Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association

Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association Established in 1946, Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood is comprised of approximately 1,700 homes located within the boundaries of Northwest Hwy., Buckner Blvd., and Lake Highlands Drive.

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Operating as usual

09/10/2021

Good Morning,

Councilmember Blackmon asked that I share the following updates with you all.

Code Compliance
The Department of Code Compliance will resume our Community Clean Trash-Off program and the Department of Sanitation on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harry Stone Recreation Center 2403 Millmar Dr, Dallas, Texas. Code Compliance has mailed information to residents that live in the following census tracts (CT 124 and 125) near Harry Stone Recreation Center. The event is open to all residents living within the City of Dallas.

Dallas Public Library
Dallas Public Library no longer charges late fees, but you can still owe money for lost or damaged items. Or, thanks to the Big Read Down, you can read your troubles away. Throughout September, readers can earn $1 of fee forgiveness - for themselves or for someone else - for every 15 minutes cuddled up with a book. You can earn even more by downloading an eBook, attending a program, or having a resume reviewed. Learn more about this great deal - and sign up to participate - here.

Bath House Cultural Center Updates
The Office of Arts and Culture has worked with DPD and ITS to install security cameras at the Bath House Cultural Center. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone over at Convergent for their volunteer work and the camera system donation.

Lakefront Live! With Idania
Our new Lakefront Live! concert series launches on September 14! All shows are free to the public and take place in our indoor-outdoor Lake Level space on the shore of White Rock Lake. Bring your friends and family to enjoy our incredible local performers!
Whether Idania is singing her favorite songs from Celia Cruz, Nina Simone, or Barbara Streisand, composing music, jumping on the drums, timbales, congas, she brings Cuban Soul to everything she plays. We welcome her to the Bath House for the first time, performing Cuban Jazz and popular songs from around the worldFor more information visit: https://artandseek.org/calendar/event/108831/lakefront-live-with-idania

Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up
IMPORTANT! Please read this message very carefully.
For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) office will be open Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. for a drive-thru only (do not get out of your vehicle) to pick up supplies for the Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up event. Address: 1152 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite #123, Dallas, Texas 75218
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL VEHICLES FACE THE SAME DIRECTION. THE VEHICLES SHOULD BE FACING SOUTH SUCH THAT THE DRIVER IS ON THE FTLOTL OFFICE SIDE.
• We will put the supplies you need in either the trunk or back of your vehicle to maintain social distancing to the extent possible.
• The trash grabbers (litter sticks) will be sanitized before being placed in your vehicle.
• While picking up trash in the park, we strongly encourage wearing a mask and practicing social distancing from anyone other than those living in the same household. Please, always wear your gloves.
• We are not sure how many vehicles will show up, so if the vehicles are backed up to Buckner, do not block any lanes on Buckner. Find a safe place to park and wait for an opportunity to get in line.
• It is hot out there; remember to bring your own water.
• Please return trash grabbers no later than noon.
• Have fun and thank you for your support!

Council Agenda Update
Council Item 21-1239 is on the September 9, 2021 Consent Agenda to authorize a construction services contract with CCGMG LLC Series B for the construction of Alley Reconstruction Group 17-1003, which includes the following alleys:
• Edgefield Avenue and Windomere Avenue/ 12th Street to Wentworth Street (alley) – District 1
• Worth Street (4812-4840) and Tremont Street (4807-4841) – District 2
• La Rue Street and Wyoming Street from Cockrell Hill Road to La Rue Street (alley) – District 3
• Alley between Cloister Drive and Estacado Drive and Ash Creek Drive from existing pavement north of McCosh Drive to existing pavement south of Peavy Road – District 9

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If you have any questions or concerns, please reach our office at [email protected] or by calling 214-671-8916.

Congratulations to our September Yard of the Month winner! Check out our blog to see the gorgeous outdoor space at 533 B...
09/03/2021
September 2021 Yard of the Month — Old Lake Highlands

Congratulations to our September Yard of the Month winner! Check out our blog to see the gorgeous outdoor space at 533 Blanning. Congrats, Bob and Dianne!

Congratulations to Bob Hammett at 533 Blanning Drive, our September Yard of the Month winner! Bob is a 20+ year OLH resident and both he and his partner, Dianne, are avid gardeners. This past year they accelerated their gardening plans (pandemic planting), engaging a landscaper to help them redesi

Join OLHNA in helping support our local elementary school by participating in North Texas Giving Day!Communities Foundat...
09/02/2021
Hexter Elementary PTA

Join OLHNA in helping support our local elementary school by participating in North Texas Giving Day!

Communities Foundation of Texas’ NTX Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.

