Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Social Eyes: Haltom Stampede competitors seek buffalo trophies

It’s time again for the running of the buffaloes in Haltom City. This is the 28th year for the popular Haltom Stampede 5K and Fun Run festivities, set for Feb. 8 at the Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave.

The ceramic buffalo trophies will once again go to male and female overall winners and to the top three male and female finishers in 13 age groups. The highly coveted awards are handmade for the event and are considered collectors’ items by many local residents.

“The Haltom Stampede is one of the longest-running races in Tarrant County and is a favorite of many. We see our beloved stampede shirts from many years past being proudly worn around the Metroplex all the time,” said city parks and recreation supervisor Christi Pruitt. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this rich Haltom City history.”

A family-friendly event, the Haltom Stampede is more than just a race — it’s a minifestival. Gold sponsors include North Hills Hospital, Christian Center of Fort Worth, Musco Lighting, Oncor, Mica Corp., Progressive Waste Solutions and Frost Bank. Some will be at the event with exhibits.

Be sure to get a raffle ticket to win prizes from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Total Body Wellness, Wal-Mart, Paul’s Flower Boutique, Movin’ Pictures and others. Post-race snacks will be provided by Sayers’ Farmer’s Market, Schlotzsky’s deli of Haltom City, Boopa’s Bagels and Hillshire Brands.

Camp Gladiator will be there to pump up the crowd before the fun run begins at 8:30 a.m and the 9 a.m. 5K. Arrive early for the warm-up and enjoy the pre-race music.

Proceeds benefit the Haltom City/Birdville school district’s Back to School Health Fair, held on the last Saturday in July. The health fair provides free screenings, family photos, school supplies and backpacks for the many students in the community.

Save $5 on registration by signing up today. Later the registration is $25, or $30 on race day. Fun run registration costs $15 until Feb. 7 or $20 on race day. Fees include the popular stampede long-sleeve T-shirts.

Register online at or or in person at the rec center.

Contact Pruitt at or 817-831-6471.

Fort Worth

Two art shows celebrate milestone

Artists from the Fort Worth Woman’s Club will continue a half-century of tradition with the Winter Art Show at Frost South Hulen Financial Center, 4200 S. Hulen St. Nearly 100 pieces of art will be on display for public viewing until Feb. 21 in the atrium.

Fifty artists from club’s art department have created pieces in various media including watercolor, oil/acrylic, graphics, mixed media and pastel.

“Since 1923, the art department of the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth has provided studio facilities and art education by award-winning instructors, providing opportunities to explore creative possibilities in a variety of media,” show chairwoman Cara Moczulski said. “The art department is comprised of award-winning artists recognized nationally and internationally.”

At an opening reception Sunday, winners in five categories were announced. Best of Show was artist Carol Blais’ work in oil, The Memory Lingers On. First place in the graphic category went to Sharlene Sims Horak; mixed-media winner was Margaret Shiels; first place in pastel went to Carol Williard; the top award in oil went to Suzanne Hemphill; and Suzanne McNeill-Sparks won first place in watercolor.

Kenneth Craighead judged the competition based on originality, composition and attention to detail.

Also, an inaugural Signature Show opened last week to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the art department. The community is invited to visit the show at the Central Library Atrium Gallery at 500 W. Third St. during library hours through March 7.

On display are more than 50 works in various media from 15 artists and four instructors. “This special show showcases works by signature designation artists, best-of-show-winning artists and department instructors,” Moczulski said.

To inquire, contact the Woman’s Club at 817-335-9092 or Moczulski at 817-308-6693. Learn more about the organization at


Fiber Festival returns to Farmer’s Market

Learn how to make warm scarves, cozy sweaters, hats, bags and jewelry at the Fiber Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market, 215 E. Front St.

Shoppers can buy produce and other great foods, and the event is a fun time for the whole family. Enjoy demonstrations from 9 a.m. until the market closes on spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, tatting, sewing, counted cross-stitch and fiber on plastic canvas.

Organizers invite the community to the free event to “meet and support local fiber artists while learning sustainable crafts for adults and kids.”

You may be the lucky raffle winner of a valentine gift basket. Tickets are free from each vendor when you buy merchandise.

For information, go to “February Fiber Fest” on Facebook.

Singing Valentines are unique gift

Overwhelmed by the crush of promotions for Valentine’s Day gifts? Unsure whether you should give a box of chocolates, a romantic dinner, a funny card or a serious one, jewelry, chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers — the list goes on and on.

Worry not, because the Goodtimes Chorus of Arlington can give your valentine an unforgettable moment that will thrill your sweetheart and show your love.

Four tuxedoed guys who know how to sell a song will perform two numbers in sweet four-part harmony for your valentine at the location of your choice. It can be at work, home, school, a restaurant, nursing home or wherever you want your sweetheart serenaded.

Chorus member Mike Wells says: “Rarely are there genuinely wholesome opportunities for couples to connect in such an organic way. If a Singing Valentine can be responsible for making that connection, then our mission has been accomplished.”

Your valentine will be serenaded by a quartet singing Let Me Call You Sweetheart and The Story of the Rose (Heart of My Heart) and be presented with a keepsake rose and a personalized card from you. If you choose the deluxe package, a dozen fresh roses are part of the gift.

Joe Dymale and Richard Ebsen are co-chairmen who manage the Singing Valentines program for the chorus. These guys promise that the valentine they deliver “will continue to say ‘I love you’ long after the echoes of the dulcet tones have faded.”

Prices start at $55, and early booking is advised. Dymale also suggests a Singing Valentine as the perfect way to show appreciation to office or school staff.

Create that magic moment by calling 682-233-3606 or e-mailing

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