The Preston Royal Library Friends 2013 calendar is on sale for $5 at the library, located at 5626 Royal. The calendar features artwork from kids at neighborhood elementary schools including Preston Hollow, John J. Pershing, Arthur Kramer, and George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy. Because of sponsors, proceeds go entirely to the Preston Royal Library Friends, who then give the money to the Preston Royal Library to fund child and adult programming and supplies. This is the library’s first year to have a calendar.


Thomas C. Marsh Middle School celebrated its recently renovated courtyard in November. Neighbors pitched in during several community workdays to help in courtyard renovations.


Neighborhood resident Terri Taylor published her new cookbook, “Edible Dallas & Fort Worth: The Cookbook,” in October. Taylor is publisher of Edible DFW, a free foodie publication available at shops throughout Dallas. The cookbook includes recipes from big-name local chefs for dishes such as blackberry buttermilk pie, persimmon bellinis and fried green tomato sandwiches, and it also profiles various Dallas-area foodies, places and ingredients. The book retails for $19.95.

Philanthropic Preston Hollow residents were honored as a part of the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Nov. 30. Sally Smith Mashburn, who runs the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation, founded by her parents, accepted the award for “Outstanding Foundation.” Mashburn is president of the Turtle Creek foundation, which was nominated for its numerous contributions to local organizations. Sarah Losinger accepted an award for “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” for more than 20 years of work with nonprofit organizations. The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals and KERA honored the recipients.

W.T. White alumnus Bryan Holaday was on the 40-man roster for the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. The Tigers selected Holaday in the sixth round of the draft in 2010. Holaday made his major-league debut this summer and played in six games at catcher during the regular season. Holaday graduated from W.T. White in 2006 and attended TCU, helping his team reach the College World Series in 2010. His mother, Laura, also is an alumna of the high school and currently the principal’s clerk.

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