Special Events

    Coffee With Cops to be Held at McDonald's this Friday, Dec 20th

    posted Dec 18, 2013, 4:20 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 4:23 PM ]

    5403 Ross Avenue, 75206  

    The Dallas Police Department is inviting people to McDonald’s locations across the city for a free coffee and to chat with officers who patrol their neighborhoods. Coffee with Cops is planned for 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., this Friday, December 20. Deputy chiefs and neighborhood patrol officers will answer questions. McDonald’s will give one cup of coffee to customers.

    The McDonald's location for Central Patrol (the Division that serves Vickery Place) is 5403 Ross Avenue, 75206

    No VPNA General Meeting in December

    posted Dec 6, 2013, 4:57 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 5:59 PM ]

    There will be no monthly meeting in December.  The next scheduled meeting is for Thursday, January 9th at a time and place TBD.  

    Happy Holidays to all!

    VPNA November Annual Meeting POT LUCK & ARTISAN FAIRE

    posted Nov 8, 2013, 3:52 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Nov 8, 2013, 3:56 PM ]

    Thursday, November 14th, 7-9pm; Vickery Towers, Dining Room, 5623 Belmont Avenue.    The neighborhood association’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm, when the 2014 VPNA Board of Directors will be elected into office. Following tradition of past years, we will also host a pot luck holiday feast and neighborhood artisan faire, giving everyone a jump start on the holiday season.

    The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates for the 2014 VPNA board of directors, four officers and a minimum of five/maximum of nine members at large. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Proof of residency required to vote in the election. (Please show as you check in).

    The Pot Luck dinner will be generously provided by the current VPNA board and committee members. If you have a special dish that you would like to share, please bring it. Beer, wine and beverages will also be available.

    Live local—you bet! You can’t go more local then you own neighborhood! Come see what our neighborhood artists have to offer:

    • Origami Ornaments made by Isabel & Katherine Adams

    • Jewelry and Accessories by Maria Gonzalez

    • Mexican Hand-Embroidered Pillows from Candy Hearne

    • Recycled Glass, both functional & artwork by Mathew Ladin

    • Oil Paintings on canvas by Laura Petka

    • Beaded Jewelry and Found Object Art by Charlotte Lindsey

    • Stella & Dot Jewelry presented by Kasey Pozzi

    • Botanical Mono-Print Cards by Teresa Wyatt van der Enden

    • Vickery Place merchandise such as T-shirts, beer glasses, wine glasses, commemorative plaques, note cards and Sign Toppers also available.

    Worcola Witches & Warlocks Walk

    posted Oct 21, 2013, 5:16 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 7:32 PM ]

    Join us for trick-or-treating, fun and games at our first annual VPNA Children’s Halloween Party!  ** Just added: Musicians & Acrobats!! **

    WHEN:   Thursday October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30

    WHERE:  Host Home/Check In 5603 Willis.  There are five homes on the route (5600 blocks of Richard & 5600 Miller)

    You must check-in to take full advantage of the event. Parents must accompany children for the duration of the event.

    WHAT:   Goodie Bags, Trick or Treat Stops EnRoute & Activity Stations including Crafts, Photo Booth and Story Telling by Texas Treasure Rosemary Rumbley, Musicians & Acrobats.

    This event is aimed towards children elementary age and under.  With a Vickery Place newsletter, 2 children can participate for free; without the newsletter or additional children, we recommend a $5 donation per child to the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association.

    Check-in will begin at 5:30 at the northeast corner of Worcola and Willis.  You must check-in to take full advantage of the event.  Parents must accompany children for the duration of the event.

    Volunteers are welcome!  Email us at info@vpna.org for further details

    Stay tuned to Facebook, this web site and email blasts.  

    National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime 2013 - Block Party

    posted Sep 26, 2013, 8:46 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Sep 27, 2013, 11:04 AM ]

    Tuesday, October 1st
     from 6pm - 8pm;  2600 block of Glencoe, between Miller & Willis.  

    This year marks the 30th Annual “National Night Out Against Crime."   Each year VPNA makes a huge effort to gather as many neighbors as possible for our annual National Night Out Against Crime block party.  At the Block Party we enjoy food, entertainment, a raffle, and most importantly, an opportunity to get to know our neighbors and build our community! (Pics from 2011)(Pics from 2012)

    It was a SMASHING hit last year, so back by popular demand... FOOD TRUCKS!  Joining us again are Ruthie's Food Truck specializing in amazing sandwiches on artisan bread with fine cheeses, Jo Dawg's Food Truck serving custom hot dogs, links, polish sausages & bratwurst, and Wackym's Kitchen serving delicious cookies and treats.  And new this year - for kids big and small - is Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles.

    As for beverages, we'll have bottled water, soft drinks, and two kegs of beer - Lakewood Lager and Rock Ryder from the Lakewood Brewing Company!  

    And for entertainment, back again is Vickery Place resident Salim NourallahYou will also have the chance to visit with our local Dallas Police Department officers, our City Council Members and other City of Dallas representatives. 

    Admission to the NNO Block Party is free, but be sure to bring some cash for food trucks, games, kids’ activities, and raffle tickets. Beer will be available for a donation. 

    VPNA will also have an information table where you can purchase Vickery Place t-shirts and glasses and sign up for our crime watch e-newsletter and get your car sticker.

    Hope to see you there and please tell your neighbors!

