April 5, 2016 - Auditorium Lakewood Library.
Today we got to see a comprehensive historical and cultural presentation about the Dallas Arts District and ask questions of two individuals associated with it's history. The presentation was excellent; and the one question asked at the end which floated across my mind during the presentation was not answered to my satisfaction. The question concerned the Museum Tower which was allowed to be built, and opened in 2012.
Veletta Lill, Founding Executive Director of The Dallas Arts District, and former city council representative introduced Speaker, Chris Heinbaugh - Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Mr Heinbaugh is a formal journalist and staff member for Mayor Tom Leppert. His association with the AT&T PAC gives him a unique perspective to speak about the history of the Dallas Arts District. (See the link below for history of the Dallas Arts District.)
Then Architect Val Hawes was introduced. Mr Hawes worked with Raymond and Patsy Nasher when they decided to donate not only their personal sculpture collection but the funds necessary to build a world-class facility to showcase it. Hawes provided the audience with the names and side stories of all the world famous architects, many of them Pritzker Prize winners, who added their unique style to the Dallas Arts District.
Finally, Mr. Hawes was asked about the Museum Tower; he visibly sighed, expressing deep disappointment and stated that greed was the motivation of the persons behind the plans and construction of that building.
My questions about the Museum Tower and it's glaring presence are still unanswered:
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About 35 people, some master gardeners and some like me, just wanted to know how to attract more butterflies, filed into the auditorium at the Lakewood Library on Wednesday, February 17th. We came to hear a Master Gardener share her secrets for success in attracting butterflies.
Roseann Ferguson demonstrated her teacher chops with an excellent presentation and strategy for attracting lepidoptera. She really knows her stuff. We learned, for instance, just how picky certain butterflies are when it comes to host and nectar plants.
A long history volunteering with Texas Discovery Gardens has deepened her knowledge and familiarization with butterflies of the North Texas area.
I think people are interested in this topic partly because Former First Lady Laura Bush announced last summer that her organization, Texan by Nature, is joining forces with state and federal agencies to make our state a little more welcoming to Monarch Butterflies whose numbers have been declining for the past decade.
The Monarch Wrangler program calls on businesses, schools, and churches across the state to grow and maintain native plants, like milkweed.
Some resources Roseann recommended are:
Life Cycles of Butterflies by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards
Butterfly Gardening for Texas by Geyata Ajilvski
On Wednesday, February 17, hear Master Gardener Roseann Ferguson, a longtime volunteer with Texas Discovery Gardens. She’ll give tips on how to plant a garden that will attract butterflies, including the monarch. Doors open at 1:30 pm for the 2 pm program.
Lakewood Library Friends thank the following people, firms & organizations who contributed to the success of LibraryFest - 2015.
FOOD – Whole Foods Market Lakewood
BOOKS – Stan Aten, Victoria Griffin, Wally Harris, Mac Leftwich, The Dallas Morning News and all the many individual Book Donors
RAFFLE – Lakewood Knit Wits, Blow Salon, Susan Burch, Whole Foods, Dallas Arboretum, Unleashed by Petco, Pompeo Salon, 2-Shea, Redenta’s Garden Center, Regal Galaxy 10 Theater, Tallulah Belle and the T Shop
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – Marilyn Clemens, Amanda Crowley, Vickey Griffin, Barbara Johnson, Gary Lawler and Kindermusik by SoundSteps
ENTERTAINMENT – Bob and Sally Ackerman, Hank Black, Phiebie Hutchins, Betty Lee, Rose-Mary Rumbley, Jerry Worden (Sound System) and Zoe’s Kitchen Lakewood (Gift Cards)
Recently, the City Manager’s proposed 2016 budget was approved by the Dallas City Council. The vote shifted moneys in order to allocate more funding to libraries, recreation centers, streets and animal services. These services have faced big budget reductions in recent years, according to City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. This year, the city restored funding for libraries to a 2008 amount. As a result, libraries will have staffing to be open more hours.
More than $4 million will be saved in the police budget by reshuffling staff, trimming the number of sworn officers through and adjusting when the department replaces old vehicles. That $4 million is more than twice the potential savings suggested earlier by Police Chief David Brown. Gonzalez is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. He says it will allow 12 library branches and the central library downtown to return to opening their doors seven days per week.
The city’s property tax rate will not go up under the new plan. Read DMN story from August. Since this story was aired, the budget passed.
“The History of Traveling Around Dallas”
From the first car in Dallas on unpaved roads to Carroll Shelby’s Cobra, Ms. Rumbley will share stories and paint a lively historical picture of how Pallasites got around!
Interested in the early days of public transportation? Ms. Rumbley remembers the trolley car days and the beginning of Dallas’s World Class DART light rail system.
She’s got lots of stories and insights to share.
Time, Place and Refreshments:
Free program in the auditorium at the Lakewood Library begins at 2:00 pm. Doors open at 1:30 for seating and light refreshments.
Come to a Library Community Forum & share your ideas! 3 more days: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, the 26th, 27th & 28th.
Kindermusik by Purple Nest will lead a session of interactive musical fun for children. Saturday, September 19 at 11:30 am. Come early to get a good seat!