The event helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2020, North Texans raised $58.8 million through 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 local nonprofits, bringing the twelve-year total to over $375 million for our community. NTX Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

We invite you to join the movement and help Hexter Elementary PTA reach their goal of $8,000 on September 23rd, 6 am to 11:59 pm. By donating on NTX Giving Day, you increase Hexter's chances of stretching dollars through cash and in-kind rewards for cause-related prizes, most donors, and random drawings.

Not available on September 23rd? No worries! Early giving is now open.

Spread the word!

Tell your friends and loved ones about Hexter Elementary PTA and NTX Giving Day. Communities Foundation of Texas is offering a prize for most shared social media posts. Don’t forget to tag #Hexter and #NTxGivingDay to enter.

Your gift matters!

At Victor H. Hexter Elementary, our PTA supports the Texas and National PTA mission to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Our PTA works in concert with our school leaders to provide robust programs to meet the vary...

Congratulations to our August Yard of the Month winner!
08/09/2021
August 2021 Yard of the Month — OLHNA

Congratulations to our August Yard of the Month winner!

August’s Yard-of-the-Month winner is Janice Crawford’s beautiful shade garden at 629 Kirkwood.  She has lived here for five years and was immediately attracted to the over-60-year-old Red Oak tree towering over the front yard.  Janice is a home remodeler, so she didn’t care what th

07/20/2021

Dear Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association Members,

One of the key areas of focus for our Neighborhood Association is Safety. The OLHNA is pleased to report that over the last two years, crimes of all categories have been in decline in our neighborhood, which is in contrast to trends across Dallas. We believe having conscientious neighbors who look out for each other is one reason for the decline. Another is our long-standing Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) program in Old Lake Highlands, led by Jim Dixon. Jim and our volunteers dedicate their time to receive training from the Dallas Police Department and then apply that training to the patrols they perform throughout our neighborhood.

However, over the past two weeks, we have seen residential burglaries increase in OLH in a "summer spike" of activity. Thus far, none of these burglaries have involved break-ins into occupied homes, but have involved theft from detached garages, open garage doors overnight, unlocked vehicles, and one unoccupied residence. These burglaries are not concentrated within one of our OLH zones but across all the zones that comprise our OLH footprint.

What can you do?

1. Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in.

2. Keep your garage door closed and access doors locked.

3. Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave your home or go to bed.

4. Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers, or flyers to build up if you are away.

5. Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

6. Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

7. Lawnmowers, barbecues, and bicycles are best stored out of sight.

8. Don't share your vacation plans on social media.

9. Finally, continue to look out for your neighbors. It is what makes our neighborhood such a great place to live!

Let's all stay diligent to continue to live in one of the safest neighborhoods in Dallas!

Congratulations to Aaron Williams, our July Yard of the Month winner! Aaron purchased his home in January of 2018. At th...
07/09/2021

Congratulations to Aaron Williams, our July Yard of the Month winner! Aaron purchased his home in January of 2018. At that time, the front yard was dominated by a large and unattractive mulberry tree, and holly bushes surrounded the home’s foundation. His first order of business was to remove both, giving him a fresh palate to work with. In 2020, he had his home painted a beautiful dark sage green, which presented a neat opportunity to experiment with foliage colors and textures that pop against the house. Aaron’s front yard has a beautiful mix of ornamental trees, grasses, and blooming pollinator plants. His collection includes an Autumn Blaze Maple, Texas Mountain Laurel, Merlot Redbud, Atlas Cedar, Catmint, Pink Muhly, Mealycup Sage, Artemisia, Copper King Hibiscus, Ruby Falls Redbud, Scabiosa, John Fannin Summer Phlox, and Spanish Lavender, among others. He described his backyard as his experimental zone, where he is examining light patterns and trying out plants to see what works. Like many of us during the past year, Aaron spent a great deal of time “pandemic” planting. His plant passion is evident, and his yard is lovely! You won’t want to miss it. Congratulations Aaron! https://www.oldlakehighlands.com/blog/yotm20210701

Congrats to our June 2021 Yard of the Month winner, Jean Hungerdord at 140 Lakeridge! Check out our blog to read more!
06/08/2021
June 2021 Yard of the Month — OLHNA

Congrats to our June 2021 Yard of the Month winner, Jean Hungerdord at 140 Lakeridge! Check out our blog to read more!

June Yard of the Month goes to Jean Hungerford at 140 Lakeridge.  Jean and her late husband John moved to OLH in 2013.  John took a different career path, but he had a Horticulture degree, and gardening was always his passion and first love. When the Hungerfords bought their house

Attention neighbors: We need your help TODAY at 4 pm for one hour!Invasive Queen Anne's Lace and Scabiosa are taking ove...
05/23/2021

Attention neighbors: We need your help TODAY at 4 pm for one hour!

