Social Eyes: Reading Rocks families with guest author Anna Dewdney on Feb. 22 in Fort Worth

02/13/2014 12:32 PM

02/13/2014 12:32 PM

Kids adore the Llama Llama books written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney, and a chance to meet her and hear her tell the story of Llama Llama and the Bully Goat at the Reading Rocks event on Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon will be a treat for the whole family.

“Reading Rocks is a fun way for a family to spend a Saturday morning celebrating children’s literacy,” said Toni Lunsford with the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, host of the event. “The whole family will enjoy Dewdney’s story time along with arts and crafts, a Scholastic book fair and a great family raffle.”

The event theme is “Pledge to Play Nice,” and the world of literature will come to life for guests as they enter a room filled with creatively festooned tables decorated to match themes from popular children’s books. Guests are encouraged to wear their birthday party attire to match the celebratory nature of the morning.

Event co-chairwomen Melissa Hickman and Becky Bullard, with help from committee members Paula Tyler, Carole Woods, Cynthia Gray, Kathryn McGlinchey and several others, have planned a morning that promises to be exciting for the entire family, including a delicious buffet luncheon and some great entertainment.

Be sure to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win an American Girl doll and a Porsche peddle car among other exciting items.

Attendees will enjoy storyteller Tom McDermott and singing entomologist Lucas Miller along with crafting by Van Grow Studios. Special guest will be Miss Fort Worth Destiny Velez.

The venue is Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 3 to 12.

Reservations are due Monday. Proceeds benefit the outstanding programs of the library foundation.

Reserve online at or call the foundation office at 817-871-8022.

‘A Needlepoint Love Story’

For those who love the fine art of hand stitchery, an exhibit opening Thursday needs to go on your calendar.

“There is a love story happening in Fort Worth. It is ‘A Needlepoint Love Story’ at Fort Worth’s gorgeous cattle baron mansion Thistle Hill,” said Sualice Armstrong, who is co-chairing the event with Sally Vaughn. “We are on pins and needles waiting for the opening,” Armstrong added jokingly.

Others working on the committee are Malinda Crumley, Melanie Smith and Diann Stadler.

The exhibit runs through Sunday at the mansion, at 1509 Pennsylvania Ave. Armstrong said more than 500 pieces of exquisitely stitched needlepoint will be on display.

Approximately 60 local artisans will show pieces depicting just about every holiday or special occasion, along with many other beautiful designs.

Come and meet the stitchers at a champagne reception in their honor on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7. Tickets for the reception are $75.

Public tours of the exhibit are scheduled all day Thursday through Sunday and will cost $10 per person.

Hours vary, so check online at or contact Suzy Coleman at 817-336-2344.

Proceeds of this event benefit the programs of Historic Fort Worth.

Northeast Tarrant County

Carz and Cocktailz Party to kick off fashion show

A festive party with vintage Ford cars, cocktails and food is set for Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Auto Warehouse at 5226 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville.

The event is the kickoff for the April 4 fashion show and luncheon presented by the Colleyville Woman’s Club.

“This unique event will be fun for everyone to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and fabulous vintage Fords,” said club President Carol Wollin. Juli Gerrard and Mandy Eliot are co-chairing the events.

“Restoring Mustangs and Thunderbirds is a labor of love for Danny Walker, who, along with his wife, Velma, is generously hosting the event. He will have two dozen beauties on display that night,” Wollin said.

Attire for the event is business casual, and Wollin said many of the committee members plan to wear vintage clothes or black and white with red to go along with the spring fashion show’s vintage theme.

Live music by Just Jazz will entertain guests during the festivities. Valet parking is available.

Admission is $25. Proceeds of the event will support the fashion show and enable the club to award thousands of dollars annually to worthy charities in the area.

Make reservations by calling 817-358-1805 or buy online at


Cardboard boat building school is Feb. 22

For all aspiring cardboard-boat builders hoping to compete in River Legacy Foundation’s 25th annual cardboard boat regatta, here’s some good news: A free boat-building school is scheduled for Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

Expert instructors will teach creative ways to build a sturdy ship (and how to avoid winning the Titanic Award for the fastest sinker) and provide tips on cardboard boat construction, supplies needed and engineering strategies. Past regatta winners will demonstrate successful techniques.

Schoolteachers interested in getting their classes involved in the regatta will get valuable information about the hands-on math and science applications this event has for students.

The regatta sets sail April 26 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. During the regatta, youth and adult participants brave the waves as they try to keep their cardboard creations afloat and compete for a slew of awards in various categories.

The deadline to enter a boat or activity in the regatta is April 14. Sign up by April 1 and save $10 on registration fees, which range from $50 to $90.

Be sure to let all prospective boat crews know about this informative session that will help them before they set sail at the big event on April 26. All proceeds benefit environmental education programs at River Legacy Living Science Center and preservation and recreation efforts at River Legacy Parks.

For information, contact Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, or visit

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