Wednesdays Are Movie Nights

Join your friends and neighbors for a Summer Movie Night in Sundance Square every Wednesday, starting June 1 and ending June 29. Each free movie begins at dusk–around 8:45-9:00 PM. Games and other entertainment will start at 7:30 PM, with giveaways, and exclusive offers from Sundance Square retailers.

Sundance Square Plaza, while privately owned, is a welcoming space to all. For the enjoyment of everyone, please abide by the code of conduct. Please, no outside food or drink. Your support of our merchants helps keep this event free! This is a smoke free (non-smoking) event. There are many nearby eateries that will gladly provide you with food. Please bring your chairs and blankets, but pets are not welcome at this event. You’ll want to leave Fido at home.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Set For March 25, 2016

Here’s a look at the entire movie schedule so you can make your plans:

6/1 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

6/8 – Aladdin

6/15 – Little Giants

6/22 – Sleepless in Seattle

6/20 – Paddington (2014)

Sundance Square Plaza is located at 420 Main Street.  Starting tomorrow night, June 1, you’ll enjoy watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and snuggle up under the stars for a fun night of laughs and entertainment.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square Plaza to see a funny movie


Jazz at Central Library

The Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet is the featured performance for Fort Worth Central Library’s free May 19, 3rd Thursday Jazz Series 2016. The music begins at 6:30 PM, Thursday, May 19.

From the famous Marsalis family, Delfeayo is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. The man is known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor”, according to L. Feather of the LA Times. He is “one of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation”, per P. Elwood, San Francisco Examiner. What a treat awaits his audience.

Another treat is the refreshment table manned by the Library’s employees and usually stocked with delicious cookies, coffee, and bottled water. Patrons can enjoy a pat on the tummy and a pat on the heart.

Free parking is available in the Sundance Square Garage III at 420 Throckmorton Street and on the streets after 6:00 PM. Entrance to the parking garage is located on 3rd. Street just a block from the Library’s entrance at 500 W. 3rd. Street in downtown Fort Worth.

Annie Ambles to Third Thursday Jazz

Senior Centers


Fort Worth Texas

Healthy happy aging certainly does start with each of us, but we don’t have to do it alone. Do you know that Fort Worth has at least sixteen (16) Senior Center locations throughout the city geared toward meeting the needs of its older adults? Some centers even serve nutritious meals. Sometimes it’s more fun to eat with others than to eat alone, and who doesn’t like to take a mini-vacation from cooking. The meal menus are created by a registered dietician, and provide well-planned, balanced food that meets 1/3 of the recommended daily dietary allowance for adults. There is no income eligibility and no cost for the meals, but small donations, usually two dollars, are always welcome.That’s not going to break anyone, Annie hopes, but if you don’t have it, you won’t be turned away.

There are weekly activities designed to enhance and sustain physical, mental and emotional wellness, including health, fitness, education, arts, volunteerism, excursions, and recreational programs. Who wants to sit home and vegetate?

By providing transportation to local senior centers and beyond, seniors gain access to community resources, including meals, grocery shopping, social activities, and access to a local pharmacy. Even if you don’t have a car handy, you can still get around town.

If you want to make a difference in Fort Worth and feel more connected to our city, you can do some volunteer work as arranged through the Centers. This service matches seniors with volunteer opportunities in senior centers as well as various hospitals, nonprofit organizations, city government, and school districts. Volunteer training, social and recognition events, and personalized attention help us seniors make a positive difference in so many ways. Mama always said it’s good to give back.

Contact Senior Citizen Services by calling (817) 413-4949. You can reach Marcus Rockwell who is the Center Operations Manager via e-mail at Be sure to ask where your closest Senior Citizen Center is located. Annie’s is Casa, 3201 Sondra (76107), which is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Annie Ambles explores some Senior Citizen Centers

The Spectrum’s May 16 Concert

Annie doesn’t know who wrote that memorable line, but she thinks it’s true that “Music has the power to soothe the savage beast.” Not to imply that you’re a savage beast, Darling, but only that chamber music is a wonderfully soothing balm for the mind and spirit.

