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Multicultural group to honor Schieffers

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If storytelling genes exist, then surely Fort Worth's Schieffer siblings have an abundance of them. Bob Schieffer, Sharon Schieffer Mayes, and Tom Schieffer, all dynamic communicators and exceptional speakers, will be honored April 30, at the Multicultural Alliance Awards Dinner.

The MCA annually honors a community leader "who lives his or her life in accordance with the mission of promoting inclusion, diversity and understanding while working toward eliminating bias, bigotry and oppression." The event will feature the Schieffers in a moderated conversation as they share their stories and reflect on their family, their experiences, and the mission of MCA.

"The Schieffers represent the very best of our community and join a stellar group of past honorees. They have taken their Fort Worth upbringing to the local, national, and world stage and made a meaningful impact on humanity through their careers and contributions, all the while demonstrating commitment to diversity, inclusion and understanding," writes MCA President Cheryl Kimberling.

Distinguished journalist Bob Schieffer will no doubt have much to share from his remarkable career in the news industry while Tom Schieffer will recount his experiences as the United States Ambassador to both Japan and Australia and his career in baseball, and Sharon Schieffer Mayes, a veteran educator, will share her unique perspectives on education.

MCA board Chairman Alfred Saenz and Chairwoman-elect Mary Kathryn Anderson have worked with a stellar steering committee in planning the evening that includes a fantastic dinner at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel before the program and awards presentations.

Tickets are $300 and funds raised help MCA continue programs that provide opportunities for people to discuss and share experiences of diverse cultural, racial, religious and economic concern. Learn more at www.mcatexas.com.

To make reservations, contact Kimberling at 817-332-3271.

Tastes from around the world in Azle

Get a chance to tour five of Azle's most beautiful and luxurious homes at the Taste Tour on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. benefitting the Community Caring Center.

The homes are in the Thousand Oaks Estates neighborhood, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Spokesperson Dawn Zuilhof said, "Guests will be greeted in each kitchen by different acclaimed chefs from area restaurants. Our theme is 'Tastes from Around the World' and will feature a variety of international flavors prepared by the chefs."

Guests park and purchase tickets at 7701 Charlene Drive and ride a shuttle from house to house.

Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance. Funds raised enable the center to provide food, clothing and household items to needy families in the community.

For information, contact Zuilhof at 817-917-5454 or visit www.azlecares.org.

Senior Fair to focus on active lifestyles

A free Senior Resource Fair planned for Friday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. sounds like fun. Guests at the event can stroll through more than 25 exhibits at the Burleson Senior Activity Center and visit with experts in nutrition, fitness, education and health. Representatives from the Tarrant County College senior education program will be there, and visitors can get a chair massage and health screenings checking bone density, blood pressure, spine and blood glucose.

"Enjoying your golden years begins with good health, but it also includes keeping an active mind, appreciating friends and family, maintaining a positive outlook and having a purpose. This health fair includes all these components in a fun, positive environment," says HuguleyPlus coordinator Laurie Evans, who coordinates a social program for seniors.

Light refreshments will be provided, and maybe you'll win one of the great door prizes. The Burleson Senior Activity Center is at 216 SW Johnson Ave.

To learn more, contact Kellye Cunningham with the City of Burleson at 817-426-9682 or Victoria Sykes at 817-568-5497 from Huguley Memorial Medical Center.

City Slickers auction

and tasting

Reserve Sunday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and partake in one of the area's best fundraising events featuring a food tasting, entertainment and shopping at an epic auction of hundreds of items at the Grapevine Convention Center.

Hosted by the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, the event features food samples from over 15 local restaurants including Mac's Steaks & Seafood, Boi Na Braza, TriBeCa Americana Bistro & Lounge, Red Dog Right, Palio's Pizza and more.

The classic rock/blues sounds of Master Cylinder Band will ensure a casual yet energetic atmosphere.

The main attraction is the auction, and more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend. Enthusiastic bidders will be eagerly shopping for items from spa packages and golfing outings to professional sports entertainment packages, hotel stays and luxury handbags. Interior design consultations, handyman services and weekend use of a Mercedes-Benz GLK are examples of the bidding opportunities that City Slickers has to offer.

Tickets are $20 and include unlimited food and beverages. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased in advance at ColleyvilleChamber.org or by calling Erin Pedersen at 817-488-7148.

Triple Crown Affair

at Lone Star Park

You don't have to be trackside in Louisville to experience the festivities surrounding the Kentucky Derby. To enjoy right here at home, get a ticket for the May 4 Triple Crown Affair at the Alysheba Ballroom overlooking the track at Lone Star Park.

Hosted by Arts Council Northeast, the party will celebrate the heritage, traditions, and style of the Kentucky Derby with Southern hospitality from 12:30 until 5:30 p.m. for a day you won't soon forget.

Guests at the event will watch the Run for the Roses on big-screen television and live racing all day on the Lone Star Park track. An Arts Council spokesperson writes, "Pick your horses, place your bets, and cheer on your favorites while enjoying a lavish buffet and open bar. Don't forget your Mint Julep! Wear your finest Derby hat, because prizes will be awarded to those who do it best."

Council President Lee Koch said a silent auction will offer the chance to bid on a fabulous array of items, and the live auction features one-of-a-kind trips and other luxury items.

Tickets are $150, and proceeds enable Arts Council Northeast to fund its community arts programs, grants, Summer Arts Camp for kids, and free MasterWorks Concert Series.

To make reservations, contact Karen Powell at 817-283-3406 or visit www.artscouncilnortheast.org.

Hats off to volunteers

National Volunteer Week is April 21 through April 27. Take time to thank and recognize individuals who volunteer time in any charity or nonprofit agency in our area.

"This special time is the perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on these outstanding individuals and recognize and honor their efforts," said Angel Biasatti, community relations director for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

Biasatti said the dedicated volunteers and auxiliary members at Methodist Mansfield "are integral members of our team who have concern for others and offer an extra-special touch of compassion to all those with whom they come in contact. They work throughout the hospital to give of themselves, lifting the spirits of others during a difficult time, bringing companionship to patients and families, and supporting the hospital in fundraising and administrative efforts, providing more than 18,000 hours of service last year alone."

Similar stories about the efforts of residents can be told by countless organizations that benefit from the civic leadership of volunteers. Next week is the perfect time to express your gratitude.

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