In case you still haven’t read this week’s paper (shameful!), a group of Rosemont students are en route to Tennessee today for the final round of Destination Imagination, a global competition that allows children to showcase their critical thinking and creative prowess in arts and science. Thanks to the school’s Facebook page, we got a glimpse these little geniuses up before dawn, ready to get scootin’ south.
Show some love for these awesome kids representing Dallas and Oak Cliff.
In today’s edition of Oak Cliff People, I make the case that Saturday’s elections for the District 1 seat on the Dallas City Council and the District 7 seat on the DISD Board of Trustees were largely decided by voters in Kessler Park, Stevens Park, and Winnetka Heights. I didn’t have space to properly present the numbers in print, so let’s do it online. These 12 precincts had the highest voter turnout for the City Council election (I included 12 because three precincts tied for 10th place):
Precinct Polling Place City DISD 4079 Kessler Park United Methodist Church 931 867 4074 Sunset High School 345 328 4073 Preparing the Way Ministries 225 208 4063 Elmwood United Methodist Church 210 190 4069 Winnetka Elementary School 210 188 4080 Kidd Springs Recreation Center 200 188 4067 Peabody Elementary School 175 163 4068 Lida Hooe Elementary School 148 137 4114 Cowart Elementary School 135 125 4035 Academy of Dallas 134 – 4061 L.O. Donald Elementary School 134 126 4078 Kidd Springs Recreation Center 134 125
Look at those relatively astronomical numbers for Precinct 4079, also known as Scott Griggs’ home precinct. (The link will bring up a map.) Those figures represent a quarter of the total turnout for both races. More than 85 percent of the voters in Kessler Park and Stevens Park preferred Griggs to fellow incumbent Delia Jasso, whose Precinct 4078 was one of the three that tied for 10th place. And 86 percent of them chose DISD Trustee Eric Cowan over his two challengers.
The dropoff to Precinct 4074 is significant, but that precinct, which serves Winnetka Heights, still had 120 more voters in each race than the third-place precinct.
Surprisingly, Cowan’s home precinct, Precinct 4077, didn’t even crack the top 10 in his contest. The 87 votes registered there were good enough for only 16th place. His two challengers — Rafael Narvaez III and Arturo “Art” Sierra — live in Precinct 4113 and Precinct 4068, respectively.
If you’ve got a green thumb and a dirty car, there’s two Oak Cliff fundraisers that could use you help on Saturday.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks will be completing the restoration of the butterfly garden at Founders Park, which already has some visible progress thanks to the efforts of 38 athletes from Adamson and Sunset High Schools. Volunteers will get snacks and a mountain of gratitude. The group will meet at Memorial Plaza. If you have spading forks, shovels, clippers, loppers, or wheelbarrows, bring them. If you don’t, contact Barbara Barbee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Williams at email@example.com, and they’ll find some use for your elbow grease.
Also, Sunset High School‘s Purple Marching Machine has organized a car wash from 8 a.m. until noon at the parking lot of CVS, 2427 W. Jefferson Blvd. The group notes it takes 14 cases of water to keep the band hydrated at events, so donations in the form of bottled water will gladly be accepted in lieu of cash.
Today is National Bike to Work Day, and the folks at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff promised a huge surprise this morning at the group’s “energizer station” at the Jefferson Viaduct. And, boy, did they deliver. In addition to KIND and Cliff bars and a swag assortment from DART, a mariachi trio was among the surprises today.
“I love the idea of just tapping into the different aspects of Oak Cliff culture,” said Jonathan Braddick, a board member of BFOC. “It was worth the money we spent to get them out there.”
After setting up camp at 6:30 a.m, the bike traffic was off to a slow start. “We realized people don’t ride to work that early,” Braddick said. But almost 50 bicyclists passed through the station before 9 a.m.
“It was awesome. More people did the bike to work than ever,” Braddick said. “Some of them didn’t even stop. They went right through our tent. But most people came and hung out for a bit.”
So, how does BFOC top this morning’s act? Braddick’s already thinking. ”Next year, we might do a marching band or something,” he said.
Texas Theatre is showing Star Trek Into Darkness at both 7:45 and 9 p.m. tonight.
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Are you about to graduate from high school? Do you live in Oak Cliff or go to school here? Are you planning on going to college this fall in Dallas, Tarrant, or Denton county?
Then you, my friend, qualify for the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Oaks Scholarship. And you have exactly 48 hours to turn in your application — assuming that the “Monday” in “Monday, May 17″ is a typo. If the “May 17″ is a typo, then you have 120 hours to turn in your application or your application was due 48 hours ago.
Either way, call the lovely and talented Chelsea Klepfer at 214-943-4567, ext. 17, to clear things up.
The top 8-to-10 performances will be chosen to speak at the Kessler Theater on June 20. Judges will determine who moves on to present at TEDxSMU on Oct. 19. Finalists for the Kessler Theater round will be announced June 6.
If you just want to check out the talent and not compete yourself, you can come to the Kessler to watch the performances at 6 p.m. on June 20. Auditions start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $12 here.
The following educators will be honored by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. on May 23 in the Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
College Educator of the Year: Mike Williams Sr. (Dallas Baptist University)
High School Educator of the Year: James Martin (Bishop Dunne Catholic School)
Middle School Educators of the Year: Bobby Diggs (W. H. Atwell Middle School) and Christopher Kemp (Fellowship Christian Academy)
Elementary School Educator of the Year: Alison Beazley (The Kessler School)
Pre-School Educator of the Year: Priscilla Cano (Mi Escuelita)
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