Native Plants and Prairies Day
May 6, 2017
Join us for a FREE fun day at White Rock Lake!
The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake.
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.
For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org
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Twitter: @ntmasternatural and Instagram: @ntmasternaturalis
WE NEED EGGS
For Our Easter Hunts
After the most awesome Newellian Easter Parade known this side of the Santa Fe Trail, which is held on April 16th at 3pm, we have our Easter Egg Hunts. In order for us to hold these Easter Egg Hunts, we need Easter Eggs. So please run to the store of your choice and pick up some plastic Easter Eggs and fill them with non-melting candy (No Chocolate) and drop them off at Sharon's house at 1025 Valencia.
If you are going to be hosting a float in the parade, 2 Dozen Eggs is the price of admission.
Thank you for your support.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 03 April 2017
It was 21 years ago this week that For Love of the Lake launched its most ambitious volunteer effort to date: The Second Saturday Shore Spruce Up.
“That’s 252 continuous months of cleaning up the lake,” beams FLOTL board president Max Davis.
Rain or shine, on the second Saturday of every month, volunteers collect their cleaning supplies and head out to the lake to keep it free of litter. In its 21 years, the group has pulled hundreds of pounds of trash from the shoreline and lake, including a sunken sailboat that created a boating hazard in the lake.
“We’re looking for more volunteers for our kayak clean-up crew,” Davis says.
The next spruce up is set for this Saturday, April 8. As per usual, volunteers will meet between 8-9 a.m. at the FLOTL’s office at Casa Linda Plaza, where a continental breakfast is served and clean up supplies are available for pick up. New volunteers are asked to come by for a quick training on how to handle trash and recyclable material. Then you can grab some gloves and a trash bag and head out to clean up the lake until noon.
A clip from the Dallas Morning News article linked below.
A hallmark of spring is home tours, which bloom like flowers throughout Dallas. Doors soon will be opened to privately owned homes around the city. Area tours offer a rare chance to see inside distinctive residences in Dallas' older neighborhoods. Houses large and small span architectural styles from Colonial and Greek Revival to midcentury modern and urban contemporary.
This year's White Rock Home tour highlights six midcentury and new-build modern homes in East Dallas. High ceilings, walls of glass and distinctive art define each residence. Tourgoers will experience high-tech systems and energy-efficient features. Hungry visitors can grab a tasty meal at the Hexter Café in Victor H. Hexter Elementary School.
Noon to 5 p.m. April 22 and April 23. $15 in advance, $20 at the door of each home and at Hexter Elementary School. Tickets for sale at whiterockhometour.org.
DALLAS POLICE COMMUNICATIONS CAREER FAIR
1400 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75215
MARCH 31st & APRIL 1st, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•911 Call Taker Trainee • Police Dispatchers
Apply online at www.dallascityhall.com or
Contact the Civil Service Office at 214-670-5915
CritiCall Exam will be conducted on-site
911 Call Taker Trainee:
Salary: $33,382.00 - $45,387.00 Annually Location: Downtown Dallas, TX
EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of customer service experience involving one (1)
or more of the following: heavy phone contact; data entry/form completion;
complaint resolution; processing orders/inquiries.
EQUIVALENCY(IES): Forty-five (45) college semester hours plus one (1) year of
the required experience will meet the education and experience requirements.
REQUIREMENTS: Availability to work varying shifts including nights, weekends,
holidays and/or overtime.
•Must have own telephone or cellular phone.
•Must pass an intensive background investigation and drug test.
•Must obtain a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certification during probationary period.
•No FELONY or class A MISDEMEANOR convictions.
•No class B MISDEMEANOR convictions within the last ten(10) years.
Salary: $38,937.00 - $56,566.00 Annually Location: Downtown Dallas, TX
•One(1) year of experience in a public safety emergency call taking and/or dispatching position within a municipal, county, state, or federal regulatory agency.
•One (1) year of experience as an air traffic controller.
•One (1) year of experience as a sworn Police Officer.
LICENSE(S) and/or CERTIFICATION(S): Must obtain Telecommunications
Operator License from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) within
one (1) year of employment.
• No felony or class A misdemeanor convictions.
• No class B misdemeanor convictions within the last ten(10)years.
• No drug or domestic violence related convictions.
• Must pass intensive background investigation and drug test.
• Availability to work varying shifts including nights, weekends, holidays, and/or overtime.
Last Saturday was a beautiful day to plant 25 Asclepias tuberosa milkweed plants. These are important in a pollinator garden because they are not only nectar but also larval host plants for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch, and the similar-looking Queen, butterflies. Tuberosa, also known as Butterfly Weed, is a native, perennial milkweed with showy orange flowers and dark green foliage, blooming May through September.
