Archive for October 2010

Fort Worth Teen Makes World Series Appearance

by Joy Donovan on October 31, 2010

Melvion Williams was selected to deliver the game ball for Game 5 of the World Series in Arlington.

With the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the official charity of Major League Baseball, a local teen member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth was selected to deliver the official game ball Monday to the mound Monday during the 2010 World Series Game 5 of the Texas Rangers versus the San Francisco Giants.

Melvion Williams from the J.A. Cavile Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth was selected for the honor. A 15-year-old student from Dunbar High School, Melvion has been a member at the J.A. Cavile Branch for more than nine years and has served as president of two of the organization’s leadership clubs.

 ”We are excited about this well-deserved opportunity for one of our teen members,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.  “Melvion is the perfect representative for the Boys & Girls Club. He is an exceptional leader, and despite difficult life circumstances, he has not allowed his environment to stop him or discourage him from making good choices and serving others to make a difference.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth provides enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens. Currently serving more than 12,000 youth through its programs, branches and outreach services, the club has been working  in the Fort Worth community for 84 years.  For more information, visit

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Mum’s the Word

by Joy Donovan on October 26, 2010


What images does it conjure up?

At my high school, the queen was crowned in the gym, but the football players weren’t allowed to wear their cleats. So these big, mostly awkward guys escorted the homecoming nominees in their uniforms with only white socks on their feet.

That, however, was in Oklahoma, which is not the only state to do something laugh-out-loud funny. Other states have equally interesting traditions…for instance, there’s Texas and those big ole honkin’ homecoming mums.

Now honestly, who thought these giant artificial flowers adorned with yards of paper ribbons, a truckload of plastic toys and gobs of glitter were a worthy aspiration? I’ve seen girls wear multiple mums across the front of her chest with ribbons so long they were tripping over them. I’ve marveled at girls whose necks were in need of a chiropractor. I recently spied one girl immortalized in the local newspaper because her mum was so big it required a “counter weight.”

Then there are the boys’ garters. A piece of elastic supports a slightly-smaller version of the girls’ fake-flower-and-ribbon creation. Manly look that is.

For a few years I sat at high school football games with moms who delighted in our school being our opponents’ homecoming rivals. If we were lucky, someone brought binoculars so we could inspect the opposing teams’ stands for the most ridiculous mum we could find. No finer fun that that on a Friday night. We gave bonus points to the one among us who could find the biggest mum corsage in the crowd.

I’ve finally come to the realization that the corsages were not a mum competition. They were a mom competition.

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Benefit Wine Dinner

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Date: 2010-11-08

Location: The Classic Cafe, Roanoke

Start Time: 6:30 pm
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Description: Chef Charles Youts will prepare a four-course gourmet dinner, paired with wines, all to benefit Metroport Meals on Wheels. Tickets $125. Call 817-491-1141.

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Classic Cafe Hosts Annual Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on October 24, 2010

The Veranda Dining Room at The Classic Cafe in Roanoke will be the site of Metroport Meals on Wheels’ annual Benefit Wine Dinner, set for 6:30 p.m.  Nov. 8.

Chris and Curtis Wells, owners of The Classic Cafe, for years have hosted a gourmet dinner at their establishment with all proceeds benefiting Metroport Meals on Wheels ( As is their tradition, chef Charles Youts will create a four-course gourmet dinner paired with fine wines. Wait staff also will donate tips back to the non-profit agency.

Cost for the dinner is $125 per person. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 1 and may be made by calling 817-430-8185.

For more than 30 years, Metroport Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to senior citizens and shut-ins. Meals are delivered to recipients in northeast Tarrant, Wise and Denton counties. 

Mary King serves as executive director, and Mary Pat Black is president of the organization’s board president.

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Super Bowl Shovels in Full Swing Saturday

by Joy Donovan on October 20, 2010

DALLAS – Shovels will be moving in Super Bowl style Saturday, and the athletic efforts won’t stop until Super Bowl XLV is almost here.

Volunteers will play on the same team with a common goal – a massive tree-planting event with 219 trees added to two neighborhoods starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mattie Nash-Myrtle Davis Recreation Center, 3710 N. Hampton Road.

