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Eyes on H-E-B: Professional women’s group launched by H-E-B Chamber of Commerce

Charolete Davis, co-chair of Women Inspiring Leadership Development, or WILD, at the H-E-B chamber.
Charolete Davis, co-chair of Women Inspiring Leadership Development, or WILD, at the H-E-B chamber. Courtesy photo

Have you heard about the new “WILD” organization that the H-E-B Chamber is launching? The new, fun acronym stands for Women Inspiring Leadership Development, and a luncheon to officially launch the group is planned for May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn DFW Airport West, 3005 Airport Freeway.

Chamber CEO Mary Frazior said the new organization aims to provide female business managers and employees encouragement in order to promote the success of their businesses as well as providing opportunities for them to connect and learn more about the community.

A steering committee is already at work making plans for the future co-chaired by Angie Denman-Graham (Courtyard by Marriott/Bedford) and Charolete Davis (Century 21-Mike Bowman). Others on the committee are Tracey Morehead, Cindy Benke-Shield, Tori Eubanks, Crystal Sanders and Gale Wagner.

Any female owner or employee of an HEB Chamber member may join WILD, and there is no limit to the number of representatives from a company or an industry. Meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month and will feature a speaker and/or topic to discuss.

“The essence of the Women Inspiring Leadership Development is to empower professional and enterprising women with knowledge, energy and passion,” said Charolete Davis. “I am very thrilled and honored to be a part of this new program and hope that professional women in the community will join me in experiencing this endeavor.”

Annual dues are $20 a year per individual, in addition to regular H-E-B Chamber membership dues based on the size of the member company. Davis said the concept of connecting, supporting and promoting women in business through women helping women was a vision of the chamber’s Business and Community Success Goal Team.

Besides the professional networking and development opportunities, perks of WILD membership include a WILD Facebook business spotlight, exclusive WILD membership list and various education classes throughout the year.

Women interested in exploring membership are invited to attend the May 19 luncheon (the luncheon cost is $15). Make reservations at or contact Frazior at 817-382-1521 to request an application for membership.

Bedford Business Roundtable is Thursday

A great opportunity to meet local business professionals and hear the latest about Bedford from city officials will be at the Business Roundtable on Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.

“Enjoy an On the Border breakfast, which begins at 7:30 a.m. The meeting time will run from 8 to 9 a.m. with a 30-minute optional question-and-answer session to follow,” said city spokeswoman Natalie Foster.

“You will hear from Mayor Jim Griffin and his staff on topics such as the economic outlook, infrastructure plans, street repairs and future projects, all to make Bedford great,” Foster said.

Reservations are due immediately. Sign up at

Music club invites guests to visit

Visit with members of the Sonata Music Club of Mid-Cities at their Installation Party at 7 p.m. Thursday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1319 Brown Trail in Bedford. Guests will enjoy refreshments prepared by club members and a program by David Paul.

A composer, performer, arranger and teacher, Paul will be performing songs from the last 100 years in rock, pop, country, jazz and classical. He is music director for the Encounter service at St. Barnabas United Methodist.

Formed in 1958 to encourage study by area students in music, the Sonata Music Club has more than 40 members and meets on the third Thursday monthly September through May. Spokeswoman Wanda Balentine said the club provides scholarships to TCC students and encourages enjoyment of music.

Officers are President Fred Mills, Karen Parsons, Marilyn Chalmers, Beradette Vigiletti, Balentine and John Pempsell. Annual dues are $50 for couples or $35 for individual memberships.

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

Masterworks concerts coming up

  • Derek Anthony will perform contemporary country on Thursday at the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane. OverDrive will perform on May 19 at the same location. The cover band plays from top 100 hits to classics.
  • Live 80 performs on May 26 at the Heritage Village Plaza, 837 W. Pipeline Road in Hurst. Live 80 is a show band, playing ’80s hits from new wave to pop to dance to hair metal and everything in between.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Presented by Arts Council Northeast.

New play opens at Onstage in Bedford May 20

Two cooking show hostesses who are bitter enemies are the central characters in the Tarrant County premiere of The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith at the Onstage in Bedford theater May 20.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and the theater is located at 2821 Forest Ridge Drive. The show runs through June 5. Tickets are available at the door or online at

Festival to feature Scottish musicians, professional athletes and highland dancers

For those who are a wee bit Scottish (and even if you’re not), the upcoming Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games this weekend at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium needs to be on your calendar.

Top Scottish musicians, professional athletes and champion highland dancers will be featured attractions. Attendees can also enjoy plenty of food offerings and beverages from Scotland and Great Britain. Shoppers will find a nice assortment of vendors with merchandise and souvenirs.

“It’s our 30th anniversary, and we’ve grown into one of the major Scottish festivals in the USA,” said Ray McDonald, who manages the event. “We have come a long way since the early days in Arlington. As the top Scottish festival for entertainment, we even draw guests from Scotland and Europe, and I hope more locals will discover us. Many of our entertainers have gone on to win major music awards.”

Headline acts Friday include Madi Davis (recently a finalist on The Voice) and popular Celtic rock band The Killdares. Crowds will love the live music performed continuously throughout the festival in various tents. Acts include Scottish fiddler Brian McNeill and folk singer Ed Miller. Celtic groups featured are: Clandestine, Jiggernaut, Piper Jones Band, Scottish Thunder, Murder the Stout, Scotland Rising and many more.

And what would a Scottish event be without bagpipe bands and pipe and drum performers? Where else can you see pros tossing the caber or throwing the hammer and stone? Highlander magazine has rated the Texas Scottish Festival the No. 1 Scottish festival in North America for entertainment and talent.

Highland dance competitions will draw a crowd, and a contest for the “Bonniest Knees” should be interesting. A dog show of Scottish breeds will be adorable, and activities will keep the youngsters entertained. Consider participating in the whiskey tastings and shortbread contests to ramp up the fun.

According to McDonald, vendors from Scotland and Great Britain will have authentic tartan wear, kilts, crafts, records, books and unique Celtic-designed crafts, jewelry and art.

The festival is open 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices vary, so check the website for details or call 254-675-3992.

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