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Social Eyes: Neil Sperry to speak at fifth Empowering Seniors expo

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If you’re in the 50+ crowd, join the hundred of folks who will attend the fifth annual Empowering Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo on Friday at the Campus West facility across from First Baptist Church in Euless.

Popular WBAP talk show host and Star-Telegram columnist Neil Sperry is the featured speaker at the event. Widely known as “the most familiar voice in Texas horticulture,” Sperry will have the latest and greatest on fall gardening.

Tarrant County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes created Empowering Seniors to address timely life and health issues for area seniors, boomers and caregivers. To arrange the day’s activities Carolyn Sims and Rebecca Barksdale from his office have assembled another hardworking committee with Judy Atwood, Linda Eilenfeldt, Ron Parish, Faye Beaulieu, David Medina, David Stuckey, Linda Rea, Renee Garrett, Scott Sheppard, Tim Alba, Sandra Crowley and Vickie Vickers.

The expo runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy live entertainment, free health screenings from area hospitals and healthcare providers, exhibits, a free box lunch, bingo and lots of nifty door prizes.

Guests can attend any of the eleven workshop sessions planned. Such topics as “Medicare & You: Increase Your Power,” “Empowerment Through Employment,” “Senior Moments or Something More,” “Health & Well-being for Seniors” and “ID Theft & Fraud” are among the seminar offerings.

The expo will offer a chance to get cholesterol and blood pressure checked and screenings for prostate, bone density, vision and hearing. Flu shots will be available.

More than 125 exhibitors include businesses that serve the over-50 market, among them travel agencies, real estate, legal and financial services, retirement communities, assisted-living centers and memory care.

Stop by booths with information on hearing aids, orthopedic needs, dental services, medical supplies, insurance and banking. Representatives from area hospitals and from the animal shelter will be there.

Local social service agencies including United Way, Meals on Wheels, Alzheimer’s Association, local transportation services, Community Enrichment Center, 6 Stones and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be set up.

According to Barksdale, entertainment will range from dance classes and zumba to piano music and bands, including Sinatra-style big-band vocalist Ken Nelson.

“We’ll also have balloon decorating and juggling and a scavenger hunt for door prizes,” Barksdale said. “We’re also offering disposal for outdated prescription drugs, and a place to apply for passports and handicapped stickers. Four Medicare counselors will be on site with plan comparison screening available.”

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. Register by phone at 817-581-3600. Information: www.empoweringseniors.com.

Fort Worth

Glowing on the River celebrates pets

The Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Pantry plans to celebrate five years of service with a big birthday bash. Glowing on the River is set for Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Trinity Park Pavilion.

This food pantry provides food to local families in financial crisis so that people won’t have to surrender (or worse yet, abandon) a beloved pet because they can’t afford to feed them.

Guests at the party will enjoy birthday cake and punch, a picnic in the park, live music and fun activities for the kiddos. And a twilight pet walk sounds like fun, so bring your furry friends to enjoy the festivities.

In charge of the event are co-chairwomen Amy Walker and Amber Blair with help from committee members Leigh Atkinson, Sam Caricato, Becky Griffith, MiChi Lam, Deb McLean, Cheryl Mobley, Jane Pavelko, Leslie Veach and Terry Woodfin.

“Don’t Forget to Feed Me started as small initiative to assist pet owners with keeping their pets, and over the past five years, our reach has expanded from Fort Worth to Keller and Mansfield,” Blair said.

“Last year, we provided over 50 tons of pet food to deserving pet owners. As we look ahead, we see expansion of services, additional partnerships and many more pet owners who never have to choose between stay or go."

Admission to the event is free. To learn more, call 817-334-0727 or visit www.dontforgettofeedme.org.

Inaugural heART of Gold Award Winners honored

Louise Britt Carvey and Val Wilkie Jr. were recently named the first-time winners of the heART of Gold Award presented by the Arts Council of Fort Worth. The two long-standing community leaders were honored at a luncheon hosted by the council for their many years of remarkable support and contributions to the local arts community.

The award, inspired by the 50-year anniversary of the organization, honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts community in Fort Worth.

And an unexpected addition to the ceremony was a surprise presentation to the Fort Worth Opera general director, Darren K. Woods as he was named the winner of the Innovator in the Arts Award for his extraordinary impact on the opera.

The opera said Carvey has been a board member since 2001 and “has helped to establish an endowment and raise funds for the opera by donating both her time and money to the cause.”

Joseph D. Lesley, one of many who recommended Carvey for this award, said she is one of the opera’s “most generous longtime supporters.”

Wilkie, who was executive director of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation for 38 years, “helped to fortify Fort Worth’s Cultural District by assisting in the growth of many local organizations and establishments, including: Bass Performance Hall, Casa Mañana and Texas Ballet Theater.”

Victor Mashburn, who nominated Wilkie along with Edward P. Bass, said Wilkie strengthened “many performing and visual arts organizations.”

The Innovator in the Arts Award given to Woods is a one-time honor recognizing a leader in the arts who has had a transformative effect on an organization. Arts Council President Jody Ulich said: “Darren Woods exemplifies creativity and innovation in the arts every day. Under his guidance, the opera made a successful transition to … a festival format and has built an international reputation as a champion of new work.”

Congratulations to both winners and a round of applause for the arts council’s efforts to celebrate the contributions of arts advocates.


South Street Art Festival to make debut

Starting tonight, downtown Arlington will become home to the city’s newest art and music festival, South Street Art Festival. Building on the already significant reputation of the springtime Art on the Greene Festival, this event will be presented by Moya Art Events and Downtown Arlington Management Corp.

Founded by local artist Steve Moya, the three-day festival will spread over two blocks along South Street between Mesquite and East streets and will feature over 75 artists in nearly a dozen media and a host of bands performing all three days.

What better location for a brand-new festival than right in the heart of Arlington’s vibrant downtown scene, a block from the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent to the beautiful College Park area at UT Arlington?

Moya says the new festival will focus on the same high-quality work seen at his Art on the Greene festival at Richard Greene Linear Park the past two years.

“Each artist has gone through a juried application process, and pieces can range from $40 to $10,000,” Moya said.

The media include ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

While attendees browse the art, continuous music on the Coors Light Stage will keep them entertained. Tonight, Scant Band takes the stage at 6:30, followed by Buddy Whittington at 9:30.

All day Saturday, there’s something for every taste as five bands play from noon until the headline band, Jon Christopher Davis & Lone Star Attitude, performs at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, shows by the Jace Bersin Trio and a Led Zeppelin tribute band will wrap up festival live music.

Don’t worry about food and beverages because food trucks and all the downtown restaurants will be open throughout the event.

Admission in free, and festival hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visit www.southstreetartfest.com to see the artists’ work and for more details.

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