June 13, 2013

L Streets Block Party Announced

Attention all L-Streets neighbors!

Mark your calendars, the Block Party is almost here! We are celebrating the new growth of the neighborhood association. The family-friendly party will be free for all L-Street residents and their well behaved pets. The party details are as follows:

Livenshire @ McCree, Saturday, June 29th from 1 - 5pm.

We will have food, beverages and snow-cones, so come hungry. There will also be entertainment for the kids including a bounce house and slide combo, face painter, and carnival games. DJ Joe will be there playing music and taking requests. In addition, there will be a police and fire department visit!

Be sure to visit the welcome table for information about the association and for dues paying members to pickup their “L-Street Member” Yard Signs. We will also have giveaways from local sponsors. For those that would like to join the association, we will have membership applications and can accept cash, check or credit card.

This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors and help support our neighborhood association, so we hope to see everyone there!

June 5, 2013

Dallas Champion Animal Project

The Dallas Companion Animal Project, previously Metroplex Animal Coalition and Dallas Animal Advocates, have been hosting two spay/neuter events at Dallas Animal Services each month. Since August, 2012, over 1,200 dogs and cats have been spayed/neutered! In nine months, if half of these were female – that’s 1,200 litters prevented! Plus the prevention of the litters their offspring would have had!!! That’s an amazing number.

There is more work to do, however, and we need volunteers to accomplish this work. The goal is to continue these two free events – focusing on specific zip codes in Dallas – for at least 2 more years. At each event 65-80 surgeries are scheduled. The veterinarians and technicians handle the preparation and surgeries. Volunteers take care of the following: check-in, post-surgical monitoring, check-out, clean-up and laundry. In fact, sometimes, the folks we help need transport for their animals and we help with that, as well.

For many of the people we help and the animals who they entrust to our care, this can be a very scary day. Many of the dogs and cats have never been away from home, so they are very scared. Many of the people have no experience with surgery on their pet or what to expect. The volunteers are crucial to making this day as pleasant as it can be for both the pets and their human families.
Whether you have 1-8 hours on Sundays twice a month, once a month or several hours during the week to do laundry, we can use your help!

If you are interested, please email spaydallas2@yahoo.com to find out more about what kinds of help are needed.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

House of Blues
2200 North Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Please join the Dallas Parks Foundation as we take over the House of Blues Main Stage to host an engaging conversation series about public spaces, hiking & biking and recreation. Get an inside look at progress taking place in our city, with featured topics including: 

• Dallas Bikeway System (Presenter: Jared White, Manager, Transportation Planning)
• Summer Adventures in Fair Park (Presenter: Errol McKoy, President, State Fair of Texas)
• Downtown Parks Master Plan (Presenter: Michael Hellmann, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation Department) 
• The Dallas Zoo (Presenter: Gregg Hudson, CEO & Executive Director)
• Park(ing) Day Dallas (Presenter: Noah Jeppson, Environmental Graphic Designer)
• Aquatics for Dallas (Presenters: Daniel Huerta, Executive General Manager – Parks and Recreation Department; Robin Steinshnider, Manager of Aquatic Services) 
• and others TBD! Topics subject to change.

Cash Bar / Valet & Self Parking / Cocktail Casual Attire
The $10 admission price is your donation to the Dallas Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to achieve a premier citywide system of parks that is sustainable throughout the 21st century.

Valet Parking at House of Blues: $12 (cash)
Self Parking in the lot next to House of Blues on Houston Street: $10 (cash)
Self Parking in the lot behind House of Blues on Broom & Lamar (cash or credit)
Metered Parking on Houston Street in front of House of Blues


May 19, 2013

Neighborhood Garage Sale June 1st

We invite you to participate in our annual neighborhood garage sale. The City of Dallas has changed rules for garage sales since our last garage sale. The primary change is that each home will be required to obtain an individual permit. LSNA will advertise the event in several places.

The neighborhood sale hours will be Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The permit fee is $15 per garage sale.
There is a limit of two (2) garage sales at a premise during any twelve (12) month period and each sale may not exceed more than three (3) consecutive calendar days in length.
One sign is allowed upon the lot where the sale is taking place. Signs placed on medians, public property or utility poles are illegal.
A garage sale permit can now be purchased at any Dallas Public Library location or online at dallascityhall.com/code_compliance/garage_sales.html

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

Warmest regards,

Edward Penton

May 16, 2013

LBJ/Skillman Planning Initiative Community Open House Saturday, May 18

You are cordially invited to a community open house, Saturday, May 18 at Forest Lane Academy that will focus on the future of the LBJ/Skillman area of Lake Highlands and include two identical sessions with presentations and breakout group discussions.

