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Eyes on H-E-B: Miracles & Memories celebrated at 10th anniversary party April 2

Members of The Clubhouse for Special Needs.
Members of The Clubhouse for Special Needs. Courtesy photo

It’s been 10 years since The Clubhouse for Special Needs opened its doors in Bedford to provide a safe and recreational environment for intellectually delayed and physically challenged teens and young adults. To celebrate this important milestone, a party is planned for April 2 at the Texas Star Conference Center.

Themed “Miracles & Memories,” the party will capitalize on the alliteration with fun M&M’s candy characters making a special appearance at the event where guests will enjoy dinner, auctions, a raffle drawing, live band and a special trip down memory lane. The emcee will be JPS Health System CEO Robert Earley.

“This is an event not to miss. The community’s generosity has worked miracles over the years,” said director Barbara Freeborn. “We are excited, and we look forward to 10 more M&M years.”

The monies raised at the event will go toward purchasing a 15-passenger van with a wheelchair lift to help transport young people going on field trips. “Often we have to leave our wheelchair-bound young people behind,” said founder and President Darlene Hollingsworth, adding that the kids say “that’s just not fair.”

Event committee members Linda Huggins and Elaine Dillard have planned a lighthearted evening of enjoyment that includes some of the adorable M&Ms characters strolling through the venue ready to pose with those ready to shoot a selfie. It will be all smiles when awards are presented, and the original four young people who started at The Clubhouse 10 years ago are introduced.

Allow ample time to view the expansive silent auction of restaurant and retail gift cards, spa and beauty services, tickets to sporting events, sports memorabilia, hotel stays, jewelry and accessories, a vacation in Mexico and many more items.

Be sure to get a ticket for a chance to win a five-day luxury cruise staying in a stateroom with a balcony aboard the Carnival Liberty. The ship cruises from Galveston on Sept. 10 to Cozumel/Progreso. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25, and winners need not be present to win.

Admission is $35 per person or $60 per couple. RSVP before March 18 and receive two extra tickets for drawings. Make reservations by calling Hollingsworth at 817-285-0885 or send an email to

Cardboard boat regatta registration open through April 11

Everyone who wants to get in on the wet and wild fun of the cardboard boat regatta hosted each spring by the River Legacy Foundations has until April 11 to enter the competition.

Individuals, companies, schools, families and local groups or clubs are invited to participate in the regatta, set for April 23 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Participants will design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard and then race other competitors in a wild competition in the wave pool.

General entry fees are $60-$90 per team, and school entries are $55-$75 per team. Free cardboard will be given to school teams to build their boats.

Sign up online at Contact Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752, ext. 107, with any inquiries.

Learn how to ‘shine’ on nonprofit boards

If you’ve agreed to serve on a board or a committee for a local nonprofit, now is the time to figure out how to be effective in this new role. You don’t want to be a participant in name only — you want to be a leader among leaders who can help drive change in your community.

Luckily, the United Way of Tarrant County has created a course called “Blueprint for Board Service” that covers topics such as governance, nonprofit finance, and evaluation and outcomes. The course is designed for those who are passionate about addressing our community’s most critical issues and want to excel in their board service.

The class meets for four Tuesday evening sessions in April, and the tuition is $200. On May 3, class members will participate in a speed-networking exercise with United Way board members and its partner agencies. This will be a time to match participants with service opportunities currently available.

Discover details abut the course and hear testimonial from former participants at The application for the course is also available at this site.

Help teen grads dress for success

As teens graduate from high school and make the transition to the workplace or college, a different wardrobe may be needed. For some young people with limited financial resources, this can be mission impossible.

To address this need, the 2016 Leadership H-E-B class created iGrad, a program designed to assist needy teens with their professional attire.

Help out by donating professional clothing for both men and women. Women’s clothes needed include suits, blazers, dressy tops, pants, skirts and dresses along with accessories. On the list of men’s needs are suits, slacks, sport coats, shoes, work boots, belts, ties, khakis and jeans.

Drop-off locations are the public libraries in Hurst, Euless and Bedford. Monetary donations and gift cards are also accepted. Call 817-283-1521 to learn more.

Mid-Cities Sonata Music Club to meet March 17

Music lovers may want to attend the monthly meeting of the Mid-Cities Sonata Music Club at 9:30 a.m. March 17 at TCC’s College Hall.

The 42-member club was formed in 1958 to encourage study by area students in music. “We provide scholarships for deserving music students by working with TCC students,” said club member Wanda Balentine. “We encourage growing enjoyment of music and fellowship with members.”

Officers are President Fred Mills, Karen Parsons, Marilyn Chalmers, Beradette Vigiletti, Balentine and John Pempsell. Dues are $35 annually.

To inquire about membership or the upcoming meeting, contact Mills at 817-545-6862 or Balentine can be reached at 817-514-6299 or

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