Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Star Studded Monster Mash party benefits women in crisis

Join The Women’s Center as members “take Halloween from horrifying to Hollywood” at their Star Studded Monster Mash party Friday at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
Join The Women’s Center as members “take Halloween from horrifying to Hollywood” at their Star Studded Monster Mash party Friday at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Courtesy photo

The Women’s Center will “take Halloween from horrifying to Hollywood” at its Star Studded Monster Mash party on Friday at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Costumed guests will walk the red carpet as they arrive for an evening of glitz and glamour including dinner, Hollywood-themed entertainment, dancing and a silent auction.

“Monster Mash been one of our favorite parties to attend in Fort Worth for many years,” said Leslie Edwards, who is co-chairing the event with Lauren Anton, Caroline Arnette and Georgina Condrey. “I am excited to co-chair this sure-to-be-fun night with three of my best friends. We are all committed to making this event a huge success so that The Women’s Center can continue helping those in desperate situations triumph over tragedy.”

Unique auction swag includes a golf getaway at Lajitas, a private dinner party prepared by Fort Worth firefighters at the station, box seats at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and a chance to create a unique doughnut flavor with Funky Town Donuts. Dance the night away to the musical stylings of the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, and commemorate the evening with keepsake pictures from a fun photo booth.

The Monster Mash has raised $670,000 in the past four years, helping provide services to over 445,600 women, men and children.

“We hope that the people coming to Monster Mash know that our work to help clients triumph over violence, crisis and poverty is made possible by their generosity. This party is such a fun way to say thank you and to ensure the sustainability of programs and services that change people’s lives,” said Laura Hilgart, president and CEO.

Tickets are $250 per person. Purchase online at www.womenscentertc.org or call 817-927-4006.

Painted Pumpkin Sale Saturday benefits kids fighting cancer

For those who have not been to the Circle of Friends Painted Pumpkin Sale, you are in for a big surprise. This is not a pumpkin patch (though patches are fun), and it is not a display of carved pumpkins (although carvings are great). No, this is an art sale where the canvas just happens to be a pumpkin or gourd. And the artists who are responsible for these amazing creations are exceptionally talented.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in a new venue at The Villages of Colleyville, 33 Main St. No. 140. Arrive early because these beauties go fast. They can be beautiful decorative accessories for your home or the perfect gift.

“These one-of-a-kind pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple faces to elaborate works of art,” said Circle of Friends spokeswoman Siân Rees. “Each is lovingly drawn and painted with the hope that the money raised will help brighten the life of a child with cancer.”

A sneak preview revealed a few of this year’s creations, including an Aggie pumpkin, a couple of Western-themed beauties, a formal one done in browns and mauve, one painted with a gorgeous fall scene and a Muppets cutie.

“All proceeds from the sale benefit children with cancer by providing funds for related programs and activities through the hematology/oncology department at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Circle of Friends also provides monetary assistance for the clinic as well as assisting patients and their families with travel expenses to and from the hospital, unpaid medical bills and even funeral expenses,” Rees said.

Learn more at www.ntcircleoffriends.com or contact Rees at 818-292-2269.

South Street Art Festival Friday through Sunday in Arlington

Remember those lyrics to the great oldies tune by the Orlons? “Where do all the hippies meet? (South Street, South Street). Do you hear that groovy beat? (South Street, South Street).” These lyrics may be old, but they describe perfectly Arlington’s own South Street as it is transformed into the hip and groovy South Street Art Festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

Dozens of artists will have booths set up along South Street along with live music from local and regional bands performing all weekend long on the Longhorn Harley-Davidson Stage. Food will be available on site in addition to all the downtown eateries ready to serve festivalgoers.

Featured artworks include the beautiful jewelry made by Jeannette Teel from Allen using old keys, padlocks, clock gears and gemstones or the metal textilelike mosaic creations by Hannah Dreiss & Nemo from Comfort. Shawn Graham from Cedar Creek makes wood containers from fallen trees, and Gloria Shanahan from Shawnee, Kan., will be selling beautiful pencil art.

Cheryl Fahringer and Alan Jackson from Midlothian will be there with their beautiful nature and architecture photography, and Sophy Sam from Plano will be selling photos of flora used as a background or to spell inspirational words.

Nicole Brin of Colorado uses metal to create beautiful sculptural work, and see the pretty paintings created by Shelly Burden of Grapevine and the glass works by Heather Crouch of Joshua. Pieces of hand-painted and textured papers are the creations of Lisa Morales of Houston. And there are dozens more artists in several categories whose work will thrill the veteran art collectors or those just beginning to acquire art.

Police officers will be on hand for meet and greet and photos throughout the festival, so bring the kids by to meet the men and women who protect our city. On Sunday, bring your furry friends for the Art, Craft Beer and Dog Walk starting at 11 a.m. Dress up your pooch for some early Halloween fun.

New this year is the Craft Beer Garden where 10 craft beer breweries will be highlighted. “Whether you want to enjoy a pint or sample all the different beers, if you are a craft beer lover, you will not want to miss this,” an event promo says.

Admission is free. Festival hours are 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.southstreetartfest.com for more.

Beer, Beards, & Beethoven Oct 19

If great music and craft beers are a winning combination for you, the one-night-only concert hosted by the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 will be right up your alley.

“The 30-minute program will feature popular classical music favorites as well as arrangements of popular songs and will be emceed by CMSFW artistic director Gary Levinson,” said spokeswoman Elizabeth Semrad.

Guests can enjoy a “Schmooze and Brews” gathering after the concert for mixing and mingling and meeting the artists. Complimentary Wild Acre Brewing Co. brews will be served, and a food truck will be on site with dinner or snacks.

Tickets are $20 each or $30 for two and include up to three pints of beer after the show. The venue is at 1734 E. El Paso St. Learn more at www.chambermusicfw.org or call 817-923-9983.

The Great Pumpkin Party Walk for PKD Oct. 22

It’s time for the 14th annual Walk for PKD, the signature fundraising and public awareness event for the PKD Foundation. The North Texas Walk is Oct. 22 in Southlake Town Square, where scores of walkers, patients, friends and family will be among the 50 cities nationwide participating in similar events.

“We're calling our event The Great Pumpkin Party for PKD. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and we will have costume contests for adults, kids and dogs,” said Sally Wilson, coordinator for the PKD Foundation North Texas chapter.

Polycystic kidney disease is “one of the most common but least well-known kidney diseases. PKD causes cysts to grow in the kidneys, eventually leading to kidney failure. Transplantation or dialysis are the only treatments. A recessive form of PKD also affects newborns, many of whom die during their first year of life. Our goal is to find an effective drug to treat PKD early in the disease process,” Wilson said.

Whitley Terry, 1, of Shreveport has the disease and is believed to be the only child from her area to have survived longer than one year. Whitley’s family and friends have formed a walk team — Whitley’s Warriors — and will be special guests at the walk as they raise money for research to find a treatment or cure for this terrible disease.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8 a.m., the Penny Kids Dash at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Learn how to help and participate at walkforpkd.org.

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