August 2021 Newsletter

What's in this Issue

From the VP of Communications

Greetings Folks!

We are changing things up this month with a note from your's truly, the editor in chief of this lovely and informative newsletter, Jim Hauck.

I have the great honor of being a volunteer in Heritage Oak Cliff (HOC), and serving in the role of Vice President of Communications. Volunteering and giving back are at the center of who I am, as I am a firm believer I have been blessed with much and therefore much is expected in return. Giving back to my community through HOC is rewarding. 

I took this opportunity, at a time when HOC was making decisions about how to emerge from Covid-19, to look for a new and different way to raise funds for our Neighborhood Grant Program. We needed an event that would feel good to those ready to interact and be social, and for those who may still want to keep arms distance from others but wanted to see other humans again it had to work too. From that thinking came Passport Oak Cliff, a pivotal event, designed to get our neighborhoods involved in how funds are raised, something family friendly, not loosing site of our legacy home tour, and to raise up all the good things that make Oak Cliff a special place to live. Well, in case you have somehow missed it, Passport Oak Cliff is now just around 2 months away. Tickets are going on sale soon.18 neighborhoods are signed up and hosting something. And, wow, we have done some serious fundraising activity. I could not be more excited to see where we end up, come the weekend of October 23/24. I firmly believe we are going to put a stake in the ground that establishes Passport Oak Cliff as an annual event everyone will want to attend.

It has been an exciting volunteer experience with HOC, in other ways too. We have gone further with technology this year. With the help of TechSoup we secured access to a Google Workspace for the organization. This is a big step forward, giving each of our offices and chairs a direct email line, access to digital storage on Google Drive, and the ability to collaborate even more effectively as an organization. 

We're charging forward with fierce excitement. We're looking for people, just like yourself, to jump on board and help us out. We're currently calling for nominations for officer and leads for 2022. We're seeking volunteers to help us with Passport Oak Cliff. Is that a lot of "we are" or what. So maybe, like me, you can find your passion, working with this great group of people (all volunteers) and helping to constantly show off Oak Cliff as a great place to live.

Be sure to check out the depth of content in our newsletter this month and join us in our Newsletter Naming Contest. So much to say, too little space, a heart overflowing with pride in Heritage Oak Cliff. 

Cheers -

Jim Hauck
VP Communications

Newsletter Naming Contest

We are looking for a new creative name for the Heritage Oak Cliff newsletter, this lovely little bundle of information about our community.

The name should be creative, simple, easy to remember, and tied to our Heritage Oak Cliff name and mission.

All names must be submitted via this form. No verbal or emailed or written submissions will be accepted. Submissions are due by August 31, 2021, and will be time stamped by the form entry. Eligible submissions will be narrowed down by the executive committee and then put out as a poll vote to our membership in early September. The winning name will be adopted and the creator of the new name will be featured in the first newsletter under the new name and will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card and one free entry to Passport Oak Cliff - a total package value of $50.

Submit Your Newsletter Name Entry

There’s a new event by Heritage Oak Cliff happening October 23rd and 24th – Passport Oak Cliff. It’s designed to be family-friendly, community-friendly and business-friendly, so we hope you’ll want to be a part of it. Take a look at all the great Passport Oak Cliff information on our website.

Besides making sure about 1,000 people, like you, have a great time getting their “passport” stamped at dozens of Oak Cliff neighborhood attractions over the two days, we’ll be raising money for the Heritage Oak Cliff Neighborhood Grant program. Grants help keep our neighborhoods refreshed and up to date. Take a look at the success and scope of the Grant Program information on our website.

So, What Do the Neighborhood Passport Stops look like?

We have 17 fun and fascinating attractions to see, do and hear plus end of day celebrations with amazing raffle prize.

Here’s a sample of the 17 attractions you don’t want to miss:
  • Historical Home Porches’ Tour (Winnetka Heights)
  • Artists’ Fair with Interactive Mural (Elmwood)
  • Twelve Hills Nature Center with Owl Demonstration (West Kessler)
  • The Carnival at Catherine and Pierce (North Cliff)
  • Concerts by Famous Oak Cliff Musicians

Want to Sponsor Passport Oak Cliff?

It’s easy to become a sponsor. Sponsors are rolling in; however, we’d love for you to join in and support POC! Take a look to get your best sponsorship level selection: POC_SponsorshipPackage.pdf . Oak Cliff will be the winner!

