The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 31 May 2017
A bright yellow alien named Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Good Records, 1808 Greenville, to entertain children and adults alike. Grammy-nominated songwriter and illustrator Morgan Taylor is the mastermind behind the animated extraterrestrial, slated to perform at noon. There is no charge to attend. If Taylor’s name is familiar, it’s likely because he is a part of the Polyphonic Sprees, particularly their memorable local Christmas show which used to take place at the Lakewood Theater but has since moved downtown.
The Young Leadership Committee of Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund is hoping to help fund a cure for type 1 diabetes while having fun this Saturday. Brew the Cure at Henderson Tap House includes a day of beers, live music, raffles and more merriment from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available here, and all proceeds go toward disease research.
The entire Lakewood Hills neighborhood comes together for one massive garage sale happening this Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Participating neighbors will mark their homes with balloons so shoppers can cruise or walk the blocks looking for treasures.
The library is the place to be this Saturday, whether you want to play or learn. Over at the White Rock Hills branch, 9150 Ferguson Road, a free class will teach participants the basics of coding and software development at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by calling 214.670.8443. Then, head over to the Lakewood library, 6121 Worth St., from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge with a party that includes Bender the Balloon Guy and face painting. The Lakewood branch will also host local law enforcement from 1-3 p.m., who will be on hand to meet kids, answer questions and get to know the community.
Good Local Market returns with fresh produce, baked goods and artisan crafts every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The event takes place at Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road.
Alright, pet obsessed readers, this Saturday’s event at Haymaker on Greenville is all for you. From 12:30-2:30 p.m., pet photographer Ziker Barking shares its talents by taking portraits of your favorite four-legged friends (yes, animals other than dogs are welcome, but this will be a dog-heavy event so consider the comfort of your pet). For $30, you get a 6×9 print and all proceeds benefit Dallas Pets Alive. Reserve a time here, and read anything else you’d need to know about the event right here.
Take One Improv brings a night of “Whore Line Is It Anyway” inspired comedy to the Pocket Sandwich Theater on Saturday at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($7 for students with ID) and available at the door.
Speaking of the Pocket Sandwich, the murderous-comedy “Arsenic and Lace” continues through June 17. Tickets are $10-$12, get more details here.
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We were just notified of Mosquito Spraying this morning. Looks like some of it has already happened.
We wanted to let you know that we will be spraying for abundance of Mosquitos in your Council District. Weather permitting the below areas are scheduled for mosquito control spraying on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and Wednesday, May 31, 2017 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 6200 block of Oram Street (75214): BELMONT AVENUE on the north, MODERN PLACE on the west, ABRAMS ROAD on the east, and LIPSCOMB AVENUE on the south.
Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 7200 block of Vivian Avenue (75223): LA VISTA DRIVE on the north, LINDSLEY AVENUE on the west, EAST GRAND AVENUE on the east, and CLERMONT AVENUE on the south.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 30 May 2017
We here in East Dallas clearly have a passion for barnyard pets, based on the number of livestock that end up loose in our blocks. Every week, it seems, there’s a Nextdoor post about a wayward chicken sighting. At least once a year, we here at the Advocate find ourselves writing about a swine on the loose. Just last week, the Dallas Morning News chronicled the police effort to rescue a lost calf from the streets of Lochwood.
It turns out, this saga is something we’ve lived with for well over 100 years. While digging around in the archives, I found what may be the best piece of writing to come from the Dallas Morning News, simply titled “An East Dallas Grievance.” Published in 1885, five years before our neighborhood was annexed into the City of Dallas, the piece chronicles a dispute over loose livestock laws. At the time, “Old Dallas” did not allow animals to run free, while East Dallas had no such law preventing it. The result was the regular problem of East Dallas livestock wandering into Dallas city limits, at which point they became the property of the “old” city.
“If their swine root one inch across the boundary line it immediately becomes the old town’s pork,” the article states. “Their cows can not nip the grass, however tender and luxuriant, on the old town’s side one minute before a booted, spurred and uniformed police man is corralling her. It is then a dollar and a half fine the next morning, or no milk.”
The article ends, “There can never be a settlement of this vexation question till the old town repeals its stock laws, or East Dallas enacts a stock law.”
Today, pet owners can be fined as much as $215 for loose animals, although the city will not round them up and eat them as in days passed. But it’s somehow refreshing to see that loose livestock is a problem that’s plagued East Dallas for at least 132 years.
Last Thursday we had our Night Out On Bishop Arts. One of those Insta Buys from the Auction Party. We had a great time with some libations and finger foods and a designated bus driver.
