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Food pantries like the one at Woodrow High School help discreetly feed students and their families when times are tough. (Photo courtesy Nancy Wilson)

If you just walked down the halls of Woodrow Wilson High, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that some students would need the assistance of a food pantry.

But, like far too many students that attend Dallas ISD schools, the only meals some kids at Woodrow got came from the cafeteria. There simply wasn’t food at home. (more…)

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When you have an idea in your head, sometimes it sounds way more awesome rattling around in your brain than when it actually happens.

I’m happy to report that this was not the case last night. A steady stream of parents with children in Dallas ISD schools, Lakewood residents, Realtors and more came by the darling Tudor in Hollywood Heights to talk Dallas ISD schools with each other, yours truly, and newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall.

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815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event.

Just a reminder – tonight is our first installment of SCHOOL + HOUSE, a chance for Realtors and prospective parents to mingle with involved parents in Lakewood-area Dallas ISD schools, as well as District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall, plus see an adorable 3/2 Tudor in Lakewood. This first installment is a partnership with the Heather Guild Group and CandysDirt.com. Look for more in coming months in other neighborhoods – and Realtors, if you’re interested in finding out how this works, email me.

Details are below. The event is come and go – so swing by after work! (more…)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

Way back when I first started writing for CandysDirt.com, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.   (more…)

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Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred takes us just north of White Rock Lake in Lakewood to 7325 Rutgers Drive. This fantastic East Dallas neighborhood is full of other handsome midcentury houses like this one, but few are priced as competitively: With a recent price reduction, it is now listed for $299,900, or $185 per square foot. Nearby comps have been averaging almost $200 per square foot.

Built in 1960 and recently updated, this brick house is a 3-2 with 1,617 square feet sitting on 0.178 acres with lovely, mature trees. Located within walking distance of the new playground and splash park at Ridgewood-Belcher Rec Center, this University Terrace property is in the Lakewood Elementary, Long Middle, and Woodrow Wilson High School zones. Nearby private schools include Zion Lutheran, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, and Dallas Academy. The neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade and a Halloween party for local kids. Needless to say, the area draws many families.

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Get them while they are HOT! I’ve got tickets in my hot envelope-holding hand for this weekend’s Lakewood Home Tour featuring six Lakewood homes, AND J.L. Long Middle School, the first non-residence featured on the tour since its inception. Haven’t you ever thought you might want to LIVE in a school? In London, people are living in insane asylums gone condo. Why not an elementary school? J.L. Long opened in 1933, is a historical landmark and was recently refurbished to the tune of  multi-millions. The ticket will get you in Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, or Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Note: you can upgrade your ticket for an extra $10 at the door for the Candlelight Tour on Friday night from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

What’s on tap? Six luscious homes ranging in style from a mid-century modern home to what we term classic Lakewood, a 1926 Clifford Hutsell-designed Spanish Eclectic that has been restored after a fire in the late ’90s. The home on Coronado was designed by the architect-owner in 2011 and modeled after his great-grandparent’s home in the garden district of New Orleans. Inside you’ll find mid-century modern furniture mixed with the owners’ own eclectic finds.

Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 online, but if you tell me who is going to win the presidential election by the exact number of points, two tickets are yours!

KIDDING! Just tell me why sea turtles, my newest obsession, are called bales, as in a bale of turtles. Hint: it ain’t pretty, like our houses.