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Heritage Home Tour Save the Date
Oct 20-21 marks The Heritage Oak Cliff Annual Home Tour (click here for flyer), and Kessler Park homes are proudly on the map! Purchase tickets at Ticket Central (106 E 10th St.). On day of tour, tickets are $25 and available at each featured home. Contact Donna Hitt for more info…
Free Guide to Natural Beauties
This guide to native and adapted drought-tolerant plants that thrive in Dallas with minimal watering is an information-packed, everything you need to know about plants, watering tips, landscaping, terminology, and photos galore, courtesy of Save Dallas Water and Dallas Utilities. It covers a lot of ground (excuse the pun), so check it out!
Health & Safety Alert for Kidd Springs Park Pond
Click here to view a news advisory from the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department concerning an E.coli threat at an area recreation spot…
Mosquito Spraying Alerts
Mosquitos are out and about, and the West Nile virus has been detected! Check for updated spray alerts. This link is also listed on our website footer. Help Fight the Bite by getting rid of any standing water around the house, use natural essential oil repellants, Deet-containing products and/or citronella candles or coils outside for protection, and remember to cover up at dusk.
Southern Gateway Project Construction Updates
Click here for lane closures and other news concerning the $666 million TxDOT project aimed to rebuild and widen I-35E south of downtown and the US 67 split (11-mile stretch). Scheduled to be completed in 2021, the project will include the structure for the City of Dallas’ deck plaza between Ewing and Marsalis Avenues. This link is also available on our website footer.
Shop at the Farmer’s Market and Give the Gift of Sight
Remember to swing by the parking lot of Lula B’s (1982 Ft. Worth Ave.) from 8am-Noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through December for locally-grown produce and other goods. Your attendance supports both local vendors and the Oak Cliff Lions Club’s sight-giving programs & services.
Kidd Springs Concert Festival June 8th at 5pm, FREE
Don’t miss the Dallas Symphony, Ballet Folklorico, kids activities, artisans & vendors, food trucks and more as part of the Dallas Parks concert series in our area! More details….
It was a delightful afternoon in the company of 75 plus neighbors and guests at the Annual KNU Picnic in May. Thanks to organizer Lila Belitz, worker bees & volunteers, all that attended and prepared a dish, and the many favors from folks who make these events possible. Fun & frolic was had by all! See you next year…
Mark Your Calendar for the Krawl
The Kessler Krawl will be held on October 13th. The trusty calorie-busting stroll from home to home will make way for neighbors and friends, good food and drink. We’ll keep you posted on event details.
Hiking/Biking Trail Etiquette & Emergency System
Need to brush up on trail do’s and don’ts or need help along the way? Click here for valuable information provided by Dallas Park & Recreation.
2x Week Permanent Watering Schedule in Force
Click here for the watering schedule & other FAQs. Also sign up for Weekly Watering Advice, calculate sprinkler and drip irrigation rates, sprinkler repair fixes & video, and other helpful information. Remember to save water, nothing can replace it!
Free Landscape Workshop on May 5th: 100 Plants for North Texas
Create a lush landscape with native and well-adapted plants. Learn proper planting techniques for a beautiful, healthy year-round landscape. Hosted by Dallas Water Utilities. Register here. Limited seating.
- Saturday, May 5, 2018
Texas Discovery Gardens (located in Fair Park, Gate #6)
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
Enter Fair Park at Gate # 6, turn right on Second Ave., and access parking lot on your right.
Lila Belitz Is Penned In as KNU Secretary
A big welcome to Lila Belitz in her new KNU role. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, retired from Plano ISD directing Special Education Secondary Services. Currently on the board of Methodist Hospital Guild and Kessler Stevens Park Book Club, she enjoys art, jazz hiking and travel. She whiles away her free time with the NOC Breakfast Club and Mahjong. Lila is enjoying newfound neighbors & friends.
Gear Up for NOCUPP’s Spring-Summer Membership Drive
Join NOCUPP for the 6-month Spring/Summer Patrol Cycle (May-Oct) for $182.50, or just $1 a day. Enjoy added security and membership perks! Join the troops, increase participation and blanket our hood with sufficient crime watch protection! Join Now. Got a question? Contact Terry Egger our KNU rep to NOCUPP. He’s swell.
Interested in an Active Role in YOUR Neighborhood?
The positions of Treasurer and Store/Fulfillment need to be filled. So, roll up your sleeves and contact Jerry at email@example.com. Click here to read more about these open positions and other committees.
