It’s been said that “the higher the heel, the closer to God.” So strap on your favorite stilettos and step on over to the High Heels & Hot Meals champagne reception and luncheon benefiting Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County on June 19 at the Fort Worth Club.Well-known actress and noted author Janine Turner will be the keynote speaker, sharing her thoughts on the importance of giving back to the community. Proceeds from the luncheon will enable Meals on Wheels to continue providing home-delivered meals to elderly and disabled people. Honorary chairwoman of the event is Diane Ayres. “I look forward to the High Heels and Hot Meals event each year because it is such a great way to raise awareness within the community,” said Carla Jutson, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County.“These ladies represent business professionals, political leaders and social activists throughout Tarrant County. This fun event provides everyone with the opportunity to mingle and meet other ladies who have a passion for feeding our homebound neighbors.”After the program, Turner will greet guests and sign copies of her books, which will be on sale at the event. Turner is generously donating money from book sales to Meals on Wheels. “Last year’s event raised money for over 3,500 meals. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever,” Jutson said. “Please join us at the Fort Worth Club on June 19 and help us end senior hunger.”Tickets are $55 each, and tables are $500. Because of the generosity of the Fort Worth Club in underwriting the event, the entire ticket price goes to the charity. Reservations are due by June 17. To make arrangements, contact Blair Cantrell at 817-258-6414 or visit www.mealsonwheels.org.Northeast Tarrant CountyFinding balance in a stressful worldEach summer for several years, the Celebrating Women in Business event hosted by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce is a favorite summertime outing for local businesswomen.“Finding Balance in a Stressful World” — the theme of this year’s occasion — will resonate with everyone in the audience. The Marriott Solana in Westlake is the comfortable venue for the June 27 event. On the agenda are brunch, shopping, networking, fascinating speakers and drawings for amazing gifts. Newswoman Deborah Ferguson will be the hostess for a dynamic program that includes three distinguished professionals sharing their expertise. Winjie Tang Miao, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, will discuss the importance of leadership in business and building a company culture. The latest tips on healthy habits for busy women will come from successful life and wellness coach Michelle Martin. Kim Cantergiani is the owner of Next Level 360° Coaching and will share her insights on how to “stop the struggle to juggle.”Arrive early to enjoy a shopping spree at displays set up by several area retailers showing off the latest summer fashions, jewelry, accessories, home decor and more. Shoppers can browse and enjoy networking with others.Be informed about local businesses in your area by checking out the exhibits of several chamber members, where friendly representatives from each company will welcome guests and answer questions about their business.Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers and $360 for a table for 10. Make reservations online at www.nwmetroportchamber.org or call the office at 817-837-1000.Drum and bugle corps show Sunday at Southlake Town SquareIf you’re looking for a unique treat for dear ol’ Dad on Father’s Day, take him to the Showcase in the Square for a spectacular exposition of brass and percussion talent. The shows will feature drum and bugle corps performances from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Rustin Park Pavilion at Southlake Town Square.The Crossmen, a world-class drum and bugle corps based in San Antonio, is stopping in Southlake as part of an eight-week national tour. Expect to be impressed.Two other Texas-based groups, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps and the Metro Praise Youth Orchestra, will perform. And new this year is an exciting Drumline Battle Competition, an exhilarating competition in which two drumlines go head to head. Drumlines of six to 30 members will do a 90- to 120-second performance.“We encourage middle and high school students, area band directors or any young person who is interested in music to come to Showcase in the Square. Exposing kids to music and getting kids involved as Crossmen members gives them an opportunity to pursue a lifelong passion,” writes Rhonda Schock, co-chairwoman of the event.This family-friendly Father’s Day event is jointly produced by the city, Toll Brothers, Southlake Town Square and a host of generous sponsors. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Direct inquiries to Rhonda Schock at 817-939-5394 or to co-chairman John Schock at firstname.lastname@example.org.ArlingtonChildren’s concerts return to the Levitt PavilionGrown-ups can’t have all the fun at the Levitt Pavilion — kids love live music, too. That’s why the Levitt Children’s Concert Series is back by popular demand. Mark your calendar to bring the youngsters to one of two performances each Wednesday for the next five weeks. “It will be a head-spinning, giggle-inspiring, hand-clapping, music-loving, rockin’ good time this summer,” Levitt spokeswoman Cathy O’Neal said about the impressive lineup of free children’s entertainment.On Wednesday, the percussion-based music of Billy Jonas will feature everything from buckets and broom handles to bottles and bells along with traditional instruments. The award-winning entertainer offers a “magical mix of stagecraft and wholesome, open-ended, anything-can-happen spontaneity.”On June 18, Big, Bang, Boom will perform a mix of alt-rock, hip-hop, punk and country, featuring lyrics that Parenting magazine praised as “primed for the sandbox set.” The Boogers return to the Levitt stage on June 25 with their unique take on children’s music. The popular group interprets songs by adding new lyrics and melodies to come up with something familiar to kids that is also completely original and fun. The Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform its interactive show July 2. The talented troupe of drummers and dancers performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the Africa diaspora. The final show, on July 9, is Lone Star Circus. Kids will go absolutely wild watching acrobats, trapeze artists and clowns do fabulous circus acts. Their new ringmaster is Arlington favorite and award-winning actor B.J. Cleveland.Admission is free for the shows at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The Levitt Pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for comfortable lawn seating. Picnic lunches are encouraged, and parking is convenient and free. More details at www.levittpavilionarlington.org or call the information line at 817-543-4301.
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