilson blanked Hillcrest in the final nondistrict game for both teams on Friday at Franklin Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Darrion Green and Woodrow Wilson blanked Hillcrest 55-0 in the final nondistrict game for both teams on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

By Michael Finnegan / Special Contributor

Cade Fennegan threw for 285 yards and five touchdowns to lead Woodrow Wilson to a 55-0 win over Hillcrest on Friday in a nondistrict game at Franklin Stadium.

Seven different players scored for the Wildcats, beginning with Darrion Green’s 47-yard touchdown run on their opening drive. Woodrow Wilson (3-1) scored on each of its five possessions in the first quarter to build a 34-0 advantage.

“We knew Fennegan was a good quarterback, but they are a very well-rounded football team,” said Hillcrest head coach Andy Todd. “Early in the game we just could not stop them, and the turnovers certainly didn’t help.”


Dallas Capoeiristas

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Photo by Tanner Garza

Hidden on the second floor of Preston Forest Village, the Dallas Capoeira studio is decorated with the colors of Brazil, the martial art form’s origin country.

Those new to the Brazilian martial arts may hesitate to try it, Absalon Bonilla, head instructor and owner of Dallas Capoeira, said.

“In addition to learning kicking and dodging and self-defense aspects, you also learn how to play the instruments, how to sing, how to do so in Portuguese,” Bonilla said. “That’s what makes Capoeira so unique.”

Despite moving around the shopping centers at the intersection of Preston Road and Forest Road, Dallas Capoeira has maintained a stable clientele for the last decade.


Police Reports: Sept. 5-11

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Dallas

5 MONDAY

Between 2:30 and 4:07 p.m., a thief stole two credit cards from a victim at Preston Royal Village.

6 TUESDAY

Between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 5900 block of Sherry Lane and stole property.

7 WEDNESDAY

At 11:50 a.m., an armed robber broke into a house in the 6200 block of Yorkshire Drive and stole property.


Veterans Network Hosts Meal for the Minds

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The Cohen Veterans Network and Metrocare will host the 2016 Meal for the Minds luncheon on Sept. 29 at the Hilton Anatole, where Ryan Pitts, a Medal of Honor recipient, will speak about the challenges veterans and their families face as they transition from military to civilian life.

The silent Edible Auction, featuring treats from Dallas’ top bakeries, pastry chefs, and eateries, will open at 11 a.m.

Complimentary valet will be provided for event attendees. Tickets range from $150 to $1,250. For questions, contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214-743-1220 or [email protected].


Playing House with Dallas CASA

The "Urban Laughterpiece" playhouse provided by Classic Urban Homes displaying at the Parade of Playhouses event. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle) 0
The "Urban Laughterpiece" playhouse provided by Classic Urban Homes displaying at the Parade of Playhouses event. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

NorthPark Center displayed Dallas CASA’s 2016 Parade of Playhouses July 15-31. A record $200,000 in proceeds went towards training volunteers to advocate for abused children.


Cultural Education at Russian School of Dallas

Natasha Ksendzoff provides an immersive cultural experience for students. (Photo courtesy Natasha Ksendzoff) 0
Natasha Ksendzoff provides an immersive cultural experience for students. (Photo courtesy Natasha Ksendzoff)

When Natasha Ksendzoff decided to start the Russian School of Dallas (RSD) in March 2006, she had a dream of familiarizing her children with their heritage. A decade later, the school accomplishes just that for around 100 students each year from all over north Texas.

“When I came here, I taught [my children] myself,” Ksendzoff said. “But I thought, ‘It would be easier for them to be with other children learning this, to create a small Russian world for them.’”

Operated on the premises of the Dallas International School, RSD employs on average of 15 teachers per year. The staff teaches children from kindergarten through high school in Russian history, geography, language, and theater.

“Unfortunately in the United States, people start learning languages kind of late,” Ksendzoff said. “It’s very beneficial to start learning languages early on. There’s research that shows early exposure to languages is linked to benefits like literacy and logic.”