Archive for April 2011

Cowtown Ball

by Joy Donovan on April 21, 2011

Date: 2011-11-12

Location: River Ranch, Fort Worth

Description: Major boot scootin\’ party benefiting the American Cancer Society.

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Behind the Garden Gate

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Date: 2011-05-15

Location: Trophy Clu

Start Time: 1:00 pm
Description: Garden tour featuring five sites. Contact Patti Williams at 817-430-4209.

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Arbor Day

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Date: 2011-04-23

Location: Glnwyck Farms Park, Westlake

Start Time: 3:00 pm
End Time: 7:00 pm

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Description: Family celebration of nature and trees.

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Thanks for the Memories Dinner and Auction

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Date: 2011-04-28

Location: Ridglea Country Club, Fort Worth

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Description: 10th annual dinner and auction for the Alzheimer\’s Association. Call Lyn Downing at 817-336-4949.

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Colleyville Garden Club Promenade

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Date: 2011-05-01

Location: Colleyville

Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

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Description: Four residences open their gardens for public viewing.

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Second Annual Event Dedicated to Cancer Survivors

by Joy Donovan on April 20, 2011

FORT WORTH _ Cuisine for Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to cancer patients and others combating disease, will host the second annual Survivors in Style: An Evening of Fashion, Food and Wine.

The event is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Marquis on Magnolia, located at 1227 W. Magnolia.
The cocktail hour benefit event will feature a fashion show celebrating the lives of nine local women who have survived cancer. Spotlighted as models this year will be Sherree Bennett, Lawanda Gardner, Sandra Harris, Lisa Holcomb, Cindy Irving, Indi Jones, Carlene King, Cheri Marx and Karla K. Morton. They will model spring season clothing and accessories from MPulsive Fashion Styling and Gypsy & Company.  

Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, a cancer survivor and author of the award-winning Redefining Beauty, will be the guest speaker at the event again this year. Darla Robinson will emcee the event.

The evening also will feature complimentary wine, champagne,appetizers and desserts.
Tickets for the event are $40 each. Tables of 10 are available for $350. All proceeds benefit Cuisine for Healing, a non-profit organization. For more information, visit the Cuisine for Healing website at

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Tickets on Sale for Annual Film Fest

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DALLAS _ Tickets now are on sale for The 41st Annual USA Film Festival, set for April 27 through May 1 at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane.

Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster. Scheduling information is available from the USA Film Festival by contacting 214-821-6300 or visiting

The program includes special tributes to three performing artists: Barry Corbin, William Fichtner and
Malcolm McDowell. The festival also will salute film, television and theater actors David Hyde Pierce in The Perfect Host, Peter Riegert in White Irish Drinkers and Karen Young in The Green .

“People always ask if there is a ‘theme’ to this year’s festival and we always say no, because our selections for the spring program are never theme-based,” said Ann Alexander, the festival’s managing director. “We screen new and classic films, shorts and features, and create programs based on what we think will be interesting and provocative for that particular year.”

Still, each year, certain common threads tend to emerge, she said.

“This year, we take more than a few road trips, an ever-popular film theme, and there is a definite elegance to the films featured,” Alexander said. Not elegance as meant in the fashion sense, although Cary Grant is certainly a style icon for the ages, but rather the elegance that comes from keen intelligence and self assurance.”

The USA Film Festival is a 41-year-old Dallas-based non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include KidFilm; Dallas’ only official Oscar Night America program; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each spring. Throughout the year, the festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational and cultural programs designed to bring together film enthusiasts and filmmakers.

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Home Tour Spotlights Historic Neighborhood

by Joy Donovan on April 19, 2011

Historic homes will be open to the public during the Fairmount Tour of Homes May 7 through 8.

FORT WORTH _  The  Fairmount Tour of Homes, set for May 7 through 8, will highlight the history of one of the Southwest’s largest historic districts.

