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


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

Shrimply Irresistible

Who among us is a shrimp lover? Yes, Annie sees those hands going up all across Texas and maybe even as far away as Florida. Annie loves eating them, especially if they are peeled and deveined with tails still there to get a grip. Then, she’s ready to eat ’em by diving into her favorite gumbo, scampi, or just straight from the boiling pot. Well, you can get P&D Shrimp 21/25 count for only $9.99/pound right now at Central Market and eat ’em for yourself. That’s a savings of $8/pound, and you don’t have to go all the way to Aruba to get them.

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While you’re there at I-30 and Hulen in Fort Worth, you may want to take the New Orleans Steakhouse cooking class, Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:00 PM. Call 817-989-4700 for details, including the cost. You’ll spend some time in the kitchen learning to make a delicious meal inspired by the best of the Crescent City. What’s cooking? Oysters Bienville, Muffaletta Salad, Steak with Crawfish Bordelaise, Creamy Grits with Corn and Anduillo Sausage, and Classic Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Rumor has it that you’ll eat what you cook. Let Annie know.

Before you take the class, you may want to sit on the patio this Friday, May 13, at 6 PM to hear a free musical treat of dueling pianos played by Tim Georgeff and Mississippi Street Thomas. They’ll be playing until 9 PM. Park on the huge lot for free, too.

Annie Ambles to Central Market for food and music

Lonesome Dove Part I.–“Leaving”

If you’re a fan of the Lonesome Dove TV mini-series, you’ll want to put May 20 on your calendar. Starting at 6:30 pm on that Friday night, the Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art will show the first episode.

It’s free, but you do have to register. Today Annie learned that there are only nine (9) more available seats. Go to the Museum’s web site <> to reserve your seat. You may also register through the Museum’s Facebook page. This one’s for you, Michael.

The outstanding staff will make you feel welcome and even provide popcorn, candy, and soda/water. It’s a fun night. The other three episodes will be scheduled later, so check back to see when each will be shown. Annie thinks episode 2 is on June 17, but registration for that showing has yet to open.

Sid Richardson Museum's photo.

Annie Ambles to the Sid Richardson Museum to see Episode 1 of Lonesome Dove

Live Music at Central Market

If you’re thinking of celebrating Cinco de Mayo a couple of days early tonight, April 30, it’s okay. No one is going to badmouth or flog you. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with a 3 1/2 hour musical potpourri of Latin pop, classical rock, and big band sounds as played by Canta.

Unfortunately last night’s music was cancelled due to weather, but tonight/Saturday, beginning at 5:30 PM, you’ll want to meet your friends at Central Market, 4651 West Freeway, I-30 at Hulen, for some mighty sweet sounds. If you decide to really relax and not cook supper, you can buy your evening’s repast at the deli. Want to eat before you get there? Fine, too, especially if you’re on a budget or saving for your vacation. Just get a coffee and a dessert from the bakery. Hard choice when you’re standing before that pastry case. At least, it is for Annie. As Jackie Gleason used to say, “How sweet it is!”

Annie Ambles is eager to hear Canta’s music

The Artist’s Eye

The Artist’s Eye
Devon Nowlin

Saturday, April 30, 11 am

Please join artist Devon Nowlin and Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and
non-Western art at the Kimbell Art Museum, for a gallery talk. Nowlin’s Monument to the Loved will be on display at the Kimbell during the talk, and she will discuss her own artwork in relation to works in the Museum’s collection, including a 13th-century
French reliquary casket.
Admission is free. No reservations required.
Kahn Building galleries
Left: Devon Nowlin, Monument to the Loved, 2016, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and
Artspace 111
Right: Reliquary Casket, c. 1200–1220, champlevé enamel on copper, wood core. Kimbell Art Museum
Annie Ambles shares Kimbell Art Museum information