Blues Rock

The long-haired brothers from Austin Amplified Heat pride themselves on a brand of blues-rock that can shake the foundations of the venue. They call it pure fearless rock. The band is now coming up north on I-35 to liven up or even destroy our Monday blues. The music starts at 10:00 PM at the Grotto, 517 University Drive in Fort Worth. Yes, that’s a little late start time for some of us, but it’ll be fun. Kinda different. Annie thinks it’s important to keep up with the times and listen to some different music once in a while. Admission is free; beverages are not. Call 817-882-9331 for more information, as needed.

Annie Ambles to the Grotto to hear Amplified Heat


Fort Worth’s Historic Cemeteries (Class and Tour)

Oakwood Cemetery

You’ll probably visit Oakwood Cemetery on the tour, but Annie can’t guarantee it. It’s sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth. Founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of Fort Worth’s first settlers, who donated 20 acres to the city of Fort Worth, the cemetery was later enlarged to 100 acres. The burial area consists of three cemeteries: Oakwood, Calvary, and Trinity.

The Center for Texas Studies and TCU Extended Education present a classroom session this Thursday evening, April 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, followed by a motorcoach tour and lunch, Saturday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. You’ll make some interesting stops and gather more historical data about Fort Worth and its dearly departed residents.

From nearly forgotten pioneer burial grounds to the mausoleums of cattle kings, this adventure explores the rich history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County through the stories of the city’s historic cemeteries. Annie did the historic cemeteries with Leadership Fort Worth way back in the 80’s. Fascinating!

The two-hour evening lecture combined with a six-hour Saturday tour, including lunch, will feature the lives of the soldiers, statesmen, former slaves, immigrants and extraordinary people whose efforts to build a great city resulted in the diverse and vibrant Fort Worth we all share.

Historian Quentin McGown leads this course organized by the Center for Texas Studies for TCU Extended Education. Discounts are available for seniors ($25 and change off the regular fee) and for TCU faculty, staff, and students. The Thursday evening class will probably be held on the TCU campus. The tour, more than likely, departs from and returns to the TCU campus on Saturday. You won’t get exact locations until you register. What fun!

Unfortunately, this adventure is not free; it will cost you $130. Call 817-257-7132 to register or go online <;. The code is 16SCT529. You’ll want to confirm, too, where the class meets and the bus departs. As of yesterday at 4:00 PM, there were still 15 available seats.

Annie Ambles shares information

TCU Symphony Orchestra

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If you’ve got some free time tonight, you may want to drive over to TCU to see German Gutierrez conduct the TCU Symphony Orchestra as it performs Fanfare from Verdi’s Requiem, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Chabrier’s Espana, and Ravel’s Bolero. Violinist Plu Ying Wong is soloist for Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Wow! That’s quite a program.

The concert will start at 7:00 PM at 2800 S. University Drive in Fort Worth. Yes, my dearies, it’s free. Call 817-257-7602, if you need more information.

Annie Ambles to TCU for its Symphony Orchestra’s Concert

Caruso in Cowtown

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What an honor it must have been for the great singer Enrico Caruso to sing for Fort Worth’s citizens way back then in 1920. To learn more about those days and time, come downtown as The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library present “Caruso in Cowtown: A Lecture” with Ruth Karbach, Independent Scholar, Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:30am to Noon.

The event is free as is the parking on downtown Fort Worth’s streets. Come to hear this program in the Discovery Theater of Fort Worth’s Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street.

Famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso’s first Texas performance was before a crowd of 8,000 gathered in the Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in 1920. Speaker Ruth Karbach will explain how the city attracted Caruso and the excitement over his visit. Plus, we’ll hear sample recordings of the arias he sang that night. To hear them live, visit to learn more about an upcoming recreation of the concert on April 7, 2016.

Ruth Karbach has worked with the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech, Thistle Hill house museum, and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She is currently an active independent scholar who has contributed to a number of books including Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, winner of the 2016 Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Book on Texas Women from the Texas State Historical Association.

For more program information, call 817-257-6896.

Annie Ambles to Fort Worth’s Central Library for the Caruso Program

Spring Gallery Night

Every week Annie makes it a point to pick up a free copy of Fort Worth Weekly. It always gives fun suggestions for things to do here in Fort Worth. This week there is a small flyer inside the Weekly that encourages its readers attend Saturday’s Spring Gallery Night. We are blessed with many art museums, university art galleries, non-profit exhibition spaces, and art dealers here in Fort Worth that contribute to our city’s cultural and esthetic richness.

