We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, current President of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA), Julie Griffith, shares her favorite places to go around Dallas with her family!
Julie Griffith is a native Texan, born in Lubbock and raised in Plano. She graduated from Plano Senior High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. At UT, Julie met her husband of 13 years and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She worked in Austin in Marketing and Public Relations before moving back to Lubbock where she received her Master’s in Education from Texas Tech University. After getting married, Julie moved to El Paso where she worked at the University of Texas at El Paso in Alumni Relations and Development. Upon relocating back to Dallas, Julie continued her career in Alumni Relations and Development at SMU.
Julie is a sustainer of the Junior League of Dallas and an active member of the Dallas Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi. She is the current president of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA and a dedicated volunteer at Lakewood Elementary School.
Foodie Favorite: Roots Juices
Juice cleanses have become immensely popular, with even celebrities raving on social media how much they love the benefits of it. Griffith also sings the praises of Roots Juices, saying “all the juices are amazing” and they make it easy for her to get her daily dose of fruits and veggies in. She stops by the Lakewood Roots Juices shop to pick up Super Booster Shots, saying “they keep me feeling my best even on the craziest days.”
Cocktail Culture: Bodega Wine Bar
“I joke that this is the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA unofficial headquarters because so many of my meetings are held there,” Griffith said. “I’m never disappointed with their daily wine recommendations and delicious snacks.” This cozy hangout has a fireplace and wine cave to really make you feel like you’re in an authentic European winery.
Artistic Addiction: Alan Daniel
“He’s an award-winning, local photographer featuring beautiful nature and wildlife shots from White Rock Lake, the Arboretum and more,” Griffith said. Fun fact- he’s also Griffith’s father!
On The Move: White Rock YMCA
“I am obsessed with the group exercise classes and their instructors,” Griffith said. “The childcare and kid fit program is top notch and they offer a free “Play and Learn” session (Wednesdays during the school year from 9:30-10:30) for parents/caregivers and young children.” Post work out you can enjoy fun activities with your children in a phone free environment – and a perk is you don’t have to clean up afterward!
Brain Candy: Lakewood Outdoor Learning Area (LOLA)
“The area behind Lakewood Elementary is a hidden gem and a huge source of pride for our school,” Griffith said. Lakewood parents and staff in partnership with the Trinity River Audubon Center run an outdoor science program for students in every grade. Each spring they celebrate with LOLA Night – which is open to all families.
I Heart Dallas: The Lakewood Fourth of July Parade
“There is nothing that captures the spirit of our little piece of Dallas more than the 4th of July Parade,” Griffith said. Julie said her “family looks forward to the parade, the LECPTA Auction Party theme announcement, front-yard parties and fireworks with Christmas-like anticipation”.
Images Courtesy of LinkedIn, Zagat, Loyola Marymount University, Alan Daniel, Lee County School District, Youtube and Pinterest.