We are so thankful for the sponsors that have already signed up:

  • Snap Clean Car Wash
  • Travis-Lee Moore
  • Robert Puckett
  • Ric Shanahan
  • Methodist Dallas Hospital
  • Steve Neukom

And this is only a start. Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, we are on our way to a great event. Want to be a sponsor? Let us know.

Want to buy Your Passports?

The Passports will go on sale September 1. Check out the entire article about ticket sales below and mark your calendar.

Interested in Volunteering? Have questions?

If you want to volunteer or have question reach out to:

Trudy Newton
Chair, Passport Oak Cliff
(214) 533-6055

Passport  Tickets Sales Start 9/1

Tickets fo Passport Oak Cliff will go on sale on September 1, 2021, for members and shortly after to the general public. Tickets are being sold through our website and will be staged in tiered pricing. The best prices and discounts will go to the earliest purchase of tickets. Members will get a ticket for $5 lower than public price offering at all times. Each membership gets one discounted ticket. If you want to secure the discounted price for your friends, ask them to consider becoming a member.

Members need to log into the Heritage Oak Cliff site to purchase tickets for themselves at a discount rate, or for friends and family at the public rate. Once logged in go to the event on October 23/24, 2021, to make your purchase. Current membership is required for the discounted rate.

Once a tier is sold out the next tier will open up. Tickets are good for both days of the Passport Oak Cliff event. Tickets are non-refundable.

The tiered ticket pricing structure is as follows:

Members of Heritage Oak Cliff

  • Tier 1 - $15.00 - available September 1-11, 2021
  • Tier 2 - $20.00 - available September 12-30, 2021
  • Tier 3 - $25.00 - available October 1-22, 2021
  • Tier 4 - $30.00 - available October 23-24, 2021
  • Senior Members - $10.00 - available September 1 to October 24, 2021

Ticket Sales to General Public - Non Members

  • Tier 1 - $20.00 - available September 5-11, 2021
  • Tier 2 - $25.00 - available September 12-30, 2021
  • Tier 3 - $30.00 - available October 1-22, 2021
  • Tier 4 - $35.00 - available October 23-24, 2021
  • Senior Members - $15.00 - available September 1 to October 24, 2021

Stay tuned to for more about the schedule for Passport Oak Cliff. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special additional events during the weekend are in the works along with a closing party each day, raffles, and more.

If you have questions or encounter problems when purchasing tickets, please send an email to We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Call for Nominations

Heritage Oak Cliff has an open call for nominations for officers and leaders for the next year. The deadline to submit nominations is September 17, 2021. Nominees must be an HOC member in good standing, but no previous experience with HOC is required.

Please answer the following questions via the form which is linked via the button.

  1. Who are you nominating?
  2. What role are you nominating this person for?
  3. Why are you nominating them for this role?
  4. Your name, neighborhood, and contact information.

Questions, please contact our nominations committee:

We are accepting nominations for:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President of Neighborhoods
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Special Events Chair
  • Historian
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Physical Development Chair
2021 Officer and Chair Nominations Form

Neighborhood Grants Updates

This week HOC hosted the August Grant Workshop which was attended by multiple neighborhoods aiming for a successful grant application. The online workshop covered the Grant Program Guide and the grant application in detail. Great questions were asked in the workshop, particularly around individual and neighborhood membership requirements. If you were not able to attend but want to be sure your application meets all requirements, you can view the workshop here.

All neighborhoods in good standing with Heritage Oak Cliff are eligible to apply for the second cycle of 2021 grants. Neighborhoods have until September 25 at 9:00pm to submit applications to The Grant Program Guide and the Grant Application are/will soon be available on the Heritage Oak Cliff website. If you have any questions about the process or about your grant idea, contact Susan Lee at

Workshop Recording: Topic: HOC August Grant Workshop

Do you live in one of the HOC member neighborhoods that has not yet applied for a grant? Enhance your community with help from Heritage Oak Cliff and make an application this grant season. If you don't know what to propose, or are worried that you couldn't raise the 40% neighborhood matching funds, start small! Community Development grants are a maximum of $500.00 per neighborhood per year. These grants are great for events that bring the neighborhood together, such as a movie night or a National Night Out event. Another option would be to look at a small project for a Neighborhood Improvement grant, such as a pocket garden. To get ideas for projects that can be funded through the HOC grant program, download the Grant Program Guide from the HOC website. If you would like to discuss your idea for a project, contact Susan Lee at

Get Ready for North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 23, 2021, and Heritage Oak Cliff is planning an evening to make a donation, socialize and enjoy food and beverages.