Invasive Queen Anne's Lace and Scabiosa are taking over our cherished Black Land Prairie at Norbuck Park. Help us eradicate these weeds by donating your time to helping us pull these weeds.

Meet us at 4 pm at Hambrick and Van D**e. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes. Bring bug spray and a shovel, if you have one. A Master Gardener will be on hand to educate us on these invasive weeds and to show us the proper way to pull them. To make this a success, we need your help!

Attention neighbors: We need your help TODAY at 4 pm for one hour!

Invasive Queen Anne's Lace and Scabiosa are taking over our cherished Black Land Prairie at Norbuck Park. Help us eradicate these weeds by donating your time to helping us pull these weeds.

Meet us at 4 pm at Hambrick and Van D**e. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes. Bring bug spray and a shovel, if you have one. A Master Gardener will be on hand to educate us on these invasive weeds and to show us the proper way to pull them. To make this a success, we need your help!

Photos from Dallas City Council District 9's post
05/21/2021

Photos from Dallas City Council District 9's post

Support your community by joining Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association. OLHNA is 100% volunteer-driven and your d...
05/17/2021

Support your community by joining Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association. OLHNA is 100% volunteer-driven and your dues fund our crime watch and patrols, beautification projects, web services and so much more. Sign-up today!

Support your community by joining Old Lake Highlands Neighborhood Association. OLHNA is 100% volunteer-driven and your dues fund our crime watch and patrols, beautification projects, web services and so much more. Sign-up today!

Friendly reminder to adjust your sprinkler systems. Watering restrictions are in effect and being enforced by code compl...
05/04/2021

Friendly reminder to adjust your sprinkler systems. Watering restrictions are in effect and being enforced by code compliance throughout the neighborhood. Visit savedallaswater.com for more information.

Friendly reminder to adjust your sprinkler systems. Watering restrictions are in effect and being enforced by code compliance throughout the neighborhood. Visit savedallaswater.com for more information.

Congratulations to Melissa Allen at 440 Kirkwood, our May 2021 Yard of the Month winner!Melissa has lived in OLH since 2...
05/01/2021
May 2021 Yard of the Month — OLHNA

Congratulations to Melissa Allen at 440 Kirkwood, our May 2021 Yard of the Month winner!

Melissa has lived in OLH since 2018 and describes our neighborhood as a “gem” in the city. Melissa has given her porch a complete face-lift in the past three years, and she has replaced her front landscaping. The recent winter freeze gave most of us an opportunity for a landscape “do-over,” and her do-over looks fantastic. The result is a fresh new look with an eye-catching appeal (she notes the backyard is still a work in progress). She wanted her yard to include a mix of natives and pollinators to support our local birds and insects. Her plants include Texas Sage, Lantana, Japanese Maples, Privet, Scotch Broom, Blue Plumbago, Nandina, Fringe Flower, Spiderwort, Daylily, Aucuba, Salvia, Blackfoot Daisy, Hosta, Blue Agave, and Butterfly Bush – you’ll notice it’s Monarch approved. Melissa loves OLH and appreciates its friendly and true neighborhood feel - her home certainly adds to the charm. Excellent work, Melissa!

May 2021 YOTM: 440 Kirkwood

Congratulations to Melissa Allen at 440 Kirkwood, our May 2021 Yard of the Month winner!Melissa has lived in OLH since 2...
05/01/2021
May 2021 Yard of the Month — OLHNA

Congratulations to Melissa Allen at 440 Kirkwood, our May 2021 Yard of the Month winner!

Melissa has lived in OLH since 2018 and describes our neighborhood as a “gem” in the city. Melissa has given her porch a complete face-lift in the past three years, and she has replaced her front landscaping. The recent winter freeze gave most of us an opportunity for a landscape “do-over,” and her do-over looks fantastic. The result is a fresh new look with an eye-catching appeal (she notes the backyard is still a work in progress). She wanted her yard to include a mix of natives and pollinators to support our local birds and insects. Her plants include Texas Sage, Lantana, Japanese Maples, Privet, Scotch Broom, Blue Plumbago, Nandina, Fringe Flower, Spiderwort, Daylily, Aucuba, Salvia, Blackfoot Daisy, Hosta, Blue Agave, and Butterfly Bush – you’ll notice it’s Monarch approved. Melissa loves OLH and appreciates its friendly and true neighborhood feel - her home certainly adds to the charm. Excellent work, Melissa!

