Archive for April 2009

Time to Boogie through Bermuda

by Joy Donovan on April 30, 2009

Sunday is time to tiptoe through the tulips and boogie through the bermuda–The Colleyville Garden Club ( will hold Promenade, its spring garden tour.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., four residential gardens will be on view to the public. At each home, Colleyville Garden Club members will be available to answer questions about each of the diverse gardens selected this year.

The gardens were chosen to offer a variety of landscape designs. Event attendees will be treated to yards featuring roses, herbs, vegetables and varying color palettes with both sunny and shade-loving designs.

One garden selection, created by a landscape designer, was given a Thai theme and features native and adapted herbs. Another site sits on one acre and was converted from pasture to a variety of garden areas.

Yet another garden, designated as a National Wildlife Habitat, focuses on organic methods, balancing entertaining spots with natural areas. The fourth showcases a yard with a minimum of grass and beds designed to be easy-care.

Tickets to Promenade are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour at local retailers. Locations include Foreman’s and Market Street in Colleyville, Blooming Colors and Marshall Grain Co. in Grapevine, Green Mama’s Organic Garden Center in North Richland Hills and

Proceeds will fund Colleyville Garden Club’s projects and charities. Past projects have included establishing an outdoor learning center at Colleyville Elementary School, planting Arbor Day trees at Cross Timbers Middle School, a college scholarship and maintaining civic gardens.

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Colleyville Woman\'s Club\'s 11th Annual Awards and Grants Luncheon

by Joy Donovan on April 29, 2009

Date: 2009-05-15

Location: Piazza in the Village of Colleyville

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

URL: Click here

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Friday Benefit to Aid Fire Victims

by Joy Donovan on April 28, 2009

Firefighters battling April wild fires in Montague County.

Firefighters battling April wild fires in Montague County.

A May 1 charity event is planned to help victims of April wild fires in Montague County, TX.

The fundraiser, being organized by local event planner Donna Smith, will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the VFW hall in Bowie, TX.

“We will have free barbecue dinner for everyone, amazing auction items from all of my hotels, restaurants, clients and friends,” she said.

Dave Alexander and his band along with local fiddlers will provide entertainment.

The fires fanned by high winds April 9, tore across thousands of parched acres in North Texas, destroying homes and forcing the temporary evacuations of some small towns, schools and a nursing home.

North Texas volunteers wanting to help organized Friday’s event to help those, including many farmers and ranchers, who lost their homes.

For people wanting transportation to the event, a charter bus will leave Smith’s Grapevine business, Out of the Garden, at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Free wine and beer will be aboard the bus for those traveling to the event.

More information is available by contacting Smith at 817-416-6653 or by email at

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Gala Keeps Ballet en Pointe

by Joy Donovan on April 27, 2009


Bonjour, mes amis.

I’m just in a French mood after attending this year Fly Ball, the annual black-tie gala for the Texas Ballet Theater. Mais oui, we were all seeing visions of croissants and the Eiffel Tower since this year’s party was entitled “La Vie en Rose.”

And oh-la-la it was a lovely party. A mime greeted the 300-plus party guests as they arrived at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. A casino, a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and drinks awaited them at the end of the hotel’s escalator.  Music at every turn…yes, there was even an accordion player on stage at one point in the evening, enhancing the French mood of the soiree.

Tables in the ballroom got the French bistro treatment–checkered table linens and candles. The room was bathed in a soft pink glow–co-chairs Laila Minder Gleason and Renee L. Walsh had arranged, after all, for an evening “en rose.”

Dinner would have had Julia Childs, the French Chef, herself saying “bon appetit.” From the first course of baby field green with charred asparagus to the entree of steak au poivre on to the dessert of chache-coeur with wild berries, it was all tres bien. But the most impressive part of the dinner was the excellent service the wait staff delivered, a rare find these days.

Texas Ballet Theater has experienced financial struggles that almost became its Waterloo. So a successful fundraiser was crucial this year. But it seemed the dancers were pleased with the results.After the all-business auction, it was time to dance. Joining the party-goers on the dance floor were exuberant members of the ballet company. After a year of economic woes, it was time to celebrate, and for the talented dancers to say “merci beaucoup” for another year.

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Mayfest Opens Gates to Family Fun

by Joy Donovan on April 26, 2009

The 37th annual Mayfest will begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.

The 37th annual Mayfest will begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.


The family festival Mayfest opens its gates to those looking for art, music, food and fun Thursday and continues through Sunday along the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth.

