Band on the Bricks

It’s going to be a great evening to drive or walk to Sundance Square Plaza to hear a fun Austin band–The Nightowls. The free music begins at 6:00 PM. Bring a sandwich or buy something at the Plaza. Don’t worry about paying for parking. It’s free after 6:00 PM.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square

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Cinco de Mayo Lunch

The theme for our May first Friday  Y luncheon is Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Celebration! After we eat, we’ll play bingo and enjoy one another’s company. Annie hopes to win one of the prizes, but she’ll be happy to go home with a full tummy and pleasant memories.

According to Wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.”

Now you have the facts. Come on all you lovely senior citizens who frequent the downtown YMCA on Lamar. Friday, May 6 is our Potluck Luncheon. Gather in the large meeting room on the second floor across from the Wellness Studio at 11:30 AM to put out the dish you have brought to share. Please plan to have it serve 6-8 people. Happy eating!

Annie Ambles to the Y for First Friday Potluck Luncheon

 

 

Chandor Gardens

There is always something more to learn about our beautiful area. One of those interesting things is a special garden built by renowned English portrait artist Douglas Chandor in Weatherford in the early twentieth century. Yes, I know, Annie limits her blog to Fort Worth, and this is all about the story of the lovely gardens. It’s a tale told in Fort Worth that you’ll want to hear.

As part of the Community Workshop series, The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library are uniting to present “The Story of Chandor Gardens”as told by Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist. You can hear it all free on Saturday, May 7, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, at Fort Worth Central Library’s Tandy Hall, 500 W. 3rd. Street. Mr. Chamblee will share the site’s history and recount the labors that have restored the garden’s former glory. After the program, he will be signing his new book, The Story of Chandor Gardens.

Annie wants to share more information about Steven Chamblee who sounds like the original plant doctor. He is a consulting editor and author for Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine, writes an e-newsletter column Native Son, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Tarleton State University. And, Annie is inspired to make the drive to Weatherford to see Chandor Gardens. Wanna go? Just let me know.

Annie Ambles to the Library Saturday to learn more about Chandor Gardens

 

 

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

 

Your Choice

My goodness, where did April go? Here we are at the end of the month staring our last Friday in the face. What to do? Where to go? As Annie sees it, we have three choices–Mayfest, Latin Express, and Sid Richardson Museum. Let’s look at each, taking into consideration the impending storm forecast by our weather-casters.

Mayfest opens at 9:30 this muggy Friday morning for special needs children. If you love and care for one of these darlings, by all means go to Forest Park and enjoy the activities. If not, you’ll have to wait until 3:30 this afternoon to enjoy the activities, food, and music. Bring your umbrella! There is an admission charge this afternoon.

Well, your choices have shrunk to two. Stacey at Central Market just told me that the free Latin Express live music experience has been cancelled due to the weather; however, tomorrow night Canta will be playing Latin pop, classic rock, and big band music, starting at 5:30 PM and ending about 9:00 PM. Central Market is at I-30 and Hulen, actually 4651 West Freeway. If you want to call to be sure of its events, call 817-989-4700.

The Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art is having a free lecture tonight at 6:30 PM. Please call 817-332-6554. to make a reservation as space is limited. While you’re there, browse the current exhibit Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story. You’ll see items related to our own Archer City novelist Larry McMurtry’s much loved novel that was made into a four-part TV mini-series.

Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story exhibition poster

Annie Ambles wishes she could be two places at once

 

Passport Services

new united states passport book.jpgFort Worth’s City Council just voted 8-0 to allow our downtown Central Library to process passport applications. Located at 500 W. Third Street, our Library can now perform these passport services. Wonderful! Travelers, the Central Library staff will submit the applications to the U.S. Department of State for approval. These passport services are available from 2:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM on Saturdays. Parking is free on the weekend. You can park in the parking garage for 1 1/2 hours. It’s free, but you need to get your parking ticket stamped at the Library’s front desk.

Check the State Department web site <www.state.gov> for requirements. There is a “wizard” to walk you through either the new passport or renewal steps. Just be sure you are on the official government web page. You will need a couple of passport photos which you can have taken at Walgreen’s (nearest store to the Library is Henderson and Texas), most Walmart’s, and other photo processing places. Other documents are required, if this is your first passport. Everyone, yes, even your infant or grandchild, requires a passport these days.

Don’t expect to get your passport in a week. A renewal or first time passport takes about six weeks to process. Of course, you can pay to have the process expedited, but that still takes about three weeks. The message here is to plan ahead. You can complete the application online, fill out the form, and print it off to take with you to the Library. If you don’t use a computer, call 1-877-487-2778 to talk to a real live person.

Annie Ambles thanks the Council for the passport services

Early Voting

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It’s an exciting time for us Tarrant County registered voters. The polls open today, Monday, April 25, for early voting that runs through May 3. We can cast our ballots in local city and town councils, school boards, library and water districts, and city charter elections. If you don’t do early voting, please be sure to vote in the May 7 election. Yes, dear heart, your vote does count and your voice needs to be heard.

There are 11 amendment changes to the 1924 Fort Worth city charter. To make Fort Worth’s charter current with state law, there are seven propositions we need to consider. The other four will affect the pay, term lengths, and council size of our Fort Worth City Council.

If you can’t make it to a polling place, you can download an application for a ballot by mail from the elections website. This must be submitted by tomorrow/Tuesday, April 26. As Annie often remarks, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Well, you know that we can always complain, but voting makes it legitimate, doesn’t it?

Annie Ambles to the Tarrant County Plaza Building to cast her ballot