Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Supporters of SafeHaven to host anniversary party

Mid-Cities SOS 2015 Tennis Benefit players.
Mid-Cities SOS 2015 Tennis Benefit players. Courtesy photo

Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of SafeHaven) will host a cocktail party May 5 to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Tennis Benefit the club presents annually. Since the tennis tournament began 25 years ago, the event has raised about $500,000 to benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

“We invite everyone to come celebrate 25 years of women helping women,” said Beth Battles, SOS president. “We are very proud of the longevity of our annual Tennis Benefit that supports children’s programs at SafeHaven and our mission to end domestic abuse.”

Guests at the party will enjoy champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive. Tickets are $25 per person and may be bought online at www.mid-citiessos.org.

This year’s Tennis Benefit will provide three days — May 10-12 — of exciting tennis competition and enjoyment for players and spectators at the Southlake Tennis Center.

The tournament offers women’s set partner round robin doubles with a playoff for division winners, and each team is guaranteed five rounds of play. It is the largest women’s charity tennis event in Texas.

Players will enjoy a light breakfast, snacks, a player gift and lunch during the awards presentation. A raffle of fun gifts will be open for players and spectators.

Register for tennis at www.mid-citiessos.org or contact Mia Poorman at 817-421-5605 or mia@southlaketennis.com. Reservations for the 25th anniversary party are due immediately.

Nominations for Legacy of Women Award due May 20

If you know a woman leaving a legacy in our community, nominate her for the 2016 Legacy of Women Award. The award, sponsored by SafeHaven of Tarrant County, honors local women for their outstanding achievements in the fields of arts, business, education, health and human services and volunteerism.

“Nominations will be considered by an independent group of the candidate's peers who represent various areas of expertise,” said SafeHaven spokeswoman Keeli McNair. The winners will be presented at the 24th annual Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon in October.

For detailed information, criteria and nomination forms, visit www.safehaventc.org or call 817-502-7132.

Summer Arts College offers discount tuition through Sunday

It’s not too early to get kids ages 6-16 signed up for fun and enriching summer activities. Arts Council Northeast will again offer Summer Arts College, a camp that give kids a chance to learn from some of the area’s top artists as they get a taste of the performing and visual arts.

Campers get hands-on visual art instruction in watercolor, acrylics, sculpture and 3-D along with set design and musical theater and do a performance on the last day for friends and family.

Check www.artscouncilnortheast.org for camp dates and locations. Get a discount if you register by Sunday. Call 817-283-3406 or email info@artscouncilnortheast.org for details.

CPR Project: A job well done

Kudos to the massive team assembled by 6 Stones in the recent CPR (Community Powered Revitalization) weekend this month.

More than 1,200 volunteers gathered during CPR Blitz Weekend to make improvements on 50 homes in the Hurst, Euless and Bedford communities and beyond. The goal of the program is “to preserve homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by assisting homeowners in need.”

After a kickoff rally, volunteers dispersed to assigned locations to begin working on various home projects including painting, repairs, cleanup and other needed maintenance for folks unable to perform the work without assistance.

If you want to be inspired, watch the video on www.6Stones.org. I guarantee that you won’t finish it without shedding a tear.

The next CPR blitz is scheduled for the fall on Oct. 21-22. Call Cody Bettis, 6 Stones assistant executive director, at 682-465-7767 to find out how to be involved.

Free concerts on Thursday feature top-notch bands

This just in from the folks at Arts Council Northeast who bring us the Masterworks Concert Series:

“Described as ‘Glee Meets Stomp’ — Vocal Trash asks you to recycle your imagination as their urban themed Broadway-style show energizes audiences. Their show includes world class singing, industrial drumming and award winning break-dancing.”

Vocal Trash will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane. Admission is free.

Also on Thursday, Brave Combo will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hurst Library 901 Precinct Line Road.

In a news statement, the council said, “For the past three decades the Denton-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. Brave Combo’s catalog of recordings range from Japanese pop to Latin American dance tunes, to the orchestral classics to rock and roll at its finest. The band has won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for their work 7 times.”

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