Camp in the City at Grace Bible Church

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CityLogo_BlueandYellowCamp in the City is Pine Cove’s summer day camp right in our neighborhood! Pine Cove is coming to Grace Bible Church in Dallas June 19-23 with all the fun activities, great staff, and life change that happens in a week of camp.

Campers will participate in tons of great activities including an obstacle course, giant slide, bungee trampoline, and laser tag. They will also get to be a part of skits, Bible study, worship, and time with their counselor.

CONTACT

Grace Bible Church
11306 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75229
214.368.0779
June 19-23
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Camp in the City is for kids who will be entering 1st-6th Grade. Registration opens February 6, and space is limited. You don’t want to miss this fun, life-changing week!


Mayer Earns Trustee Recognition Award

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Holly Mayer

Holly Mayer

OPERA America, a national service organization for American opera companies and artists, named Dallas Opera Board Chairman Holly Mayer its national opera trustee recognition award winner. She will be honored during a March dinner and reception in New York.

Mayer has served on The Dallas Opera’s board of directors for 27 years. Before assuming the role of chairman in 2014, she spent 13 years as vice president of development.


Balanced Market Brings Opportunities for Buyers, Sellers

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While active home listings in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities dipped in the fourth quarter, 2016 brought greater housing inventory overall, creating opportunities for buyers as well as sellers.

New listings may not be likely to go under contract instantly in a wave of multiple offers like they would a few years ago, but home prices remain strong and sellers who have done quality renovations are still rewarded, according to Shell Stegall, senior vice president and broker with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has spent 25 years in real estate.

“It’s not quite so chaotic now,” she said. “It’s becoming a little more balanced between the power of buyers and sellers.”

Active listings in 2016 averaged 22 percent higher than in 2015, according to data from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc.


North Dallas Chamber of Commerce President Resigns

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The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce (NDCC) announced Monday that president and CEO Bruce Bradford submitted his resignation in order to accept a position with a bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will remain with the NDCC through mid-February, and assist board members in finding his replacement.

“While I am understandably excited about this change, I am of course sad to leave behind the Chamber and all of its greatness,” Bradford said.

Senior vice president of public affairs Carol Short has been named interim president.

“We will miss Bruce Bradford and are grateful for his excellent leadership and shepherding of the Chamber for 5 plus years,” NDCC chairman of the board Cecil Edwards said.

 


Food Bank Friends

Joyce Goss and Joanne Teichman are the North Texas Food Bank’s Volunteers of the Year. (Photo courtesy Joanne Teichman) 0
Joyce Goss and Joanne Teichman are the North Texas Food Bank’s Volunteers of the Year. (Photo courtesy Joanne Teichman)

Preston Hollow resident Joanne Teichman credits a letter from friends with bringing to her attention the needs of school children with nothing to eat on weekends.

“We just took out our check book and wrote a check, a big check,” Teichman said. “We thought this can’t be happening in Dallas.”

Pam Beckert, Diane Buchanan, and Patsy Fagadau started the Food 4 Kids Letter Writing Campaign in 2006. According to the North Texas Food Bank, $5 provides a child with a backpack of nutritious, ready-to-eat food to take home for the weekend.

Teichman, who with her husband, Charles, owns jewelry retailer Ylang 23, wasn’t satisfied with only writing a check. Wanting to share her marketing and fundraising skills, she volunteered as campaign chairperson in 2007, then added Joyce Goss as co-chair for 2008, 2014, and 2015.


‘Moonshot’ to End Hunger Gap

The legacy of Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, is expected to grow as the North Texas Food Bank pursues her goal of closing the hunger gap in 13 counties. (Photo courtesy NTFB) 0
The legacy of Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, is expected to grow as the North Texas Food Bank pursues her goal of closing the hunger gap in 13 counties. (Photo courtesy NTFB)

North Texas Food Bank leaders know they can’t feed the hungry with food donations alone. Tackling challenges, creating awareness, and helping people takes ideas, too.

Jan Pruitt, who died Jan. 2, led the food bank for 20 years and championed the idea that “it’s everyone’s responsibility to help our food-insecure neighbors achieve what so many of us take for granted.”

Residents of Preston Hollow, the Park Cities, and elsewhere assist with old fashion ideas, such as writing letters; artsy ideas, such as canned-food sculptures; and entrepreneurial ideas such as turning nuisance mistletoe into cash for the cause.

And agency leaders, prompted by Pruitt, are employing their boldest ideas yet in a decade-long effort to remake the food bank and close the hunger gap in North Texas by 2025, NTFB board chairman Tom Black and interim president and CEO Simon Powell said.


Police Reports: Jan. 9-15

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DALLAS

9 MONDAY
At 7:18 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center. Quadriel Ciymen Forest, 24, was arrested on a charge of theft.

After 10 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 10500 block of Barrywood Drive.

10 TUESDAY
Between 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 7:20 a.m. Jan. 10, a burglar broke into the Bandera Apartments in the 6800 block of Bandera Avenue and stole property.

Between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m., a thief entered an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in the 9800 block of Preston Road and stole property.

11 WEDNESDAY
Between 5 p.m. Jan. 10 and 7:45 a.m. Jan. 11, a thief stole a vehicle in the 12700 block of Preston Road.


Marcia Clark to Headline Planned Parenthood Awards Luncheon

Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo) 0
Former prosecutor and bestselling author Marcia Clark will give the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon in March. (Courtesy photo)

Marcia Clark, the criminal lawyer famous for prosecuting O.J. Simpson and other high-profile trials during her tenure at the Los Angeles D.A. office, will give the keynote address at the Dallas Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon.

Clark, who featured in the Oscar-tipped 2016 documentary OJ: Made in America and was portrayed by Sarah Paulson – who won an Emmy for the role – in the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, is now being hailed as a “feminist hero” who faced sexism from the media and in the courtroom. She is also a bestselling author.

The luncheon will take place Wednesday March 8 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and will be chaired by Lindsay Billingsley and Laura Wright. 


Newspaper for Sale

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D Magazine Partners Chairman and CEO Wick Allison is actively seeking buyers for this publication. I’ll admit to being a little bummed by the news at first. D is a great company to work for. I think I speak for the whole staff when I say that we love coming to work here every day, or at least most days. However, we are also confident that this change will allow us to better serve you, the people of our community.

Park Cities People has always been a consistent performer, and especially so the last three years. But in a company devoted to the D brand, it has also been a sort of stepchild,” Allison said. “The Park Cities are a very important and tight-knit community, and it rightly expects the very best. We’ve come to believe that a new owner could better serve the community by giving the newspaper the energy and attention it deserves.”