Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Streams & Valleys and Bob Jones Nature Center each have fundraisers

Party on the Plaza, top, and Naturally Sweet events in previous years.
Party on the Plaza, top, and Naturally Sweet events in previous years.

As the fall event season rolls on, two annual happenings will again make a splash on the local party scene. Party on the Plaza on Thursday benefits Streams & Valleys, and Naturally Sweet on Nov. 4 benefits the Bob Jones Nature Center. Both are established fundraisers that reliably deliver a fantastic experience and deserve the support of ticket buyers.

Party on the Plaza

Nearly 2,000 people are expected to gather in Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth for the Friends of the River — Party on the Plaza on Thursday to enjoy food, music and fun activities that will raise money for the Share the Trail safety campaign aimed at users of the popular Trinity Trails on the river.

The festivities begin with a 6K run along the river accompanied by a 2K social stroll and the popular Fido Fun Run. Afterward a family-friendly block party in Montgomery Plaza features 30 local restaurants, beer and wine tastings, and live music.

“We hope the city will help us celebrate the beauty of the Trinity River and all that Fort Worth has to offer,” said Stacey Pierce, executive director of Streams & Valleys. “Proceeds from this event flow back into the Trinity River and Trails, specifically ‘Share the Trail,’ our public awareness campaign that teaches trail safety.”

Attendees can have distinctly different experiences at this annual event — for some it’s all about the walk/run. For others it’s just the party. For those wanting more, participating in both events is the way to go.

New this year is the Paw Pad for dogs to have their own place to party after participating in the Fido Fun Run. This frees up doggie owners to do a little partying of their own while the pooch has a good time too.

According to Pierce, increased use of the Trinity Trails has created the need for awareness about safe interaction between the varied trail activities happening simultaneously and has sparked the Share the Trail campaign. It will include such things as putting directional and educational signage at trailheads, advertising and social media campaigns, and a grassroots outreach to local community organizations, cycling groups and other trail user groups. “The campaign also calls for the creation of a ‘slow zone’ from Panther Island Pavilion to the Woodshed, one of the most congested sections of the trail,” Pierce said.

Partygoers can sample signature dishes from the booths of local eateries including Aventino’s, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Buttons, Chadra Mezza, Chimy’s, Corner Bakery, Cowboys Chicken, Flying Fish, Funky Town Donuts and the Fort Worth school district’s Culinary Creations.

Also visit these outstanding booths from Hot Damn, Tamales!, Kona Grill Lyzette’s Catering, Mariposa’s, Max’s Wine Dive, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pearl Snap Kolaches, Press Cafe, Raising Canes, Righteous Foods, Simply Fit Meals, Taco Heads, Terra Mediterranean Grill, The American Pub, Tommy’s and the Woodshed.

What would the party be without live music? Performing on the main stage will be Pardi Gras — you name it, they play it.

Save some cash by purchasing tickets by Wednesday. Cost: $38 for the 6K or 2K, $43 chip timed, $10 kids 12 and under, and $30 for the party only. Event day tickets are $50 per person and $15 for kids.

The 6K and walking events are staggered beginning at 6 p.m., and the party starts at 7 p.m. Montgomery Plaza is at 2600 W. Seventh St. Learn more at friendsoftheriverfw.com.

Naturally Sweet on Nov. 4

Come celebrate the Bob Jones Nature Center during an enchanted evening of sweet and savory tastings from local restaurants, celebratory cocktails and entertainment at the annual Naturally Sweet party Nov. 4 at The Marq in Southlake.

After outgrowing the nature center’s space where guests partied under the stars, the popular event moves to another Southlake venue, The Marq, to make sure guests get the maximum pleasure from their party experience.

“The evening will be lots of fun with fabulous food and the very popular Dan Quinn Band as entertainment. Even though the event is inside this year, we will still be ‘under the stars,’ ” board President Debra Edmondson said.