Annie wants to share a few places that have wonderful art and encourage you to visit them this weekend. For example, Artes De La Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts, 1442 N. Main Street, has a solo exhibition by Bernardo Valarino “Between Dying and Death.” Go by between 12 noon and 9 pm. Please call 817.624.8333 or visit for more information.


Artspace 111 at 111 Hampton Street, is also open 12 noon until 9 pm. Daniel Blagg’s solo exhibition, Rambler, is now on display. Call 817.692.3228 or visit its web site at

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The Atrium Gallery at UNTHSC (University of North Texas Health Science Center), 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, is featuring works by Caro Thompson Jackson a native of Fort Worth who has a style full of color and motion with a touch of whimsy. Visit < or call 817.735.0301 for information. The gallery is usually open between 12 noon and 7 pm. “In keeping with its location in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, UNT Health Science Center houses the Atrium Gallery on the first floor of the EAD Building, at the corner of Montgomery Street and Camp Bowie Boulevard. This is the spot where art meets science. As a non-profit entity, the primary focus of the Atrium Gallery is to support our local art community by acting as a forum for both emerging and renowned artists to share their works with the community. The Atrium Gallery is an active public exhibition space and as such, has approximately 10 shows a year featuring a diverse range of works. The gallery, a proud member of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association, also serves to augment  and enhance the academic environment of the Health Science Center and strives to foster a respect and understanding of the visual arts.”

Fort Works Art, 2100 Montgomery Street, 76107, will showcase its brand new permanent gallery space this Saturday with its presentation of The Last Pop-Up Show. Call 817.235.5804 or visit You won’t be able to get in until 2 pm, but the show runs until 12 midnight.

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, 76107, is open 9 am until 9 pm. Spring 2016 Show is presented by the Fort Worth Art Collective, an innovative artists’ group. Call 817.235.5804 to confirm information or visit

Annie Ambles celebrates Spring Gallery Night 2016

Full-Time Work

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Do you ever think that you might want to look for another full-time job, or, if you’re retired, do you ever think you might want to go back to work full-time? Crazy as it may seem, some people think they may have pushed the retirement button too quickly and are now thinking of going back to work. If this is the case, you may want to check out a new program for those of us who are over 50. Opps, did I really write that? Over 50 doesn’t necessarily mean over the hill.

The Tarrant County College District is helping people who want to go back to work with a special program called BACK TO WORK 50+. There is already in place a team that will help you update your job search strategies, practice for interviewing and networking, and enroll in training programs that employers value. Sounds interesting and informative.

You can even get an AARP Foundation free job search guide.

Another thing you can do is register for a local Information Session. At the session, you can learn smart strategies for job searching after age 50. Also, you can apply for the BACK TO WORK 50+ Coaching and Training program that includes tuition assistance for qualified candidates. Sold? If so, you need to know that the next Information Session is coming up on February 18. That’s just around the corner, so you’ll want to call this toll free number to learn more (855) 850-2525. Visit <>, too.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or religion and is funded in part by Walmart Foundation.

If you’re serious about going back to work, this sounds like a program that you can use to your advantage. Call and see what happens. The best of luck to you!

Annie Ambles shares news about BACK TO WORK 50+

TCU Professor’s Talk

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Texas Christian University’s (TCU’s) Mary Couts Burnett Library had a makeover inside and out in 2015!  Dr. June Koelker will introduce you to the new facilities and discuss library services that are available to the entire community.  She will highlight the library’s growing special collections department and how its materials can assist in your research. She’ll talk about the TCU Library’s special collections and how its staff can help you in your genealogy research.

Dr. Koelker began her career at TCU in 1988 and was appointed Dean of the Mary Couts Burnett Library in 2006. She holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Arizona.  In addition to her involvement in the local community, she is very active in professional organizations having served as chair of the Texas Council of Academic Libraries and treasurer of the Texas Library Association.

Her free talk will begin on Saturday, January 9, at 10:30 AM in Tandy Lecture Hall, Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. 3rd. Street in downtown Fort Worth. Free parking is available on the street or the Sundance Square Parking Garage.

Annie Ambles to the Central Library to hear Dr. Koelker’s lecture