I wanted to give a Big Thank You to Cody @ Shop Bishop Arts. On top of closing his shops for us and entertaining us, he contributed 10% of our total purchases to our neighborhood. So he wrote a check to HSMNA for $218.
Bishop Street Market
Home on Bishop
Show some love for our men and women in Blue and have a cup of coffee with them.
Friday June 9th from 7am - 9 am
The Advocate - Elissa Chudwin - 22 May 2017
If you have concerns about our neighborhood’s streets, trails or housing, this week is an opportunity to talk with city officials about where to spend 2017 bond funds.
Two town hall meetings are slated Monday, May 22 and Thursday, May 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Dallas City Hall. Neighbors can provide feedback on the Citizens Bond Task Force’s recommendations for the bond program.
Monday’s meeting focuses on streets and flood protection, while Thursday’s gathering is all about parks and trails, economic development and housing, and critical facilities.
Dallasites were supposed to vote on the $800 million bond program during the May election, but it was pushed back to November after city council members couldn’t agree on how to allocate the funding. (Not to mention the police and fire pension crisis has yet to be resolved.)
Relive the music when the King of Pop ruled the charts….
Free Fireworks after the show.
More information at Fairpark.org
Saturday - May 27th at the Great Trinity River Forest Gateway and Horse Trail Park.
Deadline to Register for this free event is May 24th.
Register at www.dallasparks.org
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 18 May 2017
Paying for tuition and books just got a little easier for 20 graduating seniors in the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern. The teens were each awarded between $250-$10,000 in scholarship dollars from the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation.
“The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is proud to continue in our tradition of assisting children graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School achieve their academic and career goals,” said Richard H. Vitale, president of the foundation, in a statement. “Since the inception of this program in 2009, the foundation has provided financial assistance to almost 100 students totaling over $155,000 in financial aid. We congratulate the 2017 recipients, and wish them continued success as they pursue their higher education goals.”
Below is a list of the talented recipients, their intended university and expected major.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 17 May 2017
Even though it might seem a little confusing, Scott Maness really wanted the classic Greenville Bar & Grill sign to welcome guests who come to his new Slater’s 50/50 — Burger By Design, opening next month. The longtime Dallas resident loved the history and wanted to show reverence for the sign that first lit up the Avenue in 1933.
The city had other ideas, he said.
“The landlord was forced to take it down by the city,” Maness says. “When we tried to put our new sign up, they said the GBG sign was not up to code and it needed to come down.”
How, you might ask, could a decades-old sign not be up to code? Once approved, a sign is grandfathered in, even as modern engineering changes. That is, unless the sign has been altered to taken down, as was the case in 2015, when it was restored by then-owner Shawn Foley.
According to Maness, the sign’s last permitted upgrade was in 2009, after the Grill reopened with its original name in 2007. “The city said it was not the same sign [today as it was in 2009],” Maness says. “Someone took it down after 2009, changed it, and put it back up.”
Apparently, whatever work was done to the sign violated city code.
Maness says he asked about fixing it, but the landlord had made plans to remove the neon sign that was one of the few things to survive the 2010 fire that took down much of the block. He heard, although cannot confirm, that it was sold to the crew at Gas Monkey, the biker bar owned by “Fast ‘N Loud” famous Richard Rawlings.
Since it came down, passersby have angrily expressed their displeasure that this little piece of history was ripped from its home, Maness says. He’s quick to tell people it was at the behest of the city.
Councilmember Philip Kingston has not yet responded to our query seeking further clarification on the city’s position. We’ll update the story when we know more.
However, the sign will rise again, albeit in a new fashion. To pay homage to the history of the location, Maness plans to have the sign recreated to hang on the second story of his new burger joint.
“We absolutely get the historical significance of this site,” Maness says. “It’s part of the reason we wanted this location, it’s a very desirable spot.”
He says he’s shooting for a June 14 opening, but don’t hold him to that because “with construction, anything can happen.”
It will be the first Slater’s 50/50 outside of California, but the signature burger that’s 50 percent bacon, 50 percent beef sounds decidedly Texan. “I found it while I was traveling for business and I was so drawn to the food,” Maness says.
In the newly designed space, the main floor will include ample seating and a bar with 50 beer taps. The second floor will have a smaller bar and special event or overflow seating. He hopes to restore the third-floor patio, but so far the city has not signed off on his plans.
“At some point, we hope to put a full bar up there,” Maness says.
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
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