Pollinator Yards

Posted by    |    May 18th, 2017 at 11:38 pm

altThe Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
presented its altthird in the Oak Cliff Live speaker series, Wednesday evening, at the Kiest Park Picnic Pavilion. Surrounded by trees and gardens, it was the perfect setting for discussion of pollinator yards. Roger Sanderson, from the Texas Discovery Gardens, gave a slide presentation on the importance of having pollinator yards and how to attract and keep pollinators in your yard.
 
It’s all about the Birds and the Bees,
the Butterflies and the Hummingbirds,
as well as wasps, flies, beetles, and a altwhole lot of other insects and birds that are instru-mental to pollinating our world and enabling future plant generations.
 
Pollinators are so very important to our planet. Their loss has forced China, to start hand pollinating plants in order to produce much needed food. Without pollinators, much of the food we enjoy today would be gone. This is why it is so important to be in tune with our environment.  Already we are losing much of our prairies, forest, and nature to development, which is why it is increasingly important to create spaces in our own yards for these pollinators. 
 
altTurn your useless Saint Augustine lawn
into a haven for altthe birds, bees, and butterflies, and all the other creatures that help balance and make up the eco-system, by planting native gardens & grasses.
 
Barbara Barbee spoke afterwards on plants in our local area, as well as a description of the work that the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks have been doing. At the close of the discussions, she took anyone who wanted to accompany her across the street to show off the gardens they have been working on.
 
The weather and the turnout was great this evening.  Behind every event is a group of dedicated folks who work hard to bring these things to you. Thanks to: Angie Mobley, Ellie Hajek, Stan Aten, George Baum, and Mary Harrison to name a few. Pink Magnolia provided pimento sandwiches and deviled eggs for the group.
 
The fourth Oak Cliff Live speaker series will be 19 July, on the Hungry and Homeless in Oak Cliff. Please mark your calendar and keep an eye out for upcoming information on time and location.
 

Oak Cliff Live! Pollinator Yards. May 17th

Posted by    |    May 6th, 2017 at 12:27 am

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Please join the OOCCL on Wednesday, May 17th at the Kiest Park Pavilion. We will be hosting a stimulating discussion on pollinator yards. The event is free and we will provide refreshments from 6:30-7:00pm.
Come learn how we can fill the Oak Cliff skies with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds!

Oak Cliff Film Festival Preview

Posted by    |    May 4th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

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The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts @ Turner House

Thursday May 18 7:30 – 9:00pm
The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2011 and has received national acclaim from different sources including The New York Times and Filmmaker Magazine. Barak Epstein, co-founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival and operator of the Texas Theater, will preview some of the programs selected for the 6th annual OCFF, scheduled for June 8-11, 2017.

I-35 Deck Park Public Hearing – Tuesday, April 25th

Posted by    |    April 22nd, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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Would you like to know more about the proposed I-35 Deck Park? A public hearing is taking place on Tuesday, April 25th at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center Cafeteria at 1201 E. 8th Street. Open House at 6:00pm. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm.

GROUP RIDE: ON THE TRAIL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD, APRIL 30TH HISTORY TOUR

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2017 at 11:43 am

BFOC is bringing back the On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald history tour bicycle ride on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at 11:30AM starting at Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas, and passing the infamous residences of JFK’s alleged assassin. This was the group ride that launched BFOC in 2008, and is one of our favorites. Our ride will take us over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct, crossing into North Oak Cliff, and stopping at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963.

This ride will be weather permitting so check back for updates. Highlights of the trip will include:

– Meeting in front of the Sixth Floor Museum
– Riding over the 1912 Houston Street Viaduct
– Stopping at 1026 N. Beckley, last residence of Lee Harvey Oswald
– Following LHO’s escape route to the site where JD. Tippit was shot
– Visit the Texas Theatre, site of LHO’s capture
– Ride through the Bishop Arts District
– Beers at Better Block HQ at 700 W. Davis
– Stopping at 214 W. Neely, site of infamous Oswald “Backyard Photos”
– Back to Downtown

View the Facebook event here.

The first BFOC history tour from 2008

 

Texas House Bill 3418 Threatens Local Preservation Ordinance

Posted by    |    April 10th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

 

 
 

 

Texas House Bill 3418 Threatens Local 

Preservation Ordinance

 

 

Preservation Dallas Members,

 

A bill has been introduced in this Texas Legislative Session that threatens to undermine local control over historic preservation decisions. Preservation Dallas OPPOSES HB 3418.

 

House Bill 3418 seeks to streamline demolitions of historic places throughout the state, makes it more difficult to designate landmarks, and would strip power from municipalities to enact and govern zoning related to historic buildings and districts. This threatens our ability to preserve and reinvest in our own communities. Please review the language of the bill and Preservation Texas’s summary of its implications. Then, TODAY or MONDAY, please call and/or e-mail the members of the Urban Affairs Committee, who will conduct a hearing on HB 3418 on Tuesday, April 11 beginning at 10:30am. Citizen input is crucial to stop this destructive bill that threatens historic buildings and districts throughout the state of Texas. The contact information for the Urban Affairs Committee members is below. You may also choose to copy the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager’s Office. 

 

 

 

Nicky DeFreece Emery

Preservation Dallas Board President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Urban Affairs Committee (click on name for email):

 

Rep. Carol Avarado (Chair), District 145 Houston

512-463-0732

 

Rep. Jeff Leach (Vice-Chair), District 67 Plano

512-463-0544

 

Rep. Diego Bernal, District 123 San Antonio

512-463-0532

 

Rep. Gary Elkins (author of bill), District 135 Houston

512-463-0722

 

Rep. Jason Isaac, District 45 Dripping Springs

512-463-0647

 

Rep. Jarvis Johnson, District 139 Houston

512-463-0554

 

Rep. Bill Zedler, District 96 Arlington

512-463-0374

 

City of Dallas 

 

214-670-3301

 

214-670-3297 

 

Dallas City Council - click on individual links for each councilman

OOCCL to Host Candidate Forums in April

Posted by    |    March 26th, 2017 at 8:19 am

Three Candidate Forums will be hosted by OOCCL in April!

 

These are interesting times in Oak Cliff.
Be sure to vote for the candidate who best represents you.

 

Thursday, April 6th 6:30 pm

Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Yeats Hall

Candidate Forum: District 1

***Scott Griggs & Stephen Winn

 

Tuesday, April 11th 6:30 pm

Hampton-Illinois Library, Black Box Theatre 

Candidate Forum: District 3

***Casey Thomas & Joe Tave

 

Wednesday, April 12th 6:30 pm

Paul Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library, Auditorium

Candidate Forum: District 4

***Carolyn Arnold & Dwaine Caraway