Welcome Sister City Guests from Monasterolo di Savigliano

Be sure to give a warm welcome to our Sister City guests from Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy.    The group of 25 Italians will be in Duncanville from October 16 through October 24 and will stay with host families for the 10-day visit. We will share our Community, culture and heritage, as well as give the delegates a tour of several significant Dallas-Fort Worth attractions and eateries.

This visit marks the 21st Anniversary of our friendship.  Monasterolo di Savigliano is located in the Northwestern region of Italy.

Next year Duncanville citizens will have the opportunity to visit our Sister City friends in Italy where they will provide host families and fellowship for our group.  If you are ever in Europe and need help, they will come to your aid.  They are our extended family abroad.

If you see them or their bus, give them a hearty Texan wave and welcome!

Duncanville Residents Invited to Help Paint Wall Mural at Cockrell Hill & Danieldale: October 12 & 13

The Duncanville Design Studio and the City of Duncanville are looking for community members who would like to help paint the new wall mural located at Cockrell Hill and Danieldale! Mural painting will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. Residents of all ages and abilities are welcome – the mural will be paint by number so anyone interested can participate and help beatify the area.

All art supplies and paint will be provided, and the Duncanville Design Studio team will assist artists with paint colors and technique, as well as answer any questions. Please wear appropriate clothes for a painting project and remember to bring sun protection. Water will be provided.

The traffic lane next to the retaining wall will be blocked off during the hours of the project and participants can park along the nearby neighborhood streets or across the street at H. Louis Nichols Park. Please be sure to avoid blocking driveways or impeding the flow of traffic.

For more information, contact Economic Development Director Jessica James at 972-780-4997 or jjames@duncanville.com.  


The Duncanville Design Studio and the City of Duncanville have partnered to design a retaining wall art mural project on the northeast corner of Cockrell Hill Rd. and Danieldale Rd. This project was developed to help beautify the Duncanville community and provide more public art that resonated with neighborhoods.

Many different retaining walls were considered; however, this wall was selected as it is on the corner of one of our community gateways. The Duncanville Design Studio worked with local artists, teachers from the Duncanville Independent School District, and the Duncanville City Council to design a mural for the wall. The mural will include nature scenes, family scenes, and kids playing different sports to showcase how Dun­canville is The City of Champions. There are three phases to this project. The first phase has already been completed, which was to paint the concrete retaining wall with a white primer base. During the second phase artists will paint the outline of the mural on the retaining wall in order to prepare the wall for the community painting portion of the project. The final phase will involve the community actively participating in one of the city’s first public art projects.

Best of Southwest Juneteenth Celebration – June 15

The City of Duncanville and Best of Southwest cities join together for the Juneteenth Arts and Music Festival, honoring the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Activities include food vendors, a variety of art by local artist, crafts, musical performances and much more.  Admission is free!

Seeking Vendors

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Best Southwest Juneteenth Festival as a Small Business/Artist/Organizations.  Applications must be received by 12 pm, Monday, May 27th.

  • Booth with Electricity $100
  • Booth with No Electricity $75

Call 972-291-5130 or email cedarhillpard@cedarhilltx.com for more information.

Italian Sister City Guests Visiting Duncanville in October, Seeking Host Families

Over 21 years ago, Duncanville established a Sister City Program with Monasterolo di Savigliano, a city in Northern Italy. The program offers culture awareness and economic information. Over the years, host families in both Monasterolo and Duncanville have exchanged friendship and culture traditions.

In October, Monasterolo will send a group of citizens, age 30 to 60, to visit Duncanville for 10 days. The Sister City Commission is looking for host families to accommodate one or two people, and host families do not need to speak Italian. Responsibilities include providing a private room for either a single person or a couple, a simple breakfast, and transportation to and from City Hall.

If you are interested, or want to learn more information about the Sister City Program, contact Chelsea Cooper at 972-780-5069 or ccooper@duncanville.com.

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

Why is there a Juneteenth Celebration?

According to www.Wikipedia.com:

“Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the word is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”.[1][2] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.[3]

The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations given by our  Best Southwest Cities who each host the Juneteenth Celebration.

Please join the Best Southwest Cities of Lancaster (host), Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Desoto in celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lancaster Community Park located at 1700 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Lancaster, TX,  75134-3316.  For more information, please connect to the City of Lancaster website:  http://www.lancaster-tx.com/1214/Juneteenth-Celebration



FRONT PORCH SALE @ Hopkins Senior Center

The annual Front Porch Sale sponsored by the Share & Care Site Council takes place this  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr., Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX  75116.  Be sure to support the seniors with your donations or purchases.

Donations of household goods are welcome beginning Monday, April 17th through Wednesday, April 19th.

For further information call 972-780-5073.


Staff reads

Judging by how few titles I have this week, it looks like the library staff needs some title recommendations. Can anyone help us out? Use the comments feature at the end of this post to tell us what you are reading.



The Imitation Game (dvd) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

This 2014 film is based on the story of British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park, who managed to break the codes of Germany’s Enigma machine (previously thought to be absolutely unbreakable), thereby shifting the balance of power in World War II, saving thousands of lives, and helping pave the way for the developments in computing technology of the latter half of the 20th century.

