If you’ve barely finished Labor Day and back-to-school activities and haven’t yet begun to focus on Halloween, then it’s now time to accelerate that multitasking because the Fort Worth Junior League is already thinkin’ Christmas.The Christmas in Cowtown gift market opens for three days, starting Oct. 3. The opulent show features 145 juried merchants from across the nation. Don’t worry if it’s 95 degrees outside because once you enter the Will Rogers Memorial Center, you’ll be transported to a Christmas wonderland that will feel like the middle of winter. Kathleen Bundy and Sarah Nader are heading up the event with help from a host of exceptional volunteers whose collective talents have arranged for a shopping experience that includes stores offering home decor, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food, children’s products, seasonal items and more. It’s all guilt-free when you shop for a good cause. As you check off all the items on your Christmas list and fill your shopping bag, just remember you’re helping raise money to fund programs for Alliance for Children, Breakthrough Fort Worth, Opening Doors for Women in Need, YWCA, First Tee, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, SafeHaven and the Presbyterian Night Shelter.Ramping up the experience is a slew of special events you won’t want to miss. A Cocktails in Cowtown preview party Oct. 2 will let you shop privately before the market opens. While you stroll the stores, you can nosh on signature dishes from some of Fort Worth’s finest eateries, sip cocktails and let the music put you in the holiday mood.Enjoy a decadent luncheon with friends after you do some preview shopping at the High Heels and Holly event Oct. 3 before the market opens to the public. Tickets are $75 and include private shopping with porter service. Honorary chairwoman Gail Landreth will be honored at the event.These Boots Were Made for Shopping is a girls’ night out on Oct. 5. Grab your gal pals and enjoy a salsa and taco bar created by Mi Cocina, cocktails, music, shopping and porter service. Tickets are $25.Junior League spokeswoman Molly Hardgrove says tickets for the special events are going quickly, so it would be wise to purchase them today.Among the fabulous stores at the event, shoppers will see the work of Mary Ellen Becker, chosen as the featured artist of Christmas in Cowtown. Becker designed the program cover and invitation for the event as well as the Christopher Radko commemorative ornaments that will be on sale in the league booth at the show.The market is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Check online for a complete list of merchants and descriptions of the gorgeous products they’ll bring to this year’s gift market.Market tickets are $10 each, with group discounts available. Purchase at the door or in advance at www.juniorleaguefw.org/?nd=cowtown. To inquire, call the league office at 817-332-7500. Northeast TarrantA Whimsical Evening with SNAPCocktail-attired guests flowing into the lovely Hurst Conference Center on Sept. 28 can expect A Whimsical Evening of Fun, produced by the folks at North Texas SNAP (Special Needs Assistance Partners).Organizing the party that includes dinner, entertainment, dancing, auctions and raffles are co-chairwomen Brandy Schimmel and Nancy Reid with help from Nancy Coplen, Karen Deakin, Nora Diemicke, Jody Hadlock, Lisa Pardo, Denise Procaccino, Tricia Pryor, Jeff Robinson, Janet Smith, Marlene Turner, Maggie Baldwin, Denise Light and SNAP Executive Director Rita Goodner.Event planners chose the whimsical theme aiming to create a festive, lighthearted occasion featuring 50 spectacular (and whimsical) themed wish bowls as the centerpiece of the auction and raffle swag up for grabs. Special raffle tickets for a chance to win a Weber gas grill and an iPad will be hard to resist at only $5 a ticket or five for $20. They’re available online or at the event. A small exclusive silent auction will tempt bidders with goodies valued from $500 to $6,000.Master of ceremonies Jeff Robinson will keep things on track during the program, and guests can dance the night away to music by disc jockey Scott Smith. “With the continued support of individuals, businesses and community organizations North Texas SNAP can continue to provide a community where people with intellectual disabilities and their families have a network of support, independence, choices and personal success. We hope everyone will join us for an evening of fun,” said Schimmel.Tickets are $75 each or table of eight is $550. Make reservations at www.ntxsnap.org or call the office at 817-545-9456.United Way Hosts Community Report Luncheon Find out how the United Way has helped residents of Northeast Tarrant County at the annual Report to the Community luncheon Oct. 2 at the North Richland Hills Centre, at 6000 Hawk Ave. The event is a perfect opportunity to see what the agency does and how you can get involved.The event theme is “Strengthening Families, Strengthening Community.” Master of ceremonies is Charles Powell, president at Bank of Texas Fort Worth region and the 2013 United Way Campaign chairman.Regional Director Faye Beaulieu explains that the agency focuses on three building blocks to support quality of life: education, financial stability and health. Last year the emphasis was on education; this year emphasizes financial stability, and a focus on health is the plan for the coming year. Also on the program are agency CEO Tim McKinney and steering committee chairwoman Dorothy Hynson-Williams, along with volunteer coordinator Felicia LaFuente, who will each make brief remarks.“I think this year’s program will give attendees a strong sense of how United Way is changing lives by helping Tarrant County families take significant steps toward financial stability,” Beaulieu said.Tickets are $28 per person. Register at www.2013uwnereport.eventbrite.com or contact Tonya Cunningham at 817-282-1160.ArlingtonRun/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer Traci Peterson, media relations officer at UTA, said her mother, Dorthy Shurley, was only 63 when she died earlier this year from ovarian cancer, and Peterson is heartbroken that she won’t get to watch her grandchildren grow up. Peterson plans to honor her mother and join others wanting to call attention to the disease by participating in the Run and Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.Produced by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, this 13th edition of the event will have a 5K timed race beginning at 9 a.m. The mile walk and family fun run start at 9:45. Participants are asked to park in Lot B at the ballpark. Like many others suffering from the disease, Mrs. Shurley had symptoms long before the disease was diagnosed, and her daughter wants to join the efforts to educate the community, especially during September which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.The coalition says more than 20,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and approximately 15,000 die annually from the disease because they are diagnosed late when the prognosis is poor. Early diagnosis and treatment leads to a 90 percent five-year survival rate.Peterson’s sister and niece are coming from Missouri to join hundreds of participants for the event. “I’m planning to bring my 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son out that morning so they can see how we are remembering their gram,” said Peterson.Learn more www.ovarian.org or call 214-273-4208 to inquire. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m.