Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Party on the Plaza 10th anniversary

The crowd at the 2014 Party on the Plaza.
The crowd at the 2014 Party on the Plaza.

Friends, family and Fido can join hundreds of other celebrants for a run, walk or stroll along the beautiful Trinity River and then party hearty in Montgomery Plaza on Thursday at the big shindig hosted by Friends of the River and benefiting Streams & Valleys.

The popular event is in its 10th year and features a 6K run and a fun walk along the Trinity followed by a block party where guests can pig out on food samplings from more than 30 restaurants to a backdrop of live music and festive activities.

Streams & Valleys Executive Director Stacey Pierce said, “People can have the fun of the run and the party, the party only or the run only. But most people love doing both events. The neat thing is that you can do it all for just one price.” Sounds like an opportunity to indulge your appetite to the max with no guilt because of the calories burned in advance at the run/walk.

Among eateries serving up their signature dishes will be Chadra Mezza & Grill, Chimy’s, Corner Bakery, Flying Fish, Fresh Market, Mariposa’s, Max’s Wine Dive, Railhead, Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine and Woodshed, just to randomly name a few. Beverage bars will be located throughout the venue. The booths are set up in a fenced area on Montgomery Plaza’s west parking area (roughly the area from Luke’s Locker to the Velvet Taco is party central).

To sample the creations of future great chefs, be sure to visit the booths of the three culinary student winners of the FitWorth Fuel Cook-Off that’s part of the Cowtown Marathon’s CALF program.

On the big stage, headliner band Party Gras will perform great covers of hit tunes alternating with special announcements and presentations. Don’t leave early, because a big surprise announcement will be made around 8:30 p.m.

If you have participated in this event for all of the past nine years, be sure to sign up for the drawing to win a beautiful quilt created by Kelli Davis from Deborah Lane Quilts using T-shirts from the past nine years. To enter your name, email

“Since this event began, Streams & Valleys has made remarkable progress on the Trinity River and Trails alongside our tremendous partners,” said Mark Paukune, Streams & Valleys board president. “As you’ll see, the future is even more exciting.”

Proceeds from the event flow back into Trinity River and Trails, one of Fort Worth’s finest amenities for recreation and fitness.

The run, walk and stroll begin at 6 p.m. with staggered starts, and the party is 7-9 p.m. The venue is at 2600 W. Seventh St.

Save big if you register by Wednesday: Party only is $30, but on event day the cost is $50. Early general registration for the 6K or 2K starts at $38 and includes the party. Kids 12 and under are $10. Sign up at or call 817-926-0006.

Hand-painted pumpkins are works of art to help young cancer patients

The Hand Painted Pumpkin sale hosted Saturday by Circle of Friends could easily be billed as an art show. If you haven’t been, put it on your must-see list for things to do this fall. The creations at the event are unbelievably beautiful works of art that are painted by members of the group that helps the families of young cancer patients at Cook Children’s hospital.

Shoppers can choose from more than 1,000 delightful hand-painted pumpkins, all designed and created by the talented members of Circle of Friends. Pumpkins prices range from $5 to over $100 for more elaborate designs. There are pumpkins with silly faces and some festooned with beautiful, elaborate symbols of the harvest season.

“New and old members alike seem to truly bond in this atmosphere as we help create amazing, one-of-kind, pumpkins and gourds to raise funds for our many projects in support of the children from Cook’s,” said President Jill Bradley. Circle of Friends members Linda Kay Smith and Julie Kingeter have also worked on organizing the event.

Circle of Friends spokeswoman Sian Rees said the group works with the hematology/oncology department to offer programs at Cook Children’s Medical Center and provides monetary assistance for the clinic as well as assisting patients and their families with travel expenses, unpaid medical bills and even funeral expenses.

Don’t miss this pumpkin patch like no other. The venue is 6021 Walker Ave. #121 in North Richland Hills. The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive early because these beauties sell quickly.

To inquire, contact or call 817-481-8019. Visit to see a gallery of pumpkins.

Touch a Truck rolls in Sunday to thrill kids and benefits Cystic Fibrosis

What kid would not love getting up close and personal with more than 50 trucks, machinery and community vehicles? Bring the whole family out for this opportunity to explore just about anything with wheels Sunday at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, at 9200 Mid-Cities Blvd. in North Richland Hills.

“We are so excited to bring this fantastic event to the DFW community to raise awareness and vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” said Jennifer Jaetzold, who is co-chairing the event with her husband, Cory. They are the parents of two children with cystic fibrosis.

“Come on out, have some fun, and look, explore, climb, and touch! You will also have the opportunity to check out all the amazing community booths, participate in our kid zone, grab a bite to eat at our food truck vendors, and take a look at the many raffle prizes available,” Jaetzold added. “You can also meet the hometown heroes who protect, serve, and build the DFW community.”

Performing their antics will be the World Famous Wheeli-ing Elvi. And come hungry because food trucks serving up some delish food include Hook and Ladder Pizza Co, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Rockstar Bakeshop.

Winning raffle tickets will take home restaurant gift card baskets, a Kids on the Town gift basket, toy gift baskets for boy and girl, and handmade kid and home décor.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Details at or email to inquire.

Mansfield Tablescapes on Thursday a feast for the eyes

In three short years, the Tablescapes luncheon hosted by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce has become one of Mansfield’s signature women’s events. Set for Thursday at Walnut Creek Country Club, the event will again feature a buffet luncheon, networking opportunities and a roomful of elaborately decorated tables.

Tabletops will be embellished with original designs incorporating a wide variety of creative themes. The designers are the sponsor of each decorated table — local businesses, individuals or organizations.

In charge of the event is Women’s Division President Lynn Mutti with help from a committee that includes Clarissa Bush, Susanne Englebert and Joanie Fowler Pace.

“This is our fourth annual Tablescapes event, which is our only fundraiser in order for the Women’s Division of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce to provide scholarships to high school seniors,” Mutti said. “The competition has morphed into a show of costumes as well. The table sponsors and attendees will often dress to fit their theme.”

Judges will choose Best Overall, Most Creative and Best Use of Theme. Guests at the event will vote on the People’s Choice award. Gift cards will be awarded to each of the winning tables.

Individual tickets are $50. Table sponsorships are $150 (includes one admission) or $450 (includes eight admissions). Funds raised from ticket sales will provide six $1,000 scholarships to college-bound seniors from Mansfield schools. Call the chamber at 817-473-0507 or contact Mutti at

Events at a glance

▪ Fort Worth Iron Chef is Oct. 22 at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. Benefits Community Food Bank and will provide an opportunity for 12 Fort Worth school district students from culinary art programs to participate in a competition. Tickets at .

▪ Cowtown CookOff and Casino is Friday at River Ranch at the Stockyards, hosted by the Panther Club and benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Details at (click “events.”)

▪ Symphony Arlington will open its season Thursday at the Arlington Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature Jan Jiracek on piano. The orchestra will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor and Auber’s Overture to the Crown Diamonds. Tickets at

▪ Keller Wine & Jazz is Thursday at City Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Taste samples from more than a dozen restaurants and enjoy wine and beer tastings. Music and silent auction. Tickets at

▪ Fort Worth Tarrant County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet is Oct. 23 featuring guest speaker: the Rev. William J. Barber, II. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table. Contact: or 817-781-4429.

▪ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K is Oct. 24 at UT Arlington at 9:30 a.m. hosted by the American Cancer Society. Inquire with Casey Miller at 817-821-7745 or Sign up at

▪ Inspired Women Luncheon & Awards ceremony is Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel at 11 a.m. Hosted by the Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber, it benefits the scholarship fund. Tickets at

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