North Wynnewood is the best neighborhood in Dallas, according to the Observer’s “Best of Dallas 2012.” “North Wynnewood is the best of ’50s cool architecture, beautifully maintained for decades by families who never moved, occupied now by a crowd that’s younger and more diverse but just as loyal to the neighborhood,” the weekly states. It also states property values in the neighborhood are up nearly 60 percent over the past 10 years. Oak Cliff was all over the “Best Of” list, which shouts out Oil & Cotton, the Texas Theatre, F. is for Frank, artist Erica Felicella, the Pin Show, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Barry Kooda’s sculptures at Artisans Collective, Barefoot at the Belmont, City Councilman Scott Griggs, the tennis courts at Lake Cliff Park, Brew Riot, Jeff Liles of the Kessler, the Houston Street Viaduct, the Cozy Cottage, Sweet 200, Studio 410, Bolsa, Mesa, Whitehall Exchange, Jonathon’s, Oddfellows, Bolsa Mercado, Ten Bells Tavern, Cafe Maya, Aunt Stelle’s, El Ranchito, The Foundry and Bar Belmont.
The Dallas Independent School District launched a new app for iPhones and Androids. The app lets parents and students see grades, bus routes, emergency notifications, cafeteria menus, a calendar and more. The free app, developed by School Connect, is available in English and Spanish at dallasisd.org/mobileapp.
Marcie Haley is now president elect of the Twelve Hills Nature Center board of directors. Twelve Hills, the urban preserve located at 817 Mary Cliff, works to teach people about caring for the environment and also to maintain native prairie land. Haley enouraged kids to care about nature through the Twelve Hills Nature Leaders Program, which trained Rosemont Elementary students to guide younger children on nature walks. Previously, Haley served as Master Naturalist and chair of the Twelve Hills education committee.
Neighborhood-based artist Kyle Hobratschk won the first-ever juried art show at Turner House. The show was part of a year-long celebration of the Turner House centennial. Hobratschk, who works out of Oil & Cotton, won with a copper tint of Turner House itself, which will become part of the permanent art collection there. He also won $500. The contest was open only to artists who live in Oak Cliff, and 25 artists submitted 33 pieces.