Teen Centers are now open at all Dallas libraries, including North Oak Cliff and Hampton-Illinois in our neighborhood. AT&T Foundation donated $500,000 to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library to open Teen Centers and new programs at additional library locations, and the three newest Teen Centers, including the one at North Oak Cliff, were largely sponsored by AT&T. Some of the scheduled summer programs are Chess for Beginners, Mixed Martial Arts Demonstration, What’s Your Swagger?, Using the Internet, Blogs and Social Networks, Graffiti Art, Youth Conflict and Twilight Book Discussion. Library staff as well as academic and professional community residents guide and advise teens throughout these activities. Visit dallaslibrary.org for a complete schedule of the summer programs.
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 email@example.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 Cliff Lions Club recently installed officers for the 2009-10 Lions year. Charles Tupper assumed the office of president on July 1. Other club officers are: Immediate Past President Darla Wisdom; First Vice President Danny Boyce; Second Vice President Mike Lott; Third Vice President Iris Smith; Secretary Stan Altshuler; Treasurer Alice Zaccarello; Tail Twister Durhl Caussey; Lion Tamer Dick Geiger; CUB Editors Kathie Magers and Larry Frazier; and Chaplain Amy Alburtis. Directors are: David Lipscomb, Nora Mercado, Tasie Semos, Charlie Shoup, Shelby Starr and Judy Vincent (from 2008-10) and Joe Jessing, Carol Donovan, Layne Vincent, Carole Sprague, Marna Bayless and Wendy Fox (from 2009-11).