The party will feature a bustling culinary scene with samplings from an impressive roster of local eateries including Del Frisco’s Grille, Feedstore BBQ, Howard Wangs, Cake With a Kick, iFratelli Pizza, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Taziki’s, Mason Dixie Restaurant, Brio Tuscan Grille and Yelibelly Chocolates. New restaurants are joining the lineup daily.

“We are excited to have [Tarrant County] Commissioner Gary Fickes as our honorary chairperson this year,” Edmondson said. “Commissioner Fickes was mayor of Southlake when the land for the Bob Jones Nature Center was purchased.”

Guests will be graciously served courtesy of the Grapevine Wine Pourers Society and the Byron Nelson Culinary Arts School students as they act as hosts at the food and beverage stations.

“Tickets purchased for this event not only help strengthen the Bob Jones Nature Center educational programs and restoration of our grounds, but it also offers a valuable opportunity to gain entree and visibility to some of the most sought-after demographics in North Texas,” Executive Director Lori Higgins said.

Local musician and singer Dan Quinn will emcee the evening’s program as well as provide sparkling entertainment with vocals and acoustic guitar. His band performances incorporate multiple instruments, effects and looping to create a unique sound and a great show.

Silent auction swag will feature courtside midcourt tickets to a Mavs game and an autographed jersey from Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus as well as a fun luncheon outing with Southlake Mayor Laura Hill.

Funds raised will help complete the latest outdoor classroom at the center, the Pollinator Garden and fund restoration such as the savanna project to convert the grounds to Texas native plants and wildflowers. Tickets are $135 for nonmembers and $100 for members. Purchase online at www.BJNC.org or call 817-491-6333.

Leadership Colleyville still accepting applications

A few spots are still available for the Leadership Colleyville course that begins Oct. 27. Chamber of commerce President Connie Hanner said that the purpose of the newly revamped class is to help residents and business owners become more familiar with the workings of Colleyville in general and that it also provides leadership tools for new professionals just entering businesses.

“This is a new approach to leadership and is more in line with what the next generation of leaders are looking for instead of the traditional leadership programming that chambers are known for,” Hanner said. “If you live in, work in or do business in Colleyville and want to meet the movers and shakers and get a better understanding of how to participate fully in any town where you live or work, this program is for you.”

Leadership Colleyville provides participants opportunities for personal and professional development in a flexible program that delivers content at a pace consistent with today’s mobile society. Registration and course details at www.ColleyvilleChamber.org.

Briefly

  • The Women’s Policy Forum is Oct. 21 at the City Club, 301 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Topic: “Future Smart: What Does the Future Ask of Us?” Cost is $35 for the half-day session, 8 a.m. to noon, featuring three keynote speakers, Kyle Walker, Ann Boysen and Susan Kiehl. Visit www.WomensPolicyForum.org to learn more.
  • Cornhole Tournament and Family Fun Day is set for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 23 at UTA Maverick Stadium hosted by the Junior League of Arlington. Music, exhibits, food and games. The tournament will be a single-elimination, bracket-style competition. Two-person teams can register for $50. Admission for spectators is $10, and kids under age 5 are admitted free. Parking is $10. www.JLArlington.org.
  • Festival of Friends gala hosted by Mid-Cities Care Corps is Nov. 3 at the Hurst Conference Center. Dinner, auctions and a fun evening are planned to raise money for senior citizen services. Tickets available at midcitiescarecorps.org or call the office at 817-282-0531.
  • AIDS Outreach Center AIDS walk, recently rebranded to Hope Walk, is Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Park Pavilion in Fort Worth. An afternoon of food, fun, kids corner, music, Pooch’s Parade and costume contest, and a 50-yard stiletto run will help raise money for families affected by HIV/AIDS. Register at www.aoc.org or 817-916- 5256.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Oct. 22 at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and walk begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the walk fund critical research to end the terrible disease, and they are short of their fundraising goal so far this year. Help by forming a team or be a single walker. Sign up at act.alz.org or call Ashley Powell at 817-336-4949.

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