Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Chemo care baskets earn Girl Scouts Bronze Award

Troop 2531 has girls from River Oaks, White Settlement, Benbrook and Fort Worth who have worked hard over the summer to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.
Troop 2531 has girls from River Oaks, White Settlement, Benbrook and Fort Worth who have worked hard over the summer to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Courtesy photo

Troop 2531 has girls from River Oaks, White Settlement, Benbrook and Fort Worth who have worked hard over the summer to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The troop chose to devote the fruits of its labor to help young adults going through cancer treatment.

“To earn their Bronze Award they needed to explore community needs, build a team, make a plan, spread the word and take action with a sustainable positive impact on their community,” troop spokeswoman Sandra Lorden said. The troop leader is Karen Cook.

Working through local nonprofit Cancer Care Services, the girls chose Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition as their beneficiary. The scouts used cookie sale proceeds and private donations to make chemo care baskets for the patients, ages 18 to 29, as a show of support as they endure the rigors of chemotherapy.

“The girls in this troop are truly amazing and have made such a positive impact on the lives of those young patients going through the scary process of fighting cancer. The girls showed them that they don’t have to fight alone and they can beat cancer,” Lorden said.

Learn more about these organizations at www.fwaya.org or www.cancercareservices.org. Get information on Girl Scouts at www.gs-top.org. And when you’re buying those yummy cookies, think about all the ways your purchase helps others.

Birdville hosts back-to-school event Saturday

On Saturday the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills will come alive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as more than 2,000 kids receive all the right gear to be ready before the bell rings on the first day of school.

Refresh BISD has been called a “party with a purpose” by organizers, who aim to connect families in the school district to valuable resources in a fun, festive setting. Field games and face-painting, snow cones and soothing massages, bounce houses and balloons, haircuts and hot dogs — these are only a few of the things on tap.

After a successful inaugural event, this year’s Refresh BISD will again have scores of vendors set up to help families get information about insurance, food stamps, WIP, low-interest loans, athletic activities, scholarships and a host of other needed services.

Families can register in advance on the event website for many of the services. A copy of the eligibility letter for free and reduced-price lunch must be presented for admission to the event.

The athletic complex is at 9200 Mid Cities Blvd. Sign up at www.RefreshBISD.com.

Hot Hatch Chile Run-Walk-Roll is Aug. 20

How does a breakfast featuring tacos and quiche made with those one-of-a-kind hatch chili peppers sound? It’s yours to devour if you sign up for the Hot Hatch Chili run coming up at Central Market in Southlake on Aug. 20.

This eighth edition of the event again benefits the Neuro Assistance Foundation’s programs to make sure spinal cord injured or disabled people in our community have the equipment to be mobile and independent. Participants can sign up for the 7:30 a.m. 1-mile run/walk/roll or the 8 a.m. 5K hand-cycle event. New this year is a virtual race for online participants.

Those bringing their pooch along will want to purchase the new doggie bandannas that will be for sale. The post-race party includes a DJ and Martin House Brewing on the Central Market patio. Medals and T-shirts are part of the offerings for those participating. And spectators can buy the breakfast for only $6.

Sign up at www.neuroassistance.org or contact Executive Director Cindi Cooperman at 214-288-5438.

Ladies Night Out on Saturday benefits Haltom City Library

Summer may be winding down, but the fun is still in high gear for ladies who want to enjoy a very special evening. Only a limited number of tickets are still available for the annual Ladies’ Night Out fundraiser, set for Saturday at the Haltom City Library.

The successful party is back for a third year because of the popularity of the event format, which includes a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Tyler coupled with raffles, prizes, a silent auction and shopping.

“The evening is for women 18 years and older to come together to relax and meet new and old friends, enjoy a sensational dinner, indulge in activities and shopping,” library services director Lesly Smith said. “It is our annual fundraiser in support of programming for the library community including the Summer Reading Club.”

More than 20 exhibitors will offer caricature drawings, a photo booth, makeup and cooking demonstrations, handwriting analysis, crafts, beautiful jewelry, fragrances and a slew of gifts and accessories.

Tickets are $45 through Monday and remaining tickets (if any) will be $49. Purchase online and learn more at www.haltomcitytx.com/departments/library or call Smith at 817-222-7791.

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