Bring your pooch or walk with a shelter dog at the walk-a-thon April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Trinity High School track and help raise money for homeless pets at the Euless animal shelter.
Presented annually by the Trinity GAP Club, this year’s event is themed “Never Walk Alone” and dubbed Walk-4-Paws. Event organizers are Karen Lee, Beth Pizzuto, Juanita Francisco, Michelle Smith, Gloria Walker, Shauntell Vela and Steffenie Vela.
The GAP Club (Girls Awareness Program) is an all-girls club at Trinity High aimed at giving the students a positive outlet for their time and to show them positive alternatives for their lives. A signature service project is volunteering with the animal shelter and sponsoring as many animals as their funds allow to cover veterinary treatment for the pets.
Last year the club assisted more than 380 dogs and cats in finding homes. Many of the pets require veterinary services to restore their health and make them more adoptable, and donations to GAP and the recycling of adoption fees back to GAP help fund these medical needs.
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“Our goal this year is $15,000 for medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinations and other needs of shelter pets in Euless,” said Steffenie Vela, a GAP sponsor who spearheads the event. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and if we do not meet our goal, many homeless pets will not get the lifesaving medical care they need.”
The club aims to sponsor every pet that comes through the Euless shelter. “We don’t pick and choose to save only the cute, furry, highly adoptable babies. We work hard to save them all,” said GAP sponsor and communications volunteer Karen Lee.
Attendees will enjoy a festive morning featuring door prize drawings, raffles, a bake sale, refreshments, a T-shirt sale, $20 microchipping and an adoption event in addition to the walk. A contest for the best-dressed dog will no doubt produce a fun outcome.
Organizers are suggesting that people form teams and get pledges to help reach the goal. Teams can choose fun names (Muttley Crew is already taken) and even have team shirts or costumes if they wish. Individual walkers are also welcome to participate — with or without their dog.
Bedford City Expo & Pet Fair is April 11
Have you ever wondered exactly what the various departments at the city do and how you can access them when needed? There are myriad issues that pop up for everyone from time to time, but frequently we don’t know where to go for help. There’s a fix for this problem at the upcoming Bedford City Expo on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.
Attendees will stroll among booths set up by each of the city departments where staff members will be on hand to answer questions and chat about how each department can serve residents’ needs.
An event doubleheader, guests will meander outside the center to also enjoy a Pet Fair where animals available for adoption will be receiving visitors.
The fair will have veterinarians to answer questions, and representatives from various pet rescue groups will be there to visit with guests. Kids will have a blast at the bounce house and will love creations from a balloon-animal artist. Some impressive service dog demonstrations will entertain the crowd, and food and beverages will be available. Look for the Carter BloodCare truck if you want to donate blood.
“We are very excited about this upcoming event, and this is the first time we have combined the two events,” said Natalie Foster from the city marketing team. “This will enable residents and guests to get information on what each department in the city does — and on the way out, adopt a forever friend from the Bedford Animal Shelter.”
Bedford Twilight Thursday Taste & Tunes Kickoff Extravaganza
Beautiful spring weather calls for enjoying outdoor activities, and none better than the free concerts and special cuisine featured on each Thursday in April on the lawn of the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.
On Thursday, the Taste & Tunes season opens with an Extravaganza featuring Dixieland band RazzMaJazz performing a mix of Roaring ’20s and 1930s, ’40s and ’50s jazz music and a healthy dose of comedy sure to get the audience involved. Food will be provided by VIPizza.
“There will be art vendors, a bounce house, a kids art workshop and food with beer and wine for sale,” said spokeswoman Natalie Foster.
These festivities are in conjunction with the centennial celebration for the Old Bedford School. Guests are asked to visit the Centennial booth and learn about opportunities for community service that all involve, not surprisingly, the number 100.
On April 9, enjoy the big-band sounds of the Les Elgart orchestra and dine on selections from Mad Grill. Beatles tribute band Me & My Monkey will perform on April 16, and cuisine from Best Bayou Bites sounds tasty. April 23 features the Zack King band’s rock ’n’ roll with dinner provided by Sassy Dog, and the month wraps up on April 30 with music from the ’80s performed by Live 80 and food from Bite My Biscuit food truck.
Tailgating and leashed pets are welcome. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to enjoy this free family entertainment provided by the city and the Northeast Arts Council.
Thursday’s Kick-off Extravaganza event with all the extra activities begins at 6 p.m. The remaining concerts in April start at 7 p.m. Check the entire month’s concert schedule at www.oldbedfordschool.com. Direct questions to Foster at 817-952-2290.
Easter dance and potluck supper Monday
Is this season of Dancing With the Stars making you yearn to put on your dancing shoes? If so, the Easter dance at the Bedford Senior Center on Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. will satisfy the yen.
Couples and singles ages 50 and up are invited to enjoy the Pete & Patti band as it plays big-band and country-style music. And bring your favorite dish for a potluck dinner.
“My wife and I have been to several of the Monday night dances and we have really enjoyed ourselves. The music, atmosphere and people are great and the special Easter dance on April 6 is shaping up to be quite the event,” writes Mayor Jim Griffin.
Admission is $6 per person, attire is casual, and no reservations are required. The senior center is at 2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway. Questions? Call 817-952-2126.