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And it’s a foul ball…

by Larre Green on September 29, 2009

Just recently, former Oklahoma Redhawks pitcher Steve Rowe was outside throwing the baseball back and forth with his 5 year-old son Trey, when his son accidently sent one soaring a bit outside the strike zone.  Actually…it was more than just a bit outside the zone. It was WAY outside the strike zone. And instead of the ball falling gracefully and harmlessly to the ground like most wayward balls do. This one shot like a rocket right through the rear window of Steve’s wife’s car! 

Now such an incident poses a very interesting question; does Dad give an atta-boy to Trey for the sheer power his young 5 year-old son has and should he be beaming with pride that his son has an arm that might just take him through college on a full baseball scholarship?  Or, does Dad teach his son a new game called rock-scissors-paper to see if he or his young protégé gets to be the one to tell Mom that her car now has a new air vent? 
Top L-R Steve, Monica, Bottom L - R Audrey, Trey

Top L-R Steve, Monica, Bottom L - R Audrey, Trey

As the story goes, it was little Trey who stepped to the plate and informed his mom about  her new vented back window complete with lovely crackled glass and a baseball sized air hole. And lucky for Trey, and more so for Steve…mom wasn’t that upset over the matter.  She was however; inconvenienced for quite a while due to the insurance investigation and lengthy repair process.

 

The moral of the story is…if your kids break something while displaying a talent that could someday put them through college….that is ok. If they break something acting silly, goofing around or because they were not paying attention…that’s a different story!

Balls and windows don't mix

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Circle of Friends\’ Annual Hand Painted Pumpkin Sale

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Date: 2009-10-17

Location: The Village at Colleyville, 16 Village Lane, Suite 120, Colleyville

Start Time: 9:00 am
URL: Click here
Description: Painted pumpkins ranging from simple faces to elaborate works of art in all sizes will be on sale. For more information call 817-788-4704 or visit www.cofmidcities.org.

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Cowtown Junior League Kicks Off Holiday Market

by Joy Donovan on September 27, 2009

This special Christopher Radko ornament will mark the third annual Christmas in Cowtown holiday market.

This special Christopher Radko ornament will mark the third annual Christmas in Cowtown holiday market.

The Junior League of Fort Worth (www.juniorleaguefw.org) will host its third annual Christmas in Cowtown, beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Oct. 3 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

The event will showcase more than 130 merchants featuring clothing, jewelry, home decor, gourmet food and seasonal items. Honorary chairwomen this year are George Ann Carter Bahan and Nenetta Carter Tatum.

In addition to specialty shopping, the Junior League of Fort Worth has scheduled three extra events. They are:
Cocktails in Cowtown – 7 p.m. Wed. The official kick-off party will include private shopping and food samples. Individual tickets are $50 per guest.
Stockings & Stilettos Luncheon and Fashion Show – 9 a.m. Thur. Private shopping followed by a seated luncheon and fashion show. Sponsorship tables of 10 are $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person.
Breakfast with Santa – 9 a.m. Sat. Special time with Santa, breakfast and entertainment. Sponsorship tables of 10 are $1,500. Individual tickets are $20 per guest. Children two and under are free.

For more information, please visit www.juniorleaguefw.org.

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Christmas in Cowtown

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Start Date: 2009-10-01

Location: Will Rogers Memorial Center

End Date: 2009-10-03
URL: Click here
Description: Annual holiday market sponsored by the Junior League of Fort Worth.

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Honorees Take a Shine to Fall Event

by Joy Donovan on

The piano music tinkled in the background, art encircled the room and a buffet table took center stage at last week’s Colleyville Center reception honoring the 2009 Shining Stars honorees.

The 29 “Shining Stars,” outstanding volunteers recognized by various organizations, were invited to preview the art which will be sold at the Oct. 23 Shining Stars Luncheon. The event to be held at the Marriott Las Colinas will, as always, be hosted by The Arts League and will benefit ARTSNET.

So it was honorees, Arts League members and some lucky husbands who gathered last week at the Colleyville Center for this pre-fundraiser soiree. Among those there were Sally Nees, just back from visiting her daughter in Europe; emcee Andrew Wayne; Bonnie Kurtz, dripping in pearls; and Arts League president Evelyn Englert.

Tickets, priced at $60 per person, are on sale now for the October luncheon, which is being chaired by Sharon Mayes. Special guest that day will be Bob Schieffer…you might have heard of him…he moderates CBS’ Face the Nation and serves as CBS’ chief Washington correspondent. RSVPs are due by Oct. 16 to Winnie Wayne at 817-788-5175.