We appreciate our friends at Brumley Gardens in Lake Highlands for providing these plants to us at a discount to fit our budget.
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) is Brumley’s 2017 Plant-of-the-Year
We plan to work this coming Saturday, April 1st from 8AM-Noon.
Rain is expected but not until later in the day. Our goal is to haul in mulch; the mulch is free but we have to load it. We have two pickup trucks available to us but we’ll need at least two volunteers to help the drivers load/unload mulch and others at the garden ready to distribute it over the beds. You’ll need a shovel, bucket and/or wheel barrow to move mulch from the delivery point to the beds, gloves, and hat.
Please join us Saturday morning - it’s the perfect antidote to that desk job!
The Advocate - 29 March 2017 - Emily Charrier
What’s more iconic to our neighborhood than White Rock Lake? The White Rock Lake Conservancy hosts its annual jamboree to honor this local gem on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Celebration! White Rock” includes a 5k/10k along with a block party of live music and local food, all at Winfrey Point, 950 E. Lawther Drive. The cost is $45 for the 5k, $55 for 10k, while there is a suggested donation of $20 for those who just want to come and party (kids under 12 are free). Register here. All proceeds benefit the lake.
The campy “Captain Phantasm Meets Major Majestic” opens at Pocket Sandwich Theatre this Friday, running through May 13. The show follows a superhero’s adventure in this homage to 1940s pulp comics. Showtimes vary by day, get the full schedule here. Tickets are $18-$20 and available here.
Wingspan Theater opens its 12th season with “Rose,” the story of an elderly woman’s remarkable life from a ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, to Atlantic City and beyond. René Moreno directs the show, which stars Barbara Bierbrier in the title role. Shows are set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center. Tickets are $10.
ACME Magic brings a series of wacky stunts only seen in cartoons to Bookmarks at NorthPark Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. Portable holes, giant magnets and sticks of dynamite are part of Brett Roberts’ repertoire. Get all the details here.
Photo by Danny Fulgencio
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 27 March 2017
Many of us just stopped driving down Lower Greenville in 2016. More than a year of construction work to improve the pocked roads made it a traffic nightmare that was best avoided. More and more drivers headed to Skillman or Ross to skip the headache.
“We’ve heard so many neighbors say that,” says Sammy Mandell, owner of Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (GAP Co.).
As a member of the Lowest Greenville Collective, Mandell helped create “Experience Lowest Greenville,” a day of events this Saturday meant to showcase the street and its businesses in a new way. More than 20 neighborhood spots will be offering unique experiences, and the best part is, most of them are free. Want to screen print your own shirt? Head to Bullzerk. Got a sweet tooth? Katherine Clapner of Dude Sweet Chocolate will host chocolate pairings while talking treats during three classes throughout the day (noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.).
“We wanted to do something totally different, some that gave people an experience,” Mandell says. “With most of these, the owner themselves will be doing the experience. That’s really rare, to get to learn from Brooks [Anderson] from Rapscallion or Katherine [Clapner] over at Dude Sweet.”
Some classes, like learning to shuck oysters with Anderson, do have a fee attached ($50 which includes seven oysters, a shucking knife, gloves and a drink). Many also are limited to a certain number of participants, so registration is required to secure your spot. Events will take place from 8 a.m Saturday till 2 a.m. on Sunday (see the full schedule here, including how to sign up for selective classes).
“We wanted to put Greenville back on the map because people have forgotten about it during the construction,” Mandell says. “There’s something for everyone, there really is.”
Business owners suffered from the drop of business during the lengthy construction process, he says. Lowest Greenville has seen a number of closures in recent months, especially when it comes to restaurants — C’Viche, Clark Food, Remedy and Wine Co. being just a few examples. Mandell can’t speak to those closures directly, but said construction likely played a role.
“It didn’t help anyone, that’s for sure,” he says. “Whenever there’s construction, we’re hurting and we need customers even more.”
Owners at Dallas Beer Kitchen, which shuttered in early 2016, directly cited the construction as the reason for its closure in a scathing note to the city: “One last thing – f*ck the City of Dallas for planning an 11 month construction project costing $3.2 million on the entire street without allocating money for Construction Mitigation like other cities have done in the past.”
Built for walkability, businesses on Greenville rely on foot traffic, which dried up during the road work. “Experience Lowest Greenville” hopes to remind neighbors of everything the avenue has to offer this weekend, including free communal valet.
“[Lowest Greenville] is in full swing again after the construction,” Mandell say, “and very walkable again. Don’t worry about parking if you do have to drive, the merchants pay for valet.”
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214