Support ART for ADVOCACY



Since 1991, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) has provided hope and healing to the most severely abused children in Dallas County. DCAC provides a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC removes barriers to treatment and enhances criminal prosecution with public and private agencies including Dallas County law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Medical Center.

ART for ADVOCACY celebrates the transformative power of art therapy in helping children process trauma and heal emotional scars as a result of abuse. This year’s event will feature a silent auction with works by 100 emerging and established artists as well as a handful of luxury experience packages. Proceeds will support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues.

Purchase tickets for the Thursday, November 7th event here.

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Rag & Bone Family Shopping Day


We had so much fun celebrating Family Day, a fall shopping event at Rag & Bone hosted by Tina Craig and Elisa Summers on September 21st. Guests enjoyed drinks, canapés and fun family activities.  The day included an enjoyable music lineup crafted by Sea of Shoes fashion blogger, Jane Aldridge.  Kids worked on craft projects outdoors with a picnic style buffet. Guests shopped the latest looks and styles for men and women from Rag & Bone. 15% of the day’s proceeds benefited Children’s Medical Center Dallas.


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Our Fall Event with Town & Country!


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We’re thrilled to be hosting a two day event with Town & Country magazine early next month for a great cause.  Highland Park Village, Town & Country, and TACA Performing Arts Center invite you to attend the fashion event of the year on Wednesday, October 2nd. Please join us for: “Montage: A Celebration of Art and Fashion,” an event celebrating fashion and the arts produced by Jan Strimple. We have very limited seating, so grab your tickets now while they are still available and help support TACA.  Purchase your tickets here.


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Highland Park Village Bridal Event

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On September 5th, Carolina Herrera, Harry Winston, Frederic Fekkai, Jimmy Choo, Williams-Sonoma, and Madison hosted a bridal event at the Carolina Herrera store at Highland Park Village.  Models wore classic Carolina Herrera gowns paired with jewelry from Harry Winston.  Guests enjoyed light bites, cocktails, perused the latest styles in bridal fashion and beauty to dinnerware, and received on-hand expertise from some of our boutiques.  It was an inspiring evening at Highland Park Village for all guests and particularly, brides-to-be!

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Summer Sundays Recap!

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Sunday was the finale of our inaugural Summer Sunday concert series, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to say goodbye to summer! Between good tunes, great company, and free gelato, it was the ideal way to kick off a new school year.

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Local bands MAXX! Band Dallas, Mockingbyrd Station, Light Horse Harry, and Seven45 played outdoor concerts on consecutive Sunday afternoons throughout July and August. Locals and visitors gathered to hear original and cover songs, and scoops of Paciugo gelato offered respite from the summer heat. Between brunch-goers taking in the tunes from the porch of Bistro 31, and pint-size attendees dancing to each song, a good time was had by all who attended. 3. summer sundays

We want to extend a big thank you to all of our bands for participating, and to each and every person who came out in support. Be sure to check out our social media accounts for news about upcoming events around Highland Park Village this fall.

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Summer Sundays: Seven45



Seven45 rocks! This Dallas band is comprised of Griffin, Carter, CJ, Justus, and Anton.  We’re thrilled to invite them to Highland Park Village this Sunday for a live musical performance at the Highland Park Village clock tower.  WATCH a live cover of their performance of The Black Keys here.

What: Seven45 - Summer Sundays

When: Sunday, August 11th: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Live music and free ice cream by the Highland Park Village clock Tower!
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Summer Sundays: Light Horse Harry

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We’re so excited to invite Light Horse Harry to play this Sunday for #SummerSundays at Highland Park Village!  We hope you can mark your calendar to enjoy live music with us this weekend by the Highland Park Village Clock Tower.  The Dallas based band, Light Horse Harry, describes themselves as this: “If Rock & Roll and Spaghetti Westerns made sweet gum drop candy love, then we would be the metaphorical child.”  A mix of Blues, Folk, Americana, and Rock, you can hear their full digital album here. 

Learn more about Summer Sundays here.  Find Light Horse Harry on Facebook here.

What: Summer Sundays with Light Horse Harry  - live music entertainment!

When: Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: Highland Park Village - the Clock Tower

Hashtag: #SummerSundays



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Change Coming to Marquee Grill - Marquee Grill and Toko V

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It’s true… “Change is Coming to Marquee Grill” and we can’t wait to take a bite of it!  This fall, according to NBC DFW, “Marquee Grill will be more casual than before featuring modern but simple cuisine. Toko V, upstairs, will be “hipster Asian food” according to executive chef Andre Natera.”  Watch a tutorial below on how to make chef Andre Natera’s Thai Green Curry with Braised Short Ribs! 


