Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

‘Ruby Boots and Red Brick Roots’ is Junior Woman’s Club Spring Show

Melissa Howard-Carter directs Fort Worth Junior Woman’s Club cast members.
Melissa Howard-Carter directs Fort Worth Junior Woman’s Club cast members. Courtesy photo

Bass Hall, Casa Mañana, Stage West — they’re all great places to see outstanding performers on a live stage. But they’re not the only game in town this spring because some terrific homegrown talent will take the stage Friday and Saturday to bring down the house in a uproarious musical presented by the Junior Woman’s Club.

Ruby Boots and Red Brick Roots is a play written and performed by the club members who will sing and dance their way into your heart during a fast-paced show that follows the adventures across Texas of Molly as she searches for her true home (think Dorothy’s adventures in The Wizard of Oz).

“Our spring show is a collaboration of many people in Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth who write, sing, choreograph, dance, design and build sets, create costumes and put on a performance for the community,” said director Melissa Howard-Carter, who co-wrote the show with club member Ashley Pittman.

Before each performance, guests can attend a reception and buy raffle tickets to win Kendra Scott jewelry, a wine tasting, tickets for local entertainment attractions, barre classes, a Rahr Brewery tour and more. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Molly is a guitar-playing folk hero who encounters folks getting on and off the Fort Worth trolley, one of whom is a teen runaway played by Alex Martin. Sharing stories of her life experiences with the troubled teen, Molly recalls friends she made on her journey back to Fort Worth to search for her roots. For example, there’s the magician from The Land of No Rules whose dollar-store wand has absolutely no magical powers (played by club member and the Star-Telegram’s own Stephanie Allmon Merry).

The younger version of Molly is played by Allison Nixon, and Melanie Wilson plays the older Molly.

It’s all fun when Molly meets up with Mayor Betsy Price, who — for this cameo role — is never seen without her ever-present policeman and fireman escorts. It’s definitely playful-type casting since Tracy Carter, who plays the police role, is a real-life neighborhood officer in Como, and Austin Pittman is a Saginaw firefighter, and both are husbands of the play’s authors. It’s sure to be a showstopper when the mayor tells Molly that Fort Worth’s Trolley was named after her and ultimately presents her the key to the city.

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Junior Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, and the Spring Show is a celebration of its nine decades of wonderful history. The club president is Crystal Rehling. The club participates in local community action projects and awards scholarships.

Reserved seating tickets for $25 are available through Monday. General admission tickets can be purchased online at www.JWCFW.org or at the door for $20. Two performances — 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday — will be at W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. Call Howard-Carter with any questions at 817-791-6760.

Expo on Friday to have food, fun, networking and 90-plus exhibitors

Google searches and Yelp reviews are handy and helpful, but sometimes you just want to meet the business owner personally, see products for real, and hear firsthand about services you are seeking. That’s exactly what you can do at the H-E-B Chamber Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive.

“The Expo showcases dozens of excellent services and products offered in the H-E-B area. It’s a great opportunity to meet and make connections with the key decision-makers in our community,” H-E-B chamber CEO Mary Frazior said.

With more than 90 exhibitors, the Expo will afford guests the convenience of getting familiar with scores of businesses all in one location. The event also includes prize drawings, a home improvement aisle, auto display and complimentary refreshments from local restaurants. The event chair is Charolete Davis from Century 21 Mike Bowman.

Go ahead and make a day of it, and no worries about hunger pangs — a slew of restaurants will be there serving up tasty bites of their signature dishes. Visit as many eateries as you please including Miguelito’s, Texas Roadhouse, Miz G’s House of Pies, Chef Roni’s Results Kitchen, Bar Louie, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Oakley Grill, On the Border, Rita’s and Italian Ice to name only a few.

Take a stroll through the booths to see the impressive assembly of products and services for businesses and consumers. Check out what’s new at the exhibits from Lift Aids, Documation, Oncor, M3 Networks, Wells Fargo, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital, Minuteman Press, Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Century 21 Mike Bowman, Tarrant County College and Dallas Baptist University among dozens of others.

According to Frazior, “Whether you have an established business, are an aspiring entrepreneur or a resident of the area, the Expo is always a good use of your time and a lot of fun, too.”

Tickets are $10 each, or $5 with a Star-Telegram Press Pass. To ask if booth spaces are still available, call 817-283-1521 or visit www.HEB.org. The Expo is jointly presented by the chamber and the H-E-B Economic Development Foundation.

Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk Saturday benefits cancer care

Head out to the Duck Pond in Trinity Park on Saturday for the second edition of the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K and fun run.

It is hosted by Michelle Squires, who founded the event last year in partnership with the Colon Cancer Coalition, and organizers hope to top the nearly $30,000 earned in its inaugural year. Squires started the event after having family members battling colon cancer and wanted to raise public awareness of the disease.

“I got involved after losing both my mom and uncle to the disease,” Squires said. “They were both diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer before the recommended screening age of 50. Now I’m proactive with my health. I talk to my doctor openly about any changes and I’m screened regularly. I want to promote that same kind of awareness in my community. Prevention and early detection could really save a life.”

Prizes will be awarded in various age and fundraising categories after the race. Participants and spectators can visit several sponsor exhibits and have a photo with Large Marge the inflatable colon. Registration begins a 7:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Cancer Care Services as it provides services to help families navigate through the cancer process. Learn more at www.coloncancercoalition.org/fortworth or www.cancercareservices.org.

Nominations for Women of Excellence open through March 15

For those who know a woman who is exceptionally committed to helping other women, now is a good time to publicly honor her. The Women of Excellence organization is accepting nominations for women who exemplify the mission of the organization: to gather a group of dynamic women “committed to pushing themselves to the next level.”

According to founder Janeé Hill, the organization “prides itself on authenticity and relevant, interactive programs.” Winners of the award will be recognized at a luncheon April 20. Three women will be chosen for the award and will be honored with prize packages including complimentary admittance to the Women of Excellence Exhale Retreat and more.

“So many women are where they are today because of other women who have taken the time to help them,” Hill said. “This luncheon is to honor just this type of woman.”

Nomination forms are available at janeehill.com/women-of-excellence/ or call Hill at 817-717-3001.

Events at a glance

▪ Free concert at 4 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, featuring three Wesleyan choirs, Robert August on organ, Dolores August on flute and other musical performers.

The concert is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae Chapter. New York composer James Adler has written a selection for the occasion. To learn more about the concert or about Sigma Alpha Iota, contact Jean Frick at 817-737-4071.

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