Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

May 1, 2014

Social Eyes: Senior Synergy Expo is Thursday

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

Boomers, seniors and caregivers, don’t miss the big Senior Synergy Expos coming up Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The massive event will feature more than 100 exhibitors along with a slew of health screenings, lively entertainment and informative workshop sessions.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, whose office is hosting the event, will welcome visitors, and the keynote speaker for lunch is Dr. Janis Knebl, a physician with University of North Texas Health Science Center. Knebl’s talk, “Successful and Healthy Aging,” will enlighten the audience about lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact.

“Senior Synergy Expo provides Tarrant County boomers, seniors and caregivers with a forum to learn more about living a healthy, safe and productive life well into their golden years,” Whitley said. “I highly encourage you to attend and take advantage of all of the free health screenings and workshops. This event is also a great opportunity to meet new friends and find new ways to live life to its fullest. ”

Kathryn Rotter, Beth A. Noah, Phil Jones, Dahlia Vasquez, Martha Martinez-Sotelo, Cynthia Ross, Mary Margaret Rangel and Christina Bartha are only a few among a huge committee that has worked on the event for months.

While guests tend to their health and lifestyle needs, great entertainment will create a festive atmosphere. Catch performances throughout the day from trumpet player Dale McCoy, dancers from Taps & Tunes and talented singer Charles Spaulding. Don’t miss fun demonstrations from the Silver Sneakers and senior tennis programs.

Get the scoop on the Medicare savings program and low-income drug subsidies, and get cholesterol, blood pressure, prostate, skin cancer, vision, cholesterol, body mass index, glucose and dental screenings. Get assessments on your memory and your risk of falls. HIV information will also be available. And stroll among more than 100 booths displaying the latest products and offering valuable information.

Check out the schedule for six workshops on home safety, senior living options, fraud watch, fall prevention and faith-based fitness, and attend the ones that interest you.

“If you are 50 years of age or better, or a caregiver or family member of an aging adult, this expo is for you,” Rotter said. “Learn about the various services and opportunities for healthy living available to you in Tarrant County.”

Admission is free. Learn more at or call Rotter at 817-884-1234.

Former NBA player Chris Herren to headline Stars in Recovery luncheon

Continuing a tradition of bringing celebrities to Fort Worth to share their journey in overcoming substance abuse, the Recovery Resource Council will host the 26th annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery Luncheon on May 13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom.

Headline speaker will be former NBA player Chris Herren. After more than a decade of addiction and tragic life experiences, Herron has been sober since 2008 and will share intimate details of his struggles and his triumphs and continuing challenges. He was featured in 2011 in an Emmy-nominated ESPN documentary, Unguarded.

Council CEO Eric Niedermayer said: “We are so pleased to be bringing Chris Herren to Fort Worth. His compelling story of addiction resonates with audiences because of the nature of his drug of choice, heroin. In light of the recent surge in its use and the … recent celebrity overdoses, this story is one every student and adult should hear.”

Herren joins the impressive list of speakers at this annual event, including Darrell Hammond, David Feherty, Lou Gossett Jr., Patty Duke and Paul Williams.

Event co-chairwoman is Carolyn Fraley and the honorary one is Mayor Betsy Price with help from committee members Charlie Powell and Keller Crowley.

Four premium items are now available for pre-bidding online at Get the jump by bidding on the Dirk Nowitzki-signed jersey paired with premium seats to a Mavs game, or dinner hosted by the mayor at Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana or (drum roll here) a trip to Tucson, Ariz., on a private jet to play golf at Dove Mountain and stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Funds raised at the event will enable the agency to help people who lack insurance or other means to obtain referral for drug- or alcohol-treatment services.

Tickets are $150 each. Make reservations online at or call Dimanche Brewer at 817-332-6329.

Experience history on your bike on Saturday

Two tours through several scenic Fort Worth neighborhoods are set for Saturday as part of Historic Fort Worth’s celebration of National Preservation Month.

A 15-mile guided tour begins at 8 a.m. and will travel through the Quality Hill, Ryan Place, Fairmount and TCU-area neighborhoods. A 7-mile tour starting at 2 p.m. will have a more leisurely pace through Fairmount and Ryan Place.

The second tour is ideal for a family outing, and a shared ticket for one adult and one child is $15. Tickets for the longer tour are $40 on tour day.

Don’t own a bike? No problem because Historic Fort Worth is partnering with Fort Worth Bike Sharing to make rental bikes available at a discount.

Registration is required, and the fee includes a T-shirt and refreshments. Cyclists will leave from the McFarland House, at 1110 Penn St. Purchase tickets online at or call 817-336-2344, ext. 100.

Northeast Tarrant County

Promenade Garden Tour on Sunday

By early May, the air is filling with the scents of spring, and tulips, daffodils and red maples are blooming as the grass transforms to green. And there’s no better way to enjoy this than on the spectacular Promenade Garden Tour hosted by the Colleyville Garden Club.

Gawkers are welcome in the five lovely gardens chosen for the tour, and your enthusiasm for seeing the natural beauty won’t be exhausting because you can drive to each home. The tour hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Nearly all of our gardens began with little more than open spaces and bare earth, but with imagination, research and a lot of hard work, the homeowners have turned their spaces into beautiful landscapes,” said Jean Neisius, who is in charge of the tour .

At the home of Amy and Tony Spaeth, visitors will see a garden that was used for a wedding last fall and is composed of various rooms, each showcasing a different aspect of courtship and marriage.

Jamie Burton’s garden is set on several acres, some of which are dedicated to rescued horses, donkeys, dogs and cats. Burton has cultivated cuttings from her mother’s and grandmother’s gardens to create a beautiful blend of old and new.

Tourists will love the cottage garden of Tom and Cindy Crook. Tom Crook was formerly a horticulturist and applied that training to create a lush garden that includes perennials, vegetables, herbs and imaginative yard art.

The charming garden at the home of Dee Ann and Joe Rhodes illustrates what can be done when a couple downsizes but still wants a bit of outdoors to enjoy. Flowers, plants and whimsical yard art abound.

Lisa and Scott Carlson’s Texas-ranch-style home set on 2 acres takes advantage of lots of Texas natives, mostly set among towering shade trees with walkways and places to stop and rest.

A plant sale and a raffle will be available at the Carlson home. Proceeds will enable the garden club to continue funding scholarships and adding to the many Colleyville beautification projects it has provided for years.

Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased at Foreman’s and Market Street in Colleyville; Sew-It-Up, Blooming Colors and Marshall Grain in Grapevine; and Callaway’s in Hurst and Southlake. On tour day, tickets for $15 can be purchased at any tour home.

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