Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: United Way Luncheon Oct. 5 will highlight community efforts

NBA star and Euless Trinity grad Myles Turner, left, celebrity emcee and veteran newsman Scott Murray, top, and steering committee chair Glen Sirles will be involved in the United Way of Northeast Tarrant County’s Report to the Community luncheon Oct. 5 at Hurst Conference Center.
NBA star and Euless Trinity grad Myles Turner, left, celebrity emcee and veteran newsman Scott Murray, top, and steering committee chair Glen Sirles will be involved in the United Way of Northeast Tarrant County’s Report to the Community luncheon Oct. 5 at Hurst Conference Center.

Prepare to be impressed with the strides that are being made in education, income and health initiatives that the United Way of Northeast Tarrant County will review at its annual Report to the Community luncheon Oct. 5 at Hurst Conference Center.

“This year’s luncheon will be a great opportunity to see how United Way has invested in the Northeast Tarrant County community over the past year and to get a sense of how we are looking to build for the future,” said Faye Beaulieu, Northeast Tarrant director of United Way.

Hosting the occasion will be event steering committee chair Glen Sirles, who will team up with celebrity emcee and veteran newsman Scott Murray to walk the audience through an engaging review of how the powerhouse agency has formed strategic partnerships to make a measurable impact in the community and find solutions to problems.

A special video message from NBA pro Myles Turner, a Euless Trinity graduate, will spotlight the Myles Ahead Service Challenge that encourages students at Trinity to volunteer 10 hours each month. And in a Shark Tank-like segment, the audience will hear about the brand-new socially innovative KERNEL program that encourages new approaches and strategies to find solutions to social challenges in our community. Details about the KERNEL Pitch event on Nov. 2 will be part of the message.

Luncheon guests who are looking for collectibles or doing early holiday shopping can bid in a silent auction where Turner-autographed jerseys and basketballs will be up for grabs and all proceeds will support United Way work in the local community.

Tickets are $28 each, and reservations are due Friday. Sign up online at www.UnitedWayTarrant.org/NortheastReport or contact Tonya Cunningham at 817-282-1160.

It’s Full STEAM Ahead for fifth-, sixth-grade girls Oct. 22

When it comes to women’s education and empowerment, the American Association of University Women believes in starting at early age and going full steam ahead. That’s why the group decided to host Full STEAM Ahead, a conference for fifth- and sixth-grade girls in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district on Oct. 22.

The Northeast Tarrant County Branch of AAUW is proud to help the young girls prepare for a bright future by sponsoring the event, which expands from STEM to STEAM with the addition of an arts emphasis along with science, technology, engineering and math.

AAUW member Georgia Kidwell says the state-of-the-art Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy is an ideal venue for this type of conference giving the attendees the latest in facilities and equipment.

“The conference includes fun, interactive workshops,” said Kidwell. “In addition to the workshops for girls, there will be separate sessions for parents discussing curriculum choices in the district, accessibility to college and internet safety information.” An added bonus will be door prize drawings as well as goody bags for each girl.

Attendees will participate in three of six possible workshops, including such topics as DNA replication, fingerprints in forensics, robots, 3-D engineering design, computer-generated imagery and digital arts, and fun medical projects using math and engineering experiments to calculate how much energy is required to move an object.

“AAUW has been working since 1881 to advance equity for women and girls through research, education, advocacy and philanthropy. The organization offers leadership training, and is a major source of scholarships and fellowships for girls and women,” Kidwell said.

After lunch, a panel discussion featuring girls from the Buinger center will offer some youthful insights, and later guests will hear a special message from keynote speaker Tricia Hiros, an engineer from Bell Helicopter.

The conference cost is $10 per student (includes breakfast and lunch) and free for parents. Scholarships are available. Email inquiries to fsa2016aauw@gmail.com or call 817-399-2020. Registration Information is available at www.hebisd.edu. Deadline to register is Friday, so act quickly to reserve a spot.

At a glance

  • Mid-Cities Genealogical Society seminar titled, “Discovering Your U.S. Ancestors” is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Legacy Church of Christ, 8801 Mid-Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills. Sunny Morton will be the presenter. Admission is $25. Register online at www.txmcgs.org. Inquiries? Call Evelynn Kelly at 817-988-2055.
  • Fall Fest is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Viridian’s Overlook Park, 1210 Viridian Park Lane. It will be a family-friendly event featuring live music, craft beers and harvest-themed activities. “Fall Fest revelers can sample the wares produced by breweries including Legal Draft and New Main from noon to 3 p.m., visit the petting zoo and browse the farmers market while being serenaded by local musicians Tony Rey, Chris Acosta and others. Games, a stilt walker and pet adoptions by Trinity GAP Rescue also are planned. Food truck Not Just Q will be on-site,” said a spokesman. Sales from a pumpkin patch will benefit the Viridian Dads Club. Details at www.viridian.com.
  • Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon hosted by SafeHaven of Tarrant County is Oct. 12 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth. Four time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw will be the keynote speaker talking about “Why Not Your Best?” Honorees are Sissy Day, Fonda Martin, Mayor Betsy Price, Lynda Railsback, Alice Puente, Lynda Sanders, Shonda Schaefer, Nancy Tice, Renova Williams and Sharen Wilson. Make reservations at www.safehaventc.org or call Valerie Salter at 817-502-7132.

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