Archive for June 2011

For Me Every Day is Father’s Day

by Larre Green on June 21, 2011

Last Sunday celebrated fatherhood in the U.S.  Like many, I received the wonderful cards and accolades from my child.  In fact, this year, I received the “homemade” card, which made it even more special.

What was amusing was that on Monday, after my special day had come and gone, I walked into my family room where my daughter was watching TV ( a rerun of some kid show),  and the first thing she said was “you might not like this TV show but could you just come and sit with me anyway.”  As you can guess, I did.  She laid her pillow on my lap, and together we just sat and enjoyed the evening.

Little acts like these remind me that time does go by so quickly.  There is an old ABBA song called Slipping Through My Fingers with lyrics that state:

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
the feeling in it slipping through my fingers all the time

Funny, that was exactly what I was thinking…

Father’s Day may come only once a year but what Father’s Day is all about happens every day.

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Six Chefs Supporting Fort Worth Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on June 19, 2011

FORT WORTH _ A Dinner Party for Life, a combined fundraising effort from Texas Toast Culinary Tours and Cuisine for Healing, is planned for 5 to 8 p.m.  July 24 at Artspace 111.
The charity event will benefit Cuisine for Healing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to cancer patients and others combating disease.
The evening will include a six-course meal and wine pairings. Each course will be prepared by one of six Fort Worth-area chefs. Cooking will be Asdren Azemi, Ruffino’s Restaurant; Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine; Gwin Grimes, Artisan Baking Co.; Jerrett Joslin, The Wild Mushroom; Lanny Lancarte II, Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana; and Brian Olenjack, Olenjack’s Grille.
Rosie Moncrief, wife of Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, will serve as the honorary chairperson, and live music entertainment will be among the evening’s festivities.
“We are excited to partner with Texas Toast Culinary Tours and look forward to this incredible event, organized to help fuel the important work of Cuisine for Healing’s Outreach Food Program,” said Sue Austin, president of Cuisine for Healing. “Healthy food is a key weapon in the battle against cancer, and yet, at a time when it’s more important than ever to eat healthy, many cancer patients simply do not have access to the kind of food they need, let alone the energy or ability to shop and prepare healthy meals. Funds from this event will help us feed more cancer patients in need in our community.”
Tickets to A Dinner Party for Life will cost $100 each, and may be purchased  online at

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A Hot List of Hot Faves

by Joy Donovan on June 16, 2011

Technically, summer does not start until next week.

Sometimes technicalities just don’t matter one little bit.

I say this on a technically spring day where the thermometer in my car read 104 degrees, and the one outside the bank blinked a whopping 107 degrees. If this is spring, I’m scared for summer.

Summer is NOT my favorite season. I’m much more a fan of the other three, so I have to remind myself of the good things about this hot, humid, miserable time of year.

Here’s a partial list:

Fat, home-grown tomatoes


Consequently, caprese salad

Air conditioning that works well

Straw purses

No school (I’ve been out for years but I remember that exhilarating feeling)


Floating in a swimming pool

Fireworks on the Fourth of July

A John Philip Sousa march at the appropriate time


White nail polish

So tell me, what’s on your list?

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Dinner Tees Off at Marriott Solana

by Joy Donovan on June 15, 2011

Westlake’s Marriott Solana will be the site for Metroport Meals on Wheels 20th Annual Golf Tournament Tee-Off Dinner and Auction, set for 6 p.m. June 12.

A putting contest and auctions will highlight the event, which will feature music by David Moore Productions. Tickets for the event are $40 per person, and reservations must be made by June. 6.

Serving as dinner chair is Debbie Vinson, and auction chair is Fonda Martin. Honorary dinner chairs are Kelly Bradley and Peggy Nelson.

Reservations may be made by calling 817-491-1141 or by emailing

Metroport Meals on Wheels (  serves meals to shut-ins since 1980. Volunteers deliver meals to parts of Tarrant, Denton and Wise counties.

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Grilln-N-Chilln with Dan Grambort & Hired Guns

by Larre Green on

Just short of two hundred guests partied and danced to the incredible music provided by Dan Grambort & Hired Guns at a member get-together, held on the driving range at Shady Valley Golf Club in May.

