The Keller Magazine

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Property Trends

Buying and selling real estate in Keller and neighboring cities is “a good market, but a stressful one,” says Jackie Black, broker/owner of Texas Best Properties with nearly 20 years in the business.

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The K-List

Eight-year-old Connor Genteman loves cars. And just like any car aficionado, Connor loves car shows — Down syndrome doesn’t hold him back. So when Connor’s parents, Ty and Lydia, wanted to raise both awareness of Down syndrome and the need for inclusion of special needs children, they thought of nothing better than hosting a car show. Proceeds from the 4th annual Connors Car Show, to be held Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Keller Town Hall will benefit three worthwhile organizations serving children with special needs: Down Syndrome Partnership, Cook Children’s Medical Center and White Bridle Therapeutic Partnership. Last year, $52,000 was raised and 500 cars were on display. This year, 700 car entries are expected. Additionally, weekly cable television show “The Car Guy Show” will be in town, filming the event. For more information, visit www.connorscarshow.com.

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Part of the family

True dog lovers see our furry companions as more than just house pets. Call us crazy, but we see our beloved pups as family members who deserve to be included in family photos for holiday cards, taken on vacation and brought along to hang out on the sidelines at our kids’ soccer games.

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From the ground up

Dallas-Fort Worth area property values are on the rise and many homeowners are choosing to build rather than purchase an existing home. We asked two people — a builder and a new homeowner — to share a behind-the-scenes look at the homebuilding process.

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No place for hate

The rest of America could learn a lot from the students at Keller High School (KHS.) Young people at the suburban campus frequently discuss today’s hot button issues but the classroom conversations are always civil and respectful. There’s no room for hostility or divisiveness inside the blue and gold home of the Keller Indians.

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Easter blessings

Resident and Grapevine teacher Caitlyn Zappia grew up learning to bake from her grandmother and was inspired to serve others, she says. “My husband finally persuaded me to give it a whirl and try out selling my brownies in our community,” she says. “I received more interest than I ever imagined, and requests for cookie cakes, cupcakes and cakes soon started coming in.” Zappia launched her cake-baking business, From Batter to Crumbs, last summer from her home kitchen under the Texas Cottage Food Law. Her sweet treats include everything from cherry-topped piña colada cupcakes to s’mores brownies made with toasted marshmallows. Celebrate Easter Sunday with Zappia’s show-stopping Carrot Cake Cheesecake. Made with carrots, golden raisins, pineapples and chopped nuts, the light and fluffy dessert is as easy to prepare as it is perfect for spring. Top with candy such as speckled eggs for a special Easter touch.

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HOPE for area families

The Community Storehouse hosted their annual HOPE Dinner and Auction fundraiser at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine on Saturday, March 4. Over 670 people attended the event themed “Let the Children Shine” to support the non-profit with their mission of educating and providing support to thousands of local low-income children. Guests enjoyed casino games, dinner, dancing and the chance to bid on several auction items.

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Service Record

Whether it’s a city park, a neighborhood or the new Chick-fil-A, every major project in Keller for the last four decades passed by Sheila Stephens’ desk.

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A change of scenery

Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is “Greenery” — a bright and cheerful color that evokes feelings of springtime, nature and new beginnings. That seems ideal for this time of year when many people are making changes — both personally and in their surroundings. We chatted with local design and decorating experts to find out what’s new and popular for this year.

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Tune Work

“I want to build a relationship with my students. I teach them how to play their instrument, but there is so much more to being in a band than just reading notes. I want to get to know them so I can motivate them to go beyond what they think they can do. Then they don’t know what’s hard. Being in a band teaches you life skills for everything.”

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Trust your instincts

“Years ago my mentor and I lured more than 200 adult men and women into cars and vans for news shows across America. We never pulled a knife or gun, we lured every single one with a ‘good story.’”

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“Chúc Mừng Năm Mới”

Like a typical new year’s celebration on December 31, Viet Tết (or the Vietnamese New Year) came in with a bang on January 27. At Parkview Elementary, the festivities took the form of children dancing with big yellow flowers, bright pink fans and multi-colored umbrellas.

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Every rose has its thorns

The Keller Indianettes Drill Team was honored to open the Rose Parade on January 2nd. The crew of 57 girls was the very first set of performers behind the pace car. But with honor comes sacrifice. The team, celebrating their 50th year, had to be dressed and ready at 12:30 a.m. They left for Pasadena at 2 a.m., practiced outside with television crews from 3 to 5 a.m., ate breakfast and then headed to the parade area to set up at 7:30 a.m. The parade lasted from 8 - 10 a.m. About 100 family members also traveled to Pasadena for the event. No word on what the tired girls did after the performance.

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Saintly Stew

With its traditionally meat-and-potato centric dishes, there’s a perception that Irish cuisine can be bland and boring. Not so, says Central Market Southlake cooking school instructor Debra Stults, who recently traveled to Ireland and was impressed by the “foodie explosion,” she says.

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