So, why should you give to Heritage Oak Cliff on North Texas Giving Day?

Your tax-deductible contribution will put you on record as a supporter of the Heritage Oak Cliff mission to address issues affecting Oak Cliff.

Heritage Oak Cliff provides large and small grants for Oak Cliff neighborhoods, especially to help under-resourced and underserved neighborhoods reach their full potential. Heritage Oak Cliff (founded as the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League) originally formed in 1975 to save Winnetka Heights from a demise that would have left an irreplaceable hole in Dallas’ history. Since then, Heritage Oak Cliff continues to mentor neighborhoods and to help them organize. Our grant process helps neighborhoods to define their own priorities for communications and for hosting meetings. Improvement projects include murals, median landscaping, sidewalks, and restoration projects.

Make plans now for Thursday, September 23, 2021 to show your support. You can make your donation live during our happy hour event, where donors will be encouraged to enjoy drinks and snacks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at:

La Calle Doce Restaurante
415 West 12th Street

Or if you are unable to join us, be sure you go online on Thursday, September, 23, 2021, where you can can donate at the North Texas Giving Day website, or navigate to our North Texas Giving Day page at our website and click on the give now button.

Watch for the party invitation in September and be sure to register for this great event, starting September 1.

Neighborhood Representatives and Members
Call to Action!

We are working on getting our records and website aligned so that information shown on the web site matches what is official in our instance of Wild Apricot. Our website is not automatically updated with the official data in Wild Apricot so we have room for human error. Following the July board meeting, we have updated our neighborhoods for what we know. 

Our call to action for all neighborhoods is to review what is showing on our About Us  web page under Neighborhood Representatives. If you see a discrepancy, please contact us via email at and let us know what needs to change.

Also, we ask you to check on your current membership. Has your personal membership lapsed? Does your neighborhood have a current neighborhood membership that is active and paid for? Are you getting the information sent out from Heritage Oak Cliff via email, the web and calendar? Is your neighborhood representative passing along the activities happening with Heritage Oak Cliff?

If you are not getting regular communications, please check your membership by logging into the Heritage Oak Cliff site. If you are unable to access the site, please contact us at and let us know you need help.

What's Happening in Oak Cliff

West Oak Cliff Area Planning

The West Oak Cliff Area Planning initiative began in 2020 by City Councilmember Chad West and the Planning and Urban Design Department. This area of Oak Cliff has numerous areas that are upcoming authorized hearing locations for rezoning. Additionally, this area also contains three DART light-rail stations with potential opportunities for transit-oriented development nearby. This planning effort will work to help create a land use and land development vision for this area. The Plan will be done in parallel with the update to the ForwardDallas Comprehensive Land Use Plan update and will be incorporated into that update upon adoption.

Want to help your neighbors get involved? Check upcoming newsletters for volunteer opportunities!

Stay up to date with the latest on the West Oak Cliff Area Planning process by checking out the website from Dallas City Hall. Live or work in West Oak Cliff? Please be sure to take the survey! En Espanol: Survey en Espanol.

East Oak Cliff Area Planning

Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold and the Planning & Urban Design department have initiated a planning process in District 4 to establish a detailed land use and development vision to guide growth and investment in the identified planning area. The plan will articulate a vision and priorities to influence City policies and leverage resources for the area. Similar to the West Oak Cliff area plan, this part of Oak Cliff has numerous authorized hearing locations for rezoning. Additionally, this area also contains six DART light-rail stations across two rail lines with potential opportunities for transit-oriented development nearby. If you live in this part of Oak Cliff, the city wants to hear from you!

Stay up to date with the latest on the East Oak Cliff Area Planning process by checking out the website from Dallas City Hall.

Thank You Business Members

Please check out the web sites for our business members. We appreciate their support of Heritage Oak Cliff and they appreciate your business. Click on any of the cards below to go to the website for our business members and let them know you found them through Heritage Oak Cliff.

Interested in becoming a Business Member? Click here and sign up there for your Business Membership today!

Become a business partner member 
and  your logo could be here!

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