Archive for April 2012

Princess Flips Me Out

by Joy Donovan on April 29, 2012

Princess Letizia shows the flip-flop world how to wear a dress.

Count me in the group of people who are tired, tired, tired of a total flip-flop world.

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Love sandals vacationing at the beach, goofing off in the summer or eating at a picnic. Flips flops in church, at work or at the White House–not a fan. Pretty sure the above preferences would be identical for ball caps, in case you were wondering.

I believe in dressing for the occasion out of respect for the hosts and the others in attendance. I don’t care how expensive your jeans are, they are not appropriate for a funeral.

But there are some people who get it right. This week’s best dressed, according to Lily Lemontree (www.lilylemontree.blogspot), is Princess Letizia of Spain wearing Felipe Varela. PERFECTION.

There’s hope.

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Colleyville's NCL Honors 24 Seniors

by Joy Donovan on April 25, 2012

The Colleyville Area Chapter of National Charity League honored 24 graduating seniors at its recent senior presentaiton. Photo courtesy Mike Lewis Photography.

The National Charity League Inc., Colleyville Area Chapter, ( recently honored 24 graduating seniors at the chapter’s annual senior presentation, a banquet held at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine.

Wearing long black evening gowns, the honorees were escorted by their parents and recognized for their six-year commitment to the organization. National Charity League, a mother-daughter organization founded in the 1920s that now boasts more than 165 chapters in 17 states, is dedicated to community service, leadership development and cultural activities.

Serving as emcees for the evening were Jill Janicki and Kelly Fulghum. Linda Bradley chaired the event., and Julie Glenn is the club’s president.

Graduating seniors included Blaire Flora, Sarah Bohannon, Ashley Cummings, Kiersten Braasch, Maddie House, Abby Speight, Brooke Hollmann, Sarah Mueller, Sydney Braasch, Katie Borkowski, Mackenzie Rosenjack,Kate O’Neal.

Also presented were Lauren Jepson, Rachel Bradford,Sarah Sattler, Charlotte Parker, Courtney Burchfield, Abby Hagen, Phoebe Light, Stephanie Embry, Nicole Glavan, Heather Baird, Nicole Bueno and Tanna Aljoe.

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The Arts League Garden Party

by Joy Donovan on April 24, 2012

Date: 2012-05-11

Location: Home of Barbara and Alliott Cohen, 1802 Leeds Drive, Southlake

Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

Description: 1012 garden party benefiting the Summer Arts College and the Hardy Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact Sharon Mayes at 817-835-0030.

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Celebrating Mainstream Values

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Date: 2012-05-15

Location: The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora Street, Dallas

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End Time: 8:00 pm

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Description: Protecting religious freedom, defending civil liberties and strengthening public schools.

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Randels to Chair 2012 Heart Ball

by Joy Donovan on April 23, 2012

Paige and Neil Randel will serve as event co-chairs for the 2012 Tarrant Heart Ball, to be held from 7  p.m. to midnight May 5 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

The annual black-tie event will benefit the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association ( At the charity ball dubbed “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” the band Downtown Fever will entertain.

Ticket prices begin at $500 for individual tickets.  For more information, contact Nicole Zimmerman at 817-698-5411.

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When did a Child’s birthday party become a full blown affair?

by Larre Green on April 22, 2012

Recently my daughter has attended several birthday parties for her friends.  And in each case, they have been basically blow outs.

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 They have been held either at venues with bowling or skating or even arts and crafts.  Now mind you, I am just as guilty as all these other parents, I have thrown her parties always somewhere else, in other words, outside of my home.  I have always used the excuse, at least my home isn’t being destroyed and I didn’t have to clean up.  But I guess because there have been so many recently, this got me to thinking…when did we stop having the fun, home, party games type birthday parties?

I remember when I was throwing my daughters first real birthday party (you know, the ones they can actually remember).  Being new at this, I reached out to one of the other parents from her school for advice.  I was given several themes (yes, themes!) for ideas and told to be sure not to forget the parting goodie bags for each child.  First of all, I get the theme idea that actually was helpful with decorating and the cake.  But the goodie-bag thing totally threw me.  I can understand giving goodie bags to sponsors at a fundraiser but “parting gifts” for a child’s birthday?  Really?  Isn’t the parting gift the fact that I just paid for this party!

Now before anyone thinks I am just being cheap here, think about this.  By the time you purchase the bags and stuff that goes in them, each bag can end up costing 4 to 5 bucks.  And that may seem like no big deal, until you invite 20 to 25 kids…then it really can add up!

However, just for the record, if you haven’t guessed, I did fall in line.  Each party has been as special as the last and each one has had goodie-bags!

Oh well, at least as the host, I could prepared my own personal goodie bag…it had wine bottles!

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9th Annual Hidden Gardens Tour

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Date: 2012-05-20

Location: Park Hill and Ryan Place neighborhoods, Fort Worth

Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 6:00 pm

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Description: Tour of five private gardens.

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Lena Pope Home\'s 33rd Annual Fiesta de Oro

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Date: 2012-04-24

Location: Joe T. Garcia\’s, Fort Worth

Start Time: 6:00 pm

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Cowtown Ball Annual Golf Tournament

by Joy Donovan on April 21, 2012

Date: 2012-06-09

Location: The Golf Club @ Eagle Mountain Lake

Start Time: 11:30 am
Description: Golf tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society\’s Cowtown Ball. Contact Allison Greenhaw at the American Cancer Society

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10th Annual Gregg Pearson Invitational Golf Tournament

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Date: 2012-04-30

Location: Trophy Club Country Club

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