Archive for July 2010

Run in the Dark

by Joy Donovan on July 21, 2010

Date: 2010-09-18

Location: Bear Creek Parkway, Keller

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Description: Fundraising run to benefit Community Storehouse.

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Start Date: 2010-09-16

Location: Downtown Grapevine

End Date: 2010-09-19
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Description: Weekend dedicated to Grapevine\’s wines with entertainment and outdoor festival.

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Caddy Shack Scramble

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Date: 2010-09-14

Location: Tierra Verde Golf Club

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Description: Golf tournament benefiting River Legacy Foundation.

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Champions for Kids

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Date: 2010-09-10

Location: Arlington Convention Center

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Description: Former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach will headline this fundraising luncheon for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arlington.

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Women\’s Division Style Show

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Date: 2010-08-28

Location: Walnut Creek Country Club, Mansfield

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Description: Brunch, shopping, silent auction and fashion show hosted by Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.

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Taste of Northeast

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Date: 2010-08-05

Location: NYTEX Sports Centre, North Richland Hills

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Description: Food tastings from area restaurants, entertainment and silent auction to benefit the Arts Council of Northeast.

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Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon

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Date: 2010-10-29

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

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Description: Fifteen Tarrant County women will be honored at a luncheon with Chef Darren McGrady as keynote speaker. Benefits SafeHaven of Tarrant County. 817-535-6462.

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Swing to Success Golf Classic

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Date: 2010-09-13

Location: Trophy Club Country Club

Start Time: 12:00 pm
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Description: Annual fundraising golf tournament for the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Honorees Chosen for 2010 Legacy of Women Awards

by Joy Donovan on July 20, 2010

Chef Darren McGrady

Fifteen women who will be honored at SafeHaven’s 18thLegacy of Women Awards luncheon, set for Oct. 29 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. 

The women selected represent diverse aspects of the arts, business, education, health and human services, and volunteerism. This year’s format was changed to include an honoree in each category from three geographic areas: northeast Tarrant County, greater Fort Worth and greater Arlington. 

The 15 chosen will be recognized at the October luncheon where Darren McGrady, former chef to Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth will serve as keynote speaker. The event serves as a fundraiser for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending family violence. SafeHaven of Tarrant County operates two emergency shelters that can accommodate 174 women and children in Tarrant County.

The 2010 honorees and their categories include:


Arlington: LeeAnn Chenoweth-Lawson, president, producer and violinist for Timeless concerts

Fort Worth: Rebecca Low, owner and sculptor at Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery and Studio.

Northeast Tarrant County:  DeeAnn Blair, executive producer at Artisan Center Theater.


Arlington: Taylor Gray, owner of The Shoppes at Brownstone Village.

Fort Worth: Shirlee Gandy, owner at RPM Commercial.

Northeast Tarrant County: Susan Clark, owner of Sweet Memories Cakes and Catering.


Mansfield: Dee Lemser, retired teacher at Mansfield ISD.

Fort Worth: Mary Cinatl, director of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

Northeast Tarrant County: Janice Kane, executive director of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation.

Health & Human Services

Arlington: Donna Bertram, vice president and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Fort Worth: Susan Sward-Comunelli, president of the board and medical director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.

Northeast Tarrant County: State Rep. Vicki Truitt, District 98.


Arlington: Cristy Duke, volunteer for Junior League of Arlington, the Boys and Girls Club, The Oakridge School and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Fort Worth: Gail Landreth, volunteer for Historic Fort Worth, Inc., Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Jewel Charity and The Junior League of Fort Worth.

Northeast Tarrant County: Shirley Schollmeyer, volunteer for the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, The City of Colleyville, Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Colleyville Women’s Club and  the Colleyville Garden Club.

For more information, visit the website at or call 817 535-6462.

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REVIEW: ‘Dreamgirls’ Nothing to Nap Through

by Joy Donovan on July 13, 2010

From start to finish, the current production of “Dreamgirls” playing in Dallas is a dream of a show.

The sets, the singing, the dancing are all stellar in this show playing through July 18 at The Music Hall at Fair Park as a part of Dallas Summer Musical’s 70th anniversary year. The story, set in the early days of Motown, is told in an upbeat and entertaining way, largely due to the excellent cast.

Leading the way as Effie is Moya Angela, who has the pipes to pull off the show-stopping “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” With a performance like hers, the standing ovation came before intermission. Pushing hard to steal the show is the hilarious Chester Gregory as James “Thunder” Early, a comic mix of James Brown and Little Richard.

But this isn’t a musical that just showcases its stars. The chorus is filled with talented performers, whose tight harmonies and skillful dancing fill the stage with energy. The costumes are dazzling beautiful, and the imaginative sets have given this revival an updated look.

With a combo of great costumes, cool sets and talented dancing, the  production numbers are truly a treat. “Steppin’ to the Bad Side” was a stand-out, but other numbers are a treat for the audience, too.

The original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” opened in 1981 and went on to win six Tony Awards. The current show debuted at Harlem’s Apollo theater last fall before it began touring. 

Touring companies can sometimes disappoint, but make no mistake–this is not one of “those” shows. ”Dreamgirls” is one of the highlights in Dallas Summer Musical’s lineup, and it’s no time to be napping and miss this show.

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