Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Senior Synergy Expo: good stuff for over-50 crowd

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley at the 2014 Senior Synergy Expo.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley at the 2014 Senior Synergy Expo.

If you are 50 years old or better — or if you are caring for an older adult — the May 7 Senior Synergy Expo at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth is for you. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and you’ll need to arrive early if you plan to come close to taking advantage of the scads of things offered.

“Senior Synergy Expo provides Tarrant County boomers, seniors and caregivers with a forum to learn more about living a healthy, safe and productive life well into their golden years,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said.

“I highly encourage you to attend and take advantage of all of the free health screenings and workshops, as well as to visit with the more than 100 registered exhibitors. This event is also a great opportunity to meet new friends and find new ways to live life to its fullest.”

“Healthy Brain Aging” is the topic that keynote speaker Sid O’Bryant, M.D., from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth,will discuss during lunch. He is an expert in the field of cognitive loss during aging.

Expo chairwoman Kathryn Rotter from Whitley’s office has worked with a huge committee of folks from area agencies and companies during the past year to ensure that guests enjoy the event.

Workshops on getting the most out of visits to your primary-care provider, estate planning, preventing falls, stroke and heart attack signs, finances, fraud prevention, advance care planning and caregiver tips are planned throughout the day, taught by experts in these fields.

Learn about the Medicare savings program and the low-income drug subsidy programs from the Area Agency on Aging exhibit. And visit all the local hospital booths set up for free checks on cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, dental, prostate, glucose, body mass index and other vital screenings. Colon cancer screenings from the Moncrief Cancer Center are available by calling 800-405-7739 before the event to pre-register.

New this year are photo booths provided by #TagMeBro where attendees can have a fun photo taken as a memento of the occasion. And lively entertainment by talented musician Dale McCoy and vocalist Charles Spaulding are on the agenda along with performances by Taps & Tunes.

Register by Wednesday to be guaranteed a free lunch and parking; otherwise registration is not required and walk-in guests are welcome. Sign up at, or call 817-884-1234.

Mothers to be honored at Easter Seals luncheon May 6

Guests at the Easter Seals luncheon on May 6 may land on the local fashion map as ladies wearing fetching fascinators flow into Colonial Country Club for the 14th annual Hats Off to Mothers event.

Fashionable heads will look chic wearing veiled adornments or supersize brims as the crowd enjoys a mimosa reception before a luncheon and program honoring five local women and their contributions to the community.

Taking their bows among the sea of brims will be honorees Jineen Bessire, Jill Clifton, Joan Trew, Tonya Veasey and Robin Ward. Each is a stellar representative of modern mothers. But they also have impressive résumés of extraordinary achievements in business and helping local causes.

“These exceptional women deserve this honor and so much more for their commitment to their family and our community,” said Susan Nix, Hats Off to Mothers committee chairwoman. “It’s our honor to show them how much they are appreciated and respected in our community.”

Working with Nix on the event committee are Lissie Bredthauer, Lynn Cockrell, Kathi Mahaffey, Jane Sykes and Jeannie Wolfe, to randomly name only a few.

NBC5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will present the honored guests and be mistress of ceremonies. Proceeds from the event will enable Easter Seals North Texas to continue providing expert help, hope and answers for people with disabilities and their families. Learn more at

Tickets are $100 each, and reservations are due Friday. RSVP by calling Megan Smock at 817-759-7914, or email


Joyful Reflections at Festival of Quilts

The artistry and vibrant colors of the quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts slated for Friday and Saturday at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St., will be a feast for the eyes.

“Quilting and crafting enthusiasts will enjoy shopping at the varied vendor booths filled with fabric, patterns and supplies,” said Rose Kauhane, spokeswoman for the Quilters Guild, which hosts the event.

“The Scissor Guy, a knife and scissor sharpener, will be at the show, so bring your items to be sharpened. The guild will also have their 30th Anniversary Cookbooks available for sale,” Kauhane added.

Popular with attendees is the opportunity each year to get quilts appraised by a certified quilt appraiser. Appraisals determine the replacement value and fair market value of your quilts. Appointments are needed for the appraisals. Call 972-968-8543 or email to set a time.

Guild President Barbara Cain said that the theme of the show is “Joyful Reflections” and that more than 200 fabric art and quilt entries will be exhibited and judged. A miniature quilt silent auction is planned and will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Be sure to see the beautiful donation quilt, Friendship Garden, on display with tickets for sale. Guild member Susan FitzGerald said a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. Mayor Robert Cluck will judge for the Spirit of Arlington award.

Show organizer Kaye Huffman says, “Come see the amazing quilts created by the very talented members of the Arlington guild who are eager to share their art and love of the craft.”

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $8. Learn more at

▪ Clarification: Make reservations for the Salvation Army luncheon on Tuesday in Fort Worth by calling 817-344-1835 or send an email to Reservation information was incorrect in last week’s column.

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