 The project is a result of teamwork between the Texas Trees Foundation, the City of Dallas Housing/Community Services, Dallas Park & Recreation Department, Alliance for Community Trees, the Texas Forest Service and other Super Grow XLV partners.

 The planting project will improve the health and livability of Lake West and La Bajada neighborhoods bordered by Hampton Road, Singleton Boulevard and Canada Drive.  The planting is made possible by a $10,000 National NeighborWoods grant from the Alliance for Community Trees, as well as the Super Grow XLV program.

Texas Trees Foundation ( is partnering with the National Football League Environmental Program, the Texas Forest Service, the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee and other sponsors to create Super Grow XLV, an environmentally-friendly project to offset the impact of an event as large as a Super Bowl.  This program is an important opportunity to improve our community, air quality and environment through tree planting and education. The trees will help reduce high summer energy use by providing shade, improving Dallas’ air quality, providing erosion control and more. All tree plantings will be open to the public and will involve community volunteers planting the trees.

The planting is the beginning of Super Grow XLV, which involves the 12 Super Bowl XLV host communities trees before Super Bowl  XLV, set for Feb. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  Super Grow XLV will end with a celebration Jan. 24 in Arlington with Super Bowl CEO Bill Lively joining the cities’ mayors and NFL representatives at Touchdown for Trees.

Touchdown for Trees, Super Grow XLV’s Touchdown for Trees, will be open to the public. Ticket information will be available at

Additional Planting Dates:

  • October 23, 2010
    • City of Dallas
  • October 30, 2010
    • City of Richardson
    • City of Lewisville
    • November 5, 2010
    • City of Farmers Branch
  • November 6, 2010
    • City of Addison
    • City of Denton
  • November 13, 2010
    • City of Plano
    • City of Frisco
  • November 19, 2010
    • City of Fort Worth
  • November 20, 2010
    • City of Grapevine
    • City of Irving
  • January 21, 2011
    • City of Arlington
  • January 24, 2011
    • Touchdown for Trees – Grand Finale Event

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Special Card Equals Special Prices

by Joy Donovan on October 18, 2010


A fundraising card will be breeding sales of 20 percent off all over town, beginning Oct. 29.

Nearly 150 area shops, restaurants, spas and salons are participating in SafeHaven’s 2010 HeartCard program. From Oct. 29 through Nov. 7,  select businesses will sell HeartCards for $55 and offer a 20 percent discount to HeartCard holders. Proceeds from the card sales will benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County’s emergency shelters and counseling services for victims of domestic violence.

Cards also may be purchased at, Whole Foods in Arlington and at Berry Good Buys, the TCU-area resale shop owned by SafeHaven. Cardholders can use the card repeatedly during the sale period, which falls during early holiday shopping time. Some of the area’s most unique stores participate in HeartCard every year, along with restaurants, spas, jewelers and a variety of other businesses.  

For further information, please contact Valerie Salter at 817-546-6040, ext. 246 or

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit organization.  exists to end family violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. SafeHaven’s two emergency shelters, one in Arlington and one in Fort Worth, accommodate  174 women and children, making SHTC one of the largest shelters in Texas.

For more information on how you can help, visit our website at www.safehaventc.orgor call 817 535-6462. For immediate assistance regarding domestic violence, please contact the 24 hour toll free crisis hotline at 1-877-701- SAFE (7233).

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Go Red for Women Luncheon

by Joy Donovan on October 16, 2010

Date: 2011-02-25

Location: Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

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Description: Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon benefiting the American Heart Association. Call 8170698-2011.

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The Hundred Dresses

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Start Date: 2011-03-03

Location: Creative Arts Theater

End Date: 2011-04-03
Description: Adopted from a 1944 book that won the Caldecott Medal.

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The Hundred Dresses

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Start Date: 2011-03-25

Location: Creative Arts Theater

End Date: 2011-03-27
Description: Adopted from a 1944 book that won the Caldecott Medal.

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Start Date: 2011-03-03

Location: Creative Arts Theater

End Date: 2011-03-06
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