For the 37th year, Mayfest will attract artists, food vendors and musicians to Trinity Park’s 33 acres along the river near downtown Fort Worth. The outdoor typically draws more than 200,000 visitors during its four days.

Several special events also are scheduled during the festival, including Thursday’s Senior Citizens Day, with free admission to seniors, and Friday’s Special Needs Day, with free admission to more than 1,000 mentally and physically challenged children. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday for the Mayfest Run, a 10k, 5k and 1-mile fun run, and Sunday’s Military Day will offer free entrance to active and retired military personnel.

Featured entertainment booked this year will include Reckless Kelly performing at 8:15 p.m. Friday on the Mayfest Main Stage and Starship starring Mickey Thomas entertaining at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage. More than 50 food and beverage booths are planned, and special areas will feature games, teen activities, an art market and non-profit booths.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and children 5 and under are admitted free. Parking is available at Farrington Field for $5 per car, or attendees may part at Texas Christian University and ride a free shuttle to the festival site.

Hours of operation are 3:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The community festival was founded in 1973 by the Tarrant Regional Water District; Streams and Valleys, Inc; Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Departmen and The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc. Counting on some 3,000 volunteers who log more than 12,000 hours, the event serves as a signature spring event in Fort Worth.

More than $5.8 million has been raised during its 37 years, and profits are distributed to the founding organizations.

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Deadline Approaches for Award Nominations

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Nominations are being accepted for the Legacy of Women Awards, honoring outstanding women in the categories of arts, business, education, volunteerism and health and human services.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County will recognize the winners at its 17th Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon.  Elizabeth Ray will chair this year’s luncheon, which will be Oct. 8 at the new Dallas Cowboy stadium in Arlington.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday, and all nominees should excel and inspire other women in their respective categories.  Winners for the past two years have include Karen Newell, Pam Minick, Dr. Jane Harper, Karen Perkins, Bonnie Carroll, Judi Bishop, Suzi Hill, Deborah Jung, Patricia Harrison and Joy Ann Havran. 

Nomination forms are available by checking or calling 817-535-6462, ext. 119.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County is a nonprofit organization combating family violence through educational support, prevention and social change. SafeHaven’s provides two emergency shelters, one in Arlington and one in Fort Worth, with accommodations for 174 women and children, making it one of the largest shelters in Texas.

Last year, the agency housed more than 2,700 adult and child victims and provided non-residential services to more than 3,700 other clients. SafeHaven also maintains a hotline and provides educational programs in the community.

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5th Annual WineDiscovery Celebration

by Joy Donovan on April 25, 2009

Date: 2009-05-02

Location: First American Building, Solana, Westlake

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Sponsored by Metroport Rotary Club, the event features wine, food, music and auctions. 972-822-0934.

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Taste Addison

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Start Date: 2009-05-08

Location: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison

End Date: 2009-05-10
URL: Click here
Description: Three-day festival featuring food, arts, crafts and entertainment.

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Tarrant County DA’s Services Set for Wednesday

by Joy Donovan on April 24, 2009

Tarrant County district attorney Tim Curry, who was elected at the age of 33, died Friday from lung cancer.

Curry, who had served as Tarrant County’s district attorney for 36 years, was 70.

Born in Tulia, he was graduated from Texas Christian University and Baylor Law School. He worked with his father and brother in the law firm of Curry and Curry, before running for public office. He took over the district attorney’s office in 1972, and his most high profile case was the murder trial of Cullen Davis in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; his daughter, Beth; his son, Cullen; and his mother, Rae.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Fort Woth.

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Art Festival Celebrates a Decade of Fun

by Joy Donovan on April 22, 2009

Art in the Square will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend. Photo courtesy of Mike Lewis Photography.

Art in the Square will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend. Photo courtesy of Mike Lewis Photography.

As paintings are unveiled, music is performed and food is tasted, Art in the Square will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend at Southlake Town Square.

This North Texas outdoor festival (, sponsored annually by Southlake Women’s Club,  will run Friday through Sunday at the Southlake shopping center. The works of more than 100 artists will be on display, while an array of entertainment is scheduled during the free event.

Derek Sholl, a former outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, has been signed as the spotlight entertainer for 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. Since retiring from professional baseball eight years ago, Sholl’s career has included a nomination as Best Male Country Artist at the L.A. Music Awards.

Art and music are just two parts of this family festival. Food offered for sale will include Italian cuisine, Mexican food, German specialties and traditional festival fare. Designated areas will provide special activities for youth and children.

Lisa Quinn is volunteering as this year’s festival chair, with Carmen Evans serving as president of the organization. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities.

Hours for the festival are 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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