~ Dennis


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iBoy (movie)

This movie is about boy who after an accident finds that he has power. Then he helps a friend in need. It is also a book by Kevin Brooks. I partially read through the book and was excited when I saw this movie was coming to Netflix.

~ Emma

  History of Duncanville, Texas.

A little-known title to many, it covers Duncanville’s history up through 1976, when the volume was published.


Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

Imagine a world where a benevolent computer rules everything, and people can live forever…. In Neal Shusterman’s version, in order to prevent overpopulation, the scythes are charged with “gleaning” – aka killing. If you like teen dystopian novels, this is worth a try.


Staff reads

So we’ve almost got more TV shows than books this week. Actually, if you count the first title, we do have more TV shows. That first title is also a TV show (we’ve got it on order). But hey! Those TV shows teach us about other cultures and history! So they’re educational. And education is always a good thing.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith

This is the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.



We Will Not Be Silent : The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie belonged to the Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, they formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government.


Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people.


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This show is about a girl who is obsessed with K-dramas (Korean Drama). Then she gets sucked into the world of one of her favorite K-dramas. I was looking through Netflix for some foreign TV series to watch. I like this because it take a look into what might go on behind the shows.

~ Emma

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This show just finished its first season on NBC. I’m only up to episode 4. It’s about a bad guy who stole a time machine and is determined to sabotage America by changing its history. There’s also a team of good guys (which includes a historian) who are determined to protect history. So far, they haven’t been real successful.

The show was created by the same guy who created the show “Supernatural” which is now in its 12th season and has been renewed for a 13th. So I’ve got high hopes for this one.

~ Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Staff reads

Sorry for the late post this week. I know y’all are just sitting around waiting for all week to see what we’ve been reading/watching. If anybody ever tries one of our recommendations, please let us know what you thought of it.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


Over Dressed by Elizabeth L. Cline

This book takes a look into how we should really look into where our clothes are being made. Also that we should support thrift shops (i.e. charity shops, vintage and etc.) and ethically responsible companies (fairtrade/local). Learn the basics of sewing to update/upgrade those thrifty buys. Even though I am a newbie at this thing it has made me think of the buying and selling martials. So I encourage you go out there to find what inspires your sense of fashion, and what your values are.


Beneath by Roland Smith

Above by Roland Smith

Pat O’Toole follows cryptic clues to find his big brother, Coop, who has become mixed up in a cult-like community living beneath the streets of New York City. This two-part book series is an edge of your seat page-turner!


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The story starts out with a girl who has been lost for a long time. She then makes friends with some unlikely people. They gather around to hear her story of her adventure in the great wide world. This is a Netflix Original so you’ll only find it on there. I was scrolling through for something new to see. If you’re into sci-fi shows you might like this.


Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories by J. California Cooper

In Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, Cooper’s characteristic themes of romance, heartbreak, struggle, and faith resonate.  We meet Darlin, a self-proclaimed femme fatale who uses her wiles to try to find a husband; MLee, whose life seems to be coming to an end at the age of forty until she decides to set out and see if she can make a new life for herself; and Aberdeen, whose daughter Uniqua shows her how to educate herself and move up in the world. This was a really good book that I didn’t want to put down. I love this author’s style of writing.


Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

This is the last book of the One Crazy Summer trilogy. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half-sister, Miss Trotter. The two half-sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible. I loved this trilogy and would definitely read it again.


Leverage (TV series)

A group of (semi) reformed thieves decide to use their criminal powers for good. They break laws in order to help regular people who get taken advantage of by those who have enough money to avoid the law.

[Bonus: one of the actors is from Dallas}

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Staff reads

There are some great fiction and non-fiction books this week. I compile the list every week and I’m going to add some of these titles to my personal TBR (to be read) list.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.


 Eddie the Eagle (movie)

Inspired by true events, this is a feel-good story about Michael Eddie Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.



Invincible (movie)

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.


The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron.

This has come recommended by various people, particularly Ann Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. It describes the 15-20% of the population who are more sensitive to external stimuli, take more in, and are more easily overwhelmed by certain environments. I’m pretty sure this is me, so I’m curious to find out what she has to say. (Currently on sale in Kindle form; I got it during a previous Kindle book sale.)


The Martian by Andy Weir

Astronaut Mark Watney makes history when he is left for dead on Mars. The history making part is that he doesn’t die. Instead, he puts his botany and mechanical skills to use and manages to survive; without going crazy.

I’ve actually read this book before. My anti-social side really, really enjoys the idea of being the only person on the planet. (I also recommend the movie.)

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

HEARTLAND - THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 Heartland (tv series)

Follows a family who own a horse/cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada. The youngest daughter, Amy, has a gift for training and fixing “problem” horses.

My whole family has been watching this show. It’s very wholesome and family friendly without being sugary sweet.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues that Matter by Jessamyn Conrad.

Reading this as part of my goal to be a better informed and more engaged citizen. It does appear to be bipartisan, and I am learning a lot I didn’t know about the various big issues. It’s a good starting point.


Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked… or rather, when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted. Alex’s parents were away when the disaster happened and so he sets out to find them. He struggles to survive the changed weather and the collapse of most of the nation’s infrastructure.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher