Archive for April 2010


Wine Discovery Celebration

by Joy Donovan on April 29, 2010

Date: 2010-05-01

Location: First American Building, Westlake

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

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Description: Metroport and Southlake Rotary Clubs join forces for this evening of fine wines, food and entertainment. $65 per person, $120 per couple.

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Caring for Kids Benefit

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Date: 2010-05-01

Location: Delaney Vineyards, Grapevine

Start Time: 5:30 pm
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Description: Benefit for abused and neglected children.

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2nd Annual Legends Cup and Poker Tournament

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Date: 2010-05-08

Location: Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine

Start Time: 2:00 pm
Description: A Texas hold \’em poker tournament limited to 40 teams. Reservations at 817-481-7277.

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Promenade Offers a Tiptoe Through Tulips and More

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The Colleyville Garden Club’s Promenade, a tour of residential gardens set for Sunday, will focus this year on four unique gardens.

Those private gardens, each characterized by distinguished landscaping, will be open for public inspection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One Asian-inspired garden features a koi pond, arched bridges and graceful walkways through a lush collection of flora, while another demonstrates the power landscaping has on a new home. A third oasis offers a colorful treat for the senses, and a fourth boasts private gardens, a formal French garden and an active brook.

At each site, special plants will be labeled and Colleyville Garden Club members will be available to answer gardening questions. The day also will include a raffle, plant sale and an educational exhibit highlighting gardening books.

Chairing the event will be Suzanne Hughes. Tickets to Promenade are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour at the garden locations. Ticket outlets are Foreman’s and Market Street in Colleyville; Blooming Colors and Marshall Grain Co. in Grapevine, Green Mama’s Organic Gardening Center in North Richland Hills and Calloway’s Nursery in Hurst.

Colleyville Garden Club, a nonprofit organization, raises funds to benefit club projects and charities, such as donating wind sculptures to Colleyville’s new McPherson Park, planting daffodil bulbs in public areas, establishing a demonstration garden at a school, planting trees for Arbor Day and awarding a college scholarship.

More information is available at www.colleyvillegardenclub.org.

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12th Annual Women Who Care, Share Luncheon

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Date: 2010-10-21

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom

Start Time: 10:30 am
Description: Luncheon benefiting YWCA Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Raffle, reception and luncheon.

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Party in the City Where the Heat is On

by Joy Donovan on April 25, 2010

So the invitation was a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.

I have always been one who pays attention to invitations…the party starts then, don’t you think? So when the Southlake Women’s Club’s  invitation came for the club’s “Welcome to South Beach” party, I knew it was going to be fun. All white and turquoise with a miniature sand dollar fastened to the beach-like band…somebody was putting some effort into this one. Give the credit invitation designer Deb Brown of Designing Type.

The party served as a kick-off for the club’s annual fundraiser, Art in the Square (www.artinthesquare.com, and as a thank-you for the festival’s many sponsors. So as artists were selling their wares outside, the ladies of the club took a couple of hours to celebrate.

At the Hilton Southlake Town Square, the decorations, of course, matched with white chair covers banded in that turquoise. (Did I mention I’m over black and white as decorations for every party?) The food too kept up the Miami-vibe–everything from Cuban sandwiches to crab claws and shrimp.

Discovered a new band that night, too. On the Way played music worthy of vacation-style fun, without resorting to one single Village People cover. Check it out at www.myspace.com/onthewaydfwband.

The party was filled with lots of the Southlake Women’s Club members and their husbands, including party chairwoman Ute Busse, former event chair Carmen Evans and current president Lisa Quin. There were others, too, such as Carolyn Sims of Keller, Rebecca Barksdale of Arlington and Karen and Mark Hood of Grapevine.

And from there the ladies left to work their shifts. Lucky them…the sun beamed down on the three-day festival. Sunglasses and sun block needed…almost like South Beach

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Long-loved Festival Back After One-Year Break

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Bennie Wheels will bring his Johnny Cash tribute to Mayfest.

Bennie Wheels will bring his Johnny Cash tribute to Mayfest.

It’s back!

Mayfest, Fort Worth’s annual outdoor festival, will return this week with all its bells and whistles, plus its traditional art, entertainment and food. After being canceled only three hours before the festival was set to open in 2009, Mayfest (www.mayfest.org) returns Thursday through Sunday in Trinity Park. The festival suffered a financial loss because of the closure due to the threat of a flu outbreak, and this year’s organizers intend to show loyal patrons four days of food, art and family fun.

Several opportunities are available this year for festival-goers to purchase discount tickets and enjoy a day’s worth of free entertainment. Senior citizens aged 60 and over can receive free admission with a photo ID on Thursday. On Friday, Mayfest will offer the Thank Goodness It’s Friday discount. By logging onto the Mayfest website at http://www,mayfest.organd entering the Code: TGIF, patrons will receive a $2 discount on every ticket purchased. A military ID will get active and retired military personnel free admission, plus three additional tickets for family members on Sunday.

Regular tickets purchased at the festival gates are $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years and free for children 5 years and under. Parking is available at Texas Christian University’s Amon Carter Stadium, with free shuttles operating to the park.

This year’s 33-acre festival will include children’s activities, duck races, musicians and artists. Entertainment headliners this year include The Casey Thompson Band and Bennie Wheels Friday evening, with Poo Live Crew and The Killdares scheduled for Saturday night.

Mayfest was founded by Tarrant Regional Water District; Streams and Valleys, Inc.; Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department; and The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.
All Mayfest profits are distributed to the four founding partners to support Fort Worth community programs. Mayfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit festival.

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Couple Plans Maryland Wedding

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Reagan Rinderknecht will marry Andrew Kinnear in a September wedding in Maryland.

Reagan Rinderknecht will marry Andrew Kinnear in a September wedding in Maryland.

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Rinderknecht of Grapevine announce the engagement of their daughter, Reagan, to Andrew Kinnear, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kinnear of Collierville, Tennessee.

A Sept. 25th wedding is planned at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, MD.

Miss Rinderknecht graduated from Grapevine High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her PhD in school psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is now a child psychologist in the Behavior Management Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The future bridegroom was a graduate of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio. Currently, he works as a sales consultant for Carmax Toyota in Laurel, MD.

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Colleyville NCL Chapter Honors 19 Seniors

by Joy Donovan on April 22, 2010

The Colleyville Area chapter of National Charity League honored graduating seniors at its annual Senior Presentation. Pictured from left to right, back row:  Emily Glavan, Tara Scoville, Lindsay Detzler, Maggie Till, Kaitlin Kulaga, Kate Fulghum, Paige Ebert, Lacey Mattson, Megan Wiese, Shannon Ball  Front row: Carolyn Embry, Lauren White, Libby Hood, Catherine Champlin, Mekenzie House, Lindsey Irwin, Andrea Solomon, Lindsey Harry, Preslie Clancy. Photo courtesy Mike Lewis Photography.

The Colleyville Area chapter of National Charity League honored graduating seniors at its annual Senior Presentation. Pictured from left to right, back row: Emily Glavan, Tara Scoville, Lindsay Detzler, Maggie Till, Kaitlin Kulaga, Kate Fulghum, Paige Ebert, Lacey Mattson, Megan Wiese, Shannon Ball Front row: Carolyn Embry, Lauren White, Libby Hood, Catherine Champlin, Mekenzie House, Lindsey Irwin, Andrea Solomon, Lindsey Harry, Preslie Clancy. Photo courtesy Mike Lewis Photography.

The Colleyville Area Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recently honored its 19 graduating seniors at a banquet held at Embassy Suites, Grapevine.

Wearing long, black evening gowns the honorees were escorted by their parents in the chapter’s Senior Presentation. The 19 Ticktockers, the designation given to the younger members of the national  mother-daughter organization, were recognized for their six-year commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural activities.

Honored were Shannon Ball, Catherine Champlin, Preslie Clancy, Lindsay Detzler, Paige Ebert, Carolyn Embry, Kate Fulgham, Emily Glavan, Lindsey Harry, Libby Hood, Mekenzie House, Lindsey Irwin, Kaitlin Kulaga, Lacey Mattson, Tara Scoville, Andrea Solomon, Maggie Till, Lauren White and Megan Wiese.

Jill Janicki chaired the special event, which featured a color scheme of black-and-white zebra print mixed with apple green. Assisting on the committee were co-chairwoman Jo Cummings, Stephanie House, Linda Bradley, Kelly Dorman, Deana Pueblo, Cindy Stites and Kelly Weiss. Marian Embry serves as the organization’s president.

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Definitely a Boogie Wonderland

by Joy Donovan on April 18, 2010

Disco never died. Oh, it might have gone into hibernation for a while, but it’s very much alive.

I offer as evidence the Saturday night scene in Westlake where platform shoes, afros and shiny, polyester shirts were populating the Bear Creek Art Gala, held at First American Banquet Center. The disco group Le Freak, with its covers of the Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band, headlined the party benefiting Young Artists of Texas, but the band’s giant afros weren’t enough to steal the spotlight.

The outfits pulled out of some back closet by the party-goers provided a good amount of entertainment. Halter tops, gold lame and a lot of shiny stuff became very popular. Dan Holmes, who proved he was loud enough to not need a microphone, topped his outfit with a particularly bad blonde wig, and I spotted at least one John Travolta-esque white suit in the crowd. A few of the ladies got their ’70s disco styles mixed up with their ’60s go-go ensembles. And some of them were short enough that one guy in attendance swears he can tell you what color one woman’s underwear was. Yikes. Or as John Denver would have said, “Far out, man.

As I averted my eyes from that Studio 54 replay so I could still gather my thoughts to write, I must say the night that slipped into the time warp provided more than one evening’s entertainment. The disco dancing, the local fare, the live auction, plus the bad hair and shiny outfits all were for a good cause–promoting the Lone Star State’s emerging artists.

To promote young, Texas artists, Jenny Tilbury founded YAT (www.yatgallery.org) five years ago, opening the YAT gallery in 2006. Plans include a gallery night from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9 at the gallery, 246 S. Main St., Keller. And for that, with our disco inspiration, shall we all Hustle on that Saturday Night for a Funkytown Celebration? Of course, I know there’ll be some Hot Stuff  there, and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough art created by the young artists.

Maybe my disco headband is squeezing my brain, and I should stop now. I know I Will Survive because That’s the Way I Like It.

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