Get FREE VIP badges to the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival

The 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival is happening June 8-11

Winnetka Heights neighbors have a chance to get FREE VIP badges by participating in the OCFF Couch Network.

The sixth annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will be here before we know it, promising an amazing slate of films, a ton of great parties, a variety of local venues, plus a chance to score free VIP festival badges by housing filmmakers during the festival.
If you have a couch, spare bed, or guest room you’d be willing to share in exchange for VIP festival badges, email ASAP. From there, the OCFF team will send interested parties a Google Form questionnaire to gain some insight on pets, smoking preference, etc.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in one of the coolest local events of the summer, plus experience it VIP-style for free. Learn more about the festival here

Put a bow on Springtime with a WH Winos premium tasting in May

WH Winos Premium Tasting
Saturday, May 20
Meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. and the official tasting starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The next gathering of the Winnetka Heights Winos will be a reserve and estate wine tasting hosted by Candace and Steve Bossay on Saturday, May 20. Please bring a wine that is labeled reserve or estate (or the equivalent), so we can expand our palates with wines that are bit out of the ordinary.

Reserve wine is a higher quality of wine, an aged wine, or both. Traditionally, winemakers would reserve some of their best wine, rather than sell it immediately, coining the term.

Estate wine is 100% made from grapes grown on land owned, or controlled, by the winery. Since many wineries source some of their grapes from other growers, many vineyards grow grapes precisely for this purpose. It can be a tough standard to meet.

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? For this tasting, we’d like guests to bring a wine that is labeled reserve, estate, or the equivalent. Winos range from novice to aficionado wine drinkers. There is absolutely no snobbery. On any given night, there’s a wide range of wines including whites, reds, sparkling wines and dessert wines. Wine glasses are provided at the event, however, feel free to bring your own special tasting glass(es) since this is a premium tasting.

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  with the name(s) and email address 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 will be 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 or call him directly at 817.946.8609. We look forward to seeing you on February 18!

Thank you Candace and Steve for hosting!


Bites in The Heights is this weekend!

Have you snagged your tickets to Bites in The Heights? Be sure to buy yours before the sell out!

We hope you join us this Saturday May 13 at 7 p.m. at Turner House for one of our most important fundraisers of the year.

To buy tickets other than through the Paypal link, contact Candace Bossay, Treasurer at or call her at 214-714-2131.


NOCUPP Info Session

New date! Wednesday, April 26
Wine and cheese will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
Turner House, 401 North Rosemont Ave.

The North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol (NOCUPP) is one of the key strategies in place to help reduce crime in our neighborhood.

The program works by providing participating neighborhoods, including Winnetka Heights, with experienced, off-duty Dallas Police Department officers who patrol the area and quickly respond to crimes in progress. Since the program began in 2007, property crime in participating neighborhoods has dropped more than 60%.

Please come meet the NOCUPP officers, the volunteers who represent each neighborhood, and other neighbors who are concerned about crime in our area.

For more information, visit their website or email NOCUPP directly at


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