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REVIEW: Mikado Takes a Deep Bow

by Joy Donovan on September 25, 2009

John Wilkerson takes his bow, a deep Japanese bow, as Artisan Center Theater’s new artistic director by successfully bringing “The Mikado” to the Hurst theater for a multi-week run.

Wilkerson has assembled a talented lineup of actors to play an array of Japanese parts in this famed musical operetta written by Gilbert and Sullivan. Set in the town of Titipu, “The Mikado” features characters with such fanciful names as Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko and Peep-Bo.

“The Mikado” centers on Nanki-Poo, a young man who has banished himself from the town of Titipu. Nanki-Poo has fallen in love with Yum-Yum, a beautiful young lady unfortunately engaged to be married to her guardian, the tailor Ko-Ko. The plot twists and turns through circumstances that could only happen in a town where flirting is considered a capital crime.

Stealing the show is Brian Hales, who deftly plays Ko-Ko as a breathless buffoon in the mold of the late comedian Red Skelton. Artisan Center Theater’s production is double cast, but every audience will be treated to Hales’ droll wit since he takes the part for both casts.

Also a bright spot was Gary Payne in the role of Pooh-Bah. For a character who defends his personality with the line “I can’t help it; I was born sneering,” Payne is appropriately and amusingly haughty. Other standouts were the strong-voiced Brad Stephens as Nanki-Poo, the soprano Lauren Morgan as Yum-Yum and the droll Jonathan Kennedy as The Mikado.

In addition to the comedy that borders on a delightful silliness, highlights included musical numbers, especially the very feminine “Three Little Maids From School are We,” featuring the trio of Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitti-Sing, and the amusing “I am So Proud,” spotlighting a humorous male quartet. The two-act operetta features dozens of songs, so casting requires strong vocalists to carry the show. For the most part this worked well, but occasionally voices were overwhelmed by the musical accompaniment, and that musical track presented some distracting technical problems.

Costumes featuring kimonos, kabuki-style makeup, Asian wigs and pretty parasols help transport the story to another time and place. The set features Asian images, too, surrounding the Artisan’s theater-in-the-round with this foreign culture.

“The Mikado” is an old, old tale. The show premiered in March of 1885 in London, and it opened later that same year same year in New York. But the humor stands up well, even more than 100 years later. Artisan Center Theater’s current production, continuing through Oct. 10, will bring a smile to your face, and that’s worth a Japanese bow or two.

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Can someone explain to me why disagreeing with someone can now be considered a form of racism?

by Larre Green on

I’m sure there are going to be people who read this and automatically say, “Well  that Larre must be a racist.” So let me start off by saying…I am not! I can honestly and whole heartedly say that I have the ability to disagree with someone based solely on their belief in something without allowing the color of their skin to influence my decision.  I am writing about this subject because of the multiple accusations of racism pointed at people who don’t agree with our country’s president. 

After U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson made his now famous “You Lie” remark during President Obama’s health care speech, there have been several statements referring to his outburst as a racial remark.  Personally, I was appalled by his remark because it was rude and uncalled for. However, I NEVER thought in any way that it was racially motivated. He was obviously passionately expressing his distrust of the president’s statement about illegal immigrants having access to health care.  His comment was not racist; it was just stupid and uncalled for.  I believe there is a certain decorum and respect that is given to someone speaking, especially when that person holds the office of President of the United States.  At the very least, the office of president deserves the respect of the congress and the attention of the people, whether or not we agree with what is being said.   I believe there is a time and place for everything and that during a presidential address; such an outburst was neither the time nor the place.   But again, although I believe Rep. Wilson’s remark may have been a very poor reflection on him, I still don’t believe it was racially motivated. 

In a Washington Post article U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), is quoted as stating almost the same thing but clearly felt it was important to make sure he got a race remark in as well.

“I think he was caught up in a moment. The issue is: Would he have done that if the president were white?” Scott said, adding that few Republicans opposed the “level of rhetoric” against Obama in August. “We’ve got to realize racism is playing a role here. I’m hopeful that this will be a wake-up call for us to get it off the table.”

Sadly, this kind of short-sighted statement is what I am talking about.  I don’t believe it was necessary for Rep. Scott to add the racism remark after he previously stated he thought Rep. Wilson just got “caught up in the moment.”  To suggest that Rep. Wilson would have never interrupted a “white” president is simply irresponsible!

