Preventing Crime Around the Holidays

posted Dec 17, 2014, 3:48 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 3:50 PM ]

From our Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association (LGNA) friends - a few very good holiday reminders about preventing crime around the holidays:

  • Be on the look out for scams. We're feeling generous this time of year and scam artists know that.

  • Don't have packages shipped to your home unless you are absolutely certain you will be there 24/7 to receive them. Have them shipped to your office, or take advantage of the UPS store where packages can be received for you from any carrier. Having them stolen off your porch is a sure way to spoil the holiday.

  • Try not to have your piles of Christmas gifts visible from outside your windows. Its just window shopping for all those guys that deliver the pizza menus to your door.

  • Don't leave the packing boxes from big items sitting on the curb for bulk trash. No need to advertise that you just got a 62" flatscreen. Cut them up and put them in the recycle bin.

  • Be careful at shopping malls, especially when parking farther from the entrances. Parking lot robberies seem to rise around Christmas shopping time.

Richard Avenue, Glencoe Street, and Worcola Street Construction

posted Aug 15, 2014, 8:58 AM by Will Short

If you're like the rest of us, you have been greatly affected by the intense street construction taking place in the 5400-5500 blocks of Richard, as well as on Worcola Street from Richard to Miller Avenues and south on Glencoe Street from Richard Avenue.  Although many of you may already have received these notices from the city, some have not; therefore, we are posting them all here for your information and reference.  Please contact if you have any questions.

DHS Historic City Tours 2014

posted Jan 14, 2014, 1:48 PM by Vickery Place   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 1:49 PM ]

Tour bus



The Dallas Historical Society is offering Historic City Tours from March through May.  Go to!/historic-city-tours for more information or to obtain tickets.

All tours subject to cancellation.

For more information, email

For reservations, please call (214) 421-4500 x101 or order online HERE.





  • Date:  March 15th, 2014 (Saturday)
  • Time:  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
  • Price:  $25 Members / $35 Non Members

This tour will take you through many of Dallas’s historic and preservation districts where you will learn about how the neighborhoods came into existence, who planned them and when. Some of the neighborhoods are very well known, while others are lesser known residential jewels that make up the city.

The neighborhoods visited include:

  • Deep Ellum
  • Arts District
  • State-Thomas (“Uptown”)
  • McKinney Avenue
  • Highland Park
  • Turtle Creek/Cedar Springs
  • West Dallas
  • Kessler Park
  • Lake Cliff
  • The Cedars
  • South Blvd/Park Row
  • Hollywood Heights
  • Lakewood
  • Swiss Avenue
  • Munger Place

Click HERE to reserve your seat today!





  • Date:  March 22nd, 2014 (Saturday afternoon)
  • Time:  1:00PM to 5:00 PM
  • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
  • Price:  $30 Members / $40 Non Members


Oak Cliff looking back at Dallas


“East is east and west is west, but never the twain shall meet.”  But they will meet on this tour.  East Dallas and Oak Cliff were separate and individual cities, until they decided to join their big neighbor, Dallas.   The true history of Dallas begins in the White Rock area.  The beauty of Dallas rests in this part of the city.  However, across the river, there is more history and there are more impressive scenes.  The sites in the far west of the city at Mountain Creek Lake are spectacular.

Click HERE to reserve your seat today!





  • Date:  March 29th, 2014 (Saturday)
  • Time:  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
  • Price:  $25 Members / $35 Non Members

Climb aboard with historian and author Dr. Michael V. Hazel and explore the history of Downtown Dallas. Learn how the area has evolved over time and modern day developments, like the Arts District, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Klyde Warren Park, and the Dealey Plaza restoration project. Go inside the Old Red Courthouse and walk among the graves of some of Dallas’s founders at Pioneer Cemetery.

Click HERE to reserve your seat today!





  • Date:  May 3rd, 2014
  • Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Saturday morning)
  • Meeting Place:  Grove Hill Cemetery
  • Price:  $10 Members / $20 Non Members



Grove Hill Cemetery marked its 100th birthday in 2011, and it is still a very active cemetery.  It contains an impressive array of monuments to 20th century movers and shakers of Dallas, as well as the largest and best collection of mausoleums in the county.  Anyone that has been in the Dallas area for any length of time will feel a special connection to the illustrious people interred at Grove Hill.

