The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA presents its 20th annual home festival, craft fair and café from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3. Proceeds benefit Lakewood Elementary School, 3000 Hillbrook.

The festival features a tour of five neighborhood houses: a 1936 two-story French manse on a wooded lot at 6921 Tokalon, a brick 1938 English Tudor cottage designed by Dines and Kraft at 6608 Lakeshore, a 1955 Modern style house built by artists Otis and Velma Dozier at 7019 Delrose, and a traditional 1930s stone Tudor with a living room built to resemble a ship’s hull at 2411 Hillside.

The craft fair and café will be open at the school during tour hours. The craft fair features pottery, jewelry, decorative home accessories, Christmas keepsakes, gourmet food items, stationery and more.

Early Childhood PTA members Gayle McVey and Susan Nelson are chairing the event.

“It’s good for a cause, and it’s fun,” McVey says. “Lakewood has such a wide array of homes and styles. It’s fun to show off. We’re proud of our neighborhood.”

Tickets for the home tour cost $6 in advance or $8 the days of the event and are available at any of the tour homes, the school or Minyard Food Store, located at Gaston and Abrams. Admission to the craft fair is free with a home tour ticket or $2 without one.

Last year, event proceeds provided Lakewood Elementary with new playground equipment, outdoor water fountains, a media center for the library, books, English as a Second Language and bilingual supplies, and other items not funded by Dallas Public Schools.

Call McVey at 823-4729 for information.



Christmas Shopping: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 8787 Greenville, holds its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7-8 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9. More than 50 crafters will display their jewelry, clothing, centerpieces, handmade dolls, angels, ornaments, floral arrangements and ceramics. There also will be baked goods for sale, including sauces and jellies. Admission is free, and lunch is available. Call Jacque Meyer at 341-4752 for information.

Bazaar and Bake Sale: Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9353 Garland, presents a craft bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16. Admission is free, and there will be a drawing for a Christmas quilt with matching shams and tree skirt. Proceeds benefit the Village Vision Caring Fund of Grace Presbyterian Village. Call 328-2625.


Learn about ESP: Richard Berman, founder of the Texas Parapsychology Association, will discuss ESP and clairvoyance and give a demonstration of holistic healing from 3-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Skillman Southwestern Library, 5707 Skillman. Call 670-6078.


Folk Art Collections: “Whirligigs and Papalotes” – an exhibit of roadside folk art made from found objects – opens at the 5501 Columbia Art Center Nov. 1 and displays through January. The show features whimsical works from the collection of Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin, the owners of the art center; local artist Tracy Hicks; physician Pablo Sanchez; the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie; and New York collectors Aarne Anton and Herbert Waide Hemphill, one of the founders of the Museum of American Folk Art.


Watercolor Society Meets in Neighborhood: The Southwestern Watercolor Society meets at the Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss, at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday each month from September-April, excluding December. The group sponsors lectures, demonstrations and workshops about watercolor painting. Call Jan Venuso at 328-8235 for information.


Balcony Club Band Releases CD: Neighborhood residents Bob and Sally Ackerman released their first CD, “We’ve Got It Made,” last month on the Coyote Moon Productions label. The Ackermans perform during happy hour from 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at The Balcony Club, atop the Lakewood Theatre. Other members of the band are saxophonist and lead guitarist Jay Wright Wilson and drummer W.A. Richardson. The CD was produced by Steve Long and engineered by Phil York. For band information, call 823-2530.


Bedtime Stories Competition: Half Price Books is sponsoring its third annual Bedtime Story Contest for amateur writers. Entries are due Dec. 31 and should be no longer than 300 words and previously unpublished. Twenty-five finalists will be chosen for publication in a book, which is sold as a fund-raiser for literacy education. Winners also receive gift certificates to Half Price Books. Entry forms are available at the store, 5915 E. Northwest Highway.


Lakewood Chamber Christmas Tree Lighting: The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce sponsors a free neighborhood tree lighting ceremony in Harrell Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Entertainment will be provided by area school children, and Santa will make a guest appearance. Kathleen Skelton of Sam’s Club is chairing the event. Call 827-8921.