A few tickets are still available for Moonlight Masquerade if you want to join “Texas’s own swing kings, the Texas Rangers” at a Mardi Gras-themed masquerade ball Sunday at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Guests at the black-tie affair will enter a colorful ballroom buzzing with live jazz music and enjoy cocktails and delicious New Orleans cuisine before watching Rangers players in hilariously entertaining game shows on stage.
Emcees for the festivities are Emily Jones and Eric Nadel of the Rangers broadcasting team. Park Place Dealerships is the presenting sponsor.
Lots of photo ops with the players throughout the evening will be fun for attendees as will a chance to visit and get autographs from your favorite Rangers. Later, an auction will offer exclusive Rangers items, elegant jewelry and travel packages.
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Proceeds from the popular event, now in its 12th year, benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation as it provides programs for children in need and funds youth-crisis initiatives and youth baseball programs. Last year’s event raised a record $688,000 for the foundation.
Ice Cream Social on Saturday to help pet owners in need
Grab the leash and treat your doggie to some great fun from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Park Pavilion at West Seventh St., hosted by the Don’t Forget to Feed Me pet food bank.
Not only will the Happy Tails Ice Cream in the Park event treat you and your furry friend to some yummy ice cream, but there’s also a dog costume contest, a dog trick contest, a dog cakewalk, a pet photo booth and a slew of other games and activities for pets and people. Get in line early to visit BamBam the Kissing Pit at the kissing booth.
The funds raised will help the agency provide pet food for folks facing the choice of giving up a pet when they can’t afford pet food.
Guests will get a sneak peek at the DF2FM Kibble Cruiser truck, have a chance for discounted pet chipping and enjoy visiting the Creative Cakes by Monica food truck. The first 150 families will get a swag bag loaded with goodies.
“Happy Tails is our signature spring fundraiser, and we always have more fun than you can wag your tail at,” said co-founder and event chair Terry Woodfin. “All the barking and sniffing, licking and jumping, playing and wagging supports local pet owners who otherwise might have to surrender — or worse, abandon — a furry family member.”
Others on the event committee are Jeanie Baraja, Michelle Brown, Becky Griffith, Maria Gum, Holly Jones, Mi Chi Lam, Brooke Mixon and Leslie Veach.
“Since 2008, Don’t Forget to Feed Me has collected and distributed over 220 tons of pet food. DF2FM helps to ensure that no pet owner ever has to make the decision between stay or go,” Operations Director Liesl Manone said.
Hidden Gardens Tour on Sunday
Everyone who has admired a beautiful front yard has probably wished they could see what the homeowners created in their private backyard setting. That wish comes true from 6 to p.m. Sunday as six private gardens in Fort Worth’s Colonial Hills area open for public tours.
“The tour is timed to take advantage of established landscapes in full bloom. The six featured gardens offer a variety of styles that will appeal to gardening and architecture aficionados alike,” wrote Suzy Coleman from Historic Fort Worth, host of the event.
Honorary chairwoman of the event is Joy Ann Havran. Proceeds benefit preservation programs and enable Historic Fort Worth to preserve Fort Worth’s unique historic identity through stewardship, education and leadership.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. Ticket outlets are Archie’s Gardenland, Calloway’s Nursery on South Hulen Street (no tickets on tour day), Into the Garden and the McFarland House, 1110 Penn St., Fort Worth Also buy online at shop.historicfortworth.org
Broadway Star Tommy Tune to appear in two Fort Worth shows
Native Texan and celebrated Broadway star Tommy Tune will perform at the Texas premiere of Tommy Tune Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales on Friday at the W.E. Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Local nonprofit Arts Fifth Avenue is hosting the show and is delighted to help Tune celebrate his golden decade on the American stage. “He has enchanted audiences for decades with his charisma, vision, and innovation. He has been honored with nine Tony Awards recognizing him as an outstanding performer, choreographer, and director,” wrote Gracey Tune, founding & artistic director of the arts group. She added that Tune will be accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi, on piano.
Come back May 25 to the outdoor stage at A5A, 1625 Fifth Ave., to see a star-studded lineup celebrating Fort Worth’s 25th anniversary of National Tap Dance Day.
Special guests at the event will be Tune and Ronald Young, Broadway performer and author. Also taking the stage will be the Joe Rogers Jazz Trio, 5th Avenue Hi-Notes and performers from Legacy Tap Project, Frances Lea Dancers, Jo Bonds Dance Ranch, Dance Workshop and A5A tap dancers, with special appearances by Abi Abel, Tim Brown, April Gaines, Dale Luna and Gracey Tune.
Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with concessions and T-shirt sales, and a silent auction, followed by the show at 8.
Admission to the Sunday event is free, and tickets for the Friday show at Scott Theatre range from $45 to $100. Buy online at www.artsfifthavenue.org or at the door.
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Cross Timbers CycleFest on Saturday
Bike riders will have the thrill of racing around the speedway track and infield roads at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday at the 27th edition of the Cross Timbers Cyclefest.
Presented by the Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet and hosted by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce, this thrilling day begins with an early-morning rally and features TXBRA-sanctioned races throughout the day managed by The Racing Post magazine.
“This year we are changing up our bicycle event to take full advantage of the Texas Motor Speedway track and are excited to be bringing the race experience to the event,” said chamber President and CEO Sally Michalak. “We also have added an Expo for participants to shop and visit vendor booths. Come out and enjoy a fun day of racing.”
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and costs $50 with a second-race discount of $15. Rally Ride costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids under age 12. Visit www.cross-timbers.org for details or contact Michalak at 817-837-1000.
Social Eyes is moving!
Please make the move with us as the Social Eyes column and the Click photo page moves to Sundays in the Tarrant & Texas section. Look for my first column on this new day and section on June 1.