Archive for November 2009

Blue Christmas to Raise Green for Adult Camp

by Joy Donovan on November 29, 2009


A charity event will be colored blue this December in hopes of raising some green for an adult cancer camp.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford will host its 24th annual charity fundraiser Friday at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas. This year for the first time the event will be a holiday party, “Blue Christmas.” Proceeds from the party will benefit the Bluebonnet Retreat, a program operated by Texas Health HEB and the only adult cancer camp in north Texas.

More casual that its black-tie balls of the past, this year’s fundraiser will feature a more casual atmosphere. Food stations will be scattered throughout the room, and the band Crawfish will provide music for dancing.

Chairing the event are Lynda and Leighton Railsback, with Gloria and Don Siratt serving as honorary co-chairs.

Tickets are still available for this event designed to kick off the holiday party season. Individual tickets are $150 with table sponsorships starting at $2,500. Information for ticket purchase is available through Cathy R. Sheffield at 817-317-5252 or by visit

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Ring-a-Ding-Dinging in the Holidays

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Dallas Summer Musicals will present the north Texas premiere of Christmas with the Rat Pack–Live at the Sands for a limited engagement Tuesday through Dec. 12 at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. 

The Rat Pack played for four years to sold-out audiences in London’s West End and has since toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States.  The holiday version of the show, Christmas with the Rat Pack–Live at the Sands, was launched in London during the original West End engagement. 

This festive production will transport audiences to the early 1960s, when Frank Sinatra and his pals were filming the original version of the casino robbery caper Ocean’s Eleven in Las Vegas.  The “Rat Pack” legend was born when Sinatra and Dean Martin spontaneously joined Sammy Davis, Jr. on stage, and, to the surprise and delight of the audience, playfully interrupted his act. 

Director and Choreographer Mitch Sebastian re-creates the magic and glamour of that notorious nightclub gig when the audience was glittered with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Sam Giancana and Jack Kennedy.  It’s an evening of wisecracking, hip-cat nostalgia mixed with holiday classics accompanied by a 15-piece big band.

Tickets cost $15 to $71 and are available at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, area Ticketmaster outlets, including The Majestic Theatre Boxoffice, by phone at 214-631-ARTS (2787) or online at

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Val Wilkie Wins New Honor

by Joy Donovan on November 23, 2009

Val Wilkie, center, accepts his award from Carla Jutson, Meals On Wheels executive director, and Kurt Kulpa, chairman of the board.

Val Wilkie, center, accepts his award from Carla Jutson, Meals On Wheels executive director, and Kurt Kulpa, chairman of the board.

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County honored Valleau Wilkie, Jr., executive vice president of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and XTO Energy, with the Spirit of Giving Award at its annual donor appreciation event Nov. 5 Annual Donor Appreciation Event at Villa de Leon, Fort Worth.

Wilkie was named the first-ever recipient of Spirit of Giving Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of individual philanthropic leadership that has provided a positive impact on the community.   The honoree has been involved with Meals on Wheels for more than 30 years.  

Additionally, XTO Energy was selected to receive the 5th Annual Spirit of Giving Award for its commitment to the Meals On Wheels Golf Classic as the title sponsor the past five years. Tim Petrus, executive vice president of Acquisitions, accepted the award on behalf of XTO Energy.

Previous recipients of the Spirit of Giving Award include the U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, Pier 1, The City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and the Tarrant County Commissioners. 

Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County is a nonprofit agency dedicated to delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services to the homebound. Meals are prepared in Meals On Wheels’ own kitchen to insure the highest quality food at a reasonable cost.

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Colleyville Homes on Club’s 25th Annual Tour

by Joy Donovan on November 22, 2009

This Colleyville home will be one of five open Dec. 6 as part of the 25th anniversary home tour.

This Colleyville home will be one of five open Dec. 6 as part of the 25th anniversary home tour.

The Colleyville Woman’s Club will present five Colleyville homes for its 25th Anniversary Holiday Home Tour, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Each home, decorated for the holidays, will showcase unique architectural styles and distinctive interiors, featuring everything from a magnificent mansions to a luxury patio residence.

Homeowners putting their homes on view Debra and Daniel Baum, 2213 Carlisle Ave.;  Kim and Richard DePaolo, 7305 Trianon Ct.; Tiffany and Chris McKinzie, 4801 Stafford Dr.; Kelly and Blake Eckols, 6909 Westmont Dr.; Nancy Stucky and Kent Roberts, 613 Creekview Lane.

