Boy, is Faye going to be jealous. Because she’s out this week, I get to talk about one of her favorite social events, set for next month in Keller. In fact, you might say that this is a particularly Keller-flavored installment of Social Eyes, sprinkled with a little bit of Haltom City and Fort Worth. Let’s get right to it:
A champagne brunch? Yes, please!
The Garden of Roses event benefits programs that help women, children, and seniors in Northeast Tarrant County
Texas Motor Speedway is typically the setting for lots of grease, auto parts and rowdy, screaming crowds. But in a few weeks, the racetrack will bask in a morning of elegant refinement when the members of the Greater Keller Women’s Club arrive to host the Roses and Pearls Champagne Brunch and Auction, the group’s biggest-deal fundraiser — and if you enjoy superfancy breakfasts, an excuse to dress up and a lot of high-end shopping, you should be there, too. After all, where else can you go on a Saturday morning and enjoy omelet and pasta stations, a complimentary glass of champagne, a wine pull boasting 50 bottles of top-tier vintages and a raffle featuring items from Kendra Scott and Elaine Turner?
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And that’s just for starters. “We have so many wonderful things in store for our guests this year,” said Kimberley Vines, who co-chairs the event with Beth Murray. “The Keller Jazz Orchestra will provide light jazz music upon the doors opening through lunch. We’ll also have a restaurant tree, where guests can donate $25 and pull a gift card for at least that amount from high-end restaurants around the area. Then there’s our auction, featuring items like a trip for two to Mexico, jewelry, home decor and tons of entertainment packages.”
Also included in the auction is the chance to bid on a shopping spree and tour at the Ming Wang distribution center in Grapevine, donated by none other than the event’s mistress of ceremonies, Carolyn Wang, a senior vice president for the Ming Wang fashion label.
“Carolyn will add so much excitement to this year’s event, not only because she can pay homage to the fashion shows we’ve held in the past, but because she can speak about this year’s theme, which is ‘Black Dresses and Pearls,’ ” said Vines. “She’ll discuss the history of the iconic black dress and how it’s accessible to anyone, no matter what age or size they are.”
Details: April 2. Location: Texas Motor Speedway (3545 Lone Star Circle). Doors open: 10 a.m. Valet parking available. Tickets: $75 for one or $675 for a table of 10. Attire: Chic. Black dresses and pearls encouraged but not required. Learn more: gkwc.org.
Take a step and help end diabetes
The 11th annual Keller ISD School Walk for Diabetes raises funds, awareness
More than 29 million Americans have some form of diabetes, and 11 years ago some nurses in the Keller school district decided it was time to do something about it. Since then, students, teachers and Keller community members have raised more than $310,000 for diabetes education, research and advocacy through the Keller ISD School Walk for Diabetes, a project of the American Diabetes Association. If you’d like to help, head to the Keller ISD Athletic Complex (600 N. Pate-Orr Road) at 8 a.m. April 2 (and bring your wallet). This year’s event chairwoman is Liz Nelson. To learn more (or to make a donation if you can’t join): schoolwalk.diabetes.org.
Spring (and art) is busting out all over
Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Spring Gallery Night heads to Haltom City to showcase local artists
When the temperatures begin to warm and the flowers start poking their heads above ground, you know it’s spring in Tarrant County — and that means it’s time for a great lineup of arts events. Art in the City gets us started with an exhibit of works in oil, watercolor, pottery, wood-turning, photography, mixed media and more, all by local artists whom you can meet at the event’s 5 p.m. reception. Details: March 19 from 1 to 8 p.m. Location: North East Center (3201 Friendly Lane in Haltom City). Admission: Free. Learn more: haltomcitytx.com.
A magical evening
Dallas Black Dance Theatre to hold one-night-only show in Cowtown
Folks on the 817 side of the Trinity will get a rare treat this week when the Dallas Black Dance Theatre heads west to perform “Dancing Beyond Borders,” a five-part, five-director celebration of dance that explores the themes of community, anguish, bliss, human interaction and religion, all set to music ranging from jazz to Asian gongs to Latin rhythms and more. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets: $27. Location: Scott Theatre (3505 W. Lancaster Ave). Learn more: dbdt.com.
At a glance
Hold on to your planners, community lovers, because we’re not through yet:
▪ TRWD Flyfest: Whether you’re experienced angler or you don’t know a fly rod from a hot rod, this fun event on the banks of the Trinity River has something to hook everyone: casting lessons, food trucks, cooking demos and more. As a bonus, event organizers will release more than 2,000 rainbow trout that you can set your sights on during open fishing. Date and time: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: On the rock shelf located at the Trinity River’s Clear Fork, near Acme Brick. Admission: Free, but some of the lectures have a fee. Sponsor: Tarrant Regional Water District. Event chairwoman: Shanna Cate. Learn more: trwdflyfest.com.
▪ Pomp and circumstance: The next time you’re downtown, stop by to offer congratulations to the students at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Fort Worth school district’s all-girls high school. The program will graduate its first class this June with an anticipated 100 percent completion rate — an accomplishment celebrated last week at the GEMS Rocks Gala, a fundraiser for the school’s college prep and academic extracurricular programs. The Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a member of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Principal: Mia Hall. Gala chairwomen: Daphne Brookins and Tiffany Smith. Learn more: ywla.fwisd.org.
▪ Images of Haltom City Photography Contest: If you’ve got a camera and an eye for what’s interesting in the city that some of us still call Birdville, the sponsors of this contest would like you to submit your best work by March 18. The contest is open to all, including amateurs and nonresidents, and features prizes in nine categories. Sponsors: Haltom City, Art in the City and Keep Haltom Beautiful. Learn more: haltomcitytx.com.