The open house is part of the ongoing LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative, which intends to create a future vision for the area near Interstate Highway (IH) 635/LBJ Freeway and Skillman Street in terms of transportation, land use and other important quality of life issues.

Preliminary draft concepts that could be implemented in the area in the future will be discussed at the open house May 18. The concepts are based on input received at a community visioning event in January 2013, as well as detailed consultant research regarding the area's demographics and business environment.

The May 18 open house will serve as a follow-up to the community visioning event. Two identical sessions, one from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the other from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., will include the same presentation and breakout group discussions.

Forest Lane Academy, the location of the Open House, is located at 9663 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas 75243.

April 16, 2013

April 22nd is Earth Day!

Learn and have fun at a family-friendly eco festival

Earth Day Dallas is an annual festival in Fair Park seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work.

This free-admission event shows us how green lifestyle choices can lower our cost of living, improve our health, and help save the environment.

The event will utilize approximately 500,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space.

EDD’s footprint will easily accommodate the 600 exhibitors and 65,000 guests anticipated to attend this year’s event.

Make it a fun morning or afternoon on Saturday, April 20th or Sunday, April 21st between 10 am and 6 pm. Parking is $10 on Fair Park grounds, or take the DART green line to Fair Park Station.

Join us on Sunday, April 21, for Oak Cliff Earth Day at Lake Cliff Park.


Upcoming Recycling Events

Clean out your filing cabinet

Need to shred some confidential documents? Enjoy free drop-off at Ebby Halliday’s Spring Clean Thing mobile on-site shredder truck on Saturday, April 20th from 9 am to 1 pm in the Northlake Shopping Center parking lot.

They are not accepting binders or hard drives, but paper clips or staples are fine.

Ebby has also invited a Goodwill donation truck to receive your donations from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday of that same weekend.

Recycling Roundup

The City of Dallas is hosting another semiannual Recycling Roundup on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 3 pm at Richland College’s Parking Lot E at 12800 Abrams Road.

The City will accept pharmaceuticals, electronics, documents for destruction, used cooking oil, scrap metal, batteries, light bulbs, tires, clean Styrofoam, and more.


Trinity River Wind Festival

Trinity River Wind Festival, Presented by NRG

May 18
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Trinity River Wind Festival presented by NRG is a free family-friendly event in Dallas that celebrates the beauty and spirit of the wide open spaces along the Trinity River right in the heart of this thriving city. Watch the spectacular Japanese Kite Makers and enjoy other wind driven recreational fun and action at the show kite arena, with Frisbee dogs, bounce houses, and clowns. Bring your kites and food truck appetites.
Music and fun for everyone!


Festival area in the Trinity River Floodway
Parking for a fee at Riverfront Blvd. and Commerce St. (146 Commerce St.)

Eighth Annual International Book Fair

Eighth Annual International Book Fair to be held April 27;
Authors, performers and workshops at the Central Library

Dallas – Authors, lectures, storytelling, music and poetry will all be part of the Eighth Annual International Book Fair to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library1515 Young St.

The family event will feature writing and publishing workshops, book presentations, Spanish language film, spoken word poetry, Zumba fitness, children’s activities plus over 30 local authors/vendors and a special presentation by DART. All programs and activities are free and open to the public.

For more information visit www.dallasinternationalbookfair.com

March 23, 2013

Lake Highlands Women’s Self-defense Class

The LHJWL and LHAECPTA are presenting a Women’s Self Defense Class on Wednesday, March 27 from 6 – 8PM at the Lake Highlands High School Main Gym at 9449 Church Road conducted by the Chamberlain Studio of Self Defense. The class is open to teens and up and is free of charge as part of Chamberlain Studio's community outreach program.

For more information, please send an email to info@dallaskenpo.com or visit www.dallaskenpo.com.

Wear loose comfortable clothing and pants to cover the knees.

The Rape Crisis Center will also be available.

Thank you,

Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

Here's a link to the flyer: workshop.jpg

March 21, 2013

Lake Highlands Prayer Walk this Sunday

A Prayer Walk has been organized for this Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m at the corner of Church and Ferndale and at Gunnison and Claybrook. For more info, visit http://goo.gl/mrCaK.

