Archive for November 2009

Holiday Ball Planned in Grapevine

by Joy Donovan on November 15, 2009

The Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce again will host its annual Holiday Charity Ball. The event, set for Dec. 5 at Embassy Suites – Outdoor World in Grapevine, is open to the public.

A major fundraiser for the women’s organization, the event will support the group’s school supplies project which aids low-income families. Through its fundraisers, the Women’s Division ensured 605 schoolchildren received new school supplies plus backpacks. Funds also will go to the Christmas Spirit project, providing gifts for local low-income senior citizens.

The December party will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing until midnight. The evening also will include a silent auction, big board auction, wine pull and gift baskets.

Individual tickets cost $75, and tables for eight cost $550. They may be purchased through the website at or
by contacting Carolyn Lease at

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Disney star Demi Lovato looks local for her new car!

by guest1 on November 12, 2009

Disney’s newest sensation, Demi Lovato turned 17 last August, but due to her filming commitment (she was in Canada filming Camp Rock 2 with the Jonas Brothers), she wasn’t able to truly celebrate her special day.   Now that the film has wrapped up, Miss Lovato recently returned home to her family in Colleyville and celebrated in “four-wheel” style.  How?  By dropping in on her uncle David De La Garza (Miss Lavato’s stepfather and manager is Eddie De La Garza’s, David’s brother), to pick up her first car: a new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350. 

“At the very top of her list was a trip to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles,” reports De La Garza, Finance Director at Park Place Motorcars. “She wanted to have a Texas driver’s license rather than a California one. And she would only buy a car from Park Place Motorcars’ for obvious reasons.”

Miss Lovato had ordered her new wheels back in July from Park Place Motorcars and clearly, this celebrity wasn’t just going for the basic model.  Only Cinderella’s carriage could out do this, and remember, Cinderella had to give hers back at midnight! 

“The car is as loaded as you can get a car,” said De La Garza.  “It has absolutely everything: a high-end sound system, iPod kit, Parktronic, etc.”

With the success of a top rated Disney Channel’s TV series, Sonny With A Chance, a successful Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock, and top selling album (her second album Here We Go Again, debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 the past July), Miss Lovato has proven herself to be talent force that is here to stay…and now one that arrives wherever she goes in celebrity style!

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Wait, Wait! What’s the Rush?

by Joy Donovan on

Sadly, I must revisit a topic I’ve written about before.

Let us gather together to ask that we remember Thanksgiving, a holiday certainly in danger of being crowded right off the calendar.

Yes, it’s true, I actually heard Christmas carols played not only in a store, but on TV, before Halloween. Tragic, I tell you, (I’m shaking my head slowly and sadly for emphasis) tragic. And decorations! Oh woe is me! On my very own street I have witnessed perfectly fine pumpkins and mums being pushed aside to make way for (bear with me now…I feel faint as I write this) twinkling lights and Santa decorations.

It’s wrong. Just wrong.

Halloween, all hallow’s eve, is what comes at the end of October. Christmas, Hannakuh, Kwanzaa–all those holidays are tucked into December. But, please, I ask of you, let’s let Thanksgiving hold its own place in November.

What, Virginia? Not believe in Thanksgiving? Why you might as well not believe in Virginias.

Remember the pilgrims? Remember the Indians? The idea of setting aside differences and coming together to celebrate difficult times is a notion worthy of preserving. Surely in this year of layoffs, recession, War, flu epidemic and normal headaches such as traffic, we need a little Thanksgiving. A time to give thanks–express appreciation–for the bounty in our lives.

We don’t want to skim through this special, American holiday. It deserves a place on the calendar all its own without crowding from Halloween candy or Christmas tinsel.  Don’t be a turkey…for that I would be thankful.

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Vows Exchanged in Napa Valley Setting

by Joy Donovan on November 9, 2009


Miss Jenna Steormann became the bride of Mr. Jarriet Arnold in a Napa Valley ceremony.

Miss Jenna Steormann became the bride of Mr. Jarriet Arnold in a Napa Valley ceremony.

A beautiful wine country setting was the destination where Miss Jenna Steormann became the bride of Mr. Jarriet Arnold Aug. 30 at Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood, CA.

She is the daughter of Barbara and Steve Steormann of Keller, and he is the son of Cindi and Kenneth Arnold of Grapevine. 

Andrew Metcalfe of Kenwood Community Church in Kenwood, CA officiated the ceremony as the couple exchanged vows. The all-outdoor wedding included a reception held atop one of the winery’s rolling vineyards, Boothill.

 Escorted by her father, the bride wore an old-Hollywood inspired Reverie by Melissa Sweet gown and a Sara Gabriel Chantilly lace veil for the ceremony and French net veils for the reception.  Sara Gabriel headpieces were also worn by the bridesmaids as well as the mother of the bride, mother of the groom and flower girl. 

Attending the bride were maid of honor Cori Middlebrooks, matron of honor Carrie Maniaci, Kendra Erwin, Erin Arnold, Tia Bowen, Kimberly Murphy, Kristin Thompson and flower girl Kambree Arnold.

Acting as groomsmen were best man Stephen Arnold, Brayden Arnold, Tyson Erwin, Steve Steormann, Bobby Steormann, David Gregory, Tony Orf and ring bearer Jackson Steormann. 

A worship performance was sung by Kari Jobe during the ceremony, and the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to an original song by Ryan Edgar.

The bride graduated from Carroll High School, Southlake, and The University of Oklahoma, receiving a degree in public relations.  The groom also was a graduate of Carroll High School, and he earned a degree in graphic design from Texas Tech University.  

