Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Expo on Friday to have food, fun, networking and 90-plus exhibitors

Scenes from the 2015 H-E-B Chamber of Commerce Expo.
Scenes from the 2015 H-E-B Chamber of Commerce Expo. Courtesy photo

Google searches and Yelp reviews are handy and helpful, but sometimes you just want to meet the business owner personally, see products for real, and hear firsthand about services you are seeking. That’s exactly what you can do at the H-E-B Chamber Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive.

“The Expo showcases dozens of excellent services and products offered in the H-E-B area. It’s a great opportunity to meet and make connections with the key decision-makers in our community,” H-E-B chamber CEO Mary Frazior said.

With more than 90 exhibitors, the Expo will afford guests the convenience of getting familiar with scores of businesses all in one location. The event also includes prize drawings, a home improvement aisle, auto display and complimentary refreshments from local restaurants. The event chair is Charolete Davis from Century 21 Mike Bowman.

Go ahead and make a day of it, and no worries about hunger pangs — a slew of restaurants will be there serving up tasty bites of their signature dishes. Visit as many eateries as you please including Miguelito’s, Texas Roadhouse, Miz G’s House of Pies, Chef Roni’s Results Kitchen, Bar Louie, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Oakley Grill, On the Border, Rita’s and Italian Ice to name only a few.

Take a stroll through the booths to see the impressive assembly of products and services for businesses and consumers. Check out what’s new at the exhibits from Lift Aids, Documation, Oncor, M3 Networks, Wells Fargo, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital, Minuteman Press, Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Century 21 Mike Bowman, Tarrant County College and Dallas Baptist University among dozens of others.

According to Frazior, “Whether you have an established business, are an aspiring entrepreneur or a resident of the area, the Expo is always a good use of your time and a lot of fun, too.”

Tickets are $10 each, or $5 with a Star-Telegram Press Pass. To ask if booth spaces are still available, call 817-283-1521 or visit The Expo is jointly presented by the chamber and the H-E-B Economic Development Foundation.

Knights to host St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance March 12

Shamrocks and leprechauns and a wee bit ’o green. These familiar phrases often heard around St. Patrick’s Day may indeed be part of the festivities at the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance on March 12 hosted by the Knights of Columbus local chapter.

Even a party on the Emerald Isle itself couldn’t offer more than the memorable evening the Knights have planned. Lucky guests (they won’t even need a four-leaf clover) will have the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner along with complimentary draft beer, wine and soda.

And what would a Knights St. Paddy’s party be without their famous and utterly delicious soda bread?

The festivities begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by a tip of the cap to the Irish with the traditional dinner menu, and a cash bar will be open throughout the evening for drinks besides the complimentary ones. The green revelry will continue into the wee hours of the morning as guests dance to favorite tunes played by a DJ.

In charge of the event is Rich Falcone with help from wife Barb Falcone, and they encourage everyone to wear green or something Irish to ramp up the fun.

Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner and beverages. Act quickly to make a reservation because there is limited seating available. The party venue is at 1319 Brown Trail in Bedford. Call the Falcones at 817-571-9294 to reserve your spot — RSVP deadline is Saturday.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Genealogy buffs welcome on Thursday

The Mid-Cities Genealogical Society is rolling out the red carpet for any first-time attendees at the regular monthly meeting on Thursday at the Mary Lib Salah Euless Library in Euless. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. meeting.

Club spokeswoman Evelynn Kelly said newcomers will assemble in the library foyer for a “brief session on a specific beginner’s genealogy topic” and will also receiving welcoming packets.

Guest speaker is the archivist and references manager from the Amon Carter Museum, by John Frembling, who will tell the audience all about the unique historical repository at the museum.

Visitors are welcome to attend. Contact Kelly at with questions.

Belk grand opening March 9 to benefit 6 Stones

Help out local charity 6 Stones by participating in the action planned for the grand opening of Belk department store in the new Glade Parks center in Euless at 2701 Rio Grande Blvd.

The grand opening celebration is March 9 at 9 a.m. The event is a kickoff for other events planned for the remainder of that week.

Direct questions to Julie Matlock, store manager, at

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