Northeast TarrantNaturally Sweet Nov. 2The annual fundraiser for the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake is set for 7-10 p.m. Nov. 2.Aptly named Naturally Sweet — the event could not be more natural or any sweeter than the charming outdoor format chosen for the soiree for five years.“This magical evening on the grounds of the Nature Center features live music, a silent auction, and the most wonderful tastings from area restaurants, all under the November sky. This year’s event will highlight the uniqueness of the Cross Timbers region where the Nature Center is located,” board President Debra Edmondson said.Guests will mingle in the center and the surrounding grounds of the spectacular park, which covers over 500 acres of forest, wetlands and prairie that are home to about 300 species of wildlife.Arrive with an appetite because sweet and savory tastings from some of Northeast Tarrant County’s best chefs are on the dinner menu. Guests can sip on complimentary wine as they stroll to the various outdoor stations to taste dishes from local upscale eateries including Classic Cafe, Truluck’s, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Tommy Tamale, Howard Wang’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many others.Arrangements for the fundraiser are compliments of a hardworking committee headed by Edmondson, Jane Musser, Audra Lewandowski and Jessica Heintz. A silent auction offers something for everyone. The item of the night is sure to be the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Rangers game. Auction swag also features original art and a chance to spend a week in a private condo at Baypoint in Whitefish, Mont. Hall Music Productions will entertain guests with a little night music to make the atmosphere party-perfect; a wine pull and a raffle are also on the program.Proceeds will help fund the urban ecology field school, developed by Executive Director Teresa Moss and the Nature Center educators, as well as the classes, nature hikes and day camps offered. Tickets are $50. Buy them online at www.bjnc.org or at the door. The center is at 355 E. Bob Jones Road. Call 817-491-6033 for more information.Heart of North Texas Business Conference“Up, Up and Away” is the theme of the Heart of North Texas Business Conference set for Nov. 1 at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus. Business leaders and Tarrant County companies look forward to this annual seminar, which offers analysis and information on the local economy.The upbeat theme, according to TCC Northeast President Larry Darlage, was chosen because of the economic growth in the county since the end of the Great Recession. Pete Sackleh of Deloitte University in Westlake will open the session with information on Deloitte’s nationwide employee training systems. Tom Dwyer of consulting firm BOKA Powell will talk about the workforce of the future. Drilling down to the local workforce will be Troy Vaughn, associate vice chancellor of workforce education at TCC, who will address efforts at TCC to prepare a workforce to serve this region.“ Alyssa Tenorio from NorthGate Constructors and Heather DeLapp from North Tarrant Express will give the audience quick updates on the progress of the DFW Connector and the North Tarrant Expressway, respectively,” Darlage said.A panel discussion during lunch will explore the significant impact of professional sports on the region’s economy and will feature Jim Lites, CEO of the Dallas Stars; Dan Hunt of FC Dallas; and Donnie Nelson of the Dallas Mavericks. Former sports newscaster Scott Murray will moderate the discussion.“ Ryan Bradley, who heads up the ProPlayers Foundation, is responsible for assembling this august group of speakers that [promises] to provide entertaining and informative commentary about professional sports in the Metroplex,” Darlage said.Tarrant County College Northeast is hosting the 17th year for the conference, which is coordinated by the Northeast Leadership Forum. Participants will assemble in Center Corner of the Student Services Building, 828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst. The conference fee is $50 per person; sponsor businesses can receive complimentary tickets. Breakfast and lunch are included. Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Scholars program of the Northeast Leadership Forum. Call 817-515-6502 to register.Ballet at Majestic Theatre on SaturdaySouthlake’s International Ballet Theater will make its debut as one of the area’s new arts nonprofit organizations with its production of The Weaving at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.The International Ballet Theater, formed with a mission to “educate, enrich and entertain locally, nationally and internationally,” plans productions a year. The Weaving will feature a cast of 75 dancers and a choir ensemble of students from Carroll High School. A statement says: “ The Weaving was performed in 2010 on Broadway to a sold out audience and received rave reviews. This will be the first full production since then.”Ballet board member and spokeswoman Kim McKinnon wrote: “Act I will be a collection of classical and original ballet works choreographed by Evgeny Lushkin. Act II will be an adaptation of the Broadway production of The Weaving, written and produced by Southlake resident and founder of International Ballet Theater Anita Conley.”A VIP reception is planned for guests to meet and greet the professional dancers, the inaugural apprentice company members, producer, directors and major donors. Special guests in addition to Conley and Lushkin are Alexandra Johnson, choreographer of The Weaving; Gloria Moulopoulos, director; and Kayla Giard, ballerina.Tickets at $35-$65 and can be bought at www.attpac.org or by contacting Karen Cox at 817-442-5678. Fort WorthMcCammon Recital Series Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a performance by Jan Cornelius, soprano and winner of the 2012 McCammon Voice Competition, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the beautiful home of Tim and Nancy Carter.The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and champagne before Cornelius’ recital. Valet parking will be provided.Admission is a $100 donation to the McCammon competition. To buy advance tickets or make inquiries, contact Margaret Augustat at 817-763-0055.Lone Star Film Festival BallAmid the fanfare of the 2013 Lone Star Film Festival in Sundance Square is the equally exciting Film Festival Ball, the main fundraiser for the Lone Star Film Society.Guests at the Nov. 8 event at the Fort Worth Club will enjoy cocktails, a seated dinner and awards ceremony, and a live auction of one-of-a-kind opportunities.The film society’s most prestigious honors including the Achievement in Film and Stephen Bruton awards, are given at the ball. Lyle Lovett will be honored with the Stephen Bruton Award. Named after the legendary Texas musician, the award celebrates musicians who demonstrate a proficiency in film.Also being recognized is Stephen Murrin Jr., who will receive the first Visionary Award in recognition of his longtime support of Fort Worth and the film society.Artists previously honored at the ball include Martin Sheen, Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, Willie Nelson, Billy Bob Thornton and Billy Joe Shaver.To reserve seats, visit www.LoneStarFilmFestival.com or call 817-924-6000.The Christian Arts Museum celebrates anniversaryCongratulations to the Christian Arts Museum, 3221 Hamilton Ave., on its fourth anniversary, celebrated this month with a reception at the museum.The event marked four years of “Exhibiting God-Inspired Art and Over 10,000 Visitors,” according to the invitation sent to supporters, docents and dignitaries.“The museum houses the lifelike wax figures of Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper. This display is historic to Fort Worth…. The museum also houses many pieces of Christian art, paintings and sculptures. There are 28 crosses of Christendom,” board member Ann Geer said.Learn more about the museum at www.cacmuseum.org or contact museum Director Ed Malone at 817-332-7878.
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