Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Valentine dances create special family memories

The Euless Daddy-Daughter Dance in 2015.
The Euless Daddy-Daughter Dance in 2015.

Parents in the H-E-B area wanting to do something special on Valentine’s Day with their children can establish a new family tradition at any of the city-sponsored parties planned for the annual day set aside to celebrate love. Capacity is limited at these parties, so tickets should be purchased in the next week or so to guarantee admission.

In Euless, a Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance is set for Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Senior Center, 300 W. Midway Drive.

“This is a great event for dads, uncles or grandpas to make special memories with their special little girl. This is an event we look forward to because everyone has so much fun. We strongly encourage buying tickets early because we will sell out,” said spokeswoman Suzanne Hendrickson.

The party features dancing, refreshments, goody bags and keepsake photos. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person and go on sale Jan. 15. Call 817-685-1666 to make reservations.

For families in Hurst, the Daddy and Daughter Valentine’s Ball is set for Feb. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive.

According to the website, the ball is “requesting the presence of all princesses, ages 16 and under to … enjoy an afternoon of dancing, crafts, refreshments, and a photo to remember your day.”

Only 250 tickets are sold, so make plans now to attend. Tickets are $15 per couple and $8 for each additional daughter. They are available beginning Monday at the office at the recreation center. Call 817-788-7320 for information.

An event for dads and daughters and moms and sons is planned in Bedford for Feb. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Boys Ranch Activity Center. Guests will enjoy dancing and delicious refreshments and will take home a flower and keepsake photo.

The cost is $20 per couple or $12 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance at the center, located at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 817-952-2323 to inquire.

Volunteering among top New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year when people everywhere are resolving to make changes in their life for the new year ahead. The lists of resolutions vary widely, of course, but a few standouts appear over and over on many lists. Not surprisingly, doing things like exercising and making better food choices are part of the plan for a healthier 2016.

Another standout choice is the decision to volunteer. If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution that benefits your community as well as yourself, then volunteering might be just the ticket. There are scores of possibilities to donate your time and talent to, but some good starting points to explore are the municipal volunteer programs in Hurst, Euless and Bedford.

▪ The Family of Volunteers program in Euless invites people of all ages to help with community events and initiatives.

“If you would like to help build a strong community, play an important role in someone’s life and be a part of something exciting, then join our Family of Volunteers program,” writes Jerry Poteet, who is the volunteer and events coordinator. Contact Poteet at 817-685-1449 or jpoteet@eulesstx.gov.

▪ The Volunteers-In-Action program in Hurst has been active for more than 30 years and has the distinction of being the first municipal volunteer program to be recognized by the state.

According to VIA coordinator Malaika Marion, volunteers have provided more than 475,000 hours totaling nearly $7 million in services to the Hurst community since 1979. The program has more than 130 active volunteers providing services in various city departments and 15 groups that work on special projects throughout the year.

An online application is available at www.hursttx.gov (find the VIA link under the “Residents” menu). Applications can be filled out in person at the Community Services offices inside the library at 901 Precinct Line Road. To inquire, contact Marion at 817-788-7311 or mmarion@hursttx.gov.

▪ In Bedford volunteer services are utilized in the library and Police Department among others.

Library volunteers can fill out an application online at goo.gl/dAJTrl or contact volunteer coordinator Cynthia Reid at 817-952-2330 or Cynthia.Reid@bedfordtx.gov.

The Bedford Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service program “provides trained citizen volunteers who assist the department in police activities, enhance crime prevention and provide additional manpower to improve service to the community.”

To inquire, contact volunteer coordinator Kim Brown at 817-952-2473 or kim.brown@bedfordtx.gov.

Business in H-E-B feted at annual luncheon

Without healthy businesses, a community cannot thrive. How fortunate the H-E-B area is to have a healthy local economy fueled by successful companies that have chosen this area as the best place to do business.

Celebrate the successes of local men and women in business along with the companies that call Hurst, Euless and Bedford home at the upcoming Awards Luncheon hosted by the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce.

Set for Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Texas Star Conference Center in Euless, the festive afternoon will celebrate the many accomplishments of chamber members, businesses and outstanding individuals.

Presenting the awards and hosting the event will be Robert Earley, CEO of the JPS Health Network.

Awards for the officer, director, member and ambassador of the year will be announced, along with the recipients of the Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award, the Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award and the HEB Community Service Award.

The spotlight moment is the announcement of the Clyde Mooney Award, the chamber’s highest honor. Also revealed will be winner of the small, midsize and large businesses of the year.

“The H-E-B chamber is fortunate to have so many outstanding volunteers and businesses that make what the organization does possible — advancing business and strengthening our community. It was a very difficult decision for the awards committee to select the 2015 recipients,” said chamber CEO Mary Frazior.

Outgoing Chairman Michael Land will recognize outgoing board members, and new board Chairwoman Kimberly Ball will introduce the 2016 executive committee and board and outline plans for the year ahead.

Tickets are $25 each and tables of eight are $500. To make reservations, call the chamber office at 817-283-1521. To see a complete list of award nominees, visit www.heb.org.

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