Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Chili cook-off to raise money for women’s scholarships

The 2016 officers of the Fort Worth Junior Women’s Club.
The 2016 officers of the Fort Worth Junior Women’s Club. Fort Worth Junior Women’s Club

When it comes to chili, there are seemingly endless varieties to please just about every taste. And with fall in the air, there’s no better time to enjoy some exceptionally scrumptious homemade chili waiting to be tasted at the Fort Worth Junior Women’s Club annual chili cook-off from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Martin House Brewery, 220 S. Sylvania Ave. in Fort Worth.

“This year is the fourth year for JWC’s chili cook-off fundraiser, and it will be our best one yet,” said member Britta Hinze. “Everyone is invited to eat delicious chili, drink Martin House beer, enjoy a snow cone and help JWC raise funds for local woman’s scholarships. We have fantastic judges, a fabulous raffle, outdoor games and trivia.”

According to member Mary Michelle Young, the club expects around 15 entries in the contest in which chili cooks vie for bragging rights along with a trophy from the judges. Guests can cast their vote for the People’s Choice award.

Sharing the enviable but difficult task of tasting all the delicious chilis to decide the winner are judges Mike Micallef (president of Reata), Joey Turner (owner of Brewed), Nick Roush (owner of Far Out Burger) and Catie Keck (Melt Ice Cream). They will judge based on color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste.

Shanda Pettibone Cartwright, club member, says the event will raise money for the organization’s civic outreach and ways and means initiatives, “which include endowed scholarships for young women and giving directly to local partners to impact our immediate community in a positive and meaningful way.”

While enjoying the great chili and beer, attendees can participate in outdoor games or play a lively game of trivia where the winner will win cash credit toward club merchandise for sale. Insider tip: The 14 trivia questions (plus two bonus questions) are related to the recent Olympics.

A fabulous raffle will end up with lucky winners taking home a closet/wardrobe consulting session, personal shopping and cosmetic makeover by Stolz Image Consulting, a mother/daughter cosmetic makeover, classes at Pure Barre, a golf outing at Las Colinas and elegant Kendra Scott Jewelry. Also being raffled are tickets to the Armed Forces Bowl, Steel City Pops, Billy Bob’s Texas and NRH2O.

Tickets are $30 per person ($10 for age 14 and under) and are available at the door. Details at or connect with Young at or 903-436-0582.

Bark for Life benefits fight against cancer

Bring the pooch and the family from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for fun galore at Bark for Life, a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. The festivities are at Fort Woof Dog Park, 751 Beach St.

“Dogs deserve their day out, so the American Cancer Society will make sure Fido has some fun during Bark for Life,” said spokeswoman Joy Donovan Brandon. “Owners might get a giggle, too, watching the excitement as our four-legged friends participate in a peanut-butter-eating competition, a game of musical sit, trick demonstrations and a costume contest.”

The registration fee is $40 per owner, with additional dogs costing $15 each. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking research, supporting education efforts and providing free information and critical services for cancer patients.

For more information or to register, contact Tammy Davis at or 817-988-3404.

PantegoFest is Saturday

Bring the family to celebrate the small-town charm of Pantego from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the festival area at 2405 W. Park Row Drive.

“Starting with a sanctioned steak cook-off where you can win $1,000 and a chance to compete on the national level, then a steak dinner open to the public and ending with a fabulous country concert, we can’t wait for this year’s festivities to begin,” organizers said in a statement.

Festivalgoers can enjoy live entertainment throughout the day capped off by a fabulous concert at 6 p.m. featuring headliner Chris Knight along with Dawn Hawkes (from The Voice) and the Brandon Rhyder Band.

All sorts of fun awaits youngsters in the kids zone while others enjoy strolling through all the exhibits while sipping on craft beer in the VIP tent.

Concert tickets and VIP tent with craft beer are $10 each; steak dinner is $25. Kids zone tickets are purchased on-site. Event parking is at Chase Bank at 1301 S. Bowen Road. Lawn chairs are encouraged for enjoying the bands; coolers not permitted. Details and tickets at

Recovery rally Saturday at Trinity Park

A free family-friendly event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Park Pavilion from will feature puppet shows, bounce houses, face-painting, giveaways, a DJ spinning the latest tunes, live entertainment and free food.

At least 500 people are expected at this fifth year of the event, themed “Stampede to Recovery” and hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. The group’s activities aim to bring together alcoholism and other addiction professionals throughout Texas and to educate the community about addiction.

“We strive to educate that substance abuse and addiction is a disease and with treatment there is hope and recovery,” said Vickye Key, president of the Fort Worth chapter.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2006 to 2010 an average of 199,618 years of life lost was potentially lost per year due to excessive alcohol use. Nationwide, the figure was 2.56 million. An average of 6,514 people a year in Texas die as a result of excessive alcohol use. Some 372 of those deaths are people under 21.

“The Recovery in the Park Rally is designed to commemorate those who have overcome this disease with a beautiful celebration of having healthy life,” said Key. Direct inquiries to or call Key at 817-229-7138.

Events at a glance

  • Alpaca Farm Days are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at two Keller working ranches. Come see the beautiful alpacas and observe how a modern-day ranch operates. Also visit McPaca’s Gift Boutique. McPaca Ranch is at 8908 Clay Hibbins Road, ( and DJ’s Classic Alpacas is at 8608 Indian Knoll Trail (
  • APEX Arts League’s chamber music concert titled, “The Four Elements,” is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace Chapel at White’s Chapel UMC in Southlake. Refreshments will follow the concert. The show will feature musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera. Les Autres will perform music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and John Williams. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors and $10 for students and Apex members and are available at the door.

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