Photo by Danny Fulgencio
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 27 March 2017
Many of us just stopped driving down Lower Greenville in 2016. More than a year of construction work to improve the pocked roads made it a traffic nightmare that was best avoided. More and more drivers headed to Skillman or Ross to skip the headache.
“We’ve heard so many neighbors say that,” says Sammy Mandell, owner of Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (GAP Co.).
As a member of the Lowest Greenville Collective, Mandell helped create “Experience Lowest Greenville,” a day of events this Saturday meant to showcase the street and its businesses in a new way. More than 20 neighborhood spots will be offering unique experiences, and the best part is, most of them are free. Want to screen print your own shirt? Head to Bullzerk. Got a sweet tooth? Katherine Clapner of Dude Sweet Chocolate will host chocolate pairings while talking treats during three classes throughout the day (noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.).
“We wanted to do something totally different, some that gave people an experience,” Mandell says. “With most of these, the owner themselves will be doing the experience. That’s really rare, to get to learn from Brooks [Anderson] from Rapscallion or Katherine [Clapner] over at Dude Sweet.”
Some classes, like learning to shuck oysters with Anderson, do have a fee attached ($50 which includes seven oysters, a shucking knife, gloves and a drink). Many also are limited to a certain number of participants, so registration is required to secure your spot. Events will take place from 8 a.m Saturday till 2 a.m. on Sunday (see the full schedule here, including how to sign up for selective classes).
“We wanted to put Greenville back on the map because people have forgotten about it during the construction,” Mandell says. “There’s something for everyone, there really is.”
Business owners suffered from the drop of business during the lengthy construction process, he says. Lowest Greenville has seen a number of closures in recent months, especially when it comes to restaurants — C’Viche, Clark Food, Remedy and Wine Co. being just a few examples. Mandell can’t speak to those closures directly, but said construction likely played a role.
“It didn’t help anyone, that’s for sure,” he says. “Whenever there’s construction, we’re hurting and we need customers even more.”
Owners at Dallas Beer Kitchen, which shuttered in early 2016, directly cited the construction as the reason for its closure in a scathing note to the city: “One last thing – f*ck the City of Dallas for planning an 11 month construction project costing $3.2 million on the entire street without allocating money for Construction Mitigation like other cities have done in the past.”
Built for walkability, businesses on Greenville rely on foot traffic, which dried up during the road work. “Experience Lowest Greenville” hopes to remind neighbors of everything the avenue has to offer this weekend, including free communal valet.
“[Lowest Greenville] is in full swing again after the construction,” Mandell say, “and very walkable again. Don’t worry about parking if you do have to drive, the merchants pay for valet.”
Bunnies can be rented from Liz Simmons at 714 Newell.
Bunnies are $50 each and you get to keep them until Good Friday and then they all come back to Newell for the parade. The money goes to pay for the band and the beverages.
Join your neighbors in Lindsley Park for a movie night complete with popcorn. Our San Mateo neighbor Joe Kacynski of David Bush Realtors is sponsoring this fun filled evening featuring the timeless flick "The Sandlot".
When: Saturday March 25th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Lindsley Park Pavillon
What to bring: Blankets, Chairs, Drinks
We're Planting Again
This Saturday - 8:30-Noon
This time, the milkweed Asclepias tuberosa (aka Butterfly weed). It will rain on Friday but Saturday is expected to be a beautiful, sunny, 77 degrees.
You’ll need your hat, gloves, and hand tools. See you Saturday!
The Advocate - 20 March 2017
Coyotes are a regular sight in our neighborhood. Just check out any social media platform, you’re likely to see at least one photo a week of the wild canines hanging out by White Rock Lake or meandering through one of the neighborhood streets.
But living with wildlife can be complicated, especially for pet owners. The Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth St., will address life alongside the coyotes during a free discussion on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. Master naturalist Bonnie Bradshaw of 911 Wildlife will discuss the animals’ basic behaviors, solutions to coyotes conflicts and tips for protecting pets, along with answering audience questions.
There is no cost to attend.
Woodrow rocks the Granda
For the fourth year, Woodrow’s high school band will take over the Granda for an afternoon of music from 4-6 p.m. The highlight will be a “Tribute to the Glen Miller Orchestra.” All proceeds benefit the Private Lession Scholarship Fund.
Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.,
WE START PLANTING TOMORROW!
Saturday, March 18
The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here!
We’re planting Gulf Muhly, Rock Rose, Blackfoot Daisy, Pineapple Sage, and Lantana.
We’ll start the day with a planting tutorial.
Bring a bucket, if you have one. We’ll haul in water in larger containers but a bucket will be helpful at the planting site.
Since our soil is fluffy and aerated, you only need hand tools to create holes for planting.
