Hollywood-Santa Monica Home Tour Preview Party

The Hollywood – Santa Monica neighborhood in the eastern part of our district is hosting its 14th Annual Home Tour this weekend, featuring five historic, beautifully renovated homes.

Tonight I went to the preview party at the restored Major Theater. We enjoyed good food, live music, and an auction to benefit J. L. Long Middle School.

Briarwood – Bluffview Meet and Greet

Michelle Mew opened her beautiful Briarwood home to us to support my campaign this evening. It was terrific visiting with so many neighbors that I had met in December when I first started walking door-to-door in the district. We enjoyed great food and conversation on the porch and discussed the Wright Amendment, Love Field, the Blackwood proposal, and crime. Thanks, Michelle, for a wonderful evening.

Bluffview Garden Club Flower Show

This afternoon, the Bluffview Garden Club held its annual flower show, and the contestants had beautiful entries. District 14 shares the Bluffview neighborhood with District 13, and the flower show was held just outside the boundaries of District 14. I was so proud that one of my good friends and supporters, Pat White, claimed a ribbon for her beautiful peony ensemble. Well done, Pat!

SMU Maura Awards Dinner

It was such a pleasure to attend the Maura Awards Dinner this evening. Started in 1978 by the Women’s Center of Dallas, and now hosted by SMU, the award pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of women and girls in Dallas. Proceeds benefit the Gender Parity Initiative in the SMU School of Engineering.

This year’s honorees included Michele Bobadilla, Kathy LaTour, Karen Shuford, Ruth Thomas, and Linda Pitts Custard, whom I am proud to call a campaign supporter. Linda has been a remarkable force behind so many important projects in Dallas, particularly the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. This award is well-deserved!

I was also in good company at my table, sitting with past recipients such as Rita Cox, Lois Finkelman, Dr. Sheron Patterson, Becky Sykes, and my host, Patricia Meadows. Thanks, ladies, for a wonderful evening!

Apartment Association of Greater Dallas Uptown Candidate Forum

The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas hosted a candidate forum this evening in Uptown. Residents asked questions about the economic development of downtown, how to minimize the impact of poorly operated bars, and how to encourage quality growth and development.

Uptown is a model of what Tax Increment Financing districts can do to spur quality growth, and I will support such incentives to revitalize other parts of our city.

Wilshire Heights – Lakewood Heights Meet and Greet

Tonight we had a lovely time at Elizabeth Chandler’s house in Wilshire Heights. The guests had great questions about public safety, the strong mayor proposal, and my position on the Wright Amendment.

I especially enjoyed meeting a couple of fellow Rice owls who graduated in 1957 (when the first women’s dormitory was opened). Special thanks to Elizabeth Chandler for opening her lovely home to us, and for baking a fabulous chocolate cake. (For those who don’t know Elizabeth, she makes the best homemade desserts in Dallas!)

M Streets Meet and Greet

Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell hosted tonight’s meet and greet in the M Streets. Hugh and Neal have one of the most beautiful homes in the neighborhood, and their house was on the M Streets Home Tour in 2003 when I chaired the event.

Tonight’s guests had great questions about the Arts District (which I’m passionate about, for both cultural and economic reasons), Love Field, the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, and, of course, the Blackwood proposal.

Hugh and Neal’s spread of food was amazing, and the hosts and guests alike were comforted to know that Hugh and Neal’s beautiful Irish Setter, Reba, was sure to clean up any dropped hors d’oeuvres. Good dog!

Thanks again to Hugh and Neal for opening their beautiful home to my campaign.