The entrance to Grove Hill Cemetery is on Samuell Boulevard, just east of the intersection with Lawnview.  Tour attendees will park in the parking lot just inside the entrance on the right.

This is a walking tour only.  Participants will meet at the designated cemetery for the tour.

Click HERE to reserve your seat today!





  • Date:  May 17th, 2014
  • Time:  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Saturday morning)
  • Meeting Place:  Oakland Cemetery
  • Price:  $10 Members / $20 Non Members


 Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery dates to 1892.  Its permanent residents include famous mayors, congressmen and other elected officials; educators, doctors and lawyers; business owners and bankers; world-famous clergy; a Civil War general (one of only two in Dallas County); land developers (Highland Park, for example); the first president of the Shakespeare Club (for 52 years!); a renowned millionaire eccentric; and a tragic victim of police brutality, to mention just a few of its 35,000+ graves.  Oakland has some of the finest funeral statuary to be found anywhere.

The entrance to Oakland Cemetery is on the east side of Malcolm X, between MLK and Pine, in the 3900 block.  Tour attendees will park inside the cemetery around the circle that features a very tall obelisk (which is straight ahead after entering the cemetery).

This is a walking tour only.  Participants will meet at the designated cemetery for the tour.

 Click HERE to reserve your seat today!





  • Date:  May 26th, 2014 (Memorial Day Monday)
  • Time:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Pick up/Drop off:  The Hall of State in Fair Park
  • Lunch:  Olive Garden
  • Price:  $35 Members / $50 Non Members


 Bonnie and Clyde

Uncover the lives of the famous outlaw lovers from Dallas, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, with author John Neal Phillips.  Tour will include lunch.

  Click HERE to reserve your seat today!

Halloween 2013: Worcola Witches & Warlocks Walk

posted Nov 24, 2013, 7:26 PM by Vickery Place

Spotted at Worcola and Willis -- Scooby Doo, a family right out of The Wizard of Oz, a groovy 1970’s family, beautiful princesses, a Chinese Dragon, dancers and many more amazing characters -- all celebrating our 1st annual Halloween Event for the children of Vickery Place.  

Our thanks to all the families who made the evening very special for everyone.  Thanks to our home owners who participated along the route – Michael and Rachel Thomason, Christian and Casey Herr, Jamie and Daniel Evans and Steven Summers.  Thanks to the student performers from North Dallas High.  Thanks to our amazing volunteers and to Rosemary Rumbley for her wonderful story telling.  

And special thanks to Mary Kay Henley for welcoming all to her craftsman cottage and being our host home for the evening.

To see many more pictures of this evening, Click here to link to our VPNA Facebook Page.

New at NNO this year - Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles!

posted Sep 28, 2013, 2:03 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Sep 28, 2013, 2:06 PM ]

Made with only the best all-natural, organic and local ingredients, Pop Star provides a healthy, all-natural alternative to the mass produced, chemical laden, and artificially flavored dessert market. 

All of their pops are handcrafted in small batches using lots of fresh fruit, organic evaporated can juice, and nothing artificial, ever. Their fruit based pops are gluten free, vegan and have no refined sugars.  

Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles is a local start-up company established in 2012.  Just look for the cool VW bus at Vickery Place's NNO and check out this post on the Dallas Observer's blog site too.


Crime Watch & Helpful Links

posted Sep 19, 2013, 4:49 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Sep 19, 2013, 4:55 PM ]

During our September general meeting, Officer Camacho, Officer Le and Officer McIntire, members of the Dallas Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Team, discussed crime trends in our neighborhood, educated us on various crime reducing and fighting tips, and recommended many online tools and resources. 

The number one crime in our neighborhood is “Burglary of a Motor Vehicle” (BMV) where thieves break into parked cars and steal items such as cell phones, purses, bags, GPS equipment, and laptops.  The police strongly recommend NOT parking on the street and “LOCK (your car) – TAKE (your keys) – HIDE (your belongings)”.  In fact, our officers even recommend not leaving smart phone cables and power cords visible because thieves see them and assume there’s a smart phone or GPS in your car.

