There are still a few tickets left for Saturday's Medicine Ball at the Omni Hotel. Hosted by the Tarrant Medical Society Alliance, the event funds some great community projects and is in its fourth year.Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing to live music by Professor D from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.TMSA President Jannice Fikar says the proceeds will support things such as immunizations and bike helmet safety education, and fund scholarships for students planning to enter the healthcare industry. Learn more at tcmsalliance.org/.For reservations, call Marilyn Kobs at 817-738-0433 or Fikar at 817-991-4720.Schieffer SymposiumTCU alumnus Bob Schieffer, moderator of CBS' Face the Nation and CBS News' chief Washington correspondent, will return for the ninth edition of TCU's School of Journalism Schieffer Symposium at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school's Ed Landreth Auditorium.Special guests will be Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and a contributor to Fox News; Charlie Rose, co-host of CBS This Morning and Person to Person and the host of Charlie Rose, a nightly PBS program; Clarissa Ward, CBS News foreign correspondent; and Nancy Yousef, Middle East bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers."We're fortunate this year to have not only two of the best young foreign correspondents who have seen the Syrian civil war, Afghanistan and the Arab Spring up close but also, in Charlie and Fred, two veterans to help put it in perspective," Schieffer said in a news release.Later this year, Schieffer will be inducted into the TV Hall of Fame and will receive the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award. He is one of only a few journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital -- the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill.Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://wwwb.is.tcu.edu/upay2/ticket_sales/ or call 817-257-7808.Big Taste of Fort WorthAlways a favorite with bona fide foodies and wine aficionados, the annual Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth will be April 14 at the Omni Hotel.Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters, the event boasts a five-star culinary tour of some of the area's finest restaurants including Blue Mesa Grill, Bob's Steak & Chop House, Cafe Brazil, the Capital Grille, Chadra Mezza & Grill, Del Frisco's, Eddie V's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Truluck's and dozens of other fine eateries.The wine-tasting portion of the evening is extremely popular, and a VIP wine tasting will offer countless varieties of wines for sampling."This signature event has been a Fort Worth favorite for decades. Attendees pay a single price to sample the area's finest restaurants and premium wines all in a single location," says event chair Greg Kalina. "It's an honor to be a part of such a respected event that benefits the lives of children here in Tarrant County."A fabulous auction will offer a Carnival cruise; a three-day white-tail deer hunt; and a luxury package of Fort Worth attractions including museum tickets, dinner at Del Frisco's, Bass Hall tickets, a night at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, gift certificates to Neiman's and Central Market, and the weekend use of a new Lexus.U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams will be celebrity judges choosing the Best of Big Taste winner for best overall food at the event. Attendees will cast ballots for the People's Choice Award.Proceeds of the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Barrett Martin Havran Little Steps Big Futures Program.Open seating tickets are $125 each. Tickets for $200 include admission to both the VIP wine tasting and the main tasting. Make reservations at www.BigTaste.org or contact 888-887-BIGS.Mad Scientist Ball"Do your homework, pack your backpack, and get your permission slip signed" is the message on the event website of the April 13 Mad Scientist Ball at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.Event organizers Carter and Eddie Martin and Christy and Jason Smith invite the community to "enjoy a grownup recess and take an Electric Field Trip" at the ninth annual fundraising event. Dinner and lots of fun activities are always a part of the evening's festivities.The event supports the museum's educational programs for children. Attire is "scientist chic, lab coats and school uniforms."Tickets are $600 or $1,000 per couple. Make reservations and get details at fortworthmuseum.org/mad-scientist-ball. Information at call 817-225-9449 or email@example.com.Launch party for McCammon Voice CompetitionBe the first to get the scoop on the 2014 McCammon Voice Competition at a launch party at Shady Oaks Country Club at 6:30 p.m. April 12.The McCammon Voice Competition committee will host the evening of fun and food to celebrate the launch of the 16th biennial McCammon Voice Competition. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres while visiting with past winners and finalists who are performing in the 2013 Fort Worth Opera Festival.Tickets are $25, $15 for students. Reservations are due April 6. Call Elizabeth Semrad at 817-923-9983 to RSVP. Learn more at www.mccammonvoice.org.Great Taste of GrapevineNo telling how long it would take to visit more than 25 restaurants, but guests at the Great Taste of Grapevine event can accomplish it all in one fun-filled evening, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.Hosted by the Women's Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the event, at Embassy Suites Outdoor World, will give attendees a chance to sample signature dishes from Bob's Steak & Chop House, Brio Tuscan Grille, Esparza's, Flips Patio Grill, Joe's Crab Shack, Silver Fox Steakhouse, The Back Porch Grill & Tavern and dozens of other popular eateries.Guests receive a souvenir wine glass, plate and tote, nice keepsakes that will come in handy to manage all the food and beverage samples. New this year is an informative, entertaining Great Chefs in Action segment. And be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a stay in the presidential suite at Embassy Suites, plus a $150 gift card to Silver Fox.Event chair Emily McRoberts writes in a news release, "New venue, new chefs, new events and new fun for all! We promise our guests a most memorable experience as they come to taste the great culinary delights of our Grapevine restaurants."Funds raised benefit the school supply and holiday programs for the elderly that the Women's Division sponsors annually.Advance tickets are $30 each, two for $50 and $35 at the door. Great Chefs in Action presentations are $10. Buy online at www.grapevinechamber.org/store.aspx. Call the chamber office at 817-481-1522 to inquire.Lunch With the GirlzFashionistas will love the Colleyville Women's Club annual fashion show and lunch April 12 at the Hurst Conference Center.One of the area's premier fashion event producers, Jan Strimple, will once again produce a show that will rock the runway. The latest spring fashions from Tootsies, Betty Reiter and KidBiz will be modeled.Working for months to plan the 28th edition of this event was a large, dedicated committee headed by Jeff Robinson with help from CWC President Lee Koch, Juli Gerrard, Tammy Nakamura, Cecilia Monacelli, Patti Irwin, Darla Dennison, Susan Larrabee and Renova Williams, to name only a few.Spokeswoman Carol Wollin said silent and big board auctions at 9:30 p.m. will offer items "ranging from children's items to toys for big boys and spa treatments to home accessories," adding that the live auction "will feature such unique experiences as a fabulous trip for four to the Emmys, an escorted wine tasting tour of Napa Valley, and trips to both New York and San Francisco."The club has raised $3 million for local charities since 1978. Proceeds from the fashion show will go to organizations that focus on the needs of women, children and families.Tickets are $85 each and are available at www.cwcfashionshow.com.