Three events to help you give back to Oak Cliff

Oak Cliff gives us so much, and it doesn’t take much to give a little back.

Here are three upcoming events that can help you maintain good neighbor status:

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The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks and the Dallas Public Library offer a free lecture from California-based cultural historian Kendall H. Brown at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. at the North Oak Cliff Library. Brown recently published a book, “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America.” He will speak on the 150-year history and legacy of Japanese gardens in Texas, including the one at Kidd Springs Park. Attend this lecture to become a quasi expert on the topic and get involved with Friends of Oak Cliff Park’s campaign to restore the Japanese garden at Kidd Springs.

A Feb. 15 event benefitting Dallas ISD culinary programs offers a mashup of food and fashion. Food in Fashion, at 3015 at Trinity Groves, features 10 emerging fashion designers, who will produce a “Project Runway-like” runway show. Ten percent of each design must come out of a restaurant, edible or not. Meanwhile, DISD culinary students will vie in a “Chopped-like” competition, preparing appetizers for guests.

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This one is so easy: Buy a ticket to see a show at Sons of Hermann Hall on Sat., Feb. 18, and help support the new nonprofit Dallas Endowment for Endangered Properties Inc., whose mission is to take action to preserve endangered historic properties. The group currently is working to raise money for a West Dallas farmhouse where a new-home development is proposed. If going out is not in the cards, donate to their Go Fund Me account.

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