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Socialeyes: Spend an afternoon in the garden on tour

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Fort Worth Hidden Gardens

The highly anticipated Hidden Gardens Tour — now in its 10th year — annually offers visitors the allure of beautiful, private gardens in local neighborhoods at the peak of spring splendor. From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, four charming Ridglea Hills gardens in full bloom will be open for a self-guided walking tour.

Gretchen Brants Barrett is the honorary chairman of the event that promises a variety of styles to appeal to gardening aficionados of every taste. Proceeds from the tour benefit preservation programs at Historic Fort Worth, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity.

The garden locations are only disclosed to ticket holders, but an advance news release reveals that a highlight will be a “a spectacular 5-acre estate, complete with ponds and resident swans, originally designed for a 1950s oil magnate.”

Just six miles west of downtown Fort Worth, the rolling hills and curving streets make Ridglea Hills a delightful neighborhood. Most of the homes are single-story and are examples of the mid-century modern style seen in this area.

Tickets are $20, $25 on tour day. You may purchase tickets at Archie’s Gardenland, 6700 Camp Bowie Blvd.; Calloway’s Nursery, 2651 S. Hulen St. (but not on tour day at this location); Into the Garden, 4600 Dexter Ave.; McFarland House, 1110 Penn St., or online at www.historicfortworth.org. Contact Suzy Coleman at 817-336-2344 to inquire.

Absolutely Incredible Kids

At a luncheon Wednesday, May 15, at Ridglea Country Club, guests will meet and hear stories from the kids who are in Camp Fire about what the programs mean to their lives.

Deborah Ferguson from NBC 5 will host the event where the winner of the Ella C. McFadden Service to Youth Award is revealed. The award was established by Camp Fire to recognize the accomplishments of organizations and individuals working to improve the lives of young people. Also being honored is Mayor Betsy Price, who will receive the Absolutely Incredible Alumni Award.

Spokesperson Christy Jones said that one lucky attendee will win a trip valued at more than $1,000 that includes two round-trip airfares on Southwest Airlines to Branson, Mo., including lodging, family attractions and shows.

“Working at Camp Fire, we hear first-hand from youth and families how the work we do has impacted their lives. The Absolutely Incredible Kids Luncheon is so special because it allows for some of those stories to be shared beyond the doors of our programs and for others in our community to be as uplifted and inspired by these wonderful kids as we are,” said Zem Neill, president/CEO of Camp Fire First Texas.

Proceeds from the event provide children the opportunity to participate in Camp Fire programs in North Texas. Make reservations by calling Jones at 817-831-2111.

AARP and Parkinson’s Host May Meetings

Visitors are welcome at the May 15 meeting of the Southwest Fort Worth chapter of AARP at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St.

Coffee will be served at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a program featuring City Councilman Jungus Jordan. For information, contact Stephen Ehrlich at 817-921-6717 .

The Parkinson Support Group of Tarrant County will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Ave.

Dr. Jean Hubble Sr., medical director at US WordMeds, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of one of the newer drugs, Apomorphine, which is being used in the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Visitors are welcome. Call 817-275-1909 or visit www.psgtc.org. to learn more.

Northeast Tarrant

Run for Sarah

Northeast Tarrant County resident Sarah Friend was 12 years old when she died in 2004 as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. Since then, Sarah’s family has worked diligently to promote training of personnel in public places and in schools so they can perform life-saving procedures using an AED. They have established the Sarah Friend Heart Foundation and annually present the Run for Sarah 5 K.

Saturday, the 7th annual Run for Sarah steps off in Pavilion No. 1 in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park. Register by 8 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run or the 5K.

Described as “a family festival full of heart-healthy fun,” the proceeds from the event will continue to provide AEDs throughout the area and promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in kids.

Details at www.runforsarah.com.

Bay View Club has long heritage

The Bay View Club in Grapevine, a literary club, has been going strong for 105 years. Club members celebrated its heritage at a tea last month in the Colleyville home of Mrs. Jeffrey Wall.

The organization has more than 20 members and meets monthly in homes or local restaurants for educational literary programs. Member Barbara Johnson says, “What I admire about the club is the tradition it has kept for over 100 years. The club was founded by 13 women as a literary club and as such continues.”

LifeGift Second Chance Run

Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, an organ donor recipient, wants to raise awareness and money for a nonprofit that helps people who need organ transplants. He invites the community to participate in the LifeGift Second Chance Run on Saturday, May 18.

The 1-mile run and run/walk starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at 1701 River Run, Fort Worth.

The commissioner is an enthusiastic supporter of organ donation and knows firsthand the importance of educating the public. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, one organ donor can save up to eight lives.

To register for the run, call 817-581-3600.


Nominations open until June 7

Do you know a woman whose accomplishments in the community you admire? If so, now is the time to give her the recognition she deserves. Nominate her for the 2013 Legacy of Women Award.

SafeHaven will recognize women from Tarrant County for their outstanding achievements in the fields of arts, business, education, health and human services and volunteerism at the Legacy of Women Luncheon on Oct. 3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Learn more about the criteria and get a nomination form at http://www.safehaventc.org/. SafeHaven officials recommend that you discuss the nomination with your nominee to make sure that she is available to attend the awards if she is named a winner. All nominees are evaluated by an independent group of the candidate’s peers who represent various areas of expertise.

Deadline for nominations is June 7. Send nominations to or make inquiries with Valerie Salter at SafeHaven, vsalter@safehaventc.org or 817-535-6462, ext. 106.

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