December Neighborhood Newsletter

Our neighborhood is turning into a winter wonderland, and we're ready to sprinkle some extra joy into our days. From friendly holiday parties to sharing secret Santa surprises, let's make this month merry, bright, and oh-so-neighborly. As we wrap up the year, let's take a moment to appreciate the warmth and support we've shared. Thank you for making our neighborhood a cozy and wonderful place to call home!

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year!

Vickery Place Community Donates 30 Meal Bags and Cash to Local Pantries

Donations to Vickery Place have a significant impact on the community. Your contributions help support local pantries like the Geneva Heights Peace Pantry and Long Middle School Peace Pantry, which provide essential resources to those in need. This holiday season Vickery Place Neighborhood donated 30 meal bags to the Geneva Heights Peace Pantry and made a cash donation to the Long Middle School Peace Pantry.

2023 VPNA Board Members Kathryn and Mikey

If you would like to make additional contributions to these programs please visit their websites below:

Peace Pantry
Geneva Heights Elementary PTA
Peace Pantry
Help Feed Our Food Insecure Families ** LOW INVENTORY ALERT - DONATIONS NEEDED **

Pet of the Month

December's Pet of the Month: Gumbo

Gumbo is a 2 year old Bengal cat, which is a breed created from a hybrid of Asian leopard cat & domestic cats! He loves to pay and run around the house all day & night. Gumbo likes to apart of everything and will follow you around the house like a dog! If you are walking down the 5400 block of Richard Avenue, you will most likely see him siting in the window looking for birds and squirrels. However, as much as he loves the outdoors, Gumbo always stays inside due to having asthma. He is super friendly & never meets a stranger as he is always eager to greet visitors! If you were wondering why he is called Gumbo – it is because he is from New Orleans!

Gumbo will be receiving a gift basket curated just for him from our neighbor Dr. Benjamin Wright & his team at Lakewood Vet Center.

Pet of the Month submissions have been changed from monthly to a rolling admission. Going forward, you don't have to submit every month to be considered!

Looking for a community to help support your New Years Resolution? Check out the VP Book and Run Clubs!

Monthly Book Club

Book Club

Interested in joining the VPNA book club? We are a once-a-month group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is January 11.

January's book is The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. February's book is Collective Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer.

Please reach out to [email protected] or visit the page below for more information

Book Club
Welcome to the VPNA book club. We are a once-a-month group that meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is January 11. January’s book is The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. February’s book is Collective Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer. The meeting will

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Run Club

Neighbors, let's kick off the New Year on a healthy note! Join the Vickery Place Run Club!

👟 Why join?

  1. Community Connection: Meet and mingle with neighbors while enjoying the beauty of our vibrant area.
  2. Fitness Fun: Boost your energy and well-being with regular walks or runs. All fitness levels are welcome!
  3. Accountability: Stay on track with your fitness goals, supported by a community of like-minded individuals.

Ready to make 2023 your healthiest year yet? Lace up your sneakers and meet us at the Vickery Place Run Club. More info at the link below.

Stepping into Fitness & Community with Ross Goldberg
Hello Vickery Place Neighbors, I’m Ross Goldberg, your fellow resident at 5425 Belmont Ave since 2013, and a proud single dad to an 11-year-old middle schooler. I’m also a former marathon runner who’s recently found his way back to the track. I’m out seven days a week with my 19-month-old

Kroger Community Rewards

During the Q4 period of 2023 we only had 23 households signed up for our Kroger Community Rewards. With nearly 1200 homes in Vickery Place, we can fund events like this month's donations to local Pantries with no effort every time you get groceries! If you shop at Kroger, please take the time to sign up below and a portion of your purchases go to supporting local schools, charity drives, and neighborhood events.

When you do your grocery shopping at Kroger, don’t forget there is an easy way to also support Vickery Place Neighborhood Association. VPNA is a registered charity with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. A few simple steps will help raise funds to support more neighborhood activities.

To Connect With Kroger Community Rewards:

• Sign into your Kroger Rewards digital account (or easily set one up if you do not already have an account).

• Select “My Account”.

• Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.

• Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.

• Enter the name of the organization you wish to support.

• Select ‘Vickery Place Neighborhood Association’ and click on ‘Save’.

Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your Kroger digital account will be applied to the Community Rewards program. It takes about 10 days for the Community Rewards totals to begin displaying on your receipt. Vickery Place NA gets quarterly rewards payments—last quarter we received $44.22. The more neighbors who shop with Kroger and connect their digital account with Vickery Place, the more funds our organization will earn! Thank You!

Crime Stats

Did you know Dallas is on track to have more than 18,000 cars stolen in 2023? That is one car every 30 minutes for an entire year! As a neighborhood we need to be looking out for each other, reporting suspicious activity, and taking steps to prevent our neighborhood from being seen as a target.

Holiday Shopping Tips:

  • If possible, do your shopping during the day and avoid peak periods
  • Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car, close your windows
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Carry a small purse or fanny pack. This will make you a less attractive target to purse snatchers
  • Avoid doing all your shopping at once.
  • Don’t leave packages visible in your car. Hide all gifts and shopping bags in the trunk.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask mall security to escort you to your car when you exit the mall.

Around the home:

  • After you open your presents, don't pile up empty gift boxes from your new laptop computer, TV, game console, etc., on the street for trash pickup. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside.
  • Be sure to lock your doors! (Car and Home!)
  • Remove packages in a timely fashion.
  • Keep your premises well-lit and up-kept.
  • Consider investing in cameras to keep an eye on your home when away.

Festive Activities

Looking for somewhere to take visitors or just trying to get out of the house more? Check out D-Magazine's list of 101 things to do in Dallas around the Holidays.

101 Things You Must Do in Dallas-Fort Worth This Christmas: 2023 Edition
Here are all the best ways to celebrate the holiday season in Dallas this year.

The Dallas Library also has a full schedule of events for the entire month of December at a variety of locations.

Dallas Sanitation Services Notification

Did you know the Dallas Sanitation Services has many options available for notification about Trash Days and Bulk Pickup? Sign up for text or email reminders at stay on top of your cardboard pile this holiday season!

Vickery Place Facebook Group

Have you wanted a way to communicate privately with just our neighborhood? We have a Facebook Group at . This is a great place to post about a lost pet, ask a question to your neighbors, seek recommendations, plan a get together, or report suspicious activity!

Thanks for Reading!

Be sure to check out our new website at! See you in the New Year!