Throwing a great casino party takes experience and planning, and with 30 years of successful parties under its belt, the Bedford Council 7641 of the Knights of Columbus has the drill down.
Hoping for a full house at its Las Vegas Casino Night, set for March 7, the group has planned an evening of exciting casino games — craps, blackjack, roulette and slots — from 7 to 10 p.m. with first-come, first-served seating at gaming tables.
Guests will enjoy a social hour starting a 6 p.m. The gala event will also offer a cash bar, drink specials and tasty snacks throughout the party. Just Jazz, a seven piece jazz combo featuring classic jazz music from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, will entertain during the social hour.
“There is a silent auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for items donated by local businesses,” said Ted Giles from the Knights of Columbus. Items include ladies jewelry and accessories, overnight stays at major DFW hotels and the Grand Hyatt San Antonio River walk, and four tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on April 11. Golf outings, home decor, restaurant gift cards and Texas Rangers memorabilia are also among the auction swag
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At 10 p.m. patrons cash in their chips for raffle tickets with the opportunity of winning items such as a JVC 42-inch smart TV, Rangers fan package, hotel stays, a Wells Fargo limited-edition El Toro pony and a bicycle, Giles said. Raffle winners must be present to win.
Door prize drawings throughout the evening and a 50/50 raffle will mean lots of folks will go home as winners. And the end of the agenda at 10:30 p.m.: doughnuts and coffee for the road.
Funds raised will enable the Knights of Columbus to continue its support of many local organizations including Cook Children’s Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Northeast Emergency Distribution and Special Olympics.
Advance tickets are two for $45 or six for $120, or $25 at the door. Space is limited. Each ticket includes $2,000 in chips, two drink tickets and snacks. Additional chips are available throughout the evening. The party venue is at 1319 Brown Trail in Bedford. Call Tom Kohler at 817-683-7874 or Giles at 817-319-0418 to purchase tickets.
Vendors wanted for spring arts and craft show
Spots are still available for the April 18 Spring Craft Show hosted by St. Philip Preschool of Hurst. After a successful inaugural event last year, the school will again produce the show featuring local artisans, crafters and popular retail merchandise.
“We have space for over 40 vendors,” said Cindy Baren, school director. She said besides the arts and crafts booths at the first event, there were exhibits selling well-known products such as Origami Owl, Tupperware, Scentsy, Thirty-One, DoTerra and Premier Jewelry. Event organizers expect last year’s exhibitors to return along with new vendors.
Computer classes for ages 55-plus
H-E-B residents and folks living in the surrounding cities who are 55 or older are invited to explore free classes offered at the Grapevine Senior Activities Center, 421 Church St. The spring semester begins March 9 and runs through April 27.
A wide variety of training is offered, including sessions on using an iPhone, getting the most out of your Internet experience, Windows fundamentals, Microsoft Word and Excel, using Pinterest and digital camera use.
To see the complete offering, visit www.playgrapevine.com (scroll down the left column and click on “Senior Activities Center”).
Registration is Monday. Walk-in registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Register by phone from 1 to 2 p.m. at 817-410-3465. To make inquiries, contact Ken Anderson, volunteer computer coordinator, at 817-251-9351.
Two live music shows in Hurst
Come out to the Hurst Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, for a great swing band concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Southlake Swing Band is an all-volunteer jazz ensemble that plays music from the Big Band era and standards from the ’40s, ’50s and beyond.
Part of the MasterWorks concert series, the show is produced by the Arts Council Northeast and the city. Admission is free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
More live entertainment on Monday when Tarrant County College Northeast Campus will host the Brock McGuire Band at 7 p.m. in the Larry Darlage Center Corner.
The Irish band will, of course, perform music from Ireland as well as “American old-timey,” bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic arrangements.
Admission is free. The campus is at 828 Harwood Road. To inquire, contact Karen Parsons at email@example.com.
Bedford Business Roundtable on March 5
Bedford business owners who want to be part of the discussion about such topics as highway construction, the Bedford Commons, economic development and the ShopBedfordFirst.com initiative are invited to a round-table discussion March 5 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.
City staffers and elected officials will be on hand to update local business owners and managers. “This meeting will help provide the city feedback on your suggestions and concerns,” said city spokeswoman Natalie Foster. Breakfast is offered before the meeting at 7:30 a.m.
The event is hosted by the Bedford Community Affairs Commission. Contact program director Gary Morlock at Gary.Morlock41@gmail.com with questions. Make reservations for the breakfast and round-table at bedfordbusinessroundtable.eventbrite.com.