Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Six Flags attractions equal fun for a cause April 17

Arlington ISD Education Foundation President-elect Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt and district Trustees Kecia Mays and John Hibbs enjoy the 2014 AISD Education Celebration. The foundation sponsors the event with Six Flags Over Texas to support Arlington schools.
Arlington ISD Education Foundation President-elect Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt and district Trustees Kecia Mays and John Hibbs enjoy the 2014 AISD Education Celebration. The foundation sponsors the event with Six Flags Over Texas to support Arlington schools. Arlington ISD Education Foundation

A great chance to enjoy an affordable family outing at Six Flags Over Texas during the lovely spring weather awaits fun-seekers, and the bonus is that the visit will also benefit education causes in Arlington schools.

The Arlington ISD Education Foundation and the theme park have joined in hosting host the second annual Education Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. April 17. The proceeds benefit Arlington schools and the foundation. Tickets are available at the deeply discounted price of $20 per person.

Foundation Executive Director Brian White says tickets should be bought in advance online. “You can designate that $5 of each $20 ticket goes to a designated AISD school or just enter ‘AISD’ when prompted for a gift code.” White says discounted parking of $10 per car is also offered for guests.

Businesses and individuals who want to help economically disadvantaged students attend the event can donate $500 to sponsor 40 students or $250 for 20 kids.

The event is the brainchild of longtime district supporter and businessman Chad Bates, who is co-chairing the event with his wife, Joy Bates.

“This event is set up to become a tradition and a great benefit for our local schools for years down the road,” Chad Bates said. “We are encouraging corporate sponsors to support our schools through this event and support our economically disadvantaged students who may have never been able to afford the Six Flags experience although it’s practically right in their back yard.”

In addition to the attractions at Six Flags, guests will enjoy a showcase of the district’s academic and athletic achievements, and fine arts performances by school choirs, bands and orchestras all during the evening.

To buy tickets for $20, go to To inquire, contact White at 682-867-1927 or email

Northeast Tarrant

Off to the races at Triple Crown Affair on May 2

For a unique afternoon party, come out to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie from 1 to 6 p.m. May 2 and watch the live thoroughbred horse races from a beautiful terrace overlooking the track as you pick your horse, place your bets and cheer on your favorites as they cross the finish line. And that’s not all: Experience the excitement of watching the Kentucky Derby on a live simulcast on giant screens in the ballroom.

The event, hosted by the Arts Council Northeast in the private Alysheba Ballroom, and will feature complimentary valet parking, a lavish buffet and an open bar.

It will be “all about those hats” (to borrow a phrase from singer Meghan Trainor) as arriving ladies — and gents, too — show off their terrific derby headpieces and later participate in a contest for the best one. Mint juleps, black-eyed Susans and Belmont breezes — the signature drinks of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness race and the Belmont — respectively, will be served throughout the afternoon.

Arts council Executive Director Lee Koch says this fourth year of the event will again stick to the time-honored Southern traditions and heritage of the Kentucky Derby while raising money for Northeast Tarrant community arts programs, grants, summer arts camp for children and the free MasterWorks concert series. Find out more at

Joan Matzke is chairwoman of the event with help from Fonda Martin, Carmen Evans, Cheri Ross, Jessica Farrell, Vicki Cahill, Linda Timmons, Joan Lanford, Marti Andring, Karen Parsinen, Marty Reiswig and Gail Santora. The committee has worked diligently for months to provide an unforgettable experience for guests as authentic as going to Churchill Downs for the derby.

Tickets are $150 each. To make reservations, call 817-283-3406 or email

Restaurant lineup will please foodies at Great Taste of Grapevine

Great Taste of Grapevine will make its 20th appearance this year as the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce again hosts the popular celebration of the culinary arts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World, 2401 Bass Pro Drive.

“Every year this event brings the finest restaurants altogether for the only event of its kind in Grapevine,” said Casey Hege of Box Insurance Agency, who is co-chairing the event with Alisa Runge from Keller Williams Realty.

“This year, we will have more than 30 restaurants, all members of the Grapevine chamber, showcasing a few of their delicious menu items.” Participating restaurants include A.J.’s on Main, Esparza’s, Mac’s on Main, Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steak House, Rainforest Cafe, Silver Fox Steakhouse, Mi Dia from Scratch, Buca di Beppo and Olive Garden, to name only a few.

Guests will receive a souvenir glass, a beverage ticket and a foodie journal as they enjoy samplings from the restaurants, a cash bar, live music by the Justin Mason Band and lots of fun, Hege said.

Proceeds from the event go to the Christmas Spirit Fund to provide school supplies for underprivileged children in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district and Christmas gifts for senior citizens in Grapevine

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Advance purchase is advised, but tickets will be available at the door. Buy online at or call the office at 817-481-1522.

Fort Worth

TCU Schieffer Symposium on the News set for Wednesday

Bob Schieffer, moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation and CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, will return to his alma mater for the annual symposium at 6:30 Wednesday evening in Ed Landreth Auditorium at TCU.

Schieffer will be joined by a panel of distinguished guests including Dan Balz, political correspondent for The Washington Post’; Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine; political satirist, author and journalist P.J. O’Rourke; and CBS news foreign correspondent Holly Williams.

General admission tickets at $20 each may be bought online at TCU students are admitted free with valid ID, but they must RSVP. To learn more, call 817-257-7808.

Go green at ‘Bring Your Bag, Fort Worth’

Visit selected locations of Fiesta Mart and Kroger on any Saturday this month and you’ll see volunteers handing out free reusable bags to customers to stress the importance of preserving a sustainable environment by not using the disposable plastic bags for groceries. The event is called “Bring Your Bag, Fort Worth” and was conceived as part of a civic project started through SteerFW, Mayor Betsy Price’s emerging-leader program.

Angela Hall is spearheading the effort after being inspired while attending a civic summit presented by SteerFW. A self-described eco nerd, Hall is seeking to educate and encourage consumers to make a simple change and help create a greener, cleaner city.

The plan also calls for those receiving the free bags to get information about why it is important to use reusable bags and other eco-friendly tips from the event sponsor, Recyclebank.

“Being green is easy and one small step Fort Worth citizens can make is to remember to bring their reusable bags when they go shopping,” Hall said in a statement. “Over 650,000 single-use bags are distributed in Fort Worth on an average day — only 12 percent of which end up at proper recycling facilities.”

The participating Fiesta Mart stores are at 4245 E. Berry St. and 275 NE 28th St. The Kroger stores are at 9114 Camp Bowie West and 6080 S. Hulen St.

“Education and a simple change of habit — to bring your reusable bags when shopping — can make a huge change in our environment. It can save the city money and save our waterways and wildlife,” Hall said.

Details at or contact Hall at 817-525-3279 or

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