King of Hearts
Fossil Ridge High School became a national news story in September when something unexpected happened at its Homecoming game. When Max Akin was announced as Homecoming King, he passed the crown to someone else - his friend K.L. Norwood. The two have been friends since elementary and that bond has only grown closer in high school. Akin is the quarterback and Norwood, the equipment manager for the Panthers football team. Both were nominated for the crown.
During an interview on The Ellen Show, Akin said he just knew that Norwood would be the winner and was surprised when his own name was called. After accepting the crown, Akin kneeled and offered it to his friend.
“I am honored to be standing with those two boys because they have such genuine hearts,” says Homecoming Queen Berri Craddock. “I am so glad the world has gotten to see the people K.L. and Maxwell truly are. The look on my face says it all. I was so excited for K.L., and at the same time, inspired by Maxwell. Every queen deserves two kings when they are as great as these two.”
The boys were surprised when host Ellen DeGeneres presented each with a $10,000 scholarship. They say the attention they’ve received is overwhelming.
“As long as the event brought happiness to K.L. and others, then I am happy as well,” says Akin.
Norwood says, “It has made me feel really happy and has given me respect for people.”
Akin added, “Although I am not much of a media or fame guy, I am very honored to have received all the blessings I have, but would also like to remind anyone reading this that I did nothing but recognize someone who does a lot, and want to thank all other people living to bring meaning and happiness to others behind closed doors - meaning for the good of others, not for the credit it brings them.”
A Bigger Patio
After just a year in business, The Redwood Patio has moved to a new, bigger location one door down from its old one. The larger showroom allows not only for an improved display but also the ability to carry new products. The selection includes Sunbrella cushions for Adirondack chairs as well as umbrellas and some home décor such as handcrafted recycled champagne glasses and stainless steel Spear and Jackson digging forks and hand trowels.
“Our new showroom is staged with an elegant, yet rustic feel. We wanted our customers to be able to get a better visualization of our signature handcrafted redwood furniture,” says Sabrina Pierce Contreras.
The redwood furniture, all handcrafted by owner Cal Pierce, remains the focal point. Popular pieces include the Adirondack chairs and family-sized bistro tables. The Redwood Patio was named this year’s Best of the Best in Outdoor Living. 138 Olive Street, Keller, 817-993-9873. http://www.theredwoodpatio.com/welcome
Election Night Alternative
On November 8, thousands of Central Market employees and community volunteers participate in the Feast of Sharing. The celebration provides a free Thanksgiving dinner, musical entertainment, kids’ activities and family services as part of its commitment to fighting hunger throughout Texas. The invitation is open to everyone and this year approximately 25,000 guests are expected to attend.
This is one of 20 state-wide dinners planned, including a Dallas event on November 10. Individuals and groups can volunteer to serve at any location by registering online. The T provides free bus service for anyone attending and non-profit groups with vans are encouraged to sign up and help with transportation.
One element that makes this event unique is that the volunteers serve guests at the table, rather than going through a cafeteria line. Food is prepared in the Mobile Kitchen II, a stand-alone food preparation facility with an estimated capacity to serve 6,400 meals per hour. Volunteers are needed to dish up food, deliver plates to tables, and help with cleanup, along with spreading the word to anyone who might enjoy attending.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, 2 to 7 p.m. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, 3401 W Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, 817-989-4700. www.centralmarket.com/communities (The original website says page not available; this one works) www.centralmarket.com/about.aspx#/community-involvement.
Make a Splash
Local Keller business The Playground, Shade, and Surfacing Depot played a big role in renovations at the Keller Point. The facility underwent extensive remodeling in several areas this year, including an update to the indoor pool in September. The Depot replaced the indoor aquatic surfacing and added new commercial pool furniture.
Shane Jefferys, from the Depot, explained that the updates have improved the look and feel of the pool facility extensively. The new rubber surface provides a safer slip-resistant area that is more comfortable to walk on than the original concrete. The new furniture is more comfortable and the fabric breathes, allowing the seats to drain and dry faster.
“The feedback from management, staff and members has been incredibly positive,” says Jefferys. “As a Ccompany, we take every project and customer seriously but it is always nice when we can see a project come together in such beautiful fashion in our own backyard.”
The Playground, Shade, and Surfacing Depot is a locally-based business and has also recently completed its fifteen15th project for Keller ISD.
“It is always great to see a local business have the opportunity to contribute to a community facility,.” says Kayla Thomas, City of Keller Eeconomic Ddevelopment Ccoordinator.
Jefferys adds, “As personal residents of Keller as well, our family tries to shop at Keep It In Keller businesses and it was great to see the program working as it was intended.”
The Keller Point, 405 Rufe Snow Drive, 817-743-4386, http://www.cityofkeller.com/services/the-keller-pointe
The Playground, Shade, and Surfacing Depot, 817-585-4636, http://www.theplaygrounddepot.com
Score a Goal
The Soccer Post opens this month and is sure to be a hit with local soccer clubs with its inventory of soccer gear ranging from equipment and accessories to apparel and team uniforms and spirit wear.
“We would love to serve all of the area's clubs with any of their soccer needs,” says owner Kerry Prazak, owner. “We have been fortunate to be working with Saints Soccer Club already and look forward to a long and great relationship with them. In addition, we are able to support the local schools with any of their soccer needs. If it's soccer related and you want it, we will do our absolute best to get it.”
Owners Kerry Along with Prazak, owners Brian Ferguson and Bryan Aguirrebena are all parents and coaches. They believe that soccer in the Keller area is increasingly popular with kids having year-round options. Keller has several venues for soccer and both Blue Sky Keller and the Keller Soccer Association fields are near the Soccer Post.
“In this area there is great soccer being played, and we are excited to play a role in it,” says Prazak. 790 Main Street, #413, Keller, 817-658-0896, http://soccerpostkeller.com
El Paseo now Roy’s
A long-time Keller favorite, El Paseo, has become Roy’s Mexican and American Cuisine. The transition took place last month, though Roy Villarreal says many of the same cooks, waitstaff and dishes remain. However, Roy’s has added American dishes to the menu, as well as breakfast. Homestyle entrees include chicken-fried steak or chicken, pork chops, and fried catfish. The range of breakfast items include pancakes, French toast and huevos divorciados.The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday. Roy’s Mexican and American Cuisine, 1110 Keller Parkway, 817-741-4100. Website to come: roysmexicanamericancuisine.com.