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1. Friendly city 3 hours from Dallas crowned nicest place in Texas — and Arkansas. Each October, more than 1,000 local residents gather along the border between Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Arkansas, for an event that promotes togetherness. This get-together has drawn some really nice kudos from Reader’s Digest. The magazine just named Texarkana the nicest place in Texas and Arkansas in recognition of the community’s yearly Dine on the Line event.
2. Victory Park pizzeria tosses final pie after a decade in downtown Dallas. A restaurant that's been in Victory Park for a decade — a miracle by Victory Park standards — is closing. After nearly 10 years, Olivella's, the authentic Neapolitan-style pizzeria from Charlie Green, is checking out.
3. Healthy restaurant at Dallas Farmers Market throws in the towel. In sad news for healthy eaters and Dallas Farmers Market fans, Mudhen Meat and Greens, the healthful restaurant from Shannon Wynne located at the Dallas Farmers Market, is closing. According to a release, the restaurant will close on Sunday, November 3.
4. Iconic tree in Highland Park famous for Christmas lights gets the axe. There's dire holiday news coming out of the Park Cities: The huge pecan tree on Armstrong Avenue, which has served as an entry point as well as a centerpiece of Highland Park's holiday traditions, is about to get the axe. According to a statement from the city of Highland Park, the tree, called the Big Pecan Tree, is sadly on its dying days and must be removed.
5. Actress Laura Linney captivates crowd at trailblazing Dallas charity's fall luncheon. More than 800 guests filled the Omni Dallas Hotel ballroom on October 4 for The Family Place's 23rd Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. And while the cuisine and table conversation were lovely, the room was positively abuzz with anticipation for the keynote speaker, actress Laura Linney.