Festivities for this Mother’s Day weekend event will include the Fairmount neighborhood tour, which will take palce from noon to 6 p.m. both days, and a neighborhood parade will kick-off the activities at 10 a.m. May 7. The event will feature an expanded artist fair with local artists and craftspeople showcasing their goods at the Welcome Pavilion, located at Zio Carlo – Magnolia Brew Pub.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth and covering nearly a square mile, the Fairmount Southside Historic District contains s collection of turn-of-the-century houses. Fairmount, comprised of 20 subdivisions platted between 1883 and 1907, was a fashionable and thriving neighborhood in the 1920s. Today, through the efforts of many residents, the area is being revitalized and restored. Fairmount was recently featured in the January 2010 issue of Southern Living as one of “The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods.” For more information, visit

This year’s tour will showcase multiple restored homes, plus a renovated commercial property and new construction built in a historic style. Also featured will be a “work in progress” home to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at home restoration.

“We’re featuring a wide variety of properties this year,” said Chelsie Thornton, co-director of the event. “It’s such a treat to see inside these places and learn about their architectural history.” 

Fairmount Bike Taxi will provide complimentary pedi-cab service between tour stops. Those hoping to grab a quick bite during the event can either visit one of Magnolia Avenue’s many restaurants or the food truck rally that will take up temporary residence in the parking lot of SiNiCa Glass Studios. 

“Our goal is for visitors to leave with a sense of what makes Fairmount such a great place to live,” said Ashley Paz, event co-director. “Part of its appeal is that it’s become such a walkable, urban neighborhood while maintaining its historical roots.”

Proceeds of the tour benefit the Fairmount Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve, restore and maintain the Fairmount neighborhood and surrounding historic district.

Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Old Neighborhood Grill, Old Home Supply House, Montgomery Street Antique Mall, Butler’s Antiques and online at Tickets may be purchased for $18 on event days at the Welcome Pavilion located at Zio Carlo – Magnolia Brew Pub on Magnolia Avenue.

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Cowboys Team Up to Score for Cancer Research

by Joy Donovan on April 18, 2011

Roger Staubach, left, and Troy Aikman, right, have teamed with Amy Maurer and Summer Olmstead to plan 23rd Annual Beyond the Rainbow Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Dallas Cowboys greats Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman  and Daryl Johnston have huddled up to serve as honorary co-chairs for the 23rd Annual Beyond the Rainbow Luncheon and Fashion Show, set for April 15 in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

The event, benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund (CCF), will sport the theme “Kings and Queens Full of Hopes and Dreams.” Luncheon co-chairs Amy Maurer and Summer Olmstead, along with a lineup of local celebrities, will present 38 young cancer patients and numerous pediatric cancer survivors in a special runway show, sponsored by Dillard’s.

KDFW FOX 4 news anchors Steve Eagar and Clarice Tinsley will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies at the event. Other local personalities will act as runway escorts for the Children’s Medical Center patients modeling in this year’s fashion show. Among them will be former Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson and Tony Dorsett; Miss Texas, Ashley Melnick; Jason Castro, American Idolfinalist;  Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway; and former Texas Ranger Jeff Russell. 

Tickets for the “Beyond the Rainbow” Luncheon and Fashion Show are $150 each or $1,250 per table of 10.  Reservations and more information are available by contacting Children’s Cancer Fund at 972-664-1450 or at

Proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Cancer Fund to help advance pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Since its inception in 1982, Children’s Cancer Fund has donated more than $7 million to childhood cancer research.

The fund created  Children’s Cancer Fund Reflection Book for this year’s luncheon.  The book, to be sold for $16, will include photos of the children, honorary chairs and physicians plus original artwork by the cancer patients.

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2011 Curtain Call Gala

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Date: 2011-05-07

Location: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

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Description: Blake Shelton, named Country Music Association\’s 2010 male vocalist of the year, will headline the fundraiser for Dallas Summer Musicals\’ programs. Call 214-413-3957.

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