October 19, 2006

Timely Tip for November Gardeners:

A Bounty of Winter Color from Calloway’s

Brighten up your fall and winter landscape with annual flowers. Go ahead and add those tired, bloomed out summer flowers to your compost piles and replace them with fresh, colorful plants.

Pansies are by far the most popular winter color. Big blooms, a wide selection of colors and good cold tolerance make them a favorite in the winter garden. Dianthus, Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Violas and the fragrant Alyssum are also good choices for cold tolerant annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide striking foliage forms for the landscape as well as color. For best effect, limit your planting to two or three colors per bed.

The key to growing beautiful annual flowers is soil preparation. Select a well drained flowerbed and add lots of organic matter such as Calloway’s Organic Compost or Bedding Plant Mix. Add either Calloway’s Flower Food or Blood and Bone Meal to the soil at planting to provide the extra nutrients for growth and blooms. Mulch well to reduce moisture loss and to insulate the soil.

These same annuals can be used in patio containers. Fill your containers with fresh potting soil and plant food. Keep them watered as necessary. Pinching off faded blooms will encourage repeat blooming.

Now sit back and enjoy this instant transformation to your landscape!

October 16, 2006

LHAIA Newsletter Excerpt

Economic Development

City of Dallas 2006 Bond Proposal
In November the residents of Dallas will be asked to vote on the largest bond package proposed in the history of the city. The proposal has been broken into twelve propositions. Whether you intend to vote for one, two, all, or none, the LHAIA would like to make sure you are aware of two items that would have a positive impact on very important economic development programs for Lake Highlands.

Propositions 6 and 8 contain $8M of land acquisition along Skillman at Walnut Hill and Skillman north of LBJ. This provides a critical first-step needed to further transit-oriented development and neighborhood revitalization in these two locations. These projects are aligned with and directly support the long-range plans for District 10, Forward Dallas!, Dallas Parks and Recreation, and Dallas Public Library, TXDOT, and DART.

The details of the 2006 Bond Proposal can be obtained by clicking on the Proposed 2006 Capital Bond Program link on www.dallascityhall.com. If you view by CD (council district) you can page down to District 10 and see the items proposed for Lake Highlands under each proposition. CW is the district category for citywide elements that affect all districts. For instance, $38M in Proposition 5 is for a City Performance Hall in the Arts District that will be accessible to smaller arts groups citywide, including those in Lake Highlands.

Find out how you can help, contact:
Susan Morgan
LHAIA, Economic Development

Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

General Membership Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2006

7:00 pm

Lake Highlands Freshman Center Auditorium

Join us and special guest speaker

Alan Walne, “TIF/RISD Agreement Update”

Officer Elections

Committee Reports

Special Note: Please encourage all LHAIA, HOA Member representatives to attend this meeting to vote on new officers.


The week of October 15th is Teen Reads Week. Audelia Road will have special activities for pre-teens and teens so check back for more information!

Be sure to mark your calendar for a Halloween Film Fest at the Audelia Road Branch. Join us on Tuesday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. for a frightening good time watching movies about ghost towns and ghost stories.

On October 4th at 3:30 p.m., join Lisa Fullerton of the City of Dallas Graffiti Abatement program and see the “Writing on the Wall”. Help to clean what you create and you’ll learn just how much graffiti costs the city. All ages welcome but particularly geared for youth and young adults.

On November 14th at 3:00 p.m., Marcialyn Banks of the North Oak Cliff Animal Shelter will be our special guest in support of Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Learn about pet care, pet responsibility, strays, what to do if you get an animal bite, animal stories, and other important animal related issues and activities. We welcome all ages to the program.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group--First Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. with “office hours” afterward with Program Coordinator Belinda Glenn and the Dallas County KinCare Network. These meetings supplement the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Collection at the Audelia Road Branch, Dallas Public Library.

Computer Classes--Learn about computer and internet basics. Classes for adults are held first Saturday of each month: Our next classes are October 7th at 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00-12:00 p.m. Spaces are limited. Please call 214-670-1350 or stop by the information desk to reserve your spot.

Audelia Road Book Club--We’re back to our regular schedule of the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This is a discussion group not a book review and we always welcome new members. Please RSVP to 214-670-1350 or dlyons@dallaslibrary.org. Our next selections:
September 28th: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon
October 26th: "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg
November 30th: “Rise and Shine” by Anna Quindlen

Story Times for Children (NOTE CHANGE!): Story times for all ages will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Welcome to our new children’s Librarian Carol Dengle!
LIBRARY LIVE will take place at Audelia on the first Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. October 7th features Omar Angeles and Viva Mexico ! Learn about the culture of Mexico through song and dance. Chase presents LIBRARY LIVE! Big Thought’s FREE monthly program that offers interactive, culturally diverse performances and workshops for students and families. The program brings literary traditions to life through dance, visual art and music.

Department of: Let’s All Try to Get Along

You may have noticed that the trails and roadways inside and adjacent to White Rock Lake Park are becoming more and more crowded. There have been a growing number of accidents and near accidents involving automobiles, runners, and bikers. In an unprecedented effort to reach agreement on how everyone can use the park safely, all White Rock Lake Park users -- neighborhood associations, joggers, hikers, cyclists, bikers, walkers, marathoners, athletic clubs, sports associations, dog owners, etc. -- are invited to attend a White Rock Users Summit, Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m., at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. The Summit is being jointly sponsored by six City of Dallas Departments: Police, Fire & Rescue, Public Works, Dallas Water Utilities, Animal Services, and Park and Recreation.Come and share your concerns, ideas, and solutions.

For additional details, call Dallas Park and Recreation Department: 214-670-8847.

DIRECTIONS: Winfrey Point building is located on the east side of White Rock Lake. Take Garland Road to Emerald Isle (near Barbec’s Restaurant) and turn in toward the lake. You can also take the scenic route by entering the park at Garland Road and East Lawther and meandering along the shoreline. Follow the road right up the hill and the building will be on top.