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Black History Month’s Hidden Treasures

The origin of Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February 1926, known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. More...

Feb 22nd: The Dash is On, Cultivating Healthy Programs for Area Youth

Sign up for the Annual Dash for the Beads 1 Mile Walk, 5k and 10K Race to take place March 2nd, a fun-filled community favorite for the whole family! The Good Space Dash for the Beads is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves the mental, physical, and emotional health of Oak Cliff youth by providing grant funds to area schools and nonprofits and promoting physical fitness, healthy eating, and arts programs. More...

Roman Match-Making Merriment, or Knot

The origins of Valentine’s Day can be attributed to those raucous Romans replete with blood, sweat and tears, possibly ecstatic ones! The feast of Lupercalia was celebrated by Romans from February 13th to the 15th, when men sacrificed a goat and a dog, and then whipped women with the hides of the slain animals. Young women would line up for a spanking, as they believed this ritual would make them fertile. More...

From Feast to Fasting: A Mardi Gras Prelude to Lent

Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites including the Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local rites into the new faith as a path of least resistance, cloaking Mardi Gras as a prelude to Lent or 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. More...

3 Resolutions Worth Keeping

As the food prep and exercise industries enjoy an uptick in profits at the start of a new year, most of us experience a let-down in momentum after the “new” in new year wanes. So, if you are not one of the 8% of folks who keep their New Year’s resolutions, here are a few tips to keep you on track. More...

Holiday Lights Contest Winners

Our thanks to neighbors and friends who participated in KNU’s Holiday Lights Decorating Contest and brought their A-game to our green spaces! You put the Christmas spirit in Kessler Park! We had 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners for 2 categories: Islands with electricity and islands with no electrical power. Judging was conducted by a team of non-resident volunteers including Ellie Hajek, Heritage Oak Cliff’s immediate past president, and Eric Folkerth, Sr. Minister at Kessler Park United Methodist Church. More...

Get to Know Us, Reach Out and Be Part of Our Team

Our annual KNU General Meeting and Officer Elections produced new officer faces, coupled with returning board members and a few new committee appointments. Much appreciation to all who submitted nominations and participated in the election process. KNU is a 100% volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that represents and advocates on behalf of our 900 plus resident households here in Kessler Park. More...

Ubuntu, The Essence of What It Is to be Human

In observance of Martin Luther King Day on January 20th, the following excerpt by Reverend Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, was taken from the introduction of the book Dream, chronicling the words and inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. The introduction is both poignant and timely, the premise of which addresses a central tenet of African philosophy - the essence of what it is to be human. More...

Holiday Poinsettia Walk in Bishop Arts on Dec 8th, Oh What Fun

Bishop Arts’ annual Poinsettia Walk offers up seasonal vibes, bubbly cocktails and retail specials galore! Here’s how it works… Participants pay for a tasting glass and tasting card that covers 10 pours. You will stroll through participating merchants and enjoy a cocktail offering at the many retail locations. More...

KNU Lights Up on Dec 14th at 6pm for our Holiday Event (location to be announced)

Even if the weather outside is frightful, the Holiday Lights Celebration will be so delightful. So, bring the fam, grab a neighbor, call a friend and plan to join us for a dose of holiday spirit, complete with a few Christmas tunes and special guest from the North Pole! Please bring a treat to share with neighbors. More...
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