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 mrockwell@scstc.org. 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

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

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

Double Feature

More is always better. Right? If you’re a fan of double dip ice cream cones, two or more pizza slices, and the free refillable coffee cup, you’re Annie’s kind of person. Taking that into consideration, just think how wonderful it is going to be tonight to have music provided to us by two of Fort Worth’s fine jazz groups.

Sundance Square’s Band on the Bricks should be called Bands on the Bricks tonight as the Paschal High School Jazz Ensemble plays in downtown from 5:00 until 6:00 PM. Young musicians play their hearts out. Annie for one is grateful. You can buy food and drink to eat in the Square, too, between the two performances.

After a thirty minute break, the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Ensemble takes the Sundance Plaza Stage at 6:30 PM and plays until 8:00 PM. More jazz to lift your spirits and get your feet tapping. Annie hopes the weather cooperates, especially after last night’s storm blew through downtown.

You will need to pay for parking if you come for the 5:00 PM performance, but after 6 PM, it’s free on the streets and in some lots. Please, please, please, pay for that hour and don’t chance getting a ticket. The traffic citation bicycle people come by every 10-15 minutes. Believe you me, you will get a parking ticket if you don’t pay.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square Plaza to hear some mighty fine jazz

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 <www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org/event-info> 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