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.
As if school shopping won’t already be crazy enough this weekend, NorthPark Center will host The ABC’s of Back-to-School Style on Saturday.
The event, which runs 1-4 p.m., is designed to showcase the latest styles for ages 6-12 via a runway show, beauty touch-ups, and live entertainment. It will take place on the first floor below the food court.
Remember that time we told you about Pirch opening in NorthPark? Well, their opening is coming up this week, and it’s set for an all-star cast — from the local perspective, that is. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, Pirch CEO Jeffery Sears, NorthPark president Nancy Nasher, and ESD cheerleaders will cut the ribbon at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Tim Byres will also be doing cooking demos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Troy Johnson, Food Netowkr host and author, will also be doing performances from 2 to 7 p.m. That should add some spice to your back-to-school shopping.
Perhaps it’s just a formality, but Dr. Tyler Cooper is the new president and CEO of Cooper Aerobics. He already has been a practicing preventive physician at Cooper Clinic since 2006 and has served as CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises since 2007.
In his new role, he will serve alongside his father, Kenneth Cooper, the 83-year-old founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics. It means Tyler Cooper will now oversee the company’s seven health and wellness businesses.
The younger Cooper was a founding partner of Cooper Wellness Strategies in 1995. More recently, he was instrumental in the company’s $7.5 million renovation to its Cooper Fitness Center flagship that was completed earlier this year.
State Rep. Jason Villalba announced yesterday that he is calling for an independent audit of the Dallas County District Attorney’s office by the State Auditor’s office due to recent allegations of DA Craig Watkins improperly using public funds and improper operation of a county-owned vehicle.
Apparently, Watkins rear-ended another vehicle on the Tollway while driving a county-owned vehicle to a speaking engagement at the Park Cities Club on Feb. 5 and then used office funds to settle the arrangement.
“If Mr. Watkins has violated the law, he should be held responsible,” Villalba said in a statement.
Sigh. A mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile Virus in the 6600 block of Norway Road. Therefore, the city will spray for mosquitoes between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. tonight and tomorrow.
The area is generally bounded by Royal Lane, Tulane Boulevard, Airline Road, and Walnut Hill Lane.
You know the drill: stay inside, roll up your car windows, keep the pets indoors, and wear mosquito spray when you are outside. And report and problems or standing water to the city at 311.
If you just can’t get enough mosquito data, go here.
Today through Sunday, Parish Episcopal School will be hosting a food drive in partnership with Turn Hunger Into Hope, Dallas MobilePack, and Feed My Starving Children. Parish expects about 5,000 volunteers, but more hands are always needed. Together, they will pack 1 million meals.
If you choose to volunteer, bring a non-perishable food item to support the North Texas Food Bank.
Packing sessions will begin following 15-minute overviews and take place in two-hour shifts, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can help serve up some good food for a good cause on Saturday when Chris Ward hosts a cooking class at The Mercury restaurant in Preston Forest Square.
The class, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., will benefit the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. Tickets cost $60 and include a drink ticket, a cooking demonstration with Ward, and tasting portions of some appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There also are VIP seats available for $100 each, as well as a silent auction.
Seating is limited, but tickets can be purchased online here or by calling 972-503-4258.
Jordan Spieth seems to be everywhere in the golf world these days. He’s the cover boy for the current issue of Golf Digest, and is busy preparing for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs and his first Ryder Cup appearance.
Yet the former Jesuit standout still found time this week to host the inaugural Under Armour Jordan Spieth Championship, a youth tournament at the UT Golf Club in Austin.
The event, which was part of the American Junior Golf Association, drew a field of some of the top junior golfers in the country, most of who aspire to follow in the footsteps of Spieth, a former AJGA Player of the Year who was named the PGA Tour’s top rookie last year.
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