Archive for April 2012

Mulligans For Memories Golf Classic

by Joy Donovan on April 21, 2012

Date: 2012-06-18

Location: Timarron Country Club, Southlake

Start Time: 9:30 am
Description: Shotgun start golf tournament for the Alzheimer\’s Association.

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Christ\'s Haven 19th Annual Charity Golf Classic

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Date: 2012-05-14

Location: Fossil Creek Golf Club

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Main Street Days

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Start Date: 2012-05-18

Location: Downtown Grapevine

End Date: 2012-05-20
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Description: Outdoor festival featuring entertainment, beer, wine and children\’s activities.

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Music to the Rotary's Ears

by Joy Donovan on April 20, 2012

A Stradavarius violin puts in an appearance. Photo courtesy Larry Mundt.

The Rotary Club of Fort Worth ( is filled with the city’s movers and shakers.

The ninth largest Rotary in the world, it was established in February of 1913, so the club is closing in on 100 years. The group meets most Fridays at the posh Fort Worth Club, and its a place you can expect to rub elbows with some heavy hitters.

Its membership totals about 500, and in that group, you’ll find some of the pillars of society. Stallions who run companies, bigwigs who run governments. People who are might have seen it all.

My guess is the program chairperson has a challenge. Finding something that interests this well-traveled, well-educated, well-heeled group could be daunting.

But Friday, April 20 a lot of them were treated to something special.  Miguel Harth Bedoya of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra brought not one, but two, Stradivarius violins.

The violins, handcrafted centuries ago by Antonio Stradivari, are considered the finest ever made. He experimented with the instruments’ design, resulting in violins with sound boxes unequaled even today. His best violins were made between 1700 and 1725, setting the standard for violins.

And the Fort Worth Rotarians were indeed in the presence of greatness. A violin like that–now that’s not something you hear at just every Rotary meeting.

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Princess? Very

by Joy Donovan on April 18, 2012

So National Princess Week, celebrated the week of April 22, is a subject I know something about.

After all, I raised three of them.

I first heard of National Princess Week while Julie Andrews was pushing with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton,  their latest literary effort, “The Very Fairy Princess” on TV. I haven’t read this book, but I instinctly know I could have written it. (If you’re looking for a princess book for your daughter, I do suggest “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch.)

As for princesses, I am a subject matter exerpt. Our home was a palace for three girls with a love of all things girly. This list of princess-like preferences has included pink, hair bows, dancing, nail polish, pearls, flowers, Barbies galore, show tunes, chick flicks, tea parties and fancy dresses. Along with this has come a certain sense of entitlement, which is sometimes not attractive.

Of course, we would curl hair every day. Of course, there was never a hair bow too big. Of course, someone would award them flowers at the end of a dance recital. Of course, we’ll run to Target at the 11th hour to buy glitter so the school project would dazzle the teacher and assorted classmates. Of course, our birthday parties were over-the-top with themes ranging from Somewhere Over the Rainbow to, ahem, princesses. Of course, we would shop for the perfect prom dress AND pay for alterations equal to the price. Of course, dorm room bedding would perfectly match our roommate’s and be the cutest in the hall.

Of course.

I guess I must have had something to do with the invisible tiaras my three blonde princesses carry on their royal heads. Hang on to your tiara; this will come as a bit of a shock.

After all, I am a queen.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Date: 2012-05-05

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: Annual Heart Ball benefit for the American Heart Association.

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Date: 2012-04-28

Location: Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, Keller

Description: Kristi Holt at 817-281-1164

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Metroport Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament

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Date: 2012-06-11

Location: Trophy Club Country Club

Description: 817-491-1141

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Party on the Trinity

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Date: 2012-05-03

Location: TCCD Trinity River East Campus, 245 E. Belknap, Fort Worth

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

Description: Entertainment by Miss Kim and Company.

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Corporate Spelling Bee

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Date: 2012-05-02

Location: TCU\’s Brown-Lupton University Union

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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Description: Former Mayor Bob Bolen serves as honorary chairman of the fundraiser for the Tarrant Literacy Coalition.

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