Archive for November 2010

Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Jaimie from Grapevine

by Joy Donovan on November 30, 2010

Jaimie Alexander of Grapevine appeared in the December issue of Vanity Fair.

That cute brunette in December’s Vanity Fair look familiar? How about the one in InStyle magazine.

Jaimie Alexander, Colleyville Heritage High School Class of 2002, has made the glossy pages of those two slick magazines. If you’re a fan, you might want to check out the January Glamour magazine; she’ll be in that, too.

The former Grapevine resident has been seen on several  TV shows including Kyle XY, where she starred as Jessi XX, and also CSI: Miami, Bones and Nurse Jackie. But look for trailers later this month in movie theaters touting the feature film Thor. She’ll star in that super hero movie along with Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins.

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Puttin\’ on the Pink Fashion Luncheon

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Date: 2011-03-22

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center

Description: 18th annual luncheon supporting women\’s health screenings in Tarrant County, hosted by the Kupferle Health Board of Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation. Call 817-317-5248.

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Breakfast with St. NICUlas

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Date: 2010-12-11

Location: Fort Worth Club

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Description: Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus to benefit Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth\’s neonatal intensive care unit. Call 817-317-5249.

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A Classical Christmas Annual Tour of Homes and Holiday Celebration

by Joy Donovan on November 29, 2010

Date: 2010-12-05

Location: Trophy Club

Start Time: 4:00 pm
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Description: Home tour, followed by celebration at Trophy Club Country Club.

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‘Frostival’ Benefit to Highlight December Activities

by Joy Donovan on November 28, 2010

Dorothy Hynson-Williams will co-chair Frostival, along with her husband, Thomas Williams.

The Ashton Depot will be the site Dec. 10 for 2010 Frostival, a gala fundraiser for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

The charity event will benefit a renovation of the hospital’s intensive care unit. The evening will include gourmet food stations, a raffle and dancing to the sounds of The Wonders, a Dallas-Fort Worth dance band. 

Serving as co-chairs of the event will be the husband-and-wife team of  Thomas Williams and Dorothy Hynson-Williams. Tickets for the gala cost $150 per person, with table sponsorships beginning at $2,500.

The historic Ashton Depot opened in 1900, and for decades it served as a busy hub of railroad service. Now restored to its original Beaux Arts-style, the terminal building features stained glass windows and marble floors.

For more information call 817-317-5248 or check

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Don’t Cheat Yourself, You Turkey

by Joy Donovan on November 23, 2010

My manicure is wrecked. My back hurts. My clothes are kinda dirty.

But I’m happy. My Thanksgiving has begun.

For at least 20 years, I have spent the Tuesday before Thanksgiving organizing boxes of food for the needy. Every year at my church, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder for hours filling big boxes full of Thanksgiving dinner basics for people we will never know.

This year I put bags of sugar in box after box after box, until my forearms ached, but I was glad to do it. I’m not patting myself on the back; I’m just expressing gratitude at being able to help in a small way.

Just like the first Thanksgiving with the colonists and the Wampanoag Indians, we all share food and are thankful for what we have. Like then, we still associate Thanksgiving with a huge feast, although I think we’ve added a few thousand calories and a few dozen parades over the years.

Nowadays some of us try to slide right past this holiday and run head first into the more glamorous Christmas with all its lights and glitz.  Thanksgiving gets shoved aside in a rush to decorate a house brilliantly or to buy gifts perfectly.

Don’t cheat yourself.

Thanksgiving is a great holiday and a wonderful American tradition. Let’s remember how important it is to be grateful. Enjoy our families. Enjoy the falling leaves. Yes, enjoy our food.

Take time to count your blessings.

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2010 Frostival

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Date: 2010-12-10

Location: Ashton Depot, Fort Worth

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: Fundraiser for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

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ASID Fort Worth Holiday Party

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Date: 2010-12-16

Start Time: 7:00 pm

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REVIEW: Musical Brings Optimism for Holidays

by Joy Donovan on November 19, 2010

Little girls, a cute dog, catchy tunes and even a Christmas tree. With these perfect ingredients, how can a show miss?

The show with those key elements is “Annie,” the current offering at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. The musical is based on the comic strip “Lil Orphan Annie,” featuring the curly-haired 11-year-old girl full of confidence and hope.

Set against the background of the Great Depression, The spunky orphan escapes her dreary orphanage, finds her faithful dog Sandy and gets taken in for Christmas by Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. 

No matter the cast, no matter the theater, no matter the year, “Annie” has a lot going for it. The original Broadway musical opened in 1977, playing for years and raking in big theater awards. It won not only the Tony Award for best musical, but also Tonys for best original score, best book, best scenic design, best choreography and best direction. The show still holds up today with its message of hope and happiness seeming especially relevant in these tough economic times.

Artisan Center Theater, as usual, has double-cast this show, with Caroline Ellis being one of two girls chosen as the lead character. Miss Ellis ably handles the demanding vocals of this musical. She’s on stage almost constantly, a tough job for any actress, especially a young one, and she rarely shows signs of fatigue.

Tyler Cox, a manager at WBAP radio, took on the role of Oliver Warbucks, adeptly playing the blustery billionaire who turns softy for the red-headed orphan. Unlike others in the show, Cox is no true singer, but his take on half-talking, half-singing his tunes works for his gruff-exterior character.

Joey Geisel plays the con artist Rooster, and Laura Lester his floozy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis. The pair is funny, and their “Easy Street” number was one of the high points of the show. High points are something this musical does have, since much of its music is of the hum-along variety. “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” “Little Girls” and “I’m Gonna Like it Here” are just a few of the songs that help make this show the hit it always has been.

The show continues through Dec. 23, making it a perfect destination for families celebrating holiday cheer. “Annie” is the kind of optimistic, golly-gee-whiz musical that will have you leaving the theater humming an upbeat little ditty. And golly, gee-whiz, isn’t that what we need right now?

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Club to Host Holiday Home Tour

by Joy Donovan on November 17, 2010

Holiday home decorating will be the highlight of the day when The Colleyville Woman’s Club presents its 26th Annual Holiday Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5.   

The tour will feature five unique Colleyville residences, each decorated for the holidays. Open to the public will be a patio home, a home in a gated community, a residence for the car enthusiast, an English-style house  and an estate featuring hundreds of trees.                                                                        

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 6 for $20 and will be available at all of the homes. The prizes include a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree, a $500 gift card  and other items.

 Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour may be purchased in advance for $20 at several convenient locations: Market Street; GRAPEVINE: Cotton Patch and Stacy’s Furniture; HURST: Apple Annie’s; and BEDFORD: That’s Haute. They may also be ordered online until Nov. 27 at Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour and will be available at the tour homes.

 A new feature that will benefit the Holiday Home Tour is the Colleyville Woman’s Club Holiday Shopping Bazaar, a CWC partnership with the City of The Holiday Home Tour is presented annually by the Colleyville Woman’s Club, a group of  more than 200 members. The club annually hosts two major fundraisers, the  Holiday Home Tour and its spring fashion benefit. Now in its 32nd year, CWC has surpassed the $2.8 million mark in fundraising for worthy causes in northeast Tarrant County.  

For more information about the club or the Holiday Home Tour, visit the club’s website at or call the club hotline at 817-358-1805.

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