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Eyes on H-E-B: ‘Come Together’ at Festival of Friends Gala on Nov. 5

The 2014 Mid-Cities Care Corps Festival of Friends.
The 2014 Mid-Cities Care Corps Festival of Friends.

A fabulous evening of dining, entertainment, auctions, music and dancing is planned for Nov. 5 at the Hurst Conference Center hosted by Mid-Cities Care Corps.

Dubbed the Festival of Friends Gala with a theme of “Come Together,” the party is a celebration of the many years this local nonprofit has provided critical services to older adults in the Mid-Cities area and beyond.

“This annual event is a fun way to raise money and celebrate the 34-year legacy of Mid-Cities Care Corps. It is a gathering of friends and supporters with a heart for the mission to preserve the independence and dignity of seniors in our community,” said Duane E. Buuck, executive director.

Guests will be wowed by the auction swag that includes a two-night stay at the Atlantis Casino & Resort in Reno, Nev., a wine-tasting for 20 guests at Total Wine & More, a week’s stay at a vacation home in the Smoky Mountains, breakfast at a Grapevine fire house and a ride to school in a firetruck, a Fort Worth staycation package with lodging at The Rosen House Inn Bed & Breakfast and other great items. And be sure to enter the raffle drawing for a dream vacation.

Special guest is piano prodigy Isaac Foreman performing some of his original compositions. “I believe that good music can be a source of joy, inspiration and fulfillment. My vision is to create and share music that inspires and uplifts,” Foreman said in a Mid-Cities Care Corps newsletter.

Partygoers can take home some lovely vino by participating in the wine pull and capture the evening’s magical experience by visiting the photo booth. A disc jockey will spin tunes from favorite music genres for dancing after the program. And be comfortable all evening in business casual attire.

Co-chairing the event are board members Sue Ward and Cecil Driskell with help from committee members Erin Perkins and Kay Schmuelgen.

Tickets are $40 each, and proceeds will enable the agency to continue providing transportation to medical appointments and weekend driving outings for local seniors along with the Helping Hands program that assists seniors with minor home repairs, building wheelchair ramps, the Adopt-A-Yard program and group service days.

Purchase tickets online at or call 817-282-0531.

Fall Family Festival is Nov. 7 at St. Vincent’s

What began in the 1970s as a chili cook-off has grown and evolved into one of the area’s best family festivals. Set for Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the St. Vincent’s Cathedral campus, at 1300 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford, the event includes family activities to please all sorts of fun-seekers.

St. Vincent’s Family Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family. Kids will enjoy carnival games, bounce houses and arts and crafts, while adults enjoy live music and a chili cook-off,” said Brenda Brooks, who is on the event committee.

Sampling the entries in the Fire and Brimstone chili- and bean-cooking contests means festivalgoers can enjoy all sorts of hearty fare. See who will take home bragging rights, a plaque and trophies when winners are announced at about 3:45 p.m.

Taste some unique brews among entries in the Saint Arnold’s (patron saint of beer) Home Brewed Beer Competition.

Live music by local band Silent State will be performed throughout the afternoon. A cake walk, egg toss, jalapeño-eating contest, giant slide, bounces houses, obstacle course, dunking booth, dino golf and face-painting are only a few of the other attractions.

Tickets are $1 each for playing games, or get a wristband for $10 in advance or $15 at the event to participate in multiple activities. Food coupons are available at the festival.

To inquire, call the church office at 817-354-7911 or visit

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Congratulations to Meadow Creek Elementary School on receiving trees from the Texas Trees Foundation, sponsored by the television station KERA/Channel 13. A tree dedication will be held at school during the Fall Festival on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The trees will be a nice complement to the extensive landscape renovations that have recently been installed at the school. A beautification committee led by Alexandra Taylor Cowart has installed a beautiful new Western rail fence among other landscape beautification projects. The PTA donated flowering shrubs and other materials to be used in the median garden beds.

To find out how to help, contact Cowart at or call 214-460-5956.

Events at a glance

▪ Senior Dances monthly at the Hurst Activities Center, 700 Heritage Circle, are 7-9:15 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and includes refreshments. Beautiful facility and great dance floor. Call Linda Provence at 817-788-7717 or to inquire. Thursday will feature the Now ‘N Then band playing rock ’n’ roll and country. Nov. 12 is the Doc Gibbs band playing a variety of music. Dec. 10 is the Holiday Dance featuring the Nobles of Note orchestra.

▪ Business Roundtable meeting is Nov. 5 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive. Local business owners and managers are invited to hear the mayor and city staff provide updates on topics including a budget update and the latest information about Bedford Commons, Boys Ranch phase 1 and all economic development. Also, meet the new police chief, Jeff Gibson. RSVP by Monday at Inquire with via email at

▪ Decorate Bedford Library For Christmas on Nov. 8 from 1-4:30 p.m. Join Girl Scout Troop 1508 for this fun project.

▪ Spooky Stories Under the Stars is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive. Wear your costume and come for some spooky stories, a creepy craft and mysterious munchies. All ages. Outdoor on the patio, weather permitting.

▪ Halloween Trunk or Treat Celebration is Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Drive. Businesses, churches, civic groups and scout troops are invited to participate in the fun activities, including inflatables. Concessions will be available for purchase. Call Jerry Poteet at 817-685-1449 or email for information.

▪ Mid-Cities Genealogical Society will meet Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Euless Public Library. The guest speaker is Marilyn Hay, whose topic will be the US Gen website. Hay teaches genealogical computer research at the Northeast Campus of TCC. Contact Evelynn Kelly at or 817-988-2055 to inquire.

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