How far would you go to be a catalyst of hope? Local charity 6 Stones challenges anyone in the community to answer this question by signing up for the Run for Hope on May 16 at Pennington Field in Bedford.
Participants can choose from a 10K, 5K or 1-mile course, and for spectators there will be a fun morning of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Chairing this third year of the event is Trey Dyer with help from Cody Bettis, 6 Stones assistant director. They are bringing their A-game to create a memorable morning for all attendees as money is raised to enable 6 Stones to support H-E-B school district students.
“Run for Hope is the kick off to our program with H-E-B ISD called Operation Back 2 School, where we will host a social service fair on Aug. 15 and 22 and will distribute between 6,000 and 7,000 school supply kits and backpacks to students that qualify in grades K-12,” said 6 Stones Executive Director Scott Sheppard. He said the run raised more than $30,000 and attracted 1,400 runners last year, and the goal is to sign up 2,000 runners this time.
Attractions in the Hope Square area will be hitting on all cylinders with a slew of exhibits and a car-and-motorcycle show. Exhibitors include Carter BloodCare, Frost Bank, Camp Gladiator, YMCA and police and fire departments from Hurst, Euless and Bedford.
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Don’t miss the Mavs and Cowboy mascots at the Fuel Up Play 60 exhibit. Raising Canes, Rita’s Ice and other eateries will have plenty of food available for guests. And how about some fresh produce from a farmer’s market?
An open house at the new Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy, H-E-B’s newest facility, will run throughout the event. Guests can find out more about the automotive, public safety and health sciences programs at the academy. Culinary students will prepare something delicious at the Atmos Energy cook trailer.
“H-E-B mayors will receive a hunger challenge from the H-E-B ISD superintendent to see which city can collect the most food for local food pantries for a food drive that runs until the Fourth of July,” Sheppard said, adding that demand rises once school is out.
An awards ceremony after the races will present prizes to the top three finishers in various age categories, and Luke’s Locker will award $200 store gift cards to a man and woman who break the course record. Prize drawings throughout the event will amp up the fun while a disc jockey blasts music to create the perfect atmosphere.
A spotlight moment at the open house will be three scholarship presentations – the Gene and Mary Kay Buinger Scholarship given on behalf of Gene Buinger, recently retired H-E-B superintendent and namesake of the academy, and a scholarship to an automotive student by Ken Thompson of Thompson Group/Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine. Principal Lisa Karr will present a scholarship in honor of her father, James D. Paulk Jr.
Registration fees are $35 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K (age 18 and under is $15). The 1-mile fee is $10. Sign up before Sunday because fees increase by $5 after that date. Register at www.6stones.org/run-for-hope or call the office at 817-868-7400 or email email@example.com.
Tree giveaway Saturday helps keep Euless a ‘Tree City USA’
A rainout for Arbor Daze did not dampen the “tree-mendous” determination to keep Euless shady and beautiful. The free trees traditionally given away during the festival are still awaiting their new permanent home and will be handed out Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Euless Family Life Center Aquatic Park, 300 Midway Drive.
“We have about 3,000 red oak tree saplings that need a home. We hope they all get picked up and planted,” said park manager Terry Boaz.
The Arbor Daze festival has given more than 150,000 trees during its 28-year history to replace the dwindling urban tree canopy. Most of thestrees have been planted in the immediate area to replenish the local tree population.
“We encourage planting your tree in your yard, business or anywhere you have permission. You can start it off in a small pot or plant directly in the yard. You may need to provide it with some support, like tree stakes, if you plant it directly in the yard,” Boaz said. “In a few years you could have a nice-sized tree growing in your yard.”
Euless has received the Tree City USA designation for 29 years from the Arbor Day Foundation’s national community forestry management program for cities and towns across America. The status is achieved by meeting standards for sound urban forestry management and other criteria.
“There are many examples around the city of trees that were first planted as saplings and are now huge, beautiful trees,” Boaz said. He pointed to a massive chinquapin oak now growing at the home of sisters Charlotte Idso and Donna Mae Lindsey, which they planted as a sapling after the 1995 Arbor Daze.
Inquire about the free trees by calling 817-685-1666.
Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club hosts special May events
Mothers interested in activities and support aimed at stay-at-home parents are in luck. The H-E-B MOMS Club is hosting a brunch Wednesday for local moms who want to check out what the club does and get acquainted with members.
The local organization is affiliated with the International nonprofit MOMS Club organization specifically created for at-home mothers everywhere. The H-E-B club meets monthly and also offers regular special activities.
“We help you feel good about your decision to stay at home with your children and give you the opportunity to share activities with other at-home mothers and their children,” said Nicki Javor, a member of the club.
Javor said the club hosts park play days, playgroups, activity groups like Book Club, HOOTOWL Club (Husbands Out of Town or Out Working Late) and a monthly MOMS Night Out.
“We also perform service projects to help needy children in our community. We donated 46 turkeys to Project HELP for families in the H-E-B area for Thanksgiving and shopped for and donated clothes and toys to Safe Haven, a place for moms and children who are escaping domestic violence,” Javor said.
Meet-ups are scheduled during the day — mornings and after school — and mothers are encouraged to bring their children with them to all activities they choose to participate in. Annual dues for membership are $20.
The venue for the 10 a.m. brunch Wednesday is Central Market in Southlake on the patio. Learn more by sending an email to HEBMomsClub@yahoo.com or check out the Facebook page at MOMS Club of HEB,Tx.