Spring Clean-Up Day on Sat, May 19th
Starts at 9am, and lunch is on us! We need volunteers, so please sign up. Most of us don’t give much thought to the many neighborhood islands and medians we routinely pass each day. It takes helping hands to beautify common grounds for all to enjoy! Contact Cindy Pierce to sign up or simply fill out the form on our Capital Volunteer page.
KNU Board Vacancies
Interested in an active role in your neighborhood? The positions of Treasurer and Store/Fulfillment need to be filled. So, roll up your sleeves and contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to read more about these open positions and other committees that may be of interest to you.
Check out these April through early May events at the Trinity River Audubon Center: Early morning bird-watching, night owl prowls, Trinity kayaking, wetland hikes & bird and bikes. All ages, family-friendly, fee-based registration.
Rock N Roll Marathon Affects Area Traffic on March 25th
Heads up from 8am-1pm for lane closures, see route description. Large crowd anticipated.
Oak Cliff Farmers Market Opens in March
Give the gift of sight by shopping at the neighborhood market, Saturdays 7am-Noon. Support locally-grown food & goods by area vendors. Location is Lula B’s parking lot,1982 Ft. Worth Ave.
Wynnewood Village Presentation
If you missed the recent community meeting to discuss the shopping center’s future, click here for a copy of proposal & plans.
Attend the DIY Plumbing Workshop on March 20th, and the DIY Irrigation Workshop on March 24th. Click here for details and location. Presented by Dallas Water Utilities.
1-30 Transparent Noise Wall Update
Texas’ 1st transparent noise wall preserves residents view and cuts down highway noise. Construction will be completed this month.
Water-Wise Landscaping Tips
Spring is in the air, and time to start planting. Click here for 7 common-sense principles that will help you create a lush, beautiful landscape that saves time, money and energy and prevents water pollution and water waste.
Dash for the Beads Traverses KNU Feb 10th…
Heads up starting at 8am for the annual run/walk/ride Dash event. It starts and ends at Kidd Springs Recreation Center. See race route.
Alley Closures in KNU, Trash Collection Moved to Street
Alley closures until further notice will affect streets listed below, due to utility construction gas line work by Atmos Energy. Please relocate your roll carts to curbside.
- 1600 block of Kessler Canyon (even) 7 homes
- 1500 block of Kessler Pkwy (even) 4 homes
- 1600 block of Sylvan (odd) 5 homes
- 800 block of Evergreen Hill (odd) 5 homes
- 1600 block of Knob Hill (odd & even) 5 homes
Voice Your Opinion on Senior Community Needs Feb 13th!
The City of Dallas Community Care Senior Services & AARP hosts a listening session. Learn more.
Tuesday, Feb 13th
Kidd Springs Recreation Center
711 W. Canty Street, Dallas, TX 75209
Celebrate Black History Month
Attend free events to commemorate and learn about the contributions of African Americans. Click here for free events open to the public. Also check out the African American Genealogy DNA Series at the Dallas Public Library NOC Branch. Explore family history & search techniques. Several dates available, open to teens and adults. To register, click here.
Help Shape Dallas Housing Policy
Citizens are encouraged to attend in-person or via virtual meetings in February. Click here for link to dates and locations.
What’s the Future of Wynnwood Village? Learn More on Jan 18th…
Share in the re-development vision at 6pm, 655 W Illinois Ave, Bldg 100 Ste 132 (next to Rainbow). Councilman Griggs invites you to join in. For more info, click here.
Heads up for the Dallas Urban Ultra Marathons on Jan 20th
Eastbound lanes of Commerce on Commerce Street Bridge will be affected from 12 noon to 9pm. See map.
Upcoming 2018 KNU Dues Drive, Please Add Us to Your Resolutions List
It’s almost time again to pledge your $50 and support neighborhood maintenance, special projects & activities. We can’t do it without you! Click here to renew.
Quick Link to Code Compliance
Foster a clean, healthy & safe living environment while preventing physical blight to Dallas neighborhoods. Code Compliance enforces City Ordinances by inspecting both residential and commercial properties for violations that may threaten the general public’s safety. To report a violation or search common city code violations, click here.
Don’t feel bleu, Jan 20th is (National) Cheese Lover’s Day
Here’s some gouda trivia…
- There is between 900 – 1,400 varieties of cheese, all classified by texture & more flavorful at room temperature.
- Americans consume over 31 lbs. of cheese per year. The French eat over 50 lbs. of cheese per year.
- Cheese was first made between 7,500 and 8,000 B.C., first discovered by accident in Poland and/or Arabia.
- The world’s largest cheese was put on display on this day in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair, weighing over 34,000 lbs.
There is no identifying creator of this day, and the “National” designation requires an act of congress or presidential proclamation. Who cares, pair with wine and friends!
