It didn’t take long for Shannon Driscoll and Booker T. Washington alum Kayli House Cusick to decide to start a business together. The two met at a weekend pop-up studio in Oak Cliff and each realized that the other had her missing piece. Driscoll had been running adult art classes from her studio, and Cusick had written a stack of curriculum for kids’ art classes that she was ready to use. The two joined forces, and in 2010 opened what is now the bustling studio and shop Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff.
This Sunday, neighborhoods across North Texas will be filled with people finding their perfect new home—just in time for cool fall evenings and traditional holiday gatherings.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is opening doors throughout the Metroplex on Oct. 18, allowing potential buyers to tour spectacular homes in every community, from Frisco to Fort Worth, Colleyville to Highland Park, Lakewood to Uptown.
We still have a few weeks of summer left, so it’s time to play! Grab your friends and family and head out for great adventures that include everything from playing in a giant sandbox to enjoying the big top.
Buyers are kicking off the summer season in fantastic new homes throughout the area. In the past week alone, agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty helped buyers close on more than $53 million in properties and put another $80 million under contract.
Finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease is personal for Southlake City Councilmember Carolyn Hill Morris. At 25, her husband was diagnosed with the incurable disease, known as PKD, and died fighting it 22 years later.
Their daughter was diagnosed as a high school senior with the disease, which is transmitted genetically from parents. She received a kidney transplant in 2006. Like her, her son has a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with PKD.
This disease, which affects more than 600,000 Americans, causes cysts to grow in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure. Clinical trials searching for a cure are ongoing, as is research in medical centers across the country, including the University of Texas Southwestern.
Morris has joined Sally Wilson, a PKD survivor herself, and the national PKD Foundation in building awareness and raising money to help find a cure. The annual North Texas Walk for PKD at Southlake Town Square will be Sept. 20.
There will be a timed 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m., a children’s walk at 9, and the walk for PKD will stride out at 9:30.
The event will kick off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Southlake and Colleyville Lions Club. Elsa from the movie Frozen; Ranger, the horse mascot for the Texas Rangers, and characters from the movie Star Wars will entertain.
Now in its 10th year, the event raised more than $90,000 last year.
“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” celebrates the fashion designer’s inspiring life and award-winning work, featuring 60 garments that include ensembles worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Oct. 5. bushcenter.org
In only five years, this day of giving, founded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, has put more than $60 million into North Texas communities. Log on and raise funds for 1,350 local nonprofits. Sept. 18. northtexasgivingday.org
The Plano Symphony Orchestra proudly welcomes Haochen Zhang, Cliburn Gold Medalist, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor for the Fall 2014 Opening Night celebration. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. planosymphony.org
Raise your corny dogs and salute Texas’ biggest, boldest icon. The annual State Fair of Texas welcomes performers Kool & the Gang, Deryl Dodd, Danielle Bradbery and others. Sept. 26-Oct. 19. bigtex.com
No time to travel to Paris for the weekend? “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée D’Orsay” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is showcasing works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and more. Oct. 19-Jan. 25. kimbellart.org
What will the world of tomorrow look like? Explore the possibilities and enjoy a night of dining and dancing in support of The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s annual Night at the Museum fundraiser. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. perotmuseum.org