Once again, the police stressed over and over how much they need us to call 911 when we see suspicious activity in our neighborhood!  Suspicious activity can be a car that is slowly circling the block, someone peeking in car windows as they walk down the street, or someone loitering around a house/sidewalk/alley.  If in doubt, CALL 911!

Here are some very helpful online resources and tools:

Dallas Police - Central Patrol’s Facebook Page:

Dallas Police - Central Patrol’s crime watch websiteWWW.CEpatrolcrimewatch.ORG

Dallas Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Team information

Neighborhood Guard:  An Oakland, CA-based community organization that promotes “Organizing Neighborhoods to fight crime with Cameras and other means.”  They have excellent video surveillance camera information – what to buy, where to place, how to install, etc. and how to tie them into a shared community resource for fighting crime. – A Dallas Police Department Internet site and smartphone app that enables citizens to report crime tips and leads

(1)    Smartphone app for iPhone and Android:

(2)    Website tool:

RAIDS Online:  Website and smartphone app that compiles crime data and allows you to view each incident on a map.  You can sign up and receive a free crime report via email each day for an area that you specifiy. 

Nextdoor   A Facebook-like app that is aimed at neighborhood residents and therefore has more security controls.  This may be a good application in which to run our VPNA crime watch activities!

Munger Place and Other Autumn Home Tours

posted Sep 19, 2013, 9:57 AM by Vickery Place

Munger Place will kick off the autumn home tours with their annual Munger Place Days this weekend, September 20-22, which will feature seven beautiful homes.  

Munger Place Days includes a Historic Home Tour, Wine Walk and Preview of Homes, Street Festival and Craft Fair spanning 3 days. We begin on Friday, September 20th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm with our Wine Walk and Tour of homes. You will be touring 7 of our Munger Place Homes during the event. Tickets for this event are $25.00 if purchase in advance or $30.00 the day of the event. On Saturday and Sunday, September 21st & 22nd from 12:00 - 6:00 pm The Tour or Homes and Historic Exhibits will be open to participants. The ticket price for this event will be $12.00 if purchased in advance and $15.00 if purchased the day of the event. On Sunday, September 22nd you can also enjoy our Street Festival and Craft Fair, which will include a Children's Pet Parade, Cookie Contest and Cakewalk. At the Street Festival we will be providing live music, a food truck court, and vendor show including jewelry, home décor, art, and vintage items. The homes that have been chosen for the tour this year have terrific history.   

Tickets and additional information may be found on the Munger Place website.

Other Home Tours upcoming this Fall include:

October 12-13 (Saturday/Sunday) 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

November 3-4 (Saturday/Sunday) 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

  • Junius Heights                                      

November 3?? Sunday ONLY 11:00 - 5:00 p.m

  • Lakewood                                              

November 9-11

December 6-8;

6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday;

2:00 to 10:00 p.m Saturday; and

2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

December 8 (Saturday)

The Dallas Symphony Association is seeking a select group of singers, ages 9-13, for the Christmas Celebration concerts in December

posted Sep 5, 2013, 11:57 AM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Sep 5, 2013, 12:00 PM ]

Auditions are Sunday, September 8th and Tuesday, September 10th. For more information, please visit the DSO's website:'s-choir-auditions.aspx

Meet & Greet with Councilman Kingston

posted Aug 29, 2013, 7:31 PM by Mark Rieves

Thanks to District 14 Councilman Philip Kingston and approximately 40 Vickery Place residents and LGWNA guests who attended our August 2013 General Meeting at The Londoner!

Wine Walk!

posted Jun 9, 2013, 1:26 PM by Vickery Place   [ updated Jun 9, 2013, 1:28 PM ]

The third annual Vickery Place Food & Wine Walk was a smashing success! Many thanks to the home-owners who allowed their porches to be overrun by almost 100 oenophiles! The Grape restaurant and the Blue Goose donated food for the event, and we also had food served from Sissy's Southern Kitchen, Jack's Southern Comfort Food, Fireside Pies, and Manny's famous taco stand. Once again, we sold out completely the week before the event. If you missed it this year, make sure you sign up for the email blasts so that you can be first in line next year.

Full resolution versions of these photos are available on our Facebook and Google+ places, so like us and +1 us today!

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