Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Mardi Gras Casino Night Gala

Guests at the 2015 Mardi Gras Party.
Guests at the 2015 Mardi Gras Party.

It’s time to let the good times roll when Mardi Gras comes around. And no need to pack up and head to New Orleans because a fantastic evening of fun and festivities is planned for Feb. 6 right here in Bedford at the Mardi Gras Casino Night and Gala.

Dinner, dancing, casino gaming, live entertainment and a silent auction will transform the Bedford Public Library into party central. The Bedford Public Library Foundation is hosting the event.

“This is our seventh annual gala, and it’s the best party in Bedford,” said Patricia Nolan, who is co-chairing the event with Patt Dreyer.

“It continues to grow each year, and 100 percent of net proceeds fund infrastructure items for the library. It’s a great way for the community to show its support for the Bedford Public Library.”

Guests will enjoy cocktails and dine on a scrumptious dinner catered by Z’s Cafe who will cook up some Texas-style Mardi Gras fare. After the feast, the party moves to the casino for action at the blackjack, craps and roulette tables. Or see if Lady Luck smiles on you at the Texas hold ’em table.

Fantastic live music will be an eclectic blend of ageless hits including some Ol’ Blue Eyes standards. Silent auction swag includes marvelous travel packages, spa outings, a beautiful grandfather clock, wine-tasting experiences and some exceptional art including a carved sculpture.

Don your party clothes and head to the venue at 2424 Forest Ridge Drive. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the casino opens at 7:30.

Tickets are $50 each or $95 per couple. It’s best to make reservations now because the event has sold out early the past few years. Call 682-559-2746 or email to make arrangements or stop by the library to purchase your ticket.

Take the fitness challenge for 2016

A new year inspires new beginnings, and there’s no time like the present to decide to take better care of our health during the coming year. The Bedford Parks and Recreation Department is poised and ready to help anyone in the community who is ready to do what it takes to feel better and be healthier with a yearlong program called Barkley’s BFit Challenge.

It is an ongoing initiative aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. This will be done by offering free demo classes at city facilities, hosting educational sessions, promoting fitness through contests that reward physical activity and presenting events that encourage wellness.

According to Eric Valdez, who is helping spearhead the program, “The Barkley’s BFIT Challenge is a lifestyle program designed to improve the health and wellness of Bedford residents.”

Valdez said the program aims to help reduce obesity and chronic disease through various forms of physical activity. Plans also include offering stress relief by providing programs that connect participants with nature and the outdoors. An emphasis on nutrition is planned along with opportunities to participate in activities geared to achieve more life balance.

“We’ll be offering free demo classes at our facility, hosting educational sessions, promoting fitness through contests that reward physical activity and presenting events that encourage wellness,” Valdez said.

The fitness challenge will run throughout the year. Bedford residents are encouraged to drop by and meet the staff who are working on the BFIT Challenge: Eric Valdez (community services manager), Chris Chastain (recreation coordinator), Tyler Sievert (aquatics/athletics coordinator) and Katy Wainwright (project coordinator).

Sign up for the Barkley’s BFIT Challenge online at or call Chastain at 817-952-2307.

Professional hockey comes to Euless on Sunday

Hockey fans will be excited to learn that the Dallas Stars will bring one of their practice sessions to Euless at the Dr Pepper StarCenter, 1400 S. Pipeline Road, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon.

All the action on the ice will be up close and personal with some great photo opps for the fans. Besides watching the team practice, have fun in a slap shot cage and experience more action on the inflatables.

A special performance by the Dallas Stars Ice Girls will also be a crowd hit. Stick around after practice to get the autograph of your favorite player.

Admission is free. To inquire, call the Dr Pepper StarCenter at 817-267-4233.

Hurst to host Dance Theatre performance on Jan. 28

A 12-dancer ensemble from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will do a show at the Hurst Public Library at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Part of the MasterWorks Concert series, the program is hosted by Arts Council Northeast and the city.

Known for artistic excellence in contemporary modern dance, the ensemble will perform modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally recognized choreographers.

Founded in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre is Dallas’ oldest continuously operating professional dance company. Its performances and educational programs aim to bridge cultures and reach diverse communities.

Admission to the show is free. The library is at 901 Precinct Line Road in Hurst. To inquire, contact Bobbie McFarland at the Arts Council office at 817-283-3406.

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