Those straight-bottom shovels will be useful to keep the beds’ borders tidy.
Don’t forget your hat and gloves!
There are plenty of volunteer positions that need to be filled. Help out in the Art In The Park, Volunteer at a Home, assist at the Pr-Tour Acution Party. We wouldn't be able to do this without you.
The Auction Party Planning Committee
We are especially seeking
Neighbors that are great at reaching out to our local businesses and
getting them to donate
We also want items like:
Staycations, tickets to Sporting Events, Museums, Concerts and MORE!
So, if you have connections or want to help us collect auction items,
please give us a call
Janet Brady: 972-979-2096 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Wright: 214-729-3188 or email: email@example.com
Sunday, April 30th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The 6th Annual Hollywood Art in the Park is a FREE ADMISSION outdoor marketplace featuring talented local and regional visual, culinary, and gift artists and craftspeople. The variety of artisans will surely satisfy even the most discerning shopper. Some of the best food and dessert trucks in Dallas will compliment the rich array of handmade goods, children’s activities, and live music. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 30th, from 12:00pm to 5:00 pmat Lindsley Park in the Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood in the heart of East Dallas. Hollywood Art in the Park is held annually in partnership with the two-day Hollywood Home Tour, a community event supporting local schools: Lumin Lindsley Park Community School; Eduardo Mata Elementary School; and J.L. Long Middle School. Bring your friends and family and make an afternoon of it: shop, play, eat and tour fabulous historic homes!
Please LIKE us at www.facebook.com/hollywoodartinthepark. Don’t forget to invite your friends to LIKE us as well!
For more information or to request a vendor application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can tell it’s late winter because the Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) are beginning to bloom; before long, the north end of Tenison Park (near our pollinator garden) will be blanketed with these purple wildflowers which have naturalized here for years now. You’ll see them when you drive along East Grand near the intersections of Tenison Memorial Drive and Blair Street. The first day of spring - March 20 - is not far away.
We were a small but mighty group this past Saturday; Jody Lyke, Jeff Ferrand, and Heath Quinnley came to work on the last details before planting (next Saturday, March 18th).
Our three beds are sizable - Jody needed a 100’ tape measure to get around each of the three beds. We were confirming how many plants we’ll need.
Jeff staked out where three Dallas Red Lantana plants will go - in a triangle at 30” centers. Lantana is a perennial shrub in the Verbena family which blooms April through October. It requires little water, is heat tolerant, attracts birds and butterflies, and is a native.
Heath planted small Pavonia (Rock Rose) transplants. A friend of Mellen West’s offered to thin out her Pavonia and donate them to our garden. Pavonia is in the Mallow family and an excellent addition to our pollinator garden because it is native, a nectar source for butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds, and very drought tolerant. The hibiscus-like flowers bloom from April into November ensuring another nectar source for the fall migrating Monarchs.
This is one of the beds ready for planting. The flags represent where 8 Gulf Muhly will be planted. Muhly is in the grass family. In October the spikelets take on a feathery, deep pink hue. It is known to attract beneficial insects such as ladybug beetles and will contribute a winter form to the garden. Your $25 contribution will help us purchase five of these.
We had time to clean out the Inland Sea Oats bed under the large pecan trees. It was time to cut down last year’s growth - the seeds had served their purpose of winter food for birds with some falling to the ground to grow into new plants.
Inland Sea Oats are an attractive, dense-covering grass for shade. Seeds are eaten by small mammals and granivorous birds. Leaves provide graze for mammals. Stems and leaves are used as nesting material by birds. It attracts butterflies and is the larval host of the skipper butterfly.
We repurposed all sorts of fallen twigs as a natural border. As organic material decomposes, it provides a slow release form of nitrogen which is not easily washed away.
And last, but not least, this darling young one and his dad strolled over while we were working. He was very excited to see the bees, with legs full of dandelion pollen, buzzing from flower to flower.
From Karen Albracht
I’ve waited to send this until we had a more firm idea of the weather tomorrow; it appears the rain will not happen until Saturday evening. If you have some time to spare tomorrow morning, come to the garden. Now that all the beds are prepped, we need to re-measure to make sure we acquire the proper amount of plants as we look to NEXT Saturday, March 18th as the first planting date. We can facilitate planting by staking out where the Gulf Muhly and Pavonia (Rock Rose) will go in each bed. Jeff Ferrand has collected some surveyor-type flags that will be useful for this.
We also have an area under the large pecan trees, shown below, where our inland sea oats are showing new growth. We need to clean out winter debris and cut back last year’s growth so the new shoots can get some of that rain that’s coming. It would be helpful to bring your hand pruner for this.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturdays, March 18 and 25 as the first two planting days, weather and funds permitting.
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214