Jingle Bell time, It’s a Swell Time…
Be sure to visit the Events & Happenings page for seasonal favorites in and around our area!
Major traffic switch ahead!!! The Beckley Avenue at Commerce Street Construction Project re-routes traffic movements. Expect delays. Click here for a map of project location…
- The Oak Cliff Lions Club Farmers Market is on Dec 9th, 8am-Noon,1982 Fort Worth Avenue 75208. Check it out and help give the gift of sight! Lots of locally grown produce and goods…
- The Tyler Street Holiday Market is on Dec 9th, 8am-1pm, 927 W. 10th Street 75208, featuring local artisans and vendors. Take a seasonal stroll and support your locals!
Change to 2018 KNU Meetings
Monthly meetings have moved from Tuesday to Monday night at KPUMC Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. Check the monthly calendar for dates. Please join in. See you next year…
Let’s Fix This!
The Dallas Spay Neuter Coalition has launched its FREE program in southern Dallas (including District 1), to reduce the number of roaming dogs and offer services to pet owners. We need your help. For more information…
Heads Up for the Nov 4th Dallas Bike Ride
Bike ride starts at 8am and traverses through District 1. Check out link to map for more information.
There’s Still Time to TEAM UP for the KNU Holiday Island Contest
Grab a few neighbors, your favorite hat and get your Will Ferrell on! We are decking the halls of our neighborhood with your participation. All island triangles, with and without power, need elves! Let’s show some spirit, and celebrate the upcoming season (tights and weird green footwear is optional). Contact Holiday Lights Chair Ron Veech at email@example.com to sign up your team. Cash prizes and jolly ole fun…
Plan to Attend the KNU General Meeting on Nov 16th
Officer elections & year-end recap will take place at KPUMC Fellowship Hall at 7pm. Please join in. This is YOUR neighborhood and your participation counts!
Raise your Rakes for Nov 18th Fall Beautification Day
The leaves are falling, and that means it’s time for our autumn grounds clean-up day. Click here to sign up. We need your help to beautify & maintain our common grounds!
Mark your Calendar & Check it Twice for the Holiday Lights Celebration
This annual KNU social will be held on Dec 9th. Please check back after the judging of the Holiday Island Contest on Dec 3rd for event location & details.
National Night Out Oct 3rd
Celebrate strong community, live entertainment & family fun at Keist Park, 5-9pm. See details.
Capture This: The 2017 Trinity River Photo Contest
Photographers of all skill levels and ages can showcase their talent in a snapshot that promotes awareness of the recreational, environmental and new architectural elements in the Trinity River Corridor. Photo entry deadline is Oct 15th. Learn More.
Register for the Dallas Water Conservation Sustainability Summit Nov 3rd
This year’s theme is environmental justice and resilience, moving vulnerable communities from surviving to thriving. Workshops to include alternative transportation and mobility, environmental justice, urban farming and gardening & more. Click here to register or for more info, or call 972-860-5204.
Join Us for a Pour at the KNU Happy Hour & Social on Oct 20th
PhD (Pour House Dallas) on Dallas is the site for this month’s social mixer from 6-8pm. Join us for a pour or two!
Plan to Attend the KNU General Meeting on Nov 16th
Officer elections & year-end recap will take place at KPUMC Fellowship Hall at 7pm. Please join in. This is YOUR neighborhood and your participation counts!
Calling All Volunteers for Nov 18th Fall Beautification Day
The leaves are falling, and that means it’s time for our autumn grounds clean-up day. Please sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to beautify & maintain our common grounds!
Sign Your Team Up for the KNU Holiday Island Contest
We are decking the halls of our neighborhood with your participation. All island triangles, with and without power, need elves! Grab a few neighbors, pack a toddy and get your Martha Stewart on! Let’s show some spirit, and celebrate the upcoming season (tights and weird green footwear is optional). Contact Holiday Lights Chair Ron Veech at email@example.com to sign up your team. Cash prizes and jolly ole fun to boot!
Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Sat, Sep 23rd
Get rid of toxic junk at the City of Dallas’ area collection location, 9am-3pm. Learn more.
Textoberfest, Sunday, Sep 24th on Bishop
Check out the German Octoberfest festival and Texas brew, 4-8pm, live music & beer garden. Ticketed event.
Susan Via Fills the Accounting Seat
Susan Via has stepped in as KNU Treasurer. She brings board experience and a sharp mind, peppered with a sommelier’s palate! Hello Susan, we’re glad to have you…
OOCCL’s 2017 Oak Cliff Home Tour Reveal Sep 18th
Homes on tour unveiled at Bishop Arts Theater Ctr, 215 S. Tyler St., 6:30pm. Enjoy beer, wine & snakes. You’re invited!
