News Around Our Neighborhood – March 2017

Courtesy of the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, these news briefs are excerpted from stories originally published on

2-20-16pm-036edit-1050x7009 things to do this weekend: Theater, free beer, mommy-daughter tea time and flower power

White Rock Theater offers the sweetly moving story “Saving Pennies” by J. Renae Lesley, a piece inspired by her daughter’s friendship with Grace Loncar, a talented Booker T. Washington student who took her own life this year. The story follows two girls from childhood through adolescence as they deal with the highs and lows of growing up. Performances take place Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Mix, 9125 Diceman Drive. Tickets are $8 and available here.

Mata Montessori hosts it’s major fundraiser of the year this Saturday from 6:30-10 p.m. at Kaycee Hall, 10110 Shoreview Road. During the “Midsummer’s Night Dream” themed auction party, attendees can bid on vacation packages, fine jewelry and a few quintessentially East Dallas prizes. Tickets are $45 and include dinner, dessert and two drink tickets. All proceeds benefit the school — get all the details here.

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1702140016_DannyFulgencio_PrincipalRoxanneCheekLipscombElem_EDL_1050Lipscomb Elementary is ‘on the precipice’ of becoming a neighborhood school worthy of Realtors’ selling points

Last spring, in the midst of a heated school board election, three candidates in a close race to represent East Dallas, Preston Hollow and Oak Lawn schools were asked which school in these areas is the best-kept secret.

All three, without hesitation, gave the same answer: Lipscomb Elementary.

“The principal there is doing excellent work,” said the eventual winner and current Dallas ISD trustee, Dustin Marshall. “They have an magnificent two-way dual language program. It’s a jewel for the district that I think we need to replicate elsewhere.”

Lipscomb is the neighborhood school for three Old East Dallas historic districts — Junius Heights, Swiss Avenue and Munger Place — but in recent history, families living in the homes on these established streets haven’t sent their children to the school. An Old East Dallas early childhood PTA formed in 2008 to attempt to reverse that trend, with some success.

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Living-AHeavenly transformation: From a 19th century church to one heck of a home

Everyone thought she was crazy. Not one person close to her thought she should do it, but Suzy Batiz is not a woman easily dissuaded from her vision. While others saw a 100-plus-year-old church in disrepair, she saw a unique home that had the potential to support her dream of hosting workshops for women.

“The Realtor even tried to talk me out of [buying] it,” she laughs. “I knew I needed to buy it. I have been obsessed with the idea of living in a church for years.”

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