So let’s answer Rep. Scott’s question, “Would he have done that if the president were white?”   In my opinion, the answer is yes!  Given the same circumstances, the same statements by a sitting president during a hotly contested issues, I believe Rep. Wilson would have probably yelled out “you lie,” to any democratic president, white, black, Asian, Hispanic or American Indian! 

Our country’s history is flooded with situations where horrific and cruel statements were fired at past presidents during highly contentious times.  During the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, one of the common chants was “Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?”   Actually, this chant was later updated with President George W. Bush’s name and reused during the Iraq War.  Were either of these remarks raciest? No! And to set the record straight…almost all races used this chant against the president!

And….just this week, during the MTV Video Music Awards, rapper Kanye West caused a huge media frenzy when he jumped on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for being honored with the Best Female Video Award to announce that he thought another artist, (Beyonce…an African American female) should have won the award.  Was that racially motivated?  Some could argue that it was! How could a young talented white woman win such an award when Beyonce is so talented and was obviously passed over?  Some could have turned the situation into a race issue.  Was this an issue of reverse discrimination? My thought….no…Kanye was just acting stupid! And let’s all remember, Kanye is the rapper that called President Bush a raciest after Hurricane Katrina! 

So let’s recap….

Was Rep. Wilson’s statement racially motivated? 

Was Kanye West’s statement at the VMA awards racially motivated?

The answer to both questions is….NO! They were just stupid statements made during passionate moments…and both should be ashamed by their actions.

Do I agree with all of our current presidents’ policies?  No-not even close…but that has nothing to do with his color. I just don’t like those policies.   I can also say, I didn’t agree with all of President George W. Bush’s policies either.  Does that make me a racist?  No, it just makes me an American exercising his freedom to disagree, as well as, one who knows not to do it during a televised presidential speech, or a televised awards ceremony!

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Chamber Awards College President Highest Honor

by Joy Donovan on September 24, 2009

Dr. Larry Darlage

Dr. Larry Darlage

Dr. Larry Darlage, president of Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, Saturday received night the the highest honor the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce (www.heb.org)  bestows.

The award, named the Clyde Mooney Award and given for “exceptional leadership and service in the community,” was announced at the chamber’s annual awards banquet. This year’s event, themed “Night of a Thousand Stars,” was held at the Hilton Fort Worth.

Also honored was Stan Paschal, HEB Chamber Community Spirit Award; Duane Wieland, Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award; Jay Stephens, member of the year; Linda Huggins, ambassador of the year, Micah Lane, director of the year; and Linda Caram, officer of the year. Outstanding business awards went to Minuteman Press, Delgado Orthodontics and Oncor.

David Medina is serving as this year’s chamber chairman, and Jamie Tongate chaired the black-tie optional awards dinner. Garry Hamilton volunteered as the evening’s auctioneer.

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Sunday Night…Oh What a Night!

by Larre Green on September 23, 2009

So I know there was the opening game at the new Cowboys Stadium on television Sunday night (with a victory killing field goal and all), BUT… if you weren’t caught up in that, there was also the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy award show and this year I have to admit, the show was outstanding!  Yah, yah, I know what you’re thinking…another awards show (cue the yawn…and wake me up when the news is on) Well…if we were talking about the Emmy’s of years past I would agree…but not this year!  This year, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, the Emmy’s can now boast definitively that they are back and better than ever before! 

Anyone who tuned in from the beginning of the show was immediately treated to the terrific opening number, Put Down the Remote performed by Mr. Harris.  This song and dance routine poked fun at subjects ranging from the broadcast industry and their lack of ratings to Paula Abdul being gone from American Idol. It even pointed out how cute Mad Men’s Jon Hamm really is. 

According to zap2it.com (a product of Tribune Media Services that publishes ratings numbers for televised shows) although the NFL won the night with 18.5 million viewers, the Emmy’s showed their best numbers in three years with 13.3 million viewers! 

Mr. Harris has made watching the Emmy’s beyond the red carpet, worth watching again!

And if you were one of the 18.5 million viewers watching the Cowboys lose to the Giants, you still have a chance to view the opening number,  Put Down the Remote. Just click on the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTdYsFUSdnM

Now….let’s see if the Oscar’s can beat that!

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End Polio Now Walk

by Joy Donovan on September 22, 2009

Date: 2009-10-24

Location: Downtown Fort Worth

Start Time: 12:00 pm
Description: Rotary Clubs from all over the world will participate in events to call attention to the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The Rotary Clubs in and around Fort Worth are invited to walk from the destinations of their choice to the Intermodal Transportation Center, 11th and Jones Streets, Fort Worth. Refreshments will be provided.

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