Clear your calendars, Social Eyes readers. We’ve got some bright ideas for your next few weeks, starting with:
Now that’s my kind of party
Denim & Diamonds event promises tons of food and lively fun
It wouldn’t be spring in Texas without at least one event where you can pair your favorite bling with your best cowboy boots and jeans — and next month, you’re bound to see all kinds of festive sparkly denim combos at the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce spring fundraiser. Whatever you wear, make sure you’re comfortable, because there’s going to be lots going on:
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Arrive hungry. Headlining the affair once again will be the ever-popular “tasting” showcase of menu favorites from nearly two dozen of the area’s top restaurants.
Guests will have the chance to sample and second (and maybe even third) a savory array of delicious dishes from the likes of Abuelo’s, Bonefish Grill, Button’s Catering, Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant and Nothing Bundt Cakes, just to name a few participating restaurants — plus enjoy beer and wine beverages.
Shop till you drop. Got a gift occasion coming up? A special anniversary on the horizon? In the mood for a little pampering? If you answered yes to any or all, you’re in luck — and you’ll need to bring your banking card. That’s because Denim & Diamonds guests will also have the chance to bid on a gargantuan silent auction featuring treasures, finds and delights in the areas of sports, things to do, dining, travel and more.
The party will also feature a performance by popular North Texas entertainer Michael Hix, who will present prizes for favorite restaurants, best decorated booths and the like during the event’s award show, “D&D’s Got Talent.”
Denim & Diamonds benefits community outreach efforts managed by the chamber, including a college scholarship program for area high school seniors and the chamber’s Teacher of the Year program.
“Denim & Diamonds is a family-friendly event with plenty of food sampling, a talent show and more than 300 great items to bid on,” chamber CEO Jack Bradshaw said. “We have TVs, sports tickets, and golf, outdoors, health, dining and hotel packages that you can take home. Come out and join the fun!”
Details: 6 p.m. April 2. Venue: NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills (8851 Ice House Drive). Advance tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 through 12. Kids 5 and under can join the fun for free. (Tickets at the door are $20 and $10, respectively, with one exception: Children 6 through 12 can get free admission with the donation of one new children’s book, which will be given to United Way of Tarrant County.) Event chair: Pat Coyle. Find out more: netarrant.org or 817-281-9376.
Do you have what it takes to be a wishmaker?
The 2016 Butterfly Wishes event benefits North Texas kids with life-threatening medical conditions
“According to Native American legend, if you whisper a wish to a captured butterfly before letting it go, it will tell the Great Spirit, who will grant your wish as a reward for giving the butterfly its freedom.” So begins the story of A Wish With Wings, a Fort Worth-based organization that serves as a small but stalwart beacon of hope and happiness to North Texas families dealing with one of life’s most difficult challenges.
Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the group has provided more than 1,400 “wishes” for seriously ill youngsters, in the form of anything from a trip to Disney World to a Taylor Swift concert to a visit to Pearl Harbor.
You can be a part of the magic by supporting the group’s signature fundraising event, Butterfly Wishes. The evening will include remarks by some extra-special kids and the presentation of the Rosie Moncrief Award to the Morris Foundation, in recognition of the foundation’s contributions to the Wish With Wings mission.
Details: 6 p.m. April 1 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel (1300 N. Houston St., Fort Worth). Tickets: Begin at $250. Event chairs: Cynthia and Scott Prince. Learn more: awishwithwings.org.
Celebrate the season
The latest exhibit at the Christian Arts Museum offers an opportunity to connect with Easter’s spiritual side
A replica exhibit of works created by one of the world’s most prolific painters of Western and religious art, Kenneth Wyatt, is on display at Fort Worth’s Christian Arts Museum (3221 Hamilton Ave.).
The Texas-based preacher-turned-artist, who has roots in Stephenville, has works displayed in thousands of churches, galleries, public spaces and private collections around the world, many of them attached to some famous owners. No less than Queen Elizabeth owns a Wyatt work, as does former President George W. Bush.
Throughout the month, the museum is displaying prints from Wyatt’s best-known series, “The Apostles,” a large-painting depiction of Christ and his earliest disciples. Presented in the giclee process on canvas (a special high-resolution printing process for fine art), the exhibit is sure to leave a memorable impression.
Details: The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission: Free. Learn more: 817-332-7878.
At a glance
We’re not done yet! You’re also going to want to know more about:
▪ Can’t you just picture them in those classic uniforms? The Fort Worth-Dallas Chapter of World Wings International, an organization of former flight attendants of the legendary Pan American Airways, is holding an event to benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County and CARE (an international campaign to end world hunger) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas (7915 Greenville Ave.). The luncheon will feature an especially fabulous auction that includes a seven-day stay in a Paris apartment and a keynote address by Scott McCartney, author of the weekly “Middle Seat” column in The Wall Street Journal. Also on the agenda is Kathryn Jacob, SafeHaven’s new CEO. Tickets: $48 per person. Learn more: 972-355-5128.
▪ It’s kind of like American Idol: Except that it’s live, happening in Cowtown and has a lot more culture. The 2016 McCammon Voice Competition will bring together young opera singers from around the world in a battle of the arias where cash prizes and a role in the Fort Worth Opera Festival are at stake. If you attend the competition finals, set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bass Hall (525 Commerce St.), you’ll have a chance to cast your vote for the coveted Audience Favorite prize, which is worth $2,500. Even more important, you’ll have the chance to hear some gorgeous music and support our local opera program. Tickets: $25. Event chair: Lenna Recer. Learn more: mccammonvoice.org.
▪ Raise your hand for change: The Hands Up for Success Luncheon, which benefits families at The Gatehouse, a safe and supportive community for women and children in crisis, will be March 28 at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas (4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving). The affair promises a high-octane roster of executive keynote speakers, including remarks and a Q&A with Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM; and Randall Stephenson, former chairman of AT&T. Tickets: $250. Learn more: handupforsuccess.com.
Correction: The Keller Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Rose & Pearls Champagne Brunch & Auction hosted by the Greater Keller Women’s Club on April 2. The name of the entertainment was incorrect in last week’s Social Eyes.