Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Empowering Seniors expo expects large turnout Oct. 2

Some of the attendees at the 2014 Empowering Seniors expo.
Some of the attendees at the 2014 Empowering Seniors expo. Courtesy photo

We all want to live the good life, especially as we enter our golden years. Discover resources to make that good life a reality at the one-day Empowering Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo set for Oct. 2 at the Campus West of First Baptist Church in Euless, 205 N. Industrial Blvd. More than 2,000 attended last year, and the crowd is expected to expand for this event.

Empowering Seniors will be a free one-stop opportunity for baby boomers, senior citizens and caregivers to learn about resources in the community at a fun and friendly event designed just for them. The event will offer free health screenings, more than 150 exhibitors, food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes and workshop sessions.

Now in its seventh year, the nationally recognized event hosted by Tarrant County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes was created because he wanted to address timely life and health issues for area seniors.

“This event allows us to provide critical information and screenings in a fun and casual environment to this important segment of our community,” Fickes wrote in a news release.

Managing the expo are Rebecca Barksdale, Devin Wenske and Theresa Parsons from the commissioner’s staff along with a hardworking volunteer committee that includes Judy Atwood, Faye Beaulieu, Ron Parish, Renee Frizzell, Michelle Varley, David Stuckey, Amanda English and Michelle Holloway.

Special guest will be Randy White, Dallas Cowboys legend, NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP. Don’t miss a photo opp with White as he visits with attendees from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“We’re excited to partner with our hospitals this year in providing three ‘Ask the Doctor’ panel sessions that will feature six physicians, surgeons, pharmacists and other providers in each session,” Fickes said. “Guests will be able to ask questions of specialists in the fields of cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, family/geriatrics and many more.”

Other seminars will include such topics as “Medicare & You: Increase Your Power,” “Senior Moments or Something More?” “Health & Well-being for Seniors,” “Empowerment Through Employment,” “Stressbusters for Caregivers” and “ID Theft & Fraud.”

A bustling culinary scene expanded from last year will include local eateries serving their signature dishes. Anna’s Mexican Grill, Bacon’s Bistro, Black-Eyed Pea, Kroger, Palio’s Pizza, Sweet Memories, Chick-fil-A, Dickey’s Barbecue, McAlister’s Deli, Rita’s Ice, and Texas Roadhouse will be ready and waiting to serve hungry expo attendees.

“More than 150 exhibitors include businesses and nonprofit agencies that serve the over-50 market, among them travel agencies, real estate, legal and financial services, retirement communities, assisted-living centers and Alzheimer’s centers,” said Barksdale. “Exhibitors will also offer information on hearing aids, orthopedic needs, dental and vision services, medical supplies and insurance.”

According to Barksdale, entertainment will range from dance classes and Zumba to piano music and bands, including Sinatra-style big-band vocalist Ken Nelson and new this year, the popular Steppin’ Grannies. Be sure to register to win a $500 shopping spree — the winning ticket will be drawn at 1:30 p.m.

“We’ll also have balloon decorating, hula dancing and a scavenger hunt for door prizes. We’re offering disposal for outdated prescription drugs and a place to apply for handicapped stickers. Medicare counselors will be onsite to help seniors compare plans.”

The expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Registration is suggested but not required. Call 817-581-3600 or visit

United Way luncheon Oct. 7 to focus on community impact

Giving money to the United Way gives donors a sense that it’s a good cause and that their money will be put toward worthwhile projects, but they may not know exactly what the contribution does or how it helps the less-fortunate members of a community.

At the annual Report to the Community luncheon on Oct. 7, the United Way Northeast will give supporters a complete picture of exactly how their money is helping. The lively program will be an update regarding the past year’s work in Northeast Tarrant County along with a hint at the vision for the coming year.

“We’re excited to share with our Northeast Tarrant stakeholders the good news we have in counting our families served, volunteer hours committed and lives improved through United Way work,” said Faye Beaulieu, regional director.

The agency’s goals are to make a measurable impact in the community in the areas of education, income and health, and the annual luncheon is a chance to describe the progress and outcomes in each of these focuses.

NBC 5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will keep the program moving as Glen Sirles, chairman of the United Way Northeast steering committee, reviews the past year of accomplishments and Tim McKinney, CEO of United Way, describes the work of the organization. Ellen Jones, the 2015 United Way Volunteer of the Year, will give the call to action at the program’s end.

Jones has volunteered for the United Way for more than 20 years and serves as co-chairman of the Education Council. Well known in the community, she is president of the H-E-B school board.

The luncheon is at the Hurst Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $28 per person. Register at or contact or call 817-282-1160.

Happy Hour at Petroleum Club benefits Mid-Cities SOS

Enjoy $10 cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Petroleum Club in downtown Fort Worth and know that the money you spend will all go toward the fight against domestic violence.

“This event is open to anyone wishing to support Mid-Cities SOS and our mission to end domestic violence. Please gather your friends and family and join us,” said SOS President Tara Hutchins-Welsh.

“Thank you to David Harmon, with Jefferson, Harmon and Associates, for serving as our VIP bartender and providing us this wonderful opportunity.”

Mid-Cities SOS works year-round to support SafeHaven of Tarrant County and to educate victims of domestic violence about available refuge and support services. The club hosts two major fundraisers to increase community awareness of domestic violence and raise money for the children living at the shelters.

No reservations are needed, and the attire is business casual. Contact Hutchins-Welsh at with any questions.

Discover more about digital scrapbooking at Oct. 1 meeting

For those wanting to bone up on using technology to trace your family’s origins, come visit the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society monthly meeting set for Oct. 1 at the Euless Public Library.

The meeting begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Sandra Crowley, who will talk about digital scrapbooking. She specializes in using technology for all aspects of family history and is president of the Dallas Genealogical Society and active in other societies across the country.

The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society, formed in 1978, helps members with their study of genealogy and works with area libraries to encourage their genealogical collections.

Officers are Bonnie Baker, Kelli Merk, Patsy Bufurd Harrison and John Pinkerton. The club meets the first Thursday of every month at the library, at 201 N. Ector Drive.

Individual dues are $20 annually or $25 per couple. Learn more at or contact Evelynn Kelly at

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