The Table is Set for Next Month’s KNU Picnic
Mark your calendar for October 15, 2017, from 4-7pm. More picnic details to come…
Save the Date: 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour Oct 21st & 22nd
Don’t miss this 43rd annual event, Noon-6pm daily. Advance tickets $20/Seniors $15, and $25/$20 at door. More info…
Take Advantage of the City of Dallas’ & KNU’s Sidewalk Programs, and Fill in the Cracks!
The City of Dallas pays 50% of the total cost to replace your sidewalk, a KNU grant will pay 25% of the cost up to $500, and the homeowner pays the balance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info on KNU grants, and click here for the City of Dallas sidewalk replacement cost share program. Remember, if your sidewalk isn’t in good repair, the liability falls on you!
FREE Water-Wise Landscaping Seminars on Sep 9th
Landscape designer/author Bonnie Reese will be the speaker at both sessions. Attendees receive a copy of Reese’s book Common-Sense Landscaping. Making a reservation at SaveDallasWater.com or call (214) 670-3155.
Water-Wise Landscape Design 101
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brookhaven College Bldg H, Room H-125
3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch 75244
Fantastic Plants for North Texas
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oak Cliff Lion’s Club Farmers Market Aug 26th
Locally produced food & goods give sight! Shop the market from 8am-12noon, in the parking lot of Lula B’s Antique Shop, 11982 Ft. Worth Avenue.
Neighborhood Farmers Market Aug 26th & Sep 2nd
The new Neighborhood Farmers Market at the Tyler Street Tower parking lot, 927 W. 10th Street, 8am-1pm, will take place twice a month. 50 vendors, foods and goods, dedicated parking, and no lane closures!
Weigh In on Aug 28th for the 2017-18 Budget Town Hall Meeting
Districts 1 and 14 meet at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., 6-7:30pm. We need community input, so please join in! See map
Kessler Krawl Made the List
KNU’s Kessler Krawl was voted Best Community Service Project Runner-up, thanks to neighbors, sponsors, hosts, volunteers & attendees! Congrats to Dash for the Beads winner. Check out The Best of Advocate 2017.
Save the Date
Our KNU Annual Picnic is slated for October 15, 2017, from 4-7pm. More details to come…
Tips to Save Water
Use the water you need, but use it efficiently! Here’s a link to water-wise tips, provided by Dallas Water Utilities.
Check out the City of Dallas Special Event Office’s list of highlighted events and details in our area this month, some affecting traffic…
We are looking for a good neighbor with a % of passion to fill the role as KNU Treasurer.
Contact Jerry Sanchez at email@example.com or fill out the volunteer form. Credit goes to Jan Doherty for her dedicated charge as Treasurer for years past. She will serve as Conservation District Chair. Our sincere thanks, Jan!
Twice-weekly Watering Schedule in Effect
Click here to view the City of Dallas’ mandatory watering schedule based on street address, and for Q&As.
2017 Water-Wise Landscape Tour Entries
Dallas Water Utilities is accepting entries for its 23rd annual tour on October 14, 2017. The tour educates the public on landscapes that utilize native and adapted drough- tolerant plants. Click here to enter and view judging criteria. Entry Deadline: August 18, 2017.
Prevent Mosquito Breeding
Eliminate standing water around your property. Free mosquito dunks for Dallas residents at 3112 Canton Street or at 7901 Goforth Road while supplies last. To report standing water or mosquito problems call 3-1-1. For more info visit www.dallascitynews.net/fightthebite.
Looking for summer entertainment?
The Spa Girl Triathlon is on June 3rd. The bike race begins on Market St. and on to Jefferson Blvd. viaduct, heads SW towards E. Colorado Blvd, U-Turns and proceeds on the S. Houston St. viaduct heading back to downtown for 2 loops. The Jefferson St. viaduct will be closed for setup from 5am to teardown. See map & details.
Free Composting Workshop on June 10th
Is your trash can full? Reduce waste carried to landfills by composting more and throwing away less! Register online or call 214-670-3155. Space is limited.
- Saturday, June 10, 2017
- 10am to Noon
- Richland College – Wichita Hall, Room 103
- 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75243
- Parking available in Lots C and D on west side of campus (entrance from Abrams Rd).
Feeling the Sting?
It’s that time of year again for the City of Dallas to begin mosquito control spraying. Check the Mosquito Spraying Updates When & Where link on our website footer for area alerts. Call 3-1-1 to report standing water or mosquito problems.