Now in its 30th. season, The Spectrum, Fort Worth’s Chamber Music Ensemble, will gift us with an evening of chamber music featuring the performances by Crimson, a harp and violin duo, specializing in music for this unusual combination. Schubert’s Quintet in C, one of the greatest compositions in all of chamber music, will also be part of the program.

Plan to attend  the Monday, May 16, concert at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Lane, in Fort Worth. It starts at 7:30 PM and is free, but you can make a suggested donation of $10, or $5 for senior citizens and students. Children pass the plate without being expected to drop in their allowances.

What’s playing on the program? Glad you asked because Patricio da Silva’s violin and harp music of 2016 will have its world premiere. From 1979, we’ll hear Ravi Shankar’s L’Aube enchantee sur le Raga Todi, and Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C for Two Violins and Viola and Two Cellos, D. 956. It’ll be quite a night.

Annie Ambles to hear the Spectrum’s music

Life is Better With Music

Annie ambled over to Bass Hall last night to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya (handsome dude) gift its patrons with an exceptional musical evening.

The performance began with Aaron Copeland’s dance episodes from Rodeo (1943). The piece is actually from his ballet that was written at the request of a ballerina. The ballet’s scenario depicts a Saturday afternoon rodeo, as well as the evening dance that follows. There is even a “Yeeha” that we Texans appreciate.

The musicians moved smoothly from the American West to Russia for Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 from 1878, proving that music is timeless. Tchaikovsky composed this, his only violin concerto, during the spring of that year. Guest violinist Midori, recognized as an extraordinary performer, was born in Japan in 1971, and made her debut in New York when she was 11. Her rendition of the concerto was simply lovely and emotional. She received a resounding standing ovation.

Violinist Midori, playing with Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall ...

After a 20-minute intermission, the FWSO played another Tchaikovsky favorite–the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Very romantic and moving. Then, an extreme change of pace, ending with Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You know the one with the Parisian taxi horns? A fun way to end a musical adventure.

You can probably get a ticket to hear the program yourself as there is a Saturday night as well as a Sunday afternoon performance. Although this event is not free as most of this blog’s events are, you’ll be pampering yourself with a spiritual massage. Well worth the price. Then, too, the program has an insert about the Symphony’s “Concerts in the Garden” season June 3 through July 4 in the FW Botanic Garden–16 nights of music with fireworks every night!

Annie wants to thank the Fort Worth Police Department for blocking off the street after the performance, providing a safe path from the Hall to the parking garage.

Annie Ambles enjoys the FWSO’s music

More Live Music at Central Market

Can’t make it to  Friday night’s dueling pianos wingding at Fort Worth’s Central Market? Well, guess what–you’ve got another free music treat Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 PM. If the sky doesn’t open up again with a nightly shower, you’ll hear the group “Hightower” play all kinds of music. Hightower is a five piece Texi-Cali band with heavy influences of Soul, Rock, and peppered with a little country. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, dark, sultry, and campy in nature, every member in the band has performed extensively throughout the U.S. There’ll be something for most every musical taste.

Speaking of taste, give yourself a break from cooking and buy something different from the store’s deli. You may want to get something you’ve never tasted before to find out if you have a new taste treat. Be adventurous!

Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clements, gave us some pretty good advice when he wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Annie Ambles tries unfamiliar food from Central Market’s Deli

DNA Happy Hour

Avanti Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX, United States. Modern bar and seating

The May Downtown Neighborhood Alliance (DNA) happy hour starts at 5:30 PM and continues for two hours at the new Avanti Ristorante at 150 Throckmorton in downtown Fort Worth. Hope to see you there.

Most of us will be walking over to this new location near Sundance Square. It is my understanding that it is connected via a sky bridge to the Worthington Hotel and that the Central Library is just behind it.

There is a cash bar and half-price appetizers. Nothing free tonight, as is usually the case for most DNA happy hour food. Regardless, Annie can’t wait to see this elegant but casual setting where contemporary Italian classics are served with appeal. After all, as Annie’s artist friend Dee Anne once told her, “Presentation is everything.”

Annie Ambles to the DNA event at Avanti