Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: School district will raise money for families in need with Jump for Joy event

L.D. Bell High School students, from left, Amber Gutermuth, first violin; Camille Guimary, second violin; Aaron Archer, viola; and Elizabeth Pullman, cello.
L.D. Bell High School students, from left, Amber Gutermuth, first violin; Camille Guimary, second violin; Aaron Archer, viola; and Elizabeth Pullman, cello.

After a successful inaugural event last year, the Jump for Joy arts and entertainment event is back to shine a light on the talents of visual and performing arts students in Hurst-Euless-Bedford schools. The event is set for Sunday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church.

“The festivities include a silent art auction of mini masterpiece paintings by K-12 art students and a variety of student groups performing from a cross-section of H-E-B schools,” said district spokeswoman Judy Ramos. “[We’ll have] an ice cream social with hot dogs, chips, beverages, and ice cream along with a valentine sale by the culinary art students.”

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted throughout the evening. Ramos said $2,000 was raised last year, and the goal is to double that amount. “This promises to be a joyful evening of giving,” she said.

The drama departments from both high schools will emcee the event under the direction of Kendal Fries. Performers will include Suzuki Strings, the Bell Manor Elementary School choir and the orchestra string quartet and dance studio performers from L.D. Bell High School. Culinary art students will have delicious homemade valentine goodies for sale.

Funds raised benefit the H-E-B family services department and will be used to purchase Wal-Mart cards for students and families needing immediate financial assistance.

Performances will run continuously from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with the silent auction bidding occurring simultaneously. The venue is at 745 Pipeline Road in Hurst. Contact or to learn more.

Valentine memories

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and special events in Euless and Bedford are planned for parents who want some special time with their children at unforgettable parties.

In Bedford, a father-daughter and mother-son dance is set for Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center. Partygoers will enjoy dancing and delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks and take home a pretty flower befitting the valentine theme along with a keepsake photo.

There’s still time to get your reservation, but you must hurry because the deadline is Thursday. Tickets will be sold in advance only. Purchase at the center, at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, for $18 per couple and $10 per person. Call 817-952-2323 with questions.

In Euless, a big shindig on Feb. 13 invites dads, uncles, brothers or grandpas to make a special date with the little girls in their family for the Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance.

Guests will dance the night away and create lasting memories. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Euless Family Life Center, at 300 W. Midway Drive.

Moms who want an exceptional time with their boys will find a special occasion that takes on a memorable hue at the Mother Son Valentines Brunch on Feb. 14 at the center.

Moms, aunts, or grandmas can enjoy a lovely brunch at 10:30 a.m. with the little guy in their life along with festive entertainment, and they’ll have a gift bag of treats and a keepsake picture as mementos of the special occasion.

Tickets for each event are $10 per couple and $5 for each additional sibling and include refreshments, goody bags and souvenir photos. All ages are welcome to attend, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Learn more at or call Jordan Peterson at 817-685-1828.

Share memorabilia

Continuing the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Old Bedford School, a Collectors Day is planned for Sunday at 3 p.m. in the historic landmark at 2400 School Lane.

“Bring in your collector items from 1915 to 1960 and discuss what they mean to you. The items can be anything such as art, clothes or other miscellaneous items,” said city spokeswoman Natalie Foster.

The 100 Year Committee is made up of Old Bedford School alumni, former faculty, community members and city staff who have events planned throughout the year.

“We are so excited about all of our events leading up to the Old Bedford School’s 100-year birthday. This free family-fun event is a great way to show off all those fun collector items, and of course items representing the early years in Bedford and Bedford school history are especially welcome,” Foster said.

To inquire, call Foster at 817-952-2290.

Socializing in H-E-B

Today as we introduce a weekly paper into the family of Star-Telegram products, we are pleased to start a column that will cover all things social in Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

“Eyes on H-E-B” will focus on nonprofit, educational, civic, social and charitable organizations and their events — Rotary, Lions, women’s clubs, arts groups and clubs that focus on gardening, nature, environment, literacy, health, hunger, historic preservation and more.

It will feature news about your neighbors, tell you what’s going on in schools and entertainment venues, share the buzz of the business community and the arts scene and provide information about the small occasions that make up the cultural fabric of any community.

Here’s the most important part: Content is dependent on community input. I will be relying on you to send me your event news.

Email is the preferred way to contact me, at I can also be reached at 817-996-5868. I look forward to working with everyone as we strive to keep the community in the know about social events in H-E-B.

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