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Social Eyes: Most Good Music Festival on Sept. 6 features country music greats

Country singers Stoney LaRue, Jack Ingram and Mike and the Moonpies will headline a big lineup of top names in country music at the Most Good Music Festival making its debut at Fort Worth’s Panther Island on Sept. 6. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Salvation Army.

Spokesman Patrick Patey said the musical roots of the Salvation Army make this new event on the Texas music scene especially meaningful.

The Panther Island Pavilion, on the banks of the Trinity River, will be the ideal venue for the concert and other festival activities still being planned for the event.

LaRue, well-known as a red-dirt country artist, will entertain the audience with his unmistakable style that combines Texas swing, Kentucky bluegrass, Southern rock, and Tejano. Texas-born singer-songwriter Ingram’s set will include tunes from his Big Dreams & High Hopes album. Honky-tonk band Mike and the Moonpies will perform classic country favorites.

Funds raised at the festival will help the Salvation Army continue its basic mission of feeding the hungry. The organization expects to serve more than 1 million meals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this year at a cost of more than $2 million. In 2013, more than 34,000 grocery orders were distributed to needy families.

“The event is being launched in conjunction with the Salvation Army’s 125th anniversary in Texas this year,” Patey said. “During 2014, the organization is focused on engaging a new generation of younger supporters, inviting them to join its Doing the Most Good movement to make a difference in their communities.”

Popular Fort Worth food trucks will be on hand to feed festivalgoers throughout the afternoon and evening as they enjoy music and the festival activities. Other acts on the schedule include Folk Family Revival performing Americana-folk-country music with tunes from the hit album Unfolding. Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue will be crowd-pleasers with their combo of rock, blues and country. And the Marshall Young Band from Fort Worth (Young attends TCU) will perform its new single Can’t Stand the Rain along with songs from a new album.

Tickets are $35; VIP tickets that include special parking, food and soft drinks, two adult beverages, a T-shirt, premium seating and a jump-the-line pass are $125.

The pavilion is at 395 Purcey St. The gate opens at 2 p.m. and the shows start at 3, so put on your boots and grab your friends for an exciting day of music and entertainment and help the Salvation Army continue to help those in need. Learn more at, or call 817-344-1835.

Back to School Roundup registration deadline

Spread the word that Saturday is the deadline for families to register for the Back to School Roundup coming up Aug. 6 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, the event is a one-stop shop to prepare the whole family for the start of school. Eligible families will receive free school supplies along with health, dental and vision screenings. Backpacks will also be provided to children in pre-K through fifth grade.

Free immunizations and free haircuts will be available. Exhibits will be set up to provide parents with information on health, reading literacy, parenting, nutrition, financial literacy, fire safety and social services. And the kids will have fun doing activities, games and interactive demonstrations at various booths.

The event is presented by a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization formed to provide underserved schoolchildren and their families with school supplies and other essentials necessary to return to school equipped for a successful academic year.

Learn about qualifications and registration requirement and other details at

Hispanic Wellness Fair

The 16th annual Hispanic Wellness Fair is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive.

Presented by the Hispanic Wellness Coalition, the annual event attended by thousands of local residents is part of the coalition’s mission to provide opportunities for access to healthcare and information.

Executive Director Gloria Martinez said: “We will have services for the entire family with 95 exhibitors ranging from healthcare to financial literacy. Children can receive free immunizations and vision screenings. Children ages 5-12 can receive a brand-new pair of glasses. They may also get a sports physical and dental screenings.”

Adults can get mammograms, hearing tests and screening for vision, diabetes and kidney function. Also available are prostate cancer screenings, blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, body fat evaluations, HIV testing, dental checks and health education and support services

Martinez said nonprofit organizations will be on hand to educate the community about their services, including information about home healthcare, services for people with disabilities and nutrition education.

Guests at the fair will enjoy exercise demonstrations of zumba, tai chi and yoga. Healthy cooking demonstrations “Health and Flavor in the Latino Kitchen” and “Staple Ingredients for Cooking Healthy” will be popular attractions at the fair. And new this year is “Banking Basics” — a financial literacy workshop.

Admission is free and free parking will be available at Farrington Field with a minibus to shuttle people to Will Rogers.

For a complete list of exhibitors and other details, visit

Northeast Tarrant County

Keller women receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

Since 2009, the Greater Keller Women’s Club has been an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The award was created in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. It recognizes individuals and groups who have achieved a certain standard measured by the number of hours of service during a year or cumulative hours served over a lifetime.

At a ceremony this month, 31 members were named recipients of the award honoring their commitment and many hours of service to the local community.

“It is an honor for the members of the GKWC to be recognized by the president for this prestigious award,” said club spokeswoman Tammy Whitmarsh. “The members of the GKWC make valuable contributions with their time and talents in our community every year. We encourage others to join this fabulous group of women so we can serve more people in our community. It will bring us closer together as families, as neighbors and as a community.”

Honored as gold recipients for more than 500 hours of service were Dorene Badalamenti and Gayle Clark. Silver honorees who volunteered between 250 and 499 hours were Linda Bowden, Debbie Dodge, Carolyn Fleet, Kimberly Head, Cindy Keen, Daryl Lynch, Beth Murray, Paulette Olson, Caroline Sherman and Janice Smith.

Nineteen women received bronze awards for 100 to 249 hours of volunteer service.

Janice Smith is the club president and can be contacted at 404-310-3372 or at Learn more at