After a honeymoon at La Amada Resort in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, the couple has started their new life as husband and wife together in Keller.   

Eric Ryan Anderson Photography

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Puttin\’ on the Pink Luncheon and Fashion Presentation

by Joy Donovan on November 8, 2009

Date: 2010-03-23

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center

Description: The 17th annual benefit, themed \”Girl Talk,\” is hosted by the Kupferlie Health Board of Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation. Contact Kathleen Bundy at 817-317-5248.

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Festival of Trees

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-11-13

Location: Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth

Description: \”A Southern Christmas,\” a fundraiser hosted by Kappa Alpha Theta, which will include an afternoon tea for children and dinner with its displays of decorated trees. Contact Lauren Puff at 817-738-7118.

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Festival of Trees–Pick Your Fave

by Joy Donovan on

Festival of Trees proves a popular event name during November.

Friday at Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club, Kappa Alpha Theta will present its third annual Festival of Trees. The sorority has planned a dinner and an afternoon children’s tea to spotlight its displays of decorated trees and tables. Tickets for dinner are $150 per person, and tea tickets cost $12. Contact Lauren Puff at 817-738-7118.

The Greater Southlake Women’s will host its second annual Festival of Trees Nov. 20-22 at the Hilton hotel in Southlake Town Square. Trees, wreaths and holiday decor will be on sale during the three-day event which will indlue a luncheon, gala and breakfast with Santa. Prices vary per event. Check

Both events benefit local charities.

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Amphibian Stage Productions to Present Seven Plays

by Joy Donovan on

Playwright Howard Ginsburg

Playwright Howard Ginsburg

Amphibian Stage Productions announces its 11th season of seven plays, including five regional premieres, to be performed on two Fort Worth stages.

The mainstage season will feature three productions at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, located in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The 2010 season also will continue its renowned reading series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Individual tickets for the mainstage season are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. Prices for the readings are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Season subscriptions begin at $110 for adults and $85 for seniors, teachers and students. For more information, check http://www.amphibanproductions.orgor call (817)-923-3012.

The season:

Feb. 8, 2010

Woman Before a Glass, by Lanie Robertson

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Peggy Guggenheim, modern art collector extraordinaire, lived a life almost too amazing to be believed. With humor, heartbreak, and grand hauteur, Woman Before a Glass offers the unforgettable story of the woman whose vision shaped the art world during the 20th century.

March 4-28, 2010

La Llorona, by Kathleen Anderson Culebro

The Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre

Jeffrey loves his wife so much that he’s willing to do anything to make her happy. Irma loves her husband so much, she ignores the warnings of La Llorona, who tries to tell her that the things she’s doing to save her family may have dire consequences. A story of love, tradition, superstition, and cultural misunderstanding.

April 26, 2012

My Matisse, by Howard Ginsberg

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Based on the life of Henri Matisse, Ginsberg’s play explores the artist’s complex relationships with the many women in his life. Touching, funny, and often heartbreaking, the story is told by the women who adored him.

July 8-25, 2010

First Day of School, by Billy Aronson

The Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre

When a group of devoted parents decide to make their children’s first day of school a “first” of their own, they turn their quiet little lives upside-down and give a whole new meaning to the term “physical education.” This hilarious new comedy from Billy Aronson takes what may seem on the surface to be a “soccer-Mom sex farce,” and creates a satire of the spiritual poverty in our culture and our terror of true intimacy.

September 13, 2010

Three Hotels, by Jon Robin Baitz

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

This stunning piece revolves around a 1960s American businessman and his wife who talk about his idealism, moral questions, their marriage and their murdered son. Marked by tragedy and unwavering ambition, Hoyle’s story will stir emotion in anyone who has ever sought the elusive American Dream.

Oct. 28, 2010-Nov. 21, 2010

No Child…, by Nilaja Sun

The Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre

No Child is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York City public school system. An insightful, hilarious, and touching master class that is not to be missed by anyone who is concerned about the state of our education system and how we might fix it.

December 6, 2010

All This Intimacy, by Rajiv Joseph

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Ty Greene is a normal guy with three very big problems. In an unprecedented run of promiscuity, Ty has managed to impregnate three women in the span of one week: his ex-girlfriend, his 40-something married next-door neighbor, and his 18-year-old student. In this edgy comedy about how friendship and lust don’t mix, Ty must attempt to piece his life back together.

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Celebrity Chefs 2010

by Joy Donovan on November 2, 2009

Date: 2010-01-18

Location: Hilton Southlake Town Square

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:30 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Lively event, including chefs\’ auction, raising funds for SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Call 949-500-3247.

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Annual Dallas Luncheon to Honor Award Winners

by Joy Donovan on November 1, 2009

Mary and Mike Terry, honored as outstanding philanthropists.

Mary and Mike Terry, honored as outstanding philanthropists.

National Philanthropy Day’s celebration in Dallas will include honorees spotlighted at The 24th Annual Awards Luncheon Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals ( and the Communities Foundation of Texas will partner for the annual event where Scott Murray will serve as this year’s master of ceremonies.

Those selected for 2009 honors are Mary and Mike Terry, outstanding philanthropists; Laura Wheat, outstanding volunteer fundraiser; Embrey Family Foundation, outstanding foundation, Dean Foods, outstanding corporation; JoLynne Jensen, outstanding fundraising executive; Matthew Willis, outstanding youth in philanthropy; and CREW Dallas, outstanding philanthropic organization.

National Philanthropy Day marks contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make in the community. AFP Chapters count 36,000 individuals in celebrating these philanthropic activities each year. In 1981, the Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP became one of the first chapters to celebrating National Philanthropy Day.

For more information, call 972-233-9107.

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