The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presents Big Climb Dallas

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presents Big Climb Dallas

Photo courtesy of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will present Big Climb Dallas. Participants will climb 70 flights of stairs to the top of Bank of America Tower and raise critical funds in support of blood cancer research and patient support.

Registration includes a bib to track time and a medal to celebrate conquering the climb.

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2023 College Baseball Showdown

2023 College Baseball Showdown

The 2023 College Baseball Showdown is a three-day tournament featuring six college baseball programs from the SEC and Big 12 Conference.

The kickoff to college baseball season features Big 12 Conference members TCU, University of Texas, and Oklahoma State University facing off against Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Missouri from the Southeastern Conference.

Five of the six programs in the 2023 lineup advanced to the postseason in 2022, with University of Texas and Arkansas both advancing to the College World Series.

Photo by Kelly Gavin Texas Rangers

2023 College Baseball Showdown

2023 College Baseball Showdown

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Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge

Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge

The second annual Pac-12 US LBM Coast-to-Coast Challenge will feature a quadruple-header of marquee men's and women's programs.

Among the eight teams slated to compete are six which qualified for postseason play in 2022 - five NCAA Tournament participants, including three women’s teams that earned top 4 seeds (No. 2 Baylor, No. 2 Texas, No. 4 Arizona) and men’s teams from No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 6 seed Texas, as well as the National Invitation Tournament semifinalist Washington State men.

Session 1

  • Game 1: Stanford vs. Texas (men) - 12 pm
  • Game 2: USC vs. Texas (women) - approximately 2:30 pm

Session 2

  • Game 3: Arizona vs. Baylor (women) - 6:30 pm
  • Game 4: Washington State vs. Baylor (men) - approximately 9 pm
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McKinney Monster Dash 5k

McKinney Monster Dash 5k

The McKinney Monster Dash 5K is a chip timed 5K presented by Orange Theory that starts and ends in front of TUPPS Brewery. Participants will receive a Monster Dash event t-shirt, custom Monster Dash bib, and a spooktacular finishers medal thanks to finish line sponsor Trinity Falls.

Festivities include music, local vendors, a Spooktacular photo-booth, a costume contest, plenty of cold TUPPS beer, and food from a variety of vendors serving all fall favorites.

Photo courtesy of West Dallas Chamber of Commerce

AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Art Walk West

AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Art Walk West

West Dallas Chamber of Commerce will present the 8th Annual Art Walk West. Participants can explore the West Dallas creative movement with a self-guided tour. The event will include live art mural paintings to a variety of studio and gallery exhibits.

Art Walk West will feature more than 15 murals painted live in locations across West Dallas – Outdoor and will also include family-friendly entertainment presented by ArtsBridge.

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Top-ranked high schools make the grade in this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.