Community

A roundup of neighborhood happenings.

A new festival showcasing Oak Cliff will be held this fall on Nov. 14 in the Bishop Arts District. The festival will highlight the neighborhood’s artisans, both culinary and otherwise. Booths along the district’s streets will be available for a rental/participation fee, and are open to any Oak Cliff-based business or artist. For more information, contact Amy Wallace Cowan at amywallacecowan@gmail.com.

An intermediate conversational Spanish class invites newcomers who know Spanish but want to increase their vocabulary and speaking skills. The free class meets on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. in an Oak Cliff home, and is taught by Mountain View Community College professor Ramon Preciado. The class size is limited; call 972.780.1711 for more information.

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League is selling “Oak Cliff. Keep it real” bumper stickers for a $5 donation. They are available at Bishop Street Market, Hunky’s, Green Pet, Make and Alchemy Salon. For more information, visit ooccl.com.

The Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association is raising money to install sign toppers on its 24 street signs. The neighborhood, which officially formed its association in January 2008, is working to collect $1,750 from its residents, which is half of the total $3,500 needed. The association plans to apply to the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League for a neighborhood grant that would pay for the other half. Oak Park Estates is bordered by Kiest to the north, Pentagon Parkway to the south, Navajo to the east, Rugged to the west, and includes roughly 290 homes. For more information, visit opena.org.

Twelve Hills Nature Center board members and supporters recently celebrated the final payment on the land nestled behind Rosemont Primary’s Chris V. Semos campus, which is now designated as a 5.4-acre urban preserve. The significance of the last payment is that the land “is now held in perpetuity and can never be built on,” says board member Paula Craig. The nature center’s trailhead entrance off Mary Cliff — the only thing that will be built on the land — is also near completion. Visit twelvehills.org for more information.
 


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