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Eyes on H-E-B: Heart of North Texas Business Conference is Nov. 4

Attendees at the Heart of North Texas Business Conference will hear a keynote address by Rick Smyre.
Attendees at the Heart of North Texas Business Conference will hear a keynote address by Rick Smyre.

The Northeast Leadership Forum has been around for many years steadfastly promoting the economic vitality and quality of life in Northeast Tarrant County. It will again present the Heart of North Texas Business Conference — celebrating its emerald anniversary — on Nov. 4 at the Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College.

The conference will offer a morning of workshops and dynamic speakers geared toward business issues, entrepreneurship and education. Chairman of the event is Allen Goben, president of TCC Northeast Campus.

After an 8 a.m. breakfast, a panel discussion will give attendees a chance to hear opinions from representatives of business, education and government on important issues facing the community.

Conference attendees can choose among four breakout sessions from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on topics including business security and safety; leading and communicating with a diverse workplace; creating multidisciplinary models for STEM preparedness; and how to put together a crowdfunding proposal.

During a noon luncheon, attendees will hear a keynote address by Rick Smyre, president of the Center for Communities of the Future. Smyre is known as a “master capacity builder” for his studies in preparing for the future. His topic will be “2nd Enlightenment.”

Advance registration is $60 and event day cost is $75. Make reservations through the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce or call Carolyn Sims at 817-515-6516.

The HNT Conference is also hosted by TCC Community & Industry Education Services. The location is the Larry J. Darlage Center, NSTU 1615A. The NE campus is located in Hurst at 828 W. Harwood Road.

Craft and Holiday Market on Friday offers early holiday shopping

The increasingly popular Craft and Holiday Market will open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hurst Senior Center, 700 Heritage Circle. The expanded event is a chance to do some early Christmas shopping among the more than 75 crafters and exhibitors at the event.

“We’ve added two additional rooms of vendor booths this year. One of these rooms spotlights the artwork of the Senior Activities Center members that meet here each week for the Art Addicts group and for classes. Their works feature all mediums including oils, pastels, watercolor, acrylics and mixed media,” said Michelle Varley, activities coordinator.

“Our own Senior Center crafters have been working hard all year to create special and one-of-a-kind items for the HSAC booth.”

“We also have some direct-selling businesses that will be represented this year with everything from skincare to food storage to lounge wear,” Varley said.

Shoppers will enjoy perusing a silent auction where they can bid on collectibles, quilts, restaurant gift cards, sports gear and more. A cafe will be open selling crowd favorites like sodas, popcorn and ice cream floats.

“The Craft and Holiday Market is a social event that allows people to share things they have lovingly created while bringing the community together to support their own,” Varley said. “All proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the Senior Center.”

Contact Varley at 817-788-7712 with questions.

Costume Dance on Oct. 27 promises evening of surprises and fun

The dance floor will fill with couples tripping the light fantastic to the musical stylings of Pete & Patti, but on this special occasion partygoers will experience some added merry-making by wearing Halloween costumes. It all happens at the Oct. 27 Costume Dance at the Hurst Senior Center.

“We can’t wait to see what the dance attendees will come out in this year. Last year they wowed us with elaborate and fun costumes. The winners of the contest were bride and groom zombies, which just happened to be a recently married couple,” said activities coordinator Michelle Varley.

Seniors age 55 and over from across the Metroplex are invited to attend the dance dressed in costume and compete for first-, second- and third-place prizes in a costume contest. Light refreshments are served and included with the $5 admission.

“We have two dance hosts lined up to dance with all the single ladies, and Pete & Patti always provide music that keeps you on your feet,” Varley said. Call her at 817-788-7712 to get questions answered.

Bedford HalloweenFest is Friday

Carnival games, crafts, candy, dancing and fun will await the throngs of folks attending Halloween Fest at the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to dress as not-so-scary ghosts and goblins or any favorite get-up for some fall fun. Admission is a canned good for the local food bank, or a monetary donation will also be gratefully accepted.

“HalloweenFest is the largest event that the Boys Ranch Activity Center puts on every year,” said staff member Chris Chastain. “It is a family-friendly event that allows us to impact our community through a night of entertainment and giving, as all donations benefit local food shelters. Each year we get bigger and better, so be sure to come see us.”

Call 817-952-2323 with questions about the event. The venue is located at 2400 School Lane.


  • Halloween Trunk or Treat Celebration is Oct. 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Euless Family Life Aquatic Park parking lot, 300 W. Midway Drive. Businesses, churches, civic groups and scout troops are invited to participate. Fun activities will include inflatables. Contact Jerry Poteet at 817-685-1449 or email him at for additional information.
  • St. Michael’s Craft Fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 3713 Harwood Road in Bedford. Shoppers can browse among crafts, gifts, communion veils, jewelry, holiday decor, quilts, afghans, floral designs, baby and children’s attire, and garden plants. A bake sale will be held and cookbooks with recipes from bazaar members will be available. Purchase a raffle ticket with a chance to win tickets to Texas Motor Speedway, Texas Rangers, Lone Star Park, Lone Star Brahmas and more. Proceeds are donated to local charities and St. Michael’s. Admission is free.
  • Bedford’s Pet Fair Adopt-a-thon is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the animal shelter, 1809 Reliance Parkway.

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