Dan Grambort & Hired Guns

Dan Grambort & Hired Guns - Photo taken by Mellie J Photography

Performing a variety of Texas country music, this band kept this party going until the city noise ordinance required them to stop!

This party was so successful that it was reported throughout the entire ClubCorp of America (parent company of Shady Valley Golf Club) newsletter and received prominent coverage on their corporate website.

Great Job Guys!

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Beer and Music on Tap for Cowtown Cowboys

by Joy Donovan on June 13, 2011

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company will be the site for the Cowtown Cowboys Showdown June 23.

FORT WORTH _ Both cowboys and cowgirls are invited to Cowtown Cowboys Showdown, an event leading toward November’s Cowtown Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society. The party is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 23 at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, 701 Galveston Ave.

Beer, food and music are planned for the evening. Cowboy cuisine, Sweet Sammies desserts and all-you-can-drink beer in a keepsake glass will be offered for $20 per person. Josh Michael and the Hawkes will provide musical entertainment.

Cowtown Cowboys Showdown will serve as a warm-up for Tarrant County’s Cowtown Ball, the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser scheduled this year for Nov. 12 at River Ranch. Grammy winner Steve Wariner will headline the entertainment, which also will include dinner, dancing, midway games, auctions and a casino.

Cowtown Cowboys Showdown will serve as a membership drive for Cowtown Cowboys. Those who sign up at the $100 Gold Member level will be recognized in the Cowtown Ball program and receive a lapel pin. Those who join at the $150 Platinum Member level will receive, in addition, a spot in the Cowtown Ball Golf Tournament Sept. 17 at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake.

Leading this year’s Cowtown Ball are Jennifer Williams and Sarah Uselding, with Sally and Jeff King serving as honorary chairs. Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society’s services as the 24-hour information line, educational programs and patient services.

More information is available by calling the Cowtown Ball hotline at 817-570-0633, emailing or visiting the website

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Robson Ranch Women\’s Club Holiday Market

by Joy Donovan on June 10, 2011

Date: 2011-10-08

Location: Clubhouse at Robson Ranch

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm

Description: Holiday gift market with more than 60 vendors. Admission free.

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Ruby Slippers Soiree

by Joy Donovan on June 9, 2011

Date: 2011-06-09

Location: Campania\’s Restaurant, Southlake

Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Mid-Cities Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae host a shoe fashion show benefiting CASA of Tarrant County. Tickets $25 at the door.

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Oprah, Could We Say Bye a Little Longer?

by Joy Donovan on June 8, 2011

Goodbye already, Lady O.

Put your crying towels away. The l-0-n-g (!) goodbye is finally over.

Lady O has ended her TV show after a run of some 98 years. Or something like that.

Oprah Winfrey’s show did enjoy a very long run, but good grief she’s been talking about it for way too long. The hype, the build-up, the hand-wringing, the tributes were enough for five people.

So much so that poor little Mary Hart ended her run on Entertainment Tonight, and it was hardly noticed when she walked off into the TV sunset on her $2-million legs (insured at a cool $1 mill a piece). Poor thang.

Then Meredith Viera bids us adieu after five years on The Today Show. Katie Couric ends her run after the same five years on CBS Evening News.

All these good-byes are wearing me slick. The tributes, the video highlights, the tear-eyed thank-yous.

Enough already. We love you, we love you, we love you. There. Done. Over and out.

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Ruby Red Slippers Requested Attire for Fundraiser

by Joy Donovan on

Be they scarlet, crimson or ruby, red shoes are in order for the Ruby Slippers Soiree, a fundraiser hosted by the Mid-Cities Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Thursday at Campania’s Restaurant in Southlake.

Open to the public, the event is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit CASA of Tarrant County.

A shoe fashion show, with shoes provided by Stanley Eisenman and modeled by collegiate members of Kappa Alpha Theta, will highlight the inaugural event. The $25 ticket price includes a beverage and gourmet pizza.

Chairing the event is Lisa Cumbie. Tickets may be ordered online at or purchased at the door.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County is an organization of volunteer advocates who stand up on behalf of abused and neglected children. The CASA concept was brought to Tarrant County in 1983 by the late Judge Scott Moore, then presiding judge of the 323rd Judicial District, along with community volunteers Rhoda Bernstein and Monna Loftis, and Wayne Hairgrove, director of child protective services.

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