Northeast Tarrant

Eyes on H-E-B: Hurst Business, Health & Benefits Expo on Friday for seniors

Leisha Pickering, Marie Perry and Lorri Pratt at the 2014 Hurst Senior Health Fair.
Leisha Pickering, Marie Perry and Lorri Pratt at the 2014 Hurst Senior Health Fair. Courtesy photo

It’s up to us to own our health as we strive to live healthier lives and take better care of ourselves. Take a big step in this direction by attending the Business, Health & Benefits Expo on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hurst Senior Activities Center, 700 Heritage Circle.

The free event is open to adults 55 and up and will feature over 60 booths where you can speak with professionals about home healthcare, health insurance, legal services, home repair, hospitals, medical care, hospice care, travel, and video transfer services. There will be information about retirement and assisted-living facilities and apartment living.

Attendees can get helpful tips on exercise and fitness, weight loss and medication management. Representatives from nonprofit organizations will share volunteer opportunities.

Free health screenings include glucose testing, blood pressure and hearing checks, and spinal screenings.

According to Michelle Varley, who is coordinating the event, guests can purchase popcorn and soft drinks, and the Chick-fil-A on Pipeline Road hand out complimentary (and tasty) grilled chicken samples. Don’t forget to sign up for a raffle of gift cards to Outback Steakhouse and Chick-fil-A. Winners will be drawn at the end of the event.

“The expo is designed with seniors and their needs in mind. We believe that awareness and information are empowering,” said Varley. “The expo provides a safe environment for seniors to make face-to-face connections with local businesses, agencies, institutions and nonprofit organizations that provide services, opportunities, information and products that are pertinent to the senior population.”

To inquire, contact Varley at 817-788-7710.

Get your dancing shoes on

Not one but two dances are held each month at the Hurst Senior Activities Center, on the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m. These events provide a wonderful night out where you can dance the night away on a beautiful wood dance floor or just sit back, relax and listen to some fabulous live music. Light refreshments are served, and guests dress casually.

Mark your calendars for these bands scheduled to perform soon. On March 26, the Bill G Band will play big-band and other music varieties. On April 9 will Classic Country is the headliner. On April 23 the Doc Gibbs band will do its versions of the big-band sound. On May 14 enjoy the country stylings of Pete & Patti. And on May 28 the Now & Then Band will play old rock ’n’ roll and some country tunes as well.

“The senior dances are one of our most popular events at the Hurst Senior Activities Center. Attendees have a great time. Anyone age 55 or older is invited to attend. Bring your friends,” said Linda Provence, activities coordinator at the center.

Admission is $5 and can be paid at the door. The dances are open to seniors from anywhere in the Metroplex. Questions? Call Provence at 817-788-7717.

Raiderette golf tournament

The time is now to register your golf foursome and at the same help out the Bell Raiderette drill team. The Raiderette Booster Club has planned the fourth annual Raiderette Golf Tournament at Iron Horse for Saturday.

In addition to an enjoyable day on the links, there will be awards for the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt. Proceeds help pay for drill team expenses.

Registration is $340 per team or $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, a $25 discount return coupon, bag drop service, lunch and awards. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday. Contact Jill Hobbs at or committee chairman Jeff Jones at 817-528-8246.

Texas Trash-Off and Community Work Day

Let’s talk trash for a minute — the unsightly kind that no one wants to see littering our beautiful communities. Do your part to keep our environment litter-free by volunteering for the annual Texas Trash-Off and Parks Community Work Day on April 11 from 9 a.m. until noon.

“Grab a friend and meet us at the Villages of Bear Creek Park, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway,” said Suzanne Hendrickson from Euless Parks and Community Services. “When you arrive, you will receive a trash bag, plastic gloves and bottled water and everything that you will need for this event.”

Besides the trash project, volunteers are also needed for other activities such as painting trail signs or picnic tables, spreading mulch or preparing for the Arbor Daze festival. Volunteers will be assigned to various areas of the city to pick up trash or participate in one of the other beautification projects.

Celebrate the satisfaction of completing the projects with a free hot dog lunch including chips and a drink at the park afterward. To sign up, contact Jerry Poteet at 817-685-1449 or

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