Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Taste of Northeast Nov. 9 offers food, shopping, music to support the arts

The audience participates with the band at the 2015 Taste of Northeast.
The audience participates with the band at the 2015 Taste of Northeast. Courtesy photo

For those who enjoy “crawl” events — as in a restaurant crawl or a shopping crawl — Taste of Northeast on Nov. 9 will be right down your alley. Instead of asking attendees to take a self-guided tour of local restaurants or retailers in a particular neighborhood as crawl events do, this time it’s all under one roof. And better still, it’s not just food and not just shopping — it is both.

Taste of Northeast will feature food from more than 25 area restaurants and shopping at a dozen or so retail shops, all while sipping on your favorite beverages, visiting with friends and listing to live music from local party band, BluPrint. It all happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center.

Shoppers will find trendy fashions at the Hautebox and Union of Angels booths, garden accessories at Marshall Grain’s exhibit, the latest trend in cosmetics at the shop set up by LipSense by SeneGence, lovely pieces from the Jewelry Lady store, one-of-a-kind art from Not Just Canvas and great shopping finds at several other vendors.

The event is produced by the Bedford-based Arts Council Northeast and raises money to promote the arts and to fund art-related programs in the area. One of their signature programs is the MasterWorks concert series.

“We encourage our communities to come to the Taste of Northeast,” said Cherí Ross, board of directors vice president. “This is an amazing event. You will have the opportunity to sample delicious food from various restaurants, purchase holiday gifts, bid on fabulous silent auction items and get a chance to win a $500 gift card.”

The bustling culinary scene will include Abuelos, Anna’s Mexican Grill, Applebee’s, Bizzi’s Bistro, Crepes Bistro, Green Girl Gourmet, Nona Tata, From Across the Pond, and Italiani’s just to randomly name a few of the fine restaurants that will serve up their signature dishes.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase online at or call the council office at 817-283-3406.

Unique, handmade gifts at fall craft fair Nov. 12

For anyone who loves finding one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures, the fall craft fair hosted by St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hurst on Nov. 12 should be on your list of local fairs to check out.

In addition to a good selection of handmade, unique products for sale, jewelry and yummy baked goods will also be part of the mix. And for those feeling generous, there will be a chance to participate in a blood drive.

“I always enjoy the fun of the event and the opportunity to meet the vendors and the attendees,” said Louise Whitham, chairwoman of the fair. “There are a number of vendors that have come back every year, and I feel like they are my family.”

Spokeswoman Ruby Hutton says to come early and stay late because a very affordable and tasty lunch will be prepared by the women’s Sunday school classes. Funds raised at the fair will support the outreach missions of the church.

Pastor Keith Murray hopes the entire community will come out and enjoy “lots of crafts, good fellowship and good prices.”

Admission is free. The church is at 852 Bedford Euless Road. The fair is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Hutton at 817-366-9548 or Whitham at 817-267-7123 with inquiries.

Daughter establishes The Chancellor’s Promise, a nonprofit to honor her mother

After her mother, Erma C. Johnson Hadley, passed away last year, Ardenia Gould wanted to do something special to honor her memory and her legacy in Northeast Tarrant County.

Hadley was the Chancellor of Tarrant County College and was the first woman and first African American to serve in that role. Gould said her mother – affectionately known as ‘The Chancellor’ – loved to give back to her community. “In her 50 plus year career as an educator, civic leader and mentor, she touched the lives of many in Tarrant County and beyond.” Hadley died last October after battling pancreatic cancer.

Gould has founded a nonprofit organization called The Chancellor’s Promise. The organization, she said, will be “dedicated to cultivating the leaders of tomorrow through innovative programs in education, leadership and entrepreneurship.”

The foundation will host an inaugural reception on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The public is invited to come hear about the new organization and to celebrate Ms. Hadley’s life during the event.

“Mother had a special affinity for young people,” Gould said. “She mentored hundreds of young professionals over the years, sharing her wisdom, tough love and life lessons. No matter how busy she was, she always made time to develop and groom the next generation of leaders.”

Individual tickets are $40 and sponsorships are also available. Proceeds will benefit the Chancellor's Promise and support initiatives and programs for 2016-2017. Tickets are available at . Gould can be reached at or 312-545-8364.


  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be performed at Onstage in Bedford through Sunday. Don’t miss the last weekend of this comedy by Christopher Durang that won the 2013 Tony award for best play. Tickets at
  • Southern Gospel benefit concert is Nov. 12 at 6:15 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church, 625 W. Pipeline Road in Hurst. Show features The Forgiven Quartet, the Mattingly Family, Pleasant Mountain Boys and The Pacesetters. Proceeds benefit The Clubhouse for Special Needs in Bedford and American Legion Post 379 in Bedford. Tickets are $25. Call 817-709-9925.
  • Mid-Cities Genealogical Society meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Local History and Genealogy Room at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library. Terri Meeks will be speaking on Tracing the Women in Your Family. Visitors are welcome. Contact Evelynn Kelly to inquire.
  • Northeast Recycles Day Flea Market is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TCC Northeast Campus. The sale is a celebration of America and Texas Recycles Day and gives residents a chance to sell their already-used items while offering shoppers unusual, one-of-a-kind bargains. Visitors can drop off tires and electronics for recycling (no TVs). Goodwill will accept household items and clothes for donation. Birdville ISD will be accepting coats for students in need. Shredding will be available for free from 9 a.m. to noon or until the truck is full (maximum of three boxes, residential documents only). Registration fee is $20. Inquire at or call 817-715-7066.

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