The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts is halfway to its goal of $100,000 to fund a renovation of Turner House in celebration of its 100th anniversary. The “Council of 100” was formed along with the campaign to recognize members who make generous donations to the restoration and preservation of the historic building Winnetka Heights.
It’s My Park Day is a one-day event for residents, families and community groups to pitch in and clean neighborhood parks. On September 8, from 8 a.m.–noon, help beautify city parks by removing graffiti, picking up litter, weeding and other activities. To volunteer, call Dallas Park and Recreations at 214.670.8400. Sign up by August 31 at itsmyparkdaydallas.eventbrite.com.
The Hunger Center of North Texas is a new research initiative from the Oak Cliff-based North Texas Food Bank that emerged from its ReThink Hunger campaign as a solution to understand and combat hunger in the 13 North Texas counties. An advisory council comprised of community members initiated the center. The aim is to bring together researchers to investigate the extent of food insecurity in North Texas and its impact on health, education and household economics.
Raeline Nobles, long-time executive director of AIDS Arms Inc., is leaving the agency at the end of the year. AIDS Arms is the largest nonprofit provider of AIDS/HIV services to North Texas residents. Nobles has been with the agency for 14 years. A committee has formed to search for a new leader.
Ken Holmes, a 1971 Kimball High School graduate and much-sourced expert on Bonnie and Clyde, died in July. He was 60. Advocate columnist Gayla Kokel reported that Holmes had been awaiting a liver transplant. Holmes was a go-to source for media outlets worldwide working stories about West Dallas’ most notorious couple. He owned the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, La., and he ran a tour guide company, offering tours related to Bonnie and Clyde, the JFK assassination and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.
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