    VPNA General Meeting – Crime Watch Reboot

    posted Aug 29, 2013, 7:23 PM by Mark Rieves

    Thursday, September 12th; 7 to 9 PM

    Vickery Towers, 5619 Belmont Avenue

    For our next general meeting and leading up to our October 1st Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) Against Crime block party, we will refocus our attention on Vickery Place’s crime watch efforts.   Officer Camacho and Officer Le, members of the Dallas Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Team, will be on hand to discuss current crime trends in our neighborhood.  They will also discuss many of the new tools that the Dallas Police Department has implemented, such as the iWatchDallas mobile app (http://dallas.iwatch911.us/) for reporting crime, and how you can schedule a free home security survey with the Neighborhood Policing Team (which can lower your insurance rates).   At the end of the session, we encourage you to ask questions and give us your opinion on how Vickery Place can improve our Crime Watch effort. 

    Also – did you know that “VP” Vickery Place window stickers are also available for your car?  Placing one of these stickers on your rear car window allows our local police officers to quickly identify cars that belong in the neighborhood.  You may pick up your “VP” sticker at this meeting, at our October 1st NNO block party, or by emailing info@vpna.org.

    Please come join us on Thursday, September 12th to see how you can help yourself and our neighborhood’s crime watch efforts!  

    VPNA General Meeting – Meet & Greet with Philip Kingston

    posted Aug 6, 2013, 12:46 PM by Mark Rieves   [ updated Aug 6, 2013, 1:22 PM ]

    The Londoner, Thursday, August 8th from 7 PM to 9 PM 

    Meet Philip Kingston, our new District 14 Dallas City Councilman, at The Londoner - Greenville Ave (2817 Greenville Ave, second floor, mezzanine level) for our August 8th VPNA general meeting.   Happy hour drink specials will be available for VPNA attendees and a $5 contribution will be requested to offset some of the appetizer costs.  Please join us!

    VPNA July Meeting - History of White Rock Lake - Guest Speaker Sally Rodriguez

    posted Jul 10, 2013, 11:21 AM by Mark Rieves

    7pm @ Vickery Towers (5619 Belmont Avenue)

    Summer is here, time for outdoor fun and family recreation! One popular destination just a few miles from Vickery Place is White Rock Lake. There you will discover all kinds of things to see and do, such as sailing, rowing, fishing, bird watching, biking and walking trails, picnic areas, and of course the Dallas Arboretum and the Bath House Cultural Center. But, did you ever stop to wonder when and how this scenic sanctuary began? So much of the life and history of Dallas is echoed through the life and history of White Rock Lake.
    Come take a journey through time! Discover how White Rock Lake moved from being a water source 10 miles outside of Dallas to an urban oasis enjoyed by over two million visitors a year. Join us for the July 11th general meeting and hear guest speaker Sally Rodriguez, author of the book "Images of America, White Rock Lake". Sally has over 30 years of experience with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and has become the department's historian charged with promoting the Park & Recreation Department's historic legacy.
    We will also have a brief update from the Dallas Police Department on crime activity in our area and ways to keep your home and family safe this summer. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.  See you there!

    Third Annual Food & Wine Walk

    posted May 5, 2013, 5:25 AM by Vickery Place   [ updated Jun 1, 2013, 12:17 PM ]


    The third annual Vickery Place Food & Wine Walk in support of the VPNA will take place on Saturday June 8th at 7pm, and will feature three stops at beautiful porches and front lawns on a walkable route through our neighborhood. This year we will have delicious selections of food provided by local restaurants, and perfectly paired with fine wines and Champagne. Tickets for the event may be purchased online for $40 each up to 24 hours before the event, and for $50 on the day of the event, which includes a 10oz laser-etched keepsake wine glass. There is also a VIP after-party featuring even more catered food, wine and music, for an additional $10 per person. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the event, who will also be awarded free access to the VIP event. Please contact us at winewalk@vickeryplace.org if you would like to volunteer at the event, or for donation or sponsorship offers.

    In order to keep the crowd size more intimate and manageable, we have to limit ticket sales to no more than 85 people. Last year we sold out online days before the event, so reserve your spot as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! Please note that tickets may only be sold to those 21 and over. Tickets are not refundable, but due to the demand, there is usually no problem in selling a ticket to someone else (via our facebook page for example) if you discover that you can't make the date for some reason.

    Click here to go to the online store and purchase your tickets before they sell out!

    May General Meeting - TREES, BEAUTIFUL TREES! (with food provided by Raising Cane's!)

    posted May 3, 2013, 11:43 AM by Mark Rieves   [ updated May 3, 2013, 12:03 PM ]

    Thursday, May 9th at Vickery Towers at 7pm.  The picturesque canopies of trees that line the streets of Vickery Place make our neighborhood a unique and special place to live.  Besides beautifying the neighborhood, trees improve our air quality, buffer noise, and naturally cool our yards.  Did you know that the temperature around a shade tree can feel 15° cooler than in the sun? And don’t forget, leaves can be turned into wonderful compost for your garden.

    Over the years, Vickery Place has lost many of its mature trees to storms, disease and drought.  Proper care and maintenance can help sustain the health of your trees even thru less suitable conditions.

    For the May 9th VPNA General Meeting we have invited guest speaker Steve Houser to provide tips on how to care for your trees, especially when faced with drought and other forces of nature.  Steve is the President and owner of a tree-care expert firm operating in the North Texas area for over 32 years, among the first arborists in Texas to be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, certified member and instructor for the Dallas County Master Gardeners and the North Texas Master Naturalist programs, founding member and Past President for the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, founding member and past Chairman for the City of Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee.

    The May meeting will be held in the Vickery Towers main dining hall.  Delicious chicken fingers and sweet ice tea will be provided by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, located at 5030 Greenville Avenue. Please join us!

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