Dallas Junior Police Academy accepts applications for its Nov. 3 session through Sep. 20. The training session is for students in grades 4-7 who want to learn what it’s like to be a DPD recruit. The event takes place at the department’s Basic Training Academy. Applications are available at For more information, call Sgt. Cheryl Cornish at 214.671.4406.

It’s My Park Day is a one-day event for residents, families, and community groups to pitch in and clean their neighborhood parks 8 a.m. – noon Sept. 8. Help beautify our neighborhood parks by removing graffiti, picking up litter, weeding and participating in other activities. To volunteer, call Dallas Park and Recreation at 214.670.8400. Sign up by Aug. 31 at

AIDS Arms Inc., a service organization combating AIDS in North Texas, was well-represented at the International AIDS conference in Washington, D.C., in July. The neighborhood-based nonprofit sent 15 representatives to the conference that includes training, research, marches and networking opportunities with professionals in the HIV field of study. The goal for these delegates was to learn about new practices within the field and bring them back to Dallas, as well as share their own research and challenges with the world.

Children from the Trinity River Mission community learning center took advantage of the Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Science Investigations program, made possible by a $15,000 grant from Comerica Bank. All programs focus on hands-on discovery and experimentation activities for children, utilizing real tools, models, interactive exhibits and materials. The curriculum aligns with TEKS tests and prepares the children for successful testing and performance in fall classes. Trinity River Mission serves students predominately from the East Dallas, West Dallas and Oak Cliff areas who are from low-income families.


Alan Elliott, who is sometimes called “the mayor of Oak Cliff,” sold his domain name,, to Dallas real estate agent David Myre. Elliott has moved to and plans to focus on history, happenings and links to neighborhood organizations, including neighborhood associations, schools, churches and art galleries.

Oak Cliff’s own Jason Roberts was honored as a “Champion of Change” at the White House in July for his work on the Better Block. When Roberts and business partner Andrew Howard return from exhibiting at the Venice Bienniale of Architecture this month, they plan to use $500,000 they found in the city budget to make certain aspects of the original Better Block a reality at Tyler and Seventh streets.