Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Social Eyes: Special Olympics Polar Plunge is freezin’ for a reason

For anyone brrrave enough to plunge into the icy waters at NRH
O Family Water Park on Saturday, you’ll know it was for a good cause. Special Olympics is hosting the family-friendly Polar Plunge at the park, 9001 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills.
For anyone brrrave enough to plunge into the icy waters at NRH 2 O Family Water Park on Saturday, you’ll know it was for a good cause. Special Olympics is hosting the family-friendly Polar Plunge at the park, 9001 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills.

For anyone brrrave enough to plunge into the icy waters at NRH2O Family Water Park on Saturday, you’ll know it was for a good cause. Special Olympics is hosting the family-friendly Polar Plunge at the park, 9001 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills.

“Dare your friends, grab a costume and brace yourself for a chilly dip in the freezing water. Each plunger will receive a one-day pass to NRH2O Family Water Park to use during the summer season,” writes Steve Helm, spokesman for Special Olympics.

“Awards will be presented for Best Costume, Individual Raising the Most Money and Team Raising the Most Money following the plunges, so come dressed to impress,” he added.

This event is a unique opportunity for individuals, businesses and organizations to support Special Olympics athletes to help with their year-round sports training and competition along with supporting the health and inclusion programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The event is “carefully planned and provides many safety precautions, including divers, lifeguards, medical and emergency personnel on hand, as well as emergency procedures in place to ensure that all participants can enjoy a safe, fun experience,” Helm writes.

Participants are asked to raise at least $30 from supporters to take part in the chilly adventure. All registration fees include a T-shirt. Individuals and teams who raise more money than the minimum registration fee will receive other commemorative incentives, including a long-sleeve T-shirt, baseball cap, beach towel and a duffel bag for each donation level they meet.

On-site registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the plunge is at 10 a.m. Contact Alex Thieroff at 817-332-3433, ext. 1104, with questions. Visit to learn more and to register ahead of time.

True Grit & Glamour Reveal Party is Tuesday

Don’t miss the exciting announcement of the headline entertainment for the upcoming 2015 Cowtown Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Party-goers will gather at the Sundance Square Pavilion from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for hors d’oeuvres, drinks and entertainment to hear the big announcement of the talent.

Entertainment to be provided by the Ray Johnston Band (Johnson was formerly with the Dallas Mavericks and is a cancer survivor). Catering is by Mi Cocina, and Park Place Motors will have raffle tickets for a Mercedes.

Guests who are active supporters of the American Cancer Society and the Cowtown Ball are invited. To RSVP, contact or call 817-570-0618.

Rock ’n’ roll concert Thursday in Hurst

Ready for some good ol’ 1950s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll? Then head out to the Hurst Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday for a great performance by local a cappella group 4 Ever Young.

These musicians specialize in ’50s- and ’60s-style rock music and pay tribute to doo-wop vocal groups from that era sung in crowd-pleasing four-part close harmony, all arranged by the group in its own unique style. Featured members of the group are original band members Lee Halvorsen and Joel Just.

The free show is part of the MasterWorks Concert Series produced by the Arts Council Northeast and the city. The library is at 901 Precinct Line Road.

Questions? Call Bobbie McFarland at 817-283-3406 or visit

Volunteers wanted at Bob Jones Nature Center

Anyone interested in becoming involved at the Bob Jones Nature Center is invited to volunteer orientation at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The work is interesting. For example, current job openings include someone to create a “pin the tail on the lizard” party game and someone to take a selfie with Olaf on the nature center trails. Other needs are helping with social media posts, labeling classroom material bins, setting up classrooms and, for the less adventurous, data entry.

Contact Zoe DeVito, membership and volunteer coordinator, at or call the center at 817-491-6333. The center is at 355 Bob Jones Road in Southlake.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra to perform in Southlake

As part of the DSO on the Go series, the Dallas symphony will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd in Southlake. The event is sponsored by the Apex Arts League.

Assistant conductor Karina Canellakis and the orchestra will perform “a classical program including Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 and the finale from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Violinists of the Dallas Symphony will take center stage for Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins & Strings in B minor. This program also features the Andante for Strings by notable film composer Miklos Rozsa.”

“We are very happy to be returning to Southlake and White’s Chapel,” symphony CEO Jonathan Martin writes in a news bulletin. “We hope that the community enjoys hearing the DSO in their own neighborhood. We’ve always received such a warm welcome from the residents of Southlake, and we’re happy to be back.”

Arts league Chairwoman Terri Messingwrites: “Apex Arts League is looking forward to the return of the DSO to Southlake. Hearing our world-class symphony close to home is truly an honor and a ‘not to be missed’ event.”

Visit or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

Chambers to host annual awards events

It’s that time of year when many chambers of commerce bring in the New Year by celebrating the accomplishments of members with a gala party. Make a note of these events on your calendar.

▪ Colleyville Chamber of Commerce 39th annual Sterling Awards Luncheon is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Piazza in the Village. Outstanding members and residents will be recognized with awards for Citizen of the Year, the Leadership Award, Youth of the Year and Grapevine-Colleyville school district Employee of the Year. Scott Murray is the emcee. Call 817-488-7148 for more information.

▪ The Grapevine chamber will host the Grapevine Community Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Jan 29 in the Texas Grande Room at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center. Awards include the Ted Willhoite Legacy Awards, Don Ramey Community Spirit Award, D.E. Box Citizen of the Year, inductees into the Business Hall of Fame, the Women’s Division Woman of the Year and the Member of the Year award. Make arrangements by calling the office at 817-410-3185.

▪ The Northwest Metroport chamber will host its Winter Wonderland Annual Awards Gala at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway. Awards for outstanding community service in Haslet, Justin, Northlake, Roanoke, Trophy Club and Westlake will be presented. Contact President Sally Michalak at 817-837-1000 or to make reservations.

Fort Worth

Grief support offered throughout the year ahead

The Widowed Persons Service provides grief support sessions throughout the year, and the first events begin this month. Make a note of the times and locations if this fits you or someone you know and care about.

▪ Sunday and Feb. 25 at Freetown Road Church of Christ, 1038 Freetown Road in Grand Prairie.

▪ Feb. 1 and March 1 at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive in Fort Worth.

▪ Feb. 1 and March 1 at Saginaw Park Baptist Church, 512 S. Blue Mound Road in Blue Mound.

All meetings are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“The groups usually eat out after each session. Don’t stay home grieving the loss of your spouse alone. Come join others who are and have been in your shoes and find ways to move forward in your new life,” writes Dave Giles of Widowed Persons Service.

Call the service’s office at 815-551-2922 or check out

AARP to feature Bud Kennedy at Wednesday meeting

AARP members and guests are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Genesis United Methodist Church, at 7635 S. Hulen St.

Special guest speaker is Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy, fresh from attending the inauguration of Texas’ new governor.

“This is sure to be an interesting program with personal insights into what’s happening in Austin. Also, as the author of Eats Beat, Mr. Kennedy may share news on the latest restaurants in our area,” AARP spokesman Stephen Ehrlich writes.

To learn more, visit or call 817-921-6717.

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