Area crime update for 3/21/13

The following information is courtesy Joan Quiett of the Lakeridge Estates North Neighborhood Association (bordered by Walnut Hill Ln., Ferndale, McCree, and Audelia):

Last night I requested from Senior Corporal Alena Gallardo -- our Community Police Officer a confirmation of what I thought I heard at the Crime Summit. Did not want to pass on any misleading information. What I understood was that all of the women were young (20's and 30's) and in the first 2 cases, there was no male presence in the house. The third case happened after her husband has left for work. She confirmed only that they were young.

She pointed out that as is often the case in incidents like these, descriptions were changing some as events became clearer.

She added the following advice:
"Just tell people to be very aware of the surroundings, call 911 for anyone looking suspicious in the neighborhood, going door to door. Tell them to secure everything as much as possible, get alarms if possible, don't walk dogs or children without cell phone and if they leave the house, look around the yard, look down the street to see if anyone is watching people. Hope that helps. We are working very hard on trying to catch the suspect or suspects. We have beat officers assigned to beats 247/248 24 hours a day and not leaving the area. Mounted patrol is in the area, as well as bike officers."

Dallas Police Free Home Security Survey

WFAA/Channel 8 reported that the Dallas police are offering a free home security survey to Lake Highlands residents who want advice about how to harden their homes to prevent intruders.

Call 214-671-0155 or 214-671-0160 to schedule an appointment.

March 11, 2013

Men Against Abuse Rally, 3/23/13


Join Mayor Rawlings for the Rally Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, March 23rd, at 10 am at Dallas City Hall.*

Bring a friend, bring a co-worker, bring a son, bring a father, bring your compassion for the women in Dallas who are the victims of abuse.

We are not going to put up with it any longer.

Join the rally, 3.23.13

*To get to City Hall by DART, exit at the Convention Center Station.

Download flyer:

White Rock 5K April 18

The White Rock 5K is Thursday, April 18, 2013.  For registration and more info, visit: www.whiterock5k.com

More info is also available on this PDF: http://freepdfhosting.com/028c9b2c41.pdf

Northeast Division Crime Summit


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Dallas First Assembly of God
11000 East Northwest Highway

For more information contact Officer Mitch Gatson at 214 671 0160.

Or, Sgt. Keitric Jones at 214-670-4762


February 21, 2013

Lake Highlands American Flag Project

The Troop and Crew from 707 and 719 are gearing up for the 2013 installment of the Lake Highlands American Flag Project. If you are a returning subscriber, the fee is still only $50.00 for the year. If you are a new subscriber, the first year fee is $75.00 and then $50.00 per year thereafter. As always the scouts would appreciate any additional donation you might be able to add as this summer is packed with scouts going to several High Adventure destinations as well as possibly the World Jamboree next year in Japan. Airfare is sky high so any extra will go a long way.

More details about the Flag Project can be found at www.LHFLAGS.org or on the application and renewal forms (PDF).

Boundaries include: Plano Rd to Northwest Hwy to White Rock Trail to Royal Lane/Ferndale (South of LBJ).

Application Form Link

Renewal Form Link

February 9, 2013

Assistance for OIF/OEF Veterans

Veterans are great leaders, innovators, decision makers, and members of America’s next greatest generation. Some of those qualities can be temporarily sidelined once service members return home. The goal of the Center for BrainHealth is to equip veterans with the necessary tools needed to cope with the stress of trauma and transition, in order to get America’s highly effective leaders successfully integrated back into society.

If you or someone you know is an OIF/OEF veteran, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Cedric Jones, USMC
Recruitment Coordinator
Mike Rials, USMC
Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Click PDF link for more info.

Chief on the Beat Crime Prevention Safety and Health Fair

The Dallas Police department Northeast Patrol Division is hosting its annual Chief on the Beat Crime Prevention Safety and Health Fair on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Lakehighlands High School, located at 9449 Church Road. 

The fair will start at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm.  If you would like to volunteer in some capacity please contact:

Bervin Smith #6550
Dallas Police Department
Northeast Division
NPO Unit

For more info, contact the Northeast Division at 214-670-7747 or the Office of Community Affairs at 214-671-4045.

Spring Break Adventure Daycamps for Kids

The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering Spring Break Daycamps for kids, March 11 - 15.  To register, visit trinityriveraudubon.org or call 214-398-8722.  View more info the the PDF link below.