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Style Card: Sergeant Lance Koppa

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Sergeant Lance Koppa is a familiar face around Highland Park Village and the surrounding community. When he’s not fielding calls as the Community Relations/Public Information Officer for the Highland Park DPS, you can find him in front of Whole Foods greeting patrons and asking for family updates.

Sgt. Koppa recently returned from a dreamy family trip to Italy, where he relaxed in the countryside and consumed as much Italian food as possible. We caught up with him to hear about life on the job, his favorite things about Dallas, and what’s on his to do list when abroad.


S&S: What is your official job title/how long have you been there?

Sgt. Koppa: Sergeant, Community Relations/Public Information Officer. I have been in this position a little over a year and a half.  I’m utilizing a new set of skills plus networking with professionals from the public and private sector. It feels like a career within a career


S&S: We hear you recently returned home from a yearly trip to Italy… What’s on the agenda when you’re abroad with your family?

Sgt. Koppa: This year our main agenda item was to relax; however, our son was full-gas so we chased him around the Tuscan countryside. We made two road trips, one to Deruta to purchase ceramic plates, and the second to Lucca. We always visit our favorite restaurants- I miss those long meals.


S&S: What is your favorite thing about Italy?

Sgt. Koppa: The walled cities that feel and look untouched by modernization.


S&S: How did you first get involved with Highland Park DPS?

Sgt. Koppa: I saw an advertisement from HPDPS in the employment section of the newspaper. It was during a time when I was heavily searching for a law enforcement career and there were many opportunities in the metroplex. I still remember the moment when Rene Woods, our Administrative Services Supervisor, called me with a job offer. That was an exciting day for me!


S&S: What do you enjoy about being here in the Park Cities?

Sgt. Koppa: Professionally, it’s working with a group of individuals that are dedicated to the mission and providing the best service possible. On a similar note, the opportunity to work alongside the dedicated volunteers in the community.


S&S: How do you balance work and family?

Sgt. Koppa: Careful coordination with my wife, Rachel. Both of our careers require some after hours and weekend duties and we have built a routine around our work schedules. My position with Highland Park offers some flexibility that compliments the home life very well so we rarely encounter any scheduling conflicts.


S&S: What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Sgt. Koppa: The feeling of making a small contribution to the big picture.


S&S: What is your favorite thing to do in Dallas on your day off?

Sgt. Koppa: Take my son to see and experience something new. He enjoys open spaces so the options normally involve a place where he can run and explore.


S&S: What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you professionally?

Sgt. Koppa: Recently I was in a foot chase with a theft suspect near Lemmon Avenue and the Tollway. As we were running across Lemmon Avenue I flagged down a cab that, fortunately for me, was headed in the same direction. I jumped in the passenger seat and directed the driver to take me to a nearby alley where I had lost sight of the suspect. We quickly caught up to the suspect and I exited the cab to arrest the suspect when his pace slowed to a walk. It felt like a scene scripted from a movie.


S&S: What is something most people don’t know about you?

Sgt. Koppa: I played the trombone in our high school marching band.


S&S: What is your favorite restaurant to enjoy a nice long dinner?

Sgt. Koppa: There is a restaurant in Italy, Da Alighiero, which is our absolute favorite. The chef takes your food order.


S&S: What do you order?

Sgt. Koppa: Tomato Bread Soup, crostini platter and a pasta dish.


S&S: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Sgt. Koppa: Play the guitar.


S&S: What do you never leave home without?

Sgt. Koppa: Some form of ID.


S&S:  What do you do to unwind?

Sgt. Koppa: Cycling is my escape.


S&S: Coffee or tea?

Sgt. Koppa: What, no donuts?


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Summer Sundays: Mockingbyrd Station

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We’re thrilled to announce Mockingbyrd Station will be playing at this weekend’s Summer Sunday performance!  Spend the day with Highland Park Village.  Enjoy brunch at 31 and maybe catch a movie at the Highland Park Village Theater.  Enjoy the folk, country, rock and bluegrass sounds of Mockingbyrd Station and find the band on Facebook.  Click here to learn MORE about #SummerSundays.


Here’s a sneak peek here….


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