Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Music, toys, parties and gifts continue in the local holiday scene

The Apex Arts League continues their work of bringing cultural arts to families in Northeast Tarrant County as they host a holiday concert on Dec. 21 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. Apex has teamed up with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their annual Sounds of the Season show at 7 p.m.
The Apex Arts League continues their work of bringing cultural arts to families in Northeast Tarrant County as they host a holiday concert on Dec. 21 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. Apex has teamed up with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their annual Sounds of the Season show at 7 p.m. Courtesy

The Apex Arts League continues their work of bringing cultural arts to families in Northeast Tarrant County as they host a holiday concert on Dec. 21 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. Apex has teamed up with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their annual Sounds of the Season show at 7 p.m.

Symphony conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén will lead his musicians in a variety of memorable holiday pieces, including “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Charlie Brown Christmas,” Pachelbel’s “Canon and Gigue” and Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Later, guests in the audience will enjoy a Christmas singalong.

“Apex and the Fort Worth Symphony have presented the holiday concert since 2008,” Apex board chairwoman Terri Messing said. “This event has become a much-anticipated annual holiday program in Northeast Tarrant County. It’s a great way to celebrate the season with friends, family and our wonderful FWSO close to home.”

Tickets are $10 for kids and $20 for adults, with Apex members getting a nice discount. You can purchase at the door or online at apexartsleague.com/.

Delino DeShields honorary chair of Toy Drive Finale event at Globe Life Park on Monday

In partnership with the Cowboy Santa program, the Texas Rangers are hosting a toy drive, spearheaded by the Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department, that will culminate in a Toy Drive Finale from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Globe Life Park.

Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields will be the honorary chairman of the toy drive event. The toy drive launched last week and will continue accepting toy donations through the event. Organizers are asking for new and unwrapped toys or books to be dropped off at the Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop at 316 Main St. in Fort Worth during regular store hours. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth police and fire stations.

“The Rangers are proud to be partnering with the Cowboy Santas program for the seventh consecutive year. Our fans are very generous every holiday season in helping bring joy to so many youngsters in Tarrant County,” Rangers Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake said. “Our annual Cowboy Santas Toy Drive Finale at Globe Life Park is always a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing everyone out here on December 18.”

The party scene in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area will feature Rangers personalities hanging out to sign autographs and participate in fun activities like face painting, crafts and a photo booth. The KidsZone will be open and food and beverages will be available. While holiday movies are shown on the big screen, Santa will make a personal appearance. Free tours of the ballpark will be offered every half hour during the event.

“Donations of new, unwrapped toys and books for boys and girls, newborn to age 12, will be greatly encouraged at the finale event,” Rangers spokeswoman Kate Munson said. “The Cowboy Santas Toy Drive results in the collection of thousands of new, unwrapped toys that are distributed to children from low-income families in Tarrant County.”

Guests may park in Lot B and enter through the Majestic Grand Slam Gift Shop.

To make inquiries, call 817-273-5207 or visit www.rangers.com/toydrive.

The spirit of giving by local companies deserves a shoutout

Helping those in need is commendable any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Residents all around Tarrant County can be proud of the many local businesses that make big contributions to help out during this special season. There are too many to mention in a small space, but here’s a shoutout a few.

Mansfield Toys for Tots gets donation from Texas Trust Credit Union

Hundreds of toys and a check for $5,000 were delivered at the annual Toys for Tots event at the Mansfield school district’s Center for the Performing Arts earlier this month.

During the festivities, the company’s mascot, Cash, competed in a race with mascots from each Mansfield-area high school. The company also hosted a family area where children had fun created ‘magic sparkling food’ for Santa’s reindeer.

“It is a joy to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve fulfill their mission of bringing hope to less fortunate children,” said Debi Knoblock, an officer of Texas Trust. “Toys for Tots brings joy to us as well and gives us an opportunity to fulfill the Christmas wishes of many children.”

Learn more at TexasTrustCU.org.

Birdville Elementary School gets new bikes from Waste Connections in Haltom City

For the past 16 years, Haltom City has hosted the Christmas Promise Bike Build project with the staff at Waste Connections. Employees raised money before building 120 new bicycles to donate to students at Birdville Elementary.

Employees greeted parents and families at the school’s gym last week to present the free bicycles and helmets. And their generosity extends beyond the company headquarters in Haltom City, as they’ve donated more than 4,500 bikes to kids across the country.

“We are very proud of our partnership with Waste Connections Inc. and this event is a testament to their commitment to serving our community — especially our kids,” City Manager Keith Lane said.

Inquire with Julie Orebaugh, Parks & Recreation, at 817-222-7767.

Cook Children’s Medical Center benefits from KSCS Radiothon

Radio station KSCS 96.3 hosted a live broadcast at Cook Children’s on Dec. 11, raising nearly $415,000 for the hospital. This was the fourth year for the radiothon event, co-presented by EECU Credit Union and Albertsons/Tom Thumb.

“This is the most KSCS has raised for the hospital during the single day event bringing the total raised for Cook Children’s of the four years of this event to more than $915,000,” said Rebecca Kaplan, marketing director for Cumulus Media and KSCS.

On-air personalities participating in the radiothon included Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, Katelyn “Connected K” Maida, John “Trapper” Morris, Michelle Rodriguez and Jasmine Sadry.

Kaplan said that listeners heard stories of the patients, families and Cook Children’s staff. He also said listeners responded with their own personal stories about Cook Children’s along with some very generous donations.

Contact Kaplan at 972-708-4263 with any questions.

Charities must apply for grants from Southlake Women’s Club Foundation by Jan. 15

Nonprofits in Northeast Tarrant County who want to be a beneficiary of the funds raised at the annual Art in the Square festival have until Jan. 15 to submit their applications.

The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation (the Women’s Club hosts Art in the Square) has announced that the 2018 grant application and guidelines are available at www.artinthesquare.com.

The foundation is looking for organizations that serve women, children and families in Northeast Tarrant County (they must have the 501(c) (3) designation) to apply for funding from the 2018 Art in the Square proceeds.

“Since 2000 the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation’s caring commitment has given $2,700,000 to philanthropic organizations across Northeast Tarrant County,” spokeswoman Sherri Whitt said. “In 2017 $184K was shared by 32 beneficiaries.”

Plans are underway for the 19th Art in the Square set for April 27-29 at Southlake Town Square. “Beneficiaries will be presented at the ‘Strokes of Art in the Square’ reception on February 18, 2018,” Whitt said. Direct questions to her at 817-944-4408 or Sjwswc1@aol.com.

Give the gift of literacy by supporting local journalism

As end-of-year gifts are being considered, please explore the Star-Telegram’s News in Education (NIE) program. A donation to NIE will provide local teachers and students access to the news every day and promote literacy in our communities.

Teachers participating in the NIE program receive unique, timely and creative online resources for kids in grades K-12 to engage students and encourage lifelong learning. The eEdition (digital newspaper) and educational resources are provided at no cost to schools through donations made by community members, businesses and by Star-Telegram subscribers.

Teachers in the NIE program get a wide-range of specific activity guides to help them use the eEdition to meet state and common core standards. Educational apps, downloadable teaching tools, YouTube learning channels, and a wide-variety of other educational resources for K-12 learning are part of the program. Reading the eEdition helps create interest in current events and expands students’ knowledge of the world.

Donations of any size can be made online at niestar-telegram.com

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