Tickets for the home tour may be purchased in advance for $20 at the following locations: Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Market Street, Paige’s, Penny Lane, The Station House, Vineyards Antique Mall, Blessed, Cotton Patch, Apple Annie’s and Robb & Stucky. Additionally, the tickets will be sold online at Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour and will be available at the tour homes.

The Holiday Home Tour is presented annually by the Colleyville Woman’s Club, an organization numbering more than 200 members.

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by Joy Donovan on November 19, 2009

Not being a techie, I surprised myself when I was counting the days until my contract allowed me to have a new cellular phone.

The old phone was a piece of junk that kept turning itself off whenever I was in the middle of a really good conversation. I even replaced it once–per the terms of my phone contract–and the replacement turned out to be exactly like the one I had before. Sigh.

So this week the magic day arrived. My contract allowed as I could subject myself to more abuse from my “service provider.” I presented myself, accompanied by my piece o’junk phone, and told the bright young man I am ready for a new one, but that I hoped for one that actually worked this time.

Well, about 2,000 questions later, the store was closing, and my new friend Eric advised as how he would be there the next day. Service with a smile.

I returned a couple of days later, and my friend Eric (wisely) has the day off, so my next new friend, Caleb, draws the short straw and has to deal with me. Too many options, all accompanied by the nagging thought that I might pick the one phone that opts not to do its job before I’m allowed to replace it. Do you think the reason there are no chairs in the phone store is so people like me will hurry up and decide?

This phone turns sideways. That one has a keyboard. The other one comes with a rebate. This one is the trendy one. This one can drive my car and bake a cake, too. My eyes glaze over.

What finally convinced me to select a model was when my new buddy Caleb showed me how I could find a Sonic anywhere on the planet. Wow! Now my family says I have Sonic radar anyway, and I do admit I’m pretty good at it, but not perfect. (True story: ask Larre about the time he stayed at his computer until he could navigate me toward one in another city.) So the Sonic-finding phone is now the one I took home.

Anyway, I now am the proud owner of a phone I must keep for at least a year. I have in my vast, messy purse a flimsy pink plastic cover that cost too much protecting a phone that cost too much. I did all this from a company that had me under contract for a phone I couldn’t get to do its job. Is this insanity?

Here’s a question for you: anyone remember how indestructible the phones were when we RENTED them from the phone company?

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Coach House Shopping Day

by Joy Donovan on November 18, 2009

Date: 2009-11-19

Location: 119 Jellico Circle in the Coach House

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 8:00 pm

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Boudreaux’s / North Texas Food Bank Gumbo Drive

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Start Date: 2009-11-19

Location: Bourdreaux\’s Cajun Kitchen, Richardson

End Date: 2009-11-25
Description: For every bowl or cup of gumbo, $1 will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

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The Party

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Date: 2010-02-13

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center

Start Time: 7:00 pm
Description: Dave Alexander and His Little Texas Swing Band will play for this evening that will include dinner, dancing, a casino and auctions.

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Deck the Halls with Tree Fest!

by Larre Green on

The Greater Southlake Women’s’ Society presents its annual Festival of Trees benefitting more than 11 local charities, Friday  through Sunday at the Southlake Hilton. 

This three-day holiday event will showcase creative Christmas trees, wreaths, table top, home décor and other unique items.   Adding to the excitement will be several individual events taking place during the festival. They are:

The Festival of Trees Fashion Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, will highlight the season’s latest fashions and will include the opportunity to view and shop for items specifically created and designed for the Festival of Trees.  Tickets are $40 per person.

The Glitter Gala, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, is the newest and glitziest evening event for the festival.  Dine on delicious food while toasting your friends with holiday cheer as you enjoy musical entertainment sure to put any Scrooge into the holiday spirit.   This event also includes the Festival of Trees auction.  Tickets are $75 each or two for $125.

Breakfast with Santa and Radio Disney, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, will delight children of all ages.  A chance to whisper wishes into old Saint Nick’s ear is open to children and adults. Santa will be available for photos along with special activities provided by Radio Disney.  Tickets are $20 per child and $10 per adult.

Gallery Open House, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, will offer the opportunity for family and friends to stroll through the Southlake Hilton Ballroom where unique Christmas trees and home décor will be available for purchase.  Gallery Open House donation is $5 for ages 12 and up and $1 for those under age 12. 

For tickets, as well as general information, please go to

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GRACE Rocks the Vine

by Joy Donovan on November 15, 2009

Date: 2010-05-02

Location: Palace Arts Center, Grapevine

URL: Click here
Description: Bands entertain in this family event which raises funds for GRACE.

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