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Come out to River Legacy for chic evening with nature

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An upscale evening of fun, nature and woodland chic awaits the lucky guests at A Night With Nature on Nov. 15 at the River Legacy Living Science Center. Back for a second year after a successful debut last year, the party will raise money for second phase of the Center’s exhibit renovations.

Guests will mingle at the Center and surrounding grounds sipping on cocktails provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and craft beer from Dog Leg Brewery and nosh on scrumptious hors d-oeuvres expertly prepared by Blue Mesa Grill.

Mouth-watering desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Lindt Chocolate Outlet, Chick-fil-A and Lee and Leslie Friedman will be the pièce de résistance for this very special dining experience.

What’s more authentic for a nature outing that roasting yummy s’mores? Be sure not to miss them outside by the fire pit.

In charge of the event are Julie Ryan, Linda Church and Leslie Friedman. Honorary chairpersons of the event are Richard and Sylvia Greene, longtime supporters of River Legacy.

They have worked for months on the event and have lined up a party like no other. The mellow sounds of live music provided by Billy Herzig and Friends will set the perfect tone for the evening filled with unique activities.

How often do you get to go on a stargazing stroll led by a professional from the Fort Worth Astronomical Society? Or how about taking a Nature Hike at night along the beautiful River Legacy Park trails?

Making two special appearances during the evening will by Lucy O’Possum. Guests will enjoy getting up close and personal with Lucy as the Naturalists on staff at the Center direct the cute little critter while she’s on display.

“A Night With Nature is a fun fall evening at the Science Center that gives adults a chance to connect with nature and enjoy some of our environmental education programs on an adult level,” said River Legacy spokesperson Kristi Payne.

“It was created last year to help raise money for the first phase of our exhibit renovation, and we hope it will be just as successful this year as we look forward to Phase II renovations, which include new interactive, museum-quality exhibits,” she said.

A highlight of the party will be the silent auction where more than 20 amazing woodland wreaths will be up for bid. You can preview them in advance online or see them on display at The Parks Mall. Each one is totally original and designed by very talented local artists. They can even be purchased online ahead of time if you want to avoid competing with other bidders. Check the beauties out at www.riverlegacy.org.

Tickets are $100 each. You can request an invitation be sent to you or purchase tickets by e-mailing reply@riverlegacy.org or by contacting Payne at 817.860.6752, ext. 107

Dance at The Summit in Grand Prairie

A 1940’s USO theme for the Big Band Dance on Saturday at the Summit in Grand Prairie sounds like fun for the over-50 crowd.

The venue opened in 2010 and is Grand Prairie's premier 50+ Club. The $23-million-dollar, 60,000- square- foot facility located in Central Park, is designed specifically for active adults ages 50 and older.

In charge of the event is Susan Eaves who said Ronnie Martin’s 10-piece orchestra will play big band sounds throughout the evening.

“Dancers 21 plus are welcome and don't have to be a Summit member to attend,” said Eaves.

According to Eaves, there are many dances around the Metroplex that give the 50 plus crowd an opportunity to attend as many as three or four dances a week. Bands play music ranging from country & western and 50's and 60's to Ballroom and other genres

The Summit Dances are on the first and third Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 pm. Arlington's dances are on Friday nights at the Senior Recreation Center on Eunice St., and Pantego has dances in the Lions Club building on Wednesday nights, said Eaves.

Tickets for The Summit dance are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 972-237-4141 with questions.

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