The league tried this out last year by inviting board members from the 26 neighborhoods it represents, and the conference was such a hit that the league decided to do it again, this time inviting any residents of its member neighborhoods. Best of all, the whole three hours — including lunch — is free.

The point of the conference is simply to inform Oak Cliff residents about issues such as recycling, preservation, etc. in a how-to format. The guest speakers include representatives from Dallas code compliance and police department; someone from Preservation Dallas; Kevin Acosta, the city’s southwest sector liaison, who will discuss community outreach; Eric Griffin, who will discuss Dallas’ newer recycling programs and how each neighborhood can get involved; city plan commissioner James Protho, who will talk about the differences between historic, conservation and overlay districts, and how to decide which one might be right for your neighborhood.

New this year from Winnetka Heights resident and OOCCL vice president of neighborhoods Vicki Fitzgerald is a session on how to research the history of your home. "Everybody always calls me about their house, so I thought, why don’t I just do it in a seminar?" Fitzgerald tells me.

The conference takes place next Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.