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Important information on how HB 3418 could impact Winnetka Heights


As residents of our Historic District, we know you are concerned about the preservation of historic structures and neighborhoods like Winnetka Heights.

A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that would make it more difficult for local governments to designate landmarks and make it easier for owners of previously designated landmarks to destroy them.

House Bill 3418 seeks to streamline demolitions of historic places throughout the state, makes it more difficult to designate landmarks, and would strip power from municipalities to enact and govern zoning related to historic buildings and districts.

To many, this threatens the ability of cities to preserve and reinvest in our own communities. There is also a concern that the new state law would supersede existing local ordinances, such as the Dallas ordinance that created our Historic District.

Please review the language of the bill and Preservation Texas’s summary of its implications here.

The Urban Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives is conducting a hearing on HB 3418 tomorrow,  April 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

If you would like to have your voice heard, we encourage you to call the members of the Committee and express your opinion on HB 3418. The contact information for the Urban Affairs Committee members is below.

Members of the Urban Affairs Committee:
Rep. Carol Avarado (Chair), District 145 Houston

Rep. Jeff Leach (Vice-Chair), District 67 Plano

Rep. Diego Bernal, District 123 San Antonio

Rep. Gary Elkins (author of bill), District 135 Houston

Rep. Jason Isaac, District 45 Dripping Springs

Rep. Jarvis Johnson, District 139 Houston

Rep. Bill Zedler, District 96 Arlington

Also contact:
City of Dallas
Mayor Mike Rawlings

City Manager T.C. Broadnax


April Happy Hour

Thursday, April 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bolsa Restaurant, 614 West Davis St.
Catch up with your neighbors and enjoy the great weather this week at Bolsa Restaurant for the April Neighborhood Happy Hour!
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Share A Taste From Your Happy Place at the April WH Winos Wine Tasting

Saturday April 8
Meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. and the official tasting starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jennifer Galloway

Only six spots left! Reserve yours today by emailing

April’s tasting will be “A Taste From Your Happy Place.” Bring a wine that reminds you of a great place you visited or a time in your life. Feel free to bring a memorabilia to show-and-tell with your wine and food pairing. Perhaps dress in the attire of your happy place. “Place” could mean location or state-of-mind — whatever made/makes you happy. This tasting’s theme is open to wide interpretation, but please no wine from your under-age drinking days. 

Here’s how it works: each individual, couple or pair of neighbors brings a bottle of wine and a bite to eat that complements their wine. As the night progresses, everyone will introduce themselves, their wine and their food. We’ll eat and drink one wine and one food item at a time until we’re all full and happy!

What type of wine? Winos range from novice to aficionado wine drinkers. There is absolutely no snobbery. Bring something special or something you simply found at the store. On any given night, there’s a wide range of wines including whites, reds, sparkling wines and dessert wines.

What type of food? Whatever you like. While some people take the opportunity to flex their kitchen skills, it’s perfectly fine to bring something simply-prepared or even store-bought. Don’t let the cooking keep you away. Just have fun with it!

Here are some tips:
* Bring enough food for at least 24 tastes
* If your food requires a utensil, plate or toothpick to serve, you must bring these items
* You can warm your dish in the oven or microwave, but do not plan to cook your dish at the host’s home

Space is limited to 24 people, so be sure to sign up early by emailing Jack Hagler at with the name(s) and email address(es) of who will be attending. If you know what varietal of wine you will be bringing, include that in your email.

Residents of Winnetka Heights Historic District and their guest are given first priority. Non-WHHD residents will be placed on a wait list and accommodated if space allows.

If you have any questions, email Jack at or call him directly at 817.946.8609. We look forward to seeing you on April 8!

Thank you Jennifer for hosting!


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OCSFA Salon Series: Terror from the Sky

Thursday, April 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Turner House, 401 North Rosemont Ave.
Buy your tickets

On April 2, 1957, an F3 tornado violently ripped through Oak Cliff. Its path of damage stretched from South Polk Street, through Winnetka Heights, into West Dallas and Arlington Park/Love Field. Ten people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

To mark the 60th anniversary of this devastating storm, the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts and Chief Planner with the City of Dallas, Mark Doty, will present “Terror from the Sky,” a comprehensive account of one of the most remembered, yet overlooked, events in modern Dallas history.

Mark will place special emphasis on destruction that occurred throughout Oak Cliff, and our very own beloved neighborhood, Winnetka Heights.

Tickets are $15 for OCSFA members and $20 for non-members.


Bites In The Heights is Back!

Bites In The Heights offers a true taste of Winnetka Heights and Oak Cliff, with food created by talented home cooks and professional chefs in the area.  The night at Turner House will help raise money for our continuing efforts to make Winnetka Heights a great place to live, including the Walkable Winnetka sidewalk repair grant program, the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol, park and street cleanup efforts, and neighborhood events and communication.

$60 ticket includes great food, drinks (including wine sourced by Trompo Taco and Wine Bar, an exciting new concept in  Bishop Arts) and a live piano sing-along on the Turner House vintage Steinway piano!


Saturday, May 13 – 7:00 p.m.

Turner House – 401 N. Rosemont

Adults (21+) Only

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