Sustainability Green Bag Event, February 20

Dallas Animal Services is offering $30 adoptions Sundays and Mondays in February. For more information call 214-670-6800 or visit DallasAnimalServices.org.

Tax Assistance Available

AARP tax assistance will be available on Thursdays from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm beginning February 7 on the 6th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.  AARP assistants will help anyone.

These services are free.

AARP specialists can file your returns electronically.

For best results please bring Proof of Identification, your W-2, 1099 or any other current year tax information to fill in your form and a copy of your last year's tax return (if available).

Other information which may be required:
Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration.
Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents listed on the tax return.
Bank routing numbers and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit.

If you need any additional information, please call 214-670-1468.

January 24, 2013


Friday, February 1, 2:50pm - 4:30ish
Lake Highlands Elementary School

All proceeds to benefit sending LHE students to Sky Ranch Science and Leadership Camp, November 2013.

Pre-owned and pre-loved books, CDs and DVDs for $0.50 - $4.00

Pick up some reading materials, music, or movies
for a fraction of the cost!

Go green by buying pre-owned:
Children’s Titles
Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Paperback and Hardcover

Donations of sale items accepted at the school until January 30th.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer,
please contact Liz Spiewak / spiewaky@gmail.com / 469-547-1247.


Saturday, January 26th 9:00 – 11:00
LHE Cafeteria

All proceeds will be donated to LHE to ensure all 2013-2014 fifth graders can go to Sky Ranch Science Camp.

$5 per person includes pancakes and orange juice, coffee, or milk.

January 13, 2013

Area Blood Drive, Sunday, January 20

Carter BloodCare Blood Drive

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Lake Highlands Church
Sunday, January 20, 2013
9919 McCree Road, Dallas, 75238

For an appointment go to:

LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative

Please plan to attend LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Intiative meeting scheduled from 6:30PM to 8:00PM on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Forest Lane Academy, 9663 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243.
Information on the initiative and a link to a community survey can be found in the December 6 LHAIA email below.

Additional information can be found in the recent articles in Lake Highlands Today and the Advocate.
Hope to see your there,

Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

December 6, 2012 LHAIA email:

The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association is sharing this information provided by the City of Dallas as part of the LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative.   Please take a few minutes to look at the information available in the links and provide feedback on the survey.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the City of Dallas are working jointly on the LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative, a current community effort to plan for the future of the area near Interstate Highway (IH) 635, LBJ Freeway and Skillman Street in Dallas.  As part of the initiative, these two governmental agencies are asking local residents, business owners and others to provide feedback about current conditions in the area, and about the future.

The survey may be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBJ_Skillman_Future.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning to reconstruct the intersection of Skillman Street and LBJ Freeway/IH 635.  This reconstruction is expected to help the flow of vehicular traffic through the area, while offering the potential for changing land uses in the area.  The LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative will help the City of Dallas prepare for the future, including the impact of the TxDOT project, and help identify community-based activities to move forward as area development and redevelopment occur.  More information about the initiative is available at http://www.nctcog.org/LBJSkillman.

Additional information will be provided at a workshop scheduled for 6:30PM to 8:00PM on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Forest Lane Academy, 9663 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243.

Lake Highlands Elementary Wee Wildcat Program


If you're wondering what it's like to be a real Lake Highlands Elementary Wildcat here's your opportunity. The Wee Wildcat program is designed for pre-school age neighborhood children and their parents to come and experience the "Wildcat Way" while actually learning in the classrooms.
There will be three sessions (Jan 25th at 9:15, Feb 15th at 9:30, and April 12th at 9:30). These sessions introduce future students to Lake Highlands Elementary and get them acquainted with the "big school." These sessions will include activities in Art, Math, Music, PE, Reading and Science. In addition, there is a graduation session held on May 31st at 9:30 for all students who will enter Kindergarten in 2013.

Please encourage your friends and neighbors to be a Wee Wildcat!  Program is designed for children starting kindergarten at LHE this fall, August 2013 and next fall, August 2014.

For more info contact the school office at 469-593-2100 or April Gorman at 214-349-9563.
Also, Kinder Round Up is set for March 6th at 6:30 pm. We will be learning about our new online enrollment procedures this year.

January 3, 2013

Plans come to light for the vacant lot behind Kroger

David Weekley Homes has begun the rezoning process for the property at 8501 Plano Rd (next to Churchhill, behind Kroger). Their intention is to build 85 attached and detached single family homes on the property. Here's a link to the lot summary aerial.