Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Senior Expo, Colleyville Garden Tour, Salvation Army luncheon headline early May local events

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, right, and Kathryn Rotter, center, at the 2015 Senior Synergy Expo.
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, right, and Kathryn Rotter, center, at the 2015 Senior Synergy Expo. Courtesy photo

Open your calendar to the first part of May and save the dates for essential events to attend. The Senior Synergy Expo, the Promenade Garden Tour in Colleyville and the Inspiring Hope Salvation Army luncheon in Arlington all deserve support along with Mid-Cities SOS, Girl Scouts, Ronald McDonald House and Apex Arts League events. Read on for details about each.

Senior Synergy Expo will inspire healthy lifestyle

The Senior Synergy Expo, set for May 5 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, will focus on healthy living for the 50-plus age group and empower this population to take advantage of the myriad services Tarrant County has to offer.

Continuous programs during the expo will include musicians, singers and dancers along with fitness demonstrations, health screenings, exhibitors, workshops and a keynote speaker at noon.

“Senior Synergy Expo provides Tarrant County boomers, seniors and caregivers with a forum to learn more about living a healthy, safe and productive life well into their golden years,” said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, whose office is presenting the event.

“I highly encourage you to attend and take advantage of the free health screenings and workshops, as well as visiting with the more than 100 registered exhibitors. This event is also a great opportunity to meet new friends and find new ways to live life to its fullest.”

Keynote speaker Ana Martinez is the associate manager for state political outreach at Facebook and will talk about online safety and privacy. Workshops on healthy cooking, estate and will planning, fall prevention, fraud protection, money management and several other topics will be in session throughout the morning.

Expo attendees can get free dental, vision, bone density and cancer screenings. Also blood pressure and blood glucose checks will be available, as will vaccinations for shingles and pneumonia. Representatives will be there to tell you all about Medicare savings and drug subsidy programs. To assist the hearing-impaired, Tarrant County College students will be available to do signing.

Spokeswoman Kathryn Rotter said admission is free and guests can register at the door. However, Rotter pointed out that it’s best to preregister for the event by Thursday to be guaranteed a free box lunch.

The expo is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall. Register and get detailed information at Call 817-884-1234 to inquire.

Beautiful gardens open for touring May 1

The Promenade Garden Tour on May 1 will give visitors a look at five lush and lovely gardens in Colleyville, Grapevine and North Richland Hills. Presented by the Colleyville Garden Club, this is the 22nd edition of the event, which has received national recognition for lovely and innovative gardens.

“A raffle and the club’s popular plant sale with many plants from club members’ gardens will take place at one of the featured homes,” said spokeswoman Carol Wollin said. “Master Gardeners and members will be at each garden to answer any questions, and there will also be educational and youth exhibits.”

On the five-home tour is the Grapevine yard of Carol and Gary Dickson, whose landscape is defined by large shade trees, extensive stone pathways, edged beds and plants that provide color all year. Diane and Mark Cauwels’ home in Grapevine has sunny and shady spots along with a pool with a waterfall, sitting areas and a dramatic terraced back yard.

Christina and Allen Balmear’s European-inspired garden in Colleyville has tailored formal spaces created primarily with native and Texas-adapted plants along with impressive seasonal color. Mary and Dale Miller’s Colleyville garden is a delightful oasis of grassy areas and large trees with complementary perennials and shrubs and also features a koi pond and meandering creek bed.

The North Richland Hills home of Tammy and Edwin Gill has a lush landscape described as an English garden with dozens of plant and flower varieties to enjoy.

“Garden tours are one of the best ways to become inspired,” said event chair MaryAnn Nicholson. “Whether you are a gardener, photographer, writer, painter or just enjoy the outdoors, there is always something to admire and new ideas to copy for your own yard.”

The tour is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on tour day. Visit to see locations to buy tickets and complete descriptions of the gardens.

Roger Staubach headlines Salvation Army luncheon May 4

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach will be the keynote speaker at the Salvation Army’s second annual Inspiring Hope luncheon May 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Outstanding live entertainment is also planned.

“Roger Staubach is a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army, and we are so grateful he will join us as keynote speaker at our upcoming luncheon,” wrote Capt. Jennifer Jones, corps officer of the Salvation Army of Arlington-Mansfield.

Singer-songwriter Aquile, a Season 3 contestant on NBC’s The Voice, will give a singing performance. Also performing will be the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Choir from Houston. The choir is composed of current and former substance abuse program participants who are working successfully toward recovery. Men in the choir make a one-year commitment to perform as a part of their work therapy.

Local business owners and community leaders Steve Vincent and Mark Caffey are co-chairmen of the event. Charlotte Jones Anderson, Cowboys executive vice president, is the honorary chairwoman. Anderson is a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army and serves on the DFW Metroplex advisory board.

“Funds raised from the Inspiring Hope luncheon will help us to continue providing safe, quality programming for children and their families through our Youth Education Town and sheltering families in crisis through our Family Life Center,” Jones said.

Proceeds will go toward supporting the Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town and the Family Life Center. The Youth Education Town responds to the needs of Arlington residents living below the poverty line by offering activities to disadvantaged youths including homework help, tutoring programs, a life-lessons curriculum, and nutrition and creative arts programs.

The Family Life Center provides a shelter where homeless families can live together in their own apartment as they strive to get back on their feet.

Tickets are $150 per person, and sponsorships beginning at $1,500 are available. Purchase tickets at or contact Bridget Lenhardt at 817-860-1836 to learn more.

Supporters of SafeHaven to host anniversary party

Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of SafeHaven) will host a cocktail party May 5 to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Tennis Benefit the club presents annually. Since the tennis tournament began 25 years ago, the event has raised about $500,000 to benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

“We invite everyone to come celebrate 25 years of women helping women,” said Beth Battles, SOS president. “We are very proud of the longevity of our annual Tennis Benefit that supports children’s programs at SafeHaven and our mission to end domestic abuse.”

Guests at the party will enjoy champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and may be bought online at

This year’s Tennis Benefit will provide three days — May 10-12 — of exciting tennis competition and enjoyment for players and spectators at the Southlake Tennis Center.

The tournament offers women’s set partner round robin doubles with a playoff for division winners, and each team is guaranteed five rounds of play. It is the largest women’s charity tennis event in Texas.

Players will enjoy a light breakfast, snacks, a player gift and lunch during the awards presentation. A raffle of fun gifts will be open for players and spectators.

Register for tennis at or contact Mia Poorman at 817-421-5605 or Reservations for the 25th anniversary party are due immediately.

Events at a glance

  • The Roadhouse concert starring country music star Clint Black is at 6:30 p.m. May 6 at the Pavilion at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Benefiting Ronald McDonald House, the concert will also feature performances by Sonny Burgess, Jolie Holliday and Brian Kelley. Tickets at
  • Films at The Marq is May 7 at The Marq in Southlake. Presented by the Apex Arts League, the free event is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. First is Taste of Film lunch and ratatouille. At 1 p.m. is the short film exhibition from the 48-hour film project and a film symposium. Family film Iron Giant is at 3 p.m. Vodka tasting and food truck dining are at 5:30 p.m. The main feature, Tai Chi Zero, is at 7 p.m. Visit or contact Terri Messing at 817-307-2224.
  • Girl Scouts Women of Distinction luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. May 11 at the Fort Worth Club. The four honorees are Sunny Brous of Junior Achievement, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, Rosalinda Martinez from Tarrant County College and Joyce Newsom for her support of Girl Scouts. Keynote speaker is Carri Baker, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson L.L.P. To make reservations, contact Katherine Curtis at or 817-735-5313.

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