North Dallas Early Childhood PTA, open to parents of preschool-aged children, hosts its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, 9027 Midway. Jill Wallis, Central Market’s healthy living manager, will speak about how to pack healthy lunchboxes. For details, visit

Preston Hollow Early Childhood Association, also open to parents of preschool-aged children, hosts three events this month. A children’s play date is 4-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Scottish Rite Hospital playground. Mom’s Night Out is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mattito’s on Forest Lane. The general meeting is at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, room N244. Educational consultant Waverly Wilson will speak. For more details on these and other events, visit

Dallas Park and Recreation will host “It’s My Park” Day 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10 in a citywide community service effort to beautify Dallas parks. Individuals, homeowners’ associations and other groups can organize beautification projects or recycling events that day. The department can also register your project with the city by Sept. 3. For information, call 214.670.8400.


The Texas Education Agency released its TAKS-based ratings for the previous school year, and some Preston Hollow schools dropped in status. W.T. White High School dropped from recognized to acceptable while Hillcrest rose from unacceptable to acceptable. Thomas Jefferson remained acceptable. Franklin Middle School remained acceptable, and Marsh remained recognized. E.D. Walker dropped from exemplary to recognized. For elementary schools, Kramer, Preston Hollow, Walnut Hill, Degolyer, Gooch, Pershing, Withers and Nathan Adams all dropped from exemplary to recognized. Foster went from recognized to acceptable. Dealey Montessori remained exemplary.

Virginia Cook


Virginia Cook, chief executive officer of Virginia Cook, Realtors, has been selected as an honoree in the 2011 Women in Business Awards program by the Dallas Business Journal. Honorees were selected based on professional achievements and leadership in their industry as well as in the community. Cook, a Park Cities resident, has been active in Preston Hollow and North Dallas.


The Dallas Police Department offers training for its Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) program during an all-day class 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Dallas City Hall. The program is designed to reduce crime by training citizens to patrol their own neighborhoods and alert police when they suspect a crime is being committed. Participants must be older than 21, belong to an established crime watch group or HOA, and pass a background check. For more details, visit

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