May 2021 YOTM: 440 Kirkwood

OLH Residents,Over the last two weeks, the OLHNA Board has met with the City of Dallas, surrounding city advocates, the ...
04/29/2021

OLH Residents,

Over the last two weeks, the OLHNA Board has met with the City of Dallas, surrounding city advocates, the Texas Neighborhood Coalition, and their counsel. We have also met with many of you, our wonderful OLH residents, whose quality of life has been dramatically affected by short-term rentals in our neighborhood.

With urgency and a heaviness weighing on our shoulders, we provide the following documents outlining many problems Dallas residents and our beloved neighborhood face both now and in the future.

If you feel you are not affected by STRs, these documents are for you. You may be surprised to find out how STRs affect all of us.

We have several volunteer opportunities ready to be filled. If you feel called to help or have questions, please reach out to [email protected].

There are so many good reasons to live in OLH. You are one of them.

Thank you,
OLHNA Board

04/23/2021

Attention OLH dog pawrents!

White Rock Lake Dog Park - Reopening Postposed

From City Hall: The maintenance work is complete and the sod has been replaced at the park. The grass is starting to take hold but will need one more week of heavy watering to be well established. The dog park will reopen on Monday, May 3rd. We apologize for the delay and will keep the dog launch area open in the meantime. We are very excited for everyone to see and use the park and the new grass very soon!

Photos from Dallas City Council District 9's post
04/16/2021

Photos from Dallas City Council District 9's post

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Looking for a reliable, economical company for a bathroom installation in a detached garage. Any recommendations? Thanks!
Fun and safe events for everyone to enjoy Wednesday and Thursday night at Oak Highlands Brewery ! Tonight it's 1990's Trivia and Cane Rosso White Rock. On Thursday night we have Bingo and Crunchies. It's free to play both nights.
Has anyone thought of any great ideas for Halloween if we are still (gulp) in the same predicament w/ Covid as we are currently? I know some people will probably feel comfortable Trick or Treating w/ masks on. But for those that may not be into that idea? We thought it could be fun for the kids in costume to stay in their front yards, and people could drive by and hurl candy their way! Like a drive by version of Halloween. We could maybe wipe down all candy wrappers and have a rule that they can't be consumed until after sitting for a day or two (if we are still worried about the virus living on items at that point). Just a thought. Open to any other brainstorming!
Just wanted to share that once again Eduardo Sierra and his team have done a fantastic job repairing and installing sections of my sprinkler system as well as installing new sod for us - this was in June but still hot and with his direction on how much to water, the grass came in GREAT! If you need sprinkler repair, landscaping, tree trimming or just about any other outside work, Eduardo IS YOUR MAN! Great work, great prices, quick and always checking back in how everything is working - hard to find service that good - oh and he is a proud East Dallas/Old Lake Highlands resident and neighbor! He's at: 214-914-1536.
So excited for Oak Highlands Brewery and all of our other local brewery friends who are opening today! Taproom is open at 25%, our patio is open, we are encouraging patrons to tailgate at their parking spot, we still have our curbside pick up, and food! Hope to see you today or tomorrow!
Let DISD know your thoughts on replacing Hexter and Reilly with new buildings. While a new building does have its benefits, older buildings have a sense of history and belonging that many former and current students appreciate. That sense of place is what grounds people to a community that they call home.
Someone in the neighborhood posted on Nextdoor, that they found this pup.
Not sure what to make/have for dinner tomorrow night? Let Chiave's take care of you. Chiaves will be set up at the corner of Northwest Hwy & Ferndale (near the old Chase bank) from 5-7pm. Take out and delivery options available. If you'd like to order a Family Value Meal, please text Larson no later than 1pm at 469-858-9280 or email: [email protected] to place your order. Family Value Meals consist of any of the following for $30 and can feed a family of 4 to 6. Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and Chicken Alfredo (comes with your choice of Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, or a Salad, and Garlic Texas Toast. Or order anything from the regular menu or delivery menu in person or call ahead and we'll get it ready for you. Thank you-Chiaves
Code Compliance 101: Introducing the very new Director of Dallas Code Compliance, Carl Simpson, who gives an overview of code compliance issues from A to Z (including issues with Airbnb rentals and issues associated with residential rental registration with the city). Also learn how the department can assist residents, with helpful programs, such as the 'Clean-Up Tools Program', and more. This is a very informative video. https://www.facebook.com/coffeeandpoliticsonline/videos/2415149022149304/
Hello! We live at the corner of Champa and Brookhurst and just chased a bobcat out of our yard this morning. It’s been hanging around for a few weeks. So beware.
Any updates available on the Mockingbird/Peavy bridge construction project or information about what the finished product is supposed to be?
Our dog was found last night in Old Lake Highlands but she managed to escape their garage. She is old and skinny from advanced kidney failure but very very friendly and will approach anyone. If you happen to see her please reply to this message. Thank you!