Welcome Aboard Jerry Beech…
Jerry Beech will serve as both our KNU Store Chair and OOCCL Representative. He will be managing our online store and representing KNU on the OOCCL board with Donna Hitt. He is the former KNU NOCUPP Rep and former NOCUPP President. Thanks Jerry for pulling double duty!
Cinco de Mayo Parade/Fiesta on May 6th
The annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta kicks off at 10am at Jefferson Blvd. and Madison. Vendors will line the route, and the 500 block of Jefferson will set the stage for the fiesta. See map & details . Hosted by Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts.
Free Texas Smartscape Workshops at Northaven Gardens on May 6th
Northhaven Gardens and the City of Dallas’ Conservation District and Stormwater Mgt. hosts free workshops on Texas Smartscape (native, drought tolerant and wild landscaping) at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.
We’re Glad to Have You, Ron Veech…
Ron Veech is our new KNU Holiday Lights Committee Chair. He will be planning and coordinating our annual seasonal event that brings together neighbors of all faiths in celebration. Thanks for volunteering for the job, and turning on the lights!
We are looking for a few good neighbors to fill the following KNU committee and support positions:
- Store/Order Fulfillment Chair
Free DIY Plumbing Repair Workshops
Learn how to replace toilet fill and flush valves, replace leaky faucets, add aerators and low-flow showerheads and other helpful water conservation tips, during the EPA’s National Fix-A Leak-Week. Space is limited, so call 214-670-3155 or make a reservation at SaveDallasWater.com. Sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities.
- March 21
West Dallas Multipurpose Center
2828 Fish Trap Rd., Dallas, TX 75212
- March 23
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215
Meet Our New City Manager
District 1 Councilmember Scott Griggs invites KNU residents to meet and welcome T.C. Broadnax, our new city manager.
- Monday, March 6
- Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Hospital
- Reception 6-6:30pm
- Forum 6:30pm
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12th, so be sure to set your clocks forward by 1 hour on Saturday night, March 11th. Rise & shine to Springtime!!!
Please Attend the District 1 Town Hall Meetings
Councilman Scott Griggs invites KNU residents to attend and give input at the upcoming District 1 Bond Package Town Hall Meetings. What area improvement projects do you want included in the 2017 Bond Program??? Read more.
Tuesday, January 17th
Methodist Medical Center
1441 North Beckley Avenue
Tuesday, January 24th
Martin Weiss Recreation Center
1111 Martindell Avenue
‘Tis the season to check out holiday activities and other interesting things to do in and around our area in December. Visit our Events & Happenings page for monthly picks.
Traffic Advisory for Sat Dec 10th & Sun Dec 11th
The Oncor Mayor’s Race 5K& Fun Run will close both the Houston St and Jefferson Blvd Viaducts and Marsalis north of Colorado Saturday Morning. The BMW Dallas Marathon will affect streets in downtown and other Dallas neighborhoods on Sunday. See details, lane closures & event maps.
Where do you want the money to go?
- Did you know that there are 381 Dallas parks and 23,467 acres of park land maintained by the City of Dallas?
- Did you also know that it will take $2.2B in funding to complete proposed park projects and an additional $242M to restore and renovate Fair Park?
- Did you know there are 1,195 uniformed Dallas firefighters & staff, 58 fire stations, $229M in funding needed to construct/replace fire stations, & 3 new stations that could be funded by the Bond Program?
Get more information on the 2017 Bond Program at Dallasbond.com.
2017 Bond Program
District 1 Councilman Scott Griggs is hosting two town hall meetings and urges you to attend to discuss which city services and infrastructure projects in our neighborhoods to include in the 2017 bond program. You voice matters.
Wednesday, Oct 12, 6pm
Hampton-Illinois Library (Black Box Theatre)
2951 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas
Tuesday, Oct 18, 6pm
Methodist Dallas Medical Center (Hitt Auditorium)
1441 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas
Review a preliminary inventory of proposed District 1 projects for the 2017 bond program. Project revisions and suggestions are encouraged.
Coyote spotted by resident on backyard deck inside gate/fencing, south of Colorado. Be vigilant, mindful of any outside pets, and call 911 Wildlife at 214-368-5911 to report any sightings.
Final Steps in Account Setup
If you have received an email with an account activation link, click the link. After completing this step, you must then login to your account on this website. This final action will automatically turn on your profile in the searchable Directory.
DIRECTORY UPDATE | TAKE NOTE
Directory is up and running
We are launching the Directory in response to the many residents that have created an account profile. Log-in to view. We want all residents to join in and be a part of our online KNU community. Thank you for your enthusiasm and participation! More to come…